Mobile-Friendliness soon to be SEO ranking signal

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Technology

Mobile-Friendliness soon to be SEO ranking signal

So, Google is going to update the search algorithm again, this time primarily for mobile devices. Will it impact general SEO for desktop as well, we don't know. However, since a big percentage of the traffic is anyway on Mobile devices, its good to be friendly with them and reap SEO brownie points from google. This update is going to be live on 21 April, so there is not too much time left.

Migrate to latest Joomla version

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in Technology

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. However, migration from 1.5+ series is not so straight forward to say the least. It involves many steps but primarily it is:

1. Migrate core date
2. Identify the third party components, plugins and modules and migrate the same.
3. Migrate or create a new template.

RESTful API implementation with Laravel 5

on Saturday, 04 April 2015. Posted in Technology

RESTful API implementation with Laravel 5

Laravel framework has recently gained a lot of popularity and because of all the good reasons. It recently launched a new major release 5.x

We quickly tried our hand at creating a RESTful API using the new a version. Did hit a few roadblocks but in the end it all turned out to be a good learning experience.

Sharing the steps to create a RESTful API with laravel.

You can download the zip file with db and other files created for this project. Once you have installed laravel, you can simply put the files in framework and this API, as described, should work for you.

Getting started:

Use Postman client for RESTful API testing

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in Technology

Use Postman client for RESTful API testing

It is really important to test the RESTful API completely. However, since RESTful API uses many elements which cannot readily be passed from browser, hence we shall use browser plugin such as Postman for chrome to test API
You can install Postman for free from chrome store. Once you have installed it, you can start the API testing Fun.

Google Warns Affiliate Marketers About Content on Video Sites

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

Google is giving more stress to affiliate marketers by giving attention on published content on video sites. These sites display content from affiliate marketing websites which is available on thousands of other site also. Google warns webmasters against developing a website with thin or scraped content which has no substantial added value to its users.

Hummingbird Update: Major Search Algorithm Change for Long Tail Queries

on Friday, 27 September 2013. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

Google revealed major update at a special event on its 15th birthday, that update has been rolled out in past month and is live now. Algorithm Changes affected the search queries to give more correct answers to long questions. Hummingbird represents the revised way of indexing websites, which changes the algorithm named Caffeine, updated three years ago in 2010.

CodeFire's Google+ Hangout

on Friday, 12 July 2013. Posted in Technology

Finally at CodeFire Technologies we did our very first Google+ Hangout Live on Air. Google+ Hangout seems to be very cool tool to meet with friends and followers online and discuss any topic. Also when you are doing Live on Air hangout, google creates a youtube stream for the hangout which can be viewed live on web or it can be viewed later as a video on youTube.

Web application performance

on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted in Technology

Application performance is one very important aspect of web application. Most of the web developers should be aware of the concepts that are used to make the?application perform well. The below presentation was part of Boot camp training at CodeFire Technologies. This presentation is must read for entry level web developers irrespective of technology they are working in.

SEO for redesigned site or change in domain name

on Tuesday, 18 June 2013. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

Are you changing design of your website? Or moving the old site to a completely new domain? Following are the points to keep in mind from SEO point of view

1.You have to be very careful while change of address of URL to avoid 404 (File Not Found) errors when users click on links to your site on any search engine.

Impact of domain types (TLD) on SEO

on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

Most of the website owners and webmasters think many times while purchasing domain for their business. One of the major worry is whether it will rank better in Search Engines with respect to nature of business or not.

Some very handy tools for SEO

on Friday, 24 May 2013. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

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.

Google Penguin 2.0 - Spam fighting update is live

on Friday, 24 May 2013. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

Google Penguin 2.0 - Spam fighting update is liveGoogle Penguin

Link Joomla Blogs/Articles with Google plus profile

on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Posted in Technology

We have created a Joomla plugin that will help you easily link Google plus profile with Joomla Blogs or articles. All you have to do is install the plugin from Joomla plugin page and follow the basic steps as mentioned on the page. Some of the important steps are:

1.First of all you will need a Google+ profile. If you don’t have one this is a good time to create one!

Setup SSL certificate on Amazon EC2

on Thursday, 06 December 2012. Posted in Technology

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 command to generate CSR. Once you have the command login to your EC2 instance via ssh. And run the command. It will create 2 files, namely www_domain_com.csr and  www_domain_com.key  [in this case I am generating certificate for www]


Optimizing the URLs using slugs

on Sunday, 02 December 2012. Posted in Search Engine Optimization

 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 complete information it is not of much use.


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