A Brief History of the Beard

History of beard

Dr Alun Withey

This week came the startling revelation that, in the past year, manufacturers of razors and related goods such as shaving foam, have seen a drop in sales of more than £72 million pounds. Market analysts IRI noted that men’s shopping habits were changing and, even though the total market still accounted for 2.2 billion pounds, this was a substantial dent. The cause of this change? Beards.

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Nobody can have failed to notice in recent months the ubiquity of facial hair. Keep your eyes open as you walk down your local high street and you will probably notice a variety of styles, with the ‘Amish’ style seemingly especially popular. It is also interesting how newsworthy beards are. Just look at how often they have appeared as a topic for discussion in recent months. The furore caused by Jeremy Paxman’s beard for example. There were lengthy discussions about…

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Things to know begore creating a website

Free Website Creation Tutorial For Beginners

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You have just stumbled upon a beginner-friendly, comprehensive site that will teach you the basics so you can create your first website.

And what’s even better is there is no web design or technical experience needed unless you really want to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, PHP etc.

Begin here for a quick overview of how to start your site.

Start your site today!

Reserve Your Domain Name (AnySite.com)

Your domain name is like the home of your website. Take your time with this step because the name you choose becomes part of your brand.

Also, try to choose a name that is short enough so you can get matching usernames for Twitter, YouTube and other Social Media accounts. Branding is everything — don’t rush this step!

Check out these domain registration tips and discover how to get a free guide to help you start your website. Also learn how to get a domain name for only $1.99.

Select Your Web Hosting Company

The web host is the company that houses your site and provides you with space to create web pages, any scripts you can install (forums, shopping carts, blogging, etc.), email addresses, security and so much more.

Hosting companies can overwhelm you with their features, but the majority of them offer the same services. Always start with the cheapest monthly plan because upgrading later is very easy.

Click here to learn more about web hosting.

Start Building!

How you create your site will depend on the kind you want to make. For example, if you want to create a blog, you can take advantage of the built-in templates that come with the blogging (WordPress) platform.

No coding experience is necessary. All you do is search for the theme you want to use, activate it, make your customizations and your website is ready to go.

Not sure about the difference between blogs and regular websites? Click here to learn more.

What Kind of Site Do You Want?

There are so many different types of websites you can create. From ecommerce, membership to content sites, etc. Find out the best way to approach your future site. Click here for details on different kinds of websites you can create.

Consider Creating a Niche Website
Niche websites focus on a narrow market. So instead of making a website about something generic like skin care, you may choose to narrow it down to getting rid of acne, or managing eczema.

The more defined your target market is, the easier it will be to engage your audience and sell products to them.

You start by taking time to find a “profitable niche” and build a very useful content-rich website that caters to the audience you’ve defined.

Once your site is up and running you can monetize it by selling ad space or your own products, joining affiliate programs, and more.

This is the way I’ve been earning a living since 2006. Learn more about building niche websites here.

Static HTML vs. Dynamic Websites
There are basically two kinds of websites you can create.

1) Static HTML (Content is uploaded and displayed “as is”)

2) Dynamic (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) Dynamic means information is pulled from a database so you can display your website content by date, category, etc. Think blogs.

Static HTML sites are not that popular these days. In order to create them, you have to learn HTML, use templates or buy some kind of software like Dreamweaver, Artisteer, etc.

In 2004, WordPress revolutionized the way we build websites because there is no software to buy. You simply install the WordPress script from your web host, launch the admin panel, choose a theme design and begin writing your content.

Because WordPress is dynamic, you can add functionality very easily using plugins. These are scripts (many of them are free) that you install to help you do so many things (collect visitor feedback, build surveys, add social media icons, and more.)

No longer do you have to spend time uploading complicated scripts just to add shopping carts, comments, and all other kinds of functionality to your website.

Read more about the difference between static and blog sites here.

Using WordPress to Build Your Site

At first, WordPress was best for blog-like websites where content is arranged by date and category.

Now it’s just as easy to use WordPress for traditional websites because you can easily change your main menu to point to appropriate content/pages.

What’s cool about this platform is you will have access to a variety of templates you can choose from, so building your website is a breeze.

And when you’re ready to change designs, just choose another theme and your site will update instantly!

Here’s a quick overview of how to get started with WordPress.

You can get the full tutorial here.

How Long Will Website Success Take?

This is one of the most common questions I receive about the creation and success of a website and it’s also the most difficult to answer.

The time it takes will depend completely on YOU and how long it takes you to learn how to market your site. It will vary from person to person for a variety of different reasons.

If you were running an offline store, you would never expect to know how long before you sell 100 donuts right? The same applies to the online world. There is no way to predict how quickly you will get the traffic you need to succeed with your site.

Read this article for more details.

A CLASSIC Website Mistake

Don’t fall into the trap of being so focused on the money that your site fails to connect with real people.

1) Will your site solve problems better than the competition?

2) What kind of person will it cater to?

3) Why would someone come to your site instead of an already-established site on the same topic? In other words, what is your unique angle or spin?

For example, if it’s a content site, this is the impression you want to leave…

In other words, you want to create a unique experience that helps people connect with your content in ways the competition doesn’t.

If you want to create a successful site, you have to understand the importance of connecting with human beings instead of just building a site with words on a page.

There are enough wikipedia-like websites on the Net today. Aim to be different, fresh and over deliver your content.

Click here to prevent a common website mistake.

The Free Website Warning

I am often asked about creating free websites. Sorry, but you won’t find recommendations here.

Not only does the web address look unprofessional (freesite.yoursite.com), but you will be very limited to what you can do with your site.

Free sites are also very risky because you don’t own your content. So if the company decides to shut down, guess what happens to your content?

Yep. Right down the drain.

Many people make the mistake of starting off free with the intention of moving to a paid host later. The problem is, the process of moving to another host can be a royal pain, so you might as well do it right the first time.

Not convinced yet? Read why I believe free websites are bad.

Also, check out my article that discusses more common mistakes people make with building websites today.

Want to Earn Money From Your Site?

My podcast is for those looking to take their websites to the next level and earn some cash.

Since you are creating a website, you might as well make money from it right?

In my podcast, you’ll get the latest and greatest tips on website management and strategies for generating an income from your website.

The best part is, it’s completely FREE and a great way to get my tips while you’re on the go.

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Most inspirational quotes

Albert Einstein was a slow learner at school. He was expelled for his poor learning ability. Today we know him as the father of modern physics.

Abraham Lincoln, the renowned president of United States of America had a humble beginning. He failed many times while he attempted to run for office. He would not have tasted success, had he given up midway!

J. K. Rowling, the renowned author of the Harry Potter series of books, began her writing career when she was going through the lowest period of her life. Jobless and divorced, Rowling used to write in cafes, while tending to her baby daughter, who would sleep by her side. She considered herself the “biggest failure I ever knew” but did not let her failure deter her spirit.

Steve Jobs, the iconic creator of Apple computers, is instrumental in revolutionizing the technology industry. Jobs went through a period of struggle during his early days. Later he was fired from the company he created. Despite going through rough weather, Steve Jobs emerged successful, with many new companies and projects under his belt. He came back to Apple and turned around the company to make it a formidable leader in the technology industry.

Worlds most expensive car


1963 Ferrari 250 GTO price $52M


With its recent sale price of $52 million, it seems like the 1963 Ferarri 250 GTO ought to top out on this list. But it winds up as an honorable mention because you can’t actually buy one; it’s not just that you can’t afford it; there are none for sale.

So how does this 50-year-old Italian stallion come to cost more than some countries? Well, for starters there are only 39 of them. So they are quite rare.

Also each one is a bit different. They are handcrafted – and not in the modern sense in that some technician carefully screwed together some 3D-printed componentslBut rather in the sense of an actual florid Italian hand hammering the gorgeous aluminum bodywork.

They say that the Ferrari godfather, Enzo, had these built in response to the sublime Jaguar E-type. And while he may not have beat jag on production, $52 million might just be enough to buy all the Jaguar E-types left in the world

Godzilla :phisically impossible


Because bigger is always better,Godzilla is the largest ever, some 106 meters (350 ft) tall and weighing over 160,000 tons (over time, Godzilla has tended to grow in size so as not to be dwarfed by increasingly large buildings). Of course, there is a reason that beasts of this size exist only in fiction—they are physiologically impossible. There are a number of surprisingly scholarly articles that explain the various reasons Godzilla couldn’t exist. First, there is no way the monster’s skeleton could support its body, even if it was made of titanium. The heat generated by its muscles would be tremendous, and there would be no way its heart could pump blood to its extremities.

At the more grotesque end of the spectrum, in his battles with humanity and other gigantic monsters, Godzilla tends to take quite a beating, toppling over time and again only to rise even stronger than before. Unfortunately, the impact of such a great weight falling from a height would be tremendous, enough to make the lizard explode upon hitting the ground. For a rather evocative example, the physics of falling giants was explained in an essay by J. B. S. Haldane in 1928: “You can drop a mouse down a thousand-yard mine shaft; and, on arriving at the bottom, it gets a slight shock and walks away, provided that the ground is fairly soft. A rat is killed, a man is broken, a horse splashes.”

15 of the Largest Animals in the World


Our world is full of creatures big and small, short and tall. Below the Sifter looks at 15 of the largest animals in the world, classified by various categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians etc. There’s an incredibly detailed list of some of the world’s largest organisms (including plants, fungi, bacteria, etc.) on Wikipedia, check it out if you enjoy lists as much as we do 🙂 For now, enjoy these fifteen fascinating animals.

The Largest Animal Ever: The Blue Whale

The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. At 30 metres (98 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest known animal to have ever existed. The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons (5,952 pounds), about the size of an average Asian Elephant and its heart weighs…

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What’s the problem with pink and princess? The marketing, not the moms.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

This week, New York and Slate published pieces asking why so many moms have a problem with pink and with princesses.

“What’s the problem with pink, anyway?” griped Yael Kohen in New York. Then, building upon Kohen’s piece, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt demanded: “What is it with you moms of girls? I have never met a single one of you who isn’t tortured about pink and princesses.” Her annoyance is palpable.

Both writers proceed to defend all things pink and princess. “We treat pink — and the girls who like it — with […] condescension,” Kohen states, while Benedikt adds, “Moms of daughters need to chill out.”

Let’s take a step back, please. I am the author of a forthcoming book called The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years, and Kohen and Benedikt’s arguments are wrong on several levels. By pontificating on the subject without actually talking to the moms they’re criticizing, they’ve missed the point. Having interviewed…

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