7 Simple Ways to Save Money on Printer Ink

The total cost of purchasing a printer is not just the price you buy it for. A huge amount of money is spent later on for buying ink cartridges every time your printer’s ink runs out. As printer ink is probably one of the most expensive liquids, it makes sense to use it in moderation. Let us take a look at seven tips to save money on your printer ink by making the ink cartridge last longer:

1. Print in Draft Mode

When you are printing something for your personal use, make sure that you set the printer to draft or fast mode. Obviously, the print quality will not be exquisite but it will surely be good enough. The text and images will be reasonably clear and understandable. What’s important is that a lot of ink will be saved.

2. Make Use of Print Preview Effectively

Print Preview, as the name suggests, shows you the preview of the document you are about to print. It will let you select important pages that you really need to print and discard unnecessary pages. This will surely help you cut down on ink usage and thereby, save money.

3. Print Text in Black Ink Only

If you are printing text and if your printer has the option of greyscale printing using black ink only, make sure you select it. If you choose to print black with the coloured ink, different colours will be mixed to produce black ink and this will evacuate the cartridge much earlier. If you do not need quality print, black ink will do just fine.

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4. Make Sure You Use All the Ink In the Cartridge

Do not stop printing when you receive a warning light indicating that your ink is low. If there is any ink left in the cartridge, make sure you do not refill it. Even with the warning sign, it is very likely that there is quite a bit left. Also, look for any ink clogs and if there are any, make sure you clean them properly. However, never print when the cartridge is empty as it may cause damage to you printer.

5. Use the Right Font

It may be hard to believe but some fonts take up much more ink than others. For example, simple fonts such as Times New Roman and Garamond use far less ink than some fancy fonts, such as Comic Sans and Verdana. Make sure you use the right font to save some precious ink. And here’s the list of fonts which will save you more ink:

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Source: BBC

 

6. Select the Web Page’s Own Print Option

When you are printing from a web page, your printer will print everything that’s on it, including logos, graphics and advertisements. Imagine the waste of ink if you just wanted the text in the middle of the web page! Fortunately, many websites have a print-friendly option that opens a new page with just the text in black. This will not only save your ink but also your printing paper.

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7. Use Coupon Codes

Probably the most obvious one compared to other tips. There are online stores which only sell printer inks and toner cartridges and these stores regularly share coupon codes for existing and new customers. Check the following links to find coupons of stores listed on our website:

  1. 123InkCartridges.com coupons
  2. 4inkjets coupons
  3. 123inkjets coupons

For other online stores, make sure you search for coupon codes on Google for the website you buy inks from. Then apply the code at checkout to save some percentage off.

That’s all. Hope you find this article useful. We will be sharing more articles focusing on tips for startups soon, stay tuned!

Domain Names 101: What is a Domain Name and How to Get One

We have been asked some questions about what is a domain name, how to buy a domain name and how to make your website accessible on the internet and we prepared this simple guide that will help you understand the process of owning a domain name and some other essential details.

What is a Domain Name?

what-is-a-domain-nameIf you are thinking of building a website to showcase your business and its products or simply want to set up a personal website or blog, the first thing that you will need to do is think about a name for the website. Most people start by creating a brand name for their product or site. A brand name is one of the ways of identifying a website and attracting visitors to it.

A domain name, unlike a brand name, is a unique name that links to the website and acts as an address that enables visitors to access it – by connecting to the relevant IP (Internet Protocol) address. Because IP addresses are a series of numbers, it is much easier for internet users to connect to a site by using its domain name than the IP address.

Most people who want a website will want to find a domain name that is the same as or closely associated with its brand name. Only one person can register a particular domain name and many of the most popular names have already been taken. However, there is still an almost endless number of domain names that could still be registered by a new owner.

How do I Buy a Domain Name?

The easiest way to buy a domain name is through one of the many domain name registrars such as Godaddy. The process is very straightforward and the domain name registrar’s website will generally provide a step-by-step guide to assist even the least savvy of internet users to buy a domain name. For instance, Godaddy’s site offers a quick and easy search engine to allow you to find out whether the domain name that you want is available.

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You will be provided with options as to the different extensions that are available, such as .com, .net, .org and .info and it is then simply a matter of choosing the name or names that are available, adding them to your shopping basket and entering your purchase details. Once the domain name is registered in your name it belongs to you and nobody else will be able to use it unless your registration expires or you agree to transfer it to someone else.

Do I Need a Web Hosting?

Buying a domain name is only the first step in the process of putting your website online. Once the domain name has been registered it will be necessary to find someone to design and build the website and then to find a web host. Web hosting is the way that your website is made visible online.

Many domain name registrars also offer website building and hosting packages and are willing to discount the cost of the domain name and/or their hosting services if you access one or more of these additional resources through them. For instance, Godaddy is presently offering a coupon code that provides a website builder package that includes 20 different site themes with a free domain name and email account for only $1.00 per month. Alternatively, for those who only want to buy a domain name, another Godaddy coupon is offering domain registration for only $0.99! Similarly, there is an ongoing $1.00 per month web hosting and a free domain name promotion at 1&1 as well.

Summary

Although buying a domain name may seem daunting, as long as you go to one of the reputable domain name registrars such as Godaddy, Name.com, Network Solutions and some others that are listed on our home page, you can be sure that you will be able to securely register a unique domain name for your website and access all of the additional services that are needed to build the site and get it online quickly.

How to Point Your Godaddy Domain to Heroku App

By default, Heroku apps have a Heroku domain name, and it is always desirable to have your app with a unique domain name. Purchasing a domain name and then pointing it to Heroku app solves the issue.

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Setting Up Heroku and Godaddy

The first step is adding the GoDaddy domain to the Heroku app. Navigate to the project folder from the terminal then type “heroku domains:add www.yourdomain.com”. The domain name is the one purchased from GoDaddy.

Next, log into your GoDaddy account and find the domains area in the upper left navigation tab. The domains tab will allow you to choose a domain then launch. Doing this redirects to the domain details page.

The domains details page will show the DNS files related to the domain name. Click on the “DNS Zone File” tab and remove all records leaving only the NameServers.

The next step is adding “www” CNAME record that will point to the Heroku app domain. Change ‘Host’ to www and “Point to” the Heroku app domain. The Heroku app domain is something like ‘myapp.herokuapp.com’.

The DNS will then take some time to propagate. DNS propagation time varies and may take less than ten minutes or even a day. Once the DNS propagation is complete, the Heroku app will be accessible under the GoDaddy domain.

Configuring Naked Domain

This section explains how to configure the domain name to work without www in front of the domain name. When a person accesses the domain by typing ‘yourdmain.com’ instead of “www.yourdmain.com” they should be redirected to the same domain with www. The naked domain ‘yourdmain.com’ is forwarded to “www.yourdomain.com”.

Assuming you are on the domains page, locate the “Settings” tab and click on it. Four section will appear. Click “Manage” right under “Domain” in the “Forwarding” section to open a window to add forwarding details.

Click “Add Forwarding” to add the forward details. Set “Forward to” to your domain name, which in this example is “www.yourdmain.com”. Set “Redirect type” to “301 (Permanent)” and “Forward settings” to “Forward only”.

The final step is ensuring that the “Update my Nameservers and DNS settings to support this change. (Recommended)” is enabled to update the settings. Once DNS propagation is complete, the redirection will take effect.

Conclusion

With all the above steps followed, the Heroku app should be accessible using the domain purchased from GoDaddy. The naked domain will be redirected to your domain.

6 Websites to Find a Co-Founder for Your Next Start-up Idea

Starting up a company can be hectic and often cumbersome. However you might be compelled to solely launch that profitable idea so that you may in total control of the company. This mentality nonetheless would be the reason that you do transform that genius idea into that profitable company. For many reasons that makes it a necessity for you have that co-founder that will assist you transform that idea into a company with his or her experience and knowledge. Some other seasons such as; sharing of the work load, stress distribution, splitting of the expenses and sharing of risks are just a few of the overwhelming aspects of starting up a company that cannot be handled by a solo individual. Starting up a profit making company is a complex issue that requires proper planning and strategy, so that an inventor for instance might not know the business aspect that would enable him or her profit from their product. A co-founder with a business set of skills that would be a viable consideration in assisting in the marketing of that invention. This therefore integrates the diverse skill sets to come up with the ultimate gain. Even decision making is a challenge if your doing it alone. Having someone with a shared understanding enables you to argue out you options to acquire a rather perfect solution that would not be achieved by a solo decision making individual whose judgement might be clouded. It is therefore due to these reasons that the following six websites would be viable in assisting you find the perfect co-founder that will transform that idea of yours into a profit making company.

Co-Founders Lab

cofounderslabJust as the name describes, this website is directly and solely involved in connecting founders with appropriate co-founders of choice. Looking at the website its layout is quite efficient in performing this task. The website exhibits profiles of different founders from different fields, their types of industries and the field from which they’d require there co-founder should be specialized in. It also has a search option in case your options are not on the shown pages. It also has a tab that shows the recent matches between founders and co-founders, which shows that the website actually has meritable progress.

Founder2be

founder2beAnother founder co-founder link up website with yet a different approach towards its initiative. This websites is designed to stretch to a wider range of potential founders due to its social media links such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The website’s layout exhibits different links depending on where a potential founder would like to start up from, which range to co-founder’s skill set to financial capability, depending on what the founder might be in lack of. It also has signing up options, as well as a wide media liking as exhibited on its first up page.

Founder Dating

founderdating“We make it easier to find co-founders and advisers” those are the first words placed on the websites layout. A description of what the website has to offer for searching founders. Unlike the two preceding websites offers link ups not only to co-founders but also entrepreneurs and advisers, which are categories that have online links posted on the website. This website is however also efficient due to co-founder profiles that shows details of potential co-founders and their recent achievements in there respective fields.

Founders Nation

foundersnationThis websites is more of a active profiling website similar to the first. Here founders post there founding ideas in more detailed manner. Here interested co-founders contact the founders to match up to build up on the ideas.

 

Code Army

codearmyThis website describes the code army as an online start up accelerator helping people from technical grounds. It is quite vast, the website itself given that unlike the other websites the code army takes up the burden of choosing the co-founder for the founder. In its self description it lays out that the founder pitches the idea they code army picks a match and from their the idea is built on. The website has a wide social media connection which ranges from twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Startup Matcher

startupmatcherThis website is more inclined towards entrepreneurship as would be observed by the entrepreneur liking advertising on the websites layout, for example “loved by 1500 entrepreneurs. However the website is quite developed since it has an app, something those other websites don’t. It describes itself to be sent for job-seekers, investors and startups, all these could be manipulated by a founder to pull a suitable co-founder. It is all about utilizing of available resources.

Seeing all these potential co-founder source sites it is evident that a co-founder for the startup company that you have an idea of is probably the reason why you haven’t launched that idea yet into that dream company. These websites are also evidence that co-founders are efficient for transformation of ideas as the beneficiaries of these websites would attest to.

How to Transfer Your Domain Name to Another Registrar

Domain registration is not a lifetime contract; you always have the liberty to switch to a better domain registrar if you’re not satisfied with your current one. There are several reasons why domain owners transfer to a new registrar: customer service quality, the convenience of having both the domain and hosting in one company and lastly, the most common reason of all: pricing. We don’t want to pay a lot of money when we can pay less for the same or better service right? So if you’re planning on transferring your domain name to another registrar, here’s what you’re going to do:

1. Ensure that you are able to do a transfer.

Your previous domain registration must be more than 60 days for you to be able to do a transfer. You have to wait some time if you recently did a domain transfer to a new registrar less than 60 days ago. Also, your domain must not be expired because there may be new and/or additional steps in transferring your domain name depending on your new registrar.

2. Back up your files.

Before you start your transfer, you need to back up all of your web files like your content, theme, database, and even the past versions of your site. This is just a precautionary measure in case something goes wrong with the transfer. There’s nothing better than being prepared right!

3. Unlock your domain name.

Your domain must be unlocked for transfer. You can contact your current registrar’s customer service support if you are unable to unlock your domain yourself.

4. Purchase your domain name transfer at the new registrar.

You can now purchase a transfer with the new registrar where you want to move your domain name. Some registrars may even allow you to keep the time remaining on your existing registration plus offer you a free transfer. Be sure to check 1&1 and Godaddy coupons to find the best domain name registration and transfer deals on our pages.

5. Request an Authorization Code from your current registrar.

Login to your current registrar account and obtain your Authorization Code. Authorization Code is also called your EPP code or “secret code”. It is a combination of numbers, letters and special characters made to prevent domain hijacking. Once requested, you will then receive an email from your current registrar with the authorization code.

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6. Initiate the transfer towards your new registrar using the authorization code.

Login to your new registrar and begin the transfer process. Your status will show as “Authorization Required”. You will need to enter the authorization code you have just obtained and begin the transfer process. Once done, your new status will be “Pending Approval”.

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7. Confirm transfer approval.

An email notification will be sent to you to confirm your domain name transfer request. Once confirmed, transfer will take effect within five to seven days.

By the way, if you have an email address with your previous domain registrar, that will stop working once transfer is complete. You can contact your email provider and new registrar to help you reconfigure your email. So there it is! Hope this article helped you a lot!

10 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for a Better On-Page SEO in 2015

We love WordPress.

This is why we built a coupon site with WordPress and never thought of deleting the WordPress link on footer. Among the reasons why we always prefer WordPress for our content sites is SEO. As you know, content needs SEO and SEO needs content, and WordPress content management system provides the best solutions for on-page SEO checklists in a quickest way, thanks to awesome SEO plugins released for free. In this article, we list the best, yes, 10 of the best plugins which can be used for a better on-page WordPress SEO.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

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You are tired of seeing WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin in articles like this one. But this plugin, which is regularly updated by Joost de Valk, is the best and the most secure all-purpose SEO plugin and it is used by millions of WordPress users.

WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin can be used to:

  • uniquify meta titles and descriptions with Yoast’s variables,
  • prevent duplicate content issues with better tag, category and pagination management,
  • edit .htaccess and robots.txt files,
  • integrate Facebook’s Open Graph and Twitter’s cards.

2. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps

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It’s light and it has a very simple design with a lot of options. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps also supports sitemapindex, multi-site and Google News Sitemap and these are enough to add this simple but functional XML sitemap plugin to the list.

Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps can be used to:

  • create a seperate sitemap for each WordPress taxonomy,
  • create sitemaps for Google News,
  • create sitemaps for sub-domain and sub-folder installations.

3. W3 Total Cache

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Google cares your site load time. The faster it is the better you will more like to rank on search results.  If you decide to use this cache plugin, you are more than welcomed to read our article about how to increase site speed score with W3 Total Cache.

W3 Total Cache can be used to:

  • cache your all existing posts and pages and anything that is live on the site,
  • minify JS and CSS files,
  • boost your CDN performance,
  • increase your site load speed.

4. Redirection

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If you change your permalink structure, permalinks of blog posts and pages you are supposed to redirect the old URL to the new with 301 redirection rule. Redirection plugin, as the name of the plugin is self-explanatory enough, is one of the best  free plugins to handle these issues.

Redirection plugin can be used to:

  • take care of every 404 errors caused by URL change,
  • change category and tag slugs and redirect them correctly.

5. SEO Friendly Images

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Aside from the name of an image, image “alt” and “title” attributes are also a clue to Google bots to understand what the image is about. SEO Friendly Images plugin helps you automatically add “alt” and “title” attributes to images you upload.

SEO Friendly Images can be used to:

  • add “alt” and “title” attributes to images if they don’t have one.

6. Breadcrumb NavXT

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Breadcrumbs are great way to tell Google bots how your website is structured and how to pass link juice logically. Moreover, it boosts the usability of your website if you look from the visitor perpective. So why not use it while WordPress plugins like Breadcrumb NavXT provides a great solution.

Breadcrumb NavXT can be used to:

  • create breadcrumb trails on any WordPress pages

7. Language Selector Related

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If you serve your content in different languages, what you are asked to do by Google is obvious: the hreflang tags. And there is a plugin for that too: Language Selector Related.

Language Selector Related can be used to:

  • add “hreflang” tag to all WordPress posts, pages, tags and categories.

8. Broken Link Checker

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Both search engine bots and users hate broken links, redirections and missing images. In order to welcome bots and visitors with properly functioning pages you can set up Broken Link Checker and get notified when something is not working.

Broken Link Checker can be used to:

  • detect broken links and redirections,
  • missing images

9. All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets

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This free WordPress plugin makes it very easy to implement rich snippets to your content and increase your CTR on search engine results page. From recipes to review ratings, this plugin supports all rich snippets recommended by Google.

All in one Rich Snippets can be used to:

  • integrate your content with rich snippets recommended by Google.

10. Use Google Libraries

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You can take load off your server by installing this plugin which forces your WordPress installation to use Google hosted javascript libraries  instead of hosting them (jQuery, Dojo, MooTools, Prototype, script.aculo.us and swfobject) on your server.

Use Google Libraries can be used to:

  • boost the response time of your server,
  • improve your page speed score.

These are all for now! Stay connected for more articles (and of course coupon codes!) for webmasters and please help us spread this list on the web!

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How To Increase Your PageSpeed Score Up To 25 Points with WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin

Your website’s page speed matters. In the age of speed and instantaneous world wide communication, both your website visitors and Google care your website’s speed. So, in order to improve your rankings on Google search results, you need to add site speed to your on-page SEO check-list. With the help of Google PageSpeed Insights, you are able to measure your site speed and get detailed guideline about how to boost your website speed. If your website is built with a custom script and you have a little or no programming knowledge, you may have to contact your developer to take the required steps to improve the load time of your website. However, WordPress users don’t need any programmer since there are high quality WordPress cache plugins, like W3 Total Cache.

Now I am going to instruct you on how to apply the right settings and boost your PageScore up to 25 points, but before that, I would like you guys to see my PageSpeed score before W3 Total Cache:

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Red alert! Obviously Google didn’t like DomainPromo.com’s laziness to load. So time to take action. Please note that, I didn’t change a single code on this WordPress intallation, no MaxCDN, nothing. I only installed the W3 Total Cache and applied the following settings.

1. From “Performance” tab on your WordPress admin panel and click “General Settings” and activate the features listed below:

  • Page Cache
  • Minify
  • Object Cache
  • Browser Cache

and save all settings. Now there is a little chance that your website’s style may be broken because we enabled the minify feature. Keep calm and carry on!

2. Now click  Minify link to see detailed configuration. Remember that this configuration may change depending on the theme you use. For example, DomainPromo.com’s theme has many CSS and JS files and when I minify some of these CSS and JS files, coupon popup powered by Fancybox doesn’t work and font provided by Google fonts doesn’t load. You may encourter such problems too and the only way to fix these issues is try and fail. You have figure out which file causes the problem and add its URL as an exception, here’s an image shows how to add exceptions:

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If all these seem too complicated and you don’t want to spend time figuring out which files trouble the style of your theme. Simply try enabling these options:

  • HTML & XML: Check inline CSS minification and line break removal.
  • JS: If you theme works fine when you enable JS minifation, enable, otherwise add exceptions or disable.
  • CSS: Enable with line break removal, if it fails to load properly, uncheck line break removal.

That’s all. All you have to do is try and fail and make your configurations accordingly.

Now go to Page Cache settings enable following options:

  • Cache front page
  • Cache 404 pages
  • Don’t cache pages for logged in users

Browser Cache Settings enable following options:

General

  • Set last-modified header
  • Set expires header
  • Set cache control header
  • Set entity tag
  • Enable HTTP (gzip) compression

CSS & JS

  • Set last-modified header
  • Set expires header
  • Set cache control header
  • Set entity tag
  • Enable HTTP (gzip) compression

HTML & XML

  • Enable all.

Media & Other Files

  • Set last-modified header
  • Set expires header
  • Set cache control header
  • Set entity tag
  • Enable HTTP (gzip) compression

That’s all. After applying all these settings,  I re-checked the PageSpeed score of DomainPromo.com and it increased to 85.

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Simple huh? If you need super boost to your WordPress installation you can additionally consider a CDN subscription from popular CDN providers like MaxCDN, we have active coupons for MaxCDN and coupons for super-fast SSD VPS provider Digital Ocean. Don’t forget to activate them before completing your payment.

If you need questions about WordPress caching and the settings of W3 Total Cache plugin, simple leave a comment below! Don’t forget to share this help if you find it useful and stay tuned for more tips and tricks.

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