What is Amazon Supply for Industrial, Business and Scientific Customers?

Reading through my e-mails I received a notably interesting one announcing:

Dear Customer,

AmazonSupply.com is a new website dedicated to offering a broad selection of parts and supplies to business, industrial, scientific, and commercial customers at competitive prices. AmazonSupply offers more than 500,000 items from leading brands including Mitutoyo, Georgia-Pacific, Brady Corporation, Sandvik, Genie, and Parker. Eligible orders of $50 or more receive free two-day shipping, and AmazonSupply offers free 365-day returns, corporate lines of credit, and a dedicated customer service center. The site’s easy navigation, detailed product descriptions, and studio-quality photography help customers find the items they need.





What does this mean for the business community.  Low Prices, Fast and Free Shipping…. An Easy One Stop Shop.

Also for the launch Amazon is providing a free 365 return on corporate lines of credit for Amazon Supply Customers with a dedicated customer service center.

With 14 categories that include:

  • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Plumbing
  • Materials
  • Lab and Scientific
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Fasteners
  • Power and Hand Tools
  • Janitorial and Sanitation
  • Power Transmission
  • Test, Measure, and Inspect
  • Cutting Tools
  • Abrasives and Finishing
  • Material Handling
  • Office
  • Fleet and Vehicle Maintenance

I will never have to shop at staples.com, uline.com and the many other vendors I use for all our needs.

I will be sure to recommend this site to all my industry clients – you name it they can use it.  Plumbers, Merchanic Shops, Labs, etc.


















Adding a WordPress user via MySQL Database

This article will walk you through the process of creating an admin user in WordPress through your WordPress MySQL database.

First and foremost: backup your database before performing any MySQL edits.=

Second login to phpMyAdmin and find your WordPress database

PHP My Admin




Once you are logged in go to Insert


We need to insert our new admin user’s information, so click on the Insert tab like it shows in the image above. In the insert form, add the following:

  • ID – pick a number (in our example, we will use the number 4).
  • user_login – insert the username you want to use to access the WordPress Dashboard.
  • user_pass – add a password for this username. Make sure to select MD5 in the functions menu (Refer to the screenshot below).
  • user_nicename – put a nickname or something else that you would like to refer yourself as.
  • user_email – add the email you want to associate with this account.
  • user_url – this would be the url to your website.
  • user_registered – select the date/time for when this user is registered.
  • user_status – set this to 0.
  • display_name – put the name you like to display for this user on the site (it can be your user_nicename value as well).
  • Click on the Go Button


Next we are going to have to add the values to wp_usermeta table. Click on the wp_usermeta table and then click on the Insert tab just like the previous step. Then add the following information to the insert form:

  • unmeta_id – leave this blank (it will be auto-generated)
  • user_id – this will be the id of the user you created in the previous step. Remember we picked 4.
  • meta_key – this should be wp_capabilities
  • meta_value – insert this: a:1:{s:13:”administrator”;b:1;}

Insert another row with the following information:

  • unmeta_id – leave this blank (it will be auto-generated)
  • user_id – this will be the id of the user you created in the previous step. Remember we picked 4.
  • meta_key – this should be wp_user_level
  • meta_value – 10

Then click on the Go button, and you have created yourself a new username. Now you should be able to login to your wp-admin with the username and password you specified for this user. Once logged in, click on Users and edit the username you just created. Go down and click on the Save button (you don’t have to change anything). This will allow WordPress to go through and add some more information and clean-up the user we just added.

Box.net vs. Dropbox- Head to Head Review – Which Clould Storage is Better?

“Box.net vs. Dropbox- Head to Head Review – Which Clould Storage is Better?”

Gone were the days when you need to have a floppy disk or a USB in order to send and share files. These days, you only need to have a computer or a mobile device and a good internet connection in order to access any data that you need at any given time. There are two big names in the world of online storage: Dropbox and Box.net. Different people have different opinion about these two storage sites. There are those who prefer Dropbox over Box.net while there are some who want Box.net over Dropbox. Below is a comparison of the two sites in terms of feature, space, price, set up, performance, security and so on.

Round 1: Features

Content management, collaborative workspace, admin account transfer, task management, built in editor and 5 GB free storage are just some of them nay features that Box.net offers. Dropbox on the other hand seems to offer no virtual work feature other than the 2GB free storage and the seamlessness of sharing and syncing folders on several devices. With all the features that Box.net offers, it is no wonder that people who are into big business prefer Box.net over Dropbox which is mainly focused on personal users but can also be of great help to small and medium business owners.

Round 2


Considering how simple its features are, Dropbox is easier to use as compared to Box.net.  Setting up Dropbox takes less than 10 minutes as there is no admin task that needs to be done. But this does not make Box.net complicated or hard to set up.  It is just that Box.net require more steps in setting up. For instance, a free trial option requires you to key in your credit card information which can put off many people. Setting up of desktop icon for local access also needs an extra step to be done and this can be rocket science and confusing for some people. Clearly, in this round Dropbox wins as it is more easy to use but if you come to really think of it, the extra effort that Box.net requires is certainly more than worth it.

Round 3

Sharing and Security

Box.net allows user to set access as well as restriction in its file sharing. Also, one can set up groups in the workspace and this is something that Dropbox can not match in terms of file-sharing. A properly configured Box.net makes file sharing on sites like Facebook and LinkedIn possible in the same way that its permit integration of web content on programs that it is compatible with. Security wise, the two sites are basically the same as Box.net utilizes access control method while Dropbox uses encryption.

Nina Sevilla

10 Tips On How Real Estate Professionals Can Use Social Media Marketing to Market Homes and Condos

It is quite interesting how two things virtually transformed how real estate professionals work their trade nowadays. The first has to do with the real estate crisis, 4-5 years ago, and the other one is the boom of the use of Social Media across the generational board. When the real estate crisis hit the market, realtors and brokers were forced to go back to the drawing boards and rethink their strategies insofar as marketing their information and finding their buyers.
When Facebook became a big hit and people were signing up in droves, it was a no brainer for real estate professionals to try to bring their business to the budding network. After perhaps some initial reservations that social media would merely be for kids, and the realization that even business people and consumers are onto social media, the industry began to see this for what it is – a seemingly boundless, cost effective venue for building relationships and selling information.
How is this going along? More than what we expected, I should say. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors say that in the United States, percentage of agents who use social media have jumped, from 35% last year, to 50% this year. It may be because they have realized that people are relying less and less on newspapers and classifieds and more and more on the Internet when looking for homes.
Which brings us to the critical point this article wishes to make: any serious real estate professional cannot ignore the value of social media networks. It is current. It is the “in” thing. People are flocking to the “virtual world” to do “real world” transactions. Hence, it is imperative that we learn the tricks of this particular trade. Just how do real estate professionals “effectively” use social media? Let me offer these 10 great tips:
1. The More, The Many-er
It is important to understand that Facebook is not the only social media out there. There is also Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Flickr, Foursquare – to name only some popular few. This means that there is virtually no reason for you not to reach your potential client. In fact, the clients, especially those who are seriously looking for a house to buy or a place to rent, may be doing a “real estate agent” search on these platforms right now, trying to get to you.
2. Strategize on How to Reach your Potential Client.
Just because you have a Facebook page, or a LinkedIn account does not mean that buyers will immediately knock at your virtual doorstep. You have to have a strategy on how to make potential clients know that you exist and that you are ready to help them with their real estate needs. And this is the power of social media. It has made networking easy. All you need is a strategy on how to reach your buyers.
3. Relationship-Building is the Name of the Game.
I find networking to be a tad too technical a term for my taste. A homier, more people friendly term would be “relationship-building.” And as any sales person worth his salt would tell you, relationship building is the heart of any sales endeavor. And this is where you should excel in your quest to being the social-media-savvy-real-estate-pro that you are. Go play some online scrabble, or be a Farmville neighbor. Send them the gifts they need to build that chicken coop. Greet “friends” on their birthdays. Post some personalized greetings on their walls, every so often. This allows you to get into their good side, to make them realize that you’re someone they can trust. As soon as that is done, as soon as they have that urge to buy their new house, and knowing you are the person to talk to because you have followed tip #2, they will call message you and ask for a quote. Ain’t that sweet!
4. Work on Your Reach
The danger with Facebook and other social platforms is that people may become overwhelmed with seemingly boundless potentials for client-making. Any good marketing professional will tell you that it is better to target your markets rather that to use a shotgun approach, hoping perchance that you hit somebody. As you begin your foray into this type of marketing, start with a small network and begin to expand from there. Strategize your network by thinking about this: “Will I be able to service him/her if ever he/she becomes my client?” As a friend, you may want to keep in close Facebook touch with those on the other side of the world. But as an agent, you may want to direct your marketing efforts to those that you can service, should that need arise.
5. Separate the Personal From the Professional
As can be gleaned from the some of the above-mentioned tips, it is imperative that we keep our personal and professional accounts different. Social Networking sites are quite interactive. A share picture can make one to one hundred comments in a jiffy. The danger of mixing business and pleasure is that information may quickly be buried in the process. That is but one of the many issues we try to avoid when we opt for separate profile pages. You don’t want to be posting pictures of an all night drinking party one minute and a house for sale the next minute, do you? It just doesn’t make professional sense.
6. Create Professional Looking Sites
Many of these social media sites allow us a great leeway in personalizing our “landing” pages. It is then important that we showcase our business the best way possible through these pages. First impressions last, or so they say. Many of these prospective clients will look at these websites and will create an impression about how we do business based on what they see. Take time to build a professional looking site.
7. Don’t be Afraid to Learn.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how to use these sites. These are quite often very user-friendly, designed to be very easy to use. If you do desire to upload photos, for example, all you have to do is look for the button that says “upload photos.” Simple enough even for the technophobics among us, but if you still can’t get around using these site, you may just simply have to hire professionals to do the job. Sure, there will additional expense for you. But think of this as an investment from which you could get greater returns.
8. Don’t’ stop at Pictures
Pictures are good. In fact, someone has sad that “pictures are worth” a thousand words, and rightly so. But why stop at pictures. Social media allows us to be more creative in our approach to marketing. We can make videos, post them on various video sharing sites such as Youtube and Vimeo, post the links on our Facebook, Myspace accounts, tag our prospects, and see how our marketing (not to mention our pockets) is enriched by the process.
9. Realize the Power of Blogging.
Blogging what? Well, a blog used to refer to a personal journal, a “web log” of whatnots a particular writer wishes to share to the world. Most business professionals, however, now use blogs to supplement their social sites. In blogs, you can write articles, press releases – just about anything that you want to share in reference to your work, or whatever. It’s easily published on the internet. It can become your own personal website, given some tweaking of its elements. Here, you can showcase your listings, house for sale photos, embed your videos, and interact with your readers via the comments section.
10. Keep Informed.
This is the last tip for the day, but simply is the most important, if you ask me. Here’s why? The turnover rate of technology is so fast that people tend to get lost in the handshake. Imagine how, while we are still grappling with one platform, it suddenly becomes obsolete and we are faced with an upgraded platform. This has gotten to be more the norm rather than the exemption. And so, it is very important that we keep ahead of the pack by staying informed. What is in, what is out? What is hot, what is not? What’s trending, what’s ending. Doing so, we make sure that we are empowering ourselves with the most current tools of our trade.

X. Commerce to be released October 12, 2011

Magento, eBay, and PayPal are coming together to release a new open commerce platform: X.commerce. This end-to-end solution combines the very best from the biggest names in commerce to give developers and merchants the tools to succeed.

About X.commerce

Technology is completely transforming the relationship between consumers and merchants.

Consumers today want and expect more choices in how and where they shop. And multi-channel innovations – online, offline, mobile, and the fast-blurring spaces in between – are delivering. Consumers are also armed with more knowledge before they buy. Reviews and recommendations. Daily deals. Barcode scanning and instant price comparison. So as today’s consumers use technology innovations to seize control, the question is how can merchants of all sizes keep up?
No technology has emerged that empowers merchants to deliver standout experiences across devices and channels. None has emerged to help merchants manage the entire commerce process, easily and cost-effectively. None has emerged that unleashes the creativity of developers to define the next wave of innovation across the entire commerce ecosystem.
Until now.
X.commerce is the future of technology-powered buying and selling.

It’s more than e-commerce. More than marketing automation. More than mobile transactions. It’s the first end-to-end, multi-channel commerce technology platform designed for all the ways consumers choose to shop today. And it’s the only platform that combines the power of eBay, PayPal, Magento, and all the ground-breaking commerce capabilities within the eBay Inc. family.
For merchants… X.commerce is a single platform that makes the most current commerce technologies easy to access. X.commerce developers make the technology easy to customize to any merchant’s business. And the ability to scale quickly without investing in costly, complex configuration opens up the playing field to merchants of any size, in any location, to compete and win.
For developers… X.commerce is a robust, open ecosystem that empowers integrators and innovators with the most complete set of commerce-related tools and capabilities in the world. And because this ecosystem provides access to eBay Inc.’s resources through one entry point, it gives developers access to hundreds of millions of consumers and merchants who are hungry for better end-to-end commerce experiences.
For solution providers and partners… X.commerce is a new and innovative distribution channel. The open environment allows for the newest, and even competitive, commerce technologies outside of eBay Inc. to plug in – delivering unimaginable choice for developers, merchants, and consumers everywhere.
X.commerce is the engine that will drive technology-powered commerce to the next level and beyond. And those who get on first will get ahead the fastest.

Ebay Acquires Magento!

eBay Agrees to Acquire Magento

The past several years have been an amazing journey for Magento, as we’ve grown from a new open source platform into an eCommerce leader. Along the way, we’ve built not only a platform, but a company and a worldwide community. Together, we’ve identified opportunities, taken risks, innovated, struggled, succeeded, and changed the face of eCommerce. Today marks a milestone on this journey as we announce the most exciting news in our company’s history.

Magento has reached an agreement to be acquired by eBay Inc. We believe this move will open incredible opportunities for the entire Magento ecosystem.

The Big Picture

Why is this acquisition so exciting for all of us? eBay is evolving to become a strategic commerce partner focused on delivering new ways for merchants of all sizes to drive innovation. As a centerpiece of this strategy, they are building a global, open commerce platform that leverages the worldwide developer community. And Magento will be at the core of this new, open commerce platform, called “X.Commerce.”

Magento & eBay

As many of you know, Magento has had a relationship with eBay for some time. In March 2010, eBay became our first outside investor. Over the past year, eBay has gotten to know our platform, our culture, and our community. They have experienced the passion of the Magento ecosystem, and they are eager to harness the power of this ecosystem to create the next generation of eCommerce innovation.

Magento Forward: The Details

How will this acquisition impact our organization, customers and partners? It’s too soon to know all the details, but there are a few things we know. Magento will continue to operate out of LA, with Yoav Kutner and me as its leaders following the closing. We’ll continue building our team and our enhancing our product line, including the Magento Community, Enterprise, and Mobile Editions, as well as Magento Go and the Magento Go Platform. And we’ll continue strengthening our training, education, packaged consulting services and support efforts around the world.

Through it all, we’ll be collaborating with our colleagues at eBay on developing the X.Commerce platform and defining the next generation of eCommerce innovation.

Yoav and I recorded a short video message for the community – you can find it on our blog, along with FAQs about the pending acquisition.

Creating The Future Together

To all the members the Magento family: we thank you for all the passion, expertise and hard work that you’ve invested in Magento. Thanks to you, Magento finds itself exactly where we’ve always aimed to be: at the core of eCommerce. We are thrilled to become part of a larger organization that recognizes – as we always have – that the future of eCommerce is global, innovative and open. We look forward to creating that future with all of you.

Warm Regards,

Roy Rubin
Co-Founder and CEO, Magento

Magento’s eCommerce Stimulus Fund

Magento’s eCommerce Stimulus Fund


Magento has launched a $1 Million stimulus fund to help you get started. You can use this money to run your Magento Go online store free for a year!

But, funds are limited and we are distributing them on a first-come first-serve basis, so you’ll have to hurry if you want to claim your share.

Here’s how it works:

1) Start a free 30-day trial of Magento Go
2) Complete all the steps required to launch your store
3) Select a Magento Plan

What you Get:

$15/month credit towards your Magento Go Store for 1 year

So, what are you waiting for? A handout? Well, here it is. We can’t build the store for you, so get going and start your free trial.