Benefits of selecting WordPress Cloud Hosting for blogs or corporate sites

Nowadays, due to the growing popularity of blogging, WordPress has become the first choice for millions of users worldwide. On the other hand, the cloud is booming the market and users are moving ahead to adopt cloud for their business to enhance the performance. This is the reason why both are becoming the first preference for the users and they are switching to WordPress Cloud hosting service for better performance of the website. In this article, you will get to know the benefits of WordPress Cloud hosting for blogs and corporate sites.

What is Cloud hosting?

In cloud hosting, data is delivered from a network of connected servers and web servers are placed at different data centers that are virtually scattered worldwide.  In a similar way, you can increase or decrease the resources as per the requirement. Additionally, you get multiple features in cloud-like automatic vertical and horizontal scaling, pay per usage, easy to manage and deploy, and more.

What makes cloud hosting essential for the WordPress Users?

WordPress is a “Giant”, yes you can say this!! Because it offers multiple benefits to the users apart from blogging. There are ‘n’ number of big players in the market that have used WordPress to design their website and they need the capability to manage huge amount of traffic.  Due to the scalability feature, WordPress cloud hosting provides a famous app extension, “Content Delivery Network”. With the help of CDN, you can easily save your images and files on the server. If you are looking to switch on cloud hosting then check MilesWeb that offers the superior feature to make your website worth in terms of performance. You can also find affordable WordPress hosting plans at MilesWeb

Why to choose MilesWeb Cloud hosting:-

1) Automatic vertical / horizontal scaling,

2) Multiple choice of software stacks and technologies

3) Docker containers support

4) Smart orchestration of resources

5) High availability

6) Pay for actual usage

7) DevOps automation

8) Intuitive and user-friendly UI

9) Self-provisioning access

10) Rich marketplace with 1-click deployment of popular apps, add-ons, and Docker containers

 

In addition, they offer four plans in cloud starting from MW1 Rs. 667.50/mo and continued by MW2, MW3, MW4. You can select the plan as per your requirement and set up your cloud within a minute. However, their support plan starts from Basic which is free and followed Business plan starting from Rs.1699/mo and Enterprise plan.

Benefits of WordPress Cloud hosting:-

1) Easy to integrate:- With one click installation feature, you can easily install and manage the service. In addition, you don’t need to worry about the maintenance and technical administration of the server.

2) Uptime:- In cloud hosting, even if one server gets crashed that doesn’t affect your business because another server can offer additional resources. This ensures maximum uptime and enhances the performance of your website.

3) Content delivery network:- CDN is the all time best option that can be used in the cloud to get a better performance and improve website speed.

4) Optimized servers:- Cloud servers are well optimized for the smooth functioning of the WordPress that again ensures the best output of the website. But you should have a team of experts to solve the issues related to WordPress and Cloud.

5) Easy to scale:- Resources get scaled easily and in case there is a spike in the traffic then you can easily get the resources from another server in the network.

6) Security:-  Being a most popular CMS, there are the chances that WordPress may get hacked. But to avoid such issue, you can get the best cloud hosting provider like MilesWeb that provide various tools like Web Application Firewall, CodeGuard, SSL Certificate, Spam Expert to protect your website.

What makes cloud hosting unique from shared hosting?

Shared hosting operates on a single server, whereas cloud hosting works on multiple servers. In shared hosting, resources don’t get scaled and in cloud hosting, resources get scaled vertically and horizontally.  As mentioned above, MilesWeb cloud can help you to scale your resources and save your money. If you are a beginner and looking for shared hosting plans then compare multiple shared hosting plans of other hosting providers or check the review sites to know more about the provider.

Conclusion:-

With the help of WordPress Cloud hosting, you can meet the requirement of the user in terms of speed and performance. In short, a cloud is the best option for all types of businesses, no matter whether it is small or big corporate website. If you are looking for traffic, flexibility, scalability, security, reliability and more then the cloud is the ultimate option. However, the combination of these two famous hosting solutions will surely take your business to the next level.

Awesome Content Curation Tools

Have you been ever stuck finding the most accurate content related to your search criteria? Do you think content should be compiled in a way that enables you to find the right piece of information over internet without having to waste time reading the unwanted information? Yes, Content Curation is the answer to your query. This enables you to swim across the ocean of websites over internet and reach the right direction via filtering online content based on the subject of information. This is usually inform of status updates, tweets, articles and more. Listed here are some great Content Curation tools that might come handy for you anytime anywhere.

content-dictionary1. Digg

Sharing news of interest within your own community is all about Digg. This social networking platform allows you to share content with a specific group who can then rank your content value In this process, the higher the rate or ranking of your content, greater are the views you receive. This results in increased clicks or higher site traffic. For instance, as an e-commerce related content, your information will fall under either business or technology. And if you happen to chose a different and specific classification for your content, undoubtedly you would increase your site’s relevance as a tool for social media.

2. Equentia

Reaching your target audience and influencing your prospects and current clients with all the information that is useful and engaging is all synonymous to Equentia. You can dig the most relevant information and flesh out the most crisp and pertinent content as per your requirement. Equentia also helps you socialize the same content by allowing you to re-publish or use it privately.

3. Technorati

The world of internet is full of bloggers and Technorati is their friend. It is a blog search engine to serve as a content purifier. It is a directory that scans and indexes content from over a million blogs. Technorati was founded in 2002 and was the first among social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter. In case you are the one who wants to be included in Technorati’s information bank, you will have to create an account and submit the blog’s website address. You can create a personal profile and use this tool to ignite the social media. It helps you to become critical and relevant amongst your readership.

Conclusion

Remember you should exploit the content curation tools to benefit you directly. The ideal curation solution can be achieved when you actually index your information into your private CMS. This way your traffic is not diverted to a third party site however your searchers stay and view your own site. There are more tools like Sphinn, BizSugar, PaperLi among many more who can help you get organized on this online bank of information. You need to find the most appropriate way to filter information to suit your needs in your own special way. Share socially for increased social capital.

Halloween 2016 Brings Our Planet Another Close Encounter

Not another closer call from our asteroid friends, but that’s what it looks like.

This time we have news about asteroid 2015 TB145 which is a sizable asteroid that is hurtling through space at speeds of over 78,293 mph , and it’s heading this way. Discovered only 10 days ago, the asteroid has caught the attention of scientists at NASA because on October 31 (Halloween night – you can’t make this stuff up), it is expected to draw closer to Earth than anything this size has since July 2006.

Don’t panic friends and tech blog readers. When NASA says “close”, they are talking “relatively close”, which in this case means 1.3 lunar distances, or about 310,000 miles from our comfy little planet.

“This is the closest approach by a known object this large until 1999 AN10 approaches within 1 lunar distance in August 2027,” a NASA report states. “The last approach closer than this … was by 2004 XP14 in July 2006 at 1.1 lunar distances.”

Detected on October 10 by the Pan-STARRS I survey in Hawaii, which employs several astronomical cameras and telescopes from around the world to identify potentially threatening near-Earth objects, asteroid 2015 TB145 is estimated to be between 918 to 2,034 feet in diameter.

NASA reports that we have had closer encounters recently, but not by something on this scale. In 2013, Russian motorists filmed a very large meteorite as it burn up in Earth’s atmosphere back in 1908, and crashed into a Russian forest.

According to NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program, as of October 16 2015, 13,251 near-Earth objects have been discovered, 877 of which are asteroids with a diameter of approximately 1 kilometre or larger. Some 1,635 of these have been classified as Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs).

If all of this makes you a little nervous, don’t worry. NASA suggests that none of the asteroids or comets that they have identified will come close enough to impact Earth anytime in the foreseeable future. “All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01 percent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years,” they reported back in August.

For me, the scarier part is that NASA did not spot 2015 TB145 until less than two weeks ago!

Tuesday’s Leap Second Explained

This Tuesday, a single second will be added to clocks around the world to help counter Earth’s rotation slowing down.

What is a “Leap Second”?

leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to keep its time of day close to the mean solar time, or UT1. Without such a correction, time reckoned by Earth’s rotation drifts away from atomic time because of irregularities in the Earth’s rate of rotation. Since this system of correction was implemented in 1972, 25 such leap seconds have been inserted. The most recent one happened on June 30, 2012 at 23:59:60 UTC. A leap second, the 26th, will again be inserted at the end of June 30, 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC.

Humans can handle the additional second without even being aware of it, however computers are are another story and can get a little “confused”  where a path of time suddenly changes.

When a leap second was last added to the clock in 2012, during a weekend it wreaked some havoc online.

The leap second in 2012 caused Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, Gawker and StumbleUpon to be knocked offline entirely, as well as hundreds of flights to be delayed in Australia.

Many issues were caused by a bug in the Network Time Protocol used to keep Linux system clocks in sync. The flaw caused NTP to lock up some systems entirely, requiring a reboot before they could recover.

When the leap second comes around, it means the system clock sees an additional figure, like so:

2011-12-31 23.59.57
2011-12-31 23.59.58
2011-12-31 23.59.59
2011-12-31 23.59.60 <– leap second
2012-01-01 00.00.00
2012-01-01 00.00.01
2012-01-01 00.00.02

The second will be inserted into network time services at the exact same moment worldwide, on June 30th at 23:59:60 UTC.

This time around it’s critical that businesses are ready, with the leap second being added during a time when trading on stock markets is open.

Some businesses are ready for the leap second to be added, like Google and Amazon, which adjust server clocks gradually over a number of weeks so that it’s not a sudden change.

Others that rely on time-critical systems, like stock markets and utilities are nervous about it going wrong. A single second of downtime for a stock market means up to $4.6 million could be lost.

Linux systems specifically should be fine. The bug that affected them last time has since been resolved, along with other issues found in Java and other operating systems.

The leap second is mostly a headache for system administrators who need to ensure their services are highly available and need to plan how to handle the change. Hardware providers such as Cisco now provide detailed advice on how their hardware handles the leap second, but the side effects are unpredictable.

The Leap Second’s Future Demise?

Leap seconds might not be around for much longer with the International Telecommunications Union planning to vote on a proposal to eliminate the leap second in November 2015.

Is Warp Drive Possible?

Just maybe all my 40+ years of indulging in all things Star Trek was actually time well spent. I always knew that there was so much to learn from Gene Roddenberry’s Trek universe. Among the life lessons I started learning at a very young age and have carried with me all of these years from Star Trek is how to treat others, how to work together for the betterment of the greater whole, how to embrace wonderment and exploration, how to accept everyone for who they are and of course infinite diversity in infinite combinations is to be celebrated. But hey what about all of the amazing technology in Star Trek? From transporters, to phasers, to universal translaters, tricorders and warp drive, amazing tech is everywhere.

The USS Enterprise uses Warp Drive to explore the universe in a very timely fashion.

 

It’s warp drive that has me writing this little post.

Star Trek of course introduced the world to the concept of warp drive. Warp drive for those of you who do not know is the propulsion system that allowed the Enterprise to travel faster than the speed of light. Warp speed is the holy grail that would let us to explore the universe safely surrounded and protected by a space-distorting warp field.

What is the Real Concept of Warp Drive?

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An EmDrive prototype.

To get around the theory of relativity, physicist Miguel Alcubierre came up with the concept of a bubble of spacetime which travels faster than the speed of light while the ship inside of it is stationary. The bubble contracts spacetime in front of the ship and expands it behind it. The warp drive would look like a football inside a flat ring. The tremendous amount of energy it would need made this idea prohibitive until Harold “Sonny” White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center calculated that making the ring into a donut shape would significant reduce the energy needs.

At the same time NASA and other space agencies have been working on prototypes of the EmDrive or RF resonant cavity thruster invented by British aerospace engineer Roger J. Shawyer. This propulsion device uses a magnetron to produce microwaves for thrust, has no moving parts and needs no reaction mass for fuel. In 2014, Johnson Space Center claimed to have developed its own low-power EmDrive.

So what now? To prove that the warp effect was not caused by atmospheric heating, the test will soon be replicated in a vacuum. If the same results are achieved (and we hope they are), it may mean that the EmDrive is producing an actual warp field, which could ultimately lead to the development of a warp drive.

Last week there was some very exciting news released about the theory of warp drive and I bet you missed it.

Posts on NASASpaceFlight.com, a website devoted to the engineering side of space news, reported that NASA now has a tool to measure variances in the path-time of light. When lasers were fired through the EmDrive’s resonance chamber, it measured significant variances and, more importantly, found that some of the beams appeared to travel faster than the speed of light. If that’s true, it would mean that the EmDrive is producing a warp field or bubble.

What’s Next?

To prove that the warp effect was not caused by atmospheric heating, the test will be replicated in a vacuum. If the same results are achieved, it seems to mean that the EmDrive is producing an actual warp field, which could ultimately lead to the development of a warp drive.

And if all of this plays out as many hope, it will prove that Star Trek had it right, that…

 

Are We Alone? NASA Seeks to Find Out

NASA stated earlier this week that it is launching an interdisciplinary effort aimed at searching for extraterrestrial life.

Known as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), the project will bring together a wide range of scientists, researchers, and academics to try to “better understand the various components of an exoplanet [a planet around a star], as well as how the planet stars and neighbor planets interact to support life.”

NASA said that since the discovery of the first exoplanet in 1995, it has found more than 1,000 of them, with thousands more likely to be similarly designated in the future. At the same time, NASA said, scientists are trying to figure out which of these many worlds are, at least in theory, habitable, and which may have signs of life.

“The key to this effort is understanding how biology interacts with the atmosphere, geology, oceans, and interior of a planet,” NASA wrote, “and how these interactions are affected by the host star. This ‘system science’ approach will help scientists better understand how to look for life on exoplanets.”

NASA’s new project, run by its Science Mission Directorate, will bring together earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists, and astrophysicists “in an unprecedented collaboration to share their perspectives, research results, and approaches in the pursuit of one of humanity’s deepest questions: Are we alone?”

NExSS will be run by Natalie Batalha of the NASA Ames Research Center, Dawn Gelino of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies’ Anthony del Genio. It will also have members from 10 universities and two research institutes. The team members were chosen based on proposals submitted to the directorate.

I for one wish NASA well on there mission to finally answer the question, “Are We Alone”.

NASA Targets 2017 for Return to Manned Space Travel

After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally return to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017. Just as importantly this will finally end our embarrassing our current reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

So what he have is that in two years from now, crews will start travelling to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships ever built, launching atop US rockets from US soil. These new “human rated spaceships” which are also known as “space taxis” are being designed and manufactured as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

Boeing’s commercial CST-100 'Space Taxi' will carry a crew of five astronauts to low Earth orbit and the ISS from US soil.   Mockup with astronaut mannequins seated below pilot console and Samsung tablets was unveiled on June 9, 2014 at its planned manufacturing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Credit: Ken Kremer - kenkremer.com

A two person mixed crew of NASA astronauts and company test pilots will fly on the first test flights going to the space station in 2017.

Hatch opening to Boeing’s commercial CST-100 crew transporter.  Credit: Ken Kremer - kenkremer.com

Severe budget cuts by Congress forced NASA into a two year delay in the first commercial crew flights from the original target of 2015 to 2017  and also forced NASA to pay hundreds of millions of more dollars to the Russians for crews seats instead of employing American aerospace workers.

The first unmanned test flights of the SpaceX Dragon V2 and Boeing CST-100 are scheduled to occur by late 2016 or early 2017. Manned flights to the ISS could follow by the spring and summer of 2017.

Getting to Mars Just Got Cheaper

One of my New Year resolutions for 2015 is to cover more science stories for you, my dedicated readers. There is so much going on in the world of science and space technology that it will be fun to talk about some of it here.

So here we go.

Did you know NASA is planning on heading to Mars?

It is true but one of the big problems surrounding their proposed manned mission to Mars is the massive amount of fuel required for the journey — but scientists may have recently discovered a way to cut that down. And I mean by a lot.

Up to this point, NASA has used something called the Hohmann transfer approach to send satellites and rovers to Mars, which requires a whole lot of planning and timing to ensure the craft and Mars are on the same trajectory to be as close as possible when it gets there. That’s important, because the distance between Earth and Mars changes drastically depending on the orbit, and we only have a launch window of once every 26 months to get it right.

Well, that could be changing if mathematicians Francesco Topputo and Edward Belbruno are correct about using a strategy called ballistic capture to get a space craft to Mars. Instead of having to hit the “bullseye” and blow a ton of fuel to slow down once the craft reaches the Red Planet, this strategy uses Mars’ motion as an asset to have a future craft basically just cruise a bit slower than the planet while allowing Mars’s own gravity to rope it into a stable orbit.

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Structure of the ballistic capture transfers to Mars. Credit: arXiv:1410.8856

Why is this so important? You must remember that a proposed manned mission would use approximately 25 % of its fuel to slow down once it reached the planet, but on the other hand this strategy would let gravity do most of that workwhich would mean lower fuel needs. This would allow for a smaller rocket, or perhaps more important allow more room for additional people and equipment. When you’re traveling 140+ million miles providing extra space and a bigger crew is really going to be important. 

Cosmic Ray Activity Jeopardizes Space Travel

Maybe it’s good thing we do not have an active manned spaceflight mission at the moment. However with a planned mission to mars in the decade if this space weather does not calm down “Houston We Could Have a Problem”.

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This week the online journal Space Weather reported that due to a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation to pervade the space environment.

“The behavior of the sun has recently changed and is now in a state not observed for almost 100 years,” says Schwadron, lead author of the paper and principal investigator for the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). He notes that throughout most of the space age, the sun’s activity has shown a clockwork 11-year cycle, with approximately six- to eight-year lulls in activity (solar minimum) followed by two- to three-year periods when the sun is more active. “However, starting in about 2006, we observed the longest solar minimum and weakest solar activity observed in the space age.”

These conditions brought about the highest intensities of galactic cosmic rays seen since the beginning of the space age, which have created worsening radiation hazards that potentially threaten future deep-space astronaut missions.

“While these conditions are not necessarily a showstopper for long-duration missions to the moon, an asteroid, or even Mars, galactic cosmic ray radiation in particular remains a significant and worsening factor that limits mission durations,” says Schwadron.

The study is the capstone article in the Space Weather CRaTER Special Issue, which provides comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by the UNH-led detector. The data provides critical information on the radiation hazards that will be faced by astronauts on extended missions to deep space such as those to Mars.

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The high radiation levels seen during the sun’s last minimum cycle limits the allowable days for typical astronauts behind spacecraft shielding. Given the trend of reducing solar output, the allowable days in space for astronauts is dropping and estimated to be 20 percent lower in the coming solar minimum cycle as compared to the last minimum cycle.

MAVEN Orbits Mars

After a 10-month journey, confirmation of successful orbit insertion was received on September 21, 2014 from MAVEN and as a result our exploration of Mars continues.

Artist's concept of Maven in orbit around the planet Mars. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC.

Artist’s concept of Maven in orbit around the planet Mars. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC.

MAVEN will now begin a six-week commissioning phase that includes maneuvering into its final science orbit and testing the instruments and science-mapping commands. MAVEN then will begin its one Earth-year primary mission, taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind.

Space missions take a lot of time and patience. For example this mission has taken 11 years from the original concept for MAVEN to now having a spacecraft in orbit at Mars.

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The primary mission includes five “deep-dip” campaigns, in which MAVEN’s lowest orbit altitude will be lowered from 93 miles  to about 77 miles. These measurements will provide information down to where the upper and lower atmospheres meet, giving scientists a full profile of the upper tier.

The spacecraft’s principal investigator is based at CU/LASP. The university provided two science instruments and leads science operations, as well as education and public outreach, for the mission.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft recently completed assembly and has started environmental testing. In the Multipurpose Test Facility clean room at Lockheed Martin.

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft recently completed assembly and has started environmental testing. In the Multipurpose Test Facility clean room at Lockheed Martin.

MAVEN like all space programs today is a joint venture. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center manages the project and also provided two science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley provided four science instruments for MAVEN. JPL provides navigation and Deep Space Network support, and Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Program for NASA.

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