Web Hosting Simplified

What is Web Hosting?

It is the process of storing and making web pages available so that they can be accessed on the Internet. Web hosting makes it possible for a person or organization to get their information out on the World Wide Web, without having to worry about all the little details that are involved in the process. There are countless services available. But, how do you know which one is right for you?

What Should A Good Hosting Service Include?

Bandwidth : The higher the bandwidth – that is, the storage and delivery capacity of an IP address – the service can provide, the quicker your information will be available and the easier it will be for people to access it. Quality web hosting will offer unlimited bandwidth.

Storage capacity : If your service will not handle the amount of information you provide, then you will suffer loss of business and / or income. Quality web hosting will offer unlimited storage.

Uptime : Uptime is the amount of time that your site is actually running and available. If a user consistently gets error messages or has an unusually slow wait time, then that person is going to take his business elsewhere. A professional hosting company should be able to ensure that you have far more uptime than downtime. How to

Choose the Right Service

When deciding which service is for you, you may want to ask yourself these questions:

  • How long has the service been operating? This is not to say that a new service can not or will not provide excellent service, but you would have the confidence that experience can bring.
  • Will the service provide references or be acceptable to you contacting others who currently use them and have used them in the past? If a web hosting service gives the impression there is something to hide, then there probably is.
  • Are their fees or costs comparable with other web hosting services? Remember, a low fee does not always mean quality service.

Autoresponder – The Key to Running a Successful Online Business

In this article, we shall define what autoresponders are, and why you should utilize them to achieve successful online business.

If you run an online business it means you already own a website or a blog. Once your online business is setup, the next most important thing to consider is using an effective autoresponder.

Autoresponder defined

In simple understandable term, it is actually electronic newsletters forwarded automatically to your subscribers via your mailing list, and this is done at intervals that you specify or define. By sample, you can design and specify an autoresponder so that once a person signs up to your mailing list he or she will receive a welcome note from your business. Subsequently, you can send other messages such as business discount codes, invitation to connect on social media, new product launch, etc.

The importance of autoresponders

Using autoresponders for your online business keeps a large bulk of your email marketing automated, and that's if you setup things appropriately. With an autoresponder installed on your website, your subscribers will be able to receive certain vital key messages about your business. With this benefit, you do not need to bother about manually sending these messages out, as it is fully automated as set. This simply makes the importance of using autoresponders all the more clear. In short, they help you save time running your online business, loads of it.

How can you utilize autoresponders to help promote your online business?

• You can utilize them to forward custom birthday greetings with other related offers to subscribers on your mailing list.

• You can transition a subscriber from one phase of communication to another after they purchase an item / product. For example, you can move a subscriber from a 'prospect' level series of messaging to 'upsell' series of communication.

• You can forward mails to subscribers exactly one month after they purchased a product. This can be done to motivate them to renew a 'policy or guarantee.'

When autoresponders are utilized in such creative and meaningful ways, it can help generate substantive sales and income – with high returns on investment for your business.

To use them, you can sign up with popular providers such as MailChimp, Getresponse, Aweber, Mad Mimi or Campaign Monitor, etc. These providers are renamed for offering businesses robust autoresponders with dedicated tools for hosting mailing lists and forwarding newsletters and messages.

Finally, autoresponders when setup and used properly can help online businesses automate lots of marketing activities and tailor specific messages to a mailing list for profit making and client engagement.

Optimizing Web Graphics and Photos

The average web user will only wait up to 8 seconds for a page to display. With the optimum webpage size being less than 100k, if you're in an industry where images are your business, optimizing those images for your website can be cruel.

Optimizing web graphics correctly understands finding the right balance between image quality and image size. As each image should certainly be no more than 30k in size, following these three steps will optimize your images and make your page load faster.

Resize the Image.

Using a photo or image editing software package, you can re-size or crop your image or photograph to the correct dimensions that it will need to be for the website space. This is a better method than resizing the image within your html WYSIWYG editor, as despite the change in appearance, the image file size will remain unchanged.

Decrease the number of colors.

Reducing the amount of colors used in an image file will also reduce the file size. Again, within your image editing software, you can reduce the amount of colors that an image is using, ensuring that little detail or quality is lost. For example if you have a black and red logo saved as a .gif file, there should be no significant loss of quality to limit the colors from 256 colors to 4-8 colors which will not significantly reduce the file size. If your image uses gradients and you are finding that you are getting color blocks across the gradient areas, simply add some dithering to your optimized file. Dithering will increase the file size so you may have to get the balance between colors and dithering right for optimum size. You should always still find the image size significantly reduced the use of dithering.

State the height and width of your image

Whenever you use an image on your website, you should always try to include both the image height and width attributes in your html. This will allow the browser to quickly identify the size of the image, and move on to the rest of the page without having to wait for the image to load, so increasing your load speed.

Choosing the correct file format

An important way to reduce image sizes is to use the appropriate file type suitable for an image. There are two common file types used for websites graphics, Gif and JPEG.

GIFs

Most of your web images should really be saved as a gif file. A general rule of which file type to use, would be that most images except photographs should be a .gif file. This includes, simple line drawings, shapes, small icons, anything that is not too complex.

GIF files are loss-less compressed image files, which means that the image files can be compressed with no loss of data. However, gif files are limited to 256 colors or less, which is why they are generally not suitable for images. Gif files will also allow you to use transparent backgrounds, so that you can display your images on colored or pattern backgrounds.

JPEGs

Jpegs should only ever be used for photographs or more complex images that use a large amount of gradients. Image sizes are larger than gif files, however, image size can be compressed by reducing the image quality. You will need to experiment to find the right balance between quality and size. You should try to bring down the image quality as much as is possible before losing too much definition of the image. This will generally be about 50% reduction, although further reductions may be possible if necessary.

Utilizing the browser cache

A final way to reduce the speed loading times on your website is to where possible, use the same images through the site.

A browser's Cache is an area on the local hard drive that stores recently used images. When a browser views a page with image files, the browser will download the file and display that file within your browser. If you move to another page with the same image, the browser is able to identify the image and display it directly from the cache, without having to re-download the image once again. Which means that if you can use common images through your website, the loading times will be faster as the images will be ready and available for quick display.

Using this guide to optimize your images for your website, can significantly reduce your html document size, which will increase your page load speed. Beware, it can become addictive, and you can optimize too much. Do not sacrifice quality too much for the sake of speed. Nobody wants to view ugly websites with grainy, pixilated images.

Timeline Of Mobile Suit Gundam

Sometimes we all feel the need to start over. To try again. To take what we know and apply it in a new way. Clearly the guys and girls at Sunrise felt the same. After 4 TV shows, two movies and plenty of manga, they decided to start over. To take the Gundam franchise in a new direction, to draw in new fans as well as to give long time fans something new to enjoy.

And they did it again. And again. And again. And again.

All of these time lines are completely disjoint. Well, apart from … we'll save that for later. Some of the time lines borrow elements from others, but they are their own self contained worlds with their own characters, history, politics and technology. So let's have a look at these time lines and consider the TV shows, OVAs and movies within them.

Universal Century

All the original TV shows and movies, from the 1979 original, to the '80s and early' 90s took place in this timeline. Closest to real life of any of the timelines, Universal Century tells the story of a time when humans have moved into space in huge colonies after polluting the Earth. All of Earth and the colonies, collectively known as the Earth Sphere are governed by the cruel and selfish Earth Federation. Over time, numerous groups oppose the Federation, and the resulting wars form the basis of the various Gundam TV shows.

Chronology

UC 0079

  • MS IGLOO (2004, 2006) – 6 episode OVA
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) – 43 episode TV show
  • Mobile Suit Gundam I, II, III (1981, 1982) – Three movies retelling Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (1996) – 12 episode OVA
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Miller's Report (1998) Movie retelling key events of 08th MS Team

UC 0080

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989) – 6 episode OVA

UC 0083

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991) – 13 episode OVA
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon (1992) – Movie retelling Stardust Memory

UC 0087

  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985) – 50 episode TV show
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation I, II, III (2005, 2006) – Three films retelling Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

UC 0088

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta (1986) -47 episode TV show

UC 0093

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988) – Movie

UC 0123

  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991) – Movie

UC 0153

  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (1993) – 51 episode TV show

Each of the Alternate Universe timelines offers a different take on the Gundam universe, from super robot fighting to a post-apocalyptic battle to live.

Future Century

Most of mankind have left the Earth in ruins to live in space. To decide who governs the Earth, the colonies take part in a Gundam Fight tournament every 4 years. Sending their nations prize fighter and immaculately designed Gundam to Earth to battle for supremacy.

FC 60

  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994) – 49 episode TV show

After Colony

To counter overpopulation of the Earth humankind move into giant colonies. However the colonies are governed by the tyrannous United Earth Sphere Alliance. After years of oppression and the assassination of the respected colony representative Heero Yuy, a small group of rebels decide to fight back.

AC 195

  • New Mobile Report Gundam Wing (1995) – 49 episode TV show

AC 196

  • New Mobile Report Gundam Wing (1997, 1998) – 3 episode OVA, later adapted into a movie

(Note: released in the US and Europe as Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)

After War

The Earth based Old Federation and their colony equivalent, the Space Revolution Army, fought a dreadful war that resulted in the dropping of hundreds of colonies on Earth, causing a nuclear winter and killing the majority of the Earth's population. How will a bunch of traveling scavengers survive in this post-apocalyptic world, and is the war really over?

AW 15

  • After War Gundam X

(Note: also known as New Mobile Century Gundam X)

Correct Century

Life in an early 20th century like Earth was pretty simple, until an army from the moon arrive, trying to find a new place for their people to live. With far more advanced technology, these Moonrace effortlessly counter any Earth Milita resistance, but following the discovery of a buried Mobile Suit everything changes. If there's more to history than we know, sometimes Earth Milita might just be able to fight back.

CC 2345

  • Turn A Gundam (1999) – 50 episode TV show
  • Turn A Gundam: Earth Light and Moonlight Butterfly (2002) – two movies retelling Turn A Gundam

Cosmic Era

Humankind has evolved. Genetic engineering has given birth to Coordinators, humans with perfect genes. Persecuted by Naturals, humans who were not enhanced, the Coordinators are forced to move to space. Tensions were always high, but when farming colony was destroyed my nuclear weapons, war is declared between the two races.

CE 71

  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002) – 50 episode TV series
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Special Edition (2004) – 6 episode TV series retelling Gundam SEED

CE 73

  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY (2004) – 50 episode TV series
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY Special Edition (2006) – 4 episode TV series retelling Gundam SEED DESTINY
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED CE 73 STARGAZER (2006) – 3 episode OVA

CE ??

  • Gundam SEED Movie (currently untitled) – Movie, release date unknown