Some very handy tools for SEO

SEO tools can help automate some of the processes that need to be followed for each of the sites you are optimizing for search engines. Some of the primary tasks related to the same are: Complete analysis of websites Keywords research Internal and external links Inbound links Quality of content There are a lot of tools available to accomplish most of the above without break

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Adding custom Facebook tab

Facebook gives you a functionality to add facebook applications as tabs on your existing pages. Also there are (programmatic) ways to be able to find out if users have liked your page or not. This functionality can very well be used to 'entice' users to like your pages. We have added a "Welcome" tab to our Facebook page. Do take a look at the same and let us know what you think about it. This appl

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Data scraping using cURL in PHP

First step: You will need to login to the site using cURL. Inspect the login form using a tool such as Firebug or view source to see what all fields are being sent and what is the endpoint of the request. You will need all this information to send login request to the site using cURL. In fact, make a small HTML version of form (using code from the site) on local machine and try and login with that

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Open Source option (Gammu) to connect your Phone

I started this experiment to be able to test the integration of a web based (PHP) application and SMS using a phone connected to machine on which web server is running. Gammu seems to be a good open source option to setup PC to phone connection. Gammu comes with multiple utilities such as Wammu (which adds UI based interface to this). Since I was looking specifically for SMS based options, there

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Google Panda Update 2.2 is live (16 June 2011)

What is Google Panda Google panda is basically a new algorithm announced by Google. Its aim is to fight against content farms (duplicate content website). Google started rolling out its Panda update initially in February in the US and later in April it reached a few other regions. The Google Panda update was made to reduce the amount of spam within the Google search results Google panda i

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Google's suggestion on using dashes and underscores

If you have a URL such as http://domainname/page/info1-info2 dashes (-) are then translated by google as spaces so the above "info1-info2" becomes "info1  info2" however if you are using "info1_info2" it translates to "info1info2". So if you are deciding on the URL scheme it is better to use dash rather than underscores however as per Matt in this video it is not worth the effort to change

Posted by admin on September 7, 2016

Optimizing the URLs using slugs

 If you are using the URLs such as http://domainname/index.php?pid=12&uid=821 they do serve the purpose of opening the correct page however they do not provide any information to the user as to what page they are going to see and what they should expect on this page. Also, as we all know the URLs are also very useful for search engine optimizations, so unless the URL conveys c

Posted by admin on September 5, 2016

Setup SSL certificate on Amazon EC2

 Amazon EC2  I am using unbuntu based EC2 instance so commands are specific to that but the steps are mostly generic and will apply to most linux distributions. There are basically 4 steps for this:  1.  Create CSR I basically used OpenSSL to generate CSR as it is installed by default in ubuntu. You can go to to get the

Posted by admin on September 5, 2016

Migrate to latest Joomla version

Its been quite sometime since Joomla has releases latest version of the application(3.x), however many of the users are still stuck on old Joomla versions such as 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Some of the users are on Joomla 2.5 as well but the number is relatively less as Joomla 2.5 and 3.x were released almost at the same time. Also, migration from joomla 2.5 to 3.x is relatively straight forward. Howeve

Posted by admin on September 5, 2016

Google Penguin 2.0 - Spam fighting update is live

Google Penguin 2.0 - Spam fighting update is live Google Penguin Google announced launch of Penguin 2.0 update on 22 May 2013, this is 4th revision related to Penguin update. As per Googles Matt Cutts About 2.3% of English-US queries are affected to the degree that a regular user might notice. 2.3% may sound like a small number but webmasters agree that this is a huge change and is going to

Posted by admin on September 5, 2016
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