Friday, June 21, 2013

TheQuotes.Net is becoming Mobile Friendly site....



 Few months back I had published a post talking about various approaches for making our Motivational Website TheQuotes.net mobile friendly.

The mobile users percentage for this motivational site reaches 30.  So, I had decided to take immediate steps to make TheQuotes.net mobile-friendly.

I installed wptouch wordpress plug-in so that mobile users will see the page optimized for the mobile devices, while the desktop users continue to see the current design.

I had faced some issues while making it working for the php-code embedded pages. Initially I thought it is due to the messup between wptouch and php-exec as suggested by many forum posts. Anyway, finally I found the actual problem, and solved it by including custom scripts separately for the wptouch plugin.

 Now, I hope that TheQuotes.net will load quickly in mobile devices and it will be more convenient to read on mobile displays.

Let me know if you face any difficulty in seeing TheQuotes.net in your mobile devices.
And, note that only the worpress blog part of the site is made to mobile-friendly. I plan to make the other parts like, quotes gallery, faecebook covers, greetings, quotes of the day, etc mobile friendly in future. Mostly I plan to use Twitter bootstrap responsive design for those modules.

And, I am looking for any website which simulate various mobile devices so that I can test it easily. I evaluated few sites, but they are not much useful. Let me know if you know any useful mobile testing website.



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Monday, June 17, 2013

Improvements in our pricing policy



Past few days I had done detailed analysis/study about our web development company "QualityPoint Technologies". I did this study from various perspectives like Employees, projects, technologies, clients, HR, pricing approach, marketing plans, own products,... etc.

First of all, I would like to say my "Thanks" to all our customers. Because of the support from our customers we are able to successfully run QualityPoint Technologies 5th year with lot of progress.

Though we had good progress in terms of gaining customers, developing products, launching our own web portals, I still find lot of opportunity in improving our company further. I feel the progress is very slow though it is growing steadily.

I had come up with two important things that need to be improved lot. One is, significant improvements in Employees hiring/training/firing process. I will write separate detailed blog post about it later once after I start implementing it successfully.

The second important thing is, improvement in pricing policy. I will explain about it in detail in this blog post.

In the past 5 years, we had done more than 180 projects for our customers. Apart from these projects we had done small customization works for many of our Timesheet script buyers and SEO Tools buyers.

I understand that I had to quote very less in the beginning so that we can start getting projects. But now I realize that quoting low price is the major cause for the slow growth rate.

Let me explain about it in detail.

- Low price attracts the people who are not having any proper plans for their projects.
- Because of Low price quoting, I find difficulties in retaining the talented employees.
- Customers are NOT valuing our Team's work/time, as they have to pay only very low price. It ultimately breaks the project success.
- The customers who spend less in project development, are not spending any money for promoting their product. Because of this reason, our hard work and skills are NOT getting enough attention. For example, 5 years back, when I start this company we did a project exactly similar to pinterest. Note that pinterest was NOT there at that time. Cloning pinterest is very simple now. But at that time, we had to do lot of hard work to successfully complete the project. We charged less then hundred dollars  for completing the entire project. But the client didn't take steps for promoting it. Pinterest which came after few years get lot of exposure. So, obviously working with low-budget clients didn't give any benefit for us.

So, I had decided to charge our clients at appropriate price instead of blindly charging low price.

Anyway, I respect the value for the money paid by our customers. So, I am NOT going to price very high. And, I will take all the necessary steps to give most valuable work for the each hour of work.

After doing some market study and evaluating our work, I came up with appropriate price of $8 USD per hour of work. Still this price is very less comparing to the many other companies.

I will be charging $8 USD per hour of work starting from July 1st, 2013. Till end of this month our existing customers and people who have already requested for pricing, can pay the current price.


And, we had taken lot of efforts to improve the development strategy and processes so as to improve the speed and quality of development. And, we had come up with lot of script libraries to improve the development speed further.


Apart from doing web development, we do Software testing , SEO/SEM/Social Media promotion/virtual assistance also. The same price is applicable for them also.

I had informed our existing customers about this price change thro' email.

Please note that $8 per hour is applicable for our Team members only. If you want me to work specifically in any complex testing tasks or for any discussion/analysis, I will charge $15 per hour. And, I can spend only 2 or 3 hours per day. Anyway as usual, I will be spending my time without any charge for guiding our team, review their work, help them to understand requirements properly, help them to communicate better, motivate them to work properly, teach them about data security and privacy, remind them to take data backup regularly, and give any technical assistance.

And, recently we had developed few Twitter/Facebook Apps, and newsletter for our own motivational web site TheQuotes.net. If you want similar scripts, We will be able to develop them with minimum efforts, and therefore minimum cost for you.

Personally, I have around 15 years of experience in IT, and past 5 years I am trying out various aspects of online businesses and gathered valuable knowledge about which will work out and which will not work out. I will not hesitate to share this knowledge with my customers, as I strongly believe that we can achieve success ONLY if our customers get success.

So, I am sure that our customers will be giving their support continuously irrespective of this price change.

Anyway, I prefer to focus more on developing/promoting our own products/websites than working on low-paying customers projects. Actually I have tested it in past few months. It is more profitable than working for low-paying customers. In this case, I welcome the investors for investing in our websites.

If you have any questions contact me at rajamanickam.a@gmail.com

And, you can read my previous post to know the benefits of our web development.


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Facebook Application and Twitter application for getting more Traffic



We have developed a Twitter Application and Facebook Application few months back for our motivational website TheQuotes.net.

These applications are bringing significant number of visitors to our website, and it greatly helps for branding our site. Today one of the users of these applications asked me about how to include his website name in the updates sent from these applications.

So, I thought of selling these applications to the interested people so that they can include their website URL in the updates.

Contact me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com ) if you are interested to buy these applications or want to us to develop any custom applications according to your own requirements.

And, you can read my previous post to know the benefits of our web development.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

FREE Motivational Kindle Book offer for the Father's Day.



Fathers's Day  will be getting celebrated in coming Sunday, 16th June 2013 in most of the Countries.

We can find lot of Discounts and FREE offers for the Father's Day for various products.

We are also providing FREE offer for this year Father's Day.

i-e You can get the kindle version of  our Motivational Book for FREE on Frinday and Saturday. (i-e 14th and 15th June, 2013).

Just visit this Amazon link on these two days (PST timing) to get it freely.



And, you can see huge collection of Father's Day Quotes here, and set your Facebook Timeline Cover by choosing Father's Day related images here.


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Twitter retires REST API v1. We should use API v1.1 in our Twitter applications.



Twitter had announced that REST API v1 will not be available now. And, Twitter has asked the Developers to migrate to API v1.1.



Read below the blog post from Twitter about the retirement of API v1.


Today, we are retiring API v1 and fully transitioning to API v1.1. Given the array of blackout tests, blog posts, Tweets and other updates, this should (hopefully) not be a surprise. Before I get into the slew of resources available for you, let me first say thank you for your cooperation over the last several months.
Based on the blackout tests and looking at the numbers, we can see that the vast majority of applications have transitioned to API v1.1. If you still have not updated your app and you want people to be able to continue using it, it’s not too late! Documentation is available here.
Additionally, here are other resources that we’ve pulled together to help make this transition more smooth:
We’re excited to bring this process to a close and to continue building a strong platform & ecosystem on API v1.1 and to make it even more valuable for you.


If you  are still using the old API, you will get below error message.

“The Twitter REST API v1 is no longer active. Please migrate to API v1.1. https://dev.twitter.com/docs/api/1.1/overview.”

And, if the changes are not done properly, then you will get below error message.

 Bad Authentication data [code] => 215 
If you are using as "statuses/mentions" in old version,  you need to use as "statuses/mentions_timeline".

The major differences between API v1.0 and v1.1:
  1. API v1.1 is SSL only.
  2. JSON is now the only available data format — XML, RSS and ATOM have been retired.
  3. All requests must be authenticated via OAuth.
We had to make significant changes to make it work with the new API. We are having Good experience in Twitter application development. (E.g Auto Quotes Tweets)

So, you can contact me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com) if you want our Team to fix your twitter application for a reasonable charge.

We can do any kind of web development(php/myslq/html/jquery/ajax) for affordable price.
Personally, I have around 15 years of experience in IT. And, I am running QualityPoint Technologies for more than 5 years.

So, our Team can do any custom script development effectively in a professional way.

And, If you are interested in our software testing service, refer this post  for more details.

I came to know that lot of people are having some good online business ideas and they have enough resources for marketing also. But they hesitate to start their business as they were thinking that web development cost will be more. But the fact is, we can get lot of free open source scripts available online and they can be made suitable for our needs  by doing some code changes. So our custom web development services will be suitable for
these kind of people who want to start their own online business. You may  refer our script development service to your friends who will be interested to start their own profitable business.



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Friday, June 7, 2013

Difficulties in sending message to all the LinkedIn connections



I am running a Motivational Site TheQuotes.Net by providing various Apps and content that are useful for the people to keep their thoughts positive. So, I just wanted to do some analysis about the power of subconscious mind. And therefore, I added a poll to get the details about the people's response for this small riddle which is related to subconscious mind.

After adding this poll, I thought of sending message to all my LinkedIn connections for asking them to read the riddle and give their response.

But Linkedin is limiting the number of recipients to 50. Since I have more than 3.5K connections, I had to send the message in multiple batches. And, I had to choose the connections one bye one. It seems "check all" will work only if the list of connections is within 50.

It is taking more time to send the message by choosing 50 recipients multiple times. Because sometimes, the selected recipients are not getting loaded properly. I had to add those 50 recipients again by clicking 50 check-boxes one by one manually.

I understand that LinkedIn is imposing these limitations to prevent spam messages. But I feel that Linkedin can improve this process further so that genuine messages can be sent to all linkedin connections easily while still preventing spam messages.




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