50+ More Free RSS Feed Icons

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Every blog wants as many subscribers as it can get. Attracting a reader’s with a noticeable RSS icon is one way of achieving that goal. The standard RSS icon won’t always cut it. With all the free icons available out there, there’s very little reason to stick to the default.

Back in April, I collected together 60 free RSS icons to use on your blog. With the 50 added here, you now have over 110 styles to choose from. The right one for your blog is bound to be in here somewhere!

Check out the first 60 feed icons here.

Circular Feed Icons

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The Perfect Hands-Free Database Backup

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Most of us are quite lax when it comes to making regular backups of our database. It’s too much hassle, and “what are the chances it will happen to me?”

But what if your backup system happened automatically everyday, stored the backup securely on another server, and you never had to look near it?

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How To Make Your Own Default Avatar in 5 Minutes

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gravatars Thousands of blogs show avatars next to their user’s comments. The avatars are a great way to make things more personal and create some variety between the different comments.

But there are always people who don’t have an avatar. The result is usually a stack of default gray avatars. The same gray avatar you see on every other blog with Gravatars

It only takes a few minutes to make your own, branded avatar.

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Even Links Can Look Good

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Changing the style of your links is probably the easiest change you can make in your design.

If you aren’t sure how to do it, there is a good explanation at Echo Echo. It will show you how.

It takes only seconds to try out a new look for your links. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to style your links, to both look good and be usable at the same time.

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Prepare Your Blog for the iPhone, Easily

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Most of you are probably sick of hearing about the iPhone by now. But given that there is no escaping Apple-mania today, you might want to take half an hour to prep your blog for iPhone use.

Thankfully, it’s all very easy to do.

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Why Tags Are Better Than Categories

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tags Most blogs put their posts into various categories, and then list the categories in the sidebar. It’s the done thing.

But how useful are categories really? Would tags be more helpful for your readers?

Few Categories vs. Many Tags

Categories are most effective when there’s a small number of them. The small list is easily digestible by a reader and organizes your blog into its major sections.

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Bloggers, Get Familiar With Your Database

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database-server All of your posts, settings, and every other piece of data about your blog are stored in a database. Sooner or later, you are going to have to access that database directly, especially when things go wrong.

Thankfully, the level of knowledge a blogger needs to have about their database is very low. It’s easy to get to grips with, and you’ll be glad of it when that fateful day eventually comes.

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