business, technology

E-commerce website design

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More and more businesses and individuals are now selling their products and services online. Even giant retailers such as Best Buy or Dick Smith have reported a fall in sales from their traditional stores, however sales from their online e-commerce stores are rising. This is caused by more shoppers are now buying stuff online, and it is important for businesses to catch up with this trend and strengthen their e-commerce store platform. Even individuals are now starting to sell stuff online to earn some extra income. The question is, how can someone with no technical skills start an e-commerce store?

e-commerce website designIt is not that hard to start an e-commerce online store. Just like any other types of website it requires elements such as e-commerce website design, content development, domain and hosting etc. The main difference is the website is geared towards selling products (although you can also sell your services online). So there will be many product updates required, from entering the product information, updating the description and price, maintaining the stock level, etc. Of course this goes along with automatic order processing, ie. processing orders and payments from the website, receiving, processing and fulfilling the order. Hence you will need to integrate a payment gateway into your e-commerce website. There are many merchants who already provide this service such as Paypal or Authorize.net. All you need to do is integrating their payment system into your website.

Of course, for some people this may sound like a daunting task. The good news is you do not have to do everything by yourself. Yes you can design your own e-commerce store if you can, but you can also engage help from others such as website design Melbourne agencies if you live in Melbourne. Make sure they have e-commerce website design experience as it requires a bit more than just ordinary website design.

health, lifestyle

Why is Green tea so popular?

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green tea benefitsGreen tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is loved by people from all walk of life – from small children to old people, from the east to the west. There are many kinds of green tea, the most popular ones being Japanese green tea and also Chinese green tea. Why is green tea so popular? Not just it is soothing, green tea also tastes good and it is believed that green tea has many health benefits which do not exist in other types of drink. Green tea is especially known as an effective anti-oxidant, and can help lowering cholesterol levels, helping with weight loss and even helping to prevent the growth of cancer cells. We will look at these health benefits in more detailed in this article before you buy green tea.

Green tea beverage is made of green tea extracts boiled in hot water. Green tea contains polyphenols and flavonoids, which is known as a powerful anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidant is a chemical or substance which can help preventing cell damage caused by free radicals. In effect, it can also prevent the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

How does green tea help in lowering cholesterol levels? It does this by lowering the LDL (bad cholesterol) level in our body and also lowering the serum triglyceride levels. Scientific studies have shown that middle aged men and women in Japan who regularly drink green tea (two or more cups per day) usually have normal cholesterol levels. It is also wide known that drinking green tea after eating fatty food can help to dissolve the fat in our body and prevent it to flow into the bloodstream.

green tea leavesProbably one of the biggest health benefits of green tea that is known to mankind is that it can help to prevent cancer by preventing damage to the cells. Green tea is very effective in this regard as it is a natural anti-oxidant which is considered to be more safe and effective to consume. It can help to prevent various kinds of cancer such as prostate cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer. In one scientific research, two groups of men in pre-prostate cancer condition were given different treatments. The men in the first group were given twelve to fifteen cups of green tea treatment per day, while the men in the second group did not take any green tea at all. After a year, only 3% of the men in the first group developed prostate cancer, compared to 30% of the men in the second group.

Green tea also contains chemicals that binds estrogen which can help women in breast cancer treatment and prevention. Women who consume green tea regularly are 50% less likely to develop breast cancer, and less likely to have re-occurence of the breast cancer after treatment if they have one.

Another benefit of green tea that is less well known is that it can protect our joints against osteoarthritis. This is made possible by green tea preventing the inflammation on the joints. Yet another appealing benefit of green tea is that it is said to help with losing weight. Green tea is also known to be beneficial to help with skin cancer treatment, and various other skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis.

The next question to ask is, how much green tea do we need to consume to maintain a good health? Typically two to three cups per day would be enough to achieve the health benefits mentioned above. We should also note that there is a minor side effect of drinking green tea caused by the caffeine contained in green tea. It is best to check first with your doctor if green tea is right for you, especially when you are on medication.

lifestyle, travel

Would you wear a onesie on your flight?

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sylvester onesiesOne of the things that has been debated frequently by travellers especially the young people is, would you wear a onesie on your flight. For some people it makes sense to do so especially if it is a long flight (more than 5 hours). On the other side of the spectrum are the people who say that onesies should not even be allowed to be worn on a flight as it is basically a kind of pyjamas, and you would not wear a pyjama to the flight. Which group are you? The truth is, hundreds of people are travelling on a plane wearing onesies everyday. We will look at some of the opinions of the people who have done this, and some of those who despise the idea of wearing a onesie on a plane.

Some of the cons of wearing onesie on a plane is when going through the security checking area, and when trying to use the toilet. People may also look at you as a weirdo but if you do not care about what other people think of you then this should not be an issue. You might also get sudden new fans in the form of the little kids who want to meet with the Pikachu or Sylvester at the airport or even on the plane.

On the other hand, the pros are it would give you a warm, comfy sleep during your flight as that is what a onesie should do, and you will also get the attention that other passengers won’t get. For some people comfort is more important than style so wearing a onesie is an idea most welcome by them.

If you are interested in the idea and wanted to try it for yourself, why not shop for your favourite style of onesies online and tell us about your experience.

business, home

Hiring a professional window cleaner

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When it comes to window cleaning, you have two options to do it yourself or hiring a professional window cleaner to do it for you. Although it is possible to do window cleaning yourself if you have the skills and the tools, it is not an easy and straightforward task that everyone can do. Sometimes you have hard to reach windows or a glass facade that needs to be cleaned. In many cases the best thing to do is to hire a professional to do it for you when the budget allows.

window cleaning melbourneMost professional window cleaners offer window cleaning service for both residential homes and commercial buildings. Because of the safety reason and risks associated to the work, you need to make sure you hire a certified professional who is licensed to do the job and experienced in this area. You can find the professional window cleaners in your local area online, for example by searching for window cleaning melbourne in Google if you live in Melbourne.

There are several pointers to keep in mind when hiring a professional window cleaner. First you need to get a price quote. Make sure they ask you about the size and number of the windows, accessibility, condition of the windows etc. This shows that they know what they are doing and not merely looking for a business. Sometimes you would only get an estimate and they can only give an exact quotation after looking at the premise, this is fine as long as you have not agreed to the work until you are happy with the quote.

You also need to ask the professional window cleaner how long it is going to take them to finish the job so you can plan the schedule ahead, especially if it is a commercial property. Last but not least, ask about the insurance in case the job goes wrong, are you able to make an insurance claim. These are some of the important things to consider when hiring a professional windows cleaner.

home

Choosing the right air conditioning installation company

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If you are thinking of getting a new air conditioning or heating system installed in your home or in your office, or replacing the existing one, then it is important to hire the right service provider for the job. If you already have a maintenance contract in place with your existing air conditioning installation company then that is probably the first option you would go for unless the contract has expired. However, if you are getting a new HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system installed then you need to be aware of certain number of things to make sure you get the most out of the cost you would be paying for the job. This article will teach you just this and help you in choosing the right air conditioning installation company.

Experience and Skills

air conditioning systemThe first and foremost criteria in choosing an air conditioning installation provider is to choose a qualified and accredited company with many years of experience. A very experienced service provider would have worked on many varieties of air conditioning and heating units, and would have probably installed almost every model and make that are available. Although you probably would not need someone with this calibre, you still need to find someone who has had experience with the make and model of the air conditioning or heating systems you need to get installed. Sometimes the senior installer would have a junior staff accompany him to learn and practice how it is done. This is okay as long as the senior staff would keep an eye on what the junior is doing, but if you do not want this to happen you can inform the company about this before the job starts.

Cost and Warranty

This is probably the number one criteria on many people’s list when they are choosing a service provider. Although it is important, you still need to make sure that you would not hire someone with the cheapest rate yet is inexperienced, as it would probably just cause more troubles in the future. Make sure you are comparing quotes on the same job on the same types of air conditioning units. Sometimes a specialist on one make of air conditioning units can give you a lower quote as they are experienced with those units, while a company with little or no experience on that make would probably charge you higher cost to cover their work and warranty. You would want to go with the more experienced one for your needs, although they might be a smaller company. Along with the installation cost, you also need to clearly ask about the warranty of their work.

Services and Professionalism

Nobody likes an awful service experience regardless of how cheap the cost is. Ask the service provider some questions before you make a decision to hire them, to find out how they interact and answering your questions. Do they care about your needs and concerns, or just cannot wait to make another sale to you. Ask them if they can provide some references of previous clients who are happy with their jobs. After you have made a decision and book the time with them, make sure the paperworks are prepared by the service provider in a professional way with the warranty clearly stated.

These are probably the most important criteria that you need to watch out for when hiring an air conditioning installation specialist. The next question is where can you find such company? Ask for referrals from family, friends and relatives if possible as this is probably the best source that you can trust. You can also find these companies from your local area business directory, or find them online by typing Melbourne Air Conditioning and Heating Systems on Google if you live in Melbourne for example.

beauty, business

Tips to maintain your beauty salon equipment

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If you are running a beauty salon then you would have different types of beauty salon equipment based on the services offered. Depending of the type of salon and services, some of the commonly used beauty salon equipment are beauty beds, stools, galvanic machines, facial machines, facial steamers, magnifying lamps, sterilising unit, and so on. These equipment are normally quite expensive so it is important to take good care of them to save money and to make sure they can last long in their use. These tips to maintain your beauty salon equipment will help you to achieve just that.

There are a number of things that you can do to help maintaining your beauty salon equipment to make sure they last longer:

Buy your beauty salon equipment from a reputable company

facial steamerIf you are going to rely on your beauty salon equipment for your business, then I would recommend not to buy them on eBay. It is always best to buy your beauty salon equipment from a reputable company as it comes with a solid product, warranty and support. You can easily find these reputable shops to buy from your local area. One such example of provider of of beauty salon equipment Sydney Australia is Elegans. Of course if you cannot afford to buy brand new equipment you can always buy refurbished items which are on sale although the warranty would be limited.

Clean your equipment regularly

Sounds like a common sense but in the midst of busyness and tiredness sometimes the beauty salon equipment can be left uncleaned for a long time. This could bring unwanted consequences to the equipment such as damage, smell, or the equipment just not working properly as expected. To keep your equipment in their peak performance, make sure to clean them regularly and follow the cleaning instruction of each equipment. Some equipment require specific cleaning method such as using a white vinegar for a facial steamer for example.

Consider buying an insurance

You can also consider to purchase insurance for your beauty salon and its equipment although this would require some additional cost. Maintaining your beauty salon equipment can take some time and money but it is well worth it when you consider the unwanted consequences such as lost business, lost revenue or even lost customers. Hopefully if you follow these tips it would minimise such risks and help your beauty salon business to run more smoothly.

business, technology

Thinking of Building Your Own Website?

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If you are reading this article, then you already know what a website is. The proliferation of the Internet in the last twenty years has changed the way almost everything works in our life, and websites are a huge part of it. No matter if you are an individual or a business owner, you most likely would need a website at some point today in your life. Whether it is for your study if you are a student, to promote your products and/or services if you are a business owner, to promote the events you run, to sell stuff and make money, or maybe just to write a blog to share with your families and friends. You can do all these things and more with a website. Maybe you have been thinking of building your own website or having someone else building it for you. This article will help you and teach you how to get your own website.

website buildingThere are basically three ways you can get a website. The first and most obvious way is to get someone else to build it for you. The people who will be able to help you to build a website are normally known as web designers or web developers. This is the easiest to get a website yet it can be quite expensive, although the cost of having a website nowadays is getting cheaper and cheaper. You just need to tell the web designer what kind of website you want, how it is going to look like, what features the website needs etc., and they will be able to help you build one based on the agreed cost.

The second way to get a website which not many people really know is you can actually buy one. There are marketplaces which sell website on which you can browse for websites for sell. If you find one that you like, you can make a bid or contact the seller directly to make an offer. The cost varies from hundreds of dollars up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most of the high-end websites are normally established websites which can produce regular income and hence the high price tags.

The third way to get a website is to build your own. This idea might seem very hard at first especially if you are not a technically savvy person. The good news is, with the advancement of the technologies, building a website of your own today now is actually pretty simple. There are many tools, lessons and videos which can help you build your own website in a short period of time if you are a self-learner. Of course if you are hands-on learner like myself who learn faster when someone teaches you by example, then you can also find website building courses in your local area. You may need to pay a little bit of money however you get the benefits of asking questions about the problems you are having while building your website. It is highly recommended that you attend at least one of the website building courses if you are thinking of building your own website, such as courses from www.webbuilderscourse.com based in Sydney Australia.

If you are worried about the technical skills that you need to have before taking one of these courses, then I have a good news for you. With some of the popular website platforms available today such as WordPress or Joomla, you can start building your own website in no time after learning the basics. You do not need to know any programming or coding skills, as everything has been pre-programmed for you and you just need to design the layout and the content of your website. It might take some time to build your first website but it worths the efforts.

lifestyle

Chinese Fusion Restaurants

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If you love to try new kind of food just like me, then you would always be looking out for new restaurants around the town. One of my most favourite types of food is fusion food, which combines elements of different culinary style and traditions. Restaurant that serve fusion food are known as fusion restaurants. You could easily find fusion restaurants as their names normally speak for themselves, such as Chinese Fusion Restaurant in Mordialloc Bayside. Among the different styles of fusion restaurant, one the most popular ones is Chinese fusion restaurant which combines the best of east and west in their food elements, preparation and style.

sun wah chinese fusion restaurant

Chinese fusion restaurant, which is a type of Asian fusion restaurants, combines various cuisines of China with cuisines from other countries such as the more contemporary European. It has become very popular in many parts of the United States, United Kingdom and also Australia. There are also other Asian style fusion cuisines which normally feature food from East Asia, South-East Asia and South Asia. In Australia, fusion cuisine is increasing in popularity due to the increasing influx of migrants especially from Asian countries. Sydney and Melbourne are very well known with their fusion restaurants, and even considered by some as the best cities in the world in regards to the quality and choices of Asian and Chinese fusion restaurants.

What are some of the popular Asian fusion cuisines? Some of the well known ones include:

  • Chinese Pizza (includes vegetarian and meat toppings)
  • Ginger Garlic Peppered Beef (combined with sesame oil and teriyaki sauce)
  • Asian Pasta Salad recipe (Asian style pasta salad with grilled fillets)
  • Bourbon chicken (combines bourbon whiskey with Asian sauce)
  • Mushrooms and Tofu Shirataki with wasabi sauce
  • Prawns simmered in Lemongrass beer
  • etc.

As you can see by combining different style and elements of food, and with a little bit of creativity, the kind of fusion food that can be produced are virtually limitless. 

Two of the most popular cuisines that are often mixed together are Chinese and Italian. Both are sometimes known as the best cuisines in the world, which is a very good reason to mix them together. A special term has been coined for this kind of mixed food, known as Chitalian cuisine. One of the popular Chitalian cuisines is the Schezuan Spicy Spaghetti, which mixes Chinese ingredients with Italian pasta to produce a new noodle dishes that is fresh and with a new twist. 

fashion, lifestyle

Fun With Adult Onesie

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The onesie fever is becoming a global phenomenon especially in the last three years. The fashion that used to be worn only by babies and kids alike are now being worn by adults and young people everywhere. This can be seen especially in countries like USA, UK and Australia. Adult onesie comes in many styles, colours and size. The most popular onesies for adults are still the animal onesies.You can easily find many choices of adult animal onesies such as wolf onesie, cow onesie, dragon onesie, raccoon onesie, giraffe onesie etc.

These animal onesies come in different materials such as polar fleece, coral fleece and flannel. Fleece is a popular fabric made from polyester fleece fabric. It has the characteristics of not losing hair while at the same time the fabric is fluffy. After multiple treatments, fleece will not affect the skin. It is also non-toxic and does not produce static electricity.

adult animal onesiesPolar fleece is mainly used for jackets, hats, sweaters, and sportswear such as jogging bottoms or sweatpants. It can also be used as a vegan alternative to wool. Polar fleece is very light, soft and easy to wash. It can be made partially from recycled plastic bottles. This is now also used as onesie materials as it provides the warmth and comfort of a winter wear.

Coral fleece is relatively new type of fabric. Its surface is covered with colourful coral velvet lookalike, hence it is also called coral velvet. Coral fleece has a very delicate texture and is also comfortable to wear. It also does not fade, no pilling characteristics, and stimulation of the skin is very small. The trait that people like about colar fleece is it is rich in. Coral fleece is also water absorbent.

Flannel is made out of a, soft woven kind of fabric and is normally used to produce the highest quality of adult onesies. Originally flannel was made from carded wool but is is now often made out of cotton, wool or synthetic fibew. Flannel normally has either a single-sided or double-sided nap.

Which animal style and material of adult onesie you choose is up to you. Shop carefully based on your budget and how you are planning to wear the onesie. The most important thing is to have fun, and with the right selection of an animal onesie style for adult you will sure have a lot of fun with friends with clothes alike!

business, lifestyle

Creative and Fun with Custom Designed T-Shirts

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I wear t-shirt most of the time and if you are like me, you would always be on the hunt for new and creative design t-shirts all the time. I normally get my t-shirts from many places. Sometimes I was doing my routine shopping and if something caught my eye I just grabbed it on the way. The other times I was buying gifts for my friends and if I saw a witty, creative and fun t-shirts I just can’t resist to stop and buy them for myself. Recently I have started to shop for my t-shirts online. It is just unbelievable what you can find on the Internet today. You can virtually get any colour, design and style that you can think of for a t-shirt. Or even the ones that you never thought of before!

unique t-shirtCustomising your own t-shirts is fun, unique and creative at the same time. It is a great way to express your creativity while at the same time giving you the rewards to be able to wear something that is unique to you like no one else. I like to scribble down my ideas when I think of some ideas for my next t-shirts, and proceed to order them online when I have time. The question that I hear you asking, how difficult is it to design your own t-shirt?

The good news is thanks to the technology, designing your own t-shirt nowadays can be as simple as just following 1-2-3 steps and you’re on the roll. You don’t need to have an expert design skills or a sophisticated computer software or tool to help you with the design. There are companies that provide online t-shirt printing services on their website. All you need to do is choose the t-shirt style and colour, add some texts, add some photos and you’re done! It does not cost a lot of money so it is really something that you should try if you are a t-shirt fanatic like myself.

Of course if you have your own design that you wanted to print on the t-shirt, it can also be done. T-shirt printing is not too complicated, the design that you can print on paper can also be printed on t-shirt most of the time. You just need to choose the style and material of the t-shirts, or even other apparels such as hoodies or baseball caps, send your design to the printing company and they will help to get your jobs done.

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