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WordPress vs. Joomla – What to choose?

For those of us who want to build powerful websites without having to worry about all the coding, and technical aspects of it, there are two most popular content management systems currently available on net. Both are fantastic content management systems with great features, easy to manage, secure & free to use. Since, Joomla come with more built-in features than WordPress. However, WordPress beats Joomla with its ease of use, huge global community, plugins and themes.

So which one is right for your site? To decide, we’ll compare Joomla VS WordPress on user benefits as well as overall functionality.

What’s Common in WordPress, Joomla?

Both, the web’s most popular CMS have a lot in common in terms of technology, philosophy, and community.

In Both:

  • Free and open source software licensed under GPL and community-driven projects.
  • Can use themes or templates to change the look of the site.
  • Can be 1-click installed on your own server, so there are no specific hosts and subscriptions to deal with.
  • Written primarily in PHP.
  • Support MySQL as their database management system.

Advantages and Disadvantages of WordPress

WordPress is ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as everyday blogging and news sites; and anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site. Another strength of WordPress is, it can handle tons of visitors. It will not break down easily, even with loads of articles. On SEO part, WordPress SEO power comes from the excellent array of plugins available to make your life easier. It is a definite winner here, but Joomla isn’t that bad that you should completely avoid it on the basis of SEO alone.

WordPress also has it’s own disadvantages. For instance, adding or removing post dates and changing navigational structure need to be changed in design mode and it requires knowledge of WP scripting. Also, changing the order of categories or pages you may need external plugins while in Joomla these options widely given.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Joomla

Joomla is a powerful CMS that is great for building all kinds of websites including business, corporate, government, non-profit, schools, and blogs. However, it is known more with performing as a community platform, with strong social networking features.

On disadvantaged part, importing articles from one site to another is not as easy compare to WordPress. Moreover, in this platform to upgrade from older to new versions is not an easy task and it may interrupt some functionality of 3rd party extensions. But likely it’s solved on latest versions.

Security Measures

All popular opensource CMS systems are vulnerable for hackers because they know the system. But, by having tens years of experiences in this field, in each updates they are minimizing the threats. To overcome security issues in both platforms at least you should follow these measures:

  1. Updating the site as soon as there is a security update is therefore important.
  2. Try to install a firewall to block the most common attacks. For Joomla, you can use AdminTools, for WordPress WordFence. Use the paid versions since the free ones only cover a part of the vulnerabilities.
  3. There are many other firewall plugins and some even you can combine to strengthen your security.
  4. If you work with members, force them to use strong, illogical passwords.

Conclusion

To answer, which one is better fans of each of these two content management systems will argue forcefully that the one they prefer is the best option out there. For those looking to set up a small, personal blog, or a website for their small business, WordPress is likely the way to go. Joomla is great for those who wants to go more advanced functionalities, more attractive designs with great initiatives from support team. The fact is, each situation will require something different, and taking the time to look at all your options is the best way to go.

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How to convert that massive traffic?

Ever since technology has been offering user-friendly web design software, content management systems and all other web developing tool that focuses on empowering the end users to create, manage and maintain a website, having a website is never easier than before. With such friendly tool available to anyone, more than one new website is created everyday and now it becomes a challenge for people to obtain traffic and more importantly getting the conversion.

As getting massive traffic relies mainly on the technique of SEO that is applied on a website, turning the massive traffic into buyers would be another score. If you can attract massive traffic into your site, which means your SEO strategy is working well in your favour. The concern for you is probably focused on how you keep leading this large traffic of visitors to proceed to reading, subscribing, buying and coming back for more. If your site is based around the idea of e-commerce, then it’s important that you achieve conversion that merely having massive traffic.

Having massive traffic is like having raw metal that has yet to be molded into something that has a utility value. While some people might say traffic is money, it’s more precise to say that conversion of traffic is money. If you have been accumulating massive traffic but have yet to receive any real conversion then it’s time to look at what’s stopping the traffic from converting. First and foremost come to the visual persuasion that your site has. Do you think your site looks attractive enough for people to read further and eventually buy from?

Having the right visual interpretation that leads your visitors from reading to buying is important. Your web design would also convey how credible you are in many ways. The second thing you must ask yourself is how your contents are being organized. Has it displayed its price, description and image of the product effectively and consistently? Well having all aspects of this organized well using a good content management system would convey how well and convenient it is for visitors to get what they want from your site. This includes using an effective shopping cart system and good content management system.

Lastly, one of the most significant parts of the conversion process is the checkout to pay. Always ensure that your visitors would feel safe and assured to buy your products. One of the ways is to have a reliable payment gateway system that they’ve probably heard of such as PayPal. Also, your call to action statement must always be used to reassure their buying temperature.

The different types of PayPal accounts

When it comes to handling online transaction, one of the most important criteria is to look for a reliable and secure method to accept and withdraw money for business. These criteria are often compared and contrasted with different types of payment gateway. One of the most popularly used payment gateway system that you can see in almost any websites is PayPal. It is in fact one of the most preferred payment gateway system for seller and buyers as well because of the security and at the same time, the convenience to buy and sell.

Creating a PayPal account can be done within minutes. But when it comes to choosing the right type of PayPal account, many would be halted at that stage. There are basically 3 types of accounts to choose from:-  Personal, Premier and Business accounts.

Personal accounts are meant for personal use or individual uses that is commonly chosen to send out  money than to receive money.  This account allows the user to accept up to 5 credit or debit card. It is not meant for high transaction volume.

Premier accounts are  for members who have high volume of transactions and are allowed to have accessed to PayPal’s features. With this account, user can add unlimited number of credit and debit cards.

Business accounts are for businesses. The registered name should be under a business name and are even able to accept payments from clients who does not have PayPal accounts. Similar like Premier account, Business account accept unlimited number of debit and credit card payment.

Now that you have a better picture of the different types of account, start registering one for free now.

Google vs Facebook Ad credit

Two of the most dominating site that anyone will mostly go through everyday on their web browser is probably Google and Facebook. To the irony, Facebook consider themselves as a competitor of Google then its own social network market such as Twitter, Friendster or Myspace. Both Google and Facebook have their values in the view of visitors and business to reach millions of people around the world.

Leveraging on such massive market generated by the amount of users of these two gigantic sites, it creates an excellent opportunity for people to do publicity work for their company, products and services. There are more than 200 million searches on Google everyday and more than half of the world is aware of where to look for when they have a question to ask the Internet. On the other hand Facebook has more than 400 million active users.

These add-up volume of these two market gives business more than sufficient opportunities to market their products. And as long as there are space and people around, advertising exists. One of the must know online advertising method that any entrepreneur must tap on is the Google and Facebook advertising. Both can be used in the most cost effective way to reach their desired target audience through ads credit they purchase.

Similar like prepaid card system for calls, one are expected to place the maximum bid for an ad to be placed on Facebook or Google. The bid will be deducted according to the PPC (pay per click) of the advertisement. This means the advertiser is expected to pay whenever visitors click on their ads.

Do a thorough research to understand which is better to promote your product by understanding the market. Facebook provides more specific sets of demographics to choose from while Google targets on a broader categories using keyword specification. What’s more important is how the advertisement is being written. It is very important to make sure that the copy of the ad is written with relevant detail to attract potential customers.

Using PayPal service to increase sales

Accepting payment online has not been easier than before since the existence of PayPal. A world leading online payment gateway system, PayPal offers its users to send and receive payment in 190 markets and in 19 currencies. For personal or business use, PayPal’s system convinces the world its service is created for security and convenience.

Research have shown that by offering non-credit card payment option such as PayPal e-wallet, in addition to other traditional payment method such as bank transfer or credit card, increases online sales by an average of 14%. This is because not many people are keen to revealing their financial information to their sellers or a website.

PayPal offers high security system that secures users’ financial information by preventing unnecessary action for users to type in their financial information such as credit card, bank accounr and etc repeatedly to purchase. All confidential information will be stored only within PayPal. It is like their cyber wallet that they use only when they want to and they do not have to show the sellers their wallet.

PayPal’s market was one of the biggest in Australie and UK, as they are the most preferred online payment service. It is cost effective and no monthly fees required. In addition to that, 80% of buyers are more likely to buy from a website if PayPal is being offered.

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How to set up an autoresponder

An autoresponder to follow up with your clients need is always a good choice when you’re not around your computer all the time or when you’re just too busy to manage more than thousands of clients a day, it just makes business easier.

But just before that, you might ask what exactly is an autoresponder. Well it is a powerful setup system that sends back an email message in response to the topic in a particular subject line or keyword, this is so that the recipient will be able to respond to the email enquiry by the sender on any business matter.

There are many software and program that one can get to create an autoresponder. It can be done manually through normal email system such as outlook express or on free email service such as Yahoo.

In this simple tutorial, we will go through the simple 2 steps of creating an autoresponder system with Outlook Express.

Part 1 – Creating autorespond message

1. Run Outlook
2. Create new message with subject and body text
3. Save message as Outlook file template

Part 2 – Setting autorespond system

1. Go to Outlook, click on Tools and select Message Rules and then Mail.
2. Click at New under New Mail Rule window.
3. Under the select conditions for your rule, check For All Messages.
4. Under the select the actions for your rule check Reply With Message.
5. Under the rules description, click at the blue message word.
6. Find the saved message from Part 1 and click open.
7. Click ok to save.

You’re done and your email system is ready to respond automatically to your recipients.
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