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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Messages With Ease

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Mobile phones have in many ways revolutionized many of the functionalities in the modern technological era we are living in right now. From connecting far apart distances together to virtually keep yourselves updated right at your fingertips. One such feature of mobile phone is the text messages by which we can converse with people far apart using minimal efforts. As you must have guessed by now the topic for today’s discussion in this article and that being the ways with which can recover deleted phone messages and that too specifically of iPhone which a status symbol is indeed and a decent phone to buy these days. 

Then in the later part of this article we will also shift our focus to a more reliable software on which we can bank on to retrieve our deleted iPhone messages with convenience and without having expended unwanted time and energy towards unreliable and not to secure sources.

Hence without much ado let’s begin the article by discussing some of the usual accepted ways of recovering deleting iPhone messages.

Method 1: Using iCloud Backup

You can use the iCloud Backup feature to restore your deleted texts. If you allowed automatic sync of your iPhone content to your iCloud then you can use this feature to restore your lost messages. On your iPhone tap on Settings -> Manage Storage -> Backup and there you go. You will be able to see if there are any old backups which were made in the past using which you will can retrieve the messages. 

The only drawback of this feature is that you need to restore your iPhone to factory settings after the Backup which means that all the current data and settings will be erased off your phone. Hence you have to consider the overhead of keeping the backup of your current phone state before going into a backup selection of any past point.

Method 2: Using iCloud website

Another way to recover deleted messages on iPhone is through your iCloud website. You will have to follow the following steps to be able to stand a chance to pacify your needs.
  1. Log into icloud.com using your own apple id.
  2. After the site has opened click on the Text Messages icon. The absence of this icon indicates that there aren’t backed up text messages. If this is the case then you are helpless otherwise continue with step 3.
  3. Go to Settings -> your name -> iCloud.
  4. Then click on the toggle button to turn off text messages or make sure that they are already in the off state.
  5. After doing it you will see a pop-up.
  6. Select “Keep on my iPhone”.
  7. Now turn your text messages back on.
  8. Click on “Merge”. You will notice that after waiting for some time the old text messages will come back into the storage of your phone and you will be able to see them in your message directory.

Method 3: Contacting your phone provider

Some, not all, phone providers keep a log of all your text messages not from a sinister point of view but rather from a security concern. However, eerie this concept might sound but if have had tough luck in recovering your text messages by the various methods mentioned above then as a last resort you can try contacting your phone provider and tell the authority over there your issue so that they might be in a position to help you.

Method 4: Using PhoneRescue

Now you can also use some third-party application to perform the task of recovering your deleted text messages and for some users this might also be the most reliable and convenient ways to solve the giant issue. So, in today’s blog we will be weighing the pros and cons of a software by the name of PhoneRescue by iMobie using which you can easily recover you deleted messages. Download PhoneRescue before proceeding if you haven’t downloaded it yet.

Pros:

1. User Experience

The software is easy to use and User interface is aptly designed and does give it a complicated look and feel and thus fastens the process of message recovery. Basically, there are three modes by which you can recover this software and that are recover from IOS device, recover from iCloud and recover from iTunes backup.
User Experience
The software is quite easy to use and the instructions provided at each and every step of the software progress are really helpful for a new user. Hence the software can be awarded a rating of 5/5 when it comes to user experience. You can download 

2. Effectiveness

There are basically three modes of recovering your lost content and one mode of repairing any bugs or anything with your iOS device. The software can work even without connecting your IOS device with your laptop or system which is a relief for the users who have a faulty phone or any other connectivity issue. The quality of the files recovered is high and you can directly save them to your system or get them back on your phone. 
Select iTunes Backup
Hence when it comes to Effectiveness PhoneRescue stands at 4.5/5.

3. Support and Maintenance

The support is good, and the users have given a feedback that the respective customer care service is prompt at handling the issues of its users via email.
iMobie Support
Hence, the software deserves a rating of 4/5 in support and Maintenance.

4. Feature Loaded

Not only does PhoneRescue recover deleted text messages on your IOS device but it can also help in recovering any other deleted file of any type be it contacts, notes, photos etc. You can even recover your iTunes backup password using this software. It covers all possible permutations of the specific password until it matches with your phone’s password. The software is cross platform and work both on MAC and Windows.
Features Loaded
Hence, when it comes to cumulation of features PhoneRescue stands at 4/5.

Cons:

1. Price

One of the few things to put a little frown on the user’s face is that the pro version is a little costly not too much though and starts at around 50$ which is a onetime payment after which you can enjoy all the features of the software unhindered.
PhoneRescue Pricing

2. Excessive Matching

While recovering your specific deleted content, PhoneRescue also recovers a large amount of content which is completely useless like icon images, useless text files, audio etc. This sometimes takes too long for the actual content to be fetched.

Final Verdict

Hence when it comes to recover your deleting iPhone messages then PhoneRescue is a must have product. And if you are planning to recover a huge amount of data from several devices then going with the pro version would also be a good investment. Hope this article puts a full stop to the question in your mind with which you started to read this blog. Until then stay updated and stay ahead.
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Monday, 23 April 2018

How to Cope With Mac Startup Disc Running Short On Space

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Apple Macintosh computers are preferred for their impressive performance, ease of use and innovative features. However, your Macbook or iMac is, after all, a device and with time, maintenance and repair can be required. 
Mac Startup Disk Full
With prolonged usage, the startup disc of your Mac-based desktop or laptop may get full and that is when you start seeing the message “Your startup disk is almost full.”  Until disk space is freed up, this message will keep popping up from time to time. 

What you need to do

When you get alert popup alerting you about mac startup disk full, do not fret. Apparently, you may think deleting less important files can free up disk space. The startup disk is a part of HDD or SSD in the device and this is where the Mac OS is stored. When 85% of the partition is full, you are likely to see the alert message. It is also necessary to take back up of your data before starting the cleanup process.

You can resort to three ways to get more free space in the Mac HDD:

  • Manual cleanup
  • Embedded Mac utilities
  • Third party cleanup apps

Manual cleanup of Mac Startup disk

At first, launch the Finder utility and choose list view. Choose View-As List. Delete the files you think are occupying excess space. You can also resort to Mac OS’s scheduled maintenance. It is possible to run the utilities on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. 

Access Applications and go to Utilities. Then type in ‘a. Sudo periodic daily weekly monthly’ using the Admin account. Then Press Return and type in Admin password and once more press Return. Manual cleanup is more flexible and gives you control over which files you want to delete. However, performing manual cleanup is quite time-consuming. 

Dealing with Mac Startup items

Every time you start the Mac, a number of apps are launched and these are called startup items. They also impact Mac’s startup drive. You may remove some of the startup items and speed up booting and free up the startup disk too. To clean up such Mac startup programs, you need to do the following:

At first, choose System Preferences -> Users & Groups. Then, click the username and select Login Items tab. With "-" symbol remove these startup items. Restart the device for changes to apply. 

Using inbuilt and third-party Mac Cleanups tools

Mac OS Sierra has built-in utilities for cleanup of disk and optimization of storage. For a more comprehensive cleanup- using suitable Third-party apps is better. However, you should choose such third party Mac disk cleanup tools after proper assessment and comparison. They may also offer added benefits like improved system performance and reduced delay in booting. 

Summing it all up

So, you can resort to many measures to cope with alert messages showing mac startup disk full. For casual Mac users, the manual approach is the best. However, the power users can prefer the feature-laden third-party apps for the same purpose. 
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

How to Set up Private Wordpress Hosting for Less than $10/month

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Everyone is tired of shared hosting because of downtimes and very less control over our server. When we host our website on shared hosting, Actually, We are sharing our server with tens of other shared hosting users.

It means, we only get the small amount of resource of the server. For example, If shared hosting company has 1 server with 16GB of RAM, they will simply host 16 websites on the server and you will get 1GB of RAM too and shared computing power.

Serveravatar Review
It also means that if any of those websites is doing something fishy, your website will be affected too. For instance, If someone is sending spam Emails and the IP address of the server gets blacklisted on Gmail or Yahoo, The Emails sent by your website will be listed in the Spam folder too, because you are sharing the same IP address.

Average shared WordPress hosting will cost you around $5 to $15 per month. I have good news for you! Now You can set up your private WordPress hosting for less than $10/month. Considering you are getting constant traffic, this setup will handle thousands and thousands of visitors on a daily basis without affecting the speed of the website at all.

In this article, we will setup a Wordpress website on a cloud server or VPS with SSL certificate that will never actually expire, in less than $10/month. To be more specific, I am going to use a cloud server from vultr with 1GB RAM and it will cost me $5/month. If you are getting more than 5,000 page views a day, a cloud server with 1GB RAM is recommended. You can get it for $5/month.

To manage this web server, We are going to use ServerAvatar. It is a management panel for Cloud Servers. Using ServerAvatar, we will be able to configure our server and install Wordpress websites with ease (We won’t even touch command line at all). The reason we are going to use ServerAvatar is that we can speed up the configuration process (It takes hours to set up a server otherwise) by a huge factor (3 minutes to configure and 5 minutes to set up our website).

So, Here are the steps to setup your private WordPress hosting for less than $10/month.

  • Create a cloud server (Using Digitalocean, Vultr, Linode, etc.)
  • Connect a server with ServerAvatar
  • Install a Wordpress website with SSL Certificate

Believe me; this process will not take an hour! You can also set up multiple websites on your own server in seconds. Also, you can monitor activities on your server (We’ll see it later).

So, Without wasting any more time, Let’s get started with the process.

Create a cloud server

Many companies provide instant cloud servers. Some of them are Digitalocean, Vultr and Linode. You can create an account in any of these websites and get your cloud server ready in minutes. I have created an account in Vultr and I am going to create a cloud server in vultr. Here is how the process looks like.

When you first create an account in any of these websites, you will have to top-up your account so that you can get started! Just top-up your account with $5 because it’s the minimum value to top-up for the first time.

Once done, Click on the Servers section given in the sidebar and then click on the + button given on the right side of the screen just like the following image.
Servers
You will be redirected to a page with multiple options. Don’t panic, Here is how you are going to deal with those options.

  • Server Location: If you want a 512MB server for $2.5, select Miami. Otherwise, select the best location based on your traffic. If you are getting more traffic from the USA, selecting the USA based data center is best for performance. Similarly, if you are getting more traffic from Australia, Select a data center that is based in Australia.
  • Server Type: Select Ubuntu with version 16.04 x64.
  • Server-Size: You can select the plan you want. ServerAvatar supports servers with any size. For this example, I am going to select $5 plan with 1GB memory.
  • Additional Features: Here, you can select Automatic backups if you want. Otherwise, everything is optional here.
  • Startup script: It’s completely your choice. I am not going to upload any startup script because I don’t need it. Startup scripts are rarely used for custom configurations.
  • SSH keys: If you want to add your SSH key, you can! If you don’t know what SSH key does, skip this option too.
  • Server Hostname and label: It’s the name of your server. You can enter anything you want. In this case, I will simply enter test-server.

If you are using the server provided by other companies like Digitalocean or Linode, Server creation process will be almost same. The only difference will be termed.

Now, Click on the Deploy button and your server will be ready in 2-3 minutes! Once it’s ready, you will see Status as Running just like the following image.
Status as Running

Connect Server with ServerAvatar

Now, It’s time to create an account in ServerAvatar to manage this server. Click here to create an account in ServerAvatar. 

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To create an account, you just have to enter your Email address and password. You will receive Email verification link to verify your Email address.

Once your account is ready, top-up your account with some amount to get started. Minimum amount to top up is $1 and if you want to pay on a monthly basis, Top-up your account with $4.

After that, click on the Add drop-down given in the top-right corner of the dashboard and select Server just like the following image.
Select Server
You will see a form containing three fields for Server Name, IP address and root password. This information is provided by Server provider. In case if you are using Digitalocean, you will get this information in the Email just like this.
Details
In case if you are using Vultr or Linode, you can find information on your control panel or dashboard. I am using Vultr for this guide and I can find information by clicking on the Server name on Instances section.

Just fill up the information and click on the Add server button. You will get a notification once your server is configured and ready to use just like the following image (You can also see the progress on Dashboard).
Server is Ready
Click on the notification and you will be redirected to a server panel! Server panel will show basic information about your servers like Memory usage, Disk usage and Server load. Also, these values are monitored and presented in a beautiful graph so that you can know what’s going on at any given time. Server panel looks like the following image.
Server Panel
Initially, you won’t see anything in Server monitor because your server is brand new. ServerAvatar will monitor the health of your server every 15 minutes. So, you will start getting to see usage graph in Server Monitor.

The first thing you should do on your server is to turn on the firewall. It is very easy. Just click on the switch given in the Firewall card on the server panel and firewall will be enabled on your server.

Install a Wordpress website with SSL Certificate

Now it’s time to create a website on our server! Considering we are doing all these on Cloud server, We are very fast! It is very easy to create a Wordpress website using ServerAvatar. First, make sure your domain is pointing to the right server. You have to update nameservers and put host as your server’s IP address in the domain’s main A record.

Now, Click on the Add button from the top-right corner of the panel and select Application. You will be asked to select the server. Currently, We just have one server, so we will select a server and click on create an application. You will see a form with some fields that look like the following image.
First of all, Enter the application name which is used to identify the application on a server and enter the domain/subdomain you want to host on the server. Make sure that the domain or subdomain you are adding is pointing your server.

In Application type, Select Wordpress. Once you select WordPress, you will see three more fields are revealed in which we will enter Wordpress information like the title of the blog, admin username and admin password. Fill the information and your form should look like the following image.
Select Type
Once you’ve entered the necessary information, click on the Create application button and ServerAvatar will create an application for you in less than 15 seconds.

Once the application is ready, you will be redirected to the application dashboard that will contain information like FTP credentials, Graphs containing the history of the application’s response time and load time. Application health is checked every 5 minutes if you are using ServerAvatar. You will be notified within 5 minutes if something goes wrong on your application.

Now, We want to install SSL Certificate in our application. ServerAvatar provides one-click SSL certificate configuration. To install an SSL Certificate, Click on the SSL Certificate section given in the sidebar of an application dashboard just like the following image.
SSL Certificate
In the SSL Certificate page, you will be able to manage the SSL Certificate of your Application. If you don’t have SSL Certificate installed, you will see an option to install it. If it is already installed, you will get an option to enable HTTP to https redirection, Update SSL Certificate (Only if you have installed custom SSL certificate) and Uninstall SSL Certificate.

If you haven’t installed SSL Certificate yet, you will see something like this:
Install SSL Certificate
To issue and install SSL Certificate automatically, Select the Automatic option from the drop-down and click on Install SSL Certificate. If you want to install custom SSL Certificate, select Custom from the drop down and enter the certificate information. Once the SSL Certificate is installed, You will see options like this.
Custom SSL
If you are installing SSL certificate for the first time on the server, it will take about 2 minutes to configure the server to issue and configure SSL Certificate. Otherwise, it will take less than 30 seconds to issue and configure SSL Certificate on your application.

So, this is how you can create private Wordpress hosting capable of managing multiple websites on a single web server and monitoring them. And we have spent less than $10 till now ($9 including taxes to be more specific).

Conclusion

The benefit of this setup is, you can create a highly scalable application. For instance, if you are on shared hosting and your traffic raises like crazy, you won’t be able to handle that much load and your applications might face downtime but it’s not the case with this setup.

It will take seconds to upgrade a server with higher memory and computing power. ServerAvatar will configure it accordingly and you will have an upgraded server ready to handle more and more traffic in minutes. You can even divide your WordPress application into two servers using ServerAvatar.

If you already have a website on shared hosting and want to migrate it to use Cloud server with ServerAvatar, you can contact ServerAvatar’s support team at support@serveravatar.com and they will migrate your site for you to this setup without downtime. If you have questions, you can comment them down in the comment section and we will respond back as soon as possible.
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Friday, 20 April 2018

How to Transfer Data from Android to iPhone?

Posted by Rahul Gupta
The world of technology grows and evolve at a rapid pace every day to the extent that it has become near to impossible for man to keep up with the constant developments and innovations. Despite that, the change is inevitable and it does impact our lives to the core. One of the most household technology today is smartphones. While in essence, any smart is meant to serve the same purpose and will have similar characteristics, yet the plethora of smartphone brands have made life confusing and complicated for most consumers. One of the biggest struggles when it comes to smartphones is changing the current phone and switching to a new one.
Dr.fone Phone Switch
Whether your old phone got damaged or lost and you need a new one, or you are making a switch just because you were bored of your old gadget, no matter how excited you are to explore your new smartphone, there is a lot of hassle that you need to take care of. Most smartphones run either on iOS or Android. If you have decided to ditch your Android to jump on the Apple bandwagon, you will find yourself stuck with the cumbersome task of transferring the data from your Android phone to your iOS device. 

The biggest problem with the data transfer is that both the gadgets work on different operating systems and therefore do not support many file formats. Although iPhone has attempted to resolve this issue by developing an Android app that facilitates data transfer between the two devices, however, even the app has its limitations since it does not transfer data such as messages and music.

Dr. Phone Data Transfer Tool

Dr. Fone - Switch is a revolutionary, groundbreaking tool that facilitates complete data transfer between any two smartphones. The tool is capable of transferring any data, including music and messages from an Android to iPhone. Other than the data transfer facilitation, the tool acts as an excellent solution to the backup and restore issues. You can now simply use this tool to backup and restore your phone before you go ahead with formatting it or transferring its data to another phone. 

How to Transfer the Data from an Android to iPhone 

If you are stuck with a phone switch because of the GBs full of data that was stored in your old phone, you do not need to worry and can completely trust Dr. Phone. To go ahead with the data transfer process from one phone to another, you will only be required to follow a few steps. The first step is to download Dr. Fone - Switch to your computer. The next step is to transfer your contacts to the other phone. Before you do so, remember to sign out of any apps if you do not want the synced contacts on your new phone. Likewise, make sure you are logged in to any app whose contacts you want to sustain on your new phone.

Once the contacts issue is sorted, you will have to back up and restore your phone using a simple touch. Next, run the Dr. Fone – Switch application on your computer and connect both the devices to your laptop or computer using a USB data cable. Now follow the instructions and use the tool to smoothly transfer all your data from your previous phone to a new one.
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5 Steps on How to Create Social Media Ad

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Social media is an important channel for marketing that you should leverage to build your business. It is ideal for businesses of all sizes and the biggest question people ask is how they can take advantage of social media to promote their businesses. To gain from social media marketing, you need first to understand your audience. This is important as it will help you to create ads that are relevant and ideal to trigger them to take action.
How to Create Social Media Ad
Here are five steps to creating an effective social media ad.

1. Research your audience

While targeting ads to your audience, you should be specific by addressing them directly. There are many metrics you can use to target your audience including learning about their preferences and expectations. Some of the targeting factors you could use include demographics, age bracket, preferences and areas of interest. Know more about your audience by researching to understand where they are mostly located to exploit local lead generation, their age bracket, and most importantly their areas of interest. An ad with the correct targeting will save you money because you will not waste your budget trying to experiment with different audiences.

2. Establish the most important metrics

You should also focus on vanity metrics like followers and likes while running your social media ads. More important is to look at other metrics that tell you more about your targeting and the performance of your campaign. Engagement, clicks, reach, and hashtag performance will tell you about the performance of your campaign and could help you understand what you need to change.

3. Research competition

Although you may have the best strategy for your business, you may fail to make an impact due to competition. You need to understand how your competitors are faring and the steps they are taking to get more customers to their business. There are many things you can borrow from the strategy used by your competitors, so make sure also to keep an eye on their movement.

4. Engaging content

Your social media ads will not make an impact if the content used is not engaging or interesting. You need to come up with unique content that users will feel compelled to follow. Create a balance between targeting and being promotional as sounding too promotional may rob your ad of the power to influence people to take action.

5. Engage your audience

Social media is about connecting people and boosting the social life. If you would like to be successful with your campaigns, you should be active in engaging users. Some users will ask questions in the comments and you should be ready to answer them accurately. Always be available to respond to any queries that are posted by users.

Promoting your business on social media is not a complicated process if you can understand all the steps you need to take to create a successful ad. First, ensure you have studied and understood the audience to customize targeting depending on their preferences and needs. Be responsive to the comments that are left by users, and avoid creating campaigns that are overly promotional and less social.
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