Secure Your Computer and Make Internet Web Browsing Safe for Your Kids

Secure Your Computer and Make Internet Web Browsing Safe for Your Kids

How To Keep Children Safe On The Internet: Tips For Web Safety

 

 

In the series of steps to take keeping your kids safe online, the second step is to secure administrative permissions on the computer.

Each computer has an administrator account, which has full power over the computer. This should not be the account which your child is using. Although your child may not intentionally wish to cause harm to the computer, or change any system settings, if your child unwittingly allows a virus to be installed or to be run, it will only have the power associated with the child’s account. Therefore, less damage can be done within a limited account, if the virus is able to be installed at all.

If you only have one account set up on your computer, and it starts automatically without prompting you to login, that means everyone is using the computer as administrator. For convenience and safety, you should create an administrator account (I name it “parent”) and a “limited” account for each child.

Because this limited child account is only for convenience, rather than security, I recommend that the child account have no password. It will be simple for the child to click his/her picture to log in. If the child is skeptical about why this is necessary, point out that now he or she can customize all the settings such as wallpaper, and screensavers. You will know that also the child can save his or her own files without disrupting or accidentally viewing your files. I name the administrator account “parent” for use by all the adults in the house, and assign a password assuming that at some point it will be discovered despite my best efforts – perhaps by a shoulder surfing child. So choose a password that your child will not guess (you would be surprised at how good they are at guessing these things) and your spouse can remember, but not your top secret password you use for other purposes. The name of a current or favorite pet is a great choice.

An account which is not an administrator account is called a “limited” account. You can become very specific about how you would like the account to be limited, such as not allowing certain programs, but generally just making it a limited account will be sufficient. If your child tries to install software or do other significant actions, he or she will be prompted for an administrator “parent” password.…

How to Create Income Through a Website

How to Create Income Through a Website

How to Make Money From a Website | 8 Simple Solutions

 

Nowadays Internet became one of the most efficient venues for entrepreneurs. It exposed a wide array of possibilities that would make an online business very resourceful and cost-efficient. Fact of the matter is that the Internet a business venue that is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Even though using the Internet offers many advantages, it can be confusing at times, and therefore, many people never exploit the power of the Internet to its fullest latent. Thus, in order to make it big in this online world, you need to become familiar with the inner workings that go behind the entire process of making money through a website.

Websites offer a very proficient means to building residual income online. They are always a domain name away and are available day and night. They do not need to be maintained and managed on a routine basis. Including a shopping cart on your website for processing of orders and payments would further enhance the efficiency of the website, since you do not have to deal with the tedious job of manually processing orders.

There are some things that need to be kept in mind before you even think of creating a website and building residual income. First off, your website must be professional looking and effortless to navigate. Most people, in an effort to induce a professional look into their website, end up making it very complicated and confusing to navigate. The end result is that the customer might give up and leave your website. They might never choose to return. The situation gets worse if that person who left your website is a potential customer.

After you made sure that your website is not intricate and is easy to steer through, it needs to be search engine optimized. Find out what keywords are hot in the category and try to include these keywords in your content. Try not to stuff keywords into your sentences in every which way possible. This is counterproductive since search engines detest websites of such nature.

Also consider getting back links to your website. Offer free content through blogs and free article submission directories. This will ensure that your website is spidered and you will soon realize that the traffic to your website has increased considerably. Remember that a decent traffic is the key to building a residual income in the online world.

Time is the only factor that can be considered as an investment on a web business. Spending just a few minutes a day fine-tuning your website and adding fresh content occasionally will make sure that your readers are continuously offered new content and ensures that they will return for more. Put in the time now, and watch your profits soar in the online business world!…

The Secret of A Successful Website: 5 Worthwhile Design Features Blog

The Secret of A Successful Website: 5 Worthwhile Design Features Blog

The success of any website depends upon a lot of factors. One of them is web design. The way a site is designed, says a lot about its success. Web designers have hundreds of options to design their websites. For instance, they can use a number of design elements alone to enhance the websites and take it to a different level altogether. Let us take a look at some of the key design features which make a website successful.

Content Management System

Having a CMS is one of the most popular web design feature these days. It is what helps the publishing, editing and modification of content. There is a number of CMS software such as WordPress, Drupal and JOOMLA among others that make it easy for designers to manage content on their sites.

The best part of a CMS is that anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the system can handle the content. The designer will do the job and hand over the system to the clients and it is they who will manage the content with ease.

Automatic Email

Okay, this is not really a secret feature, but you will be amazed to note that a number of websites actually don’t have this feature. I have seen many websites giving it a miss. An automatic email responder is in fact an immensely useful tool for all websites, especially those related to business/eCommerce.

The benefits are obvious. For instance, it responds to potential customers in real time when they take a call-to-action. Suppose you have an eCommerce site. So, when a client places an order and confirms it, they immediately get an email confirming the order with all the order details. This gives the shopper a sense of security and satisfaction that their order was successfully placed. This in turn will increase the conversion ratio of the site.

Social Media

Websites with a social media presence are more likely to be successful than their counterparts. What designers do is integrate social media with the main site. And they can do it in many ways. For instance, they can place a row of buttons of famous social media sites such as – Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Stumble Upon, Pinterest, Digg and others in a banner form at the bottom of each web page.

Alternatively, they can use a thin vertical banner with the same buttons which is constant for all the web pages. Just imagine the impact this will have on the page rank of your site on search engines!

Interactive Design

Go for an interactive web design. This will allow you to be as creative as you want. You can use Flash or HTML 5 for this purpose. For instance, you can use some interactive presentations or intros in the Landing page of your site. Or you can get really creative and design interactive Flash banners on your home page displaying your products and services. Just let your creativity flow and design a site for your end-uses with interactive elements.

Most web designers these days make it a point to use the above mentioned design features on their websites in order to make it a success. You too can try them out on your websites and see the change.…

The Top 6 Usability Mistakes that can take your Website Down Blog

The Top 6 Usability Mistakes that can take your Website Down Blog

Website visitors are some of the most impatient people on the planet. They don’t like waiting and they love sites that don’t take their time for granted. So, all websites, including your own, should just try and get the job done as quickly as possible. This is only possible by ensuring your website is able to meet the highest standards of usability. It’s important to understand here, that a high degree of usability is determined by how the users perceive the website’s user friendliness and not how you, as the website owner, will identify with it.

So, it’s important to avoid those cardinal mistakes that are going to bring the usability of the website crashing down. The popularity and success of your site is directly proportional to its usability and indirectly proportional to its non-usability

Let’ take a look at the usability disasters that need to be avoided at all costs.

Presenting Content through Pop-Ups

The idea for using pop-ups for presenting content is the product of a highly creative mind, but not a mind that values usability. Think about it? Just how many times have you opened a website and found that a popup blocker has prevented pop-ups from appearing on the screen and you need to turn it off, in order to view the pop-ups. Now, imagine the main content of your website, the single most important persuasive element on your site, appearing in a pop up. Doesn’t sound like a good idea, does it? Users are not going to appreciate the fact that in order to view site content, they need to de-active the popup blocker first.

Broken Permalinks

Another mistake is not getting rid of permalinks that aren’t taking your website visitors anywhere. This problem usually occurs if the structure of the website has been reorganized or it has been moved to another domain; and developers forget redirecting or getting rid of dead permalinks. In order to ensure that this mistake does not occur, astute developers make use of URL redirection, commonly known as ‘301 redirection’. The use of this technique enables a developer to redirect the users to the new page when users click on the dead permalink. The funny thing is, in spite of there being a solution to the problem of dead permalinks, developers still forget about them and users end up seeing a 404 error page when they click on these links. As can be imagined, it’s a big turn off and users prefer going to some other site that is better designed and less likely to waste their time.

Drop-Down Menus are Unwise

I know this one is going to make you sit up and take notice. With most websites making a no holds barred use of drop down menus, your surprise and disbelief is natural. But the reality is that developers only offer drop down menus because it helps save vertical space. They really aren’t worried about the usability aspect. They have conditioned website visitors into believing that they are a good idea and we accept them as such. But try and evaluate your own response to this menu when you are using it. Don’t you find it time consuming, don’t you get irritated by the fact that your mouse needs to precisely point to a name of the section or category that you want to visit. What’s more, don’t you feel frustrated if the length of the navigation item in the drop-down menu forces you to move the mouse horizontally? Don’t worry; quite a number of people feel this way, meaning such menus are definitely not usable. But, they still keep getting used.

It seems even designers have begun to believe that they are a good idea.

Cannot scan content

There is no beating good copy, if you want to make an impression on your website visitor. But, if you think that visitors are going to read everything that you have written on your site, you are wrong. As mentioned before, website visitors have very little patience and just go through the content in a cursory manner. They only look at the interesting parts of the content, and ignore the rest. So, the structure of your content must be such that they are able to scan it and separate the important parts from the insignificant ones. You can achieve this by highlighting the content that you think will elicit a positive response from your website’s visitors. Using larger fonts, headings, catchphrases, bullets and color contrasts can be a great of way of focusing attention on specific parts of the content. You can even think about using images next to the content to help it stand out. Not making your content scannable will only pull it down; this in turn will bring your website down.

Using inordinately bright images, that also blink

Say you desperately want a visitor to click on a certain image. What do you do, well there are plenty of things you can do, but what you mustn’t do is that you shouldn’t make it blink. All blinking images do is act as an irritant and distract the user from the website’s message. Users aren’t able to focus their attention on reading the text that is right next to the blinking images. Think about it for a second. Imagine you come across a site that has images, which blink constantly. What will be your reaction?….. Irritation. What’s more, such images will also distract you from going through the site properly and getting information that you need. This might result in you making a misinformed decision. You wouldn’t like that would you?  The ground rule is that blinking images must be avoided at all costs in websites and in the event that they are absolutely necessary; they must be used in moderation. Otherwise say goodbye to the usability of the website.

Ignoring Web Design Conventions

Surprisingly, even the best web designers can be accused of giving full vent to their imagination in the form of reworking existing conventions to enhance the website’s creative quotient. This is a cardinal mistake as its only conventions that help improve the user experience of a site. Website visitors have come to expect that the logo will usually be found on the top left corner; while search will be available on the top right, clickable buttons will have subtle bevels and so on and so forth. Your website design needs to cater to these preconceptions otherwise visitors are going to be disappointed. Yes, there is no beating original design, but it is able to accomplish the same, within the boundaries of widely accepted and expected designing conventions. It’s ok for your clickable links to be blue as is the norm, because a clickable link with a red underline might just be construed wrongly by the user.

I will be honest with you, there is nothing like a top 6 or top ten usability mistakes. Each mistake is as detrimental to the usability of the website as the other. But let me try and explain this by referring to the classic line from George Orwell’s “ Animal Farm” –  All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”; no mistake is good, but some are worse than others.  Avoiding these mistakes is an absolute must if you don’t want a website that is a disaster when it comes to usability.…

8 Smart Ways to Increase Conversion Rates for Your Websites

8 Smart Ways to Increase Conversion Rates for Your Websites

Though many of us my be priding in the fact that we have some of the best web designs, when it comes to actual conversion from such websites, the same may be much lower than what you may expect and this could in turn impact your revenues without your actually realizing the same. These things happen because of simple mistakes that are not so very difficult to fix and rectify. Once you do it you certainly can have a big impact on the conversion rates which in turn will also positively impact your revenues. Let us over the next few lines try and find out about the common mistakes that we make which play a big role in killing your website conversion rates and leave you staring down a dark and deep tunnel.

  1. To begin with we should try and understand the importance and impact of the page fold more so when it is about attracting first time visitors. You will have to know that first time visitors will spend as little as five seconds looking at your first page and they will not bother too much about scrolling the page. Hence it would not be a good idea to have your call-to-actions or related contents below the page fold. This is the area which the visitors can see without scrolling and hence this will increase chances of the visitors not being able to find out what they are looking for.

This can be avoided by using the new browser size feature available with Google Analytics. This will help you to understand better as to which elements of your page can be seen above the fold in the common resolution sizes of screens. For e-commerce sites it would be not a bad idea to check the checkout button in the shopping cart located above the fold.

  1. Though your promotional banner may look cool in your website, you are inadvertently perhaps allowing the user to get distracted to such promotional banners instead of spending more time on the important information available in your page. Your call-to-actions and other such vital pieces of information may tend to get lost in the clutter of too many promotional banners. If you have animated images or images of people chances of your main website or web page information getting lost is all the more obvious.
  2. The importance of being unique and being able to think out of the box is very important as far as contemporary web designing is concerned. Being cool is very important. However in this objective you should not stray out of the line and give the usability design standards a go by. This could lead to your visitors being in a state of confusion which could make them move away from your website. This at the end of the day certainly will have a negative impact on your conversion rates. This can be avoided by using a website testing tool not only in the laboratory but also in a real life situation so that you will be able to gauge the mood of the customer and how they look at your website.
  3. Another common mistake that many of the website designers make is not to test the website in all the major browsers. There are many websites which do not function or have only limited functionalities in some browsers. This certainly will not augur well for your conversion and therefore should be carefully looked into. The problem is that even small and slight changes in one of the browser versions can lead to some major changes on conversion rates and visitor engagements.

So the safest way forward is to test the website on all major browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and last but not the least on Google Chrome, which without any doubt is one of the most popular browsers.

  1. The influence of text on your website visitors is something that cannot be ignored under any circumstances. The text should be easily readable apart from being engaging. This is all the more important when you are attempting to convert your website visitors and achieve your conversion goals.

You have to bear in mind there is a difference between online reading and normal reading. In an online environment, they usually look for text that is of interest to them. Therefore it would be better to use short bullet points in your key pages. This makes scanning through the eyes an easy process and will eventually increase your conversion rates.

  1. When you are in the job of testing your website and its variations it is important to create as many variations as possible. Small and insignificant changes likes color or style may not have the desired impact on your visitors. This will again hurt your conversion goals and objectives.

It is therefore important for you to design a test variation that is totally and radically different from the other. It could involve changing the wording or the style element. This will increase your chances of coming out with a test version that has a better chance of winning and thereby aiding better conversion. The same logic applies to the job of designing new pages for the website. You should again think out of the box and completely differently at least for one variant. After follow up you can zero in on one particular version that has a better conversion chances.

  1. At the end of the day when you are designing a website it should be able to meet the main needs of the users and their use cases. However, instead of trying to come out with a website which tries to solve each and every need of the visitor, you should try and create as many versions as possible which will keep your visitors engaged for a longer period of time. The thought of creating a one-size-fits-all website may not be a good idea in many such situations.

You can perhaps do this by using many popular and leading testing tools which will help you to better target specific content to visitors who belong to key groups. A few such examples are repeat or new visitors. This will over a period of time will increase your conversion rates because the visitor finds it very engaging and relevant.

  1. Lastly, one big mistake that many website designers make especially when is about testing new designs is to go by the person who is the highest paid in the organization. This is wrong because such persons try to influence the design by pushing something which they think is good instead of trying and understanding what exactly the visitors want. This is a sure shot way to committing suicide and should be avoided at all costs.

A good way to avoid it is to go in for a testing using web analytics tools and also taking feedback from visitors through usability tools and surveys. This approach will help you to come out with better tests and this will lead to better conversion rates.

Conclusion:

At the end of the day, you have to bear in mind that website designing is a complex and challenging job and needs to be thought through from as many angles as possible. The visitor is the kind and you should take all steps to satisfy him or her under all circumstances.…

3 Tips on making an income off your website

3 Tips on making an income off your website

Most of us would love to earn an income from our website, but don’t know where to start. In this article we’ll go through 3 ideas you can use to start making money from your website!

Banner Advertising

If your website is getting a reasonable amount of traffic, you can have ad spaces up on your site for people to pay to place their advert on your website. If you are getting 50,000 hits per month you can charge $50 per ad a month. The more visitors you get a month the more you can charge for your ad spaces.

Paid Content

If your content is interesting and beneficial to people you should consider having paid content on your website. By charging just a small amount you can start earning from your website.

If you decide to take this route you should have some free content as well as the paid.

Online Products

Consider selling some online products on your website, make sure people be interested in your products and will want to purchase them. You can sell e-books, tutorials or video lessons. Something that will benefit the visitor.…

3 Basic Guidelines to Achieve an Effective Landing Page Design Blog

3 Basic Guidelines to Achieve an Effective Landing Page Design Blog

Landing pages are web pages that ask users to perform a certain task when they come upon the page on a website. From a business perspective, landing pages are used to promote/sell a product or service or prompt users to sign up and download softwares etc. Thus, they are of utmost importance for any business to succeed online.

Given below are some basic guidelines that must be followed by designers to design an effective landing page to generate maximum business for their clients.

Initiate a Call to Action

Call to action basically persuades users to take desired action in favor of the website for e.g. Subscribe for newsletter, regular updates etc. Most of the times, a call to action requires the user to click on a certain page element such as button, hyperlinks or forms.

You must be absolutely clear regarding the action you want the user to take and its subsequent result. Once you have decided, persuade the visitors smartly and gently without going overboard. Give the visitors a better user-interface on the page for taking the call to action. For instance, you can make use of more buttons and fewer hyperlinks. This reduces too much information and makes them take a quick decision.

Craft a powerful Headline

A landing page must have a powerful headline, and it must tell the visitors what to expect from the site. Additionally, the headline acts as an effective tool to draw the attention of the visitors and makes them stay put on the page.

Thus, keep the headline simple and concise without beating around the bush. Design it well and keep it at a prominent position on the page, where the visitors are most likely to notice it, even when they are short of time.

Also, you can try and include relevant keywords in the headline, so that when users type a keyword in a search engine, they are directed to the landing page of your site.

Keep it simple/basic

Keep your Landing pages simple as complex pages may irk the site visitors (especially if they are running short of time). Go minimalistic and eliminate clutter on the page. Keep the design of the overall page simple and make it easy to look at and navigate and maintain a proper text-to-image ratio.

In short, each element on the page should encourage the visitors to take the required call to action. However, make it a point to limit your call to action. Ideally it must be one per landing page. If there is a need for additional call to actions, then they must complement the main call to action.…