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The Move Towards Flash Storage

The Move Towards Flash Storage
Traditional HDDs outperformed themselves in terms of storage capacities over the last decades. However, with the increasing amount of data and the need for faster data transfers, HDDs are slowly finding their place in slow environments and are being replaced by flash storage. This could mean several things for enterprises.For one, flash storage is associated with low-latency and high performance and can thus be a crucial asset in VDI environments that consist of highly structured databases. When the speeds of flash storage devices are coupled with the capacities of traditional HDDs, access to greatly needed data is made possible while still ensuring that old data is still kept at bay in slower HDDs.Perhaps the one barrier towards this move towards flash storage has always been the costs involved with SSDs. By default, flash memory costs more per GB than any HDD in the market. SSD Price vs. Disk Price SSD prices would, of course, always be miles ahead of HDD prices, but Dell is slowly redefining this popular concept. Dell’s innovative flash-optimized solutions now offer up to two times the price advantage compared to the competitive hybrid solutions and up to five times the price advantage over the competitive flash solutions.The...
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Print Mini Folders and Promote Your Service with Ease

Print Mini Folders and Promote Your Service with Ease
Mini folders are made and equipped to help you your documents in a professional and organized manner. Papers as small as receipts to other important documents can be stored and carried around by you, wherever you go. Mini folders also help in promoting your business or the service your company provides. They give a professional outlook of your company to first time customers. They also encourage your own employees to be organized all the time. Printing mini folders for you company employees to carry around can be a great ploy to market yourself and your company. It is one of the cheapest ways to advertise your company’s logo and name in seminars, expos, conferences etc. so that people take notice. If your company is completely service oriented like a restaurant or an educational institution, these mini folders can be used to display the menu cards or to store hand-outs by students. The fanciest thing is, these mini folders help you show off your brand and logo with absolutely no extra advertising costs. Mini folders can be printed as per your needs and creativity. Mini folders come in variety of sizes, mechanisms and colours. You can print two fold or three fold...
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Node.js - Useful Tools and Resources

Node.js - Useful Tools and Resources
Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices. Node.js contains a built-in HTTP server library, making it possible to run a web server without the use of external software, such as Apache or Lighttpd, and allowing more control of how the web server works. Node.js was created by Ryan Dahl starting in 2009. Its development and maintenance is sponsored by Joyent. Useful Node.js Tutorials, Tools and Resources Node Express Boilerplate https://github.com/mape/node-express-boilerplate Node-express-boilerplate gives the developer a clean slate to start with while bundling enough useful features to remove all those redundant tasks that can derail a project before it even really gets started. Features Bundling socket.io and integrating with the express session store so data can be shared Providing premade hooks to authenticate users via facebook/twitter/github An assetmanager that concatenates/mangles/compresses your CSS/JS assets to be as small and fast to deliver as possible, as well as cache busting using MD5 hashes Auto updates of the browser (inline/refresh) as soon as CSS/JS/template-files are changed in order to remove all those annoying...
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How SSL Certificates Protect Customers

How SSL Certificates Protect Customers
There are many people who do not know what SSL certificates are. Many online customers check for security on websites by looking for a green address bar, locked padlock or https:// address without knowing that these things come as a result of the site owner having SSL certificates set up on the site. An SSL certificate will perform a selection of functions that will help to keep customers safe when they are using a website. They can encrypt data when they are sending personal information through the website. They can provide malware checks on the website. They can provide evidence of who the site belongs to. This will all help customers in different ways. They will know that they are not a phishing site, they will not risk banking problems when doing transactions and that they will be safe when using the site. This is extremely important. Customers need to have trust in a seller when they are buying form them. There are different levels of trust, but knowing that they will be safe when they are using a website is one of them. They will also want to be sure that you will provide the good or service that they...
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Commenting Systems – Not Just for Bloggers

Commenting Systems – Not Just for Bloggers
There are many 3rd party commenting systems. By 3rd party, I mean these that are not developed specially for blogs or WordPress. With all due respect to bloggers, not everything boils down to WordPress in terms of blogging. Sure, WordPress is amazing platform, but commenting is not strictly just for blogs. As I mentioned above, not everything starts and ends with WordPress, but many business websites might look into opportunity to add a bit of interaction on the main business and even item/product pages. This is not a review article, nor comparison between different systems. Well Known External Blog Commenting Systems Probably these are some of the most popular 3rd party extensions/plug-ins or parts of code that can provide your website with extra functionality. I am not going into details of features and capabilities of these, but just list the downside. Technically you don't have much control over the comments. Other downside is that I personally don't know any way to migrate comments to another system, if you are using these, but you are on the save side in terms of SPAM, do-follow links and number of footprints left behind. Holly Trinity Commenting Systems Many bloggers, actually have decided to replace...
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Top CSS3 Online Tools

Top CSS3 Online Tools
Working from scratch can be a real headache, especially when we are talking about CSS3. On the other hand, everything need to be checked on different browsers and doing everything without tools, can turn into disaster. Here is a selection of some of the most useful CSS3 online tools, that can improve productivity and can generate impressive effects with CSS3.   Button Maker https://css-tricks.com/examples/ButtonMaker/ From CSS-tricks.com – Button Maker is really powerful button generator that will assist you with preview of buttons, gradients, color schemes and effects. It is really fancy tool, that will certainly get some time to test every option in interface. CSS3 Generator https://css3generator.com/ CSS3 Generator can take care for almost everything you need to create impressive CSS3 – border radius, box shadows, gradients, etc... Extensive tool with simple interface. CSS3 Please https://css3please.com/ CSS3 cross-browser rule generator. Interface might be a bit confusing for non-experienced, but there are a lot of tool-tips pop-in on the screen. Cubic Belier https://cubic-bezier.com One of the greatest additions to CSS3 is CSS Transition. Cubic Belier is certainly the tool to help you with creation of transitions. There are four predefined timing functions we can use, they are ease, ease-in, ease-out, ease-in-out and...
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KomodoSites Review. High-Performance Cloud Web Hosting (Updated)

KomodoSites Review. High-Performance Cloud Web Hosting (Updated)
KomodoSites.com offerscost effective cloud web hosting services, based on latest technology and high quality hardware, that's what we thought at first. Before we get into details regarding features and options, I have to mention that there are two data centers – first one is located in Montreal, Canada and the other is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. WebmaisterPro.com was hosted by KomodoSites for about a month. Please read the review until it's end.  Web Hosting Packages Shared Hosting There are 3 available Cloud shared web hosting plans – Basic, Advanced and Ultimate. More important thing to mention is that all offer Pure SSD Storage Space, together with cPanel, CloudLinux OS + CageFS Enabled and R1Soft Continuous Backups. Plans are well build and for sure can fit any website from blog, through small business and even large e-commerce website. KomodoSites, offer free website migration, too. Reseller Hosting Again we have 3 plans available – Starter, Intermediate and expert plan. These are high performance servers, that include free Comodo PositiveSSL certificate, dedicated IP address, cPanel/WHM Control Panel and of course servers are powered by Cloud infrastructure. Company is very flexible and if you need something tailor made, I think the best is...
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Turn WordPress into Membership Website with MemberPress

Turn WordPress into Membership Website with MemberPress
From developers of Pretty Link Pro (read our review of pretty link here), MemberPress the same way as you install other plug-in, we will not go into many details about this. Configuration is the thing that require special attention, I personally would suggest to follow the documentation. There are numerous options and you might feel lost in the very beginning of using this plug-in. MemberPress Options Navigate to “MemberPress” -> “Options”, there you will see all the features of MemberPress - Pages Options, Account Options, Fields Options, Payment Options, Email Options, General Options and Marketing Options. We will try to review all, though again I would remind you to check official documentation. MemberPress Products In general this is the place to set different membership levels and products, ass well as subscription period, trials, etc... Product Groups Grouping the products/membership levels can be done easily at product groups menu, very much straight forward, though I think it would be good to write down thing on paper first so it will be much easier for you to continue with the action. Access rules, Login Pages and user account pages. Login-forums and access levels are very important for membership websites, you can technically create...
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Pretty Link Pro, A Must for Every Affiliate Blog

Pretty Link Pro, A Must for Every Affiliate Blog
Without a doubt WordPress is one of the most popurful and lightweight CMS, which is a great way to build affiliate websites and review websites with a lot of external and affiliate links. Thats why you need Pretty Link Pro. Two versions available - “Blogger ” and “Developer Edition”, I think it is self explanatory that “Developer Edition” is more expensive and offer more options, but the best one is that you can use the plug-in on as many domains as you want. Why Pretty Link Pro Pretty Link Pro is not just a link cloak plug-in, it will help you to shrink, track, organize, share and even test your links on your own WordPress website. No doubt cloaking affiliate links is very important for SEO, but as well as from business perspective. I believe that many individuals would say, free version is fine, well not quite, Pretty Link Pro offers much more! Features related to redirections Temporary Permanent (301) Redirection Cloaked Redirection Pretty Bar Redirection JavaScript Redirection Tracking Pixel Redirection Put your online business on auto-pilot with some of the automation features Automation Keyword Replacement Automatically Create Links for Pages & Posts URL Replacement Import Links URL Replacement URL Rotations...
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Do You Have an iPad Yet: Why You Should Invest in One

Do You Have an iPad Yet: Why You Should Invest in One
Take a look around your home and ask yourself one thing: what is the one thing that I use almost every day that is seriously holding me back from living a life of smoothness and fun? It’s your laptop. Luckily for you and everyone else who has a slow laptop, you can pick up an iPad for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a comparable laptop. So if you’re in the market for a new iPad and are wondering if it’ll be worth it, here are three things that should change your mind for the better: It's Sleeker Than Your Laptop You big piece of plastic thing is super ugly, and if it weren’t for the keyboard, you could easily mistake it for a dog’s chew toy. All kidding aside, your cheap laptop is a big eye sore, and you quickly try and stuff it under your table whenever you get the chance. Your iPad, on the other hand, is a beautiful work of art. It’s a masterpiece. It’s very pretty. It sparkles when light hits it at all different angles. Yes, it’s quite brilliant. But it’s not even just the form factor that’s better, it’s the screen...
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Top 4 SEO Trends that Will Rule in 2014

Top 4 SEO Trends that Will Rule in 2014
In 2013 Google took all of us on a wild roller coaster ride, Penguin and Panda were upgraded and Humming Bird was introduced. According to social media marketing consultants these updates have completely ruled out so-called grey-hat or black-hat SEO tricks. Be it link building, guest blogging or search engine optimization, spam will definitely not work anymore. Partly because of the updates and mainly because of the changing scenario displayed through the increased use of mobile phones and  tablets and less use of PCs, SEO trends have been rapidly evolving. Only those who keep an eye on what happened in 2013 and then shape their strategy are going to lead the masses. Making it easier for you, we have summarized it into a tempting list of Top 4 SEO trends that will rule in 2014. Content Marketing Will be Bigger Than Ever Content has ruled internet ever since its advent. Content in all its forms (written, images and videos being the top three) are an excellent source to get higher ranks on search engines. The rule is not going to change in 2014. In fact, in 2014, sites with great original content will be highly rewarded by Google. Panda  update has...
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Top 3 Open Source PHP CMS During 2013

Top 3 Open Source PHP CMS During 2013
Like every year there are tons of new open source CMS are developed. The year 2013 was not much different, but definitely this year there was a major shift regarding web development based on open source CMS. Most new web developments are certainly based on popular open source CMS, compared to previous years, when custom develop content management systems were much more. We saw trends becoming reality – responsive design, HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, NoSQL, Cloud applications, etc... I will brake down the top CMS in few categories. The Best CMS For Everything – Joomla https://www.joomla.org/ The crown certainly goes to Joomla. All the security issues, speed, server requirements are in the past. Joomla offer everything latest and it is more flexible than ever. Community is very active, regular updates, LESS, Bootstrap, just name it. I know that few developers are also working on NoSQL support. Joomla is suitable for any kind of web project and without a doubt is the most flexible platform at the moment. Just a few examples of what you can build with Joomla: portals, corporate websites government websites family websites on-line magazines and newspapers small business websites blogs communities social networks etc... I believe that these are...
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SMO vs SEO

SMO vs SEO
In the past SEO was number one method for achieving high visibility on-line. PPC have always been there too, but I will not put an accent on PPC, just will compare it with money burning. In the last few years things seems to change quite a lot and as an SEO professional since 1999, I have to say that the big change came after Google Panda algorithm update. More and more Internet marketing professionals started looking into de-Googalization cost effective marketing strategies and then there were SMM and SMO. SMO vs SEO – the past As an SEO professional, I was very skeptic first when I started doing SMO. I simply new that conversion probably will be much lower with social media campaigns compared to conversion of organic traffic that comes from laser targeted keywords. Getting back in time, this have been around the year 2006, so no surprise that social media traffic was mostly just single page hits that leads to high bounce rate. At that time SEO was much easier job do to (I hope some colleagues doesn't get mad, for sharing this). Few hundred link directories, a dozen article submissions and basic on-page optimization would take a website...
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Easy Way to Make Money Online with Bitcoin

Easy Way to Make Money Online with Bitcoin
Many times, I have been asked to share easy ways to make money online. Certainly there are many ways to do that, but in most cases it is not so easy or most people just make very little cash. I have to disappoint you, the method that I am going to share, wont make you rich and for sure require dedication and a lot of time to spend on easy tasks. I suppose many of your have heard about the online P2P currency BitCoin, if you haven't visit the official website and you will find everything you need to know - https://bitcoin.org/en/ .Just a teaser, at the time I am writing this article one BTC (bitcoin) cost about $700. There are many ways to make serious money with BitCoin, especially mining can generate decent income, but here I will just share the easiest ways to make few bucks per month. First of all you need to create a wallet, you can have wallet on your PC or you can use on-line wallet. I personally have account at https://blockchain.info/ Bonus Programs A lot of BitCoins are shared on daily bases for surfing, playing games, completing surveys and doing some micro tasks. Surprisingly...
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Softaculous Ampps Review

Softaculous Ampps Review

Softaculous Ampps is a development stack that installs Mysql, MongoDB, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer.

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How Cisco Unified Communications Could Benefit Small Businesses

How Cisco Unified Communications Could Benefit Small Businesses
Planning for the growth of their small businesses is a must-do for any entrepreneur. In the early stages of a company's development, growth in size often means costly upgrades to the organization's digital infrastructure. This expense can often slow expansion and limit a company's true potential. Through networking and communication options such as Cisco Unified Communications, the capacity to expand is already built into the platform which makes adding more employees or spreading out your geographical reach much simpler. By utilizing Cisco Unified Communications in your small business, you can seamlessly combine voice services, data transmission and wireless devices in order to allow your team to communicate and collaborate more effectively. Cisco is helping companies achieve this goal by improve the speed and the ease in which employees are able to access communication and multimedia resources from anywhere - not just within the office. Thanks to the implementation of widespread networking and cloud technologies, Cisco Unified Communications provides small businesses with the opportunity to keep their team connected no matter where they are. A few of the features that prove beneficial and cost-saving for small companies include: Automated phone attendant and voicemail options E-mail notifications of pending voicemails for all employees...
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PHP Useful Snippets To Convert PDF, TXT, HTML and Images

PHP Useful Snippets To Convert PDF, TXT, HTML and Images
Recently worked on project that required few different file type conversions. To be honest, I had to brush my PHP a bit, but thanks to Internet I was able to discover these useful snippets that saved me tons of time. Convert PDF to JPG images - PDF2JPG This require Image Magic extension installed. Simple and very useful snippet that conver .PDF files in to image files .jpg format. /** * PDF2JPG script * with ImageMagick */ $pdf_file = './pdf/_folder/example.pdf'; $save_to = './image_folder/example.jpg'; //make sure that apache has permissions to write in this folder! (common problem) //execute ImageMagick command 'convert' and convert PDF to JPG with applied settings exec('convert "'.$pdf_file.'" -colorspace RGB -resize 800 "'.$save_to.'"', $output, $return_var); if($return_var == 0) { //if exec successfuly converted pdf to jpg print "Conversion OK"; } else print "Conversion failed.<br />".$output;     html2ps - convert HTML to pdf This is definitely very useful snippets, that convert HTML to PDF file. I have use it in few projects. /******************************************************************************* * */ function convert_to_pdf($url, $path_to_pdf) { require_once(dirname(__FILE__).'/html2ps/config.inc.php'); require_once(HTML2PS_DIR.'pipeline.factory.class.php'); echo WRITER_TEMPDIR; //error_reporting(E_ALL); //ini_set("display_errors","1"); @set_time_limit(10000); parse_config_file(HTML2PS_DIR.'html2ps.config'); /** * Handles the saving of generated PDF to user-defined output file on server */ class MyDestinationFile extends Destination { /** * @var String...
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Web Design and Web Development Trends 2014

Web Design and Web Development Trends 2014
I have to admit, that web design/development trends for 2014 are not as clear as those for 2013. Last year we clearly saw trends becoming standards in face of HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, LESS and Bootstrap. My personal opinion is that these standards will continue this rapid development and become even more popular during 2014, however let's emphasize few probabilities. 1. Open Source CMS will become even more popular during 2014 It is not a secret for anybody that building custom based CMS is a tough call, require huge team and need even more regarding maintenance and to stay in tact with latest design trends. Certainly more and more new web development projects during 2014 will be based on popular open-source CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, etc... Much easier to select something that work out of the box with few reliable and mature, modules, components, plug-ins and amended template. You also might want to check open source CMS reviews section at WebmaisterPro. 2. Application UI "Big Boys" already started doing that, of course the first in this list are Facebook, Google Plus, MySpace, etc... I would say that we at WebmaisterPro are not behind either. Realistically this is an outcome...
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Top 8 SEO Mistakes and SEO Myths

Top 8 SEO Mistakes and SEO Myths
Regular readers know who am I – Kaloyan Banev from Bulgaria, SEO practitioner since 1999 founder of WebmaisterPro.com – social network for webmasters. I have worked for companies on 4 continents as SEO supervisor or consultant. I don't claim that I am the best SEO, but I definitely know my job well, as I have work through more than 50 major algorithmic updates released by Google.Just decided to point young SEOs and even SEO experts that thing that, they might have lost the path, honestly I personally think that this happen very often in search engine optimization practice. Top SEO Mistakes and Myths Trusting the Wrong Source of Information Trusting the wrong source is quite common and probably 90% of SEO guides are very misleading as those are often written by article writers and bloggers that aren't SEOs. Often misleading guides appear in trusted forums, even at WebmaisterPro, there are many “not so true” articles regarding SEO submitted by our members on our blog platform. Doing Only On-page or Off-page Optimization Not much to say, both need to go hand in hand, if off-page optimization is the fuel, on-page optimization is the engine. Using Expensive Software Truth to be told, using...
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How to Remove Adware and Malware from your Personal Computer?

How to Remove Adware and Malware from your Personal Computer?
Nowadays, that everything can be found on the Internet, it is important to ensure a safe browsing experience. Unfortunately, there are instances in which unsolicited and unsubscribe software is downloaded into your PC by several unscrupulous sites. The most common software includes Adware, Spyware and Malware that give problems with your PC. Such unwanted software downloads can cause slow running of the computer that may interfere your work. In this sense, it is necessary for every computer user to be knowledgeable in maintaining the security of the computer from malware and other unwanted software downloads. Common Signs of Malware Infection Malware and Spyware come in many forms. They may appear as legitimate program or emerge from a file on your drive. The common signs to look out for malware infection include poor performance of the computer, pop-ups and obvious browser hijacking as well as installation prompts of software. It is difficult to track the infections manually as it requires the right knowledge and tedious process. That is why if you notice these signs the best thing to do is look for effective ways to uninstall and remove the spyware. Top programs for malware and spyware removal MalwareBytes – It is the...
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