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Your Own Website VS Facebook Page

Have you ever considered putting up an online presence for your business today? Well, you should definitely do that!

Most people today are in social media and other social networking sites. Some may suggest you should have your own website; others may say Facebook page is better, free and world-renowned for millions of users reaching out every day.

Which do you prefer? Here are some facts that might help you decide on what to choose:

Facebook fanpage

As everyone knows, creating a Facebook page is so simple and easy. All you need to do is sign up, write your information, posts important matters or related facts about your business and voilà! You have a Facebook page already in

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Web Hosting Service Questions for Your Reference  

In all parts of the online world, all websites today need web host in a long run. For better options, plan your web hosting to give clear and concise access direct to the web server. With this, you can store web files from your computer to the server and can share data for better traffic management.
 
Today, there are various web hosting options and plans available in the market and most of them are free web hosts. If you are planning to get a web hosting provider for your website, here are some commonly raised questions about "what" and "which" free web hosting to use.
 
Is web hosting really for free?
 
For first time users -- YES. There are options where you choose FREE web hosti

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Do You Need a VPS?

In high-speed development of today, technology is no longer technology, it is high-tech; a server is not a server, but a state-of-the-art hardware; hosting is no longer web hosting, but a large array of vaguely understandable terms - cloud, VPS, etc. If you're new to the tech world, choosing web hosting for the first time may come as a bit of a headache. Virtual private server and cloud server have become a popular trend in web hosting within the past few years. Today, it seems unfashionable and unprofessional to host your websites with anything but cloud servers. Let us see what a VPS is and if it meets your requirements.

VPS, a virtual private server, is a server installed on a compute

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Choosing a Web Hosting Provider Guide for Newbies

In the previous article, we have discussed the importance of security, reliability and compatibility issue when choosing a web hosting provider. Today we will discuss the price value issue and customer support choice.

Compare prices and what various providers offer for the amount of money you can afford to pay currently. Some webmasters blindly choose providers basing exclusively on cheap prices. This is totally wrong. Some major providers offer really cheap prices, because they started out like domain name registrars and developed a large clientele selling domain names. Now they're expanding and selling cheap hosting to their clients. These companies may have a large number of services y

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Predicting the Future Technology

There's so much at stake when we try to predict the technology in the near future because we're thinking about things that it'll replace in the coming years. This generation has been very fast in producing and coming up with devices. Imagine a mobile phone manufacturer can release a new model every year. In ten years' time, there will be gazillions of mobile phones released since its birth. Can you remember the first cell phone models? If yes, don't you feel that it was only yesterday when this was invested for us to use.

But what could be the things that we can expect in the future when it comes to the technology that we have today?

1. Speedier
Speed is a friend of time. When there

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Internet Marketing 101

Back in the day, there's only one kind of marketing. It is the traditional marketing that we know wherein humans have to send out snail mails that include promotions. People look in to the entertainment section on broadsheets to know the latest movies one could watch. But in this era, there's another form of marketing that has stood the test of time yet still proves to be effective in the near future.

What is internet marketing?
It is otherwise known as online marketing where the primary source where marketing is happening is on the web. By the name itself, it points out marketing in the online community.

Why in the World Wide Web?
Since the birth of internet, people have been in the

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Multi-Cloud, the latest Buzz in Cloud Hosting

Cloud based platforms are continually evolving into more and more complex arrangements. This is partly due to the fact that businesses around the world now demand top-of-the-range cloud services to be combined into optimal solutions. The concept answering this demand is known as 'multi-cloud'.

But what exactly is multi-cloud? It is without a doubt far more complex than hybrid cloud, which essentially pairs public and private clouds. Multi-cloud basically adds additional clouds into this mix. This may, for instance, include two, three or more public IaaS providers and a private PaaS, as well as on demand security and/ or management systems from varying public clouds, accounting based on p

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Cyber Crime and Forensic Readiness

Continually advancing Internet/ Information Technology brings huge benefits to worldwide companies. It does, however, also bring ever increasing threats of computer fraud, security breaches and cyber crimes. In the past, such incidents were dealt with 'after the fact'.

Today, companies need to be ready for potential attacks and subsequent investigations/ responses by implementing measures and installing equipment/ software to continually monitor data processes, detect and prevent potential security breaches and gather/ store relevant information securely. The process of securing potential evidence for digital forensic investigations is known as forensic readiness.

Well organised foren

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Trends Contributing to Increasing Network Complexity

Over the last few years, creating and managing IP networks has become increasingly complex. Technology and business trends mean this process is gathering speed, and levels of complexity will continue to be driven higher still over the coming years as a result. Here are some of the trends driving this process.

Commercial Network Dependency - As commerce depends more and more on networks, performances, and subsequently complexity, of networks rapidly increases. Network outages and unplanned downtimes can deal serious financial blows to companies.

According to Gartner Group research, the average cost network downtimes cause small to medium sized companies is estimated at approximately $4

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Lenovo and Extreme Networks form Infrastructure Partnership

Extreme Networks officials announced on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, that the data centre and technology solution provider has joined leading computer manufacturer Lenovo in a worldwide reseller partnership.

The partnership involves Lenovo reselling converged infrastructure solutions featuring Extreme Networks' Open Fabric Ethernet switches. Covering more than 60 countries around the world, the move also means channel partners of Lenovo will be offering this converged infrastructure solution, which relates to networking, storage and computing requirements.

Lenovo marketing VP Darren Ward stated in a press release on PRNewswire that addressing today's consumers' cloud and data centre needs

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Yahoo purchases Xobni E-mail Service

According to news revealed on Thursday, July 7, 2013, Yahoo has purchased Xobni, a smart e-mail service, for somewhere between £20 million and £26 million ($30 million to $40 million) just two days after acquiring the iPhone video app, Qwiki, for around $50 million.

These acquisitions follow a spending spree including the purchase of Tumblr ($1.1 billion); sports app Bignoggins (purchase price remains undisclosed) and news app Summly, which was purchased for a cool $30 million. Apparently, this spending spree is an attempt by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's chief executive, to turn the company around. Under Mayer's leadership, Yahoo stock prices have risen to a five-year high.

Xobn

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Finding Good Hosts

Features

Good hosts offer an excellent set of features, including unlimited bandwidth and disc space, as well as unlimited SQL data bases and e-mail accounts. Set-up is instant and free, and users can host unlimited domains on a single account. They also receive a life-time free domain. Site builders WordPress and Joomla are free and easy to install, with plenty of free templates, video tutorials and free script library also thrown in. I addition, Some hosts offer a choice of shopping carts and $75 worth of free Google, Miva and Yahoo ad credits.

Control Panel

The use of cPanel, which is rapidly becoming standard within the hosting/ Site building industry, is another advantage, as

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Is Google's 'Mine' Good or Bad?

Rumour has it that Google may be in the process of developing yet another way to get information out of users. It appears (according to the unofficial blog of Google OS) that Google is currently in the process of testing out a new service. Intended for integration with Google+, this service is going to be called 'Google Mine'.

So what is this service all about? In essence, it will allow users to list their belongings, complete with photos, in order to track and share them with friends, family and whoever else they choose to share them with.

According to Enderle Group's principal analyst, Rob Enderle, this will ultimately look a little like eBay, but for sharing. Groups will, apparent

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All About Spotify

For anyone who loves to listen to music, Spotify is definitely a good place to start looking. A UK based, though Swedish-born, digital music service offering literally millions of tracks to listen to, this downloadable software is available in three versions.

The free version allows users to listen to unlimited tracks on their desktop or laptop. This free service is sponsored by ads, but that is a small price to pay for the choice of music on offer. If you prefer not to be interrupted by ads, you can download the ‘Unlimited' version, which offers the same option to listen online, but without the ads, for just £4.99 (approximately $7.70) per month.

The ‘Premium' version will

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Instagram adds Video Facility

Instagram has over the last 2 1/2 years grown into a continually growing community within which users can capture and share special moments in a simple and beautiful manner. Until today, it has, however, not been possible to share those moments that need more than simple static imagery to really come to life.

As of today, June 20, 2013, users will be thrilled to know that Instagram now features a new way of sharing precious moments and stories via video. On entering Instagram to take photos, they will now also find a video camera icon. On tapping the icon, they will be able to record a video clip of up to 15 seconds in lengths via the Instagram camera.

Instagram also added thirteen v

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What does you Website say about You?

Websites are invariable designed to serve a specific purpose, and as such, they are carefully designed in the best way possible to serve this purpose. Web designers and site owners do, however, also have to consider what the final result will say about them. Some elements, for instance, can generate a rather unpleasant impression. Here are some of these elements.

Poor Contrast between Background and Foreground

This problem essentially tells visitors that you care more for aesthetics than the legibility of your content. In particular visitors with poor vision will have problems distinguishing foreground text from the background. Visitors will think that you are a victim of form over fu

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Why Content Marketing is Important

Effective online marketing makes it ever more important to keep up with the times. In an era where just about anything consumers may require can be accessed and/ or shared online through social media networks and on-demand content, consumers basically ignore anything that, as far as they are concerned, is not entertaining, informative or useful to them in some other.

In essence, consumers are getting increasingly discerning and invariably expect to be able to easily and quickly find valuable, relevant information of products/ services they are interested in. They also expect to be able to find independent reviews allowing them to assess a brand's services/ products and stay connected to/

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Choosing a Web Design Company

When starting to plan Web design projects, one of the first obstacles to overcome is to find a reliable Web design company likely to deliver what is said 'on the package' - in other words, their sales rep is not making promises designers will not be able to keep. While most companies do indeed provide exactly what they promise, it helps to know what to look out for when deciding who to go for. Here are some of the questions that should be asked before hiring a design company.

Ready-made Templates or Bespoke Design?

Creating a Website is a little like purchasing new clothes - users can pick something 'off-the-rail' or have something tailor-made to suit their specific requirements. While

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SpamExperts Adds New Data Centres

Amsterdam-based best-in-class provider of e-mail security, SpamExperts, announced on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, that the company has now completed adding another three new data centres to its existing array of Hosted Cloud centres. The new data centres are based in Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Doubling in size just about each year since being launched in 2008, the existing Hosted Cloud infrastructure apparently required this latest expansion in order to maintain the company's excellent track-record of 100% up-times.

E-mail plays a critical role in most people's everyday lives and takes a crucial part in how private individuals and businesses alike communicate and get thing

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Great Tools for Traffic-Driving Infographics

Infographics are an excellent way to present data in an attractive, interesting manner to potential customers/ clients. What's more, they are also an excellent tool for driving traffic to your site. Thanks to an array of available tools to assist in the creation of infographics, it is also no longer necessary to pay someone to painstakingly compile relevant information and create high quality infographics for you. Here are some of them.

Data Market - This tool provides continually updated, relevant information concerning numerous worldwide topics and industries, making it easy to find all the information you may need to create an interesting infographic.

Daytum - A tool designed to all

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Potential Security Issues with Amazon Cloud

Amazon Cloud Drive is a new facility offering users the opportunity to upload, manage and retrieve files from any device with access to their Amazon account. Bundled with Cloud Player, a Web browser/ Android phone app allowing streaming of uploaded MP3 files, Amazon Cloud provides up to 5 GB of storage free, with $1/ GB per year upgrade options.

While this is doubtlessly a great offer, in particular for storing non-personal files like videos or music, users are warned to approach the facility with care if the intent is to store personal files. Amazon's marketing copy may describe the facility as secure, and there is no sign of a warning against storing personal files, but there is a defi

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The Ups and Downs of Flickr's new Look

The new site design for photo-sharing site Flickr - revealed hours after Yahoo announced its purchase of Tumblr for a cool $1.1billion - certainly offers an attractive, clean feel and look. Looking pretty with its clean grid design and lots of rectangular high-resolution photos, Flickr offers all users a massive terabytes' worth of free storage space - enough to potentially store not tens of thousands of your favourite photos, but hundreds of thousands.

Flickr's new design is familiar in the sense that it features - like, for example, Facebook Google Plus and Instagram - a banner to showcase your favourite photo on the top; on the left, users will find their classic profile picture (squar

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Security Breach at Name.com prompts Customer Password Resets

During the first week of May 2013, domain registrar Name.com was infiltrated by hackers. The attack resulted in hackers being able to access an array of user data, including usernames, passwords and hashed passwords; e-mail information, physical addresses and encrypted credit card information.

Name.com responded immediately by initiating a password reset across the site. Customers were informed of the security breach and the resulting password changes via e-mail on the Wednesday.

The unauthorised access into Name.com's data base was detected by the company's security team at the beginning of the week. An investigation into the matter revealed that the attacked seemed to be geared pred

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Whatever next - Amazon's Virtual Currency

Amazon just introduced a new way to pay for games and apps - the Coins virtual currency. Launching this currency through a give-away to Kindle Fire users, Amazon created Coins to be used as an alternative method of payment for games and apps purchased online via Kindle Fire.

As part of the launch, every Kindle Fire owner in the United States was given $5 (£3) worth of Amazon Coins - totalling 500 coins - on Monday. Currently only available to US users, the coins - which bear the image of a bow-drawing woman - are worth $0.01 each and can be used towards purchases of apps, in-app items and games for Kindle Fire from Amazon's Appstore. A discount of up to 10 per cent is offered on bu

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Introducing Adobe's Edge Reflow Tool

Adobe recently launched a selection of new HTML 5 site developing tools designed to make the creative process of Web development simpler and more convenient. One of these tools is the new Edge Reflow.

Currently only available to members of the Adobe Creative Cloud, Edge Reflow is a responsive design tool able to create visual designs and lay-outs in CSS. It features an intuitive smart design surface that can be resized with ease and subsequently provides an idea of how visuals/ lay-outs will adapt to varying screen sizes.

The tool allows designs to be previewed within a browser. The also new Edge Inspect tool then allows users to check the design in real time. It is then possible to t

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Making E-mail Marketing Campaigns more effective with Emma

E-mail marketing campaigns live or die with the way they are designed. Emma is an outstanding e-mail marketing design tool designed to enable users to create stunning promotions, newsletters and more within a matter of minutes.

Unlike other comparable tools, Emma does not use basic boring cookie-cutter templates, but offers a library packed with gorgeous customisable designs collections. This includes coordinated designs for announcements, newsletters and notes, all of which can be easily personalised with logos, colours, social networks and contact information.

Text and image formatting is made exceptionally easy, allowing users to add stylish formats to their text and images in just

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Are WordPress Plug-ins Slowing your Site?

The WordPress platform continues to grow in popularity for two main reasons. The first of these reasons is the simple fact that publishing quality content is of ever increasing importance for worldwide businesses, as it helps to improve social media standing, search engine rankings and more.

Secondly, even individuals with no previous coding knowledge/ experience can add increased functionality to sites by using plug-ins. Created by coders around the world, the plethora of available plug-ins enables users to add all the functionality they could possibly imagine to their sites. There is, however, a drawback to this array of possible plug-ins...


The Problem with Plug-ins

Most WordPr

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Introducing PHP CodeSniffer

When working on applications, it is all too easy to focus on code alone. A good development cycle, however, is about more than just code - it involves the use of tools that help to ensure reliability and quality of an application. One of these tools is PHP CodeSniffer.

This tool is designed to check code for conformity with coding standards - in other words, it allows users to ensure that the whole of their project is both consistent and readable. As PHP ignores white space - meaning bracket, indent and new line placements do not affect how the written code is ultimately parsed and run - the use of such a tool seems superfluous. This is, however, not true.

Using built-in or user specif

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Great Tools for Embedding Maps

Once upon a time, mapping was one of the hardest tasks when working on the Web. Then, of course, Google Maps arrived, blowing all preconceived notions how online maps should work out of the window, quickly to be followed by Google's Maps API, which subsequently allowed developers to successfully embed maps on their sites.

Since these early beginnings, an array of tools enabling developers to embed customised mapping solutions into their data visualisation projects has been developed. Today, the biggest problem with mapping is deciding which solution is the most suitable for the project at hand. Here are some of these solutions.

Modest Maps - This tiny mapping library is fairly limited

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The Trouble with Website Growth

Just about every Website is built with the ultimate goal of becoming well-known and popular in mind - few Webmasters build a site with the hope that it will remain in obscurity. What newcomers often fail to realise, however, is the fact that unless they are prepared for potential growth, the fulfilment of their wish may cause all sorts of problems. Here are some of these problems - and how to prepare for them.

Bandwidth (Traffic) Problems - One of the main problems of a new Website is to generate traffic, and all sorts of measures are taken to increase the number of visitors. Once the site does become popular, however, too much traffic could also lead to all kinds of issues. Some hosts wi

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Using ClipBucket to create a YouTube Site

Sharing videos on YouTube is great, but it is highly likely that a clip simply 'disappears' among the millions of videos shown here. Downloads can also be time-consuming, making sharing videos even more difficult. Help is, however, at hand in the shape of ClipBucket.

Having started out as a clone of YouTube, the open source ClipBucket software has grown into an effective solution allowing users to create their own video sharing site similar to Hulu, Metacafe, Veoh and - yes - YouTube or other sharing sites like them.

High scalability, social network feature integration, reliability combine with an extensive list of features to enable users to set-up and manage their very own sharing s

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Basic Understanding of Shared Hosting

One of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, form of web hosting is shared hosting. While it is attractive due to the low cost of services, there are some compromises that you will need to make. But first, understand that shared hosting is simply a site that provides hard disk space to multiple users to host their websites. Users share an internet connection that is faster than dial-up for the most part. However, each user is limited to the amount of space on the server which means that large files will not be able to be uploaded.

Also, security could be a huge concern. While the web hosting company will do everything in their power to keep their servers secure, there is increased risk that

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Dedicated Hosting Basics

Most web hosting platforms will probably not be able to meet the requirements of an ecommerce business that has any amount of traffic to handle. Usually this is because you would be sharing system resources on the server with other web site users. Although shared resources are suitable for personal web sites and small ecommerce sites, they are not optimum for larger ecommerce sites.

Dedicated hosting does not have the same issues with bandwidth, disk space and RAM, not to mention performance and security issues that are prevalent in shared hosting services. Also, dedicated hosting provides a single computer that has all its resources dedicated to a sole use. Sometimes dedicated hosting is

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Safe Server Loads

One of the problems with a shared server is that there may be times when the server loads are overwhelmed and performance is compromised. There is a way to tell exactly what is going on with your server but you will need to learn how to negotiate your control panel on the server and it will probably be labeled as Server Status. What you are looking for is a number that is most often under a format that looks like "x.xx." Usually the values will start from 0.00 and the smaller the number the better it is. Unfortunately, you will need to know more than just the value - you will need to know what that number means in terms of Server Status.

First of all, the number expresses how many process

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Cheap Web Hosting for Beginners

Unless you are familiar with publishing online sites it is possible that you can get a cheap web hosting service with enough features to get you started. Of course you are always free to move your site when you feel you need more bandwidth or faster processor times, but that can come later after you have learned your way around the control panel and actually have a site up and running. Most often cheap web hosting provides enough features for the new website owner to begin learning to navigate their way around building a site.

Cheap hosting is available for less than $3 per month which works out to about $36 per year. That's less than the price of a carton of cigarettes! For example, Drea

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Efficiently finding Information on the Internet

The Internet - and subsequently search engines - is an integral part of most people's lives. People shop, pay bills, work and find businesses, long lost friends or family and more online. An almost unlimited source of information, the Internet can provide inspiration; show how to do things; answer questions; explain, define or clarify things and more.

There are two ways of finding information. One is to post a question in one of the many forums, blogs, and so on. While this can be very helpful, it does, however, take time - you do, after all have to wait for someone to post an answer.

The other way is to simply search for the answer via Google or other search engines. 99 per cent of t

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The Basics of Online Payment Systems

Making and/ or receiving payments via the Internet invariably requires some type of payment system. Here are some basic facts about these systems that are worth knowing.

ACH - Automated Clearing House, or ACH, payments are basically electronic credit/ debit transfers allowing consumers to pay utilities, loans, mortgages and other types of bill from their bank account. Offered by the majority of payment processors, ACH is particularly useful for monthly and/ or subscription-based transactions. Many - or most - payment solution send funds (minus relevant fees) to consumers using ACH.

Merchant Account - This is a bank account allowing customers to receive credit/ debit card payments. Card

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Benefits of Virtual Private Server

One of the options available for web hosting when shared servers don't have the functionality that is needed but dedicated servers are too costly is something called a virtual private server (VPS). Although it acts like a dedicated server it is on the same computer as other users but in a virtual directory that mimics a dedicated server - it is software driven on its own platform and totally separate from other users although on the same machine. The best way to describe a VPS is to say that it bridges the gap between a dedicated server and a shared server.

The beauty of a VPS is that it uses its own operating system and users are called ‘superusers' in that they have administration acc

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Webhosting Operating Systems: Windows vs. Linux

On the surface it would be difficult to tell the difference between sites that are running windows and those that are running Linux. However, there is a real difference in the services offered between the two in that Linux is by far safer and more secure, is cheaper to run and is much more flexible and easily controlled. Yet there are some drawbacks to a Linux server in that you would need to know how to work with the LAMP software bundle that includes Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl and Python. For users accustomed to Windows software, it may take some getting used to.

The cost associated with Linux servers is far less than the cost of Windows servers. For this reason many people choose

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Web Hosting Reviews: Web Hosting Hub

One of the newer web hosting servers on the web is Web Hosting Hub and for a new service they have some pretty great features. While many web hosting servers offer limited disk space, bandwidth and websites, this is not the case with Web Hosting Hub as all those features are unlimited. Also, they offer free domain name registration and/or transfer, free blogging software, a free premium website builder and a user friendly control panel. If you stumble upon a problem that you can't resolve on your own they even have 24/7 tech support with a 90 full money back guarantee.

They also offer unlimited email access with pop3/imap/smtp email and spam safe protection. Other email features you will

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Advantages of Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is often seen as the ultimate hosting type, providing extensive server resources and supreme control for online businesses that are serious about the success and continuity of their web sites. In basic terms, dedicated hosting lets you lease your own private web server for a monthly fee. In comparison to shared hosting, dedicated hosting is an enterprise solution, often used by people that have dozens, or eve hundreds of sites. The main advantages associated with dedicated hosting are the result of the privacy and dedicated power you'll receive form your web server. Rather than utilizing a small partition of the server, you'll be able to access the entire server simultaneou

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Disadvantages of Shared Hosting

Shared web hosting is the cheapest, and perhaps the most popular form of web hosting available. In fact, most novice webmasters begin their internet endeavors by purchasing a cheap shared hosting plan to start. While there are some instances in which shared hosting would be ideal, in many cases this hosting type can present some serious road blocks for fast growing sites and online business owners that need serious reliability. In a shared hosting plan you are actually sharing a single web server with dozens, maybe even hundreds of other webmasters. Each of your fellow webmasters could have several dozen sites urning within their hosting account.

Because of this shared hosting environment

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VPS Hosting vs. Dedicated Hosting

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is often called a cross between shared hosting and dedicated hosting, and certainly shares similarities with both of these hosting types. On one hand, VPS hosting is similar to shared hosting because the webmasters is utilizing segments of the server (or network of servers) at any given time. On the other hand, VPS hosting is similar to dedicated hosting because of the amount of server resources you're given. Being that VPS hosting is generally cheaper than dedicated hosting, some people believe it is more suitable for the average web site owner.

Dedicated hosting is more expensive for a reason though, because unlike shared and VPS hosting, with a dedi

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What is Colocation Hosting and When is it Necessary?

Colocation hosting differs from every other type of hosting because rather than letting you rent a web server, colocation hosting simply provides a secure and stable storage facility for your own private web server. In essence, a colocation hosting facility is a state-of-the-art datacenter equipped with 24 hour security and various high tech systems that keep the web server protected from all types of damage at all times. Many colocation datacenters also offer you access to the fastest internet speeds on earth, and many times the datacenter will have redundant connections from multiple internet service providers. If you want your web server to perform to the best of its ability and be in the

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How to Profit From Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting offers the average webmaster the opportunity to establish a successful web hosting company of their own with a minimal investment and no precious hosting experience. Reseller hosting plans are basically wholesale packages in the web hosting industry, which also include a plethora of tools that will help you create your own hosting business from scratch. As a hosting reseller you'll receive access to some of the best discounts available when you purchase server resources in bulk. The best way to increase your profit margin within the reseller hosting structure is to purchase larger plans, thereby receiving lower prices comparatively.

Another great way to increase your sale

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Colocation Hosting and Advantages

A collocation facility is a web hosting/web server storage facility. These facilities are used to store certain dedicated servers in a much safer and more secure facility. Before anyone can make the choice to go with collocation hosting it is rather important they understand exactly how it works and what the benefits are. The first thing to know is that this form of web hosting is one of the absolute safest forms in regards to security and stability. There is no web hosting which is held at a higher standard of security than collocation hosting. For this reason many people who have their own servers choose to store them in one of these facilities.

The most important thing about collocatio

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Who Can Benefit From Colocation Web Hosting?

Obviously, someone who has to lease a server would have absolutely no need for a coloation facility. These centers are strictly geared to people who own their own dedicated servers but would like a place to store them. Colocation facilities are not ideal for someone who needs to save money on web hosting as this type of hosting is among the most expensive. The type of people who use collation hosting facilities are usually larger corporations who require extensive care to be given to their servers, as well as the peace of mind in knowing they will experience less down time.

Anyone who requires a lot of specialize support may not be best suited for a collocation facility. These facilities

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Comparing Web Hosting Plans

When you start shopping for the right web hosting for whatever it is you plan to do with your website, whether it be blogging or an online store, you will want to be sure you know exactly what you expect from a web hosting service. You will want to compare plans which have equal specs and features. For example, you won't want to compare the cost of dedicated web hosting from one company to the cost of shared hosting at another company. The reason you wouldn't want to do that is because the price will vary greatly based on what you are looking for in terms of bandwidth, support and an array of other optional services which can be found in web hosting plans.

It's also very important to figu

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The Importance of a good Privacy Policy

Online business invariably means customers/ clients are required to supply their details to the provider of the products/ services they are about to purchase. In order for them t be willing to do this, they must be able to trust the vendor to keep their personal data secure. Providing a privacy policy they can go to and inspect is therefore vital.

There are several ways in which a privacy policy can be created. One is to hire a lawyer to draft the policy. If this is not an option due to limited budgets, a company can create their own policy, then have it verified by lawyers, or use a reputable service - such as TRUSTe, for instance, to generate a policy.

Such a service should scan the

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Computer Recycling Schemes

To recycle literally means to convert something that is considered waste into something which
can be used again. When recycling of computers is talked about, it implies reusing materials
present in different parts of the computer, and also taking apart different components present
inside peripherals of a computer for the purpose of reuse in other products.

Different companies and organizations have devised various schemes for the recycling of
computer systems, wherein the recycled parts could be donated to charity or reused for some
other purpose by that organization itself. Refurbishment and restoration of the dismantled
components is an important process, as that determines whethe

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Top Shopping Carts for Online Stores

Selling products online invariably necessitates shopping cart software. Possibilities are endless, and here are some of the best shopping carts currently available free of charge.

osCommerce - This option has been available for years and is one of the most commonly used shopping cart solutions as a result. Continual development of this PHP based solution, which uses MySQL databases, means making tea is just about the only thing it does not do.

OpenCart - Equally popular, this solution does tend to offer a few more options than others, including more than 20 payment gateways, unlimited categories/ products and a whole lot more.

Magento - This PHP based solution is built on a Zend fra

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The Science behind Viral Marketing

Viral marketing - which is essentially based on word-of-mouth spreading of news/ content about a service or product - can turn a previously unheard of service/ product into a 'household name' virtually over night.

In spite of common belief, this has nothing to do with luck, but is the result of carefully designed marketing strategies. In essence, every service/ product that has 'gone viral' incorporates a specific set of key elements - read on to find out what these elements are.

Emotional Impact - People love to spread the news about a service/ product that has affected them emotionally in some way or another. It may have solved a specific depressing or otherwise stressful problem, o

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Calculating Storage and Bandwidth Requirements

The decision which hosting provider is most suitable for your intended Website is partially based on how much bandwidth and storage (disc space) is provided. Naturally, it helps to know just how much you will actually need of both to comfortably accommodate the needs of your site.

How much disc space you require will depend on the type of content you intend to add and the number of pages on the site. Images and videos, for instance, will take up far more of your available resources than text. As a rule of thumb, the hosting industry suggests that 10 pages and 4 to 5 images will take up approximately 2MB of storage space. This can be used as a rough guideline when calculating the amount of

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Handy Network/ DNS Troubleshooting Tools

There are many online tools that can be of substantial help when troubleshooting DNS or
network related server, Website or other online service issues. Such tools include, among
many others:

AjaxUtils.com
DNSgoodies.com
DNSstuff
How is my DNS?
IntoDNS
MxToolbox
MyDNStools.info.
PingdomTools
Serversniff.net
Webmaster Toolkit

Here are some of the ways in which these tools - all of which are free - can assist users in
their troubleshooting efforts.

DNS Look-ups - While DNS look-ups for specific DNS records can be performed from a
user's computer (using Dig or Nslookup), being able to perform them from different locations
enables users to verify consistent DNS settings/

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The 5 Top Error Messages Internet Users are likely to Encounter

If there is anything that can be guaranteed about the Internet, it is the fact that at some point
or another, every user has experienced - or will experience sooner or later - the frustration of
trying to access a Website and instead being presented with a mysterious error message.

While it is impossible to list and explain all possible error messages, here are the top 5
messages (according to Google statistics) users are likely to encounter - and what they mean.

HTTP error 500 - The description following this most commonly encountered error typically
reads as 'internal server error' and basically says exactly what this is - a Web server has
encountered an internal error and is un

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Common Culprits causing Server Performance Issues

Shared hosting has a variety of advantages, not least of all the fact that it is cost-effective
and users do not have to set up/ maintain their own servers - which of course makes life a lot
easier for those with little or no technical know-how.

There is, however a downside. While sharing a server with potentially hundreds of - but
certainly many - other Websites is fine under normal circumstances, the server's performance
can be affected considerably if one or more sites suddenly experience high traffic volumes
or start using more than a fair share of the server's resources. A drop in performance will
invariably result in slow loading/ response times for all users on the server. He

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Hosting Companies and the mysterious 99.9 % Uptime

Whoever has researched the Internet for a suitable company to host their Website will have
noticed that just about every hosting provider offers - and often guarantees - 99.9 % uptime.
So why not just say 100 %? The reason for this is simple: there is no such thing as 100 %
uptime.

While hosting companies do their utmost to strive for perfection, there are simply too many
factors - many of which are out of their control - involved. Human error, software issues and
power, network or equipment failures can be prepared for, but not necessarily prevented.
Claiming, or perhaps even guaranteeing, 100 % uptimes could subsequently result in all sorts
of serious issues and potential law sui

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The Advantages of cPanel Hosting

cPanel is a renowned web-based control panel used for hosting websites. Its purpose is mostly administrative and people favor it because of ease of use. Here are some of the advantages of using it:

It is the most widely used control panel. This popularity begets more popularity, as clients are more likely to sign up if you are using cPanel. Of course, this means that webmasters will choose cPanel over any other competitor.

It has a conveniently organized and simplified UI that allows even inexperienced developers to control and manage websites with ease.

Without a control panel, backup and restoration of websites can be a nightmare. cPanel's features enable these services smoothly,

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Shared Hosting vs. VPS Hosting

The number of web hosts available for website makers seems to be multiplying prolifically every day. Multifarious brands, companies, prices, packages, products, types, discounts and deals could leave any buyer confused. Particularly if you are new to the website creation process. Before you start, you should know the difference between two common types of web hosts - shared v. VPS

Shared hosting is the most basic and widely used type of web hosting. By extension, it is also the cheapest. In shared hosting, the web host that serves your website also serves numerous others. This means that your website's details and other websites' details are all stored in one place on this web host. So

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What is SSH?

SSH, which stands for Security Shell or Secure Socket Shell, is commonly used by web hosts fir secure communication between computers. It transmits data by encrypting it first and allows users to authenticate on either end of the communication. This communication protocol allows administrators in a network to log into any computer, remotely manage it and also share files safely - all within the same network. Before sharing files you will have to download an SFTP client, example: WinSCP. An RSA public-key is used for authentication on the remote end. To get connected, the remote computer and the user both need to download an SSH program - the server and client versions, respectively.

B

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Object Oriented Programming

Object oriented programming is a newer type of programming that is focused on objects rather than procedures. Programmers generally described data types and the corresponding data structures. In OOP, they can also describe the specific functions that can be made relevant to the data structure. The goal here is to detail the objects that need to be commanded, and how this command will be put into effect.

Objects are the functions that are most useful to the end user. For example, a stock management application's objects would include quantity, arrival date and order date. Each object is then designed to have a property and a method. The property for the quantity object would be the current

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Useful Tools/Software for Web Design Beginners

Making and maintaining a website can be an arduous task. Corporations usually have a whole team dedicated to their websites and very large budgets too. But what about those of us that are simply curious and want to make a website without spending too much? This could be a personal blog, the website of your own company, or family business, a website for your local community, or, as the trend is these days, a wedding website. Here are some tools that will help you build a simple, safe and inexpensive websites:

Gimp, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is just like Photoshop - except that it's free! It may not do everything that the Adobe heartthrob does, but Gimp will easily

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