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Rank Tracker uses a wizard style approach to setting up your search engine tracking. It will ask for your various preferences and then automatically creates your ranking reports. This keeps things very simple and ensures you don’t have to delve into a lot of technical issues in order to achieve your goals.
One of the great features of Rank Tracker is that it has a scheduling feature. This means that you can set and forget the software so that it will automatically check for your search engine rankings on a schedule that you decide. Since I am addicted to checking my rankings, I have it check my stats first thing in the morning. After waking up, I make myself a nice cappuccino and then plough through all the stats that Rank Tracker has assembled for me.
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Did you make plans to implement some of the tips mentioned in the previous posts during the weekend? That would be great. I know that you’ll have to spend some money with following a couple of those tips that I’ve mentioned. It will all be worth it in the end, because the money that you usually spend on Access database recovery whenever you get a corrupt MDB will be spent on something that will increase your business’ productivity.
For tip #6, this is cost-free on your part, because it is already in Microsoft Access. All you have to do is use it regularly. So, what is it then? I won’t keep you waiting! Tip #6 is…
Use “Compact and Repair” on your databases regularly.
The Microsoft Access application has a built-in “Compact and Repair Database” utility. Using this on all your databases regularly will help avoid corruption in your databases, and also improve the performance of your application. Apply this method during times when there is the least activity in your databases, but on weekends when there is no work is most preferable.
How to use “Compact and Repair”
It’s easy, right? Make sure to apply this method in your office databases so that frustration from a corrupt database will be avoided.
The next tip for today is somewhat an elaboration of tip #4. It is mentioned that it is important to exit Access database correctly to prevent a corrupt MDB. Now, we are going to discuss the importance of opening and closing your connection from the network.
In the previous posts, the importance of having good quality network connectivity is pointed out. If something goes wrong even in the slightest, the Access application will be affected and a corruption alert may occur, regardless of whether there is actual corruption or not. So, tip#5 is…
Close your network connection correctly.
Once you’re finished with work that requires you to be on the network, you must exit the network properly and immediately. This is to help avoid sudden dropped connection from the network. This will also help lessen the chances of database corruption caused by changes in network connection. If the connection is within a loop, open at the beginning of the loop, and then close it when the loop is ended.
Being careful and methodical in handling your network connection can really help lessen your company’s need for Access recovery.
Here is yet another tip on how to prevent corruption of MS Access databases. In the previous posts, the advantages of using good quality network hardware, splitting your database, and keeping your computers in good shape were discussed. In this segment, a really simple–perhaps the simplest tip I could ever give you about database corruption prevention.
In the posts before, the importance of exiting or closing the database the right way was always emphasized, albeit it wasn’t the method specified. This post will discuss that in further detail. Tip #4 is…
Always close your Access database correctly.
It’s the simplest and easiest thing to do, but sometimes unfortunate incidents happen even to the best of us. This is not always done by everyone who uses Access, but what if you’re one of those who work in a company that has the best network connection possible and all the workstations are up-to-date and well-cared for? Then, you should take this tip to heart.
When you’re done with whatever you’re working on, exit the database properly and immediately. This is to minimize data corruption caused by accidents, thereby decreasing the need for Access repair. Let’s say you finished making that report for your boss, and then you go on a coffee break. There’s a possibility of someone passing by, tripping over your chair and accidentally pushing the off button of your CPU. You might think, “That’s totally bad luck, there.” But, let’s face it. Worse things happen.
So, how do we exit the database in the right manner? Choose one of the options for exiting that’s provided by Access. There’s File->Exit and the X button at the upper right corner of the window. Do not close Access using the Windows Task Manager by CTRL+ALT+DEL. When you’re going to restart or shut down your computer, make sure you’ve exited from your Access database correctly.
By making this a habit, situations to repair Access database will be reduced.
Remember, File->Exit or X. Exit Access the right way.
We’re back again to give you another edition of How to Reduce Access Database Corruption. In the previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance and benefits of using high quality network hardware and splitting your database into a front-end and a back-end. In this post, we are going to give you another tip that’s simple and easy to follow. Ready?
It has been emphasized time and again that each computer connected to a network must log out or shut down properly, most especially when using an Access database. Now, we all know, as computer users, that there will be incidents that we cannot help. For example, there’s an earthquake or a really bad storm, then your office building loses power, and all of the computers turn off without being properly shut down. Another example would be the computers in your workplace are neglected, causing them to freeze while still having an Access database open. Consequently, this may result to a corrupt MDB.
Looking at the two examples, which one can be given a solution? No one can stop natural calamities from happening. We can only…
…make certain that each computer, especially the server computer, is kept in good condition.
How can this be done? Here are a few suggestions. Make sure that all of the latest software updates are installed, especially for anti-virus softwares. Defragment the hard drives. Make the area suitable for using computers, like, if there are a hundred computers in one area, there should be enough air conditioning to keep the room temperature cold enough so that sensitive computer parts won’t overheat. Following these tips can help reduce the need for Access database repair.
I’m sure you can think of more ways that can be applied in your office.
Just remember, computers in good condition.
Here is the continuation of my previous post. To recap, I’ve already discussed the advantages of using good quality network hardware. For this entry, I shall now discuss a truly effective way to minimize data corruption in your workplace. What is that, you ask. It’s very simple and highly recommended.
Workstations that are joined by a network share files. If there are more files being shared than necessary, there’s a higher possibility of database corruption. For example, a report that’s only needed by one person is being worked on, and suddenly, for some reason, the computer of the person working on it freezes. He starts pressing different kinds of keys and then in frustration, hits the restart button. Then chaos happens.
This situation could have been prevented if the report is stored only in the workstation of the person using it. Since all of the objects are being shared in the network, there is a higher risk of corruption and increased need for Access repair because of incidents similar to my example.
So, how do we prevent such situations?
Split your database into a front-end and back-end.
What goes to the front-end and back-end? For the objects that don’t really need to be shared over the network such as forms, queries, and reports, they go to the front-end. These objects are mostly used individually, so it’s best to store them in local computers. Tables, on the other hand, store information that everyone needs to make reports, queries, and so on. Tables should be stored in the back-end of your Access database, because these are objects that are used by lots of people.
Once the data shared over the network is minimized in this manner, your database will be safer and will require less Access recovery.
Those of you who have worked with Access databases have, in some point or other, most likely experienced error messages while attempting to open or access an object in your database. Error messages in Access signal a corrupt MDB file, or there was someone within the network who got suddenly disconnected, causing a “corruption flag” to be raised by Access, regardless if there is really data corruption or not.
Database corruption never fails to cause stress within the workplace. Hence, this and the following posts will center on ways on how to avoid database corruption and errors.
This method that I will mention might be very simple. Well, handfuls of preventive measures are usually very easy, so that’s a relief in itself, right?
Don’t use cheap network connection hardware.
First off, Access is very sensitive to changes in network connectivity. The slightest drop in network connection performance can cause Access to terminate. Sudden or unexpected closing of the application will raise corruption alerts, so make sure that your network connection is backed-up by high quality hardware and is well-maintained. High quality hardware means brand name hardware, and network hardware means every bit of hardware that is used for network connection.
Now, why is it essential to spend so much for your network connection? The better question is, “Why is it essential to invest in your network connection?”
Simply put. It is an investment. Having well-performing network connection will ensure very minimal or no connection problems. Very minimal or no connection problems means lesser chances of anyone getting disconnected from the network, and lesser chances of incorrect closing of Access. Lesser chances of incorrect closing of Access mean lesser rate of corruption and error alerts. Lesser rate of corruption means less money spent on Access database repair. Finally, less database corruption is less frustration and better productivity.
So, prioritize your network connection. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!
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