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New features in wordpress 4.1

WordPress Version 4.1 was released on 18 December, 2014 with new features and improvements.  This version of wordpress was named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington. This new version comes with several improvements such as new default theme, an improved writing experience and plugin recommendations. WordPress 4.1 has a renewed focus on writing. The wordpress team has introduced a new distraction-free writing mode.

Here are some of changes/features you will see in new wordpress version:

  • Twenty Fifteen Theme: Twenty fifteen theme is clean, blog focused and designed for clarity. This theme is designed using mobile first approach. It is responsive theme, so it looks good for any device and any screen resolution. It’s straightforward typography suitable for multiple languages. Twenty Fifteen looks best when using large, featured images.

Twenty Fifteen is a two-column theme with a focus on content. It is light in color with a left hand sidebar and content in the right column. It also ships with five different color schemes, ranging from dark to pink that are accessible from within the theme customizer.

  • Plugin Recommendations: When you browse to add new plugins screen, you’ll see a new recommended tab. Recommendations are based on data from thousands of wordpress sites about plugins that are commonly used together.
  • Distraction-Free Writing Mode: WordPress version 4.1 also lets you concentrate on writing content without distractions with distraction free writing mode. Enable distraction free writing mode and the surrounding interface will fade away when you start typing. It letting you focuses on your writing. To bring back the menu, move the mouse cursor to the left or right of the editor.
  • Inline Image Editing Toolbar: This feature allows you to align your images properly on a blog post. With wordpress 4.1, you can click on the image and select the alignment directly from it. It provides a quick and easy way to align an image or access additional editing options.
  • Choose a Diffrenent Language: WordPress 4.1 has been translated into over 40 languages. You can now choose a language for your site at any time by visiting the general settings.

 

  • Logout All Session With One Button: WordPress 4.1 includes a new Session UI. The UI shows up on the profile page when wordpress detects more than one active session. When pressed, the button logs out of every session except for the active one. This is useful for those times when users might have forgotten to log off from a laptop, phone, or public computer.
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What you need to know about Web Forms

A web form allows a user to enter data that is sent to a server for processing. When data that has been entered into HTML fields and the form is submitted, the names and values in the form elements are encoded and sent to the server. A form is a section of a document containing normal content, check boxes, radio buttons, menus and labels. Some of examples of forms are:

o   Contact Form

o   Order Form

o   Registration Form

o   Survey Form

Spammers are annoyingly everywhere. Most of them are caught by spam filters but every once in a while one or two get through. So how can you protect your website from hacker and create a spam filtered form?

Following are the methods which will helps you in creating quality and spam secure form:

Use CAPTCHAs- A CAPTCHA is a visual image that is written in a strange font and is difficult to read. It will be impossible for a computer to read CAPTCHA text, but a human can read them. You can add three types of CAPTCHA’s to your web form:

  •       Standard CAPTCHA: The user has to type a few letters that are displayed on the screen to complete the form submission.
  • Simple math CAPTCHA: A very easy arithmetic test. A very simple mathematical equation is displayed in image user has to type solution for that equation.
  •       Google ReCAPTCHA: Google ReCAPTCHA is a very powerful anti-spam device. It displays CAPTCHA’s which are Easy for people and hard for robots.

Validations: The form should have checks/validations so that the user does not submit any incorrect information. Even if forms are clear and labels explain what is required, customers will still make errors, such as using the letter ‘o’ instead of a zero, or ‘I’ instead of the number one. So make sure to set these types of validations to your form. It will help you prevent spam.

Data Confirmation Screen- Data confirmation screen will be displayed after form submission. What happened with this option is that it displays a web page after the form has been completed which allows the sender to review and check the data for confirmation. And subscriber should be asked to visit mail box for confirmation of email address. It will prevent you from automated submission robots.

Highlight Required Fields- Clearly mark all the compulsory fields. Notifying site visitors that field is required is a great way to increase user interaction with form. There are several times when a user won’t understand what a form element means. So you can overcome this problem by adding help text for labels. Display hints when a user clicks on a particular field of your form.

Use In-Line Error Check- When user make a mistake when completing a form, don’t make them wait until they click the submit button on the page. Quickly displays an easy to understand error message and ask user to correct mistake. This enables customers to quickly rectify any problems and reassures them that they have completed the form correctly.

Fields Labels- Quality of field labeling means the format in which users are expected to enter information should be made clear.

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Magento for your next ecommerce project

Magento Ecommerce

 

Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source content management system for e-commerce web sites. Choosing an e-commerce platform to set up an online store always becomes the first challenge for any business. The magento e-commerce platform is one of the world’s leading platforms for online business that comes packed with many of user-friendly features. It allows you to update your ecommerce website automatically, which is not available in other e-commerce platforms. Some features of Magento Ecommerce plateforms are:

 

  • Multiple Site Functionality: It allows controlling multiple websites and stores from one Administration Panel.

 

  • SEO Friendly: If your website does not get traffic visits through search engines then you are not going to achieve a ROI. Magento ecommerce websites are seo friendly websites. Magento generates SEO-friendly URLs. So it’s easy for customers to find your products online.

 

  • Management & Flexibility: You can control content separately for each individual page. You can view the page layout graphically in admin panel. Fully 100% customizable design using templates. Web Services API for easy integration between Magento and any third-party application.

 

  • User friendly: When you use Magento, the products of your store can be displayed easily. That gives the people a great buying experience. It displays products in groups that help customers to find out the things they are looking for quickly. Best zoom-in capacity, product reviews and multiple of a product are some of the features that make it more users friendly.

 

  • Easy and Secure Checkout: Different payment options and one page checkout makes it easy to order your products. User can order products without having an account as a guest. SSL security support for orders on both front-end and back-end makes all payments secure.

If you want to do online business then without any question you should go with Magento Ecommerce websites.

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Drupal as a CMS

Drupal is a popular Content Management System that has been around for some time now and is used for creating dynamic websites having different scopes including user administration, news aggregation, community features etc., It is flexible, robust, secure, scalable for future enhancements and easy to manage.

History of Drupal: Drupal was initially created as a message board software in 1999. In less than one year’s time it caught the attention of the developer community and started having a lot of features contributions. The Drupal community was formally incepted in 2005 and since then it has evolved into a very well developed, secure and robust system.

As Drupal’s popularity soared, big brands like AOL Corporate, Sony Music, MTV UK etc., started using it.

What kinds of projects does Drupal work well with:

  • CMS based websites which have content pages, galleries, forms, blogs etc.,
  • Sites that can interact with other sites and technologies.
  • Work flow based web sites and applications.
  • Social networking sites that have members area, wikis, blogs, forums and other such features.
  • Classifieds directories that have paid membership for advertisers.

Are sites made on Drupal safe?: Yes Drupal based sites are very safe provided the version is updated on a regular basis and the basic security measures on the server and any code customizations have been followed.

How long does it take to make a site in Drupal? It all depends on the scope of work. If the site is a simple CMS site with a straightforward design then it can be done within days. However if the scope is vast and the design is complex then it can take a few weeks or months.

What are the minimum server requirements to run a Drupal website? In terms of Disk Space, minimum requirement should be of 15 Megabytes. Web server should be Apache. Database should be MY SQL 5.0.15 and PHP version should be 5.4 or higher.

At Vantagewebtech we have been making websites using Drupal in different scopes. Contact Us for your website needs.

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Choosing a Payment Gateway for your online business

Payment Gateways can be defined as a bridge which allows secure transactions between merchants and consumers. It is a service that authorizes credit or debit card payments and processes them securely. Choosing a payment gateway can be difficult, there’s a lot of competition, a lot of confusion and a lot of data to figure out. Following are the most popular Global Payment Gateways:

  • Worldpay
  • Checkout by Amazon
  • PayPal
  • Intuit
  • PayLane

 

Worldpay: Worldpay is a payment processing company. It provides internet payment gateways to e-commerce business. Worldpay charges 2.75% transaction fee for credit cards and 39p for debit cards.

Checkout by Amazon: Amazon is one of the largest shopping sites in world. Amazon creates a payment gateway for others to use and named it Checkout by Amazon. It allows companies to embed Amazon checkout buttons onto their site which allow users to purchase items through their Amazon account. Checkout by Amazon charges 3.4% + 20p per transaction for accounts that receive less than £1,500 per month and 1.4% + 20p per transaction for those receiving over £55,000 per month.

PayPal: PayPal payment gateway allows people to pay via credit and debit cards as well as through their PayPal account. PayPal offers special low rate of 1.4% + 20p.

Intuit: Intuit is an American company and it can provide merchant service- payment gateway to you. Intuit payment gateway charges are as:

o   Setup fee = 0

 

o   Monthly fee = $19.95

 

o   Chargeback fee = $20

 

PayLane: PayLane offers most popular online payment methods. It provides affordable pricing for their services. PayLane fee plan is as 2.8%+0.25 EUR for debit and credit cards and 0 EUR for Paypal users.

Choosing the right payment gateway solution for your business can often affect your online business. If payments on your online store are not optimally set up, you could lose a lot of sales opportunities and that means loss of money. So figure out best payment gateway and make your customer satisfied with checkout options.

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Landing Pages – An important aspect of online marketing.

When online marketers are trying to reach out to their target audiences through their Advertising campaigns, it is imperative to include landing pages in their campaigns to provide a logical end to the advertisements and have an effective tool to measure the success of the campaigns. The page which opens when a web user clicks on a link/ advertisement/search engine result etc., is called a landing page.

This page is a continuation of the advertisement that was clicked to reach this page. The purpose of this page is to make the web visitor take a desired action which can be to purchase a product/service, fill up a form, get more information, etc.,

The landing pages can be linked to the website or can be stand alone pages which are an extension of a Advertisement done through paid search engine advertisings, e-mail marketing, banner ads etc.,

How are landing pages helpful:

  1. a) Track the performance of the Ad campaign – landing pages normally have a mechanism to track the traffic coming from specific sources and advertisements. It also helps in tracking how this specific advertisement traffic is interacting with the page. Since Landing Pages are linked to specific ad campaigns, the traffic that they get is only from those ads.
  1. b) Target Focused– the purpose of a landing page is normally to lead the web visitor to perform a specific action like fill up a form, purchase a product etc., There are no multiple targets on the page to confuse the web visitor. Its purpose is to focus the visitor’s attention on only one goal and lead him to do that.
  1. c) A logical completion to your ad campaign – If your ad is focused on a hot selling product that you have an offer on, then making the web visitors reach a page where they can get more relevant information on the offer and product and can buy that product will be much better then making them reach on a general page where they have to look for the product and can be distracted by other information which is not relevant to that page.
  1. d) Test new techniques – Since landing pages are a part of the advertisement, they play an important role in enhancing the performance of a campaign. Since they are generally stand alone pages, it is easier to experiment with them. Various test techniques like A/B Split testing can be used easily and effectively to see what works best. And when some changes are made in the advertisements, landing pages can also be changed in accordance.
  1. e) Ease for visitors: Focused landing pages help the potential customers to take the desired action with ease and without wasting time. Web users do not have the time or inclination to find information that they are interested in and find out how to act.
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