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Trends in the Indian Food Industry #Godrej Food Trends 2018 Contest #GFTR2018

The Indian food industry, unlike any other, serves to be a mecca for food fanatics not only in the nation but around the globe. According to the latest statistics available at the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (ibef.org), the Indian industry will be valued at a whopping US$ 65.8 billion by the end of this year. Moreover, with the sixth largest food and grocery market in the world and the food retail market expected to hit US$ 895 billion by 2020, the Indian food industry stands tall among the rest, rightfully claiming its place like a behemoth.

You will not find a tongue in the world that is not tantalized by the idea of devouring any of the numerous mouth-watering dishes that our country has to offer. Be it the infamous chicken tikka masala, the flavour-packed biryani or the mighty masala dosa, just to name a few. Heck! I’m salivating just writing about these. The diverse culture and the flavourful cuisine, always packed with a punch, is the quintessence of the Indian food industry.

It is self-evident that an industry of such magnitude will captivate the eyes of every food aficionado across the world. Thus, to satiate the never-ending curiosity pertaining to the Indian food industry and what it has to offer in the years to come, the Godrej group came out with the “Godrej Food Trends 2018 Report”.

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This report has been curated by the finest experts in the food space. Many established food and health professionals, nutritionists, chefs, gourmet writers and bloggers have contributed their esteemed insights to this report.

“The goal of the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 is to share useful data with the larger food fraternity.”, says Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Managing Director, A Perfect Bite Consulting.

This report is a culmination of the top food trends that are expected to catch on this year. Points like the rise of the local/indigenous Indian ingredients, environmental accountability, hyper-local sourcing of seasonal food and practices like mindful eating have made it to the list. These trends, among many others listed in the “Godrej Food Trends Report 2018” have already stirred a conversation among the food enthusiasts about the future of food in India.

Allow me to shed light on the trends in the Indian food industry, as listed in the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 under Restaurant Trends.

 

Restaurant Trend Forecast 2018

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  1. Food inspired by ethnic ingredients/regional Indian cuisines

With the Indian food industry on the verge of blowing up and conquering the heart and souls of the gastronomic gladiators, people are recognizing the importance of incorporating ethnic and indigenous ingredients in their food. Be it the food inspired by locally grown ingredients or the rich cultural diversity of our nation, the culmination of the two is adding to the variance in food available in different regions. Thus, a massive 67% of the people backed this trend.

Imagine several restaurants being set up across the nation that promotes and serve the local ingredients and the rich cultural diversity of the region. People come to dine in and witness the vibrant and flavourful food prepared/inspired by the fresh ingredients that grow all around them and pays tribute to the prolific diversity offered by the region.

I do see this trend to be catching on soon.

 

  1. Health-inspired menus

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The Indian food is often associated with food items that are considered unhealthy/not good enough when it comes to the nutritional point of view. Be it the deep-fried samosas, or the Ghee ka Parantha (rich in bad saturated fat) or even the desserts that are loaded with processed sugar, people end up consuming unhealthy food daily.

However, with the imminent rise in awareness among the Indian community, people are being more and more concerned about the food that they consume. Presently, the Indian demographic is inclining towards adopting a healthy lifestyle. There is a huge uproar in the community regarding the endorsement of a healthy lifestyle. Everything ranging from the nutritional content of the food (the macros – protein/carb/fat) or the consumption of only natural, organic food is at a rise.

The restaurants too, understand the need to develop a health-inspired menu that not only satiates the taste buds of the ravenously hungry food fanatics, but also takes care of their health. Such health inspired food menus will help encourage the Indian demographic to adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle. This “all aboard the health train” trend better catches on among the restaurants and not just end up being a dark horse in this race.

 

  1. Pop-up Restaurants

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Pop-up restaurants are a huge hit abroad and it is a trend that seems to be taking on in India too.

These are makeshift restaurants that are set up for a day or two. The promotion is done mainly through social media sites or blogging.

These often have a theme and are an absolute crowd-puller. Imagine walking past an empty store one day and witnessing a pop-up restaurant established at the same place the very next day. Wouldn’t you want to go in and feast on the variety of food being offered? Of course, you would. You might even rave about it to your friends. In this era of Instagram and Twitter, such pop-up restaurants often end up trending and turn out to be a massive success. We all have witnessed how crowded it gets when a food truck comes around with mouth-watering bites to eat.

A pop-up restaurant called the “The Secret Chulha” is often set up in Pune, Maharashtra. Here is a look at their menu.

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Next time you’re out for a stroll and stumble across a pop-up restaurant, be sure to check it out and be a part of this rocketing trend.

 

  1. Mindful Eating

Creating awareness amongst ourselves about the importance and benefits of adopting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance. People need to be conscious about the food that they so hurriedly ingest. Our bad eating habits have resulted in most us being obese and unfit. Thereby resulting in the majority of population being either underweight/malnourished or overweight/obese.

According to the Times of India, India is 1st in the underweight population and among the top 5 when it comes to the overweight population.

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Thus, we need to ride the wave of adopting a healthier lifestyle and engage in mindful eating. This includes partaking all natural and organic foods and staying away from junk and processed food.

The restaurants too, on seeing that there is an opportunity to create a niche in the Indian community and serve all organic and healthy food, are willing to adapt and ride the wave, thereby encouraging the concept of mindful eating.

We need to be calorie conscious. We need to be aware of our macros. And we need to deviate towards all organic food and stay away from junk and processed foods.

Only then will this trend catch on and “lead to a greater demand for products and services that encourage mindful eating”.

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  1. Buddha Bowls

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If you spend most of your day on social media, you probably are aware of the breathtakingly aesthetic Buddha Bowls. These are big bowls of wholesome nutritious goodness that will keep you healthy and might even get you a lot of likes on Instagram.

The basic recipe for preparing a buddha bowl is as follows.

  • You start with a grain, be it quinoa or any other grain that you prefer.
  • Add some green leafy vegetables.
  • Top it off with an array of diced vegetables.
  • Finish it off with a protein source like chickpeas.

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These bowls are highly customizable, and you may add anything to them. Avocados and zucchini are among the top choices among vegans.

The internet is flushed with many such recipes considering how big of a trend these buddha bowls are.

Here is a link to a list of 14 buddha bowl recipes that you might like to try – Click here.

To get the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 – Click here.

 

“Note: “This post is a part of the Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest hosted by Fashionablefoodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging contest, Fashionablefoodz or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of Infringement caused.”

Capital Punishment for Child rapists? – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

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Following the barbaric rape cases that have surfaced in recent times, a prodigious public outcry is witnessed across the nation where people are demanding justice for the victims of such heinous crimes.

 

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The most recent of all is the Asifa Bano rape case. An 8-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir was kidnapped, held captive in a temple, raped repeatedly and murdered. This case has triggered a huge public outrage; like the one witnessed in the infernal Nirbhaya case in December 2012 where a girl was fatally gang-raped in a moving bus.

Many such cases have surfaced from time to time that shocks us to our very core. Moreover, such cases compel us to question the efficiency of our current judicial system in curbing such offences and bringing justice to the victims of such heinous crime.

The question that is spreading like wildfire across the nation right now is whether capital punishment (death penalty) is fitting for child rapists or not.

Rape, in general, is considered as one of the most barbaric and inexcusable of offences. The sheer mental, physical and emotional trauma that one goes through cannot even be put in words.

And to inflict all that mentally, physically and emotionally slaughtering trauma on a child is gruesome and appalling. We can’t even begin to imagine the effect it has on an adult, let alone a child.

Due to the recent spine-chilling cases looming over our heads, there is an apparent need to make some amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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In the present scenario, there is a 3-year imprisonment for sexually harassing a child, 5-year imprisonment for sexual assault and 10-years imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault.

Now, there are talks of adoption of capital punishment for people convicted of raping a child below the age of 12.

“I have been deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases that have happened on children. I and the (women and child development) ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for death penalty for rape of children below 12 years,” Maneka Gandhi was heard saying in a video, which was uploaded on Twitter.

Many might be against capital punishment thinking that although the anger is justified, the law should not be amended based on a mere public outrage. Moreover, some say that a death penalty will not a serve a deterrent in such cases. That the people willing to commit such crimes will not be afraid to do it just because of the fear of being hanged.

However, in my opinion, the adoption of capital punishment or a death penalty for people convicted of raping a child, is judicious.

Not only will it serve to bring justice to the victim and her family, but will also act as a deterrent, at least on some level. It may even instil the victims and the family members to come out and report the case, as a majority of rape cases go unreported due to the social stigmas attached to it. Moreover, a chemical castration can also serve as a deterrent and inhibit people from getting involved in such crimes.

Be it life imprisonment, chemical castration or capital punishment, such heinous crimes shall not be neglected. The culprits must be penalized duly. Justice should be served in a befitting manner and not in some form of a monetary compensation given to the victim’s family.

Feel free to comment down your thoughts below and contribute in this debate by being an active part of it.

Are you pro-death penalty for child rapists and child sex offenders? Do you think that adopting capital punishment for the crime will act as a deterrent? Do you think it will engrave a fear of death in the minds of future culprits?

Or are you of the opinion that death penalty should be abolished?

If you wish to read another article from a different perspective/point of view before making your own reformed decision, check out the article published in “The Hindu” recently.

Link to the article – Here

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com  ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused

**Disclaimer – All views expressed in this article are my own and do not reflect the opinions of any entity, agency, organization, employer or company.Kindly do your research and form your own opinion. Do not be swayed by this content solely. This is not meant to influence any individual in any way.**

Divatress – For the Diva in you.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

All of us are aware of the hassles of styling our hair daily. Be it straightening the hair for a party or curling the hair to revamp your style, the struggle of styling the hair is real. Not to mention the harmful effects it has on our hair. The heat from the hair straightener or the curling iron or just a mere hair dryer invariably damage our hair when used day-after-day.

Thus, most women out there suffer from severe hair fall. The split ends and the intense hair fall leads to the deterioration of the hair. Moreover, the scorching heat of the summer season, a large amount of suspended particulate matter in the air present as a pollutant or the contaminated water we unknowingly use to wash our hair, all of it takes a toll on our hair.

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So, how do we stop it? We can’t just stop styling our hair and end up looking like a mess. All of us want to look good. All of us desire to be the best possible version of ourselves. Be it a mom of 3 kids who is always running around the house doing chores and taking care of her kids, or a pop celebrity always on the road – touring, all women want to be able to look in the mirror and feel good about the way they look. Not only does looking good instils in us a tremendous amount of confidence, but it also pushes us to go out there in the world and conquer our goals.

Thus, the way we look, the way we dress, ends up being of utmost importance. And as we all know, the way we style our hair decides how we look.

So, how do you look good, enjoy the ease of styling your hair every day without damaging your hair?

Introducing – Divatress

Divatress is an online e-commerce giant that brings you with the opportunity to adopt a new culture that not only protects your hair from being damaged but also completely revamp your whole look. Divatress is the leading online e-commerce store that offers the widest variety of hair wigs and weaves along with other hair care products.

 

Be it the lace front wigs, human hair weaves, half wigs, braids or even Remy hair wigs, Divatress has it all.

Remy hair is the highest, most pristine quality of natural unprocessed human hair that is often the first choice when it comes to hair extensions and wigs. You know how good the celebs look with those luscious hair extensions that are indistinguishable from the actual hair. Guess what, you can have that too now. All you must do is visit Divatress.com, surf through the thousands of products available on the site and choose the product that you think will make you look and feel like a diva every time you look in the mirror.

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On the other hand, if you are one of those wild and free-spirited souls who seek change and never shy away from experimenting, I would suggest you the check out the Shake-N-Go Que Braids – Jumbo Box Braid.

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These are hand-made, big, luscious braids that will completely spice up your look.

Check them out here – Jumbo Box Braids

Divatress has a huge clientele, ranging from professional stylists/beauticians to stay-at-home mothers. Everyone prefers Divatress. After all, it reignites the Diva in YOU.

5 Fitness Tips from My Daily Routine – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

The everyday struggles of earning bread for the family has resulted in all of us being callous about our fitness. As a result, most of us are becoming indolent and sluggish. We are befalling to be work-shy and end up procrastinating not only when it comes to sustaining a healthy lifestyle, but also in our day-to-day activities. Moreover, with summers just a short distance away, the sluggishness is on the rise. Thus, there is a need to necessitate the incorporation of fitness into our daily routine.

I, being a workaholic, have often struggled with being drained throughout the day and found myself procrastinating and unable to take care of my health. However, I wanted to change my lifestyle to address this issue. I wanted to be energetic and lively. So, I made some changes in my daily routine AND IT WORKED LIKE A WONDER.

People often don’t realize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it keep you active, but it also results in you being efficient in whatever it is that you do.

Here are the 5 fitness tips from my daily routine that resulted in a new and rejuvenated me.

  1. Start your day with drinking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water.

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It’s funny how we fail to integrate something as easy as drinking water in our daily routine. I cannot stress the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated enough. Starting your day with drinking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water will help detoxify your system and give you a much-required jump start. It’s also beneficial for your skin.

You may use INSTACUPPA to help consume more and more water.

INSTACUPPA is a 100% food safe, FDA approved product which helps you infuse water with all the natural fruits, vegetables and herbs that you can think of.

To know more about INSTACUPPA, feel free to read my detailed post about this product – Here

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  1. Exercise

Firstly, exercising does not mean going to the gym. You don’t necessarily have to go the gym to work out or burn calories.

Maybe go for a 15-20 minute run every morning or a brisk walk in the evening. As long as you manage to incorporate some form of physical activity in your daily routine, preferably something that increases your heart rate by 50% i.e. some form of cardio, you’ll be good. Lack of physical activity will only make you sluggish.

Secondly, exercising daily will not only keep you physically fit, but will also have a soothing effect on your cognizance.

  1. Count your caloric intake

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We need to be aware of the number of calories that we consume daily. Whether you want to shed fat, lose/gain weight or build muscle, you need to know your daily caloric intake and eat accordingly.

I have already written an article on the importance of counting your calories. DO READ my article for to know more everything from calculating your daily caloric intake to using it to lose/gain weight.

To read my article – The science behind weight loss – Click here.

  1. Meditate

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Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to sit alone with your legs crossed and eyes closed. You can learn to meditate anytime, anywhere. Be it on a bus, or while travelling or during a break, just close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 10 minutes. Try it right now. You will be amazed by how calming/soothing you’ll find it. However, solely focusing on your breathing and not giving in to any other random thought process is not that easy and will take some practice. Remember, it’s not just about being physically fit. Your mental health is just as important.

  1. Stay away from Junk Food

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No amount of exercise will result in you getting closer to your fitness goals as long as you eat junk food. You need to keep away from junk food/food that is full of preservatives and shift towards organic and all-natural homemade food. A balanced diet is essential.

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com  ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused

5 Things That Make Me Happy

We, as human beings, have an innate propensity to seek happiness. Our whole life is being guided by an indefinite intention to attain happiness. Blinded by this crippling desire to “be happy”, we often find ourselves to be crawling in the mud in hopes of achieving the lifelong dream, that is to “be happy”. Our definition of happiness seems to be flawed. We tend to seek happiness in materialistic things. Be it the new iPhone X or a new car, the idea of owning a new piece of technology or a shiny new toy appeals to us, and thus, indeed make us happy. However, this happiness is ephemeral. It is short lived. It cannot be sustained forever. Over time, a newer version of an iPhone would launch or a new desire to own another asset would develop, compelling us to get behind it. Such a mindset often leads to disappointment in an individual. One cannot just keep buying new things, right? Not being able to buy/own a thing that you think will make you happy will lead to disappointment.

Thus, we need to define the term “happiness” first. Someone might experience happiness in travelling and exploring different places across the globe, while someone else might find it in writing/reading a book or in music. Whatever the case may be, it won’t be the same for everyone and it certainly won’t be something materialistic.

Since people are so eager to find happiness in frivolous titles or in shiny new things, they often miss out on the areas, that if conquered, may lead to true happiness. Such areas go unnoticed in our prime and haunt us in our dotage.

Here are the 5 things that make me happy.

  1. Travelling

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Ever since I was a kid, I have been enamoured by the idea of being able to explore every nook and cranny of the world we live in. Thus, I have always found myself to be keen on travelling around the world and interacting with different individuals living in different places. Not only does travelling bring me immense happiness, but it also brings a certain sense of calm to my demeanour. Moreover, being able to interact with different people has helped me perceive the world through different lenses. I have travelled 5 countries on 3 different continents, namely Dubai, Paris, London, Kiev and Hong Kong, and I hope to never stop travelling. Feel free to check out the article I wrote about my trip to Dubai.

To read about my experiences in Dubai – Click Here

  1. Family & Friends

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I have always been the guy who gave preference to my family and friends over work. Spending time with family is an absolute necessity. I see people drowning themselves in work or being depreciated in the quest for money. What they don’t realize is the importance of friends and family in our lives. My friends and family provide me with the emotional and mental support in times of distress and help me conquer my goals.

Every achievement is accentuated when I’m with my friends and family. I am thankful to have such amazing and caring people in my life.

  1. Blogging

Blogging has been a new-found obsession for me. Being a social media influencer for over 5 years, I always wanted to dive into blogging. From starting my own blog 3 months ago – techandtravellife.wordpress.com, to now having built my own website – techtravelandlife.com, blogging does make me happy. Moreover, I recently bagged my first international campaign for cars.com. Being able to monetize my passion is a pure bliss. To check out my international campaign for cars.com – Click here

  1. Progression

Being a competitive guy, progression is something that I have always fixated on. Setting daily, monthly and yearly goals and then working hard to achieve them, all lead to progress. Thus, for me, to always keep progressing in life is not only a conscious mandatory choice, but it also makes me happy.

  1. Life

One of the most important thing in life is to be grateful for being alive. There is a 400 trillion to 1 ratio for us to be born as a human in this world. However, we just walk around cribbing about our problems and fixating on the things that didn’t go right. I tend to fixate on the fact that I’m alive and healthy. Gratitude towards life itself and this feeling of being alive fills my heart with jubilation.

This post is written as a part of the “Happiness blog train” presented by Blogsikka and Mom’s Methods and sponsored by Nayasa”. Nayasa has come up with a new range of bottles. This range of bottles are insulated, they maintain the liquid’s temperature inside the bottle either hot or cold. The new designs are practical and aesthetic. From holding in palms to the cap, everything is designed carefully.

I would like to thank Shubhada, who writes at  RainbowDiaries – A Parenting, Lifestyle and Food blog , for starting this train and introducing me.

The next station in this train is www.flavorsofworld.com by Priyanka. She is a lifestyle ,Parenting blogger and social media influencer from last 3 years.

 

 

 

5 Useful WordPress Plugins – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

You’re probably aware of the mammoth that powers 30% of the internet. Yes, I’m talking about WordPress. It is a platform that helps you build your own blog, online portfolio or website in the easiest and most convenient way possible. Most of the blogs or websites that you surf daily are powered by WordPress. You may start up with a free WordPress account or you may opt for a premium account with added features. Whatever the case may be, getting your blog/website up and running has never been easier.

WordPress provides an enormous of supply of themes, both free and paid, for you to create the best website possible. All of this at the click of a button.

Apart from the 350+ themes, you may take advantage of the unlimited number of WordPress plugins that are available.

What is a WordPress plugin?

A plugin is a piece of software that helps you perform a specific function without going through the hassle of writing hours and hours of code. All you have to do is install the plugin and it would automatically be integrated with your WordPress site, thus making your job a lot easier.

For the average joe using WordPress for the first time, the very idea of choosing the best possible plugins that might be crucial for the growth of a website may seem like an intimidating job. Thus, I came up with the 5 useful WordPress plugins that you may like.

  1. Yoast SEO

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With over 5 million active installations, Yoast SEO by Team Yoast is the most widely adopted SEO plugin that is used by millions of people worldwide. SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a way to ‘hack’ your way into the unpaid or organic search results of any search engine. Yoast SEO helps you attract more traffic from search engines like bing and google and diverts it to your website or web page.

  1. Jetpack for WordPress

 

 

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If you have ever been worried about not being able to design your website the way you always wanted to, or about not doing justice to your vision regarding the design and layout of your website, then Jetpack for WordPress is the right plugin for you. Jetpack for WordPress is the hassle-free way to design, build and optimize your website.

  1. W3 Total Cache

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Is your site taking an hour (metaphorically speaking) to load? W3 Total Cache will increase your website performance at least 10 times. With everyone on the internet being in a hurry and people having the attention span of a 2-year-old child, you do not want your website to be slow. W3 Total Cache has an integrated content delivery network (CDN) which helps reduce the page load time, increase visitor time and improves web surfer performance.

  1. VaultPress

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VaultPress is by far the ultimate solution to backing up your website. It backs up all the posts, comments or other changes that you make to your website in real-time. Thus, your website is safe from threats like hackers, malware or host-outages. It is made by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.

  1. WooCommerce

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If you have plans to set up an online store on your website, WooCommerce is the plugin you’re looking for. Many websites are setting up online e-commerce stores to sell stuff online. If you wish to do the same, go for WooCommerce. It gives you complete control of your store and will help you sell anything, anywhere. It also furnishes your website with extensive payment options like bank transfers, major credit cards & debit cards, PayPal, Amazon payments etc.

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com  ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused