Guide to WordPress Security Audit

The Definitive Guide to WordPress Security Audit

Working with WordPress is the most common exercise of an online marketer. This has bolstered the WordPress development services significantly.

For a WordPress website, security is a major concern. People often put their website’s security in jeopardy by these activities like weak passwords, use public wifi without a VPN, low-security hosting, and so on.

Hackers take advantage of this weakness. They rely on common tools and scripts to penetrate the security level of a WordPress website. Because these scripts help them to find a loophole in your website.

Here I present you some golden rules, which will act as a guide to WordPress security audit. So, let’s have a look.

WordPress Security Guide for DIY Users

WordPress Security Guide for DIY Users

Before going any further, allow me to present a DIY list or rather I should say checklist to make sure that we all are on the same page.

  • Change the default username.
  • Disable the File Editing.
  • Limit Login Attempts.
  • Change the WordPress Database Prefix.
  • Strong Password for WP-Admin and Login.
  • Disable the Directory Indexing and Browsing.
  • Add a couple of Security Questions to WordPress Login.

Now, I guess you understand that’s why I include a DIY in this Security Audit. These all are necessary and you are the only person who can do it. So, let’s get started,

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Change the Default Username

Change default username in WordPress

During the initial phase, WordPress initial username credential was ‘admin’ by default and at that time there was nothing you could do about that. A lot of things has changed since then. During those time, it was very easy to brute force on any WordPress website as the login credential was known which makes it easy for a hacker to anticipate the password.

However, now WordPress always asks to change the username if you’re a first-time installer. If not, you can change it. Although there is no direct option to change WordPress default username.

  • Create a new username and delete the old one.
  • Use phpMyAdmin to update the username.
  • Use the Username changer plugin.

In conclusion, do not take username ‘admin’ as in for the role, its just the name we are changing, not the administrator role.

Disable the File Editing

Disable the File Editing in WordPress

Now, WordPress is featured with an inbuilt code editor. With this code editor, you can edit your themes and plugins files accordingly from the WordPress Admin area. Imagine if it falls in the wrong hand, I’ve got just one word for that, “CHAOS”. So, I recommend to disable it.

Just add this code in your wp-config.php file and you’re good to move forward.

// Disallow file edit
define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );

Limit the Login Attempts

WordPress Limited Login Attempts

A WordPress user can attempt infinite times by default. Consequently, it is a facility and a vulnerability. Hence a hacker can endlessly attempt to try to guess your password. Brute force is imminent in this case. In order to change the login attempt, you must install a plugin.

I personally recommend some,

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Change the WordPress Database Prefix

Change the WordPress Database Prefix

Now, many of you know that the WordPress uses “wp_” as a prefix for all tables in your WordPress Database. So, this makes easy for a hacker to anticipate your table name and inject SQL queries which will ultimately lead to hacking your website.

However, I will tell you how to block those SQL injections as well later. Still, I recommend you to change the prefix for your WordPress database prefix. You can go through this LINK to check a step by step guide for changing your WP Database Prefix.

Strong Password for WP-Admin and Login

Strong Password for WP-Admin and Login

Do you know that any hacker can easily request your Login page and wp-admin page without any restriction at all? Now imagine, a hacker inside your WordPress folder applying all his hacking tricks or running DDoS attacks.

So, secure these pages and folders with a strong password in order to keep your server-side protected. You can go through this LINK to learn step by step guide to add a password for WP-Admin and Login page.

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Disable the Directory Indexing and Browsing

Disable the Directory Indexing and Browsing

Directory browsing and Indexing can be very resourceful, not for you but for the hackers (CONFUSED?) Let me elaborate.

With Directory browsing and indexing, a hacker can look into your database for any possible vulnerabilities in any WordPress file. Furthermore, this helps them to take advantage of these files to gain access.

Directory browsing can help others in other types of website espionages like your competitor can look into your database to see your files, directory structures, copy images, and other important information. So, I recommend turning off directory browsing and indexing is a must to be on the safer ground.

Add Security Questions to WordPress Login

Add Security Questions to WordPress Login

Now, how about adding some security questions to make your website more secure? This is very levivard.com efficient when we talk about securing a WordPress website from unauthorized access.

For adding security questions, you can install the WordPress plugin, such as WP Security Questions. As a result, this will add an extra ingredient to your WordPress security.

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Hosting Level and Server Level Security of WordPress Website

Hosting Level and Server Level Security of WordPress

When I say securing WordPress website, that means to start from ground zero. So, the first thing that you will put into consideration is your website hosting services. If your hosting company is not serious enough then trust me you’re doomed.

But don’t worry, I will give you some pointers which will help you to narrow down your problem. Look for these features when selecting your hosting services. If you have a web hosting company, don’t worry it is never too late for good things.

  • Your hosting service must have a server-level firewall.
  • Must run the stable and secure version of your web server.
  • Always keep it in mind, never access your server from an unsecured network.
  • Use an SFTP via a prestigious program.
  • Always make sure that the MySQL installation was secure.
  • Make Backup a part of your habit.
  • Make sure that your database table prefix is not wp_.
  • Always use complex and unpredictable passwords (Obviously!!!)

Finally, after cross-checking these points you’ll have to configure some server rules. So, let’s see what modification can be done, in order to make these security changes worth.

Before going any further I want to clarify, this step requires heavy coding. So, if you’re not comfortable with the coding, you’re not obliged to do this step. Hence, you can let your developer do that for you.

Some of you have access to the main server configuration file, while some of you don’t. So, let’s start doing it by editing the .htaccess file.

This code will block the SQL injection hacking, Use it in your .htaccess file,

## SQL Injection Block ##

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} ^(HEAD|TRACE|DELETE|TRACK) [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} \.\.\/ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} boot\.ini [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} tag\= [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ftp\: [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} http\: [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} https\: [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (\|%3E) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} mosConfig_[a-zA-Z_]{1,21}(=|%3D) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} base64_encode.*\(.*\) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(\[|\]|\(|\)||ê|”|;|\?|\*|=$).* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(“|’|<|>|\|{||).* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(%24&x).* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(%0|%A|%B|%C|%D|%E|%F|127\.0).* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(globals|encode|localhost|loopback).* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(request|select|insert|union|declare).* [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} !^.*wordpress_logged_in_.*$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

In addition, I would like to tell you that there are some plugins which can limit the login attempts of any user from a particular IP address. This will neutralize any kind of brute force attack on your website.

You can also block manually a particular IP address if someone is bothering you, just edit the IP address after “deny from” as one IP per line,

## Malicious IP Blocking ##
order allow,deny
deny from 1.1.1.1
deny from 2.2.2.2
allow from all

So, these are the server level enhancement which you can do, in order to secure your WordPress website.

Now, it’s time for WordPress itself!!!

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Your WordPress Security Ammunition

WordPress Security Ammunition

In your WordPress installation, I recommend some of the security plugins which will make sure that your WordPress website is not vulnerable. Moreover, some of them are free some are paid. So, let’s have a look,

Better WP Security: It is a free WordPress security plugin. Although it can overlap with other plugins, So I reckon little caution while using this plugin.

Akismet: It is a paid plugin. Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service which can be used to filter spammy crap.

Sucuri Security: I will not say that it is not a good service. However, if you’re using Akismet and Better WP Security, I wouldn’t recommend you to use Sucuri. But you should useSucuri if you’re not using the other plugins. It can be the ultimate salvation for your WordPress security.

Your Personal WordPress Security

Your Personal WordPress Security

Hacker always thrives on one mistake of a website, i.e., human error. The psyche of a human always betrays him. A hacker can easily anticipate many things such as passwords, small human mistakes that can make you pay too much.

So, just keep these points in mind and nothing will go wrong.

  • Never access a Wifi hotspot without a secure VPN.
  • Get a good firewall.
  • Get a good and paid antivirus.
  • Always keep your hard disks physically secure.
  • Use good and unpredictable passwords. (I suggest you use password generator plugins for more secure passwords.)
  • Always use two-factor authentication in order to avoid any type of blunder.
  • Keep your WordPress updates.
  • Your plugins should be always up to date. If any plugin is two years old and still got no updates, then uninstall it.
  • Always monitor your server login files.
  • Change your passwords periodically.

Make them your habit and always follows these steps once in a month to continuously keep a check on your WordPress website.

Tell me what do you think about these points. If you have any new point of view I would love to here about it.

How Wearable Technology is Transforming the App Development Industry in 2017

How Wearable Technology is Transforming the App Development Industry in 2017

App development industry is rapidly evolving with every passing day. Every year, we get to know the new trends in the app development. So, with the arrival of New Year – 2017, the wearable technology seems to affect the app development industry to some extent. Therefore, how exactly wearable technology is transforming this industry in this year?

Here, we will disclose these factors and make you know how this new transformation will bring revolution in app development industry.

First, let we present you some common instances of the integration of app development in wearable technology in our daily life. So, taking an example of smartwatches that are quite popular among masses these days. You are getting already late in one morning and rush to a food corner for having some meal. At that time, you want to avoid picking up cash, credit cards or wallet and then, you can pay the bills instantly using your smartwatch by simply pressing a button. So, it makes the process quite hassle-free and safe for individuals.

Just like it, taking another example of a business person who is in a hurry to attend a meeting, but has no files, no laptop or no notes. Besides, using these instruments, he gets a wearable smart glasses. These glasses quickly show the name of the client, industry, last meeting date, last order, and reviews etc. So, you can make the best use of wearable technology if the manufacturers succeed to integrate it into app development.

Though wearable technology is yet in progressive stage and would require some time to perfectly reap. Still, we expect that in 2017, we can witness more adoption of wearable technology in the enterprises. Now, we discuss how wearable technology can transform the app development industry in 2017.

New Direction Of Wearable Technology Affects App Development Industry

New Direction Of Wearable Technology Affects App Development Industry
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When you consider wearable technology for the marketing of your business, it would primarily focus on consumers. However, the current developments in wearable technology are mainly product-oriented with business apps. The makers of wearable products commit to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the business world.

Forbes says that the numbers in wearable technology products are quite impressive. Research showed that this technology has the power to enhance productivity by 8.5% as well as 3.5% employee satisfaction.

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Tangible Business Apps

Tangible Business Apps

Practically, the justification is a little difficult on expenses for wearable technology in various sectors. Still, some sectors have contributed a lot for its best usage. Taking an example of the healthcare sector is highly influenced by wearable technology. In this sector, the surgeons may use Google Glasses during operating a patient.

At the same time, it is quite useful in the manufacturing sector where companies may use wearable devices like safety glasses of XOne. These glasses help to scan barcodes of various products and also stream videos off site for technicians. It is helpful for monitoring various objects like head tilt degree for discovering ergonomic issues.

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Wearable Technology May Seize Smartphone Impact

Wearable Technology May Seize Smartphone Impact

To take wearable technology off the enterprise standard, its experts would require showing its better efficiency and expertise to businesses from that of smartphones. In the early stage of this technology, wearable devices had always been associated with smartphones. They had been referred to as an innovative accessory, but not an important efficiency device.

Though wearable devices accompany some certain benefits. They are fully portable and are becoming more elegant. Some believe that this technology would displace smartphones in the coming years.

Wearable Technology Fits App Development Industry & Mobile Strategy

Wearable Technology Fits App Development Industry & Mobile StrategyA majority of industries are still tending towards developing smartphone apps for their businesses. Therefore, it looks quite speculated how wearable technology would affect the mobile enterprise strategy for businesses. Well, practically, if app development combines with wearable technology, it will affect the job of the workers. It would make jobs more convenient for employees. It will bring in some personal as well as business advantages to enterprises.

For example, if you develop an app for integrating the safety glasses, it will help construction workers in checking plans and viewing schematics. Here, companies may include a feature that would enable workers to enjoy desired music on these devices. As of now, wearable devices might have a long way to become mainstream. For that, business IT has to prepare for taking risks with multiple apps that would need minimal investment. Typically, the release cycle of an app will be 3 months; therefore, companies have to be ready to give a quick response.

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Issues In Adoption Of Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has a great scope to transform the app development industry. But, there are some certain shortcomings that affect the progress of this technology. This technology has some certain issues. Manufacturers should consider those resultant issues if they actually hope for widespread adoption of it at an enterprise level. Let’s discuss these issues right here:

  • The proper fragmentation is a big issue in wearable technology because manufacturers make devices for company-specific, disparate platforms. The absence of uniformity, complexity, and cost of making cross-platform applications for different operating systems restrain app developers from adopting this technology. For unifying all devices and properly encourage app development, wearable technology has to be compatible with iOS, Windows, and Android.
  • Another issue is employees, as well as businesses both, have certain considerations for wearable devices’ security. In an industry perspective, these devices bring another level of complexity for the IT. This complexity may cause issues for data breach from employees’ devices. From the employees’ perspective, these devices can act as a full-time surveillance system. This system would monitor every move of the employees for 24 x 7 hours.
  • The last issue is of affordability which is the big concern at the enterprise as well as consumer side for wearable technology. The application development industry cannot adopt this technology until they don’t find these devices economical. At present, the Google Glass which is still in beta testing phase comes at $1500. This price makes Google Glass quite expensive for companies who look forward to equipping it in a huge volume.

Our Forecast About Wearable Technology In App Development Industry

Our Forecast About Wearable Technology

At present, wearable technology has already landed in the business world. The success of app development for wearable technology majorly depends on the consumers how they adopt it. For this, consumers have to feel comfortable in using apps by integrating them into their devices.

As of now, making apps to support wearable devices is perhaps a premature step for many businesses. It is yet uncertain if the wearable devices would stay long here or not. For instance, you replace the identification badges of your employees with a wearable app. Now, it would be an unrequired step at this level, as very few consumers are familiar with this tech.

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Conclusion

Overall, we can say that wearable technology has a great scope in the app development industry. But it would take some time to properly take the charge. The growth of wearable technology in the app development industry depends mainly on the consumers how they respond to it. So, it would be great to see how soon wearable technology transforms the app development industry.

Top 20 Proven Solutions That Are Sure To Make Your Startup Successful!

Top 20 Proven Solutions That Are Sure To Make Your Startup Successful

As there are millions of new startups emerge these days, it looks quite clear that each startup has to face a stiff competition in the market. To survive in this ever-evolving market, it becomes highly essential for businesses to be abreast with the latest technology and advancements. By taking a proper approach to the PR activities and marketing, one can succeed in maintaining his position among his competitors.

All credit goes to the new technology that has made things easier for the businesses to survive in their fields. Though the competition is definitely high, yet there are great solutions that are there to help startups to grow and build up as a successful entrepreneur. In this article, we present you with top 20 amazing services that are the real boon to the startups as they help to grow them and achieving their targets in a respective segment.

1. HARO – (Help A Reporter Out) –

HARO

When you seek solutions or services that help your startup company to grow, we suggest HARO as the best online service to go with. It encourages the entrepreneurs to provide the online journalists with their practiced view regarding their market or segment. It is a wonderful service for those who want the online journalists to find them from the web as HARO does that for you.

To start taking benefit of HARO, you just have to sign up as the source and it will start sending you 3 emails every day. These emails include some great opportunities according to your expertise and experience. On finding anything worth your attention, you simply need to click on it and follow further simple directions.

There are numerous journalists available and if any one of them likes your opinion, he would allow you to connect and can share the necessary information to him or her. The best advantage of this service is; it lists the company and name in the article which is created by the journalist in your contact. In lucky instances, the article can link back to your own site as well.

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2. Meltwater –

Meltwater

According to the PR perspective, the Meltwater is a great service that startups can take advantage of. Though to get the great benefits out of this service, you should concentrate on its media monitoring features. With a power to be updated with the numerous blog, social media discussions, and editorials, Meltwater makes it quite simple for its users to join any relevant conversation with a flow. In addition, this service allows the users to easily pinpoint the editors or journalists related to the industry your company belongs to. Thus, you get a clear idea about who is good to be reached out to grow in the future.

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3. Anewstip –

Anewstip

The great media contacts is another contributing factor in the growth of a startup. Though finding relevant contacts is not a cup of tea for all. But, using Anewstip you can easily find the great contacts of journalists or other media personnel. It makes the job of creating a relevant email list for these contacts such an easy thing for users. Thus, Anewstip is such a brilliant service for growing the startups.

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4. Cision –

Cision

Cision is a great service that helps boosting the PR campaign in an effective manner. It covers every aspect that one needs for a successful PR campaign. Cision has a huge and impressive database comprising of around 1.6 million online journalists, influencers, and editors that are actually a great thing for a startup. The most notable features of Cision are tracking performance tools, mention tracking tools, and advanced distribution tools for

Cision provides tracking performance tools, mention tracking tools, and advanced distribution tools for press release.
It accompanies all tools to check various PR activities on following platforms and in different forms like social media, briefings of daily news, print media, video and broadcast and online media.

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5. Duct Tape – To Instantly Create Marketing Press Release –

Duct Tape Marketing

To write professional looking and impressive press release for your startup, the use of Duct Tape Marketing service is highly recommended. It covers all the required aspects that contribute to creating an effective press release for a company. It is basically a press-release creating service that accompanies some helpful tools which are used to make eye-catchy press releases, that too instantly.

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6. GrowthHackers –

GrowthHackers

When you look for highly effective services for growing your startup business, GrowthHackers can prove to be an excellent solution for you. It delivers exceptionally advantageous resources to bring growth to a business. Choosing the services of GrowthHackers, you get a chance to be a part of its huge network that comprises of millions of growth professionals and make influential collaboration with them that will surely help you rising. Take great business ideas from them or share your own to them and thus, develop great business resources and connections for your startup.

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7. Stellan Infotech –

Stellen Infotech Ltd

Stellan Infotech is one of the most influential services that help start-ups grow in their respective field. The company provides IT solutions to all types of businesses that help them rising rapidly. As this company works as the service and marketing partner of many leading businesses, entrepreneurs have a great faith in the effectiveness of Stellan Infotech services and solutions.

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8. Withoomph –

Withoomph

When you start a company, you need to create a website, banners, and logo that gives a unique identity to your brand. So, Logo designing is one of the most important steps for a startup on which you may have to spend a good amount of money and time. But, when you have a service like Withoomph, you don’t need to spend that much money and time on this job as it allows the users to make attractive logos quickly and affordably.

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9. Docracy –

Docracy

Docracy is an exclusive service that almost every startup should subscribe to. It is a different service as compared to other marketing or PR services, but it is more effective than others. Docracy features a huge open collection for legal contracts that startups would require at different stages. Be it an employment contract or a partnership contract, Docracy can avail you every type of contracts written in the best way to make things clearer and well-presented for your startup. So, join the services of Docracy and get the contract that you need for your business operations.

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10. Canva –

Canva

Canva is a fantastic service that allows the bloggers to make simple yet attractive graphic designs for their blogs. As of now, there are more than 10 million subscribers who are taking benefit of Canva as it has made designing a way simpler than before. Due to the simple interface and great features of this solution, anyone can try his skills as a designer. So, join the Canva community and learn and grow your startup with your creative designing skills.

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11. Quick Sprout –

Quick Sprout

This service is phenomenal for startups as it provides truly helpful marketing guides as well as website analysis that enables one to keep a check on the growth of his company. Discovering your fallouts or getting the right analysis of your website is a great way to make an appropriate strategy to grow your business. So, Quick Sprout holds a great significance for startup companies.

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12. Buzzsumo –

Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo works dynamically to check the best performing content on the web. It checks which is the best article or post available on the internet related to your niche and competitors. Thus, keep the users updated about the new internet trends. Following Buzzsumo is such a fruitful strategy to grow your startup in the direction you want.

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13. GTMetrix –

GTMetric

This service is beneficial in terms of SEO as it checks the speed and performance of a web page for a company. A web page speed matters a lot as Google gives much preference to the websites which loads faster and performs well. So, GTMetric gives you a right insight about how your website works and thus, make you aware of if you should seek any remedy to enhance its performance or not.

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14. Sumome List Builder –

Sumome List Builder

When you seek services to grow your new business, a solution that helps you growing your network is something that should be tried out. Sumome List Builder is a service that fulfills this purpose as it provides several email addresses of people who belong to the field you work in. So, subscribe to this service and enjoy growing your network by collecting numerous email addresses to send your marketing emails and newsletters to them.

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15. Medium –

Medium

This service is valuable in terms of PR as it helps one to share his experiences and story to others. This way, your story reaches to millions of people and this is how Medium makes you popular among the masses. Sharing an influential story about your profession or success is such a wonderful thing for a startup and can turn to be an unexpectedly huge reward for you.

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16. Invoice To Me –

Invoice to Me

When you are starting a company, your main focus should be on minimizing your expenses as much as you can. Hiring a person who handles your invoices will surely increase the expenses that you have to bear. But, when you have services like Invoice to Me, you can save your money that you spend on hiring a resource who handles your invoices. So, get these services and enjoy making invoices for the vendors, suppliers, clients or anyone a fun task.

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17. Slack –

Slack

When you have social profiles on different social media platforms, it becomes essential for you to keep a track on what’s going on over all of them. However, checking each platform one by one can make things messy for you. Though for a new startup, it is vital to keep a closer eye on these platforms as they bring business to them. So, to manage the communication of different social media platforms easily, Slack is a phenomenal service to grab on.

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18. Primer –

Primer

A service by Google, Primer is one of the most helpful solutions that can be greatly advantageous for startups. You must agree on the fact that to earn a good name in any business, you should have some skills. By installing the Primer app on your device, you can develop required business skills that help you growing in your respective field. For any business, the knowledge of advertising and marketing comes at first and Primer focuses on delivering that knowledge to its subscribers.

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19. Wave –

Wave

It is a great service that helps the startups to make invoices and accounting. There are so many things related to finance that you can manage by using Wave. The best thing about this service is that; it comes for free.

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20. Email 1K –

Email 1K

Email 1K is an online course service that focuses on growing the contacts and email list for businesses. The course tenure is for 30 days in which you will be an expert in growing your contacts as it helps to double the email list of the startup companies.

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Conclusion

So, these are top 20 awesome services for growing your startup and all of these are sure to skyrocket the success of your new company. Therefore, just grab these services and start experiencing your business growth.

Symfony vs Laravel vs CodeIgniter

Which PHP Framework is More Productive – Symfony, Laravel or CodeIgniter?

One of the toughest challenges in web development is building top-notch applications and websites in the least possible time. This is the reason, programmers prefer using PHP framework for web application development that offers several tools to choose from.

However, decision fatigue is common when you have a multitude of options, that too, all good ones. After days of research, I’ve finally mustered the strength to write on the topic: Which is the best PHP framework among Symfony, Laravel, and CodeIgnitor.

On taking a closer look at all the three contenders, I discovered certain emerging patterns like coding styles, setup requirements and configuration, performance, modularity and usability, and the overall architecture. Each of them has their own set of features, usage, pros, and cons. While this isn’t about “which one is the best?”, let’s dig deeper to learn the differences between the three frameworks.

Symfony Web Development Framework

Symfony might not be the most trending platform, it fits in well with complex or large-scale enterprise projects. This is because it is certainly the most stable framework.

Published in October 2005 as a free software, Symfony aims to speed up the development and maintenance of web applications and to replace coding iterations. It can also work with some of the largest open source platforms, like Piwik, PHPBB, and Drupal.

Symfony Web Development Framework

Over the years, Symfony PHP development has gained a lot of popularity. It had a tremendous impact on PHP frameworks and tools like Doctrine, composer, or PSR standards that have become the de-facto standard for many other PHP tool sets. It has a very extensible architecture and flexible UI.

Symfony tends to work well with composers, autoloaders, and namespaces, all of which are important parts of a well-structured application. This is to note here that Symfony components establish the base for the Laravel framework as well as the Symfony2 MVC framework.

Its latest version (Symfony 3.1) helps programmers create scalable websites that are flexible to changing business requirements. I believe that because of its ability to use different ORM systems (i.e. Doctrine or Propel), Symfony is still the top choice of programmers.

Having such a flexibility to use different ORMs is indeed a great opportunity for any programmer, especially if they keep their business logic in the Model layer. This what makes Symfony reliable and so powerful.

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Pros of using Symfony Web Development Framework

  • If implemented well, Symfony performs with a speed that is the sum of the individual speeds of all the features you choose to work with. it includes. Hence, Symfony is faster than many other PHP frameworks if used properly.
  • This framework manages all the basic chunks of web development for the users including request variables and headers (think $_GET, $_POST, $_SESSION etc). It also adds multiple pre-built functionalities to ensure security such as user authentication for secure areas of the website using config files and some class writing.
  • By incorporating some very advanced features, Symfony makes the web development procedure more secure, more maintainable and cleaner such as the Forms bundle. Symfony developers and designers don’t need to create HTML form fields manually and then validate, sanitize, and process that data. Each of these tasks is accomplished by the Forms bundle.
  • In terms of testing, it is at the core of Symfony. Functional testing is carried out to ensure the controller interacts correctly with the model. UI testing ensures your JavaScript/AJAX interactions are working as they should with the use of tools like Selenium.
  • Developers can make use of many easy scalability options that Symfony offers. From optimizing Propels, minimizing the number of queries with joins, limiting the number of objects to hydrate, and avoid using temporary arrays, you get high scalability with Symfony.

Cons of using Symfony

  • While Symfony is a fantastic framework for the ninjas, those who’ve just begun with it might find it complicated. Because of its complex structure, it seems to be “bulky” and hence needs to be configured. This can be challenging to understand and learn at first.

The good news is that Symfony is smart enough to maintain a great balance in being highly modular and configurable. So, once the developer understands its entire structure, it is easy to use and complete the development quickly.

User Reviews

Symfony User Reviews

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Laravel Web Development Framework

As discussed above, Laravel arose from several Symfony components and hence leverages a great deal of it.

While Laravel tries to maintain the fashion, it also keeps things simple by using stable, and solid Symfony backbone for offering an entirely new way to code within its own MVC environment.

Laravel Web Development Framework

Laravel, unlike CodeIgniter, does a better job of enforcing some structure. Plus, it leaves the architecture open for 3rd party plug-ins instead of following a more strict plugin structure like CakePHP. However, this approach of Laravel is considered differently by different developers.

While it’s much easier to re-use an existing component in most cases, relying entirely on third-party libraries can gradually cause you a maintenance ordeal, because of which larger Symfony projects often suffer from. The best thing about the Laravel web application development platform is its Eloquent ORM. However, it has both plus and minus. While it’s great and simple, because of its simplicity, it is not very well-structured and granular

Probably, Laravel is the best to use as a front-end framework that doesn’t require you to use complex data store functionality. When it comes to building a web application, Laravel developers get a convenient way to develop and implement API’s and to establish routing. In simple words, Laravel is the best interface when it comes to dealing with a more complex back-end system.

In terms of testing, Unit testing in Laravel is a great convenience. Based on the KISS approach (Keep it Simple, Stupid) Laravel doesn’t impose any strict guidelines for determining the right structure for your tests. However, it offers all the tools necessary to write effective unit and functional tests to give you exactly what you expect.

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Pros of Laravel over other frameworks

  • With Laravel, developers can impose constraints when using multiple database objects using advanced query builder mechanism. In addition, you get an easy version control PHP Framework Laravel for simplifying the management of migrations.
  • Laravel offers an auto-loading facility and restrains the developer from making efforts for inclusion paths and manual maintenance. It also offers the freedom to generate new tools using an IoC container.
  • With Laravel, authentication is no more a headache. Instead, it is much simpler because of the availability of ready-to-use pre-built authentication system. All you need to do is to configure controllers, database migrations, models, and views to make your framework work.

Cons of Laravel

  • Laravel’s core files are stored within its namespace and not all of these files use a namespace slash ( a \ ) against calling another core file. This makes it difficult for developers to extend some classes. This is, however, not a big issue for all the developers.

User Reviews

Laravel User Reviews

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CodeIgniter Web Development Framework

Robust and powerful by means of a well-designed toolkit, CodeIgniter is a prominent PHP framework. It is perfect for web applications development with advanced features.

CodeIgniter is an open-source PHP framework and has been intuitive to new learners desiring to develop web applications quickly. It is a software approach to rectify application logic and presentation by detaching it from PHP scripting. However, in reality, CodeIgniter development welcomes web pages that contain minimal scripting.

CodeIgniter Web Development Framework

Because of the standard PHP coding, CodeIgniter makes a code portable, which makes it significantly simple and fast for CodeIgniter developers. It comes with a rich set of libraries and offers a very simple interface and logical structure to access those libraries.

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Pros of CodeIgniter

  • Perfect for the beginners who are unfamiliar with object-orientated programming, PHP frameworks, and structuring larger applications.
  • Offers modern separation concepts to be used in developing larger applications (controllers and libraries for logic, views for HTML, models for data).
  • It’s very small framework as compared to a modern framework like Symfony and Laravel, which makes it very fast.
    Developed with a focus on backward compatibility, longevity, and wide support (no bleeding edge PHP version needed.

Cons of Using CodeIgniter

  • Difficult-to-understand singleton $CI object that acts as a service locator.
  • Lack of modern namespace + autoloader. CodeIgniter uses a file naming convention and a standard folder that developers should follow, which limits flexibility.

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CodeIgniter User Reviews

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Conclusion: So, who do you think is the best? Which framework should you go for? To conclude, it can be said that each of the frameworks has its own benefits and consequences. Thing is, the choice of any framework depends on your set of requirements.

If you need a tremendously modular and well-supported framework, choose Symfony, but If ease of use and fast prototyping is your prime consideration, go with Laravel, and If you want something in-between, pick CodeIgniter. So, before you choose a framework evaluate your requirements thoroughly.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started With Laravel Framework

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started With Laravel Framework

Laravel framework development is certainly a complex job which requires one to attain proper knowledge of various steps involved to complete this process. Our step by step guide is helpful for those who are new to the Laravel framework.

Introduction –

Although, Laravel framework is based on MVC architecture which is a traditional design pattern, yet there are several things and features that make it an advanced framework of the time. So, you should be aware of all these features before getting started with this framework for any of your web project.
As Laravel uses MVC architecture, it requires the developers to use:

  • Models – It is used to communicate with the database and recover the information on your objects.
  • Views – to extract pages
  • Controllers – To manage the requests of the users and recover data by influencing models.

Apart from above-mentioned aspects, there are routes which are utilized to map the URLs to dedicated controller actions

A complete request cycle of MVC in Laravel application –

Request – Request is made when the user puts a URL related to your web application.

Route – A route related to that URL plots the URL to the controller action.

Controller – Then, controller action encourages the required model to recover information from the database and after that passes the data to the view.

View – the view extracts the finally designed page.

Getting Started To Make A Web Application Using Laravel Framework –

As Laravel framework is based on MVC pattern, so to make a web application, you have to cover each component like model, view and controller. So, for web application development on Laravel framework, first step is:

Model –

Start your development by creating the model of your project. The Laravel framework accompanies a brilliant, inbuilt command line web interface namely Artisan CLI. This interface offers programmers with several useful commands for making web applications. Therefore, shoot up the command line and move into the main directory of your application, and then, run the command as below to make the “Model”.

$ php artisan make:model abc --migration

Once models are created, they will keep on storing in the primary app directory and thus, the app/abc.php model file will be generated by command with this code:

<?php

namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class abc extends Model
{
    //
}

As Laravel has inbuilt functionality of model, just by making a hollow model class, it assumes that the model is related to the database table namely abc. Though, in reality, by adding that –migration, while creating model, this framework also created a migration file for database for making database table for abc. Then, that migration file is accommodated at [timestamp]_create_abc_table.php. There is following code with the migration file.

<?php

use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;

class CreateabcTable extends Migration
{
    /**
    * Run the migrations.
    *
    * @return void
    /
    public function up()
    {
    Schema::create('abc', function (Blueprint $table) {
        $table->increments('id');
        $table->timestamps();
    });
    }
    /**
    * Reverse the migrations.
    *
    * @return void
    */
    public function down()
    {
        Schema::drop('abc');
    }
}

For the completion of your migration file, you just have to use the Schema builder Laravel documentation which helps defining some extra columns to, say, store the abc’ make, model, and production date:

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Schema::create('abc', function (Blueprint $table) {
$table->increments('id');
$table->string('make');
$table->string('model');
$table->date('produced_on');
$table->timestamps();
});
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After that, you can easily run migration by using Artisan command for creating the abc table:

$ php artisan migrate

With the addressed items of the database, now, you can move on creating the controller which is the next step of Laravel framework development.

Controller –

In Laravel framework, an object type like abc is considered as the resource. Though it is quite common to create applications across resources, one can easily create resource controller which is a controller to manage all requests associated with a resource. For this purpose, you should use following Artisan command:

$ php artisan make:controller abcController

This command will create a controller file app/Http/Controllers/AbcController.php along with the following code:

<?php

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;

use App\Http\Requests;
use App\Http\Controllers\Controller;

class AbcController extends Controller
{
    /**
    * Display a listing of the resource.
    *
    * @return Response
    */
    public function index()
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Show the form for creating a new resource.
    *
    * @return Response
    */
    public function create()
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Store a newly created resource in storage.
    *
    * @return Response
    */
    public function store()
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Display the specified resource.
    *
    * @param int $id
    * @return Response
    */
    public function show($id)
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Show the form for editing the specified resource.
    *
    * @param int $id
    * @return Response
    */
    public function edit($id)
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Update the specified resource in storage.
    *
    * @param int $id
    * @return Response
    */
    public function update($id)
    {
        //
    }
    /**
    * Remove the specified resource from storage.
    *
    * @param int $id
    * @return Response
    */
    public function destroy($id)
    {
        //
    }
}

It is worth to be mentioned that Laravel automatically creates the “Controller” using these CRUD typical actions. After that, you should definite routes for associating URLs to controller actions.

Routes –

In the configuration file of the route which is app/Http/routes.php, include the following command for defining the route for abc resource:

Route::resource('abc', 'abcController');

With this single definition of the route, all the routes associated with abc resource will automatically be defined.

Request Type Path Action Route Name
GET /abc Index abc.index
GET /abc/create create abc.create
POST /abc Store abc.store
GET /abc/{abc} Show abc.show
GET /abc/{abc}/edit Edit abc.edit
PUT/PATCH /abc/{abc} update abc.update
DELETE /abc/{abc} destroy abc.destroy

As per the given examples, now, we will work on the implementation for show action of ABC page:

Show Action In The Controller –

According to the table above, the show action of ABC page can be accessed at http://app.url/abc/{abc}. Here, the {abc} will act like an id for the abc object in your database. Thus, the URL for viewing the abc with id1 will be http://app.url/abc/1.

So, to implement the abc show action page, in the controller, you should follow these steps:

Take the abc model to recover the designated abc object in the database.

Load the view for a page of show abc, and then, pass it to the abc object recovered from database.

To access the abc model from controller, you need to include the new “use” statement over the class of controller:

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use App\abc;
class AbcController extends Controller
{
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After that, you can complete the show abc action following this command:

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    public function show($id)
    {
      $abc = Abc::find($id);
      return view('abc.show', array('abc' => $abc));
    }
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On seeing the URL of abc 1 – http://app.url/abc/1, the laravel framework creates “1” in the accessible URL through $id as mentioned in the abc show function as above. Recovering the abc object with the abc model is also quite simple as you say abc:: find and then, passing it in $id.

Then, view is packed with the function “view” and passing any name to view using a variety of data to be added to view.

In the end, we should create show abc view.

View & Page Completion –

All the view files in Laravel gets stored in folder of resources/views. You can organized them in different subfolders in your directory.
In last step, the view function was passed the name for view abc.show. it shows Laravel framework to check for the view file included in the subfolder namely abc in the main directory resources/views with the name show.blade.php. The view files in Laravel work on Blade Templating engine and so are called .blade.php.
Therefore, to complete implementation of this page, you should make the view file resources/views/abc/show.blade.php with this code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>abc {{ $abc->id }}</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h1>abc {{ $abc->id }}</h1>
    <ul>
      <li>Make: {{ $abc->make }}</li>
      <li>Model: {{ $abc->model }}</li>
      <li>Produced on: {{ $abc->produced_on }}</li>
    </ul>
  </body>
</html>

As the abc object is passed to view, we should return back to the action Show in controller again with key array abc that can be acceded in view though variable of the name, $abc.
Objects taken from the model are examples of the class of that model. In the end, use a Blade syntax to print the information with following code for printing abc make.

{{ $abc->make }}

It is completely translated in the PHP echo in the background as below:

<?php echo $abc->make; ?>

We hope this tutorial will help you get a better idea about how to getting started with Laravel. If you still have a question in your mind, do let us know by commenting below in the comments section.

Top Practices Of QA For Mobile & Web Applications To Deliver Software Fast!

In software designing and development, a number of Application development companies these days prefer the idea of QA outsourcing. It is a deep practice that ensures the smooth functionality of the software and application developed.

QA which is an abbreviated term for Quality Assurance includes thorough testing of the application and software which has recently been developed. As QA for mobile applications and QA for web applications ensure flawlessness of the developed product and gives the software or application a green signal to be launched in the market, it becomes highly mandatory to get QA done by an expert. It is a reason people like the idea of QA outsourcing, if they don’t have an expert quality assurance team.

As QA for mobile as well as QA for web applications is a long process to manage, you may have to spend several hours without stopping, if you don’t follow right practices. Here are top practices of QA for mobile applications and web applications that help to manage workload and ensure the highest quality standard of the product that gets approved for launch.

Breaking Out Classical Duties Of QA

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Start QA with breaking limitations in both areas. Think from the customer perspective as well as conduct active design discussion with your team as well. Check with customers about the issue they face and expected features in a product they want. On another side, engage your team in design related discussion and give feedback taken from the customers. Additionally, using code testing expertise, discover design issues before employing anyone on coding. This practice will help to reduce unnecessary development cycles as well as helps meeting the expectations of the customers from the new product.

Select The Release Criteria Smartly

Select The Release Criteria Smartly

Testing every feature of every release in the enterprise product is just not possible and the best thing is; you don’t have to do it. But, you can get confidence in your approved product by focusing on aspects of the code where the critical changes had been introduced. Before the latest release cycle resumes, the QA team should meet up the product owner to learn those parts of their product which have to be polished with updated code. So, if you already perceive something that was worked on the previous release and you don’t want to work on it again, then just don’t think of it as it will waste your time. So, make the new code your base of release criteria that is going to be added.

Give Priority To Bug Fixes As Per The Usage

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In QA for mobile applications and QA for web applications, bug fixes are the most important aspect; however, it is equally important to consider which bugs need more effort from you. So, we suggest usage data needs much consideration from you. For instance, if you already know the least useable part of an app or software and a bug in that area of the code would receive low priority as compared to the bug in the areas which are in high usage.

Use Two-Tier Test Automation Approach For Testing

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Using two-tier test automation approach, you can manage QA in a better way. When you adopt the two-tier approach, then tier one would be targeted by a commit to a code base and hence, delivers faster validation of changes made by an expert developer with effective sanity tests. To complete sanity tests, developers often spend several minutes. Tier two is highly exhaustive regression test which runs at night automatically when one can concentrate on other parts related to QA for web applications. So, when you fall into this approach, you get to learn the way to balance between night-time regression and day-time sanity QA testing.

Stay Connected With A Relevant Environment

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The entire team of QA should work in the same environment. Once, the builds shift to the development phase, one must evaluate the code within production conditions. Thus, a powerful staging environment can be built that would help to stimulate the production environments of the customers.

Build A Devoted Team For Security Testing

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Before every single release of products like software as a service that is SaaS, it is mandatory to conduct a thorough security testing and if you find any security vulnerabilities, try to correct it before they are being noticed by customers because such issues often drive away the users. For this purpose, trying building up a testing team to perform a complete penetration testing over a stable version of new products to be released and updates.

A Quality Team Of Performance Testing Is Must

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To conduct performance testing of a stable product, a quality team is a must. Before, they conduct testing, brief the features and new versions of the product to that team. It will help them assessing the performance risks of the product. The features which do not affect the performance only need to undergo regressing tests. Though for the performance-related feature, there should be a certain performance test criteria that has to be followed while accomplishing the performance test of those features.

Conduct The Regression Cycle

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When your product stabilization process reaches its final stage, you should conduct the regression cycle. After successfully qualifying for this phase, a product gets a green signal to move to production. Although, at this level, very few changes are required, yet it gives a chance to validate the whole product. There are different methods to conduct regression cycle in which one is the traffic light approach. In this approach, if all branches get the green signal, a product is referred to as ready to deliver. Though if any branch gets a yellow signal, a discussion is made with the stakeholders. Ultimately, if there is a red signal, the work is being stopped and that issue is being addressed immediately.

Conduct Sanity Tests For Production

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After the release, sanity tests should be performed on the production account which helps to validate if every feature is in sound condition. First, the tests can be performed on the current production account; however later, you can make a new account to authenticate the flawless functionality of the process for new customers. So, give enough time for sanity testing in which, spend time on existing accounts as well as on new accounts. At last, check third-party components like billing system which determines version compatibility.

Conclusion

There are few top QA for web applications and QA for mobile applications that you should follow if you want to ensure flawless delivery of the product. Just bear in mind that to sustain the quality of a product while maintaining the demand of recent product releases, a good QA team must breach conventional molds. Developing new ideas and skills, you can involve in varied development stages. These practices are win-win for any development team.

Top 15 Websites Powered by WordPress

It won’t be an understatement to call WordPress as the best self-hosted website creation tool, which powers millions of diverse types of websites.
Once regarded as merely a blogging system, WordPress has quickly gained a lot of popularity and become a fully developed Content Management System for professional developers and businesses.

Yet many still think it as a platform for personal use and amateurs.

To put the record straight, we’ve have compiled a list of top websites that are built using WordPress to show you exactly what this open source platform is capable of.

1. The Walt Disney Company

 

The Walt Disney Company

Who isn’t familiar with The Walt Disney? The best childhood friend of almost every kid, The Walt Disney Company’s aim is to become the world’s biggest providers of information and entertainment.
The site has clearly been developed to put visuals simple while focusing on the quality content that rendering best possible information about the company. Browsing across different pages of the website, you will notice high-quality images embellished with quality content which look incredible on both desktop and mobile devices.

2. Angry Birds

 

Angry Birds

Whether you are an adult or 9-year old kids, you definitely have played Angry Birds at least once. You can either love’em or hate’em, well, I fall into the former category. Developed and launched by Rovio in 2009, Angry Birds has become an international mobile game that has bagged the title of the most downloaded game of all time.
Over the years, it has gained a lot of popularity and evolved into a movie along with an official website built on WordPress. The official website features animation, games, and characters. The usage of bright colors justifies the nature of Angry Birds game. Also, despite using high-resolution images, the website loads in seconds.

3. Katy Perry

 

Katy Perry

Huge celebrities create sites using WordPress too and why not? It’s simple to use, reduces development costs and offers easier administration.
Katy Perry happens to be one of the most popular celebrities that uses WordPress website.
Featuring beautiful parallax scrolling effects, the website is the perfect example of integrating this trend without overdoing. Aside scrolling effect, social media plays an important role too where you are allowed to join this pop star on any social media platform.

4. NASA

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NASA, a United States Government State Agency, has also chosen WordPress as their core software to build websites. A recent VIP case study conducted by WordPress dot com revealed that NASA is a huge fan of WordPress and preferred using it to host a range of sites that has an objective to assist federal agencies to render more collaboration, participation and transparency.

Different sites hosted by NASA include code.nasa.gov, data.nasa.gov, and open.nasa.gov. However, the main website of NASA i.e. NASA.gov is not powered by WordPress.

5. Forbes

 

Forbes

Forbes is a popular source for reliable financial information and business news that uses WordPress to show off its updates and latest information.
The website has accurately used the concept of Content Management System by integrating popular features of WordPress into its website including social sharing buttons, featured posts, related posts and so much more.

6. Flickr Blog

 

Flickr Blog

Next up in our list of popular WordPress powered website is Yahoo’s huge photo-sharing platform, Flikr.
Since Flikr is all about high-resolution images, it absolutely makes sense that they are well-focused on the blog. The Flickr Blog features a featured post with a full-width featured image at the top, joined by the most recent posts.

7. Bata

 

Bata

Bata is a family owned international fashion accessory and footwear manufacturer and retailer with headquarters based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Being available in more than 70 countries, Bata has gained a lot of trust and credibility over the years.
To add to the existing phenadip.com credibility, Bata used WordPress to build a website that reflects their brand and their business aim. Upon clicking products, you can witness well-crafted loading animation that does not let their visitors abandon their website.

8. Time Inc.

 

Time Inc

Time Inc. Is yet another popular news and entertainment resource that publish an array of magazines, including InStyle, Fortune, and Time. Most of the publications are managed on WordPress, however, each publication maintains its individual style with the help of dozens fo customization options available in WordPress.

9. TechCrunch

 

TechCrunch

TechCrunch is a great example for showing how powerful versatile WordPress can be. Founded by Nico Vincent and Alex Khadiwala, TechCrunch is a content-oriented website whose main aim is to render useful information across the web. The main content area is divided into two sections – Latest and Popular where you will witness a timeline integrated beautifully that displays updates and news according to time and hours.
The site also has leverages many other WordPress features and/or plugins to bring out the best in the site.

10. News Corp

 

News Corp

News Corp, another popular network of leading companies across information services, education, and news, has boastfully used WordPress to reach out to their audience. Not only News Corp but also various other properties of it are making use of WordPress including The Times, New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

11. Beyonce

 

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Similar to Katy Pery, Beyonce hasn’t lagged behind in the race to join the league of WordPress users. The official website of Beyonce shows how customizable and diverse the platform is and how to make the most of it. Beyonce’s site assisted her present her story to her millions of fans with a beautiful collage of high-resolution images offering a unique experience for fans and visitors.

12. Chicago Weather Center

 

Chicago Weather Center

Though WGN’s Chicago Weather Center attracts a particular type of visitors, it is a perfect example showcasing how collective elements can be integrated into the software. Witness the site changing on scrolling over few graphs and maps. Featuring a card layout design on the left-hand side, the website beautifully shows each news and update along with an image without making you wait.

13. LinkedIn

 

LinkedIn

You may spend half of your time on LinkedIn admiring its functionality, posting, sharing and communicating, but did you know it was also powered by WordPress? Well, I am quite sure, a majority of you didn’t. But that’s why we are here.
LinkedIn’s official blog is a great source of information and insights about this social media site.
The website focuses on article descriptions and visuals just like site’s main feed. In terms of designing, LinkedIn certainly bagged a lot of applause by mimicking the same tones and colors employed on the homepage.

14. Sony Music Entertainment

 

Sony Music Entertainment

Owned by Sony Corporation of America, Sony Music Entertainment built a WordPress powered website to display popular music artists and their work including Michael Jackson, Usher, Sia, Brad Paisley and so much more. Another minimalist design but packed with a resourceful functionality, Sony captures the attention of its audience and directs it to its artists without distracting them with any unnecessary element.
Another thing that grabs the attention is its images usage where 2/3rd of the space above the fold is covered with artists’ images.
Sony also features popular music and videos below the fold.

15. Google Ventures

 

Google Ventures

Google Ventures, a popular venture capital investment arm of Google also uses WordPress powered website. The company has built a simple yet popular template that makes it extremely easy for various business owners to browse through the website.

The website also leverages WordPress features and plugins in the best possible way including newsletters and micro-sites.

How to use WordPress to Build a Web App?

The State Of The Word presentation delivered by Matt Mullenweg was quite perceptive of what WordPress was to offer in the coming years. One thing was very clearly mentioned in the presentation – WordPress powered apps.

As a matter of fact, more than 24.7% of webmasters are using WordPress, and certainly almost every site owner wants a mobile app too. Since they are running WordPress powered websites, it makes absolute sense to have WordPress powered apps so that whenever the website is updated, the app is simultaneously updated too.

For example, if you run a news website, you would indeed want you published articles to be available immediately in the app too. Similarly, if you make any changes to the website, you would want the same changed to be applied to the app without having to repeat the all the changes in the app.

There are various ways to build apps today including third party CMS, MVVM structure, and MVC Model. However, if you are using WordPress to build your website, why not use it to build an app? WP has its own unique architecture to manage data, but these concepts can be taken and used separately to build something of your own.

WP users are habitual of using themes and plugins to tweak the appearance as well as the functionality of their websites, and these do not always work well with a mobile app. This apparently brings few unique challenges in the way of a developer when approached by a client who is looking to get a mobile app developed out of his/her WordPress website.

WP is a great platform to get started, thanks to a wide range of APIs offered to leverage. It comes with content types, sanitisation, user roles, authentication and so much more. Moreover, if you are building a huge app, you would not even have to worry about the user interface, taxonomies, meta boxes and image gallery.

Does your business need a mobile app?

Well, having a mobile-friendly version of your website may seem quite enough to target mobile users and drive traffic from mobile. But that’s not enough. Until and unless you are running a casual blog on WordPress.com, your business needs a mobile app regardless of its type, size and length. Mobile users today prefer using mobile apps over mobile-friendly websites which make it quite a necessary tool to target your mobile audience.

  • A mobile app assists your target users to get your content faster than a mobile-friendly website.
  • These apps can also provide a certain amount of content offline as well
  • Can be used to send push notifications to the users
  • These mobile apps make the most of the mobile features including contacts, camera, and geolocation
  • It also offers better user experience and user interface.
  • According to recent statistics, mobile users spend more time on mobile apps than on mobile web and features such as push notifications can offer better user engagement than web pages.

Non-native vs Native Apps

Non-native vs Native Apps

A native app is a mobile app designed particularly for a smartphone operating system such as Java for Android and Swift or Objective-C for iOS. Since native apps are designed within a mature environment following the user experience and technical guidelines for the operating system, it not only boasts of its higher performance but also seems perfect for the end user. The targeted audience is thus more likely to understand the navigation and features of the app quicker.

They also have the important benefit of being able to conveniently access and employ the inbuilt capabilities of a device such as a camera, contact list, GPS and so much more. These applications are usually faster than non-native apps, however, a different version needs to be designed for a different operating system which certainly adds to the development cost.

These days, an increasing number of mobile apps are being developed as cross-platform apps in HTML5, depending on the same tools that you use for developing sites. Non-native apps are also known as Hybrid apps which are developed using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS rolled in a native container which loads the content on the page as the users navigated through the app. These apps surely appear like native apps but eventually outside the basic frame of App, these apps are fueled by the official site.

Ways to create mobile app with WordPress

App Builders

App Builders

App Builders are one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to build an app for your business. There are a plethora of app builders available which allow you to create a simple yet functional app without having any technical expertise and coding knowledge. Some of the most popular app builders include Telerik AppBuilder, Reactor, Good Barber, Shoutem, and Mobile Roadie. Each of these app builders offers a great WordPress support and allows you to incorporate comments and posts.

As an instance, Reactor is a great App Builder launched by AppPresser, which is particularly designed to help WordPress webmasters to create a mobile app that directly connects with their WP website. The app builder allows you to integrate WordPress custom content such as events and more, videos, photos, pages and posts. Moreover, unlike other app builders, it also has deep incorporation with things such as various plugins like WooCommerce integration and custom post types.

Well, app builders come with myriad pros and cons that should be considered before even considering this option to build your mobile app.

Benefits

App builder allows you to create an app without having to be familiar with any programming language or coding.
It also saves a lot of money and serves as a great option for those who do not have a huge budget for their mobile apps.

Limitations

App Builders allow you to build only a simple, functional app. However if you want to tweak the design or functionality of your app, you perhaps have to find another way of building an app.

Get a hybrid custom app

Getting a custom or tailor-made mobile app is another way of creating an app. This method works wonder for those who have unique or specific needs. Though this method requires a good budget and investment, it is worth all your investment, and efforts.
Getting a mobile app developed requires a framework and the WP-API technologies. A conventional hybrid mobile app primarily developed using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. It is then combined with Apache Cordova (earlier known as PhoneGap) to provide access to native device features. The applications developed access WP content with the help of an API.

Creating your App’s API

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API is an application protocol interface, a tool which apps and websites use to interact with each other. If you are planning to integrate your app with another service, it would communicate with that through service’s API. Though it is not necessary to have your own API, it only makes it a lot convenient.
The main reason why you need an API for your app is to allow other services to incorporate with it. There would hardly be any better way to make your app an imperative part of your audience’s workflow than to integrate it into what your audience is already doing. In a nutshell, when you build something that integrates with the popular products, you get a chance to tap into their acclaimed user base.

How to create your own API?

Today, creating your own API is easy. There are basically two ways to create your own API – JetPack’s JSON API and WP-API.
Both the above are JSON RESTful APIs, which makes it extremely easy to work and incorporate with other application protocol interfaces that employ the same standard.

WordPress core comes with a new feature namely WP-API which is a WordPress’s JSON REST API, which provides a more decentralized approach. This new feature enables two-way communication like approving comments and creating posts from the mobile app. This feature also makes it easier to get the content of your WordPress website into mobile app. All you need to do is install a plugin called WP-API Plugin on your WP Powered site.

JetPack’s JSON API enables you to establish a tailor-made app that uses WordPress.com’s REST API and oAuth2 service. This API has been around for quite some time and has reached version 1.0 lately. The two API are almost similar in regards to functionality. However, the only difference between these two APIs is that WP-API hosted on your servers while JetPack’s API runs on WordPress.com’s servers.

Conclusion:

WordPress has become an integral part of the online world and with the passage of each day, the popularity of WordPress is only growing. There was a time when WordPress was used to build only blogs, however, today, WordPress is capable of powering mobile applications. In spite of this being a small scale application, the possibilities with custom fields, custom taxonomies, custom post types and typically anything related to CMS are endless.

I hope this article works as building blocks for your future mobile apps and help you create beautiful and fully functional apps.