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That’s an easy career improvement goal to give oneself, but “become a kick-ass programmer” is not a simple goal.

1. Remind yourself how much you have to learn

The first step in learning something is recognizing that you don’t know it. That sounds obvious, but experienced programmers remember how long it took to overcome this personal assumption.

2. Stop trying to prove yourself right

To become great—not just good—you have to learn from experience. But be careful, experience can teach us to repeat poor behaviour and to create bad habits.

3. “The code works” isn’t where you stop; it’s where you start

Part of that process is defining what “better” means. Is it valuable to make it faster? Easier to document? More reusable? More reliable? The answer varies with each application, but the process doesn’t.

4. Write it three times

Good programmers write software that works. Great ones write software that works exceedingly well. That rarely happens on the first try. The best software usually is written three times:
First, you write the software to prove to yourself (or a client) that the solution is possible. Others may not recognize that this is just a proof-of-concept, but you do.
The second time, you make it work.
The third time, you make it work right.

5. Read code. Read lots of code

When you read others’ code, you see how someone else solved a programming problem. But don’t treat it as literature; think of it as a lesson and a challenge.

6. Write code, and not just as assignments

Working on personal programming projects has many advantages. For one, it gives you a way to learn tools and technologies that aren’t available at your current job, but which make you more marketable for the next one.

7. Work one-on-one with other developers any way you can

When you contribute to an open source project, pay attention to the feedback you get from users and from other developers. What commonalities do you see in their criticism?

8. Learn techniques, not tools

Programming languages, tools, and methodologies come and go. That’s why it pays to get as much experience as you can with as many languages and frameworks as possible. Focus on the programming fundamentals, because the basics never change; pay more attention to architecture than to programming.

As you can see, there is no clear one-size-fits-all solution, and ultimately, your decision should also include an honest assessment of your technical abilities. WordPress is a great option for all types of businesses and bloggers, amateur or professional.

If you’re looking for extensive features for a site that needs to be very scalable, then Drupal might be ideal. Finally, Joomla can provide strong social media features or a balance between the other platforms.

Overall, for maximum flexibility and user-friendliness, we highly recommend using WordPress for your next blog or website. As the chart indicates, there is clearly a reason the blogging software commands a 60.7% market share.

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E-commerce is one of the fastest growing technologies, as the internet is becoming the major source of sales and
purchase. That is why, the e-commerce sites are mainly built for this commercial purpose. The Online store has its
reach world-wide, whereas the physical store is limited to a particular area or location. Today, all the business
need e-commerce website to convert their browsers to buyers. It makes purchasing easy for customers and can be
accessed from anywhere over the globe. It helps you to deliver the goods at your door step.

The first step of creating a successful eCommerce Web Design is to clearly define an online strategy. By
understanding what the site needs to accomplish, the right decisions can be made. For this reason, at Dream
Consultancy our process begins with a team of consultants researching your online business, its target audience and
its competitive environment through intensive data-collection and analysis. Based on these findings, we define the
website strategy, including the site’s goals, success metrics and value proposition.

How Ecommerce Web design & Development service helps!

With beautiful designs and intelligent functionality you can bring your art to the cart online. With E-commerce designs, you can easily:

  • Manage your site
  • Update products and their info
  • Track customers’ activity on the site
  • Manage customers’ information
  • Overcome geographical limitation
  • Get payment with secure gateways
  • Attract new customers via online marketing or simply by reference
  • Increase your revenue
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Running an eCommerce business with WordPress puts you in the driver’s seat of the rest of the content, whether it’s

plugins, themes or actual consumable content. Needless to say that running with WordPress is also going to ensure

that you aren’t losing out on any profits, because running your own eCommerce shopping cart means that you are in

charge of fees, delivery costs, and any other external payment that third-party platforms might require.

WooCommerce

Starting your own eCommerce shop using WooCommerce is simple, and time effective. It works on top of your already

existing WordPress installation, providing a separate control panel for concluding all your selling and giving away

needs in the form of individual products. Nearly one third of all eCommerce stores online today are powered by the

WooCommerce infrastructure, indicating its successful and power beyond the ordinary.

Jigoshop

Jigoshop is another instant solution to get started with your online shop, it provides you all the required options

to help you create a fully featured eCommerce site. You can upload all your products, take payments with PayPal and

Skrill/Moneybookers without any external or additional tool.

WP eCommerce

You can easily integrate WP eCommerce with other WordPress plugins built just for that specific purpose. Security

is a priority, which is why there’s a secure checkout options thanks to SSL integration. Tons of features and tools

that make the management of your products, and the overall ecosystem of your online business a pleasant one.

MarketPress eCommerce

The plugin is easy to use, and you can use it to sell just about anything — from physical goods to digital

products. This includes the ability to add unlimited variations to any product and showcase them in stylish

galleries.It was developed to drive as many conversions as possible, and so the checkout process is super simple

for visitors to navigate. For a start, this includes a one-page checkout process, plus you can enable/disable guest

checkouts.

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads allows you to easily sell digital downloads online using WordPress. It is very easy to use and comes with powerful features to create beautiful and functional digital goods store.

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Building web applications is very different than building WordPress sites, themes, or plugins, and, how you use it, may invalidate some of the reasons for choosing WordPress. As a result, you need to think through which reasons still apply and decide if it still makes sense to use WordPress at all.

Here are some of the big reasons to choose WordPress to build an app—which, for the most part, apply to any type of project:

  • Awesome and highly extensible content management and editing
  • A solid and secure relational database that is easy to query
  • A totally customizable REST API
  • A strong commitment to backwards-compatibility
  • PHP—a mature, solid, and rapidly improving language
  • A powerful and extendable URL mapping system—for example, WP Rewrites
  • Your overall familiarity using and working with WordPress

These are all good reasons to use WordPress; however it’s important to consider that it is not the only solution out there. Keep those in mind, listen to the WordPress-haters, as their alternatives might be good options, but keep in mind that you know WordPress, and you’re good at it. That alone may be the reason you’re using it.

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The plugin creates a special RSS feed that automatically optimizes posts to appear as Instant Articles. The plugin is open-source and customizable. Its documentation is available on Github.

Facebook said it worked with “a small group of publishers” that run on WordPress, including Foreign Policy and Tribune Media’s Zap2it, to test the plugin.

In a blog post, Facebook noted how the plugin formatted this Foreign Policy story for Instant Articles:

For example, the plugin recognizes the image found in this Foreign Policy article and specifies the correct markup so the photo renders properly in the Instant Article. The photo expands to fill the screen when tapped and allows exploration by simply tilting the phone.

The plugin “also supports native autoplay video as well as social and interactive graphic embeds,” Facebook said.

In its own post, Automattic explained that anyone using the Instant Articles plugin will have to undergo review by Facebook to ensure their pages are “properly formatted and adhere to their community standards and content policies before you’ll be able to start pushing content to the platform.”

Instant Articles will be available to anyone starting April 12, when Facebook holds its annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco. Hundreds of publishers are already publishing on Instant Articles.

Facebook similarly encouraged developers to contribute to the plugin’s development on Github. Itnotes that the “plugin is still in early stages and the underlying APIs (like filters, classes, etc.) may change.”

Facebook has continued to tweak Instant Articles as it receives feedback from news organizations already using the product. Facebook now lets publishers solicit email newsletter signups in Instant Articles, and in December the company made it easier for publishers to generate ad revenue from Instant Articles.

“The biggest stumbling block with Instant Articles was that we were making less there than with visits to our own site,” Joe Speiser, co-founder of LittleThings.com, told The Wall Street Journal. “We are now seeing parity with our mobile Web version.”

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Clicks n Colours is founded by Ar. Mayank Ghedia and Dhruti Ghedia. This creative couple is an art loving duo based in India. Dhruti is a self-taught artist and her husband is an architect by profession and an artist too.

Their journey of togetherness has seen many a milestones in the spectrum of arts. Having experience of numerous Solo and Group shows, they have tried to share their soul with the community of art in India.

Dhruti  has created numerous paintings with varied themes of landscape elements and abstracts in nature. She loves to play with oil , acrylic and water colours on canvas and handmade papers.

With  passion for experimental and creative work , Mayank loves to discover new realms of abstract photography. He has also explored the subjects of nature, birds, landscapes , life and off course-architecture with a unique vision of aesthetics.

This platform is created to expand the creative expressions of various art forms in the photographs and paintings amongst art lovers.

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Few Words From Amrap Active

We’re a community who trains hard. We need gear that keeps up. We don’t take ourselves too seriously (apart from this photo where I look totally bad-ass). And we’re always happy to get a PB & look good doing it. Oh & we’re about ot have a little name change – soon AMRAP Athletica will be AMRAP Active aligning better with the vision for the brand.

You probably love buying new gear to train in & there’s no secret there’s a shit ton of people out there doing it now. But wouldn’t it be nice if you knew . . .

* The gear you’re buying was designed by someone who actually has a background in the fashion industry & trains every day just like you (kinda important right?).

* That instead of dodgy cotton & cheap fabrics, you’re always going to get a garment that lasted, washed well & kept it’s shape.

* I’ll never fill you up on non-existent fabric technologies – there’s quite a lot of insinuations out there leading you to believe you are purchasing a cutting-edge, trademarked fabric when in fact, it’s simply not true. On the other hand a lot of new technologies involve coating fabric in layers of chemicals – from what I can determine I am not yet seeing enough research on the effects of transfer to the skin when you’re hot & sweaty. So I promise, no bull shit to fluff up the product – just the facts.

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When it comes to blogging, we have plenty of options such as WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr to name a few. One of the most talked topic here is WordPress or Blogger for blogging.

This gets pretty confusing at time, as many users like BlogSpot because of less tech hassles, and many users love WordPress, because of more power and features. When someone ask me, which platform I should start with, here is my answer:

My recommendation is always start with WordPress.com for a month, and once you get accustomed with blogging, you should start a new blog on Self hosted WordPress platform.

You are free to use Blogger.com, as your launchpad blogging platform, but don’t stick to it for too long.

I could say that, because I started my blogging life with BlogSpot, and later moved to WordPress.org. It was a hell lot of learning experience back then, but now learning WordPress is quite easy with the help of videos.

Anyways, in this article I will share a quick comparison of WordPress vs BlogSpot, and would explain under what condition which platform you should choose.

Why and why not Blogger:

Blogger or BlogSpot platform is very useful, when you just want to start a blog to share your thoughts. When you are not blogging for money, or you need a platform which doesn’t require any technical know-how, BlogSpot is really good.

There are many limitations of BlogSpot in terms of functionalities, SEO benefit, but overall if you just need a platform to start a blog with almost 0 cost, BlogSpot is the right pick.

At the same time, if you are blogging for money, fame or for branding yourself, BlogSpot is not the ideas choice. Reason being, you have limited control on visibility in search engines, and after a while, you are limited with adding new features.

I have read it many times, that Blogger is Google product, and it gives more SEO advantages, and it’s a pure rumour. It doesn’t matter if you are using WordPress, Blogger,Drupal or any other platform, SEO is decided by how you configure your complete site for search engines.

In Blogger platform, we have limited control, and despite of the fact, they added new SEO features, BlogSpot still lacks in SEO optimization.

In nutshell, Blogger platform is better than WordPress, when you are creating a blog, for your passion, and you are ok with the limited features offered by Blogger platform.

Why and why not WordPress:

WordPress gives you complete control on your blog, and you could technically do anything you like.

You get complete control on the SEO, you host your own files, you can add SEO plugins, which will help to make your blog more SEO friendly. Moreover, you can always add latest SEO techniques like start rating using a plugin such as Rich Snippets.

WordPress will let you do everything you wanted, but at the same time you need to manage your own blog. You need to install WordPress on your server, and maintain your blog.

It may sound technical, but with such an amazing support from WordPress community, you can always learn everything in no-time. Infact, if you stumble on ShoutMeLoud WordPress guide, most of your queries regarding WordPress, will be answered. Getting started with WordPress may require some effort, in terms of watching videos, learninghow to add a plugin, getting use to dashboard, but is in’t the similar thing we learned on Blogger?

If you are planning to create a blog, with mindset of making it popular, making money from it, you should prefer self hosted WordPress blog. If you are an occasional writer, or a hobby-blogger, BlogSpot is the best pick for you.

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