Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:48:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 5 Best Ways to Find Writing Motivation http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-best-ways-find-writing-motivation/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-best-ways-find-writing-motivation/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:56:04 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72349 People who provide copywriting services for living realize how difficult it can be to meet deadlines. Being a professional writer means you must commit to writing almost every single day, which can be a daunting task. Writing is a creative job that can be tied to inspiration, and when you don’t feel inspired it can [...]

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People who provide copywriting services for living realize how difficult it can be to meet deadlines. Being a professional writer means you must commit to writing almost every single day, which can be a daunting task. Writing is a creative job that can be tied to inspiration, and when you don’t feel inspired it can be hard to come up with words. Are you one of those who write on a daily basis? Are you looking for some tips how to motivate yourself to write? Have you run out of ideas where to find inspiration? Here are five best ways to motivate yourself to write.

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Reading

Reading gives many benefits to writers. First of all, it enriches your vocabulary. People who have problems with using sophisticated vocabulary can fix it by reading fiction as much as possible. As you read, you can make a note of passages that speak to you or that you like and find ways to incorporate them into your own writing. Note interesting expressions, sophisticated idioms and unusual collocations and metaphors to implement it later in your texts. Secondly, it helps to find and develop one’s unique writing style, click to read more and learn how professional writers work. Read diverse authors to understand and analyze what is special about each of them and how their styles differ. This will help you create your own style later on. Third, reading provides us with ideas for new plots and inspires with new stories. Thousands of books have been written on a wide variety of topics, and there is always room for more. No need to restrict yourself only to books: read newspapers, magazines, blogs, forums, or even social media posts to inspire yourself spark motivation.

Taking Notes

Being a writer means developing useful writing habits. Taking notes is one of the best tips that may help you in non-inspiring moments. Try to note every thought that comes to your mind. It can be spontaneous ideas from your head, phrases you hear in lyrics, abstracts thoughts from eavesdropped dialogues or expressions from the book you read. Take note of everything so when you suddenly run out of motivation to write, and you would never be forced to wait for your muse to do something you need.

The Right Sounds

A right playlist can have a surprisingly great impact on your creativity. People have listened to music from ancient times, as it helps us a lot in different moments of our life when we feel demotivated. Listening is an excellent alternative to reading, especially because you can practice listening everywhere: in a car, on a bus station, at home, while cooking, working out, or on a walk. The lyrics of most songs are very metaphorical. Sometimes you can use the lyrics to inspire your own writing.

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To eavesdrop

I use public transport every day and, from time to time, I find people’s conversations very intriguing. It has nothing to do with keeping up with their lives or disturbing their privacy. Sometimes, your ears may catch a phrase out of the random dialogue, and your imagination starts creating its own story. The stories I hear from other people accidentally or on purpose motivate me to include them in my story when my creativity is exhausted.

To commit

Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on the topic you have to write about. It is easy to get distracted, especially when you have no inspiration or motivation and feel like the words have left your head empty. If you have already used all the hints mentioned above and tips, the only way to find motivation is to commit yourself to writing. Set up a schedule with deadlines and get in the habit of starting your drafts early. When you know you have a deadline, you simply have to get it done.

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With 2017 coming to a close, you might be wondering what the best sellers were throughout the tech world. Gearbest is one of the top sites for buying technology products, and here were the best sellers throughout 2017.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 5.5 inch 4G Phablet

The Xiaomi Redmi Note is unlocked for worldwide use. With a 5.5 inch screen, it’s the perfect size for people on the go. It has 4 GB RAM so it can keep up with anything you need it to do. Bluetooth 4.2 is built-in so you can connect to all of your devices. As the number one seller on Gearbest for all of 2017, you should definitely check it out.

 

Features:

  • 5.5 inch FHD screen
  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • 128 GB memory
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 4G Phablet International Version

The Xiaomi Mi Note took the top place for the #1 cell phone being sold, and it’s easy to see why. It’s unlocked so it can be used across the world, depending on your area’s network compatibility. It has a stunning display and graphics. The Mi Note also has a built-in 22.56MP high-resolution camera, so you can capture every important moment.

Features:

  • Front and back 3D curved glass
  • 7-series aluminum frame 5.7 inch flexible OLED display
  • 22.56 MP high-resolution camera
  • EIS 4K video stabilization
  • 8MP auto-focus front camera

Xiaomi Notebook Air 13.3

For computers, the Xiaomi Notebook Air took first place as the best seller this year. With an impressive 256GB hard disk storage, you’ll be able to keep everything on it that you need. It’s dual band 2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz WiFi supported, so you can stream music, play videos, or get your work done without worry.

Features:

  • Fingerprint recognition
  • 13.3 inch FHD display
  • 256GB hard disk storage
  • Powered by Intel Core i5-7200U processor

BT-S2 1000m Bluetooth Headset Motorcycle Intercom

The BT-S2 headset is built for motorcycle riders and their passengers to be able to make reliable wireless communications while traveling. It can be used to communicate through your cell phone or as an intercom with other bikers. Being able to receive solid communication on the road is a big concern for a lot of riders, which is why this device is so popular.

Features:

  • Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
  • Compatible with a cell phone with a range of 10 m.
  • Bike-to-bike intercom
  • 10 hours of talking time when connected to a cell phone
  • 6 hour of talking time when using intercom feature
  • Lasts for 300 hours on standby

X96 Mini TV Box

The X96 Mini TV box offers the ability to connect to your favorite apps through your TV. Whether you want to watch Netflix, scroll through Facebook, Skype with someone, play games, or anything else you want to do, this makes it happen. It runs on the Android 7.1.2.

Features:

  • Runs on Android 7.1.2
  • Choose between 2GB RAM + 16ROM / 1G RAM and 8GB ROM
  • 4k VP9 can help you save bandwith
  • A Quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU
  • HDMI
  • Comes with remote

Alfawise S60 Window Cleaner Cleaning Robot

Most of us know of the Roomba, but what about a robot that cleans your windows? That’s where the Alfawise S60 window cleaner comes in. It’s a smart automatic glass wiper and cleaner to make your windows shine. Microfiber pads are included to give it a deep clean and get any oil, dirt, or dust off your windows in just a few minutes.

Features:

  • Automatic window cleaner
  • Detects window frames and obstacles
  • Has an anti-dropping algorithm to keep it from falling when battery is low
  • Includes a remote if you want to move it around yourself

XIAOMI Mi Drone 4K UHD WiFi FPV Quadcopter

If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time, you probably are aware that drones are the new hot item. Over the course of the year, we’ve seen more and more advanced drones be created, which is why the Xiaomi Mi Drone is one of the top sellers. The camera is 4K UHD and it also has WiFi so you can control it with the remote. It records at a stunning 3840 x 2160P 30 fps.

Features:

  • 4K UHD Camera
  • 3840 x 2160P 30 fps video recording
  • Choose what you want it to record
  • Plan the route in advance
  • Has a detailed control distance of about 3,000 m

Zanflare F1 USB Rechargeable Flashlight

Outside of the usual technology options, this is a great stocking stuffer gift for anyone on your list. The Zanflare rechargeable flashlight doesn’t need battery and instead recharges through a USB. It’s a small, lightweight flashlight that could fit in almost any pocket.

Features:

  • Lumens range: >1000Lumens
  • Luminous Intensity: 16650cd
  • Rechargeable
  • USB connected
  • IP-68 Standard water-resistant
  • LED lifespan: 5000h or more

Xiaomi EUNI ES808 8 inch Tire 5.2Ah Folding Electric Scooter

Although scooters were all the rage a few years ago, they have made an impressive comeback this year. The Xiaomi EUNI was a best seller when it came to the sports and outdoor category. This electric scooter is a great option for getting around, since the battery has a large capacity and it can get an impressive speed. It’s designed to be lightweight and folded for easy carry no matter where you go.

Features:

  • Large battery to get where you need to go
  • 25km mileage
  • 5.2Ah Li-ion battery (included)
  • 20 km/h speed
  • Anti-slip tires
  • IPX5 waterproof

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Top 5 iPhone X Games http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-iphone-x-games/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-iphone-x-games/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72272 The thing that has cover whole Apple market is no one else than iPhone X. A huge achievement of Apple that launches lots of amazing feature with it. iPhone X is one of the greatest technology of Apple. People were desperate for this phone. People like to spend their time and make their self-feel relax [...]

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The thing that has cover whole Apple market is no one else than iPhone X. A huge achievement of Apple that launches lots of amazing feature with it. iPhone X is one of the greatest technology of Apple. People were desperate for this phone. People like to spend their time and make their self-feel relax by games and various activities. Gaming is three whether you play it outdoor, indoor or on mobile, it gives you relaxation. There are numbers of amazing mobile games with the different category. Even every aged people play different types of games. Now coming to the topic that is related to the gaming of iPhone X. Just like iPhone X, its games are also interesting and unique. These Games are supporting iPhone X. We have searched and found out the best games ever for iPhone X.

  • Marvel: Contest of Champions

This game was developed in 2014 by Kabam. This game allows you to free to fight with many other characters. You can build your team of either marvel heroes or villains and put them against in combat. Gameplay is just like Mortal Combat X with amazing movement and actions. The new player will have the access of two characters and can work to access other characters. You can upgrade each character, their abilities, and moves. This is most playing games having the positive response from the gamers.

  • Impossible Road

This game will challenge you to keep the ball on track as long as you can without falling off the track. The track has some twist, turns, & dives and is endless. The ball is controlled by the player by tapping left or right on the screen. Every time you passed the checkpoint, you will get the points. The game has various thrill & amazing display. Whenever you get bored in the long line of banks, feeling alone, etc., you can try out this game to entertain yourself.

  • The Witness

The Witness is a 3D puzzle game, and its developer is Thekla, Inc. This game is an adventure puzzle game in which player explores an island with lots of formation & structures. The island is separated into eleven section, organized around a mountain that speaks to a definitive objective for the player. Inside each section is a gold box that must be come to actuate it, requiring the player to finish an arrangement of the puzzle inside that section to achieve it. The game is interesting for solving the puzzles.

  • Minion Rush

Despicable Me: Minion Rush is a non-stop running game in which Gru’s loyal, yellow, babble speaking Minions rival others in humorous, quick paced challenges keeping in mind the end goal to inspire your boss. Hop, fly, dodge obstructions, gather bananas, and thrashing villains to win the title of Minion of the Year!. You start the game with a minion whose name is Dave. The objective is to become the minion of the year. In the gameplay, you have to gather bananas, clear different level, and defeating your opponents. The game is quite interesting, and its audio is too catchy. Try out this game when you get bored.

  • Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is a splendid endless running game. It is developed by Nintendo. This game is so popular among gamers. This game is full of an amazing feature having 3 different modes. The first is core game where the player will control Mario or another character that run across the screen and have to collect coins and award while jumping. The second is the tally road where the player plays against the ghost of other. The third is the Mushroom Kingdom in which player expand by using coins from the other game mode.

About the Author: Syed Osama

I am a profound lover of iOS development who works as a digital marketing expert at iOSAppers and used to write, read and give my regard to its positive and negative aspects. If you feel any query regarding iOS news, apps, games, or any further issues, you are free to ask at syedosamasalahuddin@gmail.com

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Do I Need a VPN? http://www.dragonblogger.com/do-i-need-a-vpn/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/do-i-need-a-vpn/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:02:40 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72321 You may have seen the term VPN being used pretty frequently and if you haven't researched what a VPN is or why you need a VPN, then you may want to consider this article a VPN for beginners if you will. What is a VPN? The acronym VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. What it [...]

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You may have seen the term VPN being used pretty frequently and if you haven’t researched what a VPN is or why you need a VPN, then you may want to consider this article a VPN for beginners if you will.

What is a VPN?

The acronym VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. What it means is you are connecting your device to another device that acts as your devices proxy. Most people think of a VPN they think of their office network or a VPN connection to connect their work LAN. But there is wide acceptance and practical uses for a VPN for home users as well. A VPN can be used to help anonymize yourself while browsing the internet and a good VPN keeps the entire connection secure and encrypted.

Some people don’t want their online habits and activities constantly being monitored by governments or want to work around censorships and region locking, and these are the primary reasons to use a VPN. They can be a safeguard if you get a trusted VPN but you have to do your research and look for the best VPN provider reviews before you simply sign up.  This article will focus more on the purposes of a VPN and it’s usage though you can know that there are VPN’s for your mobile devices as well as your PC.

Why Use a VPN?

Briefly mentioned above was some answers to the question “why would I want to use a VPN?” I will elaborate a little more an those right here.

VPN Offers Privacy – Simply Put a VPN hides/masks your computers IP address and anonymizes other data so that the sites you visit cannot trace that connect back to your private computer.  You can be effectively anonymous with a good VPN as long as you aren’t providing your information in web forms and whatnot.

VPN Offers Security – With an encrypted VPN connection you don’t have to worry about hitting HTTP sites or sites that are non-encrypted because not only are you anonymized, your entire connection is encrypted with a good VPN making it generally a tad more secure when browsing online.

VPN Offers Region Content – I had someone in Canada want to visit some US based websites like NY Times and Washington Post and other sites which have region limits or content based on your region.  They were able to proxy as a US address with a VPN and the target sites provided them content as if they came from the US.  The same thing applies to other media, Netflix US has different content than International local Netflix so some people want to just access content that is not available in their region and a VPN allows them to access that content.  Note:  Netflix blocks VPN’s and many types of sites try to ban/block VPN’s including governments, but more spawn up as some are blocked and it is a cat and mouse chase.

VPN For Torrenting – I am not condoning torrenting, but if you do torrent movies, games, music or any other content then you will definitely want to use a VPN for Torrenting.  Again, I am not endorsing torrenting content but if you then at least be smart about it and use a VPN to help minimize your exposure.  Note torrenting can consume a LOT of bandwidth, so see below about what to look for when getting a VPN.

What to Look For in a VPN Provider

So when considering what makes a top rated VPN service you have to look at more than just price you have to consider the following factors:

VPN Geographic Locations – The best VPN providers give you a wide variety of countries to connect to and proxy through, this gives you more options especially in case one of the VPN proxies you use gets blocked/banned or shut down.  This is also gives you the most flexibility to access region based content.

VPN Encryption – You want to ensure your VPN provider has FIPS grade encryption at least AES-256 to help reduce the chances that your traffic will be decrypted and analyzed.  Remember a VPN is not just about accessing content it is about anonymity and unless the entire pipe is encrypted you are exposed.

VPN Bandwidth – Determine how much bandwidth per month your VPN provider is giving you and what the rates are, price isn’t everything but some VPN’s give you enough bandwidth for browsing the web and a few give you enough bandwidth to handle watching movies and other online content.  Media chews up bandwidth and if you want to use your private VPN connection constantly you will need a plan that gives you enough bandwidth.

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CLOSED BETA TEST FOR LIGHTSPEED ONLINE MULTIPLAYER LASER LEAGUE TO COMMENCE THIS WEEK http://www.dragonblogger.com/closed-beta-test-lightspeed-online-multiplayer-laser-league-commence-week/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/closed-beta-test-lightspeed-online-multiplayer-laser-league-commence-week/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:38:27 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72310 Anticipated Online Contact Sport Game Will Be Available to Select Players in Europe and North America; Access Keys Now Available for Steam on PC

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WHAT: Independent publisher 505 Games and BAFTA® Award-Winning developer Roll7, creators of global hits OlliOlli and NOT A HERO, will launch a closed beta program for their upcoming online multiplayer Laser League beginning Friday, Dec. 15 and running through Sunday, Dec. 17. A new video was released today, providing tips and tricks on how to rise up the leaderboard and become a legend in this futuristic sport: What is Laser League? Tutorial Trailer (PEGI)

Laser League is unlike anything you’ve played before. An all-new multiplayer experience – easy to pick up, but nearly impossible to put down – Laser League starts as a simple test of your reflexes, but becomes a strategic showdown with deep team tactics. As they advance, players can master and combine unique class abilities with their teammates, dominate the pitch by commandeering brightly colored laser nodes to eliminate opponents, and claim their place on the podium as thousands of fans cheer from the stands of neon-lit stadiums.

The Laser League closed beta will allow players to experience a sneak peek of new content, including never-before-seen maps and party play, which will be available in the game once it reaches Early Access on Steam in early 2018. During this period, select players will have an exclusive opportunity to compete on teams in intense 3v3 matches on a selection of Laser League’s future available maps, as 505 Games and Roll7 analyze and work on servers, matches and player performance with the goal of obtaining valuable feedback and insight from gameplay to be implemented in the development process.

Players participating in this beta test may experience latency and server complications and may also be exposed to content and features that may be modified or removed from the final version of the game.

WHEN: FRIDAY, Dec. 15 – SUNDAY, Dec. 17

UTC / GMT
 

CLOSED BETA

SERVER TIMES

 

FROM Friday at 18:00

TO Sunday at 18:00

 

RECOMMENDED

PEAK TIME

 

 

Friday from 18:00 to 19:00

HOW: Players can sign up now at http://www.laserleaguegame.com/ for the chance to be part of the Laser League beta. To enter the game, invited players can redeem their keys immediately via their Steam account but cannot log in until servers are live on Friday, Dec. 15.

For the purposes of this closed beta test, it is recommended that players use an Xbox controller for the best Laser League experience possible.

 

About 505 Games

505 Games is a global video game publisher focused on offering a broad selection of titles for players of all ages and levels. The company publishes and distributes premium and free-to-play games on leading console, PC and handheld platforms as well as for mobile devices and social networks.

Publishing highlights in premium games include Last Day of June, PAYDAY 2, Terraria, Portal Knights, Assetto Corsa, ABZÛ, Virginia, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons and How to Survive. Free-to-play publishing highlights include Battle Islands, Gems of War and Hawken. Distribution highlights include Stardew Valley, Dead by Daylight and Inside/Limbo. Upcoming titles include Overkill’s The Walking DeadIndivisible (from the development team behind Skullgirls), Underworld Ascendant (successor to the popular Ultima Underworld series)and Koji Igarashi’s next project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

505 Games has offices in California, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and China. It works with a network of distribution and sub-licensing partners in all other markets. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com

About Roll7

Roll7 are a multi-award winning independent games studio based in London. Founded in 2008 as a digital agency, the team developed a number of games, applications and campaigns for clients, however began work on original IP in 2012. Roll7 is best known for skateboarding series OlliOlli, which won a BAFTA for Best Sports Game. In 2015 the studio released pixel shooter NOT A HERO to rave reviews and immediate cult status.

Copyright © 2017 RollingMedia Ltd (T/A Roll7). Published under license by 505 Games. 505 Games and the 505 Games logo are registered trademarks of 505 Games S.p.A and/or its Affiliates. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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Creating a Dynamic Marketing Funnel with Convert Pro Plugin (even if you are confused by funnels!) http://www.dragonblogger.com/creating-dynamic-marketing-funnel-convert-pro-plugin-even-confused-funnels/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/creating-dynamic-marketing-funnel-convert-pro-plugin-even-confused-funnels/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72209 You have all heard the term, "funnel," right?  There are so many buzz words and branding out there that surrounds the concept of funnels, including #marketingFunnels, the brand #ClickFunnels, #salesFunnels, #LeadGeneration, and more.  We could almost have a game to see who could come up with the most buzz words that are related to funnels [...]

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You have all heard the term, “funnel,” right?  There are so many buzz words and branding out there that surrounds the concept of funnels, including #marketingFunnels, the brand #ClickFunnels, #salesFunnels, #LeadGeneration, and more.  We could almost have a game to see who could come up with the most buzz words that are related to funnels and all of us would be winners!

Great, we know how to play word games, but what does all of this mean to us and why should we care?

Marketing Funnel – What Is It?

The funnel is not a new concept.  Neither is lead generating or emailed newsletters.  Basically, we are specifically referencing terms and concepts within the internet marketing world and more generally, the marketing world.

The idea of a funnel is just like it sounds.  Or, better yet, it is just like it looks.  We are funneling people where we want them to go.  Also, as a part of that funnel, we don’t want to lose them.  So, for example, maybe we cannot convince our clients to pay $1 million dollars for an afternoon of our coaching service (then, again, maybe we can), but if that client is willing to pay some money, we don’t want to lose them entirely, do we?

A funnel can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, whether it is a case of keeping a lead (potential client) within the funnel or trying to guide them to a specific objective.

Why Should I Care About a Marketing Funnel?

The reason that you should care about a marketing funnel is that likely you want to make money.  If you don’t want to make some bucks online, you are likely doing something other than reading this article.  See, even if you have a day job, a couple of extra bucks to go on vacation or buy your favorite game or entertainment device is a fun thing to have.  At the very least, it may be interesting to take note and understand funnels and specifically marketing funnels.

So, in an effort to keep this simple, let’s breakdown our audience into two general groups.  Again, the key phrase here is “simplified.”  This is not an exhaustive list, but just a point of illustrating our interest level, to demonstrate that funnels are likely of interest, on some level, to the far majority of people online. One group are those of you who already know about funnels, at whatever level that is (newbie to pro). The other group are those of you who do not know about funnels or do not have a need for them. Really, it doesn’t matter which group you belong to because if it is something that interests you, you will likely continue to read about funnels and how they can help you.

How Do I Get There From Here?

So, for starters, you would want to ask yourself if you want a funnel. Pretty much, if you are into marketing, or doing any sort of business online, you likely want to answer “yes” to that question. In other words, if you are attempting to make some sort of income from online endeavors, even if it is only to complement the current offline job that you have, you pretty much need some sort of marketing efforts. And, funneling your leads into a position to become customers, is a basic component of online marketing (a.k.a. internet marketing).

Check out this article to learn more about funnels and how they relate to online marketing: How Marketing Funnels Work from the Kissmetrics.com blog.

Introducing Convert Pro Lead Generating WordPress Plugin

Now, if/when you implement a marketing funnel (a.k.a. funnel), you will want some sort of method of converting the site visitors into customers. That method or process can vary. Possibly, you have hired an agency to do it for you. Maybe you have signed up for a program that does most of the strategizing for you and you fill in the blanks. Or, maybe you are a do-it-yourself (DIY) type person and pulling all of the components together yourself and planning your own funnel. You are the type of person who likes to spend your money wisely and manage all aspects of your conversion process. If you are a DIY person, you will definitely want to look at what type of software or application will assist you on your site. If you are using WordPress, that may be a WordPress plugin. So, let’s start there and specifically look at a plugin that I just recently found, called Convert Pro. This plugin will take care of the aspect of converting those site visitors into members of one or more of your email lists (part of your funnel).

Don’t worry if the concept of marketing funnels are confusing at first. Give it time and it will make more sense.

WordPress Installation with Uploaded Convert Pro Plugin

WP Installation Step 1:  After downloading the Convert Pro plugin, visit the plugins section of your WordPress Installation to “add plugin” and use the “Upload Plugin” option.
Install ConvertPro Step 1

WP Installation Step 2:  Initiate the process of finding where it is that you downloaded the Convert Pro plugin file (likely your “Downloads” folder) and select it. Or, re-download the file if you need to do so (but remember to clean up after yourself, for the sake of space on your computer). You know how to do all this stuff already, eh?
Install ConvertPro Step 2
WP Installation Step 3:  Select the Convert Pro plugin zip file. It should be called convertpro.zip (or something similar) as shown in the below image.
Install ConvertPro Step 3

WP Installation Step 4:  Click “Activate Plugin” when given the opportunity. This is different from an activation that we will mention in the below Step 6. I know…It sounds confusing, but it will make sense in a moment.
Install ConvertPro Step 4
WP Installation Step 5:  Verify Installation by scrolling down your WordPress plugin list to verify that the Convert Pro plugin was installed and activated. Note: You will see the text that is shown in “Step Six” at the top of your WordPress plugins page and we will get to that in a moment. For now, you are verifying that the plugin was properly installed and activated as far as WordPress is concerned.
Install ConvertPro Step 5
WP Installation Step 6:  Scroll back to the top of your WordPress plugins page and click on “activate” in the message at the top of your plugins screen (see below image). If you haven’t refreshed that page or done anything else, you may see “plugin activated” (as shown in the image, below) right below the message you are looking for, that says “Please activate your copy…” This is explained in more detail in Step Seven. You are not required to know the reasoning, but it is explained in more detail for those of you who are curious or confused but the multiple uses of the word, “activate.”
Install ConvertPro Step 6
WP Installation Step 7:  Enter the License Key and click the “Activate License” button to truly activate the “Pro” version. In many plugins, this is a two-step process of activating the plugin (a WordPress step) and then entering the license key (a plugin-specific step). In this case, the word, “activate” is used multiple times, so it can sound confusing. However, it is the same as many other pro plugins. The first “activate” is the WordPress activation of the plugin, allowing us to access it in our WordPress admin dashboard and the second “activate” is a message from the plugin developers, allowing us to go to the spot in the plugin dashboard, to enter the license key for the pro version. Make sense?
BTW – It is possible that the “activate” link (for the license) will take you directly to the license textbox in the plugin settings. It is also possible that it will just take you to the (top of ) the plugin settings page in your WordPress dashboard. We went through this exact process twice and had the plugin settings page respond differently, likely because of two different browsers and the way the page loaded. So, If you don’t see the license textbox, scroll down a little further to find it.
Install ConvertPro Step 7
Install ConvertPro Step 8

Finished! … Sort of Finished …


Sandbox Method

A sandbox is what we call a mode that we can do testing, as developers or programmers.  The sandbox allows us to test things, in the same way that a real sandbox allows us to get our hands dirty and play with the tools that allow us to build those sand sculptures (ok, an ocean helps with that…).  Do it in a sandbox means that it is not connected to what is called a production server and not affecting anything that could be detrimental to our business.  It allows us the perfect opportunity to test, in this case, what the Convert Pro plugin does.

Sandbox Step 1:  Visit their site at http://www.convertplug.com/pro  Click on “Take a Test Drive.”
Setting Up the Convert Pro Sandbox 1
Sandbox Step 2:  Click the button to let the nice cartoon guy create a test site for you.
Setting Up the Convert Pro Sandbox 2
Sandbox Step 3:  You have a WordPress site that looks like a real WordPress site! That is because technically it is a real WordPress site but it simply isn’t your blog. Instead, it is the “sandbox” where you can see what this plugin does. Don’t you wish all plugins had this option? That is what sets Convert Pro (and BrainStormForce) apart from others.
Setting Up the Convert Pro Sandbox 3
Sandbox Step 4:  Proceed with Your Test Drive. Remember, don’t let all of the WordPress stuff confuse you. You are not here to set up another WordPress site (though you may use some features for your testing in the same way that you would use sandbox tools/toys with a real sandbox). Instead, you are here to test Convert Pro, so go ahead and click on “Convert Pro” at the left-hand side of your screen and let’s start testing.
Setting Up the Convert Pro Sandbox 4

What Makes Convert Pro So Special?

Yes, it is true that there are many WordPress plugins that perform this step in your marketing funnel. And, I have tried quite a few of them.

What makes Convert Pro so special? One thing that I like is that you can use as much or as little of the plugin as you want? I know. That sounds odd. What I mean is that there is nothing that says that you have to x,y,z in the process. But, if you are someone who wants to have ultimate control, you can manage different aspects of the plugin. In other words, you can get a bit more detailed if you like.

Also, this plugin seems to have a good support system. That is very important, especially if/when you need help.

But, the most special aspect? Maybe this sounds odd, but I really like that there is a sandbox version of this plugin! Yes, I have seen trial versions of some plugins, but then many times it is one of those cases where you have to give your credit card and then you forget and you end up paying for something you forgot to fully implement because you were thinking it was a trial.

Not the case with Convert Pro! In this case, you actually get to sign up for that sandbox method and feel like you are in the driver’s seat! You get to try the plugin enough to determine whether you want to move forward or not.

Now What?

What is the next step? I would say that if you haven’t tried it yet, scroll up in this article and follow the steps to go try out Convert Pro for yourself. Then, you can make that decision of whether or not this plugin will help you move future customers and clients through your online marketing funnel system, resulting in cash in your bank account. What do you think?

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Use Web Forms to Grow Your Website http://www.dragonblogger.com/use-web-forms-grow-website/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/use-web-forms-grow-website/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72262 When it comes to growing your business, one big factor is getting to know your audience and your customers. When you get to know them and what they want, you can cater your content, sales, giveaways, and ideas to them. Web forms give you the option to create questionnaires, surveys, forms, or other documents. With [...]

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When it comes to growing your business, one big factor is getting to know your audience and your customers. When you get to know them and what they want, you can cater your content, sales, giveaways, and ideas to them.

Web forms give you the option to create questionnaires, surveys, forms, or other documents. With those forms, you can hear directly from your audience instead of guessing what they want. If your business has a website, this is especially helpful.

Your business can use web forms on your website, in your email marketing, on social media, with customers, or anywhere else where you need direct input.

Ways you can use web forms

Feedback – Want to know where your business could step it up? Want to hear feedback from an event your business hosted? Web forms are the way to do it! Send it out and make it easy with simple questions they can answer. You could also hear back from your own employees in a company survey.

Validating ideas – When it comes to starting new ideas for your business, one of the best things to do is to ask your existing customers. Do you want to launch a new type of content? Create a new product? Start a podcast? Measure success before you start by asking if it’s something people want.

Planning events – Looking to host an event but not sure what everyone’s availability or specific preferences are? A web form can help make that easy. Just create a simple form, send out the link, and get all the answers you need. That way, you can save time and money.

Quizzes – You can easily make a quiz to test readers, use as a giveaway, or even to send to students.

Customer service – If you create a simple form on your site, you can connect it to your customer service department so they get a notification every time someone fills it out.

Capture leads – Leads are the backbone to almost any business, and having a simple way for people to reach out to you can make your lead generation easy.  And using an email subscribe form is a great way to capture those leads.

Find out why customers left – Curious why people left your email newsletter or stopped buying from you? Create a simple web form for them to fill out and get insights on what you can improve.

Find employees – Not every company wants to receive resumes and cover letters. Some companies use simple questions to get an idea for who someone is to figure out if they want to hire them.

One great and easy to create online web forms is through Typeform. They create simple and easy to use options so you can get the information you need the most.

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EaseUS Data / Partition Recovery Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/easeus-data-partition-recovery-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/easeus-data-partition-recovery-review/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72230 After finishing up a video for the Geeek H700 DIY Computer case, I wanted to get working on another review for a bit and magically I find one of my drives missing.  Of course, I freaked out because I have data on that drive, perhaps also review data and I had my Western Digital MyBook [...]

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After finishing up a video for the Geeek H700 DIY Computer case, I wanted to get working on another review for a bit and magically I find one of my drives missing.  Of course, I freaked out because I have data on that drive, perhaps also review data and I had my Western Digital MyBook 4TB earlier fall off of the shelf and lost all 4TB, most of which was review material.  I had to send my drive to DataMechanix to restore the data, it wasn’t cheap but they were able to retrieve about 70% of my data, not bad.

Lost data, it happens unfortunately but you can many times retrieve your data, either by yourself or with the help of a professional data recovery expert like DataMechanix.  It is a bit of a plug for them, they got me out of a tight spot, so I am behind on some reviews now, but at least not all is lost.  OK, back to my predicament if that one wasn’t enough.

After finding my partition lost, I nervously went out in search of software to recover this partition, and there are tons of options but I remember EaseUS mentioned many times, so I though to try it.  2 things different about this review is that they did not approach me to review it, and the software is free, at least the version I tried.  This is not a sponsored or paid post, this is me appreciating good software and recommending, but please read on.

So that picture above is my “This PC” section in file manager, looks normal right?  Well if you notice there is a C, D, F, G, H and I drive.  The C drive is a 512GB Western Digital Black NVMe PCIE SSD, D drive is a Patriot Ignite 480GB, F Drive is a HyperX 3K 240GB, G is a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO and the other 2 are thumb drives.  Didn’t you see what was missing…. my E drive is gone.

At first I thought the drive had died, in a panic I shut down my PC and checked all the cables,… all was good.  I then booted into my BIOS and saw the drive.  After booting back into Windows 10, I right clicked on the start button and clicked “Disk Management” and there she was.

Disk 2 is my Western Digital 500GB Blue drive, it’s been a great drive so far but somehow it had become “Unallocated” which means my only options would have been “New Simple Volume…”, “Properties” and “Help”.

I was about to click “New Simple Volume…” to have an empty lonely drive in need of data to get stuffed with but then it hit me, “I CAN RECOVER IT” and then I searched.

The search really was for only about 5 minutes, I found many solutions, but “FREE” stood out the most, and yeah it was EaseUS.

I entered the site and fumbled around a bit till I found their comparison chart, I wanted to see if it was free, then you have to pay to actually get your data back.

https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/personal.html

I checked the comparison between the paid and the free version, while the paid version does have some nice stuff, I didn’t need all that right now.  I clicked on the blue download button, downloaded and installed.  Simple Next, Next and Finish installation.

When you start it, you have basic options, “Partition Recovery” and “Data Recovery”. I won’t go into “Data Recovery” because I wanted to recover a partition.  Data Recovery would have been handy if you had lost your partition like I did, but decided to reformat and maybe had written some data to the drive.  Reformating equates to erasing the data, then writing data on to that drive, makes recovery a  little more difficult because you can potentially overwrite that data.

After clicking “Partition Recovery”, I am greeted with this simple interface, so far everything is simple with this software, I like it.

After reviewing each option, I find that Disk 3 is my drive.  It was pretty easy though, after clicking each to see what it showed, Disk 3 showed the dreaded “Unallocated”.  Mind you, if it’s a new drive, Unallocated is fine, but this drive had some Data on it.  So after selecting it, I clicked “Next”.

You have a few options, but I wanted to tackle that Unallocated space, so I selected “Search Unallocated Space” and clicked “Next”.

The 2 options here are “Fast” and “Complete”, I didn’t want to be lazy about it, so I chose “Complete” and clicked “Next”.

When I came to this menu, I selected the WD Blue drive, since it was “Undeleted” but “Proceed” was still grayed out,… turns out I needed to wait a little while.  Notice that white bar just above “Please click Proceed to start recovery.”, that’s a progress bar (I didn’t know that yet).  The other 2 things that showed up, System Reserved and Boot are also part of the drive, but I don’t care about those personally since it was not a boot drive anymore.

I found out after frantically clicking for a minute a green bar appear on that white line, so now I waited.  It took about 40 minutes or so.  If you have a mechanical drive, I can only imagine how long you have to wait but it beats having to recreate all that data.  Please note, if this was an actual review, I would test all of this and give you a more thorough review, this is just a “THANK YOU SO MUCH” type of review.

So when its done, many other labels showed up for that drive, Lost, Boot, System Reserved and EFISectors from the many wipe and reloads I do on a regular basis, but again I was only focusing on the drive itself.  Now that Proceed is selectable, I clicked on it.

3 progress bars quickly popped up then disappeared and I was left with this “1 operation has been executed successfully” message, and then to click OK.

After clicking OK, another progress bar appears for a split second and then EaseUS Parition Recovery tells you “EaseUS Partition Recovery has successfully undeleted the lost partitions.  You may browse the recovered partitions with Windows Explorer now.” and then click “Quit”.

Nothing additional popped up.  So like the message read, I opened up Windows Explorer.

Bamn, no tricks, no ransoming your data for quick cash, it’s right there.  My WD BLUE drive is right there.  One other thing I liked, it did not need to save the Data elsewhere, it kept everything local, that way you don’t have to rush to move around data like other pieces of recovery software I have tested in the past.

All files intact and all, it’s all there.  It wasn’t quick, but it was super simple.

I want to mention, this was the 2nd time I did this.  The first time, the partition was lost and I could not find it and I searched and all, ran through everything today and was thrilled.  I was so happy and confident in the software though, I purposely deleted the partition and ran through the entire process again so that I could take screenshots and provide you with all this information.  Stupid,.. maybe but it shows how confidant I was in this software.

EaseUS made my day today, and earned themselves a customer, I mean maybe not today, but one day.  If you guys want to take a look at their offerings, check them out here: https://www.easeus.com/.  This is not a link to the Partition Recovery, but it is included there along with all their other recovery software, free and paid versions.

$40 to recover a lost partition is dirt cheap, Free software that actually does 100% of what it says it does is priceless.

I have used other pieces of software like this, of which I will not name because they do not deserve the call out, that once scanned shows all your files but holds them all ransom until you actually buy the software.  The sites don’t list that they will not recover your software, keep you like a fat kid outside of a closed candy store (I really wanted that candy), window shopping and lusting after the treat, but EaseUS does it right.  They give it to you and trust that you will not only come back and maybe buy it, but refer it and them to your friends, that’s smart.

Again, EaseUS has no idea I wrote this article, I never contacted them and they never contacted me to write this article, it came out of a need and satisfaction with their software.

I 100% recommend this piece of software, and I give it an Editor’s Choice.

In case you are interested, I am linking below the Amazon links to each drive and the link to the Partition Manager.

WD Black 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD WDS512G1X0Chttp://prourls.co/prbe

Patriot Ignite 480GB SSDhttp://azon.ly/eoPVsG

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSDhttp://azon.ly/8leEDW

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSDhttp://azon.ly/1gf0fs

WD Blue SATA 500GB SSD (WDS500G1B0A): http://prourls.co/udvK

EaseUS Partition Manager: https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/personal.html

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Who is Gaming via Mobile Apps? http://www.dragonblogger.com/gaming-via-mobile-apps/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/gaming-via-mobile-apps/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:49:18 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72199 The term gaming means different things to different people and probably depends on which generation you belong to and your overall view and immersion with video games dating back to consoles.  I hear the term "gaming" and this to me would be someone playing the latest Battlefield or Call of Duty game on the PlayStation [...]

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The term gaming means different things to different people and probably depends on which generation you belong to and your overall view and immersion with video games dating back to consoles.  I hear the term “gaming” and this to me would be someone playing the latest Battlefield or Call of Duty game on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.  But gaming is also synonymous with gambling games notably slot machines and the digital slot games which are like rudimentary video games in function.  What I didn’t pay much attention to is how much gaming has invaded the mobile apps space and I don’t just mean simple app store games that involve flicking the finger to move an object or runner type games but casino games literally have invaded your pocket and are pervasive.  With options out there like Casumo mobile casino you literally can play slots or other games and some of these casino games can let you win or lose real cash so there needs to be caution if you are curious about gambling in a digital age.

Many of these slot games are branded with media titles, games and movies you recognize some are probably licensed and some maybe aren’t I can’t really say for sure.  They all typically work the same where you deposit a certain amount of starter money and get a match to help your money go further, but in the end you know the odds are always going to be stacked against you and you are truly gambling and take that risk.  The funny thing is depending on which medium you choose to spend your money on, slot apps may not be as expensive as microtransaction based apps where you can go haywire so there is often a close parallel between loot boxes, pay to win games and gambling especially when you spend a microtransaction for a random item instead of a fixed item where you may end up with garbage or your money end up getting something good in game.

For myself personally I live pretty close to Las Vegas and I do tend to like the slot machines that are around media properties.  My favorites were the Lord of the Rings one where I turned $20 into a $450 one day and used that to buy my first PS4 (which I later replaced with a PS4 Pro).  But usually I end up losing all my money, though I never gamble more than I can afford to lose I still end up regretting it.  Though all in all I have wasted far more money on some video games I didn’t like movies, food and other forms of entertainment (yes, I consider food a form of entertainment when you spend a lot on restaurants and not eating necessity type items).  So gambling with slots isn’t much different, in fact one of my favorite slot like games for Android wasn’t a casino game but RoboTek which is a robot battle game where you stop a rolling slot machine to summon robots, buff your side or steal enemy bots.  It is a great example of making slots truly fun even though you have to try and stop the slot specifically it isn’t truly 100% random like a true slot machine game is.

So as far as gaming on mobile apps I play the usual word games and a few games like Hearthstone, Pokemon Go and such but generally don’t consider myself a mobile gamer and I don’t really play slot games or casino games on mobile devices except ones that are true video games that have some slot mechanics woven in.  What about you?  What type of mobile games do you play and have you ever tried mobile slot games?

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2017 Top Gadgets for Your Car http://www.dragonblogger.com/2017-top-gadgets-car/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/2017-top-gadgets-car/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=71621 I am always looking for ways to make my life a little easier when I am out driving. Here are a few of the top tech items you didn't know you needed for your car. Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger     I bought this cute little guy a couple of weeks ago.  This [...]

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I am always looking for ways to make my life a little easier when I am out driving. Here are a few of the top tech items you didn’t know you needed for your car.

Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger

 

 

I bought this cute little guy a couple of weeks ago.  This adorable BB-8 fits your standard cupholder and plugs into 12V vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter). There is an optical light to indicate when he is plugged in. His head also spins and rotates and he makes cute beeping sounds so you can feel like he is talking to you.   He has 2 USB ports so you can charge 2 things at the same time. He is 6″ tall (including his antenna), 4″ wide, 4″ deep. 

  • Two USB charging ports each of which provide 2.1 Amps (enough to charge 2 tablets simultaneously)
  • Plugs into your 12V vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter)
  • Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
  • Head moves, rotates and makes sounds
  • 3-setting power switch controls volume – Mute / On / Off

 

TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge

I am always having issues with my tire pressure and have tried a few different gauges. I have been using this one for the last 6 months.   The nozzle on the end lights up adding some extra light for when you have to check in the dark or low light situations.  The digital display also lights up a bright blue and clearly shows you an exact reading.  It comes with batteries already installed and I have not had to change them yet.  It will turn off automatically after 30 seconds of not being used to conserve battery power.

  • Lighted nozzle and display screen for ultimate visibility in low light or at night
  • Digital display instantly and clearly shows exact reading, eliminating the guesswork of analog gauges
  • Nozzle seals to valve stem for quick and accurate measurements
  • Simple push-button control turns unit on, selects the desired range, and automatically shuts off after 30 seconds to save the batteries
  • Ergonomic design comfortably fits hand and features a soft, non-slip surface for sure grip
  • (1) CR2032 3V Lithium Coin Cell, (3) LR44 1.5V Button Cells (All Included)

Mpow Car Vent Mount Air Vent Car Mount 

I don’t like to have things stuck to my window or my dash. I wanted something I could easily put away when I wasn’t in need of it. I got this air vent mount about 8 months ago.  The claw-like rubber base holds very well to my vent making me feel like my phone is secure. It attaches easily.  The mount stretches from 1.7in (43mm) and 3.7in (95mm) to fit cell phones or GPS devices.   It is also adjustable with 360-degree rotation for perfect viewing angle without interfering the air flow direction.

  • TRIPLE PROTECTION TO SECURE YOUR CELLPHONE: Mpow car phone holder designed with premium claw-like rubber base and support shelf to stabilize your device, soft rubber layer protect your device from scratches
  • ONE BUTTON RELEASE: The quick release button on the cradle makes it easy to operate. Gradually press the release button on the right sides to expand the arm until you find the perfect fit, then squeeze the arms together to tighten onto the device
  • 360 DEGREES ROTATION: Fully adjustable with 360-degree rotation for perfect viewing angle without interfering the air flow direction. Change your perspective with a simple spin, which is a wonderful navigation assistance choice
  • CONVENIENT CAR PHONE MOUNT: Designed with thick and thin settings to fit air vent blades with different thickness. Easy to insert the phone cradle into the vent without using any tools. Foldable holding feet allow hassle-free charging for your cellphone
  • UNIVERSAL CELLPHONE CRADLE: Stretches from 1.7in (43mm) and 3.7in (95mm) to fit cellphones or navigations between 4-6in like iPhone 7/7 Plus, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6, Huawei P9 / P9 Plus, etc.

HaloCam C1 Car Dash Cam

I have this item on my Christmas wish list.  With all the crazy drivers out there no one will admit fault but with one of these would make it a lot easier.  It has built-in wifi and you can take pictures or videos using the remote.  It records in 1080p and includes a dual port car charger.  It has a built-in microphone and installs easily using 3M tape.

  • 【Built-in Wi-Fi Car Dash Cam】 Use the remote controller to take pictures or make videos and share it instantly on facebook/twitter/youtube etc from ” HaloCam Auto” which can download in AppStore and Google Play.
  • 【FHD 1080P & Super Clear Vision】 HaloCam car video recorder(with Sony IMX323 Exmor CMOS) captures everything in sharp full 1080p resolution with an expanded 165° field of view.
  • 【Ultra Mini & 360° Rotatable Structure & Easy Mounting】Easily and securely mount to your windshield or dashboard in seconds with 3M Double-sided adhesive tap, includes a dual-port car charger to power the Dash Camera , remote control, and an additional USB cable.
  • 【Multi-functional Dashboard Camera】With OBD-GPS cable & rear camera(Not included), Halocam dashcam could show following features: ①Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warning;②Head-up Display;③Vehicle Diagnosis;④0-100KM Acceleration Test⑤Route Management;⑥Elligent Speed Warning System and Voice Broadcast;⑦Dual Cameras:One forward on dash and one for the back window;⑧Parking monitor and motion detection.

 

iRULU Car Emergency Jump Starter 

 

Another item on my wishlist is a portable car jump starter. Where I live it gets quite cold in the winter making my car stall. When its cold outside the last thing I want to do is wait for CAA to have to come give me a boost.  This one by BoPower is small enough to fit into my glovebox.  This one can also charge laptops, phones, and tablets so you don’t have to go without if you are stranded.  The gold clamps have over current protection, short circuit protection, overload protection, over-voltage protection, over-charge protection.

  • JUMP START ANY VEHICLE: Supports up to 6L Gas, 4.5L Diesel Engine. Ideal for all vehicles like motorcycles, tractors, light-duty trucks, oil boats, cargo vans, ATVs, RVs, snowmobiles, and more; Repeated use 30 times with 600A of peak current and anti-reverse protection clamps
  • CHARGE DEVICES SAFELY: Designed with your best interest at heart, our battery booster has gone through extensive tests to meet all the safety regulations; The mistake-proof design alligator clips have over-current, short circuit, overcharge, over-voltage, over-charge, low battery protection
  • 8 IN 1 MULTIFUNCTIONAL KIT: This versatile jump starter will start your car anytime you want and keep you safe in any case of emergency. Use it as a power charging bank, as a cigarette lighter, as a LED SOS flashlight or even a compass. It also acts as a power bank for input voltages 5V, 12V, 16V, 19V devices such as a laptop, mobile, tablet etc.
  • EACH PACKAGE CONTAINS: 1 powerful 13600mAh jump starter power bank,1 AC charger,1 car DC charger,1 USB cable,1 (8-in-1) laptop adapter,1 jump start wire clip,1storage bag, and 1 user friendly manual.

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Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Cut the Cord http://www.dragonblogger.com/heres-need-know-cut-cord/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/heres-need-know-cut-cord/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:44:29 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=72280 You can blame it on the studios, or the broadcast networks, or the cable TV providers, or the FCC. And you would be right. They all bear some responsibility for the mess we’re in with the current state of television content delivery. The content is better than ever. We have TV shows that look like [...]

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You can blame it on the studios, or the broadcast networks, or the cable TV providers, or the FCC. And you would be right. They all bear some responsibility for the mess we’re in with the current state of television content delivery. The content is better than ever. We have TV shows that look like movies scripted by great writers.

 

Arguably, though is whether there is even better content on streaming services. Shows like Stranger Things, House of Cards and Star Trek: Discovery can be made without the typical constraints of television viewing blocks. The format allows for more engaging shows that can be consumed in ways more conducive to the preferences of the viewer.

But before you cut that cord, there are a few things you should know about what you will be giving up. Things don’t always come up roses in cordless-land. You are still dealing with the same networks and cable providers and content gatekeepers. (CBS All Access, I am looking at you!) And they are highly motivated to maintain the status quo. You can’t get TV your way, on your devices, on your schedule without incurring some major penalties. Here is a bit of what you will leave behind when you cut the cord:

The Total Package

If you want to get all of the content available for viewing, there is no one package that can do that. If you want Netflix exclusives, you will have to be a Netflix subscriber. The same is true for the exclusives on all the other services like Hulu and Amazon.  Add in CBS All Access, HBO GO and any other individual packages and you can already be paying almost as much as a cable TV or Satellite provider monthly rates.

Live content is still the biggest disadvantage of the big streaming services, if you like to watch live sports, live news you are not going to find that from typical streaming services.  But the total package is not about having access to every show ever created. It is about having every kind of program. So if you want all the popular TV shows, recent movies, live sports, news, and special events such as the Oscars, there is only one way to get it all. And that is via a traditional content provider still.

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking at your local satellite provider or the best DIRECTV deals you can pick out a package that will meet your needs that surround your streaming service needs.  Many now include the ability to just open up your streaming service directly from the satellite guide too and in some cases you can find a bundle with a service like Netflix included.

Bundle Pricing

Sometimes you can get more content and save money by bundling, you do need broadband for that online streaming content anyway so bundling with a cable TV subscription could end up saving you than having the Internet bill separate plus all the Internet providers.  If you are into the home theater scene replete with projectors and surround speakers, you know how much it can cost to part things out individually. The same is true for television content. You want Netflix for catalog shows, Hulu for current shows (mostly serving as a DVR), HBO Go for Game of Thrones, CBS All Access for Discovery, and on it goes.

Some streaming services stick you with unskippable commercials. And you still have to pay a high price for the privilege, DVR’s are standard with satellite packages and skipping commercials is convenient.

High-Def

The best content quality does not usually come from streaming services. So if you have invested in all the home theater equipment for bringing movies and TV shows to life from the comfort of your own home, you will want a satellite service for the most high-definition content. A show compressed to stream well over cellular and look good on your smartphone may not do so well on your big-screen TV.

I was pretty annoyed when just the other day a few cable channels were cut off between a network dispute and a satellite provider, in this type of situation it doesn’t matter who you blame but I still keep a satellite package.  Primarily because of CNN, TNT, USA Network and some other choice television stations in my household that don’t have shows appearing on Hulu or Netflix until after the seasons end if at all.  Live news and other channels are convenient as well having the DVR for my local stations without dealing with a separate HDTV antenna and a more complicated setup to record my weekly NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX shows is also one of the reasons.  I do love my Netflix though and bounce between having Hulu, but I drew the line and won’t pay for CBS All Access even though I really want to watch Star Trek: Discovery.  I have to stick with The Orville for now for my Star Trek like fix.

How many of you were actually successful at cutting the cord?  What streaming services do you keep and how many do you pay for?  How do you handle live streaming news/sports if you watch?

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I switched over to WPX Hosting about 6 months ago and I have never looked back, the level of performance and support I get from WPX Hosting by far beat the support I was getting from Synthesis and the fact the support team took time to login to my site to tune and install optimization plugins, tweak settings and walk me through everything whenever I had a performance issue was fantastic.  They literally had my site loading 70% faster with the same number of plugins on their platform than on Synthesis hosting and the cost was only $5 more per month than the Synthesis hosting plan which was well worth it in my opinion.

Well another feature I really love about WPX Hosting is the WPX Hosting Staging area.  Most bloggers have to develop a separate sub-domain that is a clone of your site when you have to test new themes, plugins or want to make cosmetic or other changes.  With WPX Hosting they give you a free and automatic way to create a staging area where you can test any new themes, plugins and features on your site without having to risk your live site.  Then, when you are ready to commit the changes they can automatically sync your staging site to become your live production site.  This is just one of many fantastic reasons I have chosen WPX Hosting and I have never been disappointed by their support yet.  Usually even with quality performance hosts, you end up having support that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.  Too often I opened a support case with other hosting provides and got canned excuses like “you are using too many WordPress plugins” and general one shot responses without helping do any legwork to find problems.  My last straw with synthesis was when I had 0 problems one day and no changes to my site in a week, and all of a sudden the next day I was riddled with 500 errors and slow load problems.  The host blamed my plugins like they always do, and I told them nothing changed.  After never resolving my issue to my satisfaction I simply ported my site with everything identical to WPX Hosting and had not only no issues, but 3 second or less pageload times compared to twice that on the old host.

Now WPX Hosting cheapest plan is $24.99 per month for 5 sites, this is not your typical shared hosting.  This is WordPress managed hosting and you get excellent support, plus they migrate your sites for you at no cost, I had them migrate 5 of my sites over from various hosting providers. I migrated sites from HostMonster, BlueHost, Synthesis, HostGator, and InMotion Hosting without any issue.  They did the work and saved me time and had everything working flawlessly in less than 24 hours.  More than that, they offer SSL certificates if you want and integrated Cloudflare for all sites so you don’t even have to setup or do any of the work configuring Cloudflare in front of your site.  If you want to focus your time on the content and not the management of your WordPress site, then WPX Hosting has my complete and total endorsement.

They allowed me to save all that time I spent troubleshooting my WordPress sites, and having to tweak things here and there.  I just open tickets and let them do what they do best and I can focus on the content portions.  Seriously, time management is very important and I can tell you the Professional Plan I have from them which allows you to have 15 sites is a far better bang for the buck than any hosting provider I have used previously.

Another reason why I love WPX Hosting is they do handle Domain Zone Records which Synthesis does not, so you can simply manage your own CNAME, A Host, or other records and if you need records updated that you can’t access you can open a support request and they can create custom MX, TXT and other records for you.  I had to have all my Zone Records migrated from Host Monster to WPX Hosting for my custom mailing list records, DKIM and other records.  They did everything without any mistakes and such a great job.  When I used Synthesis web hosting I had to still manage my DNS Zone records at my previous hosting provider where I purchased the domain.

If you are a WordPress blogger and your site is starting to bring in 3,000+ visits per day or more and you are ready to take your site to a more professional hosting plan off of a shared hosting plan, then I would look into WPX Hosting.  I am confident you will not be disappointed, and I am curious how many of my fellow bloggers out there use WPX Hosting and are happy with their company and support.  They also host sites in the US and UK, so if you are a UK Blogger you can have a full managed WordPress UK site hosted as well.

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