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Opera Unite: A Pratical Look

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Norway based browser maker Opera had promised that, today, they were going to reinvent the Web. The fruition of that promise was it debuting its latest browser, Opera Unite.

However, Opera Unite is not simply another better/faster/smarter browser, it is also a server that turns your browser into a two-way communication tool.

In short, Opera Unite, a preview of which is currently available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux, hopes to blur the lines between browsers and servers and change the way the Web works.

However, there are serious problems and questions about how Opera Unite would fit into the new Web and whether it really is an improvement on existing services. Still, it is an interesting new idea that is worthwhile for all heavy Internet users, including bloggers, to take a look at and see if it can fit with your needs.

How Opera Unite Works

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When you first install Opera Unite and open it, it looks and feels much like any other browser, In fact, if you use the Opera browser regularly, there will be hardly any noticeable difference.

However, once you enable Opera Unite, either via the menu or the button in the status bar, the changes become almost immediately clear.

First, you are given the option of signing up for an account or using an existing My Opera account if you have one. That in turn creates a new sub-domain on their site. You then select which computer you are using and you are given a URL for that particular machine, which looks something like: http://computer.username.operaunite.com

Once that is done, you’re given the option of enabling various services. Currently, there are six available including the following:

  • File Sharing: Shares a folder of files.
  • Fridge: Allows others to put “sticky notes” on your computer.
  • Media Player: Streams MP3 files from your computer.
  • Photo Sharing: Share images from your computer.
  • The Lounge: A simple chat system.
  • Web Server: A very basic Web server that lets you host HTML files.

Each application can have its own privacy setting including “Private”, meaning only you can access that application, “Limited”, which password protects the application (this is the default setting) and “Public”, which operates the service just like a regular Web server.

It is important to remember that, in each of these applications, the files/content are being served directly from the user’s computer, not from a third party Web server. Even the URL that Opera Unite creates points directly to the computer, eliminating the use of middlemen.

The question is whether we actually have a need for this service and if it is any better than the current alternatives.

The Big Problems

Though what Opera Unite is attempting to do is indeed a very grand gesture. It has one major problem, it is trying to make servers out of computers and connections that were never intended to be used in that fashion.

Consider the following issues:

  1. Reliability: Very few home/office users leave their PCs on 24/7 and even fewer keep their browser up too. Without both those things, these features do not work. Also, home connections tend to be less reliable than ones to datacenters, which are redundant typically, causing additional availability issues.
  2. Connections are Inadequate: Not only are home connections slower than those seen at datacenters, which usually use multiple T1 lines, home connections have intentionally limited upload speed. You don’t notice this when viewing Web pages because you upload very little, but when you try to use your computer as a server it becomes more clear.
  3. Security: If there is a security flaw in your Flickr account, someone gains access to your images. If there’s a flaw in your “Photo Sharing” application, someone can have access to your whole machine.

All of this combines to make Opera Unite fairly useless for truly public sharing. Though it could have a great deal of use for an individual to share items between two computers or even a small office that is working at the same time, for sharing on the broader Web, there seems to be too many problems.

For example, if you send your grandmother photos using your Photo Sharing application or, even worse, use it to host images on your site. If anyone tries to access those images after you’ve shut down your browser or turned off the computer, they’re going to get a “file not found” error. Also, even if your CPU is turned on, the files are going to load relatively slowly when compared to a regular server, which is designed for upstream bandwidth.

To make matters worse, for every service, there are other, viable services on the Web. For example. I could use the file sharing service to swap files between my home and work computers, but I already have Dropbox, which is free, has additional features and doesn’t require me to keep both computers running.

Likewise, you can use a variety of services that can host MP3 and other files for streaming. You can also get free Web hosting which is significantly more powerful (all Opera Unite does is display regular HTML pages, not suitable for blogging yet) and, of course, there are also countless chat systems.

Though the burden of uploading the files to these cloud services is annoying, it is a one-time expense, the reward for which is access to the file, 24/7 whether or not the machine is on or off and never having to upload or stream it again.

In short, Opera Unite, in its current form may be useful for certain niche needs, but for every problem that they hope to solve, there are better, more reliable solutions already written for most people.

Bottom Line

The real potential in Opera Unite, that I see, is in the developer platform. The very basic applications available now are simply self-hosted versions of other services. Developers may come up with something truly powerful and compelling that really doe stake advantage of Opera Unite’s structure, in the meantime, it’s a poor answer to a question almost no one asked.

Opera Unite is not going to be a good host for your blog, it isn’t even capable of that kind of advanced hosting at this time, nor will it likely be your image host or your media host. It’s just not ready to replace Flickr, Imageshack, Rapidshare and other services to the like.

But even if Opera Unite’s new features fail to overwhelm, the browser itself is pretty good. I’ve used it to do this post and found it speedy and reliable. I don’t know if it will replace Safari on my Mac as my main browser, but it certainly feels better than previous versions, including the earlier betas of Opera 10.

In the end, it is unclear if Opera has actually reinvented the Web. It hasn’t done so at this time but, if it is able to attract developer attention, that could change.

it could be that this is just the first shot in the beginning of a new revolution.

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10 Website Templates That Will Boost Your Web Project

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Website templates are a great option in case you want to create a website and save a lot of working hours and money. The last thing you want to do is launch a business plan and have everything ready to go, but then realize you need to design and code your site before getting everything online.

Whether your focus is on using WordPress, hiring a custom designer, or even going with a basic site template to get started — you need to have an idea of where you want to get to, and how to get there.

Before jumping forward with this process, it’s always a good idea to take a look at some of the best website templates floating around the internet today. This is especially true if you are looking to promote a service or application-base business, as there are many custom themes and templates to choose from.

The web development market is huge nowadays and you can find both multipurpose websites and web projects for a specific business. Moreover, you can choose among website templates with various design variations. And of course, they all come at various prices.

You will also want to find a website template that is both mobile and SEO friendly. Even with WordPress being fully functional right out of the box, sometimes it’s better to choose a pre-made or premium site template that is already super fast loading and SEO optimized.

This is something StudioHawk SEO often recommended to their growing list of clients, who are either coming to them for SEO and mobile optimization tips, or with basic questions on why their site isn’t ranking in Google yet.

“SEO is a clear marketing objective, but all often, it’s often lumped into content creation and marketing as well. If you want to have a clear and set objective for your SEO, you need to have a working plan and strategy in place as well. At the same time, even with a great SEO strategy and plan in place, you also need to make sure your site is fast loading and fully optimized for Google and Mobile as well. While there are many components to running your business, SEO is the expertise and passion for most SEO agencies in the world today — which is why it’s also one of the most outsourced tasks a business can hand off and measure ROI.”

No matter if you are starting from scratch or trying to scale your site and business reach, you need to make sure both your site and SEO strategy are working together. There are also plenty of Google tools that can help with the verification of your site speed, mobile compatibility, and overall optimization as well.

With all of these moving components in mind, this is why it may be hard to find a good template that checks off all of the key points we’ve mentioned — which is also why we decided to help you with this mission. We made a list of 10 most advanced and well-developed templates. And you can check each of them on a product page to see what the include. Moreover, you can check the demo of the design and UI features. Moreover, they come at a fair price. They also vary in purpose. Some will be a great tool for many your web projects and others will be great for a specific business like hotels, real estate and so on. Yet, of course, you can edit them and make suitable for various businesses.

Due to the well-developed HTML5 code, these website templates are reliable and responsive. So check our products, go to the product page and find a new development tool for your business.

Real Estate Multipurpose HTML5 Website Template

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This multipurpose HTML5 template will be a great addition for any web developers’ library. It is clean, eye-catchy and well structured. The developer put an effort to present you this particular template as a great base for real estate companies. Yet, it is fully editable and you can create any website you wish. Moreover, it is easy to reach your audience and advertise your products because Real Estate HTML5 Website template is a highly responsive template. It works an all devices and runs perfectly on Google, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers. All you need is to fill pre-developed pages with your content and you are ready-to-go.

Dynamics – Industrial Multipage HTML5 Website Template

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In order to be successful modern industrial companies have to be online too. It is a great way to boost your client base and present your products for a wide audience. Specially for such companies, our coders developed a Dynamics HTML6 Website Template. It is very responsive due to valid HTML5 coding and works perfectly on various platforms and gadgets. It has bright and eye-catchy design developed to make a great presentation for your products, services, and team. It also includes pre-built pages and many UI elements. And if you want to sell something you can do it with a website developed with Dynamics too.

DreamSoft – Software Development Company Multipage Website Template

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A software development company must have a well-developed website. It s a must-have because your customers will judge your company depending on your website too. If it is terrible and has many bugs, then you may lose a few customers. And our developers know how to avoid this situation. They developed a DreamSoft HTML5 template specially for software developments company. It is highly responsive due to valid code. And you can change any part of it to make more suitable for your business. With this template, you can develop a blog. And due to the well-structured gallery, you can present images in the most preferable way.

Brave Theme – Multipurpose HTML Website Template

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Brave Theme is a multipurpose HTML5 template that is ready to provide you with many options. It includes 100+ HTML pages developed for various purposes. And it is easy to edit them if you want to play with design. Moreover, this template includes 15 niche layouts and more than 150 UI Blocks. And if you want to boost the design of your website it will be easy due to included visual effects and elements.

And due to Novi builder, you can simply drag and drop elements. Brave Theme also provides you with a blog and many blog layout. You can also use social options to keep in touch with clients.

ALF’s – Personal Page Modern Multipage HTML Website Template

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Need a website for your personal page? No problem. We got you covered. ALF’s Personal page is a multipage HTML5 template developed to present you and your products/services in the best possible way. Developers made this template for blacksmiths, yet you can edit it to fit your business. It is easy to edit a website developed with ALF’s. Template. And you will find many included content useful for editing. It has visual elements and effects, U elements and blocks, google fonts, CSS3 animations, and other stuff. Moreover, due to Bootstrap 4 your website will adapt to any dimensions on users tablet or smartphone.

Metric – Web Development Creative Multipage HTML Website Template

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We know how important it is to create an atmosphere of trust to get more clients. And when it comes to online activities a well-developed website is the most reliable tool to make your business attractive. And if you need a website for a web development company, then you have to check the Metric HTML template. It has a creative design that includes a lot of original visual elements and effects. For example, Carousel and Accordion visual effects. Or a creative background. You will also like cool CSS3 animations, portfolio pre-developed page, newsletter feature and a huge set of UI elements.

Pelicor Floor – Flooring Services Multipage HTML5 Website Template

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Developed specially for flooring services companies Pelicor HTML5 template has all you need to promote your services. It has a bright neutral design, yet at the same time, it is eye-catchy and well-structured. At first, it has 25 pre-developed HTML pages and you can use all of them Just feel them with your content and You can use them to tell more about previous projects and team. Or you can blog about new materials or company news. And if you have products for sale then you will like included e-commerce feature. And if you have some questions then address them to 24/7 support team.

The Future – Web Design Multipurpose HTML5 Website Template

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If you want to develop a website for design agency then check out The Future HTML5 website template. It is attractive, creative and eye-catchy. Our developers created this product in order to help you present your services in the best way. Yet, this template includes 400 ready to use elements for decoration you can change it as you wish. And if you want something ready-to-use then you have a choice among 60+ HTML Templates. It has a huge set of UI elements and blocks, contact form, google maps and full documentation.

Race – Sports Event Creative Multipurpose HTML5 Website Template

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Sports industry grows rapidly last decade and if you want to create a successful sports business then you need a good website. It allows you to reach new clients and present them with your products. And the Race HTML5 template is a perfect option for you. You can develop an online store too due to e-commerce features. It is also highly responsive and works constantly and without issues on various devices and gadgets. It is also well-optimized for fast work. And if you want to advertise your products then you can blog about them or use social options. And when it comes to design you can use visual effects and cool CSS3 animations.

Mingo – Delivery Services Multipage Clean HTML Website Template

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Mingo is a website template developed for delivery service. It has all the necessary features and clean, yet attractive design. It will be great in case you want to advertise your product and attract new customers. It is multipage template and you can use these pages to tell more about your company, services, and team. In addition, you can use a blog to advertise your services. And when it comes to design you will get included images, cool animations, and visual effects. Moreover, it is highly responsive and SEO friendly.

Conclusion

This list of the best website template sites includes top HTML5 products for your business. They are reliable and responsive. And due to well-developed code they are responsive and fast. In addition, you will get UI elements and blocks, cool animations, blog, google maps, and e-commerce features. They have even more features so check the product page to see more. And if you have some questions then address them to our 24/7 marketplace support.

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5 Tools to Kick-start Your Coaching Blog

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If you are a coach and you do not have a website it is about time to create one. You might think that it is hard, requires programming skills and takes a lot of time. Moreover, people might tell you that it is not worth it or isn’t cost-efficient. However, I can assure you that these days having an online blog for your business is a crucial thing. Nowadays, there are various tools which allow you to create your own website without any prior programming experience or huge sums of money in the bank. People have created hundreds of applications to help one kick-start his or her online business website in a matter of hours or even minutes.

If you still think that this is unmanageable and difficult to do, I encourage you to try. For this, I collected 5 amazing tools which will lend you a hand and make your blog creating experience faster and easier.

1.       Shopify’s Online Logo Maker

Every new online business needs a nice and simple logo. Having a beautiful, sleek and appealing logo is crucial for your brand. Keeping that in mind, Shopify has created an Online Logo Maker just for you. This tool allows you to create a logo without requiring any prior design knowledge. This online logo maker will not only save your time but also will not break your budget because it is free to use. Moreover, as the tool has many options for fonts, icons, and frames you will be able to make a unique and stunning brand logo in no time.

Shopify’s online logo maker will not require a lot of time, money, and effort from you. It will enable you to easily create an amazing logo for your online business and you will be able to focus more on the important things.

2.       Lighten WordPress Theme

Also, for your website, you will need a content management system as well as a theme for it. The most popular and probably the best choice for the CMS is WordPress. It has a friendly user-interface and it costs nothing. For the website design, you ought to choose the Lighten WordPress theme. It is probably the best life coach wordpress theme for female coachers.

This theme will provide you with the possibility to easily sell your coaching programs as well as services online. The beautiful design will definitely be appealing to all of your visitors. It contains all the features you might need. The theme supports WooCommerce, has a responsive design and it is optimized to be successful audience capture tool.

3.       CaptainForm

For better blog marketing and user data collecting, you will need some kind of form plugin for WordPress. Here, comes the CaptainForm. Their slogan says “Turn WordPress Form Building Into a Super Power”, and it surely does what it says.

This WordPress form plugin will easily let you create forms for your newsletter sign-up widget and will allow adding more functionality to your regular WordPress forms. It has a drag-and-drop builder, which lets you build your forms right within your WordPress form plugin dashboard without any hassle. Furthermore, the CaptainForm provides you with more than 30 free form templates, easy data management possibilities and advanced security options for your form with SSL encryption, password protection or CAPTCHA.

4.       Word Counter

In writing your blog post or social media post you will need to know the number of words and other things. For this problem, WordCounter.io is a great solution. This online tool, as you might have already understood, is word counter. Nevertheless, it has many more useful features.

The tool itself is easy to use and provides you with statistics on the character, word, sentence, paragraph or word count in real time. You can either copy paste all the text there or write directly in their text box. Moreover, this word counter provides you with statistics of your keywords in the text which is pretty useful in doing SEO. Besides the counter, their website is filled with useful tips and blog articles on writing which might be useful to see for everybody.

5.       Novoresume

Another key thing in your coaching blog is how you are presenting yourself. One of the most important things for people in choosing a mentor is their qualification. To show your competence you can build a resume, and a Novoresume guide to the resume format might lend you a hand in making the best one.

This resume format guide will help you to understand main principles of the resumes as well as provide with some useful tips to improve yours. You will get to know what kind of types of resumes are there. Consequently, it presents the advantages and disadvantages of one another. Finally, will help you to decide which one is the most applicable to you.

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How Business Analytics Can Help Your Online Business Grow

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Starting a blog on the internet is easy enough, but what starts to happen when your site makes real money and turns into a nice little side business of its own? When it comes to this point, you may want to start considering your options with better analytical data and understanding who your audience is. At the same time, with data analytics so accessible these days, it would be foolish to not take advantage of the many different software solutions and business management tools now available.

When you own a business, it’s important to make sure you take the time to do everything you can to ensure it succeeds. Using real-time analytics to track the progress of your business can be a great way to know if there are issues that need to be addressed within your business and how the business is thriving. The following guide walks you through a few different types of business analytics that can be used to ensure the success of a business.

Statistical Analytics

Statistical analytics is the practice of using software to track statistics for a company so that finances and production can be accurately accounted for. The same can also be said of site traffic and usage, thus provided through solutions like Google Analytics. Not all statistical data needs to be in reference to finance or have a monetary valye, however, hnowing how much money is coming in and going out every month helps you track future financial decisions. You can also track which things you are doing that work for the business and which ones you might need to improve upon.

Prescriptive Analytics

Prescriptive analytics use different forms of simulation to help you learn what the outcome might be of a specific decision you are considering. This can help you see consequences you might not have thought of and then determine if the benefits of that decision outweigh the risks. There are many times when analytics of this type can help business owners realize that there are more risks involved with their decision than they originally thought.

Descriptive Analytics

Descriptive analytics help you learn how business is going for other companies. You’ll be able to learn if the way they handle their business has helped them to be profitable and what strategies they used to be successful. The studies help to determine if you are making mistakes that other businesses have made in the past so that you can avoid similar outcomes, as well.

A good example of description analytics in action, is to take a look at an existing email marketing campaign and having the ability to measure where your ROI is, then reporting such data to your clients and advertisers. For more information on this, you can view this list of top ways to monetize an email list through remarketing. Again, the more data you have, the better you can track your audience and campaign performance, to ultimate create and serve the best campaigns possible.

Predictive Analytics

Predictive modeling is used to help you anticipate the future of your business. The studies will help you make an educated guess as to where your business is headed financially and if you can anticipate any growth in the near future. You need to be able to anticipate growth to ensure that you plan financially for it. Some businesses try to grow too quickly and end up getting themselves into trouble because they can’t keep up with the high costs of doing business.

Many Companies Use Business Analytics

There are many companies who have to use business analytics on a regular basis to ensure that their business will thrive. Lenders often use predictive modeling to determine if they should give a loan to someone based on the statistical information provided to them. It helps them to determine the likelihood of the person repaying the loan.

When you’re ready to hire a company to help you with your business analytics, you need to be sure to use one that has experience working in the field your business is in. This will ensure that the specific information they provide to you is fact-based and pertains to your business. It’s important to incorporate this information into your business model to better your chances of being as successful as possible.

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