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How to Use Fresh Store Builder to Build Your Amazon Store

Fresh Store Builder.

Fresh Store Builder - The Most Advanced Amazon Affiliate Software
Fresh Store Builder (FSB) is a sophisticated application that can be used to build an Amazon Store in your chosen niche.

Most people today are aware of the variety of goods that can be purchased from Amazon with good prices that often are also heavily discounted.

Amazon guarantees also fast deliveries and give the option to send back the order if you are not satisfied for any reason.

Fresh Store Builder was developed in 2010 and now has reached version 7 moving through a series of continuous improvements and the constant addition of new features.

If you visit the Fresh Store Builder page on Facebook yoy will see many comments such as the following:

 

  •  I have bought Fresh Store Builder earlier this year (2016) and i can tell that is the best investment I’ve made in my online career (Panayotis Kilaris)
  • Best investment I’ve made. FSB allows you to create not only a full-blow shop, but you can also create content sites from it as well (plus add videos, other affiliate links and the like). Top recommendation from me!  (Barb Ling)

 

Features of the Fresh Store Builder

 

The Fresh Store Builder application enables you to easily  create as many Amazon stores as you like in your chosen niches (there is not a single store licence). It targets only Amazon products and cannot be used for other vendors.

The application allows to add easily both Amazon products and your own content. You can add pages, posts and images by using an easy to use editor  and the tool even offers some options for basic SEO (search engine optimization).

 

They actually suggest not to publish a store containing only products, but to add valuable content to the store so that the user is motivated to visit your store instead of going directly to Amazon.

Fresh store builder is a standalone system. You don’t need anything else to develop your store (except hosting and an Amazon affiliate account of course), but if you prefer to use WordPress, you can use a Fresh Store Booster WordPress plugin that allows you to use all Fresh Store features within a WordPress site.

The dashboard is similar to the control panel of the WordPress admin login and provides the options needed to manage your website.

The documentation of the system is extensive and includes various how to videos tutorials. If you have some special problem you can contact the Helpdesk that usuallly provide fast and clear answers,

For instance I needed them when I notices that many items added to my store were not displayed. It turned out that this was  due to the setting of one of the product parameters that make the store very customisable.

The Fresh Store Builder allows you to use three free templates, but you can buy other ones if you prefer a different look and feel for your store, You are also allowed to build your own templates and sell them in cooperation with FSB,

The control panel allows you to enter many settings such as the Store descriptions, Amazon country (all Amazon countries are supported), Date formats, Categories  and many others.

There are many options that allow you to find products to add to your store or to add individual products. Each product reads the data from the Amazon site and they are kept updated if anything changes (e.g. the price).

The various categories in your website store can be set to auto populate. That means that any new and relevant products are added automatically.

In my opinion one advantage of Fresh Store Builder against some competing applications is that it allows you to choose exactly what you want to appear in your store.

Other features worth mentioning are the following:

  • Shopping Cart
  • 90 days cookie
  • Content re-write by integration with Content Spinner and Spin Rewriter
  • Newsletter sign-up
  • Currency conversion
  • Automatic sitemaps
  • Page optimisation
  • Internal page linking
  • Integration with social networks

 

 

 

A Video on Fresh Store Builder

Future Developments

The company is currently testing a new version of the software called FreshStoreInstant which aims to be a truly “1 click” Amazon store builder that should have following features:

  • Creation of a new store in seconds
  • Possibility to register and use your own domains
  • OR use one of the Fresh hosting free subdomains
  • Possibility to change the URL of your store in 1 click
  • Backup and restore of a store in seconds
  • Import of a store from anywhere else
  • Complete control over the hosting account (cPanel access)

They will offer affordable packages so the price per store will be comparable to any good quality hosting (which will not be needed any more)…

 

Conclusions

I consider Fresh Store Builder a good product that allows a lot of customisation to your stores and allows you to define exactly which products to add to your stores,

However you shouldn’t expect that just publishing a store with good products will insure success.

You’ll need to add some content that attracts visitors and that make them prefer your store to the original Amazon website or to competing stores.

 

References

Best Amazon affiliate store builder WP plugin – Fresh Store Builder …

How to Install WordPress on a Fresh Store Builder Store | DFY Guides …

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Amazon Affiliate Store Builder WordPress Themes Comparison

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make Firefox Run Faster

Make Firefox Run Faster.

I recently noticed an interesting article on the Field Guide website about ways to make Firefox run faster and I have re-published it below for your convenience

4 Easy Tricks to Make Firefox Run Faster

Mozilla Firefox was helping web users avoid Internet Explorer long before Google Chrome arrived, and it’s still going strong. Like all apps though, it can slow down over time. Here are four quick ways you can try to get the spring back in Firefox’s step.


1) Manage the cache

Firefox’s cache is designed to speed up your web browsing by storing certain files locally rather than having to fetch them every time. However, there’s a balance to be struck—if the cache gets too big then it can start causing problems and affect performance. Fortunately, Firefox includes some clever cache management options.

Choose Options from the Firefox menu, then click Advanced and Network. Here you can clear the cache (only do this occasionally) and decrease its size by ticking the Override automatic cache management box. If you have a lot of memory and drive space available, increasing the cache size could work better in terms of performance.


2) Refresh Firefox

Firefox has a built-in refresh feature that works a little like the refresh feature in Windows 10: it resets most of the browser’s settings without affecting any of your personal data, such as bookmarks, passwords, browsing history, cookies, and so on. It can often solve problems with sluggishness and the feature is handy for troubleshooting other issues as well.

Type “about:support” into the address bar in Firefox and then click the Refresh Firefox button to see if it makes a difference. You can also refresh the browser (and read more about the refresh feature) via this official guide. Some settings may need reconfiguring afterwards but you should notice a speed boost.


3) Cut down on the bloat

Dozens of redundant applications can slow down your computer, and dozens of redundant extensions and plug-ins can slow down Firefox. Getting rid of them not only means the browser becomes a leaner beast, it also improves browser security (as there are fewer bits of code to go wrong and fewer avenues through which hackers can get at you).

Choose Add-ons from the Firefox menu to disable both extensions and plug-ins. You may want to do a bit of research on the web before killing anything—particularly when it comes to plug-ins—to make sure you’re not going to break anything along the way. Plug-ins can only be deactivated, whereas you can either disable or remove extensions.


4) Install these two extensions

Yes, we just told you to uninstall most of your extensions, but some of them are genuinely useful. Take Auto Unload Tab, for example, which will ditch inactive tabs after a delay of your choice to free up memory and CPU resources. It’s pretty customizable too and you can specify particular tabs and URLs that you never want to be ‘unloaded.’

Then there’s Speed Tweaks—this extension gives you easy access to all those hidden Firefox flags that can speed up performance (they’re also accessible by visiting the “about:config” page). A quick web search on any of these flags will show you what they do and how you can tweak their associated values to improve your browser’s speed.

A Video on How to Speed Up Mozilla Firefox

References

How to Optimize Mozilla Firefox for Speed

How To View the HTML Source in Firefox

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The PHP Object Oriented Model

PHP Object Oriented Model

I found an interesting article on the PHP Master website about the PHP Object Oriented Model and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

 

Lesser-Known “Features” of PHP’s OO Model

 

Lesser-Known Features of PHPs OO Model

 

The vast majority of today’s applications written in PHP are object-oriented, and in general the core OOP concepts are pretty well understood by PHP developers. This article pushes the boundary of your understanding and shows you some tricks, or potential pitfalls depending on your perspective, of OOP in PHP.

Inheritance for Interfaces and Traits

Let’s begin in familiar territory: interfaces. An interface in PHP allows us to define a contract that any object implementing this interface must itself implement. But did you know that interfaces can also inherit other interfaces, and that either the parent or child interface can be implemented by a class?

Consider this code, which defines an interface, another which extends it, and a class that implements the child interface:

01 <?php
02 interface Reversible
03 {
04     function reverse($target);
05 }
06
07 interface Recursible extends Reversible
08 {
09     function recurse($target);
10 }
11
12 class Tricks implements Recursible
13 {
14     public function recurse($target) {
15         // something cool happens here
16     }
17
18     public function reverse($target) {
19         // something backward happens here
20     }
21 }

I’ve defined an interface named Reversible, and another one named Recursible that extends it. When I implement Recursible in the Tricks class, both the recurse() method from the Recursible interface and the reverse() method from the Reversible interface must be present.

This is a useful technique to employ when an interface will contain methods that are used across one set of classes, but another set of classes need these and an additional set of methods. You can make a composite interface as shown here rather than implement two interfaces.

Traits offer a similar pattern. If you haven’t had an opportunity to use traits yet, these look like classes and can contain complete method definitions that can be applied to any class(es) in your application, without the need to inherit from a common location. We’re often taught that it’s better to move code to a common parent class than to copy-and-paste between classes, but sometimes classes aren’t related and the inheritance is false. Traits are a great feature because they allow us to re-use code even where objects aren’t similar enough to justify inheritance.

Let’s look at a simple trait example. (Warning: the zany naming scheme from the previous example is still in evidence.)

1 <?php
2 trait Reversible
3 {
4     public function reverse($target) {
5         return array_reverse($target);
6     }
7 }

The syntax for traits looks very much like a class, and indeed traits can contain both properties and methods – including abstract methods. These are then applied in a class that brings the trait into it by using the use keyword… or they can also be applied to a trait, as we see here:

01 <?php
02 trait RecursivelyReversible
03 {
04     use Reversible;
05
06     public function reverseRecursively($target) {
07         foreach($target as $key => $item) {
08             if(is_array($item)) {
09                 $target[$key] = $this->reverseRecursively($item);
10             }
11         }
12         return $this->reverse($target);
13     }
14 }

Now we’ve got a trait that uses another trait and adds a method of its own. This method calls a method in the first trait. At this point, we can apply the trait to the class, and since the traits contain the feature I want to illustrate here, the class doesn’t contain anything else.

1 <?php
2 class Mirror
3 {
4     use RecursivelyReversible;
5 }
6
7 $array = [1, "green", "blue", ["cat", "sat", "mat", [0,1,2]]];
8 $reflect = new Mirror();
9 print_r($reflect->reverseRecursively($array));

If you run the code, you’ll see that not only does the top-level of the array get reversed, but that PHP also drills into and reverses all of the child elements as well.

How Private is a Private Property?

So you thought that a private property was only accessible from within the current object? Not quite true! Actually the restriction is only on class name, so objects of the same class can access one another’s private properties and methods. To illustrate this, I’ve created a class with a private property and a public method that accepts an instance of the same class of object as an argument:

01 <?php
02 class Storage
03 {
04     private $things = [];
05
06     public function add($item) {
07         $this->things[] = $item;
08     }
09
10     public function evaluate(Storage $container) {
11         return $container->things;
12     }
13 }
14
15 $bucket = new Storage();
16 $bucket->add("phone");
17 $bucket->add("biscuits");
18 $bucket->add("handcream");
19
20 $basket = new Storage();
21 print_r($basket->evaluate($bucket));

You might think that $basket would not have access to $bucket‘s private data, but actually the code above works just fine! Asking whether this behavior is a gotcha or a feature is like asking if a plant is a flower or a weed; it depends on your intention and perspective.

What Does an Abstract Class Look Like?

An abstract class is usually thought of as being an incomplete class; we only define partial functionality and use the abstract keyword to stop anything from attempting to instantiate it.

1 <?php
2 class Incomplete
3 {
4     abstract public function notFinished();
5 }

If you try to instantiate Incomplete, you’ll see the following error:

PHP Fatal error: Class Incomplete contains 1 abstract method
and must therefore be declared abstract or implement the
remaining methods (Incomplete::notFinished) in /home/lorna/
phpmaster/oop-features/incomplete.php on line 5

The message is self-explanatory, but now consider another class:

1 <?php
2 abstract class PerfectlyGood
3 {
4     public function doCoolStuff() {
5         // cool stuff
6         return true;
7     }
8 }

It’s a perfectly valid class aside from the abstract keyword. In fact, you can mark any class as abstract if you wish. Other classes can extend it, but it can’t itself be instantiated. This can be a useful device for library designers who want developers to extend their classes rather than making use of them directly. Zend Framework has a rich tradition of abstract classes for exactly this reason.

Type Hints Don’t Autoload

We use type hints to ensure that an incoming parameter to a method meets certain requirements by giving the name of a class or interface that it must be (or be related to). However, PHP does not call the autoloader if the class or interface given in a type hint hasn’t been declared yet; we’ll just see the missing class declaration error.

01 <?php
02 namespace MyNamespace;
03
04 class MyException extends \Exception
05 {
06 }
07
08 class MyClass
09 {
10     public function doSomething() {
11         throw new MyException("you fool!");
12     }
13 }
14
15 try {
16     $myclass = new MyClass();
17     $myclass->doSomething();
18     echo "that went well";
19 }
20 catch (Exception $e) {
21     echo "uh oh... " . $e->getMessage();
22 }

The class name in the catch clause is actually a type hint, but since we didn’t indicate that the Exception class was in the top-level namespace, PHP thinks we mean \MyNamespace\Exception which doesn’t exist. The missing class doesn’t raise an error, but our exception now misses the catch clause. You might expect that we’d see a missing \MyNamespace\Exception message, but instead we get the unspeakably ugly “Uncaught Exception” error:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'MyNameSpace\MyException'
with message 'you fool!' in /home/lorna/phpmaster/
oop-features/namespaced_typehints.php:11

This behavior makes complete sense if you think about it – if something named in a type hint isn’t already loaded, then by definition the incoming parameter cannot match it. I had to make this mistake myself before I really thought about it, and it’s just a typo! If you catch \Exception rather than just Exception, this works as I had originally intended.

And Finally

The finally clause is a feature worth knowing about that was recently introduced in PHP 5.5. If you’ve used other programming languages with exceptions then you may have seen this construct before. There’s only ever one try block, we can have as many catch blocks as we please, and from this version of PHP we can also add a finally.

Here’s the previous code example again, with finally added:

01 <?php
02 namespace MyNameSpace;
03
04 class MyException extends \Exception
05 {
06 }
07
08 class MyClass
09 {
10     public function doSomething() {
11         throw new MyException("you fool!");
12     }
13 }
14
15 try {
16     $myclass = new MyClass();
17     $myclass->doSomething();
18     echo "that went well";
19 }
20 catch (Exception $e) {
21     echo "uh oh ... " . $e->getMessage();
22 }
23 finally {
24     echo "move along, nothing to see here";
25 }

The finally clause will always happen, regardless of whether we reached the end of the try block, entered any of the catch blocks, or if there are more uncaught exceptions on the way. In this example, the output from the finally block actually appears before the error about the uncaught exception because it’s not uncaught until we’ve ended the try/catch/finally section.

Conclusion

Certainly some of the examples I’ve shown here are quite far-fetched, and hopefully you wouldn’t run into them every day, but I do think it’s worth knowing what edge cases look like so that you can design and build systems correctly. Understanding the building blocks can certainly help us to get our jobs done and to debug problems quickly, and I love sharing ideas to make that easier!

What gotchas have you found in PHP? Please share with the rest of us in the comments section.

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Lorna Jane Mitchell is a PHP consultant, developer, and author based in Leeds, England. Code is her passio and she loves to share her experiences with others, so much so that as well as her books (PHP Master published by Sitepoint and PHP Web Services published by O’Reilly), she also created the PHP course on OOP for Learnable. Lorna writes regularly for her own site lornajane.net about all kinds of topics, mostly technical ones. When she’s not writing either code or words, you can usually find her cooking or eating; Lorna loves food as much as she loves code!

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Notes

There are many good books on Object Oriented PHP and you will find a good selection at Amazon UK by clicking the links below:

 

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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

Php programming

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PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.

 

Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials

 

I found some good online tutorials such as the following:

 

Learn PHP on Good PHP Books

 

There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:

 

 

PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:

 

 

Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

Ingrid Lunden

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Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

gartner q1 2013 smarthones

Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:

==> http://techcrunch.com/crunchu/

I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

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Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open

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That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.

 

Note:

For a limited time, DeitelBuzz offer big discounts on many of their LiveLessons computer courses. These discounts are for only the first 100 sold of each course. If you click the link and it’s not discounted, the discounts are gone for that course! For links, please visit:

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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

Gnome 3 Snapshot

Gnome 3 Snapshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the Infoworld.com website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

This article, “The Linux desktop is already the new normal,” was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of the Open Sources blog and follow the latest developments in open source at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on

 

 

 

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Content Managed Websites

Content Managed Websites

Content Managed Websites

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According to Wikipedia “a content management website (alternatively, content managed website or CM website) is a website which has the additional capability allowing users to manage the website content easily, without interfering with other aspects of the site.”

I found an interesting article on the Business Insider about the advantages of Content Managed Websites and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Need a Content Managed Website

am often surprised when I meet with a new web design client and they describe the kind of site they want and they make no mention of a content management system (CMS.) Now to be fair, I understand that there are still a lot of people out there who are unfamiliar with what exactly a CMS is, and how it can positively impact their business.

A CMS is a computer system that allows for publishing, editing and modifying content all without having to touch the website’s code. This is great news for business owners who aren’t particularly tech savvy. Typically, the process you would go through to have a site designed for you is the same as it has always been. You meet with your web designer and communicate your needs with them. They then design and build the site, but they do it within the framework of a specified CMS. Then you can take control of the site by adding content and expanding the site as needed.

There are many CMS’ out there, but the most popular today are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Many of my clients think of WordPress as purely a blogging platform, but that really isn’t true anymore. It can be used accomplish any number of tasks, and I have done and seen some pretty cool things done with WordPress.

Many design firms can also provide you with a custom CMS built to your exact specifications if what you want cannot be built within any of the existing systems. In my experience however, any of the Big 3 will work just fine.

I always recommend a CMS to my clients, even if they don’t think they need one. Once I explain the benefits, they almost always agree, and are actually really excited about the possibilities that a CMS can open up for their business.

Here are the five big reasons why you need a CMS:

You Can Control Your Content

In the days of static websites, you would not only pay a web design firm or freelancer to design and build your site, but to update it as well. After all, you probably don’t know how to write code, so it would only make sense to let the experts handle that. Because of this, most websites would remain unchanged for years. Well times have changed. It is no longer acceptable to run a “set it and forget it” website. We are living in a social media driven world now and people expect new, fresh content on a regular basis.

With the CMS platforms available today, it is extremely easy to maintain a website. Even with absolutely no coding knowledge, anybody can add articles, news, photos and videos through a user-friendly back-end interface. You no longer have to wait for your web designer/developer to get to your updates. You can add your new content and upload it either instantaneously or schedule it for later.

Its Expandable

Let’s say you are a start-up company. Not big yet, but plenty of room to grow. Wouldn’t it be great to have a custom website that can grow as your business does? With a CMS, your designer can build you a site to grow on. If you have an e-commerce store, all that needs to be designed is a set of templatized product pages that you can use to add more products as you acquire them.

Similarly, lets say you need to add a whole new section to your site a year down the road. Maybe you own a restaurant and you expand to a second location. It would make sense to add another page for the new restaurant. All you would need to do is log in to the CMS, choose a page template, give it a title and add the content. You can then choose for that page to show up on the website’s main menu if you wish.

You Will Save Money

Apart from the hassle of having to go to your web designer every time you need to make an update, there is also the issue of the extra expense involved. Web design doesn’t come cheap, (assuming you go with a skilled designer,) and constant updates can really eat up your bottom line.

With a CMS, you can either take on the duties of updating the site yourself, or task somebody within your company to do it. Either way, bringing site updates in-house is a huge money saving move. On top of that, the start-up cost of having a website built within a CMS is usually not much more than that of a static site.

You Can Add functionality

One of my favorite benefits of using a CMS is the seemingly endless supply of extensions and plugins that can add to your site’s functionality. Did you forget to have your designer add an automated reservation booking system? There’s a plugin for that. Simply do a search, click an button and its installed. There are extensions for everything from search engine optimization to capturing leads.

CMS plugins are amazing for adding new functionality to your site with minimal effort. However, I caution you to not go overboard with them, because if you use too many, they can really slow your site down. But then again, there’s also a plugin to help with that.

It’s Considered “Best Practice”

It is for all these reasons perhaps, that building a site using a CMS is considered to be today’s best practice. It is now the industry standard because, simply put, building a site the old way just doesn’t make much sense anymore. Mostly this has to do with the fact that web standards, in general, have shifted away from static, unchanging sites over to more dynamic sites with frequent updates. Search engines want to see that you are adding to the online community on a consistent basis, and they will reward you with higher search engine rankings if you do.

Going beyond search engine results, your visitors are much more likely to come back if you have something new to show them on a regular basis. Ultimately, this is what’s most important, as the more times a customer or potential customer visits your site, the more likely they are to make a purchase. This goes for businesses that sell products on their sites, as well as more service-based businesses.

Final Thoughts

With all of these benefits, can you think of any reason to stick with a static website? Even if you don’t plan on updating your content frequently, you are much better off having the option to do so. Chances are, you will learn to see the value in updatable content, as the internet is moving in a more and more social direction every day. When you are ready to start taking control of your own content, you will be glad to have an easy way to do it.

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