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Why Do You Have a Web Project?

Why Do You Have a Web Project?
A question that in not simple to answer - “Why do I have web project?” and of course there can be different answers. This article is inspired by poll prepared by Net Magazine, though at WebmaisterPro – social network for webmasters, we are running a similar poll (to participate in the poll, click here). This article lead to ask myself so many questions and I've decided to give few tips for any possible case scenario. I personally believe that everybody should thing in the same direction to build a successful web project, no matter it is blog, application, e-commerce websites or even a social network. Possibilities and possible scenarios are many and first depends on expertise in particular field, knowledge about SEO and web development, business skill set, hobby, previous work and of course financial situation. Scenario One – Business Website You are a business owner and try to build strong presence online, probably trying to expand market. Having a website, app or company blog is one of the most important steps for every business nowadays. Tip: Push it as hard as you can, hire a team of experts, lead by energetic team leader. The best, but most expensive is to...
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Build Your Own Social Network with WordPress

Build Your Own Social Network with WordPress
WordPress the most popular blogging platform and the most installed CMS, by far. According to W3Tech survey - WordPress is used by 21.4% of all the websites, followed by Joomla and Drupal. Many web developers and bloggers (of course), know that WordPress is very flexible and powerful platform that is going beyond blogging. Practically WordPress is suitable for any kind of web project starting with blog and going through e-commerce, membership websites, applications and even social networks. This article is a brief overview of possibilities to build social network with WordPress. By any means this is not a tutorial, WordPress plug-in review or plug-in recommendation. I will just list the option and share tips regarding best practices to build social network with WordPress. Plug-ins are not listed in any particular order, but let's start with the oldest one. New to WordPress, learn more about WordPress maintenance services. BuddyPress https://buddypress.org/ BuddyPress is probably the most popular free plug-in that can easily turn your WordPress blog into social network. BuddyPress offer all necessary features that every full-fledged social network needs like: Private Messaging User Profiles (extended) Discussion Forums Activity Streams User Groups Friend Connections etc... Plug-in as it is promoted work out of...
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Tips to Use Google Plus Effectively to Enhance Optimization of your Website

Tips to Use Google Plus Effectively to Enhance Optimization of your Website
Google Plus, the social media tool that was thought to have created by Google to give a tough competition to the popular social media weapon named Facebook, has created an interesting niche for itself. For those of you who thought Google Plus was just another social media tool and did not find it much interesting, here's a piece of insight. Google Plus was derived to understand the search engine rankings and optimize your blog or website effectively. If you do not believe this, you could search for any profile on Google and see for yourself that the person's Google Plus profile tops the rank even if he/she never really uses Google Plus. The whole idea was to derive inputs from your profile and build on your search engine ranking which was not possible with Facebook or Twitter, though they are essential to market your products effectively. Google Plus spaced out that gap and fit in perfectly. If you are a brand, you should use Google Plus and optimize your site. In fact with the perfect bet on Google Plus, you will be able to improve your search engine rankings effectively without any constraints. Link Profiles This is one of the most...
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iTechnology Grows Bigger And Better with Iphone 5s and 5c Apps

iTechnology Grows Bigger And Better with Iphone 5s and 5c Apps
Apple is known for its ability to introduce novel concepts to its flagship project, iPhone - continually improving the experience of this world class smart phone product. Comes big this time with better dynamics and superb definition with a twin launch iPhone 5s and 5c - complementing the idea of innovation with its best-of-breed technology. This new iPhone comes with advanced exposure to iTechnology through Apple's own rendition of mobile app development.iPhone 5s delivers 64-bit architecture built under precision sensors, faster receptivity and thoughtful make. Its younger looking cousin, iPhone 5c, delivers it all in a more colorful version. Both of these series variants are the latest smart tool offered by Apple for the users to discover more of amazement and relish more possibilities - with enhanced iPhone functionalities and features.iPhone 5s and 5c come with improved facilities for maps, social integration, payment, gaming, utilities and more. It has shot up the possibilities for the iPhone users with more user-focused and interactive features, allowing them to do things more comprehensively. With astounding support of the latest web kit and incredible alliance with the advanced web standards, iPhone 5s furnishes great value for its users.iPhone 5s/5c app development has set the market...
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Applications of Flash Storage for the Enterprise

Applications of Flash Storage for the Enterprise
There are numerous devices that use flash storage for memory such as cell phones, USB drives and portable media players. Recently, flash storage has begun to be incorporated into data storage applications for enterprise. Some may ask, “What is flash storage?” Flash storage is similar to random access memory (RAM) in a computer except that the information it stores is retained when the computer is powered off. Information stored in RAM is lost when the computer is powered down. In addition, the data recorded on a flash memory is accomplished electronically and stored magnetically rather than mechanically as with ROM or hard drives. Flash memory incorporates floating gate MOSFET transistors that are positioned on a grid. Traditional transistors have only one gate but MOSFETs have two, referred to as NAND gates. These two gates allow a voltage to be stored between them. The voltage stored on the chip represents information, and it will be retained for several years unless erased. Flash storage offers several advantages over traditional hard drives. Flash based memory has no mechanical parts that may be subject to wear or damage. Furthermore, the processing speed of storage disks that incorporate mechanical parts is significantly less than that of...
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Interview with Gail Gardner - The Mastermind of GrowMap

Interview with Gail Gardner - The Mastermind of GrowMap
The first interview for 2014! Luckily today's early morning we got in touch with Gail Gardner - social media marketer, Internet business strategist, successful blogger. The mastermind of GrowMap.com   Gail, would you introduce yourself with few sentences?   My goal is to get serious bloggers collaborating and sharing skills so that they can use them to benefit small businesses.You may want to watch these videos to have a clearer idea what I do.   Excellent, may be step a bit into your personal space? What drives your creativity?   A quest for knowledge and understanding that I can then simplify and explain to others. Remember the scene in the movie with the robot that comes alive? It is rifling through the library books reading them all? That is how I feel (but of course now we have the Internet).   How did you started blogging? And how many web projects do you run/own? Marty Weintraub at Aimclear.com set up my first blog so I would share what I knew about AdWords and PPC (pay per click). When I quit managing AdWords accounts for small businesses I started GrowMap. I have other blogs with partners which are not very active, but...
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Start New Web Project on the "Right Foot". 50+ Web Development Applications and Side Tools

Start New Web Project on the "Right Foot". 50+ Web Development Applications and Side Tools
Starting web development project on the “right foot” is essential for completing it in time. As well as communication with customers might become easier. In this article, I will list some popular tools that are directly and indirectly related to successful web project development. DIA https://dia-installer.de/ Diagram software (freeware) that is available for all major operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is an excellent alternative of Microsoft's Visio. DIA is very powerful and easy to work with. Without a doubt can help you with diagrams, flow charts and mindmaps which on the other hand can be also useful for presentations and making project goals more clear. Google Docs Excellent tool, again provided by Google. Easy way to share and prepare content, before publishing on a website. Excellent features, including WYSIWYG editor, permission settings, etc... You can create and edit Excel spreadsheets, documents, presentations, etc...Free version is sufficient enough, but there is also paid version available. Google Drive Popular cloud-based storage provided by Google. In addition to file sharing between you, customers and team members, it can be used as backup of important files and even the complete project. It depends on personal preferences, many developers used Dropbox,...
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Getting the Results You Want with an Orange County SEO Company

Getting the Results You Want with an Orange County SEO Company
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a term that has gained a lot of popularity lately. Anyone who owns or runs a website has something to say about it. Some people are doing a good job in terms of optimizing their website, others lack the complex skills required to do SEO. In Orange County, local or enterprise businesses have a general idea how web marketing works, however, the amount of time and resources it takes to build their presence online takes away their focus on what truly matters, that is to make revenue. An Orange County SEO company can help boost the presence of a business based in Orange County, online. Whether you are interested in industrial marketing or in B2C relationships, optimization will deliver a range of important benefits. What do SEO Companies do? SEO is a strategy that essentially improves the placement of a website on a search engine results page for keywords of preference. When done correctly, it can result in a very significant traffic boost. An Orange County SEO company will rely on various techniques to deliver the best possible results. The content of the website, its design, social network integration and backlinking attempts will all play a...
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Design Trends that will Improve Mobile User Experience

Design Trends that will Improve Mobile User Experience
As a mobile user, you are constantly looking out for an amazing experience while using your mobile. But, as a developer are you able to match the trends that the design world is coming up with. Mobile apps and mobile designs in general have a lot of new and upcoming trends that will drive you into a world of fantasy. It is all aimed at giving the mobile users a great user experience. Trendier Theme Based Apps What did iPhone 5s bring with it for the users? It brought in more evolved colors that the users can flaunt. Yes, you will find a lot of new and better colors defining the iPhone series. Well, what if you could change the color of your app say your blog app or a weather app matching the color of your device? Wouldn’t that be splendid! Yes, the new mobile user experience brings in the beautiful trend of theming apps. This is a new challenge for both designers and the brands. Till now each app had its individual color without which they could not move on. Now, these apps have to think of the theming trend and come up with exclusive hardware based colors. This...
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Looking for Files? Why not Try FileDiva File Search Engine

Looking for Files? Why not Try FileDiva File Search Engine
File search engines are rare, it is possible to find the file/document that you need using advanced search operators in Google, but even so search results might not be exactly what you are looking for. Recently we've stumbled on FileDiva a unique file meta search engine that craw all popular file sharing websites. The list is huge – more than 50 file sharing websites are included in the search engines, including some of the most popular like 4shared.com, Extabit.com, Turbobit.net, Mediafire.com, Rapidgator.net, Netload.in, 4shared.com, Extabit.com, Uploaded.to, Rapidgator.net, Netload.in, Turbobit.net, Mediafire.com, etc... Features It is full-fledged file search engine and some of the most notable features are: Search through 50+ file sharing websites Sorting by relevance and date Sorting by size sorting by file format etc... Quite unique features and probably one of a kind project which easily can find the file that you are looking for. Are you looking for a file or document, why not visit FileDiva?
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5 Predicted Cyber Security Trends for 2014

5 Predicted Cyber Security Trends for 2014
As disturbing details regarding the depth and breadth of Target’s security breach continue to surface, the clear message is that organizations need to implement greater cyber security safeguards to prevent future breaches from occurring. For as the Target attack shows, such breaches of personal data not only pose financial risks, they also put the company’s reputation at risk and open the doors for legal retaliation. In the interest of creating better safeguards against cyber attacks going forward, here is a look at 5 predicted cyber security trends for 2014. Greater adherence to NIST standards and guidelines Under the Executive Order “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," President Obama has directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with organizations on developing — as stated on nist.gov — a “framework of standards, guidelines and best practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure.” While developing this framework has been considered a “voluntary” practice on the part of organizations thus far, heightened scrutiny of security practices by the FTC and other regulators will force organizations to more strictly adhere to NIST standards and best practices with regard to cyber security in 2014 and beyond. Otherwise, in the event of a security breach,...
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How Google Plus Can Affect Your Website Rankings

How Google Plus Can Affect Your Website Rankings
Google Plus is more than just a social networking site. Many webmasters were able to realize that it can be a channel that offers the opportunity of working out a website ranking. While there are many skeptical views regarding the direct impact of Google Plus to a website ranking to the search engine, there are different aspects and features about it that can certainly help your website to grow its traffic more naturally and it can organically build high quality links for your website with better ranking on the search results. Google Plus can help build your personal authorship brand By using Google Plus you are leaving some trails about your authorship brand which can help you build more followers within the Google Plus network. One of the strongest features of Google Plus is giving its users more personalization capability when building their own authorship online. Each time you publish an article using your Google Plus profile, people will be able to view your profile image and the number of your followers along with your article from the search result. It will also show the number of people who liked your content which brings a strong signal to the search engine...
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Problems with Traditional Data Back-up Methods

Problems with Traditional Data Back-up Methods
The world of enterprise is becoming increasingly reliant on data. Data archives allow companies to make smart financial and marketing decisions as well as provide companies with information on where a company is headed. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) the world’s data will grow by 50x in the next decade. So where will all this data be stored? Enterprises are starting to realize that traditional methods of storage will not be sufficient. Traditional methods generally include hard disk or tape media. A new method known as flash storage has been growing in popularity. Flash memory uses electricity rather than mechanical parts and only consumes 20% of the power used by traditional methods. The following are problems associated with traditional methods of storage and reasons flash memory is becoming more common in enterprise. Damage to Magnetic Media The traditional backup tapes that many enterprises still use today are built with magnetic media. This makes them extremely susceptible to corruption. Despite the fact that tapes are built with a mechanism that can detect potential problems, all it takes is something like a fingerprint or exposure to certain elements and the data on the tape is essentially destroyed. While many enterprises assume...
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How is Akamai Driving IBM, Others from Traditional Tech Footholds?

How is Akamai Driving IBM, Others from Traditional Tech Footholds?
As February comes to a close, we can see just which tech companies managed to keep their footholds and which businesses lost ground to their more innovative competitors. The findings show that longstanding American tech institutions are losing significant market influence, while smaller, lesser-known upstarts are only gaining. Take, for example, IBM: after specializing in business tabulating procedures for the last twenty years of the 19th century, the company was incorporated in its current form in 1911. From there, it grew into a computer producer, analytics powerhouse, and infrastructure hosting agency. Even being entrenched in the industry for more than 100 years, IBM stocks are showing losses in 2014. Year to date, the company has lost $4.78 on its stocks, almost a full percentage of their worth. On the other hand, groups like Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Juniper Networks have seen 32% and 24% growth, respectively. Where are IBM and older companies like it going wrong? Outdated Hosting Methods Need to Stay in the Past The issue for IBM lies in its continued reliance on physical hardware. Before cloud computing appeared in the foreground, businesses were left to rely on physical servers for their IT infrastructures. For a long time, the...
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WebmaisterPro on SoftLayer Server and New Features

WebmaisterPro on SoftLayer Server and New Features
WebmaisterPro team, apologize for downtime on 27th of February (yesterday). Downtime was related to server migration and performing updates to extend our social network functionality. WebmaisterPro Start-Up Happy to announce that WebmaisterPro.com was accepted at SoftLayer Catalyst Startup program. This open a new era and so many opportunities for us. Being hosted on latest generation powerful servers will lead to better user experience for members of our social network. New Features User Groups Groups are back at WebmaisterPro, probably some of the oldest members remember that in the very beginning we use to have this feature available. Every member can create user group and invite friends and other members. Social Sharing from Time-line Share directly activity from WebmaisterPro to your favorite social networks like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.. Easy Social Sign-in and Registration Don't want to fill a long form, they just click login with Google+, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. In addition to registration, you can simply login with these credentials. A lot more features to come! I will need at least 3000 words to describe what is on our list, but gradually we will integrate new features at WebmaisterPro. If you have any special feature request, please do...
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Understanding Your Options with Enterprise Storage

Understanding Your Options with Enterprise Storage
Storage is not the most exciting topic, and as such, can easily be ignored for other more interesting business decisions. However, failing to give enough attention to the storage system can have detrimental effects on every part of a business, especially if data should be lost or the system became too slow to keep up with applications. As such, let’s take a look at what the basic options are when it comes to enterprise storage and the pros and cons of those options. Types of Storage There are three basic types of storage: direct attached storage, storage area network and network attached storage. The three can be built on top of each other and work together with DAS as the basic building block underneath the other two. DAS: As the basic building block of any enterprise storage system, DAS provides block-level storage, and its performance determines the performance of the other systems built on top of it. DAS will typically have high performance but is limited in that it can only be used by the device it is directly attached to until it is connected through either a SAN or NAS network. SAN: SAN, unlike DAS, will allow multiple devices to...
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Problems with Social Media Spam and How to Prevent It

Problems with Social Media Spam and How to Prevent It
 Introduction Social media sites have connected people from different parts of the world. It has helped distance relatives, family members and friends to re-connect and communicate freely online. People from all walks of life can communicate even though they have never physically met; it’s called the new modern way of interaction. Some of the most popular social media sites include; Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Myspace Social media has literally changed the world of interaction because over 90% of teenagers in America and UK engage in online communication as a means of communicating with friends and family. The Social Media Spam Problem The growth of social media accounts over the past 7 years has been increasingly overwhelming because most students and companies are turning to social sites to earn a living. However, some people are engaging in social networking spam activities by creating inactive accounts on social media. Facebook is the most popular social media account in the world with approximately 1 billion users. This has attracted internet hackers to scam social media users of their money, time, resources and accounts. Hackers are using the Facebook-spread malware because marketing companies are using Facebook accounts to sell and advertise their products or services to...
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Drupal 7 Review. Pros and Cons

Drupal 7 Review. Pros and Cons
Drupal is one of the most popular, flexible and powerful CMS, as well as it is the 3rd most installed. Often called the best open source CMS, by many web developers, though our opinion defers and in this Drupal review, we will explain why. Drupal is developed in 1999 by Dries Buytaert and in the beginning it have been planed to be message board, but things have changed in 2001. Today Drupal is flexible CMS that is mostly preferred by experienced web developers. Drupal is very suitable complicated enterprise projects.With large community of developers and tons of free and paid modules and themes, that kind of projects are moderately easy to develop, mainly because the flexible Drupal core.  In this review, we are particularly talking about Drupal version 7(latest stable release). System Requirement Drupal is not “hungry” for high system requirements, but this depends very much on the website, number of modules and traffic. In general you can install Drupal even on shared hosting, you will need at least 60MB (Drupal installation takes about 16MB), can choose between some of the most popular web servers like Apache, Nginx or Microsoft IIS. Linux based hosting will be more cost effective choice. Minimum...
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JFBConnect Component – Major Social Networks Integration with Joomla

JFBConnect Component – Major Social Networks Integration with Joomla
JFBConnect is premium component for Joomla that offers complete solution related to social sign-up using login credentials of major social networks like – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. JFBConnect is premium component for Joomla that offers complete solution related to social sign-up using login credentials of major social networks like – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. JFBConnect is mature component with long history, it is developed by one of the most reputable Joomla developers – SourceCoast. Literally JFB connect is one of a kind suit that will boost registrations to your social network based on Joomla core. JFBConnect Notable Features Social Authentication One click registration, using credentials of most popular social networks. Utilizing Facebook, Twitter Google+ and LinkedIn APIs will ease the process of registration to your social network. 3rd Party Integration This is the major power of this component, profile integration for some of the most popular Joomla components like AgoraPro, Community Builder, CustomDB, EasySocial, JomSocial, Kunena, VietueMart2, etc... Social Sharing Add social sharing buttons to website with ease. Facebook Requests Facebook friends requests can be a powerful way to boost registrations to your social network.  Etc... Installation and Setup JFBConnect comes in all-in-one zip package. Installation is straight forward...
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What are the 5 Ways in Which Web Design Companies Can Attract Customers via Social Platforms?

What are the 5 Ways in Which Web Design Companies Can Attract Customers via Social Platforms?
21st century marks the age of digitalization, technology and social networking sites. Anybody who cannot use social networking is not considered to be a part of this 'modern' world. Business houses, private companies, public institutions--all need to adopt some sort of advertising and marketing strategies to survive competition. Social media is a very strong force behind marketing. In fact, a company's success or downfall is determined by its popularity on the web. Any company in order to succeed needs to market itself properly and for that social network is a powerful tool. Social media has given internet marketing or E-commerce a new dimension. Today's individual reads E- book, follows E-lectures, interacts via mails and chats, buys or sells products online and even get married with the help of websites! Practically, social networking has become a part and parcel of life. Since social platform is important to gain popularity, there should also be apt procedures to attract visitors to a website. Competition is the order of the day and so companies need to constantly plan how to attract more and more attention by following different ways. 5 such ways to attract customers via social platforms are as follows: Identification of customers First...
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