With so many people starting their own blogs, it's important to know where to start. Blog hosting is the foundation of your blog and without it, you wouldn't be able to run your blog. You need a solid hosting company ready to provide a strong foundation for many years to come.

There are several things to consider when choosing a hosting company for your blog. Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you sift through the hundreds of options.

WordPress is Vital to your Success

If you're a beginner and you don't know how to get your blog up and running, WordPress will become your best friend. Hosting is very important, but many bloggers will tell you WordPress is even more important.

WordPress is a CMS designed for bloggers. It will allow you to create a blog, website or a combination of a blog and website. It's very user-friendly and gives you the best and most popular blogging platform on the face of the earth.

You Need Great Hosting

Great hosting is a necessity and every excellent blog hosting company will give you the ability to use WordPress as a feature of your package. If they don't, you shouldn't be interested in their hosting.

If you plan to run your blog to make an income, you shouldn't be shy about spending a little bit of money to get excellent blog hosting. Sometimes, the cheapest business hosting option isn't the best, depending on the hosting company backing the deal.

Since hosting will act as the foundation for your entire business, you need to make sure you choose the right type and company. Shared hosting is the most popular and where nearly every beginner should start. Even if you need VPS or dedicated hosting in the future, shared hosting is the best choice for now.

Value Doesn't Always Equal Lower Price

Value is defined in the hosting world as what you get for every dollar spent. If you only spend $1 per month for hosting, but you receive slow load times, regular downtime and less than average support and server, you are not getting much value for that $1.

However, if you spend $5 for your new blog hosting and you receive the fastest possible load times, very little (if any) downtime and the service and support is fast, friendly and knowledgeable, you are getting more than what you are paying for. It's necessary to be careful when it comes to how much you spend on hosting compared to what you really get. The best value for your dollar may not be the cheapest option you find for hosting your blog.

How Much do you Really Need to Spend?

Some companies will try to tell you they are experts in hosting WordPress blogs. Then, they will try to charge you $30 a month for hosting. This may be worth it for some, but for about 95% of bloggers, you don't need to shell out $30 per month.

Most new bloggers will do very good with a shared hosting account from a solid hosting company. You don't need to spend $30 per month or even $15 per month for good blog hosting. As a new blogger, you may be on a budget. You can get excellent blog hosting for between $5 and $8 per month.

Just make sure your hosting company offers upgrades, in case you do need more resources in the future.

When you decide to start a new blog and you are searching for blog hosting, it can get confusing in a hurry. You don't want to end up with a bad host, but you don't want to spend a fortune, either. Use these tips to help you find the best blog hosting company for your specific needs.

Microsoft Azure Training

By Pete | @kingpetey | 25 Sep 2015

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise cloud platform that enables developers to use any language, framework, or tool to build, deploy and manage applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters. It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software systems.

Azure provides a robust variety of cutting-edge services that provide you with the flexibility to build a broad range of integrated analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web solutions.

In QuickLearn’s Microsoft Azure training class, you will learn how to set up an Azure development environment and build hybrid integration solutions in the cloud that take advantage of the publish-subscribe nature of Azure Service Bus, the connectivity provided by Hybrid Connections, and the process composition capabilities of Logic Apps and API Apps.

This course is designed for experienced .NET Developers with proficiency in C# and ASP, MVC, or Web API who wish to upgrade their integration skills using Azure App Service.

New gadgets to look out for

By Pete | @kingpetey | 18 Sep 2015

When it comes to technology, it is moving in the forward direct swiftly. We witness upgrades in a number of gadgets and new announcements are made months before the release.

So, now let's look at some of the gadgets and technology trends.

Virtual reality

After expanded reality, the next big thing that will be seen in the coming years is virtual reality. You will be able to experience sound and sight through gadgets. Here you will find a computer triggered environment which simulates physical interaction in the imaginary as well as real world. Oculus Rift is the best example for this. Work is in progress on creating virtual reality treadmill by Virtuix Omni. This technology which was widely used in gaming field, will now be used in the health field too.

8k display

4K TVs were first introduced in 2014 and from there, they became popular among people. In the beginning they were expensive, but are available now at affordable rate. so now comes the time of 8K TVs. During a press event in Europe, Philips declared that now it is time for the 8K TVs and they will be seen in the market with the same by 2016.

Quantum dot picture quality

Now this is something that you have been hearing a lot lately. Here in this technology, you will see many colors on the display panel. This is done by adding a layer of nanoparticles between backlight and colour filters. LG is the company to come forward first and announce quantum dot 4K TVs. The same have been expected from Sony and Samsung.

Android TVs

Android operating system was first started in phones and from there it jumped to tablets, laptops and now finally to TVs. Now Google has come up with smart TV with Andoid 5.0 OS. Many more companies are also expected to come up with smart TVs. The best part about smart TV is that now you will be able to access apps and games direct from the Google Play Store. As the developer kit for Android TVs are available in the market, more number companies are expected to come up with smart TVs in the coming time.

TVS with built-in games

When it comes TVs and games they are like bread and butter. Now new set of TVs are available in the market that have built-in functionality for gaming and are compatible with consoles. Brands like Samsung, Philips and Toshiba are coming with products that will help people to play games on their TV itself.


Many people tried their hand in the field of wearables last year, leading to the formation of many smartwatches and fitness bands. It is expected that things may go the same way in the nearest future too. Sony came up with its epaper smartwatch which is called as FES watch. LG came up with its G Watch R2, which is expected to have 4G connectivity in this year itself.

Dual working laptops

The season of laptop is never going to end. Now you will soon find laptops which can be converted into tablets too. You can find a good collection of laptops at Currys. They can be bought at the possible cheapest rate. For this, you need to use Currys voucher code at Deals Lands. Deals Lands is a place, where you will find a number of discount vouchers which you use while shopping at the stores. 

Apple Watch

This has been the most awaited gadget that people have been looking out for since 2014. This has been released by Apple for its customers.

Samsung Galaxy S6

When it comes to Samsung Galaxy S5, it was outstanding but it failed to capture the market on a large scale. Samsung Galaxy S6 has been released in this year April. It comes with lollipop OS and super AMOLED touchscreen. They have been able to attract people on a large scale.

The number of gadgets keeps on increasing everyday. Some of the gadgets wins the race while others fail to impress the crowd. Hope there may be more in the coming years to attract customers.

The world of hosting can be very confusing for a beginner. Whether you are trying to get a website up for a new business or you just want to start a personal blog, finding hosting is the first step. Here's a guide to help you understand the differences between blog hosting and website hosting.

What is a Blog?

You may know what a website is, but you may not be familiar with a blog. A blog is usually part of a website, which allows you to provide new content, on a regular basis. Unlike a website, which usually just contains static pages, a blog provides a time and date stamp on each post. Often, websites and blogs work together as a larger part of your marketing strategy.

What Type of Hosting do You need for a Blog or a Website?

Websites and blogs don't really need a separate type of hosting for each. You can host a blog or website on a shared, VPS or dedicated server hosting package without an issue. About 95% of websites and blogs only require a shared hosting account. As long as the account comes with the features you need, such as WordPress and Joomla, it will work for a blog, website or both.

Is there any Real Difference?

Overall, there isn't a difference when it comes to blog hosting and website hosting. Many hosting companies will market like there is a difference, however. Sometimes, there are better packages for certain types of website, but for the majority of websites and blogs, a simple shared hosting package will work perfect.

The differences come in when you get to a higher level of hosting with VPS and dedicated server hosting. If you have a high traffic website or need added security, these types of hosting will provide just what you need. They work great for both blogs and websites, but some of the packages can be customizes to work better with the tools used for blogging compared to just a static website.

Finding Hosting for a Website with a Blog

Most small businesses will run both a website with static pages for services and products and a blog with industry information and news. This is the best choice if you plan to use search engine optimization as part of your marketing strategy. If this is your plan, using a CMS, such as WordPress is the best way to go.

WordPress makes it very easy to design and run a website with a blog. The right hosting for a combination of a website and blog will provide WordPress free of charge with plenty of disk space and bandwidth. Usually, you can get everything you need in a moderately priced shared hosting package.

Make sure you Read the Reviews

The hosting industry is highly competitive, which has caused some fly-by-night companies to pop up. They may offer a great deal, but not provide the support and performance you really need. However, you can weed these companies out by reading non-bias hosting reviews from sites, such as DailyHosting.net. Reading the reviews will help give you a better idea of what you will really get from the hosting company.

With the recent upswing of property development in the city of Las Vegas, many industry pundits have been left shaking their heads in wonderment at this new and unprecedented return to form. Las Vegas was thought to be entering upon a period of serious and all but irrevocable decline in the wake of the housing bubble bust in 2008. However, it seems that the city has defied the expectations of critics and naysayers, and has entered upon a new period of renewed stability and prosperity, with no ceiling yet in sight.

Atlantic City: Is It Time To Pull The Plug?

Meanwhile, Atlantic City, the most famous casino oriented tourist destination on the East Coast of the United States, seems to have fallen upon increasingly hard times. Of the 12 major casinos that are currently operating in the region, four are in serious danger of being shut down and scrapped altogether if new buyers cannot be found for them. This is a stark contrast to the glory days of the region, when millions of tourists flocked to the New Jersey shore in search of opportunities for gambling and big name entertainment.

Las Vegas And Atlantic City: A Tale Of Two Casino Cities

For example, casino and hotel owners, such as Stephen Wynn and Donald Trump, have been credited with the ability to foresee the massive change of emphasis that has since overtaken Atlantic City in favor of renewed emphasis on development in Las Vegas. Wynn left the Atlantic City scene in the 1980's, while Trump has experienced increasing difficulty with his namesake property in the town.

As a result, more and more casino and hotel owners have expressed deep reservations in regard to their properties in New Jersey. Meanwhile, the building boom in Las Vegas, while not substantially an increase on the glory days of the previous decade, has grown apace, and is seemingly about to enter upon a new era of glory. This new arc of property and residential development can be seen particularly in the Western and Northern corners of the city, where development has been slower than in the rest of the area.

How Does Property Development Tie Into Commercial Development?

For those of who you may be reading this article and wondering, "How does property, i.e., residential oriented, development tie into commercial development?", the answer is clear: Encouraging more people to move to the city of Las Vegas, for whatever reason, means that there will be more people who will be in need of entertainment, particularly the family oriented variety that modern Las Vegas casinos specialize in. At the same time, there will be plenty of new singles in the town who enjoy an old fashioned night of drinking, carousing, and gambling.

Can Las Vegas And Atlantic City Exist On The Same Page?

While many would think that Las Vegas and Atlantic City could not possibly be in direct competition with each other, the reverse is true. Both are (or were) major tourist destinations devoted to gambling and glamorous, big name entertainment. The fact that one is succeeding as the other is floundering says a great deal about the changes that are overtaking the nation as demographics and priorities shift. What the ultimate verdict will be is still to be revealed.