Tips to Building a Successful Website

Whether you’re starting up a website for your ecommerce store, or you’re creating one to expand the reach of your brick and mortar business, there are several things you are going to want take into consideration before you start building the site. Sure, you could just go ahead and start building your site without a plan, and it might be successful; but if you want to have assured success, then you’re going to want to keep on reading to find out the basics of starting a successful website.

Search available domain names. Your domain name is one of the most important features of your site. It’s what your customers will use to link to your business. You don’t want to spend a ton of time thinking of a catchy domain name and then find out that it is already being used when you go to register it. Save yourself time and aggravation and check out the names that are available before you start drafting ideas. You can easily do this by visiting: http://www.register.com/.

Choose a design. Pick a design that is attractive, yet easy to use. Your customers will appreciate a site that is appealing, but that they can easily navigate. A busy design could lead to confusion, which will likely cause a lot of your potential customers to click off your site.

Incorporate useful content. Content is the cornerstone of any successful website. It lets search engines know the value of your site, and it attracts, engages and informs customers. Make sure you incorporate content that is useful and well written.

Don’t Forget the SEO. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the biggest keys to a successful website. Make sure your site is keyword optimized so that it can easily be located by prospective visitors, and to increase its page rankings.

The Future of Convertible Notebooks

When Adam Osborne made the first laptop in 1981, little did he know that his invention would be made convertible to a tablet! Convertible laptops are light and handy. With most biggies trying to load their laptop-cum-tablet with all the possible features, we sneaked in to check out a few.

ThinkPad X230t

The 12.5 inch X230t laptop can be folded back 180° over the keyboard to make it a tablet. You can use the tablet in portrait as well as landscape display modes. Though, not the best when it comes to gaming, it does support moderate gaming with Intel 4000 graphics and a 1366×768 pixel reversible IPS display. With an external battery, this machine can run for 18 hours! For smooth touchscreen experience, the X230t comes with a digitizer pen that is housed in the chassis. The 720p HD webcam with a face tracking feature enables you to have your video conferences and video chats while traveling as well. The optional backlit allows you to work even in the dark. Equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core processor, 500GB hard drive, Dolby advanced audio, and weighing below 4 pounds, the ThinkPad basic model is priced around $1100.

LifeBook T902 Tercel

When at the Hong Kong Computer & Communication festival, Fujitsu launched the Windows 8-ready 13.3″ T902 laptop hybrid, and on-lookers were surely surprised. With a secondary battery housing slot, the laptop transformer can run for 11 hours without having to charge. If you are looking for a hybrid that fulfills your business needs as well, then LifeBook will not disappoint you. The fingerprint sensor, optional TPM protection module, and anti-theft protection will keep your confidential data protected. Also, the laptop-cum-tablet has a dual digitizer input that works with the pen and finger! The T902 is loaded with a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, 320GB hard drive, Intel 4000 HD graphics, FHD webcam, and weighs just above 4 pounds. This one is a good buy for business travelers.

Satellite U925t

The slider laptop-cum-tablet launch from Toshiba is equipped with an LED backlit keyboard and a clickpad for laptop mode usage. You can click pictures or take videos with the 3MP rear camera, and indulge in video chatting with the front-end HD camera! The good news for travelers is that the hybrid weighs only 3.2 pounds, and is less than 0.8 inches thick, which will allow it to fit in your backpack. The 12.5 inch IPS screen has a protective glass that resists scratches when used in the tablet mode. Loaded with features like 128GB SSD, third generation Intel Core processor, and Bluetooth, this 26 October, 2012 launch looks like a tough competitor. With NFC capability, you can transfer data just by touching it to other similar devices!

MSI Slider S20

If you are looking for a hybrid laptop that enables you to enjoy gaming as well, then Windows 8 Slider S20 will interest you. Finally, after a long wait, MSI has launched a product in the laptop market! This laptop is called so because the screen slides to make way for the keyboard to be visible. Being a product from the gaming giant, you are in for powerful graphics with NVIDIA GeForce GT630M and the latest DirectX 11 support. The hybrid has an HDMI slot through which you can connect the laptop to your LCD television set. Equipped with USB 3.0, Bluetooth, battery backup of 8 hours, 4GB DDR3 of memory, up to 64GB SSD, screen resolution of 1366×768, and weighing only 2.86 pounds, with being less than one inch thick, this tablet-cum-laptop is the one to watch for this September.

Lenovo Yoga

Lenovo’s latest launch Yoga, is the world’s first 360° flipping laptop. Just as you flip while performing yoga, this hybrid does the same! With four modes of viewing, you can change the laptop appearance that suits your needs. While watching a movie, flip it to the stand mode where the 13.3″ screen is fully visible. Now for listening to your favorite music, switch to the tent mode where the laptop literally stands like a tent! And the other modes; notebook and tablet; can be switch to, when you are working or want to read something. Yoga is Windows 8-compatible, has a third generation Intel Core processor, battery life up to 8 hours, and weighs about 3.4 lbs. This is surely one of the awaited laptop hybrids this year.

Microsoft Surface
The world of tablets will have a new chapter written when the much-awaited Microsoft Surface launches! A sneak peek into the world of Surface shows the tablet has a –
✔ HD screen of 10.6″
✔ Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro
✔ 32GB HD (configurable to 64GB)
✔ Micro SD Card Slot
✔ And it is just 676g!
Coming Soon!

The launch of hybrid notebooks has marked the end of the ‘Desktop Computing Era’.

Best Computer Brand

There are several computer manufacturers and brands that provide you with a range of hardware, desktops and workstations and even laptops. However, a major hurdle is choosing the right brand, as there are countless companies, that have many tempting offers for computers, laptops and desktops alike.

Best Computer Brands List

The following list is a compilation of brands that have gained a good level of reputation in the market. The sales, products, goodwill and popularity of such brands say it all. Take a look.

1. Dell
Another name that is known for efficiency is Dell. The company was started to make successful computers and that is exactly what it is successfully doing today. Michel Dell indeed has seen dreams turn to reality, as today Dell is one of the biggest producers of Laptops and Notebook computers, not to mention the enormous line of desktops. The basic motive of Dell is to make computers for every person and every place. Dell manufactures computers and laptops for students, consumers, businessmen and corporates. It makes computers for homes, schools, offices and even public places.

2. Hewlett-Packard (HP)
HP is often known to be a prominent supplier of desktops and laptops to corporate clients. The company is also preferred by a large number of people, since it is also a manufacturer of office utilities, such as photocopying machines and scanners. HP has launched a huge series of desktops as well as laptops. Some really innovative products that have been launched by HP include, HP TouchSmart a touch screen computer and the famous HP Brio. If you are planning to go in for a desktop, then this is the best brand for desktop computers that you can avail.

3. Apple
The brand of Steve Jobs and the brand that maintains quality. Apple computers are known for their quality control, research and development and also their willingness to maintain a specific procedure of manufacture. Apple has successfully launched a wide range of computers that includes both laptops and desktops. The best brand for laptops on the market is of course Apple, due to its wide range of laptops that includes, MacBook, iMac and Mac Mini. A remarkable desktop computer that was released by Apple is the Mac Pro. Apart from the quality, speed and smooth running, Apple also caters to the style quotient. For personal use, this brand is the best laptop brand.

4. Lenovo
Lenovo, which had been previously known as ‘Legend’, is a Chinese computers company which caters to all possible segments of the computer markets. International Business Machines (IBM) on the other hand is a giant that churns out computers for every possible person on the face of this earth. In 2005, Lenovo acquired the computers division of IBM. Lenovo is maintaining almost the entire staff of IBM in North Carolina in addition to an executive headquarters in Purchase, New York. In addition to that Lenovo will also be able to use the IBM brand name and own the famous ‘Think’ marquee/brand name for 5 years.

The product directory of both these companies is so big, that you will have computers working at every possible speed in it. The basic memorandum of the company is to supply computers to every working person. You will find countless companies using both the IBM and Lenovo brands. Essentially both brands put together, make the world’s third largest computer business.

5. Gateway
An Acer subsidiary, Gateway is a manufacturer of brilliant computers. The principle operations of the company include Netbooks, Notebooks, Desktops and LCD displays. Like Apple, this company is admired for its precision, research and development. Gateway computers can be used by both corporates and consumers.

(*note: It must be taken into note that the models which have been included in the tables, are the current models, they are constituents of other larger “series”, “families” and “marquees”. It must also be taken into account that the aforementioned are individual models.)

Just look for the features that you need and want, you are sure to get the appropriate device or model from major brands.

Advantages of the Internet in Education

Internet in educationThe fast and relatively low-cost access is one of the major benefits of Internet to people and students all over the world, as getting an Internet connection is easy. Communication and information are the two basic uses of the Internet. Information available on websites can be updated or modified at any time and for any number of times, which helps in learning and better understanding.
Using MultimediaUsing Multimedia
Arguably, it is believed that visual data has a greater impact on learning and memorizing than plain text. Therefore, images, graphics, animation, pictures, slides, documentaries, etc., have a greater appeal than a plain textbook. Using multimedia and Internet provides an opportunity for children to gain knowledge about a particular subject in depth. Students can now see actual photographs of rare bird species, or see animated graphics of a volcanic eruption to understand the concept in detail.
Online LearningOnline Learning
Another positive effect of Internet in education is the onset of distance education or online education (internet-based training (IBT) or web-based training (WBT). With this facility, you can take up short-term courses with the course material available online, attend virtual classes, learn, and appear for exams. One of the benefits of online learning is that people from any part of the world can gain knowledge on different subjects, complete courses, etc.
Easy ContactEasy Contact
Students can contact other students or their teachers via the e-mail if they have queries about any information. Sharing of information, discussions on a particular subject, etc., can be easily carried out using the Internet. At the same time, teachers can also contact parents and guardians easily using Internet.
School/College ProjectsSchool/College Projects
Using the Internet can be very useful for completing projects in schools and colleges. As the Internet is an ocean of information, covering nearly all subjects known to man, one can find information, research work, etc., required for one’s projects. Going through the information on the Internet is definitely faster than reading an entire book on the subject. Completing homework is also easier with the help of the Internet.
EncyclopediaEncyclopedia
Sometimes, an encyclopedia may not always be available to students and they may have difficulty in gaining access to the books in the library. In that case, the encyclopedia of various subjects available on the Internet can be helpful. This is more useful for students who belong to communities not having English as their mother tongue.
NewsNews
All the latest news are constantly updated on the Internet on news websites. Students learning politics, can have an access to all the current affairs through the Internet. Historical accounts like speeches, biographies, archive videos and photographs, etc., are also easily available on the Internet in detailed and accurate versions.
Affordable KnowledgeAffordable Knowledge
Investing in research material may be tedious and unaffordable for some. But, now, thanks to the Internet, we have content websites, web encyclopedias, and dictionaries whenever we want them. Today, able as well as less-able students can benefit from the sea of knowledge on the Internet. University courses and learning is now easy for people belonging to all strata of the society with the help of online courses.
Easy Education SystemEasy Education System
Not only gaining knowledge, but, every part of the education system is simplified because of the Internet. You can now view your prospective educational institute, look up courses, enroll for online courses, take classes, research, see your results, and even look for job prospects on the Internet. Therefore, the scope of Internet in education is very wide and equal to all.
No Age Bracket for EducationNo Age Bracket for Education
Online courses provide an opportunity for people of all age groups to take up education of their choice, according to their liking and wish. Be it a student, a housewife, or a professional, they can just start up their computers, connect to the Internet, and take virtual classes. Therefore, people can now gain knowledge according to their need and time available. You are, now, never too old or too busy to learn something new.
With these points, we find that the importance of Internet in education cannot be denied, and hence, every student should be given access to the Internet for deeper understanding and knowledge of a subject. However, lots and lots of information can be termed as both, advantages and disadvantages of the Internet as students can also have an access to unwanted or unethical information and sites. Therefore, it is only wise for parents to make students understand what is good and what not for them, or keep a watch on their surfing (web browsing).Lastly, although the Internet cannot replace books or classroom education, it is one of the best substitute for those who wish to gain deeper knowledge on literally every subject under the sun.