With the recent influx of devices hitting the markets which do not come equipped with a SD card reader, the obvious next step (as per the manufacturers main purpose of omitting the SD card slots) is to invest in a cloud service option. Here are 8 best Cloud Storage services you need to know about.
Not overly expensive. Great for sharing files. Great for automatically backing up photos from phones and devices. Excellent client (desktop/mobile) software. Unknown track record with privacy (but you can encrypt your own data, if that’s an issue). I’ve used them for a few years now and after attempting to migrate away, I decided to stick with them. This is our #1 pick in terms of balancing price with convenience and quality. Our only concern with Dropbox (and this is probably true for almost every service) is you can’t create special accounts or API Keys to upload files from servers or other places you don’t want to leave your password laying around.
Amazon Cloud Drive:
Cheaper than Dropbox. If most of your data is photos, you can get a dirt cheap plan. Keep in mind that Dropbox uses Amazon for their own data storage. The client software sucks. You would only attempt to go with Amazon because it’s cheaper.
Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive:
Both seem pretty equal in terms of pricing/features. Google’s client software seems to be a little better, especially on non-Windows operating systems. Data-privacy is probably the same (although Google may fight the govt. a bit more than Microsoft, but that’s subjective). Microsoft just recently lowered the amount of free data they give away. We prefer Google’s email (Gmail) over Microsoft’s offerings. Overall, we’re really not sure why one would use either of these services over DropBox, especially now that Dropbox has released their own set of “productivity tools”.
An open source project where you can either host your own dropbox-like system or pay a provider to do so. This is better if you like privacy. It would be great to use if you don’t mind maintaining it and have a box somewhere with a stable network connection to use. For the price of almost any vps/cloud-server-instance + disk space, you’re probably not going to beat Dropbox’s price. This seems like a cool option if all of those other things are already in place. In terms of convenience, we opted to stick with Dropbox. We have 0 experience with the client software, so no clue whether those are nice (or not).
Hypothetically, you could simply use Amazon’s (or really anyone’s “cloud” storage) to back your data up. It’s going to be just as secure as Dropbox, if not slightly more secure. (Security, almost strictly through obscurity — although S3 allows you to set access permissions). You can access the S3 through both a browser or use something like s3-fuse to mount a bucket as part of your file-system (Linux, maybe Mac). We believe there is an S3 File Browser thing for windows. This would probably be the cheapest option but would require the most work and not have a mobile client (Hey, there’s an idea for a project!)
Would like to add it to the list to store important documents with sensitive information. That’ll keep anyone from seeing sensitive stuff if your computer or cloud account is compromised.
For photos and videos if you’re ok having them downsized you can’t beat Google Photos. Even if you don’t want them downsized, would recommend Google Photos for the ease of organization and integration with other things. So long as you’re not creeped out by them having your photos and probably using them to improve their intelligence software.
HubriC from OVH, they are also accessible via an API and charge a flat rate (€50/year/10TB) however they do restrict speed (10/10) and their data-centre is in France which could be a deal breaker if you are US based.
What if I tell you that you can have it all? You can be a good designer (figuring out the problems and coming op with fitting solutions, communicating with your client etc.). If you’re really serious, I strongly suggest taking an online graphic/web design course from a university. Many will let you do this either for free, or for a fee but without having to apply for admission since you’re not taking a full degree program. Classes like this are really important to help you get the fundamentals of design, which are tough to get from just short online tutorials.
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Dribbble : Social network/showcase for designers. Great for inspiration, so long as you don’t get caught up in the feedback loops there. Because of their exclusivity people perceive them as elitist but bear in mind that’s their attempt at quality control. They market themselves to people looking for the best of the best in the design field. There are lots of good things about dribble. Take their jobs section. You don’t have to be a member to look at that, and it connects you with some pretty serious players in the business. There are a lot of great designers who post on there, but there are way more who are students or junior level. There is zero correlation between having an account and being a good designer.
Much of the stuff getting posted on Dribbble is taken out of context of how you would actually see it in a working design.
Behance : . Behance along with actual work in the form of raw code and group stuff, could get you job offers with Microsoft, Adobe and Texas Instruments among other companies. In fields like graphic design with such a low entry barrier, We see enough terrible design on a daily basis. That being said, granted there are much more good designers than on a site like Behance rather than on Dribble.
A List Apart : Long-running web magazine discussing design, development, web standards and content strategies. There are few, if any, sources that are better when it comes to the subject of web design.
Designer News : A great aggregator of design links and discussions. This could be an almost daily read for you.
Jeffrey Zeldman : Founder of A List Apart and the guy that started the web standards movement on the mid 90’s. It is easily one of the most influential people in interactive design.
Colossal : Chicago-based design mag for the web. It is usually a great resource for some visual inspiration.
The Great Discontent : Really solid interviews with creative people, like Jeffrey Zeldman. (http://thegreatdiscontent.com/jeffrey-zeldman)
Medium: This Could Be Better : “Questionable design decisions, questioned.”
Really you just need to start building a site. When you find you have hit a wall start searching for ways to solve that particular problem. No class is going to teach/prepare you for everything nor will they give you all of the possible ways to solve the problem.
DesignersList : A great way to learn design is to just mimic websites you like. If you can copy them, you’ll kinda learn their thought process along the way and hopefully pick up WHY they chose to do what they did in the design. Get photoshop and just learn as you go! Follow design blogs and immerse yourself into the world.
Once you’ve got a feel for how the markup works, we would recommend avoiding frameworks until you really understand the language and general flow of a webapp. It’s a recipe for confusion otherwise since they all seek to abstract the details of the request/response cycle.
UpLabs : Copy what you love and eventually once you have seen and done a lot of things you’ll be able to develop your own style using established principles which have already proven to work. And always remember: A great interface design is not finished when there’s nothing left to add, but when there’s nothing left to remove.
Travis Neilson : Travis Neilson’s YouTube Show, his Podcast “Trav And Los” and Mackenzie Child on YouTube.
Edward Tufte : Edward Tufte’s “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_vdqi
There is an entire world of knowledge in this book. If you can’t see that, and lots of people can’t, consider a different career. If you can, you are on the right path and have a good chance at success.
Mackenzie Child : Search for Mackenzie Child on youtube. He’s currently doing one design per day to lead up to the release of a design course. Apart from that he also goes into the design process in the earlier videos of his Rails tutorials. He’s recently put them up for free on his Youtube as well.
Stack Exchange : If you’re speaking of technical, “how do I do this thing” type questions, then you should create an account over at StackExchange and ask away.
Always do your homework first, though. The sites are strictly moderated by their respective community, and poorly-worded or off-topic questions will be closed. Take the time to read the site description for each site and read some existing questions to figure out where your particular question makes most sense. If you put a bit of effort into learning the system you can get a lot out of Stack Exchange, but if you just run in and start asking poorly-researched questions you’ll quickly get frustrated.
Ink : As you get further along, you should check out Ink – http://ink.sapo.pt/
It is a mini framework on which you can easily build responsive interfaces.
Hackdesign : It gives you the core fundamentals of fonts and even some really cool snippets for responsive templates. http://hackdesign.org/
Designer Tool Box : http://designerstoolbox.com/ LOVE this site, it has various die lines for packaging and envelopes, has information on envelope enclosure sizes, loren ipsum generator and photoshop files of browser windows that are customizable.
CSS Typeset : http://csstypeset.com/ Automated css text editing. Make your text pretty without any coding knowledge!
There are many factors that make your site running slowly, We are going to explain some of them here
• Have you optimized all your codes?
• Have you optimized your SQL query?
• How effective is your code, connection and database?
• Server specification.
• Network connection.
• Total number of clients/sites in a server.
• Whether there are junks, applications that are installed on the server.
• Whether there are cron, scheduled tasks that run on the server.
Plugins to use:
We tested a bunch of speed plugins, Wordfence gave us the best verified results via Google Page Speed Check.
Other things to consider–
• Are you using a CDN?
• Try installing WP Smush.it and optimizing all images.
• You might need to switch to a new theme. We like to Google Page Speed Test the live demo pages of themes before choosing one, so we know the benchmark for each before we start messing with it.
We’ve run very decently sized Woo shops (~2,500 products). Most of the time when we encountered extreme slowness, it was a plugin (SEO plugins especially). We would recommend you to check if the site is still slow after every step in case your pagespeed is too slow:
• Change your theme to a default.
• Deactivate all plugins except WooCommerce.
• Reactivate all other plugins except for the default. It can be a conflict of plugins, each of which works
perfectly OK when they are separated but not so much when combined in the same install.
• Use P3 to see which plugin is causing the most drain on your site, if you’re having trouble figuring it out
• WooCommerce recommends 64 MB of memory; most shared hosts only give you 40 MB. See if you can change this yourself or with your host’s help (sometimes they will allow you to change it by request, they just set to a lower default — does depend on the host though).
• Check out your WooCommerce System Status page for other recommendations. They do provide a pretty neat page that will list any incompatibilities/potential funkiness with your host/server/PHP version/many other things.
• WooCommerce should be able to run okay-ish on shared hosting, but it depends on the host. Also for best results we would probably say to upgrade the hosting (especially if you plan to add a lot of products). We ran into 3 WooCommerce installs, 25-30 products each, all running on the same shared hosting account before, and while they worked, everything was prone to crashing and everything was very slow.
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1.Gravity Forms: Ease of use, reliability, support, flexibility to create forms that are as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Also, in general, if you’re going to build a product and a business, it is always a good idea to spend some hands-on time of your own with your competitor’s product. Be objective, and learn what you can. It will always be time and money well spent. It’s an incredible tool that’s well supported and well documented. Using their documentation, you will be able to write custom functions that fire after submission which gives you a huge amount of control over what happens to the information. Unfortunately, if you aren’t actually customizing the functions or working with the php, you’ll have a hard time using Gravity Forms to its full potential. However, if you’re comfortable with php and working with the files on the server, it’ll seriously do just about anything you need. With having a developer license you can use it on countless projects. It makes creating forms of all types a breeze and is pretty easy to customize for specialize.
2. OptinMonster: The cool thing about OptinMonster is that it has many different forms to choose from, such as lightbox, full-screen takeover, inline code, sidebar widgets, and more. Switch to using OptinMonster for your email capture tool, and it will be nothing short of amazing! Purchase their pro plan, which is $199/year, but well worth it if you understand the ROI of email marketing. You can find a coupon code that could save you some. You’d like to use the exit-intent technology and you will be surprised by the result.
3.MailChimp, combined with Ninja Forms: useful for creating and managing MailChimp forms on a website. You don’t technically need Ninja Forms to run a mailing list with MailChimp, but it makes it so much easier to manage. You would love this setup because you can actually sort your subscribers by what form they filled out, which can be used to tell you what they’re interested in. That allows you to send more relevant email to whoever subscribed. Disclosure: Yet again, the MailChimp addon for Ninja Forms isn’t free. If that’s not your thing, no biggie just use MailChimp’s embed options. It takes more time, but it definitely can get the job done.
4.SumoMe: It is free (-ish) and can do what you’re looking for. It’s free & allows you to do what you’re asking + a lot more.
5.MailPoet combined with MandrillApp: You can set MailPoet up so the emails are entirely configured, you can set it up to post out your latest content etc, you can set it up so users can subscribe to posts, you can set up multiple mailing list, you can configure some cool footers, promotional material in your emails, branding etc. You can use MandrillApp to handle sending the emails rather than bothering to configure the SPF records and all the other nonsense required to get emails to be delivered successfully. There’s also Mailgun. Both MandrillApp and MailGun provide for 10,000+ emails per month to be sent for free. Mailpoet is free too for the basic version.
Li-Fi is the great new marketing term for what has been known and referred to as VLC (visible light communication) for decades. It’s basically the same principle as communicating with ships by shuttering lanterns and using morse code.
Li-Fi is essentially communication using ultra-fast pulses of light and a photosensor. Any communication is essentially being able to send structured packets of data via binary pulses. Just like with dimming an LED, where you adjust the duty cycle, i.e. the ratio of on/off time of the rapid flashing of the light (see: pulse width modulation), there is a controller on the light which adjusts the rate and width of the pulses.
If a light is hooked up to an internet connection and has the required circuitry, it is possible to use the duration and frequency of these pulses to send encoded information, i.e. data, to a photoreceptor on, say, your laptop, where the computer will decode the light pulses into a data connection, and communicate back with its own pulses.
All of this is invisible to the naked eye due to either the frequencies being too fast to detect (see: flicker fusion rate), or they are dim. The benefits of Li-Fi include that there is much more available ‘spectrum’, whereas Wi-Fi is limited to a narrow band of rf. Li-Fi is also more secure than Wi-Fi due to the necessity of being in the environment to receive the data (light does not pass through walls), and it is also quite quick, ranging from gigabits for direct to 10s of megabits for indirect light exposure.
It’s quite the field at the moment! The tech is fascinating and forecast to explode in the next several years, but there are of course limitations. The first consumer products were demonstrated this year, but we don’t foresee you finding at your local store for another year.
Most interesting applications we’ve seen for Li-Fi are communications between cars (particularly self-driving) through headlights. As you can imagine, this makes sense because the line of sight is constrained, and the range can be superior in certain cases where you have objects going past each other and out of range at high speeds. This is made easier by the fact that LASER headlights seem to be the future, rather than LED.
For instance, the very quick rates used for Li-Fi (and even for fiber optic data transmission cables) have special hardware for blinking quickly.
In terms of the actual silicon itself, it’s in the nanoseconds ideally, but depends on the manufacturing, crystallinity, etc. Keep in mind that LEDs are at their core electrical devices. Also, if you add phosphor (like in white LEDs), then the time will be EXTRAORDINARILY lengthened by the fact that the phosphor is basically glow-in-the-dark goop that will slowly dim as it is ‘de-charged’.
Note : We are not sure if its primetime for Li-Fi yet. What we’re sure is that they’d find a way-out to get it worked as soon as possible for in the market!