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5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Web Host

5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Web Host

Webhost

The future well-being of your website depends on many things, not the least of which being the web host you choose. Although it is possible to relocate it if things go awry, it is always better to make the right decision from the outset.

Five factor to Consider when Choosing a Web Host


Here are 5 factors that you should take into account to make an informed decision and be certain that you get what you expect, not what you are promised.

1. Price

There is a world of difference between ‘cheap’ and ‘dirt cheap’. While low prices may be the result of better organization of business process, efficiency or willingness to best competitors, price which is way lower than average is probably not a good sign. Businesses just don’t work at a loss for themselves – if the price is ridiculously low, there is always a catch. Absent or outsourced customer support, poor and unstable hardware, lack of necessary features – just to name a few. Look for reasonably cheap shared hosting, but don’t go running after suspiciously low prices.

2. Customer Support

Sooner or later you will have to deal with customer support, and the effectiveness of its work will determine how well your own website is going to function. Check the host’s reputation and feedback in what concerns customer support, see how many ways to contact them there are and whether it is 24/7. See if customer support is outsourced, take a look at how much attention is paid to it in the company’s sales pitch.

3. Additional Features

There is much more to a host than just server space. So take a careful look at what it has to offer and try to understand what is special about this particular company? It may be virtually anything: regular backups, multiple data centers, free domain registration, money back guarantees, unlimited FTP accounts or something else entirely. Thus, when choosing a web host, don’t just compare the number of domains and disc space – take a closer look and you will probably understand why different services differ in prices.

4. Hardware

If you are not a specialist, you will probably have to do a bit of research before you can make a reasonable decision in this sphere, but trust us: it will pay off in the long run. What kind of machines your web host uses is of utmost importance: hardware affects the performance of their servers and your website, sometimes drastically, and you don’t want your site to be located on some old piece of junk.

5. Plans for the Future

What are your plans for the future of your site? Will the host you choose now be able to accommodate for your growing requirements? Such things are best considered before you make the final choice, because it will save you a lot of trouble, effort and energy later.

The choice of web hosting is a very responsible task that shouldn't be approached lightly. We hope that this list of factors to consider will help you make a reasonable choice when the time comes.

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HAXM - How to use it for speeding up Android Emulators

HAXM - How to use it for speeding up Android Emulators?

HAXMThe constantly growing demand for Android applications has motivated developers to come up with apps that can cater to a wide range of purposes. Fortunately, we have the Android SDK(Software Development Kit) which includes the very handy virtual mobile device emulator that allows you to prototype, develop and test applications without the need for any physical device. However, even the very popular Google Android Emulators tend to be quite slow when it comes to overall usability. It is here that the significance of Intel HAXM Drivers comes to play. Serving as accelerators of Android emulators, these HAXM drivers are free and easy to use. Keep on reading this blog to find more about the usage of HAXM drivers for pacing up the Android Emulators

Understanding the role of Emulators

Understanding the role of Emulators

Before discussing about the concept of speeding up Android emulators using HAXM, it is vital for you to gather a detailed overview on the significance of these emulators. Well, these emulators actually mimic all the software and hardware features of your mobile device(excluding the capability of making real-time phone calls to different contacts within the device's phone book). Thus, you can gain access to a suite of control keys, navigation links/buttons that can be efficiently used for generating events for your application. The best part of using an emulator is that you're provided with a screen where you can see all the activities that are being performed for the chosen app and also a lot of other apps with an 'active' status. 
 let me walk
Now, let me walk you through the steps that mark the usage of HAXM(Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager) for speeding up Android Emulators

Step 1- Install and launch Xamarin Studio

For this, all you need to do is simply go to the 'Tools' menu  and choose 'Android SDK Manager'. Here, ensure that the x86 Atom System Image has been installed without fail. If you find it missing, opt for installing it by agreeing to the appropriate license. Before proceeding to the next step, make it a point to close any Android Virtual Devices that might be running.  

Step 2- Set up HAXM Virtualization engine

Now, go to Intel's official website and opt for downloading the latest version of HAXM Virtualization engine. Unless you are running the Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or Windows 8.1, you can directly download HAXM virtualization engine using the links: HAXM hotfix for OS X 10.9 and HAXM hotfix for Windows 8.1. Once you're done with the download process, install the HAXM engine by following the dialogs. 

Step 3- Create an x86 Android Virtual Device, if you don't have one

 x86 Android Virtual Device

If you don't have an x86 Android Virtual Device, opt for creating one using the Android Virtual Device Manager which is accessible in Xamarin Studio. You just need to go to Xamarin Studio-> Tools menu-> Open Android Emulator Management and use the below mentioned template:

Step 4- Start the created x86 Android Virtual Device

Now that you have an Android Virtual Device defined in your Virtual Device Manager, choose to launch it by adjusting the launching options. Within multiple seconds, you'll be able to see your Android Virtual Device running at an improved speed.  

Step 5- Deploy the project

Now, using the Xamarin Studio, simply deploy the project and choose the newly created x86 Android virtual device. 

PS- 1. If you're using Visual Studio, then you can simply set the project to support the newly created x86 Android Virtual Device. For this, you need to select the x86 checkbox available under Project-> Properties-> Application-> Supported Architectures. A screen shot for the same is displayed below:

Deploy the project

2. In case of Xamarin Studio, while using Configuration: Debug, the list of supported ABIs will be displayed as greyed out. In case of testing a Release Configuration, you need to ensure that the x86 checkbox available under Options-> Build-> Android Build-> Advanced has been ticked.

Wrapping Up

Emulators have truly served as helpful tools for Android app developers who're involved in delivering high-performing Android applications. If you too want to make the most of your Android emulator, its highly befitting to use HAXM(Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager) which will boost up its speed and allow you to develop and test your apps with complete ease and proficiency. 



About Author
Victoria Brinsley is a veteran Android programmer by profession for Appsted Ltd – a reputed 
Android app development company in India. In case, you are willing to avail Android developer for hire, feel free to contact her for your related queries

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5 Best Personal Assistant Apps You Should Have On Your Smartphone

5 Best Personal Assistant Smartphone Apps 

Personal Assistant Apps

Celebrities are not the only ones that need a personal assistant. We also come across various day to day scenarios where we would’ve wished for one of our own, but the thing is, most of us cannot afford keeping one.


However, if you have a smart phone, the problem is more than solved. Many smartphone applications out there fill the void of a personal assistant and serve you pretty well.

The mere idea of substituting an actual human with a smart phone might sound outrageous at the start, but once you get the hang of it, this could be a lot of fun.

Knowing the best application for the purpose could be a bit tricky, but look no further if you are stuck in that confusion.

Best 5 Personal Assistant Smartphone Apps

Google Now

You know it’s a good product when you see ‘Google’ as part of the name and Google Now is no different. Designed for both iOS and Android, the application is marketed as an intelligent, personal assistant by Google and it has all the right to be marketed so.

It comes with some handy Geo-triggered reminders. It also had the ability to store the boarding passes of airlines. The ability to work in the Google Chrome browser on PCs is another big advantage of Google Now, while the bar code scanning and song recognition are useful add-ons. 

Dragon Go

Well, this might probably the best speech recognition application out there. It certainly doesn’t reach to the standard of the Google Now application, but the dictation part makes it stand out from the others apps on the list.

It is known to be having a better recognition than Siri while the possible synchronization options with iTunes and Netflix makes it more versatile.

Robin

This one is probably for all the Batman fans out there. We all know how helpful Robin has been to Batman throughout the stories and that is the basic purpose of naming the app.

It checks out directions and cheap parking spots while having impressive voice recognition. Hands free messaging is also a big plus point for Robin. The process of delivering news from the newsroom is another big advantage for anyone who might wonder why Robin is dubbed as the challenger for Siri.

Vokul

Speech recognition of Vokul might not be as good as the other names in the list, but when it comes to voice control, Vokul beats everyone. It has a state of the art hands free experience which can also work in some of the noisiest environments possible.

It has the ability to read out your social media feeds in style along with being able to fast forward to your favorite part of the song. Activation of Vokul is yet another impressive thing, as it could be activated by just saying ‘hey vokul’.

To make the choice more obvious, Vokul is the only 100 percent voice recognition app out there, so all those people lazy enough to type and click will find vokul and its interface perfect.

24me

24me should be the pick for everyone who enjoys free application. This is a pretty straight forward and easy to use application that prides itself for the simple interface.

24me basically couples all those tasks out there with the calendar and allows you to easily share content and updates with all your friends. The recent edition of 24me is also available for all those Android users out there. The android version also enables synchronizing with various other apps like Facebook which in turn makes sure that none of the updates are given a miss.
    
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Evelyn Golston is working in customer service industry and she has been working in IT field for over 12 years. Her interests include writing short stories, blogs etc

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How to Reduce Page Load Time

How To Reducing Page load Time

Everything you see in a website has to be loaded in your browser like all the content of the website like images , scripts , the whole webpage is to be loaded in your computer before making it available for the your web browser. Another important factor that affect the website loading time is request and response time of the scripts. These are  the main reason behind the website loading time,  If you blog or a website is taking long time to load on a web browser then its just your blog Scripts, Errors, Bad coding  and content size etc are making your website heavy .In this article we will help you to reduce your blog loading time by fixing potential useless content of website without compromising website important elements. Before proceeding with the tips to reduce page load time make sure to backup your blog template and content, If you are newbie in web design field then learn basic uploading template, editing html , or try your all the given below tips on test blog or website first.

Tips to Reduce website load time.

Almost, there are hundreds of factor that count towards webpage load time, but here we will be focusing on the major factor affecting website page loading time drastically.

Switch to Fast Web host.

Do you know a server response time is the important factor that effect website loading speed .If you website is giving a large server response time and randomly 503 error then this is the best time to choose a good web host providing good server response. By upgrading to good web host , not only your blog loading speed will improve  but it also helps in fixing 503 error etc. Sometime all your need to upgrade your hosting plan rather then switching your web host company so make sure to do bit research about your website and web hosting plans .

Remove unwanted Scripts.

Java scripts are used in a website to make it more of users friendly and interactive but sometime the excess use of java script will make your website heavy. If you website loaded with useless java script then  just cut down those java scripts this will help improving website loading time by good percentage .

Avoid landing page redirects.

Landing page redirects has minor impact on the loading speed of a website. The landing page redirects occurs when your website having chain of redirecting url for example

http://shoutingblogger.com,


This can be fixed only if your website is using responsive design because in the responsive design domain name remains same and does not initiate chain of redirecting url. However if you have many url in your website redirecting then avoid them .this could have negative impact of website seo and your website audience.

Minify HTML

While designing a website, The designer use’s code comments, code formatting to make coding process easy at the time of development and for bug recovery. However some of the codes like this are not useful and does not contribute anything in the making of the website and make’s html size lengthy effecting the loading time of a website. Even use of of shorter variable and function names can increase loading time of milliseconds. By fixing this factor one can improve loading time to sufficient amount. But it’s not a kid play to minify html by non html educate. However there are plenty of good website that allow you to minify html just like image compression online only you have to do is to copy your html code and minify html code .

Optimize images

Image size directly affect the loading time of a web page. A webpage having  large size image more likely to take more time to load on browser as compare to the small size images .So it's always better to use less size image . No doubt, the less size reduces the quality of the image so it's better to upload images in jpeg, or png format etc and also by optimizing image dimension can help lower your website page load time .

Choose fast loading template.

Template is one of the important element of the website it help’s in improving visual impact of the website and its design. Apart from just design, it also affects the website seo to a large extent. Like if your template is too heavy then it will take longer time to load on your visitor screen and ruins website seo .When every tips above does not help you reducing webpage laod time then there might be problem with template.So it's better to  get new fast loading and user friendly template for your website or blog .
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