Budget VPS Buyer’s Guide

Availing of a budget VPS may be a new experience for you. Thus, it can be overwhelming. Avoid the confusion by using the helpful tips given in this buyer’s guide for budget VPS. You would find simple things to do before, during and after the purchase:

Before the purchase

  1. Assess your company or business’ needs. One advantage of availing of budget VPS is that you can customize the specifications of your order according to the unique needs of your business. That way, you would not need to pay on features that you would not actually use. Here are some of the factors you need to consider before you close the deal for your VPS.
    1. Disk space. This is the storage space. At present, how much disk space does your company need? You should also have the foresight to calculate future disk space needs as your company grows. You would not want to have the burden of transferring all your data from one hosting provider to another simply because you have overlooked the capacity of the present hosting provider?
    2. budget VPSRAM (random access memory). How much RAM would your company require now and in the future? It would always be an advantage to have a margin for growth. You would not want and expect your company to remain the same throughout the years, would you?
    3. Bandwidth. This is concern with the rate of data transfer. How fast or how slow that data transfer is would depend on your bandwidth. You may see offers such as “unlimited bandwidth”. It could actually be deceiving as there is no such thing really as that. If you need a higher bandwidth, be ready to pay for it.
    4. Security. Everybody values privacy of information and security of pertinent data. Therefore, check the security system plan of the offer. There should be firewall and intrusion protection as part of the package.
    5. Budget. How much is the company willing to shell out for the budget VPS? Prices can have a range of around $4 to $50 per month, depending on the specifications. Remember, this would be a monthly obligation so consider all angles before you give your go signal.

During the purchase

At this point, your attention would center on the following concerns: 

  1. Activation time. You would want to start as soon as you can, right? Most web hosting providers would allot just a couple of minutes of your time to activate your VPS account. This, of course, comes after the processing of your payment. However, just to be on the safe side, inquire on the amount of time needed to activate your account.
  2. Installation. Most web hosting providers of VPS have no managed servers, meaning the user would be the one responsible to install, secure, troubleshoot, and manage everything in his account. This is not a big deal for the experts on webhosting. However, for the newbie’s, this could prove to be challenging. This is why you need to really check the costumer service support system, which is also the 3rd point.
  3. Customer service support system. Find out what are the different support systems and if they are available 24/7.

After the purchase and activation

You are now ready to start. You are now concern with the uptime of the web server. This is how the webhost providers maintain and keep their system running.

Also, once in a while, you may experience crashes. Though this is rare but even with a high bandwidth, it cannot be avoided.

Lastly, your focus is on the effects or impact of budget VPS on your business. You should start monitoring the number of visits, the flow of traffic, increase in sales and return of your investment of the VPS, among other things.

Pulling the Thread: How Custom Patches are Made

Originating from the military, custom patches are now used for a lot of reasons. In a simple walk down the road, one might actually spot a couple of people wearing clothes and other accessories with customized emblems on. This is because the personalized patches have become quite prevalent now throughout the years for its practicality and symbolization.

So how exactly is a personalized patch made? There are four simple steps.

The first one is deciding what design to put on the patch. This can be a name, a logo, or a simple graphic design. For some, their designs include a symbol of their organizations or a miniature view of their place. This is also the part where the colors of the details should be decided. The more a design is well-constructed, the better. Any design revisions is best done as early as in this stage. It is not impossible to make changes in the subsequent steps, but it would be harder.

The second step is deciding what type of custom patches to use. Should it be embroidered or printed? What type of fabric should be used? If it should be embroidered, should it be in just regular 2D embroidery or should it have a puff effect like in 3D? What type of backing should be used? It could have a plastic backing, which would improve the stiffness of the patch and prevent the creasing of the design. Or perhaps the Velcro backing, which would make it easier to attach and detach. It could also be an iron-on patch, or it could even have a dryer-heat-activated adhesive backing. People can even go for no backing at all. These are the things to consider when deciding for the materials to use.

Third step is the actual manufacturing of the patches. In this day where technological advances have become more and more superb, people can now opt for different methods of manufacturing things. Like in making patches, it can still be made manually with hands-on sewing or it can be now digitized. Of course, the digitized ones are easier and faster to produce. For printed patches, it can be either silk-screened or digitally printed. However, for the embroidered ones, the basic steps in both manual and digital methods are just the same: (1) cutting of fabric backing into desired shape, (2) heat-sealing of the edges to prevent from fraying, and (3) the actual stitching of the product. In the more advanced methods, additional steps are done such as the application of iron-on adhesives and/or other additional materials.

If the desired amount of personalized patches is massive, it is recommended to opt for the digital method. This way, both the manufacturer and the consumer can conserve a lot of time. But if what’s really needed is a one-of-a-kind patch, manual method is suggested. However, it should still be taken note of that both methods are applicable for any kind of patch. It’s just a matter of which method is more effective in a particular scenario than the other.

custom patchesFourth and last step is the canvassing of price. This last step is tricky since customized emblems vary from one another. So the real answer as to how much custom patches costs depends on how a manufacturer sets their pricing model. Some manufacturers decide based on the number of stitches (if embroidered), and some use the flat-pricing method where they build the cost of the patch to the cost of the garment it is being sewn on. Both methods are valid, but it is better to know which one is more effective for a specific need.

And voila,a customized emblem is finished! With four easy steps, it is not that hard anymore to understand and visualize how custom patches are made.

Soldering Printed Circuit Boards

Soldering a printed circuit board is the type of soldering that most hobbyists enjoy. The soldering process does not require deep technical skills and knowledge. All steps are mastered by practicing the process from time to time. You can purchase a small electronic kit and assemble your own set of printed circuit boards. By doing this, you are able to practice soldering.

This process is comprised of several steps. You will need to exert your time and effort in making printed circuit boards. First, you need to clean the board’s surface. This is to ensure that solder joints have low resistance. For tough deposit boards, you can use a steel wool or a cleaning pad to clean them. You must be careful in cleaning the board with a high tolerance. This is to prevent the steel wool shavings from being trapped in holes and pads.

printed circuit boardsAfter removing dust and dirt from the board, you can now mount the components on the printed circuit board. If you will make a small circuit board with few constituents, you will add components one at a time. If you are planning to assemble a large circuit board with many components, then you need to place all components in their right position. Afterwards, you can solder them right away. In this way, you will know what component you should solder first.

In soldering printed circuit boards, you must begin with the tiniest and thinnest components such as integrated circuits, resistors and signal diodes. In this way, soldering will be unwavering. Ideally, you need to solder sensitive constituents lastly. This is to minimize the possibility for them to acquire any damage during PCB assembly. Each component has a respective hole where it will be placed. You must know what type of hole is needed for each component. Twist the leads as prescribed. You can bend the leads up to 45 degrees at the base of the board. This is to make the component stable during the solder process.

Put a tiny piece of solder at the end of the iron. This is to apply heat between the component and board. Bear in mind that the solder you used in this part is not for the joints. For the joint, heat it by placing the iron tip between the board and component lead. If you fail in this step, the solder may not fasten to the unheated component. The heated solder on the iron tip helps in attaching the lead and the board. Heating the joint may take about two seconds. For thicker and larger constituents, it may take up more time to heat them. In this step, you must watch out for bubbles under the pads. If there are bubbles, then it means that the component already exceeds its heat capacity. Immediately, stop what you’re doing and set aside your soldering iron. Lifting the overheated components is dangerous. Let them cool first before reheating them.

After heating up the leads and solder pads, you can now apply the solder. Place the tip of the solder along the solder pad and component lead. Make sure that the solder can flow freely along these components when heat is applied. Keep on placing the solder on the joints. This is to cover the entire pad with solder. As a result, you will have a small stack of solder with concave edges. If the output looks like a ball, then soldering is done excessively. Otherwise, the board pads are not too hot.

Soldering printed circuit boards may be confusing, but with enough practice, you will eventually master the entire process.

What are Silicon Bracelets?

 

These bracelets are a popular way to distinguish branding. It is given in corporate giveaways, freebies, promotions and professional and academic events. Because of the ease to make one, consumers can have them customized, buy it in retail or have exciting discounts in wholesale. But what are they? Are they just fancy-colored rubber?

Silicon Rubber Defined

Silicon bracelets are simply molded bracelets made from silicon. Silicon is an abundant synthetic compound made for a variety of uses. Some counter tops are coated with silicon making them waterproof (Silicon oil). Silicon is also bound with other elements to form compounds like silicon gel, Silicon resin and silicon rubber. Silicon bracelets are made from Silicon rubber. Silicon rubber can also withstand adverse extreme environments like extreme cold and heat, unlike rubber which would melt or freeze, eventually losing its elasticity before snapping off like a twig.

Silicon BraceletsSilicon, on the other hand lack the ability to develop brittleness makes it perfect for applications that include operating below freezing temperatures. It is also used in handles and baking spatulas because it is heat resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius. Because of silicon rubber’s amazing properties and the cheap cost in manufacturing, it is widely used in baking, storage, sportswear, medical devices and many more.

Silicon rubber can easily be molded into different shapes and designs of all sizes. Not one home is without silicon. Indeed silicon rubber has encompassed the technological necessities up to the arts and crafts. In the comfortable nook of hobbyists, there are available DIY silicon rubber molds where you simply pour it on a special mold with embossed details (rather than hallow) or on a flat container where you can leave impressions of things like shells and sculptures, cure it for 75 to 300 minutes (1 ½ – 6 hours), depending if it’s quick dry. Once opened and set, silicon rubber can last only from 15 to 30 minutes before starting to cure. Remember that silicon rubber has a high heat resistance so they can’t be reheated to make a new batch of fresh silicon.

Silicon Bracelets Market

Now that the amazing abilities and uses of silicon have been briefly covered, it’s time to talk about silicon bracelets. Manufacturers and distributors gain their edge from the kind of customization they can offer to the market. Because the competition is tight among them, they let their customers have the freedom to design their own bracelets, sometimes even without a minimum order. However customized retail bracelets would fetch a higher price. Wholesale pricing starts at 50 pieces and most manufacturers can accommodate up to 20,000 pieces. These bracelets are available in a wide array of widths, lengths and designs. Wristbands are normally ½ inch thick but thinner and thicker versions of 1, 1/4, ¾ inches are available. Colors range from block colors, two-tone, swirls and even glow in the dark.

Are They Safe and Hygienic?

The chemical composition of silicon rubber deprives it of a carbon backbone. Instead, it has a long chain of silicon. This makes silicon rubber a poor breeding ground of waterborne bacteria. Silicon rubber bracelets do not have small nooks, holes and crannies that can harbor harmful bacteria. In case your bracelet does get dirty, simply wash it with soap and water and towel dry it. Because silicon is stable, you can safely disinfect it with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) without any worries that it will be discolored.

These bracelets are typically 7 to 8 inches long. They are however, not resistant to cutting. Keep it away from toddlers as they may choke on it.

What are Lanyards?

In this context, a lanyard is basically a cord looped loosely around the neck and wrist to carry an important, lightweight object. They are made of various materials from cotton, polypropylene, recycled P.E.T plastic, polyester, nylon and even bamboo fibers. Usually the material would be specified by seller. Lanyard cords are soft and comfortable enough to be worn around the neck. Lanyards are widely available in retail and wholesale purchases.

At the end of every lanyard is something to attach and secure an object to. This is called a connector. Connectors come in various designs, sizes, materials and functions.

Kinds of Connectors

U-Clip

lanyardsU-clips are nickel plated or stainless steel. They clamp tightly unto the object. These connectors are good for ID’s or any kind of card-like object. However, they have one disadvantage: the clamp tends to leave “teeth” marks, which is why it helps to have the ID housed in a clear, flat plastic pouch.

Combo Loop

Combo loops are a less popular kind of connector because it’s relatively bulky. Nevertheless, combo loops are as readily available as other kinds of attachments.

Loop

Loops are ideal for cellphones and whistles. Loops are too thin to hold a digital camera. Ideally they attach to objects with a chain or another small loop.

Side-Squeeze Buckle

Side-squeeze buckles are widely employed because it’s easy to use yet offers a very secure kind of attachment. It can’t be cut unlike the loop or be accidentally pressed or pulled unlike swivel hooks yet it’s very comfortable to attach to, unlike split rings. However, side-squeeze buckles do not come with its own attachment so manufacturers attach a swivel hook or swivel bolt snap at the end.

O-Ring or Split Ring

Split rings are perfect for objects with an attached metal ring. Once attached to an O-Ring, the object can be hard to detach, which is an advantage if you really want to secure it. Like U-Clips, O-Rings are nickel plated or stainless steel.

Swivel Hook

Swivel hooks as the name implies, rotate 360 degrees from its attachment. They have square eye, circle eye or D-eye attachments. Attaching objects to a swivel hook is easy and takes less effort unlike O-rings. You simply push down a part of the hook and attach the end of the opening to a loop or a chain of the object and snap the part of the hook back. Swivel hooks are also called swivel snaps. They are made from stainless steel, aluminum, nickel and brass.

Swivel Bolt Snap

Swivel bolt snaps look and function a lot like swivel hooks or swivel snaps. The only difference is that a bolt is pushed down to open the hook. Another variation of swivel bolt snap is the swivel trigger snap where a trigger is pushed down to open a snap.

What Makes Lanyards So Important?

Lanyards securely hold ID’s, keys, USB thumb drives, whistles, cameras, cellphones and badges. They free the hands of load and clutter while still keeping the aforementioned items insight, making them very accessible in case they are needed. You don’t need to dig into your bag just to get your hands on your ID, keys, USB thumb drives, etc. Objects that have a high risk of getting lost need to be secured with a lanyard. They are not exactly a fashion statement but they can be customized according to the client’s taste and need. Lanyards are popular in schools, hospitals, trade shows, government agencies and other events. They are worn mostly by ushers, students, teachers, professors, doctors and event organizers. They are a must have for every individual.

 

What is a Cat6 Cable?

A Category 6 cable is a type of standard Ethernet cable used in gigabit (GB) Ethernet-based computers. Also known as the Cat6 cable, this cabling system is the sixth generation of twisted pair Ethernet wiring and was mutually defined by the Electronics Industries Association and Telecommunication Industries Association in 2002. It is used primarily for computer networks that can obtain a GB, 1000 Mbps or 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). The higher version of Cat6 cable known as the Cat6a can speed up to 10 Gbps.

The Cat6 cable has four pairs of utilized copper wires which are used for data transfer. Unlike with the previous twisted pair cable versions, the Cat6 offers attenuation security, an improved crosstalk, and a stringent requirement for system noise. It is consists of components which are identified as completely backward compatible with all lower categories and has interoperability. This means that the Category 6 components are coordinated to form a marginally compliant Category 6 channel even if the Cat6 is obtained from different vendors. A Category 6 component can also serve as a substitute to boost a Category 5/5e channel because of its backward compatibility factor. While it’s not always easy to manufacture a cable that has a backward compatible or interoperability feature, it still provides functionality and durable benefits to the end-user.

Like with the Category 5 and 5e standards, the Category 6 components have similar minor Impedance of 100 Ohms but with a more stringent tolerance on Impedance variations. Impedance variations are indicated based from the “Return Loss.” In a designed cabling system, the Return Loss can be determined by the amount of transmitted signal that is caused by the impedance gap between the cable and the connecting hardware. Higher rates of Return Loss shows improved Impedance compatibility between components and lower signal reflections and re-reflections. Greater levels of reflections that are created by poor ends between connectors and cables damage the power transfer between the transmitter and the receiver. This is why careful installation procedures should be followed to avoid such complications in the system.

cat6 cableThe Cat6 cable offers better Bit Error Rate (BER) for Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet networks. When the networking devices are jammed, complications regarding bits and re-transmission occur. The lesser the bit errors are, the more productive and efficient your network is in transferring the information.

The Cat6 cables and components have the same installation procedure as the Category 5 and 5e cables. When installing a Cat6 cable, an installer must always pay attention to the cable terminations and the cable pathway fill. It’s important to consider larger cable diameters when routing and the maintenance of the twisted pair when terminating. It’s also important to follow the procedures in the termination of connectors because wrong termination can largely affect the performance of a network.

There have always been controversies and comparisons between Category 6 and the Category 5/5e. While Category 5/5e is enough, Category 6 has shown fewer bit errors and provides higher cabling system transmission characteristics in most cases. The Cat6 cables are also less prone to internal noise and display better behavior regarding internal interference ratios. When a Category 6 cabling system is installed, it offers potential high speed data applications to the present and the future by providing wider bandwidth and transmission characteristics. Most end-users won’t even notice the difference between the two cabling systems but it’s always better to consider the benefits that are given in the chosen networks. As long as the right components and cables are installed, a good response from a Category 6 cable can be achieved and minimal internal noise will be experienced.

Why Have a Live Chat Service

There are many occasions wherein how you treat your customer would be the only thing that separates you from your competitors. However, you may find that being able to offer convenience can be costly, especially if you think that the only way to be able to efficiently offer service is to hire more people to answer inquiries.

For this reason, you need to think of ways to cut down the cost while maintaining the efficiency of your customer service. A live chat service can do that for you – it makes you able to use your existing personnel while delivering more of your service to your customers. Here are some of the perks that you get when you offer customer service through online chat.

Live Chat Service Makes Your Customer’s Life Easier

live chat serviceHaving a chat service to answer inquiries definitely allows your customers to get all the answers they need without having to fall in the operator queue. At the same time, it allows them to be able to multitask their activities without having to be tied to the phone. That way, you enable them to shop through your website at work, or even on the go. Just make sure that your site is efficient for mobile devices and your customers can access your customer service department anytime, anywhere. If you can provide real time convenience, then expect more customers logging in to your website.

Live Chat Service Gives You an Edge

A chat service allows you to enjoy leverage over your competitors by providing not only customized customer service, but also allows you to find out all the touch points in your services that you can improve. That also means that you can funnel the customers using the chat service right into your services and products through adding value to the items that they already have in their shopping cart.

Moreover, you are also able to address particular needs of every customer by being able to view their previous inquiries and navigation behavior in your website. Since all chat representatives can pull out this data in no time at all, you are able to provide them their exact needs, even before they ask for it. Note that most of your competitors are probably very busy shoving their products to potential clients. You, however, can cut down a customer’s shopping time by front lining the products that are truly relevant to them. That provides you another form of leverage – they have more time to look around your store and buy additional products.

Live Chat Service Generates More Profit

A chat service allows you to cut down the cost of hiring by allowing your customer service representatives to multitask by opening multiple windows and use canned responses efficiently to cut down the handling time. Not only does this move removes the hefty cost of overheads and additional salary, being able to target niche customers by identifying and providing their needs allows you to develop deeper customer relationships. Deep relationships mean long-term clients who are willing to promote your products.

At the same time, since you are able to classify customer behavior, you would be able to target similar customers with similar shopping behavior and customize your services according to what is convenient for them. When you see to it that your business provides targeted products through targeted marketing, you guarantee your business that you will no longer be creating products and services in the dark. You are ably to create more profit by having the guarantee that all the goods that you offer have a particular customer. That does not only diminish the waste in your warehouse, but also protect future investments while generating sure profit.

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional SEO Company

The Benefits of Using the Services of a Reliable SEO Firm:

In today’s internet driven world, businesses must definitely maintain websites that will make them visible and competitive online. To do so, they should understand search engine optimization and the secrets to staying ahead in this aspect of online marketing. Some entrepreneurs opt to do SEO themselves. But for businessmen who are not familiar with SEO or those who do not have time for SEO marketing, hiring the services of a professional SEO company is a wise move. Aside from saving their precious time, business owners can get a better chance that their websites would rank higher on search engine sites and turn potential clients into actual customers. Here are three reasons why it is better to hire a professional SEO firm than to do SEO yourself.

You would have more time to concentrate on other aspects of your business:

Building a website and its components, the website’s content and keywords, html and design layout, could be time-consuming and distracting to your overall business strategy. Unless you’re an adept website designer who has a lot of time to spare, it would be wise to use the expertise of a top SEO company. Hiring a professional SEO firm allows you to focus on other aspects of your business such as improving your products or services, managing your staff and looking after the finances of your business. Operating a business is definitely not an easy task. Don’t overburden yourself by doing SEO if somebody more knowledgeable in that field can do your website for you.

Good SEO firms understand how SEO works and can do the work faster:

Building a website is a SEO Companycomplicated task and getting ahead in search engine optimization is an equally difficult task as well. There are various factors that affect a website’s ranking on search engines such as latent semantic indexing and keyword optimization. Likewise, search engine sites such as Google also regularly change their way of ranking websites. Dealing with SEO could be perplexing for laymen.

For someone who has no time to deal with a system as complicated as search engine marketing, it is definitely a wise move to hire the services of a good SEO firm. A reliable SEO firm would do its best to market and optimize the client’s business website as well as increase its ranking on search engine pages. And the best SEO firm would even attune its work to your business strategies to help you achieve your goals.

Since a good SEO company devises strategies that fit your business style and has the appropriate tools in doing so, the firm can also build your website at a faster pace than if you build it yourself. As such, you can expect that your website would be online faster, making your business visible to potential clients.

Top SEO firms are good in designing websites and creating content:

The layout and content of a website are essential components of online marketing. And good SEO firms typically offer website designing as well. That includes designing websites that could be easily indexed by search engines.  Visitors could be attracted to a site if it is easy to use and if it is properly designed. Likewise, visitors would likely read a website with excellent content than websites with poor content.

Because a good SEO company has a professional SEO team that understands SEO principles, it is expected that members of the team understand how optimize the content that they create. As such, the team would likely know how to apply Meta descriptions and how to choose and distribute essential keywords into the online content, giving the client’s website a better chance to rank higher in search engine pages.

If you understand SEO and know how to design a website, you may choose to do it on your own. But if you are new to SEO, it is better that you ask the help of a professional SEO company. The firm has experienced experts who know how SEO works and how to make your website land on the first pages of search engines. Likewise, using their services would also help you concentrate on other aspects of your business such as its finance and staff management.

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4 SEO Topics That Will Fry Your Brain

Search the acronym SEO right now in any major platform and you’re going to be in for a long day. There are millions of different opinions on the matter that you are going to have to become a super reader if you want to get into anything worthwhile. A lot of articles being published today aren’t very good, and some of them even have half-truths, or myths attached to them. When you start to break down all the SEO Topics that are out there, you’re going to have to fight through a lot of advertising, in order to get to the meat of the writing.

That’s not to say that there isn’t any good writing, but a grand majority seems very generalized. The purpose of a lot of websites that feature discussion and ideas in regards to optimization strategies, and more, are set up to make money. There are very few sites that discuss SEO Topics and have no advertising at all. That’s a tell-tale sign as to what people are saying and why.

There are a few topics thatSEO Topics will not only be tough to understand, there are some that are downright difficult to comprehend. For those that “get it”, the future may seem optimistic, but implementing the right strategies today is a complicated task that even the most experienced internet engineers have to worry about. The following are just some quick ones that you’ll be arguing with and struggling to figure out completely today.

The Best Article Marketing Strategy

Content is king on the internet, and it’s repeated by every major marketing talent on the web right now. You will be hard-pressed not to agree with this one. However, article directories aren’t necessarily good for your optimization solutions. It’s for that reason that some people claim that you should not update any articles at all. Other companies tell you to post as much content as you can with backlinks to your site. Which one is right? Well the topic is up for debate, and you will find yourself believing pieces from both sides of the argument.

How Many Backlinks Do You need?

The next topic that is difficult to manage is in regards to backlinks. How many do you have to implement before you get any traffic? There are a lot of pages that are touting you should have 1,000 links placed in order to start seeing any sort of return on your investment. The truth is that there is no “one” number for everyone. There may be, but it’s not revealed to most. That doesn’t stop people from righting, speculating and trying to get their hands on the most links possible.

The Death of SEO

This is a common article topic, and it’s one that many people subscribe to. The notion that the world of SEO is dying right now or it is completely dead is popular, as people want to say that SEM is far better. Others are in opposition to this notion because they are seeing organic, natural traffic flow to their pages. Is it really dying? Is it all a matter of conjecture? It’s difficult to say, but one thing is for sure, millions of dollars are spent finding out whether or not it actually works.

Who’s The Best At SEO?

One of the most prolific searches you are going to find on the internet is that of what company is the best SEO service to get your optimization from. You will find that internet marketing can turn into a very confusing place to work within, especially since so many topics are difficult to navigate through. Finding the “best” is tough, and it’s made even harder when every major company makes the claim to being the absolute best.