Category Archives: Web Website

Tips to make a widget

A widget, which is also referred to as web gadget, snippet, portlets, etc., is an element of the graphic user interface that provides information and allows a user to interact with the application. For instance, it can be used to allow users to play interactive games, and add and change website content. Embedding these self-enclosed codes on a web page, blog, or social networking site can make them fun, as personal content can be turned into a web application that can be shared on any website.

Instructions

  • If you want to put a web gadget on your website, blog, or on your profile on any social media site, you first need to look for such applications. There are some sites that allow users to create such applications from their own content. You can simply embed the code and put them on your website. You can find them from widget directories such as Widgetbox or Spring Widgets, or create them using a widget editor and converter. Here are the instructions that you can follow:
  • First of all, find the websites that allow users to make a web gadget. Surf on the Internet and navigate to any of these sites. At the top right corner, you will observe a ‘Make a Widget’ button. You need to click on this button.
  • Now, the next step is to click on the ‘Blog’ button. Go to ‘File’ button and then click on the ‘New Tab’ button. If you want to make one for your blog, you need to type the web address of your blog in the navigation text box in the new tab you just opened. Look for the ‘RSS Feed’ link and click on it. Copy the web address of the RSS Feed.
  • The next step is to go back to the directory or the website that you accessed for creating the portlet. Look for ‘Blog/Feed URL’ and you will find a text box below it. You need to click inside that text box and paste the RSS Feed information. After that, click on the ‘Continue’ button.
  • For selecting the background colors, you can use the color selector. Once the color selection is done, you can name the web gadget by typing the name in the text field and aligning it. Then, click on ‘Save Widget’ to get the embedding code.
  • Now that you have the embedding code, highlight the code and copy it and then paste the code on your site, blog, or your profile as per your choice. The application will be displayed. Upload the website or blog where you placed the application made by you and refresh the page.

So, making a web gadget is not a difficult task, and this task can be completed by following the aforementioned simple instructions.

The beginning of creating Website

Today, there are close to 250 million websites all around the world. There are many advantages in this scenario, especially if you are involved in the provision of some kind of goods or services. The Internet is a powerful way of carrying out your business operations, and also for making your name in this industry.

Procedure

The first step is to get a unique domain name. This is simply for your website’s identification, and will be typed by people in their address bar so that they are directed to your website’s homepage. You will have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for this purpose, and you have to choose a name that is unique. It is best to decide one that gives a fair idea about the nature of your business, or the purpose of your operation. This name is one of the key elements in this scenario, and along with picking a good one, you need to establish the purpose of your website. It could fall into any one of the categories mentioned below:

  • It could be a Brochure/General Information website, which provides data and information that is pertinent to some specific parameter.
  • It could be a Content website, which acts as an information library.
  • It could be a Blog, which consists of regularly updated information by a specific person or party that deals with particular aspects.
  • It could be a Retail/E-commerce website, where the buying and selling of goods or services takes place.
  • It could be a Database website, which is a collection of data and information that has been amassed from a variety of sources.
  • Lastly, it could be a Forum/Community website, where people from around the world give their opinion about certain events or products.

Once you have figured out your purpose, and have acquired a good domain name, you will be ready to proceed further. The next step is to find a good web host, and following are its types:

  • Shared Web Hosting: The websites are shared over a server. The speed and traffic of your website will be affected by the traffic of the other ones.
  • Dedicated Web Hosting: It is costlier, but it is worth it, as the server is solely dedicated to running only your website.
  • Cloud Web Hosting: This is the latest type, where the server exists over the Internet itself, and not physically. Network security could be a concern in this case.

Many people argue that the best way to start a website is to hire a professional web designer. This is because, the next step is something that should be carried out by someone who is experienced in this field. This is the step of designing the layout of the website itself. The most important thing is to ensure that all the information that you wish to portray is easily visible, and the website looks aesthetically pleasing. Designing a nice logo for your company, and displaying it on your website is also highly recommended. With an effective layout and design, you can ensure that the visitors can find out everything that they are looking for.

Once all this happens, and your website is fully functional, the next step is to update your content on a regular basis. You can use text, multimedia content, Flash content, and even podcast files for this purpose. If you wish to enter this business for free, and ignore all the above pointers, it is recommended that you start a blog. The reason for this decision is that running a website is something that needs time, attention, and resources. Other tips include using unique pictures, website content development software, and preferably, hiring a content writer.

Now, you need to ensure that your website’s marketing is also done effectively. This includes submitting your website to a search engine (preferably Google), taking advantage of social networking websites, sending out emails to visitors, and other methods regarding Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Tips to treck website visitor

The advent of the Internet has ushered instant access and connectivity to individuals, and information at a click of the mouse. This technology has enabled users across the globe to establish contact with one another in an instant, and this could be to promote business or on a personal level. However, along with the excitement of attracting website visitors and profitable website hits is the need to track website visitors. Anonymity comes easily to users of the technology, and so does pseudo identity. This does get to the individual and the online businesses that are part of the online community, at some time or the other.

It hardly matters if you are a journalist, blogger, or any regular user of technology, the need to track visitors is undeniable. You could be a person exploring trends, with the intent of becoming productive, but how can you be safeguarded from the scrupulous attempts to sabotage and misuse the personal information you fed online. Today, with the increase in cybercrime, there is technology and software marketed within a dedicated resource base that ensures the timely tracking and sifting of web traffic.

There are quite a number of ways that are now applicable for tracking trends and popular resources online, while keeping a record of website users and website hits. The software available offers access to web traffic based on a dedicated and established user population. The resultant dynamic graph enables you to compare different sites for traffic. The software also allows you to view the websites that have attracted most traffic. This facilitates an Internet trend that helps to track website visitors and website hits. Then, there are blog search engines that enable you access to popular webpages, tag pages, and a trend graph.

Popular webpages helps you access popular videos, news, and books, while tag pages showcase popular tags by the hour. This facilitates you to track posts tagged by bloggers and view a search result trend graph. This, in turn, results in tracking the number of surfers and hits on your website. Viewing the page rank also enables you to assess the external pages linked to the page you are on, which depends on the quantity of the inbound links. This is also helpful to judge if the content is worthwhile or not. You should also stay abreast of the latest developments within the industry, by accessing the latest news updates within the technology industry.

Another way of understanding track records regarding the hits on your website is by identifying several regularly updated websites with ‘feeds’. You can optimize your attempt by subscribing to their feed with the help of your feed reader. You can record them simultaneously, but remember to downsize the number of subscriptions. Alternatively, you could also categorize the feed into ‘trend watching’ and ‘miscellaneous’. In this attempt to follow website visitors, it is important to maintain a low noise-to-signal ratio. It has now become imperative to try out every possible method to keep a track of website hits and misses, while at the same time its visitors.

As every problem comes with its own unique solution, so does the scrupulous use of the Internet technology. A little caution and regular updates and research go a long way in keeping you well informed about the recent developments within the industry. You can now minimize the risk you or your business run via exposure to the outsourcing of vital data and personal information by keeping a track of website users. There are number of industry dedicated resources that make important information available, online and offline. The solution sought lies well within the technology itself, and now you are just a click away!

How To Disable WordPress Plugins In phpMyAdmin Successfully

In this short tutorial I’ll share with you a simple method to disable plugins in phpMyAdmin for your WordPress website, should you ever need to.

A few days ago I ran into a little bit of pickle when I decided to delete my web browser history.

All was well until I tried to access my WordPress website’s login page to get into my dashboard.

Guess what?

I couldn’t log in because I couldn’t actually remember the login URL itself.

It was no longer in my history, remember.

I know what you’re thinking, the WordPress login URL is an easy one to remember, right?

Nope, because I’m currently using the Rename wp-login.php plugin.

So, the only way I could log into my site was if I disabled the rename plugin entirely. Except for one small problem.

I couldn’t disable the plugin in the back end of WordPress because I couldn’t remember the login URL to get into my site in the first place.

What I had to do instead was disable the plugin via phpMyAdmin, which is why I decided to write this short little tutorial to share with you the simple process, should you ever need to do it too.

Why would you ever want to disable plugins in phpMyAdmin?

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our normal control.

This method is ideal if for some reason you can’t access your WordPress website or the user dashboard to disable a broken or faulty plugin.

Maybe a plugin has brought down your entire site, if so, this tutorial should help.

Let’s get to it.

Step One: Log into your cPanel

First thing you’ll need to do is log into your website’s web hosting cPanel.

I host my site with SiteGround, but as far as I know, most web hosting cPanel’s look pretty much the same.

If you are using SiteGround as your host provider by any chance, then great.

Once logged in, head over to Go to cPanel from your My Account page.

Step Two: Access phpMyAdmin

Next, scroll down the cPanel page until you see Databases. Click on the application phpMyAdmin.

Step Three: Access database name for your website

Now identify and access the name of the database for your website.

You can usually tell which website your database belongs to by clicking on wp_options, and by the side of the option_name ‘siteurl’ you’ll see your domain name.

OK, so now if you select page 2 (See blue circle below) from the wp_options page, you should find the option_name ‘active_plugins’ somewhere.

Step Four: Disable all plugins or a single plugin

Now double-click on the option_value for active_plugins to open up the editor box. See image below.

Simply select all of the content inside the editor box and delete it. This will disable all of the plugins on your WordPress website.

If you want to disable just one culprit plugin, however, you’ll need to take a closer and harder look at the values to identify the plugin name.

The line for each plugin usually starts with a value like this: s:02 and ends with something like this: i:18;

So for example: s:02:”name-of-the-plugin”;i:18;

That being said, it is much easier to disable all of the plugins, you can always reactivate them when you are able to log into your WP dashboard the conventional way.

One you’re done simply hit anywhere outside of the editor box and your database should automatically update itself with the new changes.

How To Find The Best Web Hosting Service For Your WordPress Website (7 Questions To Ask)

In this post, you will learn how to do correct research to help you find the best web hosting service provider for your WordPress website or blog.

One of the challenges that come with starting a self-hosted WordPress website or blog is finding a reliable web host provider for the job.

These days, there are so many hosting companies out there to choose from.

Where do you even start?

Well, I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that almost every other blogger out there is promoting their favorite web hosting company as the best in the business.

Well, I’m not going to tell you who you should use.

Or, whether I think the hosting company I’m currently using myself is the best or not.

Reason being is that what works for me, might not necessarily work for you, right?

Instead what I am going to give you is a list of questions to ask when finding the best web hosting service provider to power your WordPress website or blog.

Learning from choosing the wrong hosting company

When I started my blogging journey way back in 2010, I honestly thought I was choosing the right web hosting provider for the job.

I didn’t do much research at all, in fact, I jumped straight into what was recommended to me over on the WordPress.org website hosting info page.

I chose Bluehost by the way.

I was a complete newbie, remember, and I had very little technical knowledge about hosting and everything else, but for a while, I experienced nothing but decent service and great customer care with Bluehost.

But then the quality of that service began to deteriorate slowly, and after wasting way too much time and money trying to make Bluehost work for me, I was eventually forced to leave them for SiteGround in 2014.

Moral of this story is that I should have done my research first.

7 questions to ask before finding the best web host service for your website

OK, so to help you decide whether you should use a particular hosting company or not for your next project, here are some questions to ask yourself about the company.

#1. What is their uptime percentage?

If you’re a beginner and have no idea what uptime is in web hosting, I can tell you that it’s probably one of the most important criteria to look for when finding a reliable web host.

Uptime score or percentage is how reliable the host’s servers are at staying up, without crashing or going down over a period of time. (downtime)

Downtime means your site is offline for whatever reasons, most of the time it can be due to technical difficulties.

Almost every host provider will have written somewhere on their website that their uptime is high and extremely reliable.

Do you just take their word for it?

You can do and experience it for yourself, or, you can look at the real statistics that are available.

Website’s like hostingstep and hostingfacts can provide you with all the reliable information you need on a host’s uptime percentage because they have already done the tests and research.

#2. What is their load time score?

Average server load times for hosted services on a web host is also an important factor to consider.

I’ve said before that load time is a critical ingredient when it comes to website usability and conversion optimization.

Nothing will hurt your rankings, conversions, and sales more than people coming to your site only for it to take too long to load.

SiteGround, for example, is ranked 4th out of 30 with a load time of 542ms according to HostingFacts.

#3. What is the cost of their shared hosting plans?

When it comes to finding a decent web host provider to host your WordPress website, the cost is also a factor to consider.

However, if you’re simply looking for the cheapest option available, let me tell you sometimes that’s not always the best option.

At the end of the day, if you opt-in for the cheapest hosting service available, expect to get what you pay for.

Personally, I consider paying between $8 to $14 per month for a quality shared hosting plan to be a better option than paying $2 to $5 for hosting.

When choosing a web host, look carefully at what you actually get for your money.

For example, paying around $10 per month for a GrowBig shared hosting plan with SiteGround gets you –

  • 20GB of web space
  • Space for more than one website hosted
  • Domain name
  • Free site transfer
  • Free email accounts
  • Unmetered traffic
  • Free SSL/HTTP2
  • Free CDN
  • Free daily backup
  • 24/7 Support and more…

I’m using SiteGround as an example just to show you what you can get for your money.

There are, of course, other hosting companies that will offer similar options and features for roughly the same monthly premium.

#4. Do you get a FREE domain name when you sign up?

These days, most popular web host plans provide a free domain name registration with new sign-ups.

Again if you’re just starting out and unsure what this means, basically, when you sign up for a new hosting account with whoever you choose, you may get a free domain name, (web address for your website).

Check to make sure that is the case for the hosting company you want to use.

#5. What is the quality of the customer support?

Here’s a tip:

You should never sign up to a hosting account without knowing how good the customer support is first.

The things you need to look for in a web host, as far as customer care goes are –

  • Types of communication methods provided, i.e. email, live chat, support ticket, phone, etc.
  • Response time when submitting a ticket or email.
  • Customer support feedback.

#6. What are other people saying about the hosting company?

One of the best ways to get reassurance about whether or not to use a hosting company is by reading what other people have said about them.

Testimonials provide valuable feedback, as well as information about specific areas of a hosting company’s services, such as customer care.

SiteGround, for example, has dedicated a full page displaying all of their customer feedback and testimonials. Check it out here.

#7. How do the stats and data measure up?

Finally, after you’ve done all your research and have found answers to most of the questions above, the next thing you can do is find what relevant data and stats there are about a web hosting company’s performance and security.

Once again, websites like hostingsteps and hosting-facts are great places you can start to get all the stats you need about a web host provider before you commit.

Wrapping up

Finding a secure and reliable web host provider for your WordPress website project does not have to be a daunting or painful task.

As long as you know what you need from your hosting company and hosting plan and what to look for, hopefully, the seven questions above will be a great starting point for you.

I hope this post has been useful for you.

How To Install WordPress Locally On A Mac Using Mamp (Guide For Beginners)

In this post, I’ll show you how to install WordPress locally on a Mac computer using MAMP.

If you have a WordPress website then I’m sure you love to spend time messing around with it, tweaking it endlessly.

Hey, I’m exactly the same, I love messing around with my site. I think it’s a great way to learn how to do new things with WordPress.

These days, however, I try not to do too much messing around with my actual live site.

Reason being is that if I make a mistake, I could bring down my entire site.

And the headache of trying to fix things I could do without.

I much prefer to mess around with a WordPress site that is actually installed locally on my Mac.

There are some advantages of hosting a WordPress website locally on your computer, here are some of them –

  1. You can do all the messing around you want without running the risk of breaking your live site.
  2. You can access your site offline since it’s installed locally on your Mac.
  3. If you’re a web developer like myself, a great way to start a new project is locally, before moving it over to a staging or live site.
  4. You save yourself money on additional web hosting resources, and you don’t need to purchase a new domain for your local site either.

OK, so now let’s get on with the detailed tutorial on how to install WordPress locally on your Mac.

I’m running a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch bar with the latest version of Mac OS, however, it really doesn’t really matter which version of the OS you’re using or how old your Mac is, this tutorial is universal.

Are you ready? Let’s get to it.

Step One: Go get yourself a beverage of your choice

You know what I love sipping on whilst I’m working on website projects?

Well, it’s either a blackberry iced-tea mojito, or a nice flat white coffee with a double shot of espresso, or, a caramel macchiato coffee.

You can choose what ever beverage you prefer.

Step Two: Download and install MAMP on your Mac

OK, so now we really begin.

Head over to the MAMP website to download the latest version of the MAMP app. Here is the link.

Remember to download the version for Mac OS X, unless of course, you’re using Windows.

Step Three: Install MAMP

OK so once you have downloaded MAMP, go ahead and unpack the files and run the installer to add the software on your Mac computer.

This process is fairly simple as you are guided through the steps. See images below.

Once the installation is complete, you can go ahead and close the box. See image below.

Step Four: Launch Application

OK so now find the MAMP application on your computer and double click on it to launch it.

Once the software has loaded, hit the Start Servers button.

Both the Apache Server and the MySQL Server lights will illuminate green shortly after. See image below.

Shortly after starting servers, the WebStart page should automatically load in your web browser. If it doesn’t just click on the Open WebStart page link. See image above and below.

Step Five: Create a database

Right, you now need to create a database for your WordPress install.

So, in your web browser, open a new tab and enter the following URL:

localhost:8888/MAMP/index.php?page=phpmyadmin#

What you should see is the phpMyAdmin page like this –

What you’ll need to do to create your database is the following –

  1. Enter database name – To keep things very simple, name your database something like WordPress1 or Installation1. Adding a number after the name will help you keep databases organized each time you want to create a new WP installation. See image above.
  2. Leave Collation as it is.
  3. Hit create – Once you’ve added the database name, just hit create and it should appear in the left-hand file tree. See image above.

And that’s it for the database for now.

Step Six: Download WordPress and add to htdocs file

Next, go to the WordPress.org website and download a fresh version of the WordPress software. See image below.

Now open the download file on your Mac where the zip file of WordPress should be.

Then go to Finder > Applications > MAMP > htdocs, and using drag and drop, move the zip file of WordPress from the download file to the htdocs fileSee image below.

Next, double click the zip file of WordPress to unpack it. Once it has unpacked, delete the actual zip file and leave the unpacked file in place.

The next step is very important.

Rename the unpacked WordPress file to match the database name you created in step five. So in this instance, rename it WordPress1 or Installation1See image above.

Step Seven: Install and configure WordPress

The final stage of this tutorial is to install WordPress.

First, head over to:

http://localhost:8888/wordpress1/wp-admin/setup-config.php

In the URL, don’t forget to change the name of the file to match the WordPress file name in htdocs and the database. In this instance, WordPress1 or Installation1.

I have marked this in red above.

Once you’ve entered this address and hit go, what you should see is a WordPress config setup pageSee image below.

Follow the steps until you get to the config options pageSee image below.

Here we’re going to add information about the database you created earlier for this WordPress installation.

When you’re ready just hit the Let’s go! button as shown above.

OK so let me walk you through the process shown in the above screen capture.

In Database Name, simply add the name of the database you created earlier, which is either WordPress1 or Installation1, or whatever else you named it.

In Username add the word root.

The Password is the same, root.

For Database Host put localhost.

And finally, you can add a Table Prefix number such as wp_1 or what ever number you want.

This is just to help you remember which database is for which WP installation later on.

Once you’re ready, simply hit the Submit button as shown in the image above.

If all goes well, you should see the message as shown below appear. Simply hit Run the install to continue…

So, shortly after, you should see the Welcome message with a request for some additional information.

This information is about your actual WordPress site.

If you look at the screen capture below, you’ll see most of it is pretty self-explanatory.

  1. Give your site a title.
  2. Add a username for the site, something simple like Admin is fine enough.
  3. Enter a password to access the site.
  4. Enter your email address.

Important: Make sure you make a copy of the username and password so that you can log into your site later, this is very important.

Once you’re all set, hit the Install WordPress button.

Hey, you’re so close now and almost done.

Once the installation has completed you should see a success message.

You’re all done and dusted. You can now hit the Log In button to launch the Login page.

Enter your name and password you created a few moments ago to access the admin area of your new locally hosted WordPress site. See images below.

Installing more WordPress installs locally

If you want to create a second WordPress installation on your Mac, simply go back to step five and create a new database.

You can name it something like WordPress2 or Installation2.

After, follow the steps to the end of the tutorial again.

Wrapping up

So that’s it. That’s how easy it is to install WordPress locally on a Mac, and as I said, this is a great way to mess about with a new theme, plugin, or just learn how to do new things with WordPress, all without messing around with your live site.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this tutorial, don’t forget to check out my other useful tutorials on my recommended posts list below.

How to web design

After the ‘dotcom’ wave swept the world in the late nineties, the number of websites on the Internet have only grown in number. The demand for skilled professionals designing websites also grew thereafter. Today, web designing is a serious and lucrative career option. So, let’s try to understand more about web designing.

Web Page
Any text file with the extension ‘.html’ is termed as a web page. It may contain information in the form of text and/or graphics. A web page may contain hyperlinks, commonly known as ‘links’. When a user first enters the website, he is directed to the home page. Clicking on links, takes him to other pages of the site. Links are in the form of both text and graphics.

Basic Steps
The first step in learning to design a web page is to know the basics of HTML. HTML is the abbreviated form of ‘HyperText Markup Language’. It is quite a simple language to learn and once you get used to formatting in HTML, designing a web page becomes child’s play. It is possible to insert text as well as graphics into a web page with the help of HTML. The ‘notepad’ available on your personal computer comes in handy for learning HTML. After you finish designing a web page, it can be viewed with the help of a software known as the browser. Along with HTML, newer tools like the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), are used to add value to the content presented on the page. The layout is designed by using CSS. Making use of appropriate colors enhances the overall look of the page. The HTML color codes can also be used in designing. Creating focal points on web pages is a nice way to draw the user’s attention towards important information. Focal points are often graphics used to convey some important information.

Domain Name Registration
Registering the domain name gives a singular identity to the website. Many companies provide website owners with a registration facility; after which a unique domain name is given to the website.

Hosting the Website
After creating a web page with the help of HTML, you need to upload it on the world wide web (WWW). Web hosting services provide space on the world wide web for organizations and individuals to host their websites. Some hosting services charge the owners of the websites, while others provide space for free. The free services often display pop-up advertisements in return for the hosting space. Before approaching a hosting service, the following points should be considered.

  • It is necessary to keep an eye on the time the servers of the hosting service expend in uploading your web pages.
  • Ensure that the hosting service has backup servers.
  • The hosting facility provided to websites is time bound. Acquiring information about the different types of contracts offered is necessary. It is advisable to go in for a long term contract, in order to make it economical.

Tips for Dummies
Here are some important tips to be kept in mind while designing a web page.

  • Navigating through your page should be easy for users. The links present on the page should point to relevant information. If the process of navigation becomes cumbersome for the user, he may soon lose interest in the site.
  • A website should provide a clean interface for the user. Web pages that have graphics and multimedia applications, take longer to load than those containing only text.
    The phrase, web designing, conveys the importance of artistic skill in creating web pages. Learning the technical aspects is important till a stage, but after that creativity holds the key to better web designing. With the perpetual improvement in designing tools, the web pages will increasingly become sophisticated day-by-day.

Tips to affiliate marketing

Let me start with the definition of affiliate marketing. We will then move to understanding the intricacies of this marketing type, and then come to some tips to succeed with it. So, if you are looking forward to making a mark in the affiliate marketing industry, keep reading.

An Introduction
A marketing practice wherein business revenue is shared between the business and its affiliates is known as affiliate marketing. An affiliate serves as an agent who works towards bringing opportunities of revenue generation for a business and gets paid for his efforts. Affiliate marketing is a system in which a seller or merchant, in correspondence with his affiliate, also called publisher, generates business, and rewards the affiliate for his help. An affiliate plays a major role in attracting customers towards the business, for which he receives compensation from the seller. The business merchant, the publisher (the affiliate), the customer, and the affiliate network are the core players in the affiliate marketing industry.

An affiliate network is an intermediary between affiliates and affiliate programs. This network serves as a platform over which websites offering affiliate marketing programs access the customer base. It also helps the websites to easily participate in affiliate programs.

Beginner’s Guide
Those new to this field should know that this marketing practice can be considered as a form of online marketing where the ‘affiliate logic’ is used to direct web traffic from one website to another. Affiliate marketing programs often make use of Internet marketing methods like pay-per-click, pay-per-lead, paid SEM, and email marketing. There are thousands of websites that are ready to pay a commission to affiliates based on their efforts towards promoting business of the website’s products and services. With continuous growth in this field, there is an increase in people turning towards affiliate marketing. Many have begun looking at this type of marketing as a lucrative option for making money online.

Remember, affiliate marketing is about the sharing of revenue between a business and you. Isn’t that interesting? Imagine, you are actually sharing business revenue; you are earning a share of the revenue generated by a flourishing business; flourishing because of your efforts. Imagine, you are directing customers to a business, which means you are enhancing its customer base and getting paid in return.

What’s the exact role of an affiliate? Simply put, if you are an affiliate, you act as a middleman (or woman) between a business and its customers. It’s usually something like you own a website, you use it to send customers to a company and you are rewarded for it. All you do is place a link that directs users to a company product or service, from your website. Users who click on this weblink are directed to the business product or service. If they avail the company service or buy their product, you earn. And that’s because you were the one who caused the user to visit the company website, who was then attracted to buy their product or service. In short, you as an affiliate, played that important role of bringing customers for a business and now you are eligible to earn your well-deserved share of revenue. And the good news is that all you need to be in this field, is a computer with an Internet connection. And yes, you should be ready to work hard and wait to reap the fruit of your effort.

Internet affiliate marketing, apart from a computer and a broadband connection, needs the marketer to have knowledge of search engine optimization and an understanding of web users. Well then. You have decided to venture into this form of marketing and make the most of it. You are aware of the basic SEO concepts like keywords, niches, hyperlinks, building a website, and web traffic. You need to learn affiliate marketing before you actually make it a means to earn money.

Steps for Newbies

Find a Niche
The first step is to find a profitable niche. Think of something you like; probably something related to your hobby or area of expertise. Then see if the subject you have thought of is popular among web users. Use a keyword tool to analyze the popularity and competition of the subject chosen. Find a trade-off between the two and then check for the probability of the search term fetching advertisements. An easy way to do this is to analyze the Google results for your search term by going through the advertisements section on the results page.

Build the Website
Before actually building the website, you will need to choose a suitable domain name for the same. The domain name is the website address. Select a domain name which goes with the website content, and is short and easy to remember. Even better if it contains the keyword you are targeting, as this will help boost your rankings. Register your domain name with a domain name registrar, which usually involves a fee of about $10 per year. Register with one of the website hosting services and upload your website once you have a hosting account. The process does not end here. After the website is uploaded, it should also get indexed. Once the search engines know about your website, you can work towards increasing your website traffic. One way to get your website indexed is to submit the site URL to search engines. Another commonly used way is to build backlinks to your website. You may also choose to buy an already indexed domain. Uploading your website online marks your presence on the web and getting the website indexed is like being recognized on the Internet.

Promote the Website
In promoting a website, some things have to be taken into consideration. Firstly, your website should be content-rich; better if the content is updated on a regular basis. The content on the website should target the right keywords. Blogging can be a good way of attracting visitors to your website. Blog about the product(s) you are advertising; again, use keywords to optimize your content. It’s good to learn SEO basics, so that you know which keywords to use and how. Once you have submitted your website to search engines and once they index it, you can employ advertising programs like pay-per-click advertising, Google Adwords, and others to place advertisements on your website.

See that the advertisements are well-worded and that they attract the right audience. See what percentage of the add-clicks convert to actual sales of the product that you are advertising. Place the ads in such a way that they attract maximum users. Use various website promotion techniques to attract traffic and achieve maximum conversion of visitors to buyers. Yes, that’s your objective as an affiliate marketer.

Things that are profitable on teh internet

Owing to Internet technology, people from different parts of the world can connect with one another, know what’s happening on the other side of the globe, within seconds, and gain access to information about any and everything in the world. Most of us equate spending time online with playing games, chatting with friends, sharing pictures on social networking websites and downloading songs, games, movies, and what not!

A very few of us make real good use of the Internet. It is a huge information base, with so many good sites hosting informative and educational content. There are so many avenues online that can help us earn money and there are so many websites where we can learn something new. Let’s use the Internet to our advantage, lets use it to discover ideas, gain knowledge, and enrich our lives, by doing something productive online.

Productive Ways To Spend Time On the Internet
Take academic courses and enhance your skill set. These online courses are convenient as they don’t require you to go out to attend classes. They can be done from the comfort of your home. So choose courses that interest you and upgrade your skills and knowledge. Online certifications also add to your resume.

Download ebooks or audio books from the Internet or read them online. Reading is one of the most productive ways to spend time on the Internet. And not just read; use the Internet to find good books too. Know what’s best for your age and interests and know about the books that have newly entered the market. Know about the most popular as well as budding authors, stay updated about the upcoming publications, and know which books to buy and which not to.

Use the Internet to find answers for questions related to daily living. From home decor and repair to fashion and relationships, there are numerous sources that give you good advice.

The Internet is a good source to find how the world works. Right from how the government works and how economies rise and fall, to how the universe was created and how man plans to explore space, there are many websites that tell you how the world works.

If you are a DIY person, you should check for online resources that help you with this stuff. For questions like how to get rid of stains from clothes or how to paint a room, to questions like how to fix a problem with your computer or how to repair a broken car engine, all the answers are available online.

The Internet gives you a good platform to learn a new language. Starting from the basics, you can go to advanced levels by taking online language courses and tutorials.

Take online quizzes that test your general knowledge. There are many IQ tests available online. Plus, there are tests to check your typing speed, language skills, general awareness, and even your aptitude and personality type. Take these tests and quizzes; they are a productive way to spend time on the web.

Use social networking to not just share images and post status messages on what’s going on in your life. Use these websites to connect with like-minded people. Join groups, communities, or forums on subjects of your interest, share your knowledge and ideas on these platforms and know what experts have to say.

Follow blogs or twitter pages of people who inspire you. Follow influential figures on their social pages and know their views on the current political and social issues. Use online sources to become more aware of the world around.

Refer to online dictionaries or websites like Vocabulary and learn a few new words everyday.

There are websites which allow users to exercise their cognitive abilities. Use these sources and exercise your brain.
Seek investment advice from finance experts and know about the best ways to invest money and manage your finances from authentic websites dedicated to finance and investment advice.

Watch cooking videos on websites like YouTube to learn new recipes.
Follow websites on self-help and those which host inspirational content. Read through them to motivate yourself after a bad day at work, during a rough phase in life, or to help you approach life more positively. Acts of courage or kindness of common people, and inspirational stories of famous people in various fields, can give you new hope.

Write a blog and express yourself. Write on what you know and what interests you. Contribute to the knowledge on the web by posting informative content. Or use your blog to entertain readers with fun stuff or anything creative.

Shop smart by looking for some good deals and discounts online. Internet shopping saves you the effort of visiting malls or stores and all the shopping can be done sitting at home. Plus, there are many lucrative offers that help you save money.

Take a virtual tour to any part of the world by using sources like Google Maps and Google Street View. These sources can help you plan an actual tour too.

Indulge in your hobby online. Find information on what you like to do, find the latest information on things of your interest and engage in fun activities that interest you. The web hosts many good sources that allow you to engage in your hobbies, and even earn out of them.

Make a Skype call to a friend you have not spoken to, since a long time. Or use email to write to your dear ones.

Connecting with new people can help you with your career. Make connections with people whose profiles interest you and who can introduce you to others in the field. Sites like LinkedIn are good to build an online repute by sharing things related to your profession.

Websites related to physical exercises can help you stay fit. They give you easy exercises, fitness tips, and nutritional advice.

Tips to the best web design software

A website can don many faces. For some people, it is more about personal expression, for example, a blog. For others, it serves as an advertisement for their business, as it provides all relevant information that one would seek about it. And for those who are involved in an e-commerce venture, it is the very front of their business. Whatever be the purpose, creating a website that is appropriate is the actual challenge. The good news is, there is more than one road that can be taken along the path to building your website.

Some web design software/tools are simplified to such an extent that all one needs to do is drag and drop the various elements around in a readily available template. Other software follow the what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) mechanism, where one can format their work the same way as one does in a word processor, and they get to see these effects in real time. Some web designing software even provide templates so that one just needs to modify content. We have featured both visual-based web designing software, as well as powerful editors.

Before you embark on the task of picking an appropriate web design software to meet your needs, here are a few tips for aspiring web developers who are just getting started.

Tips for First-timers Wishing to Build a Website
✏ Web designing is a process like any other; it involves systematic planning and execution.
✏ While designing a website, one needs to have a clear idea about the layout one expects for his or her site.
✏ It also helps to know beforehand, what content and images you would wish to feature.
✏ If you wish for some animated effect to appear dynamically on your page, you should plan that out too.
✏ Languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Ruby, Flash, XML, Visual Basic Scripting, and many more are the building blocks of web pages, and it will help you greatly if you take a crash course in some of the aforementioned. A lot of free tutorials are easily accessible online as well.
We have provided you with a glimpse into the various options you have, and the best software you can take the help of, especially if you are a beginner. While not all these software are free-to-download, all of them are definitely very easy to use.

The Best Web Design Software For Beginners

Note:- The prices mentioned are subject to change. Also, the order in which we have presented the following software in no way indicate their ranking, as each is unique and has its own benefits.

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CoffeeCup HTML Editor
PageBreeze HTML Editor
Dreamweaver
WebEasy Professional
RapidWeaver
WordPress
OpenBEXI HTML Builder
Xara Web Designer
BlueGriffon
Visual Web Developer Express

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

☞ This program is part of a software suite that provides an all-encompassing solution to superior web creation, developed by CoffeeCup Inc. However, by itself, this software is quite capable, and provides a number of handy tools for aspiring web designers.
☞ There are two versions available for download; the Free version, and the Full version, which costs USD 69. Purchasers of the Full version can have access to advanced features, while basic features have been made available to those who download the Free version. However, the striking features of this software (Open from Web, Tabbed UI for different pages, etc.) have not been denied to those who are using the Free version.
☞ Versions of this software are available for Windows Vista and above, as well as Mac OS X.
☞ The key features of this software are;
Learning Environment:- The software comes with an easy-to-understand user guide, and interactive learning capabilities at every step of coding.
Code Completion:- For inexperienced HTML coders, code completion prompts you with a valid syntax as you type, which helps to minimize your code debugging time.
Moreover, the software comes with an HTML Validator, compliant with W3C standards, that automatically tells you where and how to fix coding errors.
Availability of Templates:- This software allows you to choose from a wide range of templates, that can give you a head-start, as opposed to designing the layout from scratch. You can view how the template looks beforehand selecting it for your page.
Advanced Support:- Professional or experienced web designers are provided inherent support for multiple programming languages. It even comes with a CSS menu builder. Also, unlike in other coding environment, repetitive code can be modified just once, and the changes will be reflected in all instances of it.
Open from Web:- A unique feature of this software is that it allows you to open a pre-existing page (even if you aren’t the author) off the internet, and use it as a base template, where you can make changes and edit content.
This software helps you organize various pages on your website very efficiently in a tabbed interface format.
☞ Click here to download this software from the official website.
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PageBreeze HTML Editor

☞ PageBreeze is a WYSIWYG-format HTML editor, and it is one of the best available software for beginners in web design. It provides excellent tools to build simple, professional-looking web pages, and is thus favored by experienced web creators too.
☞ It comes in two variants; a Free version and a Pro version that is fully licensed for commercial use. While the free version is primarily designed for personal use, or otherwise for the purpose of learning, whereas one can purchase the licensed software for use in a for-profit environment, for USD 49.99.
☞ The major drawback of PageBreeze is that Mac users cannot benefit much from it, as it is designed only for Windows, and is compatible with most versions of Windows. It also requires Internet Explorer 7.0, or higher to be installed on the user’s computer.
☞ The following are the key features of this software that makes it so popular with aspiring as well as seasoned web designers;
Visual Mode:- Since the WYSIWYG mechanism is supported in this software, one does not need to have much prior knowledge of HTML coding, and it is quite simple to go back-and-forth from Visual to Source Modes. Changes made in one mode are instantly reflected in the other mode.
Multi-platform Support:- The latest version, PageBreeze 5.0 (and updates), supports the latest HTML standards, and in the Pro version, web designers are even provided support for Flash and PHP. The basic version even provides web-form-generators, which can help one create web forms without the use of scripting or style sheets.
Templates:- A variety of web page templates are provided in even the free version (obviously, additional templates are made available to licensed users), for ready creation of web pages.
Web Page Preview:- One can preview how their page will look on an actual browser, as Internet Explorer and this software are integrated.
Ease of Use and Support:- Help topics and online support, where users’ queries are answered, are constantly provided for this software.
The Pro version comes with other advanced features like built-in FTP Publishing, that too over secure FTP, and Multiple Editor Windows, a feature that allows one to edit more than one web page at a time, and copy-paste content, and formatting, across them.
☞ PageBreeze can be downloaded here for free, and you can purchase the full, licensed version here.
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Dreamweaver

☞ Almost everyone who has decided to embark along the road to web page development has heard of this software at least once. Dreamweaver was first developed by Macromedia, and was later acquired by Adobe. It is a part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC), and it is absolutely the best web design software available for both beginners as well as veteran designers.
☞ The interface is user-friendly, and the software interactive to make it easy enough for beginners to learn, and optimum for professionals to create masterpieces on. Since Dreamweaver is quite popular in the web designing software, there is no dearth of available web tutorials and videos to come to the ready aid of beginners, and Adobe themselves offer downloadable PDF files with in-depth tutorials and explanations for each and every available feature.
☞ There are versions available, that are compatible with both Windows as well as OS X.
☞ The only real drawback of this software is its whopping cost. For an individual user, Dreamweaver CC costs USD 19.99 per month for an annual subscription, or USD 29.99 for a single month. However, some argue that this price is worth paying for the superior experience, features, and learning environment that one can avail of with this software.
☞ The key features of this software are;
All the basic features of a web design software, such as Syntax Highlighting, and Code Completion are present with other unique features as well.
Live View:- Taking the WYSIWYG mechanism to a whole new level, this mode splits the screen into two, with one being your source code, and the other being a browser view of your web page, and allows you to literally see changes made in one mode reflected in the other in real time. What’s more, you can restructure, copy-paste, and drag-and-drop elements even in the visual mode.
Element Quick View:- You do not have to physically peruse through many lines of HTML code, as this mode displays the elements in a very clear manner. One can also apply CSS in this mode, and restructure, copy-paste, or delete elements.
Multi-Platform Support:- Dreamweaver not only allows you to edit HTML and create and edit style sheets, but it also allows you to work with CSS, Javascript, and server-side frameworks (PHP, ASP.NET, etc.) Text input can be in any language; it even provides support to type in Arabic (or any right-to-left script language) in the coding mode.
Sophisticated Style Sheet Editing:- The support for CSS in this app is unparalleled. Dreamweaver CC comes with a completely amazing CSS Designer, that not only allows you to add and edit effects using a visual tool, but also to select and copy preferred styles and paste them in other elements, giving you systematic control over the process.
This software also allows you access the library of Adobe Edge’s Web Fonts for free, that can be used in your design.
☞ Click here to visit the official website, and get information about the various plans available to purchase this software.
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