Tech

The World Wide Web is full of gadgets, apps, software and more, making it hard to keep up with it all! Luckily, we are on top of digital news and have the low-down on everything in the technical world without the techy jargon. Start with overviews on web development, mobile, and SEO to get familiar with or refresh yourself on the tech basics. Check out our Troubleshooting section to get to the bottom of the problem that is bugging you. Then dive deeper into subjects like learning the Best Hosting Companies and Best Online Backup services or which Activity Tracker to use. And, that’s just the start. We’ve got everything from 101 articles, to in-depth reviews and comparison tables on all things web.

A Complete Guide to URL Escape Characters

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In order to prevent the misinterpretation of special characters such as a space, bracket (< and >), or % in the URL (which stands for Uniform Resource Locator – it is the address you see in your browser’s address bar indicating the location of the website you are visiting), browsers parse certain special characters using escape characters. This explains why when you click on a link such as: domain.com/page one.htm you see it parsed in the address bar as example.com/page%20one.htm. In this case the %20 is the escape character for the space…

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Interview with Oleg Shchegolev, CEO and Co-Founder of SEMrush

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When it comes to having a business, you need a website. And when it comes to having a website, you need to develop strong SEO strategies to ensure you can be being found on the internet by your current and future customers. This is especially crucial on the ever-growing and changing world wide web. That’s where SEMrush comes into play. Founded by Oleg Shchegolev and Dmitri Melnikov, SEMrush aims to help businesses of all sizes to better understand their analytics and tactical ways to improve their search performance. Learn about the creation of SEMrush and some personal anecdotes from one of the founders and current CEO, Oleg Shchegolev, in our latest People Who Rock the Web interview…

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Best WordPress Plugins: Take Your Site to New Heights

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Do you run a WordPress website and want to give it more juice? One of the best things about using WordPress is the access you have to some amazing plugins that can turn your basic site into a polished, fully functional tool for any type of blog or business. But you’ve got to be careful – some plugins will either slow down, or worse, break your site. And having too many plugins installed will put a strain on your server and increase your hosting bill, so choose wisely. We’ve curated our top picks gathered over years of developing and running Wordpress websites…

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Domain Name

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Buying a new domain name might seem like the quickest and easiest part of launching your business online. But that’s where it can get dangerous – because your domain name is like your street address; actually more than that – it’s the deed to the property. If you lose control of it, you lose control of your entire online business, which can be a disaster. So don’t skip on the domain name step. Okay, then how to register a domain name you ask? I’ll take you through all the steps involved in securing your domain name, from finding if it’s available, researching the best alternatives if it’s not, buying it from a reliable vendor, and managing it down the road. I’ll help you avoid nightmare scenarios where you lose control of your domain name, or even worse, a competitors snaps it up, and your sales go to zero overnight. With a little preparation, it’s easy to avoid these pitfalls. I’m also prepared to answer any questions you have along the way…

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Why SEO?

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Search Engine Marketing (SEM) encompasses all strategies that involve promoting a Web site in the search engine rankings. The higher your website is in the rankings, the more visitors you will receive, and the more sales you’ll make. SEM includes search engine optimization (SEO), which involves optimizing the code and layout of your website to cater to search engines. In other words, if search engines understand your website, they will be more likely to index its pages. Your pages must be “indexed” by search engines before they can appear in search engine results pages (SERPs)…

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How To Delete Or Cancel Hung Print Jobs In Windows

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It’s easy enough to cancel a print job in the queue – you simply right-click it and select “cancel,” after which the print job status commences to display “deleting…” After which you normally expect the print job to cancel and disappear so you can resume printing, correct? Unfortunately, often the print job will hang and prevent you from continuing to print anew from that same printer. We’re going to show you how to forcefully delete these pesky print jobs…

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List of Outgoing SMTP E-Mail Servers

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Your outgoing mail server is used to send emails from your computer. Depending on where your email account is hosted, you may or may not be able to use your email provider’s outgoing mail server. Email addresses based on public email services such as Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, etc. will use their own outgoing mail servers. If your email is hosted on your own website, you may want to use your hosting provider’s mail server. We provide you with a list of outgoing SMTP servers for common providers…

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How to Fix “503 valid RCPT Command Must Precede DATA” Error

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We recently got this error when trying to send an email in Outlook. The culprit? Apparently this occurs when a server is expecting to receive mail before sending. This is usually results from server authentication priorities (for example, you attempt to send mail before your “spam filter” has finished its receiving process.) Here are several ways to resolve this error…

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AppSumo Review: Do They Offer the Best Digital Deals?

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Attention all web geeks! Are you always looking for deals on digital tools? After all, there are so many of them on the market that can do amazing things for your website. Have you heard of AppSumo but not sure what they’re all about? So, what is AppSumo? AppSumo is a niche online retailer that delivers mega-discounted prices on software geared toward developers, programmers, web and graphic designers and more. Or, in the words of the former Facebook, Mint, and Google employees who launched AppSumo, they “promote great products to help you kick ass at work…”

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