Tuesday, 19 September 2017

As you are selecting a domain name for your website, you may find that there are several different options available to you. Top level domains, .com, .net and .org are the most popular, and as such, the hardest to find. Second level domains, .tv, .info, .biz and others, are less popular and you may be able to find the name you want in a second level domain, even if the top level names are already taken. However, there are some important things to consider before taking this step.

First, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Internet users automatically associate .com when they think of a domain name. If you are relying on name recognition for your domain name and using it heavily in your advertising, a user may not remember that your site has a second level domain, making it impossible for them to find you. Instead, they may be finding your competition and forget your site entirely.

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Second, if your desired domain name is not available with a .com extension, but has the .net or .org or second level extensions available, you will need to weigh your options carefully before purchasing a domain with this available extension. First, is the .com domain name trademarked? If a company has trademarked their domain name, you can be getting yourself into a very large legal problem if you register the same name with a different extension.

In addition to trademark issues, you will need to make sure that you are not engaging in domain name hijacking by registering a popular domain name with a second level extension. Again, you can be getting yourself into a legal battle that you may not be able to win. Even if this is not your intention, the company that owns the top level domain may not agree with you and you can end up in the middle of a very large hassle.

Thirdly, second level domains can cost more to register than top level domains. Before spending money on a second level domain, it is important to consider the above mentioned points regarding domain name recognition and see if this is worth the extra money. You may be better served by finding a top level domain that is available rather than purchasing a domain name that does not have good user recognition.

Fourth, if you are purchasing your domain name for a business website, it is important to have a top level domain to appear as professional as possible. There is somewhat of a stigma associated with second level domains and you would be much better off with a top level extension.

A domain name is the name that most Internet users will associate with your company or your website. It is important to have this domain name be as easy to remember as possible, which commonly means selecting a top level extension. If the domain name you want is not available, try looking for different variations until you find the domain that is right for you.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Advantages of Reseller Hosting


Whether you plan to start your own hosting company, or you are just looking for a large site that can handle all of your needs, a reseller hosting package may be the answer. There are several advantages that you will have by selecting this option, which we will detail below.

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More Room to Grow ’ If you have a large website, a lot of traffic or you need several sites for your business, a reseller package will allow you to pay one monthly fee instead of several, and it can provide a larger amount of features and space for your company. Many companies prefer to run different segments of their sites with different urls and different servers, which can become quite expensive. If you have a reseller plan, you can simply allocate different amounts of space for all of your needed solutions instead of having to purchase additional hosting plans.

More Features ’ Reseller accounts will typically include a greater amount of features than basic hosting plans. Your control panel for administering your website will normally be more powerful and allow you to manage your site very effectively. Many companies offer unlimited SSL certificates with a reseller account, as well as access to features such as Cpanel, a powerful site control panel that is only offered to companies that use a reseller or dedicated hosting plan.

No Maintenance ’ Instead of purchasing your own server for your company, a reselling plan is very similar to having your own dedicated server with one important difference. You won’t be the one having to worry about complicated server issues if something should go wrong. Having a technical support department that is well versed in fixing these problems is a very helpful aspect of having a reseller hosting package.

Less Expense ’ Instead of having to purchase a dedicated server, a reseller hosting plan allows you to take advantage of many similar features without the added cost. Most reseller plans are extremely low priced when compared to dedicated solutions, leaving your business with more financial resources for other areas of your site. As we mentioned earlier, if you need to have several sites running at the same time, it is much cheaper to have a reseller plan than several hosting plans at once. For example, instead of paying $29.95 a month for 5 different sites, you could be paying as little as $39.95 for all 5 sites if you had a reseller plan.

More Control ’ If you like being able to manage all the aspects of your website, a reseller package will typically offer you the ability to micromanage your site. You will basically have access to many features that allow you to control disk space usage, bandwidth limits and other important areas that come with running your own website.

Income ’ If you find that you are not using all of your reseller space, or if you are running a webhosting company, you can make money by reselling space on your site. For businesses looking to increase their revenue, this is a great way to have your site pay for itself and still provide you with the space you need.

Disadvantages of Reseller Hosting


While there are many advantages to having a reseller hosting plan for your website, there are also some disadvantages that you will need to be aware of before making your decision.

Cost ’ If you are planning on running a small site that does not require a lot of features or resources, purchasing a reseller plan may be overkill for your business. While it is nice to know that you have the extra space available to you, if you don’t plan to sell this space or use most of it, you will be spending extra money that could go to other areas of your business.

Responsibility ’ This area is of particular concern for business that don’t necessarily want to run a hosting company, but need to sell space to pay for their server. If you are selling hosting packages, you will need to be able to provide support for your new customers. Reseller plans do not typically include customer support for your clients, only for you. If you don’t have the time or resources to devote to providing necessary support, both technical and customer service, you would not be well served by purchasing a reseller plan and selling the additional space.

In addition to worrying about providing service for other customers, you will have the added responsibility of administering your own site. Being a reseller means that most hosting companies expect you to be able to take care of yourself and they may not offer a level of customer service that you need.

If you don’t have the time to spend answering customer service questions from both your web hosting clients and your regular clients, this can create a problem that will quickly snowball out of control. It’s much too easy to create a bad name for yourself by getting in over your head than it is to play it safe if you have never tried running a web hosting business.

Too Many Features ’ If you are only planning on running a basic website, you most likely will not need all of the extra features that are offered with reseller plans. If you don’t plan to use an application or a feature within the next year on your website, than this is a feature that you should not have to pay extra to have, just in case. Don’t fall into the trap of might needing, when you may not ever use a feature.

Difficulty ’ If you are not well versed in running your own site, chances are, having to deal with more features and control panels may not be a good option for you. It can be difficult to learn how to administer a site at a reseller level and many site owners do not have the time to learn how to do this quickly.

The most important thing to remember is to first plan your site thoroughly to see what you will need now and in the future, and then find a plan that will suit these needs without going overboard.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Advantages of Business Hosting


If you are looking for a new home for your existing business site, or if you are just delving into online business, it is important to have a business hosting plan that fits your needs and can continue to do so in the future. There are many advantages to purchasing a business hosting plan, even if you do not particularly need all of the features associated with one.

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First, business hosting plans typically offer a great deal of features that are necessary to doing business online. These features range from free shopping carts, applications for business use, mailing list software, SSL certificates, and unlimited databases. Even if you don’t have an ecommerce site, your site may still benefit from a secure area, or mailing list software.

Site promotion tools are usually included in business hosting plans, which can be very useful in getting your site listed on popular search engines. Instead of having to pay extra for these tools, you can simply find a host that bundles them in with a site package, saving you money.

Companies that cater to businesses typically offer more support options. This is usually because these companies know that in order to keep high profile business clients they need to provide a level of service that is above and beyond a usual hosting company. If you need more technical support options, or a host that offers 24-hour support, you can usually find several that offer business hosting plans that fit this description.

If you need sub-domains for your site, business hosting plans will normally include this feature. A sub-domain is a great way to organize your site’s content and content areas, making your job easier to keep track of all of the aspects of your site. A sub-domain will typically look something like this: http://subdomain.yoursitesurl.com If you plan on having an online store or a catalog, this is a very useful way to separate your content area from your store’s catalog.

Domain aliases are another feature is typically included. This means that you can have several domain names or variations of your domain name that all point to one location. Instead of having to park multiple domains, you can have them all point to the same location, saving you money.

If you want to keep track of your site statistics, business hosting plans usually offer more site analysis tools that can give you a very good idea of your site’s popularity. This is very important for sites that need to track promotional campaigns, click-throughs and other aspects of traffic that need to be analyzed.

There are also some disadvantages that are inherent with business hosting. Let’s take a look at some of these disadvantages to see if they will affect your decision.

Disadvantages of Business Hosting


Although business hosting can offer you greater amounts of features in one area, they can be lacking in other important facets that may be important for your website. Before you make your decision, here are some important disadvantages to keep in the front of your mind.

First, you will need to make sure that your hosting company supports the database format that you are using. While business hosting plans usually do support most databases, it is important to make sure that your database is compatible before making your decision.

Some companies do not offer hosting packages that support Access databases, and others don’t offer support for SQL databases. Instead of having to convert your databases, which can be costly and time consuming, it is easier to find the right business hosting company that supports your database format.

Business hosting plans, while offering a number of features, usually don’t offer unlimited email addresses. Many regular hosting plans offer a large amount or unlimited amount of email addresses that can be associated with your account. If your company needs more than 50 email addresses, this can be a large problem.

In addition to a lesser amount of email addresses, disk space amounts and data transfer amounts are usually lower with business hosting plans. Since business hosting plans focus on different features, this area is usually one that suffers the most.

The cost of business hosting is typically much higher than general or budget hosting. This is due to the features that are offered, such as shopping carts and other tools that would otherwise not be free. Since they are bundled in with your account, you will usually have to pay more for these features than you would for a site that offered just a basic place to host your site.

Cost is an area that can fluctuate greatly, and can be a very large disadvantage. On the same token, there are many general hosting companies that are offering the same kind of features associated with business hosting accounts for much less money. It is important to research all of your options to make sure that you are getting the most amount of features for the least amount of money.

While most business hosting companies offer SSL or secure socket layer, for secure transactions from an online store, they may not be compatible with your merchant account gateway. You will need to check with both your hosting company and your merchant account to make sure that your gateway is supported before you select your hosting company. This is an area that cannot be fixed or worked around, so it is important to take the time to ensure compatibility ahead of time.

Friday, 18 August 2017

If you’ve got your own server, chances are you’re going to need your own FTP program. Since uploading through Internet Explorer isn’t the safest thing to do, and online file managers aren’t always the best for uploading multiple files, we’ll round up the best free FTP applications for you.

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FileZilla ’ FileZilla is an open source FTP client available from SourceForge. It is easy to use and offers powerful features such as chmod’ing. The learning curve is a little steeper than some, but it is well worth the extra time spent in learning how to use the program. Currently, this one is only available for PC’s, but it’s definitely a necessary tool if you do a lot of uploading.

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CoreFTP ’ The lite version of this application is free and it is reasonably simple to use. It supports FTP/HTTP/SOCKS proxy and features drag and drop file transferring as well as some other handy features. The limited edition is only available free of charge for personal or educational use, but the full version isn’t that expensive if you need it for your business. This is a nice FTP client and one that serves a lot of different purposes.

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SmartFTP ’ SmartFTP offers a very nice user interface that is easy to understand. You can schedule automatic back-ups, use multiple connections, drag and drop files and chmod. Several other features have been included with the latest release and this is one FTP client for PC’s that definitely deserves a place on your desktop.

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CoffeeCup Free FTP ’ This client is quite possibly the most popular freeware FTP program, particularly with beginners. The interface is simple and it does offer support for multiple FTP accounts, the ability to resume broken downloads and more. However, it can be classified as nagware and constantly bugs the user about other programs from the manufacturer. Some have claimed it has several spyware features, so this one is hard to recommend unless you are an absolute beginner who needs a very simple interface.

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Cyberduck ' is an open source client for FTP and SFTP, WebDAV, and cloud storage (OpenStack Swift, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2 and Microsoft Azure), available for macOS and Windows (as of version 4.0) licensed under the GPL.

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RBrowser – RBrowser comes under several licenses, but there is a free version that only has a few limitations. It is now available for MacOSX and offers remote editing, file synchronization and other advanced features that are hard to find in a free client. There are some limitations, such as file copying, but overall this is a nice utility.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

While there are many strong advantages to purchasing a Unix platform hosting package, there are still some disadvantages that you will need to keep in mind before jumping to any conclusions. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems facing Unix hosting.

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Difficulty


If you are not familiar with using Linux/Unix language, you will need to learn a completely new programming language. For customers who are used to their Windows operating system on their computer, this can be a huge downside. Your slashes will be going in different directions, and the commands are completely different from Windows commands. For webmasters pressed for time, having to learn a completely new programming language can be too much.

In addition, you will need to be familiar with file permissions and how that is done on a Unix server. Many scripts require you to set specific file permissions on folders and files included in the script. This is called CHMODING and can be very difficult to grasp at first. If your permissions are incorrect, your script will not run, making it very frustrating for new users.

Telnet, which is typically used to administered processes in Unix can be a completely foreign application to someone who is not used to Unix. While it is not extremely difficult to master the basic concept of Telnet, you will need to learn a variety of commands that are necessary to use it. While many webmasters never need to use Telnet to administer their Unix platform site, if you plan to use advanced applications, it definitely comes in handy.

Front Page Extensions


If you are using Microsoft Front Page to develop your website, you will need to make sure that your Unix host offers Front Page extensions. If you don’t have these extensions, you will not be able to use Front Page to its complete abilities. Most Unix based hosts are now offering these extensions, but there are still several that do not.

No .ASP


If you plan to use Active Server Pages or .ASP for your website, you will not be able to use this language on a Unix server. Since this scripting language is gaining in popularity, this can be a tremendous downside if you select a Unix based host.

No Visual Basic


Like .ASP, Visual Basic is not supported on Unix based hosting, so again, if you plan to use this, or any Windows based applications, a Unix host will not be an alternative for you.

Now that you are well versed in the ups and downs of Unix hosting, let’s put everything together into what you will need to consider before selecting a Unix based hosting package.

Friday, 11 August 2017

While there are many strong advantages to PHP hosting, there are some disadvantages that you will need to be aware of before making your final decision. These disadvantages will basically stem from what you plan to do with your site now and in the future, and there are some important considerations that you will need to make.

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First, since PHP is based in Unix, this means that you will not be able to use Windows developed applications on your site. If you are interested in using Active Server Pages or .ASP, you will not be able to run them on a PHP host. In order for these pages to function correctly, you must be on a Windows server.

In addition to not supporting .ASP, the .Net framework is not supported, nor is Visual Basic. If these development tools are important to you, or if you plan to develop applications on your site that run on a Windows platform, you will not be able to do this on a PHP based server.

While many people prefer Unix, some people feel that it is very difficult to use. If you are well versed in Windows and comfortable with this platform, switching to a Unix platform may be very difficult. Again, since PHP was developed using Unix, most PHP hosting companies run their servers on a Unix platform. You will need to understand Unix to administer certain areas of your site and this can be time consuming if you are not familiar with this language.

While you will be able to use .htaccess to protect areas of your site, there are several security problems inherent to using PHP. Most of these appear when your register_globals setting is turned on, which may be turned on by default by your hosting company.

If you have sensitive data and are concerned about security holes in PHP, you will need to consult your webhosting company ahead of time to make sure that your site will be as secure as possible. There are security flaws in almost every platform, but the flaws in PHP are extremely well known. If you are not familiar with how to take steps to make sure that your PHP code is secure, you may be better served by selecting a Windows based hosting company.

Since PHP hosting packages are less expensive, some hosting companies tend to “pack” as many websites onto one server as they can. This is a very common problem with shared hosting, and can lead to a degradation of your site’s functions, speed and usefulness. If you are worried about other sites using your resources, make sure that your hosting company limits the amount of websites on each server.

Basically, any concerns that come with PHP hosting center around the inability to use Windows based applications and databases. Other than these issues, the remaining problems are very basic in nature and you should be able to find a PHP hosting company that offers what you are looking for in security and functionality.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A lot of webmasters are actually confused on why they should or should not use the Windows OS on their server. The Windows web hosting background operates on the same server your content is kept, caring for necessary events involved for your website to run efficiently.  From a glance, Windows looks the same to the user, but it’s actually quite different.

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Sometimes beginners in web hosting ask if the operating system of web hosting is significant, and if they should select a Linux or Windows web hosting. This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using Windows for your web hosting. There are numerous advantages to opting for the Windows operating system platform, and also some cons to Windows hosting.  I will discuss some reasons you may want to use this OS and some reasons you may not want to use it.


Windows Hosting Pros


◉ Windows web hosting is consistent and flexible when it comes to website hosting resolutions. Windows permits you to host several websites from a sole tab. Windows web servers generate sub-domains that can run websites that are database-friendly (SQL Server (MS SQL) and expands server-segment utilities on your website.

◉ Windows hosting entails.Net Framework which makes it an excellent choice for websites that are created using.Net, Active Server Pages (ASP) and the Visual Basic Language. Visual Basic,.Net Framework and ASP enables your website to work faster and is obviously less complicated to use, for those developers that are familiar with the platform.

◉ This operating system comes with different settings at are automatically disabled right out of the box.  So, this gives you an added piece of security.  In contrary with the Linux OS server platforms, you have to toy with the settings to disable many settings on your server.

Windows Hosting Cons:


Just like a double edge sword, Windows web hosting comes with its limitations. These limitations include:
◉ Compatibility.  Since Linux is used by more host, you could possibly run into some compatibility issues.  However, fewer developers have run into this problem over the years.  You’re not just limited to ASP, and it can support PHP and Perl.  IIS is much better to run for PHP and Perl as opposed to ISAPI.

◉ The price of Windows servers is higher than any other web hosting server. This is because Windows web hosting is not free-licensed software making other web servers an affordable web hosting solution.  Companies have to pay a licensing fee as opposed to the Linux OS.


◉ The security of Windows web server is average, and it loses its stability the server if malfunction and hence making the windows server to operate slowly and even attacked by malware and viruses. When the windows web server require frequent rebooting when it’s used for a long duration to avoid the server from hanging.
Clearly, it makes no difference if you want to use the Windows or the Linux OS.  It’s up to your server technician on which one they are more comfortable using.  You should keep in mind that migrating from Linux to Windows (or vice versa) does take some extra work.  You’ll need to consider the cost of migration if you want to make the switch for your business.

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