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10 Free services for your Website / Blog. Just plug it.
Each website / blog delivers useful content or service to its users. But website themselves requires some service to monitor and increase its presence. Here are few free services which could be used by Website / Blog. This will be very much helpful for small business owners.
This is a most important and must for every website. Google Analytics tracks your website visitors and provides information about their Country, Page visited, Number of pages visited etc. It is capable to generate reports in various dimensions.
It is a Content Delivery Network service provider which helps to deliver content faster. CDN automatically caches your static files and these files are stored closer to the visitors while delivering the dynamic content directly from your web server.
Google Standard Mail
Google standard provides 10 free mail account for your domain. While registering your domain, MX record details will be provided. Add the MX record to your DNS. GMail user interface is used to access the account. This service is very helpful for the site who cannot afford hosting their own email server.
Disqus provides free commenting system for your site. It helps to receive feedback from your user. It also supports threaded discussion, spam protection and lot more.
Feeds are a way for websites used to distribute their updates to their visitors via Email, News reader, Feed reader etc.
ClusterMaps provides a widget which could be embedded in to the site. It provides real time information about the visitors.
Zoho creator helps to create your own forms/tables afresh or import data from standard formats (.xls .csv .mdb) and get your database application online within minutes.
Gravator provides image of the user based on their email address. User has to create a account in Gravator and upload their image to it. If they provide same email address in our site then using Gravator API, user images could be retrieved in various formats and dimensions.
Pingdom monitors your website and sends downtime alerts. It is difficult to manually monitor the uptime of the site. Pingdom helps to generate uptime reports.
AddThis is a social media widget which helps your site visitor to bookmark your site content to various social media site. It also maintains analytics of the content being shared.
Most of the service providers are giving minimal or restricted services as free. If you want more then you need to go for their paid service. Small website / blog could use these services as it is available for free. Just embedded their scripts and its done. The disadvantage of going for these services is data privacy. All these services have complete access to your site content and visitors.
LogicalDOC is both a document management and a collaboration system. The software is loaded with many functions and allows organizing, indexing, retrieving, controlling and distributing important business documents securely and safely for any organization and individual.
SeoToaster is a free Open Source CMS & Ecommerce solution to build, manage and market websites optimized for for top search engine performance. As the name implies, Seo Toaster is to date the only content management system (CMS) to truly integrate SEO execution and web marketing automation technology in full compliance with the search engines industry’s best practices.
You may require GBs of data to do performance or load testing. How your app behaves when there is loads of data. You need to know the capacity of your application. This is the frequently asked question from the sales team "The customer is having 100GB of data and he wants to know whether our product will handle this? If so how much RAM / Disk storage required?". This article has pointers to the large data corpus.
Many new products are coming in the open source world. Few are forking existing project, adding new features to it and selling it as open source product. Few strategies required to follow to sell the product better.
As open source getting popular day by day, many have questions like How to make money from Open Source? Lot more products are getting introduced and don't know who is making money. Certainly open source means, give the product and source for free then how to make money? Yes sell the product for free but get paid for its services.
Alexa is a web information company promoted by Amazon. It provides traffic, page views, reach, etc for the web sites.Alexa ranking is widely used to rate the web site. Ranking is in increasing order. High traffic sites has lesser the rank value and poor traffic web sites will have higher the rank value. Google is ranked 1. Follow our steps, how we increased the rank from 3 million to 300,000.
To the user's satisfaction, there is a whole wide world of different CMS, all suitable for different needs. You can go for the giants like Wordpress or Joomla or pick one of the rising forces - Shopify, Squarespace or others. Microweber CMS fills a hole in the current technological ecosystem, aimed at delivering a light software that is perfect for all end-users lacking the technical knowledge needed for complicated website building.
Enterprise search software should be capable to search the data available in the entire organization or personnel desktop. The data could be in File system, Web or in Database. It should search contents of Emails, file formats like doc, xls, ppt, pdf and lot more. There are many commercial products available but LucidWorks and SearchBlox are best and free.
GlobalSign is one of the Internet’s original trust service providers (technically known as Certificate Authorities). They have issued millions of trusted Digital Certificates to people, servers and mobile devices for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) enabled solutions and applications. They are now giving certificates for free for open source projects.
There are couple of sites which indexes the open source code and provides support to search code. Recently Google announced that they removed code search support from Google code. This article provides pointer for code search engine sites.
Open Source projects requires sponsors to fund their project. Few got good funding but few others are struggling to continue their project. A contributor, who does full time work in open source project requires funding to take care his needs. He has to be paid and he cannot do it for free. For those who don't get fund, check out this crowdfunding sites, these are exclusively for open source projects. Join these, get some fund and continue your dream.
MongoDB is the most exciting SQL-free database currently available in the market. The new kid on the block, called MongoDB is a scalable, high-performance, open source, schema free and document oriented database that focuses on the ideas of NoSQL Approach. Written in C++, it has taken rapid strides since its emergence into the public sphere as a popular way to build your database applications.
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Their courses include in various categories like Biology, Business management, Computer science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Finance, Nutrition, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Genetics, Data analytics and lot more.
Open Source is the way to innovate and users using it should have complete freedom. Google has came forward to declare couple of its patents on Map Reduce under Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (OPN Pledge). There are multiple variants of open source license and using that means the product is completely free. Why OPN Pledge is required?
Lucidworks Enterprise search solution is built on top of Apache Solr. It scales seamlessly w/sub-second response times under extreme query loads for multi-billion document collections. It has user friendly UI, which does all the job of configuration and search.
EdX is an online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.
U.S. Senate is planning to introduce Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) act, PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). This may punish websites that publish content generated by third parties. Wikipedia, Reddit, Social bookmarking sites, Mailing list archival service providers and lot more sites has to move out from United States.