How to Install and Configure Drupal CMS

How to Install and Configure Drupal CMS

Drupal is a feature rich Content Management System (CMS) which allows webmasters to run dynamic website without PHP knowledge. Publishers can add website content through admin interface. Thanks many modules it is possible to install a lot of additional features like spell check, displaying banners or AdSense ads, chat, mailing list, e-commerce modules etc. Drupal CMS was written in PHP and can be downloaded free of charge. In this article I will explain how to install this script and describe the configuration basics.

Web hosting requirements for Drupal CMS

Before you start the installation process, ensure that your web host offers PHP support, cron jobs and MySQL database. Drupal requires PHP version 4.3.3 or higher (Drupal 4.5 and earlier versions will not run on PHP 5), PHP XML extension and MySQL v3.23.17 or higher. If you are not sure which version of PHP and MySQL your web hosting provider currently uses, contact their help desk and ask them first.

How to install Drupal CMS

First download the latest Drupal release from developers website. Use software such as WinZip or Total Commander to extract downloaded archive to your hard disk. Edit the file called settings.php located in sites/default folder. Set up your website url and basic MySQL database variables like username, password and database server. Use any ftp program to upload extracted files to your web host. In case you have never set up MySQL database, login to the web hosting control panel and create a new one. Now login to your phpMyAdmin and create MySQL tables using the database.mysql file located in “database” folder. Now open your browser and point it to your website. Create a new account — the first account you will create will automatically become the admin account with full admin rights.

Another and easier solution how to install this PHP script is to sign up for a quality web hosting service which offers pre-installed PHP scripts. Then easily go to your control panel, find the section with pre-installed scripts and select Drupal. The installer will do all the job for you. All you need to do is to choose the script you want to install.

How to configure Drupal CMS

The script was successfully installed and now is the time to do some additional settings. Optionally, you can create in your Drupal installation directory folder where will be stored files such as custom logos and user avatars. Create this subdirectory and set up “read and write” permission. Many Drupal modules have periodic tasks. From this reason you will need to setup cron jobs. Call the cron page by visiting cron.php file in your root directory.

Now browse the admin control panel. Consider to enable some new modules and edit menus. Open “theme manager” to change the theme. Set up welcome message for your users. Modify meta tags for higher search engine placement. Check settings and make sure that everything fits your needs. And if you will need to help with some specific problem visit support forum where you will find thousands of interesting threads. Good luck!

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Best Blogging Software

Best Blogging Software

The blogging platform wars are getting really interesting and much of the discussion I find myself in lately revolves around what is happening with various CMS systems. The market can essentially be defined into 3 major camps: remotely hosted, self hosted, and community based systems. I have used pretty much every blogging platform available and each of them has its ups and downs. In this article I will cover the best options for each area taking into account price, usability, market share and of course SEO potential.
All of these products are either open source, completely free or have a functional free version.
Remotely Hosted Blogging Software
(Note: I cannot really recommend any of these from an SEO stand point as optimizing a domain you do not own or control is obviously not a good marketing plan. )
Blogger
Blogger is completely free and currently owns the majority of the remotely hosted user base, but not by a land slide . Bought out by Google in 1999, Blogger essentially fired up the blogging trend we see today. It is by far the easiest overall solution to use and if you are a novice user looking to throw up some recipes or poetry, this is for you. Blogger is completely free and includes some great features like comments, photo blogging, and a basic community feel with user profiles. Because it is so dumbed down there are some features you may not find with Blogger that are only available through 3rd party add-ons. As a side note Blogger weblogs do quite well in the search engines and this was recently exploited with it being the first choice for spam blogs or splogs. A splog is a weblog used for the sole purpose of gaining inbound links or generating thousands of keyword stuffed pages with Adsense and the like. The recent Google Jagger update cleared a large portion of this up. Free.
Typepad
Released in 2003 Typepad is a product of Sixapart, the makers of Movable Type. it is largely based on MT but there are some major enhancements and differences. Your blog can accomodate one or more photo albums with auto thumbnail generation. You can easily add music, books, and other media to Typelists, which grab a thumbnail from Amazon and other retailers for easily displaying in your sidebar. Typepad is also a great deal more technical than Blogger so a bit of HTML know how is recommended. On that note editing your blog to look the way you want it also quite easy and Typepad blogs are known for being very eye pleasing, intuitive and easy to navigate. In Sixapart’s business model Typepad is aimed at regular home and small business users while Movable Type is targeted at larger businesses or for internal intranets. Price: Basic, $4.95 a month; premium, $8.95 to $14.95 a month.
Xanga
These guys originated back in 1999 as a site for sharing book, music and movie reviews. Although it quickly morphed into a full blown blogging tool Xanga still maintains the ability to run a powerful review site. Xanga pulls data from several retailers like Amazon.com including thumbnails, pricing and a cover. The software also is very usable by novices with a powerful WYSIWYG editor allowing for easy HTML editing, adding smilies, links, and other symbols. By using Blog rings it is also easy to interface with Xanga’s other 3 million users to share interests, ideas, and of course traffic. Xanga comes in a free and $25 flavor.
Mentions: Blogsome, Blogster, MindSay, Multiply,
Self Hosted Blogging Software
WordPress
WordPress originally began as a mod of an older open source package known as B2. WP is MT’s biggest competition and is often the bain of endless WordPress vs Movabletype style threads around the internet. Although launched just over a year or so ago WP has really taken the blogosphere by storm. And with good reason – WordPress is completely free under GNU licensing and is packed with many featured you will not find anywhere else. It is also much easier to install and get blogging for novice users and has a very large and helpful community. WP runs on PHP/mySQL and is quite scalable judging from some of the very large and trafficked sites I see using it. It also sports utilities to import files from Movable Type, Textpattern, Greymatter, Blogger, and b2. WordPress recently upped the ante when Yahoo recently included them on their hosting packages, in addition to MT. I have to admit I am finding myself more and more digging WP and will likely convert Profitpapers to WP as I get time (it can be a biznitch). WordPress is free.
Movable Type
Aside from maybe Greymatter (the original open source blogging tool), Movabletype dominated the blogging market share in 2002-2004. Released in late 2001, Perl based Movable Type by Sixapart has maintained a large portion of the blogging market share, due mainly to the fact that there is a free version (supporting up to 3 weblogs) and that it is incredibly powerful, intuitive and easy to customize. Template driven Movable Type also sports one of the largest communities of developers and blogging enthusiasts around, meaning lots of support, idea sharing, and of course plugins. Movable Type can be configured to dynamically generate HTML, PHP or any other kind of pages you like, meaning it is incredibly scalable, fast, and loved by spiders. It is perhaps the most well known blogging software for SEO purposes and it what currently powers Profitpapers and several of my other projects. Moveabletype is either Free with 3 authors, 1 weblog, and no support or $69.95 with unlimited weblogs, authors and full support.
Textpattern
Textpattern is the brainchild of Dean Allen and was written to ease publishing of content for those not inclined to learn HTML. Like WP and MT Textpattern runs on PHP and mySQL for easy administration, backups, and power. What really sets textpattern apart from the others is the integration of Textile. Textile is a tool for easily formatting content for those who do not know HTML. WP & MT have modules for textile as well but it is native to the Textpattern system. Another bonus of the app is its superior handling of comment spam due to its smaller market share. On a blogs I maintain running WP and MT I often find myself clearing out spam every day, whereas on some very busy textpattern sites I receive only manual comment spam (not bot driven). TP is open source.
Mentions: Blosxom, LifeType, Serendipity.
Community based Blogging Software
Slash
Waaaaay back in 1997, Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda launched a website known as Chips & Dips, supplied via his student account at Hope College in Michigan. In 1999 Andover.net acquired Slashdot. Shortly after, the underlying code was released as open source software called Slash. Like Movable Type and Greymatter, Slash runs on Perl, but it also has established hooks into MySQL and a very strong track record of scaling to enormous traffic levels. To give you an idea, the term ‘slashdotted’ originated from acquiring a link on this now infamous and very popular tech news website – and consequently watching your servers melt. If you have never messed around with Slash, you really should as it is quite a powerful platform. Slash is open source.
Scoop
Another well known Perl based community blogging software is Scoop. Scoop is the software that powers Kuro5shin, DailyKos and many other busy community weblogs. Scoop took the Slashdot idea and expanded on it, making the discussion rather than the news the focus of the application. Where Slashdot entries tend to have a link with added commentary pointing readers off the site, Scoop points to stories written by members of the community keeping the reader within your own weblog. Scoop is also well known for handling large volumes of traffic and a large very technical community. Scoop is free .
Drupal
Drupal is a well known open source community blogging platform with a very large community of users and developers. Not only is Drupal free but it is damn powerful. Instead of Perl, which is quite hard to decode at times, even if you are a fluent coder, Drupal uses a PHP/mySQL platform. Drupal is also a very community focused application with a built in forum, download area, and hundreds of other home brewed mods and hacks. If you are looking for a lot of functionality give Drupal a check – the project has become quite mature. It is also much easier to use and customize than either Scoop or Slash. Drupal is also another open source project.
Mentions: LiveJournal, PHP Nuke.

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eCommerce – A Plan

eCommerce – A Plan


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Planning an ecommerce website is like building a house – architecture and budget need to be agreed before the decoration.

AN AGREED REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION MUST BE DRAWN UP AS THE FIRST STAGE BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE IS DONE – ANY OTHER APPROACH WILL ONLY LEAD TO CONFUSION AND WORSE.

Once an AGREED REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION has been agreed then solutions need to be evaluated and costed against that specification are:

– Project management
– Hardware
Web design and software
– Site marketing
– Project management:

All aspects of the project need to be managed. Decide who is going to do it and properly plan the requirements, activities, outcomes, milestones and timings.

Hardware:

Your choices here are a managed service or your own server. The security and disaster recovery aspect that is achieved by hosting with a major provider is very important. Only go with your own server if you have the experience and facilities.

Design and Software:

Site design

Develop site templates and test them with real people. They have to be easy to use and navigate. Don’t let “design” drive the site; let ease of use and sales drive the “design”. Think how the customer thinks.

Software

At least 5 solutions need to be considered.

– Updating
– Shopping cart
– Forum
– Email
– Statistics

Updating

There are 2 realistic routes here. Either an online or an offline, PC based content management system (CMS). The online CMS can be either an Open Source CMS (Open Source means any application that has been made available, generally free, to developers to view and modify freely. Examples of Open Source applications are MySQL and PHP) or commercial.

There are pros and cons to both routes. An online system is available to anyone with relevant security clearance anywhere any time. A PC based system is, obviously, limited to the PCs running the licenses. An example of a PC based system is Macromedia Contribute which integrates with Dreamweaver. There are a whole range of online Commercial and Open Source options such as SuiteWise™, Drupal, Joomla, and Website Baker etc. However, even this is complicated by the fact that some of the shopping cart solutions also contain CMS that may be sufficient for many companies’ requirements.

Shopping cart and CRM

There are also 2 realistic routes for the shopping cart – Open Source or commercial.

There are excellent Open Source shopping carts such as OSCommerce and Zen, but also excellent commercial solutions such as Actinic and Customer Focus Quick Order Portal (which comes with a complete CMS).

There are other factors to consider with the shopping cart:

– Does it have its own or does it easily integrate with your exiting stock control systems?

– Does it integrate easily with accounting systems (e.g. Sage, QuickBooks)?

– Does it have or integrate easily with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems that may be proposed in future?

Forum

Many CMS have good integrated forums but if they do not our recommendation would be to use a good Open Source package such as PunBB or phpBB. They are free, robust and easy to integrate and customise into any site.

Email

Most CMS, shopping carts and forums have email solutions. However, some solutions are very basic. If the chosen shopping cart solution that best meets the ecommerce and other requirements does not have an effective integrated email solution and if the same be true of the CMS and forum solutions then stand alone Open Source applications such as PHPlist are one alternative solution and the other is an online solution such as Constant Contact or many others.

Statistics

This is arguably the most important part of the package. If you do not know how visitors to your website and in the shop are behaving, what turns them on and what turns them off then it is far, far harder to improve sales and site profitability. Commercial applications such as WebTrends and ClickTracks need to be evaluated for best fit.

SITE MARKETING

There are 4 major areas to consider here.

– Offline marketing – e.g. in-store. What works most cost effectively to drive traffic and orders via the web from non-web activities.

– Site optimisation – how to make sure technical structure, copy, content, back-links and a range of other factors are initially and remain optimised so that as many high search engine placements on relevant searches are obtained.

– Pay per click and other online marketing – how to get traffic from advertising against key words and phrases used in search engines and from adverts on other sites.

– Email – how to grow the email list and use it to grow profitable sales.

In summary:

– Manage the project
– Think how the customer thinks
– Get excellent software to make finding product and price easy
– Make terms clear and payment simple
– Ensure you are in stock and and have achievable delivery timescales
– Make sure you have a good CRM system and clear communications – mail, phone, emai
– Market the site appropriately
– Know what’s going on – use your stats to test, track and try

Cost ………… well how long is a pice of string, but you could be up and running for far less than the cost of new premises!!!

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Cosmetic Clinics and Specialists

 

Benefits of Cosmetic Clinics

Introduction into Cosmetic Clinics and Specialists

Cosmetic medicine centresCosmetic medicine is using surgical procedures to improve the appearance of a individual. These treatments could be major or minor in nature. Cosmetic medication acts upon the body’s tissues, enhances them and lowers or removes the indicators of aging. This kind of medicine is practiced by experts such as surgeons and dermatologists. A wide range of cosmetic treatments are carried out so as to accomplish the preferred results. Some examples of these are face lifts, Botox injections, liposuction and wrinkle injections. Intensive treatments such as sclerotherapy and laser treatment are used to solve extreme cases. Keep reading to find more about Cosmetic Medication.

Kinds of cosmetic procedures

Face lift surgery

This is a cosmetic treatment that eliminates the signs of aging. It eliminates wrinkles, saggy skin and fat deposits. By doing so, the face lift surgery makes you look more youthful by improving your overall appearance. It reverses the unfavorable results of exposure to adverse weather condition, stress and aging.

Also known as a rhytidectomy, the face lift surgical treatment is carried out by a plastic surgeon. Throughout the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will raise the underlying facial muscles. After that, they will tighten up these tissues in a tactical, creative way. Additionally, the plastic surgeon will eliminate surplus pockets of fat. As a result of the treatment, your facial structure is revitalized and its shapes are boosted such that they become more appealing.

When carried out by a competent and knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon, the face lift surgery makes you look more youthful and more gorgeous. The results also look natural and have very little scarring. Majority of plastic surgeons use minimally invasive approaches to reduce general pain and make the treatment take a short period of time. A major benefit of face lifts is that they have irreversible results. They can help you look younger for many years to come.

Anti wrinkle injections

There are various kinds of anti wrinkle injections. They work to get rid of the wrinkles and lines on the face which are brought on by expression. These injections are administered by a plastic surgeon and have long term effects.

Dermal fillers

These are unique injections which alter your facial shape and make you look more youthful. Dermal fillers can fill in the folds under the skin for instance nasolabial folds. These fillers can also be utilized to make the lips fuller and make the cheeks a little more plump. Dermal fillers can likewise be applied around the eyes to get rid of the hollowed out look.

Generally, Collagen was the main filler material used in this type of cosmetic treatment. Today, it has been replaced by hyaluronic acid. The latter goes by numerous brand for example Restylane.

The impacts of dermal fillers last for different lengths of time depending on the material being injected. The results of hyaluronic acid last for between 6 and 12 months. On the other hand, Radiesse lasts for 12 to 18 months. Cosmetic surgeons explain these statistics to the patients so that they can pick the most ideal treatment. That’s what cosmetic clinics in Sydney are suppose to do

Dermal fillers cost between $500 and $600 per unit. In cases where multiple wrinkles have to be gotten rid of, a client may require numerous dosages. This leads to a higher general cost of treatment.

Botox injections

This is another type of anti wrinkle injections. Film stars typically utilize Botox to maintain their younger looks. This cosmetic procedure includes the injection of an active material referred to as botulinum into the skin. This product relaxes the muscles. As a result, the skin does not crease and wrinkles do not form. Botox injections can be used on various parts of the face. Examples of these are the forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth and on the throat area too.

This wrinkle elimination item is classified as a prescription drug. Therefore, only a qualified and signed up plastic surgeon can legally inject it. In spite of this, it is consistently injected by people who are not physicians. They may obtain prescriptions from signed up medical professionals so regarding get the Botox. Likewise, beauty clinics might have one signed up physician supervising a personnel of attendants who consequently inject Botox into customers. In this case, the doctor does not have to remain in the space during administration.

A system of Botox can cost in between $9 and $15. Depending upon the intensity of your case, up to 10 units can be used at a time. Moreover, a single Botox anti-wrinkle treatment can last for 3 to 4 months.

Lip enhancement

Likewise referred to as lip augmentation, this is a treatment which provides your lips a fuller and plumper look. This impact is achieved by injecting a filler solution into the lips. Most of the times, hyaluronic acid is made use of as the filler. Given that it is also formed naturally in the body, this filler is effective and safe to utilize.

Traditionally, fat implants and injections were utilized to make the lips fuller. Nevertheless, they are not utilized today due to the risk of unfavorable negative effects. Lip enhancement can improve the shape, volume and structure of your lips. The filler shapes the tissues within the lips and service providers internal assistance. The impacts of lip enhancements last for 6 months.

Liposuction Treatemnts

This is a cosmetic improvement procedure where fat is broken up and drew right from the body. Also called lipoplasty, this procedure is used on numerous locations of the body such as the neck, abdominal area, thighs, butts, back, calves and arms. A special instruments which is called a cannula is placed under the skin. After that, a high pressure vacuum sucks the fat from the body.

This cosmetic procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Its impacts are brilliant and can last for a long time. A few of the risks included with liposuction include scarring and infection. Interestingly, the procedure can really be utilized to treat other medical conditions. Liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic treatments today. In addition, it costs between $2,000 and $3,500 per treatment.

Result of cosmetic medicine on the charm market

Cosmetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and lip enhancements have actually triggered significant effects in the beauty market In countries such as Korea, models regularly go through some cosmetic enhancement so as to look more stunning. Doing this increases their possibilities of landing tasks in appeal, runway and haute couture sectors. As such, cosmetic medicine is a part of their appeal program. In the West, designs seldom engage in cosmetic treatments. That’s because they are selected for their natural features and motivated to maintain them.

Cosmetic treatments have created a new type of design in the appeal market. This is the cosmetic training design. This is a design who displays the benefits of cosmetic treatments. They undergo procedures such as Botox injections and face lifts at affordable rates. After that, they can display the favorable results on behalf of a specific brand. This is a new trend in the appeal market that emerges from cosmetic medicine.

Effect of cosmetic medicine on the weight-loss industry.

There are cosmetic treatments that are actively used for weight reduction purposes. A significant example is liposuction. It gets rid of excess fat in the body hence results in less weight and a leaner figure. Most people use liposuction as a structure procedure. After losing the excess fat, they can proceed to exercise, achieve fitness and keep the fat from building up once again.

Conclusion

Cosmetic medicine assists us to achieve the level of charm that we prefer. The treatments involved can get rid of the signs of aging. They can also help us to drop weight. As such, cosmetic medicine has effects on charm and weight reduction too. It is special, loaded with ingenious solutions and guaranteed to last for several years to come.

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Sports Injury Physio Clinics Campbelltown

Sports Injury Physio Clinics and Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy Clinics South West SydneyHow sports physio can relate to physiotherapy is very common. Sports is something that we all love and when you get injured from sports, physiotherapy for sports injury in Campbelltown is a must. Whether it’s back pain physio, shoulder physio from Tennis or leg injury physio from running, sports physio clinics are a must. Sports injury physio clinics in Sydney are many but there are a couple of good Campbelltown physiotherapy clinics for sports injurys.Sports is is a way of getting fit and toning the body down for our own health. Enjoying any kind of sport to the maximum on the other hand is dependent on how healthy one is but most times things happen even in the process of enjoying that game you love. Injuries are therefore unavoidable during any form of sport. They may occur in a variety of ways namely joint sprains,bony overuse, tendon injuries, muscle strains and surgical rehabilitation involving knee, shoulder and ankle reconstructions. Talming about muscle strain njury, icepacks should be used immediately as muscle strain physio can be painful as well as tendon injury physio. There is New Age Sports Injury Physio Campbelltown like newage physiotherapy campbelltown which provide the best physio clinics for sports injuries in western sydney and they also have a physio clinic in Green Valley

Whatever the injuries sustained during sports, the most important thing is to heal as fast as possible to be able to resume your gaming activities. Most of the injuries may not need one to go to the hospital for admissions. They may just be corrected by immediate and frequent hands on treatment for faster relief. Best Sports Physiotherapy therefore suffices as one of the faster ways of healing from those sport injuries. Sports Physiotherapists are indeed experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating majority of the sporting injuries including musculoskeletal injuries. Sports physio in particular is a very specialized physio branch and handles injuries that may arise even from exercise participation.

Since neuromuscular activities are the most common in sports, physio in this matter helps the victims heal from them. A number of programs and techniques are used to treat muscular and other sporting injuries. Such programs include controlled physical training, sport psychological counseling and even rehabilitation of the injured sports persons. If well done, these programs will hastily restore the optimal functionality of the victims and help enhance their performance in the various sporting activities.

How Can Sports Physio Benefit Sports Injury

Physio for sport injuries may involve a number of techniques used by the physiotherapists. The most common are hands-on treatments which involve massage and joint mobilization. Hands-on treatment relaxes the muscles and prevents muscle pulls and tendon pains. They also help heal injuries from joints like ankles, fingers and even knees. In addition, tapping can also be used by a physiotherapist to support an injured area or facilitate movement. For very serious injuries, physio is able to provide the rehabilitation and the needed advice for an individual to recover.

Whether acute or overuse, sport injuries can be so traumatic. When they happen, it is important to understand why they have occurred and how fast they can be corrected so that the individuals can quickly resume and perform to their satisfactory levels. It thus calls for the intervention of Physio experts who understand how to assess them and treat them.

Where Can I find The Best Sports Physio Clinics Near Me ?

There are many great physio clinics around , especially in Sydney or South West Sydney. Some of the best Sports Physio clinics in South West sydney are in Austral and Bringelly namely New Age Physio

South West Sydney Suburbs Sports Physio Clinics Locations

  • West Hoxton
  • Hoxton Park
  • Cecil hills
  • Middleton Grange
  • Leppington
  • Denham Court
  • Green Valley
  • Edmondson Park
  • Horningsea Park
  • Prestons
  • Glenfield
  • Casula
  • Hinchinbrook
  • Kemps Creek
  • Bringelly
  • Rossmore
  • Catherine fields
  • Oran Park
  • Gregory Hills
  • Gledswood Hills
  • Liverpool
  • Lurnea
  • Cartwright

There cannot be better experts than sports physiotherapists or Sports Injury Physio Clinics South West Sydney.They identify the areas for improvements after injuries and develop customized physio session programs that help in faster healing. Some injuries may just need ice while others may need bio-mechanical assessments. Whichever the case, physiotherapists are the experts. It is therefore advisable to seek physio for sports injuries when that ankle twists, that back hurts or when faced with any other problems from training or while playing your favorite game. The chances that you will get faster healing are indeed faster compared to ignoring such injuries and not getting treatment. Your health matters, so do not compromise. Get the services of a physiotherapist immediately. If you’ve been injured due to sports activities, always see the best sports injury physio clinics South West Sydney.

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