We Compare – Magento Vs Shopify Vs WooCommerce

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 25-03-2017

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Starting an online business is always an exciting process to go through. You have a set of products that you’ve been developing and you want to get them to customers as soon as possible. There are a few basics to cover before you can start selling your products online. One of them is deciding which ecommerce platform suits your needs and personal preferences best.

There are plenty of options when it comes to ecommerce platforms. In this part, however, we are going to focus our attention on the three most popular choices on the market: Magento, Shopify and WooCommerce on WordPress. Let’s have a look and see which one is best, shall we?

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Shopify

Shopify is a ready-made ecommerce platform designed to make setting up an online store as easy as it gets. You don’t have to purchase your own hosting service, since Shopify is a hosted solution. Sign up for an account and you will be able to start adding products to your online catalogue within minutes.

In terms of design, Shopify is also very user friendly, albeit rather limited. There are more than 100 themes – all online store-specific layouts – that can be selected from the platform’s repository. You can customize the theme further by modifying HTML and CSS codes, so it is possible to create a truly personalized online store. The platform even has its own web-based page builder with clean user interface.

Other basics are covered just as well by Shopify. SEO and internet marketing are both very easy to do when you use this platform. You can also take advantage of the built-in features to stage promotional offers and discounts.

There is, however, a major downside. Shopify is built to standardize online commerce, so some features are limited. For instance, you only have 3 product attributes to use. While you can customize these attributes, you can have more than 3 for a product.

Magento

Magento is the second platform on our list. It is one of the oldest ecommerce platforms on the market and it’s available for free. You still need to buy your own hosting service and domain name, but most of today’s hosting packages come with Magento ready to be installed in just one click.
The easy setup is where the user-friendliness stops as far as configurations go. Magento is built to be methodical, so getting the site set up the way you want it to can be tricky. There are a lot of coding involved just to get the site functioning correctly. Design-wise, Magento is also not very attractive unless heavy customization is done.

For those who are not familiar with Magento, learning about the platform takes time. Invest enough time and energy to master the platform, however, and you will be able to set up any kind of online store you can think of. Product customizations, simple checkout process and even modern shop layout can all be achieved.

The biggest advantage of using Magento is its scalability. While customizing the platform requires a bit of learning, it is VERY customizable. You can fine-tune the whole customer experience to the last detail and scale the online store as you grow your user base.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce offers a nice balance between the ease of use offered by Shopify and the flexibility of Magento. It offers all the features you need to set up an online store the way you want without forcing you to go through complicated guides and extensive help documents. In fact, WooCommerce is one of the easiest ecommerce platforms to use.

WooCommerce is set up on top of WordPress. It is a plugin designed specifically for the blogging platform. This is a huge plus, especially since you can also take advantage of WordPress’ immense plugins catalogue to add more functionalities to the site. You also have a wealth of themes to choose from; by a wealth of themes, I meant more than 5,000 free and premium themes to choose from.

Customizing WooCommerce is also easy to do. You get unlimited product attributes, pricing options and display configurations. You can use the ecommerce platform to host the most customizable products and it will still not break a sweat. There are also plugins that allow customers to design or customize their own products in real-time to be captured directly on the store layout.

The only downside to using WooCommerce is setting it up; you have to do everything yourself. This means installing WordPress and then adding WooCommerce from the plugins repository. However, both of these steps are easy to complete and there are plenty of tutorials to help you get started. If you’re already familiar with WordPress, WooCommerce is the perfect ecommerce platform to use.

These three ecommerce platforms offer their own advantages. Choosing the right one to use is a matter of finding one that suits your specific needs and preferences best. Regardless of the platform you use, you can start an online store and begin offering products and services to customers in no time at all.

10 Best Tools for Data Visualization

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 24-10-2016

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In this post, we are have showcased 10 best tools for data visualization that helps end users not only with the ability to view all types of data but also let them better understand this data. We hope that this compilation will draw new ideas to inspire and improvise the ordinary designs. Feel free to share your suggestion and comments with us. You can also share this collection with your social media friends.

Openlayers

Crossfilter

Polymaps

Tangle

High Charts

Kartograph

Cartodb

R-Project

Nodebox

Dygraphs

Meet FotoJet to Make Photo Artworks Simple and Fun

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 29-09-2016

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We all have mountains of digital photos on trips, parties, birthdays, holidays, or other occasions. By gathering multiple photos in one laspecial momentsrge place, you will be able to remember those precious memories for a very long time. This is collage, an increasingly popular and unique way for people to preserve their photo memories.

You must know some software for collaging your photos. Here I’d introduce a new tool from PearlMountainif you don’t want to spend any money to buy the software and the take lots of time to learn the regulations of how to use it. FotoJet.com, as the name said, jets your photos to a high level! It provides an easy way to make your photos extraordinary, and to shine a spotlight on your special moments.

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That’s the fact. With just a few clicks, you can turn your photos into stunning artworks from its abundant choosable templates. It will save your time, effort and money, as well as it is totally free.

What is FotoJet?

As its description says:

FotoJet is a free online collage maker, graphic designer & photo editor that enables you to create amazing collages, photo cards, social media graphics, posters and also helps you edit photos, providing 600+ creative collage templates, 80+ classic collage layouts, 300+ professional designs and numerous powerful editing tools. It works perfectly in any browser without the hassles of downloading and installing!

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In COLLAGE mode, you can make classic collage and creative collage. You are provided with 80+ fully adjustable classic layouts and there are 600+ creative collage templates offered such as Modern Collage, 3D Collage, Photo Card, Magazine and so on. To create a collage, you just need to choose a template/layout, easily add favorite photos; apply other elements like texts, clipart images, shapes and background resources. Even a computer novice can use FotoJet to make beautiful collages effortlessly.

How to Use FotoJet Collage Maker?

  1. Choose from dozens of collage templates

Visit www.fotoJet.com and on the homepage, choose the first button “Make a Collage”, then the tool is starting. You will find lots of perfectly designed collage templates from classic layouts to 3D collages, modern collages, posters, photo cards, and fake magazine covers. Make your choice from those templates and click to open.

You can see lots of samples here:

Classic Photo Grids

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Creative Collage Templates
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Add photos to fill the template
When you choose a template to open, the images will be empty; you need to add your own photos to fill it. Click Add Photo button and then you have options to add from local or online Facebook.

    1. Make adjustments on photos

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Select a photo object and as you see from the Edit Image panel, you can crop and move the photo to let it show the appropriate part. You are also allowed to rotate photo, flip photo vertically or horizontally at will. To make your photo more attractive, adjustphoto color on Exposure, Brightness, and Saturation or apply photo effects and filters with a few clicks.

      1. Edit text/clipart

Text editing is a must for making a unique collage. You can type any words on the templates and customize the text by adjusting its font, color, size, alignment, effect, etc.

You will find hundreds of clipart images provided at the left Clipart panel. Choose a heart, a rose, a camera or whatever you like to decorate your collage.

      1. Save, share or print

Once you have a final work, you can save it as a JPG/PNG image; share it to your social media accounts or directly print it.

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In DESIGN mode, you will find 300+ professional designs, including Facebook Cover, Facebook Post, Instagram Post, Twitter Header, YouTube Channel Art, and Poster, etc. It’s flexible to customize your creations with photos, texts, online clipart images, lines, shapes and other elements. Under DESIGN mode, you can unleash your creativity freely to make gorgeous photo designs! 

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How to Use FotoJet Graphic Designer?

Designing like a professional designer with FotoJet’s graphic designer! Facebook cover, YouTube banner, Poster, Instagram graphic is just a few clicks away!

      1. Choose the second button “Create a Design” on homepage to enter the tool. You are shown with various templates for social media and marketing use. Choose the one you need to start.

Just see some sample here.

When you opened one template, the picture will still exist, which is different from collage template. If you don’t want the images on template, add your owns from computer, Facebook or search online images to replace them.

      1. Now you can make some minor adjustments on template to get your final design. It’s easy to add and edit text, search clipart, apply shapes and backgrounds.
      1. At last, save your design and then upload as the cover of your social media accounts, or print out for marketing use.

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In EDIT mode, you can upload your own photo and edit it with powerful tools: cropping, resizing, rotating, exposure, color, sharpen, vignette, dehaze, radial focus, tilt shift and more. You are free to choose from 100+photo effects/filters to apply on your photo. It’s also very easy to add text and clipart images to your photo and adjust them freely. FotoJet editor will give your photo a creative touch! When you’re done working with your photo, you can save the work to your computer, directly print it out or share online with friends and families via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

 

How to Use FotoJet Photo Editor?

FotoJet comes with a photo editor tool that allows you to retouch photos with numerous powerful tools including resize, rotate, straighten, photo effects, color, exposure, vignette, sharpen, dehaze, focus & tilt shift and more.

      1. Open fotojet.com in your browser; choose the third button “Edit a Photo” to start.
      1. Select your photo to editing area. You can play with the image samples to see how it works. Or directly upload your photo from computer or Facebook to edit.

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FotoJet editor has the basic editing options – crop, resize, rotate and straighten; also you can try some advanced features – sharpen, dehaze, vignette, radial & tilt shift. It provides many beautiful Lomo effects, B&W effects, Vintage effects, Chromatic effects, Sepia effects, Old Photo effects, Scene, etc. It’s flexible to add text, clipart images, shapes which will definitely lighten up your photos.

      1. Save, share or print. When you’ve got your final satisfaction, you have options to save your photo work; share via popular social platforms; or directly print it out. That totally depends on you.

They have a resource page to introduce how to use FotoJet effectively. You may want to check it and you will find this tool helpful.

 

7 Useful Hashtag Tools For Social Media Marketing

Filed Under (Social Media, Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 12-09-2016

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Social media is becoming more than a craze. A great number of social media users are getting worldly information just on one click. Here in this post we are presenting 7 best hashtag tools to increase your social media exposure exponentially.
You can easily identify your post through search engines if you use hashtag. There are so many hashtag tools available in the web but in this collection, you will find all these improved hashtag tools that are new and up to date and enhance your social media campaign. Feel free to share your suggestion and comments with us. You can also share this collection with your social media friends.

Hashtags

Hashtagify

Talk Walker

Twitonomy

RiteTag

TweetChat

Tweet Binder

9 Best Free Coding Tools and Apps

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 25-03-2016

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Computer science skills are the most demanding skills in today’s technologically shrewd world, and where majority of educators believe that encouraging students in computer programming and coding from early age is an important key to develop their interest in computer science when they reach to college, it has become a norm to teach basics of computer programming and coding in early schools.
Here we have put together a fine assortment of 9 free coding tools and apps that would be very helpful not only for older students but also for beginners. Here is the full list. Have a look and enjoy!

Aptana Studio

IntelliJ IDEA

Notepad++

Programmer’s Notepad

Crimson Editor

HacketyHack

Hopscotch

Cargo-Bot

Daisy the Dinosaur

9 Hashtag Tools For Social Media Marketing

Filed Under (Social Media, Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 26-02-2016

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Social media is very popular and famous that’s why you can use social media for promoting your blog or website. In this round-up, you will find 10 best and useful Hashtag tools for your social media exposure. All these tools will help you to create improved hashtags and also increase your online exposure.
You can easily identify your post through search engines if you use hashtag. There are so many hashtag tools available in the web but in this collection, you will find all these improved hashtag tools that are new and up to date and enhance your social media campaign. Feel free to share your suggestion and comments with us. You can also share this collection with your social media friends.

TweetChat

HootSuite

RiteTag

Talk Walker

tweetbinder

hashtagtools

Twitonomy

Keyhole

Hashtags

7 Online Tools to Increase Employee Productivity

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 15-02-2016

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Employee satisfaction and their productivity are interlinked. Organizations outsource the services of consultants to know how to get their employees motivated, satisfied and productive. Everyone can suggest that how to keep employees productive and satisfied. There are devices that include bio-monitoring, including technology such as heart monitors or posture coaching devices. The question arises, how can small institutions get in on this new trend feasibly? Luckily, there are several devices, apps and software that sound less like science fiction and can still promote productivity and job satisfaction.

DeskTime

HipChat

AnyPerk

Expensify

WorkZone

SaneBox

10 Best Evernote Alternative

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 12-02-2016

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Currently Evernote is the leader for word based notes taking. Some people are there who thinks that Evernote is so overstuffed and they have got all in one in the form of Evernote, on the other hand, some people want to get the free version that doesn’t entertain their requirements and doesn’t have all the features they want. We are providing you the list of some of the finest Evernote alternates that are available in the market. Some of these are free while other requires you to make a one time payment. It depends on what you enjoy, Evernote or its alternative. So it’s your choice, our options!

Simplenote

Leafnote

Thinkery

Workflowy

Google Keep

Octobox

NotePlus

Red Notebook

Basket Note Pads

Nix Note

Is the Cloud the Final Answer to the Question of Network Security?

Filed Under (Tools) by WDCore Editorial on 17-11-2014

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Cloud services like to bill themselves as the answer to every small business owner’s network security issues. Just port your services to the cloud, they offer, and the security will handle itself while you focus on working. There is some truth to that, but you have to understand what the “cloud” actually is before you begin to understand how it benefits you. The cloud is not a substitute for strong network security, but it can be a benefit all the same.

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For a small business to grow, it needs to learn when to outsource and when to focus its own resources. Outsourcing your network security, and file storage, is not a bad idea. However, doing so as a substitute for basic security in-house is not and here is why.

How the Cloud Works

The cloud is like an external hard drive in another location. It’s a server kept in a server room near you but typically off-site for security reasons. When you sign up for network storage, or hosting, you are paying for a few different services with storage being just one of them. The service often comes with tech support to help manage access to your files and create individual user accounts. It also has an uptime guarantee, but you shouldn’t take that too seriously. The uptime guarantee may not cover DDoS attacks, so always question your host before you sign up.

Small businesses are increasingly finding themselves targets of hackers. They are the proverbial “low hanging fruit” of the hacker world, because they often lack the resources to defend themselves.

Points of Entry

Strong network security comes from managing your points of entry, which is what an IT department does best. In addition to managing the software needs of each employee, IT typically creates a plan to minimize threats and deal with potential problems. That includes managing who has access to which files, how often they must change their passwords, which sites they are allowed to visit, and where downloads are allowed to come from.

IT also has a new problem to deal with in the form of employees bringing their own devices from home to work. Employees are also working remotely in larger numbers, presenting challenges for access off site. A hacker searches for the weakest point of entry, and small businesses are increasingly finding themselves at risk for attacks even outside of work hours.

Managing Security In-House

Many companies are beginning to utilize cloud platforms like Azure in some form or another. This is typically related to file storage, but may also manage some applications used in house as well. Azure Security is built into the application, allowing administrators to control infrastructure.

Additional layers of security are needed to manage the deployment of applications themselves. In other words, the data is protected but not the employees who access that data at the local level. The vulnerability is either the terminal itself (compromised from a bad download usually), or something within the application that allows access.

Security Concerns

If you don’t want to lose entire volumes worth of data about your customers, you need to take security a lot more seriously. Offer your employees access to password management programs, and encourage them to devise more complex passwords. Network security on each terminal is also a must. Traffic to and from an employee’s computer should also be monitored throughout the day.

Employees granted cloud access should have full restrictions at the lowest level, granted access only to files that they need to complete their work. This limits the potential exposure that a low level breach causes to your company. It’s also a good idea to maintain local and off-site backups, in case you need to restore files quickly. Automate these backups and you will find the task of keeping your network secure that much easier.

IT departments spend a lot of their time automating their work and figuring out more efficient ways to do things. You can do the same as a small business owner, with software already existing in the wild. Creating automated solutions using existing software, and creating protocol for cloud applications, help shield you from potential loss.

 

Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting

Filed Under (Social Media, Tools) by Obaid on 04-04-2014

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Twitter – does it need any introduction? Obviously, no; it has become the most powerful marketing tool for many companies and professionals. Twitter tools are there to help you get the most out of this powerful tool. Here we are presenting 10 new and useful Twitter tools that will make everything easier for you. These Twitter tools are equally useful for the new users as well as for the experienced users and will surely get you tweeting.
So, without any further ado here we are presenting the complete list for you. We hope that you will like this collection and will use these tools to get you more tweets. Enjoy!

Tweriod

Tweriod is a free twitter tool that helps you make the most of Twitter by letting you know the best time to tweet.
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