December 2013

This is the end

Published: 31 December, 2013 seen 884 Random thoughts and notes

Of 2013. :) I didn't know much to write today, as you may, and may not know, I'm running 365 days contest for myself, can I blog 365 days in a row. So even in December 31th and January 1st I must write something.Since today is last day of year, and I have found a huge role of Facebook ADS late this year - I will end this year of counting together, how many fans I have for Facebook pages I run.And the number is:1287Not much, not less. Pretty modest number, which by end of the 2014 must be at least 6000. But you never know. Happy New Year and a lot of Facebook Fans to you too :)

Clikheat map for Drupal

Published: 30 December, 2013 seen 1,369 Drupal Development

Click heat map for Drupal is solution to help you better understand where your site visitor click on your website:By knowing places your site visitors most often click, you can adjust your site desing, like to make better conversations for ads, for example. So to get this done on Drupal, you will need to:Download ClickHeat moduleDownload ClickHeat libraryExtract module to sites/all/modulesExtract library to sites/all/librariesHere is the intruction how to configure library: INSTALLATION------------1. Download the lastest ClickHeat release from: http://www.labsmedia.com/clickheat.2…

2 days left till New Year

Published: 29 December, 2013 seen 738 Living in Georgia

Update: This article was originally published in the last days of December 2013, unfortunately, most of the pictures published in this article are lost. But I have many more (see: photos) Really? Made some bike ride around Tbilisi city - the weather is perfect, sunny and warm. So yes - 2 days left till New Year's celebs, but looking at those pictures you won't tell that.

Another Facebook experiment

Published: 28 December, 2013 seen 919 Blogging

Mid November I created one day experiment with Facebook scheduled posts, with aim by posting links to my Facebook fan page, to acquire more visitors to my site. As I think, result failed. But maybe not. So today - I decided to make another experiment - this time not so much focusing on scheduling posts, but more to posting in random times (yes maybe using scheduling feature), different kind of posts - links, photos. For links I decided to add Custom URL parameter, offered by Google Analytics. Time frame for this experiment - one week. Things I'll need: Google Analytics URL builder: https://…

Bakuriani season opening

Published: 27 December, 2013 seen 1,244 Living in Georgia

Bakuriani is popular winter Resort in Georgia. Bakuriani once even applied for participation to hold 2014 winter Olympic games. Well - by knowing that Sochi Olympics cost about $50 billions, it's easy to understand - why Bakuriani didn't win that contest. But still - if Georgia will find some $50 billions - Bakuriani is great place to host even Olympics :) Here are few shots from December 25th - Bakuriani season opening, made for Tourgeorgia.EU See more pictures here

Facebook boost + Google Adsense

Published: 26 December, 2013 seen 3,557 Blogging

If we can drive more than 500 visitors to a website spending just 5 dollars using Facebook Boosted posts, then can we monetize this traffic and earn something back using Google AdSense? This is the question of not giving me peace lately. It' has been already two days since I used the Facebook boost post feature for the first time, and results look very promising. So promising that I decided to put Google AdSense ad units on the site (not a huge fan of AdSense though) and keep them until the end of January 2014, to test, if the traffic driven from Facebook, can earn me some cash? So what is…

Best spent $ 5 this year

Published: 25 December, 2013 seen 1,135 Blogging

I have previous already wrote, how to gain more fans for your Facebook fan page, using paid options on Facebook. Today, I'm willing to share my joy - how to get more visitors to your site starting just $5. Facebook boost: This es example screen for page I ran. Results of Estimated people you can reach, may vary. So choose you best post and give it some boost. Yesterday I created my first ever Facebook post boost, and spent $5 in total.  What I get? I got ~12 k impressions 92 likes 2 shares 5 comments 35 new likes to page And I got  more than 500 visitors to my site. 500 visitors just for $5…

First ride

Published: 24 December, 2013 seen 908 Outdoor Activities

Made first mountain bike drive this year, on December 23th. OK, not real mountain biking, just random wheels around Tbilisi city or more precisely just across Mtkvari river over Queen Tamar Mephe bridge and back. Here are some candid street photos from today's ride: Apartment blocks in Tbilisi New skyscrapers been built in Tbilisi Traffic jam in Tbilisi ​ Tbilisi, December 23rd Does it looks like a Christmas? My newly acquired mountain bike I bought this bike at Kidobani market Mtkvari river in Tbilisi

GEL continues to be weak against USD

Published: 23 December, 2013 seen 1,677 Economic notes

Exchange rates for 1 Georgian Lari on December 23.12.2013 has been set to 1.7168 according to National Bank of Georgia. In Tbilisi money exchange points, the value goes even higher to 1.7300 (SELL) and 1.7200 (BUY). I have created a chart displaying exchange rates for GEL, for time period 01.01.2013 - 23.12.2013 US dollar is getting stronger and stronger, and in December it seems it's reaching it's apogee. I have this feeling that such kind fractions are artificially made (But I may be wrong - haven't thought much actually about this - probably I'm not filthy rich, to feel these changes on…

Another sunny day in Tbilisi

Published: 22 December, 2013 seen 861 Living in Georgia

Made Some random shots from Tbilisi, for Tourgeorgia.EU December 22th, 2013. Georgians are getting ready for New Year celebration on January 7th.

Careful with do-follow links

Published: 21 December, 2013 seen 1,297 Search Engine Optimization

August 14th suddenly one of sites I maintain increased absolute drop of traffic from Google.At first I panicked. I did research, and didn't find nothing useless from other webmasters reporting similar behavior. Then I give up. Then I decided to forget about Google,and continue to work with site, deep in my hear hoping Google will bring traffic back. Nothing. Again I started to do some research, and by end of September webmasters were reporting that they have faced similar problems. Webmasters complained about 30-80% drop in Google traffic.Then I found out, that Google has released new…

Transnistria - the western outpost of Russia

Published: 20 December, 2013 seen 1,397 Documentaries

Kinda provocative documentary about Republic of Transnistria. About role of Russia to "stabilize" separatist region of Transnistria. Moldova un Romania.. Wouldn't call this a masterpiece, actually it's crappy propaganda, but if you are interesting about life in Transnistria, you should see this. This documentary is in Russian language.

Many political leaders wont attend Sochi Olympic games

Published: 19 December, 2013 seen 716 Geopolitics

Russia is getting more and more pressure, and it seems Russia's ego will be undermined next year at Sochi Olymics.First, German president announced , he wont attend Sochi, then White House informed that Barack Obama, wont be there, and now Frances president is informing he wont attend.Well - it's not a biggy on one hand - it doesn't mean Olymipc teams of these countries wont attend. On other hand, as I said - Russia is getting more and more pressure.  And I'm sure that after Olympics Russia will bite back - I'm even more than 100% sure that some interesting issues will arise after Sochi…

Ukraine gets cheaper gas

Published: 18 December, 2013 seen 656 Economic notes

Remember my doubts about fact Ukraine signing EU association agreement? As you may know, Ukraine didn't sign that agreement. Today I red an article that Ukraine will get cheaper gas from Russia (Gazprom). So, by saying that - is there any doubts that Ukraine in close future as well won't sign such agreement with EU? How much cheaper will it be? Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced that price for 1000 cubic meters will be $268,5 instead of $400 now. http://newsgeorgia.ru/russia/20131218/216236587.html

Facebook share button for Drupal views

Published: 17 December, 2013 seen 5,979 Drupal Development

Some time ago, I created a tutorial showing how you can add a Facebook like button to your Drupal powered site. That tutorial was pretty easy because we used a module. Today I'm willing to show, how to add Facebook share button to Drupal views page. Go to Facebook developer center - https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/share-button/  Generate your share button: We will use HTML5. Now you must add JavaScript SDK to your theme, you can load JavaScript with theme .info file Once JavaScript is added to your theme - go to your views, and add a new field  - path, exclude it from your…

How to automatically add watermarks to uploaded images

Published: 16 December, 2013 seen 7,286 Drupal Development

If you are making photos and publicizing them to internet - sooner or later you will find that you want to protect them somehow. Protect from people stealing your artworks and re-publishing pictures in other places. One way to protect images is to add watermarks. Well it doesn't mean someone still wont steal your pictures, but at least your watermark will be on.  I have found one solution in Drupal 7, using ImageCache action module:As you can see on picture above - I have added simple watermark on bottom right corner. And it's done with Drupal Image Cache actions module.Download…

1000 fan mark reached

Published: 15 December, 2013 seen 3,160 Blogging

Today, Facebook fan page of Tourgeorgia.EU reached 1000 fans mark!  To reach 1000 fans it took about 2 and half years :) But by the end of 2014 we are willing see at least 5000 fans. You can follow Tourgeorgia.EU Facebook fan page here.

Responsive website - should I convert my site?

Published: 14 December, 2013 seen 1,145 Web development

Should I concern about mobile browsers? Should I optimize my site for responsive browsing? Yes and no!At first - yes, you should invest some time and money to build a mobile devices friendly site. If your site visitors uses Facebook and or twitter, and you promote your content in those sites - answer is - you definitely should have a responsive site:Take a look of device use in 2012This is a screen for some site I maintain, for 2012. As you can see - mobile devices makes really small amount of devices used to browse that site.Here is the screen for 2013As you can see use of mobile and tablet…

Tbilisi First Snow

Published: 13 December, 2013 seen 1,072 Living in Georgia

First snow appeared today on Tbilisi streets. Made some random photography of it. Update: I have created much better quality Tbilisi winter photos. Read more: Tbilisi - Fairyland in Winter Snow in Tbilisi Its snowing on Tamar Mephe street Police patrol in Tbilisi streets Tbilisi Railway Station

How to configure postmarkapp to work with Drupal webform

Published: 12 December, 2013 seen 2,720 Drupal Development

If you are running your site under Apache then most probably your server will be auto configured with mail send module. But if you are running, lets say Ngnix without mail send function enabled, then you might consider some options to send e-mails from your site. And one of this options is to use Postmarkapp.com service. Today I'll show how to configure your Drupal powered site to deliver e-mails using postmarkapp and few handy modules. At first - go to the postmarkapp.com and sign up for a new user (if you haven't done that already) N.B. Postmarkapp.com wont allow to use major public domain…

Most visited Georgian websites (2013)

Published: 11 December, 2013 seen 2,582 Living in Georgia

After living in Georgia for almost 2 and a half years I still haven't found any reliable website traffic analyzer, except Alexa and local top.ge statistics. Today I'll try to put both of them in one pot, and make some analysis. According to Alexa: Rank Name Alexa rank 1 forum.ge 9 2 ambebi.ge 12 3 myvideo.ge 14 4 myauto.ge 18 5 adjarabet.com 20 6 myhit.ge 23 7 intermedia.ge 24 8 top.ge 26 9 palitratv.ge 29 10 interpressnews.ge 30 According to top.ge Rank Name top.ge rank 1 myvideo.ge 1 2 ambebi.ge 2 3 saitebi.ge 3 4 amindi.ge 4 5 adjarabet.com 5 6 myauto.ge 6 7 myhit.ge 7 8 interpressnews.ge…

The Mentalist

Published: 10 December, 2013 seen 1,880 Movies, TV shows & Documentaries

The Mentalist is an American drama television series that ran from September 23, 2008, until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was created by Bruno Heller, who is also its executive producer. The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who is a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to "read" people's minds. The series follows Patrick Jane, an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based in Sacramento,…

Google Pagerank toolbar updated?

Published: 9 December, 2013 seen 680 Search Engine Optimization

I have red in many places, that Google is not updating Pagerank this year anymore, and probably it will lose it's effect at all. But yesterday I noticed that my blog went from N/A to 0. And noticed that some other websites went up, and some went down. Don't know what actually it means - should I be happy for my 0, or not to pay attention to that at all?

Tensions between Germany and Russia?

Published: 8 December, 2013 seen 984 Geopolitics

Not so far away Germany and Russia, seemed like close bodies, signing contracts, making smaller EU nations to feel betrayed. Nord Stream project some even called a new Molotov - Ribbentrop pact, dividing Europe again.Lately Germany, had took closer look at European Eastern Partnership, by trying to get Ukraine in. Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel personally is taking actions to make this happen.And now - president of Germany, guy named Joachim Gauck, has informed that he will boycott Sochi Olympic games in response to Russia's right violations.Seems like hard times for Russia. What Russia…

Christmas charity fair in Tbilisi

Published: 7 December, 2013 seen 1,660 Living in Georgia

Every year, in Tbilisi Metekhi Sheraton at start of December charity fair is been held. Participation in charity fair takes embassies. Here are few shots from this years charity fair.  P.S. Last year my favorites in hot wine making were Danes, this year Latvians outperformed them. Lithuanian hot wine was the worst. 

Floating social share buttons

Published: 6 December, 2013 seen 2,047 Web development

Previously I already wrote how to add Facebook like button to your site, using a simple module. Today I'll how how to add floating social share buttons using custom code: Here is an example page: This will work for Facebook, Twitter and Google + buttons: Add this code to your theme files: <div id="pageshare"> <div class="sbutton" id="fb"> <a name="fb_share"type="box_count" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share</a><script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script> </div> <div class="sbutton…

Image hover effects - how to change background on mouse over

Published: 5 December, 2013 seen 9,263 Drupal Development

Today I faced again some interesting thing to create - on hover image to change the background and display text over it Here is how it looks: On the left side, you can see the default image, while on the right side with mouse over. To achieve such behavior in Drupal is pretty simple, a little bit CSS and you are done. Here is my view with div tags and Drupal fields: <div class="image-hover"> [field_images] <span class="image-overlay ">Read Full Article</span> </div> And here is CSS: .image-hover { display: inline-block; position: relative; background: #000; line-…

Drupal pathauto + transliteration

Published: 4 December, 2013 seen 2,072 Drupal Development

Are you writing in different language than English, languages like Russian, Greek, Georgian, Hebrew or maybe Latvian? You find it's not attractive URL generated? In this article you will learn how to fix this using Drupal CMS and a neat module - Transliteration. Take a look at these screenshots: Here is Latvian URL in Chrome: Chrome handles special characters nicely. The same URL in Mozilla Firefox: First problems detected - special characters have been converted to %C%4 - not nice. And here is IE: Yes, IE cannot handle them either, The good news are - the URL will be shown nice in Google…

Building a Drupal site from scratch - Complete series

Published: 3 December, 2013 seen 895 Drupal Development

Some time has passed away, since I started my tutorial how to build a Drupal site from scratch. I'm making this post to list all seriesBuilding a Drupal site from scratch - part 1 - planing Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 2 - Applying a subtheme Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 3 - Better administration Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 4 - Creating views Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 5 - Custom fronpage Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 6 - Working with blocks Building a Drupal site from scratch - part 7 -…

30 days Twittering in a row - results

Published: 2 December, 2013 seen 729 Blogging

30 days since I decided to give a try to Twitter has passed. Today I'm willing to share my modest results I achieved in these 30 days using Twitter. To be honest - I didn't handle to use Twitter 30 days in a row. 2 or 3 days I missed. Even I had an option to cheat - I was to lazy to cheat. Why? I'm not thinking Twitter is the right tool for me. I'm not saying it's wrong something with Twitter or, help God, me. No. Everything is fine - just Twitter for me seems kinda spammy and junky tool. The best I figured out in those 30 days is  - I must continue to use Twitter, growth there a follower…

Blog statistics November 2013

Published: 1 December, 2013 seen 860 Blog statistics

Second month, since I started this blog has passed away. As started on November, I'm sharing results of my blog statistics in month of November.Top 10 posts according to Google Analytics:Estonia to catch up Scandinavia in next 10-15 years Armenia, then, now - future CIS, Baltics and Georgia GDP 2018 Ukraine vs Poland by GDP 1990-2012 Views lode more pager with Ajax for Drupal Will Ukraine sign Association agreement? Doubt that! Baltic's vs Caucasus by GDP 2012 Blog statistics October 2013 Drupal 7 override page.tpl.php for specific content type …