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Tips for Customizing the New Responsive Snap Theme

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We recently released a brand new theme to beta subscribers called Snap. The main feature that makes this theme special is that it's responsive. Check out our announcement post for more details about the theme and how to use it on your blog. If you like the way the theme works but want to make it a little more yours, we're here to help with that, too. There are some easy changes you can make using CSS that will allow you to use your own colors, fonts and banner images. We'll be going into some of those ideas in this post. Please note that we're using the Custom CSS feature, which is available at the Unlimited level and above. Custom Colors We got a little carried away with flavors for the Snap theme and created a dozen to choose from. But it's possible that none of those colors suit your blog. Let's rectify that with some super easy code, like this: h1 a, .entry-header a, .entry-header, .module-header a, .module-header, .entry-body a, .module-content a:hover, .module-calendar a { color: #D60077 !important; } .navbar { background: #D60077; } .navbar a { color: #fff !important; } That's the default code to make the banner text, post headers, sidebar headers, links and navigation bar pink. Just switch out the HTML color code with your own and you're done. You can pull out specific classes if you want to use different colors in specific areas. Custom Fonts We kept the fonts for this theme very simple so they'd be easy to customize with your own. Here's the default code: body { font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, .module-email { font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; } That makes body text Helvetica/Arial and headers Georgia/Times New Roman. Just switch out the font names with your favorite web safe font for an easy update. Or you can use a web font from a service like Google Web Fonts for even more customization options. Custom Image Banner This is the one we've heard the most requests for and we wanted to get the code just right. Due to the nature of responsive design, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for this but we'll make it as straight forward as possible. First, you'll create your banner image. For the banner width, we recommend 1170 pixels. That seems really large but it will scale down in the code to suit smaller screens. For the height, we recommend keeping it under 200 pixels to prevent the image from pushing the blog content down below the fold. After creating your image, go to Library > File Manager and upload it. Click on the image's file name in the listing and keep that open in another tab - you'll need the URL soon. Next, go to the Custom CSS page and paste this in: .container .jumbotron { padding: 0; }.jumbotron { padding: 0; margin-top: 15px; }.jumbotron h1 { margin: 0; }.jumbotron h2 { display: none; } That just removes some padding, hides the blog description, etc. Now let's add in the image: .jumbotron h1 a {background: url(http://example.typepad.com/folder/banner.jpg) center top no-repeat;background-size: contain;display: block;left: 0;top: 0;height: 200px;width: 100%;text-indent: -1000em;min-width: 320px;} Make sure to switch out the URL with your own, using the full URL. You'll also need to set the 200px for the height to the height of your image. Finally, add this: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 90px; }}/* Small */@media (min-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 140px; }}/* Medium */@media (min-width: 992px) {.jumbotron { height: 180px; }}/* Large */@media (min-width: 1200px) {.jumbotron { height: 200px; }} That tells the screen to scale the height down based on the width. Start with the Large - that's the height of the banner image at its starting point. Then it should progressively get smaller, using about the same changes shown in our example code. In the image below, you can see how the banner will look on a 800x600 screen versus a 1024x768 screen. The banner is slightly smaller to fit into the screen properly. Bonus tip! At the smallest screen sizes, it looks really nice to hide the large banner and switch out the "Home" link in the navigation bar with a smaller version. To do this, create your smaller banner and upload that to Library > File Manager. The width should be no wider than 250 pixels and the height should be 50 pixels. Then instead of this code from the above: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 90px; }} Use this: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron  { display: none; }.navbar-brand,.navbar-header a:hover {display: block;left: 0;top: 0;text-indent: -1000em;height: 50px;width: 200px;background: transparent url(http://example.typepad.com/folder/banner.jpg) center center no-repeat !important;}.navbar-brand a {height: 50px;width: 200px;}} Make sure to change out the image URL with your own and adjust the width size to match your image. Here's an example of how that would look on a mobile device: We need your help! We really want you to try out the Snap theme - we're going to be basing a lot of our upcoming themes on the responsive structure and we need your feedback. We'll be releasing it to all subscribers soon, so that means beta users get the first crack at it but not for long. If you have any questions about the theme, just let us know! We're eager for your feedback.

25 Viral Photos Posted by Realtors on Facebook (Awesome Examples!)

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Are you a Realtor trying to crush it on Facebook? Are you struggling to find photos that your fans will Like & share? You’re not alone. Finding updates that fans actually interact with is tough. Sure, you can post the kind of content most Realtors are posting: listings info about the local area virtual property tours open houses & community events blog posts (to drive web traffic) real estate tips & tricks But from the research I’ve done, nothing seems to drive more engagement than photos. So that’s what I’ll focus on today. I’ve spent the last day using Post Planner’s new Viral Photos tool to gather the most viral photos from 25 real estate Facebook pages from across the US. And I’ve found some great examples of what’s working. So hopefully these photos will give you insight into what major real estate agencies & websites are posting to get big results. 25 Viral Photos Posted by Realtors on Facebook (Awesome Examples!) 1. Annette Greenwald Annette Greenwald is a luxury home specialist in South Florida. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Annette Greenwald. 2. Chad Schwendeman – Realtor/Broker Chad Schwendeman works with all types of clients in Brainerd, Minn. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Chad Schwendeman – Realtor/Broker. 3. Myrtle Beach Real Estate Guide Exit Realty At The Beach are experts in all things real estate in Murrells Inlet, S.C. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Myrtle Beach Real Estate Guide. 4. Trulia Trulia is an app that shows homes that are for sale near you. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Trulia. 5. Remax Professionals Springfield RE/MAX Professionals Springfield helps buyers & sellers in Illinois. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Remax Professionals Springfield. 6. Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation has offices in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania & Connecticut. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. 7. Real Estate on Lake Michigan HarbourBrokers.com provides real estate services in Manistee, Mich. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Real Estate on Lake Michigan. 8. Prudential Real Estate Prudential Real Estate has more than 1,400 offices & 47,000 agents in North America. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Prudential Real Estate. 9. Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1983, Keller Williams Realty is one of the largest real estate companies in North America. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Keller Williams Realty, Inc. 10. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper serves the San Antonio area, handling properties ranging from the middle to the upper tier of the market. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS. 11. Prudential Utah Prudential Utah is a leading real estate firm serving Park City & Salt Lake City, Utah. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Prudential Utah. 12. Portfolio Luxury Real Estate The team at Portfolio Luxury Real Estate focus on luxury real estate in northwest Arkansas. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Portfolio Luxury Real Estate. 13. Tech Savvy Agent Tech Savvy Agent is a group featuring some of the most influential tech minds in the real estate industry. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Tech Savvy Agent. 14. Century 21 Century 21 has brokerages & sales associates all over the world. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Century 21. 15.RE/MAX Founded in 1973, RE/MAX agents work in more than 90 countries. >> Click to Tweet // Post by REMAX. 16. The Ballen Group Las Vegas If you have questions about real estate in Las Vegas, agents at The Ballen Group have the answers. >> Click to Tweet // Post by The Ballen Group Las Vegas – 702.604.7739. 17. The Corcoran Group The Corcoran Group has offices in New York City, The Hamptons & South Florida. >> Click to Tweet // Post by The Corcoran Group. 18. Luxury Rentals and Sea Island Real Estate Luxury Rentals and Sea Island Real Estate is a full-service brokerage, management & investment company in Naples, Fla. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Luxury Rentals & Sea Island Real Estate. 19. Real Estate Agents – Military Friendly Veterans United assists military families with their real estate needs. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Real Estate Agents – Military Friendly. 20. ERA Real Estate ERA agents say it’s their use of cutting-edge technologies that lets them broaden their markets. >> Click to Tweet // Post by ERA Real Estate. 21. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Officials at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate say their priorities involve training high-quality agents & using the latest technology. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate. 22. Cervera Real Estate Cervera has 21 offices & more than 320 agents in South Florida. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Cervera Real Estate. 23. Outer Banks Real Estate Resort Realty provides real estate services in Nags Head, N.C. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Outer Banks Real Estate. 24. Idaho Real Estate – Hughes Group Hughes Real Estate Group is one of the premier companies serving Boise, Idaho. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Idaho Real Estate- Hughes Group. 25. Gidget Janz, San Diego Realtor Gidget Janz helps people buy & sell homes in San Diego. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Gidget Janz, San Diego Realtor. Want to see more Viral Photos from these pages? These were the #1 most viral photos from these 25 Realtors on Facebook. But if you want to see the rest of their photos, you can use Post Planner’s Viral Photos finder to locate the most viral photo on any Facebook page or profile. Just click here to install the Post Planner app. Then click “Viral Photos” and add any page you want. Finding amazing content for Facebook has never been easier! The post 25 Viral Photos Posted by Realtors on Facebook (Awesome Examples!) appeared first on Post Planner.

New gTLD Testimonial: ReadingWorksheets.education

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With close to a decade of experience in the education industry, Donald Morton decided to take matters into his own hands when he could not find adequate teaching materials for his students. Specializing in high-quality Common Core State Standards (CCSS ) worksheets and courses, Morton now makes a business out of providing parents and educators of all kinds with material to challenge and excite their students. “Teaching from 2005-2013 at schools throughout the Chicago area, I found that I would constantly be trying to find materials on the Internet to teach exactly the skills that I needed the students to learn. However, each time I was unsatisfied with the offerings, so I created my own,” said Morton. After creating his own teaching materials and applying them in the classroom, Morton was able to see immediate results in his students. “My students were able to see huge growth on standardized tests, in part because of the materials that I was using. So I decided to share them with the world using www.ereadingworksheets.com,” said Morton. With the success of his educational materials, Morton decided to leave the classroom and focus on creating high quality content full time through his website. “My primary source of traffic is from organic listings in Google, although I do have a pretty good stream of direct traffic too,” Morton explains. “Teachers like my website because the materials are creative, rigorous, and free. They don’t have to sign up to use any of my materials or services, and I don’t subject them to disruptive popup ads,” said Morton. An avid technology follower, Morton had been tracking the new domains since their original proposal through various technology blogs. With 1&1 Internet, Morton was able to stay at the forefront of the new .com boom. “I learned that now was the time to start ordering the new domains. 1&1 has done a great job of bringing the registration process to consumers. I am unaware of any other registrar offering a painless and convenient pre-registration process,” said Morton. Registering readingworksheets.education allowed Morton to expand his online presence and instill credibility into his services. “Having an online presence for business owners is essential in today’s market.   Consumers are using technology to solve their problems and that includes finding local businesses.  Having a memorable domain name and TLD allows local business to continue using advertisement methods with which they are already familiar and confident, such as newspapers and radio, and enhance them with a digital call to action,” said Morton. Morton sees his new domain giving him the ability to increase his visibility with memorable and recognizable domain names to continue to offer exceptional educational material through a hassle free and no cost outlet.

The Internet of Things – A passing Technology Buzzword or Big Business for us?

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The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) seems to have caught Tech World by storm!  It has been a topic of serious debate in technology circles and has steadily gathered steam in the past few months! So what is the (IoT) wave all about? Is it just another buzzword or will it really alter the course of the Internet as we know it? Let’s get some perspective… What is the Internet of Things? Imagine that you need to get to work early for a business meeting and you are running a little late.  Let’s say you had a sensor/alarm clock in your bed that would notify other devices that you are awake. This would in turn would open up the drapes, get the coffee machine running, and switch on the water heater for your shower. If you have forgotten to turn off the lights/fans because you left home in a hurry, motion sensors will turn them off, thus saving you a lot on electricity bills.  Wow, that sounds really exciting, straight out of a sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? Some parts of this are already reality and more are just round the corner! By transferring this kind of technology to everyday objects and equipping them with their own sensors, IPs and access to the Internet, it would help us make develop a smarter home and smarter life! This, in essence, is IoT. Kevin Ashton is said to have coined the phrase ‘Internet of Things’, and while there are several definitions of IoT floating around the Web, the basic concept is that the Internet is a vast ecosystem of ‘smart’ everyday objects that interact with each other through the Internet. But how is IoT and a smart home relevant to us and our Industry? In other words, what’s in it for us? In 2008, the number of devices that were connected to the internet was more than the number of people living on the planet.  A majority of these were devices like smart phones, tablets, laptops etc communicate with each other over the Internet. The number of devices connected to the internet is expected to touch 26 billion by 2020 and as IoT becomes more and more pervasive, there is a lot at stake for the DataCentre Industry and Web Service Providers like us. Here’s why: Data influx & Higher demand for Efficient Storage Technologies IoT deployments are speculated to generate a large amount of Data Influx. This Data will need to be processed and analyzed in real time. Given the projected increase in Data in a relatively short period of time, the demand for scalable Internet Infrastructure, and higher storage capacity will only increase, which will further propel Storage Management technologies & server technologies. The magnitude of network connections and data associated with the IoT will accelerate a distributed datacenter management approach that will call for Web service providers like us to offer reliable data storage facilities and efficient system management platforms.  Addressability of Devices in the IoT Addressability of devices in the IoT is a crucial aspect that is being explored by a few leading Industry players. The Internet ran out of IPv4 addresses in 2010, and while no major impact of this was visible to us, IPv6 deployment will take the centre stage as potentially billions of new sensors will require unique IP addresses. Verisign’s Object Naming Service (ONS) is a model put forth to tackle the question of addressability from a different angle. ONS is a central registry that stores IP addresses of all the servers that hold EPC (Electronic Product Codes) transmitted by RFID tags.  These codes allow individuals to look up information about specific objects across a distributed supply chain.  As IoT becomes more and more ubiquitous, it will be interesting to observe how this technology is mirrored and maintained for everyday objects in our home akin to the DNS Service for Domains. Who knows, ONS could also potentially become an additional source of revenue for Web Services providers like us! J New gTLDs in the Internet of Things ICANNs New gTLD Program is touted as the Internet’s biggest Game Changer. Tie this in with the Internet of Things, and the possibilities are seemingly endless! For starters, imagine if you could access and modify the temperature controls in your refrigerator through a URL like http://www.tedsicebox.fridge. This is just the tip of the iceberg. For brands that manufacture these products, this could be a great way to increase brand personalization with brand specific URLs and extensions. The road ahead for IoT is still pretty uncertain. It remains to be seen how soon this becomes an integral part of our existence.  However the possibilities and projections are extremely promising! If anything, three recent developments indicate that Internet Pioneers are betting big on this – Google’s recent acquisition of Nest Labs (a home automation company) for $3.2 billion, Microsoft’s latest launch of Windows for the Internet of Things Apple’s iBeacon that allows Apps to send customized messages/promotions/coupon codes to users, based on their current location or past history, Perhaps this next wave of the Internet will be upon on us sooner than we can possibly imagine. Stay tuned! Let us know what you think about IoT in the comments below!  

PHP Updates: PHP 5.5.11 & 5.4.27

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  We are pleased to announce that we have completed an update of the PHP versions available on all shared and business cloud servers to PHP versions 5.5.11 and 5.4.27. These updates contain several bug fixes as well as a security update to address CVE-2013-7345, for more details please see the PHP.net change log notes for PHP 5.5.11 and 5.4.27. The use of PHP 5.5 and 5.4 can be enabled on your account or on a per-directory basis through a simple .htaccess modification. This modification can be placed in an accounts public_html/.htaccess file to enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4 for the entire account or in the .htaccess file of a specific directory (e.g: public_html/wordpress/.htaccess) to enable under that directory tree only. To enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, you must add one of the following htaccess option:  AddType application/x-httpd-php55 .php Or  AddType application/x-httpd-php54 .php The binary path to the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 installations, should you require it for executable php scripts or cronjobs, is located at: /usr/local/php55/bin/php And /usr/local/php54/bin/php As with the existing PHP 5.3 setup, when you enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, it will respect any custom php.ini settings you may have under your account. In addition, all standard PHP modules and extensions from the existing PHP 5.3 setup are default enabled in the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 setup to ensure the best compatibility possible. As always, questions or comments, we can be reached 24/7 through any of our support channels, thank you.  

App Indexing updates

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Webmaster Level: AdvancedIn October, we announced guidelines for App Indexing for deep linking directly from Google Search results to your Android app. Thanks to all of you that have expressed interest. We’ve just enabled 20+ additional applications that users will soon see app deep links for in Search Results, and starting today we’re making app deep links to English content available globally. We’re continuing to onboard more publishers in all languages. If you haven’t added deep link support to your Android app or specified these links on your website or in your Sitemaps, please do so and then notify us by filling out this form.Here are some best practices to consider when adding deep links to your sitemap or website: App deep links should only be included for canonical web URLs.Remember to specify an app deep link for your homepage.Not all website URLs in a Sitemap need to have a corresponding app deep link. Do not include app deep links that aren't supported by your app.If you are a news site and use News Sitemaps, be sure to include your deep link annotations in the News Sitemaps, as well as your general Sitemaps.Don't provide annotations for deep links that execute native ARM code. This enables app indexing to work for all platformsWhen Google indexes content from your app, your app will need to make HTTP requests that it usually makes under normal operation. These requests will appear to your servers as originating from Googlebot. Therefore, your server's robots.txt file must be configured properly to allow these requests. Finally, please make sure the back button behavior of your app leads directly back to the search results page.For more details on implementation, visit our updated developer guidelines. And, as always, you can ask questions on the mobile section of our webmaster forum.Posted by Michael Xu, Software Engineer

Twitter Developer Events: April 2014

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Throughout the year our Twitter Developer Relations Team loves to participate in events where we can meet and engage with developers — whether it’s conferences, meetups or a little competitive fun at hackathons. What’s most important for us is to have face-to-face time with the community. You can track where we are through our events page as well as via @TwitterDev. April is shaping up to be a busy month. If you can join us at one of these events, be sure to reach out so we can meet in person: Image used with permission of Lanyrd  QCon (Sao Paulo, Brazil): April 9-11th, 2014One of the biggest developer events in Brazil, don’t miss the tutorial “API Streaming on Twitter” by our local dev advocate Luis. Also be sure to connect with him during the conference. PyCon (Montreal, Canada): April 9-14, 2014We are excited to be at the conference again this year. Stop by our booth to meet members of the Twitter team, and be sure to connect with our developer advocate Sylvain who will be leading at workshop on Working with Twitter APIs. Twitter will also be sponsoring the #pyladiesmixer on April 10th. MobileWeek Hackathon (New York City, U.S.): April 12-14, 2014Come build something cool with the Twitter Platform and compete to win big prizes. We are excited to be a sponsor of the MobileWeek Hackathon. Then, join us Monday, April 14 to hear William, Partner Engineer, speak about Driving more Mobile Ad Revenue with MoPub. SFNewTech (San Francisco, U.S.): April 14, 2014We are looking forward to sponsoring a series of SFNewTech events this spring. If you are an innovator or looking for inspiration for your next startup, come join Ryan and team at the event. Pssst — we have a limited number of free tickets and are happy to share. Ping us @TwitterDev. The Next Web Europe (Amsterdam, Netherlands): April 24-25, 2014We are excited to be part of this global event. Don’t miss Chris talk about “Living in the Mobile Future” and take a deeper look at what it means to live, and thrive, in our mobile world. BRAPPS (Brasilia, Brazil): April 25-26th, 2014We are excited to be part of this large mobile conference attended by developers, companies, startups and investors in Brazil. Luis will be speaking about the potential of the Twitter Platform and also will be helping developers to build great hacks in the hackathon. Check out our new Twitter events page @lanyrd for a full listing, all over the world. http://twitter.lanyrd.com/ 

Twitter Developer Events: April 2014

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Throughout the year our Twitter Developer Relations Team loves to participate in events where we can meet and engage with developers — whether it’s conferences, meetups or a little competitive fun at hackathons. What’s most important for us is to have face-to-face time with the community. You can track where we are through our events page as well as via @TwitterDev. April is shaping up to be a busy month. If you can join us at one of these events, be sure to reach out so we can meet in person: Image used with permission of Lanyrd  QCon (Sao Paulo, Brazil): April 9-11th, 2014One of the biggest developer events in Brazil, don’t miss the tutorial “API Streaming on Twitter” by our local dev advocate Luis. Also be sure to connect with him during the conference. PyCon (Montreal, Canada): April 9-14, 2014We are excited to be at the conference again this year. Stop by our booth to meet members of the Twitter team, and be sure to connect with our developer advocate Sylvain who will be leading at workshop on Working with Twitter APIs. Twitter will also be sponsoring the #pyladiesmixer on April 10th. MobileWeek Hackathon (New York City, U.S.): April 12-14, 2014Come build something cool with the Twitter Platform and compete to win big prizes. We are excited to be a sponsor of the MobileWeek Hackathon. Then, join us Monday, April 14 to hear William, Partner Engineer, speak about Driving more Mobile Ad Revenue with MoPub. SFNewTech (San Francisco, U.S.): April 14, 2014We are looking forward to sponsoring a series of SFNewTech events this spring. If you are an innovator or looking for inspiration for your next startup, come join Ryan and team at the event. Pssst — we have a limited number of free tickets and are happy to share. Ping us @TwitterDev. The Next Web Europe (Amsterdam, Netherlands): April 24-25, 2014We are excited to be part of this global event. Don’t miss Chris talk about “Living in the Mobile Future” and take a deeper look at what it means to live, and thrive, in our mobile world. BRAPPS (Brasilia, Brazil): April 25-26th, 2014We are excited to be part of this large mobile conference attended by developers, companies, startups and investors in Brazil. Luis will be speaking about the potential of the Twitter Platform and also will be helping developers to build great hacks in the hackathon. Check out our new Twitter events page @lanyrd for a full listing, all over the world. http://twitter.lanyrd.com/ 

Use Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS for Oracle Database

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Many organizations face the need to move transactional data from one location to another location. As organizations continue to make the cloud a central part of their overall IT architecture, this need seems to grow in tandem with the size, scope, and complexity of the organization. The application use cases range from migrating data from a master transactional database to a readable secondary database, or moving applications from on-premises to the cloud, or having a redundant copy in another data center location. Transactions that are generated and stored within a database run by one application may need to be copied over so that it can be processed, analyzed, and aggregated in a central location. In many cases, one part of the organization has moved to a cloud-based data storage model that's powered by the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). With support for the four most popular relational databases (Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL), RDS has been adopted by organizations of all shapes and sizes. Users of Amazon RDS love the fact that it takes care of many important yet tedious deployment, maintenance, and backup tasks that are traditionally part and parcel of an on-premises database. Oracle GoldenGate Today we are giving RDS Oracle customers the ability to use Oracle GoldenGate with Amazon RDS. Your RDS Oracle Database Instances can be used as the source or the target of GoldenGate-powered replication operations. Oracle GoldenGate can collect, replicate, and manage transactional data between a pair of Oracle databases. These databases can be hosted on-premises or in the AWS cloud. If both databases are in the AWS cloud, they can be in the same Region or in different Regions. The cloud-based databases can be RDS DB Instances or Amazon EC2 Instances that are running a supported version of Oracle Database. In other words, you have a lot of flexibility! Here are four example scenarios: On-premises database to RDS DB Instance. RDS DB Instance to RDS DB Instance. EC2-hosted database  to RDS DB Instance. Cross-region replication from one RDS DB Instance to another RDS DB Instance. You can also use GoldenGate for Amazon RDS to upgrade to a new major version of Oracle. Getting StartedAs you can see from the scenarios listed above, you will need to run the GoldenGate Hub on an EC2 Instance. This instance must have sufficient processing power, storage, and RAM to handle the anticipated transaction volume. Supplemental logging must be enabled for the source database and it must retain archived redo logs. The source and target database need user accounts for the GoldenGate user, along with a very specific set of privileges. After everything has been configured, you will use the Extract and Replicat utilities provided by Oracle GoldenGate. The Amazon RDS User Guide contains the information that you will need to have in order to install and configure the hub and to run the utilities. -- Jeff;

60 Resources, Tips and Hacks for Supercharging Your WordPress Site

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If your site is built on WordPress, you probably have a good idea of how much you can really do with this powerful content management system. But there are so many ways you can enhance your site and so many tools to use, it may be hard to know where to start, or which resources are really the most useful. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 60 resources, tips and hacks you can use to make your WordPress site exactly what you need. Check it out! Have questions? Have a WordPress tip you’d like to share? Leave us a comment! The post 60 Resources, Tips and Hacks for Supercharging Your WordPress Site appeared first on Official Bluehost Blog.

Your Facebook Posts Will Probably Go Viral if You Follow These 5 Steps

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Do you want your Facebook posts to go viral? Of course you do. Who wouldn’t want to dramatically increase the reach of their posts?! Going viral is the holy grail of content marketing — and any business owner marketing their company online wants it. But getting there isn’t always easy. Today, I’ll outline 5 steps you can take to improve the chances of your Facebook posts going viral. Your Facebook Posts Will Probably Go Viral if You Follow These 5 Steps 1. Get Personal You’ve got to get personal on your page if you expect your Facebook posts to go viral. >> Click to Tweet << Consider the strong engagement you receive from your Facebook friends when you post on your profile about: a job promotion yours or your child’s wedding your newborn baby losing weight high school or college graduations personal achievements Personalizing the updates on your business page can have a similar effect. Your fans will connect with those posts on a deeper level & are more likely to Like, comment on or share your posts with friends. Many of them have experienced something similar or they just want to be there to support your happy news. My first day at Post Planner was Jan. 21. I announced it by sharing a photo on my Facebook wall, and the post got more than 211 Likes & about 127 comments. 2. Use Viral Photo Finder Here’s a confession: I’ve recently used Post Planner’s viral photo finder to locate some of the most shared & most Liked photos on Facebook to publish on my profile & on pages that I own. For example, this photo got more than 80 Likes & about 45 shares when I posted it on my page:   Not too bad considering that it took only a couple minutes to find & publish the photo. You may see greater engagement depending on the size of your community & how much your fans engage with your page. We used the photo finder to locate the following image, which went big when we published it on our Facebook page:   // Post by Post Planner. It got more than 5,600 Likes & 34k shares. 3. Ask for Help Sharing Your Posts It can be tough getting your posts in front of a large audience on Facebook. The news feed algorithm buries your content to the point that your updates don’t even reach most of your fans. So ask family members, friends & customers for help pushing your posts. Sometimes just a little nudge is needed for a post to gain the momentum it needs to snowball. >> Click to Tweet << Most people won’t mind helping you with this small request. 4. Timing is Everything Like with many things in life, TIMING is EVERYTHING. When should you post on Facebook? Rather than blindly following advice from some blog post you find, dive deep into your Facebook Insights to see when your fans are most active online. Then test different posts at the most opportune times to see which content gets the most engagement from fans. Then continue testing fresh posts to determine which updates might someday go viral. Your Facebook Insights make it easy to determine the best times to post on your page. >> Click to Tweet << WHEN you update your status is critical if you expect lots of people to share your post. 5. Run a Facebook Ad Sometimes you’ll have to spend a few bucks to get posts in front of your fans. It’s harsh, I know! But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, especially with Facebook limiting the reach of your status updates. You don’t need to pay to boost every post.  But you may want to with the most important ones — the posts with the most potential for getting shared. I usually select “People who like your Page and their friends” as my audience. And I spend between $10 and $20, depending on the post. I then deviate a bit from Facebook’s settings on my ads. I go into my Facebook ad manager, open the campaign I just created for the post, and delete the post that targets my fans’ friends. I’ve found it works best to target just my Facebook fans. But this varies from case to case, especially if your product targets a wide demographic. Conclusion Don’t give up! It can be frustrating since Facebook’s news feed algorithm so tightly controls what people see. Trust me. As a small business owner, I feel your pain. But try to be grateful that today you’re able to reach an audience on Facebook that didn’t exist a few years back. What’s your secret for getting people to share your Facebook posts? The post Your Facebook Posts Will Probably Go Viral if You Follow These 5 Steps appeared first on Post Planner.

Gliding Over Seattle

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Chris Young of Chefsteps took me up in a glider while I was in Seattle and it was an amazing experience. There are some great organizations dedicated to it like the Soaring Society, and I’m planning on taking some lessons this summer, probably in the Tahoe area. The acrobatics were a blast, but my favorite was just the elegance of the more gentle flight, catching thermals and floating over the world with no engine and super-panoramic views. After gliding I met some fellow Automatticians for drinks, and Sam from Audrey.

Announcing Bing Knowledge Widget & App Linking

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Bing Knowledge Widget At Bing, we want to help people do more and know more. We’ve been building Bing’s knowledge repository that now has hundreds of millions of entities (people, places, and things) and billions of relationships between them. This helps us create a deeper understanding of our world. The quest to understand our world cannot be done alone. We work with many partners who enrich our knowledge. We give what we’ve learned back to the world via Bing.com and Windows Search Charm. Now, we want to empower every webmaster with the power of Bing’s knowledge repository. Today we’re releasing the Bing Knowledge Widget for webmasters and publishers. It’s an easy-to-deploy, JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity. It provides your visitors with quick access to relevant information about the entities on the page, and keeps them engaged, entertained, and informed within the context of your webpage. A visitor to your site need simply hover over the objects you’ve selected in the backend to see the widget come to life along the right-hand side of the screen, showcasing content related to each entity, directly from Bing’s knowledge repository. Here’s an example of the Knowledge Widget in action in a blog post related to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. You can see how it is understanding the entities of the page and bringing in useful, related content. You can easily configure how you want Bing Knowledge Widget to visualize the entities detected on a page. There are three pre-defined options: Entity Images: when you select this option entities that are detected will appear only as images in a vertical carousel alongside the page. Entity Images & Links: when you select this option entities that are detected will appear both as images in a vertical carousel alongside the page as well as links within the text of the page. This is the most popular option. Entity Links: when you select this option, entities that are detected will appear as links within the text of the page. When you have chosen a visualization option that includes entity links, you can set the link style associated with these entity links. You can select from a number of pre-defined options or provide a name that you have defined yourself. Without getting into all of the set-up details, which can be fully explored on the dedicated Bing Knowledge Widget Help & How To page, the Knowledge Widget enables you to create a unique user experience for your visitors, which you control, and that is powered by Bing’s knowledge repository. App Linking At the same time we’re also announcing the App Linking functionality for businesses. Bing Webmaster Tools will be your interface to linking your website to your app. Bing App Linking lets you connect your app to your web site so that search results for the top level of your web site include a link to your app. If you implement deep linking, search results for pages within your web site will include deep links to targets inside your app. App Linking is an extension of our Connected Sites concept, where you can connect official social pages, for example, and associate them with your site. This functionality now allows you to do the same for your apps. More information on the App Linking program can be found here, with the Help & How To content located here. Bing Knowledge & Webmaster Teams

AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Ruby 2

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy for you to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. After you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk will provision, monitor, and scale capacity (Amazon EC2 instances),  while also load balancing incoming requests across all of the healthy instances. Choice of Language and Runtime EnvironmentYour PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, or .NET code can run in the appropriate Tomcat, Node.js, or IIS environment: Your Elastic Beanstalk application can use the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) to create and manage SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Database, and PostgreSQL databases. Elastic Beanstalk chooses and sets sensible defaults for all of the AWS resources that it creates and these values will work fine for a wide variety of applications. Of course, you have the power to customize these settings by editing the appropriate configuration files. See the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Guide for more information. New Support for Ruby 2Today we are making Elastic Beanstalk even more useful by adding support for Ruby 2.0 applications. Today's launch gives you access to a very wide variety of new features. Elastic Beanstalk for Ruby 2.0 comes with a choice of Passenger Standalone or Puma web server for Ruby with Nginx as a reverse proxy. This highly requested combination allows you to utilize all the virtual cores available on the instance type running your environment. If you use Nginx, you can improve performance by configuring gzip compression and support for static files. Gzip compression reduces the size of the HTTP responses and can increase the apparent speed of your web application. Static file support lets Nginx serve static assets such as images and CSS style sheets in an optimized fashion. To get started, simply create a new Elastic Beanstalk application and select the Ruby platform. This configuration will use the Puma web server by default: Sample Ruby ApplicationsTo help you to get started with Ruby 2 and Elastic Beanstalk, we have created some new samples. The Sample Rails 4 application creates a simple pre-launch marketing site. Be sure to create an RDS database instance if you use this sample: The Sample Sinatra application creates a simple welcome page within an environment set up to use the Sinatra domain-specific language (DSL). And there you go! Ruby 2 support is available now and you can start using it today. -- Jeff;  

Improved CloudFront Performance with EDNS-Client-Subnet Support

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Amazon CloudFront automatically routes requests for your content to the nearest edge location. Behind the scenes, it uses the IP address of the DNS resolver that is making the DNS query for the content. This model worked well back in the days when a particular resolver had a single, fixed geographic location. Today, many popular DNS resolvers are geographically dispersed (Google DNS and OpenDNS are two good examples) and the location of a particular resolver is no longer an accurate predictor of the location of the client. This can lead to sub-optimal performance if a request for content is routed to an edge location that is farther away than necessary. The EDNS-Client-Subnet extension to the DNS protocol solves this problem by returning additional information in response to a DNS query (read about how it works). This information allows the content delivery network to make a better decision. This extension was developed as part of the Faster Internet project. Today, we are adding EDNS-Client-Subnet support to CloudFront. You don't have to make any changes to your code or to your CloudFront distributions to take advantage of this new feature. Your users will see an immediate benefit if they are using a geographically dispersed DNS resolver that supports the EDNS-Client-Subnet protocol. -- Jeff;

Everyone’s getting World Cup fever! And with the official announcement of the US World Cup away...

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Everyone’s getting World Cup fever! And with the official announcement of the US World Cup away kits, Yahoo merchant ussoccerstore.com, the official store of US Soccer, got a boost from a great article on Yahoo Sports and featured on the Yahoo homepage.  We think it’s that cool “One Nation. One Team.” … check it out!   http://yhoo.it/1dNnItw  Big congratulations to our long-time, successful customer.

Help Test New Column Behavior in Beta

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Thank you for all the amazing feedback. We've closed the Beta Test and are now reviewing your form entries and blog comments. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to work on the new column building experience. More Information About Columns Beta The new columns experience was designed to improve column generation and make it easier and more intuitive to create multi-column layouts for your site, store or blog. There are three big changes you’ll notice in Columns Beta.1. The columns element has been removed. You can now generate columns automatically by         simply dragging an element to the left or right of an existing element. 2. We added a new element called spacer. Spacer allows you to create an empty column or extra vertical space. Drag spacer into position to introduce space between other elements. Spacer should make it easy to introduce and control the negative space between your elements.  3. Any changes made on Columns Beta will translate to your live site. Elements will work the same between the beta and non-beta editors with a few minor exceptions.The spacer element will be automatically added into any empty columns you’ve placed on your site when you login to Columns Beta.If you use the spacer element in Columns Beta and log back into non-beta Weebly the spacer elements will convert into blank elements. The blank elements will still function as intended. We look forward to your thoughts on the new experience. Your feedback helps make Weebly a better place for everyone!

Help Test New Column Behavior in Beta

The Weebly Blog -

Thank you for all the amazing feedback. We've closed the Beta Test and are now reviewing your form entries and blog comments. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to work on the new column building experience. More Information About Columns Beta The new columns experience was designed to improve column generation and make it easier and more intuitive to create multi-column layouts for your site, store or blog. There are three big changes you’ll notice in Columns Beta.1. The columns element has been removed. You can now generate columns automatically by         simply dragging an element to the left or right of an existing element. 2. We added a new element called spacer. Spacer allows you to create an empty column or extra vertical space. Drag spacer into position to introduce space between other elements. Spacer should make it easy to introduce and control the negative space between your elements.  3. Any changes made on Columns Beta will translate to your live site. Elements will work the same between the beta and non-beta editors with a few minor exceptions.The spacer element will be automatically added into any empty columns you’ve placed on your site when you login to Columns Beta.If you use the spacer element in Columns Beta and log back into non-beta Weebly the spacer elements will convert into blank elements. The blank elements will still function as intended. We look forward to your thoughts on the new experience. Your feedback helps make Weebly a better place for everyone!

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