An Overview of Cloud Hosting for the Hotel Industry

Cloud hosting is everywhere these days. It is the newest form of web hosting that all industries are attempting to utilize. It is faster and much more efficient than traditional hosting types because of shared resources across many servers. A recent survey revealed that 68 percent of global corporations are planning to adopt a cloud strategy in the near future.


Modern Technological Influence

The issue with cloud hosting is that it is such a new technology, organizations are not sure of how much they should rely on it and are not fully aware of all aspects of the hosting type. In the modern generation of hardware, hardware purchases are much less of an issue than in the past. However, payments to web hosting providers will never end. Therefore, a growing trend amongst large hotel chains is to move to cloud-based hosting.

Advantages of Cloud Hosting

There are many advantages to cloud hosting that hotel chains could benefit from including, lower startup costs, little equipment to purchase, less staff needed for maintenance, no need for future hardware upgrades and increased productivity as a result of streamlined automation of mundane tasks. Furthermore, the fixed-cost advantage does not require the business to purchase any software or subsequent upgrades.

Disadvantages of Cloud Hosting

With all benefits there are several limitations to implementing cloud hosting for a hotel. The greatest hindrance at this juncture in cloud hosting’s short life is security. The system and software is not completely perfected resulting in security exploitations. However, it is improving with new methods of searching for viruses and holes in security coverage throughout entire networks and systems.

Another downside is that monthly hosting costs are never-ending and as bandwidth usage increases so does monthly cost. Additionally, hotel websites would still be subjected to hacker attacks and other outages. Furthermore, occasionally there are poor points of performance and the hotel will lose control of what occurs at the data center. Finally, human capital could be lacking since exploring the next information technology breakthrough requires dedication and technical astuteness.

With so much sensitive guest information within hotel databases, it may not be the correct time to switch to cloud hosting. However, once the security holes are patched and other security exploitations eradicated, hotels, banks and other businesses that maintain customer information will certainly switch due to the many advantages cloud hosting provides.

 

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Four Steps to Increase the Google Ranking of your Older Blog Post!

Blogging is not something which you publish and forget about it. You need to give regular updates if you are really looking for people to follow you. You publish a post then you need to answer the comments, build up links, all this is done just in hope of getting a high ranking on the search engines. This allows you to get organic traffic automatically on autopilot.

Then you publish a new post and what happens to the older post? Who has got the time for them? You might probably think of deleting your outdated content which has the potential of ranking you down, according to Google. But this is not what we are going to talk about it here, it is something different and more interesting which you can do with your older posts. With a little help your old content can prove very useful and especially when it comes to Google rankings.

Step 1 – Use Google Analytics and identify the post

Discovery is the first step of the ladder. Google Analytics is a completely free tool and helps you in finding your position. Google Analytics discovery process is a three step process. Firstly you need to click on the ‘content’ and then ‘top content’ on the side bar from your dashboard. This will allow you to see your pages lined up on the basis of most visited one to the least visited ones. Then you start clicking on the top pages and move down and then click on the phrase “entrance keywords”. After that, you will get a list of keywords through which people are finding your posts on the search engine.

SEMRush is another tool to find your ranking but the only issue with this tool is that it is paid. So, if you are ready to spend some cash then this is what you should go for.

Step 2 – Weigh Your Competition

If your page landed up on the first page without much effort it automatically means that the competition was not very hard but it is always advisable to check into it. Market samurai is one of the amazing tools for market as well as keyword research. The module named “SEO competition” on the website of market samurai will let you spy on your competition for specific keywords. This can save a lot of your time and energy.

Step 3 – On-page Optimization Should be improved

You already about the targeted keywords used in the title, header tag, description and URL by you and your competition. However you can still tilt the rankings in your favour by reworking the Meta tags. You can even add few internal deep links along with targeted keywords; it is quite easy yet effective method.

Step 4 – Get the links

Now, you have complete information about what all you need, it is time to get your one way link build up to the post. It will take hardly 10 minutes from step 2 to finally complete your post optimization.

Follow these 4 simple steps and you will see your ranking go up high on the Google.

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Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect

Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect


Preparations

In this tutorial, we will need the beautiful Suddenly Spring brushes designed by GValkyrie.

Download the Suddenly Spring brushes here.

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Step 1 – Setting Up Background

Create a document of size 750×550 pixels.

Set the foreground color to #004B64 and background to #000000.

Using the Radial Gradient tool, drag a circular gradient from the top downwards.

Step 2a – Create a 3D Text

Open up Adobe Illustrator.

Set the Fill to be #FFFFFF and type in your first letter with a bold font. I am using Helvetica 75 Bold.

Draw a black layer below the white letter so it is visible.

Step 2b – Create a 3D Text

Select the letter and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel.

Fill in the settings shown on the left.

Check on Preview so you are able to see the end results from the settings. Adjust the values if necessary.

Step 2c – Create a 3D Text

Fill in the remaining of settings as shown on the left.

Click OK once you are done.

Step 2d – Create a 3D Text

Repeat Step 2a to 2c for the rest of your letters.

Adjust the values in Step 2b to get the letters facing in different directions.

Select the first letter and press on Ctrl+C to copy it.

Step 2e – Create a 3D Text

Go back to Photoshop and press Ctrl+V to paste the first letter.

Paste As prompt will appear. Choose Smart Object.

Do the copying and pasting for rest of the letters.

Step 3a – Apply Surface Gradient

Select Magic Wand and enter the settings shown on the left.

Click on top surface of the first letter.

Step 3b – Apply Surface Gradient

Click on Refine Edge.

Fill in the settings as shown on the left.

Step 3c – Apply Surface Gradient

Create a new layer above the first letter and name it as Surface. Fill the selection with #000000.

Select the new layer and choose Blending Option.

Activate Gradient Overlay set the colors to be #003146 and #B8EBFE. Set the Blend Mode to Normal, Opacity to 100%, Style to Linear, Angle to 90 and Scale to 100%.

Step 3d – Apply Surface Gradient

Repeat Step 3a to 3c for the rest of letters.

Try to use different colors of same theme in the gradient overlay, such as shades of green and cyan.

Step 4a – Adding Flowery Swirls

Load Suddenly Spring brushes. Create another layer above Surface layer and name it as Floral.

Set the foreground to #FFFFFF. Select one of the Suddenly Spring brushes and paint over the gradient.

Set the Blend Mode of Floral layer to Overlay and opacity to 50%. Select the Floral layer and Ctrl+left click on the Surface layer to load its selection. Click on Layer Mask button.

Step 4b – Adding Flowery Swirls

Repeat Step 4a for rest of the letters.

Create new layers in between each letter to paint some black (#000000) shadows with Soft Brush tool. Mask these shadows the same way done for the Floral layers.

Step 4c – Adding Flowery Swirls

Create a new layer below all the letters.

Set the foreground color to #BEF7A8 and paint some flowers around the letters.

Right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options. Activate Outer Glow and set the color to #FFFFFF. Leave the rest of settings as default.

Step 4d – Adding Flowery Swirls

Repeat Step 4c to plant more flowers around the letters.

Step 4e – Adding Flowery Swirls

Create a new layer below everything.

Set the foreground color to #FFFFFF and paint a large flower. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 6px.

Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay.

Step 5a – Glowing Stars

Create a new layer above everything and name it as Stars.

Use Soft Brush tool with size 1px and color #FFFFFF, draw a big cross as shown in the diagram. Erase slightly on the 4 corners with big Soft Eraser.

Select Soft Brush tool, set its opacity 20% and size to 30px. Paint a fade dot in the center of the cross.

Step 5b – Glowing Stars

Right-click on the Stars layer and choose Blending Options.

Choose Outer Glower and set the color to #FFFFFF. Leave the rest of the settings as default.

Optional

You may repeat Step 5a and 5b for as many stars as you like with different sizes.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial as much as I do. Thanks!

Click here to view the final image.

To create the flowery text effect in the website is not an uphill task. Only you have to take the option of the best dedicated server as well as, select those organizations which are going to provide the cheap web hosting services. Do not let down the importance of the domain names, which communicate all aspects of your business concerns.


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3 Computer Security Tips You Must Obey!


As a computer user you should always do your best to learn and implement the latest security tips because it is now easier to hack a computer than it has ever been. Computer hackers are now becoming more sophisticated that they easily come up with new hacking tools very often; what matters most isn’t the attempt people make to hack your computer but what you do to ensure they never succeed. There are a lot of things you should implement on your computer if you truly want security for it and this post will be giving you some computer security tips you should always implement.

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Secure computer

Be Careful With How You Download and Use the Internet

Since a lot of us spend more time online compared to the time we spend offline I think this tip is even more important. A lot of people now regularly visit warez sites and forums and they download any file from these sites and from email attachments from people they don’t know and then install it on their computer. This is really dangerous and you will be making a great mistake that can cost you all the files on your computer if you keep on doing this. Don’t download any software you don’t really need and be careful with where you download from; I once had a problem of this nature before when I once downloaded a software (from a legitimate site) that I have no need for, unknown to me a virus has been programmed into this software and my computer got infected and started opening sites I didn’t ask it to, I also noticed an unusual usage on my bandwidth and I was able to trace it back to this software.

Don’t just install any software on your computer but ensure you only install software you really need and only from a provider you really trust.

Have the Latest Antivirus Software Installed

Another thing you should do to make sure your computer is really secure is to download and install the latest antivirus software on your computer. You should also make sure you allow your antivirus software to always update its database automatically as this will fix bugs that might prevent it from detecting some viruses and it will make it more potent and effective.

You should also make sure you NEVER disable your antivirus no matter what. If a software program you’re trying to install is recommending you disable your antivirus then you should make sure you don’t install it – in most cases software like this are viruses, spyware and adware and the only way to prevent them is making sure your antivirus system is intact and always active.


Uninstall Outdated Software You No Longer Use

There is a saying that bad communication corrupt good manners; this saying is also true as far as computer security is concerned and only one old and outdated software can be the gateway to your computer’s destruction. As you can’t have an old wine in a new bottle most outdated software are also highly unstable and they often cause system crashes. Another disadvantage of outdated software is that they can also make it easy for hackers to get into your computer by exploiting them.

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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

The release candidate, known as IE9 RC, is available athttp://www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, said Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, in a Feb. 10 blog post. Hachamovitch said with IE9 RC, Microsoft has incorporated more than 17,000 pieces of feedback about IE9 and has moved the browser forward in terms of performance and standards, user experience, and safety and privacy.


Microsoft culled insights from more than 25 million beta testers to update the IE9 technology, including making the browser’s “Chakra” JavaScript engine at least 30 percent faster than it was in the beta version.

Hachamovitch said, “The IE9 RC is faster with real world sites. In addition to making the script engine faster, we’ve improved and tuned the rest of the browser as well. You’ll find that Gmail, Office Web Applications, and many other sites are faster as a result of scenario tuning, network cache tuning, and new compiler optimizations. You’ll also find that the RC of IE9 often uses megabytes less memory than the beta because of changes like delayed image decoding. We’ve also improved the performance of things many people do every day, like find on page, and made improvements which extend battery life.”

“The graphics engine is smoking fast. That means we can do really cool things,” said Grant Skinner, chief architect and CEO at gskinner.com.

Moreover, Hachamovitch added:

“IE9 RC supports additional emerging Web standards including CSS3 2D Transforms, HTML5 Geolocation and a set of HTML5 semantic elements. We’ve added support for the HTML5 canvas global­Composite­Operation property and improved the performance of canvas’s Canvas­Pixel­Array. We’ve updated IE9 RC to reflect changes to the DOM events and added accessibility to the HTML5 audio and video controls. These additions reflect our pattern of implementing site ready HTML5 while ensuring developers can experiment with new and emerging specifications through our HTML5 Labs. As these specifications become stable, you can expect we will implement them in IE as we have throughout the development of IE9.”


“It really has HTML5 as its foundation,” said Rick Barazza, principal experience architect at Cynergy. “So it lets us focus on designing and not redesigning again and again.”

In addition, IE9 continues to deliver privacy improvements, Microsoft said. In addition to shipping Tracking Protection with IE9 RC, Microsoft has four Tracking Protection Lists live and available for customers to use. Current Tracking Protection Lists include Abine, TRUSTe, PrivacyChoice and AdBlock Plus.

As for hardware acceleration and interoperability in the latest release, according to the SunSpider benchmark, IE9 RC is 35 percent faster than Internet Explorer 9 Beta—322 ms in the beta versus 209 ms in RC. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to implement standards as they become stable and IE9 RC supports Geolocation, playback of H.264-encoded video using the HTML5 video tag and now WebM video as well, when a VP8 code is installed on Windows.

In a tweet about the new IE9 RC, James Alexander, a .NET developer in Detroit, said, “IE9 still doesn’t support text-shadow or background-image linear gradients like [Mozilla] or [WebKit] so all my cool stuff still looks like [junk.]”

Also, with the new IE9 RC, Microsoft has added more than 1,000 new test cases for JavaScript and updated more than 50 test cases based on community feedback. During IE9 development Microsoft submitted around 4,000 test cases in total for standards like HTML5, CSS, SVG and others, Hachamovitch said.

Hachamovitch also said:

“Based on your feedback, we also made it much easier to refine search queries in the One Box. Based on your feedback, IE9′s download manager will now display the download speed, and download notifications are animated and more noticeable. Based on your feedback, pinned sites now support multiple home pages – ‘redefining awesome’ according to this comment. With Paste & Navigate (Control-Shift-L), hardcore enthusiasts can save a step pasting into the address bar. We’ve reduced the number of pixels in the frame, and updated the visuals, making the active tab easier to identify, and made it easier to close inactive tabs.”

Other developers also weighed in on the IE9 RC. “With IE9 the browser gets out of the way,” said Danny Riddel CEO of Archetype.

“I think that they’ve done a really fantastic job of removing the things you don’t need and it lets you focus on the content, which is the reason we’re on the Web anyway,” said Robbie Ingebretsen, a principal at Pixel Lab.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Microsoft-Launches-IE9-Release-Candidate-599125/?kc=EWKNLNAV02112011STR4

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