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Managing Your Blog RSS Feed


RSS is a way for you to publish notifications of new blog entries. When your visitors subscribe to these feeds, they can read the new blog content in an RSS reader application. This is a great way to improve reader engagement and loyalty.

The XML file automatically syndicates new content through the above feeds in a standard format that displays in any RSS reader. 

NOTE: As of 2019 Firefox has discontinued built-in support for RSS readers. You may need to use Mozilla Thunderbird or an alternative browser to view an RSS feed.


Share your RSS Feeds

Your RSS Feed links for your blog are located in the Blog Settings found by going to "POSTS" > "Blog Posts" > "RSS". Under the General category, you will find links to your Blog's most recent posts or comments. You can also share specific feeds based on the category your posts were assigned to by sharing the specific links found under the Categories section.

To subscribe to an RSS feed, simply copy the RSS feed link and add it to a third-party RSS plug-in.

To share your RSS feed, you can create a Button and add your RSS feed link as the button link. If your visitor has an RSS reader, this should prompt the third-party RSS reader to subscribe to your blog feed.








 

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Managing Redirects

Redirecting A Subdomain To A Custom Domain

Create a site-wide 301 redirect to redirect from one host to another. This can be useful if you want to redirect from your subdomain to a custom domain. To get started navigate to "SITE" > "SEO" > "Redirect" found in the main toolbar. Please note that this will take effect once you log out of your SiteBlocks website.



Select your domains from the following drop-down menus found under the "Redirect" tab in the SEO Manager:

Redirect from: Select the domain you would like to redirect from. When people visit this domain, it will direct to the TO domain.

Redirect to: This is the domain you would like to redirect to. This is the website people will see in the address bar when vising that website.




Removing Redirects

Note that redirects from "SITE" > "SEO" > "Redirect"  are permanent 301 redirects. This is a special type of redirect that is designed for long-term redirects. If you would like to remove this redirect, you still can with a few extra considerations.

To remove your redirect, clear the "Redirect to" and "Redirect from" fields by selecting the blank fields at the top of the drop-down list.

Please note that this change will not take effect until you log out of your browser. If the redirect is still in effect, you may need to clear your cache in your browser.




Renaming A Page With Redirects

If you are renaming a page on your website, it might be a good idea to add a page redirect. This way, if any of your visitors can still see your page if they try to access the old page address.

To rename your page, go to "PAGES" > Click the cogwheel icon next to your page > "Settings" to access the Page Settings Menu. You can rename your page without altering the URL by only editing the Page Title.




If you would like to update your page URL, you can alter the Page URL field to your new page name. Once you alter this field, an option will appear to "Redirect your old page", once you select this option your redirect will be put into place.



Setting your Default Home Page

You can change which page will be the first page your visitors see without setting any redirects. To achieve this, you can simply update the Default Home Page. To learn more about this please see out article on Changing Your Default Homepage.

 

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In order for your website to appear in search results, it will need to be indexed first. This is accomplished through the use of an XML sitemap. A sitemap is a file that provides a 'road map' of all of your important pages in your website to ensure that Google will discover them when crawling the web.

Here at SiteBlocks, we automatically create a sitemap of your webpages and it is enabled by default. Overtime, popular search engines such as Google will eventually locate and index your website using this sitemap. If you'd prefer not to wait, you can try submitting your website's sitemap manually by visiting the Google Search Console:

https://search.google.com/search-console/about

Once you claim your domain or website as property on the Google Search Console, you will be able to submit your sitemap URL through the Sitemap tab:



We also encourage you to check that your Sitemap in the Website Settings section of the editor is enabled (it is by default). For more information about managing your sitemap and how to access it, your can read our wiki article about Your Sitemap.

If you would like to create your own custom sitemap, you can learn more about writing sitemaps from the following support wiki by Google:

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/sitemaps/build-sitemap

 

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Alt text acts as an "invisible" description of your image that can only be seen when viewing the source code of your website. Adding alt text to your images is not only helpful to increase accessibility (as this will help with the readability of your website on screen-readers) but it is also hopeful to improve your website's SEO. This is because alt text will inform the search engine what your image is about so it can appear in related searches.



How To Add Alt Text to Images on Your Website

Once you have added your image in an Image Element to your page and have selected your image, you are ready to create your alt text!

Simply double click on the image to open the image editor, from here you can visit the Alt Text tab. We recommend creating alt text that is both specific and brief.

Note: For more information on how to add an Image Element, please see our Image Element wiki article.



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Managing your Website's SEO

Site Wide SEO


Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to a website or a web page from search engines. If you would like your website to become more easily discoverable on the web, it is a good idea to work on improving your SEO.

We provide an easy place to manage your websites SEO settings. The SEO Manager is a one-stop place to edit your meta information, site map configuration, Google Analytics and more. Visit the Site Wide SEO manager from the Main Toolbar by going to SITE and then select SEO from the sub-menu to manage your settings.


 

Meta Tags




Meta tags tell search engines important info about your website, including how it should be displayed in search results and how to display it to visitors.

Most search engines will use the description for a summary in their search results.Please note that the meta tag information added here will be site wide! To add meta tags specific to one of your pages, please set them in the Page SEO area under Page Settings section of the toolbar.

Please note that the meta tag information added here will be site wide! To add meta tags specific to one of your pages, please set them in the Page SEO found in PAGES > Edit A Page > SEO.





 

Robots (robots.txt)



Adding a robots.txt file is a great way to tell website crawlers which pages should be crawled, and which ones shouldn't. This can also be a good method to avoid overloading your website with requests.

For more information, please see Google's official page regarding robot.txt:

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/robots/create-robots-txt



 

Sitemap



While your SiteBlocks website will eventually be indexed by Google, an XML Sitemap can improve the crawling of larger or complex sites. By default, SiteBlocks offers a built in and ready-to-go sitemap for your website that will include all pages in navigation. You can select from different indexing options including all pages or you can select "custom sitemap" to submit your own custom sitemap.





 

Redirects



You can redirect from one host to another, this will take effect when logged out of the builder. This is useful if you want visitors to be redirected from your subdomain to your custom domain.


www Redirects - Choose from "No www redirect" , "Redirect from www version (recommended)" and "Redirect to www version"


Choose from "No www redirect"": This will allow your visitors to access both the www. and non www. version of your website.





 

Google Analytics



Google Analytics is a great tool to track your website traffic and gain measure customer engagement. Google Analytics can be quickly added to your builder site once you have registered. If you have not registered for this service, please visit the Google Analytics page. Once you have signed up, you will be guided through a short process, after which you should be ready to use this service with your website.

Adding A Universal Analytics Tracking ID (UA-XXXXX-YY): From your Sitewide SEO Manager under the Google Analytics tab, you can paste your Universal Google Analytics ID (UA-XXXXX-YY). To find this menu, simply visit your main toolbar and select SITE > Sitewide SEO > Google Analytics.


Adding A Google Analytics 4 Tracking ID (G-XXXXXXX): Google has recently released their "Google Analytics 4" tracking. Along with this update, the Google Analytics 4 tracking comes with a different tracking ID. We currently offer built-in support for the Universal tracking IDs and Google Analytics 4 tracking IDs will need to added manually. For more information on connecting to Google Analytics 4  please see our wiki article here.






SEO Checklist



In order to maximize your search engine optimization it is best to fill in as much meta information for your website as possible, including each page. Visit the SEO Checklist to see what needs to be updated. Each time you update a page's SEO information, it will update on the SEO checklist. Look for green check marks on items you have completed and empty check boxes on item you still need to complete.


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Google Analytics 4 is the newest generation of Google Analytics. Google Analytics 4 properties combine app and web measurement.  If you created your Google Analytics account after December 2021, you will likely have a Google Analytics 4 measurement ID (format: G-XXXXXXX).


Once you have added your website as property on Google Analytics, please follow the below steps to obtain your Google Analytics code:


Obtaining your Measurement ID


1. Open Google Analytics and visit the Admin panel via the button in the bottom left corner of the left menu pane:


 


2. Select the Setup Assistant.




3. Select Data Streams.




4. Click the Global Site Tag dropdown to view your tracking ID code.




5. Click the Copy symbol in the top right corner to save your code to your keyboard.





Adding your Google Analytics 4 Measurement ID to your SiteBlocks Website

To add your Measurement ID code, you will need to paste it into the header of your website. Simply go to SITE > Site Settings > Head Tag and paste your Measurement ID code from step 5 into the text field. Remember to save your changes.




 

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Managing your Page SEO

Page SEO
 

Custom Keywords are used by some search engines for indexing your website. Keywords should be in a comma-separated list (eg: hockey, sport, NHL).
 
The Description will be used in the meta tags when people or search engines visit your website. Most search engines will use the description for a summary in their search results.
 
Note:
The meta tag information added here will be specific to the page you're modifying the settings for, and not for your entire site! To create meta tags for your entire site, please add them to the Keywords area in the Head Tag section of your Site-wide Settings.
 


Where to Find
 
Clicking the "SITE" button in main toolbar, as in the below image, will bring up the "SEO" option in the menu.

Note: Page specific SEO settings can also be managed in the "PAGES" section of the Toolbar. Here you can select the cogwheel icon on the page you wish to manage to bring up the "SEO" sub menu.


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Adding A Site Manager

 
Want to allow another person to edit your SiteBlocks website without having to grant full-access to your full account? You can achieve this by adding them as a Site Manager right in your website. You can use our Site Manager's feature to grant multiple people the access to edit your website.


To grant other's access to edit your website, you can add them as a Site Manager with the following steps:


Step 1: Activate the Site Managers feature on your website

Firstly Edit your Site Builder website. In the Main Toolbar select SITE and then Site Managers from the sub-menu. If this is the first time you have visited this location you will need to press "Activate Site Managers" to begin.



Step 2: Add a Site Manager

Under the Site Manager menu click "Create A New User".



Fill in the Full Name, Email and Password of your Site Manager (this will be the site manager's log-in credentials) and click "Done" when complete.




Step 3: Invite your new Site Manager(s) to edit your website

Under the Manage Site Managers menu, there will be a invite link you can copy. Your new Site Manager can use this link to log-in to your SiteBlocks' website from here.




 

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Twitter Follow Element

Collect followers to your Twitter page by adding this element! Once you link your channel to this element, your visitors can subscribe to you by clicking the button on your page.




Adding to Website

After selecting this Element, you will be able to choose exactly where you want to add it! Simply drag this onto a blue, orange, or purple ribbon that will appear when dragging the Element onto the page.


Connecting your Twitter Account

You will need to obtain the URL for your account. You can do this by navigating to your profile page and copying the link. Next, paste this link in your "Settings" found in the Element Toolbar under the Twitter URL field.





Options

For more options for your Element, you can visit the following in the Element Toolbar:


Settings:

 
  • Twitter URL: Paste your Twitter URL to connect it here. For more information see the Connecting your Twitter Account paragraph above.
  • Display Settings:  Toggle the button size and choose to display your follow count and/or Twitter Screen name.


Animate: You can add an animation for your Element. This will appear when the visitor first loads your page and the animation will display as your Element appears on the page.


Duplicate: To quickly add another Element, select the "Duplicate" option in the Element's toolbar.


Pin: You can optionally "Pin" the element to multiple pages to add consistency to the style of your website.


 

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Spotify Follow Element

Share your favorite artist's Spotify page by adding this element! Once you link your account to this element, your visitors can follow them by clicking the element on your page.




Adding to Website

After selecting this Element, you will be able to choose exactly where you want to add it! Simply drag this onto a blue, orange, or purple ribbon that will appear when dragging the element onto the page.



Connecting your Spotify Account

You will need to obtain the URL for your Artist page. You can do this by navigating to the artist's Spotify page and copying the link.


Your artist page URL will likely follow this format: https://open.spotify.com/artist/MyUserName


NOTE: This element is intended for Spotify Artist pages only. If you are a regular Spotify member and do not post your own music on Spotify, you likely will not have the appropriate type of account to share on this Element.




For more options for your Element, you can visit the following in the Element Toolbar:

Settings: Connect an artist's page by pasting the URL in the "Link to Artist" field. Change the layout or toggle between the light and dark themes by adjusting the corresponding dropdown menus.



Animate: You can add an animation for your Element. This will appear when the visitor first loads your page and the animation will display as your Element appears on the page.


Duplicate: To quickly add another Element, select the "Duplicate" option in the Element's toolbar.


Pin: You can optionally "Pin" the element to multiple pages to add consistency to the style of your website.

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The Facebook Comments Element (also listed as FB Comments) will allow your visitors to leave comments on your page through their Facebook accounts. This is a great way to increase interactivity on your website.



If a visitor tries to comment logged out of their Facebook account, the post button will display the text "Log in to Post", prompting them with a Facebook login portal pop-up.



Where to Find

This Element can be found in the "ELEMENTS" section of the Toolbar.



Adding to Website

After selecting this Element, you will be able to choose exactly where you want to add it! Simply drag this onto a blue, orange, or purple ribbon that will appear when dragging the element onto the page.



Options

For more options for your Element, you can visit the following in the Element Toolbar:


Settings: Adjust the number of comments displayed with the slider tool. You can also toggle between a light and dark theme for your comments by selecting the theme  from the Color Scheme drop-down menu. Remember to press Save Changes to confirm any changes made.




Animate: You can add an animation for your Element. This will appear when the visitor first loads your page and the animation will display as your Element appears on the page.


Duplicate: To quickly add another Element, select the "Duplicate" option in the Element's toolbar.


Pin: You can optionally "Pin" the element to multiple pages to add consistency to the style of your website.
 

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Payments

Which payment types do you accept?

We currently accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards and PayPal. If you wish to use an alternate payment method, please contact us. Please ensure your card is authorized for international payments as we are located in Canada.


How can I change my billing information?

To do this, simply click on the Billing link in your Account Overview area located at the bottom of your page:




Then click on Update Billing Information:

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We don't automatically submit websites to search engines at this time and note that over time, they will locate your website and index it accordingly. If you'd prefer not to wait, you can submit your website manually by visiting the appropriate location on their website.

You can submit your site to Google here:

https://search.google.com/search-console/about


We also encourage you to ensure your Sitemap in the Website Settings section of the editor is enabled (it is by default).

For more information about managing your sitemap and how to access it, your can read our wiki article about Your Sitemap.

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Your Sitemap

You can submit your sitemap directly to Google via the Google Search Console. This makes it easier for Google to crawl and index your site.


Obtaining your sitemap:

You can access your sitemap by typing in the URL as follows:

For example, if your website is: https://example.com 


Your sitemap URL would be: https://example.com/sitemap.xml 


Note: We recommend submitting your sitemap after making any changes to your website. Such as creating new pages, or adding new images that impact your website.
In order to successfully submit your sitemap to Google, you must first verify your domain with Google Search Console. Once verified, Google will identify you as the site owner.


Editing your sitemap:

1. Click "SITE" in the main left toolbar
2. Click "SEO" in the submenu
3. Click the Sitemap Tab to access your sitemap settings.


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The Support Center is one of the many places members can get help with anything website related. The SiteBlocks support team can be contacted directly in this area and responses to support tickets opened are responded to quickly.

This Wiki should be a huge source of help for all of our users - don't see something that should be included here? Let us know so we can improve it for you and others!


Where to Find

The Support Center link is located at the bottom of your Account Overview Dashboard under "Community". From here, you can create a support ticket or talk to our live chat agents if they are online.

Quick access to this Wiki or the website builder Forum is available via the help link on the Toolbar.

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Custom Error Page

A convenient feature we have included is the ability to create a custom error page for your site. This means that if someone visits a page no longer associated with your site, though an outdated link for example, or if they mistype a page name associated with your website address, they will see the error page that you have customized. This type of error is known as a 404 error. Editing this 404 error page is a good idea to maintain the consistency of your website's appearance in the event of an error.

Note: This page can't be deleted. Page settings are manageable, however, and you can change the page name, description, and layout style if other layouts exist for your template.


Where to Find

In order to access this page, you will need to make sure you are logged into your account and are currently using the site editor. Simply navigate to your Page List by clicking the “PAGES” button in the main toolbar on the left. You can also access this page by typing in the /404 URL.

For example, if your website is:   https://yourdomain.com

The error page can be accessed at this address:   https://yourdomain.com/404


Editing your Error Page

Assuming you're logged into your account and using the editor, your 404 error page will load within the editor, allowing you to make changes to it. This is edited in the same way as any other page. We have included some default content for your error page with some text in Paragraph Element.
 

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Blog Search Element

Adding a blog search tool to your blog is a great way to allow your visitors to search through your posts and draw in results related to what they are looking for. You can type in keywords, phrases, or sentences and the blog search tool will return a page with blog posts that contain this content in the title or body of the post. 



The Blog Search Element will only return posts that are public from public categories and not password protected categories (to learn more about password protecting your blog posts, see Managing Blog Categories).



Where to Find

To add a Blog Search tool to your website, you can drag a "Blog Search" element in from the elements list located on the left side menu.



Options

Element Wrapper: Add some style to your element! Customize the font, background, create a border, and adjust the space around the element by changing the margin and padding values.


Animate: You can add an animation for your Element. This will appear when the visitor first loads your page and the animation will display as your Element appears on the page.


Duplicate: To quickly add another Element, select the "Duplicate" option in the Element's toolbar.


Pin: You can optionally "Pin" the element to multiple pages to add consistency to the style of your website. Simply select the "Pin" option in your Element's toolbar.                     

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Capture your visitor's attention by adding images to your blog posts!



SiteBlocks offers many different ways to include images on your site. To begin, simply create a new blog post or edit an existing one to access our Blog Post Editor (for more information please see our article on Creating a New Blog).  From here, you can click the image icon in the ribbon toolbar in the text editor and upload an image using the following ways:
 
  • My Uploaded Images - You can include an image that you have previously uploaded to your Photos and Media manager by selecting the "My Uploaded Images" button. In the Photos and Media Manager, you can browse your file library and folders for the image you would like to add. Select your image and click the "Use Select File" button in the bottom right corner.
 
  • Stock Photo Library - SiteBlocks Members enjoy access to over 150,000 free stock photos for use on site. We welcome you to explore and use this library! To upload a stock image to your blog, click "Stock Photo Library" to browse and search for an image you would like, and click on the image to select it. Once you have selected your image, you will be brought to an image preview page where you can "Use This Image".
 
  • Upload new Image - If you already have an image on your computer that you would like to upload to your blog post, click the "Upload new Image" button. Select the folder you wish to upload your file(s) to. If this is left unselected, files will go to the default unsorted categorization. Next, drag-and-drop or click the upload screen to upload files from your computer. 
 
  • Upload Image from Flickr - You can upload images from Flickr, all you need is the username of the account you would like to add an image from. To begin, click "Upload Image from Flickr". Type in the username of the Flickr account then "Browse Images". Click the "Select Image" hotlink below the image of your choice.
 
  • An External Image URL - If you have the URL of an image you would like to upload, click the "An External Image URL" button to begin. Simply paste in the link of a valid image URL. Please ensure you own the rights to the image in the URL or have permission to link this external Image URL.


Before adding this image to your blog, you can adjust how it will appear on your post. Feel free to resize the image using the slider (this shows a to-scale representation of the image) or click the Quick Sizes tab for popular image sizes You can style your image with a border under the Border tab. You can also add ALT text by clicking the ALT tab. The ALT tag of an image provides alternate text that assists screen readers, search engines and provides text if the image does not load. It also appears when you mouse over the image. Lastly, if you change your mind about the image you can upload a different one by using the "My Images", "Upload Image", or "Stock Photos" buttons listed under the Change Image tab.

Publish your blog post to see your Image on your blog page.


Adding a Feature Image

You can also add a Feature Image to display at the top of your blog post next to your post title. This will be the first image to catch your visitor's attention when viewing your blog post.

To add a feature image, simply edit the blog post and click "Choose" in the top right corner to choose a feature image.

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Columns


Display and organize your content on your website in creative and visually appealing ways by making use of Columns. Columns allow you to display multiple elements across a single row on your page.




Add your elements to the column containers to create visually appealing content with a custom layout.



Adding Columns

Browse different Column layouts in the Blocks list which can be found on the main toolbar when editing your website. You can choose from different column layouts, allowing anywhere from 1 to 7 different columns in a single row. To add the column, simply drag the column into a New Block or a New Row indicated by the purple or orange ribbons respectively.



To find empty columns simply go to BLOCKS in the main toolbar and drag in a column from the pre-made Blocks list.


Adding Content to Columns

Columns act as containers for Elements that you can add on your page. To add a new Element to a Column, drag the element of your choice into the column from the Element List or by clicking the blue “Add Content” button in the center of the column. You can also click-and-drag pre-existing elements from your page into the column by hovering your mouse over the element to grab the element by the “ “ symbol.
If you would like to change the element in the column, removing the element from the column will allow you to add another element in its place. Simply click “Remove” in the Element Toolbar to remove the current element.

Note: You can use a Spacer element to create empty space between multiple columns in a row. Simply drag in a Spacer element from the Element List.


Removing a Column

You can remove a column from a row and the content will adjust to equally fill in the remaining space.



Simply click “Remove Column” in the Blue Column Toolbar to remove the current element.



If your column is empty, click the red “X” in the top right of the column to remove it. 



Edit Column Style

You can style your columns by adjusting the spacing, background and and create borders for your columns in the Column Styles toolbar. To open Column Styles, this can be selected from the Column toolbar. Once you have styled your column to your liking, click “Save” to confirm your changes.





 

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Responsive Viewing



When creating a website with SiteBlocks, we make sure that your content is already responsive and dynamic so that your viewers can access your pages on an variety of device types with ease. If you would like to preview how your website looks on different devices, you can use the Viewer.


Where to Find

To enter responsive viewing, click the “VIEWER” on the main left toolbar. The top right buttons allow you to preview pages in different device modes.



If you would like to exit the responsive Viewer, simply click the blue “Show Editor” button to return to editing your website.





Different Screen Sizes

A responsive website (such as your SiteBlocks website) will intelligently adjust the your website content and layouts based on your device type, screen size and orientation. For example, when viewing a website using your smartphone, you may have noticed in the past that the website looks different on your small device with larger menus and the content adjusted to the size of your screen. If you visited that same website on your home computer, the layout may appear differently if the website was responsive.

Previewing your website using the Responsive Viewing mode can give you an insight on how your website will appear on a different device without having to actually access your website on a different device.




The responsive viewer will allow you to view your website from the following device options:
  • Desktop Mode
  • Portrait Tablet Mode
  • Landscape Tablet Mode
  • Portrait Smartphone Mode
  • Landscape Smartphone Mode


Editing Content for Responsive Screens

You can choose which elements will appear on certain device types. By default, SiteBlocks ensures your content is already dynamic and responsive, allowing your elements to appear on computers, tablets and smartphones. If you would like to disable an element on a certain device type, this can be achieved by simply clicking the device type in the Element Toolbar. Simply hover your mouse over the element to access the Element Toolbar, from here you can enable/disable viewing on a computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking on their corresponding icon located at the bottom.



 

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