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WordPress, the most popular blogging tool ever that I’ve ever known. Everybody who writes blogs mostly use it as their blogging tool, either it is from WordPress.com or WordPress.org. Wait! Are there two wordpresses? Yes, there are. However, both are really WordPress original. Then, what’s the difference and why are there two? Let me throw away all the confusion below.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a commercial enterprise website with full-time developers, designers and support agents. Using WordPress.com, you can setup your blogs easier and free of charge. You get your own wordpress subdomain like xxx.wordpress.com by just signing up an account. Then, everything is taken care for you, including setup, upgrades, backups, and security.

What is even better is that your blog is located on hundreds of servers, meaning that it is impossible to  go down due to high traffic. Your posts are safe too as they are backed up automatically. Additionally, you get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags or find bloggers that have similar mind to yours using tag and friend surfer.

WordPress.com has secured login using SSL so no one can get your account access even when you use wi-fi. It also offers more than 70 attractive themes that keep adding each day and you’re able to edit the CSS. The only little minus is only you can’t run a custom theme; but honestly, the features are all good.

WordPress.org
On the other hand, WordPress.org  is a free blogging software, which now the latest version is WordPress 2.71. Using this free software, you can create and setup your own blog plus install themes and plugins, run advertisements, edit the database, or even modify the PHP source codes.

And to be able to have all these, you just need a good web host to host your blog site. However, please remember as this is downloadable software, it requires more technical knowledge for you to master in order to set up and run it smoothly.

For backups, you may need to handle your own backups and when there is newer version of WordPress, you need to upgrade the software manually. But don’t worry! Now, there is an auto-updating tool to upgrade it automatically. But when you get very high traffic, you site might possibly go down unless you have a robust web hosting setup and environment.

Briefly speaking, you have now seen that both WordPress.com and WordPress.org have their own features so, you can decide youself the best version for your blogs and articles.

~G4br13lle~

After you’ve found the strategies about how to get more and more traffic to your website, the next thing you are thinking of must be about increasing your Page Rank, which is a system to rank websites and give them Page Rank. But what’s so important about it?

To tell you the truth, websites that have higher Page Rank are usually considered more important and they are mostly listed on the first lists in search engines, compared to lower Page Rank websites. Page Rank ranges from 1 to 10, meaning that if your website rank is 10, it’s perfect.

Seeing that Page Rank is significant for your existence in search engines, learning some ways to improve Page Rank is useful and also learning to avoid things that can decrease Page Rank is also crucial.

Dos

Here are some that can optimize and increase your Page Rank. First, try to get yourself involves in community websites, such as forums. But keep in mind that they need to be communities related to your website, or at least, general communities that have topic or forum section about your website topic.  Then, post there!  In every posting, create and use signature with back link to your website.

You can also write articles and submit them to article websites. Write helpful articles related to your website and business, which builds your public reputation. At the end of your articles, you can put reference source with back link too to your website so the readers know who write the interesting and helpful articles.

Next thing, pay attention to your website contents by spell checking your website pages. Search engine prefers correct spelled words to misspelled words. If there are misspelled words, it will try to automatically correct search keywords. However, there are certain websites that tend to misspell their contents on purpose as they believe that it can generate more traffic to their sites.

Additionally, you can learn from your competitors. Do some research for competitive keywords in search engines, go to the first few sites (your competitors’ websites) with high page rank, and analyze them. From it, you will see what they have done differently and why they get better Page Rank.

Don’ts

If your website has just been published, you better have no advertisements placed on it yet because search engine is sensitive to websites that seem to be advertisements farm sites and will not index them for quite some time. Just try to have your site up for one month or so with the contents ONLY before placing any advertisement. The time is actually not really measured so it can be a shorter or longer time.

Also, do not have duplicate contents. Avoid copying contents from other sites or any  other way that leads your site being considered as duplicate. Because, if it is detected by search engine, as a duplicate site, your website will not be indexed.

It is better if you just take some relevant parts from other websites but remember to acknowledge the original sources. Make sure that you do not link to the same page like for example http://www.abc.com/ and http://abc.com/. Why? It is because some search engines consider that as duplicates.

By understanding these, you will learn to get a better website Page Rank so that your website can  have more possibility to be listed on the top of search engines.

~G4br13lle~

The era of PHP 4 has passed out. Now, PHP 5 is on popular demand. Here and there, when people register for a web hosting package, PHP 5 is one of their top priorities that influences them to proceed to sign up or not. And there is no doubt about why as there are so many great new features offered in PHP 5 compared to PHP 4 as you will see below.

Wonderful Support Provided for Object-Oriented Programming

This must be the stuffs you are looking for as a programmer, wonderful set of support required for your programming. Using PHP 5, you don’t need to worry as it offers many features that go beyond the previous PHP.

It offers constructors, public, protected and private properties and methods,interfaces, abstract classes, class type hints, static properties and methods, final properties and methods, and other stuffs of awesome methods. If you enjoy web programming with objects and patterns, these are the features that will grant your wishes.

A Completely Rewritten MySQL Extension

MySQL, the most popular database tool ever. Everybody looks for it! As we all know, the latest versions of MySQL, the 5.0, introduce many new features. And as it is new, some of the features require significant changes to the extension.

As a result and solution, the new PHP 5 comes with a completely new and improved MySQL extension. What does it offer for MySQL? For your information, PHP 5 offers prepared statements, bound input and output parameters, SSL connections, multi-query functions for your database. Not only the regular MySQL, it also completes the SQLite.

SQLite (An Embedded Database) Feature

SQLite is an embedded database library that lets you store and query data using an SQL interface without installing and running separate database application. With PHP 5, it bundles SQLite, which provides developers a guarantee that the database will work on all PHP 5 installations.

Although the name is SQLite, it is actually not really a light database as it supports many advanced features – transactions, subqueries, triggers, and many others. Writing user-defined functions in PHP from within SQLite is also doable, which is the coolest feature available in PHP database extension.

Exceptions Handling to Clean Error

And this is also another very important feature for you in PHP 5. What is it? It is the error checking feature. PHP 5 provides a completely different model of error checking compared to PHP 4. It is called exception handling. This feature helps your work easier. How?

With this exception handling, it makes your work simpler as you have no need to check the return value of every function. So with this capability, you are saving your time by not having to check the return value, which is very much more practical.

Covering all these features, it means you may need to keep yourself updated with  PHP 5 technology and don’t be left behind! PHP 5 is now suggested for you to use for your web hosting needs.

Getting more and more traffic to your website is the most important thing you’d like to achieve when you own a website, especially, when the website is very critical to your business and success. Speaking of traffic, there are so many numerous ways to increase traffic that come into your site everyday.

I have written some points in the previous post about Link Building but it seems that I miss out one other that is also very significant in gaining your traffic, Link Exchange. Maybe I have no need in explaining what that is as I bet almost everybody knows it. But well, it’s not wrong to refresh our mind.

Link exchange or exchanging links with other website means that we place our links in other’s websites but in return, we also let the other party to put their links in our website. The definition is simple to understand; however, other than only the definition, what else to understand about it?

BENEFITS!

You all must agree with this, we will not do something for nothing. Instead, we’ll do that something for everything or anything we are possible to get. And remember, link exchange works mutually – mutual connection between two people or sites.

First that we consider the most must be money. Relieving for your budget, link exchange is fully free of charge. You don’t need to spend any here. Just need your website and the other website to place and exchange the links. You get the traffic and they do too.

Another benefit is that with link exchange, you get publicity and branding. When you exchange links with others, the payoff from it can be long term. By promoting your website in other websites with Link Exchange, you are promoting your product. And what is good is you are doing it without spamming.

Branding is also in your hand. More links you have in your websites means greater branding effect for your name. Surfers and internet users will be curious about you and why your site name always shows up in many websites. And when they are curious, they will visit your site and that is when you get the more traffic.

And what is even more important is your presence in search engines. If you exchange links everywhere, many of them will reward you for being “popular”. This popularity is measured with the number of links directed to your website. Search engine results will be the best benefit you get from Link Exchange.

Open yourself now to start doing link exchange, which leads to a lot of traffic coming to your site. However, be able not to make your link exchange into spamming or link farming (group of websites hyperlinking to every other site in the group). As long as you know how to do it well and properly, link exchange can result on tremendous benefits for your site.

~G4br13lle~

Social networking! This stuff has been more and more popular and useful as I once discussed with you in one of my blogs. And to even discuss further, today I will talk about the two most  famous social networking websites ever, Facebook and Twitter.

Growing even bigger and bigger, many users have registered to these two social networking accounts for their own purposes: either personal or professional purposes. Both Facebook and Twitter currently have millions number of members.

It has been known that Twitter has around 10 millions global members while Facebook has even much more, around less or more than 150 millions global members. From this estimation, you must now realize how much they have gained popularity among online users.

However, although both of them are popular social networking sites, there are still some clear differences between them that make them different. One that is very crystal clear is that, Facebook looks more casual and adaptable while Twitter looks more professional and formal. Let’s see them more!

TWITTER

Twitter, the new shining star of social networking site. Simple and communicative are two best characteristics of Twitter! With its updates features, you can always communicate with your followers about what’s new about you. You can talk to your audience quickly and whenever you need to say something new and interesting you can use Twitter as your tiny blogging platform.

As I mentioned earlier, you get followers. Yes, followers! Different to Facebook, you not only get friends here, additionally, you get your followers. To your followers, you can send information of your latest blog post, latest news, or even ordinary stuffs in your daily life, and etc. Even better, you can share any URL that people can click.

Additionally, you can also get updates from your following, this means the people or organization or company that you follow. You can subscribe any updates from them. Please don’t worry that you get no one to follow as there are hundreds of interesting people to follow in Twitter. Now, I am sure you can see how Twitter can be very much interesting. And what about the other one, Facebook?

FACEBOOK

Facebook, facebook, and facebook! It has been a kind of “spreading” phenomenon  and addiction among internet users. Different from Twitter, Facebook is more casual and quite flexible for all kind of use. What’s so popular about it?

Well, using Facebook, it can be very addicting to people when you like to stay connected with friends and make new ones. Nowadays, the fact shows that some people rarely use their current emails or messengers tools anymore in online social communications and switch them most entirely to Facebook email and chat.

But not only these, you can also create your own page and group in facebook in which you can invite people to join so they can also know what is going on with you, your organization, or your company. Here, you can always update with new information, updates, or anything new about you and people will get to know you better and deeper each time from these news.

After reading this, you have known the effective functions of these two awesome social networking sites in communicating with others. So, it is inappropriate if you keep getting yourselves isolated from the outside world who might want to get to know more about you. It’s time to stay in touch and get connected now!

~G4br13lle~