Great tool to benchmark your web page performance and load time.
There is no such thing as being too safe in terms of managing web server. Your hosting provider may have provided complimentary daily backup to your VPS or Dedicated Server, you do weekly and monthly backup of your FTP files and database, but still worse thing can happen which you do not expect. The consequences can be fatal: permanently loose some or all of your data.
If you already do the regular backup then you can probably restore everything with the cost of your time, or the hosting support team may assist you to restore their daily backup. Then again, there is a possibility their backup is on the same node that is having the problem.
Having a remote backup is one of the most simple precaution you can do to add another layer to your disaster recovery plan. One of the reasons web/IT people hesitate to do this is because it means doubling the cost of the web server since you need to host a new one in preferably different location. Well, in my case this obstacle has been solved as I managed to find a couple of companies that offer special product only for this purpose. Continue reading
The year is coming to an end. How many real posts I published in 2010? Only about ten, and the last one was almost 7 months ago. Where is my motivation to publish more stuff? Well now I just found a new web service / browser extension called Scribefire. The Idea is I can publish post more easily right from my browser and start writing right that minute. Will this encourage me to post more often? We’ll see….
By the way, ScribeFire works in Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
I have to admit it, Coda by Panic is really one of the best Mac apps ever. Not only it has finally given me the better direction in developing HTML/CSS correctly, it also makes it more fun! It is quite a shame that Panic has not been updating it for a few months now, but that does not make it less powerful.
Why? Because Coda supports third-party plug-ins to enable you add more functions on top on the ones that come with the application itself. No, those plug-ins will not automatically create a website for you.. Consider them like as WordPress plug-ins or widgets, simple and small functions but if collected and used properly can save you hours of development time. Continue reading
When you go to a really cool website and want to contact the person or company who runs it, what is your most preferred method? Email, instant message, social media (Twitter, Facebook), or via the contact form? Either one is good, but for most people contact form would probably the most convenient one. Continue reading
I decided to write this post to remember my early years as a web developer when I only wanted to offer the best price for the client, including to suggest the cheapest web hosting provider without having a slightest clue how to qualify it as a ‘good’ or ‘better’ service. It might be just me back then, but web server was probably the last thing I would decide or search in the whole development process. They are just servers that are contantly connected to the Internet and host your websites so they are all pretty much the same, right?
Wrong. If you have the principle that a web project does not end after you launch a website and get the final payment, you should realize the extra work you need to do if you chose or suggested wrong hosting provider. You want your client to be happy with the website you built, not to get frustrated because it goes down every now and then while you can do nothing about it.
So, what makes the differences between the right providers with the rest? To me it would be quality, support and transparency. Put prices in consideration after you are confident with those three first. Remember, web hosting is a very competitive business. It is rarely a company is trying to overcharge you unless it has much better quality than the rest. Continue reading
If you have been wanting to promote or manage an email marketing for your website or business, I would recommend to try it. With sleek web 2.0 look & feel, you can easily adjust yourself with the system. I dare to say this because the first email marketing software I used years ago just so hard to adapt, although it worked.
Now with Sendloop and other similar services, everyone can create and manage their own mailing lists for regular newsletter or occasional email blast. This is a hosted service, which means you do not need to install and set it up on your own server. You just need to manage your lists, create your campaigns and send them.
They only charge you when you send email to your list(s). For 1 cent per recipient, this is quite a bargain. If you have 1,000 of subscribed email addresses, you only need to budget $10 for your monthly newsletter. Of course if you have more than 10,000 addresses and you need to send them weekly, considering to install your own newsletter system is a good idea.
One last highlight why I have been following their news recently, because they have this one feature that integrates with Shopify’s webhooks. It will enable you to automatically import your customers email addresses to Sendloop.
More information can be found their website.
Always having a hard time to find the perfect loader for your AJAX scripts? Then you need to bookmark this site: Ajaxload.
Not only it provides a few dozens of animated GIF image for your loader, you can even customize it background and foreground colors. Nice!