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Welcome to the Rapid Purple Blog, featuring the latest webmaster related news from around the internet – such as updates from various hosting providers regarding their infrastructure and/or new offerings and services. To go along with this you can also find the latest coupons and discounts from popular hosting providers and domain name registrars such as GoDaddy, 1&1, HostGator, UK2 Group, Namecheap, SingleHop, and many more.

Once you have your hosting and domain name established you will also find a large variety of tutorials aimed at helping you get a better grasp on different languages and tasks associated with being a webmaster and running your own website. For starters, many of you who are taking college courses will most likely encounter programming in C within on of your entry level classes. I have a great tutorial series aimed specifically for those classes covering many of the Basics in C Programming. You will also find many other interesting tutorials in HTML/CSS, PHP, HTACCESS, Adobe Photoshop, and various other miscellaneous ones – such as turning a webpage into a PDF through the use of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Google Expands Product List Ads to YouTube

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Google has announced that it’s extending product listing ads to YouTube via TrueView for Shopping – a brand new ad format that lets advertisers run product ads within related-content videos. According to a report that Google released last month – how-to searches have seen a 70% increase with over a hundred million hours of such content having been watched in ...

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DreamHost Launches DreamPress 2

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Hosted on virtual private servers, DreamPress is a super fast and highly reliable managed WordPress hosting service offered by DreamHost. DreamPress 2 kicks things up a notch by including SSD drives, PHP 5.5 with OpCache & HHVM (Hip Hop Virtual Machine). For those of you who don’t know, HHVM is Facebook’s faster replacement for PHP and as of WordPress 3.9 – HHVM 2.0 ...

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Google Webmaster Tools Renamed to Google Search Console

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Google announced a name change today to their almost decade old Google Webmaster Tools platform, renaming it to Google Search Console in an attempt to broaden the target audience. Google doesn’t want to limit the audience behind Webmaster Tools/Search Console to solely webmasters – they want small business owners, bloggers, designers, and essentially everyone to make use of the tools ...

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Twitter Has Quite The Decision To Make – Do They Do A Porn Purge Or Not?

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Advertisers have caused quiet the stir regarding all the adult material on the Twitter network and the worry about their marketing content appearing next to or near porn-related posts. In-fact many companies have stopped their Twitter advertising campaigns due to this, such as global TV & data company Nielsen. What’s the solution? One solution proposed by analyst Robert Peck is to ...

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USPS Wants To Bridge Direct Mail & Digital Marketing

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A-lot of us tend to overlook snail mail these days considering how technology-oriented we are these days. Our notifications come to our phones, directly to our desktops, to our emails. Letters and physical mail is generally reserved for online shopping these days – and the USPS seems to be extremely aware of all of this. As such they have started ...

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Gram Of The Week #3

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It’s that time of the week again where we pick the most liked photo from the previous week and feature it. It seems everyone loved last weeks coding close-up: Code going up … On a Tuesday. #webdeveloperthings #webdesignerthings #rapidpurple #website #designer #developer #coder #codeisart #sublime #www #internet #interwebs #geeks #geek #tech #techies #techstuff #geekthings #webdevelopment #webdesign #html5 A photo posted by ...

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Twitter Won’t Show Me The New Search Screen on iOS

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So first off this isn’t really news, so if you wanted news – read something else. That being said this is kind of interesting – and I doubt I’m the only person out there experiencing this. So back in April of this year Twitter announced an update to trends on mobile platforms. Trending topics are now located on the search ...

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Bing Launches Their Own Mobilegeddon

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Following in the footsteps of Google who recently implemented their own mobile-friendly algorithm, Bing announced that they too will add mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. If you remember Bing started showcasing mobile friendly badges in their search results a little while back – and according to yesterday’s post that was the start. Now Bing makes it very clear that ...

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Stop Wasting Your Time Setting Priority & Change Frequency Inside Your Sitemaps

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Webmasters have always wondered the true importance of the priority and change frequency settings when generating XML sitemaps for their website – however we never really had any definite answer.   Various members of the SEO community & various webmasters have made their assumptions – however none of the big search engines have ever stood up and said anything … until now. ...

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Stablehost Launches PingThat Beta – Website Monitoring Made Awesome!

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StableHost has been around for quiet a while now and they’ve built up a reputation for themselves in the web hosting community as a no-nonsense hosting company with a huge focus on support & performance. Well continuing with that focus the team over at StableHost has began building a simple, straight forward, website monitoring platform – complete with email, SMS, ...

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Test Out The New Transparent Youtube Player in TestTube

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The transparent video player that YouTube is testing is pretty awesome; however forcing YouTube to let you try it out took some work. Luckily the new player is now available in TestTube – YouTube’s own experiment playground much like Google Labs used to be. Right now there are 2 “experiments” listed there, 1 for 4K videos and the second for the ...

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Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion

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There’s been some speculation lately in the tech community that Verizon may acquire AOL – and this week that speculation was proven to be correct as Verizon announced it has purchased AOL for $4.4 billion, or $40 per share. Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports ...

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