Monday, August 31, 2015
Click the 'Start' button in Windows and select the 'Run' option. Type in 'cmd' without the quotation marks to open the command line window.
Type in 'xe template-list name-label=[Name of Template] params=memory-static-max,recommendations' at the command line prompt. Press the 'Enter' key to determine the current maximum memory allowed for a template.
Note the value of the 'max' parameter in the screen output.
Type in 'xe template-param-set uuid=[UUID of Selected Template> memory-static-max=
Type in 'xe template-list name-label=[Name of Selected Template] params=memory-static-max,recommendations' at the command line prompt. Press the 'Enter' key to print the parameters of the modified XenServer template.
Change the main website password (also known as the web hosting plan password) once a month. Use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols to form a secure password that is hard to guess or crack through hacking programs. For example, the password 'N3409Fn29aa' is harder to guess than 'sunshine29,'
Log in to each PHP script installed and in use (guestbook, blog, mailing list) and change their administrator passwords. Form difficult administrator password for each script that you're using on the website.
Update all scripts that are in use and are planned to be parts of the website in the future. Upgrade to latest available and stable versions by downloading them from the developers' websites. Update any security patches available through the developer. Outdated PHP scripts have insecure coding and are often hacked and injected with malware code.
Remove any scripts that are outdated and no longer in use. Delete the files off the web server or follow uninstall directions if available through your website's control panel.
Disable global directives and variables (which can be used to gain access to administrator panels and inject malware code) from your web hosting account. Alter the '.htaccess' file to secure the website and protect it from this common malice.
Choose a name, date and location. These details are important in a race. Make sure the race name conveys the purpose of the race, and plan for a location and date that are accessible to participants.
Plot the running course. It's best to run the 5K course yourself to make sure any obstacles and unpleasant settings are kept to a minimum.
Plan an event budget. Everything, from the racers' numbers to the necessary electrical equipment, will cost money. Make a list of everything you'll need to create a realistic budget.
Get proper authorization from local police and traffic authorities to hold the race. Once authorization is obtained, you can ask the police or fire department for safety backup crews.
Find sponsors to help with the cost of the event and to possibly supply volunteers. Private businesses and local organizations may be looking for an event exactly like yours to sponsor, drumming up publicity for them and extra help for you.
Find volunteers. Contact family, friends, coworkers and anyone else to help you run your event. Make sure volunteers will be easily identifiable on the day of the race.
Publicize the event. Send press releases to local news organizations, create a website and send, post or pass out flyers. Focus on target audiences who will be interested in your charity or issue, and allow enough lead time before the race for participants to register.
On the day of the event, arrive early. Allow yourself time to make sure everything is in place and to snuff out any last-minute problems.
Start the invitation by immediately letting guests know they are being invited to a double baby shower. A Noah's Ark 'two by two' theme will work perfectly and be very cute, as well. Use very clear wording to communicate the double event, such as 'You're invited to celebrate with Lisa and Jane, as they are both expecting!' Use the family last name, if it is the same for both babies, or list all of the expecting parents' names.
Reiterate that the shower is for two expecting moms more than once in the invitation. For example, on the inside you can add a verse such as, 'Bottles, diapers and laundry in a heap... Lisa and Jane will soon have no sleep!'
Inform guests of the gender of both babies, if known. For example, 'Oh boy! Oh boy! Lisa and Jane are both having boys! We're 'expecting' you to join us!'
Opt for a unified cover with separate inside information. For example, the front can say, 'Two bundles of joy are on their way, so please reserve this special day.' Then, use each of the inside panels of the invitation to give separate details. For example, on the left side you could write 'Tea parties, baby dolls and dress up clothes, Jane's having a girl who'll wear ribbons and bows!' On the right side, you could say 'Trains, motorcycles and automobiles, Lisa's having a boy who'll love cool toys with wheels!' The lower half of both panels can share the day, time and RSVP information for the shower.
Write out all of the information you'd like to include on the invitation, including registry information for both mothers, if available. If you only have registry information for one mother, do not include it. Everything has to be treated equally for both. Once you have the invitation written in a way that you like, order or print the actual invitations.
Log in to your GoDaddy account manger by entering your user name and password.
Click 'My Account,' and then click 'Email.'
Click 'Email Forwarding Accounts,' or click 'Free Products' and then click 'Email Account List.'
Click 'Manage Account,' and then click 'View All.'
Click 'Forwarding Plans,' or click 'Unused Forwarding' if you have not used a forwarding plan previously.
Click 'Add' next to the account you want to forward. Click 'Settings.' In the 'Forward Address' box, type the first part of the e-mail address you want to set up.
Type your Yahoo! e-mail address in the 'Forward Mail To' box. You can make the e-mail a catchall account by clicking 'Yes.' This means all e-mail sent to your unused accounts within your domain will be forwarded. Click 'OK.'
Log in to your Gmail account.
Click the gear-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and click 'Mail Settings' in the drop-down list.
Click the 'Accounts and Import' tab.
Click the 'Import mail and contacts' button. This opens an import mail wizard in a new browser window.
Type your GoDaddy email address in the text box and click 'Continue.'
Type your GoDaddy password in the text box and click 'Continue.'
Type 'mail.domainname.com' in the POP server box. Substitute the name of the domain that you registered through GoDaddy in place of 'domainname' in the above example.
Click the 'Start import' button to import all contacts and mail from your GoDaddy email account.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Click the 'Start' button and search for 'Command Prompt' in the search bar. Alternatively, click on 'My Programs' and navigate to 'Accessories.' The 'Command Prompt' application is second on the list.
Right-click on 'Command Prompt' and select 'Run as Administrator.' A dialog box will open asking you to confirm your action. Click 'Yes.'
Type 'ping' (without quotes) followed by the domain you wish to ping. For example, to ping eHow.com, you would type 'ping ehow.com' (without quotes). Press 'Enter' to input the command.
Customize the ping command for extra functionality. Ping a domain indefinitely by appending '-t' to create 'ping -t ehow.com.' Add '-n' followed by a number to set a specific number of pings. To ping eHow 10 times, you would type, 'ping -n 10 ehow.com.'
Go to the Windows server computer hosting the pages and hostname for which you want to create a split DNS. Click “Start” and enter “Services.msc” in the search box. Press the “Enter” key. The Services window appears on the screen.
Scroll down to the “Domain Name Server (DNS)” listing. Double-click the service name. In the DNS Properties window, click the “Startup type” drop-down list and select “Automatic.” Click the “Start” button, then “OK.” Restart the server computer and wait for it to boot into Windows.
Click “Start,” “All Programs,” “Administrative Tools” and then “DNS.” In the server list, right-click the name of the Windows server machine, and then click “Properties” on the popup list.
Click the “Forwarders” tab. Add the IP address of the remotely hosted machine on in the “All Other DNS Domains” area. This causes regular HTTP requests from outer-world network computer to redirect to the IP address of the server hosted by your hosting provider or ISP. Click the “Add” button.
Enter and add additional ISP IP address as needed. Click the “Apply” button to save the DNS changes.
Click the “Internal NAT IP Addresses” tab. Enter the IP address of a server computer on your network hosting Web services meant only for internal use or viewing. For instance, if the computer is on the same internal network, you might enter “192.168.0.2” or “10.0.0.2” depending on the IP scheme your network uses. If the services run from the server computer on which you are working, enter “127.0.0.1” in the field and click “OK.” Note that if the service uses a specific port -- for instance port 118 -- enter the local IP address in the “192.168.0.2:118” format.
Click “Apply,” and then restart the server. Wait for the server computer to restart and boot into Windows. Setup of the split DNS service is complete.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Locate the MP3 song file on your computer. You may have a folder titled 'My Music' in your 'My Documents' folder, for example, that contains your MP3s. Find the MP3 file and remember the name of that file for easy uploading later on.
Visit one of the many MP3 hosting sites. Check www.audiohostings.com for a list of different mp3 hosting sites. Some, such Kiwi6, host only mp3s. Others, though, can host MP4s, WAV or other types of music files. Look through the sites to find the one that you trust the most. Kiwi6 and Filexoom are easy to understand and work well.
Once you've found the MP3 hosting site you'd like to use, locate the 'Upload Now' or 'Browse' button on the website. Find the MP3 file on your computer to upload to the MP3 hosting website. Click 'Upload' and wait for the file to upload onto the computer. You should see a progress bar to watch the upload in progress on most hosting sites.
Get the link provided by the hosting site that will go directly to the song download page or a link that will automatically download the song. This link should be provided immediately upon upload completion on the hosting site. You are now free to post that link in message boards or on a personal website to share with others. Remember to follow any copyright guidelines the song may have attached to it.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Upload a website to the domain's hosting account. The parked domain page may disappear as soon as the owner's own information is added to the domain.
Delete the parked domain page on the server. Log in to the domain's hosting account and physically delete the parked page that was provided by the web host. Access the list of files by using an FTP program, such as one provided to you by the web host, or a free one that must be downloaded, such as FileZilla. Navigate to the 'index.html' file, right-click and choose to 'Delete.' This step is often necessary if the server is automatically set to run an HTML page over other extension types. In this case, even uploading a new 'Index' page with a PHP extension will not override the parked page until it has been deleted.
Change the parked domain's settings in the domain control panel. Log in and choose to turn off the domain parking. The action will vary depending on the domain provider. Navigate to a 'Manage Domains' section and click a button to 'Remove Domain Parking' or to 'Activate Domain.'
Choose to forward the domain name to another website and domain. Forwarding or masking will activate the domain instead of placing it in parked mode. Log in to the 'Manage Domains' menu and select the option to 'Forward.' Enter the domain you would like to forward it to and save.
Open your Joomla! Administration Interface.
Click 'Components' and 'VirtueMart' from the drop-down menu.
Select 'Configuration' from the list of options.
Click the 'Global' tab near the top of the screen.
Click the 'Show Prices' checkbox. The check mark disappears, turning off prices.
Make a decision on whether to host your site on a university server or your own hosting space with your own domain. For an established academic with tenure, university hosting may make the most sense. For a graduate student or early career academic generally personal hosting is going be the better option. Even though you may have to pay out of pocket for personal hosting, if you are going to be or might be at a different institution in the future you don't want your Web presence tied to an account you can lose.
Start laying out how you want your site to look. Academic sites generally tend to have fairly conservative layouts, which is not a bad thing. Some are a simple one- page affair with contact information and a list of prominent publications. Several page layouts aren't out of the question, though, as long as you can find reasons for creating each page. Less established academics are generally going to benefit from having a larger Web presence, but it should be fairly conservative in style.
Give some thought to how you are going to handle the problem of displaying your CV online. A lot of CVs are simply going to be too big to put online as a single HTML document. While the CV can be good start for outlining your site, the CV itself may best be offered as a .pdf download from one of your pages. The reason I suggest the .pdf format is that it looks much more professional, and is much more of a standard than a word processing document. It ensures that someone printing out your CV has it looking as you intended it; other file formats may put the appearance of your CV at the hands of a stranger's print driver (or Web browser if you offer it in HTML).
Start assembling your site. Make sure you understand the File Transfer Protocol (ftp) for the page or pages you create for your hosting provider. After seeing how your idea looks live on the Internet, you may find it doesn't quite looks as your imagined. Just tweak things and publish the page again.
Once your site is up and running, link it to your profile on your department's site. If policies require you to host your site on university space to get linked, put up a place holder on the university server and link it to your external site.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Purchase a website domain, hosting service and shopping cart system that allows you to upload products. This will cost you about $100 plus about $15 per month for web hosting. Hire a web designer to create an attractive e-commerce website design for your new online clothing store. This will likely be one of your most expensive expenditures---expect to pay at least $500-$1,000 for a good web designer. (See 'Resources' below for a site where you can find more on hosting services.)
Apply for a merchant account that can be linked to your website to accept credit card payments from your customers. You can also open a P.O. box and list it on your website to accept check and money order sales from your customers. The initial fee to open a merchant account will be around $100. You will also pay a monthly service fee of about $20 to $30. A post office box will cost about $50 per year. (See 'Resources' for more on merchant accounts.)
Determine the type of clothes that you want to sell in your new clothing store. You can focus on a small niche (such as goth wear) or choose to offer a department-store type of selection for your customers, including men, women, juniors and children.
Next, find a clothing distributor who will drop ship individual orders to your customers (see 'Resources' below for a site where you can find these companies). This way you won't have to pay anything upfront--you only pay the distributor when you receive an order from the customer. You act as a middleman.So let's say you receive an order from your customer. You take the customer's money, then forward payment to the distributor, who will arrange to ship the clothing from the distributor warehouse directly to the customer's home. You might be charged a small initial fee to start this type of arrangement with the distributor. You can also use clothing that you have manufactured yourself, but the investment in clothing, sewing equipment or a manufacturer to make your clothes will likely cause you to exceed your initial budget of $4,000.
Once your website is designed, upload your chosen clothing pieces to your website. Categorize your products by type (for example, purses, shirts, jeans, dresses, elegant wear, men's and women's). The only investment here will be time, unless you choose to hire someone to take care of this task.
Publish your clothing store online. Your final investment will be in generating web traffic to your online clothing store. Hire an SEO marketing firm to take care of the content for your site to draw in hits from search engines. You can find good SEO help for about $500 to $1,000 per month. Place ads with Google Adwords, which will cost you $5 to set up. You will then set your budget for how much you want to spend each month for ads.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Purchase a domain name at Network Solutions by going to networksolutions.com or GoDaddy at godaddy.com.
Obtain a hosting account for the domain.
Log into the hosting account, and create at least one email account for the domain.
Take some photos of the products that are going to be sold on the site, and create some descriptive content for each item.
Create a list of general keywords for the site that match the overall theme, and create another more specific list of keywords for the individual products or services.
Use a template or site-builder to create a website for the products or services that revolves around one easily-defined theme. If you have multiple themes, create multiple websites or separate pages for each theme.
Sign up for a PayPal account at paypal.com, and verify the account by adding banking information as described on the PayPal website.
Upload the photos and descriptive content into the Web hosting account and publish the site to the domain, following the specific instructions for the particular hosting account. These steps vary by hosting company and type of account.
Log onto the PayPal site, and create a shopping button for each item or service. Copy the generated code to the new website.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Determine the audience. The proposal will likely be to a particular venue, perhaps for a particular event. The promoter must know the venue or event. They must know how many people it holds, what the crowd is like and then determine the feasibility of promoting the event. Some events are too large for one promoter.
Write down a list of reasons why the promoters should promote the event. Highlight past successes, reputation, or any unique marketing strategies that will be used.
Consider what terms of the promotion will be. How will the promoters be paid. Some promoters only receive a percentage of the door, others may also get a cut of the bar. The terms may need to be negotiated in person but the promoters should have an idea of what they want.
Write the proposal. The proposal should be a short (one page) outline of who the promoters are, their background and successes, what they want to do (promote an event,) how they will do it and what they want from the venue. Keep the well written and stylish. Consider having a graphic designer spruce up the proposal.
Approach the venue with the business proposal. Normally, the agreement is in person and the proposal will go out in advance to feel out the interest of the venue's management.