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Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution 13 Review

Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution 13 Review

A few months back, I brought to your attention the nice, development-ready platform, Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution 12, and with the programs stable of site design tools, layouts, and templates. Fast forward to this month (October 2016), and you have the updated release of this fine suite, entitled WebSite X5 Evolution 13. Included with this update, is a bevy of new templates, stock images, graphic libraries, eCommerce site tools, social media buttons/applets, and so much more. You may wonder do these new features warrant the upgrade price. Let’s go through the process, and see what is on offer, and what is best for each type of user.websitex5_800px

If you are someone, like myself, and have your own blog site, having the new tools, such as a large stock royalty-free image library (now numbering at 700,000 images), is a blessing, as I can use the images to augment my posts, with demonstration images, along with the licensed images of the products that I review. I do not have a budget to purchase images/logos/design vector images, as a hobbyist blogger, but now I can choose from the built-in libraries to find what I need for future posts.

pro_en_xlAnother element of this update is enhanced eCommerce tools, with strong-level integration with payment processing gateways that work with your online storefront, which allows you to take a nice range of credit cards that you can accept. I do not have a need of this type of site tools, but my wife does run an online store, where she sells her artwork and hopefully, someday her books and instructional materials. I plan to introduce these, new financial purchasing tools to her, so she can incorporate this into her payment structure, to help cut out the “middleman” and reduce her cost overhead in processing fees.

incomedia-website-x5-product-specificationsMy blog audience and exposure is intrinsically tied to my social media profile. I have been able to contact numerous companies, their representatives, and vested individuals, who want to support my cause of raising awareness for the disabled and technology. One day that I do that, on a day-to-day basis is my contacting companies, through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other media outlets. On top of that, I enter numerous contests with many groups, and disseminate those promotional activities, through these social channels, so you, my readers can take advantage of these along with me.

If, and when I can move to a dedicate domain site, I hope to add these built-in plugins and social buttons from Incomedia’s WebSite X5 13. I want to do this to streamline this process, and make it possible for you interface directly with me, on my site, auto re-post my content to multiple social media channels, and maybe have future giveaways with these features, down the line. Having an integrated social media system will make my portfolio of content much more cohesive entity, and centralized that is currently capable.

incomedia_website_x5_logo_redI could go on and on, in hashing out the new features, but the best service that I can do for you is to tell you the three tiers that this software come in, and their price points. The starting tier is WebSite X5 Start 13, which includes 25 pages to make/manage, 50 templates, and the ability to make sites for desktop computers. This only cost $19.99 USD; nice budget-conscious price point that allows you to utilize this software much more than what a trial can offer you. The next tier is WebSite X5 Evolution 13, which is what I need for my projects/sites, and the one I recommend for the majority of people, who need web page design software. The cost of this is $79.00 USD, and has many, many more features, templates, pages to manage, and the ability to offer online storefronts. The top-tier of this product family is WebSite X5 13 Professional that has all of the aforementioned features, options, and a full-featured eCommerce suite that supports storefronts, payment systems, registration of users, and an inventory system, second to none. These wide –ranging feature set comes at a higher price than the other tiers, but considering what you get for the price (being able to use a license on up to two machines) the cost of $199.00 USD is a great buy!

logo_800px-blackIf you have ever had the pleasure to interact with Incomedia, whether as a customer, a potential customer, or someone who has some questions to make a decision or solve an issue, you know they stand behind what they publish/sell. This should give you peace of mind, in deciding to either upgrade to the new version/tier or become a new customer for the first time. Whatever you choose, I can tell you that you will never be disappointed that you considered Incomedia, and their products. As always keep on techin’. . .

Disconnect VPN – Privacy Pro 1.13 In-Depth Review:

Disconnect VPN – Privacy Pro 1.13 In-Depth Review:

My readership knows how much I treasure privacy and security, with growing concerns that gain strength, with more revelations that governments, corporations, and hacktivist groups are tracking our movements, week after week. This occurs many times, without our express, implicit, permission or legal presidents that justify such surveillance. I highlight companies that help the honest citizen, fight back against such invasive and overreaching practices. One such company that is fighting the good fight is Disconnect, a heralded Virtual Private Network Provider (VPN).

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For those of my readership, who have nominal knowledge and experience with VPN services, I can assure you the process is very hassle-free with Disconnect, and their service platforms (extensions, plugins, apps, etc.). The instructions are very straightforward and require basic software operation skills for PC, tablets, and smartphones. The value proposition inherent in using a service like this is weighed carefully, and once you see the benefits, I am sure that you will find the price point a solid bargain.

disconnect_logoOne, key way of analyzing how this might be helpful to you, and worth the cost can be seen in the gains that you make in data consumption. In looking at the benefits of having ads, tracking protocols, and other data-gobbling data filtered out of your connection, (via VPN) will not only give you peace of mind, but also better speed utilization and greater privacy that using a direct connection to the web. In prior articles that I have written, along with a cacophony of other tech insiders, who have documented and well cited the fact that every piece of data that comes in the down-link can both eat up any caps on monthly transmission limits, but also clog the storage and memory usage of the receiving devices. This is particularly true of mobile smart devices and hotspots, as most provides give you limited and/or throttled data thresholds/month; such devices also have limited storage/memory capacity (usually stated in GB’s).

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On top of this nuisance/menace potentiality, malware has become a greater threat, as the “black hats” have undertaken making phishing/impostors apps that mimic and steal vital information from unsuspecting customers. One way that such nefarious programs get onto devices is through bogus websites/tracking telemetry. With Disconnect protecting you web-enabled computers and mobile devices, this risk is greatly decreased and said sources will have a more difficult time getting to your identity and personal information. With breaches at some of the largest tech companies in the world, where people’s info was stolen with legitimate apps, it is vitally important to make sure the bogus one’s do not get through.

disconnect_scree_capture01 Another excellent benefit of having a VPN is the ability to circumvent Geo-fencing, or the practice of restricting Internet access, based on your location. While in the nation of the United States of America (where I live), we still have a U.S. Constitutional First Amendment that guarantees us freedom of speech, but in many parts of the world, that is not the case. Having access to a VPN allows the user’s of that network service the anonymity to get redacted information and share details of the inner workings of oppressive regimes. A secondary benefit of a Geo-fencing masking IP is the ability to set/show your location as another region on the world, to enjoy content is available to that part of the world, alone. This must be done, under the auspices of acceptable terms of use of any web services one may be subscribed to as a member.disconnect_screen_capture_smartphone01

You may be asking what does a comprehensive VPN service cost to use. The answer may surprise you, as the cost has a range of prices to choose from, starting at Free (Basic – Protect One Browser, Block Trackers, and Search Privately), $40.00 USD (Pro –Block Trackers & Malware across the entire system, with a 44% speed increase in performance, 39% less bandwidth consumption, and longer battery life (if applicable), and $50.00 USD/yr.- 3 Devices (Premium – Pro privacy and performance, secure WI-FI, and full location masking with the VPN). In addition to these levels of coverage, they have a one-time purchase that offers a VPN module for iOS, called Privacy Pro. The cost of this app is $29.99 USD, and grants the user of an iDevice a nice amount of privacy protection and tracking protection, via a VPN configuration plugin for the operating system. All together, each of these work well in conjunction with each other and make a fine addition to one’s security protection plan. All in all, this is a nice company and nice products to help keep your life, data, and online activity, private. Tell them I sent you, and keep on techin’!

Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution 12 Review

Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution 12 Review

As a blogger, with my own column, I can attest how important it is to have a professional image/layout for you site. I have been lucky, in my transition from Tumblr to WordPress; I was able to find a free theme to meet my needs, though many are not. One issue with free themes for many people is lack of unique identity, and the ability to keep them working with changes to the WordPress’ platform. Another issue is that many free themes also can have nefarious links to malware and cyber security dangers. That aside, free templates for general website creation have similar problems, and are not nearly adaptable for various industries and sectors, as their paid alternatives.

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Fortunately, the fine firm of Incomedia, and their flagship website suite, WebSite X5 Evolution 12 eliminates these hurdles, and eradicates any limitations that you might put on your site design. Utilizing a systematic (step-by-step) approach that walks you through each phase of site creation, you can both real-time preview each change, and see what your site needs next. If you are unsure of how you should layout your site, WebSite X5 has countless pre-formatted templates and stock images, to get your started. As each step is completed, you can then plan to either publish to your site host or locally, so you can then take the completed site into another web editor or program.

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Once you start up the program, you are presented to a window, which allows you both login/setup your web membership account, as well as browse the promoted templates and galley items that are available for free or for purchase, with credits (which can be purchased online, directly from Incomedia in bulk packs). You can also check on updates and the answer data-bank/FAQ updates that address various issues in the WebSite X5 community. This is also the wizard/systematic creation module start point.

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To create your site, just follow the instructions, outlined in each step, and add in the required information, such as you URL, site name, site icon (favicon), and so forth. Each level of creation has clear, concise help and built-in tools that make the process intuitive and much easier than in years prior. I know that making a website, from years ago, required a lot of HTML/CSS/PHP coding, and put the power of site creation in the hands of the programmers, versus the artists. Now, with a program, such as WebSite X5 Evolution, you can focus on how you want your site to look, the pages to include, and the features you need, and let the software handle the hard coding for you. Do not fret, though, if you want to do coding or modification of the code placed by the software, you can easily take charge of this task.

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I do have a background in graphic design (as some of you know), by my training and emphasis is the print media realm. As I was graduating from college, I took a web design class, where I used Adobe GoLive (a program that I believe has been discontinued) and Photoshop together to make a site. This was my only site creation tools that I had used, and we did not get taught any HTML or coding skills at all, as we were told that we would hand off those tasks to a dedicated web programmer. Fast forward to now (ten plus years later), and my web creation skills still depend on GUI wizards and templates for my online output. Thankfully, these have gotten me by, but now with the expansive tools, provided by Incomedia and WebSite X5, I can broaden my horizons and expand what I can do, now. This will be true of you, as well; as I know that you can take these tools and make them your own, too!

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One thing I want to highlight is that WebSite X5 does support e-commerce and online stores. Being disabled and doing this as a hobby, I do not need an online storefront, but my wife does have a home-based, e-business, that does need these features. She sells her artwork online, and she wants to do so, directly to her customers. With this suite, she can now design her own shopping cart, and collect payment from her patrons. This software supports payment processing from major players, such as PayPal and the major credit cards vendors/issuers. Such payment methods are how she deals with customers all around the world, so being able to integrate their widgets into any site layout she chooses is a welcome and important boost.

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One, last area that should be highlighted is a bundled web hosting package, included with a licensed copy. For right now, if you purchase this software, you get included one year of web hosting from several, select providers. It does you no good if you design a great site, and have nowhere to put it or a way to list it for public consumption. If you have ever shopped for a web host, the pricing tiers can be quite varied and include much trade-offs. Also, many web hosting packages do not include your DNS registration fees, as those are extra costs. Said included DNS registry is a benefit of the one year’s hosting included this service; a nice inclusion for potential savings.

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I could drone on more about the potential benefits of this program, but the program speaks for itself. If you would like more information or more details, check out this YouTube video that goes into great detail, on how a site can come together. This software comes in three versions: Home – $19.99 USD, Evolution – $75.00, and Professional – $199.99 USD. Each tier allows for various feature sets, focusing on personal website creation, commercial, and advanced commercial website creation, respectfully. Whatever version you purchase, you can upgrade to the other tiers for a reduced price. I know whichever version you choose, you will be very happy with your purchase, and will be hard pressed to find a better value for the money. Keep making your websites, and I look forward to seeing what you make. As always, until next time . . .