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How to choose a Good Domain Name

The domains are registered regularly at a record level, new domain expansion and innovative thinking still offer thousands of brilliant choices. However while looking for a desired name it is important to consider the purpose of a domain name first and it should be shorter and memorable that enable your visitor’s to reach your website easily.

Consider following points before registering a domain name;

Short & memorable: – People don’t remember longer domain name easily, the shorter your domain, name, it would be easy to remember and also it minimize the chances of typographical mistake while your users typing it to reach your website. Also consider a domain name which has marketability so that you can brand them easily.

Momentous – A short domain is not worth without connotation, like if you go for 4xf0l.com it would be not easy to type or remember. Select a domain that narrates and reflects your website in their domain name so that people can understand and remember them easily such as flickr.com, twitter.com in this case.

Apparent & Concise –Clear & precision are vital factors when choosing a domain name, it should sounds well and should be effectively communicated over the phone.

Exposure: In order to take full advantage of your sites exposure, consider to include matching keywords in your domain unless you’re going to consider a very short, clear and meaningful domain name. Even two words that which can best describe your web site are good to go with, however avoid using dashes, underscores and numbers into them. It would be best if you perceive both the human and search engine while deciding a domain name to buy.

Best Domain Extension: Select best domain extension like .com is still the best choice and similarly .net could be the best second desired choice although you may also consider country specific tld like .us/, co.uk/. eu/.asia in case if you have planned to target a country or region like for example if you’re developing a site to target UK country specific you should go for .co.uk or .uk.com

University of Texas Open Green Data Center

The University of Texas has finished its new $32 million data center which support sustainability by using greener computing facilities. The University recently announced, the project which was approved in 2008 has just completed in July. The data center is designed to meet the school’s growing IT needs.

Reclaiming space for academic needs, the University data center features about 4,700 square feet of space for computing equipment, 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps network connections, it will lead to Significant Power and Cost Savings, redundant power and network, and dedicated remote management network..

The new data center boosts both the physical and information security of IT resources ensuring user productivity, the school is consolidating its technology equipment and customer services department, making extra room in its academic buildings.

The data center is also significant ecologically-friendly and energy savings employing an uninterrupted power supply system from Active Power and cooling techniques.

The opening of the University of Texas data center comes around eight months after Syracuse University and IBM’s green data center went live

How to Choose The Best Web Hosting Service

Choosing a host for your web-site is no small decision. Once committed to one, it will become very difficult to move your business elsewhere – not to mention the damage that can be done to your business if you make the wrong choice. This makes it very important to “get it right the first time”. Find out as much as you can about your prospective host before making any decisions.

When evaluating your host, you will obviously be considering price. But price is, of course, not the only important factor. You will also need to take into consideration:

1. the speed and reliability of the servers and hardware
2. the features the host offers and whether these mesh with your own requirements, and, of course
3. the quality of their support services.

Let’s look at each of these in turn:

1. Speed and Reliability of the Servers and Hardware
The speed and reliability of your host’s servers will depend on several factors, including the quality of their connection to the internet, bandwidth, and the availability of back-up systems in case things go wrong. Here’s a checklist of points to consider when checking out your prospective host’s servers and hardware:

* A T3 Connection (or better), close to a primary internet backbone.
A T3 connection is approx 30 times as fast as a T1 connection. Smaller hosting providers – for example, the proverbial “garage operations” — will often use T1 connections, with no backup at all. They may be very cheap – but, be careful here, you can get what you pay for!

* Effective Bandwidth Management
In addition to having a fast connection to the internet, your host should be able to manage how its available bandwidth is used . As a guide, it should typically not be using more than 50 percent of its bandwidth.

* Backup Systems
If there is a systems, network or power failure, the last thing you want is to lose your data or to have your web-site go down for a long period. Good hosts will have back up systems in place to guard against this.

Look for a host who can provide:

* Regular, daily back up of your data
* Backup power supplies

Look for an uninterruptible power supply system (often referred to as “UPS”) – a back up power generator available in case of emergencies.

* Redundancy
Do they have more than one connection to the internet, in case one of their connections goes down.

* An “Uptime” Guarantee
These typically state “We guarantee 99% (or 99.5%) uptime”.

Here’s a sample of the kind of information that the web host should be supplying

“Our Internet connectivity is supplied by three separate diverse backbone providers: UUNET, SAAVIS and Goodnet. If one of these lines goes down, traffic is automatically routed through the lines that are still online. Our data center is supplied by multiple redundant power sources – centralized automatic UPS system with a battery-powered backup system. The batteries are also connected to three diesel power generators in the event of a power outage to the building.”

2. Features
As well as checking out the reliability of the servers and hardware you will also need to evaluate and compare the features provided by your host.

A full range of hosting features in http://akkhorsoft.com/linux-server-hosting-plan.php, which compares hosting providers on both price and features. This is an excellent facility for comparing features when choosing a host – but to make the best use of it, you will need first to prepare a list of features you require.

Here’s a checklist of things to consider:

* Shared or Dedicated Server?
Depending on your requirements, you may be better off with a dedicated server than a shared server. Dedicated servers are typically used in cases where there is a high level of traffic, there is a strong need for security, or the user wishes to run their own customised software and applications rather than the standard ones supplied by the host.

* Compatibility with Existing Software and Skills
Is your host’s server, software and support services compatible will the skills and software that you (or your design team) are using? If, for instance, you are used to working in a Unix environment, then it probably makes little sense to choose an NT host.

* Flexibility and Room for Growth
You do not need a database solution now, perhaps, but you may need one in the future. Similarly, a shared hosting arrangement may be fine for you now, but what if your traffic levels explode, and you need one in a years’ time? It is much easier to remain with one host than to change. So, when choosing a host, keep in mind your possible future needs, and whether the host will be able to accommodate them.

3. Support and Service
Once you have checked out the reliability of the servers and hardware, and located a host that provides the features you want, the final task is to evaluate the quality of their support services.

Most hosts now promise 24/7 support as a standard feature — but, do they really live up to that promise? It will be a good idea to find out before committing to them! Here’s a checklist of things to consider before making that all-important decision

* Quality of existing customers
What is the quality and calibre of the sites currently served by this host? If they generally host high-calibre commercial clients, then, if you are running a commercial web-site, they may be a better bet for you than if they mainly host, for instance, or small businesses with 2 or 3 page static web-sites. (There may, of course, be cost trade-off here.)

* Opinions of existing customers
A host may boast of its popularity, the fact that it hosts lots of web-sites. However, the most “popular” are not necessarily the best — they may just be the ones with the largest advertising budget!

Indeed “popularity” can be a double-edged sword — support resources may more thinly spread, and bandwidth may be squeezed as a result of the numbers hosted.

So don’t go on numbers alone. Get in touch with some of the host’s existing (or past) customers, and ask them what they really think of the service and reliability of their host.

* Stability
The last thing you want is for your host to go out of business. So try to get some idea of how stable they are. Number of years in business is sometimes (not always, of course) a good indicator.

* Support and Responsiveness
Try asking the support staff a few technical questions of the type you anticipate you will be asking when you host with them. Then monitor how quickly and efficiently they respond.

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