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Comparing VPS Hosting to Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting

By on Jan 12, 2012 in Hosting, Internet |

One of the first decisions you need to make for your website is choosing a web hosting plan. There are three types of web hosting plans available: shared server, dedicated server and a virtual private server (VPS). Before you choose a web server, take into consideration your website’s current needs, how your website will grow and future database and bandwidth needs. Shared HostingWith shared hosting, many accounts/websites share one server. This also means that each website shares the same IP address, processor, RAM and bandwidth. If one website experiences high traffic, every website hosted on that server will experience slow loading times. Shared hosting does not let you customize your server by adding software or choosing the operating system. Many web developers choose shared hosting for their website because it is cheaper than the other two hosting option. Dedicated HostingDedicated hosting means an account or all of the websites that are associated with that account have a dedicated server, and it is the only account hosted on that server. The web developer has complete control over all software installed on the server and the operating system. This is the most expensive type of hosting plan, but gives the most flexibility. VPS Hosting VPS hosting is in the middle of the other two types of hosting. Many accounts share a single server, but the server is partitioned for each account. Each account has an allotment of disk space and bandwidth, so one website’s traffic does not affect any other website. It is cheaper than dedicated hosting, but has many of the same benefits. Software and Operating SystemsWith a shared server, you can not install new software or change the operating system. Both dedicated hosting and VPS hosting allow you to customize your server, or partition of a virtual private server, with the operating system and software you need to run your website. Be aware that not all hosting companies provide support for software you install on the server. Email Shared hosting plans share email servers among all the websites, so if one website is blacklisted, your email will be, too. Both dedicated hosting and VPS hosting include email servers with your domain name. Email is secure and reliable, and you have more control over your messages. Site PerformanceDedicated servers let you customize the website by installing software, but most hosts do not offer technical support for added software. If you choose dedicated hosting, you should be knowledgeable in keeping the server secure. VPS’s also let you customize your server and firewall, but offer more support and a lower price. Websites requiring a lot of bandwidth for streaming video or have a lot of monthly visitors will soon outgrow a shared hosting plan. With VPS hosting, you can customize your server and firewall to fit the needs of your website. Dedicated servers give you the most customization options and highest performance, but at a high price. Shared hosting is fine for most beginning websites, but as your traffic grows, you will soon outgrow the resources. VPS hosting offers many of the benefits of dedicated hosting at a more affordable price, including being able to manage and customize your server space, your own IP address and an email server. Mike S. is the online marketing manager at InMotion Hosting, a provider of virtual private servers in North America. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Linking Up With Your Home Page – Affiliates VS Product Providers

By on Dec 2, 2011 in Blogging, Hosting |

Natural links come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. If you are running an authority website, and if this website gets natural links on a daily basis because it is so high in quality, then those links are going to be coming from all over the place – good websites, bad websites, mediocre websites, and they can come with all sorts of different anchor texts. The Power of Highly Optimized SEO There are many businesses out there that have a huge number in that little “LD” category of the SEOquake bar and provide the actual products that people need, but do not rank for the most lucrative keyword phrases. It is actually quite astonishing. It really shows the Importance of having the knowledge (at least the basics) of SEO down pat. This is why so many affiliate gateways rank at the top of the SERPs. Actual companies just do not have the time, or knowledge (or money), to get to the top of the SERPs. As a matter of fact, it is rare that many of them do. Do a couple Google searches for different types of products, and many, if not most, of the times you will find an affiliate gateway at the top of the SERPs. This is because of these three simple facts: Number 1: Many companies do not put some of the most valuable keyword phrases anywhere on their front page. Number 2: Many comanies do not engage in any contextual link building where the keyword phrase is the anchor text Number 3: Affiliate gateways usually have the keyword somewhere in the domain name, and as much as Google and Matt Cutts try to steer people away from buying domain names solely for SEO purposes, they still put a lot of weight in what words are in your domain name. This is why if you have a form of the keyword phrase in your domain name – it will be a little bit easier for you to rank for that website. The Power of Contextual Link Building Building relevant links, building them with relevant anchor texts, and relating them to your landing page, is a very powerful combination that can outrank a lot of “natural links.” It is not rare to see a company that provides many products have a very large number in the LD section of the SEOquake bar be outranked by an affiliate website, with a lesser amount of backlinks out rank the company. This is because there off-site and on-site SEO is completely better in every single way possible. Many companies that provide products or services have not a clue what it is that the people of the world that are using the search engines are even searching for to try to find the products and services that these companies are offering up. Because of this, they fail to put relevant keywords on their homepage – a SEO 101 concept – and surely don’t do any link building targeting those keywords. For this reason, it is a lot easier for affiliate marketers to rank for desired keywords as they have the knowledge. My advice to all you product providers out there: Don’t fix the wheel if it isn’t broken! Copy those affiliate marketers and perhaps you won’t need an affiliate program! Either that, or hire a company that offers SEO services to do it for you! This article was written by Philip Russell of www.inetzeal.com. This is an Internet marketing company that provides many different services like its web development service. In his spare time he likes to write articles about SEO and SEM. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

Colocation Hosting and Its Benefits

By on Sep 22, 2011 in Hosting |

The idea behind colocation hosting is to be able to use someone’s place for keeping your server and at the same time enjoy the same bandwidth available there. There are many of you who may own servers and choose to keep them at home. This can be an unsafe idea; it is advisable that you look for a colocation hosting services company that will enable perfect functions at easy to avail conditions. There may be a difference in the cost which will be higher now compared to the same when you stored at home. However you will be able to replenish this hike in expenses with a wide range of add-on facilities that is available. Professional service providers of colocation hosting offer faster and secure internet connections than the ones you have at home. This is important especially if you have a website that attracts large crowds of online visitors. Household plans for internet connection will not be enough to handle it. How Does Colocation Hosting Help? You can enjoy several advantageous benefits with this arrangement to locate your server. The first thing that comes of use is the improved bandwidth that your server will enjoy. There is very little change seen in the expenses though but your server will now have a better bandwidth speed for network connectivity. The next benefit comes in the form of outage protection. Natural conditions and other factors like fluctuating power supply can affect the functioning of the server and thus affect the website availability as well. However with the colocation service provider you can make an extra payment and take care of the problem with options like power generators. The colocation hosting company will provide the space for your server. There are no restrictions imposed on you and your company. If you have to update your server and make changes with improved versions for up-gradations you are free to do so. The same rule will also apply for server software; you are free to install and upgrade to any software version and tools that you feel will be necessary for the better functioning and operations of the server. Colocation hosting companies undertake responsibility for a completely secure and conditioned environment for your server operations. There are no risks of theft and damage caused on it. They will also ensure suitable conditions of power supply and temperature conditions necessary for the smooth operations of the server. You can also avail add-on services for maintenance and management for your server from the provider companies. With this you will no longer require an IT team of your own to dedicate in this area of service. The only difficulty that companies opting for colocation hosting face is the physical access to their servers. Whether it is for maintenance or updates and software up-gradation you will have to access the equipments at another location; there is time and effort taken to reach it which is sometimes difficult. HostingCoupons is a blog dedicated to provide cheap web hosting coupon codes. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

How to Find Cheap Hosting Providers?

By on Mar 3, 2011 in Hosting | 2 comments

The hot question every one’s asking these days is that how can we find cheap web hosts. Dear friends, it may seem impossible to find reliable cheap web hosts in such a huge crowd of service providers but believe me it’s not that difficult. Once you are armed with some knowledge about good web hosting services and reviews on some hosting service providers, you will surely hit the jackpot. Opinion of Friends A tip from the person who has been dealing with cheap hosting providers for a long time can be invaluable. So, the first thing you should do in order to sort out a nice and cheap hosting provider is to ask your friends and known ones who have been doing this for a while because they know whose selling the real thing and which ones are fake. Cheap Is Not Always the Best Moving on, you need to know that the price is not the only thing you should be looking for in a hosting service. Cheap web hosting may be easy on your pocket but sub standard quality of service can prove to be expensive for your business. Don’t be fooled that every cheap hosting provider will provide the same service as other competitive hosting providers. Know Your Web Hosting Requirements First Before setting out on a venture for finding a cheap hosting provider, you must be well aware of your hosting requirements. For a blog or personal website 1 GB of online space on a Linux server is an ideal package. Other than that 1 GB to 5 GB of online space is a good package for a business based e-commerce website. Some hosting providers give a limited amount of MySQL databases, domain names and email ids. On the other hand there are providers who allow unlimited number of these services. Find Hosting Providers Online All set to go; now you should look up at search engines for some web hosting providers. Try to lookup for hosting providers that are local by providing your area name to the search engine. You should look at the reviews a particular service provider is getting. Too many bad reviews mean that the host is useless and you should check out some other service providers. Check out Websites Once you seem to find a cheap and attractive web hosting service, just log on to their website and see what actually, are they offering? Good web hosts have the option of online web support; you can take their help if you have some doubts about their services. Some service providers allow free web hosting but may use your website for back links to their own website or put up ads by their own on each page of your hosted website. Finding a cheap hosting provider is far easier than a treasure hunt; all you need to have is some research and...

Web Hosting: Top Three

By on Mar 3, 2011 in Hosting | 1 comment

So, you have a website ready, but no host has been decided on yet. What are the choices out there? Should I just got for the cheapest, midrange or high cost? Are they all the same? You have these questions, and many more buzzing through your mind, and you require answers. What you are reading, right now, is (Hopefully…) the answer to your web hosting prayers. Here are three of the top web hosting companies, and their what they offer… Or don’t offer. Yahoo Web Hosting Everyone has heard of Yahoo. If you haven’t, then chances are you’re in a tribe, deep in the Amazon, throwing spears at helicopters. Yahoo is trusted, and has been around. You’ve heard of it, I’ve heard of it, even you’re dog has heard Yahoo’s name mentioned. Yahoo has 24/7 support for it’s users. An important feature due to the differences in time internationally. Imagine ringing up for technical support in Australia during business hours, only to find out it’s open business hours for New York. That’s not helpful at all. It is easy to design your own site, and there’s a feature from H.P., Logoworks which helps you to create your own website. Yahoo is a little more expensive than most, however you get the trust and security of being with a long standing company, and all the support that comes with being with Yahoo. InMotion Hosting Possibly the best web hosting facility for businesses. While they do not have the mainstream name of Yahoo, they do have ten years of being at the top of their game. They have a large range of products, with very competitive prices. With free setup fee, and free domain name, there’s only the monthly fee to worry about. With their packages, they offer everything a business could need, from a website builder to a shopping cart, unlimited bandwidth and disk space, flash/shockwave support and so much else. Again, there is a 24/7 support service, based in the U.S. This feature is available through phone, email and live chat, as well as a support centre for the usual F.A.Q.s, tutorials and forums. For business, InMotion seems like a great choice. FatCow Web Hosting A web host with a clear conscious. FatCow is a environmentally friendly web hoster, using wind power energy to run their business. Many of us, in this era, are environmentally conscious, yet don’t know what we can do to help the environment. Well, here’s a way to help your business or personal site and the environment all at the same time. The many features of this web host include unlimited bandwidth and disk space, site creation tools that are easy to use, add ons for blogs and forums, an e-store builder with many more other features left to name. FatCow has been around since 1998, making it 12 years old. So, it’s been able to stay in the market and competitive, which means it has the security to continue serving it’s customers. In terms of customer support, there is a forum and support centre, a toll free number available for phone calls, and live chat is available. In the support centre, there are many tutorials to teach you how to use FatCows and to get the most out of you site and FatCows. That’s just three of the web hosting companies out there, with Yahoo being great for personal, InMotion great for business, and FatCows the environmentally...