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Several years ago Olaf taught you how to change WordPress category pages into a landing page. Back then, it was more complicated and required editing a number of files. Thankfully, WordPress and a pair of plugins make it easier than ever to turn those so-often neglected category pages into SEO gold.

The whole idea of landing pages is that they draw visitors further into your site. WordPress category pages, by design, are perfect for that. With a minimal amount of effort, those pages could become tightly focussed content pages that can and will bring folks to your website. And, if you use tags, why not turn those into landing pages as well, utilizing the same techniques?

The biggest concern most folks have when this topic comes up is duplicate content. If you set things up right, and assuming you have a nice variety of topics within your blog, that won’t be an issue. If your homepage offers more than a blog-style list of the latest posts and you typically only file posts in one category, the duplicate content issue becomes almost moot. Drop the archives by date nonsense, no one looks for your good stuff that way anyway; and the duplicate issue is gone completely.

Needed WordPress plugins

SEO for WordPress by Yoast (a must for any WordPress site anyway) – turn on Noindex subpages of archives and turn on breadcrumb functionality.

Rich Text Tags – This plugin will add WYSIWYG editing to the category descriptions as well as prevent WordPress from stripping any HTML tags you include in the descriptions.

1. Setup your WordPress category pages & configuration
Set up your blog so that descriptions will display only the first page of each category;
hide them on pages 2, 3, 4, etc. with the Yoast plugin.
Set up your blog where the first page of each category is INDEX and FOLLOW.
Edit your theme so that the category name is the only H1 tagged content on the page.
2. Use unique post excerpts
Set up your blog to use excerpts – most modern themes already do this. Change the settings for your category pages to display excerpts rather than entire posts, which eliminates most of the duplicate content issue. Be sure to also include featured image thumbnails to highlight each post and encourage click-throughs.

3. Category name & link text selection
Evaluate the name and link text used for your WordPress category pages. If a category has 100 posts, there will be at least 100 internal links to your category page using that link text – including breadcrumbs and those ‘filed under ____’ links that often appear at the top or bottom of individual posts. Use those links wisely. I often choose a somewhat broad term based on the topics of the posts I generally include in the category. The category page should be the only page or post on your site that should be targeting that particular keyword and the only page using that keyword phrase as a title.

Design your category taxonomy in a hierarchical structure. Each tier gets more specific. I realize that this is Web Design 101 stuff but so many folks get it wrong and miss how to make categorization work for their sites. Don’t just focus on Google here, think about how you look for information and how your categorization can make it easier for folks to find things on your website.

4. Adding category page descriptions
Write a category description that includes the link text you will use throughout your site for that category. Go further than just saying something like, “Here’s all of the posts on topic X.” Remember, we’re changing your WordPress category page into a landing page; give Google and your visitors a reason to land there.

Write a description that sells that portion of your website or blog. Write at least 2 paragraphs about you, your site and the topic. Provide information about some of the posts you have included and establish your credibility on that topic.

Add a shortened and unique version of your description for a meta description; again, the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin makes this possible.

WordPress category description
Categorie: SEO settings

If you have a large number of WordPress categories and subcategories, consider adding links to complimentary categories. For example: Your blog is about animals. If you have categories for both Galapagos Animals and Penguins, you could add something like this to the Penguins category – “Penguins are primarily native to the colder climates of the Southern Hemisphere. There are a handful of species that live in more temperate zones, including the Galapagos penguin. We have an entire section of this site dedicated to the Animals of Galapagos where you can learn about all the animals which live on those islands.” (Notice the use of an alternative phrase for the linked text – Animals of Galapagos.)

Create a graphic for each category – at least the top level ones. This gives folks something to link with and encourages Pinterest pins and a variety of other social sharing activities. Try to make it eye-catching and clear what the topic of the category is. You might try branding the graphic as well. The branding helps folks find you even if the links stop working and it tends to discourage thieves, at least the lazy ones, from stealing your graphics.

5. Update existing posts
Re-visit your posts. Update the excerpts and turn them into an invitation for readers to click through and visit each post – don’t just repeat the first sentence or two. Also consider, these excerpts will be appearing on your WordPress category pages. Be sure to edit some of them to include the category name/keyword. Remember, the excerpts are going to become a large part of the content on your category pages/new landing pages; use them to your advantage.

Consider editing the body of the post to include a link or two to the category where you filed it as well as any other categories where the reader might find additional information related to the topic. Since your breadcrumbs and/or ‘filed under’ links will all include the same link text for your categories, be sure to use a mix of anchor text within the posts. Use related terms and even “here” (as in find more info here) as anchors. Just don’t get crazy, add in-context category links to only a handful of posts. Remember, we are trying to focus on the reader experience with a little SEO bonus. Go overboard and you will alienate your readers and get dinged by Google for over-optimization.




Author: Michele


Bushel is a mobile device management (MDM) solution for the iPads, iPhones, and Macs in your workplace. Bushel is developed by JAMF Software, creators of IT solutions for the Apple platform.

Without a mobile device management system, the responsibility of setting up, tracking, managing, and securing all the Apple devices floating around your workplace takes a great amount of resources.

Managing mobile devices is more efficient and cost-effective when using a solution such as Bushel.

Bushel makes mobile device configuration a breeze, allowing you to set them up wirelessly. This means you can install apps, configure company emails, enable access to company Wi-Fis, and much moreover the airusing a centralized interface. You can manage and protect your organizations mobile devicesany time, anywhere.

For instance, you can easily set up company emails remotely. Theres no need to ask employees to drop off their smartphone or ask them to follow knowledgebase guides simply so they can get access to their emails.

Another thing that can be configured over the air are Wi-Fi settings. This extremely convenient feature means people wont have to bug each other for the settings and passwords of your organizations wireless Internet access points.

With Bushel, you can develop and deploy different configuration templates. These templates are called Blueprints in Bushels nomenclature. You might have a Blueprint for the sales department that installs certain sales-related apps, and another Blueprint for IT staff that installs IT-related apps and also configures a distinct set of security rules.

Company mobile devices are expensive assets and its important to keep track of them all. And the ability to reassign them to other employees is often a necessity. Keeping an eye on all of the mobile devices in your workplace is practically impossible without a good solution in place.

Bushel takes the pain out of keeping an inventory of all of your Apple devices with their Device Inventory feature. The Device Inventory gives you an at-a-glance view of your companys mobile devices, with status information such as who currently has the device and which Blueprint was used for the device. You can export your Device Inventory to popular apps like Microsoft Excel and asset-management apps in case you need to produce reports and status updates.

One major pain point that Bushel can solve are issues related to “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies. BYOD policies permit employees to use their personal smartphone and gadgets at work.

With Bushels painless web-based Open Enrollment feature, employees can register their devices in order to get access to company emails, security settings, and apps. This allows organizations to more securely conduct their BYOD policies.

Bushel has many options for enhancing mobile device security. For instance, you can enforce strong password requirements, password resets after a particular amount of time, and encryption on all company devices. In case a device is lost or stolen, you can use Bushel to perform a Remote Wipe on the device, which cleanses it of sensitive information. For misplaced iOS devices, you can use Bushel to put the device into Lost Mode, which locks the device, displays a custom message on the lock screen and sends its last known GPS coordinates to your Bushel instance.

Bushel has a ton of other features and benefits to offer your workplace. What follows are ways you can learn more about this awesome mobile device management solution.




Author: Ryan Maake


Web development is progressing at incredible speed these days and trends that were hot in 2016, today will be considered nothing less than archaic. Users are having more control and power and companies are shifting their services according to the user needs, which may be unpredictable. In this article we will cover the biggest and most promising trends of web development.

Artificial intelligence

AI is something that is shaking modern IT world and companies are competing against each other to hire and maintain the best professionals of the industry. Started by Facebook and Google, artificial intelligence is applied in more and more apps these days allowing devices to think and act more like humans. The basic AI example is face recognition, which is widely used in Facebook photo tagging. The importance of AI is explained by the fact that it allow devices to act independently aka without manpower and this leads to increased efficiency, accuracy and overall better user experience.

Internet of Things

Internet of things is all about making devices smart and enabling them to communicate with each other. We are already familiar with smart houses and are now having more and more devices that make our life easier and are capable of collecting any data that can be collected.

As for web development, in the future developers may want to work on the apps that would allow to remotely control household devices and would help in device communication and data analysis.

Rise of JavaScript

JavaScript has been rising since 2016 and its rapid growth allows developers to work on chatbots, virtual reality and many other trending things.

The language grammar and efficiency of writing the apps were improved and overall, JS is now the most popular language among full stack developers.

Static site generators

These generators are able to create website from the text stored in files rather than in databases. This reduces the website loading time, offers better security and makes deployment of content and templates much easier.

Virtual reality

VR is something we normally associate with video games. However, big players (like Google) already started their work on APIs that are designed to help VR transition to the web. As we said, the market is demanding so this year may bring us apps that involve virtual reality (like real estate tours, for example). This innovation may bring user experience on new level and would become a strong marketing advantage for the companies.


We know that GIFs are a fun and easy way to use in our messengers and conversations but developers want to take it further and use GIFs in web apps for better engagement with the users. Because the majority of people perceives visual information way better than plain text, videos are incredibly popular these days. However, they also weigh a lot so GIFs are a perfect way to capture attention and at the same time tell a story.


We are used to boring and old-fashioned bots but 2017 seems to level them up. Now bots are intended to become more personalized in order to provide better user experience, which, again is a huge marketing advantage.

Bots are now able to react more “human-like” and give personalized advice, for example, during shopping. Developers are trying to eliminate the feeling that you are talking to a machine and instead, turn the conversation with a bot into fun and useful process.

As can be seen, the whole web development is moving towards the possible user needs, trying to be proactive. There is a lot to explore and a lot to implement — still, developers’ creativity also play a major role in “likeability” of their app. The best advices we can give is — always listen to your client and don’t try to tailor them to some standards. Every client has individual requirements so your prior task as developer is to understand what they want and together come up with the best way to deliver it.




Author: Dmitry Budko


Organizations face more and more challenges when it comes to digital marketing. With growth and revenue a priority for most businesses,74% of marketing professionals have focused on converting leads to customers, while over half prioritized increasing traffic to their website.

Alongside accelerating inbound marketing as a top priority, technologies continue to evolve while social platforms seem to have a life of their own when it comes to growth. Take the current shining star in the app world Snapchat, only launched in 2012 the application has dominated headlines 2016 piquing interest amongst brands and investors alike raising nearly $650 million and its founders demonstrating such belief in their product they rejected a $3 billion buy out offer from Facebook.

This is the reality of digital. It doesn’t just move, it skyrockets, and as technologies continue to evolve so do customers. As a result, the marketing activities of organizations also need to move apace to keep up with both its application of digital technologies and developing the knowledge and skills to use them.

As this year continues to witness developments in the realms of social media, VR, mobile marketing and user experience to name a few – how has 2017 fared?

To help keep you in the loop, here are 5 digital marketing trends to look out for.

1) In-store marketing

In-store marketing may not sound like a branch of digital marketing, but in 2017, the relationship between physical and online sales techniques is expected to narrow even more.

In a smartphone dominated world, 80% of millennial use their phone in-store and 74% claim to be willing to receive location-based mobile alerts. For an organization with an optimized mobile stratergy, capturing customers in-store through digital techniques will provide an effective means of conversion.

“In order for retailers to compete with the 800lb gorilla that is Amazon, they must provide shoppers with a unique in-store experience with tailored-made engagement. Leveraging location-based marketing through a retailer’s branded mobile app allows retailers to drive traffic through relevant, contextual mobile marketing” – Eric Newman, VP of Products & Marketing at Digby

A fine example of this comes from American supermarket Target. The store launched a reward app to present their customers with special offers as they walk through various departments of their stores.

2) Live video

As consumers become savvier and more tuned into their digital surroundings, they have a greater desire to connect with brands and follow their stories.

Online video now accounts for 50% of all mobile traffic and this year has seen a huge rise in video sharing, and video content creation, particularly in the realms of social media.

Platforms such as Periscope and Facebook Live now make it easy for brands and businesses to connect with their fans and followers in real-time and get their message across by streaming live broadcasts and promoting them in advance, and as people’s thirsts for video stimulation increases, so will the need for live video content.

Earlier this year, BuzzFeed broadcast a Facebook Live video of people placing elastic bands around a watermelon, eventually causing it to burst. According to reports, audiences tuned in for an average of 40 minutes without even realizing it. Live video broadcasting is expected to ramp up even more in 2017.

3) Expiring social content

As social media consumption continues to rise and the big players are monopolizing the market, we can expect significant changes in social from next year and beyond.

Facebook bought whatsapp, Twitter purchased Periscope, and as social becomes more consolidated, the way in which these platforms operate may very well change, and it’s up to businesses and their marketers to keep their eye on the changes to remain ahead of the game.

One big digital marketing trend that is expected to blow up in the world of social media comes in the form expiring content. Expiring digital content offers brands and businesses a means of cutting through the noise and clutter, and gaining the attention of their target audience without spending massive amounts of capital.

One of the pioneers of the expiring content movement is Snapchat. To create a real sense of urgency, the platform gave customers a limited time to read or view content before it disappeared. This consisted of watching 10-second videos that disappear after one view and then related to other bigger Snapchat stories.

The tactic proved so successful that Instagram copied the model, causing a rivalry between the two platforms. Expiring content is becoming an effective means of brand advertising and its set to blow up in 2017 and is a trick not to be missed.

4) Wearable mobile devices

There are currently 7.22 billion active mobile devices in the world – that’s more technology in the world than people, so it’s easy to understand the importance of smartphone marketing and its relevance to an organization.

In 2015 the wearable’s market exceeded $2 billion; this year it is set to hit almost 3 billion and is expected to reach over 4 billion in 2017. Much like the emergence of mobile, brands and businesses will have to develop their websites and platforms to suit the needs of the needs of the average wearable user, and ensure they are optimized for small, more interactive screens to ensure a quality user experience and prompt sales.

5) Interactive Content

According to digital marketing expert, Aaron Agius, interactive digital content is going to come into its own in 2017.

In the current digital landscape, engagement is everything, and marketers succeed when their audience not only consumes content but also enjoys and acts upon it, which is why interactive content will be so important going forwards.

Compared to 36% of static content, interactive content generates conversions moderately or very well 70% of the time. In addition, it works as a competitor differentiator and proves effective in educating buyers, no mean feat in a landscape that sees customers turn away from traditional methods of purchasing in favor of online reviews and research.

“By its very nature, interactive content engages participants in an activity: answering questions, making choices, exploring scenarios. It’s a great way to capture attention right from the start. Individuals have to think and respond; they can’t just snooze through it.” – Scott Brinker, Author of

With digital technology getting more sophisticated all the time, the scope for brands and businesses to engage with consumers is seemingly endless, and it is going to prove even more valuable in 2017.

Interactive can come in many forms, from quizzes and polls to calculators and contests. The question is: which interactive content will you develop to engage with your audience? Food for thought.

2017 isn’t far away and now is the time to take heed of the new and the developed digital marketing trends that are beginning to emerge. Start planning and gain the expertise you need now to ensure success tomorrow.




Author: Clodagh O’Brien


Nougat comes with a number of big changes over Marshmallow, the last Android OS.

  1. Better battery life thanks to the new-and-improved Doze Mode.

Android introduced Doze Mode with Marshmallow to save your device’s battery life. When your screen was off and your phone wasn’t moving, your phone would burn less battery. But the trick was that your phone had to be physically stationary for Doze to work–you couldn’t, for example, be walking to work with your phone bouncing along in your pocket. Now, with Nougat, Doze starts up as soon as your screen goes off and will still work even if your phone is moving. As with Marshmallow, Doze comes automatically baked into Nougat so there’s nothing you need to do to enable it.

  1. Revamped notifications.

 The look, feel and use of notifications are all different in Nougat. Notifications are wider and fill the entire screen, and there’s less space vertically between each notification. Depending on the app, you can tap some notifications and do a direct reply rather than having to completely open up the app. Messenger and Hangouts in particular come with new, more useful quick-reply options.

  1. Split-screen use.

 Now you can use more than one app in a single screen. Just open one app you want to use on your screen, then press and hold down the square-shaped overview button at the bottom right to choose from other apps to add to screen. With Nougat, now you can, say, have Google GOOGL -0.60% Maps and Spotify both open on the same screen without having to flip back and forth between the two. Not all apps support split-screen mode yet, but most do.

  1. New use for the overview button.

 Speaking of the overview button, it now has a slick new feature. By double-tapping the button you can now quickly navigate back to whatever app you were previously using. Like split-screen mode, this ability to flip back and forth between apps will have huge appeal to power users, and shows that Google realizes more and more users want to multitask on their phones.

  1. Better toggles.

 Say good-bye to third-party toggle widgets. Now, Android has its own built-in toggles (also known as the quick settings menu) that sit right above notifications. To access, just swipe down from the top of your screen. The new toggles include handy things like WiFi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb. Android also gives you some (limited) choice over what toggles you want to appear. You’ll have two toggle menus, a quick one that appears when you swipe down and then a complete menu with all available toggle when you tap the down arrow at the top right.

  1. Revamped Settings Menu.

 The upper right corner now has a search button to let you dig through your system settings more easily. You’ll also see certain key settings in little notifications at the very top, such as if you have Data Saver turned on, if you’re using cellular data or not and if you’re in Do Not Disturb mode.

  1. File-based encryption

 Previous Android operating systems have encrypted your phone using full-disk encryption, where your phone basically gets encrypted as one giant unit. Now, your phone will get each file individually encrypted, making for a more robust security system.

“File-based encryption better isolates and protects individual users and profiles on a device by encrypting data at a finer granularity,” according to the Android Developer blog. “Each profile is encrypted using a unique key that can only be unlocked by your PIN or password, so that your data can only be decrypted by you.”

  1. Quicker system updates.

 Android is making system updates run faster in the background on your device. Install times will be quicker, update file sizes will be smaller and your other apps will optimize for the update more quickly.

  1. Direct Boot.

 Google has changed Android’s underlying encryption scheme so that some apps can boot before you even enter your device PIN. “Now your phone’s main features, like the phone app and your alarm clock, are ready right away before you even type your PIN, so people can call you and your alarm clock can wake you up.

  1. Data Saver.

 Apps that run in the background can burn through your monthly data really quickly. With Data Saver, however, Nougat lets you keep apps from running in the background unless you’re on WiFi, saving your precious data plan.

  1. Only install software from trusted sources. Don’t install dodgy things you find on the Internet. This goes for your cell phone, computer system, virtual machines, containers, and so on.
  1. Backup your data. If you get hit with ransomware, you don’t have to pay if you have backups.
  1. Always keep your systems fully up to date with the latest security fixes. The number of systems that are outdated and have known security vulnerabilities is scarey. Script kiddies rely on younot to update your system.
  1. Take advantage of the auditing subsystems. There are lots of cool tools to help monitor your system. If you do have a break in, the audit system might well be able to tell you what happened and what the attacker did.
  1. Always use HTTPS when connecting to services on the network. Chrome and Firefox now have modes to enforce this. If a web site does not support secure communications by 2016, it is probably not worth your visit.
  1. Never use the same password on different web servers. This one is difficult not to fall into the trap. Tools like Let’s Encrypt help a lot. It’s even better if you use ssh keys to log into systems.
  1. Don’t install or use Flash. Firefox no longer supports it, and hopefully most web servers are moving away from it.
  1. Use confined SELinux users to control what users do in your systems. If you are running a shared login system, set up users as guest_t.
  1. Control the devices available to your service. Systemd provides theDeviceAllow directive, which controls the devices available to the service. DeviceAllow=/dev/null rw will limit access to /dev/null and only this device node, disallowing access to any other device nodes. The feature is implemented on top of the device’s cgroup controller.
  1. Coming soon to a systemd system near you is a new feature,ProtectSystem Strict, which can turn on all of these namespaces to fully lock down the environment in which a service runs.
  1. Only run distributions with a Security Response Team watching over the security of the distribution. Enterprise Software is important.
  1. Most hacks are social engineering—for example, email links, web browser attacks, and phone calls. The best option here is to be educated and skeptical. No one from Nigeria is giving you money. The IRS is not calling your house demanding money. If you get a link to a web site in email from your bank, don’t use the link. Type the address directly on the web browser.
  1. Use a syncstop when you have to charge your phone in a public place, or bring your own battery backup.
  1. Run applications in the SELinux Sandbox whenever possible—it was a container before containers were cool. Also follow the development of Flatpack, which soon should be developing sandboxing capabilities.
  1. Use tools like OpenScap to scan your systems for vulnerabilities. Sadly, new vulnerabilities are always popping up, so you must keep your scanners up to date.
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Building websites and web applications today is not only about being a great programmer, it’s even more important to be a smart programmer. This means to re-use existing code and applications when possible instead of re-inventing the wheel.

Font Awesome

Font Awesome is indeed awesome: 634 (at the time of writing) icons contained within a single font, constituting “a pictographic language of web-related actions”. Icons are scalable, so they look the same at any size, and you can style them with CSS. It works well with all frameworks and screenreaders and doesn’t require JavaScript.


Since it was launched by Twitter in 2011, web building framework Bootstrap has become one of the most popular project on GitHub. As Bootstrap grew, its creators Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton decided to move it to its own open source organisation, and the project separated from Twitter.

Bootstrap has a small footprint, LESS integration and compelling visual design. There is a web-based customizer that you can use to tailor it to your open source project: components and jQuery plug-ins can be added or removed by ticking checkboxes, and variables can be customized using a web form. There’s a 12-column responsive grid, typography, form controls and it uses responsive CSS to work with mobile browsers.


Ember.js bills itself as “a framework for creating ambitious web applications”. One of the biggest features is its data binding; objects in Ember can bind properties to each other, so when a property changes in one object, the other is kept in sync.

Another is the ability to define functions on an object that you can then treat as properties. Hence, if a model has a first and last name, you could create a function to define a person’s full name, and have it treated as if the model has a fullname property.

The feature most likely to draw you in is that Ember automatically updates its views when data changes – saving you a lot of work.


AngularJS extends the vocabulary of HTML for declaring dynamic views in web apps. It takes a slightly different approach to Backbone and Ember by doing data binding directly in your HTML. It also uses just plain JavaScript for its controllers, meaning there’s no need to extend other objects as you have to do in other frameworks.

The data binding means data in views is automatically updated when the data changes, but also Angular makes it effortless to bind forms to models, meaning a lot of the code you typically write to link a form to creating a new instance of a model is not needed. Its data binding is bi-directional.

By moving a lot of the binding directly into the HTML, Angular leaves you with much leaner controllers and less JavaScript to write. It might take a while to get your head around, but this approach is really powerful.


Grunt allows you to automate common tasks using JavaScript. You can perform mundane, repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing and linting with almost zero effort. And because Grunt is extensible, if someone hasn’t already built what you need, you can easily author and publish your own Grunt plug-in.

Grunt has dramatically lowered the barrier to entry for web developers by providing a common interface for the tasks in their build process. The extensive plug-in ecosystem and easy configuration format makes it possible for anyone on the team to create a modern build process – designers included.

Open-Source technology is the difference between Apple and Google.  It’s the difference between being able to have access to the software you are using or not.  For us, open source technology is advantageous for our clients, and we use it exclusively.   Code that is open to the public has less bugs, as there are more people monitoring it, and it’s a collaborative effort, which means the best technologies comes out on top almost every time.

The internet has influenced all areas of life. Hand held smart devices have proliferated to the remotest corners and with them the need for software to complete various tasks has increased. Developing software using open source has emerged as a profession and a passion. The two software development methods available today are the closed source and the open source web development services. The open source web development services have become popular to develop software titles.

Open source technology allows end users and developers to see the source code of the software, and to modify it as well. This technology provides a transparent platform on which developers and skilled software professionals work to add to, change or improve its features. This open access to the software code provides many benefits for users and developers.

New versions of software

Developers working on open source have open options: to release a new version of the software for general use, or to limit it to a group of users in house. Issues of copyright may come up. Who claims the new version of the software? Most license agreements state that the ownership of the software does not get transferred to the modifier. The developer modifying the software has no right to sell the new versions.

Price: free of royalties or fees- without constraint not free of charge


One of the major advantages of the open source technology is that virus attacks can be handled as soon as they infect the software. The open code makes it possible to work on the software to fix the damage. Users see and test the software and bring its defects and drawbacks out quickly and the technology permits a change as soon as these are detected.

Improved Quality

The open source technology encourages developers to use their technical expertise on software. This ensures a constant quality improvement and value addition to it. With each upgrade, the software becomes more valuable and desirable for the common user thereby keeping it in the market for longer.  More ideas and ability to integrate innovations makes the software more like what users want because they have hand in developing it.


Since use of the alterations made to open source software can be kept private; they can easily be used to customize software for specialized use. This feature makes it appealing to users as they do not need install new software with every change in need.


With the open source web development facility there is no need to blindly trust a vendor and the vendor’s claims can be checked out.

The open source web development technology attracts bright, talented, motivated and passionate developers.  As new features are added to existing software regularly, there is an urge in its users to upgrade the software and try out new features.  This is both easy and convenient for users.

If you are looking of creating flexible and highly scalable websites that are able to handle rapid business growth, open source web development is the answer!

Web browser compatibility is an issue that all web designers have to deal with and it is not always an easy task. Creating websites that are compatible to the plethora of available browsers is incredibly important in website design because each browser will render a website differently. What good is a website if it renders beautifully in one browser but not in another? Creating websites which render consistently in the myriad of different web browsers can be frustrating. Add in the fact that browsers are constantly rolling out new versions and it is easy to see that achieving web browser compatibility can be a bit overwhelming. In addition, more people are using their mobile telephones and tablets to surf the internet and make purchases. Making sure mobile versions of your website render consistently on all mobile platforms is also a concern for web developers and their clients.

While the issue of browser compatibility have gotten extremely difficult to navigate, there are solutions which make the issues much easier to master. The latest solutions are software applications which can track bugs and issues, present live web based browser testing, check multiple coding languages and render your website on multiple browsers and on mobile.

Cross Browser Compatibility for Your Website

Cross browser compatibility isn’t hard to achieve. For some browsers like Internet Explorer, it can be a little more difficult than it should be but it can still work. One of the ways to ensure that it does is by following the correct guidelines for your particular coding type.

Web Standards are the set of rules defined largely in part by the W3C that describe how elements should be coded. If you differ from this coding, browsers may not react the same. In the case of the site I mentioned in my blog posting, the footer background graphics did not remain at the bottom of the page. Instead they moved up the page behind the text, making the content of the pages unreadable. It became (and continues to be) a mess which could have been avoided.

The use of web standards can greatly improve your websites visibility and accessibility. It will allow you to open your website up to more visitors and increase the traffic exponentially.

The purpose of this article is to stress the importance of cross browser compatibility. Making sure you optimize your website for various browsers is necessary if you want to maximize your visitor count. If you don’t, there is no telling how much traffic you could be losing.

Here Are 5 Such Applications. :

It is a free website which offers compatibility tables that show front end technologies in web browsers. They only test browsers that have 1% or more of the browser market share. The site is basic and because of that it is easy to use. :

It is a free open source website which will render screenshots for any url. It features 17 browsers, excluding Safari, Internet Explorer and Netscape. However it includes lesser known browsers, i.e. Midair, Lynx and SeaMonkey. It can take a few minutes because you are added to a queue to use the resource but generally the screenshots can be seen in around 20 minutes. :

It is not free but for the services they provide it is well worth the $35-40 you’ll spend each month for their least expensive plan. What is huge about their service is that they emulate on a slew of mobile devices. They also offer local and live testing. This service also offers live debugging and support for multiple languages and CIs. :

It charges $12+ per month for their manual and automated services. It boasts secure and fast cloud testing. You can test your website on over 500 browsers and operating systems and emulates mobile service on many platforms. They offer a debugging service as well. They include testing reports and video of testing sessions.

Ghostlab :

Ghostlab ( also charges for their browser compatibility service. For $49 per month you will be able to connect to any number of devices and browse them synchronously. They offer development tools which allow you to inspect, debug and update code as you browse. All of this and more can be done securely so that no one has access to your project.

We all spend masses of time and money to try to get people to look at our websites but many website owners fail to take the time to track the success of these efforts. Between social media, emailing, search engine optimization, and various other activities, it is likely that we could scale back in less effective areas and focus on the one that is generating the best results. With Google Analytics, you can see not only how many people are visiting your website, but also where they are coming from.

Google analytics is one of the top, most powerful tools out there for monitoring and analysing traffic on your website. It gives you an enormous amount of information about who is visiting your site, what they are looking for, and how they are getting to your site. Any business that wants to expand and grow their business on the internet should definitely be using Google analytics.

  1. It can tell you About Your Unique Visitors

If you have ever wondered how many people visit your website every day, Google Analytics can help you with that. Through this useful, interactive tool you can gauge the exact amount of unique visitors that arrive onto your site daily. The parameters are flexible and allow you to see trends wither over a period of time or daily.

  1. It denotes the average time a user spends on your website

This tool gives you an insight into how much time a unique visitor is spending on your website on an average. It also tells you where people are most likely to visit, whether it is just the homepage of your website or also the internal pages as well. These perceptive analytical could result in lead generation or sales.

  1. It gives you an insight about the sources of traffic

Analytics allows you to measure your ROI figures based on your SEO strategies and can be vital to the growth of your business. You can therefore see where your traffic is arriving from and in some cases, also visit the referring link in question to view see where your website link is placed.

  1. It identifies traffic-pulling keywords

In your SEO strategies there may be some keywords that are driving more traffic than others. Even though your website ranks well, there may be some keywords that aren’t really working for you. This tool helps you identify the non-performing keywords as well as those that are responsible for driving traffic to your website.

  1. It helps you track what sections are more popular than others

There may be some sections of your site that are pulling in more users and engaging them in ways that other sections are not. Google tracking allows you to identify the sections that are more profitable than others, or that are getting more prominence merely because of how they are placed or promoted on your website.