Starting today, we’re introducing a series of posts through which we intend to bring you the latest updates from our developers and tech experts. This corner will give you an insider’s view on the new features around the corner, useful tips, and tricks and all the techie gossip at ResellerBytes!

For the first installment of the series, we’re tackling a very common aspect of most hosting queries – Extensions that are available on Servers. As many of you may know, on IIS systems it is not always possible to figure out what libraries are supported, whereas it is much simpler on machines running Apache.
(Disclaimer: Being a Linux fanboy, this post might display a little bit of favoritism to the Linux platform)

Therefore, today we’re going to tell you a little bit about how one can check if IonCube Loader is installed on a Linux Server using PHP.

Ioncube Loader is a handy extension when you want to protect files with PHP encoding, encryption, obfuscation and licensing capabilities. If you have a proprietary software that you distribute or you simply wish to encode your script, you should use IonCube. There are other methods to encode PHP scripts, but IonCube is by far the most secure. You can easily figure out if IonCube is running by looking at the information from PHP info. To check this you need to create a PHP file with the content as:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Here, you will see a Zend Engine badge with the version for IonCube loader (the version on our servers is v3.3.7).

However, this only gives you very basic information on the IonCube version running. If you need more information on IonCube, you can use the sample PHP script attached below. Use an FTP client to upload the file “ioncube_advance_tester.php” to root directory of the website. Depending on your hosting package, it may be named “public_html” or “web”.

This script will output diagnostic results and give you information on getting server-side parameters. You can use this script to check other parameters.

The file uses the ioncube_loader_version_array() function to get a list of all config parameters into an array. We then iterate through this array to echo results. It is a very simple and straightforward script. Apart from checking whether IonCube is installed, the script also checks if other server settings are correct.

We have created functions for the Introduction and More Information sections. This is only to exhibit how everyone should code using PHP 5. You can take this script and run it on any Apache server; however, this script does not support IIS.

You can download this file from here and save it as a .php file. You can perform this check on any of Linux hosting infrastructure may it be shared hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers or VPS.

Hope this was an informative read. Let us know what you think!

Joining the common efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation and fake news, Google will now display fact-checking labels in its search results in order to highlight vetted news and information and inform users whether it is considered to be true or false.

This new feature was first introduced to Google News in the United Kingdom and the United States in October 2016. It will appear as an information box in general search results and news search results globally. The company explained that the small snippets will show information about the claim made by a particular page or website and the results of fact checking on the highlighted claim. The fact checks are performed by trusted publishers and fact-checkers who can mark claims as having been checked.

Google believes that making fact checks more visible in search results can help people easier review and assess these fact checks, and eventually make their own informed opinions. The company also explained that the fact check boxes would not be displayed for every search result, and the list of fact checkers will only include publishers that are “algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information”.

This move comes amid heavy worldwide criticism of American tech giants for their inaction over the spread of fake news, especially around the recent US election and the extremist content. For instance, German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has also backed legislation that could impose fines of up to €50m on social networks if they refuse to delete illegal content and fail to provide users a tool to report misinformation and hate speech.

Facebook also introduced a new feature of third-party fact-checking to flag stories shared as “disputed”. A few days ago, the social media network also introduced a separate tool that designed to educate the public on how to spot fake news – it will be presented to users from 14 countries as a large post at the top of their News Feeds, containing 10 tips for identifying misinformation. Facebook was particularly pressured over this issue after the recent research, which revealed that it was the primary news source for 18-to-24-year-olds. Last summer, Facebook became embroiled in a fake news storm after introducing an algorithm that began promoting fake news.

Facebook is still trying to address concerns about its role in the spread of false information and now offers users tips for spotting fake news. This move is part of a broader strategy that will also see a growing range of “signals” from user behavior and third-party fact checkers used to remove fake news from Facebook.

Users in 14 countries (the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Myanmar) can see a large post at the top of their feeds informing them that “it is possible to spot false news” and providing ten tips for identifying misinformation. They include such measures as checking web addresses and not trusting headlines with shocking claims.

This information post will be rolled out over 3 days and users will see it no more than 3 times. Facebook is going to push the message out globally after the initial rollout in 14 countries. The social network defines fake news as articles that set out to deceive, contain objectively provable falsehoods and pretend to be from a “legitimate” source. The fact checkers will only be able to limit the spread of fake stories, which is deliberately narrow to avoid accusations of politically motivated censorship.

It is believed that the majority of fake news on Facebook was created for financial rather than political gain. Experts also think that impact of such misinformation could be mitigated by limiting how often people see it and depriving it of ad revenue. At the same time, Facebook explained that educational measures were also necessary to help people understand which news is fake and to encourage a more critical approach to such information.

The social media giant has long been criticized for failure to remove misinformation, especially during the recent US election, when fabricated stories about Trump and Clinton were read and shared by millions. Moreover, there were concerns over the way Facebook approaches taking down inappropriate and illegal content, including hate speech, while censoring legitimate posts instead. Finally, Zuckerberg’s website has also been accused of a lack of transparency around the way it tackles misinformation and its processes for taking down content.

Who uses text editors anymore? Coders, yes (and maybe Markdown fanatics like myself). But unless you work in an office environment, a majority of your writing now takes place online; most likely in Google Docs or the WordPress editor.

Writing online is great. It takes the biggest problem – saving and syncing data – totally out of the equation. But you also sacrifice in features. While Google Docs is catching up when it comes to formatting, Word still has a leg up.

One of the features writers use quite often is Find and Replace. While copy editors save our butts from internet ridicule, we do make a lot of mistakes. And we get lazy when it’s time to rectify them. In times like these, Find and Replace is very helpful.

Thank you Replace All. I shall forever be in your debt.

Search And Replace For Google Chrome

Search and Replace is a Chrome extension that works much like something you find in MS Word. It works for both web pages and text input fields. For bloggers who write in the WordPress editor, this extension can be really useful. Changing the text of articles or websites on your computer can also be fun.

Click on the extension from Chrome’s toolbar and you’ll find two fields: Search for and Replace with. Input the related text.

If you want to replace text in an editor like WordPress’s check the Input fields only? option. There’s also an option to Match Case, meaning letter capitalization.

Find And Replace For Google Docs

A lot of us write in Google Docs. It has Find and Replace functionality built in.

Windows users can use the handy Ctrl+H shortcut (Cmd+Shift+H for Mac users) to bring up the Find and Replace box.

Docs also has a Match Case option. Other than that it’s a simple affair. Unlike the Search and Replace extension you can manually scan through each word and decide to replace it or just use the Replace all button.

Find And Replace For Firefox

Find and Replace is a simple add-on for Firefox. Once installed, use the hotkey Shift+R to bring up the toolbar. Here you can enter the Find What and Replace With fields. Choose whether to be case-sensitive or not.

The add-on gives you an option to either replace text one by one or all at once.

FoxReplace

FoxReplace is the text replacement tool for pros. It does not have a simple “replace this text with this other text” module. What you do get is preconfigured sets of rules and words.

From the FoxReplace add-on button go to FoxReplace settings and click Add. Here you can define specific URLs and substitutions for a page.

With FoxReplace, you can basically create intricate workflows to replace preconfigured text with something else.

How Will You Be Using Find And Replace In Browsers?

How do you plan on using these Find and Replace features in your favorite browser? Let us know in the comments below.

Want to design a responsive website you can be proud of? This is definitely not an easy feat. Even though your project looks pretty good from a design point of view, there are still many things that can break it along the way. Fortunately, We’ve got some useful advice for you to save your time and nerves. So, today we are going to discuss couple (seven) of suggestions and tips you should consider achieving your goal. Let’s dive in

1 – Focus on content

Mobile-first, desktop-first or whatever approach you use or like, the most important thing to keep in mind is content (and then context). The content should always drive the structure and organization of the website. So, the first thing to do is to become familiar with the content of the website. This should be done before getting your hands dirty – before creating any wireframes or mockups. The sooner you will take this step, the better. When you omit this part of the process, you are only putting yourself at risk of trashing your current work and starting all over again. You certainly don’t want to waste the time of your and your client.

2 – Forget the resolutions

Yes! Remember this, spray this on your wall if you have to because this is (after being content-focused) one of the most important rules of responsive web design. Understand, you are not creating for fixed dimensions. Your creation will have to adapt to various sizes of screens. What’s more, if you are not able to see the future, the range of resolutions in use will only expand. So, if you are still working in resolution-focused approach, you are about to get into big troubles.

A quick way to get out of this dead end is to adopt the content-focused approach. What this means is simply testing your website on different resolutions and dimensions to see where the content (layout) starts to break and use this dimension (width or height) as a breakpoint. In a case of some websites, this will probably mean adding a bit more breakpoints than you are used to but don’t worry. It will benefit you (or your client) in the future because, if done right, your website will be ready for devices that are about to come.

3 – Think about bandwidth

Another thing to keep in mind is available bandwidth. To make this topic even better, users will have the different resource to use according to their devices. All this means is that you have to consider thoroughly what to provide with and to optimize everything you can. so We just mention here that you should always optimize the CSS and JS files through minification and proper coding style and also optimize other assets.

4 – Phones, tablets, desktops and …

Do you also live in the illusion that there are only three types or categories of devices you are designing or developing for? Well, in that case, you should finally wake yourself up. In the world, the plethora of various devices exist and with time, even more, will come. Now we have wearables like smart-watches, eBook readers, phones, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops and more. Give it enough time and your t-shirt will be connected to the web too.

This all means only one thing. When you create a website, responsiveness means seamless experience on all of these devices that already exist and also that not. Excuses aside. You have to tailor your design in such a way that no device, no matter its resolution or pixel density, will be an issue.

5 – Typography

The Web is about 95% typography. The most of the content we consume on a daily basis is in a certain way dependent on typography, whenever it is a blog post or infographic. When working with type, plan and test how it should look at different devices. Some article can look amazing (from a typographic point of view) on a desktop, but when you visit the same article on phone, it looks like a crap. The only way to avoid these situations is to always test different scales of the fonts.

You should always preview the content on as many resolutions as possible. Make sure the content looks great in every case. There is no “perfect” way to achieve this goal. You will have to learn about psychology and laws of typography and then go through trial and error to see what works and what not. If you feel that increasing the font-size will benefit the legibility and readability of text, then go with your gut. Only by doing this, you can bulletproof your website. And please, don’t believe that bullshit about smaller font-size on a smaller resolution.

6 – JavaScript & performance

When it comes to performance, JavaScript can be the major influence. JavaScript became very popular in last year or two and many sites are starting to overuse it. It is not so hard to find a website with more than seven different script files (not including jQuery source files) linked in. Even though some effect made or managed by JS can be pleasant, the can also have the significant impact on the performance and loading time of the website. Keep in mind that good performance and low loading time should be prioritized.

Ask yourself if this or that fancy stuff provided by JS is really necessary or consider using that feature only on certain devices with more available resources and performance like tablets and desktops. You can do this easily by using dedicated commands and event listeners in your scripts.

7 – Retinas!

The last thing we want to touch is retina displays. These screens have higher pixel-density which means an ability to display more pixels and so much better, smoother viewing experience. In a short, you are able to see much more details in high-resolution pictures or little flaws in low-res images. It is similar to DVD VS blue-ray. Conclusion? Think about including high-resolution versions of images that will be served only for the devices with retina displays.

Summary

Responsive design is not just about making website looking great on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. To create truly responsive experience there is much more to keep in mind. We hope that these seven tips will help you in achieving your goals we are providing.

Get more information about web designing & development at DiligentCreators.com

Many webmasters don’t understand the difference between a 301 and 302 redirect. Unlike users operating browsers, search engines sense the different types of redirects, and handle them differently. A 301 redirect means that the page has moved to a new location, permanently. A 302 redirect means that the move is temporary. Search engines need to figure out whether to keep the old page, or replace it with the one found at the new location. If the wrong type of redirect has been set up, search engines may become confused, resulting in a loss of traffic.

Why does this matter? If you are moving a web page or an entire web site to a new location, for instance if you change your domain name, you want visitors to be able to find your site. A redirect causes the user’s browser to automatically forward from the old location to the new one. You might think that Google and the other search engines would just follow the redirects, but that’s where things get complicated. When a site moves, that can trigger the Google aging delay. Usually the site drops out of the search rankings for several months, sometimes even a year. We’ll come back to this later.

There aren’t too many situations where a 302 is appropriate. How often have you temporarily moved a page? It’s much more common to move pages permanently. Nevertheless, it seems easier to create 302 redirects than 301s. You can use Javascript or a meta tag to create a 302. Creating a 301 redirect requires special commands in your .htaccess file if you use an Apache server. With Windows servers, creating 301 takes even more time and trouble. That’s why there’s a tendency for people to mistakenly use 302 instead of 301.

Google recognizes that many people use 302 when they really mean 301. Fortunately, Google isn’t bound by any law to take people literally. For the sake of producing the best possible search results, Google can and should look at 302s and figure out if the webmaster really means 302, or if it’s run-of-the-mill confusion and they really mean 301.

Whether Google actually handles 302s properly is an open question. If a 302 is used instead of a 301, search engines might continue to index the old URL, and disregard the new one as a duplicate. Link popularity might be divided between the two urls, hurting search rankings. Search engines might figure out how to handle the 302, or they might not. Google spokespeople have said that they will treat a 302 as a 301 if they think the webmaster has made an error, but why take a chance, and what about other search engines?

When permanently moving a web site, or a web page, best practice is to use a 301 redirect. 302s in this situation seem incorrect. By saying “temporary move” a 302 tells search engines to keep the old domain or page indexed, but it would be desirable for them to index the new location. In the past people have used 302 redirects in an effort to circumvent the Google aging delay. This workaround might have worked at some point, but it is not a current best practice.

If concerned about losing rankings due to a 301, the solution is not to change a domain, and not to become financially reliant on rankings. In the real world, businesses avoid changing their names because it can appear shady. Who can blame Google for employing the same logic: if you’re changing domain names, you might be up to no good. Let’s wait a while and see if you behave yourself before we recommend you.

These days, everyone seems to have an opinion or the other in the SEO field. Well, it will not serve any of your purpose if you keep on listening to everybody and implementing everything that you come across. If you are very serious about your online business venture, your best bet would be to hire the services of the best SEO firm in your city to do the work for you. No one needs to be told that SEO means search engine optimization, but what they need to be told is what are the proper methods of doing SEO.

Basically, SEO is nothing but publicity methods of a site on the web. Publicity rules and you must make sure that you have the best advertising methods in place for announcing your presence on the web. Competition is immense and you have to risen yourself in this competition to be successful in online business. Search engine marketing is one of the fastest growing industries. To be successful on the web, it is important to do search engine optimization.

For doing successful online business, it is important that your site must be available and accessible to all online visitors at all times of the day. If visitors come to visit your site and sees that your site is not functioning properly, then they will not come back again to the site. The net is a very good source for you to learn about the basics of SEO. However if you want to make use of SEO methods for popularizing your site, hiring SEO services from the best SEO firm is the perfect as well as the safest bet for you.

Sure you will let the best SEO firm handle the job for you, but it pays in the long run if you have a proper knowledge about this. The first and foremost thing that you should do is find out and determine who the target audience of your product is. It would be rather stupid on your part if you are targeting the wrong audience for advertising your product. All your money, time and other resources will simply go waste without yielding any visible results. Your business will just go to a downwards spiral. So take a hold of your online business before it is too late to amend the damage.

Work towards getting targeted traffic to your site. On any given day, your site can have thousands of visitors, but what purpose will this serve if their visit is not monitorized. Making commanding landing pages on your site is a great way of going about attracting the right kind of visitors to your site. Visitors on clicking the link of your site must be immediately transferred to the page that they want to see. This will ensure that visitors do not face any difficulty in finding out what they are looking for.

Hiring the services of the best SEO firm in your city is an excellent source for you to do successful online business. SEO firms are experienced and know what they need to do to make your site successful on the web. There are many aspects that need to be dealt with and taken care of popularizing for your site on the web. Just make sure that you find out the best SEO firm to do the work for your site.

Square buttons, round buttons, flashy buttons … will they match my shoes, my handbag or my tie? Are you stuck in a maze of buttons, headings, bullets, sub-headings and color schemes?

STOP!!!!

Take a deep breath and read some practical tips for professional looking websites.

1. Select a color scheme and stick to it.

If your company has a logo or preferred colors on its stationery that’s a good start. For those of you starting from scratch, choose two or three complementary colors and stick with them – don’t change colors on every page.

The most common color schemes include:

  • Red, Yellow and White
  • Blue and White
  • Red, Grey and White
  • Blue, Orange and White
  • Yellow, Grey and White.

If you’re not sure what color scheme to choose, ask experts. You can then model your color scheme on what already exists.

2. Use templates.

Can’t find a website you really like? Another option is to choose a template. There are many templates or preset designs. These come as part of your web design software or you can check out some websites that specialize in designing templates.

3. Provide an easy to use navigation system.

This is one of the most important issues to consider when designing a website. You need to ensure your visitors can find what they are looking for easily. Most websites either display their navigation bar on the left or at the top. And since most people are used to this type of navigation, it’s best to stick with it.

It also helps to include your navigation bar at the bottom of each page to save your visitors from having to scroll back to the top.

4. Don’t go overboard on special effects

Whilst it is ok to have one or two special effects to jazz up your website, spinning graphics and logos often distract your visitor from the content, not to mention they can take too long to download. Your visitors may click away even before your spinning logo finishes loading.

5. Backgrounds

Ensure your visitors can read the text on the background, ie. no black writing on dark blue background or yellow on white. Also be careful that your links are visible before and after being visited. The default for links in most programs is blue (before being visited) and burgundy (after being visited), so if you have a dark background, ensure your links are light.

6. External Links

It is a good idea to open links to other websites in a new window. That way your visitors can easily return to your site when they are finished browsing the external link

7. Site Map & Search Feature

If you website is more than 15 pages, it is useful to have a site map or a “Search” feature to ensure your visitors can easily find what they’re looking for.

8. Content is King

While it is important that your website looks clean and professional, it is far more important that you concentrate your efforts on the content and promotion.

If you want a professional website, things to stay away from include:

  1. Flash intros, revolving globes, beveled line separators, animated mail boxes
  2. Loads of pop up or pop under boxes
  3. Auto-play music. Allow your customer to play music only if they choose.
  4. Hit counters of the free variety, which say “you are 27th visitor”
  5. Date and time stamps, unless your website is updated daily or weekly
  6. Busy backgrounds.

Don’t sweat the small stuff and get yourself focused on what to include on the website.

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So, you want to have a website but you don’t know what domain name to choose for? How many of you had this problem and made a lot of brainstorming trying to find the best words which fit for the business or the thing you’re doing on the internet? And when you found the words, surprise! the domain name is already taken. Smart people came with a solution for this, named the Domain Name Search Tool. If you are a professional make sure to read some Domain Tips for Professionals or you may also check 4 Quick Tips for Choosing a Great Domain Name for your business

If you’re asking yourself why I do like the tool so much, well it has all you need to find a good and valuable domain name for your website.It has a clean interface, yet very effective which allows you to easy check and register available domain names instantly! Also, is an advanced tool for bulk domain search, domain suggestion, deleted, expired, and premium domains for sale.Maybe you’ll find the tool remarkably simple, but it can be the right choice for searching for domains. And there are some features which make it different from the other tools.

Check Domains, Instantly!

Based on your query, ResellerBytes.com uses Ajax technology to automatically and instantly checks whether .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .mobi and .name domain names are available. The domain search results will appear with a 2-second delay for your convenience. The color-coded results tell you whether the domain is available for regular registration, available for purchase, or not available. Hovering over any of the domain extensions yields your registration options.They also keep a history of your recent domain searches and favorite domain picks so you can easily follow up on all the important search results. We also update domain’s information as they become available for registration.

Domain Name Search Tools

We often searched the internet for ways to integrate a domain name generator on a website but didn’t find anything reliable and stand-alone till We found ResellerBytes. We’re offering domain search Tool which can be easily be integrated into a website.

Help for newbies

If you’re a newbie and don’t know what to do, check out the domain names questions from the FAQ’s page.You’ll find an answer for everything you want to know, from simple questions like “What is a domain?” to more advanced ones like “What is a DNS Lookup?”. FAQ’s are always good and ResellerBytes is answering at your questions no matter what. Don’t find the answer you’re looking for? Don’t worry. Just leave them the question in the feedback box.

Why you need to be careful?

There are many things that you should first of all be aware of before you proceed to buy a web hosting services. This will help you in making the right decision when it comes to the purchase. Consider the fact that not all web hosting companies offer the best service. Furthermore, not all of the companies that you may have contact with will give you the best and most relevant service for your website. In order to prevent problem like your website going offline for some time, it is important that you first of all do a thorough analysis of the services that are in offer to ascertain the credibility and suitability to your nature of business website. Sometimes you might find out that you are much better in web content publishing but hosting is your greatest weakness. If you are such kind of person, then there is no doubt that what you will find in here will be of great help in making the best choices concerning the web hosting to take into consideration. You will also fin d useful differences that will be very helpful in telling apart web hosting services that are of great substance.

Consideration to Bear in Mind in Buying Web Hosting Services

  • Bandwidth
  • Web space
  • Domain
  • Shared IP
  • Dedicated IP
  • Add-on domain
  • Sub-domains
  • Parked domains
  • Email accounts
  • Database

There are also others they are also considered though not as important as the above listed. These are items that you should be well aware of their significance. If you make a mistake here, then you might not end up buying the best web hosting service that you so much wanted.

In depth analysis of importance

Bandwidth

It represents the volume of data transferred. This is from the visitors accessing the website making or initiating a transfer to their own computers. The bandwidth is measured in Mbps.

Shared IP

This is a condition whereby you are sharing a web server with some other websites. It is a very cost effective kind of measure particularly preferred by those experiencing low traffic to their websites.

Web space

This is normally based on the file size you need. You need to know that in hosting your website you will be basically doing upload of files to the server. These web hosting companies mostly offer unlimited and limited space on their web servers for hosting your website.  The size is measured in terms of Mega bytes, Tera bytes and Giga bytes.

Dedicated IP

This is whereby you are getting a separate web hosting server by the company. The IP you are given is not in any way shared by any other site. It is costly on the other hand.

Add-on domains

There are many hosting plans that are offered in web hosting for instance 5, 10, 20 and unlimited. This allows you to host many sites on one web hosting particularly important if you have many websites to host.

Parked domains

They are mostly used in advertisements. They have independent email accounts.

Sub domains

This is one of the best ways in which you can subdivide your domain to include things like forums, blogs etc. examples are FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and DNS (Domain Name Server).

Take into consideration these aspects before you buy web hosting service so that you choose the most appropriate hosting service but (dc) DiligentCreators is offering many features with every web hosting account from the time of signup.

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