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on 30th October 2015 / by nayanathara
In this digital age, how does a media organization effectively manage the massive volume of images, graphics, videos and photographs that it gets access to every single day? This inevitably throws up a whole lot of questions.Does the company have a copyright for a particular image? Does the company give image credits? How can the organization know who is tracking the image and how many times it has been already used? Quite often, companies use the time-consuming and laborious method of making calls to determine the answer to these questions. Needless to say, it's an absolute waste of effort and resources. Where lies the answer? Today, the media and entertainment industry is faced with the painstaking task of managing exponential volumes of multimedia and rich media content including photography, audio and video clips, and corporate branding assets. So, is there a way to tackle this challenge? A Digital Asset Management system would surely help to keep track of all the digital assets and ensure that it's easily accessible to users. A Digital Asset Management (DAM) application is a secure, centralized repository for managing digital media. Scalable and flexible, it enables you to easily store, organize, track and distribute your digital assets and offers a host of capabilities for efficient content management including content workflow and collaboration, editorial work flow management, data archiving, subscription management, creative production and publishing and distribution of assets. Drupal and Media Asset Management One of the most popular open source web content management systems in the world, Drupal powers more than 1 million websites and several applications, with some of the biggest media sites such as The Economist, Examiner.com, and Al Jazeera having Drupal under their hood. With Drupal as the Digital Asset Management solution, companies can efficiently manage the copyrights and usage of images, videos, graphics and videos. Besides enabling the reuse of assets, Drupal also facilitates centralized access to content. This further ensures that the content is meticulously tracked and not misappropriated in any manner. Benefits: Helps to maintain brand reputation Centralization of all the digital assets across the enterprise Flexible digital assets creation and data distribution Effective metadata management Reuse of digital assets for future use Faster time-to-market High level of security Efficient workflow management Maximum returns on investment As an expert provider of Drupal website development services, Zyxware offers you a full-fledged DAM application built on Drupal that enables companies to effectively create, store, manage, archive and reuse assets through diverse channels, thus enhancing the efficiency, transparency and sustainability of business processes and maximizing the returns on investment. Over the years, we have implemented key Drupal-based projects for various media and publishing companies based on their specific requirements. With our fully integrated Digital Asset Management solutions, we help companies to streamline the creative process, automate workflow and ensure compliance, thus maximizing their digital assets. For more information on our Drupal development services, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 29th October 2015 / by Bipasha Baijulal
If you own a media or entertainment website, you would know the amount of competition you face every day to be on the top. Too much of competition obviously means a decrease in the digital revenue, but a Drupal powered media website on the other hand guarantees sufficient digital revenues. And here is how Drupal strengthens your online revenues: Helps maintain multiple websites: Most media and entertainment firms develop and manage individual websites for multiple artists and entertainers. This can be costly but Drupal provides a centralized platform for managing multiple websites cost-effectively. Swiftly producing and distributing content: The Media and entertainment industry is pretty dynamic. News happens every minute, and so if you want to stay ahead of the competition, fresh content has to be updated regularly, which would eventually drive more traffic to your website. So, more traffic invariably means more revenue! A powerful and customizable CMS like Drupal can be used even by a non-techie to update and manage visually pleasing fresh content on your website. Advertisement Management: Advertisements are a major source of income for all media and entertainment websites. Drupal ad modules let media websites manage advertising space and banners on their websites. For managing ads from various providers, Drupal’s Ad manager module offers a single interface which makes the process much easier. Easy digital streaming: Drupal creates infinite opportunities for generating online revenue through digital advertisement streaming. Media companies create interactive ads for readers with engaging content and include ads with sensational and appealing videos. Creating paid subscription websites: You can create subscription websites using Drupal’s subscription modules or you can also make use of the monetization modules such as advertising promotion modules to bag in more bucks. Enables sales of digital products: The products that media and entertainment companies sell are mainly files, videos and images. Drupal websites can make the selling of download links a very simple process. Drupal also lets you categorize premium content as “pay per view” or “pay to access” in order to get paid to share the content. Media and entertainment companies draw audiences and entertain them by providing free content, selling premium content, and delivering value-added services. They cater to listeners and viewers wherever they are by smoothly supporting both web and mobile applications, and then monetizing the results. Drupal has all the necessary modules (available free) for designing such media and entertainment websites that can make a lot of money. At Zyxware, we are experts in building Drupal websites tailored to meet the fast-changing needs of the media and entertainment industry. Over the years, we have successfully implemented several Drupal-based websites for our clients in the media space.If you are thinking about starting a media or entertainment website, then look no further because we, at Zyxware, are here to help you. For more details on our Drupal development services, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 27th October 2015 / by Bipasha Baijulal
Digital Asset Management (DAM) refers to the processes and tasks an organization follows to effectively manage, recover, share and distribute their digital assets or files. Today, Digital Asset Management has proven to be a crucial resource for marketers. By utilizing a vast array of digital assets, marketers can easily communicate brand messages across a rapidly-changing digital landscape. Why is Digital Asset Management important? Every successful website needs to have interesting and engaging content including images, audio, documents, presentations and videos. Media and entertainment companies especially have to deal with managing significant volumes of rich media content. However, the question is, how will you systematically manage heaps of digital data? Today, there are several efficient Digital Asset Management (DAM) softwares available for the management of digital data, but they work as a separate entity that is not part of your website. Drupal: Digital Asset Management solution for the media and entertainment industry One of the major challenges that companies face with their digital assets are locating their digital assets, providing access to these assets for people working within their company and providing access to partners. But why would you need to have a separate system for managing your digital data when you can manage it with a CMS like Drupal. You can save yourself the time and effort if you build a website with Drupal, and manage your digital data with the same system – simple and easy, right? Broadcasters and Entertainment studios can use Drupal as their Digital Asset Management solution and benefit greatly from it. Let's see how Drupal makes it happen: Helps to capture information about a specific asset and facilitates reuse of digital assets: Drupal allows organizations to handle the copyrights and usage of their images, graphics and videos through an open-source Digital Asset Management system. This captures the entire information about an asset and its usage in one place. It also makes sure that the content is properly tracked and not misused in any manner. Even unintentional usage of the assets can be avoided using such a solution. Enables centralized access to content: A centralized, scalable platform and powerful content management system like Drupal provides you with all the essential tools you require to keep all of those business-critical digital assets in hand. Overseeing your digital assets centrally in an accessible unified content repository is the answer to maximizing their worth, as well as making day-to-day functioning much more productive and cost-effective. Drupal, for example, lets administrators upload a large image, which can then be used to make smaller images for use throughout the site. It can also classify and categorize content and relate different pieces of content to one another. By making sure that your digital assets can be retrieved, filtered and distributed, and by facilitating context-based discovery and suggestions, you will be able to work more resourcefully and serve both your internal production team and end-consumers effectively. Improved workflow and accelerated time-to-market: In addition, Drupal gives an edge to your business by improving the workflow, faster time-to-market and identifying and leveraging new business models. Over the past 9 years, Zyxware has successfully deployed Drupal as the Digital Asset Management solution for various leading companies. We are capable of designing a customised DAM solution to cater to the specific business requirements of our clients. If you would like to avail our Drupal website development services, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 26th October 2015 / by Bipasha Baijulal
The massive strides in digital communication technologies has transformed the Internet into a virtual hub for different consumers to enjoy quality entertainment with a simple swipe and tap of the finger. Thanks to its tremendous growth, the entertainment and media sector has also forayed into the networking space, to enhance its utility through the Internet. Though the Internet provides considerable scope for reaching out to potential audience, there are a lot of challenges that the media and entertainment sectors face. However, Drupal helps to tackle them quite effectively. Let's see how: Managing Content: A media website’s biggest challenge is the management of massive volumes of data. Media companies typically have more than one publication, each serving its niche audience. Using an open and flexible content management system like Drupal can help you manage enormous amount of data systematically and efficiently. Cutting through clutter and engaging users: The Internet is cluttered with too much information from too many competitors, and this has considerably reduced the attention span of readers. Therefore, it has become quite a challenge to keep users engaged as they just keep skipping from one site to the other rather swiftly. Drupal has a built-in customization module to save personalized user preferences which allows media companies to understand the content preferences of various users. This can be leveraged to offer customers personalized and no-nonsense content along with an awesome customer experience. Generating ROI: Making revenue is the topmost priority of every business and media is no different. Managing a media or entertainment website is a costly matter. As Drupal is free and open source, there is a high return on investment for a Drupal website. Drupal offers wide range of monetization modules (such as advertising, promotion modules and intuitive interaction procedures such as adding subscriptions and one-time purchases), which enables revenue generation. Security: A website shutdown due to a malicious attack can prove really disastrous for media companies. Since media and entertainment portals have enormous data and involve a lot of interaction with customers, it is very crucial for them to constantly ensure greater security for the website. However, security issues do go unnoticed and unresolved by Drupal’s security team consisting of more than 40 experts. Moreover, this makes it significantly secure than any of the other CMS’s. Hence, catering to users with better interaction and experience is the required feature for a successful media and entertainment website. The media industry needs to make smarter use of various delivery channels for better reach, and Drupal offers numerous ways to identify and adopt various channels and strategies in order to expand the readership as well as viewership. Are you looking to use Drupal for your organization? At Zyxware, we are experts in providing customized Drupal development services to meet the rapidly-changing needs of the media industry. Over the years, we have garnered the trust of numerous clients in the media space. Please contact us to know more about our Drupal development services. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 23rd October 2015 / by Anoop John
When you try to set up a local development environment from a drupal dump which includes just the code base and the database without the Drupal files folder you will run into the issue of missing files. Drupal would think that it still has all the files in the Drupal files folder and would create links / process images as usual. This would however lead to a lot of unexpected errors in a lot of unexpected places. If you really do not care about the content in these files and want to recreate the missing files here is how you do this. First copy over index.php and create test.php. Replace menu_execute_active_handler(); with custom code to run the following query and output the list of files in the system. SELECT REPLACE(uri, 'public:/', '') AS path FROM file_managed WHERE uri LIKE ('public://%') ORDER BY filemime ASC Create a folder test inside the webroot. Save the list of files as files.txt inside this folder. Now copy over the following code into a bash script inside the same folder #!/bin/bash while read line do #echo $line; path="../sites/default/files$line" if [ ! -f "$path" ]; then #echo "File does not exist - $path" extn=`echo $line | sed 's/^.*\.//'` new="" case "$extn" in jpg|JPG|jpeg|JPEG) new=test.jpg ;; png|PNG) new=test.png ;; doc|DOC|docx|DOCX) new=test.doc ;; pdf|PDF) new=test.pdf ;; xls|XLS|xlsx|XLSX) new=test.xls ;; ppt) new=test.ppt ;; txt) new=test.txt ;; zip) new=test.zip ;; svg) new=test.svg ;; mp4) ;; *) echo "$extn" ;; esac fi if [ ! -z "$new" ]; then cp "$new" "$path" chown apache:apache "$path" echo "Created $path" fi #echo $path; done < "./files.txt" The code is pretty self-explanatory for a programmer. If you are not one, we can help you solve this problem :-). Happy Hacking. Drupal Drupal Development Shell Scripting Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 22nd October 2015 / by Moses Raymond
If your agenda is to build a new web project, real quick and real fast, Drupal, the open source platform for web content management, is the one that you should embrace. Drupal has powered millions of websites across the virtual universe inclcuding those of large organizations including the White House, Economist, Al Jazeera and World Economic Forum. With a large number of Drupal themes and modules freely available, you are guaranteed to rush through your web project in a flash. Let us look at the top reasons that makes Drupal a preferred choice of web developers: Drupal CMS is completely secure: Drupal is high on the security premise due to the regular flow of security patches and subsequent updates. This keeps your website safe from online code exploits. The intense scrutinizing by the Drupal community is one of the primary reasons that the White House shifted to Drupal. Need we say more? Drupal is completely free: It simply means that you don't have to pay any fee nor any binding licences for proprietary reasons. Installing CMS files is all that is required to put this Drupal show on the road. Scalability & Flexibility: Some of the most popular, high-traffic websites including the White House, Nascar, Grammys and many more proudly run on the Drupal framework. A major benefit of Drupal is its scalability, and it is really no big deal if you are at 10 pages at the start of the project and jump to 10000 pages. It’s easy to change the Security and Performance parameters from the Admin console itself. Themes and modules: Innovatively designed, feature-rich templates of Drupal are developed by the large community of theme developers and helps you customize the colour schemes, fonts, layouts and graphics to suit your brand identity. Due to the use of Rapid and Agile Web 2.0 development, you have the best in blog and page publishing. Content management user login modules help you reduce the development time from days to hours. Now isn’t that amazing? Websites HAVE to be mobile friendly and hence business owners have the mandate to have a mobile strategy in place. Drupal development makes it easier to put one in place. Base themes like Omega or Adaptive can be used to kick-start this and front-end developers can customize it further. Today’s business is all about selling your stuff on the online store. Giving a seamless, end-to-end store experience to your users and customers is now possible. With Drupal modules, it becomes easier to build customized E-commerce solutions. Integrating various services into your website also becomes pretty easy and fast. At Zyxware, we provide customized Drupal web development services to cater to your unique business requirements. Backed by our technically solid developers and high-end technology, we ensure that our clients always have access to the very best when it comes to website development services. Our team of Drupal experts are always on hold to support you with the best technical support including bug fixes, end-user support or making website changes. We are with you for the long-haul and our journey together begins with a simple call or an email. For further information on our Drupal web development services, please contact us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 19th October 2015 / by Bipasha Baijulal
Did you know that Drupal has been the content management system (CMS) for a lot of popular organizations and companies across the world such as the White House, Al Jazeera, The Economist and World Economic Forum? Drupal provides a flexible platform for creating innovative and vibrant community web portals, personal websites, eCommerce sites, social networking sites, newsletters and a lot more with absolute ease. Moreover, it comprises extremely powerful modules that can be used for building large, complex sites, and it's the best platform that exists today for SEO. Here are a few reasons why marketers love Drupal: It is free: Free goodies are something that attracts the attention of people all over the world, so why would marketers be any different? Drupal doesn’t charge any download fee; you can modify and make any changes to your site without spending a penny. This means you can save on your marketing costs. Security: Security is the major concern for all online businesses. No security issues go unnoticed and unresolved by Drupal’s security team comprising more than 40 experts. This makes it comparatively more secure than any of the other CMSs. This is pretty obvious if you consider the fact that the website for the White house and London.gov.uk have been created using Drupal. Gets along with smart devices: With the use of smart devices in every nook and corner of the country, the Internet has become an efficient platform for marketing. Businesses, especially small businesses, largely benefit from this type of marketing. Keeping this in mind, Drupal allows its websites to be viewed on smart phones and ipads in the same way as viewed on a desktop. Can be customized even after launch: Drupal gives numerous options to customize websites. However, another unique feature is that such customizations can also be made after the Drupal website has been made live. Therefore, marketers can execute marketing strategies even after the deployment of the site. Thus, the process of changing or adding content such as blog posts, video, images etc is much simpler. Drupal websites are SEO-friendly: Today, a website is the foundation of every business. So, it becomes very crucial to attract maximum visitors to your website. As you might already know, search engines are content driven; the more attractive and professional the content, the more are the chances of the websites getting better rankings on search results. Drupal includes SEO Modules such as Page Title, Nodewords, Related Content, Pathauto, Sitemap & XML Sitemap which gives you wide range of options to display content in a search engine friendly manner. So in short, your business reaches out to a larger target audience. Advanced functionalities: Efficient functionalities such as Advanced menu management, Polls management, Graphics modification tool and User management allows you to build sophisticated websites with discussion boards, blogs, social networking pages, etc with perfect ease. Zyxware has been offering customized Drupal website development services to companies in different industry verticals for close to a decade. We have unparalleled experience in developing highly innovative and customized Drupal solutions. For further information on our Drupal solutions, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 14th October 2015 / by Nisha.Oommen
The surge in the use of mobile devices and the ease of accessing the Internet through various devices such as tablets, smartphones and smart watches (rather than the traditional desktop and laptops) have changed the way websites are being built and accessed. The key advantages of web on mobiles as opposed to a laptop/desktop are: Ease to carry around-handy; not at all bulky. Ease of access- anywhere, anytime especially for a short duration. No time delay in powering on. Multiple use Touch screen Geolocation Luke Wroblewski revolutionized the thought process behind website designing with the introduction of his book and strategy by the name “Mobile First”. He argued that building a website first for a smaller screen and “progressively enhancing” it to a desktop version increased focus on core content and functionality. It encouraged creativity due to constraints in smaller bandwidth, screen size and need for performance speed. Ethan Marcotte introduced Responsive Web Designing (RWD), a concept of adapting a website’s layout for multiple screen resolutions. On April 2015, the Google webmaster Central Blog stated that they have started using the mobile friendliness of a website as a ranking signal for Google search results/SERP (Search engine result pages).Google has even brought out a mobile friendliness test tool to analyse the URL and check on the page's mobile–friendly design. You can surely get an edge over your competitors by having a mobile-friendly Drupal website. With Drupal, developers have multiple options in how best to deliver a mobile experience, either by extending the capabilities of a website to a mobile browser, or by linking a native mobile application directly using web services. With native mobile application, you can also avail numerous advantages such as: Access to the device’s camera for images or video. In app advertising from native mobile app networks Access to the device’s file system for caching Access to the device’s contacts Native map functionality Device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and map Drupal is a great platform for delivering content to devices of all sizes and capabilities, by integrating with a CDN (Content Delivery Network.). A CDN reduces the time delay between the end user and the server that serves files referenced by the HTML, such as CSS, images, fonts. The CDN achieves this by hosting and serving the content on servers that they manage that are often geographically close to the user. Drupal can also be used as the backend for mobile application development. By using the Services module, your app can be the front end that talks to Drupal which would contain your content, business logic, user management and search functionality. As one of the leading Drupal solutions provider in the country, Zyxware Technologies has a comprehensive IT knowledge base that can be explored and taken advantage of so as to extend the accessibility of your website in all the available devices. Zyxware has been providing Drupal website development services to companies all across the globe in different industry verticals for close to a decade. For further information on our Drupal development services, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Mobile Websites Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 13th October 2015 / by Nisha.Oommen
Agile is to project management what OOPs (Object Oriented Programming) concept is to programming languages (like PHP, Java, C). It divides the complexity of large projects into bite-sized chunks. Compared to a traditional sequential process like Waterfall, Agile promotes a disciplined project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation. It encourages teamwork, self-organization and accountability. Agile is a conceptual framework for project handling that promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery in a time-boxed iterative approach. Agile encourages rapid, flexible response to change through interaction throughout the development process. Agile software development refers to a series of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions are the result of collaboration between cross-functional, self-organizing teams. Any development process that is aligned with the concepts of the Agile Manifesto can be called Agile. Some of the known methodologies under Agile development process are: Scrum Extreme Programming( XP) Feature Driven Development(FDD) Dynamic System Development Method(DSDM) Adaptive Software Development(ASD) Agile manifesto The objectives and policies of Agile are aimed at uncovering better ways of developing project management and helping others through it. Agile places emphasis on: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over extensive documentation Collaboration with customers over contract negotiation Responding to changes over following a plan Some of the principles behind Agile development are: Highest priority given to customer satisfaction through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. By accepting change requirements at a later phase in development, Agile processes harness changes for competitive advantage. Delivering working software with a time scale of weeks more than months. Business people and developers must coordinate and work together daily throughout the project. Some of the reasons to go Agile are: Easier and less costly to adapt to change Better than Waterfall model at managing risk Necessitates more involvement from stakeholders Developers feel more ownership Offers better chance of building something useful Quality-driven focus Greater transparency Visibility Quicker feedback from end-users Benefits of Agile Drupal Development Though Agile cannot offer “one size fits all” solution for any and all software project management, the potential benefits of Agile Drupal development are: Managing tasks effectiely by getting developers, themes and UX designers work on tasks parallelely rather than having to wait, or be dependent on other tasks to be completed first. The potential availability of contributed Drupal modules that suit new requirements, gives project the flexibility to respond to future goals and objectives. Using Drupal platform expedites prototype development Consistent interaction with the Product owner and Stakeholders, allows for efficient usage of resources and time. For Agile Drupal development, one of the best Drupal practices is using the Features module. It allows developers to create, manage and export modules more efficiently, enabling better response to changing requirements. Zyxware Technologies has been successfully partnering with businesses around the globe to provide innovative, efficient and cost-effective Drupal development services. We empower our partners through the Agile development process, to respond rapidly to changing market environment by ensuring great customer interaction and thus high product satisfaction. To know more about our Drupal development services, please get in touch with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * conativeitsolutions (not verified) access_time 23 Feb 2019 - 07:59 I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post. Add new comment
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on 12th October 2015 / by Bipasha Baijulal
The World Wide Web is getting cluttered with numerous brands and products. In this scenario, how will you get search engines to favour your Drupal website? Search engines are obsessed with quality content and so your “content” is ultimately going to decide how well your website gets ranked in search engine results. Drupal is the best and most efficient platform for you to easily create and manage your content. Below are the four steps that will make your Drupal site rank better: Create readable URLs: Simple, easy-to-remember, readable URLs are favoured both by people and the search engines as it enhances their ability to recognize the relevance of the content. Using specific keywords in URLs gives an idea about the content of your page, which results in higher click rates by users in search engine results. Drupal’s Path Auto module automatically creates URL aliases for different content without manual intervention. Know your keywords: Identifying and using the right keywords and related keywords is essential for better ranking. Drupal’s Keyword Research module helps you to select the best keyword phrases for your content from your website. You can also make use of Google’s Keyword planner or Word tracker to find highly popular keywords. Make use of top 6 Drupal SEO Modules: Drupal has a number of modules that you can make use of for better search engine visibility. Here is a list of top 6 SEO modules in Drupal. Global Redirect: It fixes all the common URL problems. Metatag: Enables full control of meta tags on your site, nodes, categories, views, etc. Path Auto: Creates clean URL for your website. SEO Checklist: This module allows you to keep a checklist with which you can monitor all the SEO measures and arrangements you have taken and also know what you need to do to further improve your site SEO. XML Sitemap: Generates search-engine friendly, readable, dynamic sitemap that is Sitemaps.org compliant. Search 404: The Search 404 module replaces standard ‘404 page not found’ error pages with a search results page based on the keywords in the URL. Create external links to reputed sites: Links play a major role in getting search engines notice your website. When you create links to other related domains, it helps the search engine understand your niche and also reinforces the credibility of your site. By following these on-page optimization tactics, your site will be able to achieve greater visibility in search results. Zyxware technologies has been rendering Drupal development services to various clients for the past 9 years.We have significant expertise in developing customized Drupal-based websites for different industries. Please contact us to avail our services and to secure a better ranking for your site. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Drupal SEO Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *