Pagevamp: Social Website Builder

There are lots of website builder services available online, that makes it easy to create a website. Some provides drag and drop interfaces and other uses various methods to make your process of making websites easier without any complexity. People are looking for easier and cheaper methods to make a website. Thus, there has been competition from the very beginning to which website builder provides easier, better and cheaper services.

Getting into the similar competition is the another startup company “Pagevamp”. Pagevamp allows its users to create and update their website easily from Facebook page in just one Click. It is the easiest and the fastest way to publish a website with no technical skills. Saying that, it helps us to escape from learning the whole new site creation process and management interface. Anyone can create a good looking and up-to-date website using Pagevamp.

Some of its features includes:

  • Instant update from facebook page
  • Responsive designs, to translate seamlessly to all types of devices
  • Powerful Hosting, managed by Rackspace
  • Cheap rates upto $12/month on annual service
  • Create many pages as per user needs
  • switch designs as per user needs, users can choose from different themes available with themes being added every month which are well tested and device friendly
  • unlimited features, with features being upgraded + added each month

From its time of launch, till now, lots of features like SEO, photo inquiry, multiple gallery pages, pdf uploads, filtering albums, news, updating content, etc and many themes have already been added to the list.

For more information: www.pagevamp.com

Udemy “The Academy of You”

With the growth in access of internet users, e-learning has been most popular in todays market. You can get access to lots of courses online, free or paid, helping you to learn from anywhere, anytime as long as you’ve got an internet connection.

Most of us must be familiar with any of the popular outsourcing marketplace such as freelancer.com, odesk.com, elance.com,etc.. where employers and employees are able to find each other starting from employers posting a job following with anybody inside its platform to offer a quote to complete the job.

Similar to this concept, another marketplace which is getting much popular these days is Udemy — which infers “The Academy of You”. Udemy is the marketplace for teaching and learning. Unlike academic MOOC(Massive Open Online Course) programs driven by traditional collegiate coursework, Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee. Also, Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student tuition charges.

Udemy courses ranges from programming, entrepreneurship, photography, yoga, marketing, sales, cooking, design… infact everything. Thousands of expert instructors have already published online courses on Udemy for different categories. Currently no Udemy courses are credentialed for college credit, students take courses largely as a means of improving job-related skills. Some courses generate credit toward technical certification. Udemy has made a special effort to attract corporate trainers seeking to create coursework for employees of their company.

Millions of students in 190+ countries have already enrolled to one or more courses at Udemy. Every course on Udemy is available on demand, 24/7, so you can learn when and where you want via the iPhone, iPad, Android and Web. Moreover, recent features allow you to save your courses for offline viewing so you can watch them while you’re on a plane or subway. Also, the playback feature at different speeds for quickly refreshing your mind seem to be an addition.

Organizations also use Udemy for Organizations (UFO), a corporate online learning platform, that provides training solutions to thousands of companies. On the whole, as it seems, Udemy already had its place safe on the world’s largest marketplace for online learning.

For more information: www.udemy.com

Another WordPress threat, 100,000+ WordPress Websites infected by SoakSoak Malware

WordPress users are now facing another threat from a malware attack, named SoakSoak. Google has blacklisted over 11,000 domains with this latest malware campaign from SoakSoak.ru.

According to Security Firm Sucuri, who is actively investigating the vector of malware, already 100’s of thousands of WordPress specific websites have been infected with this malware. Though they are not sure of the exact vector, but their preliminary analysis shows its correlation with the Revslider vulnerability which was reported a few months back. Also, they have mentioned specifically, that this campaign does not appear to be specifically targeted towards WordPress only, the victims seem to be blogs relying on its frame work. So the fact that most of its victims are WordPress websites, may just be a coincidence.

Once your website is infected with this malware, you might experience irregular website behaviour including redirects to SoakSoak.ru webpages. You may also, end up downloading malicious files onto your computer systems automatically without any knowledge.

SoakSoak malware modifies the file located at wp-includes/template-loader.php which causes wp-includes/js/swobject.js to be loaded on every page view on the website and this “swobject.js” file includes a malicious java encoded script malware.

Security Firm Sucuri, has provided a free SiteCheck scanner for scanning malware on your websites. So, if you have websites in wordpress, and worried about the potential risk you can always, visit Sucuri website and scan for any malware.

Sucuri Security

No more Facebook Like Gate’s….

Facebook already announced that it would no longer support business pages to have Like Gate’s type of applications where user need to like their fb pages to enter into the contest or receive points in the game. Which means there is no way to track if the user liked the page or not.

As per facebook:
The ‘liked’ property will no longer be returned in the ‘signed_request’ object for Page Tab apps created after today. From November 5, 2014 onwards, the ‘liked’ property will always return ‘true’ regardless of whether or not the person has liked the page.

Facebook changed platform policy:
You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page. This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on whether or not a person has liked a Page. It remains acceptable to incentivize people to login to your app, checkin at a place or enter a promotion on your app’s Page. To ensure quality connections and help businesses reach the people who matter to them, we want people to like Pages because they want to connect and hear from the business, not because of artificial incentives. We believe this update will benefit people and advertisers alike.

The practice of incentivizing users in exchange for liking a page has been for years, which had helped them to increase the number of fans for their brand and overall to increase reach to their customers. However, now this is not possible.

Facebook wants your fans to really like your brand/page, not only your contest prizes or materials that they get from liking your page. Forceful likes, doesn’t really mean they want posts from your page on their walls or they really do care for your brands. Lets say you ran a contest to win an Ipad and user need to like your business page to enter into the contest. You might get an increased number of likes running this contest but you must be aware that people are liking your page not because they like your business or they really do care about your brand.. they are just concerned for Ipad as they are Apple fans..:)

Overall, this announcement by facebook seemed fair enough for users as they connect with a business or brand only if they truly want to and not because they were enticed by “artificial incentives”.