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Too many browser plugins?

Modern web browsers are great. Software, like Chrome and Firefox, has brought a lot of innovation to the World Wide Web. One of those many innovations has been browser extensibility via plugins. Plugins are great but we really need to be careful of them.

Plugins add a lot of functionality to web browsers. I won’t deny that. I use plugins too. In fact, I have one for Pinterest, Pocket, and Origin installed in Chrome right now. I’m picky about what I use, though.

The problem is that plugins use a lot of resources in web browsers. In Chrome, the Pocket extension I have installed is using 11mbs of ram and the Origin plugin is using 40mbs of ram. That’s 50 megs of ram just for JavaScript code! That’s nuts!

When modern PCs have 16 gigs of ram or more, that doesn’t sound like much. Keep in mind that these two plugins are also using processor time too. That means at any given time, both of these plugins are using calculation time that could be used for any number of the system services running on the computer or the browser itself.

I’m pretty picky about what extensions I use. I understand the impact on system resources they can have. My friends don’t always understand it, though. There have been multiple times where they have complained that their PC is really slow when they browse the internet. I come over and take a look and find out that their browser is using 6 gigs of memory because of the amount of open tabs and plugins installed.

That isn’t uncommon either. I’ve done plenty of consulting where employees, friends, and family all have this issue. It usually boils down to a number of plugins installed.

It can be a miserable experience.

That’s not all, though. Plugins can have security risks. Chrome, Safari, and Firefox all run in a sandboxed environment, which means code running in the browser shouldn’t have access to anything in the system. All browsers have security holes, though, and sometimes we just don’t pay attention to what we are clicking. It’s not hard to give a plugin access to the system by accident. It happens to the best of us, but it’s still a security risk that we need to pay attention too.

Here’s my warning. Be careful about the amount of plugins installed in your browser. They are really great to have but can be very detrimental if misused. I suggest seeing what plugins are installed right now. Uninstall the ones that are never used anymore. Decide whether or not you really need some of them. I promise the extra speed you gain on your computer is worth it.


Buying A Domain? Keep Your Information Public

One of the many questions domain registrars will ask when purchasing a new domain is whether or not you want to secure your privacy. For only the price of a cup of coffee, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Why not hide your name and personal information from people? Despite common sense, buying this add-on option is never a good idea.

Before I explain why let me say how this ‘protection’ came about. The world wide web exists because of a bunch of agreements dating back decades ago. An organization called ICANN controls a lot of what happens on the web. ICANN is like the United Nations for organizing the web. ICANN can’t do it all, though. They let others like GoDaddy and HostGator help out by registering domain names and supporting DNS systems. Domain registrars act as intermediaries for ICANN to sell the rights to specific web addresses on top level domains (Eg. .com, .org, .co, .info, etc…).  Once a domain is sold, though, ICANN, and the rest of the internet, needs to know who it belongs to.

That’s where WhoIs comes in. WhoIs is a telephone book the internet. Anyone can look up a domain and see who it belongs to, their phone number, and the address the domain is registered at. There are lots of reasons for displaying this information. One of which is law enforcement. Another is commerce. The list goes on and on. Essentially, we want all the domains to have discoverable information for the same reasons that we want businesses to have information tied to them.

Not everyone that owns a domain is a business though and sometimes people just don’t like having their personal information available on the internet. That’s why domain registrars started offering privacy protection. Remember, though, domains need to have some kind of information attached to them. So, domain registrars either use themselves or some other organization, to act as a shell company to ‘own’ that domain.

Can you see the implications yet? You might have an agreement between the registrar and yourself that the domain belongs to you but it’s listed under their name. To the world, that domain is not yours. It can be hard to hold up in court too. WhoIs documents are pretty strong.

Let’s put it this way. You and a friend decide to open a business. It’s only a part-time thing for you though so both of you decide to put the business in his/her name to make life easier. The business gets big. Your friend wants to sell it, or, god forbid, they have a bad accident and die. Now who owns the business? The bank the loans came from? The surviving family? Who gets the payout. Most likely, you’ll be left out of the picture.

I’ll admit, that example is extreme. Nonetheless, domains really need to be treated like a piece of personal property. If I sound extreme it’s because I really want to get that point across. If you’re worried about privacy, register the domain at a P.O. box. They aren’t that expensive and offer a lot of legal protection.

Don’t think a domain proxy will save you from a warrant either. Registrar proxies will be more than happy to give up your information if it might otherwise potentially hurt their business. It makes no financial sense to protect you.

There are a lot of other reasons to not use domain proxies. Don’t ever plan on getting an EV SSL cert if you use a proxy. The point is, don’t do it. There is never a good enough reason to use one other than to pad the domain registrar’s pocket. 


Customer Expectations

The Changes You Must Make in Your Web Design to Meet Customer Expectation

In case you haven't observed the shift in the way users behave on the Internet, you presumably still have an outdated web design. Throughout the years, more individuals gain access to the Internet and a plain-looking website does not have the impact on the users that it had two decades back.

A web design that hasn't been updated for over two years is losing a great deal of potential customers and market share. This is so in light of the fact that consistently a few new tools and technologies are provided in the fields of web design and website development that are gone for upgrading the client experience and drawing in them better with the webpage.

In the mid-1990s, text-based web design was pervasive; in the later part of the decade, utilization of table-based locales and Flash was everywhere. The majority of the websites were Flash-based in light of the fact that it was seen to be a consideration looking for an element. In 2000, CSS and JavaScript made advances in the web design and website development industry and increased colossal ubiquity. With the presentation of web 2.0 in the late 2000s, HTML5 and CSS3 were added to improve the performance of the website. In the present decade, mobile web design is the most recent trend that is here to stay.

Along these lines, when you incorporate your website with your online marketing methodology, it is imperative to keep it updated to meet the changing trends and requests of the users. Talked about beneath are a percentage of the elements that should be worked upon on the off chance that you need a web design that is present day, pulls in new customers and holds their enthusiasm for your business:

1.  Get rid of Flash: As talked about above, Flash was prevalent when it was presented in later 50% of the 1990s. Be that as it may, its ubiquity declined in the long run. Notwithstanding its numerous preferences, Flash is in charge of backing off a website, making it hard to hold the visitors' enthusiasm for the webpage. Flash-based websites experienced low traffic and poor transformation rate. So in the event that despite everything you have a webpage that is completely based on Flash, your website will undoubtedly yield poor results. It's about time that you re-try your web design and minimize the utilization of Flash keeping in mind the end goal to upgrade the performance of the website.

2.  Website accessibility: Site accessibility has been a bone of conflict for some webpage proprietors for a considerable length of time. Be that as it may, in view of the cut-throat rivalry, the centrality of website accessibility has turned out to be considerably more vital. On the off chance that your website is outwardly situated, then you are losing potential customers with the visual issue and other physical handicaps. Also, if your business offers vision care products, your issues are much more improved. This is the reason, it is vital to include whatever number of elements to the site as could be expected under the circumstances that are accessible to everyone, independent of their physical conditions.

3.  Browser compatibility: In the outset days of the web, Internet Explorer was the main browser utilized as a part of all PCs, making the occupation of web designers simple. On the other hand, following two decades, numerous new browsers have come into the picture, giving touch rivalry to IE. What makes it troublesome for web designers now is that a website carries on diversely in various browsers. Case in point, in the event that you have built up a site by concentrating just on Google Chrome or Mozilla, there is each probability that the site might look changed on IE. Along these lines, it critical that you deal with the cross-browser compatibility of your website.

4.  Social media links: The presentation of social media networks and their coordination with business marketing is additionally the most recent trend. Amid your website design process, you ought to put your social media links on the website to draw traffic to your webpage and social media pages and engage the visitors viably.

5.  Screen resolutions: Smartphones, tablets and laptops were unfathomable in the 1990s. Be that as it may, the picture is altogether different at this point. Mobile web is the most recent trend in web design and website development and guarantees that your website adjusts to the distinctive screen resolutions. This is important in order to make the browsing experience pleasant and hassle-free for the mobile web users.


Why Every Blogger Needs Wordpress


Beautiful Wordpress.

Wordpress is, hands down, the best blogging platform that any aspiring blogger could ask for. When Wordpress was first created, it was created with the intention of becoming the greatest platforms for bloggers on the internet. In this endeavor, Wordpress has definitely succeeded. For one, it's completely free. It's easy to use, secure, and offers almost complete control over your website. Wordpress also offers tens of thousands of free tools that anybody can use. Wordpress is so good at what it does that, as a platform, Wordpress can be used for much more than just blogging.

Not bad for free.

Wordpress is the absolute perfect place for an aspiring artist – serious about their craft – to get started. Once you've set up your domain and have it hosted, Wordpress takes care of the rest. The platform is robust and easy to learn. If you want to write a post, you can write it directly into Wordpress, hit 'publish,' and your post is live. Because it was created with an open software license, many people have modified and created bits of the code and produced tons of free plugins and themes – tens of thousands of each, available for absolutely free.

With all of these options available to you, you have almost complete control over how your website looks, runs, and feels. If you wanted any more control over your site, you would need to learn to make one from scratch. Wordpress is also very SEO friendly. It is compliant with high quality coding standards, and automatically produces the semantic mark up needed to make your website look attractive to most search engines. Wordpress is also a very secure platform – it is updated and maintained with security in the forefront of designers' minds. With Wordpress, it is easy to simply set and forget.

Working with Wordpress allows bloggers an easy way to include multiple medias of their craft as well. With Wordpress, inserting a picture is as simple as giving Wordpress an image URL, but uploading it is just as easy. Wordpress also allows YouTube videos to be embedded directly into your website, making vlogging an active part of your blog if you so desired. Wordpress also offers an easy way to upload and stream audio directly from your website, making the addition of podcasting to your blog a simple one.

Wordpress seriously makes blogging easy. Wordpress has everything - tools, themes, great security, and even SEO built in – all for free. This is such a big deal that even the big boys use it. So what are you waiting for? With the amount of freedom you area allowed on this free platform, there is absolutely no reason to start blogging today. 


Five Easy Ways to Optimize Your Website Immediately

For the SEO newbie, Search Engine Optimization can be bit confusing. But as more and more information gets put onto the web every day, ranking higher in search engines is becoming more important. For many people, your website will not be seen unless it ranks within the first page results of Google. Here is a list of five of the easiest SEO strategies that you can implement on your website immediately.

Install the Yoast SEO plugin

This first tip assumes you're using Wordpress to publish your website. If you aren't, you should really consider it. Wordpress is absolutely free to publish your website with, comes with free support and a massive community, and gives you access to thousands of free tools through the use of plug-ins. The Yoast SEO plugin is one such plugin, and despite its simplicity, is a powerful SEO tool to use.

The plugin automatically ranks how well you've utilized keywords on your web page, whether or not the title to your page/post is SEO optimized, and even reminds you to write the alt text for images, since crawlers cannot effectively understand images. The Yoast SEO plugin, in fact, is so useful that it is regarded as a plugin that everybody needs to install on every Wordpress website.

Make Your Blog Post’s Title Link to Itself

A little known trick amongst bloggers, Google (and other search engines) determine what a web page is about in part by the links that point back to it - even internal links from the same site. If you write a blog post about How to Drink Coffee Properly and link the title to that blog post, you are signaling to Google that yes, this web page is about How to Drink Coffee Properly. While this simple trick will not be getting your blog post the number one page on Google, by itself it is a good practice to have over the long term.

Do NOT Rely on Backlinks

For the complete SEO newbie, backlinks are simply links from other sources that point to your website. Once upon a time, Google relied heavily upon the number of backlinks to a website in order to determine how important a website was. A lot of people in the new SEO community took advantage of this and, for a period of time, held the number one search result in Google by simply making dummy sites full of links that pointed to the website they wanted to rank. Since then, Google has started taking account for the quality of links pointing towards a website, and having many low—quality links is actually detrimental to your standing in the Google search results.

Create a Sitemap

A sitemap is simply a page that lists and links to all of the other pages in your website. This can be useful for humans, but the biggest advantage of a sitemap is that it makes your website easier for Google's spiders to crawl and index your website. The fewer clicks needed to get to any page on your website, the better.

Remember That Content is King

While there are innumerable strategies that all pander to how Google ranks your website, Google is constantly changing its search algorithm. The whole point of Google and other search engines is to provide the best, most relevant content to its users. Remember that you are writing for humans – not robots. If your site provides value to your readers, search engines will make sure you get found.

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