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Find The Top Best 11 Online Invitation Makers For Better Services

A brief for invitation and invitation makers-

There are many occasions and functions people can celebrate, and every function or event requires the involvement of more people in it, but how will the other people know about it? This situation is where the concept of invitation comes into picture. Suppose you want people to be present in any function, event and occasion of yours and to be with you to celebrate, you have to send them a formal invitation.

In earlier days, the invitation was handmade and was handwritten. As development took place, the invitations were prepared from machines and were printed, and different things were used for creativity. After a time, everything went digital and so the invitations, so the invitations were also prepared digitally and shared with the closed ones. This was convenient for people as it doesn’t require paper and manual effort to share it with their closed ones. So, when the digital idea came, it achieved a great height of success as people find it easy to use, comfortable, convincing, creative, and convenient to use.

What are online invitations and invitation makers?

The online invitations are the ones that are prepared digitally with the help of technology, and there is no use or involvement of paper or any hard copy of it. The people, or groups, or companies who prepare it are called invitation makers.

These invitations are prepared online with the help of digital design, templates, creativity, and all of them require graphics and preparation of it step by step in small portions and parts. Then all of them collectively form a nice invitation. There are several combinations and things used for making it appear attractive and beautiful. There different nice fonts used, there are colors and backgrounds chosen according to every theme and each other, there can be photos and videos also put in it to make a more powerful and exciting impact on the people who are invited so that they get thrilled for the event from the invitation only. The invitation is prepared so that the visitors impact their minds, and the invitation itself makes them convinced to attend the particular thing.

There are courses done for being an invitation maker. A person should have a skillful hand in graphic design; they should know colors and occasions. There can be so many occasions like weddings, engagement parties, bachelor parties, farewells, funerals, baby showers, birthdays, school and college parties, themed parties, etc. All colors don’t go with every event, so there should be knowledge of all these things. There are some very creative writings and contents used to make every invitation unique form another. Many times there are the pictures of guests used to make it look more personal and loved.

Here are the 11 top and best-known online invitation makers-

  • Paperless Post
  • Smilebox
  • Pingg
  • Purpletrail
  • Invys
  • Minted
  • Juke Box Print
  • Punch Bowl
  • Adobe Spark
  • Evite
  • Lucid Press, and many more who are very nice in this work.

It has been a very … Read the rest

What Is A Shared Hosting?

Can you imagine a website without a provider? Well, it’s like buying a pen with no ink.

A pen is useless if you cannot write something. The same holds true when a website did not publish online.

Fortunately, you can take advantage of the simplest and most affordable to get your site public.  That is by getting a shared hosting.

However, what is shared hosting?

In this post, you will discover what shared hosting really is, what makes it different from other web hosting plans, and why your business needs it. So, let’s get started!

What Does Shared Hosting Really Mean?

Shared hosting is among the most popular and preferred web hosting plan options, especially if you are building out your first website. This hosting option allows multiple websites to use a single server.

Most of the time, users are unsure of what or who they are sharing the resources of a server with. Each of them needs to deal with a limitation on the total amount of the server resources. On the other hand, this is being defined by their hosting package.

You can imagine the shared hosting like a highway shared by other vehicles. Hundreds to thousands of users share a single server. Meaning, they are also sharing the hosting costs. This results to an inexpensive option for a web setup. Small businesses, startups, and blogger commonly take advantage of shared hosting since it is the cheapest option and easy to get started with.

How It Works

Every website is stored or hosted on a server. This helps in making it publicly available to the users. Once they type the URL of a website into the browser, it utilizes that address in determining where the website is being stored.

The browser requests for information associated with the site from the server. It will provide essential data, and the web page will then appear in the browser. Next is that the users can interact with the website by simply filling out forms, clicking on links, navigating other pages, among others.

In the case of shared hosting, a single server will store all the files for multiple websites simultaneously. This server will serve up information about them as well. As websites on this type of hosting option take up fewer resources than the dedicated server, which is a server that hosts a single website, it becomes cheaper.

The one who will take responsibility for maintaining the server is the one who owns it. This means that you will have less work on it.

What Are the Advantages of Using A Shared Hosting?

One of the best things about shared is that it comes with a number of benefits. If you are planning to start a business and build a website, you can expect the following advantages of using shared hosting:

  • Affordable

The biggest advantage that you can enjoy by using a shared hosting is the very cheap price range. So, if you worry about your budget, this hosting option is … Read the rest

How to Land a Job Interview in Programming

You've graduated college and now you are looking for a job in the IT field, preferably, one in programming. Programming is not double clicking buttons in a WYSIWG editor and typing a few lines of code. If when you graduate, all you can code is basic, you will have a hard time. Hopefully, you did not goof off in your classes and forget all the coding experience you learned in your four year journey. You actually want to put those skills to good use.

If you want to get a good job, here is some advice. Become good at public speaking. Learn how to interview and be interviewed. Know your stuff. Take a career development class of some kind. You don't have to be the best programmer, but having a lot of charisma can be the deciding factor in getting your job. Mumbling your words and staring at your shoes during an interview isn't going to help you. Don't make the mistake of only relying on your charisma to weasel your way in, though. You won't be able to keep your job before your style wears thin and your lack of talent becomes apparent. As long as you know your stuff, and have experience, then the interview will be in the bag. After all most interviews are, mostly, just about seeing how well you can talk about the subject. If you can do that, then your chances of getting the job are high, whether you have the skills or not.

Good engineers are not typically good with communicating. I highly recommend communication classes as well, provided you have some good engineering skills to go with them. Otherwise my advice is look for a government job.

Some employers once gave me these very important pieces of information. If someone was awkward or nervous and didn't make eye contact, but did well with the technical parts of the interview, then the employer would hire them. If someone was great with being eloquent, smooth, and charismatic, but failed the technical subjects, then the employer would have no interest in hiring them. Being smooth does overcome technical incompetence, or at least largely so. Being poor at interpersonal communications wont help. Knowing your stuff is certainly important, but there are indeed other aspects. Being able to learn, thinking about customers, working on teams, knowing when to change approaches, generating ideas and weighing them, and so on.

People in general are more inclined to hire the mostly charismatic over the total nervous wreck. It applies to all jobs in general. Just how well can a nervous wreck fully explain he knows his stuff as well as work well with his co-workers on a team or interact with customers on a team?

It's not as easy as wishing the interviewer would just hand out a test and say "here you go, code this," and whoever got the highest grade would get the job. Most of the time, the interviewer hires people they think they will like, and … Read the rest

Things They Don't Teach You in Highschool

Can you dream a dream?

Or am I just dreaming?

Fragments of memories scatter through my mind,

as I frantically try to piece them back together.

Am I wasting time?

Or is time wasting me?

Hanging on to every piece of the past,

I cannot seem to bear with myself.

Do I anger my imagination?

Or does my imagination anger me?

Every question that is thrown at me,

is now answered without a single ounce of creativity.

Is my happiness gone?

Or have I just given up?

I can't seem to figure out my purpose anymore,

does that mean I am not significant in this life?… Read the rest

Chevy Truck Restoration: Websites that Sell the Parts Needed for Your Project

My fiancé, Dave is restoring a 1969 Chevy C-10 Pick-up. He actually has two Chevy C-10 trucks on our property: one for parts and the one he is restoring.

He is looking for both original and after-market parts during this restoration project, and since there is no one local that he knows that deals with parts for this type of place, he has been tirelessly searching online for parts for his Chevy truck restoration project.

He says that he found sites for Chevy truck parts easily when he simply searched for "Chevy C-10 truck." However, not all sites that sell these Chevy truck parts were user-friendly. I asked him to share his top three picks for parts for his C-10 Chevy truck. Here is what he told me, with a bit of my own opinions as an e-commerce employee.

BrothersTrucks.com
Why he likes it: "It has a very good catalog; easy to look through."

BrothersTrucks.com offers parts and accessories from Chevy and GMC trucks for years 1947 through 1987. BrothersTrucks.com is extremely professional looking from an e-commerce standpoint. The categorized left-hand navigation of this site makes it easy for truck fanatics to find what they are looking for regarding their Chevy truck or GMC truck. The site also offers a log-in feature, allowing users to create an account for quicker ordering and also to check order history and order status. This site also offers tech articles, truck show schedules, photo galleries and more. A big plus for any online shopping experience is that BrothersTrucks.com also has a customer service line. And, you can also request a print catalog for quick and easy reference.

EarlyClassic.com
Why he likes it: "They have a lot of after market parts for this truck. It's very easy to use."

I work in e-commerce and I think this site is a little "old-school" looking. In my professional opinion, this site needs a redesign and an updated navigation. However, Dave likes the way you can search for items on the EarlyClassic.com catalog page. This search function is a good feature, and probably the best thing about the site. EarlyClassic.com also has a page where customers can show off their truck restoration projects. There are also lots of technical articles filled with advice for people like Dave who want to restore old Chevys or other old trucks.

LMCTrucks.com
Why he likes it:
 "This has a lot of original parts. It's easy to find parts. Very descriptive site."

LMCTrucks.com, which also has a print catalog, bills itself as the largest seller of parts of Chevy and Ford pick-up trucks. The site also offer parts of GMC and Dodge trucks as well. LMCTrucks.com allows users to view each and every single page of the print catalog, and allows for zooming in for a close-up view of a part or page. This is a very different experience for online shoppers, as you click on the part number within the catalog page to order. This is not the norm for e-commerce … Read the rest

How to Find a Great Website for Boomers

How does a Boomer find a great website just for them? EMarketer, an online market and research organization, lists specified data proving that the boomer generation -as opposed to the senior population today-will be worth its weight in gold, if properly tended to, in years to come. That’s why the Web cannot afford to see the boomer generation as the seniors of old (pun absolutely intended). Let’s stroll down Weberly Lane and see what websites are available today specifically geared towards boomers:

1) Eons.com – I wrote an article about Eons.com some time ago giving several reasons why boomers should pass when seeking a site of their own. Even so, it is one of the few sites online that targets boomers, only. But, if you look closely, there are still parts of the site that border on very old age. Boomers don’t like to be thought of as old, even if we are. Jeff Taylor, the former CEO of Monster.com is the brains behind Eons.

2) GrandmaBetty.com – This site is a clearinghouse for Boomer sites. But, alas, Grandma thinks boomers are seniors too. At least that’s what her title says. “The starting point for Boomers and Seniors”. Nice thought, Grandma Betty, but I think I’ll get in my convertible and go to the gym instead. Granted, many Boomers have a myriad of health problems. These boomers might be trying to figure out what nursing home to spend their last days in – but I would hazard a guess – and say- most Boomers don’t want to be one of them. And aren’t. Let’s face it – the minute most boomers see senior coupled with them in an online title, the clicking begins.

3) Aging Hipsters: This is my favorite. It is cool, groovy, and has flower power. Unlike the majority of Boomer/ Senior sites – Aging Hipsters is all about Boomers and where they came from. This site recognizes that the boomer generation is literate and engaged when it comes to broadband internet use, and even, yes—-ipods.

4) SeniorGrandCentral.com – Even though, the CEO of SGC states that part of his demographic is the boomer brigade – using the word Senior as the company title is almost guaranteed to lose the Last Hippie Group Standing. However, it’s a great site- and comes equipped with many of the bells and whistles that enable those who come to have a good time.

5) Boomers International: Just say Boomers Everything and you have given this site a synonymous name. This is a place to sit back and read articles, thoughts, and get the scoop on the boomer mentality today. Pretty good.

How do you find a great Boomer website? First, keep in mind that we, as Boomers, still like to talk to each other. We love the ‘Net but, unlike the younger set we do not walk around with cell phones growing out of our ears, – so, make sure there is a definite way to chat. Message boards are cool. Forums … Read the rest

A Marvelous Tea Party

I've been to a marvelous Party,
With Bubba, and Sarah and Jules
We wore Patriot hats
and removeable tats
Rode Harleys and acted like fools.

We drew a mustache on Obama
And spat at the mention of Gore

And we all knew the fun was about to begin
When Bubba hung eight teabags from his hats brim
And shouted the N-word and "Let's Impeach Him"
And I couldn't have liked it much more.

Yes I've been to a marvelous Party
To meet twenty thousand like me
OK, it was not
As large as we thought
We numbered six hundred and three.

We ranted and railed about taxes,
Obama's tax cuts we ignored.

And we all know the fun was about to begin
When Alaska's ex-governor Sarah Palin
Said You Betcha! Next time we won't quit…we will win!
And I couldn't have liked it much more.… Read the rest

Orange Flavoured Green Tea

We all know the benefits of drinking green tea, its anti-aging, anti-oxidant properties. Green tea is excellent for your skin and so is the vitamin C from orange juice.
Why not make a great tasting iced tea combining the two? A healthy way to cool off this summer.

You’ll need:

4 cups water
4 green tea bags
Juice of 2 oranges
2 tbsp honey (or as desired)
fresh mint leaves (optional)

Boil the water and put the green tea bags in it. Let it sit for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Let the water cool a little and then add the orange juice and honey. Stir all the ingredients. Make sure the honey is properly dissolved. Now add the mint leaves and lots of ice. Enjoy!

You can also freeze the used tea bags and put them over your eyes to wake up tired eyes!… Read the rest