Design Trends 2015

design trends 2015

design trends 2015

The world of design, whether online or offline, is always in a state of flux. It has to be said, however, that there are certain principles that remain constant, perhaps only being tweaked or incorporated into modern design trends.

In the past year, we have seen a lot of design trends that impress. Many of these trends are new, although we still see how great design does not do away with time tested ideas. [Read more…]

28 Essential WordPress Plugins for 2015

essential wordpress plugins 2015

essential wordpress plugins for 2015
WordPress plugins are always the talk of the blogging town. While there are countless plugins available, there are always those that are not really useful. Then there are those which are cool, but may not add much value to your blog. Of course, there are the plugins which any blogger would want to install simply because they contribute in one way or another – SEO, user experience, and social sharing, among other things. [Read more…]

Is Your Password Really Protecting You?

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or  Google +.

Take a second to think about what your password is protecting. If someone knows that simple word they can hack your email, your social media accounts, your blog, your bank account, and much more. Your password protects your conversations, your money, your secrets, and who knows what else!

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Do you think your website is too small, or your account doesn’t have enough information to be worthwhile for hackers? Many think this way, and that is exactly when one falls victim to hackers. Even simple Spotify accounts fell victim to hackers recently, putting large amounts of payment information at risk. [Read more…]

How to Build a WordPress Theme

build wordpress theme

Have you always wanted to build a WordPress theme that suits your preferences, meets your needs, and satisfies your design standards? Of course, you’ll need to have a bit of tech know-how. You can always go for builders that generate the code for you in the background so that you only have to work with a visual editor, but it always helps to grasp the basics of HTML and CSS – at the very least.
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Assuming you have all that down pat, how do you build a custom WordPress theme? Furthermore, what do you do once you’ve built it? [Read more…]

Increase website traffic with Google Authorship – Infographic

Increase website traffic with Google Authorship – Infographic (via http://www.socialmediamamma.com)

SOURCE Google Authorship is a very effective way to increase the visibility of your business and increase traffic to your website. “By building up your authorship, blog posts and articles that you have written will get displayed in the search engine…


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Magic Lantern: The Hidden Truth

Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern

The Federal Bureau of Investigation or the FBI, as they are more commonly known, is notorious for their covert surveillance activities which have frequently caused public outcries. The Bureau’s history with Magic Lantern is one such example. Soon after the arrest of crime boss Nicodemo S. Scarfo in 1999, the agency, which was previously thought to have the best interest of citizens at heart, began development of Magic Lantern when it realized it needed a more comprehensive monitoring solution to aid in their investigations of harassment, extortion and identity theft. [Read more…]

The History of Data Storage:Infographic

Data storage technology has undergone an unprecedented explosion in development and evolution over the last three decades. You may have probably seen a photo about data storage that has been circulating in Facebook and other social media networks. In that clever photo, one panel showed a 250 MB hard disk developed by IBM. The hard disk was as huge as the external unit in a split type airconditioner and required a trolley for it to be transported. The other photo showed a 32GB microSD card. That photo clearly illustrated in stark contrast how much data storage technology has grown and developed – that data that used to fit in a storage medium as large as a refrigerator can now be just a blip in a storage medium as small as your fingernail. Even blog-software cannot fit in the very first hard drives! [Read more…]

Facebook: Stats of Dire Straits?

Facebook misuse

Facebook misuse
Who isn’t on Facebook these days? We’re all connected and joined together with pictures, status updates and a whole lot more – and most of us do it without an inkling of the perils that we face on the social media network, day in and day out. Facebook gets a lot of flak for being unsafe for kids, adding to an employer’s woes, and even messing up a relationship or two – and not without reason.

The social media giant has boomed in the last half decade or so, with more than a billion users to its name. The magnitude of the impact it can have on people has not gone unnoticed. The harmful stats are sure to throw anyone for a loop. From Facebook depression to stalkers, from a loss of productivity to slander – the problems that are part and parcel of the social media network are aplenty. [Read more…]

Instagram Shut Down Hurt Twitter [Infographic]

instagram shut down hurt Twitter

When Twitter cut off Instagram from its API there were questions about the effect the move would have on Twitter. As it turns out the shutdown hurt Twitter’s quarter-over-quarter engagement per photo fell, while Instagram’s own engagement increased by 30 percent.

While Twitter has put a lot of stock in the Twitter Cards system, specifically Twitter Photo Cards, it turns out that most users would rather click on a link to view Instagram photos.

The team at Column Five visualized the entire shift from Twitter to Instagram in a new infographic. Column Five worked with Simply Measured in February 2013 to determine the shift caused by the Twitter shut down of Instagram.

What Column Five and Simply Measured discovered was that engagement with brands since that time has grown by 35% on Instagram while brand follower count grew by 41%.

They also offer some helpful tips for tracking your social media photo sharing, for example, use Instagram for photo sharing on Facebook to increase engagement.

If you want to increase Twitter engagement you need to upload pictures directly to the Twitter photo sharing system and not through Instagram.

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