Fond of Fedora

I have been using Fedora for the past 7 months now. As such I like Ubuntu very much and that is why initially I just used Fedora out of curiosity of learning but had decided to switch back to Ubuntu soon.

In two months of dealing with Fedora, I started getting more and more comfortable with it and now, out of my two machines, one has Fedora and another continues with Ubuntu 🙂

By all means, Linux rocks and I love to try different versions of it. As of now Fedora seems fine … Would love to get some inputs from the readers as well, regarding Ubuntu, Fedora, comparison of the two etc.. M sure it will be a mutual learning experience for all of us open source folks !

Open Office for all your day to day data processing needs

From the tag-line of my Blog, readers must have by now identified that I am an open-source fan. Needless to say more, unlike most of the fellow Indians, I do not use Microsoft Office at all. I am very comfortable with Open Office Writer, Spreadsheet, Presentation, etc …

Advantages of using the Open Office package are many .. to include some :

 

  1. Easy to avail and free
  2. Installation is easy, updates are quick
  3. Creating, saving, editing, formatting etc is very easy and once you have started using this, you would not like to try any other commercial package of Office Software
  4. Many more, lets explore !!!!

Since I recommend most of my friends to use Open Office, they come to me for any issues / bugs regarding the same. Recently one of them came to me for clearing the RECENT DOCUMENTS list from the “Open Office Writer” and I gave him a link to a good article in this regard. For readers who would be interested in reading, here is the link :

 

http://www.adminnote.com/2011/05/clear-recent-documents-in-openofficeorg.html

Best CMS for Blog site :

After installing, configuring and developing on so many CMS packages, now I am concentrating on listing out which solution works best for what purpose.

I have tried and tested Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, WordPress, Magento, EFront, Atutor and lot more …

I started my CMC journey with WordPress and enjoyed working with it so much that it motivated me to explore new CMS packages as well. WordPress, in my opinion has the following salient features  :

  1. Easy to install and configure
  2. Light
  3. Supported by a technically sound Control Panel
  4. Easy to manage editor – comfortable for a layman author as well
  5. Easy comment management
  6. Lot of free as well as commercial templates available
  7. .. lot more … (please add as a comment all special qualities that you have observed in WordPress )

Above all, despite having experienced so many CMS, for a simple site or a Blog site, I would definitely choose WordPress 🙂

Google Drive – storage for your docs

 

If you are tired of frequent crashes of your PC and the personal data loss suffered therein, here’s a simple solution to your problem. Just upgrade your Docs section of Google Apps to Drive and you get 5 GB space free. Some significant features of this facility are :

  1. File upload and download are really fast and the best part is that you can upload complete folders too, not just files !

  2. This is an online backup, so you can get access to your backup docs even if you are on another PC lateron

  3. Sharing of docs with fellow users of Gmail is very easy

  4. Many more … lets explore and tell each other 🙂

Some interesting material on Google SEO

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en//webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

http://www.google-search-engine-optimization.com/

And here are the Google Ranking Factors – SEP Checklist :
http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/internet/google-ranking-factors.htm

http://searchengineland.com/too-much-seo-google%E2%80%99s-working-on-an-%E2%80%9Cover-optimization%E2%80%9D-penalty-for-that-115627

Google Analytics for your Moodle Site

Most developers would also be familiar with Google Analytics tools. It is becoming more and more important day by day to keep track of the traffic that you are getting on your website. As a Google fan, I have been using Google Analytics for a long time now.

If you have a Moodle Site that needs to be tracked, follow these simple steps to connect it to your Analytics Account :

  1. Create an Analytics Account and add your domain there. In the Tracking Code Section => select “single domain” => Copy the code generated (between SCRIPT HTML TAGS)
  2. Login to your Moodle site as Administrator. Now go to – Settings > Site administration > Appearance > Additional HTML and place the copied code into the “within head” section. Save the changes and your site is ready for Analytics 🙂

Keep patience folks, it might take some 24 hours before Analytics can show its results !

Small Business Website

Many of my friends who have small business setups come with a standard query … “How to make a simple, low budget website ?”.

There are quite a few specific aspects to deal with here :

  1. The solution should be low cost – : As the business might just be a start up and not very profit making.

  2. Small setups and new ventures might not be in a position to afford a technical help continuously for putting data / updating on the website. An employee of the company would be expected to handle content management of the website too, and that employee may not be a highly paid technical professional.

  3. There would be hardly 2-20 employees who would need some platform for emailing and communication too.

For years I kept researching on the most feasible solutions in this area. WordPress is my favourite CMS package and I was sure that even a layman user can be easily trained to post contents on a site made with WordPress. But there were a few problems here as well. Firstly, the user was not comfortable with the “wordpress.com” domain and wanted one of his own. Now, even if they have bought a domain of their own, they would require a hosting space for WordPress CMS. For this either they will have to set up their own server (which will make the costs very high) or subscribe to a hosting facility available with the popular hosting service providers. This also needs some initial investment and the problem does not end here. Initial setup of WordPress CMS cannot be done by a layman, non-technical user.

Hmmmm … m sure u can imagine now, what kind of issues developers have to deal with specially when layman users are not able to understand simple things like “Domain name is different from web space and both have to be purchased ” & “Site development charges are different from domain name and hosting charges” etc !!!!

After doing a lot of brain storming, I finally realized that for the above requirements there was nothing as simple as Google Apps.  Once they have bought their domain, a small business needs to just set up Apps and they get email, sites, groups, contacts, videos etc (and lot more ) features for free.Though some of the users did require training for making sites on Google Apps but most of the others were able to manage that after some 5-10 days of initial practice. Now, I recommend them to go for a Google Apps solution. Well, I understand that most of them feel that m biased in favour of Google Apps but still the fact is that I have come to this conclusion after years of research.