Website Redecorating

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Truly a picture is worth hundreds or thousands of words. Often we do not apply that knowledge towards improving the quality of our personal and small business websites. Images are naturally better, in many cases, because they are much much more conducive at communicating emotion, setting a mood or creating impact. There are many different kinds of visual media: video, artwork photographs, charts, infographics.

Video is the new black

Wherever presentable, video is becoming a “must-have” media for almost any professional marketer. Amazingly, all you need today is a smart-phone. We have all become video camera men and women. It becomes easy to film a basic overview or any kind of video on your phone, and touch it up by utilizing many video editing software applications which make it ready to add to your blog or website.

Video can even create more engagement than static graphics; making it easier for you to allow your brand to shine. It can make it easier to explain the value of your products in a more engaging style and in more detail. People have limited time and limited attention span on the internet: so try to keep your video: smart, basic, and simple.

Photography

Today we have high definition cameras in our pockets and persons in the form of a smartphone. Ironically we still seem to find it a chore to present great or the best images for small business websites. If you’re not a DIY photographer, there are dozens of stock art websites. Here is our recent blog post detailing that:

10 Good Free Photo & Image Sites for your website project(s)

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This article brings to you information about how you can find freely-distributable copyright free photos and images for you website designs. The following 10 easy to use and searchable websites offer you images free of any cost.

StreetWill.co

StreetWill organizes and present owner-submitted photos under the increasingly popular Creative Commons Zero license (CCO). CCO permits you to use the images in any way that you want; from person to commercial uses, without cost, or even have to mention the photographer/artist.

Stokpic.com

StockPic allowing individual images to be freely downloaded from their site. They are bundling new highly rated images into weekly emails. Images on the site are lightly watermarked for their marketing purposes, but when they are downloaded watermark-free and high resolution. Stockpic has its its own distributional license which allows the images free for commercial use and no requirement creator attribution (although giving credit is always a nice touch). The only logical license restriction is that the images cannot be redistributed; so their site cannot just be cloned.

LifeOfPix.com

LifeOfPix.com hosts hi-res photos and artwork provided by the Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal, free for personal and commercial use. Life of Pix also offers videos via a related service, Life Of Vids.

Buyer’s regret – something that we will all feel sometime.

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Most of us haven’t built and don’t operate a e-commerce store but all of us are consumers! Buying things online is also so easy these days, as you know. And when we have the desire to consume, as easy as it is these days, we don’t even having to leave home… just a couple of eager and willing clicks is all it takes.

So have you ever bought something and regretted it as soon as the hour after the purchase? Surely it has happened to most of us at some point.

We can just see an advertisement on a webpage, and one moment, click on some new website, and if we feel the need to just buy something, we can spend hundreds by just entering a credit card number or a paypal email address. Poof! Your money/credit is now in other hands; and your real-life shopping bag is physically still empty. Next we have to wait for the product to arrive, if we can actually trust the retailer, and some kid on a skateboard doesn’t steal the box from your doorstep.

Usually not long after you buy something important, you might then re-balance your checkbook; maybe finding out that you have went too close to your limit. There can be a multitude of reasons that can make you feel regret.

Here are some good tips on how you can minimize buyer’s remorse.

A. “Planning ahead” is best prevention for post-purchase impulse-buy regret.

Advertising is designed to manipulate us to buy. Advertisements are not overall bad, but so many utilize manipulative tactics to influence us in psychological ways. “Limited time offers,” such as those 1-day deals, and plenty other marketing tactics – can easily trip some of up.

So first, take at least 10 minutes to think of meditation to sense if there is anything about the purchase that could cause you feelings of regret. If you can wait, make a rule to wait a week before pulling the trigger on substantial purchases; perhaps anything over $80, or $100. Then jot in a reminder note in your calendar to remind you to buy it a week from now; or equivalently stick the item in your Amazon Wish List, and if you still want that new tv or laptop, then go for it.

B. Write down a list of the product’s pros & cons; also match them to realistic list of your needs.



A nice addition to your buying process should be taking a look at your actual needs and then contrasting the desired item’s features with your needs. For example, when buying a laptop, you might make a list of the essential features you require (15.6-inch screen, 3.5 pounds, 8GB Ram, SSD, … ). Don’t forget to include all the item’s cons, including price (compared to what else you can buy (groceries) in your analysis, to make yourself fully aware of what you are getting into.

Common Mis-steps on Social Media Platforms

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To allow for your business to grow maximally you probably already know you need to be on social media. For best results, it is important that have a thought-out strategy strategy. Here are a list of common issues that tend to minimize results.

A. Not having a separate profiles for your business

Imagine having your business mixed with your personal life on facebook. That could easily be a disaster, so the same applied for other social media channels as well. This will create an atmosphere of purely business conversation with your audience.

B. Not responding to messages

If you have many social media account, then you will have the more places that you are going to have to manage and check for messages. If you are able to forward your messages to your email, that will help you keep track of everything. Generally ignoring messages or not responding in a timely manner will only produce dissatisfaction customer in your customer base. Start small r with social platform first and then only build another network after you have mastered and feel comfortable with engaging your current audience. Start with the social network which has the highest percentage of your target audience online.

C. Boring your audience

Are your status updates too similar, or exactly the same, each day. If you are tuning out, your customers probably are too. To cure that, brainstorm some more. Also you can also try different themes/styles once in a while, perhaps ever quarter, or 3 months to help keep a fresh image. Humor is also good medicine to insert in place of writing blocks. You can easily search google images for various humorous images Also check out Buffer.com where you can profile and analyze your social media statistics; to find the content type & style that audience will like the most.

Google has begun to stop displaying ads on right-hand side of the search results page on desktops.

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For the past 1-2 weeks your Google desktop search results pages have begun looking a little different; depending on how much you notice the ads.

Google has begun to stop displaying ads on right-hand side of the search results page on desktops. Google has officially has confirmed the development as well.

Instead of showing ads on the right-hand side of the desktop view – Google’s search results pages will now show “4” ads on the top, and some on the bottom of the results page.

Google AdWords, the company’s advertising service, will be displaying 4 ads above organic search results; 0 ads on the right of search results, and 3 more ads below search results. Google had tested displaying 4 ads atop search results; as we observed in December.

The removal of these ads from the right sidebar of results makes Google’s desktop search results pages look a lot more like mobile search results pages; which are displayed in a device-wide column. It also means advertisers will have to pay a premium for the smaller number of available ad-slots on search results pages; especially the 4 spots atop search results.

Google’s “Product Listing Ads” (P.L.A.s) is the only possible tenant of that page space and still appears in the right column of more commercial search results. The Knowledge panel, which shows business information, will also appear in the right sidebar of desktop search results.

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A preview of the new wireless “5G” standard that is going to greatly further enhance internet connectivity

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Already starting to look beyond 4G, 5G promises significantly more in various ways. We are expecting to see it becoming popular in 2018.

The “Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance” has been tasked with defining the following requirements for the 5G wireless protocol:

  1. GB per second to be offered simultaneously to connected users
  2. Data rates of several megabits per second should be supported for potentially tens of thousands of users.
  3. Several hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections to be supported for local deployments in cities/suburbs.
  4. Coverage should be improved; spectral and signaling efficiency should be significantly enhanced compared to 4G.
  5. Network latency should be reduced significantly compared to 4G.

Improvements like this should even enable mobile “virtual reality” internet experiences; likewise our servers will be upgraded, when available, to serve even more and more data upon demand.

People involved in the wireless industry are talking about 5G nowadays. It is not quite yet just around the corner, but we at 4GoodHosting like to keep in mind such views into the future.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before. 5G will help make them a reality. “, AT&T said in a recent press release.

5G is the current attempt at wireless network speeds approximately “100 times faster” than current [average] wireless technology. The speed goals will perhaps even exceed speeds “Google Fiber” is offering as is currently being made available in selected areas of the US. 5G’s promises of incredible speed and responsiveness has technology professionals and the consumer market buzzing with this topic more and more each week/month.

Qualcomm, a long-time leader in wireless networking chips, announced “5G will take it to the next level – bringing ubiquitous connectivity to and from all sorts of devices.”

2 hours of HD video would zip to your mobile receiver in approximately 20 seconds,instead of about 6 minutes it takes via optimized 4G networks today.

Let’s get into some of the other experiences you will have and things you’ll be able to do from your ISPs that begin to offer it.

WordPress – Optional New Javascript Admin UI released codename: “Calypso”

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WP Version 4.4 creates a new WP foundation that is being hailed as the next big thing in the world of wordpress. The WordPress REST API is being hailed as the next big chapter for the WP platform.

You are probably already wondering what that means for you. Well, right now it is optional, so you won’t be forced to learn or adapt for a while longer, at least, or perhaps forever?

For those inclined at developing for WordPress, we will explore WP REST API, its features, and what it brings to the workbench for those who work with WordPress professionally.

Dissecting WP REST API (JSON)

Before we dive deeper into the capabilities of the WP [JSON] REST API we first should make sure the basics are covered.

What is an API – Application Programming Interface?

It is much like a software driver that, if its protocol is followed, bridges between two different software applications.

You might have been using them for a while, but not even have technically realized it. For example, using a 3rd party website service or an application that to posts to Facebook or Twitter, is using the Facebook API and the Twitter API protocols/ports/etc connecting their platforms to your software. Therefore, as you might presume, there is a vast use of such API’s on the Internet.

4 Tips For Hiring The Right Business Assistant

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This article will give you some advice on planning how to grow your business. At some point, this typically requires hiring some help, as things get business. Perhaps you are managing another job simultaneously as you transform into becoming an independent entrepreneur? Hiring good help can be a difficult process. Training requires effort, time, and expense. There is also the trust factor. It can be difficult to find out who is really worthy of your trust. People hired over the internet are more apt to be fly by night personalities. Besides being able to find help from a larger marketpool; telecommuting makes it easier for your online staff to find new employment and also ‘re-locate’.

Building an online business from scratch, or simply bringing a product or service that’s in demand, usually requires a large amount of time, energy and commitment. As we continue to invest our time and energy, we find out that our time goes into tasks such as answering calls, managing email, customer service, support tickets, inventory management, shipping, etc., all essential in their own way.

Managing e-mail can turn out to be one of the most time consuming parts of your business. You are always anticipating new messages,replying in a timely fashion, and reviewing past messages, and chasing down those who haven’t replied. It is all part of having a an online business. Eventually when your business grows and revenue starts to build, you will feel the need to shift matters into a higher gear and bring aboard an employee that can help you with these less technical areas; in order to free you up to land more sales or form more business relationships.

A) Am you considering giving up on the new business, because it feels overwhelming?
B) Do you feel lonely while running the show all by yourself, or feel exhausted at the end of each day?
C) Ar matters forcing you to neglect other important aspect of your life, such family life?
D) Is the growth rate of the business inhibited because you don’t have enough help? Do calls get missed because you are already on the phone?

Interested in Podcasting?

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We recommend integrating a WordPress blog for your website for publishing your podcasts. This is recommended due to the availability of great set of plugins for managing and publishing podcasts. We have narrowed down some of best ones out there. There are dozens of podcasting plugins but in this article we have narrowed it down to 5 good selections for you.

As a replacement or supplement to blogging, many people are transforming their text content into audio, or even video. Podcasts provide additional benefits for your audience. Audio podcasting can help you connect with your audience on a personal level.

Written content can be easily dictated into an audio podcast and both versions can be published. Podcasting is also another option for monetizing your content. With a podcast growing in popularity, then you can also service sponsorships directly on your podcasts (for advertising revenue).

Today’s on-the-go people find it more convenient to consume audio content; rather than reading. Adding podcasting will only expand your website’s audience or ‘reach’. Also even if people don’t have the interest or time to listen, they will at least be impressed that you also offer an optional podcast on your site.

The titles below are also direct links to the following recommended plugins.

1) Podlove

Podlove offers an advanced podcasting experience. This plug has been under development for over 3 years so far. Podlove is a simple podcasting solution gives you will control of how your podcasts appear on the web. You can view how well your podcasts are performing, how you can optimize them, and includes monetization support.

2) Buzzsprout Podcasting

Buzzsprout is a popular podcast publishing plugin. With the help of Buzzsprout you will be able to manage your directory of uploaded podcasts. This will change how they are displayed on your WordPress blog through the integrated media-player. iTunes integration makes Buzzsprout appealing to those who want to publish high-quality podcasts.

Tim Berners-Lee Interview, his recent thoughts on the current state of the internet and its future.

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The man in the right position to play a hand in inventing the “http” protocol for the then forthcoming World Wide Web recently stated his thoughts on some keys issues on the current and future Internet. Mr. Lee was tasked with helping computers communicate over a network, him and others helped create the protocol that transmits web pages between computers over a distributed IP network.

 

Mr. Berners-Lee worked as a contractor at CERN from June – December 1980. While there, he proposed a project based on the concept of “hypertext” to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers. To demonstrate it, he built a prototype system named “Enquire”.

After leaving CERN in late 1980, he went to work at John Poole’s Image Computer Systems, Ltd, in Bournemouth, Dorset. He ran the company’s technical side for three years. The project he worked on was a “real time remote procedure call” which gave him experience in computer networking in 1984, he returned to CERN as a fellow. In 1989, CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet.

“I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and domain name system ideas and ‘ta-da!’ the World Wide Web … Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multi=font text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalizing, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee surprised people at a recent independent festival in California recently. He spoke about, net neutrality and the scandal regarding the “elusive promise” of a truly free Internet. The subject of net neutrality is brought to the forefront in the independent film “For Everyone.Net”, which hopes to put a friendly face on the fight for a free Web. This is the reason why Berners-Lee came to an independent film festival; where his words were recorded.

“We should be able to use the Web without worrying about being spied on and without finding that you can’t get to places because the ISP you use has got a deal with somebody else,“ said Berners-Lee. “The incentive whether you’re a government or a company to mess up net neutrality is control—for example, if you’re an oppressive government and you control the Internet, you can use it in all kinds of nasty ways. “If you look at the world through blurry spectacles, you see a slow and uneven march towards more openness. It’s true that when you go to China you can’t get to YouTube, but you can get to Vimeo. You can’t get to Twitter, but you can get to lots of other sites. China charts on the Web index not because they have an excellent record when it comes to censorship, but because they have a massive amount of stuff happening there—a huge amount of e-commerce, a huge amount of social chat,” he explained. “They’re using the Internet and it’s having a big positive economic effect. I hope that what will happen, bit by bit, is each country realizes it needs to play a part, just from a purely economic point of view. Companies have to be able to see and understand what the outside world is like, and the outside world has to be able to understand what China is like.”