Category Archives: Technology

TOP 10 WEB HOSTS?

I’m going to start off by saying that a discussion of web hosts can be almost as contentious as a discussion of politics. You will never get complete agreement and the web hosting company that’s best for you very much depends on the type of site you have, what services you need them to provide, and your skill level and experience in operating a website.

Along with links to their websites, I’ve also linked to their social media pages. I wouldn’t rule out a company just because it isn’t very active in social media, but I might give extra consideration to one when I can see that they take the extra step to be helpful to their customers.

I’ve also included information about where the servers are physically located. You may like doing business as close to home as possible. Or, you may have a preference of location due to that country’s laws – either something to avoid or something that attracts you to there. I don’t see the legal aspect as a huge consideration right now, but I can see the possibility of it becoming more important in the future.

When you begin your research to decide what kind of web hosting you need, you first need to decide if you want shared, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated server. Read this for a good summary of the differences.

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10. Web Faction – Hosting for developers.

They have a turtle on the index page of their website! That’s not the only reason I picked them, but I do like turtles. (Who doesn’t?)

They have data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Web Faction Facebook Page
Web Faction Twitter Page

9. Vidahost - UK web hosting and domain registration.

Data centre in Slough, Berkshire, UK.

Vidahost Facebook Page
Vidahost Twitter Page

8. Digital Ocean – American VPS based in New York City.

Leases data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Digital Ocean Facebook Page
Digital Ocean Twitter Page

7. Stablehost – Shared and VPS hosting based in Arizona.

Data centers in the US and Europe.

Stablehost YouTube Channel
Stablehost Facebook Page
Stablehost Twitter Page

6. Nixihost – Shared and dedicated hosting. Caters to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.

Headquartered in Houston, TX. The dedicated servers are in Orlando, Florida.

Nixihost Facebook Page
Nixihost Twitter Page

5. Namecheap – Popular domain registrar that also provides shared web hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting.

Data centers in the US and UK.

Namecheap Facebook Page
Namecheap Twitter Page

4. Amazon Web Services – You already know Amazon as an online store and provider of streaming video and music. Guess what? They also provide web hosting with the same great attitude towards customer service.

Global data centers.

AWS Facebook Page
AWS Twitter Page

3. Rackspace
Rackspace Facebook Page
Rackspace Twitter Page

2. Codero – Years of experience and a reputation for reliable up time.

Data centers in the US.

Codero Facebook Page
Codero Twitter Page

1. InMotion Hosting – Offers a variety of plans from basic to dedicated hosting. 24/7 live support.

Data centers in the US. (Washington DC and Los Angeles, CA)

In Motion Hosting Facebook Page
In Motion Hosting Twitter Page
In Motion Hosting Google + Page
In Motion Hosting YouTube Channel

Top 20 Companies?

These are the top twenty ranked companies according to a Harris Poll that ranks them by consumer perceptions of social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance, and workplace environment.

1. Wegman’s Food Markets – privately-owned supermarket in the Northeast US.
2. Amazon.com – largest internet-based retailer in the US. It began as an online bookstore but now sells everything that’s legal to sell. Except Confederate flags.
3. Samsung – South Korean conglomerate company, popular among consumers for its electronics.
4. Costco – American members only warehouse club.
5. Johnson & Johnson – American medical and pharmaceutical products company.
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6. Kraft Foods – American food manufacturing company, best known for its bright orange macaroni and cheese. (Update: Kraft merged with Heinz, owned by #11, Berkshire Hathaway on July 2, 2015, becoming the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world.)
7. L.L. Bean – retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment. Preppy.
8. Publix Supermarkets – employee-owned supermarket chain based in Florida and operates in several states in the Southeast US.
9. Apple – maker of iPhones, iPods Mac Computers, and Apple TV.
10. Google – American technology company, probably best known for its search engine (which we love). It has also developed several excellent products including Chromecast, Google Fiber (fiber optic communication, not a breakfast cereal), and Chromebook, plus too many other products, apps and services to list here. Let’s just say Google is everywhere and we love it, but not in some weird Stockholm Syndrome way or in some we’re-just-sucking-up-to-get-better-PageRank-way, because that would be wrong.
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11. Berkshire Hathaway – conglomerate that owns Dairy Queen, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, BNSF, FlightSafety International, NetJets, Lubrizol and interests in several other companies.
12. The Walt Disney Company – American media and entertainment company, best known for its animated movies, theme parks (Epcot is best!), and former child stars who get featured regularly in the tabloids.
13. Sony – Japanese conglomerate producing electronics, movies, music, and games.
14. CVS – US pharmacy chain.
15. Microsoft – American technology company that makes computer software, Xboxes, and the Bing search engine.
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16. Lowe’s – American home improvement/hardware and appliance stores.
17. Kellogg Company – American food manufacturing company that makes snacks and breakfast foods, including cereals.
18. Chick-fil-A – American fast food restaurant with the best chicken nuggets ever.
19. The Boeing Company – American company that makes airplanes, rockets, and satellites. It’s the largest aerospace and defense manufacturer in the world.
20. Intel Corporation –  American technology company that makes semiconductor chips.

Free Ways to Learn Programming?

Do you want to know how to make a website? Or a mobile phone app? There are several ways to learn Javascript, HTML, Python, PHP, SQL, CSS, and Ruby for free online.

Future Learn – Begin Programming: Build Your First Mobile Game
 Learn simple Java programming to make a game for Android phones or tablets.

edX - Introduction to Computer Science
A self-paced Harvard class you can audit for free.

Code Academy
Classes for HTML & CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Python, Ruby, and PHP.

Khan Academy
Offers instruction so “you can learn how to code computer programs, how to design algorithms that make computers more efficient, and discover what a career in computing could look like. “

Learn to Code the Hard Way
Books teaching Python, Ruby, SQLRegex and a Command Line crash course are free to read online.

W3Schools
HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL, PHP, and JQuery. Includes an active discussion forum.

HTML Dog
Tutorials on HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Ruby Monk
Beginner, intermediate and advanced interactive tutorials to learn Ruby.

Codingbat
Java and Python interactive tutorials.

Try Python
Interactive Python tutorials.

Python – Python for Beginners
Python.org offers instruction, Python community, and documentation available in multiple languages.

Ruby-lang.org
Downloads, instructions, and Ruby community with user groups, weblogs, and newsgroups.