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How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Search Rankings?

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How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress

How many times have you been in the dilemma of How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress? Me? Around 10 times, and well by now I've already moved blogs to and fro about 7 times, (the first three times I was just too scared!), so the point being, that's what I'm covering in this piece today, How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Search Rankings.

If you're an avid reader over here, you're most probably already familiar with my tradition, I get into the “why” before the “how”, well and that only seems fair.

If I'm explaining to you How to Import a Blogger blog to WordPress, I think you do deserve a chance to know whw to import a blogger blog to WordPress at the first place, right?

Why to Import a Blogger Blog to WordPress:-

Now well, WordPress is used by a total of 25% of the overall world websites! That's a big number! But no reason for you to switch to WordPress too, yeah granted.

So here are some of the most basic advantages and reasons which would make you consider switching your blog to WordPress right about now:-

  • Self hosted CMS:- The worst thing about blogger? Nope it's not the layout or the themes, it's the “control”. You don't “own” your own blog! Google owns it, it can delete, edit, change or completely remove your years of hardwork (not from just the Search Engines, but remove “literally” from the blogosphere directly!) without any notice to you.
  • Better Themes and Layouts:- WordPress has dozens of platforms devoted to getting you the best possible looks and layouts, while blogger? Not so much. Themeforest is one such leading platform! The point being, the types of layouts and designs possible with a blogger blog aren't so achievable with the blogger blogs.
  • Third Party Plugins:- “Blogging” has turned into a whole lot of science right now! You can't imagine getting ranked or making a career just by “writing content”! You need Email popups, CDN's, Lockers, and what not in order to outrank your competition! Guess what, none of that is possible on a blogger blog, while WordPress? Well totally possible!
  • Better security:- The only thing a hacker needs to hack in order to cause havock on your blogger blog, is your Gmail account! And hacking Gmail? Is a kids job! (Take it from someone who has spent a lot of time doing this exact shit!). While on WordPress? You've got extra security layers, a personalized cPanel, defensive plugins like WorDfence and lot's more!

So yeah, I think I've listed more than enough reasons for you to consider the switch, right? Now let's get into some action.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings:-

Well the primary reason you loose your rankings is, during the migration process, you mess up your article permalinks. And additionally, don't properly redirect it, as a result the new site becomes “completely” new for Google, and hence the rankings are all vaporized.

So if you don't want that to happen, the first thing you'd want to do is, export your blogger blog.

Login to your Blogger blog, go to settings.
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Then, click over the “other” option.

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Now, choose the “back up content” button.

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And finally click on save to computer.

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This would get you a .xml file on your computer.

Great you're done! Now let's import this .xml blogger file to your WordPress website, right?

Login to your WordPress, and go to Tools>Import.

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Then choose the “blogger” option from the list.

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And click on Install importer. This importer is an external plugin that you can use to import the blogger blog to WordPress pretty smoothly.

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Once it's installed, click on “activate and run importer” button.

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On the next screen, just click the “choose” button and upload the blogger backup file you just downloaded.

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Done! You just imported your blogger blog content to your WordPress blog. But hey, that was just the first step, that's what you can find almost in any other piece on the internet about How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress, but the main part, the “don't loose your rankings” part is still to follow.

So once you've imported the content, let's work on “not losing” our rankings.

You'd want to go to your WordPress blog's settings> Permalinks for the next step.

ow to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Now you need to make sure that your WordPress permalink is exactly the same, or as close as possible to your blogger blog's permalinks. And well for that I'd say the safest bet is choosing Month and Name. Because that's the default blogger permalink structure, right?

ow to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

So once you save that up, you're done with the permalink settings.

The Redirection:-

So once you've done the permalinks thing, the last thing that remains to be done is the redirection.

  • Redirecting Blogger Blog to Redirect to the WordPress site.
  • 301 redirecting posts to exact permalinks on the WordPress site.

Go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click on Templates.

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Then scroll down to the very bottom of the page, and click on “Revert to Classic Templates” button.

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Once you've clicked on that button, you can clearly see the “Edit Template HTML” box. Delete everything in the text-box, and paste the following code there:-

<html>
 <head>
  <title><$BlogPageTitle$></title>

   <script>
    <MainOrArchivePage>
    window.location.href="http://example.com/"
    </MainOrArchivePage>
    <Blogger>
     <ItemPage>
     window.location.href="http://example.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"
     </ItemPage>
    </Blogger>
   </script>

   <MainPage>
   <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/" />
   </MainPage>

   <Blogger>
    <ItemPage>
    <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>" />
    </ItemPage>
   </Blogger>
 </head>

 <body>
  <MainOrArchivePage>
   <h1><a href="http://example.com/"><$BlogTitle$></a></h1>
  </MainOrArchivePage>
  <Blogger>
   <ItemPage>
    <h1><a href="http://example.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogItemTitle$></a></h1>
    <$BlogItemBody$>
   </ItemPage>
  </Blogger>
 </body>
</html>

Note:- Replace the Example.com in the above code with your new WordPress blog URL. And save the template.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Done! Now just one last piece of work left for you to finish off. Login to your Cpanel, and go to File Manager Public_Html

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Then go to Blog Name> Wp-Content > Themes > Theme Name >there you'd find your functions.php file and then right Click on functions.php>edit.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

And paste the following code into the functions.php file.

function blogger_query_vars_filter( $vars ) {
  $vars[] = "blogger";
  return $vars;
}
 
add_filter('query_vars', 'blogger_query_vars_filter');
 
function blogger_template_redirect() {
  global $wp_query;
  $blogger = $wp_query->query_vars['blogger'];
  if ( isset ( $blogger ) ) {
    wp_redirect( get_wordpress_url ( $blogger ) , 301 );
    exit;
  }
}
 
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'blogger_template_redirect' );
 
function get_wordpress_url($blogger) {
  if ( preg_match('@^(?:https?://)?([^/]+)(.*)@i', $blogger, $url_parts) ) {
    $query = new WP_Query ( 
      array ( "meta_key" => "blogger_permalink", "meta_value" => $url_parts[2] ) );
    if ($query->have_posts()) { 
      $query->the_post();
      $url = get_permalink(); 
    } 
    wp_reset_postdata(); 
  } 
  return $url ? $url : home_url();
}

You just 301 redirected your blogger blog to WordPress!

301 is the best redirection protocol ensuring least ranking loss. (100% ranking loss is “impossible”, it always looses some juice, but this causes least damage and you can come back up in less than a week!)

Final Words:-

So that was all I had folks on How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing I'm sure this piece should've helped you out Migrate from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google Search rankings.

If it did, I'd love if you hit the share buttons. Or maybe got a question? Something isn't working right? Do leave a comment I'll try my best to help you out.

Evan Derek is the Founder and Chief SEO Analyst @ VebbLabbs. Specialising in Affiliate Marketing and helping newcomers to make it a stable profession in the online world, he boasts 6+ years of experience in the industry. 19 year has he spent on this planet successfully, and plans on spending atleast 50more !

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How to Edit WordPress htaccess File?

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WordPress, is the most popular Blogging CMS in the world as of now. It powers more then 25% of the total world websites! Now that, is a huge, huge number. And that also is the reason why I'm writing this piece on How to edit WordPress htaccess file.

Well, before you actually jump in and start pondering over How to Create and Edit WordPress .htaccess file or where is .htaccess file, let me make couple things clear.

See Also: How to customize WordPress themes?

I don't want you messing with something you're not sure about, so let's get sure about what exactly is the .htaccess WordPress file, right?

What is WordPress .htaccess File:-

.htaccess is the file responsible for manipulating how the Apache server handles any changes in configuration of your WordPress CMS. So now you'd be asking, What do “changes” and “configuration” exactly mean, right?

So well, your WordPress is based out of a Permalink structure, isn't it? And someone needs to handle how those permalinks would come into being, right? That's what .htaccess does, it manipulates and changes and does whatever is needed to keep the pretty permalink structure of your WordPress stable and running.

That, sounded a bit complicated, huh? Well let me give you an “English version” of what .htaccess file can do for you:-

  • It can Protect your Admin Area!
  • It can even put in a Password Protection for your WordPress Folders!
  • Lets you hide backlinks and do some other magical tricks that might not be possible, or at least seem possible without it.
  • It has the power to hide / disable your directory from being browsed. Meaning your inner system files and stuff.
  • Wpconfig.php is one of the most important files to your WordPress blog, and well it can protect it!
  • Oh, and you can't forget that it allows you 301 redirecting your blog in case you ever need it.
  • It can even help you banning someone from checking your blog out.

htaccess file for WordPress is often ignored, most webmasters don't even use it to it's full potential and instead waste thousands of dollars on third-party tools and plugins.

While all of those tweaks and tricks and little magical stuff performed by those tools could have been achieved simply by adding one extra line of code to our .htaccess file! So yeah the potential? It's unlimited!

And some other stuff similar to that. So no doubt you're curious about how to change .htaccess file WordPress, right? Yeah, that's what I'm solving right here. Just keep reading.

See Also: How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme?

Where is .htaccess File:-

So once you know what exactly the .htacces file does, now you might proceed to something more practical like How to edit WordPress htaccess file right? But before that, you need to know where is .htaccess file don't you?

The WordPress default htaccess file is located in your Cpanel, under your WordPress Installation. (Don't worry, in the later sections I'm covering How to edit WordPress htaccess file, and there you can checkout the step by step procedure, and it's location! )

How to Edit WordPress htaccess File:-

So yeah if you wondered How to Create and Edit WordPress .htaccess file then this section covers that for you. Not just that, this section will also show you where is .htaccess file located on your server.

So, before you can actually venture into how to change .htaccess file in WordPress, let's first checkout where is .htaccess file located and then we can edit it.

Login to your Cpanel.

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Once you do, click on the File Manager option, and on the next popup, select Public_Html directory.

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Then, on the next page, click on the blog for which you are trying to edit the WordPress default htaccess file.

Well, you're almost there. Put a bit of pressure on your eyes and you should be able to easily spot out the .htaccess file! (See? I told you I'd answer where is .htaccess file located on WordPress, right?)

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Now this is the part you've been waiting for, if you were wondering How to Edit WordPress htaccess File just right click on the file, and select edit.

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A new tab will open up with a text like an editor, that is where you can edit your .htaccess file without any fuss!

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So yeah that was about it ! Nothing like rocket science there right? But hey wait, you might not always find your .htaccess file in some cases, because they might be hidden! 

Well, so I thought why not add a section to explain it out how to show hidden htaccess files, right?

Well in order to do that, just make sure the checkbox that says “show hidden files” when you click on the File Manager is ticked!

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Just get it ticked, and you're going to have a smooth sailing!

See Also: How to Install WordPress with cPanel?

Over to You:-

The .htaccess file is of utmost importance to your blog. It might seem like a tiny bit of code but it does miracles and magic when it comes to tweaking your blog for better performance or especially protecting it.

So I'm guessing this piece solved your issues over How to edit WordPress htaccess file right? Oh, I even tried my best to explain to you where is .htaccess file and how to show hidden htaccess files.

But I get it, there still might be couple doubts arising in that curious little mind of yours, guess what I love questions. Make use of the comment box; I'm here for each and every one of them.

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How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool?

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Site loading speed test is one of the most important tests you could ever perform on your blog if you're serious about it's career. And that's the reason I'm writing this piece on How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool.

Site loading speed is a lot of time confused with a lot of other things. For e.g. most people think “the amount of time taken for a, and that to open” is site speed.

Well, for the users it might be the case. But for Search Engines? Nope, not at all! (I've researched a lot on this exact topic a year back. Hence, all of this is coming through.)

Search Engines takes “site speed” in a very different manner compared to how you or me would judge it, so before getting into the real subject of the article, that's Test Web Loading Speed with Pingdom Tools, let me take you on a ride into some more important, yet unknown small little details. Don't forget to track your visitors and the bounce rate using Google Analytics.

Does Site Speed Affect Search Rankings?

It definitely does. Not directly, but indirectly. (Although some claim it does even directly, but it's not confirmed yet!)

I'm sure the question of “How would Google, an algorithm know how long my site took to load”, right? Well trust me Google right now is a lot more advanced than half the human race combined!

What Site Speed Means for Users and How it Affects Rankings:-

When a user lands on the site, the time taken by the site to load completely is termed as “site speed” by most of us.  And well in a general and broader sense, it's correct.

Now it affects rankings as, if a site takes a long time to load, the user would get frustrated and hit the back button (because well, Google has millions of different sites for him), and that's termed as PogoSticking!

Meaning, when a user comes to a site and hits the back button, it's called pogosticking, and it's a negative indicator for Google that the user didn't find what it was looking for.

And for Google, the one thing that matters most, is User Experience. And it does everything in it's power to increase it. So yeah if a user hits the back button, Google would move your result couple places down in the search results.

Because now Google thinks that your site isn't worth being where it is. So see? A poor site speed isn't exactly what you're hunting for. And that's the reason I'll show you how to perform a Site loading speed test.

Before actually getting into the whole How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool thing, let me tell you what Pingdom in itself is.

What is Pingdom?

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Pingdom is an automated Pinging tool, a tool that pings your site and gets its results and reports to you.

Not just speed! Pingdom also has the features to:-

  • Monitor Uptime: – Meaning, if your site ever goes down. It lets you know.
  • Alert Manager: –Well this neatly crafted algorithm sends you an alert message, and it's pretty advanced as it sends messages only to those people who should be receiving it.

For e.g.,. If there's a speed problem, it'll send the message to the guy who's managing your Site speed, and for downtime, it'll send it to the guy managing your Uptime-downtime thing.

See Also: How to Fully Backup My Site?

You can assign the people their roles inside Pingdom! So yeah see the reason for me adding the “advanced” thing in it?

  • Page Speed: – This is the tool I suppose you're here for. Well, it's a simple tool that calculates your site speed, shows it to you and not just that also provides suggestions to improve it!

How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool:-

Well, the best thing about Pingdom is that, it's free! Atleast the speed test tool is!

So all you have to do is, head over to the speed test tool from Pingdom. Page.

Once you're there, you'll get a beautifully placed box at the center of the screen. So just enter your SITE URL over there and click on test.

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In around 2-3 seconds you'd get the results on the page! Here's how to analyze them:-

  • Perf. Grade: – It's the overall performance grade of your URL. The higher it is, the better.
  • Requests: – That's the number of server requests your URL did before returning the page. The lower,  the better.
  • Load Time: – I don't think I need to spell this out for you, but yeah the lower your load time is, the better it is for you.
  • Page Size:- Ofcourse you know, the higher the page size is, the longer it would take to load. So well, yeah just reduce the page size.

Well, that's just one box! Telling you all of this. If you scroll down a bit, you'd get a waterfall section. What this section does is, it shows you the exact number of requests, each element of the page consumed!

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There's a second tab, that's titled Performance Grade! Well, your page is made up of lot's of different elements, right?

The Javascript, the CSS, the HTML and what not! So what Performance grade for you does when it comes to site loading speed test is, it breaks down “individual performances” of those elements!

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That's a lot of data to work with. You just optimize, improve and analyze your elements and just boost your SERP's with this one site loading speed test!

Server Response Codes: – The third tab, that's the Page Analysis tabs gets you a detailed analysis into the Server response codes of your site!

Well, what it means is, your site is not just your domain, right? A lot of third-party plugins, images, and stuff are used on it. So what it does is, it gets you the response code, performance and resource consumption report of those third-party domains compared to your URL!

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I know it sounds complicated, but you'd figure it out once you're on the page.  And then, you can probably just delete, (or improve if you want to) the third-party plugins and modules that are consuming a lot of resources.

And to top it all up, there's even a history section! Yeah, it shows you how your site was performing in the past!

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Now that's one hell of a thing because it shouts out to me when exactly (along with the date) was my site at it's best. Then I can just go back to the theme, plugin or whatever Optimization I was on back then.

And it would get my site it's speed back, won't it?

Final Words:-

So yeah that's a lot of FREE stuff to get your hands on, right? I'm guessing this piece should've answered to your “How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool,” right? Yeah hoped so. Just in case, you wanted to check the wifi speed, here you can see how to test wifi speed?

There are a lot of times when you may need to move your site from one server to another, in that case, before doing anything, it is important to take backup of the website. Here is how to fully backup your site.

But If I still missed something out, feel free to let me know. Or just pour in your thoughts in the comment box!

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How to Create Free Cover Images For Your Blog?

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There are many professionals and bloggers who are invariably in the search of good and reliable cover images for their products or blogs. I have seen many people searching for the sources which could give them the appropriate collection of the images or the sources to create images for them. If you also want to know How to create free cover images for your blog, then read out this article.

Whenever we make any search on google regarding this query, hundreds of results appears providing the websites for image creation. And needless to say,  are all good.

But do you know, these images can be sometimes plagiarized? Like maybe some of the other websites have already used that. Or they are the copyrighted images. And you must know that using a copyrighted image or plagiarized images can get you into a big trouble. The one, you used copyrighted images of, can sue you.

So, to avoid this happening let's learn to create free cover images. Let's check out our today's guide and learn to create free cover images for your blog. Make sure, the image you are going to create should be in jpeg or jpg format as it gives us best quality in less size. Here is how to convert png image to jpg without losing quality.

In today's article, I will make you know some of the best websites that will help you find the free to use images. Also, I will let you know the methods to create the cover images by using the same websites.

How to Create Free Cover Images For Your Blog

Here, I am providing a list of online and offline tools. You can use them to create the official looking images. By using the provided tools, you can easily create the cover images for your blog even if you are not a designer

There is a list of websites which provides free images for websites. I will be sharing some of the best and working tools which will help you creating cover images.

And let me tell you, there is no such procedure or steps that you need to learn in order to create the images. All you will need is just a little knowledge of the websites or the software that help you getting free images for commercial use.

Let's find out what these websites are and how can we use them to get cover images for blogs.

Canva

When it comes to creating or editing images, nothing can beat Canva. Canva is one of the best editing tools. One of the easily navigable and easy to use tool it is. To use Canva, there is no additional skill required. Once you open up canva you will need to login via your Google or facebook account or by using your email address.

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Once you are logged in, you will need to click on Create a design. As sooner you click on that, you will be provided with various templates.

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Select any of them by clicking on it and you will be provided with various options like elements, text, background etcSimply select the option as per your choice and edit your image accordingly.

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With this tool, you can design a professional looking cover images for your blog easily.

PlaceIt

PlaceIt is another useful tool that helps you creating images that too in a very short span of time. With PlaceIt, you can create cover images in less than a minute.

To create images with placeIt, you will need to drag and drop a picture of your product or company's website onto one of PlaceIt’s stock images of a mobile device or computer screen. See the image below.

free-images-for-websitesAll you will need to click on upload and select the image of your website's logo or product image and adjust to the provided image. You will love this tool once you use it on your own.

Skitch

If you have already an image created and want to add some additional effects, some objective like arrows, rectangle, text captions etc the Skitch would be the best choice for you.

Skitch isn’t a multidimensional tool for complex photo editing or some cumbersome creation such as an infographic. But definitely, a simple app that does things extremely well and quickly. After Canva and PlaceIt, it is also one of the best editing tools.

Pixlr

Just like above-mentioned tools, Pixlr can also be considered when it comes to creating cover images for the blogs. With Pixlr, it is very easy to customize photos and edit the images.

Pixlr is a free web-based tool for enhancing images. In fact, it doesn't even require any registration. To use Pixlr you don't even have to log in or create an account. Simply go to https://pixlr.com/editor/ and click on CREATE An NEW IMAGE. Or if you already have an existing image saved on your computer click on OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER.

Check the Image below.

As you can see in the above image, you are provided with basically four options. Select any of the as per your need and create the image as your demand.

Ribbet

If you demand an image that contains ore than one picture then without thinking much, you should go for Ribbet. However, it is not very old in the market but is still being loved by many.

This tool allows its users to customize images for their blog posts to infinite levels. In short, for a collage creation or editing photos Ribbet can be considered freely.

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Apart from the above-mentioned tools, there are many other too which provides the same facility. Like ImageWell, QuotesCover, Jing, Google Drawings etc. Moreover, there are always some offline tools available like photoshop, CorelDraw, Photoscape, Picasa that are kinda evergreen and can be used to create or edit any kinda images.

Remember there are no such guides which can tell you how to create free cover images for your blog. Because creating images or editing photos depends only on our creativity. Once you have the cover image, it is time to create a logo. Here is how to create your own Logo.

All it requires is a little information about the tools that can help you creating one for you. And as you can see I have provided sufficient knowledge about the tools and websites.

Now use these tools and create cover images for your business and blogs. How do you like our article? Do let us know via the comment section.

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How to Watermark Photos?

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How to watermark photos

Plagiarism is making its way into the digital world. With the easy access and publicly visible content, one can easily copy and promote the content under their name. This is why knowing how to watermark photos is going to be one of the most important

So, whether you are a graphics designer or a budding photographer, you need to watermark your pictures or artwork. This will help you to eliminate plagiarism to a great extent. Additionally, if you wish to know how to make a watermark or how to create a watermark then you should prefer searching over the internet, and you may find some of the best solutions out there.

If you are still wondering that what is a watermark then let us tell you that watermark is a faint looking design which is usually placed in a picture to prevent it from unethical and use without the consent of the original owner.

So, in this article, we will tell you how to watermark a picture? We have subdivided this article into 3 different methods which will provide you a comprehensive and elaborative way through the processes.

Do you have old photographs that you want to keep it for always? Here is something really useful for you. See how to scan and digitalize old photos.

How to watermark photos?

Method 1: Using Photoshop.

If you need to watermark photos, then using Photoshop can be the best native method. It is very powerful photo editing software.

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Step #1: In this very first step, you need to open Photoshop application on your system. For this, you need to double click on Photoshop icon, and this will open the application for you. Now, you can certainly proceed with the next steps.

Step #2: Now, you need to open the picture to which you wish to add the watermark. To do so, all that you need is to click on “File” tab which is positioned at the top left corner of the Photoshop window. Once you have clicked on the same, then a menu will open for you. From the menu, you need to select open and then select the desired file from the source drive.

Step #3: Now, you also need to open the logo file which you wish to use as a watermark. If you wish the extract the logo image from another larger image, then you should consider using lasso tool. Once you are done extracting the same then, all that you need is to save the picture file. We will make use of this file as the watermark.

Step #4: In this step, you are required to place your logo file. You can do this by clicking on “File” and then from the subsequent menu which appears after clicking “File” you need to select “Place”. After this, you will be prompted to select your file. Just select the logo file which you have saved in Step #3.

Now, resize the logo file to whatever dimensions you want. Also, find a suitable place to position it. You can align it right, left or in the center also. Do not forget to adjust the opacity of the logo file.

Once you are done with all these, then click on the “Right” icon positioned at the top bar.  This will place the watermark logo for you.

Step #5: As the last step, you require saving the file. For this, you need to click on “File” and then select the “Save for web” option. Now, from the subsequent window which follows up, select the file format like “PNG-24”, “PNG”, or “JPEG” or others. Once, you are done with all the mentioned then you need to save it by clicking on the “Save” button.

Alternatively, you can also have a text-based watermark also.

Method 2: Using Picasa.

If you are not aware of what “Picasa” is? Then let us tell you that Picasa is an image organizer, image viewer, and a basic photo editing tool which is developed and marketed by Google. You can make use of it to add watermark to photo. In this section, we will show you how you can add a watermark to your image using Picasa.

Step #1: As the very first step, you need to open the Picasa application on your system. In case if you do not have Picasa application on your system then you should consider downloading and installing it. Else there is no other way round.

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The moment you have the Picasa application open in front of you, then you can proceed to the next step.

Step #2: Now, you need to upload the photos to the Picasa album. Once you have uploaded the photos, then you need to select the photos which you want to watermark.
Alternatively, you can also add photos by navigating through the file tab and then selecting “Add file to Picasa”.

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If you wish to select more than one photo, then do not forget to press shift while selecting the desired. Once you have selected the same then, you need to click on export button.

Step #3: Remember that, you can only add text as a watermark in your pictures. So, to add the text you need to click on the “Text” option at the left pane of the window. Clicking on it will show a text box in which you can type the text which you wish to appear as “Watermark.” You can play with the opacity and color of your watermark along with the position of it. You can even expand and re-size it.

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Once you are done with all these, then you require clicking on “Apply” button. This way you can easily add a text watermark in your pictures.

If you have some photos on iPhone that you wanted to hide, here is how you can hide photos on iPhone.

Method 3: Using web-based online services.

If you will go through the internet for such online watermarking services, then you will encounter a plethora of them. You can make use of them to watermark your pictures as they are very efficient for the purpose. For your ease and convenience, we will be listing some of such services.

1) www.watermark.ws.

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2) www.umarkonline.com.

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3) www.watermark-images.com.

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These online watermark services are extremely easy to use and by using them you can watermark your images very easily. You can add text or images as the watermark.

Let’s wrap it up.

This let’s wrap it up section brings us to the end of this tutorial cum guide on “ How to watermark photos? ” We hope that we were efficient enough to satisfy your curiosity about this topic. For all the Instagram users, here is how you can save Instagram photos on your phone.

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Do you run a Non-Profit Organization? or Do you want a donation for your project? If yes, then this article will be of great help for you. Using the methods described here, you will be able to add a donate button PayPal to your website.

Additionally, if you want to add a PayPal buy now button to your website then you can also do the same by following the method.

So, without wasting any time further, let's get started with the article on “How to add a PayPal donate button to your website?”

How to add a PayPal donate button to your website?

Step #1: As the first step, you need to visit www.paypal.com and log on to your PayPal account using the corresponding credentials. Just in case, if you do not have a PayPal account as without having one, you won’t be able to add a PayPal button to your website. So, make sure to be equipped with one before proceeding further.

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Just for the sake of information, if you want to create a PayPal account then you need to click on join button. After this, you will have to follow the onscreen instructions. In a new PayPal account, you may need to know how to add money to PayPal.

Step #2: So, by now we assume that you are equipped with a PayPal account and have logged onto it. From the PayPal dashboard, you now need to navigate to the “Merchant Services” tab. Once you have found the same, then you now need to click on it.

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Since it seems like PayPal has changed its interface, you may have a hard time finding “merchant services” option. So, you can directly follow the following link which can be found through the sitemap.

Always remember that for this, you are required to have a business PayPal account.

From the following window, you are required to scroll down a bit for “PayPal Website Payments Standard.” Once you have found the same then, you need to click on it.

Step #3: The recent activity of yours will land you to a plethora of options. If you are looking to add “Buy Now” sort of buttons to your website, then you can click on the corresponding option. After this, you can follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

However, if you are looking to add a donation button, then you should consider looking for the “Donations” link. You need to click on it in order to start the process of integrating it into the website. Also, rest of the steps will tell you about the processes required for adding a donate now button on your site.

Step #4: To directly jump to this step, you can click on this link.

In this step, you will be prompted to enter the details relating to your organization. You will first have to choose the button type which will be by default “Donations”. After this, you will have to provide your organization name or the service name. If you are equipped with the Donation ID, then you can enter the same in the subsequent field. However, this is optional.

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On the same page, you will see an option as “Customize text or appearance.” As the name suggests, you can click on it in order to customize the appearance of your buttons. Like, if you want to display the credit card buttons along with your Donate now button then you can mark the check box next to which “Display Credit Card Logos” is written. Also, you can select the country and language for the button.

Apart from this, you will have to choose the currency by clicking on the button just below the “Currency” text.

However, all the options to customize the buttons are optional, and you can also add your custom made button. For this, you just have to enter the URL of the image of the button and your work will be done.

After, doing all the mentioned, you will have to choose the “Contribution Amount.” For this, you will be provided with two options. The first one being that you can set a particular amount, and this means that the donor cannot send a large or a small amount other than the fixed price.

On the other hand, the other option includes that the donor can enter their contribution. Go for the one whichever suits your need and proceed forward.

Step #5: After doing all the needful as mentioned in step #4, you now have to scroll down a bit for further options. Now, you have to choose the Merchant Account ID. Yet again, you are provided with two options. You can go for either one of them whichever you found yourself comfortable with.

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Now, if you want to save the button and its preferences for future use, then you can consider moving onto step 2 on the window. However, if you are not up with it, then you can certainly jump on to step 3.

If you have to customize advanced features then also, you will have to look onto step 3. Using this step, you can customize your page for the exception when a user cancels the donation, or you want your button to be on a specific page.

Step #6: After successfully completing the previous steps, all that you require doing is to click on the “Create Button.” This will direct you to a page where you will be provided with two kinds of codes. One is for using it on your websites, and the other one is for using it on your email.

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To use website code, you will have to copy the code and place it into the code of your website. For this, you can ask your designer, or you can simply do it yourself. All that you require doing is to paste the code where you want it to be displayed. That’s it; you now have a donation button on your website. Kudos.

So, this was all about adding a PayPal donate button to your website. We hope that by making use of the methods specified here in this article, you will be able to know “How to add a PayPal payment button to your website?”

PayPal is the easiest and the convenient way to send and receive offshore as well as local money from different merchants. If you are really new into the PayPal, you should see how to use PayPal for sending and receiving money.

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