Web Hosting Business For Years

November 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Web Hosting

Ipage has been in the web hosting business for years and with their prompt and high quality service, you can be sure of getting the best.

Ipage has been quite popular with its services in regards with web hosting. It has been in business since the year 1995, a long since then till date, the reputation has been quite good and a lot of people seem to be using the services. When it comes to performance, it is very important to rely on the company that is genuine and not like those who use fancy marketing strategies to pull customers and eventually cheat people. To know more about ipage, the best source to go with is the ipage review. This review talks in details about the development, right from the early stages to the current stage.

Though there are other good companies in the run as well, but when it comes to complete deals then what comes from ipage is irreplaceable. There are many features based on which this company is a high rated one. To start off with, in terms of reliability, it holds a good position. It is very obvious that any customer would want to invest into something that he or she feels is worth being relied upon. Ipage uses fastest machines, which means that there are great deals of servers on the run that are available to support your website. The Ipage review places special emphasis on such points so that the reader gets to know more about the ipage and also help the customers to take the right decision.

Apart from this ipage also offers great amount of security. Today all of us are worried about the building threat of scam that is happening on the internet these days. Therefore whatever web hosting company you go with, it is very important to make sure that the company offers great amount of security not just in terms of 24/7 but also something that is well equipped and advanced. Ipage can definitely get brownie points for this, as it fulfils all the requirements of the customers. with a very flexible and affordable price and a really set of customer service making sure that you are never facing any problem, with so much you don’t have to look any further than ipage.


Server virtualization Has Been

November 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Web Hosting

Server virtualization has been in the last few years and still is a main IT trend on which firms are focusing their attention and their investments. There are many good explanations for this interest that we analyze in this brief article. We shall classify the benefits of server virtualization in two broad categories:

financial benefits (e.g., reduction of server HW maintenance costs);
intangible benefits (e.g., increased flexibility).

We shall see that while the latter are the most important long-term benefits, the former are those that typically play a main role in the investment decision process because they are easier to quantify and their value can therefore be better grasped.

As every other investments those in server virtualization have their own risks. Although we recognize their existence and their importance we will not analyze them in this article.

Financial benefits

Most of server virtualization projects are also server consolidation project in the sense that one of the main project results is an impressive reduction of the number of servers. Clearly there are server virtualization projects (e.g., desktop virtualization) that do not aim at reducing the number of servers, but those that focus on server consolidation produce impressive reductions of the number of servers. With current technologies it is common to see 30:1 (or even higher) consolidation ratios. The net result is that large server farms consisting of hundreds of servers are replaced by very few servers hosting hundreds of Virtual Machines (VMs).

We made recently for one of our clients an in-depth analysis based on real costs of the benefits of a server virtualization project. The most striking result of the analysis is that the sheer savings due reduced server HW maintenance costs offset all the other project costs (including new servers purchase, project implementation) over a four year time horizon when tax shield is taken into account. Let further clarify this point. One of the most reliable criteria used to assess whether it makes sense to invest money in a project is the computation of the Net Present Value of the project. The Net Present Value is a simple formula that takes into account the simple fact that 1$ now values more than 1$ in one year by discounting the future costs and benefits by means of the so called opportunity cost of capital. In our project we computed the Net Present Value of the project over a four years time horizon, namely by taking into account costs and benefits for the subsequent four years. We also took into account the fact that future costs and benefits need to be discounted; and that if you invest your money in a project you will have tax savings (tax shield) that partially offset your costs. Taking all that into account we realized that the HW maintenance savings were enough to make the Net Present Value positive.

Clearly this is striking because all other financial benefits can be summed up the HW maintenance savings thereby further improving the Net Present Value of the project. This is exactly what happened when we added the other main categories of financial benefits:

Floor space savings
Power consumption savings
SW licenses savings

These latter benefits are largely latent in the sense that they are accrued under specific circumstances. For instance in a server virtualization project that is also a server consolidation project you may end up with significant datacenter floor space utilization reduction but that does not necessarily mean you have any savings. If your datacenter occupation rate is close to the maximum this may become a real, very important benefit that translates in significant savings; if not, its usefulness is disputable.

By the same token, while you will likely have an impressive reduction of power consumption, the IT department may be uninterested to these savings for the very simple reason that these costs are often not charged to the IT department. Although that may seem strange to someone, this is what we see most of the time with our clients.

A server virtualization project entails new SW licenses costs, e.g., for the Virtual Machine Monitor SW, but under some circumstances it can also deliver a significant reduction of SW licenses costs. In a sheer server consolidation project with no consolidation of OS or application instances this reduction is clearly not due to the simplification of the SW stack but on the contrary to the specific features of the SW licensing rules. Licensing rules in virtualized settings are particularly complex and it may therefore happen that the net result is not a reduction of SW licenses costs but actually an increase of SW licenses costs. In our project there were on the contrary significant savings for a specific set of important SW applications. It is important to emphasize that these benefits were latent in the sense that given the SW license contract the client could not get his money back for the already paid SW licenses; nonetheless the client would be able to increase the number of deployed application instances at no additional cost.

Intangible benefits

Accountants classify assets in three broad categories: financial, tangible and intangible. The first category contains cash, stocks, shares, etc. The second category contains assets that can be touched like buildings, plants, etc. The last category contains all other assets like for instance patents, business processes and so on. Clearly the last category is so broad to make analysis and valuation very challenging. At the bottom of this article you will find references on where you can find further analysis of the intangible assets with specific focus on those that play a main role in an IT investment project. Let now focus on those assets that play a main role in server virtualization project.

According to CIO surveys one of the top rationales for investing in server virtualization is the increased flexibility. Server virtualization makes the process of deploying new OS instances extremely faster because you do not need any longer to procure a new server before the deployment. That means IT departments can respond much faster to requests coming from business lines by adapting their infrastructure to new needs (e.g., new marketing campaigns). This benefit is clearly important but it is very difficult to quantify. Valuation is possible but very few IT departments would be keen on spending time in such a quantification and very few CFOs would rely on the figures obtained through this valuation process.

Flexibility

Nonetheless benefits like flexibility are much more important than financial benefits in the long term. If IT assets are considered a strategic resource rather than a commodity it is important to pay close attention to the intangible benefits. Firms for which IT is a strategic resource need to focus on those assets that are not only valuable but also difficult to imitate. In a server virtualization project assets like servers, virtualization SW, or more generally anything you can procure on the market is not difficult to imitate and therefore delivers little strategic benefit. On the contrary business processes implemented by the IT department to manage efficiently the virtualized server farm (e.g., to prevent VM sprawl) being a complex combination of SW applications, application configurations, in-house developed scripts, skills and knowledge are far more difficult to imitate. These intangible assets can turn a virtualized server farm in a strategic firm asset.

Dependability

Increased flexibility is of course not the only intangible benefit delivered by server virtualization projects. Another very important benefit is increased dependability. On a non-virtualized server the only technology that you can buy to improve the dependability of your system is all in all a high availability cluster. Unfortunately these clusters are expensive, complex to maintain and moreover to have full support they entire solution must be certified by the SW vendor. Clearly that makes such an approach not viable for many applications. For years we have seen clients implementing Microsoft Clusters only for important applications like DBMSs and e-mail servers; and having no protection at all for most of the other SW applications. Virtualization makes it possible a completely different approach. Protection can be delivered at the Virtual Machine Monitor level rather than the application level. This is somewhat less appealing because there is no protection in case of application failure or freezing when the hosting operating system is up and running. But on the other hand it is a very simple to implement, application-agnostic technology that makes it possible to improve the dependability of all the servers in the server farm. This is not only important in case of system failure, but perhaps even more important for planned outages.

Reliable testing

Accurate testing of a SW application (resp. combination of applications) requires the availaibility of a system that is identical to the production system on which the application (resp. combination of applications) will be running. As every tester knows even small differences may make the test unreliable. In a non-virtualized server farm testing is very expensive because you need to have for each production system an exact copy of this system; and complex because you need to keep synchronized the production and test systems. This even more complex for mission critical applications requiring High Availability clusters. A reliable test requires your test system to be on a High Availability cluster as well which can be prohibitively expensive. With virtualization it is possible at any time to take a copy of the production instance and conduct accurate tests using that copy. This paves the way to the creation of virtualized test server farms which improves not only the reliability of the tests but also the overall test process efficiency.

Conclusions

Server virtualization projects can deliver significant financial and intangible benefits. Although the former are enough to justify the project, and are those to which CFOs most often focus, intangible benefits are those that really matter for those firms that think of their IT infrastructure not as a commodity but as a strategic resource to improve business competitiveness.


Designing Services Could Create

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

A logo is more like a virtual business name that people remember and we can see that each and every business has that one tiny graphic symbol imprinted on the product produced. It might just look like a piece of artistic formation of something but it has a lot of importance when considering marketing. It could help your company to be recognized by the mass easily given that your firm’s logo is a right representation of your business. Some businesses might not give much importance to the logo they have, which in turn might obstruct the growth. But at the same time, the ones that really lay importance on the logo endorsed by them, do reap benefits.

There are many Logo Design Services that could help you create the perfect logo for your firm. The means to reach such services is extremely easy. You can browse for the same on the Internet. It is very important that you explain the service team about the kind of business you indulge in and what all particularities you would like to see in the logo that is finally created. Some of the good services would exhibit these qualities.

1.Professional and communicative with the clients

2.Expert and experienced staff with the best to offer to your company

3.Offers Value for money

4.Unique and original ideas

A few of the services as well offer money back guarantee, where if you are not satisfied with the services then you could get either full or a fraction of the payment made which varies with every service provider. Also, some of them have ready logos from which you could choose the one that best suits your-type of business. You can surf through the options they offer and select the customized logos. So lets finally look at the points which inform us about an effective logo.

1.Depicts the main objective that a business holds

2.A distinguishable logo to help a firm stand out in the crowd

3.Easy for people to recognize your company logo

4.Improves sales

5.Builds reputation in the market


Web Design Blunders Often Seen

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

It is not always feasible to achieve a superb web presence, as everyone has varying viewpoints and visions as to how they wish their website to be set out. Furthermore, there are several difficulties that website designers tend to repeat over and over again.

It is not just amateur web designers who create websites containing errors, but even some leading professional agencies can make blunders, primarily because they tend to ignore the need to maintain a website visitor’s interest.

Often, websites have fancy fonts that at the outset can appear to make a website look interesting and sophisticated. However, not all fonts are readable on all computers. Therefore, if you wish to have internationally published content, you need to ensure that the text has been produced using readable fonts.

Some websites are created using tables for HTML insertion, but increasingly CSS is a better choice for your web pages. CSS is far more dependable and has more functionality, so your website will load faster. Therefore, try to ensure that your website is built utilising CSS.

All websites should be put together in such a way so as to give all the right messages to the search engine robots crawling the web. Ensure you have used proper headings and sub headings, as this will not only help the search engine robots looking at your website, but your website guests too.

It is not a good idea to force your website visitors to have to register in order to use your site. Make it accessible to all if at all possible.

Many like to have flash incorporated within their web design, but some tend to have too much flash, which is not a good idea as it increases the load time of the web pages within the site and this will only annoy visitors to your site. Flash should only be used when static pages simply will not express the message you desire on their own.

You should not make people viewing your website have to hunt for links to where they want to go. You should instead have a clearly visible navigation bar, ideally to the left of the page where people will start to study the content. The links to other pages need to be operating correctly because no matter how attractive your website may be, damaged navigation links will irritate those looking at your pages.

Those owing websites often have a strategy for trying to generate cash from advertisements, which often results in their site looking untidy. Your site visitors deserve some respect and really will not want to have advertisements popping up all over your pages when they want to read the content, so they will just leave your website.

If you include hyperlinks to other websites within your own website, in order to make them stand out, it is often desirable to mark them with an image, or perhaps a distinctive colour.

Carol Forrest is the Managing Director of Webs Galore Limited which is a professional website design agency specialising in the creation of cheap and affordable website design for small and medium sized companies. Website:


Ready Made Websites vs Custom Websites

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

If you want to build e commerce website, one of the first things you need to think about is the format. There are a lot of ready made websites online, but another alternative for you is to get one customized to your brand.

Choosing between the two can be challenging. One, there’s the cost consideration. Ready made websites can be found on the internet, some of them are even being offered for free. That’s the major plus point for ready made websites. Custom websites, on the other hand, are really more pricey. It can cost you anywhere from the hundreds range to the thousands range – it really depends on your requirements. More often than not, the development of a dynamic website that is fully customized to your needs will be in the higher range compared to custom static websites.

If brand integrity is a concern, then it would be best to build e commerce website with your specifications. Remember, most ready made websites available online are already being used by other online stores. It won’t give you much value in terms of branding. You can probably change the logo of your online store or the theme colors, but the customization of a ready made website pretty much stops there. If you want to have full control of the way your products are displayed, the overall look of the site, down to the design of the product page, then the customized route is the right one for you to take.

Aside from the cost of putting together online stores, one other consideration is the start up time. This refers to the time it takes from when you conceptualized the idea right into the first day of selling in your online store. Custom-made websites often take longer to put together while ready made websites can get you live for selling in just a few hours.

Last, but not the least, think about the website’s maintenance as well. Custom-made websites are often more difficult to maintain as the fix required for any bugs found is not something you can easily search for online. Ready made websites, on the other hand, are easier to fix given that a lot of the information on bugs and fixes are already on the web. If not, you should always know who the main contact person is for tweaks that you will not be able to do yourself.

Overall, ready made websites are the best pick for new online merchants or those looking to save on setting up shop. Meanwhile, custom-made websites are best for companies that are already long established and are very particular about their brand.


When Designer Meets Developer

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

Spread the word! This week in the fashion/technology world….. The tremendously talented designer Patrik Ervell just relaunched his website with pLot multimedia Developers on Monday October 4, 2010. Indeed, the Swedish Dandy figured how to bait his clientele with a touch of originality and found the perfect guys to execute the job. Being one of the most celebrated emerging designers in the industry, he has hit even harder with this relaunch. The original design featured multiple miniature moving men greeting you on the landing page of the website. After the captivating success of the first launch of his online store, and having mesmerized the fashion universe with his collaboration with Gap and his collection this summer, Patrik Ervell needed to get a second wind.

He gets off the beaten track with his newly re-launched e-commerce website: a juicy combination of futurism and creativity. With its simple presentation, sober and entertaining, online shopping is no longer a simple pleasure, but rather a real enjoyment. In fact, shopping appears to be a new adventure; as if you where in his store yourself. Upon opening up the web page, a model, in motion, sets the tone: the trader, seeking a slim fit blazer will be catered to; the laid-back student on the quest of his fetish knit cap will be ecstatic. Like a virtual runaway, viewers will recognize the designer’s luxurious print and at the same time, notice a split of technology, Plot Multimedia’s signature. This site is a perfect example to other designers of the importance of finding developers who don’t simply just write code, but who know how to turn technology into art! The final product not being just a delivered service but rather a collaboration of artists, each in their own realm.

The website has already received good reviews and may change the high end shopping experience on the internet. With pLot, Patrik Ervell set the trend once again, and should inspire quite a few with this initiative.


Techniques in Website Design

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

All designers and developers should be aware of the importance of their work to anyone who sees them. With smart decisions with regards to design, your customers will get a tremendous amount of satisfaction through a great website experience. Here are some techniques you can consider to incorporate in your website to make your website usable and satisfying.

When it comes to links or any part of your website that needs to be clicked, the size of the clickable area is important. If the space is too tiny, users will have a hard time aiming at it with the arrow. Not all people are very precise with the use of the mouse. Making the links very easy to click will save the time and energy of the user.

When content is split into several pages, this is called Pagination. This is used in websites that have long lists of items, blogs, or photos. It is depicted by numbers at the top or bottom of a page that gives you an idea of what page you are in and gives you the option to choose what page you want to view. Make sure that the list is not too long in each page to avoid delay in downloading the items that are about to be displayed. Besides, the more pages you have, the more page views you get.

In social networking website design, you should create unique titles for each page of your website. This will make it easier for users to browse the site and to know if they are in the right place or not just by looking at the title. Create few points of focus in your website. People tend to view a website from the top to the bottom. Creating complicated formats will confuse and annoy the user.

It is important to have contact information available in your website. This will give the user the impression that the company cares about their users’ concerns and suggestions. It says that they are willing to address any issue the user might encounter in using their website. You can include an email address, contact number, or an FAQ (frequently asked questions) page for common issues and solutions.

It would also be helpful to add a search bar so that people who know exactly what they are looking for can go straight to it. Making them go through your whole website when they know what they need will only make them frustrated. The social networking website design will be pointless if you do not incorporate ease and convenience for your users.

Make sure your registration forms are short and straight to the point. Discard any questions or fields that are asking for unnecessary information about your users. Go straight to the point. Require only information that is important. Long registrations forms will only drive users away. This will avoid too much thinking on the user’s part. Too much thinking will only increase frustration. Making things easier for the customer, thru your social networking website design, is the key to capturing their interest and attention.


Message Across Through Web Design

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

Websites communicate with users and visitors in a variety of ways. Communication is the basic element that makes a website effective. No matter what website you have, like a social network, it always has something to do with communicating one way or the other. It is not just about communicating plainly – it should always mean communicating effectively and significantly with others.

Communication is so important that web designers need to plan this out carefully. Sadly, most websites make this their last priority. They pour their skills out into the layout aspect, like images and attractiveness of a site. If a site looks amazing, you would easily get visitors, however, once they see the loss of effective modes of communication, you could easily lose them as well.

In this article, we will discuss the different methods of communication that a website should have. It will include the benefits and advantages of each method to make it easier for web designers to decide and plan their website effectively.

Text is one of the most obvious methods when it comes to communication. It should be plain and easily understood by the visitor. Most people rely on text to know more about the site and the message it is trying to tell them. It is extremely critical to almost any site. In web design, it is important to incorporate text because it is very useful in creating blogs and messages.

Another important method is Images. You would not want a visitor to stare at a sea of letters all throughout your site. This would be very boring and uninteresting. Images are a refresher for the eyes. Visitors are easily captured by images more than words. It makes the website attractive and noticeable. Make sure, though, that the images you incorporate are relevant to the content of your social network web design.

Audio and videos are the latest trend in social network web design. Visitors are very interested in these. It adds movement on the websites they go to, making them more lively and interactive. Icons are also important. Just one icon makes it easy for visitors to recognize a website. You also have to consider colors when designing your website. If you make wrong choices of color combinations, this will be a major turn-off to visitors. Make your website contain a significant amount of eye candy and you are guaranteed of getting a lot of visitors.

The social network web design is crucial in attracting visitors. It should be planned out carefully to avoid losing visitors or, worse, not getting any at all. Make it as fun and simple as possible depending on how professional or casual your website is. Even the smallest detail in communication methods can either make or break the website’s success.


5 Good Resons web programmers

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

First, 95% of the population is literate. Early in the 20th Century, Costa Rica abolished it’s military in favor of education. The country now boasts some of the most educated people in Latin America. Modern technology such as IIS/Apache, MySQL/MSSQL, PHP/.NET/JAVA, and Windows/Unix are common. Software licensing from Sun, Microsoft, Adobe, and other major web empowering companies can be much less expensive.

Second, there is an increasingly large labor pool of people willing to work for a fraction of equivalent US wages. The cost of equivalent labor is half that of the US Also, continuing education and technical certification is proportionally less expensive. Payroll taxes, Social Security Taxes, UI Taxes, and the the multitude of laws covering US employees simply doesn’t exist in Costa Rica at the same level of complexity, thereby reducing the drain on human resources.

Next, Costa Rica is in the Central time zone which means that operations exist at the same time as US. 2am phone calls to Pakistan can be a thing of the past. For those times when you have daytime emergencies or programming that needs to be done by close-of-business, this is a fantastic benefit of Costa Rica. There is also no jet lag to deal with when flying in and out of the country.

Fourth, there are a lot more people in the US and those people have a lot more job offers coming at them, which means they are less depending on your company. This means that people in Costa Rica inherently recognize that they are more dependent, and often times you can depend on having a long term employee if you so-choose. A majority of the country’s population is centered in San Jose, a major hub. And that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Lastly, Costa Rica is only a three-hour flight from Houston and Miami. If you have workers in San Jose, you can meet with them faster than flying to many parts of the United States. Lodging is inexpensive, and executive suites are available throughout Costa Rica. In reality, it can be cheaper to travel to Costa Rica than to many US destinations. Nearly all of these locations have access to high-speed internet and cellular service, making communication seamless.

For these 5 reasons, Costa Rica should be one of the main places you look to when considering foreign labor for your firm. Not only that, it’s a fantastic place to live or visit.

Shane Messer controls Made To Order Websites, a web design company in Nashville. For business people visiting Costa Rica, contact Travel Costa Rica for a central place in downtown San Jose.


Website’s Phone Model

October 27th, 2010 | Posted in Web Design

A lot more and much more cellular mobile phone proprietors use the Web browsers on their mobile phones. iPhone and numerous different platforms that have sprouted contributed to the improvement of cellular telephone browsers which needed a particular focus from website designers. Net layout for Laptop viewing is clearly not the exact same factor as design for cell mobile phone browsers. This is why web site proprietors are adding some emphasis on mobile internet design versions of their website.

Nevertheless, a website’s phone model is not that straightforward, as cell telephone screens do not provide the identical quantity of pixels as a Laptop monitor. Net designers must make sure that page requests from mobiles will receive the most essential info. You also have to take into account load time and requirements compliant internet style.

The huge query for every single site proprietor that desires to redo his site’s cell model is the following one: “What will the users of my web site do when accessing it by means of a cellular gadget?”. The 1st point the web site proprietor ought to have in mind is to meet his users’ wants truly quickly. People accessing web sites from their cell phones are more most likely to require fast information that fits them for the moment.

A excellent instance of this would be comparing the two versions of Flickr. Each variations have, much more or less, the identical content material on the page, but the hierarchy changes for the smaller display. They also seem to be taking into accounts the truth that most men and women possibly aren’t proceeding there just to browse pictures as significantly as they are visiting cellular to manage their accounts or entry sure details.

Contemplating display screen genuine estate is very restricted, you ought to only exhibit the vital of your site. Cellular phone people need to totally be ready to make selections truly easily, as getting into text on a cell cellphone can be actually challenging, particularly for somebody who’s in a hurry or who desires to come across the required info truly quickly.

Net style marketplace is continuously changing and adapting to the requirements of site customers. Accessing sites through telephones and cell units grew to become a lot more and much more popular, which calls for a strategic approach from the internet designer.

Bear in mind that content material is nevertheless the king and individuals are heading to your internet site, cell or otherwise, to accessibility the info they will need. That’s why you really should usually feel twice about how you want your content to be delivered and you will be 1 step ahead in the cellular internet layout game.