5 Cloud Hosting Facts Which May Surprise You!

Choosing a cloud hosting provider is a big decision, and you might not have thought about how it will affect the way you utilize the cloud-based system. In fact, you might be thinking all clouds are the same and that they’re boring. The truth is, clouds can be one of the most valuable and exciting pieces of your infrastructure, and may even surprise you by what they can accomplish with the right hosting provider!

1. Accessible Through Many Mediums

A truly vibrant and robust cloud will be accessible to your employees through many mediums. What I mean by this is the ability to access files and program from a variety of machines depending on your security needs.

For instance, your operation may be able to allow certain employees permission to access the cloud from home computers, either as full- or part-time remote workers. They may also be able to access certain features using iPads and other tablets, as well as smartphones.

The same holds true for in-office, as many machines are internet connected now, including scanners, fax, and a ton of different medical machinery. These can automatically pull down and upload data to the cloud based on your preferences.

2. Always Ready To Expand For New Employees

Another surprise for many businesses is how easy it is to expand your cloud to include new employees, new logins, new workstations and additional processing power and storage space. With a few clicks and button presses, new logins and profiles can be added, as well as storage and processing space. New workstations are the most difficult as they are hardware, but no more difficult than any other workstation to install, and connecting to the network is very quick and simple.

3. Lower Costs For Servers

For many businesses, the cost of maintaining their own servers is a large ongoing expense. By shifting the cost to a lower monthly payment with a cloud hosting provider, you no longer have to provide space, energy and payroll to maintain your own servers, instead spreading the cost out among many customers and only paying for the space you need.

4. Data Recovery & Backup

Another awesome feature is the ease with which cloud servers allow for backup and recovery. With the information already in the cloud, it’s simple as the cloud automatically backs up the information constantly, and can swiftly back it up leaving you with less downtime.

5. High Security

The other great feature that stuns a lot of people is to know that the security of the cloud is often greater than the security your own servers can provide. Your servers are likely on site at your office, and while they may be behind a locked door, the servers a cloud hosting provider uses are not only behind a locked door, they’re in a completely locked and secured building with cameras, key card access, security guards as well as thick walls around the server rooms to prevent explosive or destructive force from affecting them, as well as block any wireless signals.

The Mistakes You’re Making With Auto Glass

Working with auto glass is usually a pain, especially if you’re trying to do it yourself. That’s why it’s always good to have partners, like a good auto insurance company and a good glass repair/replacement company. For my money, there’s nothing better than making a phone call, and having someone come to my office and fix my glass while I sit inside all cozy!

If that’s not the service you’re getting, here are the mistakes you’re making!

Trying To Fix Your Auto Glass YourselfAuto Glass

DIY kits are almost always trouble. If you have damaged auto glass you think you can repair yourself, you’re probably wrong. The fixes are never as good as a professional can do, and your time and money can be better spent taking the car to a repair shop.

Your putting yourself and anyone who rides in your vehicle in danger with that repair, and the time spent on it isn’t worth it because you’ll have to redo it a few times and then take it in, which will probably result in a full replacement.

Not Getting The Right Insurance

You have insurance, right? Then use it! Ideally, you should have a $0 glass deductible on your insurance, meaning you can use it at any time to get your glass repaired or replaced for $0 upfront; your insurance takes care of all the costs, you just continue paying your monthly premium.

If you don’t have $0 glass deductible, or don’t have insurance at all, you’ll need to get on that. Otherwise contact a local auto glass company you trust and see if you can work out a payment plan.

Not Getting Problems Taken Care Of Right Away

You got a rock in your windshield, but you’re still driving around two days later? You’re crazy. That windshield could crack and split while you’re driving down the highway, possibly causing you to create an accident! That puts your life, the life of anyone in your vehicle and those driving near you in grave danger. This is a problem which needs to be taken care of nearly immediately. With the right insurance and the right auto glass company, they will actually come to your car wherever it is and replace the auto glass right there!

Not Shopping Around For A Glass Repair Company

When speaking with your insurance, most states won’t allow them to recommend an auto glass company to you so you’ll need to shop around on your own. Be sure to check the online reviews of each shop and don’t be afraid to call in and speak with them. Sometimes it’s easier to choose one closer to work, one closer to home or one that does mobile repair (where they come to you). Just be sure to shop around!

What Is Laser Hair Removal And Is It Right For Me?

If you have unwanted hair on nearly any part of your body, laser hair removal is an option to consider. Whether it’s right for you or not, we’ll go over later.

It’s a highly effective treatment for many people, so why not you?

What Is Laser Hair Removal?Laser Hair Removal

During a laser hair removal session, pulses of light are passed through the skin and absorbed by the hair shaft. The temperature of the shaft is raised, thermally destroying the cells responsible for regrowth. The light is designed to not be absorbed by your skin.

Hair grows in several phases, so several rounds of laser hair removal are needed to successfully remove hair. The number of sessions needed depend on the area of the body being treated, skin color, coarseness of hair and sex/gender.

Laser hair removal doesn’t work very well on light-colored hair, red hair, grey hair, white hair or fine hair.

Is It Right For Me?

Both men and women commonly come in for laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal can be done on anyone who has started puberty, and young women need to have started their menstrual cycle.

For either sex, hair removal is commonly done on the face (eyebrows, top of the nose, lip, neck, chin, ear lobe), upper body (shoulders, breast, back, underarm, arms, hands) and lower body (abdomen, pubic area, bikini line, buttocks, thighs, legs, toes).

One session usually takes less than one hour to complete. Depending on the size of the area, it could take as few as five minutes. There is no recovery time.

Usually you will need multiple sessions before most of the hair in your treatment area will be removed.

Laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snap on your skin, and some providers have the ability to provide cooling.

4 Types Of Damage To Your Online Reputation (And How To Fight Back)

Online reputation management encompases so much of your company’s online presence. Every facet of your presence, from social media to website, and beyond to review sites and possible fan- or hater-made sites are also involved in managing your online reputation.

We’ve identified four major types of damage which can be done to your online reputation, and how to deal with them.

1. Social Complaintsbusiness_presentation_byvectoropenstock

This category represents any complaints or questions directed at your company from Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms where you have a presence. If you don’t have a presence on the platform, consumers cannot expect you to respond.

If you do have a presence, you need to respond quickly. It’s better to let the person know you’ve seen their question and are working on it, than to let them stew while you come up with the correct response.

2. Negative Reviews

Review sites like Yelp, Houzz, TripAdvisor, and even Facebook and Google are places for users and customers to leave reviews regarding your products or services. Negative content on these review sites can hurt your business because they are indexable by search engines. Some sites are even geared only toward negative reviews, like Ripoff Report and Pissed Consumer.

We’ll cover how to deal with these later in the article.

3. Hate Sites

If a user or consumer is angry enough, they may create an entire website devoted to destroying your online reputation. While they may have legitimate complaints, sometimes they may jump to insults and false information.

A hate site can really scare off customers, so it’s important to pursue legal action if a request to take down false information is not followed. If legal action isn’t an option and the site will not be removed, we have additional tips below.

4. Negative Traditional Media

They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but when it hurts your sales you’ll definitely believe there is. Getting in front of this problem is the best way to solve it. By responding to reviews nicely and constantly searching online for mentions of your company, you may be able to catch trouble brewing before it becomes a public interest story.

If negative news does reach the media, it’s important to be open and transparent about the issue, so there’s no accusation of dodging questions or not providing information.

How To Pursue Negative Reviews And Hate Sites

Negative Reviews

The most basic way to handle a negative review is to respond. Most people are just looking for a solution and someone to talk to, so if you can solve the issue and be polite, you may be able to get their review removed or changed into a positive.

The other option is if the review contains insults or false information, in which case you may be able to lodge a complaint about the review with the website it’s posted on, citing the insulting or false nature of the review.

Hate Sites

If an entire site is up and negative about you, and you’ve already tried asking to have it removed but can’t legally have it taken down, the next best step is to drown it. Your goal is to make sure the hate site doesn’t show up in search results, especially on the first page where your users or customers are likely to see it.

The way to do this is to create content concentrated on the search terms under which this hate site has been showing up, in order to get those pages/sites to show up higher in search results and push the hate site down in ranking.

Extra Help

If these steps seem daunting, you’re not sure where to start or you just need extra help, there are companies out there who specialize in maintaining your online reputation.

For instance, Cohlab Digital Marketing offers a tool which helps drive additional online reviews and alerts you to negative reviews so you can respond to them. They also offer content and search engine optimization services to help drown hate sites, and are Google Partners so they can ask Google for advice anytime if your problem is particularly bad.

We hope this list helped you on your way, and good luck with your online reputation!

5 Tips For Buying Used Cars In South Sioux City

Buying a used car can be a pain, right? Salespeople are trying to get the most profit they can, it’s hard to tell what condition the car is in, and nobody likes negotiating. But if you’re buying used cars in South Sioux City, we have a few tips here to help you navigate your car buying experience, from pre-planning to planting your butt on the seat.

5 Tips For Buying Used Cars In South Sioux City

1. Know Your Spending LimitUsed Cars In South Sioux City

Before you even step foot on a lot or visit an auto sales website, it’s important to figure out your spending limit.

Whether you need to calculate a monthly auto loan payment into your monthly budget, or save up a lump sum for a full payment, figure out your upper limit or your “walking away” price. This will ensure you don’t put yourself into a financial hardship, no matter how fancy or cool the vehicle might be, or how many extra features the salesperson tries to sell you.

2. Research Ahead Of Time

Alright, now it’s time to pull out the computer. Looking for used cars in South Sioux City? Type that phrase in the search bar and get started. Figure out what’s available across your area.

Another avenue to take is to look up cars on Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds websites. These offer great information on car pricing, giving you a good idea of what a particular vehicle you’re looking for is worth.

3. Plan Your Test Drive Route

Do you have a long commute, or a particular one? If you test drive a car just around the block, you don’t really have a good idea of how it compares to your current vehicle or how it handles your driving patterns.

Plan out a test drive route around South Sioux City before you head in to buy. Take the car on your commute to work or home, which may include street driving, highway, and maybe some bumps and sharp turns.

4. Get The CarFax If The Dealer Hasn’t/Won’t

The salesperson should be willing to supply you with a CarFax report if they haven’t already. A CarFax lets you know every person who has owned the car, what area they lived in and what, if any, kind of accidents the vehicle has been in.

The CarFax is determined by the VIN number, so if the salesperson won’t give you one, write down the VIN and you can purchase your own CarFax for under $50. It could save you a few thousand dollars.

5. Be Willing To Walk Away

The most important thing to know when buying used cars in South Sioux City is when to walk away. If the salesperson won’t play ball or is getting too aggressive, or simply can’t offer the vehicle, features or price you’re looking for, walk away. It’s a waste of both of your time to talk for a few hours and then still walk away.

I hope these tips help, and your next used car purchase goes smoothly!