Developer General Technology WordPress

New WordPress 5.0 – How and When to Update

WordPress 5.0 is being released tomorrow, December 6th. This release contains a major change to the WordPress editor. The new editor, code-named Gutenberg, is a substantial leap forward in functionality. It uses a new block-based system for editing which allows you to embed a wide range of content in your posts and pages, and gives you a lot of flexibility in laying out those blocks on the page.


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Litecoin Accepted

As always, Internet Solutions HK, one of the best Hosting providers in Hong Kong SAR, continues to update and keep up with current trends in the technology industry. We now welcome Litecoin, the sixth largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $9 billion, as another method of payment that offers low transaction fees, anonymous and almost instant transactions.

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Getting Started with Our Free Website Builder

Internet Solutions Hong Kong Introduces our New Website Builder which aims to make Building awesome websites quick and simple.  Not only is it easy for anyone to use and totally free.

We introduce you to our website builder in this article. a website builder can be a really great way to easily create and manage a website.

What is the ISHK site Builder?

The ISHK site builder is an  HTML5 site builder that lets you easily build and edit a web page grid. We made an interface as simple and intuitive as possible, so it doesn’t take you long to get along with the User Interface.

How do I get started?

The best thing about our page builder, you don’t have to be an ISHK Customer to enjoy using our site builder.

There are two ways you can access our site builder:

  1. If You are an ISHK Customer, You can quickly access our website builder by login into your cPanel and look under software or search for “website builder” within cPanel to enjoy using our site builder.

    website- builder cpanel
    Where the website builder is listed in cPanel
  2. Or you could just visit by typing it into your browser

Once you are there (at the URL), you will need to create an account using an email of your choice if you not already used the site builder previously, Enter your login email and password.

Building your first page using the website builder?

Assuming you went ahead and logged in using the login form screenshotted above, we can now begin the creation of our first website by clicking the button in the centre of our dashboard labelled “Create one now” or the button within the header navigation labelled  “Createe a new project“.

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Once logged in, this should be the view of your dashboard

You should be presented with the following overview:

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The website builders starter wizard

The site builders start wizard will present you with over 19 templates.  You have the option of filtering through the templates using its filtering tool.

Found on the left, The filter tool arranges the various templates by colour and categories inclusive of the landing page, blog and portfolio. The filter also holds a button labelled “Start With Blank Page” which is the option to start with a blank page.

We will be building a landing page in this scenario, aimed at prospective users of our website builder. The template will be using in our tutorial is the “Flatty” template hence we will select landing pages from the wizard filter.

Once you have chosen a template of your wanting, Just click the template from the wizard and you should be presented with the following view:

We won’t go deep into the UI but we will provide you with a breakdown of the various options below.

Elements – this subsection contains options to be added to the page you are creating. Sub-divided into components, layout, media, topography, Buttons and forms.

Inspector – inspectors provide the options to modify a selected area or page element within the template being edited depending on the elements and/or page area selected, you will be provided with the options of attributes, background, shadows, padding, margin, text style, border and border roundness.

Pages – page host the option to edit elements of the current page you are working on and the option to add additional pages. options inclusive of editing page name (about.html or index.html), page title, descriptions, page tags (also known as the page keywords). This menu also present you with the option to change the current template or simply erase the template.

Themes – This menu presents you with the option to choose from bootswatch’s popular bootstrap themes which modifies the look of your template in various ways.

Settings – This section of the menu hosts personalizable options to how the page builder works for you.

Code Edtr – This menu gives you a code editor so you can edit the raw code if you can code or require the option.

Global Option Menu

These vital options highlighted in red above are always displayed, no matter the options menu that you or on.

Preview – This gives a preview of the website/page as it would look on the browser/device.

Export – This menu presents the option to download/export you currently work in a zip folder. You can choose to download a single page or you could download the entire website/project.

Publish – this presents the option to publish your current work via FTP to your website/server.

Devices – This changes the view within the editor and the preview to match that of the various common device sizes in use. There are four view and device types, The Mobile, the tablet, the laptop and the desktop.

Save – this button pretty much saves the current edits made to your template if you didn’t enable the auto-save option which can be found under the setting menu.

Lookout for our other website builder tutorials which will go into other aspects of the website builder which we haven’t covered here.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Website Builder NOW! 

Business General Small Business Technology

Why Hong Kong Will Be China’s New Tech Hub

By: Paul Denlinger

More than 10 years ago, before the Internet bubble popped in 2000, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and technology professionals all looked to China as the goal of any leading Internet company. So big was the attraction of China that all of the leading companies to go public went out of their way to associate themselves with the China market. In 1999, the first China-play company to go public on NASDAQ, Chinadotcom (now CDC) went so far as to obtain the ticker symbol CHINA.

Companies based in Hong Kong went out of their way to associate themselves with Beijing and Shanghai, the two leading cities in China. Microsoft, Yahoo and later Google all sought to recruit engineering graduates from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China’s leading university for aspiring scientists (and political leaders), offering the best candidates competitive signing packages. Shanghai became home to China’s leading online gaming firms, lead by Shanda Online Entertainment, which went public in 2004 on NASDAQ and which now has a market cap of US$3 billion.

Compared to Beijing, Hong Kong did not have a high degree of technology talent. It did not have a Tsinghua University. It did not have the growth of the Shanghai region with its population of 100 million. The leading venture capital funds completely bypassed Hong Kong. Even its own best online technology and marketing talent left for Beijing and Shanghai, secure in the knowledge that they would be able to make more in VC-funded companies in mainland China instead of Hong Kong. Attempting to stem the talent flow, and to make Hong Kong more tech-friendly, the Hong Kong government spent millions to develop Cyberport, an ultra-modern tech campus with state of the art infrastructure and its own start-up incubator program. But for many years, the buildings were half empty.

Now though, the tide has turned. Cyberport is almost completely full, and there is a certain confidence in the air of being called a Hong Kong technology professional. What happened?

Broadly speaking, circumstances changed in the technology, business and political fields:

The hot area in software development is now mobile apps for the iPhone and Android platforms, both of which have very high penetration in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers are, for the most part, early adopters of new mobile technology. And mobile apps don’t need large, expensive development teams; most are developed by small teams of 2-3 persons using free development kits from Apple and Google.

The Web 3.0 emphasis on mobile means that even though wages and costs are higher than in mainland China, they are affordable. Break-even points are much lower than 10 years ago, and many smaller firms don’t even need venture capital financing; they can cover their costs based solely on mobile app sales. A small company can sell its apps to the world through the Apple and Google application stores, and collect payment without restriction. One local success story is Stepcase, maker of the popular Darkroom and Actioncam photo applications for the iPhone.

Hong Kong’s high population density makes universal wireless and broadband a reality, making U.S. broadband seem embarrassingly slow in comparison. 1000 MPS service is now advertised to homes.
Setting up a business in Hong Kong is much simpler and more straightforward than in mainland China. A new company can be registered and bank accounts opened in two days, compared to 30-60 days in China. Except for the Chinese yuan, which is non-convertible, payment can be received in any currency.
Another growth area for Hong Kong developers are Facebook gaming and Facebook apps. Facebook is very popular in Hong Kong. It is blocked in mainland China.

Unlike in mainland China, websites are not censored by the Chinese government’s Golden Shield, referred to by critics as the Great Firewall of China, or #gfw. Twitter and Facebook are freely accessible in Hong Kong, without the need for proxy servers as they are in mainland China.

In mainland China, the only three mobile operators are China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. They all report directly to China’s State Council, China’s cabinet, and win their approval for major business decisions. This applies even to the introduction of new mobile services, making them political, not business decisions. In contrast, Hong Kong mobile operators are unregulated about when they can introduce new services for consumers. While mainland Chinese operators are held back waiting for political decisions, Hong Kong operators just charge ahead in the competition for consumers.
Because there is no Internet censorship, the services which are popular in the west are also popular in Hong Kong, such as Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and Google. Out of deference to Beijing, this is not widely publicized, though it is well-known among Hong Kong locals and industry insiders.

Over the past year, the Beijing government has implemented a tough policy of holding web publishers accountable for all content, including advertising and comments. Out of fear of losing their licenses, editors have clamped down hard on content. This has had a dampening effect on Internet development in mainland China.
For western companies in China, doing business is very hard. Most recently, Google shut down its Chinese search engine and redirected all China search traffic to… Hong Kong. Earlier casualties included Yahoo! and eBay. Again, deference to Beijing keeps Hong Kong investment officials from talking too loudly about this issue.
Since Hong Kong is the fourth largest capital market in the world, some of China’s leading Internet giants, including Tencent and Alibaba have chosen to list in Hong Kong instead of in New York.

Does this mean that Hong Kong is completely safe now as a technology center for Asia and for China? No. If for instance, China chose to completely lift content restrictions and chose to treat foreign companies completely the same as Chinese companies, and completely deregulate its mobile industry, Hong Kong would lose its advantage.

But that is not likely to happen soon. So for those smart enough to look harder, they can find very interesting options in Hong Kong, China.

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