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

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:


Best Online Image Editors

Cloud Image EditingFirst we’d like to talk about how Online Imaged Editors work in the Cloud:

Everyone has a different definition of “the cloud”, 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 (Chromebooks) – 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:

Pixlr.com

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.

Photoshop Express Editor

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 original as well.


Kopage Website Builder with Adobe Imaged Editor

adobe image editorLastly we need to mention the Adobe Imaged Editor that is included in the Kopage Website Builder. Kopage is the only online website builder we know of that has a full featured web based imaged editor powered by Adobe. Combined with the advanced features of Kopage and the Adobe Image Editor you get a full featured website building experience that beats Wix and Squarespace hands down.


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. 

Top 5 Ways to use AWstats

What is AWstats?

There are many perks to being a Maine Hosting Solutions customer but one of the most amazing features that we offer is often overlooked- AWstats.

What is AWstats

Lets take a look at what AWstats is:

  • Advanced Web Statistics (AWStats) is an amazing web server logfile analyzer that shows you all your web statistics including: visitors, pages, hits, hours, search engines, keywords used to find your site, broken links, robots and more.
  • The main advantage of AWstats vs. other web analyzers such as google analytics, is that this program will not only analyze web logs, but also FTP and mail ones, which will give you a lot more detailed information about the activity taking place on your website.
  • AWstats allows you to get a good understanding of visitor numbers from both humans and robots, and monitor how much bandwidth is being used. You might also be able to detect if someone is hotlinking to your images or document files too, and taking your bandwidth that way.
  •  It is a tool for network administrators as well as marketers. Don’t waste your time or money on stat counters or visitor counters which are usually inaccurate- AWstats is a server based analyzer and is included in any of our hosting packages that are offered from a Starter Plan to a Super Plan! AWstats is located in the control panel and contains just about any information that you could ever want or need in regards to monitoring activity on your site.

Here are the top 5 pieces of information that you can pull from your AWstats:

  1. Monthly History: This graphs out the unique visitors, number of visits, pages, hits and bandwidth on a month by month basis (seechart).
  2. Weekly/Rush Hour Activity: This charts out the activity of your site based on the hours of the day. It will show you the busiest and slowest times that activity is being generated.
  3. Search Keyphrases: This analyzes and displays the keywords or key phrases that users typed in in order to get to your site. This can be a huge to tool to utilize if you plan on doing any SEO or promotion for your site.
  4. Fan Favorites: AWstats allows you view your sites most viewed, entry and exit pages by visitors. It also calculates the number of times your site is “added to favorites bookmarks”.
  5. Robot/Spider Counter: These are automated programs that enter into websites and follow internal links to seek content and use them as key phrases that may pertain to your websites products. With AWstats, you can track these search engine robots and estimate when your website will be found and be established on the internet.

Let us summarize by saying that AWStats is AWESOME! You can pull data and create graphical and textual displays of your sites activity.  As an added bonus, AWStats offers the ability to export data into an XML format for presentations. Remember that this program is free with any hosting package and is located right in your control panel. Enjoy!

 

What is WordPress?

What is WordPressWhat is WordPress? WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

Who uses WordPress?

You’re in good company if you use WordPress to publish on the web. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are using WordPress.

For example, famous blogs like Mashable and TechCrunch are both on WordPress. News outlets like The New York Times’ blogs and CNN’s on-air personality blogs all use WordPress, too.

If you’re ever curious about about who uses WordPress, head on over to the WordPress site showcase and you’ll be impressed by the number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.

How do I get started using WordPress?

Now you’re probably asking, “how do I get it?”

WordPress is free. Yep, that’s right – it’s 100% free.

WordPress can be downloaded for self-hosted installations from WordPress.org or you can easily install it on almost any WordPress web hosting account. We offer a 1-Click-Auto-Installer for WordPress on our web hosting account.

So, what are you waiting for? Get a WordPress Web Hosting Today!


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The 50 Best Niches For New Website Ideas

New Website IdeasLooking for a great NEW Website Idea? 

Check out these top ranking Niche Categories for some great ideas. All of these ideas listed bellow generate tons of SEO traffic. Creating a blog, informational or directory website for any of these topics could just be your next great idea.

Cremation Urns
Chiropractors
Roofing Contractors Commercial & Industrial
Farm & Ranch Real Estate
Retirement Housing
Thrift Stores
Roofing Materials Dealers
Air Ambulance Services
Inflatables
Gift Shops
Party Facilities
Plaques Retail
Chiropractors
Child Development Centers
Hospital & Medical Service Plans
Gastroenterology Physicians & Surgeons
Flea Markets
Railings
Wedding Flowers
Retaining Walls Contractors
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Pediatrics Surgeons
Tile Floor Contractors
Fashion Design Schools
Roofers
Elementary Schools
Blood Typing & Testing
Accounting & Bookkeeping Schools
After School Programs
Real Estate Title Search & Abstract Services
Discount Stores
Education
Audio & Video Recording Equipment & Supplies
Diabetes Physicians
Hospital Equipment & Supplies Retail
Roofing Contractors Referral & Information Services
Adult Education Schools
Computer Systems Consultants & Designers
Aviation Schools
Steel Buildings
Cancer Information & Referral Services
Bartending Instruction
Clinics
Pawn Brokers & Shops
Consignment Services & Shops
Management Development Training
Resale, Second Hand, & Used Merchandise Stores
Court Reporting Schools
Allied Health Education
Storm Shelter Contractors & Dealers
Mobile Home Insurance
Coin & Stamp Dealers & Supplies
Real Estate Schools
Landscape Plans
Business Software
Dialysis Clinics
Graphic Arts Schools
Mortgage Refinancing
Party Favors
Funeral Flowers
Mental Health Practitioners
Help Desk Services
Mental Health
Academic Specialty Schools
Emergency Ambulance Services
Cremation Urns
Homes & Residential Real Estate
Nutrition
Medical Records & Billing Schools
Mammography Clinics
Health Associations
Home Equity Loans
Notary & Corporation Seals Retail
Computer Printers
Industrial & Trade Schools
Condominium & Townhouse Rental & Leasing
Gynecology & Obstetrics Physicians & Surgeons
Schools
Court Reporting Schools
College Financial Planning Services
Ballrooms
Online & Correspondence Schools
Computer Cable & Wire Installation
Video Games
Home Theaters & Entertainment Centers
Family Practice Chiropractors
Roof Decks
Luggage Stores
Telephone & Television Cable Contractors
Computer Technology Schools
Child Development Centers
Factory Outlets
Colleges
Audiologists
Dental Laboratories
Wedding Services
Tile Dealers
Corporate Gift Baskets
Weddings
Video Games
Wedding Invitations & Announcements
Commercial & Industrial Rental & Leasing
Hobby & Model Stores
Funeral Services
Dermatology Pediatrics Physicians & Surgeons
Toilets
Beauty Schools
Mortgage Companies
Used Modular & Mobile Homes
Consumer Electronics Stores
Diabetes Physicians
Variety Stores
Endodontics Dentists
Mortgages Commercial & Industrial
Computer Consultants
Vinyl & Acrylic Window
Computer Supplies, Parts, & Accessories
Career & Workplace Education
Computer Stores
Cremation Services
Candles & Candle Equipment & Supplies
Temporary Housing
Computer Programming Instruction
Synthetic & Cultured Marble Dealers
Apartments
Educational Equipment & Supplies
Medical Equipment
Wedding Chapels
Hair Loss Clinics
Wedding Receptions & Parties
Hair Braiding
Gift Baskets
Travel Accessories
Wedding Invitations & Announcements
Shopping Services
Real Estate Brokers
After School Programs
Party Favors
Extended Stay Hotels
Culinary Schools
Family Planning
Other Schools & Instruction
Hospice Services
Laser Vision Correction
Condominium Office Rental & Leasing
Health Care Plans
Alternative Medicine
Inflatables
Party Entertainment
Contact Lenses Retail
Elderly Companion Services
Homes For Rent
Dental Implant Dentists
Mortgage Amortization Schedules
Terrazzo, Marble, & Tile Contractors
Assisted Living Facilities
Retirement Apartments & Hotels
Addiction Information & Treatment
Academic Specialty Schools
Property Maintenance
Disabled & Elderly Home Health Care
Scaffolding Rental & Leasing
Rust & Paint Removal
Shopping Centers & Malls
Information Technology Services
Computer & Software Stores
Continuing Education
Business Education
Health & Wellness Programs
Public Schools
General Stores
Archives, Records, & Documents Storage
Fruit Baskets
Business Colleges
Roofing
Postcards
Diabetic Equipment & Supplies
Invitations & Announcements
Cancer Information & Referral Services
Computer Technology Schools
Junior High & Middle Schools
Computer Furniture
Tutoring
Drug Treatment Centers
Colonic Therapy
Dental Insurance
Party Supplies
Hearing Aid Audiologists
Steel Fabrication
Real Estate Agents
Apartment Rental Agencies
Dermatology Physicians & Surgeons
Gift Baskets
Contact Lenses Retail
Wedding Receptions & Parties
Audiovisual Equipment, Parts, & Supplies Dealers
Abortion Information & Referral Services
Cardiology Physicians & Surgeons
Elder Care
Liposuction Physicians & Surgeons
Medical Laboratories
Broadband Services
Bariatric Medicine Physicians & Surgeons
Career & Workplace Education
Medical Secretarial Schools
Swimming Pool Coping, Plastering, & Tiling
Chiropractic Clinics
Variety Stores
Nursing & Personal Care Facilities
Scaffolding & Aerial Lifts, Parts & Supplies
Wedding Planners
Real Estate Buyer Brokers
Group Medical Practice
Party Entertainment
Computer Networking Installation
Big Screen Televisions Retail
Pet Grooming Schools
Medical Alarms
Title Insurance
Plaques Retail
Audiovisual Equipment Rental & Leasing
Dentists
Salvage Yards
Cosmetic Dentists
Fertility & Infertility Physicians & Surgeons
Wedding Chapels
Shopping Centers & Malls
Laser Surgeons
Used, Rare, & Out of Print Books
Religious Education Schools
Endocrinology & Metabolism Physicians & Surgeons
Massages
Apartment Buildings
Real Estate
Storm Door & Window Dealers
Natural Healing Products & Services
Trophies, Medals, & Awards Engravers
Sports Cards & Memorabilia
Notary & Corporation Seals Retail
Allied Health Education
Dietitians
Family Planning & Birth Control Clinics
Weddings
Games & Supplies Dealers
Hospitals
Bridal Headpieces & Veils
Business & Personal Coaching
Blood Banks
Gift Shops
Children’s Parties
Computers & Equipment Wholesale & Manufacturers
Boards of Education
Custom Home Builders
Home Health Care Nurses
Real Estate Rental Information & Referral Services
Business & Personal Coaching
Tiles Contractors
Wedding Planners
Real Estate Attorneys
Specialty Stores
Vocational Education

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Pediatrics Surgeons
Sand & Gravel Dealers
Apartment Information & Referral Services
Real Estate Appraisers
Drug & Alcohol Detection & Testing
Hobby & Model Stores
Medical Diagnostic Services
Leather Goods Retail
Boards of Education
First Aid Equipment & Supplies Retail
Anti-Aging Medicine Physicians & Surgeons
Medicare Supplemental & Long Term Care Insurance
Electronic Mail Services
Interior Design Schools
Business Computer Dealers
Dietitians
Real Estate Inspection Services
Dental Insurance
Furnished Apartments
Blood Typing & Testing
Stucco & Exterior Coating Contractors
Office Space
Management Training & Development Consultants
Homeowners Insurance
Paralegal Schools
Home Health Care Equipment & Supplies
Allergy & Immunology Pediatrics Physicians & Surgeons
Sales Training
Collectibles Dealers
Wedding Facilities
Wedding Services
Dance Studios
Cemeteries & Crematories
Health Care Professionals
Animal Hospitals
Emergency Services Veterinarians
College Preparatory Schools
Invitations & Announcements
Herbs Retail
Business Colleges
Wedding Flowers
Computers & Equipment Rental & Leasing
Educational Services
Cemeteries & Crematories
DSL Services
College Financial Planning Services
Resale, Second Hand, & Used Merchandise Stores
Online College Courses
Language Schools & Instruction
Tool Rental & Leasing
Dentists
Dental Information & Referral Services
Tank Installation & Removal
Home Health Care
Party Supplies
Singing Telegrams
Ear, Nose, & Throat Physicians & Surgeons
Mobile Home Parks & Communities
Medicare
Department Stores
Specialty Stores
Business Education
Disc Jockeys
Computer Programming Instruction
Luggage Stores
Mortgage Brokers
Balloons Retail & Delivery
Dental Clinics
Aviation Schools
Private Schools
Games & Supplies Dealers
Beauty Schools
Dentures
Condominiums & Townhouses
Self Defense Schools & Programs
Allergy & Immunology Physicians & Surgeons
Medical & Dental Assistant & Technician Schools
Nursing Schools
Secretarial Schools
Newspapers & Magazines
Corporate Gifts Retail
CPR Instruction
Card Shops
Internet Access Software & Services
Wedding Gifts & Favors
Animal Health
Holistic Health Practitioners
Auto Mechanic Schools
Real Estate Foreclosure Assistance & Services
Rock & Stone Dealers
Computer Training
Educational Administration
Storage Sheds
Telecommunications Wiring & Cabling
Home Health Care Agencies
Medical Billing Services
Doctors
Law Schools
Dialysis Clinics
Medical Centers
Family & General Practice Physicians & Surgeons
Computer Software
Dermatology Physicians & Surgeons
Floral Wire Services
Roof Repair
Wedding Facilities
Room Additions
Golf Courses Architects
Colleges
Bartending Instruction
Timeshares
Electronic Equipment & Supplies Retail
Dental Implant Dentists
Dermatology Pediatrics Physicians & Surgeons
Diabetic Services & Supplies
Medical Imaging
Educational Consultants
Monuments & Markers Dealers
Auto Mechanic Schools
Home Theater Services
Adult Education Schools
Diabetic Services & Supplies
Unfurnished Apartments
Internet Advertising
Computer Upgrade Services
Acupuncture & Acupressure
Educational Financing
Home Theaters Custom Installation
Dental Information & Referral Services
Real Estate
Cardiology Physicians & Surgeons
Dental Schools
Postcards
Replacement Windows
Real Estate Loans
Hair Braiding
Leather Goods Retail
Chiropractic Clinics
Mobile Homes Transporting
Residential Real Estate Attorneys
Funeral Homes & Directors
Bariatric Medicine Physicians & Surgeons
Computer Security
Disabilities & Special Needs Equipment & Supplies Retail
Trophy Shops
Cosmetic Dentists
Toy Stores
Eyewear
Colonic Therapy
High Schools
Graduate & Professional Schools
Cemeteries & Memorial Parks
Learning Centers
Health Care Providers
Real Estate Consultants
Camcorders
Alcoholics Anonymous
Online Shopping
Toy Stores
College Preparatory Schools
Radiology Schools
Trophy Shops
Maps & Globes
General Anesthesia & Sedation Dentists
CPR Instruction
Medical Schools
Neurology Physicians & Surgeons
Newspapers & Magazines
Nurses
Trophies, Medals, & Awards Engravers
Travel Accessories
Culinary Schools
Training Programs & Services
Maxillofacial Physicians & Surgeons
Tiles Refinishing, Cleaning, & Repair
Real Estate Commercial & Industrial
General Stores
Used, Rare, & Out of Print Books
Cable Television Equipment Retail
Dentures
Flags, Flagpoles, Banners, & Pennants
Reverse Mortgages
Birthday Parties
General Surgeons
Sun Rooms, Greenhouses, Solariums, & Atriums Builders
Maps & Globes
Mortgages
Home Schooling
Clinics
Computer Training
Dental Clinics
Bridal Registries
Continuing Education
Electronics
Real Estate Investments
School Supplies & Equipment Retail
Mental Health Clinics
Computers & Electronics
Computer Hardware & Supplies
Land Companies
Structural Steel
Diabetic Equipment & Supplies
Screen Houses & Enclosures
Emergency Services Dentists
Nursing Homes
Preschools
Property Management
Medical Services Organizations
Wedding Gifts & Favors
Tennis Courts Construction
Architects Residential
Internal Medicine Physicians & Surgeons
Computer Repair
Dental Laboratories
Health Food Stores
Outlet Malls
Singing Telegrams
Pawn Brokers & Shops
Military Schools
Medical Services
Hypnotherapy
Cemeteries & Memorial Parks
Nurse Practitioners
Cremation Services
Sports & Fitness Instruction
Outlet Malls
Real Estate Buyer Consultants
Shopping Services
Replacement Doors
Computer Networks
Sports Cards & Memorabilia
Abortion Clinics
Real Estate Agencies & Brokerage
Elementary & Secondary Education
Thrift Stores
Blood Banks
Executive Suites & Offices
Real Estate Rental & Leasing
Drugs & Medications
Digital Imaging
Data Recovery
Office Buildings & Parks
Florists
Condominium & Townhouse Management
Fertility Clinics
MRI
Bookstores
Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
Education
Community Colleges
Mobile Home Service, Repair, & Improvements
Steel Fabricators & Erectors
Real Estate Developers & Subdividers
Accounting & Bookkeeping Schools
Online Shopping
Party Facilities
Community Colleges
Storage Containers

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Included Features

List of key features, which makes your website building an easy experience!

  • For end user: No software to download, files are installed automatically via cPanel Plugin (other plugins are available too)
  • No HTML knowledge required
  • Automated installation, no files to setup
  • SEO Friendly
  • Responsive & Mobile Device Friendly: Website will look good on Desktop & Mobile
  • Intuitive interface
  • Easy Access to Subpages
  • Easily Add Subpages
  • Drag & Drop Subpages to create submenus
  • Add More Menus for better organization
  • Built-in Extension, Templates and Apps Catalogue
  • Built-in Templates Editor with 6 available theme layouts, 6 available menu styles, hundreds of fonts and thousands of customization possibilites
  • Over 60 Color Themes for Templates
  • Predefined Content Blocks
  • Easy Files Upload
  • Files Manager
  • Images Editor
  • Google Analytics support
  • Google XML Sitemap support
  • Built-in Search Engine
  • Social Media Features
  • Users Online Counter and Hitcounter
  • Custom Metatags for Subpages
  • Custom Favicon

Included Modules & Apps

  • Blog
  • Photo Gallery with Slideshow option
  • Files Manager with 500,000 free photos library
  • Contact Form
  • Forms Builder
  • Vote Poll
  • Shopping Cart
  • Events Calendar
  • Newsletter
  • FAQ & Help Maker
  • Google Maps
  • Add to Google
  • RSS Feed Reader
  • Restaurants Menu Maker
  • Sitemap
  • Muut Forums
  • Smarts Live Chat
  • YouTube Video Support
  • Paste Custom Code for JS/HTML/CSS Support
  • Downloadable Files

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