Curing the Vista Slow Startup Blues

Do you have the Vista slow startup problem? Do you hit your power button and go make a pot of coffee while you wait for your computer to boot in the morning? There is nothing more annoying than a slow computer, it makes you want to take a big sledgehammer to it.

Here's a few tips you can try to fix your slow startup problem. First of all you want to disable any programs that are in the startup menu that you do not absolutely need. There is no sense in waiting for programs to load that you do not use on a regular basis. Or if you are not sure which one is slowing your startup. You can disable them one at a time.

If that did not help, you can disable your Windows sidebar. You'll also want to remove any icons from your desktop that you do not absolutely need. The same goes for your task bar and quick start menu. All of these will slow down your boot time.

Check to make sure your anti virus program is not scanning at startup. Some programs are set to scan. When windows boots, by default. You will also want to do a full anti virus scan to make sure you do not have a worm or any other type of virus that is working in the background slowing your operations down.

The largest reason for a slow boot time is a corrupt or damaged Registry. The registry will become corrupt from installing and uninstalling programs. Perhaps you have loaded programs onto your new Vista computer and were not compatible and then uninstall them. They leave behind files, which Windows tries to reference on startup. Since they are no longer on your computer. Your system goes through a long search trying to find them. You need to clean and optimize your Windows registry to eliminate any bad or orphaned files.

You can do this manually if you are an experienced computer technician. It is not recommended for most users. Windows does not have a built-in tool for repairing, cleaning, or optimizing your registry. You will need to download and run a third-party program to do this.

A good piece of software that will do this for you with a click of the mouse is a wise investment for any computer. You will have it for years to come, and can schedule it to do weekly maintenance. This will keep your PC fully optimize and running fast. It's like giving your computer a tuneup. …

The Business Case for Search Engine Optimization

The web is still growing at a phenomenal rate. The Computer Industry Almanac projects that the Worldwide Internet Population will grow from 1.08 billion in 2005 to 1.8 billion in 2010.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook 2007, over half (37.8 million) of the UK population are already Internet users.

Thus, businesses who have chosen to build an on-line presence can take advantage of reaching new customers through the web. However, the web is getting more and more crowded.

Netcraft.com reported in their October 2007 Web Server Survey that they had counted 142,805,398 sites; an increase of 7.6 million sites in 30 days.

The bad news is that this growth creates a new problem of increased on-line competition for many businesses.

To remain competitive and retain and grow market share, businesses are becoming more aggressive in their web marketing strategies. They understand that it is no longer sufficient to own a website and hope it visits visitors with little to no promotion of it. They are ensuring their site retains a high position and prominence in search engine rankings by employing a range of promotional tools, such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), to attract visitors.

Businesses who fail to keep up will lose valuable custom to their competitors. Early signs of this include:

o A drastic fall in web visitor numbers

o A decrease in sales generated on-line

o A fall in search engine rankings

For businesses to maintain a competitive advantage on-line, it is essential that they invest in on-line promotional activity. The aims of online activity should mirror traditional offline marketing aims. IE

o Remain competitive and retain market share

o Increase targeted prospect numbers

o Attract new customers

o Deliver return on investment

This can be done in-house. There are no special tools required to promote a website, but it does take time and effort. In addition there is so much nonsense spoken about SEO that it is hard to avoid wasting time on optimization and promotion campaigns that achieve no worthwhile result. This is why, unless you have someone who really enjoys web marketing, it is best to outsource this work to professional optimization companies who know from experience what works and what does not. …

Website Building Tutorials That Do not Hold Up

Not so long ago, building a website was a real chore. You either needed to invest in clunky yet expensive software or you were required to learn the ins and outs of "from scratch" site building. Fortunately, things have changed a great deal. Today, it's easy for just about anyone to use some readily available and inexpensive (even free) tools to design a site. Unfortunately, many of those old website building tutorials are still in circulation, providing questionable and outdated information to readers.

If you're looking for guidance on building your site, check the website building tutorials you have under consideration for their date of publication. If they're more than a few years old, you probably do not want to bother with them.

The Internet changes quickly. The techniques that were en vogue a few years ago are now ancient history. The old school methods that many guides outline are no longer necessary or relevant. Few things become more dated quickly than guides and tutorials about building a great site.

After you've ascended adequate recency, become an active reader. That means not taking the contents of the guide at face value. Again, things may have changed. There's also that ever-present risk of getting bad information from a lower quality guide. You want to do your homework before adopting any strategy that might be stated in the tutorials. Make sure the recommendations still hold water by doing online research.

The best website building tutorials will provide you with all the information you need to know, from A to Z, to get the ball rolling with your own site. Check the tutorials you're considering to see if they live up to that standard. Many are laser-focused on certain aspects of design and fail to provide the big picture information you'll want as you take your first website construction program.

It would be nice if every site building tutorial contained solid, timely information. That's simply not the case, however. If you want to learn from a tutorial, you need to be able to discern the guides that have not held up to the ravages of time from those that will provide you with timely, pertinent and actionable information. …