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4 Key Elements for an Engaging Mobile App Development

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Organizations want apps and, they are ready to invest in mobile application development technology. But, what are the key elements they should focus on to come out with successful product? Here are the things any organization should keep in mind to reduce the cost of development and, of course, increase the probability of success. 

Go with a growth hacking plan

Consider growth hacking as a science to engineer the mechanism of growth of a product and regularly iterating on it to boost your user base. A good example is the invitation-only account of Gmail when it was first launched. Another way to do this is incentive and an example for it was set by Dropbox. It offered free storage space when users referred it to their friends.

It works like a viral mechanism and, it’s of course essential in some cases. You have to make it sure that your mobile application development team understands A/B testing and have knowledge in analytics, too. The most successful products have been those ones which have strong sharing incentive schemes.

A pleasant, intuitive and practical UI

But growth hacking will not work alone if your app doesn’t have a pleasant, intuitive and practical UI. You may have expert designers who have done fantastic jobs in their life, but to come up with a practically useful interface, you have to bring someone, particularly none-tech, other than designers or developers, to get advice for the user interface of an app.

Remember to bring these none-tech guys early in mobile application development process and ask them to feedback the UI as frankly as possible. Whatever they will say be the most valuable inputs to enhance your product.

Audience insight

You must have information about how users are reacting to your application. You can learn it by going deep into consumer insights that will tell you whether or not the product addresses the real need of users. Insights will also help in discovering where most of the users leaving the app so that loose ends can be tighten up.

But these enhancements should go side-by-side so that you can take care of most of the problems during the development. What a smart mobile application development team does is spotting most of the problems early in the process with the help of customer insights.

Non-programming members in development team
There are a number of researchers suggesting to have the involvement of users who will really use an application you are creating. They should be those users who download apps from app stores. Understand their varying perspectives so that you can come across the actual standing of your app.

Author Bio :- James Stewart is a digital marketing expert in Mobilmindz, a prominent mobile app development company which provides Android and iOS app development services across the global. He loves to write on latest mobile trends, mobile technologies, startups and enterprises.

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Transfer Files Across Different Clouds With the Web App – MultCloud

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Why we need MultCloud?

In the Internet age, many people store files online. To be specific, users save data in cloud storage space. If you often edit document, you may choose OneDrive(formerly SkyDrive) because Microsoft Office is in it. If you prefer to use Google products, with a single Google account to log in all Google services, Google Drive is a good choice for you. If you like PS photos online, you can try Flickr. Nowadays, there are many cloud drives in the market. Above are public cloud services, if you are worry about the security and privacy, you can build your own private cloud drive by an application called ownCloud. In fact, many people have already created multiple accounts to get more storage for free to use, either same brand cloud or different cloud. More accounts, more trouble. If only there was a tool can combine them together! The dream has come true now! MultCloud is the solution. MultCloud supports as many as 24 services: Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Box, Media Fire, ownCloud, FTP/SFTP, SugarSync, Copy, Alfresco, Flickr, MySQL, Hubic, WebDav, CloudMe, Cubby, MyDrive, WEB.DE, Yandex, HiDrive, ADrive and BaiDu.

Transferring – key function of MultCloud

MultCloud is a app based on website. The working principle of it as its name suggests, merge multiple clouds in one place, with one login you are able to access all your cloud services. Formerly if you want to copy A(A is in Dropbox initially) to Amazon Drive, you have to download it from Dropbox first then upload. But now via MultCloud, direct transfer can be completed in the interface. There are at least three ways to move files between cloud services in MultCloud.

  1. Copy&paste. This operation is the same as in Windows explorer. “Copy”and “Paste” can be find from the context menu.

 

  1. Drag&Drop. This operation is also the same as in Windows explorer.

 

  1. “Copy to”. Right click can also choose this option. It is a precisetransmission.

 

Above are easy transferring methods. Notice that there is “Transfer” button at the top of interface, click it will switch to “Transfer or Backup Service”. In this service, you can set more complicated transferring task. Transfer now or schedule later.

Overwritten or skip or rename the specific file, filter some files, notify by emailing when finishing the task. Schedule file copy task can be checked in the task manager.

Afterwords

MultCloud can still work even after power off, so don’t worry about huge data transferring. MultCloud’s security is high. It is using 256-bit AES encryption for SSL. It won’t save or cache your data and files on its servers. The authorization system is OAuth so that it will not save your password. You can experience it without sign up first, if you feel good, sign up later.

Registration is totally free. And you can get 2TB traffic at first, if you want to upgrade to 10TB traffic, just need share MultCloud to your SNS then submit the URL.

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How To Choose Best WordPress Hosting for Your Website

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Choosing a good WordPress hosting is one of the important thing for your WordPress blog. The very next step after choosing a domain name is to choose hosting provider and buy a hosting plan for your blog where you can store your website data.

Requirements of WordPress
WordPress is a light-weight script and is mostly compatible with almost all the web hosting providers. The requirements of WordPress is:

  • PHP v5.2+ as a server scripting language
  • MySQL v5.0+ as a database management system

As the WordPress is a popular platform, almost all web hosting providers have included it into their easy installation system.

Types of Hosting
There are many types of hosting services such as Free hosting, Shared hosting, VPS hosting, Cloud hosting, Dedicated server hosting, etc. If you make a wrong decision in choosing the web hosting provider for you, this may effect your blogging career. We are explaining you about them in details below.

Free Hosting
You will get many free web hosting providers but all of them must have some limitations. If you are getting unlimited hosting for free with each and every features as of paid hosting, probably there will be a policy to display the providers ads on your blog. So, free hosting is not what you need. The another and the biggest concer over the free hosting is that they are not reliable. They can stop providing service any time and you are left mid-way. But, though if you are really tight on budget or want to blog just as a hobby, you can register for 000webhost which provides decent free hosting.

Shared Hosting
In shared hosting, you are sharing the resources of the server with other sites. So, many websites can be hosted on a single server. Most of the popular web hosting providers gives Unlimited hosting but there is nothing like unlimited. The limitation with the shared hosting is the CPU usage. If you go beyond the limited CPU usage, you will get the notification from the company asking you to upgrade your hosting plan. So, if you are getting decent visitors a month and not heavy traffic, you can opt-in for the shared hosting. Shared hosting is most popular hosting plan for the newbie bloggers and the cheapest hosting plan. Awesome Blog Tips strongly recommands using shared hosting if you are starting your blog..

VPS Hosting
VPS hosting means Virtual Private Server hosting. A physical server is parted into many virtual servers as per the need of the customer. In this type of hosting, you will get all sort of features of a dedicated server hosting. But in VPS hosting, some technical knowledge is required to run it securely and smoothly. It is useful for developers and medium-sized bloggers. If you don’t have any technical knowledge, make sure you buy a managed VPS hosting so that a team will always be there to guide you and make your task easy.

Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated server hosting provides you a physical server fully dedicated to you. It gives full control to you including operating system, hardware configuration, etc. and you can customize it as per your needs. This is something which is not required by the newbie bloggers. If you are getting tons of visitors to your blog and the VPS is not sufficient, then and only then you should go for the Dedicated server hosting. To use it, you will need to hire a server administrator or you must have knowledge or experience of working with servers.

Managed WordPress Hosting
As WordPress is popular and its user database is also large, many web hosting providers are offering managed WordPress hosting where you can only host wordpress based website and nothing else. They manage everything for you, gives you suggestions regarding the negative impact of any of the element of your blog, about security or hacking attempts and monitor all these themselves. They even backup your blog regularly as per schedule. The plans are based on number of blogs to host and allowed monthly visitor.

Best WordPress Web Hosting Providers
Imagine a situation when you have written a killer article on your blog and the popular bloggers of your niche are also appreciating but your hosting server goes down frequently and many visitors won’t be able to read your highly appreciated post and this also creates negative impression of your blog the reader. So, choosing a good web hosting provider is an essential process for successful blogging career.

Here is our list of some of the Best WordPress Hosting providers you can choose for your blog.

  • WPEngine
  • Bluehost
  • Godaddy
  • DreamHost
  • NamecCheap
  • Host Monster
  • JustHost
  • Ipage
  • HostGator
  • InMotion Hosting
  • Media Temple

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How to Choose a Web Development Platform for Small Business

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Sometimes having a lot of choices is not so good. The number of web development platforms has actually made things just a bit harder! With so many high-quality platforms available today, how do we decide on one? What makes one platform better or more suitable than others?

For small businesses, this criteria is important. Unlike a big business with substantial funds, a small business can ill afford to make wrong choices. Most small businesses today run on a very strict budget, which limits the scope to learn from mistakes. A website or app with its reach and potential is too important to ignore and this is what makes the choice of web development platform so important.

Sure, you can write your own code from scratch, but this is a time-consuming process and one error can set you back. A framework gives you the basics in place. At least some of your must-haves — such as authentication, session management — are already covered.

But that brings us back to our original problem. How do we decide on the framework for our web development platform? You can’t really just run a survey of who’s using which one because each developer and business has its own requirement and to each his own. So what’s good for X may not really suit Y. Instead, you start with the basics — doing your own research. Here are the factors that can help you decide:

Decide if you need a framework

Yes, we’ve said this before. You can start from scratch. But there are other criteria as well. If you just need a URL that sounds good but does not really need the handy features, if you need it yesterday or if all you are looking for is one specific feature, you can avoid the decision on a framework. But if you need anything a bit more nuanced and do not have the hours of coding, authentication or sessions it will require, go for a framework!

Ease of installation:

Here’s where complications can really screw up your day (and your hard work). There are frameworks that seem to work great with loads of features, but need a hundred rounds at installation. Even when it’s ready and tested, deployment can get messy. Which brings us to the frameworks that can make your life easy with an easy instalment, as easy as getting your configuration file right! When manpower is limited and time is short, the choice is a no-brainer.

Ease of use:

With limited resources, you need a framework that is easy for you to use. Every framework has its own structure and rules. Some may be based on the common conventional methods, while some may have their own unique structure. Some may give you a lot of leeways, while some have a rigid structure. You must choose the framework you are more comfortable with. A new framework will mean some learning. So, minimizing this step can only help you. While you are doing that, keep the language in mind as well. You don’t want to choose a framework for its easy structure only to decide you have to learn a new language as well.

Core library and documentation:

Most people make a choice based on the library. After all, this is why you are going for a framework in the first place. But not everyone is looking for the same things. Some people may need a specific feature, while some may want a feature-laden library. Another option here is to go for a framework that gives some flexibility in libraries. But it is not just the features you are looking for. You also need some good documentation to go with it, particularly, a user manual and code snippets. This will help you out when you get stuck.

Licensing:

Some java application development platforms allow commercial usage, while some need licensing. Given a limited budget, this could be the deciding factor. Do not forget to check licensing for plug-ins as well.

Compatibility with mobile OS:

Mobile is the future. Even today mobile users trump desktop or tabs by thousands. This comparatively cheaper medium is also a critical platform for small business for their reach and ease of use. So, it’s important that the framework you choose is compatible with the most commonly used OS, the Android, Windows and iOS. It should also be the latest version, easy to update.

Don’t let the template limit you:

No one denies the convenience of a template. It’s a readymade structure which you know will work. But take it as a springboard for you to work in all the elements you need. So, it’s also important that you choose a platform with flexibility in templates.

The UX:

This is the most important aspect. No matter how full of cool features it is, your website/app will be of no use if it needs a manual to use. Any platform that cannot give you that must be binned!

 

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