June 4th, 2012 by The Digital Front | Permalink
When testing new software, one can become wary on how legit of a program it is. This is why it is nice to have something that you can use while testing your software. Some software that you can download from websites have dangerous trojans and viruses attached to them which can destroy your computer. Luckily, there are some good programs that you can look into to keep you safe.
One of these programs is called RollBack. With this, you can download any software that you need and be able to get it removed if it ends up being something bad. What it will do is give you if it is something bad is reboot your computer, and then your computer will be back to its previous state before you downloaded that particular program. You can also use this whenever you are viewing a suspicious e-mail that is sent that may contain a virus.
Shadow Protect is another great program that you can use to test your software before actually having it on your computer. It basically works the same as RollBack does and has gotten great reviews from everyone that has used it in the past.
In today’s world, you have to be extra careful whenever you are using testing automation. The internet is full of viruses and trojans that can attack your computer and steal your information. It is vital that you take all of the safety precautions possible to make sure to stay safe.
The price on some of these programs can vary; obviously, this is something that everyone would be interested to hear. There will be some programs that you find that cost money while others are free; you will find that the ones that do cost money come with extra features that keep you safer and you may enjoy. A lot of people feel that they get enough from the free versions of these programs. This is especially the case if they are just checking one piece of software to make sure it is legit and does not contain any type of viruses.
Like mentioned times before, the biggest thing you should remember is that any software that you download can have problems with it. This is why you should always be safer than sorry and have a program like RollBack to protect yourself from any such problems. This is the best way to test your software.
January 25th, 2012 by The Digital Front | Permalink
If you want to implement the most stunning features in websites today, then you need to understand how HTML code works and what it allows your website to do. There are many online HTML editors and templates, all are nice for the novice to website design. The problem with most of these editors is that they do not allow you to edit the code or the HTML itself. Nothing allows for more detailed website editing than working at the code level, it is like working magic. Most websites will end up looking very generic or like they came from a template, if there is nothing except generic editing used in their webpage design.
Today there are so many interesting and original ways that websites can be built, but the most amazing methods still rely on some actual editing of the HTML code. This is true for well designed Java scripts, animated buttons, jquery slider, streaming video feeds, fluid background effects, quick downloading images and specialty things like Dynamic HTML or DHTML. In almost all great webpage designs, there is a need to tweak and refine the actual source code for the website pages individually. This is what makes for error free and seamless transitions, but mostly it makes everything run smoothly. The page and its source code must be error free, if you want a webpage that is also. This is the most important difference between the average website and the high quality designed webpages.
Error free code and editing of webpage source code, these will make all the difference to the visibility level of any website. It is clearly the difference between well crafted website design and the handiwork of amateurs. If you want to make use of the most stunning features in websites today, then you need your HTML code to be clean and well designed by its editors. Take the time to do this and all those fancy effects will run fast for your visitors. Making the best impression with your websites, also means that they need to be error free at the source code level of their individual webpage design. Nothing is more essential or important to how your website appears to anyone viewing it online. If you want smooth transitions, fast running animations, cool rendering effects, and all those stunning features that make for great websites today, then you need to think about the HTML code.
December 25th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
One of the greatest advantages to the WordPress platform is the ability to add plugins to further customize your blog and add advanced functionality for your readers. With a huge archive of plugins, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Akismet is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. It protects your comments from spam bots, and does such an effective job of it that it is included as a default plugin with many web hosts. Since spam bots are becoming more prolific with every passing year, this can be vital to prevent endless comment spamming.
For the marketing minded, the All in One SEO Pack plugin aids with your search engine optimization. Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the best way to get the word out for your website. By using SEO properly you can receive accurate search engine rankings and increased visibility.
Since speed can be critical in retaining your visitors, the WP Super Cache is an extremely popular plugin which maintains a static cache of your pages. This reduces server load and thereby increases loading speed, which can be especially useful when using shared hosting.
The Google Analytics plugin ties in with Google statistics to educate you about your demographics. These statistics will tell you how many hits you’re getting, when you’re getting them, and even their nation of origin. If this isn’t enough, the All in One Webmaster plugin also has a Google Analytics function and will submit your sitemap to Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.
If you need to keep events for any reason, the All-in-One Event Calendar plugin is the perfect way to do it. This plugin is highly rated and often downloaded, and will allow you to create an easily modifiable calendar to keep track of all your important events.
There are thousands of excellent and well supported plugins in the WordPress community for practically any purpose, so if you ever find yourself at a loss, you can just search the plugin site for an answer.
November 13th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
For a website owner one of the most important metrics for success is being able to determine the number of people coming to look at the content you are providing. This is usually accomplished in one of two ways: via a third-party web traffic estimator, or through installed server-side web tools that record incoming clicks. The two methods have various pros and cons associated with them, so it is important for website owners to understand their information collection goals and processes before selecting an informational tool.
The simplest and most easily accessible of the tracking methods is through a third-party web statistics service. These services are fast to setup, easy to understand and are a very expedient way to get data quickly. They are usually accessible after creating a username and password, which in most cases can be done at no cost or, in some instances, for a nominal fee. Most web traffic tracking websites, like Alexa and URL Trends, estimate site visits based on publicly provided information. They use a browser installed client connection piece and some sophisticated statistical analysis to make a best guess as to the actual number of visits to various public locations on the Internet. This means that the information provided is generally less accurate but easier to acquire because it doesn’t require any technical knowledge or server-side software installation by a site administrator.
A second technique that provides a more granular data-set is the use of installed website traffic monitors like Google Analytics. These programs must be included in the client web-site’s code and they monitor actual clicks and page views from people who visit the site. This more direct method of collection means that portal administrators will have more accurate information available once the analytic scripts are installed and functioning properly. The downside, of course, is that to install something like this means a certain level of technical know-how which can take some time and money. Another very important aspect to tracking is social media analytics. Social media is now a vital part to any business owner or marketing campaign.
Website traffic data is the lifeblood of the modern Internet business and without accurate information it is impossible to know if a site is fulfilling the purpose for which it was created. Web statistics can be used to find problems with usability, track demographic trends, and identify potential revenue streams by revealing visitor patterns, trends and habits.
October 26th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
Let’s face it today’s economy has made it hard on lots of people but, the internet hasn’t slowed down one bit, it just keeps growing. You’ve got the ideas all mapped out in your mind, saved in a file on your computer with graphics, photos, prices, lists, the whole nine yards for the website that’s going to make it possible for you to quit your job and spend the rest of your days lying on a beach somewhere sipping margaritas.
Now wake-up and let’s get started.
Three Basic Steps To Building Your Own Website
1. Register Your Domain Name
2. Find A Web Host
3. Building Your Site
Step One: Choosing A Domain Name
The first and probably most important thing to do is register your domain name; this is the name that is going to get visitors to your site and not just any visitors, (the right visitors).
Make your domain name short, easy to remember and as descriptive as possible . One thing that you do want to consider is the extension; some common extensions are .com, .org, .net and .edu.
Finding a domain registrar is easy and you can get some really great deals just check around some before you make your final decision. After you’ve decided on a registrar the hard part is over. Now you simply have to sign up, pay your fee and fill out the forms then move on to step two.
Step Two: Choose A Web Host
A web host can be the determining factor in whether or not a website is successful. You can often find web host that offer really cheap deals but, beware of the deal that looks too good to be true, it just may be. A lot of web hosting offer cheap deals but their sites are often down and don’t support a lot of traffic.
After choosing your web host sign up for an account, when you are filling out the forms you’ll be asked at some point if you want to register a new domain name make sure that you answer no to this question and provide your domain information when it is requested. Finish creating the account and connect your domain and web host accounts then you will be in business.
Step Three: Building Your Website
Finally you have made it to the fun stuff. Back in the old days building websites was confusing and difficult and left totally up to the very, very educated. Today website building may not be so simple that a cave man can do it but, it has been made a lot easier. First you need to search through the different website templates and chose the theme you want. Then you add widgets and plugins to make it more presentable. Don’t forget about tracking and analytics because that is what will tell you what you need to change to make your website better. There are website building programs and content management systems that you can purchase that make building your our website as much fun as it looks like it should be.
September 10th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
Do you prepare your tax return yourself? Do you use software written for tax preparation? Are you aware there are software programs that walk a taxpayer systematically through the preparation of their taxes?
The use of personal computers and software has made tax preparation easier than ever before. If you are not taking advantage of these programs, you should reconsider what ever your reasons might be for avoiding them. Even if you have an accountant prepare your taxes, using these programs, you can cross check your accountant’s work using software. Eventually, you may even be able to save the money you now spend on accountant fees. This article will provide you some information on the top three tax preparation software programs considered the most popular.
• TaxACT Deluxe – This software is perfect for that average taxpayer. The price is attractive. It has some unique features that make the software helpful for financial reporting other than IRS tax return preparation. You can use this software to help complete FAFSA and student financial aid applications for universities. For that reason, TaxAct is rated the most popular.
• TurboTax – This software operates like a visit to the tax preparation office in an interview style. I personally use this online tax preparation software because it feels complete, neat and thorough. All you need to do is answer the questions and within a few minutes, you have your return done and ready for filing. In my case, the return was done and filed, without charge in less than 45 minutes. It would have been faster except for looking for some data I should have had ready before starting. TurboTax also offers free tax help when you purchase their product.
• TaxBrain – This software uses forms for data entry instead of the TurboTax method of collecting data. It is a matter of choice. Some, like me, prefer the interview method of submitting data. Others prefer to enter the data themselves into a form. TaxBrain is another program that is great for uncomplicated tax returns that do not have too many deductions or self employment issues
Some software can do your taxes and file without charge, TurboTax for example, which is for a limited number of tax filers with very uncomplicated returns. It is also possible to prepare your tax return using an IRS free filing website. To access websites offering this convenience you should start on the IRS Free File webpage.
August 24th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
Content management systems help to manage all data whether it is text, video or images easily in a fast and efficient manner. CMS allows for multiple interactions from many people at the same time. It provides for effective detection of duplicate data and recovery’s data quickly.
There are many different CMS programs that are popular, but among them all, WordPress takes center stage. For blogging the personal home page platform from WordPress is the easiest to use for beginners. With the installation wizard and excellent documentation instructions, beginners find it very easy to use. You will get multimedia support that can be uploaded and plenty of built-in images. There are also many of WordPress users out on the Internet that are more then happy to help you build your management system, if you run into difficulties.
Drupal is another CMS with an active following. Drupal’s focal point is on platforms for blogging sites. The installation is easy and there are an extremely large amount of optional modules that you can use. The modules will create forums, profiles, user blogs and a ton of more options. There is plenty of support from the community who use Drupal in case you need any help.
If you are looking for an advanced CMS then Joomla might fit your needs. It is easy to install and works on shared hosting packages. Joomla comes with drop-down menus, and a nice administration interface, plus other great features. You can add any function that you need with an extension, but with Joomla, people need to pay for their themes and plug-ins.
Designers seem to favor Textpattern for its elegance. Textpattern’s code base is minimal and has been kept simple. It is easy to install and use and produces standard conforming pages. HTML elements are created using textile in text areas. New users will have no problem learning the administration sections. More functions can be added on by 3rd party extensions, plug-ins or mods. They have an active community if you find you need help in setting everything up for your system.
SilverStripe is very popular and has many of the same features as WordPress. The difference is that SilverStripe is more set up for content management. It is not geared towards blogging the way WordPress is set up. The design process is helped by using its own pattern of language. With SilverStripe, designers and developers can customize the administration area for clients.
There are many content management systems available to help people design exactly what they need for blogging or adding content to the Internet.
July 12th, 2011 by The Digital Front | Permalink
The internet and its accompanying webpages has a language all its own. In fact it has quite a few languages, and in order to create a webpage or develop a web platform it is critical that a person understand at least one of these programming languages.
By far one of the most commonly programming languages is PHP. PHP is actually a scripting language that has evolved a long way into its current version. Nowadays, just about anything can be done on the web in PHP and there are countless libraries to assist in connecting with 3rd party software or external APIs. The PHP language is a robust object-oriented approach to handling web requests. It is available across operating systems on everything from Linux to Windows and more. Many beginning programmers will choose this language because it is easy to learn and because of the popularity of the language itself. A PHP programmer is a valuable asset at any technology firm because he can update and fix problems in websites, but also because PHP has a great command line interface that allows it to be used for scripting of routine tasks.
Another important combination of languages used on the web is HTML and CSS. HTML is used in most every web page. In fact, it is used in conjunction with PHP to help organize the layout of webpages written in that scripting language. HTML 5 is an impressive new iteration of the hypertext markup language and a lot of things are being converted to HTML 5 from Flash or other more graphic-oriented approaches. CSS, or cascading style sheets, are a way to specify the design of the webpages. Everything from font color to hyperlink size and practically every feature of a webpage can be designated a specific format with the CSS language.
Finally, a lesser used language is Ruby. While there may not be as many people programming in Ruby, those who do are very passionate about it. It works with Rails in Ruby On Rails to provide an excellent programming platform for server side methods.
With so many computer languages out there, the possibilities for the applications of these different codes are limitless. For example, For example, you can go on a webpage, click on a button to speak to a customer service representative, and without you knowing, it would connect to a phone system. Within seconds, someone else will be on the other line with just one click. All this is happening through the interaction of computer programming languages. Arm yourself with knowledge of these languages and the web is yours.