Incredible Price Discount for the Amazon Fire HD Kindle – today only

Amazon has knocked $60 off the price of the Amazon Fire HD, dropping the price by about 45%!  However, the sale is today only so you need to act … now.

Why is Awstats Different from Google Analytics | AWStats vs Google

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awstats and google analytics employ different approaches to track website traffic.

Users of AWStats and Google Analytics are often surprised by the discrepancy or difference between the two website traffic tracking systems.  So what is the difference between Awstats vs Google Analytics?

Awstats provides an analysis of raw server logs that include hits (or requests) to non-webpages and non-existent (404) pages.  In addition, AWStats tracks requests from bots, archival sites and other non-user internet traffic.  It also accumulates requests for RSS feeds, JavaScript files, XML files, CSS fies and individual images.  IP addresses are tracked instead of individual users which can often lead to an increase in the reported number of hits.

On the otherhand, Google analytics only tracks requests for web pages from users through a code embedded on each of the displayed website pages.  As a result, Google Analytics provides a good representation regarding how a website is being served to real people as opposed to bots, machines and other non-human data consumers.  Actual website surfers are tracked by placing a cookie (of tracking file) and the users computer rather than relying on an IP address.

Consequently, both are valid methodologies for analyzing traffic but they have vastly different purposes.  Awstats provides a good indication of who and what are accessing your website while Google Analytics is user focused (i.e., user experience and behavior).  Consequently, by understanding the difference between Awstats and Google Analytics one can be more effective in managing the technical details of a website and serving customers respectively.

Choosing Between AwStats and Google Analytics

AwStats vs Google:  which is better?  It really depends on your use but for most webmasters concerned about serving users and maximizing traffic my choice is the latter but you really need to know how to use Google Analytics in order to maximize it fully benefits.  To start, I’d suggest opening a Google Analytics Account, tacking Google Analytics Training and evaluating your site through time as changes are made to it.

Hopefully this clears up the misunderstanding between AwStats and Google Analytics reporting.

WordPress Contact Form Email Problem – Solved

WordPress contact form email problems are really frustrating.  Many users of WordPress as well as diverse website managers have reported that emails sent from contact forms (e.g., Gravity Forms) are not reaching their intended recipient.  It is a contact form email problem that is often dependent upon the email address domain with gmail addresses generally “working” or receiving form mail while others, such as yahoo, do not.  If this is a problem with contact or other forms that you’ve encountered, the issue is very likely due to a configuration issue the causes your messages to get caught in a spam filter.  The solution to your WordPress contact form for email problems (i.e., gravity forms problem) is likely one or more of the following::

  1. The “from” and “reply-to” fields of the email message should be from an address with the same domain as your website.  For example, if your domain is adeptplus.net, the WordPress Admin email address as well as the from/reply-to addresses of the contact form should be something like myemail (at) adeptplus.net.  If this is not the case, many email providers (including yahoo), will consider the message to be spam and block it.
  2. Authentication should be enabled.  If you are a Cpanel, user, follow these instructions.  If you use a remote service to host your email, such as Google Apps, then contact your provider regarding the steps for authentication.  For example, in the case of Google Apps, you will need to log into the admin panel for Gmail, select Authentication and then create a new TXT record.  The domain key and record value will need to be entered into your domain’s DNS record.
  3. If you use a remote email service, ensure that your web host provider disables local email delivery and configures your account for remote email.  In the case of WHM/Cpanel, the figure below shows the correct setting at the bottom of the the DNS edit screen.

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How to Host Your Own Cloud Server

Beyond Dropbox, OneDrive and Box there are great alternatives for free unlimited peer-to-peer file transfers, synchronization and backup.  But what if you want to host your own cloud server solution for centralization of team files, calendar and collaboration?  And, what if you want to do it on a low budget?  There is software that can be deployed on your own or a leased server for hosting your cloud, namely, OwnCloud.  OwnCloud runs on a variety of hardware platforms (e.g., Windows and Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and openSUSE) and can be installed in minutes.

Why would your or an organization want to build a hybrid cloud or set up your own cloud server?  Control, sensitive data, proprietary information, ensuring confidentiality, security, flexibility and compliance with regulatory agencies.  If most of your file transfers occur over a local area network, it can be much more efficient (and easier to protect proprietary information) if your cloud server is local.  At home, you may want control and the ability to set-up a hybrid cloud that let’s you backup, share files with media players and yet is connected to a remote cloud provider.

Why host your own cloud server:


OwnCloud supports mobile devices and enables syncing of calendars and contacts via the cloud and the above shows how to set-up a cloud server (build a home cloud server for home cloud storage).

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Peer-to-Peer Dropbox Alternatives (or the personal cloud)

Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive (i.e., Microsoft Cloud Storage), Box.net and SugarSync are a few of the best cloud storage solutions that enable business users to synchronize data between cloud storage and multiple devices. However, most users operate across local networks where their devices are in close (peer-to-peer) proximity.  For these individuals as well as others […]

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Google Chromecast – for $10!

chromecast high definition streaming media

Google’s new Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is positioned extremely well to serve as a link between your phone, tablet or computer and your television.  Unlike Roku and Apple TV, the device is extremely small and takes advantage of the computing power of the remote device (e.g. the tablet) rather than adding another computing system […]

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Google Drive Sign-Up?

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Cloud storage has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and several solid providers have build a business providing not only remote storage solutions but also sharing and collaboration tools.  Dropbox is a leader in this industry with a handful of other competitors that include SugarSync, the most feature rich solution.  Update:  providers are now […]

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Out of Memory Error in WordPress

You may have encountered the following out of memory error while attempting to log-in to your administrative section that is related to a basic PHP setting which defines the memory limit for individual processes: Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 12 bytes) in /home/yoursite/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 551 In a shared hosting environment the fix is easy. […]

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Excel: how to insert a carriage return in a cell

While in Excel, inserting a carriage return to enable multiple lines in a particular cell is easy:  use alt-enter.

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IPhone 5 Live Blog Press Conference

Just in case you want to hear the news about Apple’s latest products, Gizmodo is live blogging the event. Right now they’re on to iPads.

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