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June 11, 2019

If you're looking for an easy to use web design software that will not take you a couple light years figuring out how to operate, then keep reading. Today we're going to go over a few things you should keep in mind when looking for an "easy to use" web design software.

1.WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG is the acronym for What You See Is What You Get. It's a system that allows for non-technical users to design and build web pages without knowing any HTML. The most common web design software that uses WYSIWYG technology is Microsoft Frontpage, followed by Adobe Dreamweaver.

While these types of web design software can help the non-technical user to create a simple website, the learning curve for more complex websites will likely turn off many non-technical users.

2. Web vs. Desktop Software

We've already talked about software such as Frontpage and Dreamweaver, these are considered to be desktop software because you download it to your personal computer and install it on your hard drive.

These days we have the option to also choose web based software that resides on another computer other than yours. One of the most popular examples of this is a product called SiteBuildIt!

Web site design software that is web-based will typically be pretty easy to use, but they can also be somewhat pricey considering they usually charge a monthly or yearly charge to use their software or "script".

3. WordPress CMS

WordPress is not a web design software. It what's called a "content management system" (CMS). So why then am I mentioning it in this article? Because you can create a pretty technical website / blog without knowing a lick of code.

Since WordPress is "open source" we all have the luxury of benefitting from the hard work 1,000's of programmers put in to create specialized WordPress plugins that make it easy for the average joe to bring cutting edge functionality to his web site or blog.

Another benefit to WordPress is that you can easily change the "design" of your entire web site or blog simply by changing out your "theme" with the click of a couple buttons.

In conclusion, it's important to keep in mind that while there are many "easy to use" web design software solutions one could use to create his or her own web site, you'll need to examine your own situation to determine which solution is right for you.

If funds are limited, but still want unlimited possibilities, I would look into WordPress, but hey I do not need to tell you twice, right?



June 2, 2019

WordPress is changing the way people setup and use a website. WordPress is revolutionizing the web design industry and allows anyone to easily set up their own website. The challenge is that by default WordPress is very blog orientated. One of the first things you'll notice is that the homepage displays posts instead of pages.

So what do you do when your client does not want to blog and the theme's homepage has a whole bunch of empty posts? You need to get WordPress to switch from posts to a page, but how? If your WordPress theme is currently displaying posts but you want it to display regular editable content, it's easy change to make. First start by adding a new page and giving it a title. To add a page simply click on add new, under the pages menu.

Now add your page title and your homepage text then save it by clicking the publish button. The next step is to go to the reading link under the settings main menu. Once there, select a static page and then select the page you just added in the front page menu. Then click the save changes button to save your new options. Now go look at your website's homepage, it will now have the content that you added to that static page!
You can go back and edit the homepage content at anytime by editing the new page.

It could not be easier, except if you saw the screen shots that went along with this.



May 18, 2019

You've probably already heard how WordPress is a very popular platform for bloggers, and chances are, a major of the blogs you read every day were created with WordPress. While it is the best blogging software available, thanks to some great theme developers, WordPress has now also become arguably the best platform for business websites.

WordPress is very easy to learn how to use, very easy to customize and scale to your business, is incredibly affordable, and lets you chose your own hosting company (opposed to getting ripped off for hosting by hosted website solutions). WordPress.org software is free, and you can then easily add themes (other known as templates) that integrate perfectly with WordPress, letting you get virtually any type of website up and running within minutes. WordPress themes can let you have better websites than people and companies that pay thousands of dollars to developers to build their websites. Best of all, outstanding premium WordPress themes usually cost under $ 100. I've personally spent well over $ 100 a month for hosted website software that was honestly not as good as WordPress. Using WordPress can easily save you or your company a ton of cash that can be better used to market your business.

7 Steps to Finding the Perfect WordPress Theme for Your Business

1. Decide on the type of business website you are looking for. This may sound obvious, but there are WordPress themes available for a wide variety of businesses, from corporate websites, to directory sites, news & magazine sites, eCommerce businesses, daily deal sites, photography websites and much more. There are some WordPress themes available that are so good that they might even encourage you to start a type of business you had not even considered!

2. Decide on must-have features for your website. Most themes have standard features such as multiple color schemes, giving you the ability to easily customize things like fonts and colors, and some pre-designed page templates, but are features such as Advanced Search, integration with Google Maps, Image Sliders, or the ability to sell digital products important to your business? In other words, focus on key features that might be specific to your business, or maybe features that would be a great improvement over your current website.

3. Decide on what type of style best suites your brand. Do you want to portray your company as professional, fun, modern or high-tech? What about minimalist, artsy, bold or retro? Do you want your website to be clean and organized or have more of a grungy look?

4. Decide on a your preferred website layout. This one is a bit tricky, since many of the best WordPress themes may have one layout by default, but give you the option to easily choose from various layout options. If you do not love the default layout of a specific theme, but it has all the features you are looking for, you might want to check whether the theme includes multiple layout options. Also, it is often worth deciding whether you want a blog-type layout (generally with a widget-based sidebar on the right and comment fields below your posts) or more of a professional layout. Having a standard blog-style layout might work well for news sites (and it encourages discussion from your site visitors), but it may not be appropriate for corporate websites.

5. View theme demos. Browse theme demos as if you were a customer or a potential client. Is the website easy to understand and navigate, well organized and give you the search options you would want? Is it easy to browse photos on the gallery page? Does it give a professional image of the business?

6. Make sure the theme designer provides at least some form of technical support. Some theme companies provide phone service, while others use email or a ticketing system for support, and others use support forums to communicate with customers. Any of these options are typically fine, but make sure they offer some level of support and customer service. WordPress is easy to use and most themes (especially premium themes) work very well, but you can still have issues or encounter bugs once in a while. You want to purchase a theme from a company or individual who will be around to help you if you run into an issue 10 months after you purchase the theme. Technical Support is one of many features you'll get when purchasing a premium free, as opposed to using a free WordPress theme.

7. To save a lot of time, rather than digging through the websites of numerous theme companies, check out a few online marketplaces that aggregate the best WordPress business themes from multiple theme designers into one place.

Summary

When it comes to online marketing, It looks like the focus of every small business these days is on places like Facebook and Twitter. While social media is important, and a great way to communicate with your customers and potential clients, your website is the real face of your business.

I constantly see small businesses spending a lot of money on things like pay-per-click ads, Facebook ads, SEO and more; all of which direct traffic to their websites. When you click through the company's website, you're often satisfied with a stale, confusing and out-of-date website that the company probably paid a good chunk of cash to have built for them in 1992.

You can create the best products, offer the best services, make the best food of any restaurant in your area, or write an amazing e-book, but if your website is not easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to purchase from , you are most likely losing a lot of business. People DO judge a book by it's cover, and your website is that 'cover' – it's often the first impression people have with your business.

I was reminded of this recently as I was searching for a carpenter / contractor to do some work on our house. I searched on Google, clicked on some AdWords ads, and was repeatedly billed to cringe-worthy websites that make me leave their sites within within seconds. My attitude was that if these 'businesses' cared so little about themselves to pay attention to their websites, I did not want to trust them renovating part of my house. They might have been amazing carpenters for all I know, but the first impression they've just immediately turned me off to them.

It is simply so easy and affordable to have a great website these days, that there's no excuse for businesses not to, regardless of what industry they're in. WordPress and other website software options out there make it possible for virtually anyone, with any budget and any level of technical knowledge to have an amazing looking website.



April 30, 2019

Use of E-commerce has rapidly grown. There are numerous open source and portals for e-commerce available. Among these WordPress is most widely used. I am using WordPress from last 2 years and I can conclude that the reason behind its popularity is, it gives you an e commerce site by putting least efforts. WordPress is quite easy to use compared to other e commerce portals that are available. Being easy to use, it saves much of your time and money. The best part of using WordPress is that you do not have to hire an expert. Try a hand on the interface and you will learn how it works.

WordPress is too vast that you can spend plenty of time exploring it. There are man plugins available for WordPress developers through which they can customize the portal.The layout of themes can also be customized such as add or remove side bars, add or delete pages and / or posts. The biggest advantage of WordPress is, you do not have to search for other platforms to get it integrated for your e commerce requirements. There are plenty of plugins available for free which can be easily used by WordPress developers. This gives you control of your website. For make any changes or edit you do not have to wait for your developer to work on it. You can easily make the desired changes to your website.

WordPress platforms are very easy to use and can be customize to length. This mostly fulfills all requirements of the clients hence, it is widely used. Free themes and plugins are also easily available which can be easily integrated and make this platform very economic.

The code behind WordPress is very simple and clean. This makes it more popular as this makes search engines to read and index them quickly. Every webpage can be optimized with their own meta tags.

Another feature of WordPress which makes it popular is its blogging platform. WordPress was introduced as a blogging platform with all blogging capabilities inbuilt in there. Setting up email subscription, RSS feed, commenting feature are also very simple to set up. WordPress allows you to add more features like event, calendar, video gallery, twitter feeds – all these plugins are available for WordPress. An easy and flexible platform makes it broadly popular among designers and developers. With a wide range of free themes and plugins available use WordPress to give your customers amazing e-commerce experience.



April 15, 2019

If you have an ecommerce store, you must be aware of the Magento platform and its widespread popularity due to its rich functionalities and customization options. This open source software is used by more than 250,000 online retailers and that includes some big brands like Samsung, Ford and Nike. Though it may offer a rich library of features and functions, Magento development offers very limited reporting and analysis capabilities.

Modern online store owners and merchants require something more than just transaction records and traffic data to remain competitive in the market. In simple words, they need business intelligence. There are merchants who are frustrated and are not willing to go through the complex process of studying their customer’s behavior and formulating strategies based on the reports.

How Magento helped merchants with the benefits of Magento Analytics?

In 2016, to help merchants easily gain insight of their customers and across their organizations, Magento acquired RJMetrics that provides big data analytics to business of various sizes. This was called the Magento Analytics. This cloud based, advanced analytics solution was integrated with the Magento development platform, so that the merchants could have a better understanding of their customers and sell their products in a smarter way while increasing their ROI. Magento Analytics is a business intelligence solution which means that it gathers data from various sources and offers an intuitive front end that can be used to discover new insights by the merchants.

Magento Analytics rebranded to Magento Business Intelligence

But today, Magento Analytics has been rebranded to Magento Business Intelligence and it reflects the power and depth of the software and offers a holistic view of the customer journey from varied data sources. It allows the merchants to gather data from multiple sources like MySQL, Salesforce to Facebook Ads into a single source that is accessible across your organization. This has helped the merchants to gather faster and accurate information and save their valuable time and spend it more on applying the insights.

Magento BI is suitable for both technical and business users and its cloud based delivery model seamlessly resolve any complex data infrastructure needs of the company. In case the merchants need any additional help to work with and understand the data, then it also offers additional professional services.

Magento BI Pro

There are two core products: The Magento BI Pro, which is great for experienced merchants and who are involved in advanced cross source analysis.

  • Unlimited data source beyond Google Analytics
  • Customize the baseline offering
  • Ease access to the data warehouse manager so as to customize the infrastructure and gain data visibility
  • Obtain additional support through professional service team offerings or customer success

Magento BI Essentials

Magento BI Essentials also offer access to five dashboards that comprises of about 75 reports at cost effective rate. These are all best in class analyses.

  • Understand the daily performance of your store in terms of revenues, top customers and AOV
  • Drill deep into performing categories and customer segments
  • Easily collaborate with the team around data and share the metrics with key stakeholders
  • Have an overview on the repeat revenue and customer loyalty


April 12, 2019

So, you need to have WordPress on a subdomain and want to know how to create a WordPress subdomain.

Creating a WordPress subdomain is a fairly straight forward task. But first things first. A subdomain is a separate entity from WordPress. You can have a subdomain that you could put a web site on, a forum, a WordPress blog etc.

So first things first, you need to create a subdomain on your web site where you can install WordPress.

Creating a subdomain

To create a subdomain you will need to log into your web hosting account. I am going to cover the cPanel interface here but most interfaces will be fairly similar.

'Subdomains' option in your cPanel account on your web host. This will be located under the 'Domains' category in cPanel. You should also see options for 'Addon Domains', 'Parked Domains', 'Redirects', and 'Simple DNS Zone Editor' in the 'Domains' category. Obviously we are going to select the 'Subdomains' option.

After you click on the Subdomains option you will see two text boxes. The one to the right contains your domain and the one to the left is empty. The text box on the left is where you will enter the name that you have chosen to be your subdomain. This can be any name you like. You should try to keep it either short or rich with keywords. Preferably both if possible.

So say our domain name is widgets.com and we are going to name our subdomain 'blue' then we will end up with 'blue.widgets.com' with our subdomain added. You could put in 'green' for 'green.widgets.com' or 'pink' for 'pink.widgets.com', well you get the idea.

Once you have picked your name just type it in the text box on the left and click the 'Create' button. That's it! You now have a subdomain.

But your thinking that's great but you want WordPress on your subdomain, so that is where we're heading next.

Installing WordPress on your subdomain

Go back to your cPanel home page and find the 'Fantastico De Luxe' option. This should be located under the 'Software / Services' category. It has the smiley face icon above it.

Look for the 'WordPress' option which you will find located under the 'Blog' category. After you click on the 'WordPress' option you should see an option for a 'New Installation'.

After you click on 'New Installation' you will see numerous options. The first option will be the 'Install on domain' option. You will notice a dropdown box next to this option. When you click on this dropdown box you should see your newly created subdomain listed as an option. In keeping with our example you would see 'widgets.com' as the default address and 'blue.widgets.com' in the dropdown box. You will want to select your subdomain.

If you do not see your subdomain then it was not created correctly and you will have to go back to your cPanel home page and create your subdomain again.

After you have selected your subdomain to install WordPress in, you will want to fill out all the other options. I would suggest leaving the 'Install in directory' option blank so WordPress installs into the root directory of your subdomain.

So if your domain is widgets.com and you want your subdomain to be 'blue' then your WordPress blog would be located at blue.widgets.com provided you left the folder name blank to install into the root directory of your subdomain.

If you install WordPress in a folder on your subdomain, say we name this folder 'plastic' then your WordPress blog would be located at 'blue.widgets.com/plastic'.

It can get a bit confusing which is why I would suggest leaving the box blank and installing WordPress in the root directory of your subdomain unless you have a good reason to do otherwise.



March 23, 2019

Launched in 2003, WordPress is now the world’s most popular blogging platform. It is used as a powerful website creation tool and a content management system (CMS). It is free and an open source tool originally designed for bloggers. The blogging tool is based on PHP and MY SQL. From its launch in 2003, this simple blogging tool has evolved into a powerful CMS and website creation tool for millions of users around the world. According to the latest statistics, almost 19% of the world’s top 10 million websites are using a WordPress platform. In total, the number of websites using WordPress is now over 60 million.

WordPress is still basically open source blogging software that allows beginners to start their own blog in only a few simple steps. As the free and open source WordPress.com software allows upgrades, the simple blogging software is now much more than just a blogging platform. The software allows users and programmers to add and upgrade their account with personalized domain names, video storage and custom CSS.

WordPress Account Types

There are two types of WordPress accounts, those hosted by WordPress.com and a self-hosted WordPress.org that will need to be installed on your own hosting account. Some of the basic highlights and differences between the two types are as follows:

WordPress.com

It is hosted by WordPress for FREE (although some optional upgrades are charged) and allows users a number of different upgrades and better content management options. WordPress handles the hosting service and the blogger only needs to concern themselves with providing the content. The hosting service includes security features and backups. It also allows you to upgrade to your own custom domain. WordPress.com allows users to choose from a wide range of themes or create your own custom theme for your website.

WordPress.com also allows users to integrate their website or blog with the top social media networks like tumble, Facebook and Twitter. Some of the other features included are statistics, sharing and polls. In case you require help, there is a large resource center available that can provide detailed guides to WordPress.com users for almost any issue … major or minor.

WordPress.org

If you are signing up with WordPress.org, you will be responsible for managing your own content, as well as hosting your website or blog on your own. This means that you will have to find a paid hosting company to host your website with regular backups and maintenance. Most security features are also provided by the hosting company with this option, instead of by WordPress. Just as with WordPress.com, WordPress.org allows you to build our own features using scripting languages like PHP and CSS. Unlike many built-in functions provided by WordPress.com for sharing and other features, you will need to install plugins if you wish to add different functionalities to your website using WordPress.org.

There really is a huge difference between both accounts and understanding these differences is important when choosing the right option for you. Overall, WordPress.com is usually more suitable for beginners, bloggers and small business owners who are interested in free services, whereas WordPress.org may be a better solution for larger companies that are interested in more customized websites, extended features, e-commerce functionality, and better security. Most businesses that want to have complete control of their website, due to security or monetary reasons, choose to go with the WordPress.org option.



March 8, 2019

Magento is the shopping cart which makes online shopping extremely easy for the users and is indeed the smartest and the most robust ecommerce platform to make the life of an individual easy. An ecommerce website is a viable option for the online businesses looking to facilitate transactions and sales online. Transactions can be transported out easily and conveniently when you design an ecommerce website. Not only your prospective buyers can gain information on your products and services but also they can proceed towards making purchases. If you wish for innovative, functional, creative shopping cart, you may consider Magento ecommerce website development services.

Magento is a platform which offers creative shopping cart system to simplify the process of sales. Your ecommerce shopping site will also appear attractive with this option. Not all the ecommerce platform is considered secure but this one is reliable and secure among the competitors.

Why is Magento thought to be the best?

You may confidently consider this particular platform for your ecommerce website development because of following reasons:

· It is the best open source platform for the ecommerce website. If you are looking forward to ecommerce website development services, you must go for Magento website development.

· Since the source code here is chosen to be 'public', anyone can look up the code and read it. Thus, we may say that it offers transparency.

· It is flexible and highly scalable

· It is acknowledged worldwide and is thought to be the finest shopping cart system

· The feature rich platform is used extensively across the globe.

Ecommerce website for an optimized presence online

The use of an ecommerce website has greatly improved or enhanced in the recent times. For instance, credit cards can facilitate easy payment and seamless transaction online. The popularity of the ecommerce site is increasing due to the advancement, innovativeness in the realm. A lot many ecommerce website development companies deliver well designed, attractive, innovative and appealing websites at reduced costs. They are much easier to navigate to bring you more sales. Service providers and professionals ensure that websites function in an error-free manner with the help of support based and advanced application software. The application functions all the time without any need for human intervention. It is important to choose the best service provider for designing an ecommerce website.

Tips on choosing the service provider

If you are looking to avail the best service providers, you may follow the below stated tips:

· Creativity, capacity and the level of specialization : You should look for a company which is professional and bears experience and expertise in delivering the service. Check out the portfolio or the past work accomplished and get to know about the capacity of the company. Visit the blogs, collect references and talk to the past clients.

· The kind of services offered by the firm : You must go for a service provider who can offer you an array of services to optimize your website and web content. It must utilize pay per click, search engine optimization to boost traffic to your site.



Source by Nalini Tomar



March 5, 2019

WordPress is software code that will make you look like an expert web developer. Once installed the software will allow you to build and maintain a website or blog with ease. It was first created to make it easy to set up a blog.

Over the years programmers have extended and improved its capabilities, making it a tool for developing more than just blogs. In order to use WordPress it must be installed on your host server.

Here is a list of reasons that you should be using WordPress.

1) It's Free

What can possibly be better that getting something for free? Not only is the software free, but you can get all sorts of add-ons that will enhance the appearance and functionality of your web site.

2) WordPress has pre-made designs to use

You do not even have to think about what you want your new site to look like. Finding a great looking WordPress theme is easy since there are thousands of template templates to choose from. Once you upload your theme 75% of the design step is done.

3) No special web editing software needed

This is great. After you log onto your site you use only your browser to create and edit new web pages or your blog. You do not have to learn HTML or other code like java or CSS. The WordPress editing interface is very easy to use. It works a lot like simple word-processing software.

4) Fast posting, updating and comment management

The blogging features in WordPress allow you to update your website / blog frequently, to receive and respond to comments from your readers, and to allow others to subscribe to your site content using RSS.

5) Plug-in

Plug-in are add-ons or snap-on mini programs that give you the ease and flexibility to add different features and appearance to your website. What you would do is install the plug-in you want to use and then just configure it within your WordPress dashboard. Some examples of a plug-in would have been adding a Facebook visitor button to your site. Another would be a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plug-in that would allow you to add keyword tags to your posts.

If you are new to website building I would highly recommend that you choose WordPress for building your first website.



Source by Steve Laba



February 18, 2019

When your computer skills are not so good, it may be difficult to operate an e-commerce business on your own. You will require require expert help; Fortunately, with the Magento e-commerce solution, online entrepreneurs can now have control over their online business.

Advantages of Magento

Magento is the e-commerce solution that has an open-source technology. You can conduct all your business operations with a functional online store. Today's business scenario has a lot of competition; since, a good Magento agency can help you operate your internet business with greater control and flexibility. Having an open-source platform, Magento is easily accessible to all. Its running and set-up expenses are very little. For setting up, the expenses include registration and hosting cost, extensions cost and developing customized themes. Code re-use, debugging, maintainability and support are all a breeze with Magento. Its user-friendly features help merchants to manage their inventory, create catalog, add product images, make orders and have diverse payment methods. You can have great customer interaction as you can prepare an account and have options for currency conversion and languages. It acts as a great promotional and marketing tool; flexible pricing too helps in sales. All in all, it's a total e-commerce solution for your online business.

Magento Web Developers

Magento web developers provide several services to develop your online store. If you have one, the company will do the need to re-arrange it. The web developers will provide the support for theme optimization, template design as well as customization, website management and store management. The features that Magento has help to create interactive websites. You can also search for products, category-wise. With Magento SEO, keyword specification and Meta title can be set. The work can be automated; you can maintain your online store and with various mechanisms target customers effectively. The web developer will provide all the potential ways for the development of your website.

Magento Web Design

E-commerce websites created with Magento web design are not only affordable but also very effective. A good web design speaks to your audience because it looks good and is also able to convince you easily. Professionals in this field create superior online stores, optimization and migration of e-commerce websites. They provide online configurations and installation of shopping cart modifying it to suit the business requirements. With Magento the design as well as development of an online shopping website can be completed in a short time. Easy adaptability allows reducing long-term costs. Good web designers can create visually engaging and easy navigation of website which can increase traffic and profits.



Source by Kristii Jackson