Start Your First Blog Today!

Are you a writer ? Or you like sharing your stuffs with friends ?
Or you are a micro-blogger who posts stuff on Facebook and Twitter ?
Everyone who likes sharing write-ups, videos, images etc, are now switching to a better section, BLOGS! Are you also looking to start your first blog ? We can help you do it today!

Before we move forward, we should understand what a blog is and who use it or who write it! and who read it!

Definition of blog

A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a writer or even a group of writers share their views on some subject.

The content of a blog typically includes text, pictures, videos, animated GIFs and even scans from old physical offline diaries or journals and other hard copy documents. Since a blog can exist merely for personal use, sharing information with an exclusive group or to engage the public, a blog owner can set their blog for private or public access.

meaning of “blog”

Who writes a blog ?

The answer is simple! anyone can start a blog who want to share any sort of information online. Generally, news channels, journalists, technical geeks, politicians, writers, teachers, students and other professionals write a blog.

Blogger writing a blog

Anyone who writes on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other social site should start their own blog. It will be personal and highly customizable. On a social blogging sites you don’t get options to customize your content properly, you have restrictions over writing content. But when you use your own blog, you feel the freedom of customization, and can personalize the entire blog.

You can write content, post images, videos, documents etc. whatever you like. Your blogs can be one stop solution for stuffs like education, political etc. stuffs.

Who reads a blog ?

Almost everyone who surfs on internet reads a blog. It can be either a micro-blog like Twitter or a complete blog like Your-story.

If you search over internet, any content, you get write-up over websites that belongs to different blog categories.

Jotting stuffs from a blog

Students search for online tutorials and land over different blogging sites that provide write-ups, video lectures, etc You can create a blog to teach stuffs online. You can create blog dedicated to some topic like this one – Javascript

How to start a blog ?

There can be different ways to start a blog! Many can suggest to start from free platforms like blogger. But we will not!

How to Start a blog

If you are planning to start a blog, you should set a long term goal with it. A blog is not only to share information, it also creates your presence over internet. You can also earn selling the content of your blogs. Multiple options like posting advertisements on the blog can also be an option to earn.

You should opt for setting up your own website, rather using a blow with blogger or some other site. As said earlier, a blog is build for setting up freedom to the blogger. If you opt for setting up your blogs with a some fixed blog, you will get fixed functionality.

To start, you need to choose a good name and search for domain name availability. You can search for domain here.

Once you find a good name, you should opt for setting up your web blog. To setup a blog, you should purchase a hosting. You can search for good hosting plans and SSL here.

Once you have bought the requirements, you are ready to go with setting up your first blog.

Install WordPress on your hosting. To learn more about installing WordPress on the hosting, follow the steps mentioned in this blog post

Once you are done with the installation, you can start setting up your blog information by visiting your domain name and you are ready to go with your first blog post.

If you are looking for support, you can connect with us and get help from professionals here, You can also ask for quotes from our team here

Our team will be happy to setup your first blog.

How to install WordPress in CentOS Web Panel (CWP)

Using CWP hosting? Looking to setup a your own blog ? Need to install WordPress in your account ?

If you are using a CWP hosting and want to install WordPress in your account, then it is too simple. You can install WordPress following the simple steps as mentioned below.

To install WordPress from CWP:

  1. Log in to your CWP user account
  2. On the dashboard look for the WordPress icon (Addons section) and click on it
  3. Configure the options:
    – choose the protocol you want to use (https if you want to use SSL), also if you want to access your site with www or not.
    – choose the domain(you can have multiple domains on the same CWP account) on which you want to install WordPress
    – enter the desired directory – leave the field empty if you don’t want to install WP in a directory.
    – enter the database name – CWP will automatically fill this field – you can let is as it is
    – enter database username (this IS NOT the WordPress admin username)
    – database password – enter a strong password.
  4. Click the Install button. Wait for a few seconds and access the site on which you wanted to install WordPress. Now you just have to enter some WP settings (like language, admin username, password and email etc.)
  5. Your WordPress installation is live now

If you are looking for better support, you can connect with us here

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

What is RDP?

RDP, also known as the Remote Desktop Protocol is a specially designed tool to access and use a remote desktop over intranet or internet using some specific port.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, which provides a user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. The user employs RDP client software for this purpose, while the other computer must run RDP server software.

5 Benefits of Using RDP:

  1. Deliver solutions to devices that may not have the processing power or capacity to run the applications natively.
  2. Deliver Windows based applications to iOS, Android, Windows and even thin client devices.
  3. Provide more compute resources to an application without having to upgrade everyone’s devices. This gives you the ability to reduce the cost of the end user devices knowing that when users need more compute power, the compute power can be associated with the actual workloads that need it.
  4. Data can be stored in the cloud. If the end user device fails, or is lost or stolen, your data remains safe.
  5. Configuration time is greatly reduced for new devices. Since the applications or desktop are delivered from the cloud and not are not stored on the local device, once a new device is setup, users can just reconnect to their remote apps or desktops and go back to work.

Features of RDP

  • 32-bit color support. 8-, 15-, 16-, and 24-bit color are also supported.
  • 128-bit encryption, using the RC4 encryption algorithm, as of Version 6.. TLS support since version 5.2.
  • Audio Redirection allows users to process audio on a remote desktop and have the sound redirected to their local computer.
  • File System Redirection allows users to use their local files on a remote desktop within the terminal session.
  • Printer Redirection allows users to use their local printer within the terminal session as they would with a locally- or network-shared printer.
  • Port Redirection allows applications running within the terminal session to access local serial and parallel ports directly.
  • The remote computer and the local computer can share the clipboard.

Microsoft introduced the following features with the release of RDP 6.0 in 2006:

  • Seamless Windows: remote applications can run on a client machine that is served by a Remote Desktop connection. It is available since RDP 6.
  • Remote Programs: application publishing with client-side file-type associations.
  • Terminal Services Gateway: enables the ability to use a front-end IIS server to accept connections (over port 443) for back-end Terminal Services servers via an https connection, similar to how RPC over https allows Outlook clients to connect to a back-end Exchange 2003 server. Requires Windows Server 2008.
  • Network Level Authentication
  • Support for remoting the Aero Glass Theme (or Composed Desktop), including ClearType font-smoothing technology.
  • Support for remoting Windows Presentation Foundation applications: compatible clients that have .NET Framework 3.0 support can display full Windows Presentation Foundation effects on a local machine.
  • Rewrite of device redirection to be more general-purpose, allowing a greater variety of devices to be accessed.
  • Fully configurable and scriptable via Windows Management Instrumentation.
  • Improved bandwidth tuning for RDP clients.
  • Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 on both server and client ends (can be negotiated if both parties agree, but not mandatory in a default configuration of any version of Windows).
  • Multiple monitor support for allowing one session to use multiple monitors on the client (disables desktop composition)

Release 7.1 of RDP in 2010 introduced the following feature:

  • RemoteFX: RemoteFX provides virtualized GPU support and host-side encoding; it ships as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Myths About RDP!

As the use of RDP increased, it increased the myths about the RDP too. So we gathered some studies that are officially confirmed by Microsoft RDP team too, and have jotted down 10 myths about RDP

1) RDP is pretty slow because it has to scrape the screen and can only send giant bitmaps

This is a common misconception. While many alternative protocols are principally screen scrapers, RDP uses sophisticated techniques to get much better performance than can be obtained with a simple screen scraping approach.

To drill into this it helps to first talk a little about what screen scraping really means (i.e. what RDP does not do today) and why it can be slow:
In a screen scraping protocol the server side has to ‘poll’ screen contents frequently to see if anything has changed. Screen scraping polling involves frequent and costly memory ‘scrapes’ of screen content and then scanning through a lot of memory (a typical 1600×1200 by 32bpp screen is about 7MB of data) to see what parts may have changed. This burns up a lot of CPU cycles and leaves the protocol with few options but to send large resulting bitmaps down to the client.

So what does RDP do different today and why is it faster?

RDP uses presentation virtualization to enable a much better end-user experience, scalability and bandwidth utilization. RDP plugs into the Windows graphics system the same way a real display driver does, except that, instead of being a driver for a physical video card, RDP is a virtual display driver. Instead of sending drawing operations to a physical hardware GPU, RDP makes intelligent decisions about how to encode those commands into the RDP wire format. This can range from encoding bitmaps to, in many cases, encoding much smaller display commands such as “Draw line from point 1 to point 2” or “Render this text at this location.”

To illustrate some of the benefits on CPU load, terminal servers today can scale to many hundreds of users. In some of our scalability tests we see that even with hundreds of users connecting to one server running knowledge worker apps (e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel) the total CPU load consumed by RDP to encode and transmit the graphics is only a few percent of the whole system CPU load!

With this approach RDP avoids the costs of screen scraping and has a lot more flexibility in encoding the display as either bitmaps or a stream of commands to get the best possible performance.

2) RDP uses a lot of bandwidth

In many common and important scenarios such as knowledge worker applications and line of business app centralization RDP’s bandwidth usage is very low (on the order of Kbps per user depending on the app and scenario).

This is certainly much lower than many of the screen scraping approaches can hope to achieve (see point #1 above). More importantly it’s low enough that it provides a good experience for many users sharing the same network and datacenter infrastructure even when over a slow network.

So why has there been a perception that RDP uses a lot of bandwidth?

This is a good question and the answer probably lies in the fact that RDP does not use a constant amount of bandwidth; it actually tries to reduce bandwidth usage to 0 when nothing is changing on the screen. Bandwidth consumption only goes up in proportion to what is changing on screen. For instance, if you just run a line of business app with basic graphics and not much animation you may end up sending just a few Kbps of bandwidth down the wire. Of course if you start running animation-heavy applications or graphics your bandwidth usage will go up to support that scenario.

So let’s illustrate some sample bandwidth usages for RDP6.1 in common scenarios (data is from the RDP Performance Whitepaper ).

RDP bandwidth usage chart

Your mileage will vary depending on your application and network conditions, so it’s important to actually measure empirically for your scenario but the whitepaper gives useful general trends.

3) Myth: I can’t get the same rich experience I get locally when working over RDP

This is also a misconception. RDP provides a scalable remoting experience. By default it cuts down on rich effects in the desktop and application experience in order to preserve bandwidth and save on server load (e.g. CPU, memory). However, if you want the highest end user experience it is possible to turn on many rich effects and display enhancements such as:

  • · ClearType
  • · Wallpaper
  • · The Aero theme with full glass and 3D effects (when connecting to Vista with RDP 6.1)
  • · 32-bit per pixel color

The key to enabling many of these effects is to run the Remote Desktop client, click Options, and then click the Experience tab. Here you can select and enable many high-end features. Note that in some cases your admin might have controlled access to these features with server-side group policies.

In many cases you can get a great end user experience with good parity to the local case.

We’re also constantly working to ‘close the gap’ between the local and remote experience and so we’re looking to improve the remote experience even more in future versions.

4) RDP can’t be tuned to get better performance

This is again a misconception. RDP has a set of defaults that tries to provide the best balance between bandwidth usage, the remote user experience, and server scalability. However, you can override many settings if you want to manually tune for a specific scenario and in some cases get very significant boosts in performance.

TIP: One of my favorite such settings is the ability to set policy on the server to optimize RDP compression. This can give you a boost of as much as 60% bandwidth improvement over previous versions of RDP. The tradeoff here is that you’d be consuming more server resources (such as memory and possibly CPU) to achieve that bandwidth reduction.

The GP to control this is :

Administrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsTerminal ServicesTerminal ServerRemote Session Environment“Set compression algorithm for RDP data”

There is more information on tuning the bulk compressor as well as other RDP-tunable parameters such as cache sizes in the RDP Performance Whitepaper .

5) Using lower color depths — e.g. 8bpp — gives the best end user experience

This is a common misconception and was historically true, but not anymore!

The first version of RDP only supported 8bpp color. However, ever since Windows XP, RDP has supported up to 32bpp color.

The reason for this is that more and more apps have come to expect 32bpp mode as the default. Even the Windows Aero experience requires it.

Rather than deny this trend and create a difference between the local and remote experiences, we put a lot of effort into optimizing the 32bpp case to bring down its cost. This allows the user to have the flexibility to pick what is best for their scenario without necessarily having to incur a much bigger bandwidth cost.

In general I’d recommend attempting to run your scenario at 32bpp and measuring the resulting bandwidth to see if it’s acceptable for your scenario. It will usually give the best visual experience and in several cases will consume only a small percentage more data than 16bpp.

6) RDP is insecure; there is no encryption

To be clear, this is totally false! RDP has always supported strong encryption and is by default encrypted!

What has changed over the releases is the type of encryption we offer. The very first versions of RDP back in the Windows 2000 era had encryption that was based on SSL.

As early as Windows 2003 SP1 RDP we decided to introduce full-blown standards-based encryption (i.e. the same SSL as your browser uses to connect to your bank). SP1 did this by introducing standard SSL-encryption as an option.

Current versions of RDP have even stronger encryption and server authentication options out of the box. This is because they are built on top of a security mechanism in Windows called CredSSP which uses Kerberos or TLS (aka SSL) for authentication – when you use those settings RDP is using the same or stronger encryption that your browser uses when communicating with your bank.

7) RDP performance hasn’t changed much over the releases

False! We’re constantly working to improve RDP performance as well as adding a lot of great functionality to RDP in terms of features.

Every release since Windows 2000 has seen improved perf, i.e. there is a real benefit to upgrading to the latest client and server (e.g. RDP 6.1).

Here’s just one example of the bandwidth difference for a common scenario across several releases of RDP. We essentially have in these scenarios gains of between 8% to 45% bandwidth improvement from switching to the latest protocol. See the RDP Performance Whitepaper for more details on this data.

Going forward – We’re hard at work to continue that trend and bring even better innovations and improved remote experiences – see Asael’s post on some of the future upcoming improvements.

8) RDP is only used in Remote Desktop Services (formerly TS)

RDP is actually used under the hood in pretty much every Microsoft product that benefits from desktop or application remoting.

Just some examples of products or features you may not have known were built on top of RDP for their remoting needs:

  • · Remote Assistance
  • · Windows Media Center Extenders use RDP internally (including Xbox360)
  • · Windows Live Mesh
  • · Hyper-V Virtual Machine console
  • · Office Communications Server 2007 R2
  • · System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

If you’re interesting in seeing how RDP might be able to fit within your application, see the next point…

9)I can’t customize or program extensions to RDP

There are actually several useful ways to extend/or customize RDP:

  • · Programming the RDP Client: Host the RDP ActiveX control in your web page or application.

The Remote Desktop client in Windows is a great example of an application that hosts the RDP ActiveX control. This control is fully documented in MSDN . It’s possible for 3 rd party software developers to host this control in an app or a web page to provide desktop remoting as part of your larger app.

· Programming the RDP Server side: Use the Windows Desktop Sharing API

This blog post by Seenu has a lot of good detail and examples on how you can use our Windows Desktop Sharing API to write custom collaboration or desktop sharing applications, these APIs are all built on the same core RDP protocol that powers Windows Remote Desktop.

· Write a dynamic virtual channel extension to RDP

Probably the most powerful way to extend RDP is to actually write a virtual channel plug-in extension to RDP. This allows you to extend the protocol with your own bi-directional channel that can communicate from client to server. The possibilities are limitless but some examples include supporting new devices over RDP. We have a nice blog post with an overview of the dynamic virtual channel API or the docs are in MSDN .

10)The RDP protocol is not publicly documented

If you’re curious to learn more about very low-level technical details of RDP, we have thousands of pages of detailed specifications up on MSDN. For example, you can see the documents for the core protocol sequence and basic graphics here .

Moving forward,

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Our team can help you setting up a Remote Desktop at cheaper rates and provide you a highly available PC.

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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Networks are the new age technologies which allows you to bring you to your Local Area Network (LAN) whenever you need it. A VPN can be used to get access to an office / home network in a more secure way.

VPN, as its name suggests, creates a private network over internet. It uses high end encryption technologies to secure data transfer over internet, while it also provides you with the access of you remote local area network.
Read more about VPN here

Who uses VPN?

We have jotted down small list of the people who commonly use VPN’s, along with the specific benefits they experience from it. Chances are, you fall at least partially into one of the categories below.

Office Workers

While you are using a open network or your own personal WiFi connection, you can be at risk . Other people can have access to your activities and may even be able to steal your account information. business data, research data, etc. which can lead to risk of job or grades.

Generally, companies provide VPN to their employees so that they have easy access to data and connection, even while traveling, to the resources that they might not have in another network. If you are using a VPN even in public places, you can rest assured that your important work is protected from prying eyes and your data is safe. Office workers use VPN on a large scale based on different reasons.

Security Enthusiasts

No matter your profession or internet needs, you deserve the privacy and security that a VPN can provide. Using a VPN, you can:

  • Search anonymously without the threat of your activity being traced or tracked
  • Keep your network safe from hacking by identity thieves, malware, and/or neighbors who don’t want to pay for their own Internet
  • Get a secure connection so that your communications remain private and encrypted, whether you’re at home or in a public space
  • Shield your personal and financial data from prying eyes

So if your neighbor keeps pilfering your internet, possibly even downloading viruses or malware to your server, or if your teenager accidentally entered your credit card information into a suspicious site, or even if you’re just uncomfortable with the idea of anyone seeing your personal data or online activity, you should be using a VPN.

Travelers

Because of time differences, language barriers, and government censorship, internet use while abroad can be slow and frustrating. Rather than relying on an unfamiliar, unsecured local network, using a VPN while traveling eliminates those hurdles (as well as any security issues) and allows you to access any website at the speed you want in the language you want.

Businesses and Websites

Whether you own a small startup or are part of a large corporation, VPNs help secure private business data. From scheduling, payroll, product catalogs, employee and customer information, company projections, and more, your data is protected and secure. Companies commonly use VPNs for privacy reasons, but also for secure and convenient data sharing between offices, and for connecting remote employees to central work servers. Websites use them to prevent malware from affecting its users and to ensure a fast load time.

People everywhere are using VPNs, and the numbers are growing. With increasing censorship, cyber crime, and speed demands, VPNs save the day for students, businesses, travelers, downloaders, and regular people.

Types of VPN

There are two major type of VPN

  • Site to Site VPN – Also known as Router to Router VPN or Peer to Peer VPN. This type of VPN is used by companies to connect with different branch offices. In this scenario, all the branches of the company comes in a single network, which makes it easy for lot of tasks to take place. Generally, companies use Pees to Peer VPN for the following:
    • File sharing over private and secured network
    • Providing access to equipment over private network
    • Access to LAN based certificates and licenses
    • Intranet communication
    • Inter office communication / connection
Site to Site VPN
  • Remote Access VPN – A remote-access VPN allows individual users to establish secure connections with a remote computer network. Those users can access the secure resources on that network as if they were directly plugged in to the network’s servers. Generally organizations having field staff who report over intranet tools are provided with the remote access VPN. Organization use the remote access VPN to allow users:
    • Access files
    • Access resources
    • Reporting
    • Monitoring
    • Internet access
    • Server sharing
Remote Access VPN

If you are owner of a business, and you require a better and a secure connection for your employees. High availability of your intranet resources and data. Then you should opt for getting a Virtual Private Netowrk setup. This will not only protect your data but also enhance the productivity of your workforce.

Even in situations like #CoronaEffect, your office will be up and running. Your workforce will be working from home over your own office network.

To get your VPN setup done. You can connect with use anytime. Just write to us, or give us a call. Get our contact details here

Get your business online today!

Are you facing issues with your business in #CoronaEffect? We can help you get your business online today!. Our team can help you to stay in business even while you stay at home.

We are helping businesses in getting their work done from anywhere they are, anywhere their team is. We are providing online platforms for all medium and small size businesses, so that they can run their business and survive in #CoronaEffect.

Our team can help you plan your work either by setting up a VPN (Virtual Private Network), where all the team can work together in an isolated environment, or setting up steps to plan your business once you move out of the #Lockdown.

We can do analysis the global statistics and understand that all the business are taking steps to move their business online, whether it be an e-commerce platform or a digitally marketing platform for business, everyone is putting their footprints on the internet.

We have gathered 5 steps solution to move your business online and to give you a walk-through, where you can understand how you can shift your business online, and how it can be fruitful for you in a long go.

Step One

If you are new to the internet market and putting your first step, you should proffer reading from here. If you already have your website and have existence on the internet, you can skip this step and move to the steps below.

Bring your business on internet

First of all, you need to have a presence on the internet. In simple words, you must have a website to showcase your business, your work, your services, your products, your contact details, etc. .

For creating a website, you will require the following:

  • Domain Name – A name which will be used to access your website, eg. example.com
  • Hosting – Hosting account is used to host files of your website data. While purchasing a hosting account, you should not go for a cheaper one. Always opt for a good configuration. This will help your website in a better load time, which will enhance your search engine listing.
  • SSL – SSL is required to encrypt data you transfer from your end to your client’s end and vice versa. This adds another layer of security to your website, which will also be an add-on in your search engine listing. Many people suggest SSL as an optional stuff. But I’ll suggest to take it as a mandatory one.
  • Website Developer – Website developer will help you developing your website based on your requirements. You can take help from our team too. We are not too costly. You can connect with us for your project here

Step Two

Once you are done developing your website, it is suggested to move to different social websites. Creating business presence on different social networks enhances the reach ability of your business.

Social Media Presence

We recommend the presence on the following social platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube

Once you are done with creating your bushiness’s social profile. You should now move on to the marketplace from where you can generate leads. This section comes in two parts, free and paid. Create your profile on lead generation websites based on the service or product you sell. Eg. If you are selling services related to event management, you should prefer setting up your account on eventpanda.in

We’ll suggest to setup at-least a free account on the below lead generation websites:

  • Event Panda
  • India Mart
  • Google Business
  • Sulekha
  • Yellow Pages
  • Trade India
  • Just Dial

Your social presence will create back-links for you, which will help your customers to reach back to your website where you have kept all your business details and products / services which you exactly want to sell / showcase.

Step Three

You are don with your website development, your social media and search engine presence, now it’s time for your brand setup.

Generally, agencies dealing with your business marketing will help you setting up your brand. This is not too costly, and will help you generate your brand value in the global market.

Business Branding

You should start building your branding by setting up your professional / business email first. Eg. info@example.com. You should not be using a gmail or other common email address for your business emails.

There are freely available plans for emails with many good email service providers like Zoho. But take my words, you should not opt for a free email for your business, as it gives small attachment size, less number of email IDs and lot more limitations. While setting up stuffs for your business you should go for paid versions, as the come with lot of add-on features and higher availability.

Setting up your brand values include the best write-ups that describes your business, services, products, mission, vision, your terms & policies, etc.. You should setup proper documentation of your companies profile on your website and ensure that all the data is up to date with the version numbers of each updated document.
This helps build better brand value and faith between customers.

Step Four

After building your brand value, it’s time to setup something for your manpower, your own organization’s working structure.

You can opt for setting up Corporate Resource Management (CRM) tools, Human Resource Management (HRM) tool, Accounting tools, etc., that will help you to manage the workforce and other tasks.

Develop You Own Corporate Tools

These tools are generally build with generic modules that will help your business to operate smoothly. But in some cases, you business can be different from others and require a different setup. For this you can opt for getting a custom software developed, which can help you manage you work as per your requirements and ease.

We have developed such custom software for multiple companies including some bigger ones like ITC, & WPO. You can hire us here to get your tool developed.

Step Five

We know that all businesses are not the same, and may or may not require to go through all the above phases. There can be chances of different requirements and online shifting modules. So in this step we will talk about a few different modules, (and not limited to this), that a business may require.

Corporate Setup
  • Online teaching / meeting / conferencing platform – There can be requirements of online video conferencing platforms for different purpose which may be required by different businesses.
  • VPN Setup – Virtual Private Network setup may be a necessity of businesses who require an isolated network where the team can work together. Generally companies who build tools on intranet, (or can have different purpose), setup a virtual private network, which allows access to local network on internet through a very secure tunnel.
  • RDP Setup – Remote Desktop Protocol is used to access remote desktop over internet. It is generally done when either the organization has provided dedicated systems to each employee and the employee needs access to the desktop from a remote location. Or in a scenario where a central server is used by team to work and access data.

There can be multiple other scenarios which can be involved to move your work online.

We at M/s VIKASH TECH help businesses to develop tools and move their businesses online. We also provide long term support on different products and services.

If you are looking forward to develop a proper setup for your business online. You should get in touch with our team for proper consultation.

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Do feel free to leave your valuable comments below.

SEO / SEM / SMM

SEO, SEM and SMM are three mainstream channels to advertise your website.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing and SMM, which is the newest among the three stands for Social Media Marketing.

Knowing what they stand for is meaningless until you know what they can do for you.

No one knows how Google ranks its pages. Moreover, its algorithm is constantly changing. Even though Google provides guides to help SEO experts, the results are still ambiguous.

It may sound hard but to gain a better position in the online world, SEO is essential. It is proven that web pages that appear in the first page are perceived to belong to industry leaders and superior brands.

SEO– search engine optimization; following some of the Google rules in order to increase the chances of the Google search engine listing your site near the beginning of a list for particular keyword searches.

SEM– search engine marketing; in addition to doing SEO to get to the “top” a website owner can now buy advertising or pay to have an ad at the top of a search engine results list; these can be things like pay per click or Yahoo or Bing ads.

SMO– social media optimization; basically when using social media ( Facebook, Twitter, etc.) you are making your profile more visible, your social network activity and published content can then be found more easily by people searching for resources and information that matches your content.

SMM– social media marketing; in addition to the SMO, you guessed it, you pay to have an ad on the social media. This is how the Facebook ads show up on your page.

Dedicated Server

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We provide the following types of server managed support:

  • Fully managed – Includes monitoring, software updates, reboots, security patches and operating system upgrades. Customers are completely hands-off.
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Dedicated hosting server providers utilize extreme security measures to ensure the safety of data stored on their network of servers.

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Still in dilemma whether you and your organization will benefit from dedicated hosting? Let’s clear your thoughts.

  • Get flexible server configurations with root access and SSD and HDD storage options for complete control of your server. That also equals optimal performance for mission-critical applications.
  • Get free 24/7 hosting support for your server. We offer optional task-based services – or you can choose fully-managed support and we’ll handle the server set up and maintenance for you.
  • Get your fully-customizable, fully-loaded bare metal server with top-of-the-line processors and RAID 1 disk mirroring for redundancy and high availability – with server provisioning in less than one hour.

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Virtual Private Server

We provide custom VPS hosting at the click of a button to easily add resources as your website grows in audience or complexity..

It is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting.

Easily get the power and flexibility you need.

  • Total control with full root access and optional control panels.
  • Backups with uptime and performance monitoring.
  • Unlimited traffic – 99.9% guaranteed uptime.

Complete Customization Without The Expense

  • Full root access allows total control over your hosting environment, including custom installs and configuration with your virtual private server hosting
  • The completely autonomous virtual server is fully allocated to your site
  • VPS Hosting has all the benefits of dedicated resources without the cost of a dedicated server
  • A RAID 10 disk configuration provides maximum data protection

Fully Scalable To Grow With You

  • Custom VPS hosting scales up at the click of a button to easily add resources as your website grows in audience or complexity
  • Easy scalability means never paying for more resources than you actually need
  • Start small and grow your hosting along with your business with our VPS hosting services

WE HAVE SELF MANAGED VPS HOSTING PLANS LIKE:

  • 1 vCPU
  • 2 vCPU
  • 4 vCPU
  • 8 vCPU

Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting is the most budget-friendly type of hosting. Since you’re sharing resources, like neighbors in an apartment building; you spend less but have fewer options and less control.

Put your trust on us and get:

  • Industry-leading load times and best-in-class security
  • 99.9% uptime and 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free, expert technical support, available 24/7

Advantages of Shared Hosting:

  • It’s by far the cheapest hosting option you’re going to have available.
  • Shared hosting usually comes equipped with a built-in cwp / cPanel, which makes it easy to manage your site.
  • No technical maintenance needs to be done on your end to the server, as this is usually included in part of your hosting package.
  • Regular backup and antivirus scan feature included with all our plans.

WE HAVE PLANS LIKE:

  • Starter – Host a single website.
  • Economy – Basic resources for starter sites.
  • Deluxe – More space and flexibility for multiple sites.
  • Ultimate – More power for complex sites and heavy traffic.

Online Storage

M/s VIKASH TECH offers more than just a platform to build your website, we offer everything you need to create an effective, memorable online presence.

Online data storage refers to the practice of storing electronic data with a third party service accessed via the Internet.

Benefits of Online Storage:

One of the biggest benefits of online storage is the ability to access data from anywhere. As the number of devices the average person uses continues to grow, syncing or transferring data among devices has become more important.

Not only does it help transfer data between devices, online data storage also provides the ability to share files among different users. This is particularly helpful for business users.

Online data storage also offers distinct advantages for backup and disaster recovery situations because it’s located off site.

Online Storage Enhances Data Protection and Availability. Using on-site storage is faster than using Internet storage, because you don’t have to wait for files to upload or download.

However, on-site storage is more susceptible to loss due to theft, natural disasters or device failure. By contrast, most online data storage facilities offer enhanced physical security and automated backup capabilities to ensure that data is not lost. Online data storage also enables easier data transfer and sharing.

Our hosting solutions range from web hosting to blazing-fast dedicated servers. Find it all right here.

Automation Testing

This software testing technique is used to automate repetitive tasks and other testing tasks which are difficult to perform manually.

Automated software testing is important due to the following reasons:

  • Manual Testing of all workflows, all fields, all negative scenarios is time and money consuming
  • It is difficult to test for multilingual sites manually
  • Automation does not require Human intervention. You can run automated test unattended (overnight)
  • Automation increases the speed of test execution
  • Automation helps increase Test Coverage
  • Manual Testing can become boring and hence error-prone.

Scope of Automation:

The scope of automation is the area of your Application Under Test which will be automated. Following points help determine scope:

  • The features that are important for the business
  • Scenarios which have a large amount of data
  • Common functionalities across applications
  • Technical feasibility
  • The extent to which business components are reused
  • The complexity of test cases
  • Ability to use the same test cases for cross-browser testing

Framework for Automation:

A framework is set of automation guidelines which help in

  • Maintaining consistency of Testing
  • Improves test structuring
  • Minimum usage of code
  • Less Maintenance of code
  • Improve re-usability
  • Non Technical testers can be involved in code
  • The training period of using the tool can be reduced
  • Involves Data wherever appropriate

Benefits of Automation Testing:

  • Following are benefits of automated testing:
  • 70% faster than the manual testing
  • Wider test coverage of application features
  • Reliable in results
  • Ensure Consistency
  • Saves Time and Cost
  • Improves accuracy
  • Human Intervention is not required while execution
  • Increases Efficiency
  • Better speed in executing tests
  • Reusable test scripts
  • Test Frequently and thoroughly
  • More cycle of execution can be achieved through automation
  • Early time to market

We test each individual activity by this process and integrate them all together in a process to test the final project and ensure no existence of errors.

Functional Testing

Our purpose of functional tests is to test each function of the software application repeatedly, by providing appropriate input, verifying the output against the functional requirements.

During functional testing, Black Box Testing technique is used in which the internal logic of the system being tested is not known to the tester.

Functional testing involves the following steps:

Identify functions that the software is expected to perform.
Create input data based on the function’s specifications.
Determine the output based on the function’s specifications.
Execute the test case.
Compare the actual and expected outputs.

We basically focus on checking of users interface, APIs, database, security, client or server application and functionality of the Application Under Test.

Manual Testing

We test each individual activity and integrate them all together in a process to test the final project and ensure no error exist.

All test cases executed by the tester manually according to the end user’s perspective, and are documented properly.

We ensure generation of test scenarios and test-cases that fulfill all the functional requirements. We also ensure testing of penetration tests, documenting all the results over tools ranging from excel to JIRA.

We find defects in an application and check the application functions according to the end user’s requirements. The development team is updated with the details to reproduce the bug or errors.

We work on different stages for manual testing such as:

  • Unit testing,
  • Integration testing,
  • Regression Testing,
  • Ad-hoc testing
  • System testing,
  • User acceptance testing

Our testers use test plans, test scenarios and test cases to test a software to ensure the completeness of testing.

Web Application

Our web application development and custom software development services include everything from a simple content web site application to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic business applications, and social network services.

We provide custom web application development services, including website design and development, software consulting, application integration, and application maintenance services. With our experienced web application developers, you will have no limitations and you will be able to save employee time and effort while you save money.

Our developers holds expertise in latest web based technologies, which help building easy-to-use and convenient applications to manage your company documentation, processes, and workflows.

Convert your business idea into an elegant custom web application using the combination of our technical expertise and business domain knowledge.

Here’s what a web application flow looks like:

  • User triggers a request to the web server over the Internet, either through a web browser or the application’s user interface
  • Web server forwards this request to the appropriate web application server
  • Web application server performs the requested task – such as querying the database or processing the data – then generates the results of the requested data
  • Web application server sends results to the web server with the requested information or processed data
  • Web server responds back to the client with the requested information that then appears on the user’s display

Increased Internet usage among companies and individuals has influenced the way businesses are run.

Web applications have many different uses, and with those uses, comes many potential benefits. Some common benefits of Web apps include:

  • Allowing multiple users access to the same version of an application.
  • Web apps don’t need to be installed.
  • Web apps can be accessed through various platforms such as a desktop, laptop, or mobile.
  • Can be accessed through multiple browsers.

We help your innovative ideas to help your business exceed your expectations as we are focused on working with you to meet your business goals.

Automation Projects

Bored doing same website work again and again, or need some shortcut to complete your boring work easily. Then you are at the right place.

Here in M/s VIKASH TECH, we build automation suits to complete all type of web based work. We automate websites, we automate android apps, and a lot more things are there which we do…, which you will need in your day to day life.

As the automation projects are always custom in nature, and are always client requirement centric, still we are mentioning a few automation scripts that we built for generic purpose, which can give your project a jump start.

WhatsApp automation system

We have designed a WhatsApp automation system, which can be used to send promotional stuffs to multiple people on a single click, you need not to copy / paste or forward the same stuff to each and every member / number one by one. Just make a few clicks and the WhatsApp automation tool will do all for you.
In case you need a quotation for the tool or you need something similar to the above, feel free to contact us or ask us for a Quotation

Website testing automation script

We have designed an automation script which automates the happy path flow of your website and gives you a complete functionality test of your website. You will not require any kind of human involvement to check the same happy path with different products and services again and again. It’s always said, when it comes to testing, human can miss a functionality or a part while testing but the machines cannot.
In case you need a quotation for the tool or you need something similar to the above, feel free to contact us or ask us for a Quotation

A lot more automation scripts are there, which can give you a jump start to check weather your website is working as per expectation or not, and let you focus on your business more
Connect with us for better solutions or send us a Quotation request

Website Development

We enable website functionality as per the client’s requirement. We mainly deal with the non-design aspect of building websites, which includes coding and writing markup.

Our team is holds expertise in development ranging from client-end development to server-side development. We ensure optimized development to make your tool work faster and without hazels.

The purpose of a website can be to turn visitors into potential clients, or to collaborate with team, or to have some other functionality for an even better utilization. We develop all your imaginations to codes.

How this process works?
If you are planning to get yourself an online platform for your needs, we can help you design it. First of all, we will schedule a meeting and understand your requirements. Once you tell us all your requirements and the picture get bit clear to us, we write down a quotation for your needs. The quotation includes:

  • Details of understanding of your project
  • Details of workflow
  • Details of database architecture
  • Details of manpower required
  • Details of technologies involved
  • Details of hardware / software needs
  • Details of time estimation
  • Details of cost estimation

After you are satisfied with the quotation, we move forward with the SRS development, else, we revise the quotation till it comes to a mutual satisfaction.

In Software Requirement Specification (SRS) development phase, we develop another document which contains detailed requirement specification, which will help you bring your imaginations on paper and move forward.

The development, quality assurance and implementation phases go after this, as per the SRS and Quotation.

We ensure industry standard development, which includes responsive web design, optimized coding structure and on time delivery of all kind of projects.

You can get in touch with us in case of any requirement here

Server Maintenance

We keep your server software updated and running so that a computer network can operate smoothly and avoid downtime or loss of data. Our regular maintenance will keep the server running as expected and will help avoid a total or partial network failure. This is how we maintain your server:

  1. Verify your backups are working.
  2. Check disk usage.
  3. Check RAID Alarms.
  4. Update your OS.
  5. Clean your server.
  6. Check application updates.
  7. Check for hardware errors.
  8. Check server utilization.
  9. Review user accounts.
  10. Check system security.

By following these 10 steps to maintain your server, we know that the server’s life will be extended by many months and even years. Contact us if you need more information.

Server Setup

For a small business owner, setting up a dedicated on-premises server can seem like a complicated task. That is why M/s VIKASH TECH provides all kinds of services as well as suggestions so that your business can grow smoothly. As businesses expand, the addition of a server becomes more necessary to store files safely, run applications, and so much more.

For businesses without a dedicated IT Department, server installation can seem even more daunting but do not worry as we are here for all your confusion & doubts. These are some major steps that we take to set up a server:

Purchase from a Reputable Business– We select the server very carefully because it depends on what size server fits your business’s needs. We will help guide you to a server that can grow with you.

The Right Storage for Your Server– Storing your server can become a challenge if you do not invest in proper rack mount storage. Keeping your server room organized from the onset will have long term benefits, we will do that for you.

Manage Wires and Label Everything– We keep your server organized by labeling everything and keeping the wires organized and easy to manage. If cable management is properly done in the beginning, it is easy to locate a specific wire when you are trying to work on something.

We also provide Online Setup, Offline setup, Application Server.

  • Online Setup
  • Offline Setup

We set up the entire hardware…

Hardware requirement: RAM Memory, CPU, Number of concurrent users. It depends on overall server load, other applications running on server, bandwidth of the intranet environment, connectivity of intranet environment. For an additional number of concurrent users requirements, local servers can be of higher configuration.

  • Application Server

An application server is basically a server(generally a Super computer) which provides various services to the users/customers such as website hosting, Database access .The main reason to use an application server is that it is capable of handling huge amount of traffic in an efficient and a faster manner, this includes the entire networking setup like fireball, router etc.

Why Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Before we start talking about WHY SEO!, let’s first understand what is SEO?

What is SEO ?

Multiple time people don’t understand what is SEO causing them loss of leads on the online market. So let us first start with what SEO exactly means. SEO means Search Engine Optimization. Which is a technique to tell search engines about the content of your website so that when someone searches for some content over the internet, search engines can showcase your content to them.

To make this more clear, let us first see a situation and then understand what SEO exactly does. Suppose you have a website and a visitor visits your website and goes through it. The human brain is smart enough to understand what sort of content is written on the website. The visitor can understand what exactly is on your website, like you are trying to promote a book, a movie, a blog etc., but for a search engine, the content written on your website is just a binary text, and it will not be able to understand what exactly you are promoting. So to make a search engine understand what you are promoting, you will have to tell it in the language it understands or in simple way, you will have to teach search engine to read your website properly. This method of teaching a search engine to read a website is called Search Engine Optimization.

Why SEO ?

WHY SEO IS SO IMPORTANT ?

Well both the above questions have a very small and interesting answer. In the competitive world today everyone is in a run to promote his/her work, or service, or product or something else. Generally, in majority of times, its hard for an end user to find a proper result for his/her quires related to a product or service on the net. To make this good and easy enough for end user, search engines have build up some set of algorithms which first reads a website content and verifies whether it is relevant for the end user or not, and then showcases it to the end user.

To let search engines showcase your content, product, or service, or something else on its first page, SEO is considered to be one of the basic necessity of today’s internet world.

If you are selling a chair on a less price value than others and your website is not read by a search engine in a proper way, then you may become a victim of non-SEO website loss. You may not get proper leads from the internet, as the search engine will not be able to understand your content, leading to non – showcasing of your products to end user.

SEO is not only about search engines but good SEO practices improve the user experience and usability of a web site.Users trust search engines and having a presence in the top positions for the keywords the user is searching, increases the web site’s trust.

How to do SEO ?

SEO is something which comes out from three major phases, namely:

  • Technical phase
  • On-site phase
  • Off-site phase

All the three phases contains different set of techniques to make a website read by search engines. We will deal with each of them one by one.

  1. Technical Phase – Technical phase, as its name suggests, deals with the technical parts of SEO. Wherein the technical parts are taken care of. Like – Writing codes for SEO, including meta tags, structuring data using schema.org.
  2. On-Site Phase – On-site phase deals with the content written on the website. It should be kept fresh. If you are trying to copy text from some website and you thing it will work, then you should think again. Any search engine gives preference to fresh content, you cannot earn engagements or visits on copied contents. The on site part deals with the way your content is written and how engaging the content is. You can either post contents, videos, images, etc to enhance the engagement time on your website, which will be considered for best practice for SEO.
  3. Off-Site Phase – The off-site phase is the part of promotions. Here if you are promoting your website using advertisements, it will drive traffic to your website and hence will increase the hit count and engagement time on your website which will be noticed by search engines and will increase your site listing Also, the more you have back-links, the more you will get noticed by search engines.

CONCLUSION

One should always prefer doing a SEO for his /her online presence. You may find multiple sites which will generate your SEO ranking based on your content and your configurations. Still, if you want to have a proper SEO done for your website, you must hire an expert, so that your website gets more hits and engagement. And your contents are considered to be the most useful part of SEO, so make them as precise as you can.

In case you require any help on SEO, feel free to get in touch with our team, write to us or call us here

INNOVATION AND ACCELERATOR

Innovation is defined simply as a “new idea, device, or method”. However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, un-articulated needs, or existing market needs. This is accomplished through more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models that are readily available.

Here at M/s VIKASH TECH, team assesses every situation to optimize the efforts and provide value to the customer. M/s VIKASH TECH team has developed several innovations to enhance testing process. These innovations have helped to reduce effort, generate benefits and ease out our day to day testing work.

Our team has developed customized tools that meet requirements of almost all the businesses and can enhance productivity.  At M/s VIKASH TECH, we are developing tools that can help our clients to enhance their business, and get more productivity in low time investment. Clients who are interested in getting their stuffs automated may connect with our team anytime to get a better solution for their work. 

Our team is also working for overseas clients. So, if you are reading this from a country other than India, feel free to write to us on support@vikashtech.com, Our team will be happy working with you. We will ensure proper service / product delivery to you.

Why NO to WordPress based website?

Although WordPress is free to use and is simple for people which basic or no knowledge of software development, still it is not preferred by companies for building up their forums or blogs. There may be multiple reasons for the same. Today we will look at why NO to WordPress websites?

A few of the major regions because of which the website is preferred to be built from scratch rather than using WordPress framework are mentioned below.

SLOW IN SPEED

Generally, if you have to build a simple website, you require fewer functionalities and less coding. But the developers find it easy to develop website using WordPress as it provides several numbers of themes to choose from and multiple set of plugins which can add functionalities to the website. Which increases a load of code on the website, causing an increase in the processing requirements and thus slowing down the website’s overall performance. It may also lead to a lower ranking in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). 

LACK OF FEATURES

WordPress plugins are designed to do a fixed set of stuff, if you want customization in the functionalities it’s going to be the toughest task for you. In case you are developing a website from scratch, you will be able to develop the functionality as per your requirements. In WordPress, if you need 5 functionalities that are interconnected to each other, you will be adding 5 separate plugins which will not only increase the processing load on the server but also will slow down the website. And if in case you require some changes, it will be hectic as all the plugins are generally from different vendors, and connecting and changing codes may be a big problem for you.

SUPPORT ISSUE

If you have developed a WordPress website yourself and are unable to do some sort of troubleshooting or changes, you will not get any support unless and until you have a paid subscription. And you might even have to hire a WordPress developer or look for solutions on the net for long.

LACKS DESIGN FLEXIBILITY

WordPress generally provides very good-looking themes which can be used for developing a website, but these themes are very difficult to modify, many times if you are developing a website by yourself, you will find issues changing the design of a WordPress website. If you are purchasing a theme from some vendor, then you can expect some changes from them but that too to a very smaller extent.

VULNERABLE

WordPress is considered to be vulnerable as it has plugins that are written with multiple loopholes and if someone uses that plugin, he/she makes the website vulnerable, and it’s almost impossible to check the codes of each and every vendor before putting it live. Also, there can be cases when you install an unknown plugin and make your website and data on it insecure, causing you to lose in multiple ways.

PROPRIETARY

Although you have developed the website investing your team and labor, still you will not have all the rights. You don’t own the codes and website. Also, you are kept at the risk of WordPress vulnerabilities, as it goes on updates very frequently. If you want to have the copyright of your codes then it will be preferred not to use the WordPress framework for development.

DO A RESEARCH BEFORE YOU START DEVELOPING YOUR WEBSITE.

Our team can help you doing this research. Get in touch with us today! Connect with us here

WORKFLOW AUTOMATION

Workflow automation is a very common term in market now a days. Businesses are looking forward for building up tools that help automation of their day to day work and thus enhance the productivity of the business.

Several ways have came forward to enhance the work flow. It can be from the basic attendance system automation using simple tools like bio-metric attendance system or by use of RFID systems. It can enhance the productivity and also will put your business to a more accountable scenario.

For businesses ranging from STARTUPS to BIG FIRMS, all of them have requirements for different tools, which enhance their productivity, and similarly lot of tools are even present in the market for different work. Now the question arises, which tool to use or what tool to develop for your business?

Here comes the answer, if you are running a business, you’ll be the best guy who can understand the flow of work, if you know the entire flow, then you can find out places where you can save time or money or even decrease the chance of errors in the work flow. These points will help you decide the best tool available for your business. There can be a chance of not finding a proper tool to satisfy your needs too. In such a case, we’ll suggest to look forward in getting a custom tool developed rather searching the market and wasting your time.

Make sure you purchase the copyright and other legalities from the developer company before implementation, it will also help you getting back your investments done on the tool. You can sell the same tool to businesses identical to yours.

If you are looking for a business automation tool development, feel free to connect with us. Our team will be happy working with you.

URL Encoding – Look before you hit any URL

It has been a common trend to send users a tiny URL in messages or emails for different purposes. Once you click on that URL, you are taken to the long / full URL. The full URL can be understood by understanding the concept of URL encoding.

A URL is composed from a limited set of characters belonging to the US-ASCII character set. These characters include digits (0-9), letters(A-Z, a-z), and a few special characters (“-“, “.”, “_”, “~”).

ASCII control characters (e.g. backspace, vertical tab, horizontal tab, line feed etc), unsafe characters like space, , <, >, {, } etc, and any character outside the ASCII charset is not allowed to be placed directly within URLs.

Moreover, there are some characters that have special meaning within URLs. These characters are called reserved characters. Some examples of reserved characters are ?, /, #, : etc. Any data transmitted as part of the URL, whether in query string or path segment, must not contain these characters.

One of the most frequent URL Encoded character you’re likely to encounter is space. The ASCII value of space character in decimal is 32, which when converted to hex comes out to be 20. Now we just precede the hexadecimal representation with a percent sign (%), which gives us the URL encoded value – %20.

The following table uses rules defined in RFC 3986 for URL encoding.

DecimalCharacterURL Encoding (UTF-8)
0NUL(null character)%00
1SOH(start of header)%01
2STX(start of text)%02
3ETX(end of text)%03
4EOT(end of transmission)%04
5ENQ(enquiry)%05
6ACK(acknowledge)%06
7BEL(bell (ring))%07
8BS(backspace)%08
9HT(horizontal tab)%09
10LF(line feed)%0A
11VT(vertical tab)%0B
12FF(form feed)%0C
13CR(carriage return)%0D
14SO(shift out)%0E
15SI(shift in)%0F
16DLE(data link escape)%10
17DC1(device control 1)%11
18DC2(device control 2)%12
19DC3(device control 3)%13
20DC4(device control 4)%14
21NAK(negative acknowledge)%15
22SYN(synchronize)%16
23ETB(end transmission block)%17
24CAN(cancel)%18
25EM(end of medium)%19
26SUB(substitute)%1A
27ESC(escape)%1B
28FS(file separator)%1C
29GS(group separator)%1D
30RS(record separator)%1E
31US(unit separator)%1F
32space%20
33!%21
34%22
35#%23
36$%24
37%%25
38&%26
39%27
40(%28
41)%29
42*%2A
43+%2B
44,%2C
45%2D
46.%2E
47/%2F
480%30
491%31
502%32
513%33
524%34
535%35
546%36
557%37
568%38
579%39
58:%3A
59;%3B
60<%3C
61=%3D
62>%3E
63?%3F
64@%40
65A%41
66B%42
67C%43
68D%44
69E%45
70F%46
71G%47
72H%48
73I%49
74J%4A
75K%4B
76L%4C
77M%4D
78N%4E
79O%4F
80P%50
81Q%51
82R%52
83S%53
84T%54
85U%55
86V%56
87W%57
88X%58
89Y%59
90Z%5A
91[%5B
92%5C
93]%5D
94^%5E
95_%5F
96`%60
97a%61
98b%62
99c%63
100d%64
101e%65
102f%66
103g%67
104h%68
105i%69
106j%6A
107k%6B
108l%6C
109m%6D
110n%6E
111o%6F
112p%70
113q%71
114r%72
115s%73
116t%74
117u%75
118v%76
119w%77
120x%78
121y%79
122z%7A
123{%7B
124|%7C
125}%7D
126~%7E
127DEL(delete (rubout))%7F

Now if you keep a note of all the above, you can interpret what the URL says. 

In general you see an URL in the following format :

https://vikashtech.com/abcd.php?q=hello%20world
In the above URL,
https suggests that the SSL certifier confirms that you are navigated on the correct server.
vikashtech.com is the domain name of website
abcd.php is the page that you are looking into
? means you are passing some values to the URL
q is the key (the index value through which the programming language will receive some values)
hello%20world is the value of the key q wherein %20 means a space

If you are receiving emails from unknown sources and are being offered some sort of benefits after filling up some form or after downloading some software, please ensure that the URL is correct and is good to go with, before you actually hit it.

These emails are generally sort to different sort of people pre targeted. If you or your organization is receiving such emails, please aware people for the same and get your network and emails filtered, as this can lead to a very big disaster. For any kind of network, email, organization IT setup you can feel free to get in touch with our team. We will ensure that your network and your organization is out of the security glitch.

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A guide to prevent Web-scraping.

Essentially, hindering scraping means that you need to make it difficult for scripts and machines to get the wanted data from your website, while not making it difficult for real users and search engines.

Unfortunately, this is hard, and you will need to make trade-offs between preventing scraping and degrading the accessibility for real users and search engines.

In order to hinder scraping (also known as Web scraping, Screenscraping, web data mining, web harvesting, or web data extraction), it helps to know how these scrapers work, and what prevents them from working well, and this is what this answer is about.

Generally, these scraper programs are written in order to extract specific information from your site, such as articles, search results, product details, or in some cases, artist and album information. Usually, people scrape websites for specific data, in order to reuse it on their own site (and make money out of your content !) or to build alternative frontends for your site (such as mobile apps), or even just for private research or analysis purposes.

Essentially, there are various types of scraper, and each works differently:

  • Spiders, such as Google’s bot or website copiers like HTtrack, which visit your website, and recursively follow links to other pages in order to get data. These are sometimes used for targeted scraping to get specific data, often in combination with an HTML parser to extract the desired data from each page.
  • Shell scripts: Sometimes, common Unix tools are used for scraping: Wget or Curl to download pages, and Grep (Regex) to extract the desired data, usually using a shell script. These are the simplest kind of scraper, and also the most fragile kind (Don’t ever try to parse HTML with regex !). These are thus the easiest kind of scraper to break and screw with.
  • HTML scrapers and parsers, such as ones based on Jsoup, Scrapy, and many others. Similar to shell-script regex-based ones, these work by extracting data from your pages based on patterns in your HTML, usually ignoring everything else. So, for example: If your website has a search feature, such a scraper might submit an HTTP request for a search, and then get all the result links and their titles from the results page HTML, sometimes hundreds of times for hundreds of different searches, in order to specifically get only search result links and their titles. These are the most common.
  • Screenscrapers, based on eg. Selenium or PhantomJS, which actually open your website in a real browser, run JavaScript, AJAX, and so on, and then get the desired text from the webpage, usually by:
    • Getting the HTML from the browser after your page has been loaded and JavaScript has run and then using an HTML parser to extract the desired data or text. These are the most common, and so many of the methods for breaking HTML parsers/scrapers also work here.
    • Taking a screenshot of the rendered pages, and then using OCR to extract the desired text from the screenshot. These are rare, and only dedicated scrapers who really want your data will set this up.
    Browser-based screen scrapers harder to deal with, as they run scripts, render HTML, and can behave like real human browsing your site.
  • Web scraping services such as ScrapingHub or Kimono. In fact, there are people whose job is to figure out how to scrape your site and pull out the content for others to use. These sometimes use large networks of proxies and ever-changing IP addresses to get around limits and blocks, so they are especially problematic. Unsurprisingly, professional scraping services are the hardest to deter, but if you make it hard and time-consuming to figure out how to scrape your site, these (and people who pay them to do so) may not be bothered to scrape your website.
  • Embedding your website in other site’s pages with frames, and embedding your site in mobile apps. While not technically scraping, this is also a problem, as mobile apps (Android and iOS) can embed your website, and even inject custom CSS and JavaScript, thus completely changing the appearance of your site, and only showing the desired information, such as the article content itself or the list of search results, and hiding things like headers, footers, or ads.
  • Human copy – and – paste: People will copy and paste your content in order to use it elsewhere. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this.

There is a lot of overlap between these different kinds of scraper, and many scrapers will behave similarly, even though they use different technologies and methods to get your content.

This collection of tips are mostly my own ideas, various difficulties that I’ve encountered while writing scrapers, as well as bits of information and ideas from around the interwebs.

How to prevent scraping

Some general methods to detect and deter scrapers:

Monitor your logs & traffic patterns; limit access if you see unusual activity:

Check your logs regularly, and in case of unusual activity indicative of automated access (scrapers), such as many similar actions from the same IP address, you can block or limit access.

Specifically, some ideas:

  • Rate limiting: Only allow users (and scrapers) to perform a limited number of actions in a certain time – for example, only allow a few searches per second from any specific IP address or user. This will slow down scrapers, and make them ineffective. You could also show a captcha if actions are completed too fast or faster than a real user would.
  • Detect unusual activity: If you see unusual activity, such as many similar requests from a specific IP address, someone looking at an excessive number of pages or performing an unusual number of searches, you can prevent access, or show a captcha for subsequent requests.
  • Don’t just monitor & rate limit by IP address – use other indicators too: If you do block or rate limit, don’t just do it on a per-IP address basis; you can use other indicators and methods to identify specific users or scrapers. Some indicators which can help you identify specific users/scrapers include:
    • How fast users fill out forms and were on a button they click;
    • You can gather a lot of information with JavaScript, such as screen size/resolution, timezone, installed fonts, etc; you can use this to identify users.
    • Http headers and their orders, especially User-Agent.
    As an example, if you get many requests from a single IP address, all using the same User-agent, screen size (determined with JavaScript), and the user (scraper in this case) always clicks on the button in the same way and at regular intervals, it’s probably a screen scraper; and you can temporarily block similar requests (eg. block all requests with that user agent and screen size coming from that particular IP address), and this way you won’t inconvenience real users on that IP address, eg. in case of a shared internet connection. You can also take this further, as you can identify similar requests, even if they come from different IP addresses, indicative of distributed scraping (a scraper using a botnet or a network of proxies). If you get a lot of otherwise identical requests, but they come from different IP addresses, you can block. Again, be aware of not inadvertently blocking real users. This can be effective against screen scrapes which run JavaScript, as you can get a lot of information from them. Related questions on Security Stack Exchange:
  • Instead of temporarily blocking access, use a Captcha: The simple way to implement rate-limiting would be to temporarily block access for a certain amount of time, however using a Captcha may be better, see the section on Captchas further down.

Require registration & login

Require account creation in order to view your content, if this is feasible for your site. This is a good deterrent for scrapers but is also a good deterrent for real users.

  • If you require account creation and login, you can accurately track user and scraper actions. This way, you can easily detect when a specific account is being used for scraping and ban it. Things like rate-limiting or detecting abuse (such as a huge number of searches in a short time) become easier, as you can identify specific scrapers instead of just IP addresses.

In order to avoid scripts creating many accounts, you should:

  • Require an email address for registration, and verify that email address by sending a link that must be opened in order to activate the account. Allow only one account per email address.
  • Require a captcha to be solved during registration/account creation, again to prevent scripts from creating accounts.

Requiring account creation to view content will drive users and search engines away; if you require account creation in order to view an article, users will go elsewhere.

Block access from cloud hosting and scraping service IP addresses

Sometimes, scrapers will be run from web hosting services, such as Amazon Web Services or Google App Engine, or VPSes. Limit access to your website (or show a captcha) for requests originating from the IP addresses used by such cloud hosting services. You can also block access from IP addresses used by scraping services.

Similarly, you can also limit access from IP addresses used by proxy or VPN providers, as scrapers may use such proxy servers to avoid many requests being detected.

Beware that by blocking access from proxy servers and VPNs, you will negatively affect real users.

Make your error message nondescript if you do block

If you do block/limit access, you should ensure that you don’t tell the scraper what caused the block, thereby giving them clues as to how to fix their scraper. So a bad idea would be to show error pages with text like:

  • Too many requests from your IP address, please try again later.
  • Error, User-Agent header not present!

Instead, show a friendly error message that doesn’t tell the scraper what caused it. Something like this is much better:

  • Sorry, something went wrong. You can contact support via helpdesk@example.com, should the problem persist.

This is also a lot more user-friendly for real users, should they ever see such an error page. You should also consider showing a captcha for subsequent requests instead of a hard block, in case a real user sees the error message, so that you don’t block and thus cause legitimate users to contact you.

Use Captchas if you suspect that your website is being accessed by a scraper.

Captchas (“Completely Automated Test to Tell Computers and Humans apart”) are very effective against stopping scrapers. Unfortunately, they are also very effective at irritating users.

As such, they are useful when you suspect a possible scraper, and want to stop the scraping, without also blocking access in case it isn’t a scraper but a real user. You might want to consider showing a captcha before allowing access to the content if you suspect a scraper.

Things to be aware of when using Captchas:

  • Don’t roll your own, use something like Google’s reCaptcha : It’s a lot easier than implementing a captcha yourself, it’s more user-friendly than some blurry and warped text solution you might come up with yourself (users often only need to tick a box), and it’s also a lot harder for a scripter to solve than a simple image served from your site
  • Don’t include the solution to the captcha in the HTML markup: I’ve actually seen one website which had the solution for the captcha in the page itself, (although quite well hidden) thus making it pretty useless. Don’t do something like this. Again, use a service like reCaptcha, and you won’t have this kind of problem (if you use it properly).
  • Captchas can be solved in bulk: There are captcha-solving services that were actual, low-paid, humans solve captchas in bulk. Again, using reCaptcha is a good idea here, as they have protections (such as the relatively short time the user has in order to solve the captcha). This kind of service is unlikely to be used unless your data is really valuable.

Serve your text content as an image

You can render the text into an image server-side, and serve that to be displayed, which will hinder simple scrapers extracting text.

However, this is bad for screen readers, search engines, performance, and pretty much everything else. It’s also illegal in some places (due to accessibility, eg. the Americans with Disabilities Act), and it’s also easy to circumvent with some OCR, so don’t do it.

You can do something similar with CSS sprites, but that suffers from the same problems.

Don’t expose your complete dataset:

If feasible, don’t provide a way for a script/bot to get all of your datasets. As an example: You have a news site, with lots of individual articles. You could make those articles be only accessible by searching for them via the on-site search, and, if you don’t have a list of all the articles on the site and their URLs anywhere, those articles will be only accessible by using the search feature. This means that a script wanting to get all the articles off your site will have to do searches for all possible phrases which may appear in your articles in order to find them all, which will be time-consuming, horribly inefficient, and will hopefully make the scraper give up.

This will be ineffective if:

  • The bot/script does not want/need the full dataset anyway.
  • Your articles are served from a URL which looks something like example.com/article.php?articleId=12345. This (and similar things) which will allow scrapers to simply iterate over all the articleIds and request all the articles that way.
  • There are other ways to eventually find all the articles, such as by writing a script to follow links within articles that lead to other articles.
  • Searching for something like “and” or “the” can reveal almost everything, so that is something to be aware of. (You can avoid this by only returning the top 10 or 20 results).
  • You need search engines to find your content.

Don’t expose your APIs, endpoints, and similar things:

Make sure you don’t expose any APIs, even unintentionally. For example, if you are using AJAX or network requests from within Adobe Flash or Java Applets (God forbid!) to load your data it is trivial to look at the network requests from the page and figure out where those requests are going to, and then reverse engineer and use those endpoints in a scraper program. Make sure you obfuscate your endpoints and make them hard for others to use, as described.

To deter HTML parsers and scrapers:

Since HTML parsers work by extracting content from pages based on identifiable patterns in the HTML, we can intentionally change those patterns in order to break these scrapers, or even screw with them. Most of these tips also apply to other scrapers like spiders and screen scrapers too.

Frequently change your HTML

Scrapers that process HTML directly do so by extracting contents from specific, identifiable parts of your HTML page. For example: If all pages on your website have a div with an id of article-content, which contains the text of the article, then it is trivial to write a script to visit all the article pages on your site and extract the content text of the article-content div on each article page, and voilà, the scraper has all the articles from your site in a format that can be reused elsewhere.

If you change the HTML and the structure of your pages frequently, such scrapers will no longer work.

  • You can frequently change the id’s and classes of elements in your HTML, perhaps even automatically. So, if your div.article-content becomes something like div.a4c36dda13eaf0, and changes every week, the scraper will work fine initially but will break after a week. Make sure to change the length of your ids/classes too, otherwise, the scraper will use div.[any-14-characters] to find the desired div instead. Beware of other similar holes too..
  • If there is no way to find the desired content from the markup, the scraper will do so from the way the HTML is structured. So, if all your article pages are similar in that every div inside a div which comes after a h1 is the article content, scrapers will get the article content based on that. Again, to break this, you can add/remove extra markup to your HTML, periodically and randomly, eg. adding extra divs or spans. With modern server-side HTML processing, this should not be too hard.

Things to be aware of:

  • It will be tedious and difficult to implement, maintain, and debug.
  • You will hinder caching. Especially if you change ids or classes of your HTML elements, this will require corresponding changes in your CSS and JavaScript files, which means that every time you change them, they will have to be re-downloaded by the browser. This will result in longer page load times for repeat visitors, and increased server load. If you only change it once a week, it will not be a big problem.
  • Clever scrapers will still be able to get your content by inferring where the actual content is, eg. by knowing that a large single block of text on the page is likely to be the actual article. This makes it possible to still find & extract the desired data from the page. Boilerpipe does exactly this.

Essentially, make sure that it is not easy for a script to find the actual, desired content for every similar page.

Change your HTML based on the user’s location

This is sort of similar to the previous tip. If you serve different HTML based on your user’s location/country (determined by IP address), this may break scrapers that are delivered to users. For example, if someone is writing a mobile app which scrapes data from your site, it will work fine initially, but break when it’s actually distributed to users, as those users may be in a different country, and thus get different HTML, which the embedded scraper was not designed to consume.

Frequently change your HTML, actively screw with the scrapers by doing so !

An example: You have a search feature on your website, located at example.com/search?query=somesearchquery, which returns the following HTML:

<div class="search-result">
  <h3 class="search-result-title">Stack Overflow has become the world's most popular programming Q & A website</h3>
  <p class="search-result-excerpt">The website Stack Overflow has now become the most popular programming Q & A website, with 10 million questions and many users, which...</p>
  <a class"search-result-link" href="/stories/stack-overflow-has-become-the-most-popular">Read more</a>
</div>
(And so on, lots more identically structured divs with search results)

As you may have guessed this is easy to scrape: all a scraper needs to do is hit the search URL with a query, and extract the desired data from the returned HTML. In addition to periodically changing the HTML as described above, you could also leave the old markup with the old ids and classes in, hide it with CSS, and fill it with fake data, thereby poisoning the scraper. Here’s how the search results page could be changed:

<div class="the-real-search-result">
  <h3 class="the-real-search-result-title">Stack Overflow has become the world's most popular programming Q & A website</h3>
  <p class="the-real-search-result-excerpt">The website Stack Overflow has now become the most popular programming Q & A website, with 10 million questions and many users, which...</p>
  <a class"the-real-search-result-link" href="/stories/stack-overflow-has-become-the-most-popular">Read more</a>
</div>

<div class="search-result" style="display:none">
  <h3 class="search-result-title">Visit example.com now, for all the latest Stack Overflow related news !</h3>
  <p class="search-result-excerpt">EXAMPLE.COM IS SO AWESOME, VISIT NOW! (Real users of your site will never see this, only the scrapers will.)</p>
  <a class"search-result-link" href="http://example.com/">Visit Now !</a>
</div>
(More real search results follow)

This will mean that scrapers written to extract data from the HTML based on classes or IDs will continue to seemingly work, but they will get fake data or even ads, data which real users will never see, as they’re hidden with CSS.

Screw with the scraper: Insert fake, invisible honeypot data into your page

Adding on to the previous example, you can add invisible honeypot items to your HTML to catch scrapers. An example which could be added to the previously described search results page:

<div class="search-result" style="display:none">
  <h3 class="search-result-title">This search result is here to prevent scraping</h3>
  <p class="search-result-excerpt">If you're a human and see this, please ignore it. If you're a scraper, please click the link below :-)
  Note that clicking the link below will block access to this site for 24 hours.</p>
  <a class"search-result-link" href="/scrapertrap/scrapertrap.php">I'm a scraper !</a>
</div>
(The actual, real, search results follow.)

A scraper written to get all the search results will pick this up, just like any of the other, real search results on the page, and visit the link, looking for the desired content. A real human will never even see it in the first place (due to it being hidden with CSS), and won’t visit the link. A genuine and desirable spider such as Google’s will not visit the link either because you disallowed /scrapertrap/ in your robots.txt (don’t forget this!)

You can make your scrapertrap.php do something like block access for the IP address that visited it or force a captcha for all subsequent requests from that IP.

  • Don’t forget to disallow your honeypot (/scrapertrap/) in your robots.txt file so that search engine bots don’t fall into it.
  • You can / should combine this with the previous tip of changing your HTML frequently.
  • Change this frequently too, as scrapers will eventually learn to avoid it. Change the honeypot URL and text. Also want to consider changing the inline CSS used for hiding, and use an ID attribute and external CSS instead, as scrapers will learn to avoid anything which has a style attribute with CSS used to hide the content. Also try only enabling it sometimes, so the scraper works initially, but breaks after a while. This also applies to the previous tip.
  • Beware that malicious people can post something like [img]http://yoursite.com/scrapertrap/scrapertrap.php[img] on a forum (or elsewhere), and thus DOS legitimate users when they visit that forum and their browser hits your honeypot URL. Thus, the previous tip of changing the URL is doubly important, and you could also check the Referer.

Serve fake and useless data if you detect a scraper

If you detect what is obviously a scraper, you can serve up fake and useless data; this will corrupt the data the scraper gets from your website. You should also make it impossible to distinguish such fake data from real data so that scrapers don’t know that they’re being screwed with.

As an example: if you have a news website; if you detect a scraper, instead of blocking access, just serve up fake, randomly generated articles, and this will poison the data the scraper gets. If you make your faked data or articles indistinguishable from the real thing, you’ll make it hard for scrapers to get what they want, namely the actual, real articles.

Don’t accept requests if the User-Agent is empty/missing

Often, lazily written scrapers will not send a User-Agent header with their request, whereas all browsers, as well as search engine spiders, will.

If you get a request where the User-Agent header is not present, you can show a captcha, or simply block or limit access. (Or serve fake data as described above, or something else..)

It’s trivial to spoof, but as a measure against poorly written scrapers it is worth implementing.

Don’t accept requests if the User-Agent is a common scraper one; blacklist ones used by scrapers

In some cases, scrapers will use a User Agent which no real browser or search engine spider uses, such as:

  • “Mozilla” (Just that, nothing else. I’ve seen a few questions about scraping here, using that. A real browser will never use only that)
  • “Java 1.7.43_u43” (By default, Java’s HttpUrlConnection uses something like this.)
  • “BIZCO EasyScraping Studio 2.0”
  • “wget”, “curl”, “libcurl”,.. (Wget and cURL are sometimes used for basic scraping)

If you find that a specific User Agent string is used by scrapers on your site, and it is not used by real browsers or legitimate spiders, you can also add it to your blacklist.

Check the Referer header

Adding on to the previous item, you can also check for the [Referer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_referer header) (yes, it’s Referer, not Referrer), as lazily written scrapers may not send it, or always send the same thing (sometimes “google.com”). As an example, if the user comes to an article page from a on-site search results page, check that the Referer header is present and points to that search results page.

Beware that:

  • Real browsers don’t always send it either;
  • It’s trivial to spoof.

Again, as an additional measure against poorly written scrapers it may be worth implementing.

If it doesn’t request assets (CSS, images), it’s not a real browser.

A real browser will (almost always) request and download assets such as images and CSS. HTML parsers and scrapers won’t as they are only interested in the actual pages and their content.

You could log requests to your assets, and if you see lots of requests for only the HTML, it may be a scraper.

Beware that search engine bots, ancient mobile devices, screen readers and misconfigured devices may not request assets either.

Use and require cookies; use them to track user and scraper actions.

You can require cookies to be enabled in order to view your website. This will deter inexperienced and newbie scraper writers, however it is easy to for a scraper to send cookies. If you do use and require them, you can track user and scraper actions with them, and thus implement rate-limiting, blocking, or showing captcha on a per-user instead of a per-IP basis.

For example: when the user performs search, set a unique identifying cookie. When the results pages are viewed, verify that cookie. If the user opens all the search results (you can tell from the cookie), then it’s probably a scraper.

Using cookies may be ineffective, as scrapers can send the cookies with their requests too, and discard them as needed. You will also prevent access for real users who have cookies disabled if your site only works with cookies.

Note that if you use JavaScript to set and retrieve the cookie, you’ll block scrapers which don’t run JavaScript, since they can’t retrieve and send the cookie with their request.

Use JavaScript + Ajax to load your content

You could use JavaScript + AJAX to load your content after the page itself loads. This will make the content inaccessible to HTML parsers which do not run JavaScript. This is often an effective deterrent to newbie and inexperienced programmers writing scrapers.

Be aware of:

  • Using JavaScript to load the actual content will degrade user experience and performance
  • Search engines may not run JavaScript either, thus preventing them from indexing your content. This may not be a problem for search results pages but may be for other things, such as article pages.
  • A programmer writing a scraper who knows what they’re doing can discover the endpoints where the content is loaded from and use them.

Obfuscate your markup, network requests from scripts, and everything else.

If you use Ajax and JavaScript to load your data, obfuscate the data which is transferred. As an example, you could encode your data on the server (with something as simple as base64 or more complex with multiple layers of obfuscation, bit-shifting, and maybe even encryption), and then decode and display it on the client, after fetching via Ajax. This will mean that someone inspecting network traffic will not immediately see how your page works and loads data, and it will be tougher for someone to directly request request data from your endpoints, as they will have to reverse-engineer your descrambling algorithm.

  • If you do use Ajax for loading the data, you should make it hard to use the endpoints without loading the page first, eg by requiring some session key as a parameter, which you can embed in your JavaScript or your HTML.
  • You can also embed your obfuscated data directly in the initial HTML page and use JavaScript to deobfuscate and display it, which would avoid the extra network requests. Doing this will make it significantly harder to extract the data using a HTML-only parser which does not run JavaScript, as the one writing the scraper will have to reverse engineer your JavaScript (which you should obfuscate too).
  • You might want to change your obfuscation methods regularly, to break scrapers who have figured it out.

There are several disadvantages to doing something like this, though:

  • It will be tedious and difficult to implement, maintain, and debug.
  • It will be ineffective against scrapers and screen scrapers which actually run JavaScript and then extract the data. (Most simple HTML parsers don’t run JavaScript though)
  • It will make your site nonfunctional for real users if they have JavaScript disabled.
  • Performance and page-load times will suffer.

Non-Technical:

Your hosting provider may provide bot – and scraper protection:

For example, Cloudflare provides anti-bot and anti-scraping protection, which you just need to enable, and so does AWS. There is also mod_evasive, an Apache module which lets you implement rate-limiting easily.

Tell people not to scrape, and some will respect it

You should tell people not to scrape your site, eg. in your conditions or Terms Of Service. Some people will actually respect that, and not scrape data from your website without permission.

Find a lawyer

They know how to deal with copyright infringement, and can send a cease-and-desist letter. The DMCA is also helpful in this regard.

This is the approach Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange uses.

Make your data available, provide an API:

This may seem counterproductive, but you could make your data easily available and require attribution and a link back to your site. Maybe even charge $$$ for it..

Again, Stack Exchange provides an API, but with attribution required.

Miscellaneous:

  • Find a balance between usability for real users and scraper-proofness: Everything you do will impact user experience negatively in one way or another, so you will need to find compromises.
  • Don’t forget your mobile site and apps: If you have a mobile version of your site, beware that scrapers can also scrape that. If you have a mobile app, that can be screen scraped too, and network traffic can be inspected to figure out the REST endpoints it uses.
  • If you serve a special version of your site for specific browsers, eg. a cut-down version for older versions of Internet Explorer, don’t forget that scrapers can scrape that, too.
  • Use these tips in combination, pick what works best for you.
  • Scrapers can scrape other scrapers: If there is one website that shows content scraped from your website, other scrapers can scrape from that scraper’s website.

What’s the most effective way?

In my experience of writing scrapers and helping people to write scrapers here on SO, the most effective methods are :

  • Changing the HTML markup frequently
  • Honeypots and fake data
  • Using obfuscated JavaScript, AJAX, and Cookies
  • Rate limiting and scraper detection and subsequent blocking.

Why you should switch to a dedicated server?

t has been quite some time making people understand Why you should switch to a dedicated server?. We have been working with variety of clients, ranging from startups to big corporate. When it comes to hosting an application or a website or some organizational too, we come to face this question every time. So, here we are with a complete walk through to make you understand why one should opt for a dedicated server.


In today’s scenario, when everything is going digital and global, we have to move ourselves to the same virtual world. True. But how to choose for a good place (hosting). You will have to understand your requirements first. Points you can consider while choosing a hosting provider is as follow:

  • What is your client base?
  • What is your processing needs?
  • What programming language you prefer for development?
  • What is the security aspect for your data?
  • What is the scalability and availability needs?

Coming to each point one by one,


WHAT IS YOUR CLIENT BASE?


This is a big question, as the client base decides what bandwidth will be required?, What processing capacity is required?, What architecture of hardware will fulfill the access needs!. When we talk about the client base, we talk about the public view of our project, tool or website. The public view decides actually how many people are going to access your tool. If you are building a tool for your personal use, you will be the client for the tool. If it’s for you office, your mates will be the client, if you are building it for outside people, then the global users will be your client base.


If your client base is large, you need to have a good processing capacity and availability. You will require a hosting that can hold all your client session at the same time. If your tool is going to hold large client base, you must opt for a dedicated server. Other hosting services like shared hosting, or WordPress or VPS may help you in different sets.
First look at the client base and then choose your hosting providers.



WHAT IS YOUR PROCESSING NEEDS?

Many times, we look on different aspects but miss the need of judging our software on basis of its hardware requirements. We suggest you to have a deep look on the resource usage of your software based on the targeted user base.
It is simple to understand. Eg. Say if you have a 4000MB RAM and on each request by a user, 1 MB of ram is utilized in a unit of time, then it simply means that in one unit of time you can entertain only 4000 users.


If you optimize the software, then the usage of resources per user will go down making your availability more higher. Eg. if you have 4000MB RAM and your software requires 512KB RAM to entertain one user in one unit of time, then you can entertain 8000 users at the same time with the same set of resources.
You need to decide the hardware you require for running your tool based on your client base.



WHAT PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE YOU PREFER FOR DEVELOPMENT?

When it comes to programming language, you have to be specific with the platform you require. It has lot of dependency. You require better and secure platform for setting up your application on the server.


Generally if you are developing your software in PHP, you require an Apache based hosting provider. If you are an ASP.NET developer, you require a Plex based hosting. Similarly, you require different set of software to host your application software.

You need to decide your programing language for developing your tool.



WHAT IS THE SECURITY ASPECT OF YOUR DATA?

If you are looking for a secure server for setting up your custom software, you should opt for either a VPS or a Dedicated server, wherein you get root access of the machine, which helps you to move ahead with implementing better security to your tool.


You can implement software firewalls, setup your own security policies and a lot more, which is not possible with most of the shared hosting.
Your selection of security aspect is dependent on the type of programming language you opt and also with the processing requirement for your client base.



WHAT ARE YOUR SCALABILITY AND AVAILABILITY NEEDS?

You might be in need of developing a tool that can help you make your office work online, but there can be a case of increasing the hardware, say storage of the server. You must have a scalable server provider, which can increase the hardware as per requirements without hampering your work.


You must have a look for server providers with scalable architecture and higher availability.

If you make a correct decision based on the above, you are ready to go with choosing the correct hosting provider.

Now coming back to the real question! Why you should shift to a dedicated server?

The answer is simple

  • You get better control over your server.
  • Can implement better security to your tool, by setting up custom policies over the software firewall, and a lot more.
  • Can upgrade hardware if required.
  • Can opt for different programming languages as per your requirements.
  • Can setup your environment, for which you are going to develop your tool.
  • Can handle client base as per your requirements.

You should be wise while choosing your hosting services. We suggest you to first help yourself in judging your requirements based on above points, if you find your requirements are more or less matching with the above. Then you should move with a dedicated server.


Our team provides dedicated server and also helps in setting up in-house server in client’s location. We have been doing this for multiple clients. If you find a requirement for the above, please feel free to get in touch with us. Our team will be happy to help you.

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