VPS hosting

28 Jan

The new era of VPS hosting has caught on to many looking to host their sites with lowest possible cost of investment and maintenance.  Setting up a VPS (Virtual Private Server) is basically using a single computer to represent multiple computers or servers.  Each VPS looks and acts like a physical computer on its own, with the exception of sharing the footprint and resources.

VPS hosting is probably the ideal solution to those who don’t want to rely on a shared server and can’t afford a dedicated server.  There is no sacrifice in terms of performance as each VPS has its own operating system and can be managed solely on its own. Rebooting or messing up a VPS doesn’t affect other VPS in the physical box.  Security is not forfeited as each VPS has its own users and corresponding passwords.  These user profiles are managed within each VPS and not shared or managed at any central server to avoid a security breach.  There is flexibility when performing work on a VPS as it doesn’t affect its neighbor VPS.  With the exception of cutting power to the server, each VPS runs independently of each other and doesn’t give thought or concern to one another’s behavior or platform.

Perhaps the most obvious downside to this method of hosting is that its physical resources still need to be shared among the Virtual Private Servers residing within.  As such, it’s important to plan and monitor the server’s performance to ensure no severe drop in case of an overactive VPS.  However, all VPS will have a certain amount of resources allotted to it and hence cannot eat into another’s space, so to speak.  It’s also important to understand that 100% of physical resources are never equally divided among all VPS within the server.  That is to say, 4 VPS in a box may get less than 25% of resources per VPS as some resources are required to manage these VPS.  This loss of resources is sometimes known as overhead.

On whether you should look into VPS hosting, you will need to access your needs.  If your site is currently in a shared server environment and not suffering any significant problems, it’s best to leave as is.  However, if you want to see improvement to above mentioned aspects, perhaps a serious consideration into this form of hosting is called for.

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Web Hosting Sitebuilders

20 Dec
Many times when you determine to go with a cheap web hosting company they will offer you a website builder as part of their service. Using their sitebuilderis a great way to quickly and rather easily create your website and manage and update it once it is done. Yes gone are the days when you have to hire a web designer to create your virtual store and pay them an unheard of amount of money to do so. Nowadays you can create your own website using these site builders and nobody but you will know that it didn’t come from a pro.

While site builders vary from web hosting company to web hosting company, here is how the average one works:

Select a template:
Every website builder that there is will have a certain amount of templates that you can use. A template will be the actual design of your website and will contain the background, the link buttons and everything else on the website besides the content. Some have only a handful and others literally have thousands for you to pick from. Whatever the case may be, you should have no problem finding a unique template for your web site.

Plug in text and pictures:
With the ease of a few mouse clicks and some keyboard strokes your web site can start to take shape when you use these site builders. Because all of the site design is done thanks to the template you are simply left to create the content which will consist of lots of text, pictures, videos, and maybe some sound clips. Most templates will have suggestion of where you should put things, like ‘place text here’ and usually have tutorials if you should get confused along the way. The text you will type in is simply done like any other document you usually do on your computer. These days there is no need to know how to write website code like HTML because the site builder will automatically convert your regular text for you.

Upload you site:
Once you web site is to your liking and you are ready to launch it you can do so with the sitebuilder This is usually a one button, or click, application and because you are using the site builder of your web hosting company there is never a snafu.

Maintain and update your site:
Once your web site is live you will want to go through the different pages and be sure that everything is the way you like it. Check any and all links that you may have incorporated into the site and if you find one that is broken then you will need to fix it. This is done by going into your web site builder and editing whatever it is you need to. Once your changes are complete, it is another one button process to update the site. You then just perform regular maintenance on the site and add or subtract pages and other applications as you see fit.

Bluehost versus Fatcow Web Hosting

20 Dec

When searching for a reliable web hosting option, 2 names every user stumbles upon are FatCow and BlueHost .not new to the market both enjoy a clean reputation. But choosing the better amongst these two is a very tough task. Various web hosting reviews across the web vary in their opinion but a probable winner can be selected by taking into account some of the basic facilities each of them offer.

Customer satisfaction: apart from providing the user with an array of offers what counts most is the follow up. The way the company responds to the queries, the availability of all time support and other company client interactions determine the final reputation of a company not its sale values. Considering all this FatCow is a step ahead than BlueHost with various email, 24×7 customer supports, humane support and facilities .BlueHost has more negative feedbacks on web than FatCow.

Economic consideration: pricing is the first ladder of the staircase of a company’s success. A company providing full value for money always wins the game .both FatCow and BlueHost have a minimal difference in their pricing. Both of them provide a free instant setup and both of them have no hidden fee strategies. So choosing a better one on this basis is really not justified.

The hosting package: the services and range of products on offer depends upon the company’s manifesto. Some believe in the reliability of simple plans while others fancy lot of toppings to make the package irresistible. The later category includes FatCow. Symbolized by their logo they believe in walking on a new path setting their own standards. You can take your website to a higher level by the email services, mySQL databases and newsletter management options only with slight addition of capital. Disk space, additional bandwidth and scripts can be purchased if a need arises .these marketing strategies are very important for some businesses .BlueHost just provides a simple plan with no add on services. So the choice is governed by your need.

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Features: the only sphere where FatCow lags behind is its depravity of multimedia support .the popular cpanel is also not available in FatCow which has its own customized panel. BlueHost is rich in features ranging from PHP ,mySQL and R on R (ruby on rails ) .Moreover you can host unlimited domains , MIME types can be created and FTP service is available for file transfer. Google ad words voucher along with Miva Ad credits and $25 Yahoo credits, are awarded to each customer of BlueHost which helps you put your website on the popularity index right from day one.

Both the companies are in the market for more than 10 years and are well established. The whole pack of information stated clearly states that FatCow is a better option for users who want flexibility while those who want to keep it simple and straight BlueHost emerges as a better choice.

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Pluses and Minuses of Ipage Web Hosting

20 Dec

Before choosing a plan from a web hosting company, the very first thing that we must notice is about the pros and cons regarding the hosting company and the hosting plan. Of course, only an experienced person can realize and say it. Whilst, we cannot say that all experienced persons have got the same experience from a particular hosting company and some may hide some of the real pros and cons of hosting company. But, here below you can find the real and unbiased pros and cons of iPage hosting company which were written only after examining the real web hosting reviews and considering the real experience of the real customers.
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First, let see the Pros of hosting your domains with iPage. The first advantage that you can find while choosing best web hosting plan from iPage is any-time money back guarantee. Most of the customers thought that money-back guarantee is a general feature and shown in the plans of other web hosting company plans also. Yes, in one way it is true. But, if you start observe the differences between the hosting companies, then you will tag out with the advantage of hosting your domain with iPage. In other web hosting companies you will find only 30 day or 90 day money back guarantee. But here in iPage, it is anytime. Whilst, there is no records of money back because of bad experience in the past few years. Thus, it is the proof that iPage Hosting Company is very perfect and keen in providing hosting services to their customers.

Among many web hosting companies, there is a reason behind for why most of the individuals want to host their domains with iPage is that SiteLock Security. iPage provides web hosting services in more secure way. This reveals that iPage team is real experts in web hosting and so they can able to provide reliable web hosting service. And this might be the reason for why Google and Carbonite teamed up with iPage. As a result, you can get 2GB of Carbonite data Backup facility, Google’s webmaster tools and some other software packages for e-mail marketing for your hosting account.

Overall, their cheap hosting services and offers are really very suitable for those who need reliable hosting services for their personal, business, non-profit and social sites. Truly, there are no cons to say about iPage. So, no need to fear of hosting your domains with iPage and their services are really superb

Ecommerce Web Hosting

19 Dec
Ok, you have a website and desire to find ecommerce web hosting? Let’s look at what you need to have in order to be successful. There are myriads of so called ecommerce web hosting sites out there, but here are the bottom line requirements and features needed:

Shopping Carts

Make sure whatever web hosting you go with has a variety off FREE shopping carts that you can download. We suggest finding a web host that uses Fantastico, because it comes ready with a variety of click click shopping cart installations including such types as osCommerce and Agora Shopping Cart.

SSL

SSL will give the ability of your eCommerce web hosting site to take credit card payments securely online. This is not only important for you, but also for your potential customers as they want to have confidence while shopping online on your site. A good web host will certainly provide for SSL

Disk space and bandwidth

You are going to want to look for as much of the above as possible. I had the unfortunate experience of have a site where I began getting a ton of traffice (with potential buyers), but my site kept going down because I exceeded my quota of disk space and bandwidth. Therefore, look for a ecommerce web hosting site that offers unlimited bandwidth hosting and you’ll save yourself some pain.

Finally, there are other considerations to look at when shopping around for ecommerce web hosting:

Reliability:

The place where you’re hosting your site needs to be reliable. That is, their servers need to be able to guarantee at least 99.5% uptime for its servers. You need to know your customers can always find your site whenever they want. It’s a horrible thing to have customers trying to click on your site, but not being able to.

Price

You are in an online business to make money not lose it. There are many cheap web hosting companies out there that offer ecommerce hosting for less than seven dollars per month. These types of shared web hosting plans can easily handle small and medium sized online businesses.

FTP

If you have an online small business there are times where you will need to upload files or affiliate links. Having FTP access will make all this possible and easy to do.

Support

I cannot tell you how important this is, especially if you’re not a tech geek. Whatever ecommerce web hosting company you decide on, you will inevitably run into an issue you cannot solve on your own. With good tech support, you have tons of back-up help if you ever need.

Overall, as you shop around for ecommerce web hosting research the above areas about all of them, and choose one that fits your needs. So remember, don’t let the price of the hosting or its basic features be the only things you investigate before signing up with your new ecommerce host.

Tips for choosing the best web hosting provider

19 Dec
After the registration of domain name selection of web host is another rational step a user need to consider. Though, finding an ideal host is a daunting task. One can find several companies offering web-hosting services to the clients. While locating keyword web hosting in the search engines one will find more than 100 million outputs! 

One cannot deny the fact, for a successful online presence a dependable web hosting is must. Online presence and accessibility of a web site is must. If not, one should remain ready to loose clients and prospects. For an instance, if one compare this with a traditional business.

CATEGORIES OF WEB HOSTING:

One should select a web hosting deal according to his/her site. One cannot fulfill his/her requirements from same cheap hosting deal for a personal web site, web site meant for email newsletter subscription and archives, e-commerce site or web forum. Web hosting can be divided into four prime categories:
1. Virtual (shared) hosting,

2. Dedicated server,

3. Collocation server and

4. Reseller hosting.

Two most applicable hosting are virtual (shared) hosting and dedicated server.

What is Virtual (shared) hosting? It is a condition in which several web sites share one server. It is a low cost hosting because price is divided between several users. One can locate a standard virtual hosting at a rate of $100 a year.

In a Dedicated server hosting company lease the whole web server from a particular web hosting company. The site of web server is the web hosting company. One can opt dedicated server as a suitable option who does not wish to share a server with other web masters. One can find a dedicated server in two forms managed and un-managed. If one talk about managed server, company will take care of all the setups of user’s server. However, in unmanaged server user needs to take care of all these by him/her self. The benefit of this sort of hosting is that one can fully lodge web hosting as per his/her requirements. Moreover, for a site with ample amount of visitors a dedicated server is the only rational choice. Due to higher cost, starting from $100 per month, those companies that know the worth of Internet business generally use it.

One can say that Collocation server is quite identical to dedicated server. Disparity lies in the fact that company doesn’t take the web server on lease. Their own web server is placed in the web hosting company. In addition to it, company has material access to their web server, which is not available while talking about a dedicated server.

If one mention about Reseller hosting it is aimed to those companies only wishes to begin their own web hosting business.

ASPECTS, WHICH ONE NEEDS TO CONSIDER:

There are many factors which a user needs to consider to prevent any future miss happens:

Web space:
Requirement of Web space vary from site to site. Off course, if user requirement is only a web site containing basic information about him/her and his/her work excluding the use of web applications, then space of 50 MB is quite sufficient. However, a complex e-commerce site along with numerous products in one’s database demands a capacity of 1 GB.

Bandwidth:
The term Bandwidth refers to data transferred from user’s web site and that comprise of graphic details, images, banners and files for download. One should have accurate knowledge of Content before going for an amount of bandwidth. When one talks about the majority of sites, bandwidth of 10 GB a month is quite sufficient, though for few other sites like sites related to desktop wallpapers can frequently consumes even hundreds of GB a month. Here is the list of unlimited badwidth hosting providers

Up time or visibility:
It symbolizes time articulated in percents displaying the period a site remained online. One should not be cheerful because someone assured him/her to provide say for 98% up time because it is not going to fulfill his/her requirement. One should get at least 99.7% uptime. Believe it or not, it definitely matters.

Email accounts:
Email accounts are an integrated and crucial part of web hosting package. It is quite interesting to know for how much will one get only a so called catch –all forwarding which means that all emails sent to somewhere@mydomain.com will arrive to one’s email address or one can set-up email accounts for several users? Also the thing is for how much? Is it intended for 5, 10, 100 or limitless email accounts? In addition to it, there is no harm to verify whether user get a so-called POP3 email address (“real” email address), web mail or rather both? If one has a POP3 email address then he/she can check his/her emails via favorite email client and web mail facilitate the user to inquire his/her emails at any place demanding just a computer and Internet connection.

Form of Server, tools and control panel:
When one mention the two generally utilized hosting then the name of Unix-based or Windows platform comes first. It matters for the result program languages, databases and scripts that one can apply. When one talks about Unix-based platform, general selection is relayed to PHP language along with MySQL, however, when it comes to Windows platform ASP or ASP.NET language will be along with SQL Server. One should enquire that is database is available with package or not, if yes, then how many? Nowadays, contemporary web site must be database-driven.

Too, one should have full knowledge related to tools coming along with web hosting package, if there is only applications for web statistics, file manager and things it is not an concern issue.

Technical support:

A crucial aspect while selecting a web hosting particularly for a user without having adequate technical skills is technical support. A proper technical support does not take a responsive time more then a day. This is not liable only to selection of web hosting company, but, crucial to any of the company selling products and services, Software Company can be one of the examples.

The coordination of few of the companies is so well thought-out that it takes only 1 hour to give response to user’s queries! Through their source of contact one can predict about the future response. Do the concern company has only email support or also have phone support? Does they provide a toll-free number? Do they offer the facility of trouble-ticket system? Working time is another crucial aspect. What is their strategy of providing technical support is it during working hours only i.e. 9 to 17 or does they provide the facility of 24×7 technical support? An ideal way to detect their professionalism one can create a list of fake queries, drop a line to them and hang around to know their reply time.

Testimonials:

Several web hosting and software companies have this smart way to increase their customer strength. Testimonials section contains the approval of satisfied customers, attracting more people to their service. This section is not completely reliable. Several hosting companies offer their clients to analyze their portfolio, instead of doing that one should contact webmasters who are taking the service of concern host and register their opinions. One can take help of several sites for further information regarding best web hosting deals and suggestions.

Justhost Introduction

19 Dec
Just Host Introduction:
Sometimes, getting a reliable AND cheap hosting is simpler said than found. And with the overplus of web hosts competing for attention nowadays, the look for an perfectible one grows even more hard and difficult. That’s the reason, Justhost points at zero to supply clients with data down to the smallest of points, giving none inquiries unanswered. They make so to enable web masters see simply why Justhost should go the host of choice.

An intensive, review of Justhost services, linked with numerous convincing expressive prove of clients, exposed only why this host is raising in popularity with the day. Here’s a summary of just where Justhost makes higher scores.

Justhost Review of Reliability:
This is perhaps the highest noteworthy and serious motivating element to user satisfaction that Merely Host pays critical attention to. Although entirely areas of Justhost services were reviewed, there are numerous that were ensured to add to this host’s perception of ‘reliability’ with a cross section of its clients.

JustHost Features:

* Endless disk space
* Limitless traffic
* 30-day money back guarantee
* free domain name
* Assured 99.9% uptime
* Fantastico – Easy add phpBB or WordPress to your internet site

Justhost.com Support:
Justhost pride themselves with unique of the top-quality support services in the hosting business, and they were got to go quite straight in performing so. With a team of several of the most informed and friendly service personnel; 24/7 phone and email support; the specific 24/7 ‘live’ support in-built cPanel, and a firm, “leave no enquiries unanswered” policy, Justhost support functions were got to be superior indeed.


Inmotion versus Hostmonster web hosting

11 Dec

HostMonster and InMotion are some of the largest and cheap hosting providers available today. Furthermore, both those hosting providers are rapidly expanding their business, so you can be sure that you will get more than what you pay for. In addition, HostMonster and InMotion show that they are really dedicated to their customers, so you will never be alone with your hosting account. However, if those are the 2 companies you had laid your eyes on, you should find out what are the main advantages and disadvantages of the services and products available there. In that article, I will make a comparison between InMotion and HostMonster.

• First, you should consider what the prices for the hosting plans available at both those companies are. At HostMonster, you will find many different and affordable hosting plans, which have prices starting from $5.95 per month. On the other hand if you need a personal website, at InMotion you will find plans as cheap as $3 per month. If you are looking for business hosting at InMotion, the price starts from $6.95. Both companies are offering very affordable hosting plans, so you can easily find that one that suits you.
• When it comes to services and products at HostMonster you will get only one hosting plan. At InMotion on the other hand you will be able to choose among a lot of different hosting plans and also there are many other products that will allow you to easily maintain and expand the features of your website. In addition, at InMotion you will be able to pay to experts to create your website.
• Both InMotion and HostMonster offer all the features that are commonly found in web hosting solutions. That includes unlimited e-mail accounts, auto responders, spam filters and also webmail. Some of the more advanced features available are PHP, MySQL, Perl, Python and Ruby on Rails. At HostMonster you will get more flexibility, because you will be able to access your hosting account via SSH and also you can make custom configuration with the.htaccess tool. Furthermore, both hosting providers use cPanel, which is the best control panel available on the market.
• With InMotion and HostMonster, you can be sure that there will be always someone around to help you, because you will have 24/7 support. Furthermore, you will be able to access the support via free phone, e-mail or live chat. In addition, you will be able to submit your questions as support tickets and you will have access to many different tutorials, which will allow you to learn how to maintain and develop your website.

To choose between those 2 hosting providers is really hard task, because they are offering very good services and support. However, when it comes to choosing products, which will allow you to expand your website, at InMotion you will find many of the tools that you need. Therefore if you need VPS or dedicated server, that is your best choice.

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Fatcow versus Justhost which one is best web hosting?

11 Dec

The industry of web hosting is filled with companies vying for business but some are certainly better than others. At the moment, the immediate two that need a mention are JustHost and FatCow that are amongst the most popular in providing hosting services. Their fame is not without a reason. Both are very reliable service providers and are also highly economical to use. It is hard to decide between the two. However, we will make a comparison to help you in making your decision.

Pricing

As stated earlier, JustHost and FatCow are popular as they are relatively cheap to use. In fairness, not many companies can beat the monthly hosting package of $4.83 offered by FatCow. However, JustHost has been able to offer its JustPlan for a mere monthly charge of $3.45. Despite a small price differential both the plans are very similar in the power and value they offer.

Products and Services

As both JustHost and FatCow offer straightforward and simple solutions it is easy to choose a hosting plan. JustHost only offers two plans. FatCow is famous for its Original FatCow plan which provides business or personal solutions. The major factor that separates the two is that FatCow gives more services like website designing, scripting add-ons and domain registration. These options are not available in JustHost.

Features Of Web Hosting

Their features are the most fascinating section of our comparison. Most highly desirable features in this industry are available with either JustHost or FatCow. These include FrontPage support, free site builders, unlimited mySQL databases, together with server side scripting languages. They include, for instance, PHP, Ruby on Rails and Perl. Google Webmaster tools are visibly excluded from the list of services with JustHost, along with a free, 60-day trial period subscription to its RatePoint service. Nevertheless, nothing is gained or lost in the features section, unless there is a need for a particular feature.

Customer Service

We think this is the most important aspect and so should you. The web is littered with traumatic accounts of customers who have to deal with unprofessional support teams. In spite of strong words of assurances in advertisements some companies absolutely do not substantiate those promises. When you sign up with either JustHost or FatCow you can be at ease that such issues will not arise as both deliver impeccable support from a number of perspectives. When you really get stuck assistance is available through support ticket, toll-free number or email. This feature offers convenience and is becoming a norm in the field. Additionally, if you wish to explore the solution to the problem yourself, both these web hosts give you easy access to knowledge bases, FAQs and video tutorials.

Recommendations

They are so similar that it is extremely difficult to decide who has an edge over the other. If you are really counting your pennies then sign up with JustHost. However, if you consider their track record then FatCow has a distinct advantage. JustHost is immensely popular but is comparatively new and does not have the collective business experience of FatCow.

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Justhost hosting packages

11 Dec

It is however necessary to find a web hosting company that meets your budget and expecting features for your website and quality customer support. Of course, there are so many companies out there to provide feature rich  web hosting packages but not all the providers meet all your expectations. But, JustHost is not in this case. It has well featured plan as well as affordable price with quality technical and customer support.

JustHost is providing plans by targeting students, hobbyists, webmasters, developers and administrators who want to create website and maintain regularly. We can also say it as personal sites or blogs. Their cheap hosting plans are suitable for small or medium or large level businesses also.

As far as JustHost plans are concerned, for shared web hosting, you will find two types of plans and they are JustPlan and JustPlan Premium Plan. Both plans include cPanel which is No.1 control panel comes with price range of $3.45/month and $6.95/month respectively. These plans include all the features needed for a business website such as OSCommerce Shopping Cart, SSL Secure Server, Agora Shopping Cart, PayPal Support, and Password Protected Directories. Not only that you easily install various CMS such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, b2evolution and so on in few clicks which all comes under Fantastico Script Library, it is easy to install and can do it few clicks. Some of the other applications that you can find in Fantastico are Zen Cart, PerlDesk, phpESP, Gallery and much more.

JustHost has also plans for resellers who want to earn by reselling the space provided by JustHost. Reseller plan ranges from $19.95 to $89.95 and includes Latest Web Hosting Manager control panel and Latest cPanel for users. In addition, you can also find free billing system and client manager. JustHost is famous for the feature any time money back guarantee and by that you can just test their hosting services and if satisfied you can continue with their plan.

For more information about Justhost, please read this Justhost Review or other web hosting reviews

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