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Google Apps – reset a users password


You can always reset the password for a user on your domain. This is helpful when:

  • A user forgets his or her password
  • A user’s account is compromised (security concerns)

To reset a user’s password:

    1. Sign in to the Google Apps administrator control panel.

      The URL is, where primary-domain-name is the domain name you used to sign up for Google Apps.


    1. Find the user account. You can either search or browse:
      • Search: Enter the user name in the search box at the top of the Google Apps control panel, then click Search accounts.
      • Browse: Click the Organization & users tab from the top menu. Select an organization from the organizational structure on the left.


  1. Click the row for the user account to display the user information page.
  2. Click Change password.
  3. Enter the user’s new password in the Password: field, and then enter it again in the Re-enter Password: field to confirm the change.

    When you enter the password, the Password strength field below the text boxes evaluates the security level of the password. Click the link if you want tips for creating strong passwords. Google requires a password that’s at least eight characters, especially for optimal use with IMAP or POP.

  4. Specify whether you want to force the user to change the password the next time he or she signs in.

    Select the Require a change of password in the next sign in check box to require the user to create a new password.

  5. Click Save Changes along the bottom.

Once you’ve reset a password, be sure to provide the user with new login information.

Google Penguin update – same anchor text now hurts website SEO

If you have the same anchor text in your footer links on all the websites that you create this can now hurt your website SEO. This happened to edublogs, they had to remove more than 10,000 footer links.

Another way to avoid the Penguin update penalty is by making your anchor text footer links nofollow.

Google Them 2013

In the new year 2013, has been providing google tips and tricks and more since November 2007, starting with an early version of WordPress MU (2.7) and now running WordPress 3.5!

The Hardware is freshly upgraded for the new year to a dedicated Xeon X3430 8 core, 32 Gigs of RAM, 1TB hard disk server.

Want to see all the data on you that google has stored?

Login with your appropriate google account and here is your privacy information that is available to google and to you.

Cannot see new version of website – updates not showing – sticky cache

1) Control-R (or Command-R) – Control – F5 does the same thing on Windows

2) Go through your options and empty the cache manually

3) Try another browser

Users do not normally notice the old website hasn’t changed because they are not talking to the developers and wouldn’t know when the website really has been updated. This happens all the time.

Most likely you have a “sticky cache” on your computer.

Here’s the trick: Whether you get to by clicking this link, or by going through google, once you see in the top line of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome (The URL or Location bar), do a hard refresh.

Hard refresh is done when you are supposed to be seeing the new webpage that you are having trouble with, and reaching out to your keyboard, while holding the “control” key, tap and letup on the “r” key, then let go of the “control” key. (Ctrl-r)

This dumps the old cached page that is sitting on your computer and tells it to go load the new one from the internet.

This insures that you are seeing the latest changes to your website.

The “sticky cache” issue is common when developing new websites. Usually people don’t notice changed pages so much because they don’t know the page should have changed. It happens more often than people realize.

Note: If you have an alternate web browser installed that you haven’t used lately, just view the website in it, you should see the latest version automatically, since it’s not been “cached” lately. Browsers do not share each other’s cache.


If you have a really sticky cache:

Log out of WordPress, clear your browser cache, quit and restart the browser and try again. If that does not work, there may be a caching proxy or network cache somewhere between you and your host. You may need to wait for a few hours until this cache expires.


Note: CSS changes can cause a really sticky cache when background images are changed, they tend not to update unless you clear your cache.

SOPA has been stopped

On the 18th, this website joined google, wikipedia and many, many, many others in a blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA.

We won this one!

Today on January 20th, 2012 it was announced that the bills are being dropped.

Think we’ll fly the ribbon on the upper right corner of the website for some time more to appreciate that change and direction can come from internet collaboration.

Thank you, one and all who joined in on the protest to keep the internet open.

This is our lifeblood and prosperity.

Does google still count page visits or hit in analytics if the cached version is clicked?

The answer to this is sitting right next to another interesting fact from the google forums, how does google count page hits?


“Caching: Google Analytics directly calls Google’s servers each time a page is visited, even if the page has been cached. Other analytics solutions may not record an additional visit if the page is pulled from a user’s or server’s cache.”

How does google count page hits using cookies, javascript or images?

I stumbled across this while looking for the answer to another question (does google count cached page hits in my analytics?).

From google’s forum about adwords tracking:

“Visitor browser preferences: Visitors must have JavaScript, images, and cookies enabled in their browsers in order for Analytics to report their visit. Depending on their method of collecting data, other analytics solutions may still register these visitors.”

This is basically the same post as this other one here talking about google needs javascript enabled to count website visits.

Does google count cached page hits in my analytics?

I stumbled across this while looking for the answer to another question (how does google count page hits if you clear your cookies, javascript is disabled or images are turned off).

from google’s own forums:

“Caching: Google Analytics directly calls Google’s servers each time a page is visited, even if the page has been cached. Other analytics solutions may not record an additional visit if the page is pulled from a user’s or server’s cache.”