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How to Get Microsoft Office For Free

How to Get Microsoft Office For Free (Mac, iPad, iPhone & PC, Android)

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Here at Netphiles we know school keeps students on edge with class assignments, research papers, long study nights, and to-do lists. To make all those things happen you need to have the proper tools.  You can now enjoy a FREE subscription to Microsoft® Office while you’re at FSU.

Thanks to the Information Technology Services (ITS) department, anyone who’s taken classes within the previous two semesters and hasn’t yet graduated has access to the full version of Microsoft® Office 365 ProPlus for free through the Microsoft® Student Advantage program.

FSU’s website has this statement from the ITS Associate Vice President and CIO, Michael Barrett, “Having access to the Microsoft® tools will help students be successful while at Florida State and also help prepare them to be sought-after employees in today’s competitive workforce.”

With this free subscription, students can install Microsoft® Office with their myFSU email account. Installation is easy, and doesn’t take long with the installation guides found on the Microsoft® Office 365 ProPlus website.

The subscriptions allow installations on up to five computers (PC or Mac) and up to five Android or iPhone mobile devices means you can access study files, incomplete papers, and complex excel documents multiple devices, anytime, anywhere. And in addition to saving money ($144 per year, to be exact), students will also receive automatic updates.

The programs/apps included are: Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote®, Access®, Publisher®, Outlook® and InfoPath®.  Program availability may differ on the current operating system you’re using.

If you have any problems getting Microsoft Office for free as an FSU student, never hesitate to call us at 850-536-0694.

Remember we also offer PC Repair in Tallahassee, Apple Repair in Tallahassee, iPhone Repairs, and websites.

Here are the instructions the installation guides recommends:

Windows® Office 365 ProPlus Installation Guide

  1. Before you start, uninstall previous versions of Microsoft® Office.
  2. Go to https://outlook.com/my.fsu.edu.
  3. Log on to your myFSU student email account with your myFSU email address and password.
  4. In Outlook® Web Access (OWA), choose Settings ( ) from the top-right menu.
  5. Choose Office 365 Settings.
  6. Choose Software.
  7. The page will default to the Office options. Click Install.
  8. NOTE: If you are unsure which version of Microsoft® Office you should install (32-bit or 64-bit), see the Which version is best for me? article.
  9. Choose Run or Save.
  10. The streaming installation will begin.
  11. A video will display to explain the new features of Microsoft® Office 365 ProPlus. While the video plays, the installation will continue in the background. Do not go offline or restart your computer until the installation is complete.

 

Mac Office 365 ProPlus Installation Guide

  1. Before you start, uninstall previous versions of Microsoft® Office.
  2. Go to https://outlook.com/my.fsu.edu.
  3. Log on to your myFSU student email account with your myFSU email address and password.
  4. In Outlook® Web Access (OWA), choose Settings ( ) from the top-right menu.
  5. Choose Office 365 Settings.
  6. Choose Software.
  7. The page will default to the Office options. Click Install.
  8. NOTE: If you are unsure which version of Office you should install (32-bit or 64-bit), see the Which version is best for me? article.
  9. Once the download completes, double-click the Microsoft Office 2011.dmg file and run the installer.
  10. After you have completed the install process, open an Office application, such as Word® , and you will be presented with the Get Started with Office 2011 screen. Select Sign in to an existing Office 365 Subscription.
  11. Enter your myFSU email address and click Next.
  12. If you are prompted to choose Microsoft Account or Organizational Account, choose Organizational Account.
    1. Enter your password and click Sign In. Your Mac may prompt you that “Microsoft Office Setup Assistant would like to access your contacts.” Click OK.
    2. Personalize your copy of Microsoft® Office, select your preferred setting for updates and click Continue.

After setup runs, you may be prompted with the Get Started with Office 2011 screen again. Quit the application and reopen to start using Microsoft® Office.

Responsive Web Pages

What is a responsive webpage? A responsive webpage is a website that is able to be used on a computer, cell phone, smart phone, and a tablet, that will change its dimensions and layout accordingly. The reason this is a great concept is cell phones, especially smart phones, are rapidly becoming the most used technology.

Research has shown that around:
• 90% of adults have a cell phone
• 58% of those are smart phones
• And of those 60% of those adults use their phones to access the internet to find information they are looking for

This means that if your website is not responsive those people will not be able to easily access your website. So help those seeking your business, find your business.
If you need help, have questions, or would like your website to become responsive contact us at Netphiles, we can help.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. You can also call us at (850)-536-0694. Or if you go to our website at ww.netphiles.com, you can send us a message.

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SEO & Search Engine Marketing

Making a website attractive to visitors can be a difficult task. It requires knowledge of the site’s demographics, knowledge of web technologies, graphic design skills, and much more. However, if you get too wrapped up in the graphics and technical design of the site, it’s easy to forget about another important consideration: search engine optimization.

Every website will be used by three main groups:

First:
users, who expect an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-navigate website, good visual and logical design.
Second:
administrators and developers, who run the site while adding content and features, and benefit from a well-written website with code that’s easy to modify and work with.
Third:
one of the most crucial and often-neglected search engine bots, which need each page to provide text and metadata information so that they can tell what your site is about.

There’s no problem with handling the first two groups, however, many developers forget to take search engines into account when programming websites, resulting in a much lower visibility than they might have otherwise had even though it looks great, but looks can be deceiving.

Search engine robots, for the most part, can’t read images or Flash files. However, they don’t just read the text that appears on your page, they read the code as well. As a result, you should make sure that things such as page titles, image names, tags, meta description and keywords are applied appropriately. Don’t go overboard, however – getting too spammy or copy-pasting identical content too much could backfire. Remember that some of these items can still be visible to the user depending on their browser and settings, so make sure to keep your descriptions human-readable.

When it comes to visible text, it’s best to write high-quality content which differs from page to page and closely relates to your website’s topic and theme as search engines give advantage to pages with quality website content. Careful usage of HTML and CSS tags is also helpful.

As you can see, many of these techniques can not only boost your site’s search performance but also make it easy for end users and developers to find your site. This is the basis of good SEO – balance between designing your site to appeal to end users as well as search engines, creating the synergy between user expectations and search robot expectations in order to satisfy both groups as much as possible.

Give Netphiles a call if you’re interested in applying these techniques and other SEO strategies to your website, or if you want to design a new website which prioritizes search engine performance from the start. Our skilled web design and SEO professionals can design a website that meets the needs of both users and search engines, and our sites are easy to administer and update as well thanks to our content management systems.

Why Should Websites Be responsive?

With the increasing popularity of smart phones, tablets, mini notebooks, etc., web browsers face the challenge to maintain the same look and feel across different platforms. A website viewed on a PC and then viewed on another devices browswer may appear differently. The reason why is because of the different screen sizes.

A popular way to combat this problem is to make a mobile friendly version of websites. However, with more and more different devices, other than phones, coming out that are capable of accessing the web more challenges of maintaining web design are faced. Are designers and developers expected to create a tablet friendly or video game console friendly web page as well? The answer to this question is no and the reason why is because of this new trend known as responsive web design.

Responsive web design in simplest terms is a design technique that keeps web pages the same no matter what the screen size and layout the end user is viewing it on. On a responsive web page, users can also re-size their browser to make it thinner, wider, bigger, or smaller and the layout of the web page will automatically adjust itself to the new size.

5 Second Rule

When it comes to designing a new website, designers must keep the “5 Second Rule” in mind. No, we aren’t talking about when your food hits the ground and you have 5 seconds to pick it up before germs accumulate.

Instead, we are talking about when a visitor is on a website, they have about 5 seconds before they make up their mind whether to stay or to leave. Here are some crucial tips to keep visitors longer than 5 seconds.
One crucial key to retaining a users attention is to have good website navigation. The navigation has to make sense to the avergae person. Designers must keep in mind that visitors may not be as web design savvy as themselves so simplicity and common sense in navigation is essential. Another important aspect is purpose. The purpose of the website has to communicate clearly what the company does. The indication can be as simple as a book for a bookstore in the logo or a catchy slogan in the header. Anything, but it has to be visible and crystal clear. Finally, there has to be a call to action. Once the user is comfortable navigating your site and learning more about the company, they will most likely want to contact you.  That call to action of contact has to be noted in the first 5 seconds. To do this there can be a, contact page in the site navigation, Facebook and/or Twitter icons, a number in the header, etc.

Check out some more tips to applying the 5 second rule at these sites:
http://articles.webdesigners123.com/good_website_navigation_is_important.php
http://unbounce.com/landing-pages/the-5-second-rule-best-sites-of-2009-part-1/

The Web Development Team

What are the two expertise required in creating websites in a developer? Every student somehow thinks they have some knowledge of creating and setting up a website using tools like Adobe Dreamweaver, or HTML language for coding. However, web design requires expertise of two critical developers:

1. Web Graphic Designer for the front end graphic and aesthetics on the website, wire framing the website to get the feel of what the website front page will look like with appropriate color scheme for background, navigation, call to action buttons, and custom images. Graphic designers use Photoshop and Illustrator to create custom images that are unique to the business

2. Web Application Developer builds the essential coding on the back-end of the website using the technical language such as PHP, HTML, CSS, MySQL and various scripting for certain areas of the website. The developer understands the requirement of the website’s database and what output is generated, is there online form with various fields? Integrating e-commerce with online payment? Membership database? Before venturing into a new website, do keep in mind that a good website will have two critical developers for your project and therefore initial investment will go a long way to produce result oriented website on both front end and back end.