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WordPress Replacing Web Design? Not a Chance!

Premium WordPress themes can give any website a professional outlook. These themes are of great help as they provide the framework so you can spend less time creating a website altogether. Some might think these themes are good alternatives to web design altogether. So, the question to ask is are Premium WordPress themes killing web design?

I think not. There ought to be a difference between a layman, designing a website with a WordPress theme and a professional designer.

What sets you as a web designer apart from someone who can set up a website in minutes with themes is value-add. So let’s answer some vital questions, namely:

  • Why embrace premium WordPress themes as an already established designer

  • What you can do above and beyond WordPress themes

Why embrace premium WP themes as an already established designer

Instead of seeing WordPress themes as competition, think of it as a great help to your web design and development business. How? Here’s how.

1. Get your client on the same page with ready templates: When you and your customer sit to discuss the look of the website you’re going to build, there often might be a discrepancy in how you’ve imagined it and how your customer thinks it will be. That gap might prove to be a challenge as you progress. While you can never fully understand what you client has in mind, you can note all his requirements, go back to your office, go through WordPress themes that might be a close match to your clients’ requirements and get back to him with a realistic and an excellent sense of what to expect.

Not only is this professional, it builds trust and credibility. It also gives your client a sense of participating in the choice of the end-result.

2. Save time & thereby increase profitability: Building a site from scratch is fantastic but it’s also heavily time consuming. A premium theme might be more profitable as the foundation and framework are ready thereby decreasing your time spent on building a website.

Let’s work with an example. Say you charge Rs. 3000/ hr for designing.

Task WordPress Theme Custom Website
Project Management 7 hours 7 + hours
Designing time 4 hours 15 hours
Development time 15 hours 40 hours
Content time 15 hours 15 hours
Total 41 77

With a total saving of 36 hours at the rate of Rs. 3000/hour, the difference would be more than Rs. 1,08,000. Even if you do not charge for the extra hours, you have a 1,0,8000rs. buffer to work with when you set your price.

If you choose to charge even 50% of the 1,08,000, you’ve made a pretty good profit, working less hours.

3. Theme categories help widen your design portfolio: While I mentioned above that themes save time, what it can also help with is widening your design portfolio to cater to clients in various industries.

Web designers / developers usually have a set of templates for various clients but while you can have multiple templates, you can’t always be prepared with templates for every type of industry. This is where WordPress templates help.

The theme categories are useful in that they help you serve a requirement for anything from an agriculture website to a cooking website to a fashion website with a ready-made framework.

4. Earn extra for Express orders: With a premium theme, you can dish out an excellent design within 1-2 days. You can use this to your advantage to charge fast service rates as a bonus.

What you can do above and beyond WordPress themes

If you, a web designer create a website with a theme only as good as an inexperienced designer with the same theme, you’ve got a problem.

Your aim as an experienced designer is to take themes and create a website that will wow your client by going beyond just the theme. Here’s what you can do to go over and above the theme design:

  • You should be able to pick a font that fits perfectly with the brand identity, with the tone and with the overall design. An article I wrote earlier titled ‘What the Font’ tells you just how important typography is and how to pick the right one.

  • Icons and calls-to-action buttons that come with a theme might be great but you as an experienced designer would be more likely to know placement, styling and text of these buttons that work best with your design. Use this to your advantage when you build. Guide to Choosing or Designing Icons in Web Design can be useful to you.

  • Building your site to be responsive is an advantage you as a developer have. Make sure your design is responsive and looks good on whichever device you view it on.

  • Picking the right tones and colour matches is an area you are an expert at. Experiment with tones and don’t be afraid to move away from the colours within the template. This is what will set you apart from an inexperienced designer.

  • Install Google Analytics and other tracking services. While, yes an inexperienced developer could do this, you have the experience to tell your customer what to do with the data he receives, how he can optimize the landing pages with the most hits, how to increase traffic etc. because you’re extremely familiar with this.

  • Ensure security for your client’s site: Build your site with security in mind – secure your links with HTTPS especially for sites with payment transactions, and keep a backup of the site in case there is a security breach.

While using themes are great, here’s a word of advice: If your client has already seen the WordPress template before, you could run the risk of undermining your skills in his opinion. However, even if he has seen the theme you’re pitching before, ensure you let him know how you will improvise and your plan of action to make his website like no other!

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to mess the code, play with colour palettes, fonts, typography, placement, etc. A theme is simply a template. Remember that you have the expertise and the skillset of a designer and a developer – that in itself puts you 10 steps ahead of anyone with access to readymade templates, threatening to take over your job. Remember you’re great at what you do and you can give your customer value.

Jump in there and embrace WordPress themes. It could just be your best friend!

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SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

In October 2016 at the CA/Browser Forum in Redmond, Washington, Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google’s move to make Certificate Transparency mandatory for Chrome web browsing.

What’s the big deal about HTTPS and Digital Certificates?

The Certificate Transparency is an open source framework by Google that monitors and audits domain certificates. How? If you’ve recently surfed the Internet on your Chrome browser, you’ve probably noticed an indicator next to a domain name. An indicator which looks like one of the following:

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

The symbol indicates if a website is safe to visit. Here is the explanation for each:

  • Secure: The information you send to the site will be private.
  • Info: The site isn’t using a private connection. Someone might be able to see the information you send through this site. Google suggests you don’t enter sensitive details, like passwords or credit cards.
  • Not Secure or Dangerous: Google suggests you don’t enter any private or personal information on this page. If avoidable, don’t use this site.

Why does this happen?

HTTP is HyperText Transfer Protocol and the ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for SSL (Secure Socket Layer). This digital certificate, if installed, activates a padlock and the HTTPS protocol which allows a secure connection from a web server to a browser. Without a digital certificate or a ‘HTTPS’ connection, Chrome will label the website as ‘Not Secure’.

Since January 2017, Chrome has already begun flagging websites as ‘Not secure’ and by October 2017, all websites will be required to adopt the Certificate Transparency standard.

What does an SSL certificate do?

An SSL certificate is a bit of code that secures sensitive information across different networks around the world. Even if your website does not request information like credit card details, SSL is still critical to your website.

Information is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. An computer within this network (between your computer and the destination server) will have access to passwords, account details, personal information etc. An SSL certificate encrypts that information so it is only read by the destination server.

What is encryption?

Encryption is a mathematical process of converting some data or information into a code with the intent to prevent unauthorised access.

A number of bits builds the size of the key. The bits can be 40-bit, 56-bit or 256-bit. Think of it as the combination number lock you’d use to secure your travel suitcase. A regular number lock has about 3 columns but imagine how much more secure it would be if it had say, 5 columns of numbers. Similarly with bits – the larger the key, the more possible the combination. A 128-bit encryption is one trillion times stronger than 40-bit encryption.

Can I install an SSL certificate on Shared Hosting?

To ensure your clients’ websites are marked safe, we strongly suggest installing SSL certificates on Shared Hosting.

From a technical point, yes you can most definitely use an SSL certificate on your shared hosting plan but whether or not your provider allows it is something you need to find out.

All the Shared hosting services by Resellerclub support installation of Digital Certificates; bought either from us or any third party vendors.

In most of the cases, for the certificate installation to successfully work for your site, you’ll need a Dedicated IP address in that Shared hosting environment.

Which SSL Certificate should I Choose?

Here’s a table with the types of certificates and the features to help you make a decision better. All three are perfect for small to medium size businesses.

Certificate Type

For whom

Features

Positive For those wanting to secure a single domain – DV type

– $10,000 Warranty

– 128/256 bit encryption

Comodo For those wanting to secure a single domain – DV type

– $250,000 Warranty

– 128/256 bit encryption

Wildcard For those wanting to secure a single domain and multiple sub-domains – DV type

– $10,000 Warranty

– 128/256 bit encryption

Although the certificates we offer at ResellerClub are the Domain Validation type, we will soon launch Extended Validation on our platform.

How to install SSL on Shared Hosting

At the time of buying an SSL certificate order for a domain, you need to only mention the naked domain without ‘www’. So, if your URL is ‘www.resellerclub.com’, you would just use ‘resellerclub.com’.

After you purchase an SSL certificate order, you will need to complete a verification process with the Certificate Authority before you can install it on your website.

Steps to install SSL

  • Generate a CSR from your web server by following these steps:

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

  • If you haven’t already purchased one, procure a Digital/SSL certificate from a trusted provider. We at ResellerClub provide Comodo digital certificates for your website with unlimited sub-domain, $10,000 warranty with 128/256 bit encryption.
  • The certificate provider will ask you to submit that CSR from your panel.
  • Your application will be sent to the Certificate Authority for verification

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

  • The certificate authority will send your domain’s Certificate via email after review and validation.

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

  • Then, install the certificate on your desired server as shown below.

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

With dashboards like cPanel and Plesk, digital certificates have a simple easy-to-install process. With other dashboards that do not come with certificate/ SSL Managers, you can contact your hosting provider and request him to install it for you.

The process mentioned above outlines the general structure. To know exact details, you can always speak to your hosting and certificate provider(s). We also have a video tutorial to help you set up a digital certificate here:

If you have other hosting packages, installing digital certificates are even simpler. Here’s more.

Conclusion

Certificates on a WordPress site can also be done on top of a hosting package – be it Shared, Cloud or VPS by following the same procedure.

A digital certification is a must to keep your website secure. It’s the standard security technology for an encrypted link between a server and a browser.

If you’re looking to buy digital certificates, at ResellerClub, we’re offering plans starting at $0.66!

 Google software engineer Ryan Sleevi announced Google SSL Certificates and Shared Hosting – The How and Why

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A Look Into IoT Security and Vulnerabilities

Looking at the top left in Google Chrome, you may see a red X–Google’s way to denote unsecured SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Non-HTTPS sites also face consequences of the 2016 update to Google’s security measures, potentially confusing WordPress users and other login pages that appear to have been compromised (while this is just Google’s way of denoting a non-HTTPS site).

Also, as consumer electronics manufacturers release new and more complex gadgets, security is likely to be the last thing on people’s minds. Devices like Apple’s HomeKit turn your iPhone or iPad into a remote control for lights, locks, the thermostat, window shades and even your doorbell, making typical iOS functions like Siri voice-based extensions of controlling a smart home.

Yet even if most electronics on a home network employ top security standards, all it takes is a faulty webcam for an attack to happen.

We just saw this with internet infrastructure company Dyn in late October of 2016. Mirai malware took advantage of default, easy-to-guess passwords on the webcams of unsuspecting consumers, leading to a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack temporarily shutting down popular sites like Twitter and PayPal.

Along with Apple’s Authentication Coprocessor, HomeKit’s end-to-end encryption helps mitigate the risk of hacking. The coprocessor only sends a certificate that allows an iOS device to unlock an accessory (like your home’s light dimmers, thermostat and power meter) after the accessory completes a challenge sent by the iOS device. Any Internet of Things device that connects to this network, however, may not have the same robustness rules in place.

Looking at the top left in Google Chrome A Look Into IoT Security and Vulnerabilities

According to this graphic from Arxan, the number of devices connected to the internet reached 6.4 billion in 2016. According to cisco, the estimate number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020! Thus, in-home communication network security is only half the battle for consumers, as the cars they drive are increasingly becoming connected as well. Car manufacturers have different OEMs when it comes to displays and in-vehicle digital storage, meaning that all devices in a connected car may not use end-to-end encryption. Code scanners can interrupt critical functions and if you look further into automotive IoT security you’ll find that many parts of a vehicle that have been around for years–like the OBD2 port for engine diagnostics and on-board computers–could potentially be decrypted and injected with malware.

On the issue of DDoS attacks, Arxan CMO Mandeep Khera explains that “hackers go after the weakest attack vectors and it’s increasingly apparent that IoT infrastructure from devices and sensors to the embedded software to APIs is the weakest link.”

The idea of a smart home we see today has been around since the early 2000s, when structured wiring came into focus as a way to connect video and networking devices to DSL, which offered higher speed internet access than over a phone line. Fast forward to wireless technology in 2016, and connected homes are easier to set up, but vulnerable in different ways.

A lot of today’s IoT hardware, including the consumer webcams that were hacked during the DDoS attack targeting Dyn’s infrastructure, can still access Telnet after changing the default username and password of the system. This keeps the door open for remote hacking and without wireless chip security standards you find in HomeKit, it can be more difficult to build a secure network of non-iOS devices.

Cisco neatly outlines the security challenges within IoT systems including Management of multi-party networks, crypto resilience, physical protection and more in this article.

This detailed article by IBM highlights things you can do to secure your IoT devices with mechanisms such as User ID authentication, One Time Passwords, server unique ID authentication and more and offers comprehensive ways to implement such mechanisms.

Contributors:

  • Graphic and content contributor: Arxan Technologies

  • Arxan is an application attack-prevention and self-protection firm with products for Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile, Desktop, and other applications. The company’s headquarters and engineering operations are based in the United States with global offices in EMEA and APAC.

  • Quote contributor: Mandeep Khera, Arxan CMO

Looking at the top left in Google Chrome A Look Into IoT Security and Vulnerabilities

 

  • Mandeep Khera, who gave a quote for this article, is responsible for all marketing and business development functions globally for Arxan. Mandeep brings over two decades of experience in Software/SaaS/Managed Services Marketing in the areas of application security, IoT, Big Data and other enterprise software applications to Arxan.

 

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Material Design: Then And Now

“It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.“ – Louis Sullivan on design, 1896

I remember when I joined the Android bandwagon 4 years ago when mobile devices were running on the Jelly Bean OS. Features like Google Now and various UI improvements were added for a smoother, more responsive feel. The notification system was revamped with actions buttons along with it being expandable. As a user, I was pretty impressed with the ease of navigation. Then came the era of Android 5.0 and along with it, Material Design.

What is Material Design?

“Focus on the user and all else will follow.”

Google’s first rule in their “Ten Things” philosophy is emphasis on the user experience above anything else. Material Design is a visual language developed in 2014 to cater to the ever-evolving purpose of design. This so called ‘material’ is a hypothetical substance out of which all UI elements are constructed. It must behave according to a number of guidelines setout in Google’s specsheet. This helped Google in developing a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across platforms and device sizes. Here are a few guidelines:

  • No two pieces of Material can overlap
  • All Material elements are opaque
  • No Material elements can fold or bend

Let’s have a look at the key components with which Material Design is based on.

The principles of Material Design

    1. ‘Material is the metaphor’ – Google’s design is inspired by tangible objects such as ink and paper. For example, liberal use of grid-based layouts and cards represents the ink and paper which is utilized to express our creativity
    2. ‘Bold, graphic, intentional’ – Incorporating the foundation elements of print-based design such as typography, grids, space, scale, color, and use of imagery with the intent of being visual guides for users
    3. ‘Motion provides meaning’ – Google definitely revamped the appearance and layout of their new operating system, but incorporating meaningful animation that serves to maintain a flow to UI is what took the Android OS to newer heights

 

What makes Material Design stand out?

Material Design draws inspiration from real-world forces. It evidently incorporates concepts like gravity and friction. Another thing to keep in mind is ‘tactile surface’. Imagine you have several sheets of paper that are stacked together in order to create a blueprint for how everything within the design works. These sheets of paper possess the same qualities as that of actual paper; they can change shape and form – they bend, and/or stretch based on your interactions.

Skeuomorphism vs Material Design

As you know, skeuomorphism in design uses life-like elements to represent the real world or in short, a replica of the actual thing. It takes inspiration from Greek style architecture. It attempts to create three dimensional effects on a two-dimensional surface. Let’s take Apple as an example, the previous versions of  iOS incorporated skeuomorphism unlike flat design, which is its successor.

 

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

 

You can easily distinguish the two. Skeuomorphism emphasises on lighting and shadows that make it appear like it’s a 3-dimensional design. Skeuomorphism eventually proved to be problematic. Designers stated that it often felt fake because it followed the lines of imitation and ever since, skeuomorphism took to the sidelines. This is when flat design came into being as a response to the problems of skeuomorphism and dominated its way in the digital world.

Flat design takes influence from Swiss style design that began back in 1920. It pushed minimalistic design to a whole new paradigm because it focused on cleanliness, readability and efficient use of space. Have a look at a few highlights of flat design and why it’s replaced skeuomorphism.

  1. Only uses what’s needed, unnecessary design elements and animations are cut out to drastically reduce loading time
  2. Colour variety – Flat design is a colourful friend. As a designer you have the freedom to experiment with a range of colours; bold or bright
  3. Open spaces – Makes practical use of space and thus, keeps your design minimalistic. This eliminates any unnecessary visual elements

Material Design is an evolutionary by-product of flat design. It may appear to be similar to someone not having expertise in the field of design. There is little yet crucial difference between the two. Let’s have a look at how Material Design is a step further of flat design:

MK Cook, UX/UI Designer at Digital Telepathy says that

  • Flat design has no skeuomorphisms while material design utilizes them subtly.
  • Flat design is best for simplistic needs while material design is best for more complex needs.
  • Flat design is overall easier to develop and faster to load than material design.

What makes Material Design so special is its ability to be compatible with a variety of devices like cars, TVs, mobiles & tablets. To tackle this daunting challenge, the platform has a range of tools and techniques for handling various devices. For example, Material Design operates on the basis of density independent pixels (dip). Let’s have a look at how this has helped to overcome various design related obstacles.

Working with density independent pixels:

A density independent pixel is equal to one pixel at the baseline density or 160 dpi (dots per inch)

It’s represented as: 1px/1dp = 160dpi/160dpi where ‘dp’ denotes density independent pixel or ‘dpi’

Working with density independent pixels helps to deal with say two different devices having the same resolution, but occupying different physical space. Thus, you’re able to adapt your design layout in various devices by simply keeping this in mind.

Video courtesy – Udacity

The beauty of Material Design is that it moves beyond app layouts, buttons etc. It’s also a set of guidelines for how we interact with our devices. It emphasizes on movement animation which draws the user’s eye to the correct part of the screen. Google has also released APIs for third-party developers to incorporate the design language into their applications. These APIs let you:

 

  • Respond to touch events with touch feedback animations
  • Hide and show views with circular reveal animations
  • Create more natural animations with curved motion
  • Animate changes in one or more view properties with view state change animations

Let’s dive in deeper to understand how Material Design completely revamped the look and feel of the Android OS. Let’s observe the evolution of the Google Play Store from version 3 onwards, all the way to it’s freshest appearance.

Google PlayStore v3 (HoneyComb)

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

Back when Honeycomb launched, Google introduced a new so-called “holographic” user interface theme. As you can see, the Play Store was predominantly black and had a scroll feature for each app category. The search button was to the top right corner and lacked the sliding menu bar that opens from the left.

 

Google PlayStore v4 (JellyBean)

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

You can notice a considerable number of changes to the Play Store interface. The colour scheme moved to white and still used lush green as a secondary colour. Everything is cleaner, crisp, and polished. Google‘s focused on bigger images everywhere, card style layouts similar to Google Now, and of course recommendations.The app category scroll was discontinued and the use of buttons came into place as you can see in the picture below.

Picture courtesy – androidcommunity.com

 

Google PlayStore v5 (Lollipop)

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

This marked the beginning of Material Design. The side menu (that you can draw by touching the top left icon) became a crucial aspect of app building. It used a persistent search bar that was a lot faster & came with Google Now accessibility. Category buttons were entirely coloured while the icons took to a flat white. v4 was a lot flatter since Material Design started to use subtle skeuomorphic elements like shadows (in the cards below).

 

Google PlayStore v6 (Marshmallow)

Playstore came out with more minimalistic and lucid version for Marshmallow. Version 6 started to use hero banners to highlight new apps with a scroll feature, app category icons were now using round buttons. It focused primarily on making it easier for users to handle any Android app beta tests that they may want to be a part of.

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

Picture courtesy – xdadevelopers.com

Google PlayStore v7(Nougat)

Material design has come a long way and now has a smarter, sleeker appearance with the launch of Android Nougat. There’s not a lot of difference in version 7 except for the revamped menu as well as a a more intelligent recommendations section. Google will surely add more tweaks and enhancements on the fly.

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic Material Design: Then And Now

What I’d like to conclude is that transition animations are of prime focus in today’s touch-oriented society. Google’s Material Design has definitely made user-experience a lot richer and will continue to do so. Material Design is an advisable language to use because it makes development easier owing to the guidelines it must follow. Basically, you don’t have to start from scratch and it doesn’t take much time for end users to understand the UI.

How can Material help your Business?

  1. Capital – Designing your own UI guidelines has costs
  2. Uniformity – Adhering to Material Design means you blend into how other apps look
  3. Time – For larger projects you are guaranteed to come across problems and conflicts if you don’t use guidelines

How to successfully incorporate Material Design?

  1. Do not ignore the Material grid & keylines since it’s a print-based design
  2. Since the foundation of Material Design is paper and ink, only use shadows where it matters. Excessive use could cause a lot of noise
  3. There are a lot of good tutorials and resource sharing websites out there to help you get get started

You can also refer to the following tutorial links to help you get started with Material Design. What are your favourite PlayStore apps that you use on a day-to-day basis? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

 

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New gTLD Report: December 2016

Here are the numbers to sum up our final new gTLD report of the year, and I must say that things are looking a lot different. We have 5 new entrants for the month while .TOP and .XYZ have continued to stick to the positions for the entire year. The year end promos that were running was a causative factor for having 5 new entrants for December. So that’s something fresh! Let’s take a look at the break down of new gTLD adds for the month in the infographic below.

1) .TOP – For the past few months, .TOP has managed to take more than 50% of the new gTLD shares which has made it the best performing domain extension for 2016. So we got to give you guys a hand for making this happen. As usual, .TOP was priced at $0.49 for the month of December. Did you know that .TOP has a total share of 17.62% nTLD registrations globally (according to nTLD stats)?

2) .XYZ The world’s highest registered nTLD has taken 8.6% of the new gTLD adds in our report and was priced at $0.99 as usual (except for the Black Friday Promo). The total number of .XYZ registrations for the month of December are 1310. Also, .XYZ has a total of 6,656,760 all across the globe (according to ntld stats).

3) .WIN –  .WIN wasn’t in our list of top 15 new gTLDs for November and it managed to directly move to position 3 for the month. .WIN was priced at $1.99 and takes a total of 6.7% of the new gTLD adds for December as you can see in the infographic above. Globally, .WIN comes right after .TOP and ranks at position 3 (according to ntld stats).

4) .SPACE – .SPACE has moved up one position in December in spite of the Black Friday promo ending in November. Radix’s new gTLD ranks at 20 (according to ntld stats) and has total of 205,300 registrations globally (namestat.org).

5) .ONLINE – The domain extension moves to position 5 as compared to position 4 which it took last month. .ONLINE was priced at $4.99 in December and has been one of our consistently performing TLDs in our reports. Have a look at some killer stats in the image below:

Here are the numbers to sum up our final new gTLD report of the year New gTLD Report: December 2016

We have new entrants this month like .LINK, .PROMO, BET as well as .PARTY! .LINK was running at a special promo price of $1.99 while .PARTY and .PROMO were priced at $1.99 & $2.99 for December. Just like last month’s report, the middle tier domain names are neck to neck with each other again. Radix’s .STORE as well as .BET are at par grabbing 0.7% each.

We’ve kickstarted 2017 with a several number of domain promos!

  • .TOP is running at a price of $1.99
  • We are introducing .SHOP at a special price – $6.99
  • You can get .FASHION for just $8.49 & .FIT for just $5.99
  • .CASA is running at a special promo price of just $2.99
  • Looking for a wider range of new gTLDs? Do have a look at our promos here

Which domain names do your customers prefer the most? Feel free to share your thoughts about our report in the comments section below.

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Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for their contribution to the growth of web presence, especially in India. To this effect we decided to support the community initiative of WordCamps late in 2016 and were present at Nasik’s first ever WordCamp.  The WordCamp event series for 2017 in India kicked off on the 15th of January in the ‘Youth City of India’, Pune. The event was held at the Ness Wadia College of Commerce and attendees included everyone from bloggers to freelance designers, developers, startups owners and even ethical hackers all united by their love for the world’s most popular Content Management System.

 

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

The speaker’s circle at WordCamp Pune

If you did not get a chance to catch WordCamp Pune, read on for a few highlights we’d love to share:

The WordCamp sessions at Pune were categorized and held in 4 parallel tracks – ‘User’, ‘Developer’, ‘Business’ and ‘Community’ and therefore encouraged users to attend sessions suited to both their interest and experience.

Here are 3 highlights from the event:

 

1. USER – “WordPress is easy”

These were the opening words of the first and arguably the most interesting speaker at the event-Kumar Abhirup. At age 13, Abhirup is a web designer, developer and blogger who had quite a few insights to share with his somewhat amazed audience.

  • He advised new bloggers in the audience to think carefully before making a decision (that can seem quite frivolous) to change their WordPress theme as it can confuse returning visitors and lead to a drop in traffic.
  • He recommended sticking to stock images along with image compressors for blogs to ensure pages load faster.
  • His tips to stand out in the blog universe was to ensure you add your own signature to any WordPress theme that you use.

His mantra for the future is one all true WordPress enthusiasts share – “Write more. Code More’.

This child prodigy is definitely one to watch!

 

2. DEVELOPER-Coming soon! – A New WordPress Plugin Directory:

Alexander Kuczek, the Polish developer- CEO of a web app called ‘The Perfect Dashboard’,  shared the new changes, features coming to the current WordPress plugin directory to be live in a few days. What’s the objective behind the changes, you ask? Making the engine more modern, simple and clearing room for future development in the space.

The new directory is already available for testing on the current directory page.

 

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

Alexander Kuczek presenting at WordCamp Pune

Some of the changes we might expect include:

  • A new, more accurate keyword search feature
  • A new sorting logic

Alexander warned plugin developers to take an early look at where their plugins now stand in the sort logic. (Developers who don’t or haven’t updated their plugins in a while-beware!)

  • Tag navigation will now be easier
  • Changes to the single plug-in view

He also shared a few tips for developers on how to promote their plugins:

  1. Ensuring tags are limited to 5 for a plugin
  2. Use the description section to brag about their plugin stats
  3. Moving installation instructions, if any, to the FAQ section

 

3. How to speed up your WordPress website?

The most attended session at the event was presented by speaker Sandeep Raman-who shared quite an extensive list of items and guidelines to check and improve the speed up your WordPress website, covering a range of possible sources such as WordPress themes, plugins, load, database calls, WordPress revisions, the WordPress cron etc.

All-in-all it was a pretty enriching event which ended with lots of giveaways, an after party for all attendees and most important of all-the sense of belonging to a very special local and global community.

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

The crowd at the ResellerClub Stall for the big giveaway

ResellerClub has been keen to recognize the efforts of the vibrant WordPress community for Highlights from WordCamp Pune 2017

The lucky winner of the Chromecast

ResellerClub was a Gold Sponsor at WordCamp Pune and this was only the start of our involvement with WordCamps this year. We were thoroughly impressed by the excitement and enthusiasm from all WordPress fans at the event! Attendees in their turn were pleasantly surprised at the various WordPress products and solutions available on the ResellerClub platform including the soon-to-be-launched WordPress hosting.

We will see all you WordPress enthusiasts at WordCamp Udaipur (Jan 28th), Kochi (Feb 19th) and Mumbai (25th-26th Mar). Meet us there!

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Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

In November 2016, hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few weeks. The Indiana county website struggled to get their systems running again in spite of having a backup of their website. Why? All their website data was backed up on their own computer network.

The most secure way to fix a website that has been hacked and injected with malware is to restore it from the most recent backup prior to the attack.What was the first plan of action post this attack?  Store the backup of their data at off-site locations.

 hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few week Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

“An estimated 37,000 websites are hacked around the world every single day”.

-hostingfacts.com

Why have a website backup?

While website protection solutions can help keep a site secure, you can sleep more soundly at night knowing you had a Plan B should the worst happen. Also, a website may also be in danger of many other factors like human error, environmental disasters, etc. Thus, having a backup of a website and storing it in an off-site location is absolutely essential today.

 hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few week Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

With a backup available, a website can be up and running in no time-ensuring no loss in traffic, the preservation of your client’s reputation and no loss or disruptions in marketing campaign or costs.

What kind of website backup to choose?

While there are several ways to backup a website, as noted in the case above, local backups are ineffective-not to mention time-consuming.  We highly recommend that you encourage your clients to use an online backup service.

An online backup service will alert you immediately to any change made to your website. This ensures that your website is not being used as a part of a hacker’s scheme –to store data temporarily, spread malware, phish, spam, etc.

ResellerClub has been offering a online backup service called CodeGuard to our customers for the last 2 years and we can guarantee its effectiveness.

What would your clients like about CodeGuard?

    • It is easy to use and requires very little user intervention post initial setup.

    • Backups can be taken daily, weekly, monthly or never.

    • Your client can schedule when those backups are to run.

    • Your clients will get  notifications whenever changes are made to their website data.

    • They can restore their website or database to any previous backup version.

  • Most importantly, their website files will be encrypted using industry-leading AES 256 bit techniques and stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

How to backup a website with CodeGuard?

Your clients will find that backing up their website with CodeGuard is a fairly simple 3-step process. All they need to do is:

1. Connect their website to CodeGuard

The first step is to just connect a website with CodeGuard servers.

 hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few week Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

CodeGuard requires the URL of the website to be added, the FTP or SFTP server, the client’s username and password, and the port number.

2. Choose the files they wish to backup

 hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few week Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

The number of files to be backed up need to be multi-selected or just the root file selected to backup the entire website. The time taken for the initial backup would depend on the size of a website. After this first website backup, subsequent backups will not take long. After a website is added, any new files or directories added later  to a site will automatically be backed up. CodeGuard will only exclude files and directories that are not selected when a website is added.

3. Set their preferred settings

 hackers attacked a US state government website and caused systems to crash for a few week Don’t Know How to Backup a Website? – We have your answer!

Set rules for subsequent backup dates, times, notifications etc.

That’s it. Your clients can rest easy.

The Bonus:

Along with their backup services, CodeGuard also provides you with its own Malware cleanup tool called ‘MalwareGone’ that will automatically  scan, identify and fix any malware present on your website including viruses,trojans, protecting you from hackers out to steal customer information, money, passwords, etc.

Get CodeGuard for your customers today and guarantee them easy website backups and uninterrupted services!

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Tudo o que você precisa saber sobre G Suite

O Google é especialista em criar serviços simples que facilitam o nosso dia a dia, com isso, suas ferramentas ganharam popularidade mundialmente.

Como a maioria desses serviços é gratuito e acessíveis, pequenas empresas e startups utilizam essas ferramentas para gerenciar suas atividades diárias. Com essa demanda surgiu o G Suite, um pacote de ferramentas de produtividade baseado na nuvem.

A ResellerClub Brasil analisando o mercado e vendo a necessidade em trazer um produto de qualidade à seus revendedores, disponibilizou o G Suite para você Revendedor oferecer a seus clientes este serviço e/ou para você contratar para sua empresa.

  • Se você já é um revendedor, Clique Aqui e configure agora o seu preço de venda! ou
  • Se você não é um revendedor, Clique Aqui e crie seu cadastro agora é Rápido, Fácil e Gratuito*!

    • A plataforma perfeita para:

      • Desenvolvedores Web;
      • Agências;
      • Startups;
      • Investidores;
      • Web Host;
      • Provedores Web;
      • e muito mais!!!

    • Conte com uma interface de vendas disponível em:

      • API;
      • Módulos Financeiros – WHMCS
      • Painel de Controle Exclusivo
      • Site Pronto!!!

Veja agora tudo o que você precisa saber sobre o G Suite, seus benefícios, vantagens e dicas.

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O que é o G Suite?

O G Suite é um pacote de aplicativos voltados para a produtividade que permite a sua equipe trabalhar em todo lugar utilizando qualquer dispositivo, pois tudo é baseado em computação em nuvem.

Por ser simples de configurar, utilizar e gerenciar, utilizar essas ferramentas geram mais produtividade, integração e colaboração para as equipes e para a empresa.

Tudo funciona na nuvem

Com 30 GB de armazenamento na nuvem, sua equipe poderá acessar e abrir documentos em qualquer dispositivo conectado à internet, em qualquer lugar e a qualquer hora. Achou pouco? Você pode contratar armazenamento ilimitado e distribuí-lo para sua equipe. Esqueça caixa de e-mail lotada.

É muito seguro

Com criptografias e diversos recursos de segurança, os dados dos usuários ficam seguros nos servidores do Google contra ataques de hackers. Além disso, esses servidores salvam automaticamente os arquivos para que suas informações estejam sempre protegidas.

Reduz custos na sua empresa

Com o G Suite, a empresa passa a ter menos custos com servidores, hardwares, softwares, licenças e equipes grandes especializadas em TI. Tudo é feito na nuvem, não necessitando de muitos recursos dos computadores locais nem atualizações de software.

Evita spam e vírus

Um problema quase invisível capaz de gerar muitos custos para a empresa é o spam. O Google Gmail tem um dos melhores filtros anti-spam e anti-vírus do mundo e eles ficam mais inteligentes à medida que são utilizados. A equipe sempre estará focada no essencial, não em apagar e-mails indesejados.

As ferramentas são integradas

A integração entre as ferramentas faz com que a comunicação da empresa se torne mais fluida e eficiente. Por exemplo, ao editar uma planilha no Google Sheets, ela já é salva automaticamente no Google Drive e fica disponível para os demais membros da equipe no mesmo instante. Ferramentas como Analytics, Adwords/Adsense, Blogger, Places também geram uma integração perfeita.

Você pode criar sites

Para criar um site com o Google Sites você nem precisará de uma equipe de TI ou de designers, pois tudo é feito de maneira bem intuitiva e simples. E os sites ficam hospedados nos servidores do Google, ou seja: segurança e estabilidade garantidos.

Crie um e-mail profissional

Com o G Suite você pode criar seu e-mail personalizado com o nome de sua empresa, além de contar com a estrutura confiável do Gmail. Você só precisa de um domínio e pronto, sua empresa estará mais profissional.

Melhore a produtividade da equipe

Sim, o G Suite pode ajudar a sua equipe a ser mais produtiva e gerenciar melhor o tempo. O Google Agenda, por exemplo, é um app onde é possível inserir metas e o próprio aplicativo ajuda a alcançá-las.

Além do telefone

Com o Google Hangouts você pode se conectar com outras pessoas dentro da organização por meio de vídeo HD, voz e texto. Pode também criar videoconferência e trazer pessoas de dentro e de fora da organização. A economia com ligações e os benefícios do contato cara a cara fazem a sua empresa se tornar muito mais produtiva.

Viu só como o G Suite pode ajudar sua empresa a ser mais produtiva? Sua empresa já possui essa ferramenta? Compartilhe conosco sua opinião!

*Ativação é feita com um deposito no valor de R$ 30,00 que será revertidos em produtos ou se preferir é só efetuar o resgate do valor total. Isso é feito apenas para ativar sua conta de revenda.
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The Kickstart 2017 Sale – Any Hosting Plan @ ONE Price!

Hello, 2017! We’ve got some pretty good news to kickstart the new year and I’ll jump straight to it. For just 1 week, we’re offering “ONE PRICE for ANY hosting plan” offer on select products, starting at $1.5 as part of the Kickstart 2017 Sale. Clearly, this isn’t your usual sale – if you’re looking to buy ResellerClub hosting during this period, you can avail a flat price for a hosting product across any plans and specifications.

What does the Sale offer?

With the highest plan and the cheapest plan at the same price, here’s what you can avail:

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An R4 plan at the rate of a R1 plan. By that we mean, whether you choose the basic plans (with lower resource limits) or the top-end ones (a high-end configuration for high traffic websites & applications), the price remains absolutely the same. No difference.

Go ahead and pick a plan you earlier dismissed as “too expensive” and see if it fits your business!

Why the Sale?

At the hosting conference, ResellerClub Presents HostingCon 2016, Shridhar Luthria, General Manager of ResellerClub announced the things to look forward to in the near future with ResellerClub – a new WebPros control panel, an addition of SaaS based solutions to the ResellerClub marketplace model, Cloud Bazaar – the 2017 marketplace event and bigger, better Ctrl+F5 web design events throughout the country, to name a few.

We wanted to kickstart all these incredible initiatives with a sale you would love and so we have the Kickstart 2017 Sale!

The sale is valid from 4th January to 12th January 2017 only!

Login & get going. Let huge profits be your 2017 New Year resolution 🙂

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Finding Freelancing projects online – How to do it right

Freelancing is harder than most people think it is. If you’re a designer or developer, you’ve probably done a couple of freelance projects yourself and already know that. If you haven’t but would like to experiment with freelancing, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we tell you best practices you can follow to nail your freelancing game and where to look for work Let’s start with the first half – best practices. 

Best Practices to follow 

Once you know where to start looking for projects, it’s wise to know how to get started. If you do currently freelance, see if you’re hitting all the check-boxes on these best practices.

1) Let your profile do the talking: By this I mean, flesh out your profile with the aim to stand out from the rest. There are tons of profiles on these sites with the same, bland descriptions which hiring managers easily discard. Here’s what you can do:

  • Focus on what you can offer rather than about you.
  • Sell your skillset and what you can offer that others can’t.
  • Please do a grammar check. No one’s going to take you seriously if you have basic grammatical errors. Avoid using short forms like “u” for “you”.
  • Put out our your portfolio with work which you would easily count as your best.

Make sure you already have your work profile along with your portfolio on sites like Behance (if you’re a designer, this is a must!) and LinkedIn. You can bet recruiters who’ve seen your work on other sites will most likely make their way to LinkedIn to verify your profile.

2) Your cover letter needs to be impressive: Avoid recycling your cover letters from past applications – the ones that say “Dear Sir/ Ma’am,

My experience includes web designing, developing…”

  • Add a personal touch. Start with a “Morning” or “Hey”. Avoid starting your cover letters with “To whomsoever this may concern”. It does nothing for you.
  • Your first line must be attentions grabbing focusing on what the client is looking for –

Morning,

I understand you are looking for someone who can understand your brand and give it an online identity with a one-of-a-kind website. Does that sound accurate?

  • The body of your letter should focus on your skills which can benefit the client rather than skills that you possess in totality. The point of you mentioning your skills is you aid your client, to solve his problem. That is of real interest to him.
  • Close your letter with questions that are related to the project. Some examples would be:

Can we continue this conversation on Skype to discuss the project further?

Do you have existing marketing material that would help understand your brand better?

  • Add a call-to-action that compels the client to reply: This can include something like, “I look forward to working with you. We can get started as soon as possible. Do send me questions you may have.”

3) Prepare for the interview: If you follow the above two tips, you probably stand a pretty good chance of bagging the project but don’t let that catch you off guard. You’ve applied for the project, don’t be surprised if you’re called for the interview.

  • Understand the project description thoroughly. You don’t want to guess your way through the interview. You can risk sounding unprofessional and not trust-worthy.
  • Go back to your application (in case you’ve applied for multiple projects) to refresh your memory of what you’ve written. You can bet your interviewer will have your application opened during your interview.

4) Be persistent: Even if you don’t manage to land a project, don’t let it discourage you. There is still a ton of work for you online. Be persistent at applying for projects (only the ones that genuinely interest you, though).

Where to Look for Work

Now that we have some guidelines, let’s tackle the second challenge – finding work. Where do you start? Here I’ve listed a couple of popular freelancing sites where companies and brands often scour to get some great work done.

Coroflot: Design-driven companies hit up Coroflot for their design needs. If you think you’re a good designer, I recommend you list yourself here. Coroflot has a rigorous process of choosing the designers they want to associate with. To begin with, you must upload at least 3 samples before going forward. Coroflot boasts of companies that use their help namely – Addidas, Nike, AOL, Facebook and more. 

Freelancing is harder than most people think it is Finding Freelancing projects online – How to do it right

Crew – Crew offer opportunities for freelancers in web design, development & brand identity. Here, clients can come to get a free estimate for designing an app, a logo, a website or a brand. The opening line for this site reads: Hire a trusted creative freelancer.

Freelancing is harder than most people think it is Finding Freelancing projects online – How to do it right

Gun.io – A great site for developers to be listed on. Companies that use talent from Gun.io include Amazon, Zappos, LonelyPlanet to name a few. You need a Github account & some great coding skills to qualify. Gun.io claims to be the world’s first network for freelance professionals. 

Freelancing is harder than most people think it is Finding Freelancing projects online – How to do it right

Additionally, Elance and Freelancer although not web design and development specific, are great freelancing sites to find work. You can get yourself listed under ‘web development’ or ‘web design’ based on your skill set. Elance (part of Odesk) and Freelancer are two of the most popular freelancing portals and you don’t want to miss up an opportunity to be listed here. You can create accounts and pick projects based on the skills you add in your profile.

If you have done some freelance projects online, we would love to hear where you learned of the project from and what you did to get it, in the comments section below.

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