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Jun 10, 2014

“Security is Priority” , today each and every person, be it a web designer or web developer, agrees with the fact that a secure system carries out all its tasks with commendable results and without any unintended side effects. Moreover, securing your site not only benefits the site but it also somehow comes out to be profitable for you as then you won't have to bear any mishappening. For those who own an ecommerce site are very well aware about all the security risks or any small or big issue related to an ecommerce site and they are well acquainted about their responsibilities while handling an ecommerce website.

Worst Nightmare - Hacked Website
What if you wake up one fine morning and see that your site is hacked? This can be one of the  worst nightmares of a website owner. Attacks against online stores have become so alarming that in news they follow exactly after violent crime. After every one month a news pops up regarding an attack on a major or popular website. This is the reason why securing your website is prerequisite, so that you do not barge into such dreadful situation. As these ecommerce websites contain important transactions data, it therefore becomes imperative for all the website owners to secure their ecommerce sites and limit the security holes by taking precautionary measures.

Speaking of risks, why are ecommerce sites so vulnerable? Or is it like the number of criminals have increased with a great margin? If we get into the analysis part, then the tools required for attacking Internet are way too cheaper as compared to the tools required for robbing a bank, this obviously will lead the ratio of hacking an online store higher.

Belt and Braces
In order to secure your site and do not be a victim of hacking, you need to take some precautionary steps. Hence, to guide or help you, we have mentioned some useful and imperative points below  that you should consider while securing your site:

1. Make use of SSL ( Secure Socket Layer)
SSL helps and makes sure that all the imperative data transferred to and from you site's pages is encrypted and is not vulnerable to anything by any third party who sees it. Almost every shopping cart system supports SSL in order to keep their check-out and account pages secured. The only effort you need to put in is purchasing an SSL certificate. Nowadays this task is no more a back-breaking task as hundreds of companies are available out there offering SSL certificates at affordable prices.

2. Update Your ecommerce site Regularly
This is one of the most important aspects of ecommerce security which is yet majorly ignored. Not keeping your ecommerce site up to date is a sign of your site getting hacked soon. No matter whatever ecommerce platform you are using, it is imperative that you upgrade your store to the latest release or latest version of your ecommerce platform.

Your customers confidential and sensitive information can be vulnerable to hacks if you do not update your store to the latest version or even if you take necessary precautionary measures. Securing or maintaining your site will definitely cost you some money, time and energy but in the end it would be worth it.

3.  Opt For a Reliable & Trustworthy Payment Gateway
Make sure that you use a reliable and trustworthy payment gateway in order to save yourself from dreadful risks. Nowadays mostly all the stores are setup to work with credit card processors and popular payment gateways like, PayPal's business solutions, Google checkout, etc

Security of your website should not be taken lightly rather it should be your main concern. The above mentioned tips will surely lead your business to a better, much secured and improved phase. In the end, every store owner should keep these three tips in mind henceforth while building an ecommerce store.

We at PixelCrayons, help you in making your website secured and updated. Get in touch for your eCommerce store development and web maintenance requirements.

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May 28, 2014

It is a fact that we live in a multi-platform world and hence there is a huge craze for cross platform apps in the market. The thought of targeting users across multiple platforms led to designing platform specific apps. Soon businesses found this to be an expensive affair developing for individual platforms with managing  only a few descent ROIs. It is then that cross platform apps caught imagination of the developers. Cross platform apps run across multiple platforms but make use of common resources.

However some experts have considered such apps as a compromise as they would often perform as per the lowest common denominator of the major mobile platforms. Nevertheless it would be wrong to brand cross platform development as compromise in performance if right development strategies are adopted. Let us now ponder on some of the things which you should do and avoid in getting the best out of cross-platform development.

Share the Code
The basic idea of cross platform development comes from the fact that the same app model can be applied to different platforms. Similarly developers need to share the code and the resources wherever necessary as this helps in cutting the cost and the development time considerably, which is one of the biggest goals behind developing these apps. It is also important to keep in mind that sharing is not a shortcut to cross platform mobile application development. A good developer should take a call on when to share the code and when not . It is often the over sharing syndrome which leads to compromised apps.

Present It Well
A visually attractive app has more chances of getting popular than an average appearing app. In the first glimpse appearance is your biggest crowd puller and not how the app functions on the device. Thus you need to work hard on the presentation part of the app. Talking about the presentation part you need to keep in mind the resolution, screen size and aspect ratios of the various smartphones and tablets that run on the operating system.

Don’t Forget The Platform
Mobile platforms do have specific elements and features and a professional developer have to keep this it in mind. iOS for example powers two of the premium gadgets in the world – the iPhone and the iPad and thus user’s expectations will be different from those of Android users who are using the entry end smartphones. On the same note a Windows Phone user would not be looking for Android like apps on his or her phone or else would have never bought a Windows powered phone in the first place. Thus each app needs to be some platform specific features to achieve success.

You Can’t Impress Well
It won’t be wrong to say that none of the cross platform apps do serve the customers of each platform in the same manner. In other words you can’t impress all with your app. When you are on the crossroad and have to choose between a compromise and sticking ground it is advisable that you stick to your ground. Study your consumer behavior and you will see that some platforms offer you more business than others. In such situations you can make a decision based on the business logic of targeting on platforms where majority of your customers are.

Stick With Branding
User familiarity is one of the most vital elements behind a website’s success. Many of your returning visitors come to you as they are familiar with the resources that you have on offer. This is a part of the branding exercise which may be as simple as the navigational tool or the color scheme of your website or app. If you have an existing application which is doing well it would be wise to model other apps on it as this. When you go for cross platform development it is important that you stick with the branding. You don’t want your existing customers to desert you in a bid to target new ones.

All these ideas will lead you to develop apps which function well across different platforms without compromising on the features and functionality in any of the platforms.

May 14, 2014

With the use of Joomla testimonials extensions, your visitors will be able to leave valuable feedback about the various products and services on your website. In a market where the competition is so fierce with the availability of limitless number of websites that try to cater the same segment and especially if it’s in the e-commerce domain, the feedback plays the biggest role in understanding customer expectation. Once the feedback has been collected well, it will help in tracing the glitches carefully as well as improving the service besides the product quality. A testimonial extention plays a major role for both the bloggers and web shop owners. The bloggers get a feedback on the valuable information they shared and the shop owners try to raise profits by implementing the suggestions they received on thier webiste. As of May 2014, community is serving more than 8000 extensions. Ten very popular Joomla extensions supporting testimonials are as follows:

Testimonial Fader
The Testimonial Fader comes with a module and a component that allows the users to add testimonials on their frontend that can be easily managed by the administrator in the backend. The testimonials are shown in the front-end by using sliding or fading actions.

With this component which comes with the package, users can add pages consisting of testimonials anywhere on the website which either get approved automatically or through the notification of the admin.

This extension gives you the license to use and install on any number of systems you want. It’s like freedom. So, it is a real opposite of the standard license restricted software and Ioncube.

The Freestyle Testimonials Lite package offers the testimonials to be on the website and on individual pages. The testimonials are displayed sequentially according to the date and time they were submitted.

The RSMonials Joomla Component works perfectly well in the Joomla environment. It is an extremely simple as well as user friendly component for testimonials. RSMonials easily accepts feedback, comments, review, testimonials and feedbacks from clients.

This module helps in adding testimonials to the website. The user can add as many testimonials as they want, with the corresponding title, authors & date.

This Joomla testimonial component offers a user friendly layout for the admin where the website administrators can easily edit, pubish, re-order, approve or disapprove the customer testimonials. 

This is an effective and simple Testimonial extension that costs very less. The Testimonial Collector has numerous features to offer like the administrator approval that can be assured before publishing video, testimonials, audio and multiple file-uploads.

Even the clients find fun in sending feedbacks using JProFeedBack. It also has a Professional looking interface.

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May 2, 2014

Joomla CMS and Joomla Framework are two integral parts of Joomla community. While Joomla CMS is a PHP application used for designing content based websites and intranets, Joomla Framework is a PHP based software framework which gives access to a wide range of common classes and methods. The Joomla framework offers foundation for Joomla based content sites. This framework is integrated with advanced PHP distribution systems such as Composer to facilitate access to other frameworks as well in order to help speed up the development process.

While you are on to a web app development or website making, there are some major tools which you need to be familiar with. The first one of its kind is the Composer. The official definition for a Composer is that “it is a Dependency Manager for PHP”. You need not get confused. A dependency manager just arranges the needful for you based on a custom set of instructions. Let us take the example of ordering a bouquet with the florist. You can instruct him that the bouquet need to have warm colors like orange, red, and yellow. It is an instruction set and you are not going to make it by picking up the needed flowers or not specifying the flower types to get it custom designed. The Composer also works in a similar way.

You can provide the instructions to the Composer on what you need in the project, for example jQuery or Bootstrap, so that the Composer can set these packages at the back-end to be used in the project. You do not have to go and find them yourself and you do not even need to specify the Composer about which versions to get. However, if you want, then you can also request for a specific higher or lower version package. Similarly as in case of the florist, you can demand the Composer to go back and do it all over again. The composer will download the packages again based on your instructions to update, replace, or add more packages. You can do it at any point in time and this will prove to be very helpful and highly time saving while you are working on a deadline project. During updating, you can update any or all the packages directly from the original creator without putting in any additional effort than instructing the Composer to do so.

The Package Structure of Composer
Now as you got a basic idea about what the Composer is and its functionality, we can check out about a Composer package. Here we will see a sample Composer package structure with the required elements and packages.  You can create a single file as; composer.json and then you can set it based on your preferences as;

"require": {
 "php": ">=5.3.10",
 "joomla/framework": "dev-master",
 "symfony/http-foundation": "2.3.*@stable",
 "twig/twig" : "1.*",

As you can see, what we need to do is to only tell the Composer what all packages you need and the rest will be automatically taken care of by the Composer. This makes it pretty simple for the developer to execute the task more effectively. Now while you are at work, just open your command line tool and navigate it in the folder where you have saved this Composer file. Once you are at the folder with the composer file, you just need to instruct the Composer to start working by using the command “composer install.” On giving this instruction, you can sit back and see the Composer starting to work on its on. It will take a bit of time based on the number of packages you have asked for. You will get to see the Composer in action in your terminal window by accessing repositories, downloading the files and placing them in the corresponding folders etc.

The Joomla Framework
Joomla Framework is a package available with Composer. On adding a single line to your composer file, it will download and setup the Joomla files ready for use. You can download the entire repository and unzip it to any of the folders on your server or the local web root. You can find an app folder, another www folder and composer.json file. There are other files too, which are random files and you need not be bothered about them. Open the composer.json file and you can see the different packages, which will be installed on running the Composer here. On doing so, you can see some new directories getting created. All the packages will get downloaded to the vendor directory. Just open your browser and navigate to the www folder. You will see the site loading up and you are ready to begin the Joomla framework app development.

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Apr 28, 2014

Any kind of business, whether it is small or big, requires about two things so that it can be an effective business model. It needs to have an effective online and offline infrastructure. As far as online infrastructure is concerned, it is all about the image of the company that you will portray to the outside world. It also includes the way your products and services are promoted.

In essence, there are several factors that add to the presence of your business online. This includes having a right portal in place, displaying products in systematic order, interacting with target groups on a sound platform, etc. However, apart from this, there is one more thing which deserves special mention here and it is the content management system. Choosing the right CMS is vital for the success of a website.

The Ins and Outs of CMS

There are two content management systems which are quite popular; and they are Drupal and Wordpress. The competition is quite stiff between Drupal and Wordpress. Though both of them have their advantages and disadvantages, but Drupal scores higher amongst the two. Why?

Drupal is hosting some very popular sites over the web. According to recent research 12% of the world’s top 100,000 websites as measured by traffic are being run over Drupal. Drupal powers more than 1 million websites around the world. Also Drupal community at is having more than 1 million user profiles.

Below is the list of some very popular websites which are using Drupal:

Why these above given sites are using Drupal but not Wordpress? Let's know the reasons........
Drupal has a better interface. When it is compared to any other CMS, you will notice that Drupal’s features are much more enhanced. Wordpress is designed for blogging, while Drupal is used to provide assistance to complex web applications. Drupal also comes with a multiple pages as well as multiple users and also provides a wide range of content. Due to this, it proves highly beneficial as a content management system and in developing your website.

Coming to security, Drupal is quite secured and also reliable than any other platforms. Its constant updates and constant research features have given it an edge above others. Wordpress might provide customization options and other themes; but it scores much lower in terms of security and loss of data.

As per the troubleshooting is concerned, Drupal scores higher again at any time. Drupal provides you all solution to your problems. With Drupal, you can manage your business efficiently. Drupal keeps your content well organized. It helps you to develop a logical system so that you can create and publish your content very easily.

However, there are many other features also which distinguish Drupal from others. As we know, it’s easy to use. Apart from this, with the help of Drupal, web pages can be formatted and edited right away. It allows different people to contribute content and if needed, it also offers the option to block users.

Drupal has better organizational approach so that visitors can easily navigate through the content. If any content cannot be easily accessed by visitors, then it falls right back. Keeping this in mind, Drupal has been designed in such a way that content can be grouped under various headings and subheadings. This way the visibility of the content gets increased.

Further, Drupal also makes accessing information simple with the help of tabs, menus and bars. There is also a search bar present in Drupal so that visitors can use this to surf specific information. Another most interesting aspect of Drupal is that it helps in SEO or search engine optimization. It helps to bring your website in top searches when looked from the reputed online search engines. Drupal also helps in identifying the security threats and takes steps to resolve them.

Drupal was developed for people who could work easily on this platform without having much knowledge about web development. Today, Drupal as a CMS is becoming popular with each passing day. Hence, if you also want to grow your business with a sound CMS in place, then consider using Drupal.

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