Making your computer quiet is essential if you want to use one in your studio. Most computers you can buy on the market make noise that could show up in your audio recordings. But there are things you can do to get your hands on a quiet computer. Here are 3 ways to get a very quiet computer at home:

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Serenity Pro: a super quiet computer system for your studio. Every aspect of these computers are optimized so you can get the quietest experience possible. [click to continue…]

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Many of you have been blogging for quite some time. You may have hundreds or even thousands of posts available on your site. Most of your visitors will consume your content on your blog. But you could reach even more people if you turn your blog into an e-book. Doing that manually can take a lot of effort. Here are 3 tools you can use to turn your blog into an e-book:

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Ebook Glue: turns your blog into an e-book fast. It supports EPUB and Mobi file formats. Just provide your RSS feed to get started. [click to continue…]

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Let’s be honest: we all would love our sites to load fast. If you have a lousy web host, that will be difficult to pull off. Even if you have a powerful web host, the amount of static content you store on it could reduce its performance. That’s where CDNs come into play. They serve your images and other static files, so your server can focus its resources on other tasks. Premium CDN plans are not cheap by any means. But here are 5 that small businesses can use to speed up their site without having to go broke:

maxcdn

MaxCDN: they have a very affordable starter plan that might raise a flag for some. The good news is their service is actually top notch and quite affordable. You do need to set up your site the right way to make sure it works hand in hand with this CDN service. [click to continue…]

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The Genesis Framework for WordPress is one of the best ones around. It is highly versatile and can handle small and large sites easily. You are going to need custom or premium child themes to give your Genesis-based website a makeover. Here are 5 places you can check to find premium child themes for Genesis:

Genesis

StudioPress: the folks behind Genesis have premium child themes for you to use to give your site a better look. Their prices are fairly affordable too.

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Zigzagpress: has a nice selection of child themes for Genesis, including multiple designs for artists, photographers, and small businesses.

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Themedy: these guys are behind some of the best looking child themes for Thesis 1/2 and Genesis. Their membership plans are priced reasonably. [click to continue…]

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5 Best Web Hosts for Businesses

by cyrus on Jan 18

Finding a great web host for your business is essential if you want to keep it growing fast. Unfortunately, not all web hosts offer the same kind of service. Going with cheaper hosting solutions is usually a bad idea. You do get what you pay for. These 5 web hosts offer great service and give your business a better chance to succeed:

bluehost

BlueHost: one of the best shared hosting solutions for beginners. Their plans are affordable and great for folks who are just getting started but can’t afford premium hosting plans. It may not work for large online businesses that require custom setups though.

knownhost

KnownHost: this is a great web host for those of you who are in need of a decent VPS or dedicated hosting solution but want to get great support. They have a dedicated team and reasonable prices. [click to continue…]

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Starting an online business is not without its challenges. You will need to have a business plan, register your business, design a logo, and tackle many other tasks. You are also going to need a set of tools and services to help you run your online business more effectively. These 5 services help you bring your site online and start growing your business:

hostgatgor

HostGator: many businesses start their journey with HostGator. Their prices are reasonable and their services are very decent. You do want to make sure you get a plan that lets your site grow fast. [click to continue…]

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It is no secret that not everyone is a fan of Windows 8 and its new user interface. But the operating system is here to stay and has many advantages for businesses. If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8, you should consider investing some time to learn your way around it. These 5 Windows 8 cheat sheets could help you get started:

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Windows 8 Touch & Mouse Gestures: this cheat sheet covers gestures and  commands for Windows 8. It is useful for Windows 8 tablet users. [click to continue…]

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5 Killer Facebook Cheat Sheets

by cyrus on Dec 28

Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest are all great social communities. But Facebook remains the king among them. As a business owner, you can’t afford to ignore Facebook and its audience. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of Facebook though. These 5 Facebook cheat sheets could save you time getting started:

facebook shortcuts

Facebook Keyboard shortcuts: this cheat sheet by mycleveragency shows you the keyboard shortcuts you need to be familiar with to use Facebook like a pro. [click to continue…]

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communities on google+.

Google+ Communities are perhaps the most exciting feature of this powerful social network. Google has been improving Google+ a lot over the past few months. But Google+ Communities could be a game changer for those who are very active on this site. Here are 20 ways you can use Google+ Communities to promote your brand, drive traffic to your site, grow your relationships, and build up your business:

  1. connect with the right people: that’s very important. You should not only be connected with influential G+ers but also those who have some connection to your favorite niche markets. Joining the right Google+ communities help you make this happen.
  2. set yourself up as an authority in  your niche market: the better the quality of your posts and interactions in your communities, the more your brand gains credibility on G+. [click to continue…]

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Adobe products are quite popular among professional. Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, and Dreamweaver are all great software applications for photo editing, post-production tasks, publishing, and web coding respectively. Learning their shortcuts could always make you more productive when using each of these tools. These 5 cheat sheets show you how to get started with Adobe applications:

Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet: It covers commands for this awesome photo editing software. It covers layers, tools, and other features. [click to continue…]

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