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UI/UX Design: Upcoming Trends for Startups


People are continuously looking for ways to simplify their life. We create robots and automatic cars to avoid doing routine tasks on our own. The same trend can be applied to our everyday life as we use various programs and apps. This ubiquitous trend toward simplicity calls for updates to older programs and serves as a focus for startups when developing new solutions.

There are lots of methods that can be used to achieve better performance and improve user experience. Appropriate UI/UX design is among the most efficient ones. It covers a huge range of product development techniques implemented by a UI/UX design agency for startups. Let’s look at them closely.

Why UI/UX design is vital

UX is a short form of user experience. It can be explained both as theory and as practice. User experience covers customer needs and habits, their fears, and behavioral patterns. It focuses on human behavior and helps implement this knowledge in a new product.

UI stands for user interface and pretty much explains itself. It centers around a user-friendly interface design that doesn’t make consumers search for a needed button for hours. It provides for the simple use of a product.

UX and UI often go together and are implemented at different stages of the product/service development. At first, the expert collects all the data needed to create an intuitive interface and then, implements this knowledge in design.

UI/UX design trends for startups

This area is constantly developing and expanding. The business pushes it to improve, so new trends are constantly arising.

Micro-interactions

Micro-interactions cover small design details that help a user to seamlessly interact with the product’s interface. Roughly, every minor element that isn’t a main or a general feature can be called a micro-interaction. The simplest example that comes to mind is the reactions you can give a Facebook post. You can choose the feeling that arises when you see particular information and let people know about it. This may not be the reason why you installed the FB app in the first place but it certainly adds a personal touch. So attention to details in your product can be a real game-changer.

AR and VR

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) still seem a bit futuristic. But they are developing and soon, we will use them on a daily basis. The lockdown may have just accelerated growth in technology.

AR is a ‘mixed’ reality, which is designed using computer technologies and “augmented” elements of perceived reality. Since it’s mixed, the real objects are also in the field of perception. It has a lot to do with 3D elements. Unlike AR, VR is created using only technological means and uses human senses like vision, hearing, touch, and others in order to take them to a different reality. The actions are performed in a real-time mode so it creates a fascinating experience.

Password extinction

Studies showed that four years ago, around 40% of users used to lose their passwords at least once a week. Now, we’re already halfway into a password-less era. Although there are Touch ID and Face ID options, many apps still ask to enter a password. Of course, biometric identification is applicable to mobile devices mostly, but there are ways to decrease the use of passwords in desktop versions, too. There are one-time passwords, as well as short-term ones.

Digital ecosystems

A digital ecosystem is basically a set of products and services that cover several categories of customer needs at once. It is developed by one or several companies in partnership. There are not many digital ecosystems nowadays since this trend has emerged only recently. The most popular one is probably Amazon. It offers a huge variety of services and products that cover almost every consumer’s need in daily life, from groceries to web security to AR/VR solutions. You can compare other similar cloud services here. It can easily be our future, so it would be wise for a startup to think about it in advance and collaborate with other businesses to create such an ecosystem.

UX writing and microcopy

Describing a product/service is not enough anymore. Nowadays, users tend to read less. They prefer short and concise texts, which are always to the point. Forget about using hyperbolized descriptions and vague words — there’s a huge chance that people will not believe you. This is especially true for new products and startups which haven’t earned the customers’ loyalty yet. Don’t overpraise your product. Instead, talk about the exact benefits that your product provides and how it can make the life of customers easier.

Moreover, use tiny bits of content to complement the product’s interface. This will help you guide customers, lead them to the desired action, or simply instruct them throughout their journey. Microcopy has a great impact on user experience and helps drive conversions.

Conclusion

Analyzing trends is important in every business area. Startups need to predict the trends in order to create relevant solutions. Summarizing all the above said, the modern startup is expected to deliver digital products that are concise and simple. They should not complicate user experience with unnecessary elements like passwords and long-reads. They HAVE to give customers real value. It’s true for every business, let alone startups and new services.

November 2020 Web Server Survey


In the November 2020 survey we received responses from 1,229,948,224 sites across 263,787,870 unique domains and 10,564,577 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 24.2 million sites and 115,000 computers, but a loss of 310,000 domains.

Apache now powers 28.9% of the world’s top million websites, where its presence has grown by 6,431 sites since last month. This has increased its lead over its closest competitor, nginx, which lost 2,563 sites from the top million and is now 3.72 percentage points behind Apache’s leading share.

nginx continues to dominate in terms of web-facing computers, where its total rose by 88,700 to 3.67 million (+2.48%) computers and its share has grown by 0.47 percentage points to 34.7%. Although Apache gained 24,400 computers this month, its own share has now fallen to less than a third.

nginx also maintains its lead in two other metrics, with a total of 414 million sites (33.7% share) and 79.8 million domains (30.3%), while Apache still has the largest share of active sites (25.9%).

The number of domains powered by Microsoft web server suffered another noticeable fall this month, dropping by 473,000 to 19.1 million (-2.41%), reducing its share to 7.25%. Some of this decline is still being driven by GoDaddy’s parked domains being moved to OpenResty web servers.

More than 36 million unique domains are served by OpenResty, making it the third most commonly used server by that metric, and putting it over 15 million domains ahead of Cloudflare. OpenResty is a scalable web platform based on NGINX and LuaJIT, which is a just-in-time compiler for the Lua language.

Some of the most commonly visited websites powered by OpenResty include Tumblr, Firefox Monitor, Basecamp and a few adult video sites. The 36.6 million domains powered by OpenResty are served from just 81,900 computers.

Other vendor and hosting news

  • nginx 1.19.5 mainline was released on 24 November.
  • NGINX Unit 1.21.0 was released on 19 November.
  • Apache Tomcat 7.0.107, 8.5.60, 9.0.40 and 10.0.0.M10 were released on 17 November.
  • OpenLiteSpeed 1.7.6 was released on 9 November, followed by OpenLiteSpeed 1.6.18 Stable on 24 November.
  • Microsoft claims it will become the first major cloud provider to track hourly energy consumption and renewable energy matching in a commercial product using the Vattenfall 24/7 Matching solution for its new datacenter regions in Sweden, which will be available next year.
  • DigitalOcean has introduced storage-optimized Droplets with NVMe SSDs, and reduced the price of its memory-optimized Droplets.
  • Dozens of apps, websites and other online services including Coinbase, Flickr, Roku and The Washington Post were affected by an outage at Amazon’s us-east-1 geographic region on 25 November.
Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 412,851,940 34.24% 414,338,895 33.69% -0.55
Apache 326,050,973 27.04% 329,384,399 26.78% -0.26
Microsoft 92,405,675 7.66% 97,283,716 7.91% 0.25
Google 46,583,411 3.86% 45,597,737 3.71% -0.16
Web server market share for active sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 50,837,005 25.66% 50,128,182 25.86% 0.19
nginx 38,606,507 19.49% 38,361,336 19.79% 0.30
Google 19,978,491 10.08% 18,643,717 9.62% -0.47
Microsoft 7,716,026 3.89% 7,611,479 3.93% 0.03

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 282,798 28.28% 289,229 28.92% 0.64
nginx 254,530 25.45% 251,967 25.20% -0.26
Microsoft 71,983 7.20% 72,656 7.27% 0.07
LiteSpeed 22,199 2.22% 23,217 2.32% 0.10
Web server market share for computers

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 3,577,128 34.23% 3,665,862 34.70% 0.47
Apache 3,490,546 33.40% 3,514,947 33.27% -0.13
Microsoft 1,543,860 14.77% 1,506,313 14.26% -0.52
Web server market share for domains

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 79,895,960 30.25% 79,843,914 30.27% 0.02
Apache 69,649,769 26.37% 69,758,527 26.44% 0.07
Microsoft 19,604,847 7.42% 19,131,672 7.25% -0.17
Google 2,436,537 0.92% 2,293,934 0.87% -0.05

Get lost in the Cyber Black Week madness!


If there is one day in a whole year evoking in all people without exceptions a similar urge to lose oneself in the shopping delights, it must be Black Friday. How about we make the appetites twice as much voracious by pushing the buying spree into the full Cyber Black Week marathon?

ModulesGarden has a gift for discovering what clients’ dreams are made of. This year we really outdid ourselves, ensuring they will instantly come true with a little aid of the mind-blowing 21% discount for the entire collection of our products. Should it be an annual license, an open source version, or both – do not let anyone stop you from snatching up the hottest modules you have had an eye for the last 12 months!

Cyber Black Week 2020 at ModulesGarden

Take a pleasurable stroll through our Marketplace and order any single WHMCS module your heart longs for – all necessary pricing arrangements have already been taken care of, so there are no extra steps required to pay less. As we want to give free rein to your software desires, we have unlocked the bonus that allows you to upgrade any active product into the unencrypted version at a price reduced not only by 100% of the amount you have previously paid for the license, but also by our impressive Cyber Black Week discount! Do you think one more reason to grasp the bargain would be too much already? We don’t think so either. Hence, there is absolutely no limit of how many items you can fill your shopping cart with. Trust us when we say, there will literally be no better time to give your WHMCS system a much needed power-up!

Brace yourself though: this spicy deal is just as appealing as it is limited in time, so be quick and stock up on your software supplies before the close of November!

Embark on a shopping odyssey!

 

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Cheap CDN for live video streaming?


I need to setup a private live stream for about 2500 people. I can’t use existing services like Youtube or Twitch.

My estimate is that streaming at 4Mbps to 2500 people, 2 hours a week, would be about 35TB a month. The bandwidth costs alone on AWS Cloudfront would be $3000 a month. Google Cloud and Azure are similar.

However I found https://www.belugacdn.com/ and they can do it for like $170 a month. That’s stunning. So good that I’m skeptical…. I can’t find much info about them.

My plan is to stream from OBS over RTMP to a server running nginx with ffmpeg which transcodes it and converts it to HLS. The CDN pulls the HLS stream off the nginx server. On a different nginx server, I have a simple website with the HTML5 <video> player connected to .m3u8 file on the CDN.

I think Beluga is a pull CDN but they do say they can handle HLS streaming. Seems like a pull CDN would have to do a lot of pulling for a livestream, but what do I know.

What are your thoughts? Any experience with BelugaCDN? Any other CDNs I could use for streaming that have similarly low costs?

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Zyro Review – Easy to Use Website Builder


Zyro

$1.99 / $12.99

Tools and features


10.0/10

Pros

  • Really easy to use and beginner-friendly
  • Lots of tools and features
  • Beautiful templates
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Doesn’t require any experience with web hosting

Cons

  • No free plan
  • You must use a more expensive plan for an online store
  • Advertised prices are based on a 4-year billing cycle


Zyro is a website builder you can use to create your own personal website, online store, and more. It’s super easy to use and total beginners can use it, without the need of configuring any servers or hosting accounts.

Seeing as how we mainly focus on web hosting and servers, it’s a great idea to offer an alternative for beginners and people that want to build a website but don’t have to technical know-how to do it. Zyro is a perfect fit. Read our review here.

About Zyro

Before we continue with the actual review, it’s good to know some information about the people behind Zyro.

They operate from all over the world, but their main headquarters are in Lithuania. What makes the team great is their dedication to the product and their customers. To quote their about page: Two of the most important things at Zyro are our customers and our team. You can learn more about them at their about page.

People are already somewhat familiar with what a website builder is. Essentially, it’s a tool that anyone can use to design a website with the help of pre-designed templates and editors. With Zyro, on top of the website builder, you can also publish your website within minutes, all through a graphical user interface. You don’t need to configure a server, you don’t need to worry about your hosting accounts and control panels. Website builders are what makes website building easy, without needing any prior knowledge or experience. Getting a professionally looking online store has never been easier when using website builders.

Now, to move onto Zyro, the tool itself. Zyro is a Swiss Army knife that features:

All of these features help you build and grow your online business.

The Zyro Templates

One of the most important features of a website builder, and the first step you take when building a website – the templates.

You can choose from hundreds of templates, all beautifully designed, for all types of websites. Be it ecommerce, business, portfolio, resume, events, landing pages, a blog…you can find an awesome template to use.

Once you choose a template, you can actually start building your website.

The Zyro Website Builder

The website will already be designed and filled in with content. Editing the content and design itself is super easy – you can do it with a simple click. Everything has its own section and everything is a separate element. Each element is easily editable through a WYSIWYG editor. Changing colors, backgrounds, or fonts can be done with a click.

You can also add or remove elements, again, through a graphical drag and drop editor. It’s what makes the whole process super easy and beginner-friendly.

Once you’re done building the website, you can move onto the next step – publishing it.

Publishing and Maintaining a Website at Zyro

Publishing the website is done with a single click once you’re done building it.

You have an option to use a free domain with Zyro’s branding – like yourname.zyrosites.com, which is a good option if you’re testing things out or if you’re running a simple personal website. However, it’s highly recommended to use a professional-looking domain name, especially if you’re building an online store. You can use your own and buy it through a third party. Or you can get one from Zyro, which is the easier option, and free with some plans.

Maintaining the website is not needed at all, in terms of worrying about uptime and server monitoring. Everything’s taken care of by Zyro – cloud hosting, website speed, and SSLs, all the technical stuff.

If you need to go back and edit or update something on your website, it’s easy to do and it’s the same process and tools as you’d use when creating the website.

Zyro’s Pricing

As far as website builders go, Zyro’s pricing is pretty cheap and fair.

They have 4 plans to choose from, each one with different features. You can choose a plan based on what kind of website you’re building and which features you need.

Choosing and paying for a plan can be done after building the website itself. So you essentially have a free trial where you build the website and try the tools, but you cannot publish it without an upgraded plan.

Get a coupon and reduce their pricing.

They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

That’s basically it. The whole process of starting and publishing a website at Zyro.

Other Zyro Tools and Features

There are a lot more tools and features we didn’t cover, but are still worth mentioning, like:

  • Managing your online store – managing products, orders, inventory, shipping options…basically everything you need, it’s all done through Zyro’s tools
  • Zyro’s own analytics tool, or you can use Google Analytics
  • Processing payments without transaction fees
  • Publishing and selling to Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Multilingual support for your websites

You can learn more about Zyro and their tools at their website.

Everything mentioned so far in this review is what we basically like about Zyro.

What We Don’t Like About Zyro

The first noticeable thing is that they don’t have a free plan. Some website builders do have free plans, although very limited and your website would have ads, they still do have the option. Zyro did offer a free plan, but they’ve decided to discontinue that plan. The alternative is to build the website itself for free, see if you like the tool, and if you decide to publish and use Zyro, you can upgrade and pay for a plan.

Some features that are basically a must-have, especially for online stores, aren’t included in the cheaper plans. So you’re basically forced to use the more expensive plans if you plan on building an online store. Although, having that in mind, it’s still relatively cheap if you consider how much all of the included tools and features cost separately.

The advertised plan pricing can be misleading – the price $x.xx/mo price that’s advertised on their pricing page and everywhere else is based on a 4-year commitment. The real, actual month-to-month pricing is the crossed-off pricing you see above the advertised price. This is basically a common procedure everywhere nowadays. Although misleading, people are used to expect it and should always beware. Even with the longer-term commitments, you can still use their money-back guarantee, so there’s no real worry here.

Conclusion On Our Zyro Review

In short, Zyro is a great option for beginners. Easy to use and manage. Try them out and decide if they’re worth using. Testing them out is easy as the tool itself is easy to use.

Feedback and Participation in WordPress (+WooCommerce) Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2021)


Just wanted to give a heads up to the community here that I am opening up registration for 2021 WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2020 can be seen here for the unfamiliar.

I’d love to get any feedback this community might have for how to improve it (especially WooCommmerce since 2020 was first time I did that particular test). Changes already happening is changing over to K6 from LoadImpact. Also going to try to add some non-impacting measures around security.

Full details and signup are available here

Data is the New Gold


Since we are now firmly in the era of big data and data-dependent business models, it makes sense to think of Data as the new gold. The collection and monetization of data is part of the business model of virtually every business online.

Think of the last time you browsed a news site that didn’t ask you for your permission to leave various cookies on your computer (or inform you that was what it was doing). Below are a number of metaphors which help explain why Data is the new gold.

Like Gold, Data is Precious

Like Gold, data is precious. Its protection needs, however, are even more sensitive. This is for two reasons.

Firstly, data is not merely an inanimate element that human beings have chosen as a means of storing value. Data represents information about and insight into the personalities of real human beings all over the world. Secondly, the cybersecurity threats are much more numerous and omnipresent than the threats to physical gold. Businesses face very real threats of hacking and theft online all the time.

Just as governments around the world go to great lengths to secure and protect their gold reserves, so too should any business collecting, utilizing or trading in data ensure what it mines is well looked-after. Choosing the right data centre, with the right host of security (from infiltration, from natural disasters), is a crucial part of business online.

Recommended read: How To Choose a Hosting Provider

Like Gold, Data is Convertible to Profit 

Data, synthesized into actionable information, equals revenue. This is an increasingly large component of the business models of a diverse array of companies. Like gold pulled out of the ground, data is convertible to profit in two main ways: it can be sold raw or processed into a finished product.

Companies can either collect data and use it to better understand their customers, providing them with more meaningful advertising and purchasing opportunities; and/or they can sell their data to others. In the latter case, an increasing number of so-called “data brokers” purchase bulk data from innumerable apps that it then sells to advertisers who use it to better target consumers.

Like Gold, Everyone is Rushing to Mine it 

The gold-data analogy is, understandably, a common one for several reasons. One of the most obvious, however, is that the rush to mine and collect it is highly similar to gold rushes of bygone eras. With the recognition that data equals profit, everyone wants to strike it rich.

Data is no longer just an additional tool that companies (new and established) are making an ancillary part of their overall business model, but it is now critical to success. There are currently an estimated 27 billion connected devices around the world, with that number expected to grow to around 125 billion by 2030. There is gold out there to be mined, companies are turning huge profits because of it, and people know it.

Like Gold, Processing it Adds Value

Virtually everything a person does online–from the websites they visit, the things they purchase on Amazon, to the people and posts they interact with on social media–generates a data point. Like gold, this information is intrinsically valuable and there is often someone willing to buy the raw material.

The real profit, however, is to be found in its synthesis. Taking data and applying sophisticated artificial intelligence (in the form of algorithms) to it, which extract meaningful patterns of behaviour and personality, is where the real value is added. Like raw, impure gold that is smelted and eventually turned into an 18k bracelet or pendant, cultivated data represent high-value customer insight (in the form of targeted advertising).

Like Gold, There are Rules and Regulations That Govern its Extraction 

Mining data is, at the end of the day, a euphemism for the harvesting of the personal data of internet users. Often, the agreements surrounding privacy and consent, which users are asked to agree to in exchange for access to sites and apps, lack transparency and are sometimes outright misleading.

Just as most gold mining ventures cannot start digging holes wherever it feels like, no questions asked–there are rules and regulations governing mining in most places–there are increasingly rules and oversight dictating how and what data can be mined online. Companies such as Facebook have been hauled in front of Congress and other governing bodies around the world for inadequate transparency surrounding their data collection methods and what gets collected.

Conclusion

The data-as-gold metaphor is apt for a variety of reasons. Both are regarded as precious; both are convertible to currency, or profit; everyone wants a piece of the data-rush; processing it increases its value on the market; and just like natural resource extraction, collecting data involves ethical questions that must be carefully considered. Perhaps most of all, collecting data requires a safe space to store it and protect it from theft and other threats.

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in October 2020


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Bigstep had the most reliable hosting company site in October 2020. Both Bigstep and Hosting Plus responded to all of Netcraft’s requests in October, but a faster average connection time gives Bigstep the edge. Bigstep offers “bare metal” cloud hosting to provide the flexibility of cloud hosting without the associated overhead and performance reductions of virtualization, and has now appeared in the top 10 for four consecutive months.

Second place goes to Hosting Plus. The Chile-based hosting provider offers domain registration and SSL certificates, with VPS and dedicated server options for hosting, and hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress and ecommerce sites. This is the second time that Hosting Plus has appeared in the top 10.

Choopa.com appears in third place, with a single failed request and the fastest average connection time on the table for October. Choopa.com offers cloud hosting, dedicated hosting and colocation in its own primary facility in Piscataway, New Jersey as well as smaller facilities in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.

Linux remains the most popular choice of operating system, used by nine of the top 10. SmartOS also makes an appearance with EveryCity.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around twenty leading hosting providers’ sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.

From a customer’s point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies’ own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why we choose to rank our table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Host my own website for business


Hello ppl of the internet,

I want to start my own business and ofc i need a website.

I´am a IT Engineer but I´ve never hosted my own website.

On my Website I only need a startpage and maybe 2 to 4 pages with pictures and a contact form.

My information:

  • rn I have no monthly budget but ofc I dont want to pay a fortune and I need hosting on german servers

  • I wanted to use a template from wordpress.org but I am open for any suggestions

  • Traffic on my website would be about 10 to 100users/day max.

  • I could host my website on a raspberry w/8gb ram (rasp. would be in a DMZ before my Firewall)

  • I would also consider providers like AWS etc.

  • I have basic knowledge of linux (happy to learn)

I need help with the following steps:

  • Selfhost or AWS etc.

  • Should I use wordpress.org or anything else?

  • What resources would I need for amy website (10 to 100 visitors a day)

  • Where can I register my domain and get my SSL cert (can i register it directly at root domains?)

Any help is appreciated.