Friday, May 6, 2016

What is Computer Programming?

Computer programming (often shortened to programming) is a process that leads from an original formulation of a computing problem to executable computer programs. Programming involves activities such as analysis, developing understanding, generating algorithms, verification of requirements of algorithms including their correctness and resources consumption, and implementation (commonly referred to as coding) of algorithms in a target programming language. Source code is written in one or more programming languages. The purpose of programming is to find a sequence of instructions that will automate performing a specific task or solving a given problem. The process of programming thus often requires expertise in many different subjects, including knowledge of the application domain, specialized algorithms and formal logic.

Related tasks include testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code, implementation of the build system, and management of derived artifacts such as machine code of computer programs. These might be considered part of the programming process, but often the term software development is used for this larger process with the term programming, implementation, or coding reserved for the actual writing of source code. Software engineering combines engineering techniques with software development practices.

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The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What is an API? Application Programming Interface

In computer programming, an application programming interface (API) is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building software and applications. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks, which are then put together by the programmer. An API may be for a web-based system, operating system, database system, computer hardware, or software library. An API specification can take many forms, but often include specifications for routines, data structures, object classes, variables, or remote calls. POSIX, Microsoft Windows API, the C++ Standard Template Library, and Java APIs are examples of different forms of APIs. Documentation for the API is usually provided to facilitate usage. The status of APIs in intellectual property law is controversial.

Purpose:
Just as a graphical user interface makes it easier for people to use programs, application programming interfaces make it easier for developers to use certain technologies in building applications. By abstracting the underlying implementation and only exposing objects or actions the developer needs, an API reduces the cognitive load on a programmer. While a graphical interface for an email client might provide a user with a button that performs all the steps for fetching and highlighting new emails, an API for file input/output might give the developer a function that copies a file from one location to another without requiring that the developer understand the file system operations occurring behind the scenes.

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The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Sunday, March 6, 2016

What is XML?

In computing, Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. The W3C's XML 1.0 Specification and several other related specifications,—all of them free open standards—define XML.

The design goals of XML emphasize simplicity, generality, and usability across the Internet. It is a textual data format with strong support via Unicode for different human languages. Although the design of XML focuses on documents, the language is widely used for the representation of arbitrary data structures such as those used in web services.

Several schema systems exist to aid in the definition of XML-based languages, while programmers have developed many application programming interfaces (APIs) to aid the processing of XML data.

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The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What is a Compiler?

A compiler is a computer program (or a set of programs) that transforms source code written in a programming language (the source language) into another computer language (the target language), with the latter often having a binary form known as object code. The most common reason for converting source code is to create an executable program.

The name "compiler" is primarily used for programs that translate source code from a high-level programming language to a lower level language (e.g., assembly language or machine code). If the compiled program can run on a computer whose CPU or operating system is different from the one on which the compiler runs, the compiler is known as a cross-compiler. More generally, compilers are a specific type of translator.

While all programs that take a set of programming specifications and translate them, i.e. create a means to execute those specifications, are technically "compilers", the term generally means a program that produces a separate executable from the compiler (that may require a run time library or subsystem to operate), a compiler that merely executes the original specifications is usually referred to as an "interpreter", although because of differing methods of analyzing what represents compilation and what represents interpretation, there is some overlap between the two terms.

A program that translates from a low level language to a higher level one is a decompiler. A program that translates between high-level languages is usually called a source-to-source compiler or transpiler. A language rewriter is usually a program that translates the form of expressions without a change of language. The term compiler-compiler is sometimes used to refer to a parser generator, a tool often used to help create the lexer and parser.

A compiler is likely to perform many or all of the following operations: lexical analysis, preprocessing, parsing, semantic analysis (syntax-directed translation), code generation, and code optimization. Program faults caused by incorrect compiler behavior can be very difficult to track down and work around; therefore, compiler implementors invest significant effort to ensure compiler correctness.

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The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What is Source Code?

In computing, source code is any collection of computer instructions (possibly with comments) written using some human-readable computer language, usually as text. The source code of a program is specially designed to facilitate the work of computer programmers, who specify the actions to be performed by a computer mostly by writing source code. The source code is often transformed by a compiler program into low-level machine code understood by the computer. The machine code might then be stored for execution at a later time. Alternatively, an interpreter can be used to analyze and perform the outcomes of the source code program directly on the fly.

Most application softwares are distributed in a form that includes executable files, but not their source code. If the source code were included, it would be useful to a user, programmer, or system administrator, who may wish to modify the program or to understand how it works.

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The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Sunday, December 6, 2015

How do I successfully launch a new website?

Lights, Camera, Website Launch Time!

Whether you are the web designer, developer, marketer, project manager, or client, launching a website can be a very stressful/exciting time.  When you have looked at a website for so many months, things can be easily overlooked.

Not to worry! As a company that has helped many companies launch websites (either through pushyourrank.com or newyorkwebsitedesigncenter.com), we are constantly updating our “Grocery List” of to-dos to help us create a smooth and stress-free website launch process.

Below is a look into the checklist we use to achieve just that.

Pre-Launch Items

1. SEO (Page Titles, Meta Descriptions, ALT Tags)
Page Titles are the most important element for SEO and are meant to be an accurate and concise description of a page's content. To not get cut off in search results, it should be fewer than 70 characters and including keywords will help ensure that it gets crawled and found by the right audiences.

Meta Descriptions while not so important to search engine rankings anymore, they are still important to reaching your audience..  “These short paragraphs are a webmaster’s opportunity to advertise content to searchers and to let them know exactly whether the given page contains the information they're looking for.” - Meta Descriptions, MOZ

ALT Tags need to be added to every image but avoid keyword stuffing. ALT tags are used to describe an image on a page so that the visitor knows what the image is if they are visually impaired or if the image doesn’t load properly.

2. Proofread Site Content & Premium Content
Read everything. Read it out loud, have someone else read it for you to make sure the site doesn’t go live with spelling and grammar mistakes. Make sure all the lorem ipsum has been removed or replaced. Small mistakes like these can reflect badly on your brand and hurt your professional credibility.

3. 301 Redirects
301 redirects often say, “Hey Search Engine, this page no longer here and has permanently moved to this new page.”  Pre-launch you want to make sure you have a spreadsheet set up with a column of the old links, next to a column of the new links.

4. Functionality Check (Forms, Links, Social Sharing)
From making sure your form is functioning, redirecting to the correct thank you page, and getting sent to the right person to social sharing to the company logo linking back to the homepage, take the time to check your entire site to make sure that everything is functioning how it should be. Don’t assume everything is working.

5. Cross Browser & Responsive Checks
You want to make sure your site is pixel perfect.  It is very important to make sure your site is compatible with all browsers (IE 9+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera) and all devices (Android, iPhone, Tablets) so that all users have the same, high-quality experience. (Plus, mobile responsiveness plays a huge part of your search rank in Google now.)


6. 404 Page
At some point, a visitor is going to reach a 404 page. Whether they add a crazy extension at the end of the URL or type it incorrectly, you want your clever 404 page to funnel the visitor back to your site or else you risk losing your visitor to the competition.


7. Favicon
Something that gets overlooked a lot is the favicon. The favicon also known as a shortcut icon, tab icon, or bookmark icon brands the tab or window in which your website is open. It gives the user an easy way to identify your site when they have numerous tabs open and gives a website a professional, consistent look.



Post Launch Items

1. 301 Redirects (Yes, again)
Take that spreadsheet you created during pre-launch and set up all the redirects so you don’t lose any traffic that is finding your old pages.

2. Google Analytics
Set up analytics to make sure you are capturing web data. This will help you to continually monitor and grow your website over time. Note: It’s also important to block your internal IPs so you don’t skew your own data.


3. Set up Google, Bing & Yahoo Webmaster Tool Accounts
Verify your site and submit your sitemap. Setting up webmaster tools will help you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in the search engines and make sure that all your pages are getting indexed.

4. Remove NoIndex, NoFollow Tag (if necessary)
This is the most important thing to take care of after your site has launched. Developers usually include this so those robots will start crawling your site.



5. Install Heat map Tracking Software
A heat map will let you see how your customers engage with your site  (how far down the page they scroll, where they click, etc.) Not sure which heat map software to use, here are a few that we have tried, Hotjar, Inspectlet, Crazy Egg.


6. Have a Drink!
Cheers, you did it! Whether it was a quick turn-around or a long couple of months you deserve a nice cold drink. Enjoy!

Do you need help launching your new website or re-launching your old website?  Contact us today at pushyourrank@gmail.com

Hope this was helpful,

The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your website launch or product launch, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com

Friday, November 6, 2015

How Do I Drive Super Focused Targeted Traffic To My Webstore or Ecommerce Shop?

In 2015 it has become easier than ever to establish an online store or web-store but many still have problems driving traffic to their stores online.  I have used all the online web-store builders and they all have advantages and disadvantages.  Below is a video from Shopify that gives great tips on launching a successful online store and driving targeted traffic.
Hope this was helpful,

The PushYourRank Team
Posted By: Nicholas Coriano

About The Author: Nicholas Coriano is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Social Media Marketer, SEO Consultant and the founder of this blog and The NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com.  While developing websites for his own businesses and marketing his entrepreneurial ventures online, he began blogging useful tips and "how-to" articles on PushYourRank.com for reference purposes.  To retain Nicholas for help with your Ecommerce needs or help with Amazon, email PushYourRank@Gmail.com

About PushYourRank.com: PushYourRank.com (the Blog) is a blog that helps small businesses, start-ups, developers, amateurs website builders, bloggers and entrepreneurs develop their websites, their social media presence, their search engine optimization techniques and more ....online.  The Blog publishes articles about Ecommerce, Email Marketing and How To Make Money Online...as well as any topic that pertains to the Internet or Online.  If you need help developing a website, SEO or Social Media outsourcing, see NewYorkWebsiteDesignCenter.com, if you would like to advertise or have us publish an article on a certain subject, please email us at PushYourRank@Gmail.com