Archive for July 19, 2010

Web Content Management System – 7 Benefits

July 19, 2010

If you just need a small web site with few interactive features and don’t need to make regular updates then a static html web site may be sufficient. If you intend to build a large web site with lots on content that needs to be changed constantly then consider a web content management system (CMS).

CMS Benefits

There are many different types of CMS so your decision will depend on what you want to achieve with your web site. Here are some features to consider when looking for the most suitable CMS for your business.

1. Update Content

A CMS has an admin panel that you access with a user name and password. Within the admin panel you can update and add content automatically across all web pages.

2. Create Online Surveys and Polls

This is built in to the CMS so you can easily collect, store and publish the results.

3. Templates

Templates allow you to separate the design from the content. If you wish to change the design you just use a different template. The new design will change the whole look of your site without altering the content.

4. Author Access

You may want other people beside yourself add content to the web site. You can set up different permissions for each person i.e. one person can just add content; another can have the ability to change the template.

5. Runs on your computer

A CMS contains the files for the front end of the site which is stored on your computer and a database that stores the information. The database runs on a hosted server. Many web hosts already have a number of CMS systems to choose from. You simply install it from the admin panel manager of your web host. Check your web hosting service first before you decide to use them as not all have this feature.

Running the web content management system on your own computer enables you to have more control over your files. You can alter and upload them to your server as needed.

6. RSS Feeds

Really simple syndication or RSS is allows your content to automatically be published to RSS directories. Also visitors can access your content with their feed readers. This will attract lots search engine traffic.

7. Accessibility

A CMS allows you to update the content from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. Even if your authors are located in different countries they can all still contribute to your site.

If you have a large site that needs frequent updating by different authors, consider building a web content management system.
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Windows Defender start-up Error

July 12, 2010

You may have noticed a new error message upon Windows
start-up since December 31, 2006. The error dialog looks like this:

Windows Defender

Application failed to initialize: 0x800106ba. A problem caused Windows Defender

Service to stop. To start the service, restart your computer or search Help and
Support on how to start a service manually.

In addition, you will see the following in your System Event Log:

Event Type: Error

Event Source: Service Control Manager

Event Category: None

Event ID: 7023


The Windows Defender Service service terminated with the following error:

The system license has expired. Your logon request is denied.

The issue is that Windows Defender Beta support ended on December 31, 2006. Now,
I would have expected this software license expire error to let you know a bit more gracefully.

The good news is that if your are running Windows XP, there is a easy fix. Simply
go to and look for the “Download Windows Defender” link near the bottom
of the home page. Follow the download and install instructions, and you will be up
to date, protected and will have fixed the start-up error in just minutes.

Now for the bad news…

If you are running Windows 2000, Microsoft has decided to no longer support the Windows
Defender product for the Windows 2000 platform. You can fix the start-up error by uninstalling
Windows Defender from the Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panel. Unfortunately,
this will leave you unprotected from Spyware and Malware. Since Microsoft is no longer
providing a Spyware protection product for Windows 2000, you will need to purchase a third
party product in order to be protected in the future.

I must say that I am more than annoyed by this decision at Microsoft to discontinue the
Windows Defender product for Windows 2000. I am a big fan of Windows 2000 as it has been one
of the most stable operating system made by Microsoft to date. I am aware that Microsoft
has discontinued official support for Win2k as of June 30, 2005. Actually, it has
entered the “Extended Support Phase” for the Win2k product. This means they will have “extended”
support until June 2010… without Spyware protection! This is like the proverbial knife in the
back for existing Win2k users. Actually, more like the proverbial gun to the head to get
you to upgrade to Windows Vista.

Now, there is no doubt that Windows XP and Vista are a much better protected operating systems
right out of the box. In the networks that I support, XP Pro SP2 or Windows 2003 Server is the
standard for any new deployments. I just resent the gun to the head thing!

For Win2k users, you will obviously make your own decision about this dilemma in which I see you
have three choices:

1) Uninstall Windows Defender and just take your chances on operating without Spyware protection.

2) Uninstall Windows Defender and purchase a third party Spyware protection product.

3) Decide to put your money towards the upgrade to XP or Vista, which will include the free

Spyware protection.

I would not recommend choice 1. The Internet is just too dangerous of a place to venture without
protection. You may choose choice 2 because you love Win2k and just do not want to hassle with
the potential upgrade headaches. Or, you may choose 3 because you are up to the upgrade task and
you feel it make more sense to invest in the future.

If you decide on the upgrade to Vista path, please look for my “Upgrading to Vista” article coming soon.
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Why Using WordPress Sales Page Themes Will Blow Your Competition Away

July 5, 2010

WordPress is by far the easiest content management system around. What makes it great is the amount of plug ins and themes you can get, most of which are free, which takes it to higher levels.

Recently, there has been a rise in the amount of themes which turns your WordPress blog into a sales letter. If you’re an Internet marketer who relies upon sales pages to promote your products, and affiliate looking to create some CPA landing pages, or having a dabble with video squeeze pages, there are a number of themes you can use to achieve exactly what you are looking for.

A sales page theme is exactly what it says, a cut down version of a WordPress theme which is pre-formatted with bullets, testimonial boxes, h1 and h2 headings as well as other nifty tools. It does away with links, headers and other distractions you may find on a standard theme, and concentrates on one sole purpose, helping you sell more.

With so many options available when choosing a WordPress sales page theme, you should look for one that offers variety, and that is easy to set up. Quite a lot of these WordPress sales page themes come bundled with up to 20 different types of templates, which means you can use a different theme on each site you own.

How these WordPress sales page themes work is you just install them into your WordPress themes folder, and activate them inside the WordPress admin area. When you write a post or page, you simply choose from the pre-formatted options in the editor, and decide if you want a h1 header, h2 header, testimonial box or bulleted list, it’s really easy.

Using WordPress is a great way to build your sales pages because Google loves WordPress, and the SEO advantages of a WordPress sales page far outweigh the old fashioned HTML sales pages.
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