Experiences with web service providers

My experiences with web service providers

I have been very pleased with my current hosting company InMotion Hosting. However it always helps to research the options – here are the best companies.

Email – Gmail is ok for email for personal use. Google for business is ok for email/cloud storage but it is not what people expect. Most people want Exchange and feel uncomfortable without knowing everything is what they have always known. Rackspace has been excellent in hosting exchange email for about $10 per person. Before Office 365 was popular this was my favorite option for clients. Now with the free features that Office 365 gives, most people are better served by using that for compatibility with others.

Website hostingRackspace has great reliability, and InMotion does as well. Rackspace is priced more for business and InMotion has very affordable plans. They both have outstanding service. With that said, if money is no object then the best web host is Websynthesis. (I am not an affiliate.) The cheapest plan they offer is $47 but that is a great value for all they do. They basically do everything that you would have to pay extra for with cheaper services. It is a great value. They are managed web hosting for WordPress and just focus on that. Since my site is WordPress I am considering going to them next year.

Website CMS – The choice of what you create your website with is huge. I tried many content systems and like WordPress the best. WordPress may have been for blogging originally but it does far more than that now. Many huge companies are using it and it remarkable how quickly you can do useful things with it. If you have tried to use SharePoint in the past to share information, WordPress is what SharePoint wishes it was.

Data Storage – I use Google Drive to store my data. DropBox keeps having security issues. If I were helping a company however, Box is the service I would use. They are the standard for enterprise storage and for many companies they work reliability.

Cloud computing – This is a tough one. It really depends on what you are doing. If you are a developer then Amazon is your best choice. If you are just looking for a computer to do general purpose computing then I would go with Rackspace/InMotion. Azure is bizarre in its interface and only a few months ago it had a major outage. AWS and everyone else has outages too so I wouldn’t put all of my eggs in one basket. I would strongly suggest that you have two cloud companies and one function as a backup if you need 100% uptime.

Computer Hardware – I prefer Macintosh computers since they tend to have less quality control issues. With Citrix and outsourced services, computing platforms continue to be less relevant. However the sad truth is that if you can use a mac to get your work done you can probably also use a Chromebook. Very few people who use a mac for video/graphical work couldn’t also get it done using a Linux system. There are many companies that have Mac/Linux systems and they seem to compliment each other better than the more traditional Mac/Windows combination. Even companies that do heavy graphic work now often use grid computing on Linux servers so the old model of huge hardware on the client side is no longer the trend. Most customers can work very well on a “consumer” system like a MacBook Air.

Music and humor that moves people

Music and humor that moves people

This is some of the music that I’ve featured on my blog and it is emotionally moving for people. You might enjoy the links below.

  1. 25 Classic Sesame Street Videos
  2. 5 Bach Classical YouTube videos favorites
  3. 15 fun and relaxing songs with videos
  4. Guilty pleasures – 20 1970’s & 1980’s music videos
  5. 25 Upbeat Songs from YouTube
  6. Modern (Unique) Music Videos
  7. Ten forgotten groups and songs from the past
  8. 15 Funny YouTube videos
  9. Classic (Old) Music Videos
  10. The Boys are Back in Town mashup I YouTube (Click here for more mashup videos on this blog)
  11. 99 Somma in Kiez (German mashup)
  12. Mashup Thomas Dolby vs. Yuseck
  13. Take me on the crazy train mashup
  14. Here is a giant list of the best 50 mashups

This article discusses the legal strategy of mashup. Most music services will not carry it. I discovered many great mashups on Grooveshark but unfortunately it is having legal problems so its future is uncertain. I even had a celebrity ask for my opinion on Grooveshark. Grooveshark was my first music streaming service but the best music streaming service is Rdio. I wrote comparisons of other music streaming services in case you don’t like Rdio. It used to be that music videos not hosted in the US would be blocked. Increasingly however legal versions of those popular videos are available. It is great that they realize that people want to enjoy those videos/music rather then blocking access. What would be even better if a video can’t be streamed, why not have an option to pay to buy it? Then everyone is happy.

You know that you can use Chrome extensions and other methods to get around this country specific media blackouts. So it makes it all the more silly when companies try to impose those. I have never done that, but many other people do and I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble.