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Looking for free CRM.? Try Hubspot

Hubspot is well known for its marketing automation capabilities. Hubspot also provides a CRM service that helps organizations to manage their customer information. Being free, you may expect some limitations. But in true sense it’s completely free. That too hosted in cloud.

Here are the features it provide

  1. Store and manage upto 10 lakh contacts
  2. Record the whole customer journey.
  3. Integrate Gmail and other major email clients
  4. Log every activity of a contact
  5. Initiate chat with prospects and customers.

Leverage these kind of tools to empower your sales team. Let this be a start of digital transformation.

Click here to know more about HUBSPOT CRM


How to execute .sh files in Linux(Ubuntu)

You may encounter with a .sh file several times when you try to download an application/software for linux. .sh files are shell script files for Unix-based operating systems.There are 2 ways in which it can be executed.  One is by using the terminal and another is by using the GUI of the operating system.

1. Using Terminal

Step 1: Open Terminal
Step 2: For giving permission to execute your script, Type this in the terminal. Remember to give your file path.
chmod +x /path/to/
Step 3: Execute the script. Just point your file location.
Eg:  /path/to/

2. Using GUI

Step 1 : Locate the file in your system.Step 2 :  For giving permission to execute your script,
Right-click on the fileSelect Properties
Select Permissions
Select Allow executing file as a program Once its done, close the Properties window Step 3: Double-click the file. A dialog will pop up giving you the option to run the script in a terminal. Go with it.It’s all done.Note: Not all files are safe to install. Verify the original source before executing these type of files.


Meet Mautic: The Open Source Marketing Automation Tool

Looking for an alternative for Hubspot.? Try Mautic. It’s a free and open source marketing automation tool. Mautic will help you in personalizing customer experiences, that will result in driving more leads from your customers.

Type: Marketing Automation Tool
Platform: PHP
Licensing fee: 100% free. No strings attached.
Deployment: Self Hosted/Cloud

  • Contact Tracking & Nurturing
  • Managing Marketing Campaign
  • Building Dripflow Programs
  • Integrating Social Media Channels
  • Managing Landing Pages and Digital Assets

Why wait, try one of the most powerful marketing tools available now. Click Here to visit Mautic website


Perspective API : The abusive content hunter

Abusive or Toxic conversations in a web platform are always a head ache for site owners. It will not only spoil the online reputation, but also welcome a lot of other problems. Here is a service from Google named Perspective API. It’s an API service that helps in identifying the ‘Toxic’ factor in your conversations. Perspective API uses machine learning to spot abuse and harassment web platforms. It delivers a ‘Toxic Score’ for a conversation. Web administrator can use this score to provide real time feedback to participants in the conversation. On configuring Perspective API on your platform, you can identify and eliminate toxic/abusive conversations with an ease.

Platform: API based


Automated testing using Behat

BEHAT is an automated testing framework for PHP. Behat is used for functional testing. Behat is open source as well as it can be expanded using extensions. It works on the principle, Behavior Driven Development. Behat requirement documents are written in a language called Gherkin. Gherkin is plain English formatted in a specific way so that the Behat software can parse it. It will require programmers support to implement it.

More information is available at Behat Official website.


How to send Ebooks to Amazon Kindle using Emails

It’s quite easy. Just follow the steps given below

Step 1: Find the email address of your Kindle

  • Login to your Amazon account.
  • Navigate to [if Indian account , ]
  • Navigate to Your Devices >> Kindle>> Next to “Email,” you’ll find the Kindle’s email address.

Step 2: Add your email id [from which you will send books] to approved email list.
After locating Kindle Settings >> Approved Personal Document E-mail List >> Add email, if your email id doesn’t exist there.

Step 3 : Send the email.

For different file formats, you will have to send different emails.

  1. Mobi Format
    Just attach the file, add a subject line and send it to Kindle’s email. No email body text needed.
  2. PDF format
    Option 1 : Retain graphics and structure as it is.
    Just attach the file, add a subject line and send it to Kindle’s email. No email body text needed.
    Option 2 : Convert the pdf to kindle format for better readability. This will result in loosing the default page structure and formatting.
    Attach the file, add the subject line as convert and send it to Kindle’s email. No email body text needed.
  3. EPUB Format
    Amazon Kindle by default accepts .mobi format. So convert that book to .mobi format using some converter. Eg: Calibre, .

Software Intro : OpenShot Video Editor

Looking for an open source software to execute basic video edits?

Here comes OpenShot video editor. As the name indicates, it’s open source and is completely free. It comes with a tons of options to edit videos both online and offline. It can be installed on windows machine, Linux Machine and even on Mac machines. They also delivers an Amazon instance that can be used for online editing. API’s are also available. So, if you are planning to build a mobile app that needs a video editing feature, you can use it..

Website :
Type : Video Editor
Platform : Windows, Linux, Mac and Amazon Instance
API availability : Yes for online instances.

Article, Resources

BSNL Complaint Registration Websites

As BSNL has a number of websites at National Level and Circle level, we usually find it difficult to identify the correct website in which we have to make a complaint submission. Last day, I have also faced this issue. I have contacted officials and they have provided me the details of right channel through which we have to raise a complaint request. Please find the details below.

BSNL Websites for online booking of Generic Complaints


BSNL Websites for registering complaints related to payments


BSNL website containing telephone numbers for various services complaint booking


BSNL Customer Support Numbers

Land Line
1500 or 198 from BSNL mobile or Landline
1800-345-1500 from other operator mobile or Landline

GSM Postpaid / Prepaid
1503 from BSNL mobile or Landline
1800-180-1503 from other operator mobile or Landline

1504 from BSNL mobile or Landline
1800-345-1504 from other operator mobile or Landline


Paywalls for Media Websites

For decades, most of the media websites relied on advertising for revenue generation. When the competition increased, media organizations understand that this game is no longer a viable one. It was not able to meet the expenses with these revenue. This made organizations think about an alternative revenue source.

Generating direct revenue from Users was one option that get identified. To capitalize users on the content, Paywalls were introduced. Content made available only to people who makes payment. Aka a subscription model. Initially people were hesitant to make payments as alternative sources were available. But later when organizations conveyed the value to user, they became interested. Now direct revenue through subscriptions are a main source of revenue for many media websites.

Thinking about following this mode. Yes, there are platforms that can help you. All you have to do is subscribe to them and integrate it to your website.

Here are some of the paywall providers

  1. Leaky Paywall
    Website Link
    Leaky paywall is being recognized as one of the most flexible paywall solution for publishers. It is equipped with metered paywall, powerful subscription options, subscriber management, payment gateway integrations etc.
  2. Mediapass
    Website Link
    Odgen Newspapers Inc. , CBS, Gate House Media etc uses Mediapass service for enabling paywall in their media website. This platform is also equipped to protect against ad blockers and CPM compression.
  3. Laterpay
    Website Link
    Laterpay is a service provider from Munich. They provide options for monetize content by both content creators and publishers.

Interested in paywalls and love to know about strategies to monetize your content, Drop an email to

Reviews, Technology

Android 10 for Xiaomi Mi A1 using PixelExperience ROM

I am a proud user of Xiaomi Mi A1 since October 2017. Mi A1 was one of the first mobile phone to have a dual camera setup at the back. The Bokeh effect produced by this device was astonishing. And it came packed with Pure Andriod Nougat that delivered exceptional performance. These all made Xiaomi A1, a youth icon at that time.

Xiaomi was very prompt on updates and upgrades. Monthly security updates ensured the device to be continued as robust and secure. Xiaomi also offered upgrades to Oreo and Pie on time.

Things changed gradually as newer versions of Android One phones get released form Xiaomi. Even through the security updates was on time till this month, there is no clarity on Android 10 upgrade for Xiaomi Mi A1. As the security updates continues in full swing and the OS Upgrade Promise was for 2 years, Mi A1 users can’t expect an Android 10 Upgrade.

But how can we make it happen? As the hardware is rock solid, there is no need to think of another new mobile phone because of slowed down OS upgrades, you can think of installing a Custom ROM. Even though a number of ROM’s are available in the market for M1 A1, the one that offers Android 10 based ROM’s are few. PixelExperience ROM is one among them.

Pixel Experience Rom
Pixel Experience Rom

I have been using PixelExperience ROM for some time and I would confidently say that it’s one of the best ROM’s available for Xiomi Mi A1. It excels on both stability and features.

PixelExperience is an AOSP based ROM, with Google apps included and all Pixel goodies. It’s available in two flavours. PixelExperience and PixelExperience Plus. The former contains all stock features and the later contain all goodies from best of breed ROM’s. Rom is available for Download from PixelExperience ROM Website. This ROM is maintained by Abhinav Guptha.

Pixel Experience Rom Flavours
Pixel Experience Rom Flavours
Declaration: Please note that using a custom ROM will tamper your device warranty. Guides to root device and install a custom ROM are available in different forums. This article is just a pointer and the author will not undertake any responsibility for the harm of your device. Install the ROM at your own risk.

Misc, Resources

70+ Malaylam Stories in the form of Audio Books

Bored of the Covid-19 lock down, here are a list of audio books, you can access via YouTube. Thanks to YouTube channel Daily News Vayanalokam for making this happen. Subscribe their channel for more updates.

ഗോപാലൻ നായരുടെ താടി :
നിനവും കിനാവും :
ഒരു മരണം തിരിച്ചു പോയി :

നെയ്‌പായസം :
നരിച്ചീറുകൾ പറക്കുമ്പോൾ:
കാളവണ്ടികൾ :

ഭദ്ര :
ലോല :

4.രവീന്ദ്രനാഥ് ടാഗോർ
അമളി :

അർത്ഥാന്തരങ്ങൾ :

പ്രൊഫസറും കുട്ടിച്ചാത്തനും : Link Expired

ഞാൻ പട്ടാളത്തിൽ ചേരാൻ ഇടയായ സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ :
ഒരു ദിവസത്തെ ജോലി :

ഒരു ശ്രാദ്ധത്തിന്റെ പിറ്റേന്ന്‌ :

മധുരശൈത്യം :

ഉമ്പർട്ടോ എക്കോ :

പ്രണയകാലം :
സന്തതി :

വള്ളംകളി :
യാത്ര :
റെയിൽവേ സ്‌റ്റേഷൻ :

കടൽതീരത്ത്‌ :

സൈലൻസർ :

15.ചൊവ്വല്ലൂർ കൃഷ്‌ണൻകുട്ടി
ഗുരുസന്നിധിയിൽ :
വെറുതെ നടക്കാനിറങ്ങിയവർ :

വീടു വിട്ടു പോകുന്നു :

17.മുണ്ടൂർ കൃഷ്ണൻകുട്ടി

18.അശോകൻ ചരുവിൽ
കാട്ടൂർക്കടവിലെ കൽപ്പണിക്കാരൻ :

19.സന്തോഷ്‌ എച്ചിക്കാനം
ഡേവിഡ്‌ജി കോഡ് :

20.വൈക്കം മുഹമ്മദ് ബഷീർ
സ്വർണമാല :

21.കെ. ആർ മീര
സർപ്പയജ്ഞം :

22.പെരുമ്പടവം ശ്രീധരൻ
ഇലത്തുമ്പുകളിലെ മഴ :

ഒരു പരമരഹസ്യത്തിന്റെ ഓർമയ്‌ക്ക്‌ :

24.ടി. പത്മനാഭൻ
പ്രകാശം പരത്തുന്ന ഒരു പെൺകുട്ടി :

ബർമുഡ :

ധർമ്മസങ്കടം :

ഭൂമിയുടെ രഹസ്യങ്ങൾ :

28.സുസ്‌മേഷ്‌ ചന്ത്രോത്ത്‌
സങ്കടമോചനം :
എന്റെ മകൾ ഒളിച്ചോടും മുമ്പ്‌ :

29.ഗെയ്‌ദെ മോപ്പസാങ്
സൈമണിന്റെ പപ്പ :

ഭവനഭേദനം :

നിന്നിൽ ചാരുന്ന നേരത്ത്‌ :

32.അക്‌ബർ കക്കട്ടിൽ
കള്ളവണ്ടി :

നിലാവിന്റെ നാട്ടിൽ :

34.തകഴി ശിവശങ്കരപ്പിള്ള
വെള്ളപ്പൊക്കത്തിൽ :

വിഷം കഴിച്ചു മരിച്ച മരങ്ങൾ :


ഒരു കാലടി മാത്രം :

അശ്വതി :

തീർത്മയാത്ര :

40.ഇ. സന്തോഷ്‌കുമാർ
മകുടി :

41.പ്രമോദ് രാമൻ
മരണമാസ്‌ :

പൂവമ്പഴം :

രണ്ട്‌ പട്ടാളക്കാർ മറ്റൊരു അറബിക്കഥയിൽ :

44.സിതാര. എസ്‌
ഉറങ്ങിക്കിടന്ന ഒരു കാറ്റ്‌ :

45.പുനത്തിൽ കുഞ്ഞബ്‌ദുള്ള
കൈനാട്ടിയിലെ കൊപ്പരമിൽ :

ആദ്യത്തെ ശവക്കുഴി :

വിശ്വാസത്തിന്റെ നിയമം :

48.മുട്ടത്ത്‌ വർക്കി
പിശാചിന്റെ തട്ടിപ്പ്‌ :

ശ്രീചക്രം :

50.മലയാറ്റൂർ രാമകൃഷ്ണൻ
വേരുകൾക്ക്‌ ഒരനുബന്ധം :


A list of websites to keep kids engaged in this era of COVID-19

As Government of India as ordered closure of educational institutions till March 31st and has imposed social distancing, parents have to keep their kids engaged in indoors. Watching television, playing with toys etc are some of the activities that they  use to do for time pass. Since they are a digital native generation, we can utilise this time to make them learn certain things using some useful websites.

Here is a list that you can follow with

  1. Switch Zoo (Link)
  2. Funbrain (Link)
  3. National Geographic Kids (Link)
  4. PBS Kids (Link)
  5. Into The Book (Link)
  6. Starfall (Link)
  7. Seussville (Link)

Ultimate list of Drupal Distributions

Drupal is one of the best Content Management Systems available now. Drupal’s adoption rate is on a record high now. It is the stability, security and scalability that invited likes of business enterprises and Governments.

Drupal has a list of distributions that are available in its ecosystem. This article covers a list of Drupal distributions available.

[Note: I have only included the distributions that are actively maintained]

  1. Acquia Lighting
    A distribution form a house of Acquia which is equipped with enterprise grade editorial capabilities.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  2. Thunder
    A media distribution based on Drupal for professional publishing. Thunder is well suited for large and small media organisations. Thunder comes prepacked with Content Scheduler, Live Blog, Instant Articles, Google AMP version etc.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  3. OpenSocial
    An online community solution based on Drupal. OpenSocial comes prebuilt with all the features required for a community software. It also offers in-depth integration with various communication systems.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  4. FarmOS
    An ideal solution for farm management, planning and record keeping. FarmOS helps to revolutionise farm management using technology. It also have capabilities to integrate with IOT systems.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 7 Ready. Drupal 8 Development in Progress
  5. Commerce Kickstart
    Drupal commerce based distribution that enables organisations to kickstart digital commerce enablement. It’s packed with all the basic features that are required for an ecommerce portal.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 7 Ready
  6. deGov
    A public administration distribution build on top of Drupal for German Government organisations.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  7. Opingo
    A leraning management system built on top of Drupal. Opingo is an ideal solution for Companies, Corporations, Universities etc. Opingo can be considered as an alternative for Moodle.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  8. OpenChurch
    A distribution for churches and ministries. It’s equipped with all the features that are required for a church website.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready
  9. Guadr
    A distribution focused on security. The team behind Guadr has experience in working in security departments of US National Banks and Corporations.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 7 Ready.
  10. Varbase
    An enhanced Drupal distribution packed with adaptive functionalities and essential modules that speedup development.
    Drupal Version: Drupal 8 Ready

Love to know more about Drupal and Drupal Distributions, write to


Drupal 8.8 Feature List

The much awaited Drupal update is here. Launch of Drupal 8.8, the stepping stone to Drupal 9. It’s on 4-December-2019, Drupal launched this minor version update. Drupal 8.8 brings a handfull of improvements and feature updates.

Release Notes and Download Links are available here

So, it’s time to explore the new features in Drupal 8.8.

  1. More Stabilized Media Library : This update brings the easiness in reusing media files. It is also integrated with content forms to capture media content and CKEditor to include media in content. DEMO Video Available Here
  2. Claro Administration Theme : Drupal is coming out of it’s long standing Admin Theme. New theme is clean and super intuitive. To add, it has some great accessibility features and it’s touch friendly too. DEMO Video Here
  3. Heirarchial Workspaces: it’s now possible to define heirarchial workspaces in Drupal. Eg : Having different issues for a magazine. To ensure quality of published content, editorial and publishing workflows have been integrated to it.
  4. Composer as a Native Component: This will eliminate the dependencies on third party projects to setup Drupal.
  5. Help Topics: A new task based help topics has been added. This is a bit different from earlier version.

If you are a Non-Drupal User, it’s the right time to try Drupal. Other than the things mentioned above, Drupal brings in a a suite of features to the table by default.

Default features of Drupal includes

  1. Mobile First Interfaces
  2. API First Approach that favours integrations
  3. Structured Data Entry Interfaces
  4. SEO Optimized Architecture
  5. Layout Builder
  6. Form Builder
  7. Ability to Decouple etc.

So, why wait. Try Drupal.

If you are a Drupal Site Owner Try updrading to Drupal 8.8. Feel free to reach me at, if you need any support in Drupal Upgrade.

Technology, Tips

5 questions you should as yourself before building a website

If you are a person who is planning to build a website, you should ask these 5 questions yourself before starting the agency hunt. This will not only save your cost but also your capital expenditure for building the website.

1. What is the core objective of building the website? Is it branding or lead capturing or content dissemination or digital commerce?
The requirements for these 4 cases are distinct. So your first answer is crucial.

2. Who are you planning to target through your website? What is their persona and what will be their expectations?
Understanding your target audience will help you to decide the kind of online experience they should prefer.

3. Who are your competitors on digital media? Are they of your same scale or higher one? What is their digital strategy?
If your competitors are too aggressive on digital media, you will have to devise a unique strategy that will help you to differentiate in the crowd.

4. What is your brand character? Is it defined? Do you have a brand guideline in place?Websites act as your digital identity.
If you have a perfect brand definition and guideline in place, you can demand a good output from the design agency. Or else, you have to keep on improvising their deliverable, which will be a time-consuming process for you and them

5. At last, will you have to spend money on marketing the website? If so, what is your planned marketing budget?
It’s quite usual that business owners will only factor in the cost for developing the website. But the sad fact is that merely building website will not yield results. You will have to invest in marketing. Or else it will be like owning a luxury car and without gas. The core objective will not be met.

If you need a support to gain clarity on your requirement, drop an email to for a consulting engagement. I can help you to clear the dark clouds during the initial phase.

Reviews, Technology

Zoho Notebook – The Evernote Alternative

When we have a handful of tasks and have to put heads into multiple conversations, it’s a mandate that we have to keep notes in an efficient manner. Earlier I used my dairy to record notes. But as the number of meetings increased, I found it difficult to manage it in a dairy. Also, I have to enter those details into the system to make it useful. It was at that time, I started thinking about a note-taking tool. I tried several tools both cloud and desktop versions. Being an avid fan of Linux, the tool’s compatibility with Linux was mandatory.  This search took almost 6 months. to figure out the issues with multiple tools and the practical difficulties I will have to face when I use it. At last, I found the one which I was looking for.

Here comes Zoho Notebook

  • Completely Free- Unlimited Customizable Notebooks
  • Desktop Apps for Linux, Windows, Mac- Image and File attachments
  • Mobile Apps for Android, iOS
  • Lightweight and intuitive
  • Hierarchical content structure
  • Intuitive User Interfaces
  • Feature Rich Text editor( Plain Text, Bullet Point, Checklist, etc)
  • Reminder Options
  • Secure Notes using passwords
  • Version tracking
  • Powerful search
  • Content synchronization

Zoho has confirmed that this tool will be free forever. So why wait to start using Zoho Notebook. All it promises is a premium experience at a Nil Cost.

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