5 Things To Know Before Selecting A Web Hosting Provider

There are so many web hosting providers online that you will be confused about which one to choose. Hence, this is a difficult task because if you end up selecting a terrible, erratic and poor web host,  you may be unable to build an effective and great online presence and it can also have a negative impact on your search rankings. This is even much more important for businesses because if their website is always down, it may result in the massive loss of customers. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares things you should know before choosing a web host.

Purpose

Whether you’re choosing a host for an existing website, or looking to start from scratch, what you want to use the site for should influence your hosting decisions. For example, do you plan to make money from your website, or is it something you’re setting up for fun? If it is for fun or personal, free hosting will serve you well. However, if it is a business website, you require a paid host.

Price

Expensive does not necessarily mean it is the best. At the same time, you can not use a cheap web host for hosting your website especially if you rely on your website to make money. This is not a problem for small business and startup because they can upgrade later. But, blue-chip companies should never patronise cheap host due to their limited features.

Usability

Web usability is the ease of use of a website.  The web host you choose has a huge role to play in making your website usable. The number one usability feature to look out for is if the web hosting provider has programs like cPanel, ispCP or ISPConfig. These programs allow you to set up and customize your website and hosting. Thus making it easier to use.

Speed

Expensive or cheap, you want a web host that is fast and responsive. It can be very annoying if your awesome and great website has a slow load time especially when you start getting engagement and traction. Simply, get a Web host that has features that make the site load quickly.

Customer Support

A web host provider must be customer friendly by ensuring they respond as fast as possible to your inquiries and complaints especially when your website is down. If they take forever to fix your website, do not use such a host. You can get information about this from your friends who already manages a website.

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5 Seriously Annoying Things Nigerians Do After An Accident

Having an accident, fatal or not, is not something that anyone wants to encounter. Regardless, when it happens, you have to look for ways to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. This said, you expect some sane and normal actions taken by the people at the accident spot. However, for Nigerians, it is different.  They completely do the opposite of what you expect and it can be very annoying. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some of the seriously annoying things some Nigerians do after an accident.

Leave their car on the road

When you bashed another person’s car, you find them arguing and exchanging angry words right in the middle of the road. They do not really care if their actions result in a long traffic or notorious queue. Why can’t both of you get off the road and find a solution? In other cases, when a car has an accident, you still find it at that same spot for weeks.

Crowd the scene as if they are watching a movie

Imagine an accident scene and people simply gather round shouting, some crying, while others just watch what is happening like a movie. They will not allow the emergency services to work and in some circumstances, the police have to shoot in the air to disperse the crowd.

It is an opportunity for some to ‘steal’

In a crowd, you find the good, the bad and the ugly. The mission of certain people is just to steal. They steal phones, wallets, and other valuables. They do not even care if it is the properties of the person involved in the accident. Unfortunate!

Taking pictures

The technology age is here. The urge to take selfies and pictures have made some people become uncaring and unconcerned about others. At an accident scene, you find people taking pictures to post on social media just to get likes and comments. Meanwhile, an individual is lying there in a pool of blood.

Refuse to help the victims

This is probably the worse of all. You just wring in pain when you see people around you but they refuse to ferry you to the hospital or offer first aid. Sometimes, it is not their fault because the police may just come around and accuse you of something you do not know anything about. Nigerians prefer to wait until the emergency services and police arrive. But at that short time, a precious life may be lost. Let us lend a helping hand.

5 Factors To Consider Before Hiring A Personal Trainer

If you have plans in mind to keep fit or lose some weight, you may be thinking of hiring a personal trainer. Depending on your preference, the trainer may either come to your home every weekend or you will be the one to go to the gym to get your training from an instructor. The problem here is how will you choose a personal trainer? If you do not know how Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares the things to look out for before selecting a personal trainer.

Communication

Your trainer may sometimes be absent because he has an emergency to attend to. This does not mean you should stop your workouts. The trainer should be able to explain things to you on the phone as well as teach you how to perform certain moves without being present.

Patience

You do not want a trainer that is impatient and easily gets annoyed or angry when you are not going at their pace. They should find an agreeable pace for their trainees. This is important because what works for one person may not work for another.

Professionalism

There should be certain boundaries your personal trainer should not cross even though you do not mind having a close relationship with them. This is why they should be professional and part of being professional is knowing these boundaries and respecting them.

Experience

To get the best out your exercise and training sessions, you must hire an experienced instructor. The trainer should not be an amateur or learner because they must understand the techniques and demands of aerobics.

Personality

As a client, you want to ensure that instructor has your best interest anytime, any day. The trainer should not be abusive or bad mouth you when you are not with them.

Top 10 tips for planning a productive corporate retreat

Despite what you may have heard, corporate retreats are not just for enhancing work relationships and team building, they can be helpful in improving the overall morale of your workers, chart out functional line of actions that can create an enabling work environment to stimulate the performance of your team.

Irrespective of your budget, you can plan the best corporate retreat by finding the perfect blend of fun, team building activities and motivation.

Research shows that happier staffs form a more productive work force. As a part of your retreat, organize fun games that could lend your team a fresh perspective and help in evolving together.

Below are 10 tips to help you plan the ideal corporate retreat by introducing new team building and leisure activities that are productive, memorable and most importantly fun.

  1. Be certain of the primary goal of the retreat:

Understand the motivation behind the retreat before planning. Is there a need for cohesiveness, has the team lost its morale boost or are there special knowledge and skills, you will like to inject into the system. Knowing the overall aim of the retreat and keeping the goal in mind is the foundation to planning the perfect corperate retreat.

  1. Prepare before setting out:

Research and find the best areas to visit, fun excursions, travel ideas and any events taking place that you could explore before you go so that there are plenty of options available for the participants.

Come up with games that both the introverts and extroverts on your team can enjoy, so no one feels left out. You can organize silent games, where people only get to write out answers rather that speaking out. This way several people will be much more comfortable with the prospect of going for the retreat.

  1. Appoint a skilled facilitator:

For proper execution, hire a skilled facilitator that has expert knowledge and experience dealing with larger groups. Having the right facilitator is probably the biggest single step you can take to getting the most from the retreat. Take time out to ensure that the facilitator is well briefed and works with you beforehand to ensure they understand the background, issues and aims of the retreat.

  1. Opt for a scenic location:

When planning a retreat, choose a scenic destination and a location that offers a lot of free activities such as boating, hiking, diving and snorkelling. The ambiance and these activities will promote creativity and wellbeing at the least possible cost.

  1. Pick a facilitating venue

Try to opt for hotels or accommodation like Oriental hotel Lagos or Protea Hotel Ikeja that have board or meeting rooms because although you won’t spend all your time in them you need a traditional working place to distinguish the fun of the retreat with the nitty gritty work. Sitting outside and working are fun but sometimes you need to sit down with ergonomic table and chairs to fully focus. Choose rooms that are spacious and have natural daylight and quirky features if possible though – not a cramped, white-walled, uninspiring environment.

  1. Don’t tie your retreats to performance:

Corporate retreats should not be linked to performance targets, and they shouldn’t serve as incentive trips for the ace performing staffs only. Ensure that the retreat accommodates and improves everyone and their relationships within the organization.

  1. Keep titles out the door:

Going away with your boss and superiors can be intimidating, as several members of staffs can become uptight and less open to any active involvement during the retreat. So ensure all attendees leave their work title out of the door, so that everyone can enjoy the time out and relax.

  1. Enusre key players attend:

When planning a retreat, decide on your attendee list and ensure that top ranking office members or key players on your work force are invited. This will encourage the turnout and increase the chances of having team members act more inclusive in the program organized.

  1. Opt for a cheaper alternative:

As much as corporate retreat are necessary, they tend to consume plenty of funds. If your organization can’t afford to plan a retreat, you can opt for a cheaper alternative like scheduling some time off, allowing the team work from a new locations, organizing team building exercises or taking fun office excursions within your city.

  1. Organise a follow-up

Shortly after the retreat organize a follow up meeting or send an email detailing things achieved, issues raised and where the team is headed from then on, to ensure everyone is on the same page. Having a follow up is also a great way to keep records, track progress and use such information at the next retreat to refresh and compare progress.

 

8 Simple Ways To Unearth Your Talent

Talent is natural aptitude or skill. This is the simple and precise result you will get when you Google talent. It is something that you can do effortlessly. While some people have discovered their talent at an early age, others are still struggling to find what they are good at. Even though it is important to uncover your talent from the onset, it is never too late. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares ways to unearth your talent and unleash it to the world.

Meditate

You have to take time out to meditate and open your mind to all paths. This is because talent comes in usual and unusual forms. Hence, you are likely to be blind to what some of your talents really are. A nice place to start when evaluating your talents is to meditate.

Listen to others

Your friends or family members are usually aware of your talents even if you don’t. They must have told and complimented you about what you are great at. Try to listen to them more.

What do you find easy

There are things that you do with little or no stress that others find very difficult. That is probably your talent. You should grab it with both hands and try to hone it.

What you enjoy most

Your talents may be displaying itself in other ways. It may come in the form of what you love or enjoy doing especially during your free time. If you are attracted to it, it is your natural talent. You just need to be self-conscious.

Analyse times you were successful

Look back on your life and analyse the times you were successful. Sometimes what you are successful at can actually be your talent.

Subjects you are passionate about

Like earlier stated, talent comes in various form. So, ask yourself, is there a specific subject that you love to talk about to the extent that your friends tell you to shut up or keep quiet? Consider that subject, perhaps it may be one of your hidden talents.

Just ask your friends

Do not be ashamed to ask your close friends you know that will give you an honest answer about what they think your talents are. Jumia Travel adds that there is no need for them to talk about your flaws. Allow them to share the few things that they think you are good at.

Know what you spend your money on

Your values are connected with what you spend your money and time on. Look closer at what this can tell you about yourself. Remember, it must be something good and positive.

7 Tips For A Better Social Media Live Broadcast

Live broadcasts are fast becoming very popular today. You no longer have to rely on a camera crew to go live. Thanks to social media, any organisation, business or individual can do this. From your smartphone or computer, you can broadcast live from the comfort of your home, event centre or office. Your broadcast can potentially and instantly reach thousands of people or a targeted audience. This is quite amazing! However, how can you ensure that your social media live broadcast go smoothly without any hiccups? Well, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares ways you can do this.

Promote your broadcast

Promoting or advertising your live broadcast on social media cost 10 dollars. Since you do not have to break the bank to pay this amount, you can promote your live broadcast on whatever platform you want to utilize. This will make more people aware of your broadcast. If you are a celebrity, a tweet or post will suffice.

Prepare and practice

Before you go live, you have to plan, prepare and practice. You need to ensure that viewers are able to hear you clearly.

Determine how long you want to broadcast

You need to decide if you want to broadcast the whole programme or just some highlights. It is important to know this because you do not want to end the broadcast at the middle and leave your viewers hanging. Let your audience know if it will be a full or short broadcast.

Choose a spot that has a strong internet

No internet, no live broadcast. So, ensure that you look for a strong internet spot that will be uninterrupted. Jumia Travel urges you to have enough data that will last throughout the broadcast.

Do a test run video

Before you go Live for the first time, do a test live broadcast. For Facebook, you can set the privacy setting to Only Me in the Who Should See This? You will see the live video exactly as it will appear.

Get live feedback

If you want your viewers to provide feedback and ask you questions during the broadcast, you have to set this up on certain social media platforms. Their feedback, comments, and questions will appear on the screen. Do not ignore their questions.

Analyse the Results

You can easily get the metrics of your live broadcast immediately you finish. You will see the total number of people who watched your video. You can use this to decide if you want to continue with the live broadcast in your next programme or not.

Dating a Lagos Girl

As a major fan of Joro Olumofin and an ardent reader of the many real life situation entries he showcases on his Instagram handle (where he has people send in mails detailing their experiences, problems and seeking advice from Instagram users) an exciting issue caught my attention. A young man sent in a mail explaining how dissatisfied he felt about Abuja girls who clearly wanted him for material gains and sought for reader’s advice on his intention to move to Lagos in search of a young, classy and industrious lady. He wanted tips on how to treat a Lagos girl.

Hence, I thought it would be perfect to give out tips on the perfect way to treat a Lagos babe.

  1. Don’t just say the word, be the word:

Depending on what activity she likes, ensure you always show a form of interest in the things she loves. Be considerate, encourage her to grow and don’t be a stalker, you know what they say about finding someone you like but still giving them enough space to go into the world and trust that they still be yours.

Don’t say “I love you” if you don’t mean it, be her biggest fan and offer constructive criticism. Do the little things, pick her up as soon as she arrive from a trip and book an exquisite accommodation like Ibis Hotel Ikeja for her to spend the night.

  1. Spend a romantic weekend at one of the top hotels in Lagos:

A weekend getaway is not an excuse to smash!!! It is a perfect way to get acquainted with the babe and offers you close quarters to indulge in fun loving activities. Treat her to a spectacular time at one the biggest 5 Star Hotels in Nigeria like the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Protea Hotel or Intercontinental Hotel.

Sheraton Hotel Lagos is a perfect respite from the Lagos crowd, it boasts of excellent service, amazing buffet restaurants, Golf Range training, Tennis Courts and a Club Lounge with various benefits you can take advantage of during your stay.

Disclaimer: These tips are not your go to guide if you want a Lagos babe to fall instantly at your feet, it takes time, persistence and courage.

 

  1. Get her a gift just because its Tuesday:

I know many guys have been taken through hell and back by girls who are all about the money but that shouldn’t deter you from spend a lil something on the girl who catches your fancy. A thoughtful present is all that counts, not the cost of it. Send her flowers (just because…), you don’t have to wait for a special day of the month or year. Show a Lagos girl how thoughtful and kind you can be.

  1. Take her on dates:

You know the excitement and rush that comes with finding a new person you just click with. You have to make an effort even after getting the sparks ignited. No matter how independent a Lagos girl comes off looking, even the uber classy girls and working professionals love to be treated to a good time by a gentleman. Get tickets for two to see the latest movie at the cinema, take her paint balling or treat her to a good time at the next musical concert.

  1. Send Romantic texts:

Romantic texts and traditional hand written notes never go out of style. Texting is a lot better than sending those annoying PING! PING!! PING!!!.

Avoid sending cheesy texts about how the sun rises and set on her. Lol! Be creative and send something straight from the heart.

 

The Career Mum: 5 Life Hacks to Make Life Easier for the Working Mum

Shout out to my Momma!!!

I often wondered how she did it. Raising 3 kids while pursuing her career in a town filled with the daily hassle of its own.

Then as I got older and watched her, I realized joggling motherhood with a career is no easy feat!

I asked her once “Mum how did you do it?” She replied brightly “The fact that I wanted to give my kids the best things in life kept me moving”.

I adore her no doubt but I figured I only watched mama handle life through rose coloured glasses, all these years I was oblivious to the fact that she carried on with so much sacrifice and failed to enjoy life as much as she would have loved to.

A career mum is often caught between giving her best to two of some of the most important aspects of her life.

You wonder if taking a really demanding job is the best decision and you feel guilty when your hectic work schedule clashes with those amazing family times you would rather spend at your kid’s next recitation or school play.

Then you compensate yourself with the thoughts of a promising career and all it has to offer, convincing yourself it’s for the good of everyone, telling yourself this affords you the opportunity to provide your kids with the best education and every other goodies of life.

Here are a few tips on how to enjoy career fulfilment without compromising on the joy of a wonderful motherhood experience:

  1. A Super Hero needs rest too:

Every super mum needs to make time for adequate rest after a hectic week. Treat yourself to a well-deserved Spa treat, take the kids to granny’s and make out time to pamper yourself at the saloon. Hang out with friends or go on a dinner date with the boo at some of the best hotel restaurants in town. The Crockpot Restaurant located at the lobby level of the Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja offers delicious international buffet meal options.

Make a hotel reservation and indulge in a week of finesse and comfort at one of the luxury accommodations in Lagos or 5 star hotels in Abuja with the boo. By all means, keep your leisure life lit!!

  1. Do not guilt trip yourself:

Wallowing in self-pity never helped anyone, you only put yourself up for an emotional meltdown or outburst. This isn’t good for your family life and work.

Make a conscious effort to be as cheerful as possible, since you have a limited amount of time to spend with your kids daily.

This leaves you and your family members in high spirit and the kids are sure to remember their mum in a good light throughout the day.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Are you planning to take a business trip? Don’t be afraid to have a trusted friend or family member look after the kids when you have an important errand or appointment but if truly have no one to cater to kids while you are away, take advantage of the provision of domestic helps and nanny services provided by some of the best hotels in Nigeria.

Teach the kids to do certain small tasks as they grow older. This way you end up with well-trained kids and relieve yourself of certain tasks so you can concentrate on work.

  1. Set your priorities accordingly:

Learning to prioritize helps you break your workload and errands into smaller defeat-able tasks. Create little sticky notes with a priority list of things you have to do daily and tick off the most important ones.

  1. Avoid procrastination as much as you can:

Telling yourself that an important task can be left until later is just a way of heaping up more workload. Check their homework, do the kids laundry and prepare their lunch boxes for the next day.

Do the things you can as soon as you are able to, at this rate you will get things done in time to get some rest.

 

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5 Habits That Will Kill Your Entrepreneurial Dream

You have dreamt about it. You can feel it and you are already making money from the enterprise you established. All in dreams. Reality dawns on you and you wish it your dream will become reality instantly. But that is not how it works. You have to work towards achieving your dreams especially if you hope to become an entrepreneur. But you are still lounging and dreaming. This may be due to some habits that you have imbibed over time and this can stop from bring your entrepreneurial dream to fruition. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares some of these habits.

Saying it’s not the right time

You keep telling yourself that it is not the right time. When is it the right time for you to start your business? The truth is there is never a ‘right time’ to kick off anything because if you wait forever you will do nothing. Start now!

Stressing over personal finances.

This has been said time and time again. You do not need to stress too much over your personal finance because it will always be a problem. If you dream to own a business, save money, reach out to friends and investors to source for finance.

Fear of the unknown

You are very comfortable in your comfort zone and you are afraid to leave. You fear what you are going to meet out there. It is better you face this fear and take the risk. It is advisable to try and fail than not taking any action due to fear of the unknown.

Indecision

Making a decision may be difficult but you can not run away from making that decision. You should consult your mentors and other experienced individuals to sort their advice before making that decision. Whatever you decide can make or mar you. Do not worry If it turns out wrong because you have learned a lesson.

Procrastination

We all have the tendency to make excuses for postponing tasks. Do whatever you want to do and face the risk. It is difficult but you have to try.

7 Things That Shorten The Lifespan Of Your PC

Computers like other devices have a short lifespan. Your computer gets noisier, slows down, and shows error messages which are signs that something is wrong with your computer. This problem occurs when certain things happen to your computer. In line with this, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 7 things to avoid if you want your computer to last longer.

Power surges

Power surges may be as a result of lightning strikes or sudden restoration of power. This can be risky as it can damage your computer’s motherboard, lead to data loss and even your charger could explode. It is advisable you use a stabilizer.

Battery drain

This is for those that allow their batteries to run out before they charge it. Just be prepared to perhaps buy another battery if you continue with this habit.

Limited ventilation

Your computer’s fan is not there for fun. And it is no gainsaying that heat is one of the major things that can harm your computer. This will make your system perform like a snail and your battery will quickly run out within minutes. As a rule of thumb, do not block the ventilation.

Software updates

Running an outdated software on your computer will automatically make it slower. This can make you angry that you hit it in a bid to let out your frustration. This can damage your PC. To make it faster, always keep software updated.

Loose cables

Searching and fixing loose cables is one of the easiest ways to make your computer durable. Properly place or fix any external cable that may affect your system. You can start with your charger.

Dust

Allowing dust to pile up in your computer will definitely affect its performance. Dust makes it prone to overheating as it can block the ventilation. When you notice any dust, use a blower to remove the dust.

Physical damage

If your fan is bad or your screen is cracked, you should fix it as soon as possible because if you do not, the damage can affect the overall performance of your system.