27 November 2016

pCloud - Cloud Storage Review

I'm a heavy user of cloud solutions for many years. I really likes availability of files on different locations without copy and check if everything is with me.
I tried many of cloud storage solution and for some projects I still use Dropbox, Drive and OneDrive … but for my main work I have a few requirements:
- stability and availability
- fast clients for different platforms (Windows, Linux, Android…)
- security (client side encryption)
- syncing any folder on local disk to cloud
- syncing only desired folders from cloud to local disk
- enough storage capacity and normal speed
- acceptable price…

pCloud Crypto

To be honest, many of online storage provides fails on above written requirements. In last years I was a sympathizer of next solutions (followed with reason to leave them):
- SugarSync (change price/storage politics and problems with clients)
- Wuala (they shut down)
- Cubby (they shut down)
- PowerFolder (some mistakes on platform).

In last weeks I investigated market again and found a very promising solution – pCloud. pCloud is based in Switzerland and provide easy to use cloud storage solution. Here are some pros and cons.

- Free 10 GB with almost all features!
- Powerful Premium and Business accounts
- Unlimited file size
- Top security
- Client for many platforms
- Virtual hard drive
- Sharing files with non-pCloud users
- Anyone can upload files to your account via a shared URL
- WebDAV support (isn’t documented, but support team can send you address)
- Company’s servers are based in Switzerland
- Impressive speed without bandwidth throttling
- Sending large files with encryption without login
- Remote upload (pCloud can upload from remote URL without ruining your internet)
- Folder syncing is really easy to understand and set

Windows pCloud client

- Additional money fee for client side encryption (Crypto)
- File history on free account works only 24 hours
- No password protected shared files/folders
- Context menu for pCloud doesn’t show in all programs (it works in Explorer, don’t worry)
- It is not possible to sync hidden and system files
- Quite slow support (but I have to say, that second time they response much faster)

pCloud is an excellent online storage service. It is a powerful file sharing and syncing service. It does have its shortcomings, but with many good points, free storage and a client side encryption (fee!) I can say that pCloud is a great service.
You can use my affiliate link and you will get a 1-month premium account for free.

11 November 2016

How to create a chatbot in five minutes?

What is a chatbot?
A chatbot is a service, powered by rules and artificial intelligence, that you interact with via different channels (chat interface, widgets, Facebook Messenger...). It can converse with humans to answer questions or guide them to get the solution or find an appropriate product.

Do I need chatbot?
Chatbots can guide our potential customers with simple wizards to buy products. Chatbots with an interactive process can also save people from searching through FAQs and knowledge chapters themselves. Better chatbots can also change from automatic answering to live chat and that can raise business conversations
If you have a business where many customers are looking for similar information, then chatbot is a way to go. Without doubt.

Can you have your own chatbot? 
Of course. There are many different platforms. After some testing, I choose a solution with really powerful features. SecondEGO is quite unknown, but offers many nice features. Check this short PDF presentation of the platform.

How to create a chatbot in five minutes?
You can create your own chatbot and publish it on your website very quick. Follow this video to understand what is necessary to prepare your assistant.

Is this all?
Yes and no. Your chatbot is prepared and published, but if you want to offer your customers something useful, there is more to do. You have to invest some time to prepare and include knowledge. But don't worry, every spent hour today will save many hours in the future. You won't have to answer to the same questions every day. Your business will raise because website visitors will find products more quickly. Analytics will show you, what people are really searching for and what do you need to describe more detailed.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

04 November 2016

How can I see who had liked my page on Facebook?

How can I see who had liked my page on Facebook?

This question is very frequently asked on forums. It is one of the first questions from everyone who has created Facebook Business Page.
If you are page admin, then the solution is quite simple:
1. Open your page and click "Settings" on right side
2. Click "People and Other Pages" on left side.
3. Change filter to "People Who Like This Page" if necessary.

That's it.

Note: Facebook makes changes on their website all the time and the above-described solution maybe won't be available in the future.