Bitcoin is back in news again after trading at a record high of $4483 per coin this month. Many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin are powered by a technology known as blockchain, and its potential use cases extends far beyond just the financial world—it continues to find use in government, healthcare, real estate, security, and many other industries. At events and in publications that cover the advertising industry, blockchain has been a hot topic as a candidate for bringing in more transparency into ad tech and solving problems such as opaque supply chains and ad fraud, how much of it is hype and what are the facts? Before getting into how blockchain could help ad tech, let’s understand what it is and how it works. Each “block” in a blockchain typically contains a hash pointer to the previous block, timestamp, and transaction data. A blockchain is a growing list of records, or blocks, linked together and secured by cryptography. Stripped to the basics, … [Read more...] about Can Blockchain Fix the Problems of Digital Advertising Industry?
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Running a self hosted WordPress blog is fun, as we need to take care of everything. Moment you start a self hosted blog, you are almost running a business. That means, you need to take care of everything around your blog. One of the major concern with self hosted blogger is web-hosting. Till the time your current hosting is not giving any issues, you don’t need to worry about anything, but moment your WordPress blog gets old, or some buggy plugin or codes starts playing hide & seek, webhosting company can give nightmare. In last 4 years of blogging, I had many sleepless night because of hosting woes, and it’s always fun to fix the problem and learn something new. This is one reason, I often recommend new bloggers to opt for quality webhosting, which can easily host your WordPress blog, and you can focus more on thing you are best at; i.e. writing. In my earlier guide (Webhosting packages for beginners), I explained different type of hosting packages, and explained why … [Read more...] about Is it Worth the Upgrade?
The other day I noticed that my WordPress site (ShoutMeloud) started responding slow and at times it was giving error connecting database issue. At many instance it was giving me following error “Connection lost. Saving has been disabled until you’re reconnected. We’re backing up this post in your browser, just in case.” while writing a blog post. It was unusual, as my traffic was consistent and there was n change in server configuration. For the first few time I simply ignored this issue and today I ran into another issue with comment moderation. Even after accepting or trashing the comments, it was re-appearing. With that I was sure something is wrong with the database and I thought of repairing my database. Instead of using WP DB-manager plugin or WP-optimize plugin, I straight away used PHPMyAdmin to repair and optimise my database. For the first time I encountered something very unusual as I noticed few of my WordPress database tables couldn’t be … [Read more...] about [Fix] WordPress Database table doesn’t support repair Error
Every web developer tries their best to keep up with the latest trends. They always try to support any new internet accessible devices. Previously, the support was only restricted to desktop and laptop but with the advent of smartphones and tablets all running Wi-Fi, their reach has extended. These advancements indicate that the developers have to work with the trends which can adapt naturally to every screen size. This is the speciality of responsive web design. But have you ever thought about how images are made responsive to every device platform? Reading this blog would answer your question. It will help you to understand the technique behind handling responsive images. If you think that you have to spend a lot of time after coding for creating images for responsive layout, then you are wrong. To make it easy for you, you can use a couple of techniques which will allow you to scale your website quickly. Techniques for making images responsive: Image styles and positions: One if the … [Read more...] about The Techniques and Guidelines Behind Responsive Images
Sometimes, I wish I never knew about SEO, so that, I could write articles without worrying about Keyword research, Ranking on the first page of Google or driving an insane amount of traffic. Truth is, over the time this has become a necessity. Without traffic, our blog is just a star among countless stars in the universe which people would never know about. So, that’s where SEO comes in. WordPress being the best platform for blogging comes with an ample amount of plugin options. We wish to make our WordPress blog SEO optimized, we have hundreds of plugin for the same. We wish to make our blog secure, we have an unlimited number of WordPress security plugins available. All the other plugins are fine but what worries me is the number of SEO plugins available for WordPress. Do a simple search in Google for “WordPress SEO plugins” and you will be bombarded with options like: These are just a few of them. Now the question is what SEO plugin should we rely on and how many … [Read more...] about The Problem With Unlimited WordPress SEO Plugins
2016 is the year for mobile sites and mobile apps. Before, your focus needed to be on speeding up your website and implementing a responsive design. This year your focus should be optimizing your mobile site for speed and performance. In an earlier post, I have shared how you can check a website’s loading time and in this article, I will share how you can test the loading time for your mobile site. After the test, make sure you pinpoint the problems which are slowing down your mobile site. In the past year, my reading shifted to mobile phones and my action happens on a laptop. Sometimes my mobile is using the WiFi connection and many other times it uses the 3G connection to browse the internet. Many times I have closed a webpage because it takes a long time to load. Unlike desktops where we multi-task (multiple tabs opened at one time), on mobile phones, we are usually doing one action at a time. It is therefore essential that you have your mobile site well optimized for … [Read more...] about Check The Speed Of Your Mobile Website
You: I need urgent help? Customer support: We are looking into it after 10 minutes… You: Hey, Any update? My site is down Customer support:Sir/Mam, we are looking into it. I know how much it’s irritating and hard to imagine that someone has willingly ignored your request for support – Whether it is for premium themes & plugins or hosting or for any other products. It’s more frustrating that we have stuck somewhere while using their product and after writing an Email for a support request, we are not getting the help from their side. If it is not an emergency then we can wait some days for their response but what if it is urgent to resolve the problem? Feel like your own story? Well, this happens to many of us all the time.. .. This is why today you will be learning many secrets of writing support request that will get answered quickly. What to do to get attention for our problem from the support team of the product? How to write a … [Read more...] about How To Write A Support Request That Will Get Problem Fixed ASAP!
When ever it comes to writing a guide on Search engine optimisation, I have to be careful with my words, as some time few readers misunderstand the context, and end up using the White Hat SEO techniques to an extent, that it becomes Black Hat SEO. As the colour implies, black stands for something evil here, and white stands for fair and right way to do it. If you are someone who have a decent experience of running a blog or a website, you might be versed with the meaning of White Hat and Black Hat SEO, but many newbies find it hard to differentiate between these two type of SEO. Specially, when they read stuff like “Backlinks will improve your website ranking” and when they see on sites like Fiverr or Black Hat SEO forum about “thousands of link in less than $10”, they instantly hit checkout button and feel like rewarded. Only later they realize that such links are coming from spam or automated website, and doing more harm than any good. One of our Shouter have … [Read more...] about Black Hat SEO Vs White Hat SEO : Understand The Difference
Whenever we talk about WordPress SEO, WordPress duplicate content is one thing which every SEO professional will suggest you to avoid. It doesn’t mean when people say “WordPress is SEO optimized” they are lying, they are right, but the duplicate content issue in WordPress arises because of many reasons. Today, we will look into some of the basic reasons and will try to fix it one by one. Whenever we talk about WordPress, one common comment which you will always get “WordPress is SEO optimized”. That’s true but not completely. You can start a website on WordPress and expect to start ranking well. By option for WordPress as your Website/Blogging platform, you have taken a wise decision but that’s not all. There are many things which you need to do from the first day when you start using WordPress. What exactly is WordPress duplicate content issue? Content which is the same but can be accessed by two URL. This could be within your blog or could be … [Read more...] about What is WordPress Duplicate Content Issue & Fix for SEO
Art wouldn’t succeed without business, and business wouldn’t succeed without art. The people who succeed in both endeavors all share some very similar traits: Creativity. Courage to try new things. Understanding of humanity. Understanding of cultural relevance. Enough humility to receive and implement feedback. Feedback is crucial for any artistic and/or business endeavor. Without feedback, we are simply projecting our self-identified genius onto the world. But the goal of any business or artistic endeavor is ultimately to serve the people. But if we don’t receive feedback from the people we’re supposed to be serving, we remain ignorant to the pathway that will lead to our success. After understanding the necessary role of feedback, we also need to adjust our attitude to allow feedback to adequately influence our decisions. If we don’t do this, we will think that everything we do is right and that our own personal feedback is all that matters. But … [Read more...] about How To Master The Art Of Receiving Feedback To Advance Your Career