Cloud Computing

For me, WordPress designers and developers should go for Cloud computing, because it is an emerging technology. You might often notice a business which is not selling the physical products online, so they don’t have to be anywhere when they work. They just need to be near a computer with an internet connection.

Cloud Computing for Designers and Developers

Compared to the traditional shared, VPS or dedicated hosting, cloud hosting offers unique benefits that make your design and development grow as you can concentrate on your core designing rather than worrying about the hardware-software requirements.

Optimizing your WordPress installation for cloud computing

Optimization is critical to run a successful WordPress-powered website or blog. On shared hosting, there is no need to pay attention to server resources your WordPress installation utilizes. As well dedicated hosting or virtual private servers can eat up RAM and use lots of resources. However, in a cloud computing environment like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), give you the edge that only utilized resources will be used. Similar is the case with dedicated WordPress Hosting.

On the other hand, you should optimize your WordPress installation and use some plugins which help you to minimize resources it uses. Here are some useful plugins.

1. WP Offload S3 WordPress Plugin

This WordPress plugin allows you to use Amazon’s Simple Storage Service to host your media for your WordPress powered blog.

Thanks to Delicious Brains, for providing valuable tips and this Plugin about using Amazon S3.

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2. Google (XML) Sitemaps For WordPress

Author: Arne Brachhold

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally, it notifies all the main search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

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3. Resize on Upload

Author: John Tindell

 

Provides the ability to set a maximum width or height an uploaded image can be, if the image is larger than the specified values then it resized. Ideal for users who wish to upload multiple files without having to resize them via Photoshop or GIMP first.

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4. Contact Form 7

 

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

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5. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Author: mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine)

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

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6. A Better Tag Cloud

Author: Nicolas Kuttler

 

I was pretty annoyed with the default tag cloud widget. It does a lot of things wrong, like inconsistent HTML markup and hard coded font sizes. So I wanted to write my own. Digging through the code, I found out that the WordPress wp_tag_cloud() function is pretty powerful. In fact, it could do almost everything I want. So I abandoned my plan to rewrite everything from scratch and added a nice admin interface to my tag cloud widget.

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7. Google Analytics for WordPress

Author: MonsterInsights

 

The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata. It adds the asynchronous tracking code for Google Analytics and automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links and downloads. It’ll add custom variables while tracking to show you page views per author, post type, category or publication year. It’ll also allow you to track AdSense clicks, add extra search engines, ignore certain user levels, and much much more: this is simply the Ultimate Google Analytic solution for WP!

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These are the links contain more useful plugin list:
30+ Essential WordPress Plugins
The Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers of the Future

Cloud Website BuildersS

The following websites allow anybody to create a blog.

  • Blogger: Blogger is a website that allows anybody to create their own blog for free.
  • Google Sites: Google sites allow anybody to quickly build a public website or private intranet with advanced functionality. Even quite sophisticated sites can be created and hosted with no payment required.
  • Moonfruit: Moonfruit is a very easy to use, drag-and-drop website building tool that has already been used to build over 2.5 million websites. A site with up to 15 pages can be created and hosted for free. After that a subscription becomes payable.
  • Webs.com: Webs is a free or paid website building tool that offers more code-savvy website designers somewhat greater technical flexibility that most of its competitors.
  • WordPress: WordPress is a very popular and sophisticated tool for creating your own free or paid blogging website.

Photo, Video and Audio Editors

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These are all free online media editing tools.

  • Aviary: Aviary offers suite of online media editing tools, including its Phoenix photo editor, Ravenvector-based drawing package (a bit like an online version of Adobe Illustrator), and its Mynamulti-track audio editor.
  • FotoFlexer: Fotoflexer is a popular online photo editor that includes excellent integration with Facebook, Flickr and MySpace.
  • flauntR: flauntR is an online photo editing package that can integrate with a range of other popular web applications that use photos.
  • Jaycut: Jaycut is a free online video editor. It allows twin-track video editing with transitions and titles, and has direct YouTube upload functionality. A demo can even be tried immediately without registration! This is cutting-edge cloud software as its most impressive.
  • Photoshop Express: Photoshop Express is free if the very-cut-down online version of the industry-standard PhotoShop photo editor.
  • Picnik: Picnik is an online photo editor that can be used for free without registration. It is a cheery package for those who want clear and simple tools.
  • Pixlr: Pixlr is an excellent free online photo editor. An interface called Pixlr Express is provided for image editing novices. However, for those who have experience of the full version of PhotoShop, the full Pixlr Editor offers a very powerful range of tools. These include layers, a history brush, and a wide range of real-time filters. Anybody can use Pixlr for free online without even registering. Hurrah! However, online file storage is not included.
  • Pixorial.com: Pixorial is another online video editor. Whilst not as sophisticated as Jaycut, it includes some cool collaborative features.

Cloud E-Mail Packages

Allow e-mail to be written and collected in the cloud.

  • GmailGmail is the very popular free web-based e-mail offering from Google.
  • MimecastMimecast is a cloud-based e-mail system for businesses that offers enterprise-class security and archiving.
  • Windows Live Hotmail: Windows Live Hotmail is Microsoft’s free online e-mail system. It offers 5Gb of storage that ‘automatically increases as you need it’.
  • Yahoo! MailYahoo! Mail is a free online e-mail system which claims to offer ‘unlimited’ storage.

Virtual Meeting Tools

Following packages all facilitate virtual meetings by allowing remote participants to electronically communicate and share computing resources.

  • Adobe ConnectNow: Adobe ConnectNow is a sophisticated online application for running virtual meetings. Users can share files, notes and their entire screens, as well as using online whiteboards and audio or video conferencing. Both free and paid versions are available.
  • LotusLive Meetings: LotusLive meetings is a paid online virtual meeting tool from IBM and one element of the broader LotusLive online collaboration suite.
  • WebExWebEx is a suite of online collaboration tools from Internet giant Cisco. It features file and desktop sharing combined with phone conferencing and video conferencing and is becoming an industry standard. Whilst WebEx is a paid service, a free trial is available.

Freemium SaaS WordPress CMS + Blog Theme I

Freemium SaaS I for WordPress is a theme created for you to market your SaaS (Software as a Service) Web application. This WordPress theme includes the following:

  • WordPress 3.0 Compatible
  • 23 useful shortcodes
  • Six admin switchable color schemes
  • Editable 3, 4 or 5 Column Pricing Grid (as static blocks)
  • Product Tour Pages Template
  • Billing info & Credit Card Signup Form (must be integrated with your Gateway)
  • Detailed Setup Instructions
  • Sample content to get your site looking like our demo
  • 6 Page Templates
  • 4 Panel Theme Settings Admin
  • Localization support

Includes layered Photoshop PSD (Photoshop) file of the entire site.

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Freemium SaaS WordPress CMS + Blog Theme II

Freemium SaaS II for WordPress is a theme created for you to market your SaaS (Software as a Service) Web application. This WordPress theme includes the following:

  • WordPress 3.0 Compatible
  • 21 useful shortcodes
  • Editable 3, 4 or 5 Column Pricing Grid (as static blocks)
  • Product Tour Pages Template
  • Billing info & Credit Card Signup Form (must be integrated with your Gateway)
  • Detailed Instructions Documentation
  • 6 Page Templates
  • Custom 4-panel Admin Settings

Includes layered Photoshop PSD (Photoshop) file of the entire site.

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Noor Mustafa Raza

Noor Mustafa Raza

I am a WordPress Developer and Designer, author @WPArena. I am providing Free WordPress consultation and can help you to install WordPress in a secure way to small businesses and bloggers.

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