Categories: "IT business"

Flat rate is about to unleash the mobile web

Remember when DSL internet access started to come with unlimited data transfer plans? This is when everyone started using for the web for all kinds of things: this is when people actually started surfing the web!

The reason behind that is that flat rate removed the dis-incentive to surfing we had when every page we loaded added up on our bill!

The exact thing is now happening with the mobile web. Mosts carriers are now offering unlimited data plans... well at least in the US. Combine that with browsers that are actually usable like the one on the iPhone and we've got everything we need for the mobile web to thrive.

I for one, have been using the internet on the iPhone like crazy since I got it. Everytime I stand in line somewhere, I get a little netfix ;) Don't you?

Interestingly enough though, I use connected iPhone apps just as much as the actual web browser. It doesn't change the cause though: without flat rate pricing I wouldn't use any of this.

Now the interesting thing with the apps compared to standard web pages is this: it's a new business model for the mobile web! Even if it's poised to become a nightmare when trying to support more platforms than just the iphone... (

Btw, the iPhone is the most used mobile web browser, but do you know who's #2? No it's not the BlackBerry! It's the Motorola RAZR...

Testing web hosts...

Lately I have been re-testing most of b2evolution's hosting partners... As the number of hosting test sites grows though, it takes days just to update the testing software on all of them. I guess I'll have the automate that ;)

But that's nothing compared to writing and updating the webhost reviews: I can hardly handle more than one a week and still do it seriously. And that I don't think i'll ever be able to automate :(

Finally it dawned on me that an increasing number of potential users don't even have a clue about web hosting, what it is or exactly why they need it. I started by writing a short intro to web hosting, but I don't think that's enough, especially for people who "just want a blog". Educating them about webhosting is a long an windy road... and I'm wondering if it wouldn't be easier to just host the blog for them... :roll:

I like switchers!

There's always a nice feeling to stumbling upon a post about switching from WordPress to b2evolution... ;)

Andreas says:

Finally, today I dumped my WordPress installation and switched to b2evolution. Playing around with b2evolution for the last few days, I am surprised how such a nice blog software could exist without me noticing it earlier.

Unlike WordPress, b2evolution has cleanly written structured code and lots of more features (and you don't get new security issues every week or so). Sure, there aren't as many plugins and themes available yet, but skins and plugins are well structured and easy to learn, so it was no problem at all to get all the features.

Migration was pretty easy...

full post here

Making Money Offline seminar

Making Money Offline seminar

I've been laughing my ass out reading the report about Papa Hari's "Make Money Offline" seminar! [update: the site is gone]

Just a couple of quotes to give you an idea:

"It was really cool, the way they taught us how to make money, like getting a job or starting a business," spoke a teenager wearing a T-Shirt with the words 'World of Warcraft Rocks!'

An authoritative expert on making money offline said "If you really want to get rich quick, you need to resort to unethical means like stealing, counterfeiting, defrauding the public, evading tax, robbing a bank, kidnapping for ransom or becoming a celebrity."

"Many youngsters in the audience were extremely interested in counterfeiting and forgery, since it was literally about 'making money' but were very disappointed when they learned that it was not legal."

"Who are the Government to tell us what is legal and what is illegal?!" fumed an angry young lady, "They're acting just like Google these days: interfering, always breathing down our necks and telling us how to live our lives..."

This is AWESOME stuff!

Getting a lot of traffic with BlogRush

By now you must have seen quite a few of those BlogRush widgets in blog sidebars... Heck, there's even one on this blog.

I've put it up almost when it launched despite my skepticism about why the blog world would need yet another badgy widgety thing... but it was a good opportunity for me to test easy integration of widgets in b2evolution.

Then, after all the abuse going on with it, I've been meaning to take it down for quite a while but didn't get to it until today...

Imagine my surprise when I checked my stats "just to make sure" and discovered BlogRush was actually accounting for 29% of my referrals since the beginning of the week! Holly cow! B)

I guess I'll let it live a little longer then... Looks like they have solved the abuse problems!

If you want to give it a try for yourself, there's a 2 minute signup process to register your blog, then you just have to copy/paste some javascript. In b2evolution 2.0, use a Free HTML widget to paste the javascript into your sidebar... ;)