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You don’t have to be Einstein to understand web hosting, but it can certainly be put in a way that’s easier to understand. So here is my shot at it.
Website Hosting is when a company provides a server on lease or provides access through their own server along with internet connection to another company to host their websites online. Companies which offer such services are called Web Hosting Providers or Hosting Companies.
The best method of finding a website hosting package from a company to suite your needs is to check on their price and features. The first work of a website hosting package is to manage your web space or the main file. Significant website hosting system files such as your public_html sub-folder that let people to check out your site as long as you want are saved in this directory. Yet another task is protecting your website content. The subsequent job is to make certain you are in a position to use the package features such as e-mail account creation etc by managing the set of tools (Control panel) which is available with the package. One good company I often recommend is Bluehost (read it here).
There are a lot of such packages in the market with diverse characteristics. The important features, however, are the same in all website hosting packages. Some features available are.
- Amount of Storage: The selection of package should be decided by the size of your site and the amount of gigabytes of storage you need.
- Amount of Bandwidth: In a month, the amount of upload and download of data that a user can carry out on a website is referred to as bandwidth. When you go beyond your website hosting package limit, you will be charged an additional fee or your site will become inaccessible.
- Managing Domains and Subdomains: The ability of extension and incorporating a variety of subdomains is a very good feature to have in a package.
- Additional Features: Check if the package provides additional features such as e-mails, addition of widgets and applications such as mobile application which allows you to access your site administration etc.
- Tech Support: It is very important to know what type of support your package offers such as email, ticketing, live chat etc.
- Language Support: Make certain that the package offers support for various server languages other than PHP.
- Site Backup: Just because your site is connected to the internet doesn’t mean there is no chance of data loss. Ensure that your package offers site files and database backups.
- Operating System: If you are using Open Source language then you don’t have to worry about the distribution. However, if you are using ASP.NET it requires Windows hosting which is expensive, though most hosts provide options.
A student at Roger Williams University named Jason Mattera, 20, has been in the press recently because he is the President of the Young Republicans Club on campus and the club is offering a scholarship for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action. What makes Mr. Mattera different is that he is of Puerto Rican descent and is and has been the recipient of numerous scholarship awards given out by the Hispanic College Fund, a Washington D.C.-based organization run predominately by and exclusively for Hispanics.
Mr. Mattera says the Young Republicans are parodying minority scholarships. The application for the $250 award requires an essay on “why you are proud of your white heritage” and a recent picture to “confirm whiteness.” “Evidence of bleaching will disqualify applicants,” says the application, issued by the university’s College Republicans. A recent quote from Mr. Mattera on CNN had him saying that “We think that if you want to treat someone according to character and how well they achieve academically, then skin color shouldn’t really be an option,” he said. “Many people think that coming from a white background you’re automatically privileged, you’re automatically rich and your parents pay full tuition. That’s just not the case.”
Although I respect Mr. Mattera’s right to voice his beliefs, he is clearly wrong in his opinions regarding minority scholarships and affirmative action. And it is not because of that tired old saw regarding the injustice and discrimination that minorities have suffered in the United States–although there is that. The reason that Mr. Mattera is wrong is simply a matter of competitiveness. America has a history of assisting minority groups that are at a competitive disadvantage to better compete in the marketplace. For example, the United States has laws to insure that physically disabled people can have wheelchair and other forms of disability access to important goods, services, and jobs; there are taxpayer subsidies worth tens of billions of dollars each year given to help smaller farmers compete against large corporations and large American farmers to compete against agricultural products from third world nations; there are tariffs against some foreign goods and services designed to assist domestic companies to compete against low-priced foreign goods and services; and there are export subsidies to assist American companies to be more competitive internationally.
Affirmative action, including scholarships for minority groups that are at an educational disadvantage in American society, is another such assistance that is or should be designed to assist minority groups like Hispanic Americans better compete in a global market place. For what are college degrees except a way to compete more effectively against other job seekers?
Hispanic Americans recently surpassed African Americans to become the largest minority group in the United States, yet Hispanic Americans who are predominately of Mexican descent have the lowest penetration of any minority group in higher education in the nation. Hispanic Americans should and need to be provided with educational assistance up to and including educational grants to better compete against the non-Hispanic white majority. These competitiveness subsidies–if I may–are a just and desirable activity, not only for Hispanic Americans but for all Americans. Change is possible, just look at the green movement. As we all know, there is nothing more expensive than ignorance, and America will not continue to succeed without the full participation of its minority groups in all segments of American life and culture.
And therein lies the crux, when many non-hispanic whites loudly proclaim that they are being discriminated against for being white by not having the same affirmative action or scholarships that minorities have, then the answer to their complaints is that they are not in a group that needs the assistance. Individually, they may need the help like we all do occasionally, and there are programs available to assist such students, regardless of their background. But to complain that they are being discriminated against is just plain wrong. Non-Hispanic whites are not being discriminated against, they are just not being targeted for additional assistance because they as a group already hold the reigns of political and economic power in this county. This is why Jason Mattera is wrong, as well as being outrageously hypocritical.