I wish you * The Best Of The Season * However You Celebrate.
Give the gift of yourself this season. Enjoy family and friends. And a very special , heartfelt holiday season wish to those who serve and protect this great nation of ours!Retweet
I wish you * The Best Of The Season * However You Celebrate.
Give the gift of yourself this season. Enjoy family and friends. And a very special , heartfelt holiday season wish to those who serve and protect this great nation of ours!Retweet
When marketing on the internet, sometimes you feel like your head is going to explode! The amount of tools, systems, and services out there will make your head spin which make promises of easy riches when you use them.
Every day, there seems to be another “magic tool” that pops up promising millions of visitors to your site and large sums of money in your bank account….effortlessly.
It can get overwhelming and take focus away from what you should be doing to build your business.
As you know, there are tools out there that not only make your life easier, but keep your business running on auto-pilot for you. Read MoreRetweet
There are many ways on how you can realize your dreams of showing your websites online. Webhosting providers offer the answers as they offer different hosting solutions- solutions that are sure to match whatever your business needs and requirements. The following is a listing of the major types of webhosting services that are available in the market. And we list some of the basic things that you need to know about them- and some of their limitations as well.
• Shared web hosting. If this is a popularity contest, then this form of hosting will win hands down. The reason for its popularity lie in its price- this is considered as one of cheapest, if not the cheapest among your many options. Under this arrangement, you will share the server with a number of websites. The sites will be partitioned on the server, and the account can be accessed by the website owner through the interface control panel. These features of the service make this as the perfect choice for those just starting up, or for those websites with limited needs in terms of disk space.
• Semi-dedicated hosting. This form of hosting sits in between shared webhosting and dedicated webhosting. But between the two, semi-dedicated webhosting has more affinity to shared webhosting. Under this hosting arrangement, the server will be configured in such a way it will only accommodate a small number of websites using bandwidth as the parameter. The website owners will also have different accounts.
• Dedicated webhosting. Consider this as your premier hosting choice available online. The set-up is in contrast with shared since the owner will take the server for his/her own convenience. This means that the bandwidth will be all for the owner’s taking. With the dedicated server, the most common operation system used are the Linux, the FreeBSD and of course the Windows. This kind of hosting is best for websites that are known to accommodate large amount of traffic every day and best for e-commerce websites.
• Virtual server. The last popular type of webhosting service is through the use of the virtual server. This form of hosting service straddles between the shared and the dedicated webhosting service. In virtual hosting, the server is often sub-divided into a number of independent servers. And each of these servers can be referred to as a dedicated server since there is a different operation system that is installed on each of the partition.
The listed four (4) types of webhosting are just the major ones that are available in the market. But outside of these four, there are a number of hosting types that are starting to creep into the consciousness of website entrepreneurs and internet marketers. For example there is the co-location hosting and the free webhosting as offered by many enterprising sites. The increasing number of choices for hosting means only one thing- webhosting is a critical service so it should be properly researched and selected. The list of hosting types should serve as tool in selection and not just for information.Retweet
Looking for a company to host your website can be a daunting task simply because you have to take into account a lot of information. Google the term ‘webhosting’ and you’re bound to get bombarded by countless results showcasing a plethora of companies. Worse, each company boasts a variety of options and benefits that will confuse you even more. The anxiety is made even more palpable by the knowledge that the webhosting company you choose can make or break your business. You get overwhelmed that you become afraid to take that important first step.
All that worrying won’t help you kick start your online business. To make life easier, a simple breakdown of the different types of webhosting services will be helpful. So here we go.
Free webhosting is the most widely used webhosting service because, as the term implies, it’s all free! Most of those who are just starting out don’t have the financial means to go for the premium plans. Luckily for them, free webhosting is sufficient enough to accommodate the needs of a new online business. Up to a point, at least.
As expected, choosing free webhosting comes with a price. You get limited control over your website, not to mention limited bandwidth and disk space. Usually, your website will be registered under a subdomain. For example, if you are selling slot cars online, your website’s name will appear beside the domain name of the web hosting company you signed up with. Instead of “www.slotcars.com”, your site’s url might be presented as www.freehost.com/slotcars. This is a drawback since it doesn’t have good recall and your website appears unprofessional. As a result, visitors will think less of your products and services.
You also don’t have a choice in the matter if third party ads get posted on your website. These ads can be distracting to your visitors and cause them to look somewhere else.
As mentioned earlier, these disadvantages won’t matter much if you’re just starting out. Once your business starts to gain momentum and you’re able to gain ROI (returns on investment), you can always choose to upgrade your plan when the need arises.
Paid webhosting services, on the other hand, give you better control and flexibility over your website. These types of services offer different kinds of plans, with each one having its own set of options. As a rule of thumb, you only choose the cheapest plan that can support your website’s needs. As your business grows, you can always upgrade to a premium plan in order to enjoy other perks such as additional bandwidth, bigger disk space, better security and additional servers.
Better yet, you can enjoy the convenience of getting better support from the webhosting company. That’s why I highly recommend that you choose the one that provides quality support to its customers. Web hosting is no simple task. Imagine the frustration it will bring if you encounter server problems and the webhosting company isn’t capable of providing you the help you need.
The trick is to recognize the type of service that will suit the needs of your website and have the awareness about the upgrades that you can make according to the growing demands of your business.Retweet
The success of any website online can also be linked to the type and the quality of webhosting provider. Back your site with a poor webhosting service provider and you’ll see the immediate effects on your online presence.
But if you pay attention to the kind of service that you will get and you carefully select your provider of hosting services, then online success can never be far behind. So always take that extra effort to screen out your choices, and always take into account your needs and resources.
Of the many webhosting choices that can be laid out in front of you, one option that will stand out is the virtual webhosting. Now choose virtual if your concern is your budget. Don’t have the cash to pay for a dedicated webhosting service? No stress; what you should do is to take a look at what virtual hosting can offer you. Its strongest point is the price.
The cost can be anywhere between less than $5 to slightly more than $20 per month. Now this is what you call cost-effective, right? And if you are feeling lucky, then you can even get a free hosting but for a catch- you need to display some advertisements.
But just because this is cheap will mean that you will jump on it fast. Slow down, and make sure that you are aware of the common problems and issues associated with this kind of webhosting.
• Did you know that when you sign up with virtual webhosting, there will be that big chance that you will share the platform with different kinds of websites? To put it more bluntly, there is that probability that you will share the server with spam websites and even porn websites. Are you ready for this kind of scenario? Do remember that sharing servers with these websites can be costly, at least in the eyes of search engines. Some of these websites often incorporate trickery in their search engine optimization SEO techniques so that Google and other search engines can give them better rankings. As a result, these sites are often banned, including the entire IP!
So what you need to do is to check out the Terms of Service. If possible, ask for the possibility of having a separate IP address for the same server.
• And because it’s shared, this means that the service that you get will be dependent on the others as well. The processing of requests goes like this. A request on the server will be done on a first come first served basis. So if you are on top, then requests will be processed first and site will be fast. The opposite is true if the requests come in late. So make sure that you ask the number of clients or sites on every server. The response time will be dependent on the number of websites on how server and how loaded these websites are in terms of traffic.
Sounds scary to try out virtual webhosting? Discard those thoughts; this type of webhosting is the choice of majority of the websites. And these websites can’t be wrong right?Retweet
There are a lot of reasons why the choice of webhosting should only be the dedicated one. Of all these reasons, the overriding factor in choosing this hosting type is control. You get more control over the server because the server is all yours and you get your own IP address.
No more pesky adult sites to share with, and no more spam websites that can undermine your IP address with a dedicated webhosting. But here’s the fly in the ointment. Since the server is all yours for taking, you should prepare yourself for a pricier rent for the server. But this is just secondary; strive to get the dedicated webhosting since this offers more control and a host of other benefits.
• When you sign up with a dedicated hosting provider, the server is all yours. Plus you don’t need to lose sleep on the bad script and other things that may slow down or even crash your server. So make use of the server responsibly since you are the one using it and you are the one that will suffer once it crashes.
• Expect better response rate in this form of hosting. In shared hosting, a number of websites are competing for attention on one server, thus it can be expected that the response time will be off. This time in dedicated hosting, the server will only request for one request- your website’s request. The end result is a website that is fast and always up and running.
• Did you know that this type of hosting is easy to set-up? This is especially true if the server is going to handle the FTP and the SSL. You cannot expect this to happen with the other type of webhosting.
• In this type of webhosting, you will never be bothered by the bandwidth. In many webhosting options, you will be restricted by the bandwidth. For example, in your virtual hosting there is a certain bandwidth assigned every month on a specific server. So if your website is thriving and growing, then this can be problematic. Well you can still go over the assigned bandwidth level, but expect that you will be charged an extra cost for this. But when you decide that dedicated webhosting is right for you, and then you will not think about any limits or exceeding the limits because it can go unlimited!
• And also, you get control in terms of customization. In many providers, you will be given the chance to customize your own server. This means that you can select the features that you only need, and pay for those features. You will also be given the chance to select the operating system software- will you go for Windows Server Edition or the Linux? And more importantly, you get control on the control panel to use- you can select the Plesk or the Cpanel.
Better control is indeed its strongest suit. And if you are looking for a hosting plan that can give you better leeway and control, the dedicated webhosting may be ‘it’ for you.Retweet
If you are thinking of setting up a website, and don’t have yet the money to finance expensive designs or a webhosting provider then what you can do is go for a free webhost. This is often the solution for many cash-strapped entrepreneurs and by those looking and hoping to save and cut costs.
This is hosting that comes for free but with a few catch. For example, if you sign up with a free webhosting provider then the service that you will get will often come with advertisements. Companies need to recoup some of their expenses and investments, right? In this kind of set-up, the user will be provided with the sub-domain or a directory. For example, you will be given www.yoursitename.provider.com.
This is in contrast with the paid webhosting provider where you will be given a second level domain, like www.yoursitename.com. But more than these, there are certain features and characteristics that you may want to learn about free webhosting.
• Because the hosting comes for free, then you should expect that this will come with a number of advertisements. Sometimes these adverts will simply pop out from nowhere.
• For a free web hosting services, the amount of space available to your business will be limited
• Free web hosting also means that your bandwidth will be controlled and limited. When signing up with a free webhost provider, it’s wise to ask the kind of content that can be accommodated by the provider. Some providers will be strict on the kind of videos that can be posted on the sites, and the number of videos that can be handled.
• As mentioned earlier, the free web hosting provider may also host your domain. If you really want to have your own domain, then you will be required to sign up for a domain hosting.
It doesn’t mean though that just because it’s free, then you can no longer ask for better service. You still can, and what you can do is to compare the leading providers of free web hosting services. You can also narrow down your choices by taking into account a number of factors. These are the same factors that you can use when selecting for paid web hosting services.
One factor that you can use in choosing is customer service. Even though it comes for free, these providers will also offer support. Choose the hosting provider that can offer you the most number of support services. At least go for the provider that can give you an e-mail support every time you have questions or there are downtimes. Also use forums as a way to find out which free webhosting providers are the best ones for your needs.
Another factor to use is the disk space you can consider the provider that can give you more space and more leeway in terms of contents. Without doubt, paid services are still best but when your financing is not yet ready a free webhosting service may be fine for now.Retweet
Changing from one webhost to the next is inevitable. If you are the type that is always on the move, looking for new upgrades then a shift from one webhosting provider to the next will be a certainty. Don’t think of this as a wrong thing.
Moving your webhosting from one provider to the next is acceptable, in fact it is recommended if you are no longer satisfied with the kind of service that you are getting. If you are in the same situation where moving out is already decided, then make sure that your website is ready for a move- back it up and copy your site so that it’s still up when something goes awry in the transfer.
So when do you retain a backup copy of your website?
Even before you make that move and pay the new webhosting provider, you have to make sure that you have already copied the website to your computer. Do this even before you terminate your contract with the existing provider. There is a reason why you need to do this without informing yet the provider.
By doing so, you get yourself ready and you insulate your website from the repercussions of ending a webhosting. You will never know what will happen if the service provider will react negatively. Will the service provider undermine the site infrastructure? Will it tweak the bandwidth? Anything can happen, so it is always a better move if you can be a step ahead of your provider.
Copying your website to your computer is easy. Copying will just include the same procedure as downloading. The process of copying will depend on how you created your website. For example if you used the FTP, then copying of the files and the website should be done in this manner.
A good tool to use is the SmartFTP.com and this can be used to copy and download your site from the host. Remember as well that if you are backed by the Dreamweaver, then make use of the appropriate steps in order to download the site. You can use the get command in order to download all your files. If you are backed by the Front Page then you can utilize the import feature so that you can generate another copy of your site.
So you are not yet ready to use the FTP and you want to do it fast? No worries; the internet is full of programs that can really help you in your cause of transferring your website contents. These are website copying programs and there are a number of companies and vendors that offer these kinds of services. Some will come at a stiff price, but some are priced just right.
If you are out of budget and you really would want to change webhosting provider and would want to organize the website, and then go for the trial versions of these tools and programs. They come in cheap for a specific period of time so use them wisely when you are changing webhosting service provider.Retweet
The Internet continues to lure many aspiring entrepreneurs to fulfill their dream of finally having a business online of their own. Gone are the days when you need to have a large capital just for you to jumpstart a business. Now, a computer and a reliable internet connection are all you need to begin transacting with your customers.
First things first, the heart and soul of an online business is your website. You have to have a convenient and user-friendly website so that leads would be convinced to buy your products, and loyal customers would go on and make repeat purchases. Your website could make, or break your online business.
For this reason, it is very important to find a reliable webhosting company that could accommodate all your online business’s hosting needs. Here are the do’s and the don’ts when choosing a web hosting service:
1. Consider and decide on your requirements for web hosting
The two most important factors that you need to consider are bandwidth and storage capacity. You should know first-hand if several transactions are to be held simultaneously on the website once it goes live, or if you’ll be storing a lot of files and data on the site’s repository.
If this is the case, then you must go for a web hosting service that can give you a plan that covers a large bandwidth and a large storage. If not, then it is just a waste of money to get a large-scale hosting plan. If you’re not sure yet what to put on your site, get the least expensive plan first, evaluate the service for a month, and make some changes afterwards.
2. Do a research on the webhosting company
There are a lot of web hosting companies that you can search for online, but make sure that you do a thorough research on some of them before reaching a decision. Make a comparative study on some of these hosting companies and choose the one which could provide you with the features and services that you need for your website.
3. Check for customer service and support
When you’re starting out with your online business, there will really be times when you’ll need a lot of help. It is therefore necessary for you to choose a webhosting service that exemplifies good customer service and support. Contact the potential company and ask them about their services. Their promptness on their answers can already give you an idea if you can count on their technical support and expertise in days to come.
1. Do not choose free webhosting
Don’t be deceived by free webhosting companies because everything that is free certainly has several drawbacks. Free webhosting gets their revenue by placing advertisements on sites. Your credibility as a site owner will be put on the line if customers see these unnecessary ads being displayed on the screen. If you’re really serious about your online business, choose a professional web hosting provider that would give you a reliable domain host.
2. Don’t accept special offers that you are not familiar of
Some web hosting companies offer some software programs like PHP and MySQL to be incorporated in your site. If your online business would not really make use of these, then it’s better to just decline these offers.Retweet
If you are shopping for a webhosting host online, there is a big chance that you will come across the term shared webhosting. This is one of the options that will be made available to you, and considered as one of the favorites amongst the many options in terms of hosting. This is often recommended for website owners who would want to save on cost. Under the arrangement, a number of websites will share on one web server which is in turn connected to the internet.
Though there are a number of websites that share a common server, these websites are effectively ‘partitioned’ and are kept separate from one another. The reason for its cost-effectiveness is that you will share with the others the cost of maintaining the server. Contrast this with the dedicated server where the server is your playground, and the cost of maintaining it lies in your own hands. There are a number of features that are unique for the shared hosting service.
• All service providers will have a system administration that will manage the server.
• In this type of webhosting, the internet-based control panels are used like the cPanel, and the DirectAdmin. For larger firms that provide this kind of service, a more customized control panel may be developed.
• Usually, the hosting provider is the one that will manage the server- starting from the installation of required software until the provision of technical support the moment the service is down.
These are the things that make this form of hosting different from the rest offered in the market. But still for many, the cost remains high on their list as the main reason why this hosting clicks. Because of its small cost of maintenance, this form of hosting will be best for small businesses and players in the market.
There are varying figures that are floated by providers with regards to the cost of maintaining this kind of hosting service monthly. But based on a number of resources, the expected cost of maintaining the site with shared server will run between $3 and $5 per month. The cheaper cost of shared webhosting is the primary reason why users are signing for the service. But aside from this, there are also a number of reasons why this set-up clicks.
But it’s not all good with this form of hosting. There are a number of drawbacks as well that are linked to this service. One of the major complaints raised against the service is the loss of control and flexibility on the provided server. The moment you choose this service say over the dedicated hosting, the overall performance of your website will be dependent on the activities of the other users.
Another fly in the ointment is traffic- traffic spikes on certain sites will also affect the buy performance of your website. Cost-wise, shared webhosting is the better choice. But if the intent is to get quality and dedicated service backed by capable technical support, then you may want to try and check out other forms of webhosting.Retweet