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Magento Vs Shopify! Let’s Find Out Which of Them is Better

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With every passing day, the e-commerce industry is gaining more and more attention from traditional retailers and brands. The increasing participation has developed an enhanced competition and eventually the chaos linked with choosing the right digital platform.  While Magento has been named a leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Digital Commerce Platforms, there’s still a question amidst enterprises whether to choose Magento or other platforms like Shopify. The reason includes a mixture of the price involved or lack of complete understanding of the features and benefits of Magento.  Busting the myth! The most common reason of all is ‘Magento is Complex’. Well, the truth is, it isn’t!! In fact, Magento has its chain of certified solution partners across the globe. The experienced and qualified team can help you with Magento Migration Services and Magento development services effortlessly. You just have to choose the partner from the official Magento website. However, the question arises, is it all worth the effort?  Magento comes with a host of features in comparison to its close competitors. One such name is Shopify. The e-commerce platform comes with different subscription plans to match your needs. It also has an enterprise solution, wherein, the amount differs based on your requirement.  While most of the audience goes with the subscription plans to avoid the one-time cost incurred on having an enterprise solution. However, with the growing commerce, the needs change and time comes to either upgrade or migrate. Shopify to Magento 2 migration In case your e-commerce is expanding, or you are planning to expand, Magento 2 migration service can be the right choice for you. Besides the above-mentioned differences, here’s a detailed sneak into major reasons to migrate from Shopify to Magento 2. Let’s have a look:   Established Suitable for Customization Visual Potential 3rd Party Integration Business Model and Cost Structure Shopify 2004 Small business Limited Functionality & Customization 100+ Ready Themes 200+ Free & Paid Extensions Particularly subscription Magento 2008 Medium & Large business Deep Customization & Personalization Unlimited Flexibility in theme design 5000+ Free & Paid Extensions Open source and commerce editions More than the basics While both the stores come by default with basic functionalities required for an online store, Magento 2 migration can serve you with many extras. Unlimited inventory size, coupons and discount codes, and multi-language support are what you can have additionally without paying an extra amount. While both the stores support additional third-party extensions, this is again where Magento 2 leads by offering more than 5000 free and paid extensions, whereas Shopify has few hundred in its basket. Potential Both the platforms come with a range of customization possibilities in terms of appearance and functionalities. However, Shopify being a SaaS-based platform, it has a limited scope of modification in comparison to Magento 2. That’s because Magento is an open-source platform written in PHP/JS/HTML. This makes Magento lead here as well with a clear margin.  Ease With Shopify, you can disregard server organization and spotlight on what’s generally significant for your business: developing your stock and concocting better marketing strategies. While Magento, being an open-source platform, expects you to keep your finger on the beat of your server framework consistently to guarantee the perfect degree of execution, information security and strength. It might be considered a tedious task, but it also offers an opportunity to solve execution issues without the help of a support team. Furthermore, you can also actualize complex database models with information replication, load adjusting, and different strategies planned for verifying your store’s information and guaranteeing smooth substance conveyance to your clients.  Before signing off Both Shopify and Magento share an inevitable space in the industry. However, what differentiates them is the size of business and its technological needs. While Shopify has everything to match the expectations of start-ups and small brands, Magento flawlessly serves enterprises and helps them grow in the ultra-competitive market. These were some of the reasons that make Magento a preferred e-commerce solution for enterprises.  In case you are still using Shopify and are seeking Magento 2 migration services, it is recommended to hire a certified Magento solutions partner for the same. You can have the details and other answers on the official Magento website. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Magento Vs Shopify! Let’s Find Out Which of Them is Better appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

The February 2020 promo code is served with a side of scandal

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Welcome to another leap year February! As exciting as this once-every-four-years business is, we know the real reason you’re here—to get discounts on your upcoming .com and .net domain renewals. Just ask and you shall receive. Use the promo code TEA February 1 through 29 to renew your .com domains for $10.99 and .net domains […] The post The February 2020 promo code is served with a side of scandal appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Google Search News for January 2020

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We hope the year 2020 has started off well for you, and wanted to bring a brief update of some of the changes around Google Search since our last episode. We aim to do this in our YouTube Series called Google Search News. In the January 2020 episode, we cover: Updates in Search Console, a free tool from Google to help you succeed with your website in Google Search. Since the last episode, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the new Search Console, updated the Discover report, and made the Index Coverage report more comprehensive. Another big change was the new messaging system, which integrates directly with various reports. Updated Mobile-First Indexing documentation and some tips, such as making sure your mobile site reflects your full content (we won't use the desktop version at all, once we switch your site over). Also, if you use separate mobile URLs (commonly called m-dot URLs), make sure to use them consistently within your structured data too. The deprecation of support for data-vocabulary.org structured data was recently announced. This markup was mostly used for breadcrumb markup, so if you added that early on, you should double-check the breadcrumb report in Search Console. We make regular updates in Google Search -- our website on How Search Works has more on the backgrounds, if you're curious. In this episode we covered BERT - a modern way for computers to understand natural language - as well as various updates mentioned on our Search Liaison & Webmaster Central Twitter profiles. Chrome has posted on its handling of mixed-content, and we started sending notices to sites using old HTTPS / TLS protocols. Googlebot's rendering has continued to move forward with the new user-agent, which is being used more and more for crawling. and, last but not least, if you'd like to find out more about Search Console, check out our new Search Console training video series! We hope you find these updates useful! Let us know in the video comments, or on Twitter, if there's something we can improve on. Posted by John Mueller, Google Search-Relations team, Zurich

Google Search News for January 2020

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We hope the year 2020 has started off well for you, and wanted to bring a brief update of some of the changes around Google Search since our last episode. We aim to do this in our YouTube Series called Google Search News. In the January 2020 episode, we cover: Updates in Search Console, a free tool from Google to help you succeed with your website in Google Search. Since the last episode, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the new Search Console, updated the Discover report, and made the Index Coverage report more comprehensive. Another big change was the new messaging system, which integrates directly with various reports. Updated Mobile-First Indexing documentation and some tips, such as making sure your mobile site reflects your full content (we won't use the desktop version at all, once we switch your site over). Also, if you use separate mobile URLs (commonly called m-dot URLs), make sure to use them consistently within your structured data too. The deprecation of support for data-vocabulary.org structured data was recently announced. This markup was mostly used for breadcrumb markup, so if you added that early on, you should double-check the breadcrumb report in Search Console. We make regular updates in Google Search -- our website on How Search Works has more on the backgrounds, if you're curious. In this episode we covered BERT - a modern way for computers to understand natural language - as well as various updates mentioned on our Search Liaison & Webmaster Central Twitter profiles. Chrome has posted on its handling of mixed-content, and we started sending notices to sites using old HTTPS / TLS protocols. Googlebot's rendering has continued to move forward with the new user-agent, which is being used more and more for crawling. and, last but not least, if you'd like to find out more about Search Console, check out our new Search Console training video series! We hope you find these updates useful! Let us know in the video comments, or on Twitter, if there's something we can improve on. Posted by John Mueller, Google Search-Relations team, Zurich

Web Hosting Hot Topics: Caching, Themes & Customer Service

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The post Web Hosting Hot Topics: Caching, Themes & Customer Service appeared first on HostGator Blog. This article is part of HostGator’s Web Pros Series. In this series, we feature articles from our team of experts here at HostGator. Our Product Managers, Linux Administrators, Marketers, and Tech Support engineers share their best tips for getting the most out of your website. One of the best things about working at HostGator is helping customers set up and run great websites. That means we do a lot of listening and answering customer questions. In December, HostGator held a customer gathering in Austin so we could meet some of you and answer your pressing website questions in person.  Of course, not everyone could drop by Austin—although if you get a chance, you should. So here I’ll go over three of the big things our meetup attendees wanted to know more about. Hot Topic #1: Why Does Your Website Need Caching? One of the biggest topics at our event was caching, and why customers need it for their sites. The short answer is that your site needs caching because it’s best practice for making websites load as quickly as possible, even those on superfast servers. Pretty much every fast website that you’ve ever been to is using caching at multiple layers.  If your site doesn’t use caching, you’re not meeting the standard for site performance. It’s probably going to load more slowly than visitors expect.  Make visitors wait and they’re likely to bounce. Caching can help you avoid that. Why does caching make a site load faster? A super-simple answer You’ve probably heard of read-only files. They’re files that don’t get changed, only displayed. Well, in simple terms, most websites are what we could call “read mostly.” They do get read, and site owners do make changes to them.  But for the most part, websites are read way more frequently than they’re changed. Because all the content doesn’t change often, it can be stored in a cache for fast access instead of retrieved from the server every time.  Why does caching make a site load faster? A less-simple answer Without caching, every time you load a webpage, the browser has to go to the site server’s hard disk, pull out the PHP files, and then run those files, which go to the site’s database. So the browser also has to read the database.  Then, between the PHP and the database, you have to generate HTML along with some JavaScript and some other things that finally get sent back to the browser to display the site content. Running the PHP files and reading the database takes a lot of time compared to just sending the data. In terms of actual time elapsed, this process doesn’t take too long. But in internet-user time, it feels like forever. By the five-second mark, most visitors are ready to bounce.  What caching does is leverage the read-mostly aspect of your website. Instead of running PHP and loading data from the database every time a visitor comes to your site, the cache saves the resulting HTML, JavaScript, images and other elements.  That cache gets stored in RAM, the fastest option for accessing it. Now, when the first person comes to your website, the load time might be a little bit slower for them because the browser has to go through the PHP and database process to generate the HTML and other elements for the cache.  But for the next visit to your website—and all the visits after that—the cache has everything they need. The browser can just go directly into RAM, grab the HTML and show it to the visitor. That gives them the fastest possible load time, which improves user experience. Faster page speeds can improve your SEO, too.  How do you set up a cache for your WordPress site? If you’re only going to install one plugin on your WordPress site, it should be a caching plugin. We recommend WP Super Cache from Automattic. There are other good WordPress caching plugins out there, too. We’ve worked with most of them, and WP Super Cache is the one that’s given us the best results. Step 1 of HostGator’s WP Super Cache guide Downloading a plugin is easy. Configuring it can be confusing without a guide. When you’re ready to install WP Super Cache, check out our support article on how to set it up. It’s a short article that shows you exactly what to check. It also explains how those selections help the plugin work best for your site. Hot Topic #2: How Should You Choose Your Site Theme? There were a lot of questions about website themes at the customer meetup. Obviously, picking a theme is important because it creates the look and feel of your website. But with thousands of themes available, how do you find one that works for you and your business? Here are a few suggestions.  A good theme will fit your content Yes, your theme is important, but your site’s content is more important. Your content is what delivers value to your visitors, keeps them reading and gets them to buy from you or subscribe to your blog.  It’s helpful to start by thinking about your content before you think about a theme. Your content should provide the information your audience wants in a format they can use, whether that’s blog posts, photos, videos or something else. When you understand what kind of content you want on your website, then you can look for a theme that supports it.  A good theme makes your site easy to use Creative content is appealing. Creative site navigation, not so much, because it can confuse users. The easier your site is for visitors to use, the more time they’ll spend on it. A few of the most popular themes at WordPress.org Look for a theme that supports the navigation standards your visitors are going to expect. If you’re not sure that those standards are, go look at your competitors’ sites or other sites in similar industries. A good theme will follow those standards for things like menus, pages, product catalogs and more. A good theme won’t require HTML or CSS changes  Find a theme that gives you the native flexibility to change the things that you want to change, while minimizing the amount of customization that you have to do. If you have to modify a theme’s code to make it work for your site content, you probably want to look for a different solution.  I say this for two reasons. First, modern themes shouldn’t require HTML changes very often, if at all. Second, people who are brand-new to websites and are starting a business need to focus on their business and their site content instead of fiddling with the code of their theme.  And changing theme code isn’t a one-time thing. Every time you change those elements, you have to maintain those changes going forward. As time goes on, you’ll end up spending more time working on your theme and less time working on your content, and content is where your site’s value is going to come from. Try out lots of themes My recommendation would be to try a lot of themes without putting a lot of time into customizing any of them early on. We’ve written a lot about different WordPress themes that can work well for different types of websites, like eCommerce, affiliate marketing, freelancers, small business and many types of blogging. Those blog posts can help you find some options to try. Test them on different devices. Look at them on your phone. Go into the theme’s settings to see what you can change and what you can’t. But resist the urge to tinker with the settings in each theme you try in order to make your content fit.  Identify the right theme for your site When you get a sense of which theme is going to provide you the look you want, the right format for your content and the flexibility that you need, you can tailor that theme to suit your needs.  Hot Topic #3: We’re Here to Help Most HostGator customers want to get a great website up and running for their business, not become accidental web hosting experts as they figure out how to make their site work. That’s why we make the site setup process as simple as possible.  But there’s at least a slight learning curve for everything. Customers at our meetup wanted to know more about how to reach us when they have a question and how we can help. We’ve got many ways for you to get in touch and find the information you need.  You may find your questions answered in our knowledge base. It answers FAQs on domains, design tools, cPanel, security and more.  Our YouTube channel is full of how-to videos and webinars to guide you through basics like file uploads and SSL certificates. You can also find more advanced topics that can help you once your site is up and running, like successful SEO and site traffic statistics. Sometimes, though, you need a real person to guide you through the unknown. We’ve got you.  Live chat help Our live chat team can help you with domains, email, security and more. Many of our customers say they like our live chat because they can copy-paste the information our support team gives them. That creates a transcript that customers can look back on later if they need a refresher.  Phone help with screensharing You can also give us a call if you’re stuck. We may be able to talk through the problem with you. We can do other things too. For example, we have screen-sharing tools you can opt in to, so we can see what you’re looking at on your screen in real time. Then we can walk you step by step through the tasks you want to do. That helps you get your site working the way you want it to faster, so you can get back to your core business. Have more questions about caching, themes or any other element of your site? We’re ready to answer! Find the post on the HostGator Blog

InMotion Hosting Redesigns Website for Trester Demolition

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The web design team at InMotion Hosting has the pleasure of serving many types of businesses at different stages in their web presence journey. The experienced team, which is made up of senior web designers, senior frontend developers, and dedicated project success advisers, has created beautiful, modern designs for businesses looking to establish a brand new site or give a fresh look to an existing site.  Web design trends are constantly changing. While you don’t need to overhaul your website every year, you should make sure your website maintains a fresh, contemporary look. Continue reading InMotion Hosting Redesigns Website for Trester Demolition at InMotion Hosting Blog.

Social Media Content Strategy: How to Respond to a Changing Marketplace

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Do you have a content strategy for your social media marketing? Wondering how content and social media strategies can fit together? To explore how to use content strategically for 2020 and beyond, I interview Jay Baer on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Jay is a marketing and customer experience strategist. He’s the founder of Convince […] The post Social Media Content Strategy: How to Respond to a Changing Marketplace appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Getting Started with the Genesis Framework

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This Saturday, the Genesis Framework will celebrate its 10th birthday. That’s a full decade of WordPress websites that have benefited from Genesis, which has been one of the world’s most popular WordPress theme frameworks since it launched.  With the addition of custom post types and custom meta fields in 2010, WordPress was quickly evolving from… The post Getting Started with the Genesis Framework appeared first on WP Engine.

How to Land Your Next Job in 2020

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“New year, new me.” Chances are you’ve said this at some point in the month of January, as the start of a new year infuses motivation and energy into all of us after the holidays. As the end of January nears though, it’s important to stay focused and keep the momentum going, especially when it comes to a change that can affect your day-to-day life like finding a new job. Here are a few ways you can land your next job in 2020. Search, search, search Starting a job search from scratch sounds... .

10 Ways to Show Your Blog Some Love

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Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Palentine’s Day — no matter what you celebrate, don’t forget to include your blog in the festivities. We promise that if you treat it well, it’ll take care of you in turn. Why start a blog in the first place? Bloggers we’ve talked to have described them as their passion. Blogging allows them to connect with people nearby or across the world who have similar interests; it’s a way of supporting their lifestyles (hello, travel bloggers!). Some folks use blogs for their side-hustles to make extra money and others depend on their blogs as a primary source of income. Face it: You and your blog are in a relationship. Just as with any relationship, it’ll thrive with a little TLC. Ways to Improve Your Blog   Use these 10 tips to better your blog and show that you’re ready to commit. 1- Update old blog posts, content, and links. Many people put all their focus on “new” — new blog posts, new infographics, new videos. The thinking behind that is that new content will increase your site traffic. And to an extent, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean brand new is always better. (Tell that to your ex, amirite?) We’ll explain. Google, the leading search engine, loves new content. However, in this case “new content” is expanded to include updated content. And older content already has other benefits like URL authority and traffic. Bots and spiders crawl your site looking for different things. Among those things are indicators of fresh content. They’ll make note of your updates and it can lead to your content seeing a bump in SERPs.   Added bonus: People are less likely to bounce off webpages that aren’t full of outdated links and information. 2- Create a content calendar.   As mentioned previously, Google is smitten with new content. Creating a calendar helps you stay on top of future posts and plan your updates. There are a variety of tools at your disposal for creating content calendars. A quick Internet search shows many free options, or you can use the calendar features in trusted online tools such as G Suite or Office 365 (along with a host of other familiar and user-friendly features that they offer!). Added bonus: Using a cloud-based calendar allows you to plan with other content collaborators no matter where they’re located. 3- Verify that your blog (and website) is truly mobile responsive. News flash: It’s 2020! If your visitors want to catch up on your blog from their mobile devices, like a phone or tablet, make sure it’s a pleasant experience for them. No one wants to drag their finger across their screen to get from one end of a sentence to another. And no one will take the time to do that either. Instead, they’ll bounce. When designing and working on your blog, keep responsive design in mind. WebFX defines responsive design as, “…a way to put together a website [or blog] so that it automatically scales its content and elements to match the screen size on which it is viewed.” You don’t need to be a coding wizard to create a mobile responsive site, so relax. Any good Website Builder includes a mobile optimization feature. Added bonus: Making sure your blog is optimized for mobile devices also improves your SEO! Mobile optimization is a contributing factor in Google’s search ranking, so don’t overlook it. 4- Check the speed of your blog. You know what else will drive away your visitors? A super slow-loading blog. Why should they stick around when there are approximately 784028495868 bazillion other web pages in existence that they could be browsing (and that could have loaded in the same time frame)? Let’s face it: A slow-loading blog takes all the fire and excitement out of the relationship. Use a free resource, like Google’s PageSpeed Insights, to get a better understanding of your site’s loading time. If your loading time is abysmal, poor, or even mediocre, try doing these things: Optimize your images.Reduce the number of blog posts featured on your homepage. Go easy on the ads. Make sure you’re using the right plugins (fastest and newest versions.) 5- Audit your plugins. Even if you get a high score on your PageSpeed Insights review, you should still take stock of all the plugins you’re using. No relationship needs a third wheel (or multiple third wheels) dragging them down, so get rid of any plugins you no longer use or need on your blog. We can’t stress this enough — backup your blog before making any changes to your plugins or any big changes to your blog in general! If something bad should happen (and while it’s highly unlikely, it is possible) you’ll be happy you have that backup. Do you use WordPress for your blog? Here’s a great article by Mediavine on how to audit your WordPress plugins. 6- Add an email signup form to your blog. You’ve heard us say it before and we’re saying it again for the people in the back. It’s high time you introduced your blog to email marketing. They make for the perfect pair. Adding an email signup to your blog is one of the easiest ways to promote and increase repeat readership of your blog. If you’re like most of us, you probably check your email every day. Stay top of mind with your readers by meeting them where they’re likely to be, in their inbox.   7- Network with other bloggers Starting and maintaining a blog can seem intimidating at times. It’s a relationship, remember? And all good relationships require work and effort. But here’s the thing — you’re not in it alone. We’re betting you probably have a friend or two that you turn to for relationship or romantic advice. Well, why shouldn’t you have other bloggers you can turn to when you have questions about your blog or blogging in general? Odds are good that they’ve experienced what you’re experiencing and can help guide you through it. And that’s not all networking with other bloggers is good for. Once you get to know other bloggers you can try: Guest posting on each others’ blogs.Boosting your backlinks by sharing each others’ content. Do this as appropriate. Spamming each others’ blogs with irrelevant links looks bad to both your readers and search engines. Contributing to supplementary content together, like podcasts, webinars, or giveaways. 8- Get social from behind the computer screen. It is your responsibility as a blogger to engender trust in your readers. If you want your visitors and readers to value your content and share it with others, they need to know the source behind it is trustworthy. It’s all part of something called social proof. SproutSocial defines social proof as, “the concept that people will follow the actions of the masses. The idea is that since so many other people behave in a certain way, it must be the correct behavior.” The thinking goes that if many people trust and share your content, then it must make sense for them (any other people) to do the same thing. Show who you are and that you’re trustworthy by: Connecting with your readers in the comments.Creating social media groups (like Facebook groups) where your readers can connect and converse with you.Posting testimonials from those who’ve worked with you in the past or have tried your products. 9- Go beyond the written word on your blog. Did you know that the word “blog” is a shortened version of web log? Since blogs started as online journals, it makes sense that they’re heavily reliant on the written (or typed) word. That dependency on written content won’t change, but it doesn’t mean you can’t spice it things a bit. A little variety never hurt anyone, so consider adding any of the following types of content into the mix: VideoGifsPhotos or imagesInfographicsGraphs or chartsWebinarsQ&A with readers or guests Added bonus: Multimedia content increases the amount of time people spend on your site. 10- Implement Google Analytics on your blog. Your blog can be your biggest ally in forging new connections and creating financial independence. But to get the most out of your blog it needs review, maintenance, and optimization. Luckily, Google yet again provides us with a free tool that helps you understand your blog’s performance and where it can be improved. Have you heard of Google Analytics? It’s a great resource that helps you analyze your site. You can learn where your visitors come from, how long they’re spending on your site, where they’re bouncing, and so much more from the Google Analytics platform. These insights can then be applied in different ways so as to optimize your blog and increase the revenue you can make from it. Neil Patel writes a great piece titled, “7 Google Analytics Reports That Show How Your Blog is Really Performing” that we really think you should check out. Optimizing your blog doesn’t have to be difficult. Take these tips to heart when working on your blog, but don’t feel as though you have to tackle them all in one day. Managing your blog should be an enjoyable experience, so go ahead and plan out what improvements and optimizations you’ll start with, and set goals to accomplish them. Once those are checked off your list, move on to the next blog improvement tip and knock that one out, too. What other blog improvement tips do you have? Let us know in the comments. The post 10 Ways to Show Your Blog Some Love appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Improved Offline Publishing

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The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy. Good technology in an app requires solid offline support. A WordPress app should give you a seamless, reliable posting experience, and you shouldn’t have to worry whether you’re online or offline while using WordPress Mobile. And if we’ve done our jobs right, you won’t have to!  We all need fewer worries in life, so if you haven’t already head to https://apps.wordpress.com/get/ to download the apps. Offline Publishing On the go and without a connection?  No worries! The apps will now remember your choices and once you’re back online,your content will be saved and published as requested.  But if you changed your mind about publishing a post while you’re still offline, you can still safely cancel it. The new Offline Publishing flow. This improved publishing flow comes together with a revamped UI for yourf post status.  You’ll be able to clearly see which posts are pending, saving or publishing. Smoother Messaging We removed several alerts that were being presented while you were offline.  These blocking alerts required you to take action but often provided no insights on either what the problem was, or how to resolve it.   They have been replaced with contextual non-blocking messages both within the UI, and in notices appearingright above the toolbar. As a result, you’ll see less disruptive and uninformative alerts, and more inline and informative messages, such as the one shown above. Safeguards We also added some safeguards to ensure there are no surprises! You can cancel offline publishing. Modifying posts that are scheduled for publishing will cancel the publishing action. Don’t worry, though – you can always reschedule the post for publishing. All queued save and publishing operations will be canceled if your device stays offline for more than 48 hours.  We want you to be in complete control of what gets published and when.

cPanel & WHM LTS Named Tier Autofixer and You

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Beginning in cPanel & WHM Version 86, the way we use the term “LTS” or Long Term Support in reference to our software is changing. We’re making this important change for several reasons, and we want to provide you with information to help you keep your servers secure and up to date. How cPanel’s Versioning and Tiers Work  We’re making a change to our release methodology and update system, which will assist you in keeping your servers ...

HostGator Customer Spotlight: Michelle Visser of Souly Rested

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The post HostGator Customer Spotlight: Michelle Visser of Souly Rested appeared first on HostGator Blog. Starting a side hustle can feel like a big risk, but here is the good news. Many other people and companies that have come before you started as side hustles.  In fact, HostGator started out as a college project. So, we know how hard it can be to stay motivated when creating a business on the side.  That’s why we make it part of our mission to help side hustlers get their feet off the ground. We do this by providing a website builder that helps customers get an affordable and smart-looking website up in no time, with no previous expertise needed.  We also like to make the process fun and rewarding. That’s why we sponsor the Side Hustle Stars Awards, and highlight some of our successful customers. To help you stay motivated as you create your own side hustle website, here’s a look into the inspiring story of 3rd place Side Hustle Star Awards Winner, Michelle Visser, the creator of the blog Souly Rested. Who is Michelle Visser, and What is Souly Rested? Souly Rested is a blog based on life on a 219-year-old farm in rural New England. The blog includes everything from tutorials on tapping maple trees to cooking with maple and everything in between. We wanted to learn more about Michelle Visser her fun blog, Souly Rested, so we asked her a handful of questions. Since Michelle Visser is an avid niche blogger, the first thing we wanted to learn was what her most successful blog post was. Visser said, “My most popular post is about how we trained our dog to be friendly to our free-ranging chicken. When I saw its numbers rising not long after I wrote it, I quickly realized that my readers just want genuine solutions to everyday problems that we all face. It also helped the post’s popularity that I couldn’t find any other blog post at all on this topic.” As you start your own blog, you may consider answering everyday questions as well, and see how your posts perform. Monitoring your post performance is a great way to generate more ideas for your blog. We were also dying to know what Visser’s most popular social media post was, since social media is a stellar way to promote a website.  Visser said, “My most popular social media post was when I asked readers to vote on their favorite cover design for my book. That taught me that readers love to have a say and tell me their opinion, which works out great for marketing research. If I want to know what my readers want, I just need to ask them.” What better way to find out what your readers want than to ask them via social media? Overall, we learned that Visser has grown a successful homesteading community, offered countless blog posts with practical advice, designed and started selling a product for backyard sugarmaking, and even launched books. What Challenges Come with Blogging? While Visser has experienced loads of success with her blog, it hasn’t always been easy for her to keep up the rapid pace of creating continuous and relevant content. Visser said one of her biggest challenges has been “hanging on and continuing to create great content when only your aunt and a few friends are reading it.”  However, her motto is close to what Kevin Costner says in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.” Visser adds, “ if you build it right,” then they (website visitors) will come. As Visser has continued creating and publishing content, she has shared her expertise on baking with maple syrup, making DIY kombucha, gardening, and real-food recipes. She has also provided encouragement for homesteaders and built a robust following. What Advice Do You Have for Other Bloggers? We also asked what advice Visser has for other people interested in starting a blog. She says, “Don’t sugar coat it. If something’s hard, be real. Share why it’s hard. Then explain why—for you—it was worth the work.” Visser also says to not be afraid to “tap into your reader’s needs and fears and find a few great products that you love that help you meet those needs or squelch those fears.”  She explains that selling products, and even finding affiliates that meet the needs of readers, are great ways to make money on a blog.  Visser has experienced this success herself. She says, “I’ve established myself as both a maple and a kombucha expert, sell related e-products, sold $28k worth of related merchandise via my affiliates and via my blog, and am hoping I sell tens of thousands of printed books when Sweet Maple hits bookstores this fall.” Why Choose HostGator? When it comes to building a website, business owners and bloggers have several options. We wanted to know why Michelle Visser chose HostGator to build her blog.  She said, “Honestly, I was just starting a blog and I didn’t make a penny for years. The most important thing to me at the time was saving in every way that I could. HostGator was the most cost-effective hosting company I could find that also had great reviews.” HostGator started as a side hustle. The team gets what it’s like to penny pinch. That’s why we offer 3 affordable hosting plans for our website builder, starting at just a few dollars per month. We also make it our mission to help our customers build a successful website. Michelle Visser appreciates this about HostGator.  She said, “It blows me away how friendly and non-condescending folks are when I call with (sometimes silly) questions. And, I’ve never once hung up from a call without a resolution.” For help getting your own website started, check out the Gator Website Builder today. We can’t wait to help you build your website. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Twitter Marketing Hacks to Increase Followers and Engagement for your Business

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As global internet usage continues to accelerate in growth, social media remains deeply embedded into the lives of the majority of online users. Approximately 4.4 billion users are now online, and social media consistently dominates the rankings of the world’s most visited websites.  Twitter, in particular, continues to have a strong showing on ranking lists, despite oft-reported declines in the active users. It’s doing well in terms of advertising, too—with total ad engagements up 20% year-over-year. Marketing-related statistics aren’t the only measure of impact Twitter has. It remains a strong force in shaping conversations all across the internet, where news from different communities and virality go hand-in-hand.  That’s why being on Twitter is beneficial for any brand or individual looking to increase awareness of their products, services, or expertise.  To start, here are the four Twitter growth hacks you need to have in your strategy to maintain success on the platform.  Post frequently, then post again. Twitter is a fast-moving platform. Over 500 million tweets are sent through each day—and with how easy it is to post and scroll through the feed, you’ll risk tweets getting lost in the shuffle if you aren’t careful. If you’re promoting a piece of content, tweeting just once a day isn’t enough.  Good practice dictates tweeting at least five times a day. You can spread this out by splitting the promotions for each half-day as well: two or three in the morning and two or more in the afternoon. This covers your bases and improves the chances your content will be seen by those who haven’t checked their feeds in a while.  Salesforce, for example, writes different tweets with the same call-to-action link when tweeting about events. This means more people see their tweets at different times, they’re directed to click on the same CTA, and there’s less risk of the same person seeing the exact same content multiple times, which could seem like spam. Because of how fast it moves, it’s essential to post to Twitter every day. While other social media platforms may let you get away with posting three times a week, on Twitter it’s essential to stay active daily. To do this, prepare tweets by scheduling them in advance at optimal times. According to HubSpot:  Tweet between 8 to 10 am and 9 to 6 pm. B2C brand engagement is higher on weekends, while B2B is higher on weekdays.  5:00-6:00 pm may garner more retweets and click-throughs. Add in-line images to tweets.  One of the most effective Twitter growth hacks isn’t much of a hack at all— it’s a simple change that makes a world of difference. Adding in-line images to Tweets instead of just a link preview or bit of text can increase retweets by 150% and favourites by 89%.  Considering how often you need to tweet, that seems like a lot of content to produce. Not so! When doing cross-platform marketing promotions and sharing the same piece of content to multiple social media websites, prepare in advance by optimizing images for each network. Twitter’s minimum size for in-stream photos is 440×220 pixels, with a maximum at 1024×512. Create variations for all images with these proportions. However, Twitter does automatically collapse photos that don’t fit these dimensions, allowing them to expand upon clicking. If you plan to go this route, keep photos at least 506×253 pixels to maintain quality.  Be part of the conversation. All social media thrives on conversation, but Twitter more than most. Being responsive on Twitter goes a long way in terms of customer service—60% of users expect a response to their tweets within an hour, and their opinion of you and your brand will soar if their concerns get resolved. Being open to feedback is essential, so approach all inquiries with a friendly and helpful tone.  In addition to customer service, joining discussions around significant events highlight your brand’s awareness of the world around it. Advertising chances get kicked up a notch during these events as well: Twitter Ads during live events are 11% more effective at stimulating engagement.  However, don’t just jump in on an official or trending hashtag by thinking of it as a chance to sell. Engaging with events as part of your Twitter growth hacks only works if you consciously avoid the sales pitches. Instead, talk about the event and engage others with it.  Expand your network. Perhaps the simplest of the Twitter growth hacks for expanding followers is to expand your own Twitter network—by researching who to follow. Some of the world’s top influencers in all kinds of industries make their home on Twitter, so engaging with their tweets—and the tweets of their followers—can give you a leg up in terms of impressions and reach. Netflix, for example, regularly retweets posts by users who mention any of the shows they’re currently promoting. They can range from tweets from famous celebrities or ordinary users whose posts earn a substantial amount of likes and retweets on their own. Despite the rise of visual-focused networks like Instagram and the continuing domination of Facebook, Twitter stays popular due to its carving out a niche for relevant information and interesting discussion, delivered immediately. Just like any other social media network, though, you’ll need to spruce up your presentation to stay attractive. Combining quality visuals with discussions and conversations at the right time can make your Twitter profile interesting, timely, and visible—easy to follow and easier to engage with. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Twitter Marketing Hacks to Increase Followers and Engagement for your Business appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

What is WebAssembly and How Do You Learn It? A Quick Guide

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The post What is WebAssembly and How Do You Learn It? A Quick Guide appeared first on HostGator Blog. You’ve heard about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. But, what is all this new chatter about WebAssembly?  In short, WebAssembly is the newest web language, brought to the world by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  This new official web standard can be run in modern web browsers and offers a safe, low-level assembly-like language with a compact binary format that provides “efficient execution and compact representation of code on modern processors including in a web browser,” according to a WC3 press release. It also runs alongside JavaScript, and also makes it possible for languages like C/C++ and Rust to run on the web. In other words, WebAssembly is a modern and safe way of enabling high-performance applications on the web when using Open Web Platform technologies. It provides a smart way to run code written in various languages on the web at near-native speed. This article will offer a quick look at the benefits of WebAssembly and how you can learn it. What Are the Benefits of WebAssembly? The purpose of WebAssembly is to provide a virtual instruction set architecture that allows high-performance applications. High-performance applications that can use WebAssembly include things like video, audio codecs, graphics, 3D, multi-media, games,  cryptographic computations, and portable language implementations. The main benefits of WebAssembly are as follows: Fast and efficient. WebAssembly is encoded in a binary format that executes at near-native speed on a wide range of platforms. Secure. With advances in machine learning and AI, maintaining safety is key. WebAssembly has a memory-safe, sandboxed execution environment that can be implemented inside existing JavaScript virtual machines. If embedded in the web, WebAsdsembly uses the same security policies of the browser.  Possible to debug. WebAssembly is printed in textual format, making debugging, testing, optimizing, learning, teaching, and writing programs by hand possible. Open. WebAssembly is part of the open web platform, and also supports non-web embeddings. Enhances web performance.  WebAssembly enables near-native performance, optimized load time, improved streaming capabilities, and a compilation target for existing code bases. Additionally, a web page can execute and code can download simultaneously. Hardware, language, and platform-independent. WebAssembly works with all modern architectures, devices, and embedded systems, and doesn’t favor one language, programming model, or object model over another. Additionally, it can be implemented on browsers, stand-alone systems, and in other environments. Compact. WebAssembly has a binary format. This format is fast to transmit because it is much smaller than typical text or native code formats. These are the main benefits, but the list of reasons why you would want to use WebAssembly is robust. For a more comprehensive look into all the advantages of WebAssembly, check out the WebAssembly Core Specification document. How Do You Learn WebAssembly? When it comes to learning WebAssembly, there are a few typical prerequisites—no matter what your learning preferences are.  Before diving headfirst into WebAssembly, you should already be a programmer that understands JavaScript in the Browser environment. If you don’t have this knowledge, then back up and get a working knowledge of JavaScript. Additionally, you should be capable of basic Command Line (Terminal) usage. Another helpful prerequisite is to have experience with C/C++. If you don’t have this experience, it’s typically not too much of a problem as many training courses will teach you this in addition to learning WebAssembly. One of the best ways to learn WebAssembly is to take an online coding course from one of the many online learning platforms like Udemy. There is also plenty of free supplemental material on YouTube and guides from popular developer websites like Mozilla.  Let’s take a deeper look at both options. What to look for when taking a paid WebAssembly course If you opt for a paid course, find one that first provides an in-depth look into what WebAssembly is and why it’s so powerful. Before you start learning the techniques, you’ll want to understand why you would want to learn WebAssembly over, or in addition to, HTLM, CSS, and JavaScript. A good course will offer you this information. You’ll also want to find a course that provides an organized and detailed look into how WebAssembly works. This includes how WebAssembly allows you, essentially, to do more with less, or how it enables high-level applications on a low-level infrastructure. Finally, find a course that helps you create WebAssembly modules from scratch, teaches you the latest web development technology, and that matches your current developer proficiency level. Remember, when you pay for a course, you shouldn’t have to do any of the hard work yourself. The course should take you from step one to being proficient in WebAssembly in an organized fashion. What are some good free resources for learning WebAssembly? If you would rather save the money and teach yourself via developer websites, it’s important to remember that you will have to do additional work to find the most relevant information and sort the information yourself. To help you get started, here is a quick list of helpful resources: W3. What better place to learn WebAssembly than to look to the organization that created it? W3 provides a core specification document with loads of valuable information. You’ll glean insight into the design goals, scope, security considerations, structure, validation, execution, numerics, binary format, text format, and more. Thankfully, this manual is free and well-organized. Codelabs. Codelabs is another excellent source if you’re looking for quick training. They offer a 60-minute training that helps you get the dependencies, build a pure C-model, instantiate and the Game of Life with JavaScript, and more. It’s imperative to remember that you should have some working knowledge of developer basics before taking this course. Mozilla guides. Mozilla guides are another fantastic resource if you’re looking to learn WebAssembly from resources from the internet. Guides include things like WebAssembly topics, compiling a new C/C++ module to WebAssembly, compiling an existing C/C++ module to WebAssembly, compiling from Rust to WebAssembly, loading and running WebAssembly code, using the WebAssembly JavaScript API, understanding WebAssembly text formats, and more. This is a great resource if you’re looking to spruce up knowledge of WebAssembly while using one or more particular types of languages. There are several other free online training resources, but these three options will give you an excellent place to start. Looking to the Future The introduction of WebAssembly is an exciting new addition to the web and an excellent way to help developers do more with less. If all of this sounds like Chinese to you, but you’re still interested in building a website, don’t worry. HostGator is here for you. With HostGator, you don’t have to know any web language to get a website up and running. All you have to do is choose your web hosting plan, pick the perfect template, and customize it to your liking with our drag and drop Gator Website Builder. You can get started building your website today! Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Announcing Built with Workers

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Ever since its initial release, Cloudflare Workers has given JavaScript developers a platform to enable building high-performance applications with automatic scaling.As with any new technology, we know it can be a bit intimidating to get started. For one thing, running code on the edge is a paradigm shift—forcing us to rethink classic web architecture problems, or removing them altogether. For another, since you can build just about anything, it can be challenging to figure out what to build first.Today we’re launching Built with Workers, a new site designed to help get those creative juices flowing and unblock you, by answering that simple but important question: What can I build with Cloudflare Workers?Some time in 1999, at age 11, I received my first graphing calculator. It was a TI-82 that my older sister no longer needed. It was on this very calculator that I learned to write code. Looking back, I’m not sure how exactly I had the patience or sanity to figure it all out.It was a mess. Among the many difficulties were that I had to type the code out on the calculator’s non-QWERTY keyboard, the language I was writing in didn’t have functions, and oh yeah, the text editor would frequently bug out and I’d inexplicably lose half or all of my code.But what was perhaps more challenging than all of that, was that I had absolutely zero code examples to draw inspiration from.I remember when I stumbled on a design pattern to handle input. It was quite the eureka moment. With only labels and gotos, I would have to check if each key was pressed and then loop back around to do it all over again. Little did I know I’d be programming games just about the same way today using  requestAnimationFrame .Though I was able to make a few simple programs hunting around like this, I quickly hit my limits and stopped writing them.A couple of years later, a friend of mine, with his fancy-pantsed TI-83 Silver Edition calculator with 4× the RAM of mine—I was a bit jealous—showed me a program that came with his fancy new calculator.It was called Phoenix. If you ever played any graphing calculator games, it was probably this one. It was fast and action packed, flying a spaceship around shooting enemies. It was beautiful.Seeing this game totally changed my perspective on the platform. I went on to create a couple of games involving similar mechanics and a similar animation style, all because I’d seen this game on a friend’s calculator.It opened up my eyes to what was possible, gave me the confidence to try things I previously thought were impossible, and brought out the detective inside me to want to figure out how they were able to build each piece of functionality.A few other friends of mine started writing programs too. We would trade our programs in the back of math class together using a cable to attach the two calculators together.Importantly, when you’d receive a program from another friend’s calculator, you could run it and you could view and manipulate the source code. This allowed us to collaborate on games, by passing them back and forth.Our apps and games became more complex and interesting. Non-coder friends of ours were becoming interested in our projects too, and we started sharing games at lunch. We would get great feedback from them, leading us to fix bugs, build more stylish graphics and intro sequences, and streamline the player experience.I’m sure our teachers loved us...A few years later, I got the Internet.What made the Internet so exciting to me was that by design, the source code of any website was just sitting right there, one keyboard command away. Just like the calculators.So I did what many of us did back then—and still do today: if I saw something cool, I stole it. Oh nice hover animation: I’ll take that thank you very much. Cool button design: yup, that’s mine now.Back then we called them websites not apps, and ourselves web designers not frontend engineers, but in all of the time since then, the web platform hasn’t really changed.Although the web today is more complex, often with many more layers of abstraction, it’s still the case that if you can see something in your browser, most likely you can quickly access, study, copy, manipulate, borrow and steal the source code that created it in just a few seconds.This is why I’m personally so excited to bring Built with Workers to the community, and to learn from the projects on it myself.Every project page has a section in which the creators get to describe how their project uses Cloudflare Workers. Many projects use Workers KV, our distributed key-value store, and Workers Sites, our edge-based static site hosting, and some projects are entirely written, built, tested, and deployed with Cloudflare Workers.Even better than that, many projects on Built with Workers are open-source, featuring a direct link to the Github repo, allowing you to quickly get at the source. The Built with Workers site itself is one of these open-source projects on the Built with Workers site.We hope that the projects on Built with Workers will help inspire you to build your next project, by seeing just what’s possible.Visit Built with Workers →It’s been thrilling to see the incredible projects people are building. If you’ve got a project you’d like to share, please fill out this form.

How to Analyze Your LinkedIn Profile Using the LinkedIn Dashboard

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Looking for analytics to assess your LinkedIn profile’s performance? Are you looking at the LinkedIn dashboard for profiles? In this article, you’ll discover how to use the dashboard on your personal LinkedIn profile to analyze and improve your profile visibility, prospecting, and content strategy. What Is “Your Dashboard” on LinkedIn? Every LinkedIn profile has a […] The post How to Analyze Your LinkedIn Profile Using the LinkedIn Dashboard appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

cPanel Store Now Offering SolusVM Licenses

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We have begun offering SolusVM Master Enterprise licenses to Direct Store customers through the cPanel Store as an option for hypervisor users who wish to utilize the virtualization management software. SolusVM licenses are a new option to purchase, but aren’t a required installation or upgrade. If you’re interested in a control panel for a virtualized environment, read on to find out more. What is SolusVM? SolusVM is a GUI and API based VPS management system with support for platform virtualization tools such as 

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