If you’re operating one of those traditional sales pages as a little side-hobby for some extra money, then having to live with some server downtime is nothing more than a little pain. If you’re a little more serious about your e-commerce business however and your entire online business operates online, even the slightest bit of down-time or any equivalent interruption to your service eats into your profits by the second. Worse yet, just a single second of downtime could turn away what could potentially have been a lifelong, big client or buyer who might perhaps have subsequently turned into to a lifelong, big client of a competitor. That single second of downtime cannot be completely avoided, but it simply has to be timed properly with the correct “damage-control” measures in place to ensure the outcome isn’t a dire one, such as a potentially big client turning to a competitor. There are plenty of competitors for pretty much any business that operates in the online space and clone websites which may perhaps even offer the same product or service you’re offering cheaper can pop-up within a matter of hours. This is why you have to make use of every advantage you can get and it all starts with managing your up-time and planning carefully for those inevitable, vital few seconds of down-time. Continue reading “When Up-Time is Money – Keeping Your Web-Based Business Online” »
Owning your own website is a crucial step in building an online business. One of the first steps to owning a website is buying your own domain name. It’s not uncommon for people to build a blog before they buy domain names, but they are often left feeling disappointed with low traffic. Most startup businesses enjoy a large increase in traffic when they simply buy a domain name. Below are a few other advantages that you will notice. Continue reading “Key Benefits of Owning a Domain Name” »
Before you even consider creating a website, first thing that you have to have in mind is that you need a reliable web hosting provider that will allow it to run normally. This service is crucial for survival of your enterprise given that bad hosting can lead to loss of time and money. Continue reading “Find the best cheapest hosting that rocks” »
Most people don’t put a lot of thought into their choice of web host. In fact, we’d be interested to hear from website owners on this one. Why exactly did you choose the web host that currently supports your site? We’re willing to bet than 80% made their decision based on price. We instinctively choose the lowest price for our web hosts. After all, $3 a month vs $30 a month, is there really that much difference between web hosts? Well, yes, there is!
If you’re feeling a little lost already, your web host is the foundation of your website. It’s the plot of land, or server, that your site stands on. As such it needs to be strong, fast, secure and reliable. The more you pay, the better service you get. So, what else should you look for in a good web host?
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- Support – Your website often represents your livelihood. Perhaps you’re running an online store, or hosting a blog that brings in money. If you rely on your website for income, you need to know that there’s a powerful support team behind the scenes. You need to trust them. If your website is down, you need to call them and have it back online immediately. Start looking at reviews and interviews with web users. Find out who has the best customer support and help service.
- Uptime – A website lives or dies by its uptime. If your site goes down, even for a short period of time, you could lose lots of potential sales. The best web hosts boast an ‘uptime’ of 99%. That’s your minimum target. After all, your website should be online all the time.
- Shared, VPS, or dedicated servers – As we mentioned previously, your web host is the plot of land your website sits on. Now, there are a few different plots of land you can buy. The first is a shared server. That means you’ll build your site on the same plot of land as hundreds of other websites. You’ll use the same resources and share the weight of web traffic. A VPS server is private corner within a shared server, fenced off just for you. As such, it’s a little more reliable. Lastly, you can opt for a dedicated server, which is an entire plot of land all to yourself. You’ll have to search hard for cheap dedicated servers, but it’s the best choice for a big business.
- Backup and security – The last thing you want is hackers breaking into your site. If your site is destroyed or corrupted, it could threaten your entire business. You could even lose vital data. With that in mind, you need a web host with excellent security credentials. Following that, you need a host with a great backup plan. If the worst happens, and your website is lost, there must be a quick and easy way to regain the backups.
There you have it, folks! Don’t rush into your web host decision. It matters more than you think. You’re looking for speed, strength, and security. Don’t compromise.
There are more and more scare stories of online security threats. The news has been awash with online hacks lately. This year we have seen celebrities being hacked and had their personal photos leaked. Closer to home, internet banking fraud is a very real threat. On a much small level, we have all come across strange email attachments. Many of us will have experienced a hacked Twitter account and tweeted spam without realising.
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