It’s All Online: New Guides to Understand and Use the Internet

According to statistics collector Nielsen/Net Ratings, 74% of the entire population of North America uses the Internet. How often doesn’t come into that calculation which leaves us with the simple fact that every one of the 227,303,680 North American Internet users have widely different needs and experience.

Where do you fall in? Are you a sometimes-browser that loves to hit the Internet for the popular sites like eBay and Amazon, or a die-hard Internet user that does everything from chat in IRC to code some html and Wikify your latest research? Whatever your particular needs online, I’m sure that there’s something you’d like to learn how to do – or do better. That’s what makes the Content Producers on AC so wonderful: they give us the tools we need to learn more.

This week, I’ve found several guides that illustrate the point that we all have different levels of Internet experience, and what we want to learn about the Internet varies from person to person. So, whether you want to know why the Internet browser FireFox is making such a wave or figure out how to make your WordPress blog more aesthetically pleasing, the newest guides have you covered.

Why Would Anyone Download a Free Firefox Browser?

I’m huge on the FireFox browser, but fought downloading it for months before my Internet Explorer crashed and I got fed up. Since I tried FireFox, I’m one of their die-hard fans who never even opens Microsoft’s browser anymore. In this guide, Claire Moylan covers the reasons why most people are hesitant to download FireFox (fears of crashing and bugginess, being too difficult to use, etc.) and then shows why those fears are unfounded. She goes into the amazing features that FireFox offers and, in short, provides every reason why someone should download the free Internet browser. I’m loving this guide because it not only covers some tools that I’d not stumbled across yet, but Claire writes in a style that makes it fun to read her article and motivates you to consider your own reasons for using the software that you do.

Even if you haven’t considered getting a new Internet browser, take a look at this article. I think you’ll be surprised at the knowledge you gain.

Changing the Text in WordPress

Jasmine Starr has my total respect for consistently writing articles that are useful, and right to the point. In this guide, Changing the Text in WordPress, she has continued the tradition by laying out (all in one page) the steps to changing the default font used in your WordPress blog. Instead of fighting line-by-line with your theme, you can use this easy process to change it across the blog – in one step.

The Real Cost of Getting & Maintaining a Website

Yuwanda Black has only been writing for Associated Content since April – but the work this woman is producing can’t be missed. She focuses on articles that aid self-employed people, and the information contained in each are timely and well-written.

In The Real Cost of Getting & Maintaining a Website, Yuwanda gives her attention to freelance writers. As she opens the article with, it is a necessity anymore for writers to have their own website to showcase their work. In this guide, Yuwanda offers information on what kind of website a freelance writer might need, how to name your site, choose a web designer, and find web hosting. In the end, she shows how to shop around and get a complete website that any writer could be proud of for under $500. Pretty impressive, to say the least.

Domain Name Extensions

Digging back a little bit, I had to include this article because it goes side-by-side with Yuwanda’s “Real Cost” guide and if you haven’t read this one yet, you definitely should.

J. Landon is a freelance writer and student that has been writing for Associated Content since January. The variety of articles he’s produced is definitely impressive – but it’s his “Domain Name Extensions” article which caught my eye this week. Even out of curiosity, it’s amazing to find out what some of the extensions (.ws for instance) we type into our browser address bar every day actually stand for. If you pair this article with Yuwanda’s guide on setting up your own website, though, you have a rather complete understanding of the forces in play when you get your site online

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