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4 Ways To Become A Better Web Developer

4 Ways To Become A Better Web Developer
Being a web developer is a great job. You get to write code and create websites for your employer or for clients. However, while it seems there are a lot of web developers out there, you can stand out from the crowd by becoming a better web developer. I've shared a few tips in this article.   Read and Study Other People's Code   A great way to improve your web development skills is to read and study code that other developers have written. This allows you to understand how different code is run and how it works, which can give you ideas on different ways to solve problems and get things done.   The way that other people write code may be better than the way you would have solved it, which is great, because it lets you learn from them and improve your development skills.   If the code you're reading isn't as good as yours, or has a problem, you can learn from it as well. Work out what isn't so good about it, or why it isn't working. The process of you thinking about the code and trying to improve it will make you a better...
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Putting an End to the Eternal Debate: Native Apps Vs Web Apps

Putting an End to the Eternal Debate: Native Apps Vs Web Apps
The debate rages on. Vying to be an accomplished, top-of-the-funnel enterprise, you would want to be visible from the farthest of neighborhoods in the business realm. And when it comes to application development, there is an escalated urgency, simply for the fact the every business wants to be accessible to its customers – prospective and current – on their fingertips. In an age where every minute a new enterprise springs up at some part of the world, being visible is just not enough. Being more accessible in the market means you must reach out to your customers in real-time. Mobile application development has been at the forefront of this new world order where service providers and service seekers are on the same page, with the service seeker pretty much dictating when and how to turn the page over. But, all the sermon apart, the cluster of choices does raise questions. The technology experts often find themselves being pondering over THE question – what to really choose between Native and Web apps for mobile application development? The confusion emanates from the fact that there aren’t many reliable sources around who would weight each option to its merit, evaluate what suits your business...
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Responsive Design Or Mobile Web : Who is Ruling The Ground?

Responsive Design Or Mobile Web : Who is Ruling The Ground?
Indubitably today, the responsive design has become more than imperative to efficiently target the gigantic mobile audience base. However in certain situations, the adaptive mobile web can cater to the needs of your customer base more proficiently. With the rising popularity of Smartphones and tablets, the mobile presence has become highly significant. Now, if you want to reach your audiences with an impressive visual appeal, it is better to help your web design adapt the targeted device's screen in an absolute fashion. And, responsive design offers a great solution to boast an ultimate look and feel to fit any kind of device. However, after observing the ever fluctuating user behavior, it is advisable to don't get complacent after launching a responsive website. As, the responsive design is not the only available option, designers can even choose to create a separate mobile website to boost their business values. These design approaches have been defined to ensure a smooth and seamless interaction between the consumers and marketers with a consistent performance. And for a sustainable business success, it is necessary to monitor the analytics and choose appropriate design to serve your business needs in the great way. Basic difference between the responsive and...
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Modular Data Centre and Containerized Computing

Modular Data Centre and Containerized Computing
When it comes to storing a large amounts of virtual data, there is one, universal obstacle to cross and that is the question of the storage space. While we live in a twenty first century, up until recently, many companies were resorting to the classic brick and mortar structures, and many still do. The construction of this kind of storage room can be extremely exhausting and it could last quite some time. However, there is one problem that seems more pestering that even these two aforementioned and that is - the fact that it is extremely expensive to construct a building that has all the things necessary in order to store and protect these data cashes. This very reason is the fact that most of the modern informational based companies and services are resorting to the alternative ways of storing data. Amongst these methods, one stands out and that is the use of storage containers as a cheap and effective server rooms. IBM was thinking outside the box In a survey conducted by IBM only about 12 percent of data center operators were interested in modular build. However, when the word spread about the actual possibilities of such concept made quite...
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Grunt: What Does This Function Do To Uplift Your WordPress

Grunt: What Does This Function Do To Uplift Your WordPress
Grunt is a high-end JavaScript based task runner that helps in streamlining the development process of WordPress plugins and how they act. It's an extremely flexible and extensible tool to maintain the work flow of WordPress plugins and enjoying a greater level of control over their entire process.   This guide will show you how Grunt can be used to handle tedious task and bring the fun into the PSD to WordPress theme conversion and some other development related tasks. But before we directly take you to the subject, let's first understand the basis of Grunt and why this tool is so helpful.   What is Grunt?   Grunt is an extremely versatile task runner capable of performing anything you could imagine. There is an extensive community behind the regular discovery and development of Grunt which help you to add edge to your projects. No matter, whether it's about minifying your files, performing testing related tasks, or editing, linking CSS files or anything that matters, Grunt has you covered.   What Grunt Can Do for You   The community of Grunt is incredibly strong and massive, which has lead to the development of a great deal of plugins. The tool speed...
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Our Promise4 Ways a Business Should be Planning for the Future, but Seldom Does

Our Promise4 Ways a Business Should be Planning for the Future, but Seldom Does
If a small business is to grow efficiently, it must have a structure in place to allow a seamless transition as it evolves. This can be difficult for many parts of a business; but when it comes to an office or Information Technology, it is not only possible, it is necessary. If you are starting a small business, here are four ways that most businesses should be planning ahead but seldom consider. Website Stability As your business grows, you will become more reliant on your website to give your customers information about your services or products; and for it to be the contact point for clients and customers to place orders and communicate you. Losing this valuable resource (even for a short time) could lead to loss of revenue, and may mean valuable customers moving to a more reliable company. This is where cloud hosting can help (Click here for more information about cloud hosting), as it will spread the work of your website among several servers; meaning no down time because of failure or maintenance. Reliability is what your regular customers desire, and cloud hosting will give you that. Off-site Data Storage As your business grows, you will realise how...
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Rankinity Review: Enhance Your SERPs and Reap Profits in Real Time

Rankinity Review: Enhance Your SERPs and Reap Profits in Real Time
SEO has various different facets to it. If you have a website online, the first thing that you are concerned about is how to optimize it. While most people think of SEO as an overnight change they can bring about in their site, I for one know from experience that it is not that easy a job to accomplish. There are various steps you should do from analysis of the links and keywords to many other aspects. Being ranked on the search engine is a very important part of a good SEO. While gaining a rank can be accomplished after some effort, the most difficult part is sustaining it. It is in this scenario that rankinity proves to be of incredible use. Features of an Ideal SEO Campaign For an SEO campaign to take off smoothly, in my opinion, it should have an ideal structure, which includes proper website analysis and good page content that makes the customers happy, and in turn make your website profitable. Limited and competitive keywords that convert and rank well too should be concentrated on in addition to the rank of competitors. All this can be quite overwhelming at the outset. With rankinity, you can have...
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Understanding Word Press and Online Marketing

Understanding Word Press and Online Marketing
While web design and site building was a complicated process in the past, these days, significant efforts have been made to simplify it and make it possible for an average PC user to handle. There are tons of online site building platforms that offer their services to aspiring web designers that want to start off simple. In my personal opinion, this is a waste of time if you have an ambition to get functional knowledge of website design and maintenance, since you are going to get very little practical experience using these simple solutions. This whole thing fades even more significantly when you compare it to learning Wordpress, which is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in the world. Another thing to consider is that good web design is not enough - you also need to engage in online marketing to ensure that you get plenty of traffic to your website. With some basic SEO and Social Media Marketing efforts, you will see some good results and stay ahead of the competition. Let’s look at how this can be done. How most people startDue to the fact that Wordpress is an open source project and that it is focused on...
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8 Billion Dollar Companies that Display Great Examples of Web Design and Marketing Principles

8 Billion Dollar Companies that Display Great Examples of Web Design and Marketing Principles
Looking for inspiration for your website design or redesign? Maybe even a few more conversions or just a better user experience for your traffic? Where better to turn than to the websites of today's most successful corporations. Billion-dollar companies have the means and resources to stay on top of today's best web design and marketing principles. Luckily, your company doesn't have to be raking in billions per year to take advantage of them. If you ever need help or have any questions about what you should do for your website, analyzing companies who did it right is a great way to get started. Billion dollar companies will still have flaws and weaknesses. They aren't perfect, but they do some things really good and that's how they get to where they are today. Pay attention to these 8 companies and maybe you'll understand! Walmart.com - No matter which page you're on while visiting Walmart's website, you can always find your way back to the shopping cart. Just click on the shopping cart icon on the header at the top. A prominent shopping cart reduces confusion and helps move people along through the shopping process. Walmart has a very impressive search engine built into their website,...
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Chinese E-Commerce Platform Poised to Go International, Could Be Threat to eBay

Chinese E-Commerce Platform Poised to Go International, Could Be Threat to eBay
Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is now building an international platform of its monolithic e-commerce portal, Taobao. This global version will appear in multiple languages, including English, but English-speaking shoppers will have to continue to use a field guide to navigate the site in the meantime. To understand the implications of this move, it's important to first take a look at eBay. The U.S. online retail platform was a major contributing factor to the $1 trillion of retail sales directly connected to e-commerce made in 2012. After all, by the end of 2012, eBay had a whopping 123.5 million active user accounts. With all the online clout eBay has, Alibaba was still able to squeeze it out of China when it made its debut back in 2003. Just last year, its some seven million merchants and 800 million shoppers transacted about $160 billion worth of goods. In fact, Taobao is arguably the largest e-commerce operator in the world by sales. On November 11 -- the Chinese shopping holiday "Single's Day" -- it raked in $9.3 billion in sales. This is an impressive figure made only more jaw-dropping by the fact that it's double the West's 2013 Black Friday and...
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8 Points to Consider While Buying First 3D Printer

8 Points to Consider While Buying First 3D Printer
3D printing is a relatively new industry. However, many different types of 3D printers are already available on the market. 3D printing enthusiasts buy a 3D printer in the heat of the moment and later regret. The 3D printing industry is advancing very rapidly. But, do not expect miracles to happen with your first 3D printer. 3D printers that can print objects on demand are now affordable. If you have patience and are okay with using limited materials, then you can buy the decently priced models available for sale. These take several hours to build an object and can usually work with two types of thermoplastic, namely PLA and ABS. The best consumer 3D printers cannot print objects bigger than a loaf of bread, but they print with amazing clarity, strength, smoothness, and finish. They are very useful for printing household objects such as small spare parts that are difficult to find in retail shops, or personalized salt-and-pepper shakers. Here are 8 points to consider when buying your first printer.1. What are you? Depending on whether you are a tinkerer or a designer, you can choose and buy a 3D printer that exactly suits your needs. Tinkerers are attracted to 3D...
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Be a Good Host for your Event on Twitter

Be a Good Host for your Event on Twitter
Making sure that your conference, or any event type, is a hit on Twitter could be the difference between having a few people show up, and having hundreds of engaged and interested fans show up. With some organization ahead of time, and a bit of work controlling the chaos on the day of the event, you can achieve that perfect mix of offline and online good hosting behavior. To help this post along, I’m going to pretend that I’m a person who runs a sports store. I’m having an event at my store where people are coming over to watch the local team in the playoffs for a #PlayoffParty2014 event. This event will tie in with a sale that’s happening, the #PlayoffSale, during the entire playoff run. Be a good host on Twitter: Start with a hashtag You likely have a number of hashtags that you’re working with. Your standard hashtags are good to use during the promotion of your event, but you can’t rely on them solely for your Twitter event’s buildup. For the example I’m using, I can still use my hashtag for the general #PlayoffSale, but I need a new one to connect discussions about the event. #PlayoffParty2014...
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Are Cards the Future of Web Design?

Are Cards the Future of Web Design?
With the advent of smartphones and tablets and with their tight integration into our (online) lives, a natural need arose to optimize the content on the internet in such way that it is more easily and elegantly presentable on handheld devices. The idea of responsive design came fairly quickly, as one of the most logical solutions to the problem of adapting website content to look good on all screen sizes. However, synchronously with this change in web design paradigm, another idea gathered a lot of attention from design professionals. Existent for quite some time (after all, the whole concept is not truly original) but first brought into the spotlight by Google’s information hub, Google Now, the idea of cards which stand for chunks of information which are easily digestible and just sufficiently informative spread like wildfire in the world of web and mobile app design.   It would not be fair to call Google Now a new idea, either. After all, information hubs are a pretty old thing on the internet, and Apple’s Siri, a hugely popular (albeit often disputed) iOS virtual personal assistant does almost exactly the same thing: informs the user about weather, traffic and provides them with quick...
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8 Ways to Enhance Customer Service Via Social Media

8 Ways to Enhance Customer Service Via Social Media
This is a good time to engage with your customers as a business owner. Social media networking opens us immense possibilities and opportunities for you to promote your offerings. Here's how:1. Engage your customers Just like you create a profile for your personal contacts, you should create a profile for your business. Post interesting content regularly on this profile - content that is attractive and appealing to your customers. Study the habits and demographic profile of your customers, and post content accordingly. It is also a good idea to have a planned strategy for posting content. Work out a schedule for your updates well in advance. This will help you keep up a regular pace for posting content on your business profile.2. Write attractive blog content Blogging platforms such as Wordpress can be used to provide updates to clients and suppliers about your business. Another idea is to create a forum on your website where your customers can post their opinions and discuss their thoughts. Take part in online networking forums, start threads relevant to your business, and comment on people's blogs. This will draw attention to you and your business.3. Request feedback If you encourage your customers to provide feedback...
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The Top 10 Underrated WordPress Plug-ins for Designers

The Top 10 Underrated WordPress Plug-ins for Designers
Even though the question still rages over which CMS is the best, WordPress has undoubtedly recent times pushed itself to the fore and if popularity is anything to go by, it’s number one. Consequently, since the arrival of WordPress 3.8 two generations ago, many believe that the CMS has positioned itself as the front runner in technological terms too, surpassing Joomla and other alternatives. Why? Well, the level of functionality that WordPress offers can’t be equated and you can bend any site how you see fit, turning the most average website into something spectacular with a few tweaks and plug-ins. Again and again, we’ve seen lists of the best WordPress plug-ins, so being a little different; we thought we’d compile a list of the most underrated web design orientated add-ons. Let’s take a look. Instagram Image Gallery This very simple integration of the Instagram service allows you to add a feed from the social media site to your own. You can then give the plug-in permission to import images from specific users or a specific hashtag and it does the rest. Images can be shown in a slideshow or thumbnail and there are even options to customise the background, colour and...
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How Google is Changing the World of SEO

How Google is Changing the World of SEO
The future is now -- Google Now that is. Recently, Google has been amping up its marketing efforts for Google Now, a digital personal assistant with seemingly psychic abilities. Ads for Google Now, which is roughly comparable to Apple's Siri, appear during prime time television shows, on the side of iconic New York City taxis, and plastered across billboards and banners in major cities. While the continued rivalry between Google and tech giant Apple continues to rage on, one thing remains certain: Google is serious about this app. Google Now isn't anything "new," per se. In fact, the mobile app has been around since 2012, but has yet to gain much, if any, popularity until now. The app is available for iOS, Android, and of course Google Glass and Google Watch. It can also be downloaded and installed on a desktop computer. Perhaps the biggest difference between Google Now and Siri is the delivery of personalized information. Google Now provides information such was weather and traffic updates, flights, appointment reminders, and package tracking via "cards." The information contained on each card is taken from a number of sources, including a user's Gmail account, location, and previous search history. This allows Google...
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10 Rocking Image Optimization Plug-ins For a Speedy Website

10 Rocking Image Optimization Plug-ins For a Speedy Website
A website without images would look boring. However, if you go for non-optimized images, it will considerably slow down the website and hamper the user experience. A great solution to deal with this issue is optimization of the images which helps your website in speedy loading and also proves beneficial for SEO. In order to optimize the images and boost the user experience, many plug-ins are available which can reduce the image size and also boost the SEO. This indeed frees you from the trouble of high resolution images which come with a large file size and slow down the loading speed of the page. Let us look into the top 10 image optimization plug-ins which will visibly boost your site’s loading time. CW Image Optimizer CW Image Optimizer is another plug-in that effectively and automatically optimizes the images as you are uploading them to your website. This plug-in can also optimize the images that are previously uploaded. The CW Image Optimizer makes use of the image optimization tools pertaining to Linux littleutils. This implies that your images would never leave the server. PB Responsive Images PB Responsive Images is capable of automatically reformatting all of your images and turn them...
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5 Great Ways to Unveil Your Website

5 Great Ways to Unveil Your Website
So you have developed a content strategy, gone through the design and website build process, and you are ready to launch. This is where many a project has fallen down in the past, and many will in the future too. It is only when a website is getting visitors that it can be productive. It’s great to focus on search engine optimisation, pay per click advertising and other marketing channels, but you only get one chance to make a massive first impression. These 5 tips will help you to unveil your website to the world and give it the best possible chance of capturing an immediate audience. Think of your website launched as a strategic process. How can you make the most of it? Counting Down  Before we get into the list it’s worth mentioning the time before your website is ready. You probably already have the domain name (If not you can get your domain here) and business concept. You may already have your business cards and be talking about the business to people in your sector. If any of this is the case then why not have a countdown clock to launch on your website. Have a signup form...
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Why Entreprenuers Should Work With Magento For Ecommerce Business?

Why Entreprenuers Should Work With Magento For Ecommerce Business?
The world is depending on internet now and so have all business enterprises embraced it. Putting up an online store means bringing your shop right up to your customer’s bed (even while he is busy snoring in the middle of the night). However, the success or failure of your online store or website depends on how efficient is your team in managing your ecommerce store. Management means handling all the necessary components (which I am sure you are aware of) that constitute your ecommerce. When trying to find out how to handly all the key factors that make up your online store, I am sure you must have asked yourself as to which is the most profit-driven CMS for your business? Over the past few months, a thorough study has shown us that entrepreneurs regard Magento as the most reliable CMS to work with. To stand assured on this ground, you can have a look at the following diagrams, which contains supported data showing that maximum number of companies are choosing Magento over other ecommerce technologies.     Data & Images Courtesy: https://trends.builtwith.com/shop Why Entrepreneurs Consider Magento A ‘Good’ CMS?  Entrepreneurs are regarding Magento as a good CMS. An efficient Content...
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Know the Shortest Way of Monetization by Shorte.st

Know the Shortest Way of Monetization by Shorte.st
Shorte.st is a website that gives the scope of making money online in some easy ways. It commercializes the commercial websites by citing their links through the contents of some other websites. As a result, both parties get benefitted in this way. It is simple yet very profitable and swift at the same time. This method of monetization is now viral on the web. Their job is seen by almost all the internet users. But it did never strike in their mind as their eyes skip these things easily. So the basic knowledge of the technicalities of monetization of external links should be perceived first. There are two kinds of parties that shorte.st has to deal with- the hosting websites where the external links are hyperlinked within the contents and the other one is the advertisers who want to promote their products, brands, business or anything for that matter. Shorte.st finds out the best exposure of a retailer in a site and then incorporates it there. People who do not belong to the earlier mentioned groups even can make money out of it. This site rewards everybody whoever helps in expanding this chain of promotions. The profit compounds as the connection broadens....
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