wpSnap Site Reboot

When I started helping wpSnap on some of their technical issues last year, I realized that there was a lot of room to improve with the way conditional tags were written and addressed to produce the site that has among other things, featured listings, blogs and other WP themes all meshed into one pile of data in the backend. So when I was asked to redesign1 the site last month, I went a step ahead and offered to redo the backend as well.

The most prolific of issues on wpSnap (and other multi-author sites) seem to have stemmed from a new feature that was rolled into WordPress version 2.6, which was the creation of a new database table …

Webmaster Blogs and Resources

Starting an online blog or an online business or an online website is not at all easy. From the domain name registration, to the choice of Content Management Software (CMS), web hosting, website marketing, website promotion, link building, search engine optimization, making money online, search-engine friendly scripts, etc., one requires not just basic knowledge, but in-depth awareness of the latest resources available online.

If you Google web resources, you will see hundreds of sites pop up. Now what does it indicate? Does it indicate that the sites that are on top are the best in that niche? Maybe yes, maybe not.

With more and more webmasters becoming increasingly well-versed with SEO, being on top does not necessarily indicate relevant searches or the …

WordPress, Six Apart Movable Type, Which Is Better? Who Cares…

wordpress vs six apartThe “Smear Campaign” has started. No we are not talking about the US presidential race, we are talking CMS! Have you visited Planet WordPress lately? For a new comer, it will look more like a Movable Type blog than WordPress, and if that were not enough, the MT folks can’t seem to keep their egos in their pants and try endlessly to add fuel to the fire.

For the sake of history, here’s how the events unfolded.
First there was Movable Type
For what it is worth, Movable Type is responsible for the popularity of WordPress. The licensing debacle of MT resulted in defectors opting …

Copyright Infringement by British Prime Minister’s Web Designer

British Prime Minister’s #10 blog is apparently not honoring the copyright agreement of the theme developer, in spite of the Creative Commons licensing. Theme copyright infringements are a serious issue that many non-themers overlook, mostly because it conveniently services their purpose. The old theme viewer was plagued with this issue that eventually led to creation of a new admin monitored repository. With the growing popularity of WordPress, this issue left unaddressed will only lead to more such goof ups or worse, blatant rip-offs, which will eventually lead to a decline in free quality themes.

Olympic Medal Count Fluid Bubble Chart Online Map

Here’s a fluid bubble chart of the Olympic medal count, the coolest online map ever. Move the scale on the top to get a feel of how powerful this flash powered application really is.

One interesting note in the geopolitical context is how in 1980, USSR, the eastern block, Cuba and all the communist governments dominated the show (in the absence of US), but China, which we believe was strongly influenced by USSR, did not medal at all.

As for this year, the larger dots are mostly represented by developed nations, with only a few exceptions.

Web Hosting for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OsCommerce, Mediawiki and phpBB

Headsetoptions.org and Mandarinmusing.com will now be providing you web hosting along with web design services. Currently, we are hosting premium WordPress powered sites as part of our design services that includes free WordPress support and theme upgrades for the life of hosting!

But for those who are new to web hosting, check Siteground. This website has been around for a while and offers high quality, affordable, secure service. Their professional services package includes web hosting, ecommerce hosting, reseller hosting, domain names and web design. Find out what hosting is suitable for you by chatting with a sales representative to assist you live and get going within minutes. Siteground also …

Cheap And Affordable Web Hosting Companies

Headsetoptions.org and Mandarinmusing.com have been providing Web Design, SEO, WordPress Themes and WordPress Customization services to promote bloggers and businesses create their unique brand images. We now offer premium Web Hosting for just $10 a month!

Reliability, disk space, bandwidth, upload/download speed, FTP access, operating system and programming tools, security and backup, and most importantly pricing and support are the key factors you must thoroughly do your homework in before you even go to the next step. Read this article as a beginner’s guide to choose a web hosting company.

Read web hosting reviews, both good and bad. You need to know …

Starting Your Local Web Design Business

Finding web design clients online has been a breeze for us, thanks to Google organic searches. Now we would like to also like to tap the local Richmond VA Web Design market for small businesses. So here are a few things we would do which you could do if you wanted to start up your own web designing company locally!

Volunteer web designing services to local, reputed organizations, high traffic businesses. It’s not easy to spend time giving away freebies, but patience pays. Try it and trust me you will gradually start establishing a nice network for yourself.
Advertise in all free spaces available, Craigslist.org, your city website, freelance designer websites. If you can afford to pay for …

Cost-per-seat as an Effective Outsourcing Model

According to a Gartner survey, domestic IT callcenters are better, but experts in the contact center industry state that creating outsourcing companies will help to save on staff, office, telecommunication costs, software maintenance and hardware. It is more recommended to use the cost-per-seat model as this approach enables to start with a limited number of seats and services and then to grow according to the demand on the offshore call center services. As compared with the cost of in-house resources, the cost-per-seat is considerably lower; moreover, hiring an outsourcer doesn’t imply reoccurring costs, like additional IT resources, management and capital depreciation, as well as the cost of replacing the agents …

Search Engine Optimization Made Easy

search engine optimizationSearch Engine Optimization is the most significant criterion for landing your potential customers/visitors to your website/blogsite. No, it’s not an option, it is a must. Many small to medium businesses leave SEO consulting services out of their primary to-do list, sometimes due to lack of awareness and many times because their budgets get exhausted in the process of getting their website designed!

So why should one invest time, effort and money into it? Here are a few remarkable things you could do with your website by optimizing it for search engines:

A site with good SEO attracts organic traffic. Understand your target audience better by looking for top keywords. It’s free …