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E-commerce shopping portal creation basics in India

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India’s e-commerce business is set to grow from US $50 billion in 2017 to US$100 billion in 2020 according to a recent estimate! A part of this success must be attributed to m-commerce or mobile shopping. Mobile e-commerce is complementing the online retail industry perfectly and India has become the second largest smartphone market after China. The country had a whopping 450 million internet users in 2017, so the potential can be easily recognized. E-commerce websites come in many different forms and there are many ways to get one set up. So what are some typical costs? It's not an easy question to answer but here's an overview.


Whether you’re starting a brand new e-commerce site or rebuilding an existing one, these are the main considerations that will influence the cost:
  • What are your specific business specific needs?
  • Which platform do you want to use?
  • What expert help is available for you?
Hosted
A hosted platform is a piece of software that runs on someone else’s server. More often than not, you won’t have access to the code that runs your site. Shopify and Squarespace are good examples of this approach.
Self-Hosted
A self-hosted solution is a software that is run on your own machine. You create and see the code and are responsible for uploading and updating it. If you are having any technical problems you are the one who has to sort it or ask someone to help.
The popularity of online sites like Flipkart, Snapdeal, MakeMyTrip.com, Jabong, Myntra etc have encouraged many to tap the e-com opportunity. Besides, this is also a great time for the online retail industry. An account on Instagram or Facebook may be all it requires you to start your very own e-commerce venture, thanks to the introduction of e-commerce tools on social media. A range of solutions like Soldsie, Beetailer, inSelly and many more are also available to set up your social media shop.
We’ll now look at some of the basic requirements of starting a full-blown e-commerce business in India:
What do you actually need?
Think of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) model. This means starting with a basic version of your website. At this stage all you need to worry about is selling to the customer. This helps minimize risks, saves money on unnecessary add-ons, and ultimately lays the groundwork. By starting with a basic, bare-bones approach, you can launch earlier, which means you gain operational experience and gather customer feedback earlier. This will help you figure out the apps and new functions your website actually needs.

Build your Online Store:

We recommend you go ahead and invest in a website because there’s nothing like having your own store. A paid domain and hosting service will improve your appearance in search networks, thus diverting more traffic towards your business.
You can set a free domain on WordPress if you have limited funds while starting-up. You can also look into services such as Godaddy.com or hostgator.com. These providers offer basic website creation and hosting services at competitive rates, along with logistical and technical support. They also help with different aspects such as product catalogs, seller support, customer support, payment gateways, logistical services, etc. You must, absolutely, make sure that your website is mobile friendly!

Get a Secured Payment Gateway:

There are a few basic types of payment gateways available for e-commerce businesses in the country. Compare the various gateways available and choose one which suits your business structure and revenues.
  • Payment gateways integrated with a local bank: They are easy to adopt and a more viable option for smaller businesses.
  • Hosted payment gateways like PayPal Standard or Self/Pro hosted gateways like PayU Money: They are usually easy to implement and the seamless transactions add to a great customer experience.
  • Non-hosted payment gateways or API gateways like Authorize.net – Here customers are not redirected to a different web page or server to complete a purchase.
A small tip: Do not forget to include options for cash payments. Cash payments are still a popular and convenient mode of transaction for many.

Pay Attention to Search Engine Optimization:

Your business will be heading for trouble if you do not implement SEO techniques and strategy across your website. Make sure you optimize every product and section names to help them turn up organically on search engines. Organic searches are one of the driving forces of sales. Take care to use keywords based on trending searches by customers.
Hiring an expert to do this job is always advisable since SEO requires dedicated and skilled resources. Your business must track audience behaviour on search engines to understand audience demands better. You can procure products which you know will sell and also use tags so consumers can discover them easily.

Implement Social Media Marketing:

With 100’s of millions of daily social media users, the social platform is an excellent area to reach potential customers. A recurring presence on social media can help you build your brand, a strong audience base, and a continuous flow of customers. Monitor social conversations and searches related to your business and recognize and capitalize on emerging demands.
Integrate your website with a shop on social media channels to streamline the sales process. Communicating with your customers is integral and social media is a great platform for that. Address grievances, accept suggestions and offer support to your customers whenever possible. Businesses which engage regularly on social media are known to increase the level of consumer trust in their brand and products.

Clearly Specify the Terms & Conditions:

Online stores have significantly notched up their game, vying for customer ‘footfall’ and offering discounts. It is very easy to cause customer dissatisfaction with poor store layout, payment problems and unclear terms of services.
Create a clear section on your website comprising of all the different policies and conditions applicable to customers. Your Terms and Conditions of Service must include the following:
  • Purchasing policies and conditional criteria for purchase
  • Product return, replacement and refund policies
  • Shipping and delivery policies
  • Payment and security policies
So, are you ready to sell online?
  • Building an online store is a fantastic way to make a bit of extra money. But it’s difficult to know where to start.
  • The good news is you don’t need lots of money, time or technical knowledge to build an online store.
  • What you do need to know is what tools to use and how to use them.
Learning how to create an online store from scratch can be daunting (we know from experience). We wanted to build an online store for our business so that it would provide us with a full-time income. But when it came down to it, we had no clue where to start! That’s why…
  • People in all the age groups (from young kids to old age persons) have started to utilize the online shopping platform. There are no restrictions online. You can view different types of products online. Compare the prices with other dealers. Make wise decisions by choosing a good product/service. Most of the giant online shopping websites provide attractive deals & discounts to overcome the competitors. The growing competition denotes that the e-commerce industry is in the healthy trend. With the rise of smartphones, it is even more convenient to shop on the go. Interestingly, 82% of shoppers who buy in-store research their purchase online first. Mobile e-commerce will dominate the online shopping industry because high volumes of users make purchase orders through their mobile devices only.
    Our shopping cart development team can offer you the following functionalities.
    • Professional e-commerce web design and development
    • User friendly interface
    • Secured online payment integration
    • Advanced shopping cart integration
    • Powerful search functionality
    • Social media integration
    • Reliable & easy to use
    • Device-friendly & responsive design
    • Clear navigation structure
    • Order tracking facility
    • Online cancellations
    • Effective product management
    • Shipping method integration
    • List of products with unlimited categories and sub-categories
    Call in the experts
    It’s true that there’s no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to quality e-commerce websites, so eventually you’ll want an agency to help you out. In the long run, a professional design agency will help you make money by making your website better and by following best practice. They can help you save money too by setting up your website so that it’s easy to update.
    We have a team of professional developers & designers with extensive e-commerce web development experience. We can build custom-made web designs for your business success. Whether you need a basic shopping cart website (usually, for the small retail outlets) or feature-packed e-commerce website (10000+ product pages), we can provide you a complete solution. Our team members are fully-updated in terms of latest technologies and development. Hence we can provide you the complete solution to create an online shopping website. We build corporate websites using various e-commerce platforms such as Magento, NOP Commerce, WordPress, Drupal, etc.
    Contact us to know more about our services.
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Blogging Cycle, Google, Bloggers and Profit Business in 2018

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I had described blog and blogging several times from 2004 to till date.However, the blogging scenario has changed and Google also has changed it's seo algorithm for bloggers. Let’s begin with some definitions. A bit dry, we realize, but this is a necessary evil. First we’ll define the word this whole site is based around – blog.



So What Is a Blog?

A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.

Here are a couple of other definitions:

“…the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web. It’s a new medium finally finding a unique voice.”–Andrew Sullivan
“[a] collection of posts…short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal…with the freshest information at the top.”–Meg Hourihan

Terminology of blog

As so often happens in the English language, many derivatives of the word blog have been created. One who participates in the activities of maintaining a blog is known as a blogger and the activity of keeping a blog is known as blogging. So we could say that the blogger blogs in his blog, but that might cause your English teacher to weep. We are going to use these terms with alarming frequency, so make sure you understand what they mean before you go on.

Blog (noun) – a journal or diary that is on the Internet.
Blogger (noun) – a person who keeps a blog – Bloggers are revolutionizing the way news is shared.
Blog (verb) – to write a blog – I am going to blog before breakfast this morning.
Blogging (verb) – the action of writing a blog – Blogging is my way of sharing my passions with the world.

Originally blogs were known primarily as places for people to write about their day-to-day activities. Their mundane, everyday tasks became fodder for journal entries. Somehow these writers gained a following and the hobby of blogging was born. Today people write about far more interesting topics, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Who Blogs?

So who are these fearless people who would be willing to post about their lives in as public a forum as the Internet? They are people just like you. Once the haven of technical know-it-alls, blogging has suddenly caught-on as a legitimate hobby and has entered the mainstream. Every day millions of people, some of whom have no technical ability whatsoever, write on their blogs.

To meet this demand some amazing tools have been created that will allow anyone, even people with very little knowledge of computers, to have their own blog. If you can find your way onto the Internet and follow some basic instructions you can have your own blog. It’s just that easy.

Why Do People Blog?

So you may be asking why anyone would want to have their own blog. We believe the answer lies in the fact that every human has a voice and wishes their voice to be heard. The Internet is a medium that is unparalleled in its reach. Never before have average people like you or me been able to reach a global audience with so little trouble. Bloggers have the opportunity of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people each and every day.

There are still many people who like to share the details of their days. They may post twenty or thirty times a day, detailing when they ate lunch and when they headed home from work. On the other hand there are bloggers who give almost no detail about their lives, but write instead about a hobby or interest of theirs. They may dedicate their blog to something they are passionate about.

In fact, today’s blogs can provide hair tips, up-to-date news, technical information, celebrity scandal, political rumor, gets people involved in volunteering, advice on investments as well as there being blogs about niche topics like cooking, health, gardening, sport, blogging blogs (this blog) and of course many personal blogs and quite a few strange blogs.

How to Start a Blog

The good news is that starting a blog or adding a blog to your existing site is relativity easy and affordable. There are free blog options such as WordPress.com and Blogger, but to retain control and professional image, consider investing in a domain name and hosting, and installing WordPress or other content management system on your host. Most webhosts offer this.

Once your blog is up and running, you need keep it active with new content to grow your business. While your blog can compliment an existing business, it's also a great way to add additional income. You can promote other companies' products and services in affiliate marketing. You can offer advertising or feed ad networks on to your blog. If you have a service business you're promoting with your blog, you can create your own information products to compliment it.

Or, if you have your own product, you can offer a service.

Finally, like all other business ideas, your success comes from marketing, and letting your target market know about your blog. Great ways to reach your market are through social media, email list, and reaching out to other bloggers, podcasters, and media outlets for publicity.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn how you can begin starting a blog in less than an hour. We used this process to create our successful blog, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show.

Starting a Blog in Five Steps:
  1. Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
  2. Design your blog using a simple theme.
  3. Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel.
  4. Select the best plugins for your blog.
  5. Write compelling content that adds value to readers.
How to Start a Blog: Step-by-Step Instructions

So you’re thinking about starting a blog, but you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we. We were clueless. When we created this blog a few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog or how to be a blogger. Heck, we could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a blog.

But good news: it’s easier than you think. We’ve learned a ton of lessons during our ascent to 4 million readers. And now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in setting up a blog.

Here’s how we started our blog, step by step, followed by an instructional video, as well as additional rationale and insights:

Domain and Hosting. The first thing we did when starting our blog was go to Bluehost and register our domain. We didn’t even need to set up a WordPress page first, which is the platform we use, since Bluehost does all that for you. Bluehost’s basic price is $2.95 a month, which works for 99% of people (go to this link to receive a 50% discount off the monthly price and a free domain). Then, we did a simple, free, “one-click” install of WordPress through Bluehost. When we had questions we were able to chat with the “live chat” folks at Bluehost for free. They pointed us in the right direction and made starting our own blog super easy.

Theme. A good theme gives you the look and feel you want for your blog, allowing you to make a blog that looks exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder (we certainly weren’t), then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. Plus, once you purchase a theme, which are inexpensive for the time they save you, you own it for life. A theme has two halves: the framework (the bones) and the Child Theme (the beauty):

Framework. There are several WordPress theme frameworks on the market, but Genesis is without a doubt the best and most flexible choice. Genesis is the first half of your theme. Many themes merely handle the aesthetics of your new blog, but Genesis provides a necessary foundation for your Child Theme. Simply go to StudioPress and purchase the Genesis Framework.

Child Theme. After you get your Genesis Framework, you’ll want to find the right Child Theme (which is just a silly way to say “blog design”). The Minimalists uses the beautiful “tru” theme, which is available at BYLT, the Genesis Community Marketplace. Head on over to BYLT, browse their carefully curated collection of themes, and find the design that’s right for you.

Modify Your Blog. Once we had our domain, hosting, WordPress, and theme, we spent a lot of time tweaking the theme to get the look and feel we wanted (i.e., making our vision a reality). Then we spent even more time tinkering with the theme and arguing about it and tweaking it some more. Once we had created our blog, we set up a free Feedburner account so people could subscribe to our site via email and RSS subscriptions. And then we established a free Google Analytics account to track our stats. Feedburner and Google Analytics were both easy to sign up for, and we still use both today.

Plugins. We use only a few plugins on our site: “Google Analytics for WordPress” and really simple Facebook and Twitter share-button plugins (since human beings are intrinsically wired to share value, it’s important to make your posts easy to share with others). They take just a few seconds (literally a few seconds, it’s just a click of a button) to install once you’ve started your blog. And if you really want to play around with some cool plugins, check out WPBeginner’s Best WordPress Plugins.

Write Compelling Content. Last, via WordPress, we started writing and uploading the content for our pages: About Page, Contact Page, Start Here Page, Books Page, Tour Page, Archives Page, etc. Next, we designed our logo using free images we found online and text from a regular word-processing program. Then we put a picture of ourselves in the header (this is important because people identify with people, not logos). Finally we started writing new blog posts and publishing them regularly (at least once a week), accompanied by free photos from Unsplash, Pexels, and the Library of Congress. And the rest is history.

15 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

We were inspired to research and write this essay after reading Joshua Becker’s 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog, in which he discusses 15 great reasons why you should start a blog. Why being the key word here. In other words, he talks about the purpose of blogging, not just how to start a blog. That’s what all these other blogs about blogging seem to miss; they miss the purpose—the why behind starting a blog.

3 Reasons You Should Not Start a Blog

So now you have 15 reasons why you should start a blog, and we’ve shown you how to create a blog, step-by-step, based on our personal experience. But after giving you those detailed instructions, which could save you the hundreds of hours of wasted time, we also want to give you some good reasons why you should not start a blog. (Keep in mind that these reasons are just our opinions, and we do not pretend to offer them up as some sort of collection of empirical blogging maxims.)

Money. You should not start a blog to make money. We need to get that out of the way first. If your primary objective is to replace your full-time income from blogging, forget about it. It doesn’t work that way. Do you think that Jimi Hendrix picked up his first guitar so he could “supplement his income”? No, he didn’t. Rather, he did it for the love of it, for the joy and fulfillment he received, and the income came thereafter, much later actually.

Notoriety. Don’t plan on getting “Internet famous” right away. Not every site grows as fast as ours did, but that’s totally OK. The truth is that we kind of got lucky. We got a great domain name, we cobbled together a logo and site design that people really liked, we write fairly well, and our content connects with people in a unique way. We didn’t start this site to become “famous” though. That’d be ridiculous. Our notoriety and quick rise to “fame” came as a surprise to us, and was a result of a little luck and a lot of hard, passionate work.

Traffic. Not all traffic is good traffic (as we explained here), so don’t worry about getting thousands of readers right away.

The funny thing is that all these things can happen. You could make a full-time income from building a blog. We do it, Corbett Barr does it, and so do many others. And you could become Internet famous like Leo Babauta or Chris Brogan. But if these are the sole reasons why you start blogging, you’ll be miserable, because it will seem like a job, and if it feels like a job you won’t be passionate about it, and so you’ll either (a) hate it, (b) fall flat on your face, or (c) hate it and fall flat on your face.
Instead, write because you’re passionate about it…

Starting a Blog

20 Recommendations for Your Blog

We receive plenty of emails asking for advice about starting a blog, about how to blog, about blog topics, and about creating meaningful content—even a few questions about whether we wear boxers or briefs. These are the answers and recommendations we tend to give.

Find Your Niche. You needn’t have a niche, but it helps. When learning how to be a blogger, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re passionate about. Running? Cooking? Being a parent? Have you found your passion? If so, whatever it is, write about that. If not, then you must first find your passion. (Note: We generally recommend that people don’t start a blog about minimalism or the paleo diet or any other heavily saturated topic. But what we really mean when we say this is: don’t create a blog about something unless you have a unique perspective. If you’ve embraced simple living and have a unique perspective, then by all means have at it. Enjoy yourself.)

Define Your Ideal Readers. Once you’ve found your niche, you need to know who will be reading your blog. For example, we blog about living intentionally. Thus, our ideal readers are people who are interested in exploring minimalism so they can clear the path toward more meaningful lives. If you want to write about your newborn baby growing up, that’s wonderful: your ideal readers are probably your friends and family. If you want to write about restoring classic cars, that’s cool, too. Tailor your writing to your readers (whether it’s your family or local community or whoever else will read your blog).

Add Value. Your blog must add value to its readers’ lives. This is the only way you will get Great Quality Readers to your site (and keep them coming back). Adding value is the only way to get someone’s long-term buy-in. We both learned this after a decade of leading and managing people in the corporate world.

Be Original. Yes, there are other blogs out there about the same thing you want to write about. Question: So why is your blog different? Answer: Because of you. You are what makes your blog different. It’s about your perspective, your creativity, the value that you add.

Be Interesting. Write epic, awesome content. Especially if you want people to share it with others.

Be Yourself. Part of being interesting is telling your story. Every person is unique, and your story is an important one. The important part of storytelling, however, is removing the superfluous details that make the story uninteresting. A great storyteller removes 99% of what really happens—the absorptive details—and leaves the interesting 1% for the reader.

Be Honest. Your blog needs to be authentic—it needs to feel real—if you want people to read it. You can be your blog, or your blog can be you. That is, do you really embody the stuff you write about? If not, people will see through you. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” is the famous Gandhi quote. Perhaps bloggers should build the blog they want to write for the world.

Transparency. Being transparent is different from being honest. You needn’t share every detail about your life just for the sake of being honest. Always be honest, and be transparent when it adds value to what you’re writing. (You won’t ever see pictures of us using the restroom on our site, because that’s just not relevant.)

Time. Once you’ve learned how to start a blog, you’ll learn that blogging takes a lot of time, especially if you’re as neurotic as we are (we spent over 10 hours testing the fonts on this site). And see those black Twitter and Facebook icons in the header? We spent hours on those, deciding what was right for us). That said, once you have your design set up, don’t tweak it too much. Instead, spend the time on your writing.

Vision. The reason our site design looks good is that we have a great host, we have a great theme, and most important, we had a vision of how we wanted our blog to look. Once we had the vision, we worked hard to make that vision a reality. (Note: neither of us had any design experience prior to starting a blog.) It’s hard to create a beautiful blog if you don’t know what you want it to look like.

Find Your Voice. Over time, good writers discover their voice and their writing tends to develop a certain aesthetic, one that is appealing to their readers. Finding your voice makes your writing feel more alive, more real, more urgent. For additional reading, check out Joshua’s essay about Finding Your Voice.

We Instead of You. Use the the first-person plural when possible. Statements of we and our are more powerful than than you and your, especially when talking about negative behaviors or tendencies. The first person comes off as far less accusatory. Think of it this way: we’re writing peer-to-peer—we are not gods.

When to Post. Question: When is the best day and time to publish a blog post? Answer: It doesn’t really matter. We don’t adhere to a particular schedule. Some weeks we post one essay; sometimes we post three. Yes, it is important to write consistently, but you needn’t get too bogged down in the details.

Social Media. Yes, we recommend using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to help connect with your audience and other bloggers, but don’t get too caught up in it. Focus on the writing first, social media thereafter.

Ignore Negative Criticism and Stupidity. Sure, we get a lot of negative comments and stupid questions from ignorant people who aren’t really our readers (e.g., negative comments like “You’re not real minimalists” and stupid questions like “Are you guys gay?”). We call these people seagulls: they fly in, crap on your site, and fly away. But we pay them no mind, because we didn’t start our blog for them. Delete their comment and move on.

Research. Spend time researching what you’re writing about. The reason we are able to use so many helpful, relevant links in our essays is that we put in the time to research our topics.

Keep It Simple. This is where minimalism can be applied to starting any blog, irrespective of its genre. No need to place superfluous advertisements or widgets all over your site. Stick to the basics and remove anything you don’t need. Remove anything that doesn’t add value.

Picture. Put a picture of yourself on your blog. People identify with other people. If two goofy guys from Ohio aren’t too afraid to put their pictures on their site, then you have nothing to worry about.

Final Comments:  If you’re going to have comments on your site, then read The Five Words That Kill Your Blog by Scott Stratten. Live Your Life. You’re blogging about your life (or about certain aspects of your life, at least), so you still need to live your life. There are things that we always put before writing: exercise, health, relationships, experiences, personal growth, contribution. Now that you’ve learned how to start a blog—and why you should start a blog—you can subscribe to The Minimalists via email to receive free essays from Joshua and Ryan. (No spam. Ever. Spam is yucky!)
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Reasons behind Failure of 90% professional bloggers

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According to one source, there are more than 194 million blogs already online where 60% blogs are written by professional bloggers. Most of these blogs get less than 1,000 visitors per month, and the harsh reality is, the majority of those blogs are, for lack of a better word, failures. What’s unfortunate is, in that group of people, I’m betting there’s someone just like you. Someone who believed pumping out good content will generate the leads and sales they need to run a profitable business. Someone who believed a journalist or Google would notice their hard work—and reward them with an endless supply of traffic that converts. Someone who put the work in, and things just didn’t pan out.

The question is “WHY!?!”


I have been blogging for around 13 years now, and each day presents me with someone who has some kind of blogging failure traits. I notice this easily because I once saw those traits in myself at the early days of my blogging. I never realized until after a prolonged period. Luckily, you can make your own learning curve shorter by taking advantage of the powerful tips from my experience and association with other pro bloggers.

Here are top reasons why people encounter failure in blogging

1. You Don’t Believe Anything

The first obstacle is your mind. Talking from experience, your success or failure depends on the disposition of your mind. The perception of your class teacher about you, your poor grades and seemingly poor memory are not the determiners of your success or failure, your mind is.

How far you would go in life is not a function of your brain; otherwise, the so called ‘geniuses’ would have been the most successful. Instead, haven’t you wondered that most of the successful people all of the world are school dropouts?

Recently, someone who read about my incredible how I achieved Google pagerank 3 & DA 40 in just 3 months commented so negatively on the grounds that I couldn’t have achieved so much over the short period of time I’ve been a blogger.

Obviously, his negative mindset is at work, forcing him not to believe that such achievement is possible regardless of my blogging duration.

Here’s the lesson; if your mind can picture it, then you can capture it!

2. You Don’t Disbelieve Anything

Doubting everything is also as bad as believing everything, especially when it comes to making money online. In as much as your belief is an essential ingredient to your success, you should also ‘sample’ what to believe as this would help you to be a successful blogger.

A friend of mine was already internet-savvy long before I knew what a computer is. He kept date with all the money making seminars and talks. He will come back lecturing me and would often boast of his wealth of information about internet-based opportunities and best techniques.

Yet, I’ve made decent dollars via internet-based opportunities in a short time, while this good friend of mine is still struggling to make just few dollars a month.

The point is; don’t confuse yourself with all the bulk of information going on over the internet. Filter what you should read and believe.

3. You are Looking for a Get-Rich-Quick Strategy

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I came to learn in a hard way in the early days of my blogging and internet marketing, that there’s nothing like a get-rich-quick or overnight technique.

When I first started out online, I wanted to achieve success fast. Well, you don’t have to blame me because I’m naturally a fast person in virtually everything I do – fast in acquiring my Msc Applied Mathematical Modeling and Computer Science compared to all my mates, fast in talking, fast in walking…just fast in so many areas. So, in my bid of trying to also get it fast in the online arena, I was scammed several times…I simply learnt in a hard way.

Here’s the lesson I’m driving at; there is no such thing as overnight success. It’s simple; since you can’t even get rich quick with a conventional business, the same principle applies to blogging or any form of internet marketing.

So, you may be asking, what’s the average time required to build a successful blog? Well, from my experience, the more work you put the more you get out of it. And a lot of hard work is required in the aspect of creating informative and appealing fresh contents, plus SEO techniques.

4. You are Only Focusing on the Short-Term

If you are only concerned with short term benefit, you will quit too soon from blogging. The most successful bloggers today are those who have patiently groomed their blog with their mind set on the future benefits. So, it took some them an average of five years to start reaping meaningful benefits from their blog. So, if you put in your best now in view of the harvest of the future, you will become a renowned and successful blogger eventually.

5. You are Not Focused

This is possibly the common problem for those who come to the cyberspace to look for income earning opportunities. Of course, I was a victim of this in my early blogging days. If you are not focused on a particular niche and dedicate all your efforts towards it, you will end up being ‘Jack of all trade and master of none!”

Becoming a successful blogger requires carefully choosing something you are passionate about and would not quit even if it seems you are not getting result at the onset. So, in the blogging world, the rule of thumb is to start with just one blog in your specialized area and grow the blog to success before thinking of a second niche and blog.

6. You are Afraid of Criticism

Come to think of it, who among the so-called ‘best men’ or renowned personalities have not been criticized? Is it Bill Gates, Obama, or Nelson Mandela of South Africa…

who?

Simply put, criticism is part of life, especially a life that is prone to success. Don’t quit or feel dejected because someone criticized your blog post or try to put a question mark on your blogging achievement. I was also a victim of criticism when I first started blogging – the criticism sucked and infuriated me. But now, if I don’t get some criticisms, it feels like I am about to fail! Concentrate on doing what is best instead of fizzling out as a result criticism.

7. You are Scared of Monetizing your Blog

It is not a crime to monetize your blog, you deserve some rewards for the quality free values you add to your readers. So, don‘t be scared of monetizing your blog!

Don’t just stop at creating quality contents and generating terrific traffic, take it a step further by generating reasonable profit from your blogging effort.

8. You are Not Marketing Your Blog Sufficiently

You may create the best content, but if you lack marketing expertise your blog would not go far. Excellent marketing strategy is what would place value on your contents and bring the needed reward. So, start thinking more like a marketer in order to succeed in blogging.

9. You Pay Less Attention to Your Content

This is because you are always concerned about generating traffic and achieving high conversion rates. As good as these efforts are, paying more attention to your content is probably the most important. When you offer valuable and relevant content, traffic will naturally flow and higher conversion rate will follow.

10. You are Stagnant with Your Knowledge

If you are still running your blog with yesterday’s blogging tips and knowledge, you will end up delivering ‘half-baked’ value to your readers. And of course, most of them would look elsewhere. Don’t be a ‘one man’s island’.

Relate with other bloggers, visit blogging forums to learn new things and read the blogs of the pros in your niche. It will help to keep your blogging knowledge up to date and add value to your blog.

Digest these truths about blogging success and start implementing them to see result in your blogging career.

How do you get started? 

First you must figure out what sites you’d like to send you some traffic. So, for homework, I want you to leave a comment on this blog post. Here’s what you should include in your comment: First, I want you to list your 1 DREAM website that you would LOVE to get a link from. (Notice I said “dream” website. Shoot for the stars!) Second, I want you to list 3 other websites that you would also LOVE to get a link from. Don’t pick the biggest websites in the world, but instead, pick some smaller sites that you think would do your brand well.
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Crashed WordPress Database: Instantly Repair With Full Security Messurement

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When it comes to CMS (Content Management Systems) like WordPress, database is one of the most important component. This database stores all your posts, pages, and also your settings which makes it very important. Everything that you do is written in the database but sometimes this database can also get corrupted due to some reason and if that happens, then your website will start to malfunction. In this short guide, you will learn how to repair a crashed WordPress database, and get your website working again.


So why does this problem happen in the first place? This WordPress posts table can get corrupted due to any unexpected event, or any technical reason in the server. This causes website to malfunction, and you will find that all your data from Posts and Pages are gone. However, there’s no need to worry as your data is still there, and this problem happened because of a crashed posts table in the database. Because of this, you might also see 404 errors on existing pages where there was content before. So if you are facing such strange issues, then don’t worry, just follow the below instructions and you will be up and running in no time.

What did you do?

Most of the time a crash happens right after you’ve changed something in your blog. Maybe you’ve installed a new theme, or a new plugin, these are the basics. Maybe you’ve been doing something more complicated, like implementing a hack, or even altering the WordPress core files.
Simply take a piece of paper and write down everything you’ve done most recently. It’s most likely the first item on the list that caused the crash. Simply reverting it will get the job done 90% of the time.
Anyway, in my case the crash was caused by two plugins not willing to work with each other. Here’s what I did, and what I think is a good strategy for dealing with most crashes of this kind.
1. You need FTP access
You need a way to get to your hosting account and access all the files directly, hence FTP.
2. Delete the plugins
Delete all the new plugins you’ve installed lately. If your WordPress admin has crashed also (which it did in my case) then you don’t have a way of doing it properly. In such a case just connect to your site via FTP and delete the subdirectories in your plugins directory. Don’t worry, you won’t lose the settings of your plugins. Those are stored in the database.
Nothing? Still crashed?
3. Move the theme
Actually, just change the name of your theme’s directory. This will force WordPress to switch to the default theme. This should solve the problem. The default theme is not the default theme without a reason. It has been constructed to be 100% in tune with all the other parts of WordPress and cooperate with everything else without a glitch.
Still nothing?
4. Restore from a backup
At this point, I’d advise to simply grab a backup and restore the site using it. If it’s not the theme or the plugins then who knows what it is. Using a backup is often the easiest and fastest way out.
Now, this is really unlikely, but if your site is still not working it means that your core WordPress files are in some way corrupted. So take the final step.
5. Remove WordPress
This sounds big but actually, it isn’t. What you do is make a copy of your wp-config.phpfile and then delete the whole WordPress directory from your hosting account.
By the way, I hope you still have your backup of the wp-content directory. It will come handy in a minute.
Then you take a fresh ZIP file of WordPress and extract it where the old one used to sit. Next bring back your wp-content directory. Finally copy the old wp-config.php file into the main directory. After doing all this your blog simply has to give some signs of life again.
0. Turning everything back on
If at any point your blog has started to work again you need to be careful when enabling all the plugins back and activating the old theme.
Activate one plugin at a time carefully observing all effects it has on your blog. At some point your blog will crash again but this time you can identify the cause of this crash immediately and eliminate it.

What if you didn’t do anything?

You’ve simply woken up and your blog isn’t working, and it’s not related to anything you’ve done? Well, this is the real fun stuff.
Three main things might have happened:
• You got hacked. • The crash is due to a server error (check how to deal with them) • The site crashed because there was too much traffic to it.
The last two scenarios on the list is where you should start your investigation. Contact your hosting company and ask what’s going on. Remember when I said that 24/7 support by phone is something to search for? That’s why.
If it was a server error or a traffic crash then it’s something the hosting company should handle on their own. And you should use this time to search for a new hosting provider or selecting a more expensive hosting plan. If your site has crashed due to any hosting related issues then it’s likely to crash again in the future.
If the host says that everything is fine you’ve probably been hacked. A hack can be a tough thing to deal with. In my opinion using your backup is the best way out of it. You should also change your passwords immediately after bringing the site back up. Now, why am I telling you not to fight with hacks by trying to go into the source code and looking for changes? This is simply not worth it. You never know how deep the hack goes. Even if you manage to remove the direct cause of the crash you never know what else is still sitting in other places. Therefore, you can never be 100% sure that all changes have been reverted until you use a backup.
As far as I can recall I think I brought my blog back up within one hour. This was the time it took me to delete all plugins, and then turn them back on, one by one until I identified the problem. From that point on I am very careful when installing anything new on my blog. It’s like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’ll get.
I hope a situation when you have to use any of these techniques never occurs. An odd thing to say for a post’s author, but anyway, I really wish this to be the case.
Were there any epic crashes in your WordPress career? Feel free to share.
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Research Reveals: Video Creating Inspiration for Bloggers and Marketers

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Do you need a reason to start using video in your marketing strategy? Try one of these:




1.     Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.  --Brightcove
2.     Video drives a 157% increase in organic traffic from search engines. --Brightcove
3.     4 times as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it! --eMarketer
4.     Video on a landing page can increase conversions by 80% or more. – Visually
5.     Websites using video have 41% more web traffic from search than those who don’t. – Aberdeen
6.     39% of executives who visit a vendor website call after viewing a video. --Forbes
7.     64% of users are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video. –ComScore
8.     Businesses that use video increase revenue 49% faster year-over-year than businesses who don’t. --Aberdeen
It’s clear that videos can engage your current and potential customers and potentially increase revenue in a way that’s unlike any other!
Here’s the thing though… your video has to be good! I don’t mean you need to go out and hire professional camera crews or spend thousands of dollars on high performance equipment.  In fact, just the opposite is true. 
What you need is a video that:
1.     Solves a problem for your target audience
2.     Provides valuable information
3.     Motivates your audience to action
4.     Engages, informs or entertains your target audience
5.     Humanizes your brand
In other words, don’t create a video that drags on for 20 minutes sharing your life story, tells the user what day and time it is or otherwise bores your audience to the point that they leave after less than 15 seconds.  Keep in mind that the video you create is in competition with every other piece of content on the internet. If it doesn’t solve a problem, provide value, motivate, educate, entertain or otherwise engage your target audience then it won’t produce the results you’re looking for.
You video must have purpose.
The type of video you create depends on your goal. Is the video going to be geared towards educating potential customers, adding value for your audience or something else? It can be difficult to know how to use video, especially if you’re a service business that doesn’t have a product to showcase.  Rest assured, video can work for you too though!
Below are 10 different types of videos intended to inspire you to start creating. Read through them all and then use something as simple as the camera on your phone to create your next video.  Don’t stop at one! Keep practicing! Once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop!
Types of Videos for Businesses
1.     Interviews: These types of videos are the perfect way for your business to be seen as an authority.  They offer you the chance to showcase other valuable assets for your target audience in the form of the people you’re interviewing.  Interviews are also a great way to get more exposure since most of the people you interview should want to share that interview with their own target audience. Sites like Blab.im can make these online video interviews a breeze while attracting a new live audience to your business!
2.     Animation: Are you nervous about putting your face in front of a camera for the first time? Animation videos are a powerful tool any business can utilize to leave viewers in a feel-good frame of mind. They’re the perfect way to simplify complex products or services, or catch the viewer’s eye quickly in a fun and engaging way.
3.     How to or Screen Capture: In 2016 YouTube reported that “How To” video searches were up 70%, with over 100 million hours watched. Your audience is searching for information on “how to” do all kinds of things! While following directions listed in bullet points can be helpful, it’s much easier for someone to figure out how to do something by watching a “how to” video.
4.     Product/Service Reviews: Product review videos are a great way to refer a product to your customers whether it’s your own or someone else’s. In fact, being helpful is oftentimes better than being inexpensive.  Your audience isn’t shopping on price alone! Solve their problems… offer them value…they’ll love you for it!
5.     Webinars: Webinars are a great way to interact with customers in real time, offering helpful, valuable insights to people attending the webinar. Think about the problems your business solves for your clients. Choose one specific solution or even a few closely related solutions and host a webinar offering these answers freely to your audience.  This is a low-cost endeavor that is extremely high value. Make sure you record it so you can continue using this highly valuable piece of content for a long time to come.
6.     Public Service Announcements: This type of video raises awareness on topics important to your audience through serious, funny or emotional means.  Has something happened within your industry your target audience needs to know about? Is there an event coming up, a must have new tool or a law that will affect them? Maybe it’s just been a long, cold winter and you want to create one to lighten things up for them. Create one of these for serious engagement!  
7.     Testimonials: These are powerful videos that help provide social proof of your product or service. It gives credibility to your company, therefore expanding your customer base. After you’ve finished interviewing a client (a great way to showcase your clients and let others see how successful you really are while creating a video for your business), ask for a video testimonial.  While they are all dressed up and feeling great about you, they just might provide you with a video testimonial you can share as well!
8.     Presentations:  A live presentation combines the excitement of an event with a useful webinar to create a compelling narrative. Companies can give targeted presentations at company or networking events to help increase their brand presence.  Once the presentation is over, you’ll have a great piece of content to use again and again.
9.     Vlog: Video blogs are a great way to engage your customers. Not only are they inexpensive to produce, but they’re a great alternative way to blog. With so few companies vlogging, this can set your company apart from competitors. Want a little extra oomph? Provide a transcript of your vlog so the part of your audience who enjoys video can watch the video and the part of your audience who wants to read can skim through the post at their leisure.
10. Slideshare Video: Slideshare presentations allow you to take a blog post with multiple points and create a presentation out of it! Once you’ve got the presentation, you can use a tool like HandBrake , iSpring , Movavi , or Wondershare to convert it to an MP4 that you can upload to YouTube, Facebook or any other video platform you prefer.  Get maximum benefit from one piece of content!
Hire a Professional
Take your business to the next level by connecting with more potential clients through the use of social media marketing strategies such as video by contacting us at BizMSolutions! We’ll bring the creativity by helping you brainstorm ideas, share the best tools for your project and provide custom solutions to keep you on track with your business goals. With us at your side, you'll never be alone! No idea how to get started? That's why we're here to help!

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Web Designing Mantras and 15 tools for 2018

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The web has changed since the early-mid nineties: CSS exists, Flash is no more, and websites have become much more about beautiful design and bountiful features than text-and-image-heavy monster pages.


In 1996, if you wanted to create your own website, you had two options: join a hosting site like Tripod or Geocities and have limited control over your web presence, or build your own from scratch using HTML. But times have — thankfully — changed.

Meet the acronyms: WYSIWYG, HTML, CSS, PHP, WTF?

Before we get in to how you can build your own website, let's talk a little bit about the building blocks of the web.
Your modern website is usually made up of three things: HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

HTML

HTML stands for "HyperText Markup Language." It's been the backbone of the web since the begining, and uses words surrounded by chevrons (< >) called "tags" to create elements; these elements help you organize and structure your webpage. Any content you see on the web? It's surrounded by HTML.
  • More about HTML

CSS

CSS, or "Cascading Style Sheets," is the design language of the modern web. It takes your HTML structure and makes it pretty: CSS uses code called selectors to identify the type of HTML you want to beautify, then uses CSS properties and values to alter its look.
  • More about CSS

Javascript (and other scripting languages)

Javascript allows you to make a normally-static webpage interactive: Lightbox-style image galleries, smooth-scrolling pages (like the ones Apple favors), and web-based games all employ various Javascript functions.
There are other scripting languages you can employ on the web, too, including PHP, Ruby, and Java, all of which allow you to do more complex and dynamic activities on your website.
  • More about Javascript

The "Don't Panic" acronyms: WYSIWYG and CMS

After hearing about all of these scripting and markup languages, you may be ready to swear off ever building a website, but don't panic: If you want to build a website in 2016, what I've told you already is all you ever need to know about these three languages if you don't want to actually code.
You don't have to know how to write HTML, or where to put CSS, or how JavaScript works — and that's all thanks to two other acronyms: WYSIWYG and CMS.
WYSIWYG stands for "What You See Is What You Get," and was first employed in the mid 1990s to help people with no HTML experience build websites. Instead of having to write code to make your website background blue or green, you could just choose "blue" or "green" from a drop-down menu, and your website would change accordingly. Many of the web's modern website-building services, including places like Squarespace, operate on this principle.
A CMS, or "Content Management System," allows you to input content to your website without ever having to touch the code for the page. Ever posted on Tumblr or Medium? Those are both CMSes for bloggers.

How to build a website when you don't know how to code

We've come a long way since 1996: There are a ton of options available for budding website-builders, whether or not you know a lick of HTML. If you're ready to take the plunge into building a page, here's what you need to know.

Step 1: Understanding domains vs hosting

To have a website, you need two things: a domain name (which tells you where on the web to go), and hosting (which stores your files — yes, every website is just a collection of files — somewhere that people can access them). Most modern services offer some variation of both; and many of the services recommended below offer custom top-level domain name registration as part of their paid packages. But should you take advantage of it?
Your typical top-level domain (TLD) costs around $10/year to register, and as such, it's a nice perk that website services can throw in as part of your monthly hosting fee. Even if you don't plan to stick with your website service, there's no real harm in taking advantage of this feature — if the service is worth its salt, you should be able to move that domain to another registration service should you ever leave your subscription plan.
One of the reasons not to take advantage of a paid freebee is if you want a special TLD extension — something other than ".com", ".edu", or ".net", for instance. Many website builders don't offer registration for the lesser-known TLDs, in part because they can be significantly more expensive per year; instead, check out a domain registration service like Hover. You should have no problem connecting an outside-registered domain to your website.
If you're using a free service, you may have a subdomain (like "[yourname].tumblr.com") provided for you automatically, but the service may also offer to register a top-level domain (TLD) like "[yourname].com" for a set fee per year. In this circumstance, I'd recommend using a separate registration service for any top-level domains, since you're not getting one for free.
  • For more information on registering domains - Hover

Step 2: Do I want a free or paid service?

As with the early days of the web, there are free services you can use to build and host your website — but they come with feature limitations. The biggest issue is control: Most free services host your data, and as such, you're tied to them. If your service goes bankrupt, or gets shut down, your data may go with it.
Free services also rely on subdomains for your hosting — that is, something like "[yourname].tumblr.com" versus the top-level domain "[yourname].com". Your web URL will likely be forever tied with the service unless you pony up a little bit extra for a custom domain name.
In contrast, paid services often offer you a custom top-level domain name, full access to their website builder, and extra storage. Each service offers a variety of options for the actual building of websites — most are template-based and WYSIWYG, with some allowing under-the-hood customization if you want to venture into the world of HTML and CSS.
So the question is: how much should you pay for a website service?
When it comes to paid services, you can expect to pay around $7-$10/month for the hosting of a typical personal or blogging website. (You may also have to pay a $10-$15/year fee for your domain name, which we mentioned in the previous section.) If you want to host an online shop, or you plan to do something more complicated like provide large files (like video), you're looking closer in the $15-$30/month range. (Note that we're primarily talking about personal websites, here: If your site becomes a business with steady traffic, your hosting costs may dramatically increase.)

Step 3: Pick a website service

There are quite a few free and paid services out on the web, which may make choosing one an anxiety-driving experience. Thankfully, these days it's as simple as narrowing down what you need from your website.
Basic Blogging: Want to have a voice on the web without the hassle of your own CMS? You can use a free service like Yahoo's Tumblr and build text, photo, video, and GIF blogs to your heart's content. Tumblr offers your own custom subdomain and a bunch of different themes; you can even perform complete custom edits on them by diving into their HTML and CSS backbone. Tumblr also allows mapping to a custom top-level domain, though it won't sell you registration for one.
Basic Free Website: Want to build a personal website without the cost? Weebly is one of the better free options out there, with custom templates and drag-and-drop elements for your hobbyist website, blog, or storefront. You can also insert custom HTML or CSS, if you feel up to that sort of thing. Free users can either hook up an outside domain name or use a Weebly subdomain.
Basic Paid Website or Shop: There's a reason why Squarespace has so much name recognition in the beginner paid website space, and it's not just because they buy ads on every podcast imaginable. Their templates are gorgeous, the editing interface is excellent, and you don't have to know a scrap of HTML or CSS to make something beautiful and customized to your liking. Squarespace plans start at $96/year or $12/month, and include 20 pages, unlimited bandwidth, and free domain registration; the $216/year "Business" plan gives you unlimited pages, and also lets you have a storefront with up to 25 products.
The Art Portfolio: If you want a website focused on art or multimedia, chances are you already have a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud products. If you do, you can set up a gorgeous display of your artwork with an Adobe Portfolio website: Though the site is limited to just five templates at present, it offers an impressive way to display and integrate projects from your Adobe apps (or Adobe's Behance social network) for the web. You can use a subdomain, or your own outside-purchased domain name. If you're not an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you can get access to Adobe Portfolio — along with subscriptions to Photoshop and Lightroom CC — for $9.99/month.
Advanced Blogging: If you prefer full control over your blog, Wordpress is the titan of personal content management systems. The blogging company offers hosting for all levels of blogs, whether you're looking to blog under a free Wordpress subdomain (with 3GB space) or you want to pony up for more space and a custom domain name ($99/year for 13GB, or $299/year for unlimited storage). Wordpress is a household name in web blogging largely due to its incredible theme and plugin community; you can add all sorts of incredible features to your website by picking up a custom free plugin or two.
For Serious Shoppers: If you're trying to open up your own digital storefront, Squarespace is a good starter service — but Shopify is one of the masters in this arena. For $29/month, you can post an unlimited number of products and storage on your website; the service takes care of processing and helps you build shipping labels, track inventory, and more.
Host Your Own Site: If you can't find a web service that does exactly what you want it to — or you've decided you want to build something more ambitious — you're going to want to break free of the web services and buy your own web hosting. This can be a daunting step for someone who's never experimented with building websites before, so I generally recommend it after you've experimented with a web service or two, and only if you really need a custom build.
There are a couple of great web hosts out there, and everyone has opinions about which company is truly the best, but I've had exceptionally good luck with Dreamhost over the years. I've hosted several personal sites via Dreamhost since the mid-2000s; the company excels at making web hosting as friendly as possible, and offers a ton of "One-Click Goodies" that let you auto-install a CMS onto your website, so you never have to touch a lick of code. Want the comfort of Wordpress or a Wikipedia-style website on your own server? No problem.

Step 4: Get to building!

Once you've picked a web service, it's as easy as putting your template together and uploading the images you want to your website. If you want to spruce up your pre-made web service template with your own flair, I recommend finding a good (and diffferent) color palette: Coolors offers a wonderful color generator that lets you "lock" particular colors (for example, those in your logo) and uses those to build a complementary color scheme for your website.
If you're looking for more design inspiration, I also recommend watching PBS's The Art of Web Design — it's a fun little video that goes through the history of web design, as well as some great tips for doing it right.
So many ideas, so little time (or coding ability)! If you’re ready to launch a new website for your startup, personal blog, portfolio, or anything else, getting things up and running can often be a daunting and expensive process. We put together a collection of 15 tools to help you build and launch your next website—even if you have limited or no coding or design experience. Check out the list below; one or many of these should help you get started quickly. We can’t wait to see what you build. :-)

1. Carrd

Simple, responsive, one-page sites for pretty much anything.
A free service for building and hosting simple, responsive, one-page websites for anything and everything. There are a bunch of other sites that help you build out one-pagers, but the biggest differentiator here is the simplicity and easy of use, while not compromising on your ability to create a functional and beautifully designed website.

2. Template Stash

Curated collection of best free themes & website templates.
A curated collection of the best free website templates. Each one is evaluated based on: visual appeal, ease of customization, and functionality. You can search for what you’re looking for by category, keyword, and creator, which makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Bonus: There are also collections dedicated to specific design trends, like “material design” and “modern portfolio.”

3. Bubble

Build a fully functional web app without any code.
Without any code knowledge, this tool helps you build web and mobile applications. The intuitive drag and drop builder allows you to easily add page elements like: text, videos, maps, icons, images, buttons, and more. Everything is customizable, down to font colors, icons, and the visibility of various elements based on what’s going on in the app you design.

4. HTML to WordPress

Convert HTML website to WordPress theme in seconds.
This tool converts static HTML websites into WordPress. If you’re looking to switch your site over, this will help you automate a lot of the manual work. Just upload a website into the tool and after a few seconds, it’ll convert into a fully functional, premium quality WordPress theme—activated and installed. All of the designers and developers, rejoice!

5. Tilda Publishing

Build beautiful websites and tell stories without any code.
A website building platform geared toward content-oriented sites. There are over 170 pre-designed blocks that enable you to drag and drop your way toward a fully customizable website. All pages you create with this tool are built to look great across all devices, which is a nice thing to not have to worry about if you’re not a coder. This is a fantastic option for those looking to build blogs, lookbooks, event reports, and more.

6. XPRS

Free website builder — making web design like Lego™. No code.
If you’ve ever been frustrated with the process of building a website because it was too complicated, confusing, and/or expensive, this product will make it so much easier (and fun). Use a collection of premium web designs, reliable hosting, and a simple editing environment to get your next web project up in no time. What’s special about this tool is that you build your site with polydoms (smart content blocks), allowing for endless customization. It really is like playing with digital Legos™.

7. Grav

Modern open source flat-file CMS to build faster websites.
A more complex tool, built for developers with some experience. This open source flat-file CMS allows you to build faster websites. The idea: With static HTML pages, you can’t do anything dynamic like query data, edit content via an admin interface, process forms, etc. Grav is “processed at runtime,” allowing you to do the same things you could do with Drupal, Joomla, or WordPress. There are countless features, including: site-wide and per-page routing and redirection, a visual debug panel, multi-language support, flexible taxonomies, a built-in asset manager, and much more.

8. Pivot

Drag and drop real-time HTML page building.
This block-based, multi-purpose HTML 5 template allows you to choose from over 70 uniquely styled content blocks for incredible customizability. You can build web pages in minutes and manage site navigation, sliders, images, text, maps, color schemes, and more—all from your browser. Great for multiple uses, from a product launch to a personal portfolio website.

9. Hype 3.0

Create beautiful HTML5 web content, no coding required.
This keyframe-based animation system makes your content come alive. Just click “record” and Hype watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed. You can also add, remove, and rearrange keyframes manually if you want more control. This is an incredible tool if you’re looking to animate anything from web pages and infographics, to eBooks and presentations. Prepare to be wowed.

10. OnePager

One page theme builder for WordPress.
This open source theme builder allows you to quickly edit everything on your web page on the fly. It’s effortless to build out a fully responsive, SEO-friendly site with built-in presets to kickstart your site development. Just about everything is customizable, allowing you to tailor the look and feel of your site exactly the way you want it. A great tool for anyone looking to build a WordPress site quickly.

11. Webydo 2.0

Seamless web design platform for professionals, code-free.
This product is geared toward empowering designers to create responsive websites using all of their designs even if they don’t have any coding experience. There are a number of similar tools on the market, but this one is built with design in mind. The integrated B2B solution also helps with direct client billing, a neat dashboard to manage countless sites/clients, and a robust CMS. Worth looking into, particularly if you’re a designer.

12. Bootstrap Studio

Create responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework.
A desktop application that helps web developers and designers create responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework. The clean, intuitive interface and makes it easy for anyone to create a beautiful web page with drag and drop functionality. The platform itself is quite intuitive, and the rich collection of components allows you to tailor every little detail on your site. The company promises this tool will product beautiful HTML and CSS that is as good as hand-written code. We can get behind that!

13. Evolero 2.0

Create better event websites.
This platform caters to event planners who are looking to build websites that bring the event experience to life. This is a one-stop shop, enabling you to manage all of your events end-to-end, from ticketing to pre- and post-event community building. This tool is crafted for both standalone and recurring events. Whether you’re planning a corporate event, non-profit gala, big seminar, or intimate workshop, this tool might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

14. Cloudpress

Create unique responsive WordPress sites without coding.
This platform helps you create unique, responsive WordPress sites — no coding necessary. There are over 80 predefined blogs built by the team’s designers that help you prototype pages in literally minutes. You’ll also have full control over every detail on the site you build, including: dimensions, typography, web fonts, backgrounds, and effects. This is a great option if you’re specifically looking to build a page on the WordPress CMS platform.

15. Picnic

Register a new website with one click. Live in 5 minutes.

It can be such a hassle setting up new domains, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated or cost as much as it too often does. This site whittles domain registration down to its most minimal form, allowing you to get something up and running in literally a few minutes. A wonderful little tool that will help you register your site super fast so you can get your next web project up and running faster than you can say “ship.” 
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