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Email Hosting – Giving Life to Virtual Communication

Introduction:Computers and Internet has really made lot of things possible that seemed impossible few years back.  A common man never even imagined that there will be a time when there will be a new era of communication wherein one person would easily be able to communicate with other sitting thousands of miles away.  With the invention of electronic mail, it has really become possible to communicate with anyone in any part of the world.  But what is that secret that gives life to this form of modern communication known as E-Mail?  There is something that acts as a blood to keep this so called E-Mail alive in the world of Internet, and what is that?  That something is known as Email Hosting.Email Hosting is something that can be referred to as a technique that hosts email servers.  Just like any other website is hosted on a web server to become live on internet, similarly email also needs a host to be live on the internet and the activity of taking email servers live on internet is termed as Email Hosting. It’s the best way to establish one’s own identity and is appropriate for a variety of users who possess certified email address as their own domain name.  Companies providing such type of hosting services are known as Email hosting providers.Basic Understanding:Since there is a huge possibility of email exchanges, sharing of contacts, calendars, scheduling online meetings etc in different companies, Email hosting can be a very appealing option.  Email hosting is often provided by companies having large server resources and by offering such type of services to different organizations, Email hosting companies automatically become responsible to maintain the security of their clients, their email accounts as well as the consistency of their servers on which all the email accounts are stored.  It is usual practice for a company that provides email hosting to store its subscribers email archive on their servers.  And since email service is a service that is always on and live on internet, Email hosting companies must also ensure that their servers are always up and running.This service is basically intended to provide cost effective email hosting solution to businesses that cannot afford to or want to spend their precious resources and time to build an internal communication infrastructure, and the main reason behind this is that the never ending maintenance can increase the cost and possibility of virus infections and various other software and hardware related problems.Benefits of Email Hosting:There are various advantages of outsourcing your communication needs to a hosting company, some of the considerable are listed below.Secure Webmail Access:  In secure webmail access, Email host companies normally equip their servers with Industry encryption which is 128-bit, and that remains active during the complete webmail session.  What this means is that the complete to and fro transition of data from server that is happening is completely encrypted from the moment user signs in till the moment user signs out.  This is a proven source of security protocol, and hence can ensure no interception or compromise to the sensitive messages in anyway.Secure IMAP and POP Access:   Now a day’s more and more businesses prefer solutions to email hosting since secure access is enabled using them to desktop email clients through POP or IMAP.  All the communication traffic gets encrypted including all the data transferred from email client to mail server for authentication and this includes usernames and passwords too. Almost all the popular mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook Express, Eudora, Mozilla Thunderbird, Apple Mail etc are supported by all reputed Hosting providers and most importantly most of them even provide support for BSD clients and Linux as well as pocket PC’s and PDAs.  An email hosting plan ensures efficient and secure management of your email either online or offline.Adequate Storage Space:  A robust amount of storage is provided for each mailbox created when you sign up for an email hosting account. Some providers offer storage space in GB while some in MB, whatever the limit may be, however all the hosting companies often provide storage space that is more than enough limit to store thousands of critical messages.  The more flexible a hosting plan is, the more it allows the users to easily upgrade or downgrade storage limit.Shared Address Book:  This is a very positive attribute many email clients have since it offers the user a more suitable option to stock data for easy use and retrieval in future.  Private and Shared address books are offered by majority of email hosting service providers that come along with access to public network directory services.  Shared address book can easily be used with any mail client that supports LDAP directory services in most of the cases.Spam and Virus Filtering:  Potentially harmful communication is blocked before it tries to access the network in Email hosting plan with spam and virus filtering feature.  In this case Host’s SMTP gateways integrate Anti-virus scanners and spam is treated in various other ways.  If your email hosting service provider is really genuine and reliable and gives priority also to keep spam emails out of your network, they will utilize several filtering methods to get rid of spam.  These filtering methods can be grey listing, white listing and blacklisting.  These methods allow for the making of configurations that send spam into a quarantine folder instead of your Email folder automatically.Conclusion:Choosing a right email hosting service provider can be little critical since lot of factors are to be considered before that such as the size of your organization, good technical support etc, however its always advisable to do a little research on your requirements, analyze them, compare it with several hosting plans offered by reputed companies and choose the best one that suits your needs. Electronic mail has now a day’s become widespread method of communication that can really allow a person to overcome all the communication barriers. It’s really important to consider email hosting as a primary option if you are no longer able to dominate communication network internally.


5 Ways an ADSL Broadband Connection Can Save Your Company Money

ADSL offers many opportunities to improve business efficiency and cut costs. Companies everywhere, given the current economic outlook, are looking for ways to save money either by cutting costs, without having to give up any services on which they rely, or by getting more out of existing resources. One way to get more out of what you already have is to better exploit the possibilities that your ADSL connections offers. Here is a list of the top 5 things that we recommend to our ADSL customers:1. ADSL – VPN Remote Access to the officeMany businesses would like to enable their staff to access servers,mail or files at the office when they are at clients or at home. If you run your own business you are probably familiar with the feeling when you are working at home, on the weekend or after hours, and you remember you forgot some files/mail at the office that you need?Well even with the cheapest ADSL line you can setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a secure tunnel that allows the user to access the remote network as if they were on the local lan. Of course the number of simultaneous user the line can support depends on the line speed but luckily for us there is a wide range of ADSL options to support this. Even for large medium sized corporates there is the bonded ADSL option. Part of the VPN solutions is that your remote staff will need mobile internet access. The best option for this 3G or HSDPA.The benefits of remote access incude happier staff since they dont have to travel to the office to access mail etc. More efficient use of time and of course better service to customers when the sales rep can get the latest price list within seconds.2. Inter Branch Connections with ADSLIf you have two or more branches you probably have some application hosted at head office that branches need to access on a regular basis, Pastel, VIP and other popular applications are common. When looking for applications solutions to support business with branches many small businesses try and rely on some kind of disconnected solution that allows merging of databases and records on a periodic basis. As anyone who does this knows this is never an easy process as the application vendors make out and you end up wasting a lot of time and money sorting out conflicts, corruption and lost data. The solution we offer is to setup a inter-branch Virtual Private Network (VPN). With an inter-branch VPN users at the remote branch can access and run application that are located at head office. We often suggest using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop in combination with the ADSL VPN to get the most out of the ADSL lines uplink speed without having to use a larger ADSL pipe.3. Cut telephone costs with VOIPVoice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) with ADSL is another great way to save costs. If you are a micro business then a single ADSL line is all you need to be able to use voip and access the Internet. If you are a larger business then you will need a dedicated ADSL connection for your VOIP calls. Whats great though is that you can make use of a cheap local only, unshaped, ADSL account.With the wide range of ADSL offerings out there and the corporate ADSL solution it is possible to run call centres off of VOIP trunks. What is great as well is that VOIP can be added to an existing PBX or if you need a whole new PBX then a complete PBX VOIP solution can be provided to you. Even if you are a larger sized business but don’t want to use VOIP on your main switchboard it can be used to connect branches to head office. Since VOIP on VOIP calls are free you can eliminate the cost of inter-branch calls completely!With VOIP you don’t have to change your company’s numbers. You can keep you existing telkom lines to for incoming calls and just route outgoing over VOIP. Least cost routing is done at the VOIP providers premises so you also get to take advantage of routing calls over the cheapest connection without the outlay of cash for expensive routing equipment.4. Host your own servers over ADSL securelyAnother common scenario is when the boss or director is overseas and wants to access his mail. Usually this is a problem. Even with a VPN it can be a bit of an issue as often the executive does not have access to his normal laptop, with the VPN configuration, but just the hotel’s computer or some kind of Internet cafe or suppliers/customers computer. In this case it is best to expose your email servers web interface over the Internet, then as long as the user has access to the net he or she can get their mails. We suggest using one of our uncapped ADSL solutions, such as the 512Kb uncapped ADSL, or the 1Mbps uncapped ADSL option for this as you get 5 fixed IP which make the hosting of application a lot easier5. Do your shopping and banking onlineAlthough this might seem lame it is surprising how many people still do not use the Internet to do banking and shopping online. With the cost of petrol these days, horrendous traffic jams and lack of parking at the mall it is much better to shop online without raising your blood pressure. The weekend should be used to relax not fight for parking and wait in queues at the till.Besides the convenience factor you can also save money as online shopping is often cheaper and you can make choices without being distracted by all those marketing gimmicks that retailers use to make you buy that magazine or chocolate on your way out which you don’t really need.Exploit your ADSL connectionI hope this article has provided you with some ideas on how to use your ADSL connection to enhance your business’s competitiveness. Sometime we just have to work smarter, not harder.


An SEO Glossary – Common SEO Terms Defined

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become an essential weapon in the arsenal of every online business. Unfortunately, for most business owners and marketing managers (and even many webmasters), it’s also somewhat of an enigma. This is partly due to the fact that it’s such a new and rapidly changing field, and partly due to the fact that SEO practitioners tend to speak in a language all of their own which, without translation, is virtually impenetrable to the layperson. This glossary seeks to remedy that situation, explaining specialist SEO terms in plain English…AdWordsSee Sponsored Links.algorithmA complex mathematical formula used by search engines to assess the relevance and importance of websites and rank them accordingly in their search results. These algorithms are kept tightly under wraps as they are the key to the objectivity of search engines (i.e. the algorithm ensures relevant results, and relevant results bring more users, which in turn brings more advertising revenue).article PRThe submitting of free reprint articles to many article submission sites and article distribution lists in order to increase your website’s search engine ranking and Google PageRank. (In this sense, the “PR” stands for PageRank.) Like traditional public relations, article PR also conveys a sense of authority because your articles are widely published. And because you’re proving your expertise and freely dispensing knowledge, your readers will trust you and will be more likely to remain loyal to you. (In this sense, the “PR” stands for Public Relations.)article submission sitesWebsites which act as repositories of free reprint articles. They are sites where authors can submit their articles free of charge, and where webmasters can find articles to use on their websites free of charge. Article submission sites generate revenue by selling advertising space on their websites. See also article PR. backlinkA text link to your website from another website. See also link. copyThe words used on your website.copywriterA professional writer who specializes in the writing of advertising copy (compelling, engaging words promoting a particular product or service). See also SEO copywriter and web copywriter. crawlGoogle finds pages on the World Wide Web and records their details in its index by sending out ‘spiders’ or ‘robots’. These spiders make their way from page to page and site to site by following text links. To a spider, a text link is like a door.domain nameThe virtual address of your website (normally in the form http://www.yourbusinessname.com). This is what people will type when they want to visit your site. It is also what you will use as the address in any text links back to your site.ezineAn electronic magazine. Most publishers of ezines are desperate for content and gladly publish well written, helpful articles and give you full credit as author, including a link to your website.FlashA technology used to create animated web pages (and page elements).free reprint articleAn article written by you and made freely available to other webmasters to publish on their websites. See also article PR. Google The search engine with the greatest coverage of the World Wide Web, and which is responsible for most search engine-referred traffic. Of approximately 11.5 billion pages on the World Wide Web, it is estimated that Google has indexed around 8.8 billion. This is one reason why it takes so long to increase your ranking!Google AdWordsSee Sponsored Links.Google PageRankHow Google scores a website’s importance. It gives all sites a mark out of 10. By downloading the Google Toolbar, you can view the PR of any site you visit.Google ToolbarA free tool you can download. It becomes part of your browser toolbar. It’s most useful features are it’s PageRank display (which allows you to view the PR of any site you visit) and it’s AutoFill function (when you’re filling out an online form, you can click AutoFill, and it enters all the standard information automatically, including Name, Address, Zip code/Postcode, Phone Number, Email Address, Business Name, Credit Card Number (password protected), etc.) Once you’ve downloaded and installed the toolbar, you may need to set up how you’d like it to look and work by clicking Options (setup is very easy). NOTE: Google does record some information (mostly regarding sites visited).HTMLHTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the coding language used to create much of the information on the World Wide Web. Web browsers read the HTML code and display the page that code describes.InternetAn interconnected network of computers around the world.JavaScriptA programming language used to create dynamic website pages (e.g. interactivity).keywordA word which your customers search for and which you use frequently on your site in order to be relevant to those searches. This use known as targeting a keyword. Most websites actually target ‘keyword phrases’ because single keywords are too generic and it is very difficult to rank highly for them.keyword densityA measure of the frequency of your keyword in relation to the total wordcount of the page. So if your page has 200 words, and your keyword phrase appears 10 times, its density is 5%.keyword phraseA phrase which your customers search for and which you use frequently on your site in order to be relevant to those searches.linkA word or image on a web page which the reader can click to visit another page. There are normally visual cues to indicate to the reader that the word or image is a link.link pathUsing text links to connect a series of page (i.e. page 1 connects to page 2, page 2 connects to page 3, page 3 connects to page 4, and so on). Search engine ‘spiders’ and ‘robots’ use text links to jump from page to page as they gather information about it, so it’s a good idea to allow them traverse your entire site via text links.link partnerA webmaster who is willing to put a link to your website on their website. Quite often link partners engage in reciprocal linking.link popularityThe number of links to your website. Link popularity is the single most important factor in a high search engine ranking. Webmasters use a number of methods to increase their site’s link popularity including article PR, link exchange (link partners / reciprocal linking), link buying, and link directories.link textThe part of a text link that is visible to the reader. When generating links to your own site, they are most effective (in terms of ranking) if they include your keyword.meta tagA short note within the header of the HTML of your web page which describes some aspect of that page. These meta tags are read by the search engines and used to help assess the relevance of a site to a particular search.natural search resultsThe ‘real’ search results. The results that most users are looking for and which take up most of the window. For most searches, the search engine displays a long list of links to sites with content which is related to the word you searched for. These results are ranked according to how relevant and important they are.organic search resultsSee natural search results. PPC (Pay-Per-Click advertising) See Sponsored Links.PageRankSee Google PageRank. rankYour position in the search results that display when someone searches for a particular word at a search engine.reciprocal linkA mutual agreement between two webmasters to exchange links (i.e. they both add a link to the other’s website on their own website). Most search engines (certainly Google) are sophisticated enough to detect reciprocal linking and they don’t view it very favorably because it is clearly a manufactured method of generating links. Websites with reciprocal links risk being penalized.robotSee spider. robots.txt fileA file which is used to inform the search engine spider which pages on a site should not be indexed. This file sits in your site’s root directory on the web server. (Alternatively, you can do a similar thing by placing tags in the header section of your HTML for search engine robots/spiders to read.SandboxMany SEO experts believe that Google ‘sandboxes’ new websites. Whenever it detects a new website, it withholds its rightful ranking for a period while it determines whether your site is a genuine, credible, long term site. It does this to discourage the creation of SPAM websites (sites which serve no useful purpose other than to boost the ranking of some other site). Likewise, if Google detects a sudden increase (i.e. many hundreds or thousands) in the number of links back to your site, it may sandbox them for a period (or in fact penalize you by lowering your ranking or blacklisting your site altogether).SEOSearch Engine Optimization. The art of making your website relevant and important so that it ranks high in the search results for a particular word.SEO copywriterA ‘copywriter’ who is not only proficient at web copy, but also experienced in writing copy which is optimized for search engines (and will therefore help you achieve a better search engine ranking for your website).search engineA search engine is an online tool which allows you to search for websites which contain a particular word or phrase. The most well known search engines are Google, Yahoo, and MSN.site mapA single page which contains a list of text links to every page in the site (and every page contains a text link back to the site map). Think of your site map as being at the center of a spider-web.SPAMGenerally refers to unwanted and unrequested email sent en-masse to private email addresses. Also used to refer to websites which appear high in search results without having any useful content. The creators of these sites set them up simply to cash in on their high ranking by selling advertising space, links to other sites, or by linking to other sites of their own and thereby increasing the ranking of those sites. The search engines are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and already have very efficient ways to detect SPAM websites and penalize them.spiderGoogle finds pages on the World Wide Web and records their details in its index by sending out ‘spiders’ or ‘robots’. These spiders make their way from page to page and site to site by following text links.Sponsored LinksPaid advertising which displays next to the natural search results. Customers can click on the ad to visit the advertiser’s website. This is how the search engines make their money. Advertisers set their ads up to display whenever someone searches for a word which is related to their product or service. These ads look similar to the natural search results, but are normally labeled “Sponsored Links”, and normally take up a smaller portion of the window. These ads work on a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) basis (i.e. the advertiser only pays when someone clicks on their ad).submitYou can submit your domain name to the search engines so that their ‘spiders’ or ‘robots’ will crawl your site. You can also submit articles to ‘article submission sites’ in order to have them published on the Internet.text linkA word on a web page which the reader can click to visit another page. Text links are normally blue and underlined. Text links are what ‘spiders’ or ‘robots’ use to jump from page to page and website to website.URLUniform Resource Locator. The address of a particular page published on the Internet. Normally in the form http://www.yourbusinessname.com/AWebPage.htm.web copySee copy. web copywriterA ‘copywriter’ who understands the unique requirements of writing for an online medium.webmasterA person responsible for the management of a particular website.wordcountThe number of words on a particular web page.World Wide Web (WWW) The vast array of documents published on the Internet. It is estimated that the World Wide Web now consists of approximately 11.5 billion pages.


14k Yellow Gold Pear-Shape Black Onyx Earrings

Finish off the outfit with the bold design of the 14k Yellow Gold Pear Shape Black Onyx Earrings. Each dramatic euro-wire backing holds a drop teardrop-shaped earring design. The faceted onyx stone brings a bold black pop of color against the wrapping 14k yellow gold. The geometric metallic design makes it appropriate for a casual ensemble, yet the sparkle of the stones allow them to dress up any outfit.
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Quest 665 Arista Yellow Wiper Blade Set – 16

These exceptional Arista wiper blades from Quest are designed to slice through the wind, with a sharper, more elegant profile than other models. These blades feature symmetrically placed vents and a dual wiper system — plus, they include specially designed adaptors that fit virtually every wiper arm.
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49ers Reebok Big Kids NFL Midweight Pullover Jacket

100% nylon dobby weave shell with hood and micro-fleece lining. Embroidered team name on back. Imported.
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Futuro Stabilizing Knee Support, Medium

Get the most out of every day. The futuro stabilizing knee support helps provide lateral stabilization that aligns and supports muscles, tendons and ligaments and helps protect your knee. With this handy knee sleeve, you stay focused on what matters. Dual side stabilizers provide extra stability to the knee without limiting movement. Open patella for knee cap support. Dual stretch material for optimal fit. Comfort panel reduces bunching behind knee.
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