Jordan Merrick
I'm a technology writer and web designer living in the UK. I write for a number of Apple-related sites, including Sparsebundle. I also create web templates available at ThemeForest and offer bespoke web design services at my own site, You can find me on both and Twitter !
  • Business
    Setting Up a Hosted Email Solution With Microsoft Office 3653 office365
    Last time in our series Setting Up Your Business Online Without Coding, I showed you how to set up a hosted email service with Google Apps, providing you with a custom Gmail service that uses your own domain name. Google isn't the only player in the hosted email game and another software giant looking to provide you with a hosted solution is none other than Microsoft. In this part of our series, I'll show you how to set up Microsoft's Office 365 service that provides a hosted email solution that proves an excellent alternative to Google Apps.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Create Your Own Custom Extension for PopClipPopclip icon 2x
    PopClip is one of our favourite apps on Mactuts+ and one of the reasons why is its support for extensions. You can perform actions on selected text using PopClip that makes it extremely versatile, whether you want to open a link in another browser, search for the selected text in Google or add it as a to-do to Things, PopClip provides an iOS-style pop-up menu that makes doing these tasks easy. In this tutorial, I’ll be demonstrating just how easy it is to create your own extension for PopClip to perform a custom action.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Room to Grow: Data Storage for Your Mac ExplainedStorage icon 2x
    Thanks to the wide availability of high-speed broadband, the iTunes Store and Time Machine, we’re storing more data than ever before. Whilst it was only a few years ago that 80GB was more than adequate, nowadays we’re often struggling to find space to save all our data, especially in a household with multiple Macs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you a selection of different storage solutions that are designed to work with the Mac as well as helping you decide on the best one for you. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: How to Use Safari’s Reading ListIcon reading 2x
    Safari’s built-in Reading List makes it easy to save pages and articles that you’d like to read later. In this Quick Tip you’ll find out take advantage of your Reading List. Read More…
  • Business
    Setting Up a Hosted Email Solution With Google Apps2 gapps
    Anyone who uses the internet on a regular basis will have an email address of some sort, with many of us using free email services such as Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Outlook or Apple’s iCloud. Whilst these services may be great, they’re not ideal for business use. Your email address will end with their own domain, such as or If you’re using an address like this and even have it displayed on business cards, it can look a bit unprofessional. Continuing with our series Setting Up Your Business Online Without Coding, I’ll show you how to set up and configure a truly customizable hosted email solution with Google Apps, providing you with all the power of Gmail but with the flexibility of running your own email server.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Protecting Your Data: How to Backup Your Design FilesBackup icon 2x
    Losing your project work to accidental deletion or hardware failure can be one of the most stressful situations a designer or photographer will face, especially if you’re under a deadline. To prevent these unfavourable scenarios from ever playing out, you should spend some building a backup strategy that will provide you with peace of mind should you ever endure a data loss. In this article, we will take a break from Photoshop to explore a number of different backup solutions that you can use to help protect your data.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Manage Macs Remotely Using Apple Remote DesktopArd icon 2x
    If you need to manage a number of Macs, say in an office or workplace environment, then you've probably heard of Apple Remote Desktop. It's a powerful tool that lets you remotely manage and administer other Macs simultaneously. In this screencast, we'll take an introductory look at Apple Remote Desktop and perform a few basic tasks to control and install to a remote Mac.Read More…
  • Business
    How to Set Up Your Online Business Presence With Squarespace1 squarespace presense
    In today’s technology-driven world, having a website for your business is an absolute necessity and probably the most important part of marketing. Almost a third of the entire world’s population uses the internet so whether you’re a freelance writer, a web developer, a professional speaker, an estate agent, or a micro business owner, it’s crucial to have an online presence that not only looks professional but can provide essential information to your customers. As part of our series Setting Up Your Business Online Without Coding, I’ll show you how to create your own professional, not to mention gorgeous, website with Squarespace that won’t require you to enter a single line of code.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    40 Terminal Tips and Tricks You Never Thought You NeededIcon terminal 2x
    The Terminal is an exceptionally powerful tool, providing a command line interface to the underpinnings of OS X. It’s a topic we’ve covered at length before with our popular series Taming the Terminal. There’s a great deal that Terminal can do, from moving large numbers of files to changing preferences that we didn’t even know exist. To demonstrate just how versatile the Terminal is, I’ve rounded up 40 truly excellent Terminal tips and tricks that can come in very handy. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Configure a Mac to Make Remote Support a BreezeIcon remote 2x
    More and more of our friends and family are getting a Mac, whether it’s as their first home computer or they’ve switched from a Windows PC. This means that, as Mac aficionados, we’re usually the first one our parents call when something isn’t working right. In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up their Mac in such a way that any remote assistance needed can be done quickly and easily. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: Use Multiple Backups Destinations in Time MachineIcon time 2x
    Time Machine is an excellent backup tool that's been included with OS X for quite some time now. With the release of Mountain Lion, it was updated to allow backing up to multiple locations without the need to change your settings every time, making it the ideal backup solution for most people who would otherwise look elsewhere when wanting a way to keep an offsite backup. In this screencast I show you how easy it is to set up multiple destinations within Time Machine in Mountain Lion so you can keep multiple backups running quickly and easy.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X Accessibility 101Icon acc 2x
    OS X includes some of the best accessibility options of any operating system available today, allowing the Mac to be easily used by people who have seeing, hearing or motor impairments. In this guide we’ll discuss these great accessibility options and how they can be of assistance for those that need them.Read More…