Choosing a hosting company for your sailing or travel blog

Selecting the perfect web host provider for your travel blog can be difficult and time consuming. The reason why I simply that there are too many companies out there who make claims as tall as buildings but that fall short on the first trial you make. Does this mean there is no company that you can rely on? What you actually need to do not only becomes clearer on what it is that you seek but also discover the expectations and requirements you have from your web hosting service provider. Instead of giving you information about companies that provide these services, this article will tell you everything that you need to know about how you can cleverly select the best host for your website needs.

What is Web Hosting and Why do You Need it?

Not sure what web hosting actually is? Web hosting is a service that allows you to create a website and then upload it on the World Wide Web. It is a sort of computer that holds all your files and folders so that they can be kept systematically and used as per need. The company you connect to for web hosting provides you a renting space where your website is uploaded along with access to high speed internet so that others around the world can have access to your website.

There are quite a few different kinds of web hosting that you can choose from according to your website needs. Of course, you will also need to ask service provider what it is they have on offer. But what are the things that you need to know before hiring a web hosting service? Read on to find out tips and tricks that will help you out.

Tips and Tricks to Help You Through

If you are new to the world of web hosting, you may find some things that are very confusing for you. But with research you will be able to find answers for everything. If there are still difficulties consult someone who knows all about web hosting, someone you can trust. They will at least be able to guide you on what your web hosting needs are. Here are some clever tips and tricks that will help you to acquire just the right service provider for you.

What Do You Seek?

This is the very first thing that you need to be sure about. What exactly are your requirements when it comes to web hosting? What kind of a website is it that you are building? What is the audience you will be catering to? Would it be a blog or product/services selling website? Likewise, what amount of traffic do you expect on your website. These are some of the most basic questions you need answered. Have a look at what it is that you plan to do and then think of how much growth is possible in the upcoming year.

Also think of whether or not you will need to add any kind of special software today or later stages of website construction. These questions will not only help you but also help the service provider in helping you find the best server for you. If you are new to whole website making then it is safest to start by using shared hosting. Not only is this kind of web hosting reliable, it also provides good features for less money. Also, you are allowed to upgrade when your website and traffic grows.

Some Questions to Ask the Web Host

There are certain things that you will need to confirm from the web hosts. Here are the important ones:

  • The monthly payment you will have to make
  • Uptime guarantee and the monthly charges for it
  • What are their customer support options? Are they only through online means or also available on phone and email?
  • Payment plans as per year and contract basis
  • What is their term renewal and payment scheme
  • What is software update option? Can you add new software when the website grows?
  • What is the sever upgrade and how long will it take
  • Is there any free trial option?
  • Refund policy if any and if not, why?
  • Privacy policy and your personal data safety management
  • What is the experience of the web host and how long have they been in the market?

Once you have decided what kind of web hosting you plan to have, you will also need to drill the web hosts about questions regarding your choice of server.

The Importance of Domain Name and Its Purchase

Domain name is the unique name of the website that you will be known on the internet for. It will belong to you only. There is an option to use either a “free” domain name or purchase your own. Do not make the mistake of using the free one, because it is a trap. You will eventually end up paying more money than if you had from the first purchased a domain name for yourself.

Reviews and Testimonial Checks

This is must. You have to ask for reviews and testimonials if they aren’t available on the website of the web hosts. These are what will allow you to make the final decisions. But the important thing to keep in mind is that you can’t take reviews on face value. You will need to dig deep and find out how accurate they actually are. Get in touch with clients of the company and ask them of their experience.

Make your own checks too. Ask for a free trial and try uploading your website to see how it works. This too will save you time and money that could otherwise have been wasted had you not checking how the service providers are.

Celebrity Endorsements Don’t Really Work Out Well

Celebrity endorsements may seem very cool, but in reality they are no good. The reason why is simple. Your needs and the needs of the person who made the endorsement could be extremely different. So don’t just pick out a web host simply because your favorite celebrity suggested it.

Furthermore, you can check out HostAuthority’s rankings of the top web hosting solutions on the market.

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Sail your yacht like a man: the importance of testosterone in aging men

Testosterone is a sex hormone which is found in large quantities in males and helps in maintaining bone health, sex drive and sperm production. But as men age, they experience a significant reduction in testosterone levels, which leads to the loss of body hair, muscle bulk and increase in body fat. However, this is not all that happens when testosterone levels decrease, as many studies have shown the relationship between testosterone deficiency and elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In medical terms, testosterone deficiency is called Hypogonadism. It is related with reduced insulin, an increased fat mass, cholesterol and low HDL-cholesterol, elevated triglycerides and impaired glucose tolerance, all of which lead to the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases. The testosterone levels in men are at their peak in their 30s, which gradually decrease at a rate of rate of 1% to 2% annually [1].

A Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS) has indicated that the incidence of hypogonadism is rapidly increasing within the aging population of the US. The study shows estimates, which indicate that around 2.4 million men, who are aged between 40 and 69, are diagnosed with hypogonadism in the United States. The study also shares that every year about 481,000 new cases of hypogonadism are reported within the same age group of American men [2].

Coronary risk factors and Testosterone

Previously, it was believed that the differences in risk factor profiles of men and women were the reason behind the higher incidence of coronary disease in men. It was believed that this was due to the behaviors of men like excessive smoking and intake of highly fat saturated diets, which made them more prone to developing these diseases. But with time, several logistic regression analysis were conducted which proved that such differences in behavioral profiles do not account for the higher risk of coronary disease in men.

Studies have also shown that the risk of developing coronary diseases is approximately three times higher in men as compared to women [3]. Also, men are prone to developing these diseases 10 years before than women. It has been found that this happens due to the low level of sex hormones (testosterones) present in men, as they play a vital role in the aetiology of cardiovascular disease.

Another well-recognized risk factor is the metabolic syndrome which leads to coronary morbidity and mortality and atherosclerosis. The syndrome has several components including hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. These components are independently related with frank hypogonadism and hypotestosteronaemia.

Furthermore, it has been found that the absolute serum testosterone level is inversely proportional to the number of components of the metabolic syndrome, but if all of the syndrome’s components are present, then the risk of frank hypogonadism increases tenfold [4].

Testosterone Levels of Men With Coronary Heart Disease

There is a large amount of literature available which indicates that men without coronary artery disease (CAD) have higher testosterone levels than men who have been diagnosed with CAD. Several studies have been conducted that compare men with and without CAD, and most of them have concluded that men with CAD have significantly lower testosterone levels, both total and bioavailable.

However, some earlier studies suggest otherwise and there is inconsistency in the findings. Analysts say that this inconsistency in the earlier reports is because of the variability in study design, in the measures of testosterone quoted, in the definitions of ‘cardiovascular disease’ and ‘hypogonadism’ used, and in the assays applied.

Heart Failure and Testosterone

In the Western world, the leading cause of heart failure is the presence of coronary heart disease. Heart failure is mostly caused by a catabolic state which takes place due to the maladaptive neurohormonal activation, vasodilator incapacity and activation of inflammatory cytokines. It has been observed that testosterone imposes a particular type of effect due to which it resists all of these implications. In another study, it has been observed that intravenous administration of testosterone increases cardiac output in men, and hence it concludes that the levels of serum testosterone, positively correlate with heart failure and cardiac output in men.

Moreover, research has also been conducted on the effects of chronic testosterone supplementation. In a small scale clinical trial, improvements in the rate of heart failure were observed in symptom scores and exercise capacity after providing testosterone therapy to men for 12 weeks. A large scale clinical trial was conducted afterwards, in which a decline in electrocardiographic Q-T dispersion and improvements in maximal strength, insulin resistance, symptom scores, VO2 max, and exercise capacity were observed [5].

These studies showed quite positive results. However, more evidence is required to completely understand the mechanisms of testosterone which lead to heart failure. Moreover, the long-term effects of supplementation also need to be researched properly to get a clear picture.

Key Findings of Other Research Studies

From the above discussion, it can be concluded that men with hypogonadism are mostly diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). To reinforce the conclusion on this topic, following are some of the key findings of other research studies on the same topic:

  • The low levels of testosterone have a negative impact on various cardiovascular risk factors such as endothelial dysfunction, central adiposity, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, and insulin resistance.
  • Experiments and studies on the isolated cells of animals show that those mechanisms that imitate the atherosclerotic process are readily adapted by testosterone in the body.
  • Men with mid-upper normal range of endogenous testosterone levels have less chances of having cardiovascular events and mortality than those men who have either higher range or lower range endogenous testosterone levels.
  • Men with mid-normal range levels of testosterone after going through testosterone replacement have shown improved mortality and reduction in cardiac ischaemia, functional exercise capacity and several cardiovascular risk factors.
  • In the case where patients were given a high dose of testosterone or were undertreated, have been found to be more prone to developing cardiovascular diseases.