How to build your applications using ANT

June 29th, 2011 | Posted under Software, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

How to build your applications using ANT

ANT stands for Another Neat Tool. It was built by Apache thus also known as Apache ANT.  It is open Source and works across different platforms. Basically it is a tool to which helps in automating different tasks/processes that program developers have to do on a daily basis.

 How to build your applications using ANT

Why ANT and not others?

The main difficulty faced by programmers while using other build tools like Gnumake, Nmake, JAM, etc. was while working in different platforms. All of these are shell based and limit your operations to only the OS type you are working on. ANT on the other hand is NOT shell-based rather it is extended using JAVA classes. Config files are XML-based and by just calling a target tree your tasks are executed, thus the term “Neat”.

How to install ANT and start building?

Installing Apache ANT is quite simple and works with any JAVA environment (JRE or JDK). The current new version of ANT is Apache ANT 1.8.1. One has to first download the binary files (available on the official ANT website) and then just add the location of the binary folder to the location of the environment variable. Then set ANT_HOME variable to where ant is installed.

How to build your applications using ANT

Ant is build into many IDEs too (WSAD/RAD/Eclipse). All have a specialized “Ant View”. You can use it automate not only JAVA projects but any complex repetitive task.

Getting started with ANT

Since most of the time ANT is used to compile and build in JAVA, it would be more appropriate to discuss this first. Compiling and building in JAVA is basically generating, compiling and building JAR files.

Working with ANT can broken down to three key aspects; Target, Tasks and Properties.

Target is a set of tasks to be executed.

Task is a piece of code to be executed (Can have multiple attributes).

Properties are set are not a variables.

You can start off by first creating a build.xml file in the same path as of the sources (sources are generally put in the sub-directory SRC).

For compiling we need a jar file in the classpath. To define the location of this file you need to create a property file.

#===================================

#             File Name: letsbuild.properties

#===================================

env.LIB=c://java//thirdparty//lib

The tasks e following operations
Clean the build directory if exists.
Create the build directory where the new classes will be built.
Compile the java classes.
Build a jar file from the java classes

The build.xml file

<project basedir=”.” default=”hello-world”>
<property value=”build”/>
<property file=”build.properties”/>
<target>
<delete dir=”${build}”/>
</target>
<target depends=”clean”>
<mkdir dir=”${build}”/>
</target>
<target depends=”init”>
<!– Compile the java code –>
<javac srcdir=”src” destdir=”${build}”>
<classpath>
<pathelement location=”${env.LIB}/required-jar1.jar”/>
<pathelement location=”${env.LIB}/required-jar2.jar”/>
</classpath>
</javac>
</target>
<target depends=”compile”>
<!– Build the jar file –>
<jar basedir=”${build}” destfile=”${build}/new-jar.jar”/>
</target>
</project>

Here we have simple created a jar file using ANT build file. This could also have been done by few batch commands in command prompt but the advantages using ANT are that the files can easily reused and parameterized, also sub projects can be created and other operations too can be implemented. Few operations which come with ANT are zip file task, editing text/xml files, sql operations, etc.

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Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

June 14th, 2011 | Posted under Software, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Using Eclipse idea to create Java web applications

Web applications are extensions to application servers. They are classified into two types, one is service oriented and the other is presentation oriented. These applications are designed using Java. Components like servlets and endpoints are made use of. These applications run on different computers. They make use of other servers or networks in order to communicate. It can even be simple as well as very complex with many details. The programming language Java is used because it comes with many packages for web application designing. The servlet technology is the framework of the process of web designing. Servlets are basically like classes.

How to install Eclipse

Installing Eclipse is quite easy. You have to just unzip the archive and run the  .exe file. Later launch the program with the Eclipse Workbench.  Eclipse is open source software and can be downloaded from its official site http://www.eclipse.org/.  The current version of Eclipse is 3.6.1

Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

Usage of eclipse idea makes web application designing easier

Eclipse is additional multi-language software and also a plug in system. It is written in various programming languages. The widely used language is Java. It provides an environment for software development. It is suitable in its basic form for Java developers.

This software is open source which makes it free of cost as well as allows the user to modify the source code. It works best in the runtime environment provided by Java and is considered to be the best tool available for web applications based on java as it provides editing with cross referencing and validation.

Servlet Technology

It is a very important technology made available by Java and the simplest model for the creation of a web application. For creating a Java servlet you have to take care of Java Server Pages. It is similar to HTML but the basic difference it has embedded Java codes. The details we fill in the pages are first input and then it is sent to the servlet and it connects the user to the next page that is to be followed.

Using Eclipse idea to create java web applications

Steps to be followed while using Eclipse

First the software has to be installed and then a new project is to be created which can be selected from the main menu. Then select the option dynamic web project available under the option web. Then the runtime of the target is to be provided by the user. If the user is using eclipse for the first time then one needs to define a new server which can be reused for other projects too. The present version of eclipse web tools project used is 0.7.1. It is further upgraded to version 3.3 which is also available.

Advantages of Eclipse

It has made many developments over its previous versions. It has a better debugging support and also includes hyperlink stepping. It has a quicker navigation feature and the development is task focused. Also one of the good aspects of Eclipse is that it is very extendible and supports good plugins (e.g. CDT, PHPEclipse).

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Advanced MySQL Features

June 9th, 2011 | Posted under Software, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Advanced MySQL Features

ADVANCED MySQL FEATURES

MySQL is a powerful RDMS platform. The basic functions are more than sufficient to carry out most of the regular, day to day requirements of developing a suitable query for any purpose. However, MySQL also has certain advanced features, which are not usually utilized in basic, ordinary queries, but find application in certain occasions when the basic functions fail to provide the required functionality. Certain special or advanced feature of MySQL have been mentioned below.

My SQL 3 introduced the concept of search on text elements in a text field, with the FULTEXT index. The FULLTEXT indexing allows us to compare a certain text field, specifically in a particular column, to any required string which is mentioned in the query.
For example, the following code for CREATE-ing a Document table will be like this

CREATE TABLE Document(
url           VARCHAR(150) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
title        VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL,
FULLTEXT(title)
);

A simple query like the following:

SELECT title FROM Document
WHERE MATCH(title) AGAINST (‘MySQL’);

This will be enough to search the whole title field for possible matches. However, it is to be taken care of that the title and any other field mentioned in the FULLTEXT statement should be structured according to the index, and not against the columns. The search is case insensitive. The results with most relevance are displayed, while those with very remote relevance are discarded.

Table locking is locking down a group of tables so that only a single or limited number of clients can gain access to it. Even though the type of table does not from a limiting factor, any action, once taken, cannot be rolled back. Locking of a table has two advantages- firstly, a group of statements can be executed for a group of tables, as one unit of work, and secondly, multiple updates can occur faster under certain conditions.

There are three kinds of locks supported by MySQL: read, write and read local. Both the read locks lock down a table, so that the clients can only view it, but cannot alter or add anything. Read local lock differs in the property that it allows a local client to execute non-conflicting INSERT statements, as long as there is no change to the MySQL files, from any external agents, that is, from outside MySQL. Write locks the specified table against all access- either read or write. However, it is very important to unlock the locks, as long lived data locks are supposed to reduce database performance.

Even though date functions are the most commonly used ones in MySQL, we can do a lot more with a little bit of modification to the query. For example, MySQL can be used to calculate the time  between two dates by specifying them is this format:

SELECT TO_DAYS(NOW( )) – TO_DAYS(‘2010-11-10’);

This query will calculate the number of days in the millennium that have already passed. The TO_DAYS() returns the number of days since 1 B.C.

String functions like LENGTH() are among the most commonly used commands in SQL. However, there are certain advanced string functions, like the SOUNDEX, which are rarely applied. The SOUNDEX() function essentially converts a word into its soundex representation. This is advantageous as it helps to find out if any one of the input strings have been misspelt, by comparing the two input strings.

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Basic Functions of MySQL

June 2nd, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Basic Functions of MySQL

Basic Functions of mySQL

SQL or Structured Query Language is a standardized query language, which is used to access information from a database. The request for information which is written in SQL is called a query. It was initially designed by the IBM in 1975s, and later introduced in the commercial market by Oracle Corporation. SQL utilizes distributed databases, which means that the databases are spread over several machines. That is why it is gradually gaining popularity among LAN network users. MySQL is a Relational Database Management System which is used to provide access to multiple databases for multiple users, as the situation requires.

Some basic functions of MySQL are,

Connect function

This is one of the most easiest and fundamental functions of my SQL. Here, the function is added, and the user data is stored in constants, so no variable needs to be specified while calling the function. An example code of the Connect function is provided below

function connectDb() {
// connect and set the working db
if (mysql_connect( DBHOST, DBUSER, DBPWD ) && mysql_select_db( DBNAME ))
return true;
else
return false;
}

Repair Table and Optimize Table

This command is used to scan all the tables which are present in a database, and then perform repair and optimization in each table. An example code is provided below for the Repair and Optimize Table function.

function fixTables($dbname) {
// search for all the tables of a db and run repair and optimize
// note: this can take a lot of time if you have big/many tables.
$result = mysql_list_tables($dbname) or die(mysql_error());
while ($row = mysql_fetch_row($result)) {
mysql_query(“REPAIR TABLE $row[0]”);
mysql_query(“OPTIMIZE TABLE $row[0]”);
}
}

Converting a Recordset to HTML Table

This code receives a recordset from a mysql_query output, and then prints it in the usual HTML format. Using css can improve the code functionality. A small example of this code is provided below.

function getHtmlTable($result)
{
// receive a record set and print it into an html table
$out = ‘<table>’;
for($i = 0; $i < mysql_num_fields($result); $i++){
$aux = mysql_field_name($result, $i);
$out .= “<th>”.$aux.”</th>”;
}
while ($linea = mysql_fetch_array($result, MYSQL_ASSOC)) {
$out .= “<tr>”;
foreach ($linea as $valor_col) $out .= ‘<td>’.$valor_col.'</td>’;
$out .= “</tr>”;
}
$out .= “</table>”;
return $out;
}

Returning the values of a row in a comma separated format

It helps the user to get all the values in the first row of the table, in a comma separated format. The code below is an example of the same:

function getCommaValues($sql) {
// execute a $sql query and return all the first value of the rows in a comma separated string
$out = “”;
$rs = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error().$sql);
while($r=mysql_fetch_row($rs)) $out.=($out?”,”:””).$r[0];
return $out;
}

To get the first value after running a query

One of the most commonly used functions, this code, as explained by the topic header, helps to execute the code and then provides the first output of the executed code. We always need to extract a singular value or row, so this code often comes in handy.

function getScalar($sql,$def=””) {
// execute a $sql query and return the first value, or, if none, the $def value
$rs = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error().$sql);
if (mysql_num_rows($rs)) {
$r = mysql_fetch_row($rs);
mysql_free_result($rs);
return $r[0];
}
return $def;
}

To get the first row after running the query

Once again, as the topic name explains, the ensuing code will help to get the first row after executing a code

function getRow($sql) {
// execute a $sql query and return the first row, or, if none, return an empty string
$rs = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error().$sql);
if (mysql_num_rows($rs)) {
$r = mysql_fetch_array($rs);
mysql_free_result($rs);
return $r;
}
mysql_free_result($rs);
return “”;
}

To duplicate a specific row

This function is used to insert into any table, after duplicating any specified row, which is defined using the primaryID field and the values which have been specified in the parameters itself.

function duplicateRow($table,$primaryField,$primaryIDvalue) {
// duplicate one record in a table and return the id
$fields = getCommaFields($table,$primaryField);
$sql = “insert into $table ($fields) select $fields from $table where $primaryField='”.mysql_real_escape($primaryIDvalue).”‘ limit 0,1″;
mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error().$sql);
return mysql_insert_id();
}

These are some of the many fundamental functions provided by SQL for developing queries for databases.

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Benefits of FFMpeg hosting for video chatting websites

May 16th, 2011 | Posted under Software, The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Benefits of FFMpeg hosting for video chatting websites

FFMpeg hosting is a very popular Website Hosting provider, which is available for free and helps in the recording, streaming and converting of digital audio or video. This hosting server is known as FFMpeg hosting because this hosting software is being used by many video hosting services belonging to the FFMpeg library in server side for converting files having various audio and video encoded formats to a unique audio or video format which can be played from both video hosting services and offset webpage. The most widely accepted format for representation of this converted video format is .mp4 format.  FFMpeg hosting is widely becoming popular day to day due to those crazy internet users who spend a lot of time in viewing online videos for relaxation and fun like playing flash games online or watching cartoons. These features of FFMpeg hosting are now generally used for creating video chatting websites which allow video conferencing in a very comfortable and easy manner. So the day has come where one can have their own video sharing sites by using FFMpeg hosting services.

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Benefits of FFMpeg hosting for video chatting websites

Benefits of FFMpeg hosting

Very Friendly webhosting services

Though there are a number of web hosting services available on World Wide Web but only a very small proportion of this software allows audio and video hosting services because video transfer needs a lot of disk space and bandwidth. FFMpeg hosting is one such hosting software which has all these features and can be customized very easily according to the requirements, thus making it an appropriate software for implementing video chatting on websites.       .

Very flexible

FFMpeg hosting is a very flexible Website Hosting provider, as this help in converting, recording converting of digital audio or video over a wide range of formats according to the requirement of the user depending upon bandwidth provided and percentage of usage and efficiency.

Optimum customer satisfaction

FFMpeg hosting is the best choice for all those who want to provide their clients the type of video format they want to get. Since video chatting services are two way communication protocol and time is a very important factor in such type of communication. So FFMpeg hosting tries to minimize the time lag between the data transfer by implementing real time sharing techniques like message passing. So the quality of video conferencing becomes much better by using FFMpeg hosting, which is a very challenging issue while implementing video chatting social networking sites.

Supports a wide variety of applications

Benefits of FFMpeg hosting for video chatting websites

FFMpeg hosting provides us a wide variety of applications and all these applications very much required for two way mode of message passing of video files while video conferencing. They are,

Allows us to convert video files from one format to another as required.

It also helps in hosting of video programs and software.

It also has features for encoding and decoding of video and audio files.

All these features are mandatory for running a video sharing website like video chatting website efficiently and smoothly.

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How does a mail server work

April 11th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, The Internet, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

How does a mail server work

how does a mail server work

Imagining the world without emails is virtually impossible. It is the only way by which people who are thousands of kilometers away can send as well as receive letters in fraction of a second. For you to send an email, you should have an email client on your machine. The first modern type of email was sent in the year 1971.

An email is sent with the help of an email server. An email server is like a computer that serves the purpose of an electronic post office. It is capable of sending and receiving millions of emails simultaneously and consists of hardware as well as software components. Email servers are basically of two distinct types depending upon the software that is used by them. One is the SMTP and the other one is POP3. These two protocols do almost the same job with just minor differences in their algorithm that they implement to get the work done.

Email servers work only with registered email clients. If the email server receives an email from one of the registered clients, then it performs the following tasks.

Checking for registered clients

At first after an email is received the server checks whether it is from one of the registered email clients on the basis of which it either takes an incoming email or rejects it. An email is received by a server through port 25 if it is a SMPT protocol or through port 110 if it uses a POP3 protocol.

Separate the username and the site name

The server then separates the user name and the site name and in case the site name and the mail site to which it will be sent are the same then it is sent to a POP3 or IMAP server for the rest of the process to be performed.

Request DNS for IP address

In case the recipient email address is different from the sent address then the server will contact the domain name server or the DNS and request for the IP address of the mail client to which your mail is to be sent.

Storing the mail in a database

The mail is then stored in a database on the server before it is sent to the receiving email id.

Resending and generating suitable error message

In case the SMTP server cannot locate the IP address of the recipient mail server, then the mail is queued and periodically sent for a fixed number of times before a message sending failed message is generated stating the reasons for its failure.

how does a mail server work

These are the basics of the working of an email server. Though various servers may have some small modifications but the basic working remains the same. The main job of an email server is to receive a message from the registered clients and then send it to any recipient address. Attachments are extra files that may not always be text and hence they need to be first encoded into text format and pasted in the main mail by the server itself before they are sent.

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A Beginners Tutorial to the Gems Package

February 21st, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, The Internet | No Comments »

A Beginners Tutorial to the Gems Package

Rails is an application developed in the Ruby language which helps in development of Rails application. Rails is designed to make assumptions about what developers need to get started, so that web application development becomes much easier. Using Rails, developing web applications becomes much easier, at the same time; the coding process becomes less extensive and much more simple. Rails is basically functions according to an ‘opinionated’ logic, wherein the logic decides on the ‘best’ way to perform the work, and encourages the user to follow that path. The ‘Rails path’ will probably lead to the best productivity.

A Beginners Tutorial to the Gems Package

RubyGems

Rubygems is a Ruby software library manager. A Ruby code packaged in this manner is called a gem. For example, when you find the required Ruby software for any particular project, you can download, install and manage the software using gems. The first RubyGems project was created by Ryan Leavengood in 2001. The initial focus of RubyGems was on simplifying the process of installing, removing, updating and managing Ruby libraries. An innovative twist was added by the new developers when they provided the system with the ability to manage several versions of the same library easily. Using RubyGems, it is possible to provide very powerful control over which version of the library is to be used by the code.

Gems Tutorial

Installation

First of all, you need to download the current version of RubyGems. To install the software, you need to type in

ruby setup.rb all

Gem Command

In RubyGems, the gem command is the command which is used to interact with the RubyGems package system. To test it out, type in:

Gem list

It shows a single package-source installed.

Installing gem packages

The next step is to begin installing the required gem packages in the machine. Once again, as is required in case of installation, you need to be the root in order to install any gem packages or modify them. However, any user can query the system to find out which packages have been installed in the system. RubyForge is one of the most popular resources from where Ruby open-house software can be downloaded. Ruby on Rails is a popular RubyForge project which uses the RubyGem package. The following command can be used to install the Rails gem:

Gem install rails –include-dependencies

A Beginners Tutorial to the Gems Package

RMagick, a Ruby interface used for ImageMagick, can be installed using the command

Gem install rmagick

As this gem includes a non Ruby code, it compiles the C code as a part of the installation process. In case the compile tool is not installed beforehand, the installation fails.

Other uses of gem command line

Other features which are offered can be accessed by the following commands

Gem update

Updates all the current versions of gems to their latest versions

Gem cleanup

Removes old versions of gems which are installed

Gem uninstall

Removes a particular gem from the repository

The command

Gem server

Automatically launches a Ruby based server on port 8808. Adding the –p option to the code will allow the server to be launched on a different port. This makes it relatively simpler for your web server to view the documentation on all the gems that are installed on your machine to learn their API. In case the rdoc is already installed on the system, gem will automatically generate the rdoc for every gem installed.

Using libraries for Ruby scripts

In order to use the Ruby libraries while executing the Ruby scripts, the require  mechanism can be used in the following manner:

Require ‘rubygems’

This will automatically load the RubyGems code and allow the script to use the latest version of the Gem installed in the machine.

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MySQL Application of CPanel – Revolution in the field of Web Hosting

January 24th, 2011 | Posted under Software, The Internet, Web Hosting | No Comments »

MySQL Application of CPanel – Revolution in the field of Web Hosting

MySQL Application of CPanel – Revolution in the field of Web Hosting

SQL, right from its invention in the field of webhosting, has been the most popular language which does multi tasking like- adding, managing and accessing contents of a database. It is basically famous for its reliability, quick processing ability, easy usage and flexibility. MySQL is a recently developed easily available but an open source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) which makes use of SQL (Structured Query Language). Thus MySQL is an important part of every open source PHP application. Some of the famous and most reliable PHP/MySQL based scripts are- phpBB, osCommerce and Joomla. Cpanel on the other is a web hosting control panel which is UNIX based and provides an automation equipment and graphical interface to make the process of web hosting much simplified and reliable. Cpanel uses a 3 tier system that includes resellers, administrators and end users to control various functions of the website and server administration through another standard browser. The application based functions of Cpanel includes MySQL, PHP, Apache, Perl, etc.

Cpanel uses MySQL as an application based function. The Cpanel uses MySQL for the following purpose

Installation of MySQL by CPanel

MySQL is installed using the mysqlup script in Cpanel. This program directly connects to the Cpanel servers and verifies the latest RPM available and then downloads it. This script uses packages and ports on FreeBSD to install MySQL.

Distribution of MySQL using CPanel

Cpanel downloads a version file from its httpupdate servers. The advantage of this file is that it has a very specific layout which determines which version to download and then has to be installed in the server.

MySQL Application of CPanel – Revolution in the field of Web Hosting

Current Versions of MySQL supported by CPanel

The current versions of MySQL available which can be used in Cpanel are- 4.0, 4.1, and 5.0. The 4.0 version is not recommended for new servers. The 4.1 version of MySQL is the most widely used and updates are easily available from MySQL. It need not be updated from a current running server and scripts too run well in it. MySQL version 5.0 is the latest one and is recommended for all new servers. Manual upgradation of MySQL is possible but not at all recommended.

Naming Conventions of MySQL in CPanel

Cpanel allows MySQL users to prefix with their username for easy administration. Additional to all these, Cpanel also provides security facilities. It uses a setuid wrapper, which interacts with the MySQL database for security purpose.

Basic Troubleshooting of CPanel

The basic troubleshooting in MySQL is done through Logfiles. All MySQL Logfiles are located at:

Linux: /var/lib/mysql/’hostname’.err

FreeBSD: /var/db/mysql/’hostname’.err

/scripts/fixmysql  :  this will verify whether the Bundle::DBD::mysql perl module is installed or not.

Also if the privilege tables have not been installed and updated, then MySQL 4.x is installed, which runs the update scripts.

Cpanel was originally designed for speed hosting company. With its applications like MySQL, Cpanel evolved to be providing front-ends for numerous operations including management, distribution as well as trouble shooting of tasks. Along with MySQL, Cpanel ensures that software packages are kept up-to-date as well as user compatible.

MySQL Application of CPanel – Revolution in the field of Web Hosting

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The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

November 20th, 2010 | Posted under Computer Advice, Internet Trends, Software | No Comments »

The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

Linux and UNIX based operating systems have gained a lot of popularity in the recent years. While Linux operating system is available under general public license and is available freely, the UNIX is the same as that of Linux but it is copyrighted name that only big companies can use. It has almost the same features as that of the Linux operating system and also shares the same advantages with it. The Linux kernel that first came up as a project work of a student in the early 1990’s has now become a worldwide success. The Linux kernel can be modified as and when required and all you need to know for this is any of the programming languages such as c, python etc.

The major advantages of Linux or UNIX over the other operating systems are the following

Stability

Linux or UNIX operating systems are much more stable than the others. Even if an application  in Linux crashes which is itself very rare, then generally no harm is done to the kernel itself and the problem can be solved just by re installing that particular application.

Free software

Linux kernel is available at complete free of cost and most of the applications that come with Linux are also available freely. Although UNIX is copyrights but still the applications are free here as well.

Runs on old hardware

Linux can run on any machine and it has minimum hardware requirements. It can run even on the old 386 or 486 machines because of its minimum RAM requirements.

Security

Till date no virus threats have been reported that has affected the Linux or the UNIX kernel. There is no need of installing any antivirus programs and still remain protected while you use Linux or UNIX.

Open source software

Linux and UNIX are open source software whose code is available to all the users worldwide and you may choose to debug any problem that you may find out or add any module that is necessary to suit your specific needs.

Portability

Websites that you design on a UNIX or a Linux based platform can easily be hosted on other operating systems servers as well but the reverse is not always true.

Choice (freedom)

With a Linux running on your system you have the power to control each and every single thing on your computer right from the way it looks to the way it functions.

These are some of the basic advantages of a Linux or UNIX operating system. It gives the power in your hands to change around the working of your operating system according to your needs and demands. Due to this feature Linux which once started as a project work of a student has now attained great popularity among the users worldwide. If you are really ready to add on changes make modifications to your operating system, Linux is the best choice for you but for those who are happy with just basic computing needs, they can chose other operating systems which do not support modifications and still costs more than Linux or Unix.

The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

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High availability of online transaction website

November 17th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, Web Hosting | No Comments »

High availability of online transaction website

With practically everything being available online many small-scale business websites has taken up the online transaction method. Not only can a customer now get information and the availability about the product but can also purchase it online and get it delivered to his/her door step.

High availability of online transaction website

It is only preferable for any businessman to avoid personal interaction with the customer and get everything done through the virtual web. This takes the business to a larger scale and the bigger it can grow.

Important considerations to be take before availing online transaction

The traffic expected to your official business website. This can be checked by admin of the website. If the website is bringing a lot of traffic and it is convenient to get orders online and complete the transactions then only the online transaction facility should be made available.

The costs involved. Many Internet Service Providers allow to build in your website for as less as 30$ per month. The traffic should compensate for these costs and give profits.

High availability of online transaction websiteAssuring Security to the customer

The websites should be made using professional domain names because unknown/complicated domain names tend to discourage the customers from sharing financial information to you website. Go Daddy, eNom, Net firms, etc offer domain names at affordable rates. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate should be purchased from the domain service provider. It provides a 256-bit encryption and keeps the customer payment data safe from hackers. All the above domain name providers offer SSL certificates at affordable rates. One must always take professional advice and get your website audited by an independent expert.

How to build a transaction website

Before buying the domain name and the SSL certificate you must create an attractive website for your business which is easy to navigate and place orders. You can take professional help by website designers or recruit a web developer.

High availability of online transaction website

To receive the payments from the customers you can use the payment services provided by PayPal or World Pay. Transactions are charged like 1.4%-3.5% for each transaction which is less than many known credit card suppliers. Using reputed service providers like PayPal or World Pay will make your customers comfortable in sharing their credit card details.

High availability of online transaction websiteAlso another way of receiving payments is to set up a merchant account with a credit card provider. This will be done by opening an account and obtaining bank references. Here too you need to pay a % for each transaction (Varies depending on your business). These however, attract a higher risk due to high risk of card details theft. Few credit card merchant services are; American Express, Streamline, CCAvenue etc.

Furthermore, the marketing of the product should be proper and elegant on the websites. Inclusion of photos, graphics, and specifications attract more customers.

The Pros

The biggest advantage of online transaction is that you get the payment at the time of order, thus improving your cash flow. You can focus more on sales and marketing as online transactions are easy to manage. This gives more exposure to your product.

The Cons

The only disadvantage with this system is the risk involved. If you put in sufficient effort with respect to the security of your website then online transaction proves to be another way to make more money.

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