Category Archives: Website Recommendations

How is my website quality?

Many often we find users come and ask us one of these questions: I got my website developed with a third party.

  • How do I know if it has been done with good quality?
  • How do I know if it is fast enough?
  • Does it work well anywhere in the world?
  • Does it work for all users on all devices?

We are starting a series of posts which will focus on the above questions.

(Note: We often confuse ‘quality’ with how a website looks and do not focus on how the website performs. How a website looks is a topic covered under the ‘Look and Feel’ of a website, where the website is supposed to look pleasing, primarily to the owner of the website, and in addition to the people visiting the site. This post does not cover that topic and only covers if the website is technically good.)

There are a few good tools released by some of the top organizations which help us decide for ourselves on the quality of any website. Some of them that we use at Auro Infotech are listed below:

  1. CSS VALIDATOR: This is a tool from W3C and is very useful to see if a site has any CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) related issues.
  2. XHTML VALIDATOR: This is another tool from W3C and is used to check if the HTML coding on the site conforms to XHTML standards as defined by W3C.
  3. Page Speed: This is a series of benchmarks provided by Google and can be easily checked on this link provided by GTMetrix.
  4. YSlow: This is a set of benchmarks defined by Yahoo! and is also available on the GTMetrix site.

At Auro Infotech, we expect our developers and designers to make sure there are less than 5 CSS or XHTML errors and also to get A ranking (90%) on Page Speed and YSlow.

If you find your website to be failing in any of these tests, go back to the developers and tell them to fix it right away.

Knowledge tree installation in CentOS 5

by Aravind

This blog explains the steps to install Knowledge Tree on a Cent OS server.

We were asked to install a Knowledge Management System called Knowledge Tree for one of our shared hosting clients, whose website is hosted in Centos 5.5 server.
Once we got this requirement I went through knowledgetree web site and I found that they do not provide the documentation for the installation in Centos server but they support RedHat Linux 5 and it is clearly explained in their Platform Requirements page.  So I decided to try it out on my own and once got it installed successfully, am sharing the steps with you.

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Squareup – Site to watch

Square up is a new website that has been launched by one of the founders of Twitter.

This site is gaining a lot of public attention, not only for its high profile founder, but also for the fact that it satisfies a need in the market today.

Squareup allows payments to be accepted from mobile devices and a device like iPhone can become the credit card processing machine with the addition of a small hardware to it. Receipts are instantly sent to email id or even can be printed from Squareup website.

This is now creating a new opportunity for everyone to use a payment mechanism that virtually did not exist before. Because of this reason, we are closely following Squareup and are waiting for its public launch. (Currently the site is only open to a few invited merchants who are using it in California.)

Stay tuned for more updates on this.

Website Recommendation – whois.sc

whois.sc is one of the most popular online sites that provides valuable information about any domain – this task is also know as Whois Lookup.

I have used whois.sc for over five years now and they provide the information in one click for almost all the third level domains available in the world. The simplicity and easy of use is what has attracted me to the site as it gives exactly what I am looking for, with minimum interaction.

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Website Recommendations – Tech Crunch

Tech Crunch is a popular online technology news site that provides the latest news primarily from the US.

Tech Crunch is quite useful to learn about the recent innovations, developments, mergers, fundings, etc. It was founded by an individual called Michael Arrington, who is quite popular in online world.

Though Tech Crunch started as a technology blog, they have now diversified into many different verticals and have a sub section for Mobile Gadgets related news, one section for latest gadgets (they are also trying their own version of tablet pc for the internet), database of investors, startups, etc.

For any non-technical news about the latest happenings in the startup world online, Tech Crunch is highly recommended.

Tech Crunch Website Link is available here

Website Recommendations – Web Hosting Talk

Web Hosting Talk is a leading discussion forum for web hosts around the world.

We recommend Web Hosting Talk website to any one with interests or inclination towards learning the latest aspects in web hosting industry. We hang out on web hosting talk quite often as it provides the latest scoop on all the things that happen in this industry.

Various aspects of web hosting are discussed on this site such as shared hosting, VPS, dedicated hosting, etc. I have seen experts in each area such as Payment Gateways, SSLs, eCommerce, Bandwidth providers, etc share their thoughts on relevant fields.

The nature of the audience to this site is small and medium web hosts with a huge number of new entrants coming into web hosting industry, hanging out there quite often. The exponential growth of web hosting industry around the world is primarily due to the proportionate growth in internet broadband usage and spread around the world, thus resulting in more and more businesses trying to establish a online presence. The industry is considered to grow to a multi-billion dollar one in the near future and that is one reason why big players like Amazon, Microsoft, etc are trying to get their hand on this pie using the cloud computing model, which is a logical extension of today’s web hosting models.

We have also spent some time on Web Hosting Talk in the past and believe that it is one of the ideal forum models for any business trying to build a forum based community online.

Do check it out and share your views here.

Website Recommendations – High Scalability

Scalability is a very important aspect of any website that caters to or plans to cater to a large audience.

High Scalability is one website we would like to recommend to all our readers as this website focuses on providing specific details about how top websites in the world handled their scalability related requirements.

Some of the top rated articles on High Scalability website are the ones about You Tube, PlentyOfFish, Google, Flickr, Amazon and Twitter.

If you have visited this site earlier, let us know what you think about it. If you have not visited it before, please do add it to your daily reading list as it will help you in your understanding of any high performance website.