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A First Glance at AWS CodeStar

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to think when CodeStar was announced this year at the AWS Summit in San Francisco. It reminded me of Cloud9, which AWS purchased in July 2016, and I was sure CodeStar was going to be an online editor that would tie in with the AWS ecosystem. But that The post A First Glance at AWS CodeStar appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud v14: Platform for New Innovations

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Building great software is an ongoing process — and even more so with open source software. As the co-inventor of OpenStack, Rackspace has been working with the open source community since 2010 to create a mature enterprise-ready cloud platform. After 15 community releases, our imprint on the project is evident: we’ve contributed the most lines of code The post Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud v14: Platform for New Innovations appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

How to manage payroll effectively across borders?

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The costs of doing all this, per employee, are steadily rising year over year. Payroll management services is a equation to solve. In fact, according to Ernst & Young, 55% of global firms doubt they will ever find a payroll solution that satisfies their payroll processing services needs. On top of this comes the required technology infrastructure, which can become particularly expensive when a company operates in multiple locations across the world.

Budget 2017 - Push or Poll To Digital Economy

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There are not many changes in current indirect taxation in India regime as GST is proposed to be rollout on 1stJuly, 2017. Hon’ble Finance Minister in today’s speech, said that IT system is on schedule for GST implementation and several teams of tax officers are also working tirelessly to give finishing touch to the Model GST law and rules and other details. Therefore, this Budget of 2017 is not a pull, but a push to Digital economy. Our government is determined to lay a beautiful foundation of digital economy in chartered accountant firms in Mumbai.

Building Quality Digital Experiences Faster with Acquia Cloud CD

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When it comes to building great digital customer experiences, creativity alone isn’t enough. There are many factors to consider -- open source software, the front-end user experience, security, personalization, scalability, and so on -- but at the heart of it all is the underlying code and environments. Quality code ensures greater stability and velocity so developer teams can speed delivery time and deploy new features faster. It takes a lot of time and resources for developer teams to build and test high quality code for digital experiences. These teams can waste several days and even weeks creating and maintaining custom process integration code for build and test automation. This is especially true if teams are manually setting up and maintaining multiple environments. Manual processes can easily become error prone; codebases run the risk of being out of date or having versioning inconsistencies. Encountering either of these challenges can lead to several delays in integration or testing releases, stability issues, and more resource time spent on updating, debugging, and deploying simple fixes. Development teams need automation and self-service environments that will allow them to build, test, and deliver complex, engaging and high-quality code faster without waiting for provisioning delays due to lack of cloud or team resources. Introducing Acquia Cloud CD Acquia Cloud CD, a continuous delivery service with automated building and testing pipelines and integrated self-service environments. Together, developers have a complete DevOps system for delivering environments, configurations and versions of code, and complete digital experience applications. Acquia Cloud CD solves the common hurdles faced by developer teams by giving them a standard pipeline service to create continuous building and testing on Acquia Cloud. Development teams can rapidly build and test changes to their code with production-like environments that closely match their applications running in Acquia Cloud environments. With Acquia Cloud CD, DevOps teams have one platform for implementing continuous integration and delivery and a standard service for tool integration, governance automation, and process orchestration. Acquia Cloud CD also allows for self-service provisioning and deprovisioning of production-like environments to support development, testing, and deployment stages when needs come up; giving teams valuable time back so they can focus on delivering customer value. Acquia Cloud CD is the fastest way for developers to deliver higher quality digital experience software, allowing our customers to easily: Automate delivery of quality releases, resulting in higher client value Rapidly build and test changes on environments that match Acquia Cloud production environments Reduce risk of code inconsistencies, versioning inconsistencies and bugs via ready-to-use building and testing pipeline orchestration service and self-service environments Work on multiple branches or projects in parallel without stepping on each other’s work Build with speed/velocity while lowering risks in quality, stability and intellectual property Automate development governance for code building, assembling, compilation and control Enforce and follow best practices across all development and DevOps teams and resources, with easy access, and ability for release managers to control code access based on internal and external roles Create self-service, production-like environments in minutes via Acquia Cloud UI, pipelines orchestration service, or CD environments API interface. With Acquia Cloud CD, developers can now deliver new features more often, faster, and with quality code. There is no custom integration code or hosting providers between test, stage and production. Acquia Cloud CD provides the most efficient path for developers by giving them automated repeatable processes and an error-free way of building and delivering new capabilities into production. If you’re already using Acquia Cloud, Acquia Cloud CD is already seamlessly integrated into the Acquia Cloud UI. For more information on using Acquia Cloud CD, watch the video below:

5 domains to celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is right around the corner. With that in mind, we dug up a few New Domains that pair perfectly with celebrating Mother Nature. .GREEN Going green is the best way to protect the Earth we know and love. With a .GREEN domain, you can share information on how and why we should all […] The post 5 domains to celebrate Earth Day appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Your Website Downtime Survival Guide

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  By Lauren Orsini It’s every website owner’s worst nightmare: you merrily type your web address into a search bar, and . . . it’s not there. Your web host is down, and from your panicked perspective, your site looks like it’s gone forever. What in the world are you supposed to do? Downtime is inevitable, and all webmasters have to deal with it sooner or later. Now, when it comes to uptime, DreamHost is the best in the business. Host Benchmarker ranks us as having 99.98% uptime, which is higher than any other hosting provider. Since internet connections rely on variables outside of anyone’s control, even the most reliable companies, like Google and Amazon, have outages. DreamHost’s 100% uptime guarantee takes this into account: if we’re down, you’ll get a refund for the time your site wasn’t up. Website down and not hosted by DreamHost? We can help with our 100% uptime guarantee. Here’s how to make your website downtime less panicky and more productive if that ever happens. 1. Confirm That Your Site Is Really Down The first step is to see whether your site is down for everyone or just you. You can use the aptly-named DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com to verify if that’s the case. Traveling or in a different location than usual? Various internet providers block sites for a number of reasons — for example, your employer might block sites that focus on shopping or playing games. You can use a proxy site, like Anonymouse.org, to bypass a block and test if the site is working and is simply not accessible inside the network you’re currently using to get online. If either of these sites work for you, your site is working fine. You may want to either log on using a different connection — peace out, work wifi — or clear your browser cache by pressing the shift key while you refresh the browser in order to view the latest version of a website. If neither of these things work, check the DreamHost Status site, which regularly monitors DreamHost uptime and notifies users if it is down. If you see any red text or a notification that some servers are down, skip to part three. 2. See If It’s Something You Can Fix Sometimes connectivity issues cause your site to go down temporarily, but there are also a number of common reasons for your site to be down that you have the power to resolve. Log into your account and see if one of these is the problem: Have you lapsed on your hosting payments? You’ll see SUSPENDED written in large red letters on your account if that’s the case. Make a payment and wait for your domain name servers (DNS) to propagate again. Your site will be back in a few hours. Have you made any kind of DNS change recently? Have you migrated your domain from one hosting provider to another? Have you changed name servers, upgraded your hosting plan, or added custom DNS records? If so, it’ll take time for your files to propagate again — normally around six hours. That’s why it’s best to make these kinds of changes at times you know your website experiences a low traffic volume. Has your domain expired? ICANN will send you three email reminders before your domain registration expires. If it does, DreamHost will hold the domain for you for a 30-day grace period — although this only applies to standard TLDs, such as .com, .net, .org, and .info. Are your files in the wrong place? A website without an index.html or index.php file won’t show up online. If you’ve moved that or another important file, your site will appear down. Log in to your file structure via FTP or SSH to make sure everything’s in its place. Has a recent code change caused an error? If you’ve made any changes to your website’s code, particularly in PHP, it’s possible that it’s the culprit behind your downtime. You can log into your server through SFTP to view the error log, which will reveal detailed information about any bugs in the code. If you’re not very technical, this information can still be helpful when you share it with a DreamHost technician. Need more information? Our Knowledge Base can help you troubleshoot connectivity issues. 3. Don’t Panic If You Can’t DIY Once you’ve verified that your site really is down and concluded that no, it’s not something you can fix, it’s time to hunker down — and maybe order a pizza to distract yourself. If you believe this is a server-wide issue that’s affecting a lot of customers other than you, you can follow @dhstatus on Twitter to track how DreamHost technicians are dealing with the issue in real time. It’s in our interest to get the server back up as quickly as possible, because when we’re down, our guarantee means we aren’t making any money. If your downtime doesn’t seem to be related to a server-wide issue, it may be time to call support. DreamHost has a 24/7 support hotline. Remember: you’ll need your domain name and the last four digits of your password to confirm ownership of your account. Most importantly, don’t worry! Everyone, including the biggest names on the internet, has downtime sometimes. While it can be frustrating, it’s totally fixable, and your site will be back up before you know it While you wait, concern yourself with an easier question: plain cheese or pepperoni? Experiencing too much downtime with another host? Let us help. The post Your Website Downtime Survival Guide appeared first on DreamHost.blog.

Weekly Roundup: Most Recent is Back, Message from Anywhere, Respond with One Click

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Welcome to our new weekly roundup series, a new series to keep you in the know on the latest and greatest product updates and tools we’re adding to the LinkedIn experience. Our hope is that you tune in weekly to learn more about these new tools and how to make the most of them in your day to day. Let’s take a look see at what’s new this week: Toggle to the left, toggle to the right. No, it’s not a new dance, but we have added back the ability for you to view the updates you care about most, up... .

Why Email Marketing Is Key for Small Business Owners

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Regardless of what new marketing strategies have come and gone in the past, email marketing has been there to support small businesses. Although emerging social media platforms continue to release significantly innovative marketing features, email is still one of the most effective strategies. Email allows you to reach a dynamic range of potential customers. Thankfully, The post appeared first on Pickaweb!

AES-CBC is going the way of the dodo

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A little over a year ago, Nick Sullivan talked about the beginning of the end for AES-CBC cipher suites, following a plethora of attacks on this cipher mode. Today we can safely confirm that this prediction is coming true, as for the first time ever the share of AES-CBC cipher suites on Cloudflare’s edge network dropped below that of ChaCha20-Poly1305 suites, and is fast approaching the 10% mark. CC BY-SA 2.0 image by aesop Over the course of the last six months, AES-CBC shed more than 33% of its “market” share, dropping from 20% to just 13.4%. All of that share, went to AES-GCM, that currently encrypts over 71.2% of all connections. ChaCha20-Poly1305 is stable, with 15.3% of all connections opting for that cipher. Surprisingly 3DES is still around, with 0.1% of the connections. The internal AES-CBC cipher suite breakdown as follows: The majority of AES-CBC connections use ECDHE-RSA or RSA key exchange, and not ECDHE-ECDSA, which implies that we mostly deal with older clients. RSA is also dying In other good new, the use of ECDSA surpassed that of RSA at the beginning of the year. Currently more than 60% of all connections use the ECDSA signature. Although 2048-bit RSA is not broken, it is generally considered less secure than 256-bit ECDSA, and is significantly slower to boot. PFS is king Last, but not least, 98.4% of all connections are PFS, using ECDHE for key exchange. That's up from 97.6% six months ago. All in all we see the continuation of the positive trend on the web towards safer and faster cryptography. We believe this trend will continue with the finalization of TLS 1.3 later this year.

Service Business? How Free Items Can Prove Your Value to Clients

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The post Service Business? How Free Items Can Prove Your Value to Clients appeared first on HostGator Blog. One of the most common (and best) pieces of advice given to new freelancers and B2B consultants is to market your services based on value rather than price. Maybe the second-most common advice is to offer your prospects something free. These recommendations aren’t as contradictory as they may seem. In this post, we’ll look at […] Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Registry, registrar, registrant: The big domain glossary part 3

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Which institutions, services and people are involved in domain registration and who is responsible for each task? At which point can a new domain be officially bought? These questions are answered in part 3 of the big domain glossary. Domain name registry The domain name registry manages one or more top-level domains within the domain name system. Its functions include operating name servers, managing name spaces and providing WHOIS servers with domain owner contact information. The domain allocation under a top-level domain is made by registrars like 1&1 and not directly by registries. A synonym for domain name registry is network information center (NIC). Registrar Registrars such as 1&1 work as a mediator between the registry and end user and are responsible for the billing of the domain. Because registrars are often companies that also offer webhosting, users interested in a domain can also find an accompanying webhosting solution. Whois A domain name registry must run a server that saves the whois information of a registered domain. This publicly open database contains registrant, administrative and technical contact information. An entry in the whois database is obligatory for every registered domain. In order to protect sensible data from spam and misuse, many domain registrars also offer private domain registration. Registrant Every company and individual who purchases a domain from a registrar and registers it at a registry is called a registrant (or reg-c). These domain owners can be identified via the whois database which is available at the respective registry. Admin-c The administrative contact (admin-c) is responsible for managing the domain. When registering private domains, the admin-c and registrant are often the same person, but this is not obligatory. The admin-c holds the same rights as the domain owner and can make changes to the domain on their own. It is necessary that the admin-c is an actual person, since they must to be registered in the whois database. The admin-c is also partly considered as the legal contact and can be held responsible under certain circumstances. Tech-c This person is responsible for the technical aspects of the domain administration and servers. They have no rights and can only act on behalf of the owner. Sunrise phase The period of time when new domains can only be registered by owners of registered trademarks. This helps to prevent cybersquatting. Pre-registration This allows a user to reserve a specific domain before it is available to the public. Those who reserve a domain have the opportunity to preregister it once the terms and conditions are clear. 1&1 offers the possibility to pre-order top level domains non-binding and for free. If you are not the first one to reserve a domain name, you have the option to be placed on a waiting list. Once a competitor refuses to register the name, it is your turn. General availability From this moment on, the domain is available to the public and can be registered directly. Want to know more about domains? Refer to Part 1 to find out how a domain is built, and Part 2 to understand how calling a domain works and the technology behind it. Stay tuned for part 4 in which we describe the most important domain institutions.

Announcing the AWS Chatbot Challenge – Create Conversational, Intelligent Chatbots using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda

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If you have been checking out the launches and announcements from the AWS 2017 San Francisco Summit, you may be aware that the Amazon Lex service is now Generally Available, and you can use the service today. Amazon Lex is a fully managed AI service that enables developers to build conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. Lex uses the same deep learning technologies of Amazon Alexa-powered devices like Amazon Echo. With the release of Amazon Lex, developers can build highly engaging lifelike user experiences and natural language interactions within their own applications. Amazon Lex supports Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Twilio SMS enabling you to easily publish your voice or text chatbots using these popular chat services. There is no better time to try out the Amazon Lex service to add the gift of gab to your applications, and now you have a great reason to get started. May I have a Drumroll please? I am thrilled to announce the AWS Chatbot Challenge! The AWS Chatbot Challenge is your opportunity to build a unique chatbot that helps solves a problem or adds value for prospective users. The AWS Chatbot Challenge is brought to you by Amazon Web Services in partnership with Slack.   The Challenge Your mission, if you choose to accept it is to build a conversational, natural language chatbot using Amazon Lex and leverage Lex’s integration with AWS Lambda to execute logic or data processing on the backend. Your submission can be a new or existing bot, however, if your bot is an existing one it must have been updated to use Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda within the challenge submission period.   You are only limited by your own imagination when building your solution. Therefore, I will share some recommendations to help you to get your creative juices flowing when creating or deploying your bot. Some suggestions that can help you make your chatbot more distinctive are: Deploy your bot to Slack, Facebook Messenger, or Twilio SMS Take advantage of other AWS services when building your bot solution. Incorporate Text-To-speech capabilities using a service like Amazon Polly Utilize other third-party APIs, SDKs, and services Leverage Amazon Lex pre-built enterprise connectors and add services like Salesforce, HubSpot, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics, Zendesk, and QuickBooks as data sources. There are cost effective ways to build your bot using AWS Lambda. Lambda includes a free tier of one million requests and 400,000 GB-seconds of compute time per month. This free, per month usage, is for all customers and does not expire at the end of the 12 month Free Tier Term. Furthermore, new Amazon Lex customers can process up to 10,000 text requests and 5,000 speech requests per month free during the first year. You can find details here. Remember, the AWS Free Tier includes services with a free tier available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date, as well as additional service offers that do not automatically expire at the end of your 12 month term. You can review the details about the AWS Free Tier and related services by going to the AWS Free Tier Details page.   Can We Talk – How It Works The AWS Chatbot Challenge is open to individuals, and teams of individuals, who have reached the age of majority in their eligible area of residence at the time of competition entry. Organizations that employ 50 or fewer people are also eligible to compete as long at the time of entry they are duly organized or incorporated and validly exist in an eligible area. Large organizations-employing more than 50-in eligible areas can participate but will only be eligible for a non-cash recognition prize. Chatbot Submissions are judged using the following criteria: Customer Value: The problem or painpoint the bot solves and the extent it adds value for users Bot Quality: The unique way the bot solves users’ problems, and the originality, creativity, and differentiation of the bot solution Bot Implementation: Determination of how well the bot was built and executed by the developer. Also, consideration of bot functionality such as if the bot functions as intended and recognizes and responds to most common phrases asked of it Prizes The AWS Chatbot Challenge is awarding prizes for your hard work! First Prize $5,000 USD $2,500 AWS Credits Two (2) tickets to AWS re:Invent 30 minute virtual meeting with the Amazon Lex team Winning submission featured on the AWS AI blog Cool swag Second Prize $3,000 USD $1,500 AWS Credits One (1) ticket to AWS re:Invent 30 minute virtual meeting with the Amazon Lex team Winning submission featured on the AWS AI blog Cool swag Third Prize $2,000 USD $1,000 AWS Credits 30 minute virtual meeting with the Amazon Lex team Winning submission featured on the AWS AI blog Cool swag   Challenge Timeline Submissions Start: April 19, 2017 at 12:00pm PDT Submissions End: July 18, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT Winners Announced: August 11, 2017 at 9:00am PDT   Up to the Challenge – Get Started Are ready to get started on your chatbot and dive into the challenge? Here is how to get started: Review the details on the challenge rules and eligibility Register for the AWS Chatbot Challenge Join the AWS Chatbot Slack Channel Create an account on AWS. Visit the Resources page for links to documentation and resources. Shoot your demo video that demonstrates your bot in action. Prepare a written summary of your bot and what it does. Provide a way to access your bot for judging and testing by including a link to your GitHub repo hosting the bot code and all deployment files and testing instructions needed for testing your bot. Submit your bot on AWSChatbot2017.Devpost.com before July 18, 2017 at 5 pm ET and share access to your bot, its Github repo and its deployment files. Summary With Amazon Lex you can build conversation into web and mobile applications, as well as use it to build chatbots that control IoT devices, provide customer support, give transaction updates or perform operations for DevOps workloads (ChatOps). Amazon Lex provides built-in integration with AWS Lambda, AWS Mobile Hub, and Amazon CloudWatch and allows for easy integrate with other AWS services so you can use the AWS platform for to build security, monitoring, user authentication, business logic, and storage into your chatbot or application. You can make additional enhancements to your voice or text chatbot by taking advantage of Amazon Lex’s support of chat services like Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Twilio SMS. Dive into building chatbots and conversational interfaces with Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda with the AWS Chatbot Challenge for a chance to win some cool prizes. Some recent resources and online tech talks about creating bots with Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda that may help you in your bot building journey are: Announcing Amazon Lex – January 2017 AWS Online Tech Talks Introducing Amazon Lex: Service for Building Voice/Text Chatbots – March 2017 AWS Online Tech Talks Amazon Lex Documentation: Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda Blueprints AWS AI Blog: Building Better Bots Using Amazon Lex (Part 1) AWS AI Blog: Building Better Bots Using Amazon Lex (Part 2) Slack Blog: Your app can now use the same deep-learning technology inside Amazon’s Alexa: Announcing Amazon Lex support for Slack In Europe? Join the Slack Dev Roadshow to learn how to build chatbots in the workshops hosted by the Slack platform team If you have questions about the AWS Chatbot Challenge you can email aws-chatbot-challenge-2017@amazon.com or post a question to the Discussion Board.   Good Luck and Happy Coding. – Tara

Bing refines its copyright removals process

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In a continuous effort to enhance the Bing user experience and promote the expression of free speech while simultaneously upholding the rights of intellectual property and copyright holders, Bing has streamlined the copyright removals process.  We heard your feedback and understand that sometimes websites that experience alleged copyright infringement issues have a difficult time gaining visibility into the problem and getting relisted.  Webmasters now have the ability to see what pages on their site have been impacted by “copyright removal notices” and appeal those decisions.   Enhanced visibility   This new feature will provide webmasters with more visibility into how DMCA takedowns impact their site and gives webmasters the opportunity to either address the infringement allegation or remove the offending material.  All requests will be evaluated in a new appeals process.    More information   For more information on Bing’s copyright infringement policies and how Bing delivers search results, visit Bing's copyright infringement policies.  Bing also provides full transparency of takedown requests in a bi-annual Content Removal Requests Report with associated FAQs. Access the latest version here Bing Content Removal Requests Report. -The Bing Webmaster Tools Team  

How to Create a Visual Studio Team Services Service Principal in Azure

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As a Microsoft Azure Engineer, I work with customers every day to help them solve problems they face bringing their business and process to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Recently, several of our customers have asked how to connect their Visual Studio Team Services account to their CSP Azure account, so I thought a tutorial was The post How to Create a Visual Studio Team Services Service Principal in Azure appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Importance of White space in Web Design

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Blast from the Past For years, whitespace in design has been branded as ‘too plain’ or ‘lack of design’ and is even called negative space and something to avoid. This trend of thought was so common in web design, that even the best of the best brands crammed everything in design to avoid whitespace. Take a look at Apple’s website from the 90’s. Web design in the early days including filling up negative space with gifs, table layouts to organise content, text, animated text, page hit counters etc. With the early 2000s, came increased CSS support that allowed separation of content and design. This made website maintenance easier due to reduced complexity, quicker load speeds, greater flexibility and gave room for content to be developed independent of design. The understanding of white space grew. Garish, neon buttons were replaced with blending colours, icons replaced text, resolution and pixelation were concerns, and placement of content grew. It was the budding era of minimalism. Difference between Minimalism and White space Come late 2000’s, designs became sleek, intuitive and clean. Today, along with minimalism has come the understanding of whitespace and the importance of it in web design. While there is an overlap of what minimalism and whitespace is, I think the difference, between the two simply put, is that minimalism is the focus on the hero element with use of an outline or minimum detail while white space is the important (and in most cases, background) space that enhances the hero element. Let’s take an example: In this poster, we can clearly conclude that it’s minimalistic design, the hero element being the Aladdin outline while the negative space, enhances the hero image to make it stand out. Our earlier blog on Minimalism tells you how to incorporate minimalism in design. Importance of White space As you can tell from the Aladdin example above, white space is important to make the hero element stand out but there are other purposes white space serves: Create balance: From the examples of designs from the earlier years, one thing was clear – clutter. The animations, multiple colours, gifs, all contribute to clutter and whitespace breaks that clutter. A clean image with minimal text creates balance and is pleasant to look at. Brand example: superReal Be classy: White spaces adds an air of luxury and sophistication to designs. This is because minimalism has become synonymous with elegance. Heavy whitespace is often used for a high-end brand since the product speaks for itself while a crowded, crammed website gives off the impression of being cheap. Brand example: Apple Apple is confident that the product speaks for itself and it truly does. The white space beckons you to take in the product and nothing else. Draw focus to your product/ feature: Negative space helps the hero element stand out, as we’ve seen before. It also helps focus only on the feature or product that you want. Brand example: Google I mean, is there anything you could do here but search? Pleasant user experience: Clutter creates confusion and often distracts the user from the main goal of purchase or sign up or subscribe. Additionally, white space is a great separator for lengthy text which can make it difficult to read. Brand example: Dropbox The child-like illustrations and white space combined calms a technophobe and gives an laid-back effect, making it a pleasant experience for the user. Convey professionalism & credibility: Because white space conveys sophistication and luxury, trust and credibility follow. Additionally, white space in design creates a sense of professionalism. An investment in good design conveys that the brand is serious and that the user matters. Clutter, on the other hand, makes the design look like an amateur designer could’ve created it. Brand example: Chanel Although ‘coco’ and ‘crush’ are colloquial words, it’s the use of white space, the positioning of the menu and the font that gives it an air of professionalism and credibility. Draw attention to important information: Important information could be your products which can be multiple.  So, how do you display and draw attention to multiple items without seeming crowded? Brand example: Built by Buffalo Built by Buffalo displays multiple items without seeming crowded due to the clutter-breaking white space surrounding the design. High recall to CTAs: Sometimes, the most obvious way to make things stand out, is by making it bigger. However, surrounding white space can be just as effective. Brand example: Attitude Design Strong calls-to-action combined with enough white space makes you want to click on an option. Try it out, you’d be hooked at least for a couple of minutes. Increased interaction: White space increases interaction by decreasing the amount of distraction especially when users are skimming through a site. According to research conducted by Human Factors International, whitespace increases comprehension by almost 20%. Brand example: Beoplay Conclusion White space is important in web design and can convey a lot. It’s a designer’s invisible weapon which enhances everything around it. I like to think of white space as the behind-the-scenes crew putting the theater artist in the spotlight – the applause is for the hero but it’s the crew who pulled it all together.

AWS Online Tech Talks – April 2017

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I’m a life-long learner! I try to set aside some time every day to read about or to try something new. I grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, back before the Internet existed. As a teenager, access to technical information of any sort was difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. It often involved begging my parents to drive me to the library or riding my bicycle down a narrow road to get to the nearest magazine rack. Today, with so much information at our fingertips, the most interesting challenge is deciding what to study. As we do every month, we have assembled a set of online tech talks that can fulfill this need for you. Our team has created talks that will provide you with information about the latest AWS services along with the best practices for putting them to use in your environment. The talks are free, but they do fill up, so you should definitely register ahead of time if you would like to attend. Most of the talks are one hour in length; all times are in the Pacific (PT) time zone. Here’s what we have on tap for the rest of this month: Monday, April 24 10:30 AM – Modernize Meetings with Amazon Chime. 1:00 PM – Essential Capabilities of an IoT Cloud Platform. Tuesday, April 25 8:30 AM – Hands On Lab: Windows Workloads on AWS. Noon – AWS Services Overview & Quarterly Update. 1:30 PM – Scaling to Million of Users in the Blink of an Eye with Amazon CloudFront: Are you Ready? Wednesday, April 26 9:00 AM – IDC and AWS Joint Webinar: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck with #EC2 #Winning. 10:30 AM – From Monolith to Microservices – Containerized Microservices on AWS. Noon – Accelerating Mobile Application Development and Delivery with AWS Mobile Hub. Thursday, April 27 8:30 AM – Hands On Lab: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server in AWS. 10:30 AM – Applying AWS Organizations to Complex Account Structures. Noon – Deep Dive on Amazon Cloud Directory. I will be presenting Tuesday’s service overview – hope to “see” you there. — Jeff;

Why Name.com is great for investors

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Domain investors have a lot of options when it comes to where they buy, sell, and manage their domains. But at Name.com, we’ve created specific tools and programs that make us a great choice for investors with large inventories. Here are just a few of the reasons why Name.com is an excellent choice for domain investors. Easy […] The post Why Name.com is great for investors appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Goodbye, Like button

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In the coming weeks, we’re going to retire the Like button on Pins. There are lots of reasons why people like Pins on Pinterest. But because we have both a Save button and a Like button, it hasn’t always been clear how they’re different. After doing a bunch of research with Pinners, we found Pinterest is easier to understand when we remove the Like button altogether. Hello, Save button Kim O'Rourke

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