Get royalty free stock images from PicJumbo

As a blogger the biggest challenge I face is finding good relevant images for my blog posts. There are quite a few free stock image websites out there. One relatively new one raising its head is Picjumbo.

As a blogger the biggest challenge I face is finding good relevant images for my blog posts. There are quite a few free stock image websites out there. One relatively new one raising its head is Picjumbo. picjumbo Picjumbo is operated by Viktor Hanacek, who is a webdesigner by profession, and definitely an amazing photographer. The site is still relatively new but contains a collection of high quality images in various categories including technology, people, architecture, etc. The photos are completely free to use even in your commercial works.

If you’re planning on using these images in your commercial projects, do consider buying Victor a coffee and attributing the images to him. [Via: Webdesigner Depot]

Embedded Options – A Chatwing Embedding Tutorial

A site performs better if you compliment it with a chatting tool to provide customer support. And Chatwing comes second to none when it comes to live chat performance. This chat software has a very efficient chatting capability further augmented by the several features it has.

A site performs better if you compliment it with a chatting tool to provide customer support. And Chatwing comes second to none when it comes to live chat performance. This chat software has a very efficient chatting capability further augmented by the several features it has. And embedding it on your site is very easy – you’ll be done before you even know it.

Just follow these steps to start chatting on your site using the chatroom.

Step 1: Registration

Go to Chatwing’s homepage and create an account. Open the registration form and fill it up with your email address and the password for your account. Check the boxes below it before submitting to successfully complete the process.

Chatwing - Register

Step 2: Creating the Chatroom

You’ll be redirected to the Dashboard page next. You can create your chatroom here by pressing the Create chatbox button. This will also redirect you to the next page.

Chatwing Dashboard

Step 3: Customizing

The next stop is the Customization page. In here, you can modify the appearance of your chatbox as well as set up its additional functions. In a nutshell, through customizing, you’ll be able to draw out Chatwing’s full potential. This process is very easy since it is intended to be user friendly and the page is divided into tabs to make it easier for navigation.

While changing the settings on each tab, you have to make sure you save your progress by pressing the Save buttons found on the bottom of each tab. You can see the changes you’ve made so far via the preview window. When you’re done customizing, press the Use button – it’s located above the customization page.

Customize Chatwing

Step 4: Embedding

Embedding your chatroom comes next – you can do it here in the Embedding page. But for now, you have to choose which embedding method you are using for it. The best choice would be Embedded Options so pick that.

Embed your Chatwing chatroom

Step 5: Embedded Options

In this tab, you can find the HTML codes for your chatroom. But before using it, you can still change the size of your chatroom using the height and width scrollbars. You can see its current size on the preview window – it will change accordingly as you drag the scrollbars.

Embedded Options in Chatwing

When you’re done changing the size of the chatroom, you can search for its Javascript codes below. Copy the codes in it and open your site. Locate the place where you want to embed the chatroom and paste the codes there. Save your changes and open your site again.

Embedding Pasting

Your chatroom will be functional and ready for use.

Chatwing

Using Your Chatwing Chatroom

The chatroom is very easy to use and manage. As the one managing it, you have full control over the chatroom. You can kick any nuisances and delete messages when you find it bad for your site’s reputation.

Your viewers can use their social media accounts to easily join in the conversation. As of now, it allows Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and Tumblr accounts. Through this, logging in won’t be a hassle – you can even login anonymously if these methods doesn’t suit you. As the chatroom’s owner, you have the capability to turn it to however you want it to be – a very lenient tool that accepts everyone or a tool that only lets you chat once you abide to certain conditions.

Chatwing is not only efficient, it’s also a very affordable tool that everyone can have. Though it comes with premium features that need to be bought to be used, most of its additional functions along with the chatting tool itself can be acquired for free. So start chatting with your viewers using Chatwing today.

The Fastest Way to find Datasheets

Some of you might be aware that I started my career as an engineer working for one of the largest engineering companies. Although the details of what I did there are far in the past, I still remember hunting for datasheets for chips and other components. The hunt wasn’t easy as you need to Google out pretty much every datasheet.

Some of you might be aware that I started my career as an engineer working for one of the largest engineering companies. Although the details of what I did there are far in the past, I still remember hunting for datasheets for chips and other components. The hunt wasn’t easy as you need to Google out pretty much every datasheet. What if they were all in one place?

DatasheetLib.com – is the most complete up-to-date library of online datasheets, created to help engineers easily find and look through wanted datasheets. DatasheetLib database consists of almost 850,000 PDF files and keeps on growing daily. The service is free and does not require any sign up. Just fill in the name of any electronic component into the search box and get the access to the document you need.

Manufacture Index of DatasheetLib
Manufacturer Index of DatasheetLib

Table of Database Information (October 06, 2013):

Total quantity of components: 4,362,376
Total quantity of unique documents: 846,526
Documents added for the last 24 hours: 5,738
Total weight of the documents: 264 Gb
Total number of indexed pages: 8,989,819

One Page to Rule Them All: PortalPanel Delivers the Best Home Page Experience

PortalPanel is a new website designed to address one claim. To be a page to rule them all. It is a free web-based online bookmarking tool that also features a Calendar app, a Library app, and an advanced RSS reader.

PortalPanel is a new website designed to address one claim. To be a page to rule them all. It is a free web-based online bookmarking tool that also features a Calendar app, a Library app, and an advanced RSS reader.

PortalPanel

1. Bookmarking app for your web links and videos

First and foremost, PortalPanel is a bookmarking application. PortalPanel stores, labels and helps organize bookmarks so they can be retrieved for later use any time. The app boasts a unique link scanning feature that produces a picture thumbnail of each bookmarked page. Whether you have five bookmarks in your home folder or five hundred of them organized in fifty folders, nothing jogs memory better than a visual cue. While most web bookmarking apps will display your links as, well, links, PortalPanel will display all your links as pictures.

2. RSS Reader

With the death of Google Reader, most users, including me, have turned to Feedly. If you find that RSS is not for you, this is where PortalPanel’s News Reader comes in. It makes adding and combining all your favorite RSS feeds a breeze, essentially allowing each user to create their own unique news stream, including the ability to customize the way they receive and consume the news.

3. Calendar App

It supports scheduled events as well as to-do tasks and even provides a nice white space to just jot down random thoughts and ideas. The app integrates nicely with the rest of the PortalPanel tools.

4. Library App

If you love research and/or frequent libraries, this is for you. Library app is an old-fashioned (in the best way possible) information repository organized by country, region and/or state, and category. There are 24 categories, ranging from banks to travel, from car rental to local news, from sports to universities and government institutions. All entries are handpicked by the folks from PortalPanel

Chatwing Chat App – Your Multi Functional Sidekick Online

Installing a dynamic and efficient chatbox on your blog is a great way to increase visitor interaction. Chatwing chat box has undergone many developments and it’s been known online for four years now. Chatwing developers have always been open to suggestions and keen with the latest online trends.

Installing a dynamic and efficient chatbox on your blog is a great way to increase visitor interaction.

ChatWing

Chatwing chat box has undergone many developments and it’s been known online for four years now. Chatwing developers have always been open to suggestions and keen with the latest online trends. The team never stopped improving the chatbox to fully satisfy web surfers and to always offer something new to Chatwing users.

From being a literally simple chat widget, Chatwing chat software retains it simple interface to remain user friendly but despite the simplicity it is fully equipped with numerous options that allows you to be flexible in reaching global contacts and attracting more website visitors.

Chatwing is your ever reliable online sidekick because it can provide you with all the ‘backing up’ you need for a higher visibility rate online. It can connect you real time with thousands of web surfers without hassle. You can also expand your online contacts easily because of Chatwing’s multiple log in methods. No new registration will be required from your blog visitors, they just need to provide their current social media account- Facebook or Twitter- or their Yahoo mail or Gmail accounts. This in turn makes your site accessible and you on the other hand can create a database which is essential for future website activities like marketing and research.

You only need to activate the word filter options for automatic deletion of profane terms. If this isn’t effective enough, your second defense is to ban permanently obnoxious web users real time. You also have the option to start group chats wherein you can choose the web surfers you want to interact with, this is through Chatwing’s vanity URL form.

You can use Chatwing chat app in many ways- marketing, advertisement, branding, customer service, social network expansion, to name a few. Overall, it is a great method to add more interaction on your site.

How to Build an Ecommerce Website Delivering More Profits?

Is your online business with a great website designing sucks? Well, it happens to most ecommerce owners in fact. If you really do have a beautifully designed website and high-quality products, and still the business sucks, then obviously you are missing some tricks to convert the leads to sales.

Is your online business with a great website designing sucks? Well, it happens to most ecommerce owners in fact. If you really do have a beautifully designed website and high-quality products, and still the business sucks, then obviously you are missing some tricks to convert the leads to sales. Reports say more than 45% shopping cart abandonments prior to sales raises due to unpromising shopping cart designing. Of course, there are a lot of businesses that earn customers as well as incredible profits with ease in the marketplace. So, what exactly are they following in order to make their online business successful in the market? They don’t do anything special in fact; all they do is just calculated approaches and strategic thinking while constructing their shopping carts. Looks so simple, right; in fact, it is! So, find out the few flaws that slow the performance of your site with respect to other marketers and come out with a perfect planning to negotiate them effectively.

I have come up with this article to guide businesses that produce more leads but failing to convert them to sales. With some fundamentals ideas you could easily fine-tune the functionalities of the websites to make it work remarkably well for your business as well as sales. Here are some of the flaws that need to be addressed for improving the online activity of your web store.

How to Build an Ecommerce Website Delivering More Profits?

Having a low-quality product page:

No one loves to have a glimpse of low-quality products. Remember, the more clear and attractive the showcase of your product the more the profit that flow to your business. Use high-quality product images which can be viewed from different angles to make it easier for the viewers to end up with a purchase. Come up with a fabulous and crispy product copy that helps the customers understand the functionality of the products perfectly. To make it work better, you can add colorful videos of your products using high-resolution cameras to draw more clients to your business effectively.

High cart abandonment:

Shopping cart abandonments could be a huge blow to many businesses

Shopping cart abandonments could be a huge blow to many businesses as they have the tendency to bring in disrepute to your website which is not recommended. Multiple reasons lead to shopping cart abandonment. However, the probability of relatively more occurrences is due to complex checkout process. No customer loves too many fields to be filled up while placing an order on shopping cart. Time consumption is a crucial factor and it means money to the customers. Never mess up with incorporating irrelevant details in the shopping cart. Simplify the process of form filling by removing all kinds of irrelevant fields from the cart page. You have plenty of extensions for this purpose. “One step checkout” for Magento is a best option and widely preferred one for this purpose.

Zero discounts and special offers:

Offer discounts to your customers

Well, the fundamental and underlying factor why most customers drop in to the online stores is because of the “comfort” offered there. Not only that but also the relatively cheaper rates offered here compared to retail outlets. If the customers are not going to find them in your sites, obviously they will be disappointed. To improve the conversion rates and clientele never refrain from offering a few discounts and gifts to the customers. In fact, it is the best strategy to make your customer stick to the site forever. To make it more interesting, adding some affiliate programs to the website would be bonus. There are numerous plugins available for this purpose. A popular and widely recognized extension for this purpose is “Social affiliate.

Failing to initiate group buying options:

Today, most ecommerce businesses are seriously thinking about including group buying deals in their websites as the demand for them is globally increasing unstoppably. People all around the globe look out for these kinds of deals as they help customers buy their products at cheaper costs. With more and more numbers of companies competing against each other to woo the customers, offering a Groupon clone from your site would give the edge over others. Also, it is a purposeful tool for improving the conversion rates as well as traffic to your site.

Limited payment systems:

Assuring the security and safety of the customers is more recommended. For instance, a customer who visits your online store for the first time will never love to have his credit information in the website while making a transaction. In that case, if your website doesn’t allow an alternative, then you will obviously lose more customers. So, set up a multiple payment system in your site to make sure that customers from different parts of the world complete the transaction process with absolute ease.

No cost-free shipment:

No cost-free shipment

Though it never looks threatening, surveys and reports reveal that more than 40% of abandonment is due to the hefty shipping cost. There are two ways to address this problem. One is by announcing a flat shipping rate for the entire products purchased rather than charging for a single product. The second suggestion would be offering free shipping while purchasing over a particular limit. Say, if a customer purchases more than 200$ then the shipping charge will be completely free. It induces the customers to purchase more as well as it increases your revenues considerably. Though it looks simple, it is a wise marketing strategy which works amazingly for your business.

I won’t claim these are the only flaws that need to be fixed while designing your online ecommerce store. Of course, there are more issues that need to be fixed; but all the factors that I have mentioned here are some of the common issues overlooked by most online store owners while setting up an ecommerce site. In order to fix them, follow the simple steps discussed in the article.

I hope everyone enjoyed this article and it is useful to many.

About the Author

Melvin Rajiv enjoys writing about technology topics for the web where he can share his knowledge and interest with others. Melvin encourages the use of One Page Checkout and he has also started write for Magento Coupon Extension.

Save money with sales and discount vouchers at CupoNation

Online shopping hasn’t taken off as much as developed countries like the UK or the US. However, you do have a few sites like Flipkart that are changing the face of this. Most retailers like Shoppers Stop and Big Bazaar already have online stores and Ebay has existed in India for as long as I can remember.

Online shopping hasn’t taken off as much as developed countries like the UK or the US. However, you do have a few sites like Flipkart that are changing the face of this. Most retailers like Shoppers Stop and Big Bazaar already have online stores and Ebay has existed in India for as long as I can remember.

In the current economy, any money saved is welcome and this is how CupoNation helps you achieve this.

CupoNation

CupoNation is the new destination to help you save. You can find the newest deals and promotions for you that help you save money. Cuponation provides its users the latest and most lucrative deals offering huge discounts from leading brands and retailers.

CupoNation covers a huge number of categories of online retailers including, books, electronics, flowers, beauty, etc.

CupoNation Categories

Using the codes are extremely easy. Either search for the retailer or just check out the various categories as above, copy the code and enter it on the retailer site.

Claim the offer and save money!

CupoNation - How to use the code

What do you think of CupoNation? Are you already using it? How much money has it helped you save?

Convert and share files with the Cometdocs

We highlighted a powerful mobile app that allows you to convert to and from PDF files yesterday. However, if you’re sitting on a desktop you might want the flexibility to easily convert and share files. This is where the revamped Cometdocs comes into the picture.

We highlighted a powerful mobile app that allows you to convert to and from PDF files yesterday. However, if you’re sitting on a desktop you might want the flexibility to easily convert and share files. This is where the revamped Cometdocs comes into the picture.

Cometdocs

The new version of Cometdocs is an all-in-one document management service of the highest order. Using the new Cometdocs, users can now convert, store, transfer and share their files online easily and free of charge.

Key features:

  1. File conversion: Cometdocs support file conversion to and from PDF. Check out the full list of conversion types.
  2. File storage: Registered users get 1GB of storage space to store their files. Unregistered users can store files for up to 3 days before they send it to users
  3. File sharing: Unregistered users get a sharing link for their uploaded file which will be valid for a period of 24 hours. Registered users, however, can share their files indefinitely, since their files are part of their storage quota.
  4. File transfer: One great feature is that you can send large files (up to 100Mb) to recipients daily.

Overall the Cometdocs gives you a complete online file sharing experience. I’m not sure how long the unregistered service will last since that is an open invitation to spammers and pirates. However, the registered user options are really worth exploring. If you’re into serious and regular file sharing, then you might even consider one of their premium plans.

Visit Comet Docs Online Document Manager

Improve your CSS coding with CSS Lint

If you’re a website designer, a WordPress theme developer or just a single site owner, you’ll most likely be using a whole set of CSS styles to generate that perfect design. But, before you’ve got that design ready to deploy across your site(s) or provide for users it is a good idea to check your styles for consistency and compatibility especially since we’re in a world with several different browsers on different operating systems on different devices. CSS Lint is an open source CSS code quality tool that performs static analysis of source code and flags patterns that might be errors or otherwise cause problems for the developer.

If you’re a website designer, a WordPress theme developer or just a single site owner, you’ll most likely be using a whole set of CSS styles to generate that perfect design.

But, before you’ve got that design ready to deploy across your site(s) or provide for users it is a good idea to check your styles for consistency and compatibility especially since we’re in a world with several different browsers on different operating systems on different devices.

CSS Lint is an open source CSS code quality tool that performs static analysis of source code and flags patterns that might be errors or otherwise cause problems for the developer.

CSS Lint points out problems with your CSS code. It does basic syntax checking as well as applying a set of rules to the code that look for problematic patterns or signs of inefficiency. The rules are all pluggable, so you can easily write your own or omit ones you don’t want.

CSS Lint

All you need to do is paste your CSS code and run the tool and it will quickly display a whole set of potential errors and warnings. e.g. I ran the code on the CSS template of the theme we have at Techtites and I received a whole set of warnings as above. You can pick and choose which errors and warnings to test for.

As the site says, CSS Lint will hurt your feelings, but it will definitely help you code better!

[Via: Smashing Magazine]

What to Do When Someone Steals Your Website Content

Creating content for the Internet is a challenge. On the one hand, without constant content creation, websites lose traffic and become irrelevant. On the other side of the equation, some unscrupulous webmasters and bloggers regularly seek fresh content from other sites, recycling it on their own pages.

site contentCreating content for the Internet is a challenge. On the one hand, without constant content creation, websites lose traffic and become irrelevant. On the other side of the equation, some unscrupulous webmasters and bloggers regularly seek fresh content from other sites, recycling it on their own pages. Not only is this blatantly unfair, but it could be costing the copyright owner lost revenue from advertising and sales. Fortunately, there are a few different steps that content owners can take to make certain their material is not used without permission.

Taking a Proactive Approach

“With the size of the Internet ever growing and new blogs popping up every day, it is very likely that your content will be used without your permission at some point”, according to Whoishostingthis.com. As there is no agency that handles complaints for copyright theft on individual pages, a proactive approach is often the most effective tool available to content creators who have seen their content stolen. Simply contact the webmaster and request that the information be taken down.

Ideally, the webmaster will simply comply with the request. Any contact between the two parties should be fully documented, and if the information is not already registered as copyrighted, it should be done so immediately. Although all content carries a limited copyright, further protection can be obtained through registration.

Using Legal Action

Assuming a website does not respond to a request to delete content that has been lifted from another website, it may be worth contacting a lawyer for assistance. Lawyers are adept at sending cease and desist letters, which inform site owners that they are in violation of the law. Further action can be threatened if the content is not removed.

Contacting Advertisers and Search Engines

Search engines should be notified of the presence of stolen content. Content owners have the right to request the deletion of results from such pages, under the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Advertisers should also be contacted, notifying them of the presence of stolen property on the pages in question. This will help reduce any revenues the webmaster may be making off of the stolen property.

Dealing with stolen content is not a fun job, but when tackled from all angles, it is easy to resolve the issue. With a bit of hard work and luck, the content in question will hopefully be taken down from the site. Even if no response is received, contacting advertisers and search engines will help disarm the site.