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Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design (or “RWD”) is a type of web design that provides a customized viewing experience for different browser platforms. A website created with RWD will display a different interface depending on what device is used to access the site. For example, a responsive website may appear one way on a laptop, another way on a tablet, and still another way […]

February 14, 2014

What Is WordPress?

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of […]

February 14, 2014

Why Every Business Needs a Website

A website is the most important tool you will purchase for your small business. Your online presence is the most affordable manner in which to reach new customers and generate increasing profits. Your CompetitorIn an ever-changing market, savvy small business owners keep tabs on their competitors, work to gain insight on trends, and come up […]

October 5, 2013

What Is A Firewall And Why Is It Important?

An Internet firewall is a device that is designed to protect your computer from data and viruses that you do not want. A firewall is so called because of the real firewalls used to secure buildings. A physical firewall is a set of doors that closes in a building so as to contain a fire […]

October 2, 2013

Mobile App Growth Exploding, and This Shows No Signs of Letting Up

The number of apps is exploding, driven by a huge uptick in the number of mobile devices — and people are using those apps all day long. Flurry, a company that provides app developers with tools to measure how much people are using their apps, released data on “the state of the apposphere” today at […]

September 28, 2013

Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design (or “RWD”) is a type of web design that provides a customized viewing experience for different browser platforms. A website created with RWD will display a different interface depending on what device is used to access the site. For example, a responsive website may appear one way on a laptop, another way on a tablet, and still another way on smartphone.

Today, many people access websites from mobile devices, rather than desktop computers or laptops. While most smartphones can display regular websites, the content is difficult to read and even harder to navigate. Therefore, many web developers now use responsive web design to provide a better web browsing experience on small screens.

Websites designed for mobile devices (such as iOS and Android phones), typically have a largerdefault font size and simplified navigation. Some sites also take advantage of the touchscreensinterface, providing support for swiping, rotating, and pinching and zooming. A mobile-optimized website may also remove unnecessary content to reduce the need for scrolling. Image rollovers and other mouse hover features are often removed, since touchscreens don’t support a mouse pointer.

There are several ways to implement responsive web design. One method is to dynamically detect the user’s platform (such as an iPad or iPhone) and load specific HTML and CSS for the corresponding device. Another option is to use media queries, which automatically load different CSS styles depending on the size of the browser window. The Bootstrap package, which contains several prewritten JavaScript and CSS files, is based on media queries and is commonly used in responsive web design.

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What Is WordPress?

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

About WordPress.org

On this site you can download and install a software script called WordPress. To do this you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time. It is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a servicecalled WordPress.com which lets you get started with a new and free WordPress-based blog in seconds, but varies in several ways and is less flexible than the WordPress you download and install yourself.

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What You Can Use WordPress For

WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets andthemes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

Connect with the Community

In addition to online resources like the forums and mailing lists a great way to get involved with WordPress is to attend or volunteer at a WordCamp, which are free or low-cost events that happen all around the world to gather and educate WordPress users, organized by the users. Check out the website, there might be a WordCamp near you.

A Little History

WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there.

For a bit more about WordPress' history check out the WordPress Wikipedia page or this page on our own Codex.

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Why Every Business Needs a Website

A website is the most important tool you will purchase for your small business. Your online presence is the most affordable manner in which to reach new customers and generate increasing profits.

Your Competitor
In an ever-changing market, savvy small business owners keep tabs on their competitors, work to gain insight on trends, and come up with new strategies for staying ahead of the competition. If your competitors have a website, you should think strongly about having one, too.

24/7/365
While some businesses are open 24 hours a day, most business hours remain limited to a more traditional workday schedule. With a website, customers can view your products and services on their own schedules, even long after your normal operating hours. If you sell products online, you can even accept orders from different parts of the world at any hour.

Email
Has anyone ever asked for your business email address? Are you currently using a personal email address from your Internet service provider or a free email account for business contacts? You can raise the level of prestige and branding for your business with an email address that includes your company name or services. We always include personalized email accounts when we set up your website.

Survey Your Audience
When visitors enter your website, they are expressing interest in your products, services or information. You can set up a survey to figure out exactly what most interests potential customers or learn about new trends of which your customers are aware.

Sell Your Products and Services Online
You are probably aware of online stores like Amazon.com or eBay.com. While these companies have huge infrastructures and massive marketing programs to drive their online business, it is possible to set up an online store for a small business in much the same way. There are already countless online stores thriving on the same type of transactions, but on a smaller scale. If you have a retail product that can be shipped via UPS or FedEx, you are a great candidate for an online store.

Attract New Business through Search Engines
Consumers use the Internet for a large amount of product research. If your website is listed on the top search engines, a curious consumer can find it under the results of any number of queries.

Contact Information
Always repeating your hours and product lines? A website can deliver details about your business to anyone with an Internet connection. This can help you focus on business instead of answering frequently asked questions.

Interact with Customers
The best clients are repeat and referred customers, and the best way to keep customers coming back is to keep in touch with them. A website will allow you to interact with clients online. When you keep in contact, you show customers you care.

Instant Validity
As a customer you want to that know the person you buy from is legitimate. A professional online presence helps legitimize your business in the eyes of a consumer and leads to increased sales.

Customers
In today’s business world, the Internet is the fastest growing source for information. Without a web presence, your business risks never being found by prospective customers.

By Graphic Penguin

What Is A Firewall And Why Is It Important?

An Internet firewall is a device that is designed to protect your computer from data and viruses that you do not want. A firewall is so called because of the real firewalls used to secure buildings. A physical firewall is a set of doors that closes in a building so as to contain a fire to one area, preventing the entire building from being destroyed. Likewise an Internet firewall is designed to shut off access to your operating system or to other computers that are connected to your network.

 

A firewall is something that the user of the computer is responsible for checking and installing. The security levels provided by the firewall can be altered just as any other control function can be altered. Security experts say that the best way to stay safe online is to only visit websites that you trust or that you are sure are secure. In cases like these where the visiting of only a few sites is taking place, a firewall is still useful but does not have to work as hard to filter out dangerous content.

However, most Internet users visit more sites than just those that they are familiar with. In fact, many people use the Internet to do business, to research topics, to shop, to meet new people, etc. This typical Internet use is what really makes having an Internet firewall important. With a good Internet firewall, you are being protected from the spread of hacker dangers, many times without even being aware of it.

Setting up or installing an Internet firewall is intentionally very simple. Most computers come with a firewall program. The only thing that the user needs to do is set the settings for the firewall. This means that individual users decide how much content they want to filter through and what websites are safe to use. In some cases users have a very lax opinion of what should and should not be allowed to pass through their filter. Others mention by name the sites that are acceptable to visit, leaving all other sites off limits (this is often the case when a parent is allowing a child to have their own private access to the Internet and wants to make sure to avoid any objectionable content). Designating your level of security for your own personal firewall is imperative. You must have an understanding of how to do this. If not, it is possible that your system will remain on a default setting. Some default settings allow for all Internet site visits to take place unless websites have been specifically blocked. This default configuration makes inadvertent network connections and system safety compromises much more likely.

An Internet firewall is important for many reasons. Some value a firewall for its ability to keep private information secure. Identity theft is a growing crime and many see firewalls as a good defense against these specific types of predators. Others, such as small business owners, think firewalls are important because a firewall keeps all their personal electronic information private. Not only is privacy important from a competitive perspective, but you must make certain that you can assure your customers that their personal business information is going to be safe with you.

Make sure that the information on your computer and the information that you share online remains for your eyes only. Take advantage of firewall protection and the fact that it comes standard with newer computers and can often be downloaded for free from a reputable site. No matter how you connect to the Internet an Internet firewall is important. Protect yourself, your business and your colleagues on your network by making sure that you have firewall protection.

by Barbara J. Feldman   https://www.surfnetkids.com/

Mobile App Growth Exploding, and This Shows No Signs of Letting Up

The number of apps is exploding, driven by a huge uptick in the number of mobile devices — and people are using those apps all day long.

Flurry, a company that provides app developers with tools to measure how much people are using their apps, released data on “the state of the apposphere” today at MobileBeat 2013, VentureBeat’s mobile industry conference here.

According to Flurry’s chief product officer Prashant Fuloria, the company now tracks 300,000 apps from 100,000 developers worldwide.
Those apps are on one billion devices, giving Flurry data on more than three billion app “events” each day. The company tracks events such as a customer starting up an app, making a purchase within the app, leveling up within a game, and so forth.
The company now collects data on 1.3 trillion different in-app events each month. The growth in app events that Flurry tracks matches the explosive growth across the board in mobile app usage.

“We’re seeing a tremendous disruption by mobile” as huge numbers of people move from the traditional web to mobile devices, Fuloria said. That’s being driven by the large number of mobile devices around the world — and there’s plenty of room for more growth.
For instance, China recently surpassed the U.S. with the number of smart devices, with 240 million smartphones and tablets in use. But that represents just a quarter of China’s population, which means potentially, there’s far more room for growth in China. Ditto in India, which has the same number of smart device users as Canada — but has 36 times the population.

VentureBeat
By Dylan Tweney