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Michael Pignataro

About Michael Pignataro

Entrepreneur, family man and long-time magician, "Magic Man" Michael Pignataro is co-owner of 'corePHP' with his mirror-image twin brother, Steven. Michael is 'corePHP's Co-Chief Executive Officer - Operations. He's also got a wicked fast wrist at the foosball table.

4 Ways to Boost Your Student Blog

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Whether you’re studying for a degree in digital marketing, taking English as a major or even studying at home for your RN to MSN online degree, starting a student blog can be an amazing way to make some extra money. It also looks awesome on a graduate resume. But, with so many student blogs out there to compete against, ensuring that yours is a success will take some hard work and dedication. We’ve put together some top tips to help you boost your student blog.

Over the years building and maintaining WordPress for Joomla we have found this to be the right tool to help you drive your online blog business and have the power of Joomla for your CMS to grow to leaps and bounds you never imagine before. Now onward to the good stuff!

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6 Reasons Why Tech Startups are Still In Need of MBAs

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Throughout my career people keep asking what do tech/marketing companies look for when hiring. The employee base is getting competitive out in the market today. Here are things we look for in positions here at ‘corePHP’.

Most startups, including tech ones, can benefit greatly from either employing an MBA graduate or from the business owner/s getting their own MBA. Here are six reasons why it’s important for tech startups to have an MBA. Continue reading

Best Way To Use Video In E-Commerce Web Design To Boost Conversion

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As the current inbound and web marketing continues to hike in popularity, there is one thing, which remains quite clear. The video is likely to be the finest positive factor, for converting the rate lifts. As per some of the recent statistics involved, within 2020, the current IP traffic is likely to create nearly 82% of global consumer traffic. Now, that’s massive news, especially for online businessmen that run e-commerce websites.

Nowadays, site visitors are currently consuming more videos. Therefore, it is quite inevitable when you see web designers trying to incorporate video for enhancing the value of your website. They are currently working on the site conversion rate of clients, and even noting down user experience, as that helps in incorporating more video into the current design. Continue reading

Why Web Security Is Important When Building a Gaming Website

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Take a step back and do a quick observation about your life on the internet. You will quickly notice that more than 70% of your life is actually stored digitally somewhere, whether it is your login info for an ecommerce site or the holiday photos you have backed up to the cloud. In today’s world, we convert more and more information into digital 1s and 0s.

As the amount of information we store digitally grows, the need for better information security grows with it. We now have multiple security measures in place to help protect sensitive personal information. SSL security prevents theft from sniffing data being transmitted to and from servers. Encryption and other technologies are safeguarding our files while they are being stored. We even have different PHP frameworks and modules designed to improve security of the apps and web services we develop.

Customers – including you and I – are more aware of the importance of information security, which means the web services developed for them must also be properly secured. There are a number of reasons why security is paramount when building a website, especially when you are developing a gaming website. Continue reading

Another Idea How to Benefit from Web Design Niche

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If you decided to engage your life with web design, you certainly wondered how to benefit more in this niche. Fortunately internet gives us loads of opportunities of earning money. The means you choose depend only on your abilities and desires. You have a possibility to choose how much resources, time and efforts you want to put into it. You can work as an individual web developer, thus putting all you time and energy into the process. It is quite rewarding and well-paid though. If you want to spend less efforts you can choose affiliate marketing. This way has a long history and accounts for millions of adherents worldwide. Although it is extended far beyond web design niche, it is here where you have a good scope of work. All big template providers offer you an opportunity to become their partner, but on different terms. The commission rate and the terms of use may vary, but the idea of popularizing the product is the same. We won’t stop on different affiliate programs now. You will easily find tones of articles comparing pros and cons of different programs, if you put it as a goal.

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Top 20 Best Selling Templates with TemplateMonster

Top 20 Best-Selling Templates. TemplateMonster Edition

For this chart we have hand-picked 20 best-selling TemplateMonster themes that will appeal to everyone who strives for perfection. Blogs, personal and business sites, eCommerce platforms – no matter what kind of project you run and what industry you belong to, we are certain that you will be able to find a theme that will meet your most demanding expectations.

So, what best sellers are we talking about? More and more often we can come across multipurpose designs. Theme providers try hard to impress the audience with the latest innovations. TemplateMonster is no exception. Their inventory of 60+ themes features a pre-designed option of any design, for any business niche and CMS possible. Recently, they have started launching fit-it-all solutions that combine sleek style and pro functionality under the hood. Drag-and-drop page builders are indispensable components of multipurpose themes, as well as child themes, ready-made layouts, custom modules and extensions, and a whole lot of other features.

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Is Your e-Commerce Business Designed for Scalable Growth?

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Does your e-commerce business have a growth ceiling? When you’re starting up an commerce business, it’s easy to get preoccupied with just getting your business up and running without thinking about its long-term growth potential. But scalability is one of the key factors experienced investors consider when evaluating a company’s profit potential, says Angel investor Marianne Hudson. That’s because scalability is what enables a company to increase its profit as revenue increases without rising expenses cutting into margins. In order to scale up profitably, you need to design your business model so that you can increase your sales without losing efficiency or decreasing the quality of your customer service. Here are some strategies and tools to help. Continue reading

3 Ways to Maximize Mobile Lead Generation

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Marketing techniques and tools continue to evolve at a mind-boggling pace, so much so that it can be challenging to keep up. Whenever a new mobile-focused idea starts creating buzz, it isn’t unusual for even the most savvy business owners to scratch their heads and think, “Should we try that too?” But it’s important to remember the old saying that a jack-of-all-trades is often a master of none. So unless you have a highly-skilled agency handling all of your marketing efforts for you, it might not be the best idea for you to invest too much time or too many resources into jumping from one trendy tactic to the next for your lead generation. Instead, start by reviewing your current initiatives, making sure all foundational elements are in place and then slowly, strategically incorporate a new mobile approach (one at a time). Here are a few specific tips to aid in this process. Continue reading

20 Most Popular WordPress themes of 2016

Top 20 Most Popular WordPress Themes of 2016

You have an idea of launching a website, but don’t know how to approach it? You are reading this article, so you are on the right track. It is easy to hire a specialist who will have everything done for you. But what if you want to do everything by yourself? First of all you need to inspect the field of your future activity: read as many articles as possible, talk to people on forums, watch relevant videos on YouTube, consult specialists, if you have such an opportunity. With this bundle of knowledge you can start some active actions. Depending on the purpose of your website you need to choose a suitable CMS. The choice is quite big, and each of them has its pros and cons. You need to analyze them carefully and decide what features are important for you, and which you can sacrifice. If you are a beginner, there is no better choice than WordPress. Lately WordPress templates were strongly associated with blogs, but now lots of big companies have their websites built on WordPress. It can also be used for CVs, portfolios, online shops and dozens of other options. So you can safely rely upon it in 90% of the cases.

To show you an example of possible projects that can be based on WordPress, we have picked up 20 themes of different categories, fitting various business niches. As all of them are produced by world-known provider TemplateMonster, they meet all the high standards of web design and guarantee smooth and easy installation and customization process. Clean well-commented coding makes it easy to optimize them for SEO to get higher rankings. Cherry Framework core provides you with advanced intuitive admin panel, where you can manage your website from. Thanks to the responsive design it will adjust flawlessly to any screen size. And in case you face any difficulties you can always apply to free 24/7 support service. Continue reading

Secure Your Content: 4 Ways to Keep Your Site Safe

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Paragon Software Group found that one in five businesses have experienced data loss. Human error and hardware failure are just some of the reasons for loss. But there’s another more sinister reason behind data loss. The FBI estimates that 500 million computers a year are hacked. Some of those hacks include ransomware, where your device is locked down and the hacker demands money to unlock your device and files. Continue reading