Best of the Web – Week of October 21, 2013

I’m an avid blog reader as well as a blogger, so every week I’m going to start sharing with you some of the gems that I find on the internet throughout the week. This week we’ve got a wide variety of articles from getting started with Google+, Creating Mac OS X boot discs, and some vector icons that’ll spruce up your next week project. Here is your list of the best of the web for the week of October 21, 2013… Enjoy!

The Beginner’s Guide to Google+

Mashable has a really good article for anyone who is new to or is thinking about using Google’s social network. The article is really in depth and completely illustrated with screenshots to help you understand when/where to click. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of Google+, you should check it out.

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Why Building a Community Should be Part of Every Company Strategy

As you know, I’m a huge proponent of cultivating a community around your business. This article from VentureBeat gives some wonderful insight into why companies should think more about creating a community around their products and services, and even offers some guidelines for creating a more effective community.

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Create a Bootable Disk Version of Mac OS X Mavericks

Apple released OS X Mavericks as a free download this week, and just about every Mac owner seems to be upgrading. One of the first things I do when any new operating system is released is to create a bootable backup disk so that in the event my computer gets hosed, I have a way of restoring it back to factory specs. Unfortunately, now that Apple does most of its updates via App Store downloads and doesn’t sell boxed copies of their OS in stores, doing this is somewhat of a pain. This article from Hongkiat shows you step-by-step how to create a bootable flash drive with OS X Mavericks.

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Icons and icon fonts are becoming all the rage in the web design community. Typicons is a great new set of vector icons that are also embedded into a web font, making it super easy to integrate them into your next web project. The best part about it, is that Typicons are completely free!


Where the World’s Top 100,000 Websites are Hosted

Ever been curious as to where the “big boys” host their website(s)? This infographic, as seen on VentureBeat, depicts the web hosts of the top 100,000 websites in the world. Among the top providers are Amazon, Rackspace, and (surprisingly) GoDaddy. I’m happy to see that my host, HostGator, came in at #8 on the list.

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Comparing WordPress Membership Plugins

If you’ve ever wanted to create a membership website using WordPress, but were unable to decide which plugin was right for you, Chris Lema has a post that is going to absolutely blow you away! Chris is a pretty big deal in the WordPress community, and his blog is one of my daily reads. This post is full of great facts, breakdowns, and opinions that you’re sure to find unbelievably helpful in my search for the best WordPress membership solution. Check it out!

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There you have it, my “Best of the Web” for the week of October 21, 2013. I’ll be doing one of these posts each week and sharing some of the awesome things that I’ve read with you. Thanks for reading!