Author: Tammie

29 May

Soundproofing Insulation

Insulation itself is defined a way in which material helps to control how heat and sound move throughout your home. It is material that is generally packed fiber used as a layer between walls which minimizes the amount of heat exiting and entering your home. When in possession of the proper material,insulation also has the ability to absorb sound, known as soundproofing insulation. Essentially, the thin layer of insulation used to soundproof only works because the sound bounces around in it cavity insulation works to reduce the energy level of sound. Soundproofing insulation is a particular feature in the spectrum of insulation and insulating products as it is specifically designed to be a noise barrier. The insulation slows down the sound just as ordinary insulation would absorb heat, or slow down the transfer of heat between the exterior and interior. Soundproofing insulation does not only minimize sound from outside to inside, but it also has the ability to effect the travel of sound from one room to another.

You can buy soundproofing insulation panels for wood or steel-stud walls and ceilings. The types of insulation that function most noticeably best when it comes down to soundproofing, includes: standard fiberglass insulation, mineral wool.cellulose, fiberglass and foam. However, the latter is often best when used for thermal proofing versus sound proofing. And fiberglass is best used when installed in a room without doors, as it is least costly, and its effectiveness loses out when an non-insulated door comes into play. The best is likely cellulose insulation as it tends to feel those cavities left open, and cover the minute number of air-holes available for sound to slip through. Cellulose is also extremely thick and as much as three times thicker than, for example, fiber glass insulation. Both fiberglass and cellulose can be installed in walls, floors and ceilings.  

Another great brand of soundproofing insulation is Peacemaker. Peacemaker, by Audimute, is used to soundproof wall, floors and ceilings. It is made with recycled rubber for all eco-friendly purposes. Peacemaker promises an effective level of noise reduction alongside moisture protection. It is also good for a variety of living quarters and living spaces, like the walls of apartments, multi-family homes, luxury condos, tinier studios, movie theaters, etc. It is important to know, soundproofing insulation is less “soundproofing” and more “minimizing” than anything. In other words, soundproofing insulation specializes in sound reduction over taking away sound(s) in totality. 

 

19 May

A Fatcow Review

Fatcow is a budget web hosting site that has a few positive aspects, such as being an environmentally friendly company and a very affordable first year, but more negative aspects that may deter a prospective customer from using their services, such as extremely average customer service and numerous restrictions that may make running a viable business harder than it needs to be . Fatcow charges a $30 fee for the first year of hosting. After the first year of the extremely wallet friendly price of $30, Fatcow charges a significantly higher amount: $108 after the first year and for each subsequent year. The fee gets the customer unlimited domains, but there are limits on both bandwidth and disk space.

In addition to the inexpensive first year, Fatcow has a few other bonus features that might persuade a customer to try out their budget friendly web hosting.. Firstly, they offer a money back guarantee, but that is fairly standard among web host providers and is nothing out of the ordinary. Fatcow also offers marketing credit for Google adwords, Bing, and Facebook. Also, Fatcow is environmentally friendly, as all their servers are powered by wind energy. This can be a hot button issue for those customers who want to give their money to a Green company. Unfortunately, the positive aspects and features end with that very short list and most of the positives of Fatcow are features and services one would expect to find among most web hosting companies and are therefore, nothing special or noteworthy.

Some of negative features of Fatcow are poor customer service and substandard features. Fatcow’s chat support is subpar, making it difficult for the customer to ask quick questions. Many other web hosting companies will offer chat support that allows the customer to talk directly with a representative about questions that can be answered relatively quickly. Another unfortunate aspect is that they only offer shared hosting. This can pose a problem for customers who have sites that deal with high traffic, as Fatcow has many restrictions. People unfamiliar with web hosting may find it difficult to navigate their site, as Fatcow does not offer a universal cPanel. Furthermore, Fatcow has downtimes, which can be very frustrating and detrimental to customers who run high traffic sites. The lack of dedicated IPs also means that Fatcow would be a poor choice for any customer hoping to run a serious, well maintained business.

The original reviewer of Fatcow gave it a meager C+ and rates the company #8 on their top ten list of hosting providers, but notes that if the customer needs a cheap alternative to some of the more expensive web host providers, Fatcow may be a viable choice for the first year. Unfortunately, after the first year, it just isn’t worth it to pay $108 for substandard features, numerous restrictions, poor service, and average support. Like power moves reviews about different web hosting companies, the reviewer also notes that Fatcow runs an iPage, which is another hosting company. The iPage company offers many of the same features as the original Fatcow company, and offers a different review for the iPage.

8 May

Shared Hosting Plan

You may have come across the terms Shared Hosting or Shared Hosting Plan. Hosting companies rarely explain what this means, but you are sure to have noticed that they tend to be the cheapest option. Whether or not it is the best option for you will depend on your particular needs.

With a shared hosting plan, your website is hosted on the same server as many other users. Now, this doesn’t mean that you will look like the same server to the rest of the Internet, i.e. each site will not be something like www.hostingcompany.com/site1, www.hostingcompany.com/site2, etc. You can still have your domain name, logo, and site. What it does mean is that the hardware that does all the work of hosting your site, storing your information, etc., is shared with your site and the others. This gives you less control over the server and means that any one site that maxes out the resources of the hardware will affect your system too. Any outage will affect all of the sites, yours included. That being said, you also will save a lot of money by using shared hosting, since the price of the hardware is split up between many users, you do not have to pay all the associated costs yourself. A shared hosting solution also means you don’t have to deal with maintaining and running the hosting server itself, which can be quite a lot of work (or an additional expense on top of the server fees).

Now that you have a bit more information, you can make an informed decision as to whether a Shared Hosting Plan works for you. While you don’t get the additional control of running and maintaining your own server, you also don’t have to deal with all that extra work, and you save a significant amount of money. For smaller sites, in particular, shared hosting is likely to be an ideal solution.

 

8 May

SEO Or Paid Advertising?

If you have a website and are trying to increase your website’s visibility and drive more traffic to your site, you may want to consider hiring the services of an SEO or Paid advertising company. Paid advertising services can get your website’s link at the top of a search page’s results for certain keywords. Paid advertisements at sites like Google, Yahoo, and other well known and often used search engines can be a great traffic generator. Unfortunately, these advertisements are not free. The spaces at the top of a search page’s results are reserved for paying customers, so if this is not you, you will likely want to find some other method of increasing your website’s ranking in search results.

One way to do this is to use Search Engine Optimization. Search engines typically crawl the world wide internet and catalog information about all different kinds of websites. Your website is “crawled,” or visited, by these search engines for the purpose of creating a convenient index so that your site can appear when someone searches for it on a search engine. If your website is an online retailer, then someone searching for an online retailer at a search engine may not necessarily find your site immediately. Since there are many online retailers, your site may appear somewhere in the search results, but not necessarily at or near the top of the list. Having a link to your website appear at or near the top of the list is important, because most people will not search past the first few pages of search results, so if your website’s search ranking is low on the list, people may not find it unless they search specifically for your site by name. From an advertising and web traffic generating perspective, this is important, because people who already know your site by name generally do not need a search engine to find it. Being high in the search rankings allows your site to become visible to people who do not already know about it, helping you advertise to new customers. This helps attract new visitors, who will, in turn, spread the word about your site if they like what they see.

Search Engine Optimization in itself is free, and you can learn how to do it on your own time from the comfort of your own home. There are also many articles on the internet that can give you an idea of what content and keywords to use in your website that will help your site appear more frequently in web searches. While optimizing your website for search engines is free, it can be very time consuming and complicated work. Search Engines use sophisticated algorithms and formulas in deciding which websites appear at the top of unpaid listings, and there are many companies whose entire business model is focused on providing SEO optimization services to customers.

In this sense, SEO can also be a form of paid advertising. If you are serious about getting your website’s links to appear in as many searches as possible, it may be a good idea to do both paid, sponsored ads, and Search Engine Optimization on your own. You could also hire an SEO firm to do additional work for your site. In the end, what you choose depends on your budget, goals, and personal preference, but paying a professional to advertise and optimize your site is usually the most efficient way to increase your site’s visibility.