Domain names are an equivalent of Real Estate on the internet. Though it is a sector very few people get to talk about, the major players and stakeholders are very active.
Domain names are an equivalent of real Estate on the internet. Though it is a sector very few people get to talk about; the major players and stakeholders are very active.
Domain Names like lasvegas.com have a price list of $90,000,000, filmimela.com $29000 USD and insurance.com sold for $35.6 million in 2010. The initial investment for some of these domain names was less than $20 dollars.
Pundits have pointed out that domains going for a 6 or 7 figure amount were bought in the early and mid-1990s. There is a lot of sense in that but still the opportunities still abound in the millennium.
You can also make money by parking Domain names. Domain name investors have tens to hundreds of domain names. These are often typed or searched domain names and they make money by placing PPC (pay-per-click) Google ads on them and get paid when someone clicks on the Ads.
Industries are changing, companies are springing up, trends and taste is cyclic and changing, Economies are in transition. All these spell opportunity to a domain name merchant in 2016.Succeeding in domain name trading requires a lot of patience, insight, research and a little cash .the following will give some insight and consideration if you want to invest in Domain Names.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Keep it short and simple
- You can use keyword tools like Google Keyword Planner to generate a good domain name
- Check availability and register the domain name. Insight and direction from domain name specialists, have over the years guided users to choosing and registering the right Domain Name that is best suited for their business.
- Domain names with suffix like .com, .net, .org have been profitable but also be aware of geographic tagged suffix like co.in, .in etc. and other new upcoming ones like . xyz, .support etc.
- Buy a domain name that consists of a business name, geographic names and generic names; it may be easier for you to sell them faster and at a good price.
- Be an opportunist and track major events. For example, Ebola.com was bought for $13,000 and sold for $150,000.
- You can also start by buying Dropped Domains (expired domains). Start with those with unique names and high page ranking.
- Be flexible. The porn, gambling and investment industry are topping the list of top domain name purchases in the US, it is wise to watch other upcoming sectors and industry and invest in them. Also note that countries and economy differ, so streamline your research to a country and its unique landscape.
HOW TO SELL DOMAIN NAMES
- Have a fixed amount you want to sell
- Put up your domain name on domain trading sites.
- Invite bids from potential buyers and sell to the highest bidder
- You can also make an offer to potential Buyers.
Please note that it is illegal to purchase Domain names that have been Trademarked by a company or to steal an individual or company’s name and buy the domain.
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Request for Information (RFI): Used when you think you know what you want but need more information from the vendors. Must be followed by an RFQ or RFP in order to purchase the desired product. If the RFI yields a single seller of the desired product, you need only send the RFQ to that single provider for their price quote and their acceptance of the CSU General Provisions for Information Technology Acquisitions. If the RFI yields multiple resellers of the same product, you must submit an RFQ to all responding sellers of the desired product and award to the most value-effective provider.
Request for Quote (RFQ): Commonly used when you know what you want but need information on how vendors would meet your requirements and how much it will cost; you may also include the criteria against which each vendor’s response will be evaluated. An RFQ can also be used when you have all details except the cost; in this case,
the vendor selection would be based solely on price.
Request for Proposal (RFP): Used when you know you have a problem but don’t know how you want to solve it. This is the most formal of the “Request for” processes and has strict procurement rules for content, timeline and vendor responses. If you have already solicited information using an RFI, you can re-use those questions and requirements in your RFP.
We are going to look at some powerful Solr features and how it is different than MySQL.
What Is Apache Solr?
Apache Solr is an Open Source, enterprise search server. It stores information in such a way that searching is very fast. In a nutshell, it’s also a storage system like SQL and NoSQL.
Solr is written in Java and uses the Lucene search library for its core functionality. You don’t need to know Java to work with Solr.
How It Is Different than MySQL?
If you’re new to Solr, the best way to understand the internals of Solr is to compare it with MySQL.
- MySQL stores information in the form of tables and rows. Whereas Solr stores information in form of schema and XML documents. Schema defines the structure of the documents.
- You can have multiple tables in MySQL, similarly you can have multiple schemas in Solr.
- Columns in a table define the structure of the table similarly in Solr fields define the structure of the schema.
- In MySQL you store in the form of rows whereas in Solr you store in the form of documents.
- In MySQL when columns are indexed the rows get arranged in a tree like structure. Whereas in Solr when a field is indexed it is arranged into a inverted index data structure.
What Makes It Fast for Search?
Solr uses inverted index data structure to search for words in documents and intersects the final result. No other storage system uses this kind of data structure.
What Are Other Features of Solr?
Solr offers many other features like spell correction, faceting, highlighting, result grouping, auto completion etc. Implementing these features into your website will make it stand out from the crowd. These features provide better user experience and a new way to access content on your website.
Why You Should Integrate website/e-commerce site with Solr?
When the number of article/News on your site increases, MySQL starts to perform slow when users search on your site. This is because MySQL loops through every article and uses regular expressions to match search terms. This is a very CPU expensive task. Sometimes users get request timeout errors due to PHP script execution time limit. If there are 10,000 article/news/product then for every search query MySQL is going to hit the file system 10,000 times which is a very expansive task and will slow down your website.
Whereas Solr can search 10,000 documents in just a couple of seconds. If you have a medium size blog, then a single Solr instance is enough to power all posts.
Several inherent challenges complicate full-text search. First, there is currently no way to
Guarantee the searcher will find the “best” results because there is often no agreement on what the “best” result is for a particular search. That’s because evaluating results can be very subjective.
Also, users generally enter only a few terms into a search engine, and there is no way for the search system to understand the user’s intention for a search. In fact, if the user is doing an initial exploration of a topic area, the user may not even be aware of his or her intention.
A system that understands natural language (that is, the way people speak or write) perfectly is usually considered the ultimate goal in search engine technology, in that it would do as good a job as a person in finding answers. But even that is not perfect, as variations in human communication and comprehension mean that even a person is not guaranteed to find the “right” answer, especially in situations where there may not even be a single “right” answer for a particular question.
Some search engines, Full text searching provider try to solve, or at least mitigate, these challenges.
Solr search can be used as a replacement for core content search and boasts both extra features and better performance.
- Faceted Search
- Faceted search is supported if you use the facet API module. Facets will be available for you ranging from content author to taxonomy to arbitrary fields.
- More like this
- Relevant content blocks (“More like this” blocks) can be added to any node page. The block will show you relevant nodes and/or nodes similar to the one your site-visitor is viewing. The analysis happens realtime in Solr
- Search Pages
- Multiple search pages with optionally customized search results, layout and others
- Search Environments
- Add multiple Solr Search cores and query them so you can optimally connect to the one of your choice. Ideal to have multiple facet configurations.
- Range Queries
- These query types, in combination with Facet Api Slider, delivers a very rich faceting experience delivers to the end user.
Public Websites using Solr and Drupal:
- http://www.whitehouse.gov/ – Uses Solr via Drupal for site search w/highlighting & faceting
- TheBigJobs.com A Job portal build using Drupal CMS. Using solr to index & search jobs posted on website.
- Scintilla: search and MoreLikeThis
- MAME Reviews: faceted search
- Peel Sessions: search
- Akademika.no is a Norwegian online book store with focus on students and school books. Built with Drupal, and Solr powers the search through the Drupal Solr plugin.
Last year I spent 8 days for my last company CMMI appraisal, one day as a readiness check, then two days as a pre-appraisal training, and 5 days in formal CMMI 1.2 appraisal as an ATM (Appraisal Team Member).
In the readiness check, we reviewed the PIIDs document and other documents. PIIDs is an excel sheet that maps all CMMI Level 2 practices to Direct Evidences and Indirect Evidences from the appraised company.
In the two days pre-appraisal training, we learned many interesting things about the upcoming formal appraisal, whatever I had learnt the experience of the formal appraisal itself is the real experience that no training will substitute. Here are some of my notes and experiences.
Working as a Team: In the appraisal, we should work as team. Most of the time the Lead appraisal is facilitating our discussions and decision. Decisions are taken by consensus. It seems strange, but was helpful to objectively discuss our different opinions and encourage members with different views to explain their point of view and try to conclude one decision.
Goals and Practices: Although (as I learned in Introduction to CMMI 1.2 course) Goals only are mandatory, practices are also important, if you are going to ignore some practices, you should show that you replaced them with other practices that are finally achieve the mandatory goal. In other words, practices are mandatory but can be replaced as long as the goal is met.
Direct Evidence: For each practice, you should show direct evidence document, this means a lot of documentation, it seems this is not replaceable but I am researching ways to reduce the number of documents needed. Reducing documents to the necessary minimum is important as my focus is on small business where I want to add value and minimize overhead.
Balance between Interviews and Documentation: You are obliged to balance between documentation and interviews, you got affirmation from interviews you formally hold with team members. CMMI enforce you a minimum set of affirmations to achieve the balance between documentation and affirmations.
Taking Notes: It was astonishing to know we should take full notes in interviews to remember what was heared and seen. Notes should be accurate as said without paraphrasing. After the interview we should tag the notes with project and Process Area. This helps to see conflicts and get confidence in reporting affirmation.
In the last day we destroyed all our notes per request from our laid appraiser to prevent out of context interpretation to our notes. This makes sense as we already decided about rating the company and finding any mistakes later will not help.
Sub-practices Review: When we feel any doubt about if the evidence is sufficient in a practice, we review the sub-practices and see if there is anything missing.
Overlap and Recursive Applicability: An overlap is exist between process areas, and between generic practices and process areas. There exist some recursive concepts like plan the plan, or put configuration records in the configuration management system or make quality assurance on the quality assurance activities.
One statement I learnt from our lead appraiser that helped me was “Don’t jump to conclusions”. It showed to me that many time we jump to conclusions that we found wrong after getting more information.
At the last day, all team members wrote their feedback to SEI website, we take pictures and was very happy. Yes the company is appraised as CMMI Level 3.
Here are the lessons I have learned from my second CMMI L3 appraisal, not all of them are technical:
1) Let actions speak about you and don’t speak about yourself; doings are more respectable than sayings. Most people hate who speak much about themselves.
2) Dictatorship: If you are a team leader and unable to facilitate team discussions or reach consensus, this usually reflect your dictatorship style or the mentality of win-lose. As a team, everyone must focus on win-win relationship. We should believe we are strong because we are different and being different means we have a great chance of building integrated vision.
3) Treating people should be smooth, not just when things are easy but also with hard issues and when we feel angry. IMHO this is the measure of person kindness and professionalism.
4) You can always ask people for annoying things as long as you treat them with great respect and let them understand your intention. As example, if you in a critical meeting, you can ask a person to leave the room, or to turn off mobiles as long as you say it properly. On the other side, some people feel great when they have the chance to hurt other people.
5) CMMI interpretation is quite flexible, you can tailor it greatly. Remember that CMMI is a model not a process. You can use this feature to hurt your business or to help it.
6) Using tools improperly can lead to a very complex baseline taking and reconstruction. So always use tools the right way.
7) Tools come with their own complexity. Use sophisticated tools only to solve complex problems. Generally use the simplest tool that is good enough to manage your current problem. Use the right tool for the right task.
Here are my tips on practical implementation of CMMI as I experienced in my first appraisal:
1) In CMMI 1.2 PP (Project Planning), you have to create Project Plan, however the GP (Generic Practice) 2.2 require you to “Plan the Process”. It sounds like you have to create a plan to create the project plan. In my experience it is sufficient to include planning tasks in the plan, as example of planning tasks:
– Create detailed WBS (Work Break-Down Structure)
– Determine and analyze risks
– Discover and plan for data management
– Research for needed resource and skills
– Meet to review the plan
– Modify the plan (according to the meeting)
– Final meeting to get plan commitments
The same concept apply on GP 2.8 “Monitor and Control the Process”, it is sufficient to include tracking tasks like milestone review and weekly progress review. These two generic practices gives the organization detailed information about how much planning and tracking cost you in the project.
2) In PP, Specific Practice (SP) 2.3 “Plan for the management of project data”, it was sufficient to put this planning as part of the CM (Configuration Management) Plan.
3) It was a weakness to let the CM baseline creator to audit that baseline. As he will not be objective as he is biased to his creation. It is accepted to let a project team member to make the baseline audit, or make two project managers to review for each other.
4) In PP, SP 2.1 “Establish and maintain the project’s budget and schedule”, It is accepted to have the project effort as the budget!. Why?, the senior manager – as the organization is very small – don’t share the cost details with the project managers. However it is recommended to the organization to document the procedure of converting effort to cost.
5) The PMC SP 1.6 and 1.7 dictate to review periodically and on milestone the project. However it was accepted to align the milestone with the periodic review to be the same.
6) All MA (Measurements and Analysis) planning and tracking activities are stated in the project plan, however the measures will be collected and analyzed in a separate documents. Regarding using tools, we can just use office and file server to do all what you need. Configuration management system is useful when developing source code, if the project is just migration or conversion of legacy source code, then the use of CM system can be dropped.
7) There is no paper based sign required, all the documentation and approvals accepted to be emails or just MOM (Minutes Of Meeting) documents.
8) Even not required in L3, the creation of templates is very helpful as there exist many details that can be forgotten.
9) In PIIDs (Practice Implementation Indicator Descriptions), it was not necessary to write many indirect artifacts, as affirmation through interview can be almost sufficient, except in case it is hard to get that affirmation.
10) You can easily plan the appraisal and meet your plan (without too much overtime) and even have fun.
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There are a many open source CMS available under GNU license and one of them is Drupal. Here nilaxsoft tried to explain some benefits of using Drupal platform.
Drupal is probably the best and most popular content management system in the market today. It is also Software as a service (Saas) solution which can be used by organizations irrespective of their size or location. We look at the benefits of Drupal application development.
- Affordable and available easily –
Drupal is open source, easily available and highly customizable. There exist thousands of Drupal modules and templates a majority of which are available at zero cost. Hence, many small players are able to use it. Drupal is used and trusted by several individuals and organizations globally as it provide both high value solutions and robust security.
- Big technical support team offering support and improvement –
A large team of full time developers are working on Drupal full-time. Also Drupal enjoys the solid and unwavering backing of people who genuinely care about its functionality and performance. It provides users easy and no cost access to both future and current technical upgrades and security improvements.
- Multi-language support –
Drupal offers support for more than 150 languages. Hence it is perfect to serve a truly global audience.
- Powerful and modern platform –
Drupal offers high performance business tools and is easily maintainable. Some of its advantages are ease of scalability and constant updating of the software.
- Lack of old restrictions –
Drupal doesn’t have quite a number of the restrictions of older CMS software. It is ideal for web design owing to its flexibility and features which help create highly interactive and user friendly web services.
- Drupal development is remarkably quick –
Today the speed of development determines the success and market acceptance of both products and services. In the current era of rapidly changing technology and marketing it is vital to be faster than competitors. Else your firm will be left behind and your products/services will become obsolete.
- Drupal works well on mobiles –
Hence you can tap the enormous and fast growing global smartphone markets. There is no need for developers to worry about user experience, customization, optimization and other issues. Drupal is specifically designed to effectively address all the mobile environment requirements. This makes it the ideal CMS for the mobile. Additionally the use of special themes makes Drupal suitable and friendly to the mobile platform.
- Presence of SEO modules –
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an indispensable and highly important requirement today. Drupal has powerful and sophisticated SEO functionality which makes it SEO friendly. The SEO modules present in Drupal are a valuable and beneficial feature in any business’s marketing efforts.
- Patronage of high profile entities –
Many leading and important entities such as the White House and FedEx have adopted and placed their trust in Drupal. This adds to the CMS’s credibility as well as reliability.
- Provides well documented API’s –
This makes Drupal application development, both easier and organized, making the job of developers simpler and more effective.
- Leverage Social Media and easily connect with other web entities –
Drupal offers robust support for social media integration and has easy connection capabilities to other sites and services.
- Easy and strong extension capabilities –
Drupal developers need not develop everything from scratch. Not much programming is required and new features can be easily added by the developers. Drupal has currently a huge repository of over 16,000 modules which can practically fulfill almost all the site requirements. Thus, both time and money are saved and application development becomes simple and easy.