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Sitejet: The Perfect CMS for Every Web Design Agency

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:25

If you haven’t already heard about Sitejet, it’s a new CMS, and it’s generating a lot of buzz among web designers. Sitejet is just like many other CMSs around, except for a few distinct differences a better dashboard, a client feedback system, and better project management capabilities. This post addresses the newbie that is Sitejet and examines what its features are and why it’s great for web design agencies.

Team collaboration

Team collaboration is the most important thing you should look out for in a great CMS. Sitejet allows you to collaborate seamlessly with every member of your team and deliver your projects much faster. While on the team or agency plan, you can grant access to several of your team members and work on active projects simultaneously. You can assign each team member a specific task and track how they progress on it. 

For your team to perform effectively, each member’s performance needs to be top-notch, Afterall a team is only as good as its members. That’s another reason why Sitejet is perfect for your agency. 

Each designer’s dashboard comes equipped with a To-do list feature that helps you tie each item on the list to your web design. You can activate deadlines on the lists, so you keep your work progress consistent. If you couple this with the time tracking feature, what you have is a highly effective team of web designers who get things done on time!

Easy access

Easy access pretty much sums up most of Sitejet’s features. With the workload that many web design agencies have to handle, nobody really has the time to waste trying to navigate tools and interfaces any more. 

With Sitejet, most of the things you need to do are either a keyboard shortcut, a click, or a drag-and-drop action away. And this does mean everything, from redesigning templates to editing CSS codes, changing fonts and even switching between projects.

Active Client Involvement

Even if you’re working solo, you need to keep your clients happy if you want to stay in business, not to mention when you’re with an agency. Sitejet helps you simplify the process of interacting with your clients and getting their feedback. You can grant your clients access to the developing website by creating a client dashboard with minimal features. The dashboard lets them view the pages in various device display modes, and they can interact with the elements to see how responsive they are. 

The important part of this stripped-down dashboard is that your clients cannot do anything that can disrupt your team’s progress. They can only evaluate the website and leave comments for you as required. 

Freedom

Sitejet has several templates for you to choose from, and the best part is you can do so much more with them. 

With WordPress, you need to pay to get any real access to the theme’s core elements. But you can adjust all of Sitejet’s templates as you see fit. You can move things around, and even edit the code, shaping the theme into whatever you want.

The freedom that Sitejet gives your team also extends to what you can do with your work once you’re done. This CMS lets you export your themes to be hosted on an external service, so if you don’t want to host with Sitejet, that option is definitely available.

Learning Resources

Working with a new CMS can be frustrating for anyone. With the plethora of resources at Sitejet, any rookie designer may have a hard time moving stuff around intuitively. 

Thankfully, Sitejet comes with a plethora of resources to help designers with whatever issues they might have. First off, there is customer support which is readily available. The email support at Sitejet usually replies in a couple of hours which is more than you can say for some other platforms. They are also really friendly and helpful.  

If you prefer to solve your challenges yourself, there are abundant resources in the shape of step-by-step guides and video tutorials that can give you answers to your questions. There is also the user to user support on slack which is quite useful and efficient.

The icing on the cake is that, as a newbie, Sitejet allows you to schedule calls with a support staff who will give you a tour and a live demo of the platform.   

The bottom line

If you think about it, executing the idea for Sitejet was not an easy task for its team. They needed to develop a capable CMS that could stand up to the industry giants like WordPress and Joomla; one that could perform as well as they do or better. 

They also wanted the platform to have a unique advantage aimed at web design agencies — project managing capabilities, and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects at the same time.

Let’s not forget that the platform also needs to have a user-friendly interface and enough versatility for web design agencies to adopt. And they delivered spectacularly on all fronts. These are all the reasons why Sitejet is one of the best CMS for web design agencies around.

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Categories: Design

How to Use Popups Without Damaging User Experience

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 08:00

Website owners/designers/developers are always looking for the best strategies to convert new leads into loyal customers, and popups are one of the most effective ways to catch your audience’s attention. Unfortunately, popups can be intrusive and often turn users away.

As per a study by HubSpot, popups are one of the three most disliked forms of advertising, along with telemarketing calls and auto-play videos. As a designer/developer, these popups can be a worrisome aspect of your website and hence, you need to tackle them smartly without damaging the overall user experience. 

You’ll never be able to convert everyone, but popups don’t have to be detrimental to the user experience. With skillful implementation, you can use them at the right times and at the right place to maximize conversions without turning your audience off. By taking into consideration the right design and formats, you can make popups work. So, here are some of the best tactics for designers and developers to help them successfully implement website popups.

#1. Replace Entry Popups with Exit Popups

Entry popups are still one of the most common strategies among website designers/developers, but they can also cause problems for the customer experience. Most users don’t want to be interrupted by an unwanted popup when visiting your site for the first time.

Rather than creating popups at the beginning of the visit, you should consider using exit popups to increase site visit times and keep users interested right before they planned to leave. Exit-intent popups use a range of triggers to determine when a customer is likely to leave your website.

Read: 25 Top-Notch AdSense-Optimized Themes For Higher Ad Earnings

Some ads can be displayed more than once, but showing the same popup multiple times will start to annoy your users. Limit your exit popup to a single appearance in order to increase its effectiveness while limiting exits.

Make sure that your exit popups get straight to the point—users who intend to exit will likely only spend a few seconds reading your ad. Offer them a clear value that they won’t want to miss out on. The key is maintaining their interest a little longer and giving them more opportunities to stay engaged with your brand.

#2. Use Personalization

Internet users expect personalized experiences from online brands, yet many businesses continue to provide the same generic content to their entire audience. If you’re interested in improving your conversion results, personalization is one of the best ways to reach your goals as a successful website designer/developer.

At the end of the entire designing/development activity, we all want our websites to perform exceptionally. Effective personalization starts with robust customer information that gives you the data you need to segment your audience. A user who viewed a specific type of product before leaving, for example, could be targeted with ads for similar items. 

Get cues from your marketing team members and ask them to carefully segment the final audience into groups. Once done, it will be your task to make these website popups feel less invasive and more convenient, increasing conversions and your average site visit length.

It’s also important to consider each user’s place in the customer journey when developing personalized content. First-time readers should receive different popups from customers who are already familiar with your brand and products.

Long-term engagement is the top priority for new leads, and your goal is simply to keep them interested in your brand. Users often need to interact with a brand ten or more times before making a purchase, so content this early in the sales cycle shouldn’t always be targeting conversions.

Later in the process, you can use retargeting and lead nurturing to maintain strong customer relationships and prevent users from becoming inactive. Treat each phase of the sales cycle differently, and don’t assume what worked for one group will be as effective for another.

#3. Split-test Everything Maxime Lorant [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Just as customer data is vital to marketing personalization, marketing data plays a critical role in improving your design/development campaigns. Consistently split-testing your design gives you the opportunity to identify your best and worst strategies and continue to refine your approach over time.

Read: Split A/B Testing Graphical Elements of Your Landing Pages: Best Practices to Test and Quantify Conversion Value of Landing Page Elements

Rather than being limited to one popup, for example, A/B testing allows you to try your two best ideas and see which one leads to better results. Split-testing also makes it easy to experiment with new tactics on a smaller scale before using them in an important campaign.

#4. Stick to a Single Goal

Popups are all about quickly communicating value to your customers, and using more than one value or call to action will only decrease conversions. If you’re offering a 10 percent discount, for example, that should be the only offer in the popup.

Limiting an ad to one call to action also makes it more visually clear. Use a large font in a striking color to direct their attention to the offer, and avoid any backgrounds that could make the call to action more difficult to read.

In addition to discounts, you can also offer VIP memberships, giveaways, contests, e-books, and more. Don’t be afraid to try out different offers and see what your audience responds to. Whatever leads to the highest click-through rate is the best way to grow your contact list.

#5. Make it Easy to Subscribe

Even if users are interested in your offer, they’ll lose motivation if you have a long sign-up process or ask for a lot of information. Design such forms that ask only for the most important data points such as their email address, name, or phone number. If you go beyond those basic questions, make the additional fields optional to increase your sign-up rate.

Make sure to go through the sign-up process yourself rather than relying on customer feedback to fix any issues. You’ll be able to identify problems with your website and make changes more quickly. That said, customer feedback can still be a valuable resource when improving your user experience.

#6. Target Abandoned Carts

Most online shopping carts are abandoned before the sale, and you can earn a lot of money simply by targeting abandoned carts with personalized messaging popups. As a developer, you can add an exit-intent to checkout screens in order to give readers a second chance to think about the purchase.

Many businesses offer a discount or free shipping on the product in question to persuade customers who are on the fence. Again, remember to consistently A/B test your cart abandonment popups to determine which offers and ads lead to the highest conversion rate.

Some website designers and developers avoid popups in an attempt to streamline the user experience, but they can be incredibly powerful when used in the right ways. These tips will help you take advantage of the opportunities popups offer while creating a better shopping experience for your customers. By constructing a simple format, simple design, and simple text, you will exploit these dreaded popups to the best of their abilities.

About the author

Mark Coleman is a passionate writer, currently working as an Editor at MarkupTrend. Markup Trend offers free resources for developers, designers and webmasters and is updated daily. Mark is available for hire for product and business promotions.

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Categories: Design

How to Make Sure Your Website is Secure for Users

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 01:58

There is nothing worse than having your website become a victim of cyber-attacks. As a web designer or developer, you need to be concerned about the consequences of data-theft and other kinds of malicious acts that some hackers perform. After all, your clients rely on you to keep them secure.

  • What if someone decides to ‘rob’ your eCommerce store?
  • What if a hacker steals sensitive data from your website?
  • You wouldn’t want to let customers’ credit card numbers fall into someone’s hands, would you?

In order to avoid all these frightening scenarios, you should do everything in your power to make your website as secure as possible for your users. With each effort invested in its security, you are decreasing the chances of your website becoming a target of hackers.

Read on to learn how you can build a wall around your website that will keep the intruders out.

1. Reliable hosting

 Image by Edgar Oliver from Pixabay 

One of the first steps towards a safe and secure place for your visitors is to choose the right website hosting.

It is exactly through the web host that many hackers seek ways to gain access to your website. And, if they do gain access to your website, you can rest assured that your business will be adversely affected. Of course, this can result in revenue loss, data theft, and many other consequences.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to take every measure you can to ensure that your web hosting provider offers the best protection measures. This includes providing reliable malware and vulnerability scanners that detect and deter any malicious code that hackers may try to use.

In addition, the web host should have a strong policy against DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attacks). This way, the hosting system will be accessible at all times, even if it becomes a target of a cyber-attack.

So, be picky when it comes to hosting so that you don’t have to deal with removing malware and other viruses if a hacker targets your website.

2. Security plugins

A lot of people use a content management systems (CMS) to build their websites. And, there’s no wonder why. A CMS makes it really convenient to build a nice-looking website with all the functionalities you might need.

Another great benefit, in this case, is that you can boost your security with advanced website security plugins that prevent hacking attempts. To make it even better, each of the top CMS options has security plugins available. And, many of them are free of charge.

Take a look at some of the more popular security plugins:

WordPress:

  1. Bulletproof Security
  2. Sucuri
  3. Wordfence
  4. fail2Ban

Joomla:

  1. RSFirewall
  2. Antivirus Website Protection
  3. jomDefender

Magento:

  1. Amasty
  2. MageFence
  3. Watchlog Pro

The options listed above address the security vulnerabilities that are inherent in each platform, preventing more different hacking attempts that could harm your website.

So, it would be wise for you to check out each option and figure out how you can benefit security-wise from each of these plugins. Especially if you are using a WordPress website. Each WordPress security guide will recommend these plugins since they are really helpful.

3. CDN for security

Image by TheDigitalWay from Pixabay

DDoS attacks are a really popular way to target and sometimes even take down websites. Of course, the main reason why this way of harming a website is popular is that almost no hacking knowledge is required.

Oftentimes people hire botnets for little to no money and use them to direct a massive amount of traffic at a website. At first, this ‘only’ slows down the website, but soon enough it will make it entirely inaccessible due to the overload.

But what if someone told you that you can repel this kind of hacking attempt with the aid of a CDN? You’d probably want to learn more.

It may not seem obvious at first, but some content delivery networks (CDN) not only improve web performance, but they also help keep the website safe. CDNs are built to analyze and absorb unusual traffic spikes. Of course, these spikes don’t necessarily have to be malicious attacks, maybe you are experiencing the aftermath of a great marketing campaign.

However, that only gives you another reason to seriously consider a bunnyCDN for protection. Just be careful when picking a CDN since some of them claim to offer DDoS protection when in reality they only rely on their infrastructure to scale and increase the capacity of servers with PoPs (point of presence) placed around the world. 

Instead, you should find a CDN that uses intelligent systems and not only its size to absorb attacks.

4. Keep everything updated

It is essential that you keep your website and all of its extensible components updated.

When you use a CMS with plugins and extensions, you are enjoying numerous benefits these additional extensions bring with them. But, you are also at risk because these extensible components are often vulnerable and cause website infections.

Many of these tools are created as open-source software tools, which means that their code is easy to access. Of course, the code is easily accessible both to the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ guys. Hackers can pore over the code, looking for security vulnerabilities that will allow them to take control of your website.

So, in order to keep the chances of this kind of breach at a minimum, make sure that your CMS, plugins, apps, and any other scripts you have installed are regularly updated.

For example, if you have a WordPress website, you can easily check whether you are up to date. As you log in, you will see it on the top, next to your site’s name. You can even click on the icon in the top left corner to see your WordPress updates.

Whenever you have a pending update, take some time, download it, and let it do its job. Not updating is still one of the more common mistakes that lead to a breach. Also, keep your website’s certificates up to date. Failing to do so can result in your website not showing up in search engines.

You surely wouldn’t want someone to get in and steal data. Just imagine the consequences of giving away your customer info due to a data breach. That would definitely negatively impact customer satisfaction metrics. And you don’t want that to happen, right?

5. Automatic backups

Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

Finally, once you have covered all of the previous steps from the list, you should do one last thing. Just in case something bad happens.

It is worth noting that sometimes, no matter how much effort you put in securing your website, a breach happens. That is just how it is since hackers always find out new ways to break through a website’s firewall.

One good way to bounce back as soon as possible even if a disaster happens is to back up your website. That is why investing in automatic backups is one of the wisest things that you can do to help your website.

A data breach is stressful, but when you have a current backup, recovery is much easier. So, you can either invest in automatic backups or manually back everything up on a weekly or even daily basis.

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Categories: Design

9 Best Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency Plugins For WordPress

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 08:00

Cryptocurrency has changed the vertical of currencies with maximum impact. Specifically, Bitcoin has managed to garner all the attention and market favoritism in recent times. Providing a new edge to currency exchange, Cryptocurrency is no more a hit and miss for the experts. With a lot of people getting on board with the idea of this currency exchange, the web development world of WordPress has managed to reel in.

People are now looking for ways to integrate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into their WordPress blogs and websites. To help them achieve this, a lot of Cryptocurrency plugins have already found their way into the market. However, each of them serves different functions. So, in this blog post, we want to furnish a listicle with the 9 best Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency plugins available in the market for WordPress. So, let’s begin.

9 Best Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency Plugins For WordPress GoUrl Bitcoin Payment Gateway & Paid Downloads & Membership

Looking to get a bitcoin payment gateway on your WordPress website? If yes, the GoUrl Official Bitcoin/Altcoin Payment Gateway for WordPress will be your ideal pick. It is a 100% Free Open Source on Github.com that is a White Label Solution and lets you use Bitcoin/Altcoin Payment Box with your own company logo. The plugin is free of cost and does not require an ID or a bank account. So, if you are looking for an anonymous and secure cryptocurrency plugin with no Chargebacks and zero risks, this plugin is the answer.

GoUrl WooCommerce – Bitcoin Altcoin Payment Gateway Addon

With this plugin, you will easily be able to set up a bitcoin store in a jiffy and process bitcoin/PayPal payments in WordPress/WooCommerce. With over 5000+ active installations, this bitcoin Altcoin payment gateway add-on comes with no monthly fee or the need of having a bank account. Also, the platform is secure and there are no chargebacks. Talking of security, you must always ensure that you use a reliable web hosting provider if you are looking to integrate Cryptocurrency as a payment option into your website.

This addon will provide you Cryptocurrency Payment Gateway for WooCommerce 2.1 or higher. With its installation, you will be able to accept Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, BitcoinSV, Litecoin, Dash, Dogecoin, Speedcoin, Reddcoin, Potcoin, Feathercoin, Vertcoin, Peercoin, MonetaryUnit payments in WooCommerce. The plugin offers free tech support and also provides a Mobile-friendly customizable Payment Box and direct integration on your website.

Bitcoin News

If you are a blogger and are planning on setting up a blog around the genre of Cryptocurrency or Bitcoins, then the Bitcoin News plugin will be of huge help for your WordPress blog. Using this plugin, you will be able to create custom Bitcoin News and also add relevant news headlines to appear on your website. The plugin lets you choose where you want to add your feed and it also lets you set up keywords. You can easily remove unwanted articles from your website.

Bitcoin and Altcoin Wallets

If you are a blog owner and are looking to earn good money by turning your blog into a money churning machine, then the Bitcoin and Altcoin Wallets plugin can help your WordPress blog do the same. With the installation of this plugin, your blog can let its users Deposit, withdraw, and transfer bitcoins and altcoins on your blog site. 

Made available by dashed-slug, the Bitcoin and Altcoin Wallets is a FREE WordPress plugin that will help your users perform financial transactions on your site via Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. With this, logged-in users can perform the following common tasks:

  • deposit from the blockchain,
  • withdraw to an external blockchain address,
  • transfer funds to other users (on-site transactions that bypass the blockchain),
  • view a history of past transactions etc.
Cryptocurrency All-in-One

Of all the cryptocurrency plugins for WordPress, this may be the most comprehensive. By getting this plugin for your cryptocurrency focussed website on WordPress, you can bring up a coin market cap i.e. the list of all cryptocurrencies with prices and market capitalization. The plugin also provides you with a cryptocurrency ticker widget and shortcode. So, you will get a live update badge with the logo, price, and 24h change of one cryptocurrency. 

A premium version of this plugin is also available wherein you get all the features from the free plugin as well as the ability to easily accept orders and payments: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecon (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Zcash (ZEC). By going for the premium features, your WordPress website will be able to display the prices and exchange rates of all cryptocurrencies and also display candlestick price charts for all cryptocurrencies.

MyCryptoCheckout

If you want to allow your website customers to pay in cryptocurrency, the MyCryptoCheckout plugin is your best bet. With a 0% transaction fees on the offer, and no KYC or product restrictions, this plugin is quite the popular one in the market. It is supported by eCommerce platforms such as the Easy Digital Downloads and WooCommerce.

When you install and run this plugin on your website, you will enable peer-to-peer transactions and in fact, use any crypto wallet that you want. A great feature of this plugin is that it does no redirection to 3rd parties or iframes. All kind of unique payments can be automatically detected using one wallet address. If you go ahead with the free license of this plugin, you will be permitted to process 3 sales per month. If you think you will require more, you can choose the flat rate license that can be purchased for your account that includes unlimited transactions.

Cryptocurrency Widgets – Price Ticker & Coins List

Offered in a free as well as a premium version, the Cryptocurrency Widgets WordPress plugin helps your WordPress website generate crypto coins price widgets & coins list shortcodes for all major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, ripple, dash, etc. With support from this plugin, you can come up with a price label, crypto list widget, multi-currency tabs widget, and a crypto price ticker for your website. The free version of the plugin lets you add an advanced Ticker i.e. add fixed crypto price ticker inside header or footer. You can also manage ticker speed, colors according to your requirements.

Coins MarketCap

A premium plugin, the Coins MarketCap is a plugin that will help you create a fully automatic crypto coins price listing of up to 1700+ crypto coins on your WordPress website. By using the coinexchangeprice.com crypto data API, the plugin will benefit your website with the display of live crypto prices, market cap, charts and other data related to a crypto coin. You can get this plugin at the price of a regular license as well as an extended license.

Cryptocurrency Exchanges List Pro – WordPress Plugin

Again, this is a popular premium plugin that will help you create a list of 200+ best cryptocurrency exchanges by using crypto markets API data. This data is being derived from coinexchangeprice.com public API. With this plugin, you will be able to generate dynamic 200+ exchanges content pages inside your WordPress website. Also, you will be able to display crypto coin historical price table and chart on single coin pages.

Conclusion:

Like we said earlier, all the above-mentioned Bitcoin and cryptocurrency plugins are meant to serve different purposes and will suit a different kind of WordPress website owners. Based on your needs, you can choose the one that is best suited to you and power your website. 

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Categories: Design

Earn Your CCNA Cyber Ops With Cisco 210-250 SECFND Before It’s Too Late!

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 10:00

In case you haven’t heard of the changes within the Cisco certification program, now is the perfect time to read about the recent updates. For the past years, many IT certification providers are shuffling their certification tracks to continue being relevant in the changing industry with new technologies. Some certifications paths are slightly tweaked while some are completely replaced. 

And Cisco is part of the top IT organizations who have revamped their certifications to provide sets of skills in line with the modern advancements. One of the many alterations within the Cisco training and certification is CCNA Cyber Ops. By February 24, 2020, one out of the two required exams will be retired and that its 210-250 SECFND or Implementing Cisco Cyber Ops Devices.

So, let’s have a thorough probe of this noteworthy yet soon-to-be deleted Cisco certification exam. 

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Learning UC solutions with 210-250 SECFND 

UC solutions or Unified Communications solutions are the key areas discussed in the exam. This is where you will gain valuable insights about administrator interfaces, provision end-users, mobility features, and telephony. As a guide, these are the list of topics included in the exam that you need to fully understand by heart. 

Unfolding the features of Cisco Unified Communication solutions

UC solutions are the main component of this exam; hence nothing is fitting than to start understanding this topic before anything else. Learn all the core components and related functions such as describing media flows, call signaling, and VoIP network quality implications.

Setting up end-users together with its associated devices

The second crucial subject is the end-user interface. These include responsibilities for both UC Manager and UC Manager Express such as labeling user creation options and creating and altering user accounts and endpoints. This topic also allows you to pick up knowledge related to privileges functions and features, directory numbers, Cisco Unified IM, and such. 

Organizing Voice Messaging and Presence

Next on the list of topics is how well you configure a Cisco UC system. This area holds the biggest exam percentage that is why you certainly need to give extra time to understand its subtopics. These are efficiently describing user creation options used for voice message; generating and modifying user accounts to be utilized for Cisco Unity Connection, and describing and configuring Unified IM and Presence. 

Sustaining Cisco Unified Communications system

The fourth significant topic you need to comprehend is everything surrounding Cisco UC system. There are lots of things to know such as CDR, CMR, capacity, and usage reports. You must learn how to generate these reports to ensure smooth sailing transactions. Furthermore, you must acquire remarkable skills in observing system activities and voicemail usage; eliminating unassigned directory numbers; and carrying out manual system backup. 

Deliver end-user support 

Since end-users are some of the essential features of the exam, this exam ends with how you successfully provide support to the specific group. For you to fully cover all the topics, you should obtain proficiency in authenticating PSTN connectivity as well as resetting single devices and troubleshooting endpoint problems. Defining and describing fault domains, voice mail problems, call quality issues, and phone application are also part of the skills you need to master. 

Fueling up your exam preparation

Now that you have a deeper idea of the exam through the comprehensive list of topics above, you can now easily prepare for the exam. But before that, you should know that Cisco 210-250 is a 75-minute exam with 55 to 65 questions. This means you have a minute or two to answer each question. 

With time constraint surrounding your exam, it’s best to make use of different prep materials so you won’t have a hard time during the real exam. First in line is the classroom training provided by Cisco for exam 210-250. This 5-day instructor-led class focuses on the main topics of Cisco Unified Communications solutions. You have two delivery options for this training session, either a physical classroom or virtual classroom. Plus, this course comes with Discovery labs and Challenge labs, wherein you get to learn the topics through interactive and hands-on discussions as well as comprehensive and multiple lessons. 

If you think 5 days is not enough, then you have other resources to choose from. Cisco, through its E-learning and Platinum Learning Library, provides a comprehensive selection of self-paced courses and reference materials. Not only that, they have their very own lab environments for 210-250, which further nurture your knowledge and skills about UC solutions. 

And before you cap off your preparation journey, be sure to spend quality time with the ever-remarkable exam prep website, ExamSnap.com. Being in the industry for so long, helping exam takers study for their exam, this online reference offers a reliable study materials bundle for 210-250. And this bundle already covers practice tests and a training course! This is such a great option for those who want to smoothly study for the exam. 

Preparing for the next stage

For the successful passers of 210-250 SECFND, they can move to the next phase of the certification journey, which is 210-065 CIVND. And once you complete this too, then the CCNA Cyber Ops certification is waving at you!

Earning the CCNA Cyber Ops certification

CCNA Cyber Ops is definitely an outstanding Cisco credential for various IT professionals, including network video engineers and IP/ IP telephony network engineers. This amazing certification delivers you the most polished skills in developing and upgrading their Cyber Ops with voice, video, mobile apps, and data. 

Conclusion

The clock is ticking and you only have a couple of months before 210-250 SECFND fades into dust. So, before Cisco releases the new, fused CCNA exam, set your goal and pass this certification exam like a pro. For that put your efforts for your preparation, visit Cisco official website and check ExamSnap website as well. Wish you success! 

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Categories: Design

Free Fall Pictures to Use for Your Next Web Design Project

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:00

Autumn has its own special magic, markedly different from the freshness of spring, the heat of summer, and the bitter cold of winter. The burst of colors that weave around the trees is both poignant and upbeat, a goodbye to languorous summer days and hopeful anticipation for a festive season. 

For a website design project, images of autumn used appropriately draw the viewer’s eyes to a web page or post. This season brings numerous opportunities for photography of nature, landscapes, objects and symbolic things.

The colors and its combinations can be eye-catching or delicate, subtle or in your face, and complementary or contrasting. The season’s leaves come in spectacular shapes, colors and conditions – in red, orange, yellow, gold, and amber; ovate or elliptical, or the distinctive multi-leaflet maple leaf; perfect or torn, mottled or unspotted. 

Related: 35 Autumn and Fall Design Elements For Your Next Project

Creating a website or blog is easy. The hard part is drawing traffic to it. Aside from brilliant, well-written content, images are critical for forming connections, the more personal the better. Photos about autumn can evoke varying emotions in the viewers looking at them. They can feel nostalgic and sentimental, like some music, or melancholic, optimistic and excited, when you think about Thanksgiving Day and lavish dinners with families.

Don’t limit yourself to real pictures. Illustrations and vectors work fine, too, and can get across messages that sometimes, pictures don’t. They also come free, as with images. As a reminder, always think SEO with images, as with your content. A mistake of many bloggers is to dismiss the importance of pictures in SEO. A lot of times, it’s simply the caption of your image that pushes the user to click and visit your site. Learn about image SEO tips and apply them to your post. 

Talk about budget, a vital consideration when putting up a website. If you can have anything for free, why not? As long as it’s good and legal. As if free pictures aren’t enough, you can also get free templates that are customizable and easy to use. Choose one with a concept and layout to match your business or theme and try out its features to make your site unique. 

Here are fall pictures we’ve gathered for your website. They’re downloadable in different sizes and free to use. Most of them show trees and leaves. Some are images related to autumn activities, like Halloween and pumpkins. And just to show your appreciation, make the proper attribution or buy them a cup of coffee. 

Autumn free images for your next web design project:  Photo by Fernanda Publio from Burst

Autumn leaf cookies in an assortment of muted oranges, reds, and yellows make a nice contrast with the graphite gray tray in this photo 

Free photos from Burst are available in high or low resolution 

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Spooky-carved or in their natural state, the bright orange pumpkins add to the season’s festival of colors

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A road cuts through forest trees cloaked in various shades of autumn colors 

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A park ablaze with fall’s colors in the heart of a bustling city offers a respite for tired eyes. 

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A bright blue sky and tree-lined pavement covered with fallen leaves is autumn’s last hurrah 

These images are from Unsplash.com, a great site for getting stock photos. You can resize Unsplash free hi-res photos according to your usage. It also provides an option for transforming portrait images to landscape. 

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The vibrant color of the lone acorn stands out against the muted fallen autumn leaves on a pavement. 

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Nature’s glory shows the blaze of these red orange trees in autumn against a backdrop of the dark and forbidding mountains and thunderstorm-signaling clouds. 

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A cluster of autumn leaves in hues of purple, magenta, peridot and citrine with specks of colors make for a colorful image 

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Fallen leaves of yellow and sepia are strewn on the green grass that is yet out of autumn’s reach 

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Beyond the archway where a deer stands are the amazingly beautiful fall foliage in Japan 

Pixabay has long been many bloggers’ favorite site for free images. It has high-quality pictures that are contributed by various photographers and they are downloadable in many sizes.

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Sunlight shines on russet-red oak leaves ushering in autumn with their stunning close-up view 

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Turning yellow in autumn, two maple leaves float and land into a dainty teacup with leaf design. 

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A picturesque scenery of colorful trees in autumn is reflected on the pond and an empty bench invites the viewer to take a seat 

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A squirrel finds its meal among the fallen leaves of the autumn season 

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Glorious autumn is depicted in this countryside illustration 

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Benches in a city park as autumn nears, as seen in a few trees that have gone ahead of the others 

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Yellow autumn leaves on ebony black trunks add color to the drab gray of a city’s streets 

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Categories: Design

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Web Design Project

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 17:50

Especially when you are at the beginning of your career as a web designer, you may be tempted to accept all sorts of jobs, just to extend your portfolio and gain experience.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, as you do need jobs, in order to become an expert, but sometimes you need to learn when to say no. Accepting jobs that don’t suit you or working with difficult clients will only end up causing you more frustration. 

But how can you know when to accept a job and when to say “No, thank you.” and move on? Once you are offered a project, start by asking yourself a few questions before you accept it. 

Ask these questions before saying yes to a web design project Can I meet the deadline?

While you may be tempted to accept as many jobs as possible and fill your every hour, you definitely don’t want to end up not being able to finish them and sacrifice your reputation. If you keep accepting projects without considering if they fit your schedule or not, you will end up having to sacrifice the quality of your work just to meet the deadlines, which will result in unsatisfied clients and bad reviews. 

Related: The Anatomy of Time Tracking Tools: Breaking Down the Essentials

Before accepting a new project, take a look at the workload you currently have and realistically ask yourself if you can fit another project in your schedule. If the answer is “Maybe.”, then you should better say no. If the client is flexible enough with the deadline, then maybe you can discuss it. 

All in all, the best way to make sure you don’t end up with too much work on your hands is to thoroughly track the hours you need to spend on every project

Is this a legitimate job?

Sadly, many web designers have been confronted with one or more situations where the client was not who they claimed to be and, just before payday, they simply vanished. The internet grants some sort of anonymity, which makes it ten times easier for scammers to target freelancers. 

To avoid these situations where you spend days working on a project only to discover the client is nowhere to be found afterward, you need to understand the importance of doing your research well.

Related: Easy Tricks for Spotting Freelance Job Scams

First of all, look at the reviews and find out if there are any negative comments written about your prospective client before accepting the job. If there are no reviews, do a bit more digging. 

If your client is a company, try to look online for either the company’s website or their LinkedIn profile. If your client is an individual, you can do a free background check to see if they are who they claim to be. 

Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay Am I content with the pay rate? 

Accepting a lower payment than you usually charge may seem better than getting nothing, especially if you find yourself going through a dry spell. But it will often end up doing you more bad, than good.

First of all, it will make you unconsciously devaluate your abilities and work. How are clients supposed to think your skills are worthy of a higher pay rate if you don’t believe that yourself? Accepting less than you think you deserve will give clients the feeling you are not confident in your work and, if they did it once, they will probably try to do it again. 

Second, the freelance world is not as big as you think. Clients talk, your competitors talk, and if you make a habit out of charging less than your usual pay rate, because if a slow period, you will end up having a tough time asking for your normal price afterwards. If it is extremely necessary, one way you can do this without repercussions is to announce a limited time discount for your gigs. 

How flexible is the client?

While you want your clients to know what they are looking for, if they end up acting like they are the expert and not you, it’s time to walk away from them. Your clients need to understand that you know what you are doing and should not limit your creativity just because they desperately want you to use a specific color that does not fit well with the overall scheme. 

If they start meddling in your work more than they should, keep you cool and try to explain to them why their ideas may not work. Sometimes, their intentions are not bad, but they simply care too much about their business and are afraid you may not understand that. However, if you have gone out of your way to make them understand why they should trust your knowledge and that you have their best interest at heart, but they are still stubborn, it may be time to let that project go. 

Are we communicating well?

When working with a client, especially remote, good communication is paramount. Sure, everybody has days when they can’t be available at every minute, but if they end up doing that every time you have a request, it may be time to reconsider

Your client should be the first one to want the project done faster and in the best way possible, so what does this lack of communication say about them? These clients typically expect you to be an all-knowing, all-powerful being that knows exactly what they want and when. If they don’t understand that open communication is the only way to efficiently get things done, then the best thing you can do is politely decline and move on to the next project. 

Am I looking forward to starting this project?

Probably one of the first reasons you ended up working as a freelancer is to pursue your dream career and ensure that you are always passionate about your work. Don’t throw that away by accepting dull jobs just to cash in a big check. 

One of the beauties of freelancing is that you can select those gigs that make you feel excited and happy to get it done and nicely turn down those that will only end up getting you frustrated. And, while you may find yourself having to compromise from time to time, don’t make a habit out of it. You will end up spending days or even weeks doing something you don’t like, or having to deal with a difficult client for nothing. 

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Categories: Design

When Fast Food Logos Get Mashed Up

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:00

As our lives become more hectic, so does our eating. We aren’t necessarily eating more, but eating faster. The way that we live our lives today results in us wanting either fast food or food on-the-go as we simply don’t have time for homecooked meals these days!

Many fast food chains aren’t just well-known for their food and beverage offerings, but their logo as well. In fact, most well-established food brands have rarely changed their logos since they first launched many years ago. Logos such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are easily recognisable simply by looking at their logo; this is a sign of great branding and establishment of their company.

If you look at the design aspect of well-known fast food logos, you may notice a few similarities; the majority of brands use primary colours red, blue and yellow. Not only does this create a strong presence against other companies, but the primary colours also plant deeper into our brains, allowing us to remember the logo a lot easier than we would have done had the company used purple, white and pink, for example.

For many, fast food is their go-to choice, resulting in many fast food franchises stepping up their game, whether that’s with rivalry between other well established fast food chains or simply by switching up their offering to supply to the vast that want something different whilst also wanting it from the same chain. In fact, rivalry is at its most in the food industry and, although we’ve been teased of it in the past (Pizza Hut and KFC) collabs between food brands are likely to never exist.

The guys at CDA decided to delve into the possibility that their favourite fast food chains might one day join forces and had a little fun creating a “mash-up” of fast food brand logos.

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Categories: Design

How to Clean Malware from a Hacked Website

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:00

Just the hint of a hacked site is enough to send jitters down the spine of every webmaster. In an event where something suspicious occurs on a website or where unexpected elements start to show up on the website, the doubt starts to pop up with a possibility inclined towards the absolutely negative event, i.e. a hack. 

This constant thought/fear is so widespread right now because of the recent hacking trends seen by the world. As per a report, new malware is being launched every day; approximately 230,000 new malware samples/day. Scary, right?

Related: 6 Basic Tips for Web Server Security You Should Know

If you are ever caught in such a scenario, you must be prepared to tackle it with complete preparedness. The first step towards this preparedness is knowing about the ways that malware finds its way into your website.

Mostly, websites that use unreliable plugins and coding can end up getting easily hacked. Other times, hackers might be at play and use malicious redirection, drive-by downloads, backdoors, Defacement, Phishing, SEO Spam, Misconfiguration, and even Brute Force their entry into your website.

You will be shocked to know that the total cost for cybercrime committed globally has added up to over $1 trillion in  2018. This justifies the fears of all the webmasters out there. Since there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds, you need to make yourself and your website ready to face such an encounter and beat it for good. So, in this blog post, we will help you learn about cleaning malware from a hacked website.

There are several steps required for scanning your website to find malware and then there are more steps required to remove the infected elements from your website. Towards the end, we will share some expert tips to help you take care of your website security. So, here’s the breakdown.

How to know if your website has been hacked

It is always easy to spot a hack event on a website. However, we have listed the most common ones below so that you can figure out if that is the case with your website.

  • Your website starts freezing every now and then
  • You will start seeing unnecessary pop-ups on your website that have not been placed by you
  • Presence of unusual text on your website’s footer/header
  • You start finding the keywords on your website linking to random external websites
  • Warning messages from your hosting provider
  • Website redirection to some spammy website
  • Google alerts that your website has been hacked
  • Your website goes offline

Once you have figured out that your website has been hacked, here’s what you need to do next.  

Figure out the origin of the attack on your website

Before you can do anything about the hack or the mishap with your website, you will have to identify the kind of the attack. For this, you should have access to tools that will help you scan your site remotely. Tools like Sucuri and WordFence will help you find malicious payloads and malware locations.

Related: Website Security 101: What Every Developer Should Know

You need to be extra careful if you have more than one website. This is so because of the phenomenon where cross-site contamination can end up affecting all the other websites on the server as well. So, begin by checking the following.

  • Core File Vulnerability: If the core file has been tampered with, that’s bad news. However, you need to assess if they really have been affected. To ascertain any change, you can simply use the diff command in the terminal or manually check your files via SFTP.
  • Recently Modified Files: In an event where your website has been hacked, your website files will have been modified. If there has been any modification in the recent time-period that wasn’t done or approved by you, you can be sure that there is something fishy. For Linux,  you simply need to type in your terminal:

$ find /etc -type f -printf ‘%TY-%Tm-%Td %TT %p\n’ | sort -r .

If you want to see directory files, type in your terminal:

$ find /etc -printf ‘%TY-%Tm-%Td %TT %p\n’ | sort -r .

It’s time to cleanup Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay

Once you have figured out the point where the hack was triggered, you will be able to clean up the mess and get your website up and running the usual way. But before you move ahead with the plan, don’t forget to back up your existing website data, i.e. the backup Site Files and Database. It is important that you back up the entire existing website so that you can easily restore it in case the removal of the malware goes wrong. 

However, if you are backing up the data, export an XML file of all your content by using Tools. If your website is a large one, you can use your web host’s File Manager to make a zip archive of your wp-content folder and then download that zip file.

After you are done with the backup, you will have to figure out the suspicious code and links that might be present on your website. In order to remove malicious code from your database, you can try looking for the bad code string that is causing the trouble and deleting it. You will find it in the character fields. Now you must figure out the infected files and use your FTP application to download them. Now, inspect them and delete and modify the files, and replace the modified ones with the infected ones. 

Moving ahead, re-upload these files and run a scan. Once done, now you will also be required to your hacked Database Tables, ensure the security of all your user accounts, and remove any hidden backdoors that might have been placed. You must change the passwords for your FTP, Hosting Control Panel, and SSH accounts as well.

Once you are done with the removal of malicious codes and files and other cleaning tasks, you can just update and reset the configuration settings. 

Security of the website from future attacks Image by Thomas Breher from Pixabay

Recovering your hacked website also calls for hardening your website security for the future. You will be required to update and reset configuration settings. Setting up a backup mechanism is also a compulsion. It will turn up to be of immense help in case your website gets compromised and the data ends up getting lost. A website firewall is also a great way to keep the hackers at bay.

Tools to Remove Malware and Clean Hacked Website

If you are operating your website under a specific budget, you might want to check out some tools available in the market to help you clean your site’s malware and restore your site. Tools like Sucuri, Wordfence and Google Free Malware Checker. If your website is on WordPress, there are several security plugins that can help you secure your website. Some of the most popular plugins in this category are Gotmls, WP Antivirus Site Protection, All-in-One WP Security plugin, and Wordfence Security plugin.

Conclusion:

Hacking is a real bitter experience to happen to any webmaster. In case this happens to you, you should immediately inform your web host service provider. If they are able to fix this issue, that will save you the hassle. However, if any other expert help is needed, you must get in touch with them. When you are able to restore it, you must focus on hardening its security and securing it from any future hacker attacks.

About the author

Mark Coleman is a passionate writer, currently working as an Editor at MarkupTrend. Markup Trend offers free resources for developers, designers and webmasters and is updated daily. Mark is available for hire for product and business promotions.

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Categories: Design

How to Build an Engaging (And Functional) Event Website

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:15

Hosting an event, a birthday or even planning for your own wedding or retirement party? No matter what it is, having a website to help promote the event and share information with your audience is great.

If you are hoping to attract as many participants as possible, you need to make a website and also make sure it’s fully functional across all desktops and mobile devices, while also being socially friendly. Having all of this in place will make the invite and attendance process so much easier.

An event website will act as a digital flyer for your event, not only attracting potential participants but allowing them to buy tickets in a streamlined manner as well. Of course, if it’s going to be effective, it has to be designed correctly. 

Wondering what good event website design entails? Then read on. We’re going to get into the specifics below.

How to Build an Event Website

There is a lot that you need to keep in mind when building an event website. Failure to consider these components fully could result in an unsuccessful event. When building a website for an event, you need to do the following.

Keep Copy to a Minimum

One of the big mistakes individuals make when creating an event website is stuffing it full of as much web copy as they possibly muster. This is done for a variety of reasons, but regardless of what those reasons are, it’s always a mistake. 

The truth of the matter is that, on an event website, you need to keep the copy to a minimum. Placing too much copy on your website will cause it to become cluttered. Not to mention, it will overwhelm the reader, causing him or her to leave your website altogether. 

Ultimately, the key is to break information up by relegating it to specific pages. For instance, on your home page, you should have general information about the event (date, time, price, location, purpose, etc.), but forego the use of intricate details. Intricate details should exist on other pages, such as an “FAQ” page or “About Us” page. 

The point is to catch eyes, not to write a novel. Headlines and headers should be plentiful and should convey the bulk of the information that you’re trying to get across.

Utilize Calls to Action 

If you want someone to buy tickets for your event, you have to tell them how to do so. While the most dedicated of your event participants will go out of their way to obtain ticket information, those who are on the fence will likely jump off at the first sign of trouble. 

This is why calls-to-action are so important. When linked to a ticket purchase page, a call-to-action such as “Buy Tickets Now!” will tell your visitor exactly how to go about the ticket-buying process. It will lead him or her directly to the tickets, or the RSVP page, or whatever else it is that you’re trying to sell. 

On your home page, you should include calls-to-action at least 3 times: once at the top of the page, once in the middle of the page, and once at the bottom of the page. Including this many calls-to-action virtually ensures that your web visitors are aware of the ticket-buying process. 

However, you must be careful not to overdo it. Throwing 10 calls-to-action on a single page could cause your website to come across as salesy. A salesy website will turn visitors off, and ultimately cause you to lose event participants. 

Make it Easy to Share

Attracting event participants online is all about spreading the word around. The more individuals who become aware of your event, the more individuals who will buy tickets to your event. 

For this reason, you need to make your website as shareable as possible. Include social share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and other such social media platforms on every single one of your website’s pages. Make sure to include them in blog posts as well.

Prioritize Speed 

Speed should also be a priority when creating an event website. If your website is slow to load, many users will give up on it before it’s even had a chance to present itself. 

There are a number of ways to increase the speed of a website. Not only should you compress your files, but you should also keep videos to a minimum and utilize only one redirect page.

Ultimately, the faster you can make your website, the better chance you have of visitors sticking around. The more visitors stick around, the more tickets you’ll sell.

Optimize it for Mobile 

If there’s one thing you take from this article, it should be this: your website needs to be optimized for mobile devices. Over 50% of web searches are performed on phones and tablets. If your website doesn’t show up well on these devices, mobile users will leave it, and you will lose sales. 

These days, most web themes are designed for optimization on all devices, including computers, phones, and tablets. Therefore, as long as you’re using a popular CMS such as WordPress or Wix, you shouldn’t have much of a problem. 

However, in any case, before launching your website, you need to test it on mobile. Make sure that its elements are laid out correctly and that it’s easy to understand. This escape room website offers a good example of mobile optimization. 

Highlight Your Brand 

The final key to creating an event website is to highlight your brand. Your brand is important for promotional purposes, as it helps the masses to become familiar with your event or organization.

When designing your website, make sure to use colors reminiscent of your brand. Be sure to include your event logo on the header of your website as well. The more familiar you can make your brand to the public, the more attention your event will receive.

Searching for More Web Design Tips?

At its core, a good event website is simple. It provides all of the necessary information and none of the unnecessary information. While the tips above aren’t guaranteed to bring new people to your event, they will, at the very least, set them on the right path. 

Searching for more web design tips? You can find them right here at SpyreStudios, and new articles are going live daily — loaded with new and valuable information on everything from web content to CSS to design tools and more. 

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Categories: Design

5 Best Magento Extensions That Can Boost On-page SEO

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:00

Doing business online and ignoring SEO is parallel to opening a shop in far-flung areas where nobody bothers to visit. Your on-page and off-page SEO efforts bring your website to the limelight by elevating its ranking in search engines. 

There is no doubt that Magento is a leading eCommerce platform, but it still lacks the built-in functionality of optimizing your website for higher rankings. For this purpose, you may need to install additional tools and extensions. 

In this post, I have shortlisted some of the extensions that will help you with basic to advanced on-page SEO for your Magento-powered store. Have a look at them to find the perfect solution to your problems.  

Magento Extensions For On-page SEO 1. Ultimate SEO Optimizer

Ultimate SEO optimizer is an absolute solution for all your On-page SEO optimization needs. The scope of this extension is not limited to a single SEO factor as it covers almost all the aspects to score high in search engine results. It begins with the basics of SEO by allowing you to create templates for automatically generating the SEO-friendly Meta titles and description, and goes on to add alternative text to product images of your store.

Besides building and managing multiple XML and HTML sitemaps with ease, you can add structured markup language to the product, categories, and CMS pages as well. The addition of hreflang and canonical tags helps you manage multiple language versions of web pages and avoiding duplicate content issues. With “no index no follow,” tags you can better manage store pages to show and not to show in search results. 

Here are the tools you may find clubbed in Ultimate SEO optimizer extension. 

  • Automatically generate meta titles, description, and keywords 
  • Instantly add alternative text to product images
  • Create and manage HTML and XML sitemaps
  • Add valuable data to rich snippets of web pages
  • Use Hreflang tags for multi-lingual webshop
  • No index no-follow tags to manage web privacy 
  • Canonical tags for duplicate content issues
2. Magento Canonical URLs 

Adding canonical tags is one of the effective and fastest methods of resolving duplicate content issues. This Magento 2 Canonical URLs extension can help you determine canonical URLs for products, categories, and CMS pages of your online store. 

The extension is also equipped with a robots meta tag to help you communicate the search engines about the pages you want them to follow or not to follow. It has the functionality of canonical and no index, no follow tags. You can add the tags to any page of your eCommerce website. 

The key features of the tool are:

  • Add or override canonical URLs for products
  • Utilize tags for products with or without category path
  • Add canonical tags to category pages
  • Apply canonicals to CMS pages
  • Set up no index, no follow tags for web pages
  • Map subcategories to their canonical parent category
  • Multi-store supported 
3. SEO Layered Navigation

Designing an eCommerce website for better navigation is mandatory, but failing to optimize it for the search engines will not gain the targeted benefits. The Magento SEO layered navigation extension is developed to help you spice up your marketing and promotion efforts with well-optimized URLs and user-friendly titles. 

The extension helps you implement Ajax technique to your Magento online store that improves the navigation by skipping the page load time every time a user chooses to browse another category or products with preferred filters. You can configure SEO settings for navigation elements that include checkboxes, multi-select, pagination, sorting, show more or less, drop-down and radio buttons, and price slider. 

The key features of this tool are:

  • Switch to SEO friendly URLs
  • Manage indexing of web pages in search engines
  • Configure creative and easy to understand page titles
  • Add Ajax technique to save page loading 
  • Choose from various positions for search filters on the website 
  • Customize filter labels separate for category pages
  • Add Show More/Show Less feature in different layouts 
  • Show parent and subcategories with a tree view
  • Responsive design and multi-store supported 
4. Magento Rich Snippets

Optimizing your website in line with best SEO practices may take your website to the top rankings, but making the users click through the link and visit your website may need optimizing the rich snippet as well. Showing the basic information with Meta title and description is not sufficient to compel the users in clicking the link. 

The Magento Rich Snippets extension can help you in this regard by allowing you to project additional business details and product information in the structured markup language. This communicates contact details, product price, and stock availability or other attributes to make them click to view a product or CMS page in detail.

Following are the key prospects of this tool.

  • Display additional product details to snippets
  • Add website and category information
  • Include breadcrumb listing
  • Boost click-through rate
  • Test structured markup data
5. SEO Meta Templates

Adding Metadata to every single page of your online store is a hectic task to do. Why not automate it for every page you have or create in your eCommerce website? The SEO Meta Templates extension facilitates the creation of Meta tags automatically by configuring a template finally. 

You can set up multiple templates to generate Metadata separate for products, categories, and CMS pages. Add attributes and utilize a variety of templates for making the web page SEO friendly without composing and typing a Meta title and description repeatedly.

The key features of the plugin include: 

  • Add SEO Meta details to product pages
  • Metadata templates for titles of the categories 
  • Automate descriptions for products and categories pages
  • 11 different templates to utilize 
  • Configure Cron job
  • Supports multiple store views
Conclusion

The on-page SEO of any website proves to be the foundation stone towards its marketing and promotion. The idiom ‘Well begun is half done’ is quite true when you aim to start optimizing a website for higher rankings and visibility. If the on-page settings are not friendly, the entire effort of off-page SEO may nullify. Have a look at the extensions I have discussed above in this post as these may help you optimize the entire store for better results. 

Author bio

Muhammad Faheem is a Senior Writer at FMEextensions. While working with software houses and marketing agencies for the last 7 years, he has secured expertise in writing product descriptions and reviews of plug-ins developed for different platforms like Magento, PrestaShop, and WooCommerce. You can reach him on LinkedIn.

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Categories: Design

The Best Websites Designs of 2019 So Far

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 05:00

As bloggers and website owners, we’ve all had our share of fickle website visitors. You know the kind. They are visitors who come to your website and leave within a few seconds. Sure, something about your brand got them interested, but for some reason, they leave without buying or clicking any links

Hurts, doesn’t it? 

One way to ensure that your audience stays engaged is to work on your web design. If your website looks outdated or unappealing, visitors won’t think twice about closing the tab. Worse, they will probably leave with a bad impression of your brand. 

Ready to revamp your website? Then start looking around for inspiration. Here’s our roundup of the best website designs for 2019 (so far!). 

Apple

Aside from its innovative products, Apple is also famous for pushing the boundaries of website design. The Apple design team knows that high-quality images sell so wherever you look on the website, expect hyper-realistic images that will make you wish you had the latest iPhone in your hand. The website’s unique lighting really makes Apple products jump out of the screen. 

Seriously Unsweetened

Minimalists everywhere are raving about this thought-proving website. Seriously Unsweetened veers away from complex web design to make life a bit easier for their audience. Since their pages load quicker, bounce rate is drastically reduced and visitors leave with a better understanding of the brand’s purpose. Check out their use of white space and contrasting color schemes. 

Leandro Pedretti

When it comes to building a brand online, Leandro Pedretti definitely knows how to make a first strong impression. His website is a visual masterpiece with videos that show off the company’s design skills. The content is pretty straightforward and with just one click from the homepage, you already know what the website is about. You can replicate the same effect when you use a website builder of your choice. BTW, the Leandro Pedretti website was created on Wix. 

Crypton Trading

Here’s one for the geeks! The Crypton Trading website uses a bot called Crypton to help you understand cryptocurrency trading. Using AI, Crypton can predict trends and give you the scoop on optimum buying periods. Even if you’re not that into crypto, scrolling through the site will give you serious 80s feels. It’s like talking to an actual robot. 

Harry’s 

Harry’s web designers know that most people make their buying decisions while scrolling through mobile. Their e-commerce store only carries men’s grooming products, but that’s enough to keep them in business. Why? Because their website’s USP is on point. Whatever it is you need for a great shave, you can easily get it from their store, whenever you need it. 

Lemonade 

With its clean interface and fun elements, the Lemonade website looks more like a hangout spot for Millenials than an insurance website. It’s one of the most engaging one-page websites we’ve seen in years, complete with a chatbot called Maya. Aside from Maya’s smooth interaction with users, visitors love Lemonade’s focus on UX design. It’s such a treat to navigate! 

Mikiya Kobayashi

Mikiya Kobayashi’s website has everything you’d expect from a Japanese web designer. The website is originally in Japanese but thanks to Google Translate, anyone can take a look at what this promising product designer has to offer. 

Woven Magazine

Woven magazine is an online publication that features and caters to artists. Their website represents a new style of web design where the focus is on easy-to-read content. Even though there are some product features, the website is free of obtrusive ads and pop-ups that could otherwise ruin a reader’s experience. 

World of SWISS

One of the websites with the best design in the airline industry comes from no less than SWISS airlines. Their website features images and stories that will convince you to fly with them. Animated elements will help you navigate through the different sections of the website. This is a perfect example of what you can achieve when you allow content and aesthetic to mix. 

Inside Abbey Road

One of the best websites in the music category, hands down, is Inside Abbey Road. This interactive site boasts of brilliant sound design and creative visuals that draws in the crowd. Made by the best website builders from Google, fans from all over the world can experience the infamous studios right from their mobile device or computer. 

Conclusion

So, site builders, take note. Design websites not just to showcase a brand, but to serve a purpose as well. Before you think of aesthetics, make sure to create a website that works for your target audience. 

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Eliminate Old Technology to Declutter Your Space

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 08:00

Developing and accomplishing a total decluttering plan for your home or workspace can be overwhelming. So many books and videos instruct you to tackle an entire room or more all at once, and who has that kind time? This all-at-once approach also leads you to get rid of things you need, causing you to spend money needlessly on replacements.

A better approach is often to address one category of things at a time. When you pare down first, you have fewer items to address later, when you get really serious. A great place to start is to look at old items that you have already replaced. Since you probably use a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone, eliminating old-style technology is a good way to begin. 

Some Former Necessities Now Represent Clutter

You undoubtedly pay close attention when new tools are developed that can streamline and improve your web development/design workflow. Still, it’s a bit counterintuitive to build a clean, efficient website while sitting in a workspace that is cluttered by too much equipment. Here are some unnecessary devices that you may want to jettison right now. 

Multiple telephones

It never hurts to maintain two phone numbers for backup purposes, but old-style hard-wired landline phones often force you to place them where you don’t want them. A better choice is to replace them with multi-handset systems. Only one device needs to be plugged into a dedicated phone receptacle. The other phones can go anywhere you need them with standard electrical connections. Some brands are even compatible with each other. With a variety of features available from one brand to the next, you can have them all.

You might also consider paring down on smartphones. Now that the right apps let you retain phone number privacy when you use your personal phone for business, a single phone can address all of your needs.

Fax Machines Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

It’s hard to believe, but the need to send and receive faxes is not dead. Some industries require faxes regularly, while most people only need this ability occasionally. Either way, that doesn’t mean that you need to keep a fax machine nearby. Dedicated machines are bulky and require ink, paper, and maintenance. A better approach for the rare times when faxing is a necessity is to toss the old machine (unless you can find a buyer for it), and consider one of many online fax options

Perhaps the best part of online faxing is that you can do it from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection. By all means, you can do it from your computer, but the technology is particularly helpful on portable devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

External Hard Drives

Performing regular data backups remains a necessity, but an external drive is just another thing that takes up desk space. These devices fail eventually, can be susceptible to security risks, and they’re not typically compatible with all of your devices.  

Compared with external drives, a reputable Cloud-based backup service is safer, more reliable, and the Cloud can handle data from virtually any type of device — even those that haven’t been invented yet.

Massive Sound Systems Image by TPHeinz from Pixabay

At one time, complex stereo systems were necessary to get the volume and tone needed to listen to your vinyl disk or CD music. Now, the same music on your phone requires little space while handling your music needs with great sound resolution, and you can take it anywhere. 

You may still need speakers, but your phone is also compatible with today’s wireless smart speakers, which will probably cook meals for you in the near future. Just as important, you don’t have to have an advanced degree in sound engineering to set it up.

Cameras

Particularly before digital photography, old-style cameras were heavy and required space for multiple lenses, filters, and other attachments. With enough add-ons, it’s surprising that photographers didn’t topple over from the weight. Now your phone has it all. 

Few people even use stand-alone digital cameras anymore. Today’s smartphone cameras boast high resolution, zoom, and other features, as well. This kind of power makes the resulting images more than acceptable for most amateur photographers, but when you need something special — particularly for inclusion on your website — there are a number of easy ways to improve photos digitally.

Your Trash Might Become Another Person’s Treasure Image by Lubos Houska from Pixabay

It’s natural to have concerns that your unneeded devices will add to overcrowded landfills and become a scourge on the environment. But, some others may be thrilled to gain from the items that you no longer need. In some cases, you might even gain a tax deduction by donating some rare pieces to a museum.

You can sell or donate your old devices guilt-free. Then enjoy your newly clear space, and take satisfaction from the number of things that you can do with a single device in your pocket!

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