My First Post (About Web Hosting)

My Web Hosting Experiences

Ok, so we have revamped the site and cannot wait to add new content. It’s gonna be exciting. But for now, let me grab the opportunity and talk about web hosting a bit.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is essential for companies to survive these days, whatever the nature of the business is. Web hosting is a service where a client can set-up a website with some web pages to market a product or service. They can even have non-commercial motivations.

The data is stored on a server provided by a service provider. The scope of services provided varies with different service providers. There are both free and paid services, and they may vary regarding traffic allowance, the number of web pages included and complexities of applications and features. You have to pick a service provider based on what your requirements are.

Tha Basis of Your Online Presence

Web hosting lets you have an online presence. This way, customers can remotely access your portfolio (or whatever you have on your website). Most of the time this will get you some new business. But you need someone to manage all aspects involved in keeping a site up and running. And that’s where an excellent hosting service provider comes in.

The service provider will allot space on their server for your website and will give you the option to upgrade and expand. The server will be managed by the service provider while you manage your core business and leave the rest to them.

Free hosting is limited in scope, but with paid hosting, you can have whatever you want (for a price). And when it comes to selecting a web hosting service, there are simply too many of them. It can get a little overwhelming for anyone who is trying to choose a good service provider.

My Guidelines to Choosing a Web Host

Here are my guidelines. The provider must be reliable, have a good connection, great management, and a good customer support. But before you go out searching for a host, you have to be clear about your requirements. If you are a small startup company, there is no need for you to go for a paid site. You can register with any of the free website builder services. They’ll be good enough (but quite expensive long term). Later on, most companies will have to move to a paid web hosting, as a free site will no longer meet their requirements.

The uptime of the website should be as close to 100% as possible. This makes your site accessible to the clients all the time. Your site must be easy to navigate and have all the essentials (an about and contact page for a start). For shopping carts, you need secure servers. And there must be ample storage to store the data you produce.

How to Take Your Small Business Online

How to Take Your Small Business Online

Taking your business online doesn’t have to be scary. There are plenty of ways to take your business online in a way that will grow your business. For example, you can join online forums and get exposure. Alternatively, you can have your own website, create video to help your clients, or add a small advertisement to your product’s packaging.

I’ll discuss five ways in which you can take your small business online and use it to increase your business.

Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to connect with people from your industry. In fact, I believe Twitter can be your most important business tool. Before I start talking about it, I want to make it clear that I don’t believe Twitter is the best platform for business development. You’ll see some businesses on Twitter that are connecting businesses and businesses connecting businesses. At that point, I would advise you to put down your phone and give the space up for people you truly want to connect with.

I do, however, believe Twitter can provide valuable connections, businesses, and solutions. In fact, I personally love to get feedback from customers. What they have to say can be extremely helpful when you’re trying to understand what’s happening with your business.

Twitter is a great platform to listen to customers.

Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t provide insight to the businesses behind those customers. That’s where there are online companies such as Avance Digital.

Avance Digital provides insights to businesses by connecting customers with people who can provide the insight you need. The amazing thing is that you can actually take advantage of what your customers have to say. For example, if you want to understand why your online store is selling poorly, you can ask your customers. Avance Digital can provide that insight.

If your business wants to take advantage of your customers’ insights, then you should be using some kind of analytics software to find people who are actually providing valuable insight to the businesses they’re involved with. For instance, if you’re in the shipping industry and your customers are shipping goods on top of your products, you can connect with people who are actually providing shipping information for you.

Create Online Forums

With so many websites, it’s easy to forget the importance of forums. That’s why forums are a great place to gather information that will help you understand your business. For example, you can create an online forum for your small business. Then, people can respond and discuss their opinions about your business.

For example, if you’re in the furniture industry, then you can create an online forum to discuss your opinions with people who are actually in the furniture industry. People can give you valuable feedback and insights on what your customers think about your products. That gives you a huge advantage because you’ll be receiving feedback that you can use to improve your business.

Create Your Own Website

In today’s world, it’s a big advantage to have your own online presence. I believe online presence provides an edge to businesses who are trying to promote themselves. I’ve seen many small businesses with good ideas and good products, but their online presence wasn’t good. They ended up having trouble trying to attract customers to their businesses.

That’s where websites can become extremely important. For example, websites can help you create videos that can increase your online presence. Videos are especially useful when you want to appeal to a different customer who prefers videos.

How to Choose a Web Host for Your WordPress Blog

How to Choose a Web Host for Your WordPress Blog

Free blog hosting sites such as Blogger and WordPress.com have their advantages. They make it relatively easy for just about anyone to have a web presence. If you’re not the least bit interested in fooling around with HTML or CSS and just want to get your writings out there, then sites such as Blogger, Livejournal, and WordPress.com are good choices. And they’re free, which is always a plus.

More Control Over Your Blog

However, if you really want total control over your blog, the free sites generally won’t cut it. In particular, WordPress.com has severe limitations: You can’t use your own templates, and you can’t even modify the ones WordPress lets you use unless you pay for the privilege. You’re only allowed so much space to upload images, you can’t install many of the really useful plugins out there, and you can’t post your own HTML feedback forms.

There are so many walls you can hit, which can be incredibly frustrating to anyone who wants to do just a little more with their blog. That’s when it’s time to think about going with paid web hosting for your blog.

But there are so many web hosts out there; it’s hard to know which is the best one to go with. Answering that question requires a little research.

Web Hosting Research

When you start reading up on web hosts and what they have to offer, you don’t want to just settle for reading what they have to offer on their websites. Web hosts want your money, and they’re going present themselves in the best light possible. Like any business, they’ll emphasize their excellent service and fantastic deals. In reality, they may have a lot of unhappy customers who regret the day they fell for the sales pitch.

Webmaster Blogs

One of the things you can do is read up on web hosts on WebHostingTalk forums. It’s full of reviews and recommendations from real people who have had both good and bad experiences with various web hosts. You’ll probably have a difficult time finding a web host that has a perfectly clean record, but if there are far more bad reviews than good, you’d want to take that into consideration.

If you want to read opinions from people who have paid hosting for their WordPress blogs, you might want to explore the forum on WordPress.org. You can try searching words and phrases like “good web host” or “recommended hosting.”

In that same vein, Lorelle has a very relevant post on her blog: I Hate My Web Host. Lorelle was having problems with her web host and asked her readers to recommend some good alternatives. There are some glowing recommendations there, as well as rebuttals from those who had bad experiences.

The Shortlist

Once you have got a good list of web hosts you’re seriously considering, you can help narrow things down even more by contacting these companies and asking some questions. It’s one way to test the quality of their service before you commit. Do they get back to you quickly? Are they polite? Do they answer your questions clearly? Would you be happy with this kind of service after you’ve signed up with them?

Double Check Features

Finally, be sure that the web hosts truly offer what you need. It helps when you have an idea of how much space your site will need, whether or not you need to run Perl or PHP scripts, etc. If you want a web host that will run WordPress, be sure it supports the features WordPress needs to work: PHP and at least one MySQL database.

With a little time and effort, you’ll be able to find a web host that’s right for you.

My Web Hosting Experiences

My Web Hosting Experiences

Do you need a website? Well, becoming a website owner is not complicated at all. You need a domain name and a web host. It’s that simple. Get those and you are on your way with a new business or blog.

Domain names are cheap. You can get them for abour $10, depending on your registrar.

Shared web hosting is not that expensive either. Some of the good one go for as low as $2/mo.

MySQL Databases

Opt for a host that offers a minimum of 10 databases. This will come handy if you decide to add something new to your existing website, or create a whole new one. A 1GB allowance for databases is important for most applications.

Disk Space and Bandwidth

Most of the big name shared hosting companies will offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space. If you choose a web host that limits either of them, make sure you get at least 10GB web space and 100GB bandwidth.

Fatcowreviews.net is saying that a good, reliable web hosting service will provide at least 10 databases as an element of its offer. This is one thing to check before signing up. For many clients who wish to continuously expand, getting enough databases is essential.

FatCow

FatCow

FatCow

One of my favorite web host is FatCow. There is adequate information that support their claims about uptime and service quality. Customer service, cost, consistency and uptime, software, space, tech support, traffic and user-friendliness are all areas where FatCow get a big green checkmark. Still, please note that there is no perfect service. You might see a lot of negative reviews. There are statistics that tell us that an unsatisfied customer is ten times as likely to leave a review than a satisfied one.

As a matter of fact, one of the things that attracts clients to this hosting service is sweet deals. People stumble upon a big discount and they cannot resist.

WebHostingHub And The Others

WebHostingHub

WebHostingHub

There is an endless list of competitors, like WebHostingHub, Hostgator or Bluehost. There are also many reviews on those, e.g. see this WebHostingHub review.

Don’t Forget Backups

No matter which web host you choose, don’t forget about backups. Regular off-server backups are crucial. You don’t want to work on your website for months (or even years) and one day it’s all gone. It’s possible, and it happened to me too.