How Far Are You Willing to Go for Your Speaking Success?

The dream of becoming a professional speaker took hold many years ago. I was working for a small radio station in Santa Rosa, California. My primary job was to sell airtime. Yup! I sold air. Because the station was so small, it was easy to wear many hats. Within a very short period of time I realized that I could more fully serve my clients by not only selling them the air time, but also to write and voice their commercials.

The year was 1989. Two years prior I had a completely different life. Prior to this period I was nearly broke, couch surfing and had no job. I would read and listen to virtually anything I could get my hands on that would help me achieve a success mindset and deepen my spiritual wellbeing. Most everything I read or listened to was obtained from garage sales or the Goodwill. Scraping by from day to day required I get very creative in how I fed my voracious appetite for knowledge. The kind of knowledge that could get me out of the desperate way of life I had ended up in. Out of all of the books in my personal library, my favorite was The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. I read it morning and night without fail.

It was during this time one of my top clients, Scott, introduced me to the works of Tony Robbins. Scott owned a full service gas station with nearly 40 employees. On a beautiful winter day, I stopped by to drop off the cassette that contained Scott’s most current ad spot. He and his office manager Mary, took me into their office to listen to the demo tape. After we were done with the usual business, Mary asked me if I had ever heard of Tony Robbins. I hadn’t.

They were very excited to introduce me to his work. Putting the full set of tapes for Unlimited Power in my hands, Mary said, “Take these home and listen to one tape each morning and then again at night. If you listen for the full 30 days your life will never be the same. After the 30 days we want you to present to our entire team about what you learned. We host an annual company meeting and this year, we want you to be the speaker. We’ll pay you for your time.”

“But I’m not a speaker.” The words came out of mouth as if they had a mind of their own. “What we love about you, Kathleen, is how positive you are. Our staff needs to find out how you got from where you were, to where you are now. With your own life experience and what we know you’ll get from Tony’s tapes, you will do great!”

For the next 30 days I listened religiously. I noticed my thoughts (and actions) shifting in a really amazing way. I became aware of things I hadn’t paid that much attention to like my daily habits, my thoughts, my focus on what was going on in my head and my willingness to take risks. I stayed the course for the full 30 days, all the while knowing I would be sharing my perception and point of view with Scott’s staff.

When the evening for my presentation arrived, I was fully prepared. I had so much fun with the preparation for the evening, I wondered what it would take to become a full time speaker; the kind of speaker who could impact people around the globe. After all, Tony Robbins had turned his life around and was impacting men and women around the world and making a great living doing so.

The evening went off without a hitch. I did great! The group loved my presentation and Scott couldn’t have been happier. As I was preparing to leave a silver haired gentleman approached me. “I’m Scott’s father. I really liked what you had to say,” he smiled and extended his hand to shake mine. “I have a group of people I would like you to speak to tomorrow night. You can do the same presentation. I don’t have a budget, but this will give you more experience.”

I suppose I should have realized I wasn’t as good as I thought if he was giving me the opportunity for “more experience.” But I ignored this fact, beaming with excitement. Wow! Here I had given only one talk and already I was being asked to speak to another group. I knew I had arrived. Without asking anything about the group, I jumped at the chance.

The following day dragged on, raining nonstop. I anxiously counted the minutes before I would once again be doing what I was destined to do, motivate an audience by getting on the platform with my inspiring message. At the appointed time, I arrived at the facility, dressed in a smart black business suit, heels and carrying my briefcase. I was somewhat taken aback to walk into a room of hundreds of tow truck drivers and their spouses.

It was apparent the drivers had not had time to go home to shower and change. I was witness to several beer chugging contests. It didn’t take but a few minutes for my judgments to set in. Barely two years clean and sober, a part of me wanted to turn and hightail it out of the huge room.

“With risk comes reward,” rang a small voice in my head. “With risk comes reward.” I decided to tough it out even when a few audience members made it abundantly clear they had no desire to listen to me. Trying not to let this impact me, I dove headfirst into my presentation. The more I spoke, the louder a few of the drunk audience members booed. “Get that woman out of here,” could be heard from a couple people around the room. I was devastated. How could I have ever thought I could be a speaker? Feeling knocked down emotionally, I swore I would never, ever, ever get in front of an audience from this point forward.

Fast forward nearly three decades and I have hundreds of presentations under my belt. Not only do I know the formula for making six figures in revenue from self-hosted events, I’ve been a featured keynote speaker at dozens of industry conferences. Meeting planners reach out to me. I’ve sat on expert panels and generate multiple six figures annually in my business. It’s a good thing I changed my point of view on speaking on the platform!

I’ve spoken in almost every state in the union, as well as speaking in Canada and Europe. I’ve heard the applause of highly inspired audiences, autographed my books for those who wanted to “take me home” with them and dealt with some of the craziest unexpected events a speaker can experience.

Today, I love the platform and I know that regardless of what is going on with the economy, I have ample opportunity to generate revenue, great revenue at that! I’ve also discovered the power of knowing how to host my own events to enroll high-end clients. I’ve learned the benefits of celebrity within a market to sell books and home study programs to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of hours, and the importance of not giving up.

The Asian Longhorned Beetle and Other Invasive Pests That Threaten Our Environment in the North East

Asian Longhorned Beetle.

I was one of the people sent to Brooklyn NY when Asian Longhorned Beetles were first discovered. Even for someone who is familiar with the damage done by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and other invasive species, I was horrified by what I saw. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is the most destructive insect threat to our environment and economy that has ever hit the USA, and nothing we spend to stop this pest now is too much. It has been reported that in the last Asian Longhorned Beetle outbreak in China this pest was responsible for destroying the equivalent amount of trees as all the forested land on the east coast from Nova Scotia Canada to Florida, and it is native to China. No one knows why Asian Longhorned Beetles suddenly became such a problem in its native home. One theory is that a predator or predators were lost or greatly reduced due to a change in habitat. Others surmise that it is due to the planting of favorable species in an effort to produce wood from fast growing trees like Poplar.

Hosts of this pest recognized by APHIS. (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service)

In the United States the beetle prefers maple species (Acer spp.), including boxelder, Norway, red, silver, and sugar maples. Other preferred hosts are birches, Ohio buckeye, elms, horsechestnut, and willows. Occasional to rare hosts include ashes, European mountain ash, London planetree, mimosa, and poplars. And from personal observation Rose of Sharon is also a host.

What can we do?

Let us start with how invasive species move and escape quarantines.

The number one long distance movement from one area to another is that we give them a ride. Invading species travel on furniture, cars, boats, plants, firewood and anything else we move. For shorter distances animals, birds, wind, and the natural movement of a pest can be added to our helping hand.

Education is the number one defense. It amazes me that after twenty years or so of watching the spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid that there are still the amount of people who have never heard of this pest. We need to do a lot better job of spreading the word about Asian Longhorned Beetle then we did for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

This is not a political writing so I shall refrain from getting into that subject, after you forgive me this little rant. Back in the eighties we were penny wise and pound-foolish. I was working for the State of CT then as an inspector and dealt frequently with the federal inspectors responsible for keeping us safe from invading pests. I watched as the number of people who were assigned to inspecting incoming cargo dropped drastically. These people were not making that much, compared to the millions and maybe billions that these pests will cost now they are loose. Of course there is no guarantee that these inspectors would have caught Asian Longhorned Beetle, Sudden Oak Death, Emerald Ash Borer, and a host of others, before they escaped the ports to destroy our forests, city trees and landscapes, but they might have. I knew a lot of these inspectors and know that they worked hard protect us from invading species. I would rather pay an inspector’s salary then someone to cut down all the trees in a city like Worcester Ma, or Brooklyn NY.

One does not always save by not spending so lets not be penny wise and pound-foolish in our fight to control these invasive species. Let your representatives know that you do not consider spending money preventing new invaders or controlling the ones that are here now, pork barrel spending. If the Asian Longhorn Beetle escapes into the Maple Syrup and timber growing areas of New England the money we could have spent on eradication will seem so trivial.

Other Invasive Species.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is still on the move. Look for white cottony masses, like the head of Q-tip only smaller, at the base of the needles. Unlike the Asian Longhorned Beetle Hemlock Woolly Adelgid only attacks one tree species. Hope for controlling this pest with introduced predators is still a possibility. Eventually Hemlock Woolly Adelgid will be everywhere, but slowing the spread will possibly allow scientists time to find new predators or ways to make the ones already introduced more effective in time to save some of our Hemlock forests.

Some people think that the colder temperatures of northern New England will stop this invader, but I would not put much stock in this theory. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid survives quite well in the mountains of Japan where low temperatures are equivalent to our northern forests. Even though sudden cold snaps can reduce the populations by over 90%, some of these insects do survive. The surviving population then will have a greater chance of producing young with the same cold tolerance. So cold temperatures may slow down the spread but they are unlikely to stop it.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer only attacks ash trees and not yet found in NH. Emerald Ash borer has been found in NY state. Though not as horrific as Asian Longhorn Beetle Emerald Ash Borer is still a serious pest. Emerald Ash Borer does have some native predators.

Lily Leaf Beetle.

Lily Leaf Beetle attacks Asian and native true Lilies, not Day Lilies. The Lily leaf beetle can be controlled in the landscape with pesticides, and there is encouraging research on introducing predators.

Sudden Oak Death.

A variety of the disease Phytophthora, this disease is has not been found yet in NE. This disease can travel in any species of Rhododendron. Nurseries and wholesalers are aware of this problem and there is a quarantine, so the most likely introduction will be some unknowing home owner bringing small cuttings or plants to plant here from their home in CA. Rhododendrons do not show obvious signs of this disease so it is very important not to move any of this species out of the quarantined area.

Winter Moth.

This pest went under the radar for years. The winter moth is much like our native Loopers or inchworms and the damage looks the same. You will first become familiar with Winter Moth when you see moths flying around lights from November to early January, none of our native species fly in the winter. Winter moth has cycles of outbreaks and has the potential to cause a lot of damage in bad years. Winter Moth will not usually kill a tree in one defoliation unless it is otherwise stressed. 2009 has been a particularly bad year around Topsfield MA. I have not seen Winter Moth in NH yet, but I am sure it is here.

European Chafer.

This is another insect that has white grub larvae bound and determined to eat your lawn. The spread of this pest unfortunately seems inevitable. The European Chafer does have some native predators that help a bit. As with Japanese beetle it takes a certain number of grubs per square foot to have noticeable damaging effects on your turf. It is a waste of money and pesticides to treat your lawn if pest populations are not at damaging levels. Also the more a pesticide is used, the more likely that a pest will develop resistance or the chemical will become a problem to the environment and be banned or restricted. So please check and make sure you have a problem in need of pesticides before you treat.

Elongate Hemlock Scale and Circular Hemlock Scale.

These two scale are already in NE and NH. Both of these pests can Kill Hemlocks and have been a real problem in CT. Less noticeable than Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. If you see a general stippling and yellowing of needles, you should check underneath for this pest. There are predatory wasps that attack these scales, so be very careful of your choice of pesticides to control other landscape pests. I have seen huge outbreaks of scale where the use of broad spectrum insecticides have killed off these wasps. Do not move hemlocks without checking the proper authorities to make sure you are not in an area that has either of these pests.

Sirex Woodwasp.

Has been found in Pennsylvania and Vermont

There are other species that have either established themselves beyond hope of control, failed at present to establish as a problem or have been or thought to have been eradicated. Some of these are the Brown tail moth, Japanese Cedar Longhorned beetle, Gypsy moth, Red pine scale, Red Wax Scale (Will not survive outside a greenhouse or possibly a home in our area), and many others.

Interesting Facts About Olympic Nations – Greece

Did you know…

Periklis Iakovakis is one of the popular athletes in Greece. This air force officer was born on March 24, 1979 in Patras ( Greece ). He is a bachelor’s degree from Athens Finance University. In the 1990s and 2000s , Periklis won several medals. At the 1998 Junior World Championship in Annecy ( France ), he won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles. He also won a gold medal at the 2006 European Cup in Goteborg ( Sweden ). Periklis is a member of the Greek Olympic team. During an interview, he said “I joined my oldest brother Sotiris a day he went for training in Lehaina in 1994. When I was younger I used to play football and basketball but when I got into athletics I was obsessed with the sport. I first went into the long jump and 110m hurdles. But when I realized I had a very good technique in jumping over hurdles and I could run fast for a long time, I chose the 400m hurdles. It was just before 1997”.

Athens hosted the 1991 Mediterranean Games

Greek sportspersons achieved many medals at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney ( Australia ). Gold medals: Pyrros Dimas ( weightlifting / light heavyweight ), Konstantinos Kenteris ( track & field / 200m ), Michael Mourotsos ( martial arts / under 59kg ), Akakide Kahiashvilis ( weightlifting / middle heavyweight ). Silver medals: Ekateri Thanou ( track and field / 100m ), Viktor Mitrou ( weightlifting / middleweight ), Leonidas Sampanis ( weightlifting / featherweight ), Dimosthenis Tampokos ( gymnastics / rigs ), Mirela Manjani ( track and field / javelin throw ), Anastasia Kelesidou ( athletics / discus throw ). Bronze medals: Anna Pollatou, Evangelia Chistodoulou, Eirini Aindili, Maria Georgatou, Zacharoula Karyami, Charikleia Pantazi ( gymnastics / rhythmic team ), Ionna Chatziioannou ( weightlifting / 63kg ), Almiran Karntanov ( wrestling / freestyle flyweight ).

This European country has hosted many world championships:

The 2006 IAAF World Cup

The 1997 IAAF World Track and Field Championships

The 1986 IAAF World Junior Championships

Pyrros Dimas was the flag bearer of the Greek Olympic team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Ironically, Pyrros was born in Albania, one of the most poorest countries in Europe. For political and economic reasons, he became a Greek citizen in 1991. He also was the flag bearer of the Greek delegation at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States. From 1992 to 2000, he won three Olympic titles. Currently, Pyrros is a national hero in Athens.

Greece has competed in all the Olympic Games: Athens-1896, Paris-1900, St. Louis -1904, London-1908, Stockholm-1912, Antwerp-1920, Paris-1924, Los Angeles-1932, Berlin-1936, London-1948, Helsinki-1952, Melbourne-1956, Rome-1960, Tokyo-1964, Mexico City-1968, Munich-1972, Montreal-1976, Moscow-1980, Los Angeles-1984, Seoul-1988, Barcelona-1992, Atlanta-1996, Sydney-2000 and Athens-2004. Unlike Norway, West Germany, Liechtenstein and Albania, Greece did not boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow ( USSR / currently Russia ). From 1896 to 2004, Greece has won 30 gold medals. This European country has more gold medals than Spain, Brazil and Argentina.

Greece -it is one of the world’s oldest countries- is the birthplace of the Olympics. The I Olympic Games were held in Athens ( 1896 ). There were 245 athletes from 14 countries competing in 9 sports ( aquatics, athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling ). Greek made up 65% of all athletes participating. The host country won 46 medals (10 golds, 17 silvers, 19 bronzes). The participating countries were Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Mirela Majani was born on December 21, 1976 in Durres, Albania. In her country, she trained under the direction of Enver Mysja. In 1997, Mirela became a naturalized Greek. Six years later, she won a gold medal in the javelin throw at the 1999 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Sevilla, Spain. She also finished first at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris ( France ). This sportswoman studied at the University of Alabama (USA).

Dog Stew

Food is a substance that holds cultures together. Common foods unify and define countries and regions. However, a food that one group considers a delicacy,
another group may find offensive. The French have long been called “frogs” because of their taste for the amphibians. The English once were sneered upon
as “beefsteak” because of their trend-setting use of cattle, and in the Philippines at least one tribe is nicknamed “dogeaters.”

The name Dogeaters has not been confined to the Philippines, however.

The summer 1988 Seoul Olympics focused the world’s attention on South Korea. One aspect of Korean cuisine the government preferred not to have spotlighted
was the use of dog meat. A dog stew, called Poshintang, is commonly available in restaurants in Seoul and the rest of the country. As an ingredient, dog
is not as ubiquitous as beef is in the U.S.; it is considered to be something of a delicacy. Traditionally, it has been a seasonal favorite, most popular
in the summer. Dogmeat is also purported to be effective as a male stimulant, increasing sexual stamina, even though there is no scientific literature
to support this claim.

Even before the Olympics, there was concern that foreign visitors to Seoul might be offended by restaurants offering dog meat. The Ministry of Health and
Welfare ordered measures to prevent such a conflict. In 1986, a ban was placed on the sale of dog meat as an “unseemly” food. The practical result was
that most restaurants in city limits replaced signs offering dog meat with smaller, less conspicuous versions, or they renamed the dish to “health stew.”
This did not prevent criticism. “How can a nation that will cheerfully eat its best friend be relied upon to host a small dinner party, let alone the Olympic
Games?”

In spite of this kind of pressure, dog meat sales continue. There are plans to open two dog slaughterhouses on Chejun Island, 450 km south of Seoul.

One
entrepreneur has opened a chain of dog meat restaurants. China Trading, the company behind the new restaurant chain, estimates there are now about 20,000
dog meat restaurnats throughout the country. It says one restaurant can rack up sales of 10 million won (about US$6020) a day during peak dog eating season
from April to July.

In the U.S., the estimated number of animals euthanized ranges from 6-150 million per year. If half of the number is composed of dogs, that leaves a lot
of potential meat to be exported. Legally, the only barrier would be the Animal Welfare Act, a federal law that covers any “live or dead dog, cat, nonhuman
primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, or any other warm-blooded animal which is being used, or is intended for use for research, teaching, testing, experimentation
or exhibition purposes. The USDA interprets the act to exclude birds, rats, and mice bred for research, and horses and other farm animals, such as livestock
and poultry, used or intended for use as food or fiber.” It is conceivable that dogs raised as livestock would be excluded as well, once it is established
that they are being raised as food.

Another rule governing the trade of livestock is the “Twenty- Eight Hour Law” which simply outlines minimum guidelines for the care of animals as they are
transported to market. There are certain feed, space, and water requirements if the transit time exceeds a twenty-eight hour period. If the dogs were slaughtered
in the U.S., that would eliminate concerns about these regulations. Shipping meat instead of live animals also avoids the problems associated with the
quarantine of live animals.

Even though the dog meat market does not seem to be growing at a fast rate, it is conceivable that American exporters could make inroads in a niche market.
The breed of dog that is farm- raised in Korea and China is a large dog similar in appearance to the German Shepherd. It is difficult to say whether the
variety of breeds in the U.S. would be considered suitable choices for the dog meat market abroad. Market research would need to be done.

Initially, it appears that there may be enough demand to support dog meat export, however, the impediments must be overcome. The voice of the American citizen
is one factor that should not be underestimated. Grass roots lobbying has great potential to raise public awareness against export efforts. Boycotts of
company family products has the potential to eliminate economic gains realized from coordinated dog exports.

Because the concept of sending dogs overseas to be eaten may be distasteful, it is helpful to examine the current status of unwanted dogs to gauge our attitudes
towards the situation.

The SF SPCA claims to be the only public animal shelter with a no-kill policy. They euthanize an animal only if it is suffering from an incurable illness.
The policy of other shelters is to “put down” animals if no one claims them after a certain period, which differs in each jurisdiction.

The result is millions of pounds of flesh to be dealt with. Some of it enters landfills where it eventually decomposes. A small amount of dogs are buried
in pet cemeteries. The rest are “recycled.”

Rendering plants process the carcasses for use in dog food and as feed for other animals. “In addition, some 40 billion pounds of year of slaughterhouse
wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters,
are rendered annually into livestock feed – in the process turning cattle and hogs, which are natural herbivores, into unwitting carnivores.” (U.S. News
& World Report, Sept. 1, 1997 p.23)

Land of Morning Calm – 50 Years Later

Over 400 Korean War Veteran’s names in the U.S. were drawn from as many as 5700 applications to attend the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the signing of the Armistice, July 27, 1953 in Panmunjom, Korea. My husband Doyle was one of them. They could take any guest they wanted but would be required to pay the guest airfare. All other expenses would be covered in Korea. This event was sponsored by the Federation of Korean Industries (businessmen) who planned tours for about 1,000 veterans and guests (worldwide) representing the 21 countries whose veterans served in Korea from 1950-’53.

Doyle and I(wife)boarded American airlines in Kansas City for a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on July 23rd, 2003 where we transferred to an International 14-hr non-stop flight aboard a Korean Air 747 to Seoul, Korea. The sun never went down as we flew Northwest over Canada and Alaska, the Arctic Ocean and the tip of Russia, then down over the Sea of Japan before turning westward to Seoul.

Our reservations were at the Shilla Hotel, one of “the most luxurious hotels in the world,” they had advertised. In the year 676 the Korean peninsula was united in one kingdom, called the Shilla. This Shilla dynasty is present with its tradition and sophistication in the ambiance of service rendered at the Shilla Hotel. Quite opulent for us country folks, but most certainly enjoyable!

The first event Friday morning was held at the National Cemetery in Seoul. This included a wreath-laying ceremony honoring all who died in the Korean War. Following this we were taken by bus to the War Memorial Museum. In the entrance hall are large plaques with all the names of those who perished during the war. The U.S. names were posted by states, making it easy to find the hometown soldiers(Owen Evans, Ralph Auten, Ivan Groom and Charles McDougal) whose lives ended in that war.

Friday evening we were guests at a banquet sponsored by the USO at the Hotel Grand Hyatt. There were long banners draped around the Hall that displayed the patch of every military unit that fought in Korea. Doyle served with the 2nd Indianhead Division, which still maintains troops at Camp Red Cloud, Korea.

Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who was the U.S. representative to the Commemoration ceremonies, was featured speaker this night. Entertainment was provided by Korean Tenor Lim Hyung Joo, who had just returned home from an engagement at Carnegie Hall, USA. He sang a beautiful arrangement of ‘Ave Maria’ and every one present was given a CD of his music to take home. All of the veterans were presented a bound ‘Certificate of Ambassodor for Peace’ signed by General Lee SangHoon, Retired from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army. A representative from each of the 21 countries was presented the UN Peace Medal and each veteran in attendance was presented a Medal on a ribbon by a member of the ROK Retired Veterans Organization.

In the center of the Hall was a lone table setting with wine glasses inverted and empty chairs signifying that the ‘fallen comrades’ would not be joining us at this commemorative event. A red rose in a glass vase was a reminder of their selfless sacrifice. a soldier played ‘Amazing Grace’ on bagpipes as he walked between the tables for that solemn remembrance.

Saturday morning, our tour went to the Seoul Tower, which is located on a hill in the center of this city of 11 million people. The Tower has a 360 degree observation deck and a revolving restaurant. It boasts a height of 777 ft and can be reached by vehicle, bus or cable car. This was a perfect vantage point from which to view the Economic Development of Seoul in the past 50 years. Doyle remembers going through Seoul in 1950 when it was eerie because the Capital and two other buildings were virtually all that remained standing from the see-saw back and forth of Chinese/South Kerean claims upon the city.

Today there are two tunnels (one nearly a mile long) through the hill the Tower sits upon. They are still building high-rise buildings aggressively and credit the Korean War Veterans for their porsperity and freedom. The feeling is ‘If these veterans had not fought beside ROK soldiers we would be under the control of North Korea today.’

Following lunch at a restaurant of Korean Cuisine, I heard a guitar playing “Peace is Flowing Like a River” outside the door as we left. We arrived at the Korean Folk Village, which is a replica of life in the countryside many years ago. A small Korean boy demonstrated how the A-frame was used to haul loads on their backs….this was a human waste jar that would be dumped in the rice paddies for fertilizer. Our veterans remember this A-frame and the many uses it fulfilled. At the ‘Village’ we saw large kilns under thatched roofs where the beautiful ‘Celedon’ pottery is still made by hand today.

Saturday evening, we were the guests of an Outdoor Barbeque at Lombardy Field, the American Army Post. This was hosted by the Pacific Area VFW of the U.S., The Optimist Clubs Int’l, Overseas Military Sales Organization, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Korea Sports Officials Assoc., Korea Chapter of AUSA, United Air Lines and Sargeants Major Assoc. at Yongson Army Base on the edge of Seoul. A few selected veterans were invited to the U.S. Embassy and missed the Barbeque.

Guests were greeted by officers in the chow line and presented 50th Anniversary Medallions from the VFW and a Peace medallion from the United Nations Command. By ‘Special Invitation’ veterans were granted entrance to this event.

Sunday morning July 27, all veterans and guests departed for Panmunjom and the DMZ for the Armistice Signing Commemoration. There was a reception and tour where you could walk around a table and be in North Korea. Surprisingly, they did allow picture-taking.

The next stop on the Sunday Agenda was The World Peace Day Ceremony at the War Museum. Security was extra tight as the President of Korea was also attending. They made me turn on the camcorder to prove it actually was a camera. Doyle had to remove his boots, just like at the airport. The dress was formal for this event. Our evening speaker was the President of the Republic of Korea, Roh Moo-hyun. Part of the affair was the unveiling of a new Korean War Monument at the Museum. It rained on their whole ‘parade,’ but they had furnished all the guests with a plastic poncho in our bag of mementos, so we didn’t get too wet. (We had been encouraged to bring umbrellas three weeks prior to the trip.)

After the official ceremony, a banquet was hosted by the Republic of Korea in the restaurant on the Museum grounds. The rain subsided and piles of pink and green ponchos could be seen where they were dropped upon entering the restaurant. On our way back to our hotel, one of our veterans led us in singing “God Bless America” on the bus. My eyes were not dry during this unexpected burst of American pride.

Monday was a sort of ‘free’ day. Doyle and I spent time at the Yongson Army Base talking with people at the Protocol building and visiting the PX by the special privilege that all Korean War Veterans had been granted. Korean people were so friendly,always bowing and thanking the veterans for their freedom, but even the officers on the Post would stop to shake a veteran’s hand or sit with us in a fast-food place and thank my husband for serving in our military.. It was quite humbling to be treated with so much respect, when many hadn’t gotten that from their home towns when the war ended. I just reflected on the scripture passage: “If you want to live without being afraid of authority, you must live honestly and authority may even honor you.” Rom 13:3

Later, we took a Shilla Hotel bus to the Itaewon Shopping District, where they would accept American money. We ate at a ‘Subway’ restaurant, just like back home. At other locations on that street you could find McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and OutBack Steak House. We treated ourselves to a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream treat while sitting in front of a shop and watching people and traffic. While I was in the Ice Cream store, Doyle was approached by a Jehovah Witness. That really surprised us.

We arrived back at the Hotel in time to dress for the ‘Blue House’ tour. This was not on our agenda. The First Lady of Korea, Kwon Yang-sook had invited the Veterans to meet with her. Before this could happen, three were Secret-Servicemen boarding the bus to check all passsports with the list of names they had been given. After attaching a special sticker to each of our nametags, we had a Police Escort to the Blue House (same as the White House here). After all of the security…as we approached the Presidential compound, our tour guide, Stephanie, got a call on her cell phone that the First Lady could not meet with us because of an emergency.

Our bus was allowed to tour the compound and the First Lady waved from the Portico above the steps. She made arrangements with the Tour Guides to present us a gift….a Korean fan with the Presidential seal emblazoned upon it. Next we were taken to the Statue of the ‘Phoenix’ on the grounds where a building houses the President’s International gifts. the ‘Phoenix Fountain’ aptly symbolizes the rising of Korea economically out of the ashes of WAR. Nearby we could see protestors with signs. Stephanie said the protests had to do with a railroad project some place in the city.

The Farewell Banquet Monday evening was hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries (who sponsored the trips and event). It was held at the Crystal Ballroom, Lotte Hotel, where some of the Korean War Veterans stayed.

Entertainment was by a trio of young women violin players accompanied by piano. They played ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ All U.S. Veterans stood in unison and sang Our National Anthem facing our flag which was included in the parade of 21 flags across the stage. There were quite a few eyes brimming over after this show of patriotism to our most gracious hosts. A clarinet soloist also had tears on his cheek while playing a special arrangement dedicated to the fallen heroes. (Maybe his father or grandfather was one of them?)

General Leon LaPorte, the Commander of all U.S. Forces in the Republic of Korea (ROK) gave an Address. He was interviewed July 27, the day before, and that News article may be read at usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/arms/03072811.htm. He spoke to us about the presence of the ROK-US alliance in Korea which has enabled them to ‘enjoy tremendous prosperity as the 13th largest economy in the World.’ Gen LaPorte stated that $2 was spent on this commemoration event.

Addresses were given by the Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries and also by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, both attesting to the growing economy and giving credit to the soldiers who fought alongside their ROK forces.

A special Address was given by Koren War Veteran Rodolpho Hernendez, Medal of Honor recipient from the U.S. Army. He gave a wonderful witness to God intervening in his life three times in Korea—the last time all of his unit were killed and he too, was put in a body bag. But he moved a finger or hand and someone saw the bag move. He was taken out and moved to a MASH unit,where his long miraculous recovery began. After being shot and bayonetted , yet he lives, telling others his story, while counseling newer War Veterans of today. There are 20 living Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War, 52 from WWII and 65 from the Viet Nam war.

Medal of Honor recipients are the real heroes of this age–going beyond the call of duty to ‘make a difference’ in the circumstances in which they find themselves. They have all exhibited great courage and superiority, often thinking of others’ danger when they were gravely wounded themselves. To read their stories, you may find them at homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/index0.html. Charles Richard Long of Independence, MO, the Forward Observer for Doyle’s Mortar Platoon, may be found on this Memorial Hall web page. The Long family donated their hero’s Medal of Honor (which was awarded posthumously for the ‘Massacre Valley’ battle near Hoengsong/Wonju area) to the Truman Library in Independence, MO.

It had rained for two days and when we left the Lotte Hotel that night we got soaked as our busses could not get close enough for us all to board. We wished we could bring that rain back to Northwest Missouri where we were in a drought area in the Midwest.

On the way to Korea, everything was well organized, special check-in lines for the Korean War Veterans at Baggage or Immigration and Customs counters. At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport we were met by Doyle’s Army buddy, Art Gagnon, who drove us to the International Terminal from American Airlines. Our baggage went from Kansas City to Korea. The Tour busses met us at Inchon Airport and a special envoy of Army, Navy and Marines helped the Veterans get their packets of material and their luggage on the right bus. We are still amazed at the amount of preparation and planning that an effort this large entailed.

Leaving Korea, our tour guide escorted us to the Inchon Airport, where again we had a special line, to get checked in with our luggage. Then we were on our own coming back. We had to claim our baggage at O’Hare in Chicago and find the American Airlines terminal by ourselves. We lost a carry-on bag when we were claiming our other luggage.

The Airport Security put a woman on our case. I went to the Rest Room while the intercom was saying ‘All unattended baggage will be turned over to the Chicago Police Dept.’ I thought we’d never see that case again. However, within about 40 minutes, the lady came with our bag! We were so overjoyed we both gave her a big hug and thanked her. We were happy we still had an hour before catching our next plane home.

We waited again (on board) because an Iranian couple’s little boy was sick. They made five of them get off the plane to protect the rest of the passengers. We wondered what was going on with so many authorities coming on the plane to talk to these people?

Finally we arrived at Kansas City International Airport. Neither of us had flown anywhere in 50 years, so it was with a bit of apprehension that we had gotten on the plane in Kansas City a week earlier. But,that’s when we finally believed we were actually going on this trip. Doyle had never won anything before and said this trip to Korea would be the highlight of his whole life.

We are deeply appreciative of the generous opportunity afforded war veterans to return to Korea by the thoughtfulness of the Federation of Korean Industries. We shall forever be thankful to them for the experience of a most wonderful journey to the ‘Land of Morning Calm.’ It will surely help to calm the disturbing war memories of many Korean War Veterans.

Fishing Lodges and Fishing Vacations in Northern Ontario

Ontario boasts the world’s largest number of lakeside resorts and lodges. Maybe it is because we have over 400,000 of the worlds most beautiful and pristine rivers lakes and streams. Maybe it is because we love the wilderness and love fishing, hunting and canoeing. We have facilities and services to suit every taste and every budge whether you are looking for a small cabin where you are completely alone and are the only one on the lake so you can canoe and fish in silence where the only things you here are the call of the loon and the cry of an eagle along with the occasional splash as you reel in the fish or whether you want to fish where you can see a moose feeding by the shore or teaching a calf to swim.

Accommodations options run from rustic and remote fly-in wilderness fishing camps far away from civilization where you can be promised complete seclusion to luxurious shoreline resorts with outstanding chefs, and menus, hot tubs, internet access and good quality roads right to the front door. Some of our visitors are looking for the ultimate sport fishing getaway on the edge of the Arctic with a native guide that can give you the history and geology of the area while others just want to relax and drop a line from the end of a dock. At Canada Wilderness we pride ourselves on being able to find you the best wilderness outfitters, guides and activities however you want to describe your need.

You’ll find all the resources here for a vacation in Ontario of for that matter anywhere in Canada’s wilderness whether you’re photographing Dall Sheep, Grizzlies and Migrating Caribou or paddling through glaciers and icebergs under the Northern Lights. Great fishing for Walleyes, brook trout, northern pike, or perch or Bass are only some of the reasons to come to Ontario. You’ll also find yourself surrounded by a land of unparalleled beauty and variety – rich with a still lakes or fast flowing rivers, hills to climb and wildlife to photograph.

Ontario is known for its trophy fishing and has satisfied trophy seekers for over a hundred years. So if some serious angling and catching a really big record breaking fish is what you are after we can accommodate that too. Nowhere else can boast as many large fish. Think of it: The largest and most numerous fresh water lakes in the world and a huge diversity of fish,including salmon, arctic char, Walleye and Brook or Speckled Trout in abundance. Over 4.7 million kg of sport fish are caught every year.

You can come fully equipped, buy, or rent at any one of thousands of outfitters throughout the province. There are boats to charter, guided trips and fishing packages. So be your own guide and take yourself to a place where there’s just you and the fish or have the very best and most experienced fly you in and pamper you throughout your stay. Halleys Camps are a great example of a great Canadian fishing trip. You can fly directly from Winnipeg International Airport, Fort Frances, Kenora Airport or from International Falls, in Minnesota. They are located on a beautiful mosaic of lakes on the northern edge of Minaki where the Canadian National Railways mainline crosses the Winnipeg river.

You can choose an all inclusive lodge, a housekeeping camp, or one of a number of fly in outpost locations, If your fishing passion is a trophy northern pike or musky, a panful of sizzling walleyes for shore lunch, or you want to catch so many smallmouth bass in one day that your reel threatens to overheat, they can meet your needs. At their Kettle Falls Lodge you can boat in or fly in and will be treated like family in an all-inclusive setting on the Canadian English River. The English River offers some of the best walleye, Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike in Canada. All of the fishing and living equipment at Kettle Falls is in top-notch condition. They use what some anglers regard as the best fishing boat ever designed, the 17-foot Lund Outfitter, matched with fuel-efficient 4-stroke motors. The main lodge is an imposing site composed of massive hand-hewn spruce logs. The oversized fireplace is built from Canadian granite and two ancient Newhouse bear traps hang alongside the entrance.

The hosts are George and Sharon Halley and they will make you feel at home from the first moment you meet them.Sharon’s home-cooked meals, cookies and pies are outstanding and a terrific compliment to the skillets of fresh caught fish you have just reeled in. For more information go to http://www.halleyscamps.com and browse their web site or download their brochure full of options whether you want truly remote fly in locations, self guided trips, guided trips or the details on their larger lodges.

Fireside Lodge http://www.firesidelodge.com is another terrific example of fabulous fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Tiger Musky and Muskies They are just three and a half hours from the Minnesota border and are road accessible. Their Fireside Lodge was built in 1904 and is the only resort located on Little Vermilion Lake which is part of a 10 lake system. They have a number of newly built cabins nestled into the pines and excellent meals designed to delight even a hearty “northwoods” appetite, with plenty of pastries & baked goods made “from scratch”. Ontario has over 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams so it has many of the best fishing lodges and most beautiful camping resorts in Canada.

Whether you are a casual angler or a professional tournament fisherman Canada wilderness will have the lodge, campsite, outfitter or guide to meet your needs so dream about whatever will make your vacation the best of your life and you will likely find it at http://www.canadawilderness.com.

Mike McGrath writes about canoeing, kayaking, whitewater adventures and wilderness travel for CanadaWilderness.com. CanadaWilderness.com is Canada’s leading directory of wilderness outfitters and guides, adventure tour operators and wilderness lodges. For more Canadian wilderness travel ideas go to http://canadawilderness.com.

How to Earn Money Fast With the Right Web Host

It is no secret that the internet is making a large number of people rich. The internet has performed beyond any body’s expectation. It is growing at a very fast rate and so are the success stories.

In order to earn money fast, you need to be serious about your online business and therefore you need a website.

It is very difficult to choose the right hosting provider because the market is saturated with all sorts of web hosting companies all claiming to be the best.

You need to know which web hosting companies really offer an outstanding hosting solution at an excellent price. A good web hosting company will make available reports on your traffic, where the visitors are coming from, which of your advertising efforts are producing good results, you can get lots of interesting and helpful statistics about your website.

You have to be sure that your web host is very efficient and technically proficient, that there will be there for you 24/7, be sure your web host can accommodate blogs, forums, chats, online interactive helps and anything else you may wish to integrate unto your website.

You should think of your growth needs and be certain that your web host can provide for that. You do not want to keep changing from one web host to another.

It is advisable to avoid free or very cheap web hosting services, because you may often experience server problems and you are likely to have significant restrictions in storage, number of email addresses, FTP upload etc.

The attributes of a good web hosting company are listed below:

1. First-rate Customer service: Your web hosting company should be there for you 24/7; you should be able to have instant access to technicians anytime you need them.

2. Reliability: You need to be sure that your web hosting company is dependable. Check out that the web hosting company is the one that has been there for a long time and will not just disappear. You do not want a web hosting company that would go out of business in a short while.

3. Check your bandwidth capacity: to be certain that, if your website traffic grows speedily, your customers will still be able to download items without having to wait.

In addition to above points few good web hosts help you to earn money fast online by introducing an excellent affiliate program to their web hosting business such that when a prospect joins the web hosting company through your link, you earn money. This can add up very fast and turn to a full time business earning you thousands of dollars monthly.

You should be aware that your customers tend to stay with the web host sometimes for life if the web host is reputable. This means lots of earnings for you.

This is a very easy way to earn money fast online bearing in mind that the internet is growing at a very fast rate globally. Millions of people are joining every day and they all need a website eventually.

Concisely, you can earn money fast online just by choosing a reputable web hosting company which apart from rendering an excellent customer service, will help you grow your online business and turn it into a profit machine thereby making you very rich.

Christiana Benson is the owner of Top Home Based Businesses [http://www.GlobalProfitsCentre.com]. Sign up for her free Home Business Newsletter [http://www.GlobalProfitsCentre.com] to receive proven home business secrets.

Dedicated Hosting – A Comparison Between Physical, VPS and Virtualised VMware Based Hosting

Dedicated Hosting: A Comparison Between Physical, VPS and Virtualised/VMware Based Hosting

Dedicated hosting has been around since web hosting pulled itself out of the primordial sludge in the 90s, maturing through the start of the millennium and finally commoditising in the last few years.

The biggest change to dedicated hosting has come in only the last year with the introduction of virtualised hosting, but most importantly, the introduction of VMware based virtualised dedicated hosting.

The essential point to note here is that, in order of effectiveness and features, the following order is the case.

Best: VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting

Next Best: Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting

Least Good: VPS (Virtual Private Servers)

Before people leap off their chair and start wailing and gnashing their teeth, let me explain and enlighten.

This table allows you to easily and quickly compare your requirements against the pros and cons of virtualised and physical dedicated hosting infrastructure.

High Availability

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. High platform availability with automatic hardware failover is built into the VMware-based virtualised environment
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Only available in clustered farms

Managed Infrastructure

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. The hardware underlying the virtualised infrastructure is monitored and managed by skilled engineers 24x7x365
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Optional and costly
VPS: Yes

Fast Deployment

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. Hours to Days
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Weeks to Months. Physical infrastructure needs to be specified, ordered and delivered
VPS: Yes. Hours to Days

Dedicated Resources (CPU, RAM)

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. VMware Infrastructure 3 allows precise and accurate control over resource allocation, ensuring you receive what you pay for as a minimum.
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Yes.
VPS: No.

Dedicated Performance

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. VMware Infrastructure 3’s precise resource control guarantees your performance cannot be impacted by other customers
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Yes.
VPS: No. Resources are shared and customers can affect each other’s performance.

Independence from underlying OS

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Yes. Only the true virtualisation of VMware Infrastructure 3 allows complete independence from an underlying OS
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: No.

VPS: No. There is always a relationship between the underlying OS and the virtual machine.

Fast and Painless Migration from existing hosting environment

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Fast & Efficient. P2V (Physical to Virtualised) tools can be used to smooth the migration path

Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Possible using cloning, not P2V, tools.
VPS: Possible with the same P2V tools, but not widely included in the services offered.

Upgrading Processor Speed

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Fast & Efficient.
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Non-trivial. Parts need to be ordered and installed.
VPS: No. Upgrading cannot be performed if there is not tight resource control in the first place.

Upgrading RAM

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Fast & Efficient.
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Non-trivial. Parts need to be ordered and installed.
VPS: No. Upgrading cannot be performed if there is not tight resource control in the first place.

Upgrading HDD

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Fast & Efficient.
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Non-trivial. Parts need to be ordered and installed.
VPS: Yes

Cloning

VMware Based Virtualised Dedicated Hosting: Fast & Efficient.
Old-style Physical Dedicated Hosting: Yes, but requires third part tools.
VPS: Yes.

* VPS providers offer differing service levels

Food for thought rather than F.U.D…

Copyright Notice This article is free for reproduction but must be reproduced in its entirety, including live links & this copyright statement must be included.

Lorenzo Modesto started in the Internet industry in 1996 and has held executive positions in sales, marketing and business development at industry leading service providers. He is the Sales and Marketing Director of http://www.bulletproof.net.au/ a leading virtualised dedicated hosting provider.

Do I Need Hosting?

What is hosting?

A hosting account provides a home for your website on web servers, which are stored in a secure, climate controlled environment and are connected to the Internet so that other people on the Internet can view your website. You can look at your website as a front office and Hosting as the back office/ storage centre that houses the information, images, video and other content that comprises your website. Barring technical problems, a web host operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that anybody in the world can access your web site at any time. Web site hosting is typically measured in the amount of disk space you’re given on the server and the amount of data transfer (bandwidth) you need for accessing the server. If you have a lot of customer traffic at your website ie. file downloads, you’ll access the server fairly frequently and therefore need more website hosting transfer space than someone who puts only readable text on their web site. The more “items” or “content” you are hosting on your site (ie photos, maps, PDF files etc) the more disk space you’ll need for your website and domain hosting. A web server must have fast connections to be able to serve pages quickly. For the greatest speed and reliability try to find a host that has multiple high speed connections as well as reliable back up power supplies in case of power outages.

Hosting Companies

The purpose of web hosting is practicality. Web hosting companies provide simple access to the internet for anyone who creates a site and wants it seen by millions. There are plenty of web hosting types: *Shared *Reseller *Virtual Private Servers *Dedicated Servers *Colocation and Clustered Web Hosting. Unless you plan to host a site with thousands of video files, you don’t need fancy and expensive hosting. Just sign up for a basic shared web hosting package. Look at user reviews and testimonials for the web’s most popular hosting providers.

Shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting for small businesses and personal use such as blogs. Most websites you see on the web are accessed from a “shared host”, which is a single computer that can host several hundred web sites. Larger websites often use a “dedicated host”, which is a single machine that hosts only one website. Extremely high traffic sites such as Microsoft.com use several computers to host one site. A number of businesses and organisations offer web hosting services and the prices can range from free to hundreds of dollars a year. You usually pay a monthly fee that varies depending on how much disk space and bandwidth your site will use. Focusing on price is only one factor that you should be looking at when choosing a provider. There are many other factors that may be more important than immediate cost.

Hosting companies

These are the top five Hosting companies but there are others that may suit your needs.

HostGator

HostGator was established in 2002 and has been a world-leading provider of web hosting services. They provide top-notch service to clients from over 200 countries internationally. They deal with both the business and home user and their prices are very good and have various packages to suit individuals needs.

Hosting from $3.95 per month.

Justhost

JustHost is a web hosting company that was established in 2008 in California. In it’s short lifetime, the company has grown substantially and become one of the main web-hosting websites on the internet. The company was started to provide customer-friendly and cheap web hosting and reseller hosting to individuals and businesses.

Hosting from $4.95 per month.

Ipage

Ipage has been hosting business, personal, social and non-profit websites for more than 10 years. They know web hosting and the typical hosting customer, which means Ipage know there is NO typical hosting customer. That’s why IPage offers a great deal of flexibility, without over-complicating things.

Hosting from $4.50 per month.

FatCow

Since 1998 FatCow has provided reliable hosting services for individuals and businesses. Whether you’re looking for a small business web host or domain name for your business

Hosting from $4.67 per month.

GoDaddy

GoDaddy was founded in 1997 as Jomax Technologies by Bob Parsons. He owned and sold a software company called Parsons Technology. The sale provided him with several millions of dollars in the mid-1990s. As a result, Parsons decided to retire. In 1997 Bob came out of his retirement to launch a new company, Jomax Technologies, which became GoDaddy.

Hosting from $4.99 per month.

Pricing Structure

Free hosting usually offers limited services and can be a major security risk. They often place advertising on your website leaving you with little control over what kind of ads show up. Also, free hosts may restrict the content you place on your site. You may not be able to sell things or have certain content such as videos or music. Your website may also disappear overnight – when your hosting company vanishes, your website goes with it. Consider what providers will charge you when your site grows larger and attracts more than a few hundred or thousand a month. Some hosting providers charge a very low rate for your initial site but then bump the price up when your needs grow. Generally speaking the more you pay the more you get, but high rates don’t always translate as high service. Some of the lower priced hosts offer reliable, stable environments that allow your website to be accessed day in day out for years. Higher rates should bring you more storage space, more bandwidth to handle internet traffic and more services such as databases, email accounts, mass mailers, and the ability to add custom scripts. Higher rates can also mean better technical service if you have problems with your website.

Support

Excellent technical support for your website is one of the most important issues to be met. Support is needed for putting pages onto the server, for answering questions about your site, and for solving problems with fast access, and uptime (how long the service is on the air trouble free) etc. Don’t be afraid to call customer support if you are having issues. You are paying for the space with the provider and also the support, so always use it if needed. Do not sign up for a host unless they provide customer’s with 24/7 phone and internet support. If they cannot provide this, they won’t be reliable. They should also have a good collection of tutorials and FAQs readily on their site in case you need help. Always look into the support providers offer for each type of web hosting option that interests you. Web-related consulting and Site services: Some providers (even those that offer some services for free) may offer other web-related services that they charge for separately eg. hosting business sites or managing your site for you, so be aware that a less expensive hourly rate may not mean a lower total bill at the end of the month. There are a number of other helpful services that some providers may offer – from simply counting the number of users who visit your site through to creating and running more complex functions that allow you to process data from an online form. Look for a provider that does the simple stuff for you and supports you in doing the more complex functions yourself.

Speed

How fast can users access your website? And how fast can users download files hosted on the site? Test for yourself. Try accessing some websites hosted by any service you’re considering and see how fast they are, especially at busy times of the day. Then compare to other websites.

Downtime

Ensure your provider has little or no downtime. Look into the amount “downtime” (off air) of the provider to make sure it’s not a regular occurrence.

Switchability

Having the ability to switch web hosting providers is crucial. With the right to switch, you can resolve any other problems. Two things can keep you locked into an arrangement with a provider: contractual provisions and control of your domain name. Don’t sign a contract that locks you in for more than a year. Don’t let the web hosting provider register your domain name for you, but then retain ownership of the domain name themselves. It would cause problems with your ability to move your site later.

Viability

Make sure your provider has a good track record and is of sufficient size to offer some insurance that is it will be a solid investment for the future, rather than a fly by night company.

Reporting

Make sure your provider offers basic reporting features eg. the number of visitors your site has each day – for free. This can be very valuable and very telling between one provider and another.

Data transfer fees

Many hosting providers offer some free data transfer, but your costs can rise sharply if traffic at your site increases and data transfer rises above a minimal amount. Compare data -transfer pricing carefully.

Price

If all other things are equal, price is the determining factor. But don’t let yourself get ripped off on the price you pay.

THE KEYFACTORS IN CHOOSING A WEB HOSTING PROVIDER ARE THE FREEDOM TO SWITCH WHEN YOU NEED TO AND HAVING CONTROL OF YOUR DOMAIN NAME.

When signing up for web hosting, to ensure you are protecting your privacy, always check the top of the address bar when entering your credit card information and ALWAYS make sure the address bar starts with https. This means your private info is being protected.

• Most hosting providers offer at leasts a 30 day money back guarantee although others will say anytime.

Fast Web Hosting

Why is it important with fast web hosting?

Web hosting is not only supposed to keep your websites up and running, but they should also do it in a speed for the visitor that is comfortable. If a page load takes too long, your visitors will leave your website in an instant and go to the next one they find in the search engines. Of course the page load speed has to do with the way the website is programmed and how your database is set up and so on, but the hosting company you rely on must have band width enough to let your website take on a lot of traffic and to do it fast.

According to research, people’s attention span is getting a lot shorter when it comes to websites and the quality of them. They must look nice and contain the content you’re looking for, but it should also present all this to you in 1 second flat. Either that or I’m gone to next website claiming to provide the info I want.

That is why you should speak to the people at your hosting company and ask them how fast/what band width you can expect. Some of the cheaper hosting companies have slower connections but don’t just look at the price when you decide. Ask them, let them know, that you know about this and maybe they can hook you up with extra band width or something. My point is to not just jump on any hosting company out there without getting to know them a little first. Speed is important if you want your visitors to stay on your website.

Also make sure they tell you the time it takes for a website to load for the first time you visit it, not the second time when the website is cached on your computer, this will load the website in a fraction of the time compared to loading it for the first time. Un cached.

I hope this didn’t get too technical, I tried to keep it on a normal level, but do try to keep these things in mind if you feel that fast web hosting is something you want. Don’t let your clients go to your competitors website because you have a slow one. Remember that it takes a person around 5 – 7 seconds to decide if we want to stay on a certain website or not.

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