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7 Deadly Sins Websites Still Commit

You break my expectation as a visitor - You know what I hate? I hate when I go to a website and I...read more

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ASAP is the SMS-based on-demand service that will get you whatever you want. Will it succeed in Australia the way Magic did in the US?

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What are your thoughts on smart watches?

Perhaps I'm a bit jaded, but I don't see the allure of the forthcoming Apple watch. I don't believe... read more

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Jef Lippiatt Co-founder at Startup Chucktown
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What is the best software for creating forms?

Adobe is getting rid of form central and we are going to have to switch to new software. Is anyone... read more

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Google forms is OK. For email marketing forms, I've also tried Mailchimp's forms. They're easy to use. If you're using WordPress, you may want to check out form plugins such as Gravity Forms.
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
I think it depends on the type of forms. Are you talking about online forms, print forms or both? I typically use Google Forms for online capture. I've also heard good things about Wufoo (although I've never used them myself).
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What Are The Differences Between VIRUS, WORM, TROJAN HORSE and BLENDED?

Understanding the differences between a Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse and Blended lets you know how to... read more

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Great article Shaun. We were hit by a...something last week. A message came up telling us that our details had been sent to Interpol and we had to pay $100 otherwise we'd be locked out of our computer for good. Luckily hubby was able to find and carry out the solution straight away. Scary!
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What is the process for any startup to raise funds?

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Marvin mintoniPhone App Developer at TheAppsmith
I am newbie here and very impressed to read this questions and the answer given by Jef is very informative for me. I like the points he mentioned in here and yes i definitely use this strategy for my business also. I hope it will help me in raising my funds too. game developers in india
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
Ananda,Thanks for the question. It really depends on what type of funds and how much you are trying to raise.If you are trying to raise a small amount of capital (less than $50,000):Friends and family - Hopefully, they would see the potential in your idea or in you and want to help fund you.Credit Cards - This is a dangerous idea and should be avoided if at all possible.Crowdfunding - If you have an interesting idea, you can share your vision and see how other people react (this is a great way to see if you have a market for your idea)If you are looking for $50,000 to $100,000 you have a few options:Friends and family (see above)Crowdfunding (see above)Bank loans - These usually require a lot of detail to understand your cash flow, current equity, business plan, projections, etc.. The aren't usually easiest funding to get.Angel Investors - These investors typically aren't looking to make huge investments (typically between $10,000 to $100,000 (it can be more, but unless several are working together don't expect a windfall). The great thing about angel investors is that most times they aren't looking for an equity stake as big as a Venture Capitalist. They may want to be more involved in the day to day business or be a mentor or advisor for the business.If you are looking for $250,000 to $500,000. This is typically a seed round of fundraising:Bank loans - Are still an option (but for this kind of an amount they are typically looking for an established business). (See Above)Crowdfunding - This level of success on crowfunding platforms is possible, but isn't reliable. (See Above)Angel Investors - Typically this amount would require several Angels or a group of them (See Above).Venture Capitalists - This is typically a small amount for an established Venture Capitalist firm, however, if they really like the idea or your team, it isn't out of the question. If you can land a Venture Capitalist at this level they may invest more money in later rounds of fundraising (Series A or B). Keep in mind Venture Capitalists are going to want a much larger piece of your equity pie (typically between 25% and 50% depending on the amount of money they infuse).If you are looking for over $1 million dollars you should focus on:Angel Investors - They would probably only fund a portion of what you need (See Above).Venture Capitalists - Again this usually happens once a venture has already done some fundraising, but it isn't out of the question if you really catch the right person's attention or interest. (See Above)Crowdfunding - It is possible to raise over $1 million with crowdfunding, but it is a gamble when trying to raise that amount of funding.Keep in mind the more money you are trying to raise the more effort you will need to apply. Getting large infusions of money will mean you need to explain how the money will be spent and how that will grow the business. Don't get frustrated, at each of these levels people can and will say "no" to you. That doesn't mean they don't want to help or aren't interested, sometimes the timing isn't right. Stay focused and keep looking at ways to fund your business. If you are passionate about your venture, you will eventually find some funding. One last note, don't try raising more money than you currently need. If you only need $50,000 to grow your business to the next level, don't waste time trying to raise $1 million dollars.
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Do you use git version control for the development of the site?

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Scott YangFounder at OzBargain.com.au
Yes git for both development and deployment. We also use Trac + git integration for bug tracking / project planning, and Sentry for off-site error logging.
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How do I start an online directory business?

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Nina MeiersWeb Strategist at XD
There are several ways - One it to purchase cloud base directory software. Often it's hosted on third party servers, or you can buy scripts to create a directory from scratch, or you can go with Wordpress and purchase third party 'plug ins'Each one has is benefits and shortcomings -1 - third party directory software can be incredibly awesome in its features offered, but you never really own it because it is 'proprietary' software. If the company goes, then your directory goes. But the good side is it often has so many more features than Wordpress or custom scripting can offer. It might also have other sales tools embedded to earn income quickly.2 - custom scripts and bespoke custom software development - that will get you exactly what you want but often at quite a cost in both time and money. The good side to this is you own the software code and it can be further customised to your needs. The down side is that it's locked you in to something that every time you want an update it can be costly and if your developer goes you could be stuck. These days unless you have something so incredibly unique and special, I'd steer clear of this option.3 - Wordpress plug ins. Wordpress is the most popular online software and has some really amazing tools and plug ins to make it do things that are hard to believe. It's really just simple blog software that people have been able to manipulate into shopping carts, directories, membership sites and more. You can buy these plug ins and be running pretty quickly. The down side to this is that it's hackable and non scaleable for the average person. Unless you're up to date with plug ins, it's not a matter of 'if you get hacked' it's 'when you get hacked' so you need to be incredibly vigilant at all times. Directory elements could also be quite hungry on resources as by very nature they are searching through lots of entries to find the right answer and this can lead to performance issues with WordPress based websites.In summary, I'd be looking for online directory based software that specialises in creating a really good user experience and a non technical administration experience so you can focus on getting it to make money rather than spending time configuring and managing the code.I hope this helps.
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Are you utilizing open-source in your organization?

I would like to hear how others in this community are using open-source within their venture. What... read more

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Jef Lippiatt Co-founder at Startup Chucktown
Andrew EganOwner at Adept IT
I'm an IT provider, so I'm across open source on at least a general level. I do have a linux server that's used for web development test site. I've got a client who has a linux-based file server and a separate linux proxy. It was already in place when I took over 2 years ago, but it's going strong and solid. It rarely needs reboots or patching.OSS does require a bit more understanding than a windows platform - there are notable differences and if you're not technically inclined it may be difficult to adjust.I don't usually see linux on desktops but I'm definitely aware it happens. I have a general policy of "what's the best fit for this specific scenario" - but that can encompass all sorts of things, including ongoing supportability. It's harder to find good linux engineers than good windows engineers
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Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools: 10 SEO Tips on How to Optimise Your Site

Measuring and tracking online activity for your website is very important. The following are SEO... read more

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really good article Eric! Analytic's works really well with AdWords.
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Getting on top of our data is so critical in online business! These type tools are simply indispensable. Great summary Eric. Thanks for sharing :)
Application design and development

The Meteoric Rise of The Emoji

Emojis have become a vital part of our messaging vocabulary over the past few years. The 850 odd... read more

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Comparison of Virtual Server and Dedicated Server

A few years seem like a long time in the IT industry. It may seem like ages ago when nearly every... read more

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Top 5 Email Marketing Tips

I love marketing emails. Really, I do.   According to the Direct Marketing Association's in the... read more

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Neil SteggallPartner at Wardour Capital Partners
Just re read it Ling.....loved the humour at the start!
Neil SteggallPartner at Wardour Capital Partners
A great and useful article Ling. Thank you
Cloud computing

What to Look for When Choosing Cloud Computing Services

Cloud this and cloud that. Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Virtual Servers so on and so forth – it is... read more

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7 Tips to Improve Your Site's Conversion Rate -- Fast

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Paul LupsonOwner at InnovaReviews.com
Very glad you included "Add testimonials" as one of the critical factors in improving conversion rate there Neil. My new business InnovaReviews.com makes it simple to add customer testimonials to your website to help get potential customers across the line by reading awesome reviews from previous customers. However, you failed to mention that reviews and testimonials are actually recommended by Google, and they improve your position in the Google search results. The testimonials can't be in just plain text though, as about 9/10 websites that carry testimonials are. There is a Google friendly format called 'rich snippets' that InnovaReviews.com is built to which gets your stars and ratings alongside your company name in the Google search results. To see a great example of this in action just Google "reviews legalvision" and you'll see one of our clients appearing in the SERPs on page 1 with star ratings, really standing out over their competitors. Free trial of InnovaReviews available to all at innovareviews.com/start. Best regards Paul Co-founder InnovaReviews
Telecommunications, mobile and wireless

Typewriters and smartphones have more in common than you think -The Tech Wrap

The ease and speed with which we communicate aids nearly everything we do. Most people are fairly... read more

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iOS vs. Android - Which camp are you? The Tech Wrap

If you ask a group of people whether they belong to the Android or iOS camp, you’ll find it’s a... read more

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Yee TrinhMarketing Manager at SavvySME
Move over iOS. Android it is.
Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Don't forget the Windows camp (where I proudly belong!)
Application design and development

Making the most out of MYOB

Technology has opened new avenues for those who want to take the risk and get the reward. Now, it... read more

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Tech wrap - Apple plays catch up with the iPhone 6

Last week's launch of the iPhone 6 was a highly anticipated event and for months prior, rumours... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
With the launch of the Apple iPhone 6 today, and seeing the massive line in front of the Apple store, I keep on wondering if it is really worth it all. It seems so much cheaper to buy an Android phone with as many features (and in some cases more) for a fraction of the price. I think it has Apple has lost its 'exclusive' image too.
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Pizza Making: The Perfect Recipe for Web Design

  Web design was something that was always in my New Year's resolution that I never got round... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Thanks guys! Glad you all enjoyed it! :D
Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Awesome article Ling. I wonder where you got your Pizza inspiration from.