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Advantages and disadvantages of using Drupal

Drupal

Drupal became one of the most comprehensive CMS systems available. The script has a very specific programming enviroment, that could be described better as a programmer’s platform than a simple CMS script.

The script as an Open Source is chosen by many programmers who outgrew simpler scripts like Quick.Cms or WordPress.
The CMS can be downloaded and viewed at www.drupal.org

Advantages

Includes a lot of functionality

Drupal includes lot of functionalities like: advanced menu management, polls management, graphics modification tool, users management and much more. These functions make it possible to create simple or advanced websites, blogs, discussion boards, social networking pages, etc.

Variety of content types

Drupal is famous for allowing to create and manage many content types, like: videos, polls, user management, text, blogs, podcasts, statistics, and others.

Advanced users management

An administrator can create new user accounts and establish their permission rights. Users can be divided into groups and can be given assignments. They can be given permissions to manage parts of your website.

Graphics management

The script includes capabilities of design elements editing. Available templates and themes make for a good start. Predefined page functions configurations make it easy to create both a simple as well as more complicated page configurations.

Page content management

Drupal allows you to categorize your content through URL addresses, paths, making your own lists. This structure makes for easy management, search and reuse of the content.

Plugins

The script has several thousands of plugins available on its website. Since Drupal is an Open Source, you can use as well as create your own plugins.

Support

On the Drupal homepage, there’s a documentation, well developed discussion board, chat, mailing list, etc. You can find there plenty of information and help concerning managment and modification of the script.

Disadvantages

Installation and modification

The script is not very user-friendly and requires advanced knowledge to install and modify. Quick.Cms, WordPress and even Joomla are simpler to use, even thoug they do not offer functionalities as rich as Drupal does.

Compatibility

Drupal have planty of new solutions. If you’re used to older systems, getting used to this script will take some time.

Efficiency

When considering scalibility and efficiency, Drupal is far behind other scripts like Quick.Cms or WordPress. If your website is very large, the script will generate a big server load. It is caused by the big range of possibilities provided by Drupal. There are however plugins that load a website to the server’s cache, what decreases the server load.

Conclusions

Drupal is an advanced CMS system offering plenty functions, that in other scripts require installing many plugins (if they are at all available). Unfortunately it means, that any interference in the script’s code requires advanced knowledge of PHP and HTML languages as well as CSS. Luckily for those with at least basic knowledge of these languages, there’s a very good technical support. Using this script one has to be aware though, that as traffic on your website increases, there might come a time when the server adminsistrator shuts your site down due to too heavy server load.

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  • Drupal screenshot - admin panel menu types
  • Drupal screenshot - admin panel page form
  • Drupal screenshot - admin panel pages management

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING JOOMLA CMS

Joomla!

When it comes to complexity, Joomla! places somewhere between simple WordPress and comprehensive and advanced Drupal.

The Open Source script is very popular among programmers who create even quite advanced websites with it.

The CMS can be downloaded and viewed at www.joomla.org

Advantages

Easy to install

Joomla! is quite simple to install. It takes only about ten minutes from downloading to having a working script on a server. It is not as easy as Quick.Cms or WordPress, but is still much simpler than Drupal.

Plugins

The script has several thousands of free plugins available at the homepage. WordPress may have even more, but to make it as functional as Joomla!, you have to instal dozen or so plugins to start with.

Support

There is abundance of programmer’s tools and tutorials available for users. There’s also an extensive discussion board.

Navigation management

The script has a comprehensive navigation system, that can successfully manage several hierarchies. It allows to easily manage a site even with couple hundred subpages.

Good looking URLs

Links generated by the script are very friendly and make for better SEO positioning.

Updates

When the page design is ready, there will come a time to update the script to a newer version. You can do it from web browser.

Advanced administration

Administration panel provides many functions that can be intimidating in the beginning. In time, however, you can master most of them to use the full potential of the script.

Disadvantages

Limited adjustment options

Even though Joomla! has many modules and templates, it is always missing something for the more advanced users. It’s still better than in case of WordPress.

Server resources and efficiency

Modularity and expendability often means bigger demands on server parameters. This certainly is the case. Still, if the website is not too large and there will not be thousands of visitors, there should be no problems, at least not in the beginning.

Paid plugins

Some of plugins and modules for Joomla! are paid, unlike for e.g. WordPress or Drupal. It pays to spend some time to make sure you won’t have to buy an addition that is free in some other script.

Plugins compatibility

There may occure some frustrating compatibility issues between some of the plugins. It may turn out that it will be impossible to get some functionalities without some serious work on the PHP code.

First contact

Many users, beginners especially, are terrified by multitude of possibilities and functions. So if the website is to be simple and the user or the client is just beginning, it would be wiser to use Quick.Cms or WordPress.

Conclusions

If you have some experience with CMS systems and you’re looking for something more than WordPress, but you’re still intimidated by Drupal, Joomla! might be just the thing for you. The script is free, has a great number of plugins, modules and templates as well as good technical support. It’s a system of choice for multimedia sites and sites with a lot of content – it’s when it performs best.

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  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel dashboard
  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel menu
  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel article editing

Thought provoking facts

The internet is something i would like to devote my time to studying, as big and intriguing as it is we still have a lot to know about it. Here are a some facts that got me thinking.

 

The internet weighs as much as one strawberry

Russel Seitz is a physicist who has crunched some very precise numbers.  With some atomic physics assumptions, the billions upon billions of ‘data-in-motion’ moving electrons on the Internet add up to approximately 50 grams.  That is 2 ounces, the weight of one strawberry. Now that i know that i know that the internet is 2 ounces, how many ounces will a website have?

 The  online dating business generates over a billion dollars each year.

According to Reuters and PC World, the statistics for online dating in the USA are very high.  Statisticbrain.com,  reveals that the online dating industry alone has annual revenues of up to 1.7 billion dollars. While this just touches on USA alone one can begin to wonder how much is spent on this business world wide, what does this now tell us about the dynamics of dating? All thanks to the internet.

to be continued…………

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How to Increase traffic to your website

Website-Traffic

 

  1. Focus on long-tail keywords – The days of focusing on a single keyword for each page are long gone. Make sure your posts include all the relevant terms and phrases related to your topic. For help with finding long-tail keywords, see my post How to Find LSI (Long Tail) Keywords Once You’ve Identified Your Primary Keywords.
  2. Start a forum on your website – An active forum can quickly begin ranking for long-tail keywords. They’re also great for decreasing your site’s bounce rate, increasing time-on-site, as well as building a community.
  3. Start a Facebook group that drives traffic to your site – Start a niche-specific group where members can ask questions and get support (and don’t forget to point them back to your site’s content where relevant).
  4. Submit your blog posts to StumbleUpon – It works!
  5. Promote your blog posts to your email list – This doesn’t have to be the main focus of all your emails, but including a link or two back to your blog posts can considerably increase traffic, leads, and sales.

How to make money online with a website Part1

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Here are some of my findings i got for how to earn while having a website. I will post next other findings on how to earn without a website online.

1- Affiliates / Affiliate Marketing

Through the use of affiliates you can join some affiliate groups where buy you agree to sell their products whether its software or hardware . You will be given a commission out of the products bought and it will be wired into your account whether bank or their site account depending with the policies of the Affiliate Company you are working for.

Affiliate marketing has its Pros and Cons .

Advantages -all you need to do is to implement the affiliate code you are connected with your account. So its easy to use no coding and linking needed. So you just post the link on your site and depending on your traffic the higher traffic the higher chance someone might like what you are selling and they will go to the site with the product using your post referral and when they purchase it your commission is deposited into your account.

Disadvantages – its a point of chance and also hard work because you need to keep pushing the word out until it reaches someone who is interested out of the many so you have to find ways to keep posting and referring in different ways that can attract or convince someone to purchase.

Some affiliates come with shops/pages that they give you so you manage on your own whether prices and appearances so you can increase the value and get that percentage you already supposed to get e.g lets say you have an affiliate shop for selling cars and there’s a car going for $200 and you will earn 50% if its sold under your affiliate link or shop . Then you edit the vehicle price and make it $500 and when someone buys it you will be still given your 10%.

Some good affiliates to try are

CJ Affiliate

http://www.clickbank.com/

http://store.templatemonster.com

http://www.siteground.com

 

2-CPC (Cost Per Click)

This is one of the most favored method of earning money. By the use of adverts displaying on your desired area of you website ,once a visitor hits your website and come across the interesting ad as soon as they click on that ad they will be redirected from your website to that adverts website and a few Dollars and Cents will deposited in your earnings account.

So if you attract expensive ads by the attractiveness and well organised site arrangement and content the more expensive ads appearing on your site will mean when clicked more money coming your way.

Displaying banners based on a cost-per-click basis is the easiest way to make money with a site.

Usually it’s just a matter of creating the ad banners and placing them in visible places and within the guidelines. You then get paid for each click on the ads. CPC ads come in many forms, from the traditional 468×60 banners to in-text advertising.

Google’s AdSense program made this model very popular, and it still offers the highest payouts by far. Google’s guidelines are strict though. It’s tempting to put ads right next to navigation items and gain on accidental clicks, but this can get your account banned.

You are given a percentage of the revenue made on each click, so more popular terms bring in more revenue. Earnings from

Some of the best sites for this are

Google AdSense

Media.net (Yahoo! and Bing ads)

InfoLinks

adcash

 

3-Advertising Space

You can also earn money by selling advertisement space. You give a portion or spot on your website to place companies adverts for a particular period and get paid either once a month or periodically depending on your agreements.

This will give you stable monthly income as the company will pay and you give them the space for the whole month to advertise their product.

The money you will get will not be as great as the Google Adsense CPM as this Space you provide will be only for 1 company. The only good thing is its definite that you will get your money but at the same time you will need to have a high impressive traffic on your Website so that companies are confident to be published.

Some great sites who help in making this possible are

https://buysellads.com/publishers

http://www.adengage.com/sell-internet-ads/

http://www.isocket.com/publishers

 

 

4-Sponsored Content

Also called advertorials, sponsored content is a great way of adding valuable content to your site while earning some money in the process.

With sponsored content, advertisers write posts on the topic your site covers to show their expertise and build their brand.

It’s also a great way of doing a sponsored giveaway together with an advertiser (so you can feel a bit like Oprah).

Sponsored content is often confused with paid links, where an advertiser is pays solely for link placement. Paid links can get you in trouble with Google, and there’s a fine line between sponsored content and paid links. A good rule of thumb here is that your audience should value the content and learn something from it. It’s the content that matters, not so much the actual link to the paying advertiser.

Selling sponsored content can best be done by yourself, since most networks are easily abused for link building. Depending on your traffic you can charge anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars per post.

 

5-Advertising on Email

When you run a popular newsletter you can sell space in your emails as well as on your website.

You can charge a one-time fee or promote affiliate deals. If you go the affiliate route, make sure the program allows for email advertising, especially when working with networks.

When you have a few thousands targeted subscribers, it is possible to earn a few hundred dollars on each mailing. Professional newsletter tools allow for excellent split-testing so you can easily try out what works best.

Ads in newsletters are mostly sold directly to advertisers, while for affiliate deals you can use the companies listed above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip of The Day

To improve your SEO you should always remember to rename you website directory filenames with keyword namings and not leave the default file names. You should also seperate the filename words with hyphens – and not under score _ e.g (1) mobile-android-applications and (2)mobile_android_applications
as google search engine reads as follows = (1) mobile android applications (Good) and (2) mobileandroidapplications (Bad)

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Guy Spends Four Years, $50K Building Giant Computer to Play Tetris

We’ve all got hobbies that we probably spend too much time and money on. But only one of us has spent four years and $53,000 building a giant computer that can play Tetris.

James Newman’s “Megaprocessor” is 33 feet wide, 6 feet high, and weighs half a ton. It’s really, really big. It has 10,000 LED lights and 40,000 transistors, and yet, after all that time and money, the processor is only 20kHz.

“If you ask yourself what do you do with a processor like this,” Newman, a British engineer, says in the video above, “the answer is that you can play games, like Tetris.” So far, that seems to be all the giant computer can do, but Newman doesn’t seem to mind. (Between this and that Tetris movie trilogy, the game really is having a moment.)

“The machine on your desk may be a million times better than what I have built but mine is much prettier,” he told the BBC. Newman started the project to help himself visualize how microprocessors work, and pointed out that while our paltry computers might do more things than a puzzle game, his creation, which sits in his house, “has 10,000 times more LEDs.” He does have a point there.

The Megaprocessor Q&A on Newman’s website is similarly straightforward. What is it, you ask? “The Megaprocessor is a micro-processor built large. Very large.” And why? “Because I want to.” To each their own.

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