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Save some Cold, Hard Cash! $7.49/yr domains

Go Daddy, one of the largest domain registrars, has announced that the prices for the most popular .COM domain names will get an increase by by 7% on January 15, 2012 due to VeriSign rising the prices (this price increase will affect all domain registrars). And in order to get around the price increase for a bit you should renew your existing domain names by January 14th, 2012. Now is also the right time to register any new .COM domain names that you are planning to be using and you should of course register or renew for multiple years, so that you could get long-term savings. This price increase will also affect the .NET domain names, so you should be aware of that as well.

The Internet infrastructure provider VeriSign explains the raise of the fees for domains due to the fact that due to the Internet usage growth and the increase of DDOS attacks the infrastructure demands have also increased and the increase of the price of domains is needed in order to cover for these increased costs. So don’t wait for the last moment, especially if you have a lot of .COM or .NET domain names, you should renew them now or register any new ones you may need while the old price is still active…

This is a quick and simple PHP script that shows the number of online visitors on your website at the moment in the form of a small graphical button, and of course it is available for free. This Users Online script will generate a small clean and cool looking image displaying the number of visitors viewing your site. The graphics is being generated on the fly with the help of the GD library, so make sure your hosting has it installed. And you can customize the colors of the button the way you like them in order to make them fit your website’s color palette as they are not hard-coded in the script itself.


The look of the generated button style image by the PHP script is easy to customize by editing the script file or on-the-fly by changing the parameters for displaying the image. Of course there is a basic gray color palette preset in the script, so it will be used if you do not provide parameters for the inner border, the outer border, the left and right fill colors and.or the left and right text colors (it is fully customizable). The advantages of this user counter PHP script are, it doesn’t require a MySQL or any other database in order to run (it stores the information in a plain text file) and it allows you to display this information on any web page, even ones that are not dynamically generated, so you are not just limited to active PHP pages anymore.

To download the Simple Users Online PHP Script that is available for free…

Vanilla Forums is a free and open-source, embedable, themable, multi-lingual community-building solution. It is specially made to help small communities grow larger with the help of some SEO mojo, totally customizable social tools, and great user experience. Vanilla Forums is also built with integration at the forefront, so it can seamlessly integrate with your existing website, blog, or custom-built application… you just need to embed some javascript code on your website and the forum will be shown there. You can for example quickly and easily integrated the forum inside your WordPress or any other blog platform, CMS system or even static website.


The script is based on PHP code and requires you to have a MySQL database, it offers multiple addons that can add useful custom features to your Vanilla forum. You also have multiple options for using different themes in order to customize the look and feel of your forum. And after your community grows bigger,t hen you may decide to switch to a more advanced and feature right solution for hosting your forums, but Vanilla Forums is just what you need to get things started quickly and easily.

For more information and to download the free Vanilla Forums PHP and MySQL script…