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25 Reasons Your Business Should Switch to #WordPress

Originally launched in 2003, WordPress has become perhaps the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. Today, WordPress is used by more than 74 million sites that publish new posts every second. No matter the size of the blog that is using WordPress. This widely used CMS has become a favourite among businesses because of how powerful of a tool it is. Just how powerful is WordPress exactly? Check out the following 25 reasons why your business should switch to WordPress and you’ll see why.

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6 Excellent Open Source Network Monitoring Tools

6 Excellent Open Source Network Monitoring Tools

6 very good open source monitoring tools…

There is no shortage of tools that track and monitor the well being of an organizations network and systems.

The choices range from solutions that watch over the operation of applications, network equipment and servers to tools that track the performance of systems and devices.

There are tools that notify users when problems occur as well as when problems have been solved. And others are very good at spotting just about anything out of the ordinary or providing analysis of trends. Here’s a short list of some of the open sources choices out in the market.

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Top 5 Open Source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Tools

Top 5 Open Source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Tools

Creating and maintaining relationships with customers can be a challenge. But it’s also essential for a business’ survival and growth. To maintain those relationships, a CRM system is a must. And CRM is one area in which open source shines brightly.

Let’s take a quick look at five of the top open source CRM systems. This is by no means a definitive list. Each CRM system covered in this article has been selected based on its rich or unique feature set.

What is CRM?

CRM is short for customer relationship management. A CRM system is a web application that businesses use to organize information about their customers and leads. But a CRM system isn’t just a list of contacts. It contains customers’ details and history of their transactions with an organization, along with information about those customers’ place or status in the sales process.

Many CRM systems can hook into financial and accounting systems to help organizations track earnings and costs. They can also provide analytics that enable a business to better predict a customer’s future needs.

Using an open source CRM system requires only a web server, database, and browser.

Let’s examine five open source CRM systems that make managing customer relationships easier.

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Is Your ISP Making Your Home Network Insecure

Is Your ISP Making Your Home Network Insecure?

Is your router letting intruders onto your home network? Have you got everything secured or is there a backdoor (or even a front door) into your network and any devices connected to it?

We’ve recently learned that routers supplied to customers by a Spanish ISP (Internet service provider) have been incorrectly configured, potentially enabling intruders unfettered access to home networks across Spain. But is this weakness limited to Spain, and are there any other ISP-related problems that might result in your home network security being compromised?

You may be interested to know that Pirelli was purchased by ADB in 2010. As such, there is a good chance that this poor practice isn’t limited to one device in one country.

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8 Timeless Tips for Freelancers Struggling with Productivity

8 Timeless Tips for Freelancers Struggling with Productivity

Freelancing is a constant battle between your inner self and the fight to stick to your resolutions. No matter what you are doing — programming, writing, or anything else — you encounter resistance. Internally you might be tempted to watch TV, text a message, take a nap or any other thing besides what you should be doing.

Friends, family, and clients won’t help either. Friends and family never really grasp the concept that you are working at home on our computer. When they punch out for the day and leave the building, they are done until they punch in for the next day. They feel like you should be done too. The freelance life is working when your body wants to work, not 7:30AM-4:00PM with a 30-minute break for lunch.

Because everything is out to distract you, being productive is paramount. Coming up with a system that works for you, enabling you get the majority of the tasks done.

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18 Image Compressors to Speed Up Your Website

18 Image Compressors to Speed Up Your Website

With page speed a ranking SEO factor and consumers expecting exceedingly fast web experiences, it’s crucial to get aggressive and take control of your image sizes to deliver a faster loading website to your users.

Image compression is either lossy or lossless: Lossy works by discarding information from the original file, and lossless retains all the original data (though, the file size tends to be bigger). There’s a variety of image compression algorithms that take different approaches to reducing file size, and the tools listed below utilize a number of those to minimize the size of your images.

Whether it’s JPEG, PNG, GIF or SVG, we’ve got you covered with this selection of 18 free, premium, online and desktop-based image compressors. All of them will help you compress your website’s images, save bandwidth and improve your site’s performance.

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The Best Open Source Software for Serious Linux Users

The Best Open Source Software for Serious Linux Users

Everyone has their personal favourite programs, but some users are more serious about their software than others. One such group includes the people at LinuxQuestions. These are Linux experts who are kind enough to answer newbies’ endless questions. So when they pick out their favourite Linux distributions and open-source programs, I take their opinions seriously.

Mind you, that doesn’t mean that I always agree with them. Without further ado, here are the most important results from the recent LinuxQuestions annual survey.

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20 Tutorials for WordPress Merchants

20 Tutorials for WordPress Merchants

WordPress is a free content management system for a blog — and an online store. The popular open-source project has an active development community and an abundance of instructional tutorials to get started.

Here is a list of tutorials to learn WordPress. There are tutorials to get started quickly, comprehensive guides to master WordPress, and articles on specific topics, such as customization, theme development, and ecommerce plugins.

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How to Clear Your Data from Google and Attempt to Regain Some of Your Privacy

How to Clear Your Data from Google and Attempt to Regain Some of Your Privacy

At the moment, I am reading a fascinating must-read book called Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin. Angwin is a former Wall Street Journal journalist who covers online privacy-related stories, and Dragnet Nation is a highly researched book, where she demonstrates how much you have willingly thrown away your privacy to online marketers, advertisers, and spammers. It is a scary eye-opening piece of work, and so well written that, 10 pages in, you’ll be frantically rushing online to start purging your data.

Which is exactly what I did: purge my data. Lots of it. Then I binge watched the TV show Person of Interest, and that made me switch my phone off and remove the battery and SIM card. Then lock myself in the bathroom.

This article outlines exactly what I did, so if you want to attempt to wipe yourself off the Net too (note the word “attempt”), then you can try. It may mean going without certain “cool” online features, but be honest, is that really the end of the world? Since this subject is so vast, I will focus on the biggest bogeyman – Google (surprise, surprise).

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Supercharge #SEO With These 6 WordPress Plugins

Supercharge #SEO With These 6 WordPress Plugins

WordPress is by far the most popular CMS today, with over 74.6 Million sites managed with the platform. The power of WordPress lays in the fact that it’s extremely flexible – you can do nearly anything you want (with zero coding) using the help of plugins.

This include optimizing your SEO, and so, here are some of my favourite WordPress plugins (in no particular order) that will supercharge your SEO.

Note: I use each of these plugins, but I have absolutely no affiliation with any of them.

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