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Web Hosting for Dummies: A book worth reading if you are a serious website owner!

Written by a blogger, author, stay at home dad from California, the author ran a web hosting business for 9 years and found that many of his friends or clients running websites did not understand the fundamentals of website hosting.

The author is openly in love with the WordPress CMS which is a plus for you if you are using this CMS as his presentation if mainly focused on this Content Management System. You can find this book here on Amazon.

Here are a few of our take aways from this quality publication:

Web hosting and loading speed: what are the challenges?

Because there is always something to optimize, e-merchants are looking for solutions to improve their traffic, their rebound rate (the number of users who visit only one page of the site before leaving) or their conversion rate. If part of the work is related to webmarketing aspects (offer, content, ergonomics) there are also technical aspects on which it is possible to play.

The computer hosting of the website is one of them. In this article we will look at how a website’s loading speed affects its performance, and we will look at how to improve this loading speed, especially from the point of view of server optimizations.

The loading speed of a website influences both its positioning in search engines and its commercial performance. This is indeed what large e-commerce showcases such as Amazon, Shopzilla, Google or Bing would have measured.

  • For Amazon, 100 ms of additional loading time results in a 1% reduction in sales
  • 500 ms of additional loading causes Google to reduce its search time by 20%.
  • 1 second of additional loading time results in 4% less revenue per user at Bing
  • For Shopzilla, five seconds less loading time would improve turnover by 7 to 12%.

Google loading speed and algorithms

This is why search engines such as Google have included speed as a loading factor since 2010. And what you need to know is that for Google a fast site is a site that loads in less than 1.4 seconds. This raises a lot of questions, the first being, how can Google measure the loading speed of sites? To measure this speed, Google uses cookies, including its Google Chrome browser and the Google Toolbar.

According to a French study from the GESTE / Cedexis Observatory, the results of which were published in 2015, the median loading time of websites in France has slightly increased. It is 6 seconds, compared to 6.5 last December. But this is still a long way from the 1.4 seconds Google expects. In other words, for most websites, there is a significant margin for improvement.

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Small tips to improving loading speed

There is a simple way to improve the loading speed of your website. For example, one of the first reflexes to have and reduce the weight of his images. Indeed, the images displayed on computers are limited by the screen resolutions anyway. There is therefore no point in working with large files, which will instead delay the loading of the page.

Another trick is to call the scripts at the bottom of the page just before the “body” tag so as not to slow down the loading of the page even if all the scripts are not yet loaded.
On the website side, if you work with a CMS such as WordPress, you will find the meilleur hebergeur wordpress here and some tips can be given such as limiting the number of modules and regularly cleaning the database.

Loading speed and improvement on the hosting side

On the hosting side, many actions are also possible.

  • check that the hosting is adapted to the use of the site (number of requests, volume of traffic…). Indeed, the machine must be powerful enough, have adequate RAM and allow to absorb traffic peaks during periods of seasonal activity (load balancing).
  • have a hosting in which the system software and applications are up to date (apache version, PHP library…)
  • use caches possible on the server side
  • use compression modules that will compress data between the server and browser
  • use a CDN system to delegate some of the hosting to other servers

As for the use of CDN, this is particularly useful when users are located in different geographical locations around the world.
Thus, these technical optimizations will prove particularly useful to improve the loading speed of sites, and almost essential if the site concerned is an e-commerce site that must constantly optimize its performance.

It is important for e-merchants to be able to benefit from assistance in sizing their platform and the associated service levels that will enable them to match the performance of their website with their loading time requirements.

To this end, we must not forget the importance for e-commerce sites of the security offered by a specialized and professional hosting.

Thus, in addition to an accelerated loading time favouring the conversion rates of users

andrea antonopoulos

Review Andrea Antonopoulos Book The Internet of Money

the internet of money vol 2Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are a form of payment system done on the internet. A lot of people have heard and even used this method but thanks to the author Andreas M. Antonopoulos now we can get an in-depth understanding of what the system is all about especially for the beginners.

The book explains the importance of Bitcoin and why one should consider using this method. Introduced back in 2008, we can say that Bitcoin is going to take over the world since it has changed the lives of thousands of business owners. The fact that the system offers financial independence makes it one of the methods to look out for according to Antonopoulos. A much debated topic as you can see here!

What should you expect to learn from the internet of money book?

• The purpose of the Bitcoin.

Andrew explains the importance of the Bitcoin to the business owners and further suggests that it is one of the newest and best inventions that is going to upgrade and improve the digital currency world.

• The technical function of the system.

In the book, Andreas has also explained various functions that Bitcoin is going to impact the entire world with for the coming few years. First off, as we all know the world is evolving digital wise where people are easily connected with different kinds of internet systems like the social media and so on. Andreas believes that the same way that the internet has impacted and improved our modes of communication, the digital money system is also going to change our economy, political and other social lives positively. This is because the system is one way of creating decentralization among the people.

• Learn about currency independence.

bitcoin and crypto currenciesOther essential information that you can learn from the book is how the system of cryptocurrency gives the users or the current owners the power and privacy in manning their money online. Therefore, the book provides precise information to those who are interested in the digital money system and how it can transform their lives in different ways.

• Gives an in-depth understanding of the Tech behind called Blockchain.

Note that Andreas has been posting a lot of videos educating people about Bitcoin. Also, other people have been giving tutorial teachings on how to use this system. But, this well-outlined book of digital money provides an understanding of the most critical parts of the system. Some readers have also recommended the book for having given them a clear understanding of how the digital money system is going to impact the world at large. Furthermore, if you are a beginner, the book will give you an excellent introduction to Bitcoin and what the system is all about.

• The book discusses the history of money.

Am sure a lot of people do not know about the origin of money but this book by Andreas takes us through the evolution of money. The book also talks about the importance of money, its relation to the society all the way to the invention and introduction of Bitcoin. He closes with a good paragraph related to crypto currency security and how to protect your investments with hardware wallets such as the Trezor or Ledger Nanos S (Test Ledger Nano S)


If you are a beginner or you would want to learn one or two things about the cryptocurrency, get yourself a copy of this magnificent book by Andreas. The book consists of everything you need to know about Bitcoin system and if you want to get even a broader understanding watch Andreas videos on Youtube.

The Last Valentine A Labyrinth of Love Letters Novel

The Last Valentine: A Labyrinth of Love Letters Novel

This book was published in February 2017 by Felix Alexander

Set in Puerto Rico before the dust had settled from the Spanish-American War, The Last Valentine begins with Olivia Villalobos discovering a bloodstained love letter in a coat belonging to her father, Chief Inspector, Sedenoa. Intrigued about why her father is apparently hiding the letter from the police station, Olivia suspects it is related to an unsolved murder that recently occurred in the community.

amazing story and bookAfter discussing the letter with her best friend, Isaac, Olivia decides that the two of them must get the letter to its intended recipient, which means finding the Labyrinth of Love Letters. Believed by many locals to be merely an urban legend, other older citizens claimed the Labyrinth was a real series of secret tunnels created beneath the historic district of Old Sienna so that forbidden lovers could keep their love alive through the exchange of love letters.

Determined to locate the secret Labyrinth of Love Letters, Olivia and Isaac set out on a journey that leads to the opening of the metaphorical “Pandora’s Box,” where forbidden love, lies, greed, corruption, and murder are all revealed. Surprisingly, Olivia and Isaac also learn secrets about their parents and family history that could change everything they know about love.

Throughout their search for the Labyrinth of Love Letters, both Olivia and Isaac must make hard choices about who they truly love, and how it will affect their timeless friendship.

A combination of history, mystery, and romance, The Last Valentine hooks you from the beginning with its intriguing, unique plot and holds you spellbound until the end. With a writing style likened to popular authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabella Allende, Felix Alexander’s lyrical and poetic and prose emphasizes the romanticism of The Last Valentine. Beautiful place description and word usage take the reader back in time to Old Sienna, Puerto Rico, amid the Spanish architecture and foggy cemetery scenes.

The only critical comment I can make about this book is that it sometimes chronicles the history of several minor characters. Before long, I found myself wondering who was who, and how are they relate to the plot–so, this novel could use better development. Moreover, there are some grammatical and punctuation errors here and there that should be edited, although they did not take anything away from the story for me. The conclusion is predictable–not necessarily a happy ending—but an immensely satisfying one.

The Last Valentine is one of those books that stays with you long after you have read the last page. Its unique plot, romantic mystique, and esthetic prose leave a lasting mark upon you, and for this reason, I gladly give it a 5/5 stars rating.

Turtles all the way down

Turtles all the way down : A great Book

This is a book by John Green, and it’s a metaphor that expresses the `infinite regress` complication in cosmology. This metaphor relates to the mythological idea of a unique turtle that can support the earth on its back.

Additionally, this phrase shows that the turtle rests on the back of an even bigger turtle. The bigger turtle is part of an increasingly significant amount of turtles that has an infinite structure. Also, this saying is also used to refer to the complication of endless regress in epistemology. It demonstrates that there is an important foundation to knowledge in life.

The story follows the life of Sixteen-year-old Aza. She never intended to pursue the mystery of a famous fugitive that was known as Russell Pickett. That said, there is a high reward available, and her close pal Daisy is also eager to investigate the story. The two work together to work on the small divides that exist in between them and Russell’s son, David. Aza is trying to be a good person in life while managing her tormenting though patterns,

About the book

john greenJohn Green has developed an exciting novel since his last release in 2012 which was known as the `The Fault in Our Stars. ` The story features a small group of tenderhearted and exciting teenagers. They are also nerds, and they are often caught discussing knowledge topics. This including the hermeneutics of start wars, astronomy, geography and more.

It’s important to note that most characters in Greens story are often portrayed as annoying. For instance, Daisy is portrayed as overbearing, yet warm and reliable at the same time. The tornado of thoughts that power Aza`s illness are difficult to manage and awkward in some instances.

John Green has done well to document the activities that occur in teenage life. He has managed to demonstrate the insecurities that compromise the lives of youth in many ways. While most of his characters are troubled and complicated, they often demonstrate with and a geeky sense of personality.

Aza suffers from OCD and anxiety. What is more appalling is that her case is severe, which makes it difficult to manage medically and personally. OCD is a complication that is associated with repetitive behaviors and this similar to Aza`s case. In fact, she has a self-inflicted wound on her finger. She constantly reopens the wound regularly to clean and sanitize it.

Additionally, she has intrusive thoughts that are key to the story. For instance, Aza is obsessed with the ecosystem of bacteria that lives in her body. She never stops worrying about the rumble that occurs in her gut and attributes them to microbes. More so, she never stops worrying about the chance of touching someone who is sweating or the prospect of sweating as well.


In conclusion, `turtles all the way down` is an excellent read for book enthusiasts. The unique way in which John Green presents his stories and themes are unrivaled. There are even rumors of the story being developed into a movie very recently.

CHRISTOPHER HILL The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy Basingstoke

CHRISTOPHER HILL The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy Basingstoke, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2003,376 pages.

fgzglnzspgpzboszbcobocbcccChristopher Hill, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, is one of the leading British authors interested in foreign policy, particularly in the European context. Several of his previous publications have dealt with both the Europeanisation of the foreign policies of the Member States of the European Union and the emergence of the EU as an international actor.

The book he gives us here is more general, since it deals with foreign policy as a “mediation process” aimed at linking national societies to international society, in the shattered context of the post-Cold War era, the erosion of Westphalian sovereignty and globalization. Foreign policy is then broadly defined from the outset as the sum of official external relations conducted by an independent actor (usually a State) in international relations.

Theoretically, the author calls for a “liberal realism” (p. 37) recognizing both international insecurities as a fundamental feature of international relations and the possibility of promoting multilateral cooperation based on shared values (human rights, environment, etc.).

Above all, however, C. Hill’s aim in this book on foreign policy is to revitalize a category of the study of international relations neglected by neo-realists. They are too interested in the structure of the international system regarding the distribution of power and not enough in the internal structure of States; by neoliberals, who focus on the processes of cooperation and international organizations. This is done by the transnationalist school, which tends to disqualify C. Hill is quite convincing here when he seeks to demonstrate the need to renew the study of foreign policy by keeping the “meta-theories” of international relations (such as realism or constructivism) at arm’s length and by using intermediate theories, such as the postulate that democracies are not at war (chapters 1 and 2).

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the answer to Robert Dahl’s famous question (who governs?), here transposed to foreign policy (p. 53), is also classic: it is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, under the control of the head of state or government.

Nor are there any very original developments on the place of advisers and other eminent greys, or on that of the secret services (pp. 66 et seq.). The author is insisting as much on the key role they played in the anti-Hitler strategy of a Churchill as on the relative negligence in which they would have held De Gaulle at the beginning of the Fifth Republic.

Let us turn to the somewhat journalistic aspect of the pages devoted to the impact of the disease or nervous breakdown of statesmen on their foreign policy (p. 60), even if some anecdotes are not lacking in salt (the fifty-one phone calls made by Nixon in one night, at the height of the Watergate scandal).