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Office 365 vs. G Suite

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It you’re a business owner, freelance worker, or anyone in need of a digital office suite, you might find yourself at the crossroads of choosing between Office 365 or G Suite. This becomes exponentially more difficult if you don’t have experience with either. Worry not. Instead, learn how these two services match up on pricing, usability, and features. Read along as we discuss the pros and cons of Office 365 vs. G Suite in an effort to highlight which one best fits the needs of your specific business. Domain.com makes it easy to add G Suite for Business or Microsoft Office 365 to your domain name. What do G Suite and Office 365 do? Both subscription services are office suite productivity tools that allow you to go about most daily tasks, such as writing documents, creating spreadsheets, making presentations, and communicating with both clients and team members. Microsoft first created Microsoft Office Suite, a physical program for PCs that came with the now famous Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In the last decade, Google released G Suite for the cloud to compete with Microsoft, which boasted an online collaboration center, word processor, spreadsheet processor, and presentation creator. Moving these services to the cloud completely revolutionized the capability of office suite tech, drastically improving cooperation and communication. Taking Google’s cue, in 2011, Microsoft pushed their popular service into the cloud, looking for ways to simplify and optimize their services to improve productivity.   What is Office 365? Office 365 Suite for Business comes in one of two main packages, Business and Business Premium. For both packages, you receive the applications in web version and desktop form, meaning that you get the hard-copy versions to load onto your computer to use even if you’re offline. Office 365 Business At $8.25 per user per month for an annual contract, Business is perfect for teams that need cloud storage and collaboration, as well as Office applications. It does not, however, include business email. The base Business level gives you the following: Outlook – Microsoft’s web-based all-in-one suite of email, tasks, calendar, and contacts lets you work productively and share attachments directly from OneDrive. It also allows you to schedule meetings, block out time to work on a project, or book a conference room directly from your Outlook calendar.  Word – Microsoft’s most famous application is its word processor. Word gives you the tools to write confidently and intelligently. With Suite, you can work with a teammate in real-time, collaborating on the same project. Excel – The original spreadsheet processor, Excel has been refined over the years thanks to new tools, charts, formulas, and templates that all improve data organization and output.PowerPoint – A presentation program that lets you create vivid and powerful pitches and presentations. With 365 collaboration, you can have several people working on the same PowerPoint at one time. OneNote – A digital notebook that helps you and your team take notes and get organized. Notes is especially great for tablets where you can write notes, doodle, underline or highlight sections. OneDrive – A file hosting service that lets users save files and photos to OneDrive and then access them on any device from wherever that person is. You receive 1TB of OneDrive storage and a license that covers fully-installed Office apps on five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five phones. This may be a good option for small businesses. Office 365 Business Premium Business Premium costs $12.50 a month per user with an annual contract. This is perfect for businesses that require a business email, Office suite, and other Microsoft business services including: Exchange – Microsoft’s business version of Outlook is more powerful and comes with tools businesses need for their email services and calendaring. With an adaptive, intelligent inbox and a smart calendar, your ability to communicate and organize improves dramatically. Sharepoint – A browser-based document management and collaboration platform, this content management system and information portal can run via Internet, Intranet, or Extranet. Microsoft Teams – A platform that organizes chats, notes, meetings, and attachments whether in Office or on Skype.Business Email Hosting – Create a custom email domain address. Each user has a 50 GB inbox.Skype Call – Video conferencing for up to 250 users. Support – 24/7 phone and web support. What is G Suite? G Suite’s web-based service comes in one of three packages: Basic, Business, and Enterprise. G Suite provides businesses with more flexibility for payment,allowing the purchase of a subscription on either a monthly or annual basis. While the monthly may cost a few dollars more, it gives you the option to add or drop users, or to discontinue services. G Suite Basic For $5 per month per user, G Suite Basic gives you 30 GB of storage and access to G Suite’s baseline applications. Unlike Office 365, G Suite’s most basic plan provides  access to a business email, through Gmail. Other features include: Calendar – Set your schedule and manage your day with Calendar. Create, request, set, or invite other team members to meetings, or simply block out time where you’re not to be disturbed. If you share your calendar with teammates, they see your agenda, and can plan accordingly.Docs – Cloud-based word processor that lets team members edit, read, comment on, or share documents easily. With cloud-tracking in docs, you never lose a file or an edit, increasing accountability, and allowing you to go back to view older versions of the document. Forms – Create fun and simple polls or surveys with members of your team. Forms helps you get answers fast and then compiles them intelligently, making analysis easy.  Gmail – The most powerful and popular email service in the world. G Suite Basic lets you create a business email linked to your domain and powered by Gmail’s smart inbox tech. Google Drive Storage – Google’s cloud storage that lets you store any file, whether that is a video, doc, sheet, pdf, adobe, music, or photo file. Hangouts – Google’s video conference service, Business Hangouts, is a powerful and consistent tool that allows up to ten people to video conference at once.Sheets – This online spreadsheet tool helps you organize and compile critical data. Create a spreadsheet, collaborate with a teammate, and share with others instantly.Slides – Google’s PowerPoint feature lets you create beautiful presentations. G Suite Business For $10 per month per user, G Suite Business gives you all of the tools mentioned above and then boasts up to 1 terabyte of data storage per user for five or fewer users, or unlimited for more than five users. G Suite Business also includes: 24/7 Support by phone, email, and web messaging.Archive policies for email and chat.Audit reports that track user activity.eDiscovery for chats, emails, and other files.G Suite Data Regions.Set retention for email and chat.Smart search via Cloud Search. As the name suggests, Business is the model that most small to medium-sized businesses should utilize. The increased storage and search capabilities make it vastly more powerful. G Suite Enterprise For $25 per month per user, G Suite Enterprise is intended for large companies that require a ton of storage, advanced security, and more control. Google Hangouts is upgraded to Google Meet, which dramatically improves video quality, and allows 30 members to participate in a video conference. These include all of the features above as well as the following: Enterprise-grade security with Google Drive.BigQuery Gmail log analysis.Hosted S/MIME encryption to improve your mail’s security.Data regions for G Suite.G Suite Security Center.Email traffic scanning.Image scanning for text.Third-party email archiving.Data loss prevention for Gmail.Data loss prevention for Drive.Gmail logs BigQuery analysis.Automatic mobile device management.Suspicious activity detection. Office 365 vs. G Suite As you can tell, these services provide very similar products. Both are widely used, widely praised, and boast similar functionality. Selecting the right one depends on your business’ specific needs. Below, let’s compare and contrast some of the critical factors that distinguish the two:   Price Although their prices are not all that different, G Suite’s basic plan is notably cheaper and still comes with a business email. When you reach the Business and Enterprise levels the cost difference and services received are largely comparable. G Suite does give you more flexibility with the option for a monthly or annual plan, but Office 365 also provides your team with desktop versions of the app. This gives Office 365 a slight edge in what you’re paying and what you’re receiving at Business, or higher levels. File Storage When you’re talking entry-level plans, Office 365 1 TB of storage far exceeds Google’s 30 GB of storage that comes with the Basic G Suite. On top of that, G Suite counts email messages as a part of that 30 GB. That said, when you move up to the Business plans, Google’s plan beats out Microsoft’s plans by a large margin. If you have more than five users, G Suite Business offers unlimited storage which is significantly more storage than 365’s single terabyte.   Email Office 365’s Business plan offers far more email storage than G Suite’s Basic plan. However, it maxes out at 100 GB, whereas Gmail’s upper level inbox storage is limitless. When it comes to the functionality of these email services Gmail is simple, more popular, pairs with third-party apps, and makes message discovery easy. Office 365, on the other hand, is likely the more powerful of the two and has greater organizational tools, but a much steeper learning curve. Furthermore, Gmail is much more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing. Apps When it comes to the main apps, the discussion turns heavily in favor of Office 365. They were the original flagship programs for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and have perfected these tools over the years. G Suite’s Docs, Sheets, and Google Slides are streamlined, but lack some of the more advanced features you can find with Office 365. While G Suite’s simultaneous collaboration is a big point in its favor, if you rely heavily on word processing, spreadsheets or presentations, Office wins this fight hands down. Video Conferencing As with other features, on the surface, both G Suite’s and Office 365’s video conferencing apps are quite powerful. That said, the dependability, quality, and functionality of Hangouts are significant improvements on the bulkier and less reliable Skype. Hangouts also has a fantastic feature that magnifies whoever is speaking on the screen, which makes it easier to focus when having multiple people in the same video conference. Collaboration While both services allow for online collaboration, Office 365’s additional bells and whistles actually detract from the ease of working together. G Suite was created with collaboration as the main selling point, whereas Office 365 added this feature in order to compete with G Suite. G Suite’s simplicity and streamlined features makes collaboration more natural and more intuitive. It’s also much easier to navigate for the “computer novice.” Make the right decision for your small business needs Your business may care more about the desktop features and jam-packed desktop apps of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or it might require the superior collaboration features and additional space provided by G Suite. The best tools depend on the specific needs of your small business. Regardless of which platform you choose, both services are compatible with Domain.com and can be linked to your custom domain. At the end of the day, both of these services are renowned software tools that aid your pursuit of success, no matter your goals Domain.com makes it easy to add G Suite for Business or Microsoft Office 365 to your domain name. The post Office 365 vs. G Suite appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

How to Create Shipping Guidelines for Your Online Business in 5 Steps

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The post How to Create Shipping Guidelines for Your Online Business in 5 Steps appeared first on HostGator Blog. Your new online store may have the coolest design, the greatest products, and the most reasonable prices, but does it have the one thing shoppers really want? We’re talking about a great shipping policy—one that gives your customers free options and fast options and provides delivery tracking—can seal the deal with today’s e-commerce customers. Here’s how to create shipping guidelines that can help your store compete.   1. Give Your Customers Multiple Shipping Options People are particular about shipping when they shop online, and they like to have choices. A 2018 international survey of e-commerce shoppers found that half have ditched an online shopping cart because they didn’t like the merchant’s shipping options. It’s a good idea to offer at least two options—a free option for people who aren’t in a rush, and a faster, paid option. Depending on what you sell, where your inventory is stored, and where your customers are, you may also be able to offer local same-day delivery through a third-party service. 2. Calculate Your Shipping Costs The most complex part of creating your shipping guidelines is comparing rates from different shippers and figuring out what shipping will cost, so dive in and get it done first. Your shipping costs will include not only the rates you pay to the carrier but also the cost of packing material and time spent handling and packing the orders, printing shipping labels, paper and ink for labels, etc. All these costs should be built into the shipping charges your customers pay or built into your product pricing if you’re offering free shipping. To keep your shipping-related costs as low as possible, spend some time with different carriers’ rate tables and package classes. See who offers free boxes and envelopes for flat-rate shipping. Compare the rates for those containers with what it would cost to provide your own packaging and pay based on weight. A lot depends on the weight of your products and how far they must go. You’ll also need to figure out the costs your customers will pay at checkout, and it’s almost mandatory to offer some sort of free shipping option, because shoppers expect it. “75 percent of consumers surveyed expect delivery to be free even on orders under $50, up from 68 percent a year ago,” according to the National Retail Federation’s data. That doesn’t mean every customer wants free shipping every time, though. The same survey found that 35% of online shoppers are willing to pay more for faster, more convenient delivery options when they need them. Whatever you choose to offer, you don’t want to lose money through your shipping choices. Keep in mind that most carriers raise their rates at the beginning of each calendar year because demand is so high. That means you’ll need to review your shipping policy and product pricing each fall—those rate hike announcements usually appear during or just before the holiday season, so don’t miss them amid the holiday rush. 3. Set Up Shipping Security Best Practices If you offer same-day or next-day delivery, make sure your payment processor provides thorough screening for transaction fraud, especially if you sell expensive or rare but popular items. Faster shipping options are popular with scammers because they can sometimes get their merchandise before the bank or the merchant discovers their payment fraud and stops delivery. Always track your shipments, no matter how small. Why? If the item is lost, you’re out the purchase price, and if the customer charges back the purchase through their card issuer, you’ll also have to pay a chargeback fee to your payment processor, which can run anywhere from $20 to $100, depending on the size of the transaction. Tracking keeps your customers happy, cuts down on inquiries to customer service about deliveries, and gives you a way to prove your packages are delivered. Finally, work with a shipper who won’t re-route packages from your store without consulting you first. Scammers sometimes use an unsuspecting consumer’s card and delivery address data to make a purchase, and then call the shipper directly to have the item sent to their lair instead. The result for your store is a loss of merchandise, the value of the sale, and a chargeback fee. 4. Plan for Holiday Season Shipping Changes The holidays are the peak season for most retailers, and they’re crunch time for shipping carriers, too. Every e-commerce store owner needs to keep tabs on holiday season shipping surcharges and timetables to avoid getting stuck with unexpected shipping costs, delayed deliveries, and unhappy customers. Most carriers announce their peak surcharge rates at least several months in advance. You can search your carriers’ sites for surcharge information and use it to adjust your pricing and shipping deals during the holiday season. For example, UPS peak surcharges during the 2018 holiday season ranged from 27 to 99 cents per package, depending on shipping speed and date. If you’re planning a holiday special that cuts your profit margin on a popular item in order to sell more, make sure holiday shipping surcharges won’t push your deal into money-losing territory. Shipping windows and cutoff dates are important for store owners and shoppers alike. Once your shippers publish their cutoff dates for the season (the last dates by which you can ship an item for delivery by Christmas Day), you can add the time it takes to process and pack orders to come up with your store’s cutoff dates. Post them on each page of your site during the holiday shopping season. 5. Share Your Shipping Policy After you decide on your shipping policy, feature the basics on every page of your site along with a link to the fine print in plain English. Put it up high on the page so visitors don’t miss it. And if you have a special shipping deal, include that information, too. Nike does this by promoting its free-shipping offer in exchange for customers’ social media info and/or email address. “Free Shipping for Members. Want it faster? Upgrade for two-day or next-day delivery. Join now.” And just in case shoppers miss that message at the top of each page, Nike also includes a free-shipping dropdown info box on each product page. Set Up Shipping for Your Online Store You can create shipping policy notices on your store pages easily with Gator Website Builder’s drag and drop tools. Gator also gives you a choice of e-commerce templates, coupon tools, inventory management, and other features to help your store run smoothly. Be sure to add an SSL certificate to protect your store from hackers and data thieves, and to help your store do better in customers’ search results.   See how easy it is to get started with Gator now. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

How to Boost Domain Authority

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Domain Authority isn’t a new idea in the world of SEO. Still, many website owners have never heard the term, much less understand what it means. It’s a search engine ranking developed by Moz, and it’s one of the most important numbers when it comes to SEO. After Google stopped publishing Page Rank, it became the go-to resource for estimating site performance. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about domain authority, from how it’s calculated, to how to improve your score. Continue reading How to Boost Domain Authority at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Join us for 5 serverless events in SF Bay Area this week

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Developer Week Bay Area is happening this week and Cloudflare engineers and developer relations team members are delivering several talks around the Bay. Join us in San Francisco and Oakland for the following talks. We’ll hope to see you soon.WebAssembly on the Server, npm & genomics tools @ CloudflareWe've partnered with the WebAssembly SF meetup group to curate three talks from Zack Bloom of Cloudflare, Laurie Voss of npm, and Robert Aboukhalil of Invitae.Event Type: MeetupLocation: Cloudflare HQ, San Francisco, CADate: February 20, 2019View Event Details & Register Here »Serverless: An Inside Look Cloudflare engineers are delivering three serverless talks in downtown Oakland: How Workers Work, Security: the Serverless Future, and Building a Serverless World (Map) with IoT and Workers. Event Type: MeetupLocation: At My Sphere, Oakland, CADate: February 21, 2019View Event Details & Register Here »Developer Week Bay Area Cloudflare will be at Developer Week Bay Area. Be sure to check out Single-Process Serverless, Building an Iot World (Map) with Serverless, and Make Your Existing Application Serverless talks. Event Type: ConferenceLocation: Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, CADate: February 20-24, 2019Register Here for a free Open conference ticket »

Stop the Bots: Practical Lessons in Machine Learning

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Bot-powered credential stuffing is a scourge on the modern Internet. These attacks attempt to log into and take over a user’s account by assaulting password forms with a barrage of dictionary words and previously stolen account credentials, with the aim of performing fraudulent transactions, stealing sensitive data, and compromising personal information. At Cloudflare we’ve built a suite of technologies to combat bots, many of them grounded in Machine Learning. ML is a hot topic these days, but the literature tends to focus on improving the core technology — and not how these learning machines are incorporated into real-world organizations.Given how much experience we have with ML (which we employ for many security and performance products, in addition to bot management), we wanted to share some lessons learned with regard to how this technology manifests in actual products.There tend to be three stages every company goes through in the life cycle of infusing machine learning into their DNA. They are:Business IntelligenceStandalone Machine Learning Machine Learning ProductizationThese concepts are a little abstract — so let’s walk through how they might apply to a tangible field we all know and love: dental insurance.Business IntelligenceMany companies already have some kind of business intelligence: an ability to sort, search, filter and perform rudimentary labeling on a large corpus of data. Business Intelligence is not machine learning per se, but it can serve as its foundation.Imagine your friendly neighborhood dental insurance company, ACMEDental, regularly receives dental claims. For each claim, a trained insurance professional evaluates the incoming X-rays to confirm the dentist’s diagnosis — and marks the claim as accurate or inaccurate.On the surface, this data provides actionable intelligence: an uptick in incorrect diagnoses from a particular dentist or region might warrant further investigation. But this data can be used for something much more interesting.Standalone Machine LearningThe key to training a machine learning model is to compile a labeled data set: raw data paired with a descriptive label that tells the computer what it’s looking at. These data sets are often a natural byproduct of Business Intelligence, as we’re about to see. Some ingenious engineers at ACMEDental notice that through their day-to-day operations they’ve compiled a large repository of X-rays, labeled either ‘accurate’ or ‘inaccurate’.With several thousand labeled X-rays in hand, they decide to train a machine learning algorithm that can judge X-rays automatically. They use one of several open-source tools to do this using image recognition, yielding an ML algorithm that can scan an X-ray and categorize the claim with impressive accuracy.Machine Learning ProductizationOnce a functioning algorithm is in-hand, there is the matter of turning it into a product. This generally involves collaboration between engineering, product design, and ultimately, business development and sales.ACMEDental finds its new ML algorithm to be so effective that its product managers decide to offer it for license to X-ray machine manufacturers. By integrating the ACMEDental algorithm, a dentist could accelerate their workflow and reduce the likelihood of incorrect diagnoses. The machine could also communicate with the insurance company for instant claim approvals.After productizing the algorithm for integration, ACMEDental’s business development team reaches out to manufacturers like Samsung to pursue a partnership.The new X-ray machines, enhanced by ACMEDental’s algorithm, prove to be a hit on the market — allowing dentists to offload routine diagnostics to their assistants. With this framework in mind let’s explore how we’re leveraging machine learning at Cloudflare. To inform our machine learning models, we rely on data from the 13 million domains on Cloudflare’s network, which sees more than 660 billion requests per day serving more than 2.8 billion people per month. We employ this huge volume of data to address one of the most urgent security threats on the web: bot attacks.Business IntelligenceWe recently analyzed one day’s worth of requests from across all of Cloudflare’s 13 million domains -- 660 billion requests -- and labeled each potential attack with a ‘bot score’ ranging from 0 to 100. Cloudflare already has an extensive array of tools which help inform this score, but in principle, we could manually label each datapoint as ‘bot’ or ‘not bot’, similar to the dentist example above.One initial takeaway from our analysis was the geographical breakdown of attacks. Rudimentary bot-protection tools rely on blocking IP addresses from countries commonly associated with hostile traffic. But when we ranked the origin of bots across our network, it was obvious that this approach was untenable as most attacks originate from countries with huge volumes of legitimate traffic. A more sophisticated solution allows us to protect against bots without affecting real users.Standalone Machine LearningHaving compiled a large dataset sampled from Cloudflare’s network, our team of ML experts developed a state-of-the-art model to predict automated credential stuffing and other bot attacks.Training: We started with a trillion requests (compiled over multiple days) in our training set, each of them labeled with the aforementioned bot score — and analyzed their features on a CPU/GPU cluster to recognize trends in malicious traffic. We used CatBoost, a gradient boosting library similar to XGBoost. Validation: Though we perform hundreds of independent validations tests, the ultimate validation is how many login attempts have been challenged with a Captcha, versus how many have solved a Captcha (a solved Captcha likely indicates a false positive). Over the course of a week, we deployed our solution to 95 websites with WordPress login pages and found that we issued more than 660,000 challenges, of which only 0.32% were solved — meaning our algorithm detected bots with a 99.68% rate of True Positives. While this work is just beginning, WordPress represents 32.5% of all websites worldwide, so this is a very meaningful step forward. Meanwhile, we found that more than 80% of requests to WordPress login pages are Credential Stuffing attacks, underscoring just how prevalent these attacks are.Machine Learning ProductizationDeployment: Once we became sufficiently confident in the accuracy of our algorithm, we deployed it as one of the many security features constantly running across the 165 server facilities worldwide that comprise Cloudflare’s network edge. Today, it evaluates over 660 billion requests per day — learning and improving from each additional attack observed on the network.But it wasn’t long before we found ourselves asking: is knowing and stopping credential stuffing attacks in real-time enough? Can we do more? We used our existing data and began thinking of how to develop an algorithm to predict which companies will be attacked next. This would allow us to proactively warn companies before an attack occurs and prepare them for the worst case scenario, even if they aren’t currently on Cloudflare’s network.Training: We trained our Machine Learning Model with firmographic information like industry type, number of employees, and the revenue amount to predict the percentage of login attacks.Results: Amongst the many interesting findings is that smaller companies have a higher fraction of attacks. Intuitively, this makes sense because the opportunistic attack traffic scanning the Internet is equal on all pages while the human traffic on popular sites outweighs the bot attacks. Thus even though small companies represent a smaller traffic volume, they're the most vulnerable to attack.Do these findings only affect the 13 million Cloudflare websites with 2.8 billion visitors across 237 countries that we had in our model? Likely not. That means Cloudflare can begin thinking about helping all companies by proactively anticipating attacks based on their unique risk profile.Machine learning has been crucial to the development of our next generation of products, and we’ve only scratched the surface. We hope that this post is useful as you map out the trajectory of ML in your own organization: your road will be different, but hopefully you will see some familiar milestones along the way.Cloudflare is actively developing its machine learning capabilities — if you’re interested in joining us or partnering with us on our mission please get in touch.

5 Takeaways From WordCamp Phoenix

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PHOENIX, AZ  — Ten years of WordCamp Phoenix and it’s still as strong as ever. This year was even better, with some informative sessions from incredible speakers. Answers on content marketing, SEO, page creation, and how to optimize business practices all made an appearance. Our team members Gasper, Amber, and Rigo were on the ground,… Continue reading →

Why Only Having a YouTube Channel is Costing You Money

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When YouTube went live in 2005, no one could have truly predicted just how popular it would become. Even in its early days, it was known as “that website with all the cat videos;” most of the postings were amateurish at best. But today, there are over 1.8 billion people using YouTube each month, and that only includes the ones who are actually logged in, not the ones who just watch a quick video without signing in. Continue reading Why Only Having a YouTube Channel is Costing You Money at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

newsletter for drupal release maintenance

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Hi, drupal 7.64 is out, i wish i had received an e-mail alert but i didn't. I subscribed security newsletter and received emails for security release upgrades, but i whish to receive emails alerts for all new drupal releases, security and maintenance. I searched in "my newsletters" and found security newsletter only, there's a place/way to have this kind of alert? Best regardsDrupal version: Drupal 7.x

How to Improve Your Instagram Photos

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Are you happy with your Instagram marketing images? Looking for tips to improve your photos? In this article, you’ll discover four tips to help you create better photos so you can stand out, drive more clicks, and generate more revenue. Why Good Photography Matters on Instagram The imagery you’re posting to Instagram can help make […] The post How to Improve Your Instagram Photos appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

15 Questions About the New Gator Website Builder

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The post 15 Questions About the New Gator Website Builder appeared first on HostGator Blog. Gator Website Builder is a drag-and-drop website builder created by HostGator. Gator was created for anyone who has an idea for a website and wants a frustration-free solution to get a website online with ease. It even has eCommerce functionality! The HostGator team hosted a webinar announcing the Gator Website Builder, complete with a live demo. If you missed the webinar, watch the replay here. Attendees had quite a few great questions about how to use Gator for their needs. Here are the top 15 questions we received about Gator Website Builder during the webinar. 1. Will the Gator Website Builder be available for reseller accounts? A reseller account allows individuals to run their own hosting business and sell hosting accounts to their web design clients. At this time, Gator Website Builder is not available to resellers since Gator does involve a different billing system and platform. 2. I tried working with WordPress and it’s pretty difficult. Can I transfer my WordPress site into Gator? There are certainly many pros and cons to weigh when considering if you should choose between WordPress or a website builder. WordPress is popular and very robust, but does require some configuration involved when you are first setting up your website. We created Gator Website Builder to be a robust tool to create your website with minimal configuration from the beginning. If you want a frustration-free solution to get a website up with ease, Gator Website Builder could be exactly what you need! Watch the webinar to see a live demo or read this article for 10 reasons we think you’ll love Gator. Currently, we don’t have an import or migration capability that allows us to automatically migrate your content from WordPress or other website builders. However, you could manually move your content to Gator Website Builder by copying and pasting your text into the Gator editor. 3. I already have a HostGator account. Do I have access to the Gator Website Builder? If you already have a HostGator website, there is a drag-and-drop editor available in the customer portal. However, in order to access all of the features of the Gator Website Builder, such as the Gator control panel, professionally-designed templates, and the eCommerce functionality, you will need to create an account with Gator Website Builder. 4. What types of design templates come with Gator Website Builder? Gator Website Builder comes with more than 200 professionally-designed themes at no additional cost. The themes are even sorted by category so you can easily find a design that fits your website or business. We had questions about what types of designs are available. Here’s the full list of design categories. This is the full list of design categories available in the Gator: architecture & real estatebeauty & fashion blog business & consultantcomputers & technology construction & trade design & creative hotels & travel lifestyle music & entertainment night life one pagers online store pets & animals photography portfolio professional services restaurants & eateries sport & leisure wedding 5. Can you add SEO elements such as meta tags and alt tags? Yes, Gator Website Builder comes with the ability to change SEO elements without needing an additional plugin! You can change the page title and metadescriptions for each page in the settings tab of each page. To add alt tags to an image, simply click on the image when you upload it, and change the SEO characteristics under the settings section. 6. What packages and features do you recommend for a nonprofit? If you are running a nonprofit website and want to be able to accept donations online, we have a “PayPal donate” element that can be added to the website. The PayPal donate element can be added to any of the Gator plans – even the starter plan – to accept donations. You only need an eCommerce plan if you want to sell physical or digital goods on your website. While there isn’t a specific category for nonprofit websites, all of the themes can be customized with your own photos so any design could easily be appropriate for your nonprofit website. There’s even a category called “one pagers” for websites that don’t need a lot of pages. Need to feature events? Calendar functionality is on our roadmap for future features. In the meantime, you could add HTML to embed Google calendar or something similar. 7. Can I import products into the eCommerce plan instead of entering them manually? The eCommerce store has a product import feature that accepts excel, google sheets, or CSV format. We also have a handy .xls template you can download! 8. Can specific HTML coding be added easily? Yes! Gator Website Builder has an element that allows you to add a block of HTML code anywhere you want on a page. 9. Can you add Venmo as a payment option? Currently, Gator Website Builder integrates with paypal, stripe, and cash on delivery is also an option for local businesses. Venmo is a great idea! We will add this to our roadmap for future development. 10. How many eCommerce sites can I have with the eCommerce package? You can create multiple websites under one account in Gator. Each websites counts as a subscription, and you would be charged for each website. 11. If I start a blog, can I upgrade to eCommerce later? Absolutely! You do need an eCommerce plan to start an online store, but you don’t have to do that right away. Within the dashboard, there is a ‘store’ button. Click this button and you’ll see the option to upgrade to an eCommerce plan and create your store. 12. Can I use my own domain name? Can I have more than one domain name redirect to the site? Yes! If you sign up for one year or more, you will receive a free domain for the first year. If you already have your own domain, you can easily connect it to your Gator website. You can transfer your domain to HostGator with a few steps. Or you can link an existing domain to your Gator account if you would rather keep your domain with your current host. If you would like to link more than one domain to your site, you can do that too! DNS changes would need to be made if the site is registered outside of Gator. Within Gator, you can simply point the domain to the your site in the control panel. 13. Can I edit from my mobile? Unfortunately, at this time, you can only edit your Gator website from a desktop. To fully utilize the functionality of the drag-and-drop editor, it’s really best on a desktop experience. 14. Can I add product categories in the eCommerce store? Yes, the Gator eCommerce store has product category functionality already built in. You can manually create category pages in the main editor and add more categories in the store app.   To add relevant subcategories that will show up in the dropdown for your main menu pages, add a new page for each subcategory and drag it underneath the page you’ve added to the main menu. You can use this page to highlight all the relevant products that fall into the category, and to optimize your site for the relevant SEO keyword. Click to read more about how to create your eCommerce store with a website builder. 15. When I enter products for the store, can I add weight and package size to calculate shipping rates? Your Gator store comes with integrated shipping options thanks to our partnership with Shippo! Shippo is an integrated software company incorporates shipping with multiple carriers through an API and web application. You can use weight-based shipping with priorities like, “Next Day, 2 Day, or Standard Shipping.” You can create your Shippo account from your Gator dashboard and create all the necessary details about your shipments. So what about you? Do you have any questions about the Gator Website Builder that we didn’t cover? Comment with your question below! Gator Website Builder is an affordable option for how to get your website online with ease. Check it out today! Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Reseller Hosting. Be Your Own Boss.

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Have you ever thought about becoming a web hosting reseller? Reselling hosting, like any business enterprise, involves some dedication and good old-fashioned gumption. But, the advantages of having a host like us at your disposal are worth considering: Free tech support Infrastructure already in place A suite of tools ready to serve you With all of the above figured out for you, all you need to do is market and launch your business. Continue reading Reseller Hosting. Be Your Own Boss. at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Say Hello to Email Deliverability!

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We’d like to introduce you to one of our newest features in cPanel & WHM version 78. The evolution of cPanel’s Email Authentication Interface to the Email Deliverability interface began with a desire to help users keep their legitimate emails out of Spam folders and turned into what we are showcasing here. These are some of the many improvements we’ve been making in an ongoing effort to help you increase your mail server’s efficiency. What is it?  Previous to v78, ...

Introducing Revolution Pro, the First Block-Based Genesis Theme

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It’s been more than two months since the release of WordPress 5.0, and as developers and content creators have been busy familiarizing themselves with new features like the block-based Gutenberg editor, we’ve been hard at work building new themes that incorporate the functionality and flexibility this latest version of WordPress has to offer. Today, with… The post Introducing Revolution Pro, the First Block-Based Genesis Theme appeared first on WP Engine.

Celebrate Your #WorkBFF and Advance Your Career

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If you had to stop and think about that one person at work who’s always there for you, helping, laughing, venting and making your day a better place – it’s likely your #WorkBFF. And with the average person spending 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, it may not be surprising that 95% of professionals agree that it’s good to be friends with your coworkers. But what you might not realize is that your #WorkBFF is more than a daily sounding board. Work friendships are actually a great catalyst... .

Announcing workers.dev

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We are working really hard to allow you to deploy Workers without having a Cloudflare domain. You will soon be able to deploy your Cloudflare Workers to a subdomain-of-your-choice.workers.dev, which you can go claim now on workers.dev!Why are we doing this? You may have read the announcement blog post for Workers (or one of the many tutorials and guest posts), and thought “let me give this a try!”. If you’re an existing Cloudflare customer, you logged into the dashboard, and found a new icon called “Workers”, paid $5 and were on your way. If you’re not, you clicked “Sign Up”, but instead of getting to create and deploy a Worker, we asked you for your domain (if you didn’t have one, we had you register one), and move your nameservers. Since launch, we have had tons of people who wanted to build a new serverless project from scratch or just try Workers out, but found it difficult to get started. We want to make it easier for anyone to get started building and deploying serverless applications.How did we get here? The way you get started on Workers today reflects our journey as a company. Our mission to “help build a better Internet” has remained consistent, but the ways in which we can help do that have evolved. We didn’t start as a serverless company, we started as out as a way for you to secure and accelerate your web properties. After the launch of Workers, it immediately became clear that the possibilities for Workers are endless. We truly believe that Workers are a revolutionary technology that will change how developers think about compute. Our Serverless MissionWe are still on a mission to help build a better Internet. To us, a world with better Internet means a world where there is no distinction between writing code and deploying global applications.That is, an independent developer can have access to the same scalable infrastructure as a multi-million dollar business to run their code on.To remove any obstacles preventing developers from using Workers today, we’re going to allow developers to run Workers on subdomains of workers.dev. Workers.devAs a part of Google’s TLD launch program, we were lucky enough to obtain workers.dev, to allow customers to run their Workers on. You can now go to workers.dev and read about all the benefits of Workers that we’re really excited about.Additionally, in workers.dev you will be able to claim a subdomain (one per user) for you to run Workers on. After choosing your subdomain, you will be asked to verify your email. If you already have a Cloudflare account, please use the same email you used to sign up. We will also use the same email to notify you once we’re ready to let you deploy your first Worker to the subdomain you selected. Note that workers.dev is fully served using Cloudflare Workers. All of the following is done using Workers: Serving the static site from storageA/B testing our light vs. dark themeThe pre-registration API that allows you to claim a subdomain, validates your email, and reserves it for you (more on that soon). Though we fully utilize Workers, no Workers were harmed in the making of this site. We look forward to seeing the great things you build with Workers. Check out workers.dev to claim your subdomain, and read about the Workers platform.

See Why Website Creator is So Easy to Use

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If you’re trying to put together a website for the first time or if you’re an old pro when it comes to web design, chances are that you’ll find WordPress to be one of the easiest and most functional platforms to use. If you choose WordPress (as have tens of thousands of designers), then you’ll probably know that you don’t have to learn how to code in order to build and launch a website. Continue reading See Why Website Creator is So Easy to Use at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

What Are Dedicated Servers for Games?

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The post What Are Dedicated Servers for Games? appeared first on HostGator Blog. If you love playing video games, then you’ve probably considered running your own gaming server. There’s nothing more frustrating than slow loading games, dropped connections, or experiencing lag that makes gameplay impossible. Issues like these are one of the main reasons gamers decide to use their own dedicated servers. Dedicated server hosting can help to provide the ultimate gaming experience. Whether you’re looking to improve gaming experience across the board or want to create a server environment your friends can enjoy too, then upgrading to a dedicated server just makes sense. Below we look at what a dedicated server actually is, how they can help to improve gaming, as well as the top considerations to take into account when choosing a dedicated server for gaming. What is a Dedicated Server? To start we’ll break down what a dedicated server actually is. Essentially a dedicated server is a physical server that’s dedicated entirely to a single user, you’re not sharing server resources with any other users. Usually, these are used by website owners who have very large websites, receive a high volume of traffic, require a customized server environment, or need enhanced levels of website security like a SSL. However, the great thing about dedicated servers is that they’re incredibly versatile. Once you sign up for a dedicated server package, you can use this server however you desire, including running your very own gaming server. Dedicated servers usually allow for hardware customizations, a variety of operating systems to choose from, firewalls and security monitoring, ongoing maintenance, regular backups, and a dedicated support team. Dedicated servers tend to be towards the higher end of the price spectrum, but there are a ton of advantages that you can’t get with any other style of web hosting, especially if a high level of gaming experience is what you’re after. What you’ll pay for a dedicated server depends upon the length of your contact (monthly, yearly, or multiple years), the company you decide to go with, and the type of dedicated server you require.   What is a Dedicated Server for Gaming? A dedicated server for gaming is a dedicated server that has the requisite requirements to effectively run any game while offering a very high level of performance. What’s required from your server will depend upon the game you’d like to run and how many players you’ll want to have using the server at any given time. If you’re running your own gaming server, some games won’t allow you to charge people to play the game, especially if they’re free and open source. Others, however, are fine with you charging an entrance fee in order to utilize your server. Overall, monetizing your gaming server depends upon the hosting company you’re renting the server from, along with the games you’ll be running via your server. Most hosting companies that offer dedicated servers for gaming will have specialized software that will speed up the game configuration process. At the very least, a company offering dedicated gaming servers will have the necessary hardware to run games at peak capacity.   How Dedicated Servers Improve Gaming There are many dedicated IP benefits you should be aware of, especially for gaming. Sometimes the servers provided by the gaming company won’t cut it, or you’re looking to create the ultimate gaming server for your own games or a place where your online team can practice. Whatever your reason a dedicated gaming server can offer you a ton of advantages. Here are some of the most common benefits you’ll realize when upgrading to a dedicated gaming server.   1. Better Gaming Performance Probably the biggest reason you’ll want to run a dedicated gaming server is to provide a better overall gaming experience. If you’ve been running a game that allows for the use of a dedicated server, then you should probably make the upgrade, if you really care about gaming performance. For example, most games will look for the best connection. But, if the game is incredibly popular, or even if it’s older and there are fewer players, then it might be hard to find a stable connection. Most games will rely on peer-to-peer connection, but sometimes this can be slow of glitchy, depending on the internet connection. Sometimes gaming companies will even provide their own dedicated servers, but due to the cost, most gaming companies will not provide them.   2. More Control and Customization With a dedicated gaming server, you’ll have a much greater level of control over the gaming experience. Some games will even allow you to modify the gameplay, so you can create certain rules, or even control how the game is played. You’ll also be able to control who is allowed onto the gaming server. You’ll be able to add or remove users with ease. This can be valuable if you want to create a gaming server for your friends, or if you want to host a server that allows you and your team to practice, before playing online. In some cases, you can also install software that effectively acts as an anti-cheating tool. This will help provide your server with necessary security measures, so other people can’t manipulate the code to their own advantage.   3. Decreased Level of Lag One of the biggest effects on the overall playability of a game is lag. High lag usually comes into play when a user has a slow internet connection, or they’re connecting from another far-off part of the world. This not only provides them with a poor gaming experience, but it will also affect other users who’re playing the game as well. If you have a team member experiencing a high level of lag, then they could cost your more matches. Overall, teams who are experiencing less lag will tend to win more games and matches. By running your own dedicated server you can help to reduce issues that surround lag for you and any other players who are using the same server.   3. Greater Reliability With a dedicated server, you’ll experience higher levels of reliability than any other type of server. With other types of server environments, like shared servers, you’re competing for server resources with potentially hundreds of other sites. This increases the chances that your server could be temporarily offline when you need it the most. As always, it’s important that you fully understand both dedicated IP and shared hosting plans before choosing the right one for you and your website. Dedicated servers have an extremely high level of uptime, sometimes reaching as high as 100%. Of course, there are minor times when server maintenance needs to be done, but beyond keeping your server up to date there shouldn’t be any other reasons your server will be offline. This means that whenever you want to play a game or host an epic multiplayer match you’ll be able to count on your server.   Considerations When Choosing a Dedicated Gaming Server If you’re sold on getting a dedicated gaming server you’ll want to keep some things in mind throughout your search. Not every company that offers dedicated servers will make it easy to run games on your server. Beyond looking for a hosting provider that actually offers dedicated gaming servers here are some tangible requirements to keep in mind:   1. Know Your Gaming Resource Requirements Every game has different hardware and software requirements. Some online games have massive resource requirements and you’ll need to ensure your server environment is up to the task. If the overarching goal of running a dedicated gaming server is an improved gameplay experience, then you’ll need a server with sufficient resources. You’ll also need to consider how many people you’ll have playing on average. For example, if you’re maxing out server resources with solo gameplay, then you’ll need to upgrade to a server that has a higher level of available resources.   2. Required Memory and Bandwidth Sever memory and bandwidth are two of the main hardware requirements you’ll need to look out for. With enough memory and bandwidth you’ll be able to have a lightning fast connection. You’ll want to invest in a higher bandwidth host, so you can ensure that any games you run will run smoothly.   3. Don’t Choose on Price Alone If you’re trying to save money, then a dedicated gaming server might not be for you. A dedicated server is typically the most expensive forms of hosting you’ll find. You may be able to find cheap dedicated server hosting options, but this could come at a cost of negatively impacting the gameplay experience. With a cheaper provider, you’ll usually have to sacrifice server performance, lack of customer service, and more.   4. Look for a Knowledgeable Support Team Unless you’re an expert in server technology you’ll want to have a solid technical support team behind you. Most dedicated server environments require at least some level of technical expertise to configure and get up and running. But if you’ve set everything up correctly and you still run into an error, you’ll want to be able to troubleshoot the issue with a team of experts. In some cases, you might also be able to find a managed dedicated server. Instead of having to deal with server setup, maintenance, optimization, and any other technical tasks on your own you’ll have a team of experts do it for you. This option is usually more costly but can be very valuable if you don’t have the necessary technical skills.   5. Bundled or Available Server Software Most dedicated servers will offer you the choice of server software to install. You’ll need to make sure that the server software you go with will support your game of choice. If you want to run multiple games on the same dedicated server, then look at the software requirements and ensure they match up. Generally, this won’t be an issue, but some games will have very specific requirements. Beyond the initial dedicated server software requirements, your host might also offer additional software that’ll help morph your standard server into a gaming server with little effort on your part.   Can’t I Just Run a Gaming Server At Home? When you’re doing research and trying to find the perfect dedicated gaming server the question might arise: why don’t I just run my own gaming server? However, if you’re thinking about going this route just know that it’ll require a high level of technical expertise, and you probably won’t be able to get the levels of performance you’re looking for. A dedicated server is technically just a computer that’s connected to the internet. But, a remote dedicated server provided by a hosting company will have all of the specialized server hardware that’s uniquely configured to run the required server software. Simply trying to piece together a server on your own might work, but then you have to think about ongoing maintenance, security, and a lot more. Not only that but if your server crashes you won’t have a support team you can rely on to help you diagnose the issue. You’ll probably spend more time trying to setup and maintain your own server than actually gaming, or hosting games for your friends. Overall, doing your web hosting with a dedicated IP is going to be your best course of action.   Is a Dedicated Server Right for Your Game Environment? If you’re a serious gamer, you can’t go wrong with a dedicated server when making a gaming website. By choosing a high-quality hosting provider you can ensure you’ll get a dedicated gaming server that offers you unparalleled levels of performance, along with the resources required so you can play your favorite games. The process of setting up your own gaming server can be a little technical. But, with the help of a dedicated support team behind you, it might be easier than you think. Plus, you’ll have ultimate freedom in creating your own custom game environment, from your own gameplay options, to who you want to let play with you. Although a dedicated server might be a little costly, for some having the ability to create your own gaming experience, and offer the highest level of gameplay possible is too much to pass up. However, keep in mind that the quality of the host you choose does matter, especially in regards to overall performance, security, and the support team you’ll have behind you. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

HostGator Launches a New Customer Portal

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The post HostGator Launches a New Customer Portal appeared first on HostGator Blog. HostGator is excited to announce our new Customer Portal! We strive to empower our customers to grow their online presence and with this update, it will be easier than ever. The Portal has been completely redesigned for a better, more efficient hosting and account management integration. While all of the essential features of our Customer Portal are still available, the overall look and navigation has been streamlined for a better experience for our customers. Before we dive in, let’s clear up any confusion there might be about the differences between the Customer Portal and the Control Panel (cPanel). The Customer Portal allows you to pay your invoices, change your contact information, sign up for new hosting plans and manage all your billing related details. The Portal also gives you access to cPanel. The Control Panel (cPanel) is where you need to go if you’re looking to upload files to your website, check your email or add a domain to your hosting account. Luckily, with this updated Customer Portal, it will be simple to navigate between the two! Learn more about our simplified navigation and other new features below: Streamlined Account Management This version of the Customer Portal brings a modern user experience and a simplified navigation model together to provide seamless account management. Not only will your favorite tools be easier to find, but you’ll also have easier access to our 24/7 live chat and our other support options. You can also look forward to a smooth transition between the Customer Portal and your site’s cPanel account. This will give website first-timers easy access to make site changes while still allowing seasoned internet pros to explore the many features and tools our Customer Portal has. Mobile-Friendly Design Our new responsible interface allowed you to manage your website anytime, from any mobile device or tablet. This highly-requested feature will allow you to make both quick changes and site overhauls. Where will you work on your website now that our Customer Portal is responsive? Tweet us @hostgator and let us know! New Hosting Dashboard In this rendition of the Customer Portal, we’ve introduced several new pages to simplify your overall experience. The Portal will now feature a brand-new home page to give you an easy view of all your hosting plans. You will also have access to your own Hosting Dashboard. This dashboard will highlight your hosting plan’s details, display your server information and give you site recommendations. It will also link you to a few cPanel shortcuts – to make managing your domains and email effortless. Better Control Panel Integration Like we mentioned above, the Customer Portal and you cPanel account will be seamlessly integrated. The Customer Portal will also have Single Sign-On and Quick Launch features for faster access to your cPanel account, meaning you only have to log in once to access all of your site’s back-end resources. Whether you are a seasoned internet pro or just starting out with your first website, the new Customer Portal is a simple and powerful way to manage your domains, hosting, email, and websites. We’d love to know if you have questions – leave them in the comments below. Once you share this post using the tool above, a link will pop up. Copy and paste it into your browser window and fill out the form. We will then send you your shirt!  Find the post on the HostGator Blog

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