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How to Change or Customize Your Twitter Background (Skin) to Fit the New 2012 Design Change (with video demo)

I love the new Twitter layout. It’s rolling out and my account was just updated yesterday. I’d recorded a video series on how to create a customized background using PowerPoint, and the last video in the series shows how to upload a new jpeg design to your profile.

This new video is an update. And if you’d like to try creating a new background using PowerPoint, it’s all on my YouTube channel.

If the video series helps, I hope you’ll share it with your network. And feel free to embed it into your Website or blog.

PEACE.

Create Your Own Video Website for Free with Vidcaster and YouTube. Perfect for Vodcasts.

I’m becoming obsessed with creating how-to videos about productivity and technology tips and gadgets. I’d decided earlier in the year that my project during this holiday season (as business slows down) would be to learn even more video editing software and to get more serious about vodcasting (Internet TV with my own videos). My brain cells are in overdrive, and that keeps me motivated (I’ll talk more about the software and gadgets I’m using in another post).

I have a YouTube channel and have been posting how-to videos for several years, but I also wanted to have a separate Website for my videos and my vodcast, Suite Minute with Peggy Duncan. I didn’t want to host the videos on a site that I’d have to create and then maintain.

Vidcaster.com – Create Your Own Video Website

Vidcaster.com has a lot of features I wanted. However, I’m using the free version and have some limitations such as not being able to add social tools to each video. For this reason, I’ll promote my YouTube channel most of the time.

  • Easy to use. I clicked around the site because I wanted to know everything I’d be able to do. I’ve created new pages, added my own background, chosen a template, etc. Everything was straightforward.
  • Connects with YouTube. This is key because I didn’t want to have to upload all of my videos to the site.
  • Has customizable background. I wanted this site to resemble the design of my YouTube channel. I created a background in PowerPoint, and uploaded it. After tweaking the design, I was able to make everything fit the template I chose on Vidcaster.
  • Offers a free version. I’m going to stick with the free version for now. When I get advertisers interested in my channel, I’ll upgrade to the paid version so I can include commercials in my shows.
  • Can customize the domain name. For $20 a year, I’m using my own domain for more professional branding (I didn’t want .vidcaster in the name). This was tricky because this called for creating an A Record where I registered the domain (I’d never done this before and still don’t know what the heck it is). You’ll see info on this on Vidcaster’s site when you attempt to add the custom domain, but you’ll have to figure out how to create the A Record on your own.

    I found the instructions for doing it on Godaddy.com (that’s where I registered the SuiteMinuteTV.com domain), inserted the IP address I got from Vidcaster, and waited a few hours for all this to propagate throughout the Internet. After that, I clicked to verify it on Vidcaster.com, and it worked! (See below for instructions I used on GoDaddy).

So, here it is. Introducing SuiteMinuteTV.com.

 

How to Create an A Record, GoDaddy.com

Here are the instructions I found for creating an A Record on GoDaddy.com. You’ll have to do a similar search for instructions with your registrar (or call them).

GoDaddy: To Access the Zone File Editor

Log in to your Account Manager.

In the My Products section, click Domain Manager.

Do one of the following:

From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager, and then click Edit Zone for the domain name you want to update.

Click the domain name you want to update, and, in the DNS Manager section, click Launch.

 

GoDaddy: To Add an A Record

Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.

Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record window displays.

From the Record type list, select A (Host).

Complete the following fields:

Host Name: Enter the host name the A record links to. Type @ to point the record directly to your domain name, including the www.

Points to IP Address: Enter the IP address your domain name uses for this host record (I got this from Vidcaster).

TTL: Select how long the server should cache the information (I changed to a week…don’t ask me why).

Click OK.

Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new A record displays in the A (Host) section.


Back on Vidcaster

Go to your Vidcaster page and change the domain to Custom (on the Dashboard, click Site, Domain).

Only thing left to do on the Vidcaster site is to set up analytics…I’ll update the post when I get it done.

Hope this helps. Let me know what you think about all this.

PEACE.

 

 

 

Use the iGo Battery and Charger to Juice Your iPhone and Other Gadgets Without an Electrical Outlet

Have you been away from your home base and your gadget battery was dead, or close to it, and there was no electrical outlet anywhere? Or have you been at the airport, coffee house, or bookstore, and the few available outlets were taken? Me too. That’s why I’m so excited about the iGo. It’s a battery and charger in one. You can use it to charge various gadgets without an outlet, just by changing the tip.

I made this quick video to demo using my iGo to charge my iPhone (you can order various tips to fit whatever gadget you use, including a laptop).

You can purchase the iGo from Amazon (this is a link to the unit I purchased on Amazon for my iPhone) where it’ll probably be less expensive than buying from the manufacturer. Two tips came with this order: one for my iPhone and an extra tip for a BlackBerry. Other tips are available, if not on Amazon, check out iGo.com.

So don’t get caught with another dead battery and nowhere to plug it up. Impress your friends and colleagues with this simple but powerful technology and charge your battery anywhere with iGo. Let me know what you think.

 

Send Your Product for Reviews

If your company manufacturers a gadget or software that improves productivity or helps with small business marketing, send it my way to review. First, email me with a brief description of your product and include a link to your Website. I’ll respond if I’m interested. No returns. Thank you!

PEACE.