CC5 Overview – E-Commerce Shopping Cart Software Review

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Could hardly contain the excitement with the long-awaited release and upload of the new CubeCart 5. The popular shopping cart software from Develion has long been a personal favourite for e-Commerce web design, as one of the most flexible, easy to use and stable of all the carts currently available

Upon installation the first change to notice is the new skins which come pre-installed and there are 5 in total. As with previous versions of Cube Cart these skins are not polished web designs, but offer a selection of layouts and colour variations which can provide a basic foundation to build upon. Essentially the core templates cover a range of layouts which your web designers can develop to present how you would like your shop to look and upon test drive, we found the new management of files, cascading style sheets and coding highly refined and easier to manipulate than CC4, while a professional working knowledge of the system is still required

The new control panel is a terrific addition to the backend administration area of CC5. Although functional in management terms, the previous versions had servilely lacked the cosmetic possibilities of modern design and presented shop data in way which required a custom re design and code development to achieve a layout, functionality which is better suited to some online stores. Virtually every aspect of store management can now be controlled in real-time via the dashboard and this shows at a glance statistics and notifications for orders, reviews and stock level monitoring

As with previous versions there is no limit to the amount of products and categories the administrator can upload and the management of items is far more simplified with new additions, such as a manufactures field and condition (new/used etc). From popular 3rd party installations to suit earlier versions, there is now a better multi category assignment, improved options and image management tools which was very much demanded. Pleased to see the layout of the admin sections is separated up into folders, delivering a simplified review/edit. It is much improved!

New CC5 can connect to Sage integration, this enables data to be exported and imported although we have not test driven this module as yet. The cart programming code is mostly PHP and declared to offer a better flexibility to extend the product in a variety of ways, thus improving the core CubeCart engine in which ever direction desired. Being open source the CubeCart web designer is free to develop the code, to customise programming to client specifications and even write your own plugins and modules

The programmers have improved upon CC’s search engine optimisation management by allowing custom search engine friendly URL’s to be input and customised to match the keywords and phrases which you may be targeting. In previous versions we had to custom build and install this feature, therefore we are certainly pleased to see this now integrated. Administrators can state the meta title, description and keywords which is essential for those taking advantage …

Do not forget the SEO!

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Okay, so you have decided to commission a web site to be built. Maybe this is a 'brochure' type website to compliment your existing business, or it could be an ecommerce website which is an entirely new business. You have spent some time looking for a web design company that can meet your requirements (and budget) and have planned the site down to the very last detail.

You may have spent hundreds or thousands of pounds on the design, photos, hosting, and you may end up with the best looking website of the Internet, but if you have not taken into account search engine optimization then it will most likely spell disaster for you and your business.

Search engine optimization is, in our opinion, one of (if not the most) important consideration when creating a new web site. In our experience it usually the part that most people neglect too!

The logic behind this statement is quite simple. What is the point of having an amazing website, selling / advertising your amazing products if nobody knows about it and can not find it?

How many times have you searched for something on the Internet and found websites in the top listings on search engines that look like they were designed by an amateur? It happens all the time, however you can be certain that these are the websites that are making money on the Internet.

The principle of making money through a website on the Internet is simple really:

Have a good product at a competitive price

Have a website that is easy for customers to make a purchase through

Attract as many potential customers to the site as you can

If we assume the first 2 points have been taken care of, the next step is attracting potential customers / clients. Anybody who has run a business before will tell you that traditional marketing methods are extremely expensive. Magazine adverts can cost hundreds of pounds with no guarantee of anything back, and let's not even talk about TV advertising costs.

The potential number of clients you can attract to your website from good search engine positioning can be massive if you target the right 'search terms', add into the equation that these website visitors are actively searching for something that is related to your site, and you can easily see how this form of marketing is vital for any new, or already established business.

One final point. If your web design company offer SEO as part of their service check for evidence of their results. …

SEO Technology Helps Your Search Position

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Creating a website for your business or organization is a great way to inform the public about your services. It is not hard to create a website, as there are many different easy to instructional sites and programs out there that can help you, step by step. After all of this, if you want to be sure that your site reaches the most potential web surfers, you have to have a good search position.

Search position is essentially as follows. When potential customers or internet users want to find certain products or information, they typically use a search engine, such as Google. They can type key words into the query box and press enter in order for them to be sorted out by the search engine. For instance, if someone was looking for state of the art cooking supplies, they might type the phrase cooking supplies into a Google search. Within the resulting sites and companies, search position would show whether sites are first, last or somewhere in the middle of the list.

For one, customers often see those sites first, and there before they usually have the most traffic. Another thing is that these sites may contain the most key words relevant to the search that was done, therefore it is often found to be a better match than sites further down on the list. It comes down to the fact that there are many factors involved in acquiring, and maintaining, a high search position.

If the thought is crossing your mind that you would like to improve your search position rank, you have quite a few options. One of those options is to hire an SEO. An SEO is essentially a company that is expert at improving the search position of web sites. A good, ethical company will practice White Hat SEO practices. Black Hat SEO is the practice of using unethical methods such as spamdexing, which misleads web surfers with irrelevant key words.

Introduction of relevant key words is one White Hat SEO procedure. Key words that encompass the content and message of your site are used in order to direct potential customers there, when your services are a match with their needs. White Hat SEO also may include reorganizing your site content, or adding things you may have overlooked. It is miraculous what a little rearranging can do for a tired looking site in the eyes of potential customers!

You may think it would be easier to change these things yourself, but more goes into search position than meets the eye. It can take months of training to understand the algorithms and formulas that also go into search rankings. The combination of knowing all of these components will make for the best search position for your company, which in turn will help improve upon your site traffic. …

Flipping a Website For Profit

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The process of flipping a website, once you've learned it, is surprising easy, which is what leads more and more people into the market. Best of all, the better you get at it, the fast you can do it and so you could find yourself flipping 3-4 websites a day. With a profit potential of $ 400-500 a website, that's nothing to shr at.

To begin, you have to find your niche market. The more specific the better, because its guaranteed to have an built-in interested audience. Though, make sure you choose something that's interests you as well, or you'll find yourself bored at work which was the original problem!

Each site will need 7-10 short, informative articles about the niche topic. Do not worry, these do not need to be great. The articles just provide a foundation for the buyer to get the site moving already with some content. The entire process of flipping a website is as simple as this!

Armed with your content, now you'll need a place to host it so you can start flipping a website. Hosting sites like WordPress make this simple with free themes and stock photography to choose from to design your site in no time. No need for coding or scripting!

When you ready to start flipping a website, shoot over to sitepoint.com There you'll find the market place is already there for you, with easy resources to list and sell your website for prices between $ 400-500. For only a few hours worth of work, that's a steal! …

How to Master Internet Marketing – Four Areas You Must Master to Succeed

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Internet marketing advertising has never been better. It is also referred to as i-marketing, web marketing, online marketing, or emarketing. It is best known as the marketing of products or services over the Internet. It is sometimes considered to have a broader scope because it does not only refer to digital media such as the Internet, e-mail, and wireless media; but includes Internet marketing, management of digital customer data, and electronic customer relationship management (ECRM) systems.

Internet marketing ties together creative and technical aspects of the Internet, including design, development, advertising, and sales. E-commerce goods are sold directly to consumers (B2C) or business (B2B), publishing. The sale of advertising, lead-based websites which in an organization generates value by acquiring sales leads from its website, and affiliate marketing; a process in which a product or service developed by one person is sold by other active sellers for a share of profits.

Marketing

There are different ways that you can schedule your marketing to ensure that you are doing it consistently and as easily as possible. Marketing and advertising are on a convergence course and also go hand in hand.

This is the age of the virtual consumer, but how do you get the attention of a potential client or prospect that you've never met face to face? Marketing a product via the Internet may be the solution and takes no time at all.

Web

Websites can be the Internet equivalents of offline brochures or mail order catalogs and they are a great way to establish your business identity. Marketing on the internet allows for an unsurpassed methodology to maximize the search results and when properly manage, feeds in this medium.

Money

By hiring home based data entry employees or other online typing employees, you can save a good sum of money when you are using blog marketing to make an income.

Really the amount of money that can be made is something that you determine. It is solely based on your blogging and marketing efforts. Obviously, making money online is easy when you know how to find the right market. One popular option: let eBay or article writing become a money-making opportunity for you and your business.

Traffic

Traffic from search engines (Google, Yahoo !, MSN, Ask, AOL, others) Learn how to get people to link to your site for free. Very important: traffic does not equal income, it never has. Traffic to your website is absolutely essential to the success of your business, both short and long term. …

Google Search Engine Optimization – My Own Road Map For Internet Success

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One of the most profitable marketing techniques I've used for my businesses is without any doubt search engine optimization.

Since venturing into SEO, I've encountered much success for my websites. At first when I saw the top 10 websites in Google for a popular search term in one of my markets, it was kind of dream for me. I knew what they did to get there but I knew there was hard work to be done. But certainly it was achievable.

I have to admit it was a kind of obsession to get my website in the top 10 placement because I knew once I am there I will receive targeted traffic and sales for a long time to come. That thought just keep coming in my mind.

All I know is I have to take action right now and I was also really motivated to attain my goals. I know getting search engine traffic is passive and that to profit from passive traffic, I have to start promoting my site right now or else it will take more time to get those coveted rankings.

And once I've worked on my search engine rankings, I can leave it aside and concentrate on other aspects of my business but also look for other ways to promote my business. One fundamental thing you should always remember is to FOCUS. Focus on one marketing strategy and keep at it. Give it all you can before moving on to the next one. If you try to do too many things at once, it's very difficult to find success and you will most likely fail.

The day will come when you will do a search for a keyword phrase that you have been working on and to your surprise, you'll see your site in the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages). This will just prove that what you're doing is working. I've been there and I can tell you that you will feel proud and happy with such an accomplishment. It's an amazing feeling. It's kind of you do not believe you are really there.

If you want to achieve those top search engine rankings in Google and other major search engines, educate yourself well and learn the search engine optimization strategies and techniques that work because you will not be wasting your time and time so so precious in search engine marketing . Have a plan like what you're going to do everyday to achieve your objectives ie doing some valuable link exchanges with related and relevant websites, article writing, directory submissions, text link advertising.

Link exchanges are not useless. In the past, they were the major ways to get top rankings but now they have been a bit devalued but still they are worth getting. Why? Simply because related and relevant links will bring direct traffic to your website and will help your link popularity too. They will help you in rankings automatically but less as compared to several years ago. Well just focus …

Internet Explorer – Very Slow

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Is your Internet Explorer very slow? It can be extremely frustrating. Especially if:

* You are already using a high-speed Internet connection.
* You are using a very fast computer with tons of memory and processing power.
* you have plenty of disk space and you're not running any other programs at the same time.
* your operating system has been updated with all of the latest patches.
* You are running the latest stable release of your web browser's operating system.
* you have protected your computer network with a robust and secure firewall.
* you have rebooted your PC to try to clear the problem, only to no avail.
* you have already scanned your PC for viruses and spyware, and your computer has a clean bill of health.

So what gives? Why is your Internet Explorer very slow? Why else could it be, if you have seemingly exhausted all other possibilities to fix the problem?

The answer, at this point, is that your Windows Registry may be corrupt.

The Windows registry is the master database that stores critical information about every piece of hardware and software that is associated with your PC. The operating system and the programs you are running on it have a constant need to read from and write to this database. Therefore, it is imperative that the Windows registry be speedy and responsive. However, over time, this database can become unoptimized, slowing down any searches against it for data. Errors can also creep into the database due to the volume of adds, modifications, and deletes that occur in the database every time you use your PC. …

Wi-Fi Explained (Part 1)

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About Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is known as Wireless Fidelity. Wi-Fi allows network connectivity through radio signals without the need for wires. "Wi-Fi Alliance" suggesting the term Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi term is also used as a synonym for any type of 802.11 networks.

About Radio Waves

Radio waves are the longest wavelength waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. The length ranges from the size of a football field to the size of a volley ball. Radio waves carry signals to your radio, TV, mobile, etc.

Access Point Defined

Access Point is the configured node on wireless local area network (WLAN). Access points act as a central receiver and transmitter of WLAN radio signals. Access points are dedicated hardware devices, which consist of antenna, radio transmitter, and built-in network adapter.

Hotspots Explained

Hotspot is an area serviced by an access point which allows Wi-Fi clients to connect to a network. Hotspots are those areas where Wi-Fi is provided on demand. Since Wi-Fi has gained acceptance in many businesses, homes, etc, and nowdays most of the laptops and electronic devices are having inbuilt Wi-Fi access devices; Wi-Fi can act as an alternative to a wired LAN. Places like airports, star hotels, caf├ęs, etc, are the locations where Wi-Fi is available on demand. The places where Wi-Fi is available on demand or free are also known as hotspots.

Wi-Fi & Hotspots

The area covered by one or more interconnected Access Points is called a "Hotspot". The space range Hotspots can cover variants from as little as a single room with wireless-opaque walls or as much as many square miles covered by overlapping access points. Wi-Fi can also be used to create a mesh network. Wi-Fi allows connectivity in peer-to-peer mode, which enables devices to connect directly with each other. This connection mode is useful in consumer gaming and electronics applications.

Certification Issue

When Wi-Fi technology was first commercialized, there were many problems regarding the interaction between different Wi-Fi gadgets. Then a community called "Wi-Fi Alliance" began to solve this issue, also addressed the needs of the end user, and allowed the technology to mature. The Alliance's "Wi-Fi Certified" stamp on Wi-Fi enabled gadgets assures consumers that the stamped products are interoperable amongst each other. Wi-Fi also enables wireless voice applications (VoWLAN or WVOIP). "Wi-Fi Certified" products interact among each other although their manufacturers are different. A "Wi-Fi" certified product can use any brand of access point with any other point of client hardware which is also "Wi-Fi" certified. Any "Wi-Fi" product will work with any non "Wi-Fi" certified product, if the latter uses the same radio frequency as the former.

SSID & its Purpose

Expansion of SSID is Service Set IDentifier. It is a code that attaches to all packages on a wireless network; only to identify each packet as part of that network. The code consists of case-sensitive alphanumeric characters. Wireless devices that attempt to communicate with each other must share the same SSID. The process of connecting a device to a specific wireless network through …

Learn Spanish Downloads – Learn Conversational Spanish in 2 Months

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Spanish has become one of the most popular languages besides French and English. Everywhere you go, there are people speaking Spanish, there are at least 2 TV channels for Spanish speaking programming. Public transportation in many cities have their notices in English and Spanish.

That’s why a great way to become fluent in Spanish is using the lessons to learn Spanish downloads that cover grammar, vocabulary and most importantly, conversation and pronunciation.

At the end of the day, what most people are interested in is being able to carry a conversation fluently and without having to carry a dictionary under their arm.

Once you have decided to learn Spanish, you are faced with three choices. You can go to an established school, you can hire a private tutor or you can download a course from the internet.

Each choice has an advantage and in the end, it all depends on what your needs are and how disciplined are you to learn on your own. Going to a school requires of time and money. If you are busy with work or other activities this might not be the best alternative.

Hiring a private tutor will be good for those with a good size budget and the time to sit down with the tutor at the same time every time.

If you choose to follow learn Spanish downloads and its components, you can do so at your own pace and the time that is convenient for you. These downloads will included grammar and vocabulary and audio and video lessons for you to follow along and make sure that you are learning the correct pronunciation for all the phrases.…

SEO Canonicalisation Issues – How to Spot Them

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The subject of canonicalization is literal too big a topic to cover in just one article and as such I will avoid the topic of parameters, sessions ID's and other whole scale duplicate content issues that each would require an article on their own and instead I will focus on some less obvious canonicalization issues that sometimes are tougher to spot.

Canonicalisation is basically the process of determining an authoritative page where two pages exist on two different URLs. With some form of canonicalization, these pages could both be indexed by a major search engine and end up competitiveness against each other for a given query that is targeted to each particular page. One example of a canonicalization issues is the trailing slash. Webmasters may opt to place a trailing slash at the end of their URLs, or this may be pre-determined by their particular CMS. However, this URL:

<a target = _new rel = nofollow href = https: //translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c? depth = 1 & amp; hl = en & amp; ie = UTF8 & amp; prev = _t & amp; rurl = translate.google.com & amp; sl = en & amp; sp = nmt4 & amp; tl = en & amp; u = http: //www.example.com/& usg = ALkJrhgR4c9SeVEZ9zBFmDg8PtrbuNr7Yg> http://www.example.com </a> is different from this URL: <a target = _new rel = nofollow href = https: //translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c? depth = 1 & amp; hl = en & amp; ie = UTF8 & amp; prev = _t & amp; rurl = translate.google.com & amp; sl = en & amp; sp = nmt4 & amp; tl = en & amp; u = http: //www.example.com/& usg = ALkJrhgR4c9SeVEZ9zBFmDg8PtrbuNr7Yg> http://www.example.com/ </a> – notice the subtle difference. There is a danger that both of these pages will be indexed, so posing a duplicate content issue.

Another duplicate content issue is that of the non-WWW version of a page competing against the WWW version of a page. Both versions of this URL can be indexed and thus all of the pages on your site could potentially be competitive against one another. Once a search engine crawler accesses your website through a non-WWW version of your URL it may continue to crawl your webpage following this pattern ie it may crawl every page on your site via the non-WWW versions of your URLs. Two further examples of canonicalisation problems include the index version of your webpage eg index.html or index.php, and the https: or secure pages on your website.

All of these issues require tailor solutions. In some instances you can merely set up a 301 redirect to redirect any authority contained in one page onto another. In some instances you can disallow certain pages (eg https) via robots.txt. In other instances, you may need to pursue a different strategy altogether eg the canonical tag or no index tag, or parameter handling via Google Webmaster Tools. …