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Why Raid Drives?

Why Raid Drives?
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First we’ll explain the different types of Raid Drive Series:

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive (Independent) Disks.

Raid DrivesOn most situations you will be using one of the following four levels of RAIDs.

  • RAID 0 – 2 Plus Drives
  • RAID 1 – 2 Plus Drives
  • RAID 5 – 3 Plus Drives
  • RAID 10 (also known as RAID 1+0)  – 4 Plus Drives

Here we explains the main difference between these raid levels along with an easy to understand diagram.

In all the diagrams mentioned below:

  • A, B, C, D, E and F – represents blocks
  • p1, p2, and p3 – represents parity

RAID LEVEL 0

raid-0
Following are the key points to remember for RAID level 0.

  • Minimum 2 disks.
  • Excellent performance ( as blocks are striped ).
  • No redundancy ( no mirror, no parity ).
  • Don’t use this for any critical system.

RAID LEVEL 1

raid-1

Following are the key points to remember for RAID level 1.

  • Minimum 2 disks.
  • Good performance ( no striping. no parity ).
  • Excellent redundancy ( as blocks are mirrored ).

RAID LEVEL 5

raid-5
Following are the key points to remember for RAID level 5.

  • Minimum 3 disks.
  • Good performance ( as blocks are striped ).
  • Good redundancy ( distributed parity ).
  • Best cost effective option providing both performance and redundancy. Use this for DB that is heavily read oriented. Write operations will be slow.

 RAID LEVEL 10

raid10

Following are the key points to remember for RAID level 10.

  • Minimum 4 disks.
  • This is also called as “stripe of mirrors”
  • Excellent redundancy ( as blocks are mirrored )
  • Excellent performance ( as blocks are striped )
  • If you can afford the dollar, this is the BEST option for any mission critical applications (especially databases).

How to ADD a user to your Google Places Listing

How to ADD a user to your Google Places Listing
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How to ADD a user to your Google Places ListingHere we explain how to ADD or REMOVE users, owners and managers for a Google Places Listing

Owners of listings can invite additional users to own or manage a listing. Adding owners and managers lets users share management of a listing without having to share personal account information. Owners, managers, and communications managers all have different levels of access to the listing. This is very useful when you need a website marketing team to access your Google Listing to optimize it.

Only an owner can add or remove users. However, a manager may remove himself or herself from a listing. Google Groups can’t be added as managers or owners of listings.

Adding owners or managers

To add an owner or manager to your Google Places Listing:

On Your Desktop/Laptop

  1. Sign in to your Google My Business.
  2. Make sure you’re using card view. If you’re viewing your locations as a list instead of cards, switch to card view by clicking the cards icon cards icon on the right side above your locations.
  3. Choose the listing you’d like to manage and click Manage location.
  4. Click Users Click Users from the menu.
  5. In the top right corner of the “Managers of [your business]” box that appears, click the “Invite new managers” icon Invite new managers" icon.
  6. Select the user’s role by clicking Owner, Manager, or Communications manager below their name.
  7. Click Invite. Invitees will have the option to accept the invitation and immediately become listing owners or managers.

This window displays all active owners and managers, as well as people who have been invited to become owners or managers. You can cancel pending invitations by clicking the X in the row with the invitation you want to remove.

On Your Mobile Device

  1. Open Your Google My Business app.
  2. Tap the (hamburger) three dash menu icon menu icon in the top-left corner.
  3. Tap Manage users.
  4. Tap the plus icon + in the top-right corner.
  5. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to add as an owner or manager, then tap the plus icon + to the right of their name.
  6. Select their role by tapping Owner, Manager, or Communications manager in the menu that appears.

This page displays all the active users as well as people who have been invited to become owners or managers. You can cancel pending invitations by tapping the three dot menu icon dot menu icon next to the invitation you want to remove, then tapping Remove Trash Icon.

You can also change a the role of a user by tapping the three dot menu icon dot menu icon next to their name and tapping Edit role. Select their new role by tapping it in the menu that appears.

When an invitation is accepted, the owners of the listing will be notified via email. All users in the account can view the names and email addresses of the owners and managers of the listing.

Want to transfer ownership of your listing to someone else? Learn how to transfer ownership of a listing

Removing owners and managers

To remove someone, even yourself, from a Google Places Listing:

On Your Desktop/Laptop

  1. Sign in to your Google My Business.
  2. Make sure you’re using card view. If you’re viewing your locations as a list instead of cards, switch to card view by clicking the cards icon cards icon on the right side above your locations.
  3. Choose the listing you’d like to manage and click Manage location.
  4. Click Users Click Users from the menu.
  5. Click the X in the row of the person you’d like to remove.

If you can’t click the X in the person’s row, it could mean that:

  • You’re trying to remove the primary owner from the listing. Transfer primary ownership to someone else, then remove the user from the listing.
  • You’re signed in as a manager. Only owners can remove other owners and managers

On Your Mobile Device

  1. Open Your Google My Business app.
  2. Tap the (hamburger) three dash menu icon dash menu icon in the top-left corner .
  3. Tap Manage users.
  4. Tap Remove.
  5. Tap the three dot menu icon dot nav  next to the name of the user you’d like to remove, then tap Remove in the menu that appears.
  6. Tap OK to remove the user from the listing.

When a user is removed, they’ll be notified via email.

When you remove a user, that person will no longer be able to edit business information or take any administrative actions for the listing. However, all of their past responses to reviews, posts, comments, and other actions will remain intact.

 

How to Improve Your Website Over the Weekend

How to Improve Your Website Over the Weekend
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How to Improve Your Website

Everybody may be working for the weekend, but if you run a website, you already know that you’re almost always working on the weekend, as well.

  • In fact, most of the work of the everyday Web professional has to do with tweaking, analyzing, and generally optimizing the performance of their site(s), which can take up a lot of time.
  • So, if you don’t want to spend your whole weekend working, here are eight quick ways to refine your website in two days, and still have time to go see the new Batman movie.

1. Offer social proof on your website.

  • While peer pressure is typically seen as negative, that is not the case in the marketing world. Web workers can display customer testimonials or case studies on their website to increase engagement and conversions. By doing this, your audience will be able to relate to other customers, and therefore learn how effective your services or products are from a trusted opinion. So, find some of the nicest things that consumers out there have said about you (and don’t forget, you can encourage them) and share it with the world. Connecting your WordPress Blog to your Social Media Outlets

2. Test email subject lines.

  • Email marketing campaigns won’t be successful if emails aren’t delivered or opened, which is why it is always important to use best practices, such as testing, when creating email subject lines. One way that marketers can quickly test email subject lines is with subjectline.com. This free subject line scoring tool evaluates subject lines and provides users with scores, as well as deliverability and marketing tips and advice. Take some time – 15 minutes or so – to sit down and brainstorm great subject lines.

3. Generate a Fivesecond test for your site to assess its usability/readability.

  • When you don’t have the time to conduct user tests, this handy Web-based tool lets Web workers upload a screenshot of their Web page and then creates two different five-second user tests, one for memory and one for descriptive feedback. And, you know, it only takes five seconds.

4. Insert dynamic meta descriptions into your HTML.

  • One of the easiest ways to improve your search marketing efforts is to include useful, compelling meta descriptions on your Web pages. Just be sure that they are relevant to the page’s content and are captivating enough inspire a user to click on the search result.

5. Monitor keywords on Twitter.

  • It is important to keep an eye on discussions that are relevant to your brand, because it can help social media managers better connect with their audience, as well as help publishers discover possible content ideas. While there are many tools that can be leveraged for monitoring social media mentions, two free Twitter-specific tools worth checking out are Monitter and Twitterfall. Take a few minutes every hour or so to see who is using your keywords in the Twitterverse. Hacked Twitter Account? Protect Your Twitter Account!

6. Assess your forms.

  • Does your email subscription form ask for unnecessary information? If the answer is “yes,” you may be scaring off potential subscribers. This is why removing unnecessary or less important information from your forms can prove to be beneficial in the long run. In fact, it is important to note that the only information really needed on a newsletter subscription form is a name and email address, especially because more targeted information can always be obtained at a later time. Should you have some time to spare, why not give one (or all?) of your forms a review to make sure they’re not asking superfluous questions.

7. Fix up and customize your 404 page.

  • Obviously you never want your visitors to land on one of these, but it happens, and in those situations, it’s good to have a custom 404 page that will not only provide them with information, but also offers additional useful content and encourages them to continue exploring your awesome website. If your 404 page is uninformative and boring, why not take a few hours to create one that will be a little more meaningful to your site’s visitors?

8. Adjust white space to improve readability.

  • Finding the right balance between too much and too little space around text is one of the essential aspects of a readable website. Remember that your chunks of text content need room to breathe so that your visitors can view them more easily, and they shouldn’t be adhered to other elements, particularly images. Spend a few minutes during your morning coffee looking over your website to make sure it’s optimized for readability, and if you see any problems, try increasing your padding and margins.

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How to ADD a User to your Google Analytics Account

How to ADD a User to your Google Analytics Account
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Adding a User to your Google Analytics Account:

Want to share your Google Analytics with an employee, webmaster, or the website owner? It’s easy, and it make Analytics collaboration easy and effective.

  1. Login to your Google Analytics AccountHow to ADD a User to your Google Analytics Account
  2. Select the Account you would like to add a user to.
  3. Click the orange Admin button in the top right.
  4. Select Users
  5. Select New User
  6. Enter users email address (must be a Google user already)
  7. Choose whether you want them as a User (view only) or an Admin. (Choose Admin for MHS Access)
  8. Select Create User

The user is then notified of the invitation to this Google Analytics Profile. Once accepted they will have access to the account as a User or Admin.

You may also see these instructions on Google’s Support website at:
http://support.google.com/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55500

Website Speed, Your Website, Google, and Fast Web Hosting

Website Speed, Your Website, Google, and Fast Web Hosting
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Fast Web HostingAs a web hosting and design company we are obsessed with website speed, from Fast Web Hosting of our servers, image compression to cleanly coded websites. Website speed has become more and more important from an SEO perspective as it has in the past. Google Analytics tracks website speed, as well as the Google Search Algorithm. If you want to be ahead of your competition your site MUST be faster.

Here is some information from Google about Website Speed and it’s importance.

Check your Website Speed


Global Site Speed Overview: How Fast Are Websites Around The World?

At Google, we are passionate about speed and making the web faster, and from first hand experience, we are glad to see that many website owners share the same goal. A faster web is better for both users and businesses – faster pages lead to better user experience and improved conversions.

Difference between Desktop and Mobile Website Load Times

Average Website Load Times

Mobile internet is growing at an incredible rate and as we can see from the data above, mobile experience is about 1.5x slower than desktop experienceThat’s a very big difference, and that is even taking into account that many popular sites are already optimizing for the mobile visitor: fewer resources, smaller resources, and smarter caching strategies.

Let’s take a closer look at web performance for a few specific countries:

The following interactive world map presents the page load times for desktop in seconds for the complete list of countries with enough samples for accurate measurement:

Note that there are many factors that play a role in overall speed of web pages as experienced by users. The browser, the network connection, the client hardware (processing power), the content of the web page, and the hosting location of the web site relative to the user all impact the speed of an individual page load. As a result, the country aggregates listed above depend on all those factors as well.

Finally, let’s take a look at relative page speeds across some of the popular verticals:


Online Image Editing with Cloud Computing

Online Image Editing with Cloud Computing
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Cloud Image EditingFirst we’d like to talk about what the Cloud is.

Everyone has a different definition for it, a different mission, or a different bandwagon to jump on. Cloud this, Cloud that, it’s all what you want it to be today. The truth is that the Cloud has been around for over a decade, we’ve all been using it since the first time you logged onto a chat room, or used webmail, here we’re referring to Cloud Computing, whereas the software you are using is NOT on YOUR computer, but on a Computer/Server housed remotely.

In the past couple of years Cloud Computing has grown exponentially for two major reasons:

  1. Bandwidth – The growth of internet bandwidth globally has grown huge with Cable, DSL and Satellite providers, most of us are not using “dialup” anymore (sorry if your in the boonies and still using dialup). These high speeds allow us to interact with remote software faster and with greater reliability and SATISFACTION.
  2. Netbooks – Second is the number of stripped down “Netbooks” that have hit the market, these computers have very little onboard resources (small processors, ram and hard drives) and rely greatly on the use of Cloud Computing, they are built to work online whenever you’re connected to the internet using webmail and a browser as the primary onboard software.

Online Image Editing in the Cloud

The next big thing we’ve found is more powerful software running in the Cloud. Image editing software is complex, computer resource intensive, and in most cases costly to purchase a software license. Several vendors have now ventured into the Cloud to offer their image editing software. No downloads, no license fees.

Following are a couple of FREE Online Image Editors we’ve found worthy of sharing:

Online Editing with Photoshop Express

Online Editing with Photoshop Express

First is Editor by Pixlr.com – A slimmed down version of what looks like Adobe Photoshop, can be used from virtually any web browser, it has a quick interface and allows you to publish your image to various social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and others, as well as save it to your hard drive.

Next up is Photoshop Express Editor – From the leader in desktop image editing comes an online consumer editor that is full of features and filters that will please most users. One thing we really liked about the Express Editor is the attached Photo Library that Adobe offers, you can save all of your edited images online, with version saves so you have your orignal as well.


These are just two of the best online image editors that we’ve chosen to review. A simple search on Google for Online Image Editors will turn up a few more. We do a lot of WordPress training here at MHS and we’re now recommending that our clients use one of these online services for their image editing needs. You can manage your website content from any computer using WordPress, and now you can manage, edit and compress all of your images online from any computer using one of these Cloud Computing services for your online image editing needs.

If you’ve used an online image editor please let us know about your experience in the comments below. 

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