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Why Drupal Is Ideal For E-Commerce?
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WordPress Vs. Drupal: Which Content Management System Is Right For You?
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Here’s how you put that extra bolt in your WordPress Security
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Things to Follow for Developing an Effective website Using Drupal
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Capital Numbers Selected as “Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2015” by CIO Review

Why Drupal Is Ideal For E-Commerce?

One of the most flexible CMS platforms out there is Drupal. As Drupal Commerce is integrated with Drupal, it has become difficult for other dedicated e-commerce platforms such as Prestashop or Magento to beat it. You can find thousands of websites that have been built using Drupal Commerce.  There are, of course, various Content Management Systems for e-commerce, but people are more interested in using Drupal.

The main purpose of Drupal Commerce is to develop a specification that will help in guiding the e-commerce development on Drupal. They offer a rich variety of modules that can build world class e-commerce websites. This open source can help you in creating blogs, forums, intranets, photo galleries, review websites, new aggregators, wikis, social networks and CRM. Drupal can convert your dreams into reality.

Here are some awesome reasons why you should use Drupal Commerce for your new e-commerce development:

Free For All

In the Drupal world, more than 14,000 free modules are available. There is nothing you have to pay for, which is unlike WordPress and Magento. Moreover, the community is excellent at supporting these modules with improvements and patches. The Drupal community is considered to be one of the most devoted and cohesive communities.

Easy and Uncomplicated Way of Coordinating

Since you only have to handle and work with one system, the CRO (Conversion Rate Optimisation), SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), as well as web analytics, become much easier. You don’t even need to coordinate between two different platforms.

Easy To Customise

You can create pages and blocks within the pages with the Views module, which is a type of query builder. You can also customize modules easily.

Maintenance

Since there is only one set of tools that you need to learn, it becomes very easy for you to manage and maintain a Drupal Commerce site.

Order Management Tools

The order management tools of Drupal Commerce are a part of the same administration toolset that is found in the CMS. This enables you to not only view, manage and update on the websites but also lets you send update notifications through the website.

Integration

Via a RESTful API, Drupal can integrate with external systems. This means, with third-party systems, you can extend or complement the functionality that is found in Drupal and Drupal Commerce. Also, with Drupal’s Feeds module, you can import content from external systems.

Synchronization

Compared to a two-platform system, it takes far less time to develop. You aren’t required to formally integrate between two different systems.

Adaptation

Do you want a CMS that can adapt with your business? Drupal Commerce is just what you want. it will always be adaptable, as your business grows and explores new models. This is important, as most of your site is built by configuring interfaces and modules and the layout of your site and your business logic can change anytime.

Awesome Features

Drupal Commerce offers amazing features. Features such as a complete product administration, shopping cart and checkout form. Along with various other additional e-commerce features, it supports multilingual and multi-currency.

If you ask me, Drupal is a perfect platform to build an e-commerce website. I feel it can aid in the growth of your business. Your customers can find your e-commerce site with ease and it will enhance their shopping experience. With thousands of free plugins available, you get the power to leverage more features and functions into your website.

WordPress Vs. Drupal: Which Content Management System Is Right For You?

If you are building a website or a blog, the most crucial decision that you make is choosing a content management system. As we know, content is king in the digital world. Thus, content creation and modification are prime factors in making your website or blog a success. A content management system offers many advantages like control over content publishing, visibility and supporting multiple users. Content management systems, or CMS, are extremely beneficial,  especially because they need very little to no prior experience in programming. Consequently, performing administrative tasks is made easier.

Out of all the CMS platforms offering a wide array of features, WordPress and Drupal are powerful platforms. The ease with which they provide their users with customization and content updating processes makes both WordPress and Drupal popular and widely used platforms. If you are out there searching for the right CMS platform for yourself and are confused about which one of the top two you should choose, then keep reading!

WordPress

Although it started as a blogging platform, WordPress has come a long way and become a full-blown site framework.  It is powered by AJAX, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and plenty of plugins, widgets, and themes. You have access to help from skilled developers in WordPress for theme customization, complex builds and setups and installation. The developers will ensure that your site is always installed with the latest updates. There are many advanced custom plug-ins available if you choose WordPress. Walt Disney Co., the LinkedIn blog, TechCrunch and BBC America are some of the popular sites that are powered by WordPress.

Drupal

Drupal refers to itself as a “content management framework” and is a very powerful CMS platform. It allows the user to launch, scale and manage websites and applications.  Drupal is the perfect fit for ambitious and larger projects. Powered by PHP, it requires no programming experience to set-up functionalities at lower levels. There are some extended features that include blogging, contact forums, forums and other types of community-style features. These features are an elaboration of Drupal’s core package but need the assistance of Drupal developers.  The Economist, Weather.com, some of the US government’s websites and NFL team’s websites are some sites that are powered by Drupal.

WordPress Vs. Drupal

Although there are many similarities between WordPress and Drupal in terms of features, responsiveness, SEO, and APIs, they do have certain differences which you need to consider.

Complex build

WordPress is easier to learn and use, while Drupal, on the other hand, is complex and might take longer to get used to. This complex build of Drupal makes it perfect for larger level projects.

Updates

WordPress updates are released every few months and the code is easily upgradable. The upgrade takes place in the background and that can be a useful feature if you are not a developer. WordPress plugins do not need frequent updates.

Drupal makes comprehensive updates and might be labor intensive as they are not code based. You will have to redesign your website for a particular update. This can be difficult if you are not a developer.

Security of plugins

Drupal is famous for its security which can be a valuable feature for enterprises or government sites. On the other hand, security is offered by a third party in WordPress, and your site is vulnerable to hacking attacks if you do not update regularly.

Make a List and Ask Some Questions

Before you finalize a platform, you need to make a list of your needs. If you are clear about what you want, making a decision will be easier.  Ask yourself the following questions:

What Kind of Website or Application are You Building?

Think how you want your site to perform. Is your site going to be a complex site with many pages and will it be getting a high volume of traffic? This will help you to decide which one of the two websites will suit your needs.

Budget

This is one of the crucial factors as well. The budget may vary, and the development of the site on Drupal can be more expensive than with WordPress.

Users, Templates, and Security

You must think how many users will access the site. Users need user permission and WordPress allows adding users with standard roles and permissions. When you are choosing a CMS you must ask yourself how many different templates you might need to match the different types of content you might have on your site. If your site is more complex and you need different templates, Drupal’s robust features might be suitable for you. Security is an important aspect that you will have to consider, especially, if your website is an enterprise level website.

In conclusion, WordPress is technically easier and Drupal, though more complex, offers amazing features. You can choose which CMS platform to use based on the needs of your project.

Here’s how you put that extra bolt in your WordPress Security

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They say disruptions level the ground for the big and small players, and speaking of disruptions in the digital marketing space, WordPress definitely deserves a mention. The free Content Management System, with 2000+ themes and 27000+ plugins, has made creating an awesome website as easy as a DIY project for website developers and bloggers.

No wonder 25% of all global websites are said to be using WordPress (as of Nov 2015) and 50000 WordPress websites are added daily (as of Mar 2015). But there is a drawback to such popularity. It makes the CMS more prone to hacking as well. According to Sophos Labs, they identify 30,000 new sites a day that are hacked! Now that’s an alarming number, and this doesn’t even include unidentified malware or redirects.

Make sure that your website is less vulnerable to attacks by following these 3 quick tips:

Your main door should have the best lock

Protect your login page. One of the most common methods that hackers use is brute force username and password guessing. There are a few ways that can be used to reduce the risk of your website getting hacked. One of them is limiting your login attempt. Limit Your Login Attempts is a WordPress plugin that enables you to limit the number of failed login attempts and even helps you ban an IP for a specified number of hours. Also, use strong password. Phrases interspersed with numerals that make sense to you.

You can do better for your username than “admin”

When you install WordPress, it uses “admin” as the default username for the administrator account. It is the most common username that brute-force attack scripts use to try to gain access to your site. There are chances that your website has administrative access with the admin username. Chance it as soon as possible.

Here are steps of how you can change your WordPress Username

Backup – There’s no two ways about it

Keeping a backup of anything, in this digital world is imperative, the same stands for your WordPress website and it is something that you should never miss. Make sure that you keep a backup of your website and all its databases to some external disk or cloud, most preferably once a week. Backing up your services is good practice as well. Installing backup plug-ins like BackupBuddy or WordPress Backup to Dropbox etc is also an option.

At Capital Numbers, we adopt the most popular CMS as per your needs. Also, with an eye always on the safety and security features / updates of your CMS, we ensure that your digital asset(s) stay strong against stealth attacks.

Make use of our strong expertise in web CMS development, visit capitalnumbers.com/content_management.html

P.S. WordPress 4.4.1 Security and Maintenance release is out. Make sure your WordPress version is updated. And guess what, the new version supports emojis (including the “new diverse emojis”).

Go get that update NOW!

Things to Follow for Developing an Effective website Using Drupal

Developing a simple website in Drupal may be easy, but one needs to follow a few things to become successful in developing complex websites in Drupal (Big feature and content wise) so that site performance is good and is easy to maintain. Let me highlight some key points to explain this further.

Requirement Understanding: Before developing a website, it is better to read the specifications in detail. Also get all the clarifications from your manager or client. There should not be any room for assumptions in regard to the functionality. Besides, it is necessary to understand what content type are you creating, how many views need to be there, the layout of the website, how many fields need to be created and whether the site in question should be responsive or not.
Use Version Control: It is a very good practice to work using version control. It allows multiple people to work on the functionality as changes are done in organized manner. It is convenient to roll back to old version if something is not working as anticipated.
Use same development environment: Everyone has their preferences when it’s a matter of selecting an operating system and also the tools that they use. So it is always a pain to resolve problems that are platform specific and it is not a sensible choice to impose same platform. Hence, it is a good idea to use Vagrant which is a tool for managing Virtual machines. This encourages developers to work on their preferred machine at the same time using the same environment for development, like everyone else in the group.
Use separate database server: There are high chances that a big Drupal site can consume lot of resources on the server. Since Drupal store all the configurations along with the content in the database, so running MySQL server on the same machine could be an overload. Hence it is recommended to use a separate server for database.
File Management: It’s a good practice to keep the images and files in different folders under files folder. This assists to manage the images on the website. If one is using Image Style then Drupal will create lot of sub directories for storing images of different styles.
Re-use existing modules: A good Drupal developer will always try to reuse and configure existing contributed modules.
Staging Environment: It’s better to have a staging server, which is similar to your production and always a good practice to test the site completely on staging. This will guarantee that any platform specific concerns are fixed and you will not get shocks when you launch the website.
Use Issue Tracker Tool: For big projects multiple people will be working together with each having their own tasks. In such a scenario it is important to ensure that everyone is doing the tasks assigned to them. For project manager it is more essential to keep track of the advancement. So usage of issue tracking tool like JIRA for managing work project is necessary. It will assist everyone to have clarity of the situation and present status of the project.

Capital Numbers Selected as “Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2015” by CIO Review

Capital Numbers, the fastest growing IT startup from Kolkata, has been recognized as “Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2015” by CIO Review.

CIO Review’s Annual Enterprise Startups to Watch roll of honor not only recognizes organizations for their stellar working methodologies, but also for unique innovative practices that can stand the test of time.

During an interview with CIO Review Mr. Mukul Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Numbers, stated “Unlike hiring through Odesk or Elance, we offer clients an option to hire our full-time employees who work under the supervision of our Technical Project Managers”.

Kolkata headquartered Capital Numbers addresses website management issues and its relevant challenges. It’s current focus has been customized web design, web development, CMS, Mobile and Digital Marketing solutions to various agencies, start ups and SMEs by acting as their extended team. Capital Numbers recommend clients to choose a CMS Solution based on expected needs over the next five years with a flexibility to integrate various data.

The winner of Best SME Startup at The Telegraph INFOCOM SME Awards 2014, the big break for Capital Numbers came when they got an opportunity to help Harvard University to create a new online presence for Harvard Health Policy Review and The Harvard Science Review.

Elated with this new feather in the hat Mr. Gupta stated, “We want to become #1 Remote Staffing Solution provider for Web design and development, mobile apps development and digital marketing services in the international market. Currently Capital Numbers has 200+ employees and is earning $2 Million a year. By 2020 we aim to have 700+ employees and earn a revenue of $10 Million”.

About Capital Numbers
Capital Numbers is a Global IT Start-up, offering “In-demand Skills, On-demand”. The company focuses on solving critical IT problems of thousands of Start-ups, SMEs and Agencies though remote staffing system by strategically helping them to gain staff who can handle higher-level, knowledge-related processes.

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