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Mar 27, 2010

GoDaddy stopping registering domains in China

Godaddy – one company is ready to follow Google’s stance on doing business in China.

During a congressional hearing later today to discuss Internet freedom and China, GoDaddy managerial plan to announce that they will stop registering domain names in China in response to a new government policy that requires extensive information about registrants. Starting last December, individuals and businesses that wished to register a .cn domain name were being asked to submit a photograph of themselves as well as a serial number identifying their business license in China .go

Google’s Alan Davidson, director of public policy, also plans to speak before the hearing, coming two days after Google announced its decision to move its Chinese-language search engine from mainland China to Hong Kong in order to bypass government laws on Internet censorship.

For the majority part, U.S. companies have repeated plans to stay in China and stick on to their laws following Google’s initial announcement in January and ensuing moves this week.

Mar 24, 2010

How to get a Free Domain Name & Free Web Hosting

Get a Free Domain Name
  • Step 1: To register a free domain, please go to CO.CC website by clicking on the link http://www.co.cc/.
  • Step 2: Now when you are on http://www.co.cc/, find the domain name that you prefer. (In this case I use example.co.cc)
  • Step 3: If your preferred domain name is available, then proceed to the next page by clicking on the "Continue to registration" button.
  • Step 4: Now you are in the registration page. Since you are the new user, please click on the "Create new user" button, then feel in your details.
  • Step 5: Submit the registration form, and now your domain name are registered. To manage your domain name, just login to http://www.co.cc/. I will show how to manage the domain name later.
Get a Free Web & Email Hosting
  • Step 6: To get a free web hosting, please go to 000Webhost by clicking the link http://www.000webhost.com/.
  • Step 7: Now you are in 000Webhost package selection site. There are 2 option for you to choose; 1. Free Hosting 2. Paid Hosting. Just click the "Order" Button on the Free Hosting package to proceed to the ordering page.
  • Step 8: In the ordering page, the is a field that have a default value of "yourdomain.com". Change it to the domain name you just registered at CO.CC. In my case, I will replace it with example.co.cc as domain name.
  • Step 9: Completed the ordering form by feeling your details. Then submit the order. Please give the administrator 24 hours to consider and configure your web hosting.
After 24 Hours
  • Step 10: Within 24 hours, an e-mail will be send to you to confirm your ordering. Now your web hosting is ready but your domain name is not yet set to be pointing to your web hosting.
Manage the Domain Name
  • Step 11: First login to 000Webhost to get 2 set of DNS  provided by 000Webhost. After login, you will see an alert message, and now copy down the 2 DNS sets (ns1.000webhost.com, ns2.ooowebhost.com).
  • Step 12: Go to CO.CC and login in into the domain management site. Now select on Manage Domain option.
  • Step 13: When you are in the Manage Domain area, choose to set the Name Server for your domain.
  • Step 14: Now feel in your Name Server with the 2 DNS sets, you just copied from step 11. Click on setup and all is done.
  • Step 15: Now you upload Worpress for blogging or HTML files for Website/Personal Profile.

Mar 5, 2010

Magento templates is more than HTML

We get a lot of requests for Magento. Not only building a whole site, migrating an old one but also simply doing “PDS to Magento” jobs. And then we get back to the client and they’re always surprised at the time (and dineros) it takes. “But it’s just a PSD?”….Well, yes, but Magento is not just HTML. Really?!!

Here are the main differences:
  • Magento uses mostly blocks for its modules and components so you have to understand how they work and how they fit with your HTML and the overall code. It’s not plug and play and it takes time to figure out. Even after several projects.
  • You have to take into account in your evaluation and work all the pages beyond the home page and product pages, like account log in, checkout, shopping cart, wishlist and so forth….
  • Don’t forget the “communication” pages like transactional emails, newsletter templates, etc…
  • Finally you’ll probably be using javascript to make things a bit more user-friendly, like an accordion menu, or a gallery, so you need to take into account as well.

Overall, creating Magento templates are easily twice or triple the time it takes for a normal “PSD to HTML” job so be careful before you quote anything if you don’t want to lose your shirt. There a lot more pages and templates to play with than the home and product pages.