by Lisa Klyftpotatis


What on earth is Linux Hosting?

Linux Web Hosting enables a business to develop its web sites by utilizing the Linux Operating System. Using this platform for internet development gives companies the flexibility to take advantage of the best and most well-liked open-source technologies such as PHP, MySQL, Python, and XML. The Linux Website Hosting is an open-source alternative from the Unix Operating System.

Linux Web hosting and Unix Web Hosting are probably the most common budget allowed hosting platforms utilized these days. Linux web hosts and Linux web hosting companies are similar to Unix internet hosts. The inexpensive hosting industry has allowed Unix web hosts to offer enormous amounts of area in their web hosting plans with lots of set up features with Unix and Linux hosting.

Summary of Linux Hosting

Even though the terms are frequently utilized interchangeably to describe a single platform, Linux and Unix are actually two separate operating systems. What are the variations? When it comes to energy, performance and reliability, there are no significant differences. Unix will be the oldest working program and also the 1 to seriously affect all modern platforms running these days, including Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Mac OS X especially. It’s the system from which Linux was derived, an open-source version produced by student Linus Torvalds and presently one of the most widely utilized operating methods within the web hosting atmosphere.

Enhanced Usability and Ease of Use

Linux hosting is prevalent on the market, but there was a time when it had been limited to a certain group of customers. In the starting, it had been primarily utilized on academic level prior to becoming incorporated into the company environment and utilized in similar fashion as Unix. About this time, only skilled administrators could thrive using the platform because of its complexities.

However, Linux hosting and the program in common grew more well-liked. These days, builders and hosting companies are equipped with all of the tools required to make this platform just about as simple to make use of as the user-friendly Windows program. However, if you have the know-how, you can get probably the most out of Linux by managing your website via the Shell’s command line interface.

Unparalleled Stability, Security and Reliability

Like numerous other Unix-based solutions, Linux hosting includes a reputation for supplying the utmost in stability and reliability. Using the proper configurations along with a premium piece of hardware, this platform can run for extremely long periods of time without needing to be rebooted for maintenance or technical problems. This really is because similar to Unix, Linux has the ability to harness the processing power from the pc on which it is installed, producing unrivaled performance.

Whilst extremely touted as among the most stable and reliable systems, the output you receive from the platform all depends upon the underlying infrastructure and also the hosting provider itself. And although Linux is normally more secure, improper configurations of Apache or PHP could make it just as susceptible as any other program.

Extremely Functional

The functionality of Linux hosting could be attributed to the ability to create the most of the hardware, but its superb compatibility plays a significant function also. It offers a higher variety of support for programming languages than nearly any other operation program. Some of the most common languages it supports are C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby to name a few. It’s also compatible with widely SQL databases from the open-source variety, like Postgre SQL and also the business top MySQL Server. When combined, these powerful elements permit customers to create dynamic, data-driven, interactive web site that greatly surpass the performance of traditional static HTML web pages.

Price Efficient

In most instances, Linux hosting is notably less expensive than solutions designed on the Microsoft Windows platform. This is simply because under the GNU GPL (Common Public License), it is an open-source software program application that can be freely distributed. Although not all versions are totally free, distributions such as CentOS, Debian and OpenSUSE are, therefore generating Linux hosting a solution that is obviously the most affordable in the marketplace. And whilst Unix is not an open-source and freely distributed operating system, complete support for your same open-source technologies means it is usually equally affordable and almost usually cheaper than Windows.

Why Choose Linux Hosting?

There are many factors to go for a Linux hosting plan. It’s the most widespread working program platform within the hosting realm and largely supported by the development community which makes the internet go round. In the right setup, Linux and Unix can both provide you with probably the most stable and secure atmosphere, delivering a level of efficiency that’s tough to match by a few of most revered commercial products.

Perhaps the greatest benefit is that is doesn’t make any difference what working program you have running on your individual pc; you are able to nonetheless select a Linux or Unix hosting package and preserve your website directly from your internet browser.

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Feb 282011
 
by Mike
1. Advertising
Most free web hosts impose advertising on your website. This is done to cover the costs of providing your site the free web space and associated services. Some hosts require you to place a banner on your pages, others display a window that pops up every time a page on your site loads, while still others impose an advertising frame on your site. There is really no hard and fast rule which is to be preferred: some people hate a pop-up window, other webmasters dislike having to stuff banner codes onto their pages, and many people cannot stand an advertising frame (which may cause problems when you submit your website to search engines). Whichever method is used, check that you’re comfortable with the method.
Note that free web hosts without forced advertisements aren’t necessarily good news. Without a viable means to recover the costs of running their server, many of them close with alarming frequency.
2. Amount of web space
Does it have enough space for your needs? If you envisage that you will expand your site eventually, you might want to cater for future expansion. Most sites use less than 5MB of web space. Indeed, at one time, one of my other web sites, thefreecountry.com, used less than 5MB of space although it had about 150 pages on the site. Your needs will vary, depending on how many pictures your pages use, whether you need sound files, video clips, etc.
3. FTP access
(In case you’re wondering: What is FTP?)
Some free hosting providers only allow you to design your page with their online builder. While this is useful for beginners, do you have the option to expand later when you become experienced and their online page builder does not have the facility you need? FTP access, or at the very least, the ability to upload your pages by email or browser, is needed. Personally, I feel FTP access is mandatory, except for the most trivial site.
4. File type and size limitations
Watch out for these. Some free hosts impose a maximum size on each of the files you upload (including one with a low of 200KB). Other sites restrict the file types you can upload to HTML and GIF/JPG files. If your needs are different, eg, if you want to distribute your own programs on your pages, you will have to look elsewhere.
5. Reliability and speed of access
This is extremely important. A site that is frequently down will lose a lot of visitors. If someone finds your site on the search engine, and he tries to access it but find that it is down, he’ll simply go down the list to find another site. Slow access is also very frustrating for visitors (and for you too, when you upload your site). How do you know if a host is reliable or fast? If you can’t get feedback from anyone, one way is to try it out yourself over a period of time, both during peak as well as non-peak hours. After all, it is free, so you can always experiment with it.
6. Perl and PHP
(In case you’re wondering: What is PHP and Perl?)
This is not particularly crucial nowadays for a free web host, since there are so many free script hosting services available that provide counters, search engines, forms, polls, mailing lists, etc, without requiring you to dabble with Perl or PHP scripts.
However if you really want to do it yourself, with the minimum of advertising banners from these free providers, you will need either PHP or Perl access. Note that it is not enough to know they provide PHP or Perl access: you need to know the kind of environment your scripts run under: is it so restrictive that they are of no earthly use? For PHP scripts, does your web host allow you to use the mail() function? For Perl scripts, do you have access to sendmail or its workalike?
7. Bandwidth allotment
Nowadays, many free web hosts impose a limit on the amount of traffic your website can use per day and per month. This means that if the pages (and graphic images) on your site is loaded by visitors beyond a certain number of times per day (or per month), the web host will disable your web site (or perhaps send you a bill). It is difficult to recommend a specific minimum amount of bandwidth, since it depends on how you design your site, your target audience, and the number of visitors you’re able to attract to your site. In general, 100MB traffic per month is too little for anything other than your personal home page and 1-3GB traffic per month is usually adequate for a simple site just starting out. Your mileage, however, will vary.
Choosing a Commercial Web Host
1. Reliability and speed of access
Not only should the web host be reliable and fast, it should guarantee its uptime (the time when it is functional). Look for a minimum uptime of 99%. In fact, even 99% is actually too low – it really should be 99.5% or higher. The host should provide some sort of refund (eg prorated refund or discount) if it falls below that figure. Note though that guarantees are often hard to enforce from your end – the host usually requires all sorts of documentation. However, without that guarantee, the web host will have little incentive to ensure that its servers are running all the time.
2. Data Transfer (Traffic/Bandwidth)
Data transfer (sometimes loosely referred to as “traffic” or “bandwidth”) is the amount of bytes transferred from your site to visitors when they browse your site.
Don’t believe any commercial web host that advertises “unlimited bandwidth”. The host has to pay for the bandwidth, and if you consume a lot of it, they will not silently bear your costs. Many high bandwidth websites have found this out the hard way when they suddenly receive an exorbitant bill for having “exceeded” the “unlimited bandwidth”. Always look for details on how much traffic the package allows. I personally always stay clear of any host that advertises “unlimited transfer”, even if the exact amount is specified somewhere else (sometimes buried in their policy statements). Usually you will find that they redefine “unlimited” to be limited in some way.
In addition, while bandwidth provided is something you should always check, do not be unduly swayed by promises of incredibly huge amounts of bandwidth. Chances are that your website will never be able to use that amount because it will hit other limits, namely resource limits. For more details, see the article The 
Fine Print in Web Hosting: Resource Usage Limits.
To give you a rough idea of the typical traffic requirements of a website, most new sites that are not software archives or the like use less than 3 GB of bandwidth per month. Your traffic requirements will grow over time, as your site becomes more well-known (and well-linked), so you will need to also check their policy for overages: is there a published charge per GB over the allowed bandwidth? Is the charge made according to actual usage or are you expected to pre-pay for a potential overage? It is better not to go for hosts that expect you to prepay for overages, since it is very hard to foresee when your site will exceed its bandwidth and by how much.
3. Disk space
For the same reason as bandwidth, watch out also for those “unlimited disk space” schemes. Most sites need less than 10 MB of web space, so even if you are provided with a host that tempts you with 200 MB or 500 MB (or “unlimited space”), be aware that you are unlikely to use that space, so don’t let the 500 MB space be too big a factor in your consideration when comparing with other web hosts. The hosting company is also aware of that, which is why they feel free to offer you that as a means of enticing you to host there. As a rough gauge, thefreecountry.com, which had about 150 pages when this article was first written, used less than 5 MB for its pages and associated files.
4. Technical support
Does its technical support function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (often abbreviated 24/7), all year around? Note that I will not accept a host which does not have staff working on weekends or public holidays. You will be surprised at how often things go wrong at the most inconvenient of times. Incidentally, just because a host advertises that it has 24/7 support does not necessarily mean that it really has that kind of support. Test them out by emailing at midnight and on Saturday nights, Sunday mornings, etc. Check out how long they take to respond. Besides speed of responses, check to see if they are technically competent. You wouldn’t want to sign up for a host that is run by a bunch of salesmen who only know how to sell and not fix problems.
5. FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .htaccess, telnet, SSH, MySQL, crontabs
If you are paying for a site, you really should make sure you have all of these.
Note that some commercial hosts do not allow you to install PHP or Perl scripts (“What is PHP and Perl?”) without their approval. This is not desirable since it means that you have to wait for them before you can implement a feature on your site. “.htaccess” is needed if you are to do things like customize your error pages (pages that display when, say, a user requests for a non-existent page on your site) or to protect your site in various ways (such as to prevent bandwidth theft and hotlinking, etc).
Telnet or SSH access is useful for certain things, including testing certain scripts (programs), maintaining databases, etc. MySQL (“What is MySQL?”) is needed if you want to run a blog or a content management system. Cron is a type of program scheduler that lets you run programs at certain times of the day (eg, once a day). Check to see if these facilities are provided.
6. SSL (secure server), Shopping Cart
If you are planning on doing any sort of business through your website, you might want to look out to see if the host provides these facilities. These facilities normally involve a higher priced package or additional charges. The main thing is to check to see if they are available at all before you commit to the host. You will definitely need SSL if you want to collect credit card payments on your site.
7. Email, Autoresponders, POP3, Mail Forwarding
If you have your own site, you would probably want to have email addresses at your own domain, like sales@yourdomain.com, etc. Does the host provide this with the package? Does it allow you to have a catch-all email account that causes any email address at your domain to be routed to you? Can you set an email address to automatically reply to the sender with a preset message (called an autoresponder)? Can you retrieve your mail with your email software? Can it be automatically forwarded to your current email address?
8. Control Panel
This is called various names by different hosts, but essentially, they all allow you to manage different aspects of your web account yourself. Typically, and at the very minimum, it should allow you to do things like add, delete, and manage your email addresses, and change passwords for your account. I would not go for a host where I have to go through their technical support each time I want to change a password or add/delete an email account. Such chores are common maintenance chores that every webmaster performs time and time again, and it would be a great hassle if you had to wait for their technical support to make the changes for you.
9. Multiple Domain Hosting and Subdomains
For those who are thinking of selling web space or having multiple domains or subdomains hosted in your account, you should look to see if they provide this, and the amount extra that they charge for this (whether it is a one-time or monthly charge, etc).
10. Server
Is the type of operating system and server important? Whether you think so or not on the theoretical level, there are a few practical reasons for looking out for the type of server.
In general, if you want to use things like write/use ASP programs, you have no choice but to look for a Windows server.
Otherwise my preference is to sign up for accounts using the often cheaper, more stable and feature-laden Unix systems running the Apache server. In fact, if dynamically generated pages that can access databases (etc) is what you want, you can always use the more portable (and popular) PHP instead of tying yourself down to ASP. Another reason to prefer Unix-based web hosts (which include web hosts using systems like Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc) using the Apache web server is that these servers allow you to configure a lot of facilities that you typically need on your site (error pages, protecting your images, blocking email harvesters, blocking IP addresses, etc) without having to ask your web host to implement them. Knowledge about configuring Apache servers is also widely available, and can be found on thesitewizard.com’s 
Configuring Apache and .htaccess pages as well.
For those interested, you can read another discussion on the matter in the “Should You Choose a Linux or a Windows Web Hosting Package? Is There Such a Thing as a Mac Web Host?” article.
11. Price
I was actually hesitant to list this, but I guess it’s futile not to. However, I would caution that while price is always a factor, you should realise that you often get what you pay for, although it’s not necessarily true that the most expensive hosts are the best.
12. Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Payment Plans
Most web hosts allow you to select an annual payment plan that gives you a cheaper rate than if you were to pay monthly. My current personal preference is to pay monthly with all new web hosts until

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Feb 042011
 
by AJ Peterson

Before you start searching for a web host, you must familiarize yourself with the terminology used in this field. The following terms are also considered key factors in deciding the suitable hosting plan that meets your requirements. You can start learning what does each term mean and how does it affect your selection.
Web Host
A web host, also known as web server, is a computer connected to the internet. This computer is more powerful than normal PCs and is set up to serve up websites. Your website content will reside on this computer, which will give people who surf the internet a way to access your website.
Web hosts can be categorized into three main categories based on the price range and common features for each category:
1. Free Hosts: limited in space, bandwidth and other features. Suitable for personal websites or for temporary usage. Usually enforce pop-up, text or banner ads. They do not provide the best performance and/or reliability. They provide minimum or no customer support. If you register for a free host, your domain will be something like yourname.freehost.com or [http://www.freehost.com/yourname].
2. Shared Hosts: most websites are using this type of hosting. Suitable for personal, small and medium businesses. Prices range from $1 to about $25 a month. Features also range from very limited space/bandwidth to semi-dedicated servers. Your website has its own top level domain (e.g. [http://www.website-hostings.net]) The number of websites on a server affects its performance and availability, more websites usually means less performance. Servers hosting less number of shared websites are more expensive, but more reliable. Some companies allow customers to host multiple websites with different domains under a single account.
3. Dedicated Hosts: A full server dedicated to a single customer. Usually used by large businesses and very active websites with thousands of daily visitors. The customer will have full control over the server, and can create as many websites as he likes. Customer can have his own hosting company run on a rented dedicated server. Prices depend on the specifications and services provided with the server, starting from about $100 up to about $800 dollars a month.
4. Colocated Hosts: very similar to dedicated hosts, but the customer owns the server hardware instead of renting it. The server will be housed in provider’s data center. Prices are a bit higher than dedicated servers.
5. Reseller Hosts: providers offer web server storage to customers, who then resell the web server storage to their customers. Providers usually offer resellers a discount price.
6. Other Hosts: there are few other types of hosts such as email hosts, media hosts, data hosts, etc but these are out of the scope of this article.
Domain Name
www.website-hostings.net [http://www.website-hostings.net] is an example of a domain name. It’s a name that points to where your website is physically located. The actual address of your website is a set of numbers that looks like (70.86.135.242). This address is unique for every web server. Domain names are just pointers to the real addresses. It’s easier to remember the domain names than the IP addresses.
Space / Storage
The amount of web server’s disk space available for customer’s website files, images and databases. It can be as small as 5MB in some free hosts and as big as 300GB for some dedicated servers. Space prices reduced significantly during the last few years. Customer can find hosting plans offering 3GB of space for less than $10 a month.
Bandwidth
Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred from web server to clients’ internet browsers. Each time a person view a page data is transmitted from the server to that person’s PC. Audio, video and images contents consume much more bandwidth than text. Bandwidth can be as low as 100MB a month in some free web hosts and as high as 2000GB a month in some dedicated servers. Customer can find hosting plans offering 75GB of monthly data transfer for less than $10.
Server Type
Usually means the operating system than runs the web server. Common types are Windows, Linux and UNIX. Server type determines the server side scripting and database types. Windows usually runs ASP and ASP.NET with Access or SQL Server databases. Linux/UNIX servers usually runs CGI, PHP or JSP with mySQL or Oracle databases. Windows servers are usually more expensive than Linux/UNIX servers.
Databases
As you have seen in server types, there are different types of databases. The most commonly used is mySQL because its an open source GPL (free) software and can serve a lot of online applications’ requirements such as forums, content management, mailing lists, etc. MySQL, however, has some limitations in its features. Complicated large business sites will need more powerful databases such as Oracle or SQL Server.
Server Side Scripting
Most new users prefer to use PHP as server side scripting. The reason is that there are hundreds of open source (GPL) PHP scripts that can meet a lot of webmaster’s requirements. Similar to mySQL, PHP has some limitations in features required by advanced websites, which makes some senior web developers prefer to use ASP.NET or JSP. Other developers still prefer to use Cold Fusion, CGI, ASP or PERL.
Email
Most hosting plans include the feature of having some email accounts with customer’s domain (e.g. admin@website-hostings.net
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
A standard way of transferring files across the Internet. Most webmasters upload and download their websites contents using FTP. The upload or download processes are usually performed using FTP client software. To access their web servers, webmasters need FTP username and password. Some hosts give more than one FTP account to their customers. FTP can by anonymous as well, but its not recommended for security reasons.
Control Panel
Most web hosting companies provide their customers with a control panel, a web based application that helps in managing websites. Common functions in control panels are: managing email accounts, providing statistics, managing FTP accounts, managing domains and subdomains and managing databases. The most commonly used control panel application is cPanel. Some companies develop their own control panel application.
Uptime
An important feature of web hosts is their uptime, which is usually measured in percentage. A server that goes down for an average of 30 minutes a day will have an uptime percentage of about 99.98%, which is acceptable for most small to medium business websites. Anything less than this percentage is not suitable for a business website. Mission critical sites cannot tolerate frequent outages, thus they may use web monitoring services to notify web administrators immediately when an outage happens.
Price
With the wide range of options available for customers, the price is also ranges from 0 to $1000 a month. Most personal, small and medium websites shouldn’t cost more than $15 a month. It’s not recommended for business website owners to go for very cheap plans (less than $5) because this price usually means a compromise in the quality of support and reliability of the server.

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Cheap web hosting can be found anywhere over the web. But, you need to dig more to get the best cheap web hosting provider for your website.
 
by Jared Ingram

Many of us are highly dependent on the internet. 
Many people use the internet not just for personal communication but also for making many other aspects of life easier. Some people use the internet for banking and commerce; some use it for academics and research while other people, of course, use it for gaming and entertainment. Needless to say, the internet is one indispensable thing in the modern times and having a website is almost expected from every modern person. 
Now, if an individual intends to have his own site, one of the most basic requirements is to choose a good web hosting service. The good thing is that there are a lot of web host services around and a simple search online can lead you to a handful of great deals. But of course, you would only have to choose one if you are only going to set up one website. The smart thing to do is to read around web host service reviews so you can have good idea on what you are going to get each month.

Here are some important pointers to remember when searching for a hosting company and when reading web host service reviews.

Price

All website owners should care for the price of the web host service he pays per month. This is something expected because in order to have an existent and running site, the web owner must pay for the hosting service each month. Of course, one can always pay three months, six months or even a year in advance. Paying for a longer contract can give a website owner more savings since longer contract web hosting packages are really cheaper compared to paying for the web hosting service individually each month.

Customer Testimonials

It is not enough that prospective website owners look at the price of the hosting. It is also necessary that he reads around customer or client testimonials so he can get objective and comprehensive opinions on how the service really fares. This is because any site hosting company can market its own services to a very impressive degree but it does not necessarily mean that the actual service would be the same. The only way to know if a web host service company is good is by asking other users who have tried their services. You can find these customer testimonials not just from review sites but also from forums and blogs.

Reliability

Since your website would greatly depend on the web host service, it is necessary that you get reliability from it. You pay money each month so you would have a good hosting service. So if your chosen web host company does not deliver to the expected level of reliability (too many down times, for instance), then it is better to change service providers.
Customer Support

Some people think that paying more for a web hosting service is acceptable as long as they offer excellent customer support. This is because when problems arise during your subscription period, it can be quite a relief to know that you can easily contact someone to fix the said problem. Never settle for a web host provider who does not answer promptly to your calls, chat messages or even to your email. Keep in mind that for every minute or hour that your website is down, your goals or business plans can easily be affected.
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by Madan Kumar

Cloud hosting is a term used when talking about a certain type of web hosting. But what exactly is the difference in cloud hosting compared to other hosting options? Cloud hosting operates off of clustered servers. This way, the hosting is handled using multiple servers instead of just one single server. By doing this, things such as handling security, hardware resources, and load balance are done virtually. Because of this, websites have access to the processing power of several servers.

Cloud hosting comes with certain benefits. Perhaps two of the most commonly regarded benefits of using this host type are the cost efficiency and scalability. When it comes to cost efficiency, cloud hosting sites charge users by the amount of processing power that they use. Meaning it’s like your electricity bill, the more you use the higher the bill. This can save you quite a pretty penny since your bill is purely according to your active use of the servers, meaning you’re not paying for something that you’re not using.

So it’s a cost effective service, but what do I mean by scalability? What I mean is that the technology available has high scalability. In simple terms, you aren’t bound by your server’s limited resources. You have a great deal of processing power available to you, instead of simply relying on your personal computer handling everything. Website expansion can be done easily without the frustration and hassle of migrating and transferring everything to a larger, dedicated server. Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about using a dedicated server and all the hassles that come with that. You won’t need to worry much about things like server crashes and other headaches thanks to cloud hosting technology. Now, although you may not own the physical property, you will be able to avoid renting from third party providers. Cloud hosting also provides new comers with a much easier general entrance in to hosting. Providing users with a broad range of applications right from the start, as well as requiring a low management overhead, and easily customizable options are just a few reasons to consider cloud hosting. However, there are a few disadvantages to this system. One such disadvantage is that although a company may save money on the initial expenses, operating costs in the long run may outweigh them. For companies who have more flexibility in their capital budget instead of their operating budget, cloud hosting may not be the best choice. Another small downside to cloud hosting is that nearly everything is done over the internet, meaning the availability of the servers is subject to internet latency or connectivity issues.

Deciding whether cloud hosting is right for you depends on what exactly you need it for. Whether you’re an individual or a company searching for a hosting option will affect your decision. Researching your options and examining both initial and long term costs will help you to reach the ideal decision for your situation. Although it’s not for everyone, cloud hosting offers many an easy setup to host and maintain websites.

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by Ian Spencer

Choosing where you are going to host your website is important, even if you think that you can just choose any old host, as long as they work. To some degree, making sure your website is always visible is a pretty important factor of choosing a host, but in this day and age, most website hosting companies offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee anyway, so there are other considerations to think about when choosing your host.

Price – We have all been here when choosing a host, we simply look for who is the cheapest, a mistake most of us make with our first few websites. Although getting a good price is undoubtedly important, sometimes the cheapest is not always the best, and if you can afford it, it can sometimes be a good idea to spend a little more to gain a little more, in terms of service, reliability and standards.

Location – This is quite often a common mistake made by many new webmasters. The location of the server ( or computer ) that your website is hosted on is critical if your website or service is location specific. For example, if you sell products to the UK and have a .co.uk domain name, you need to make sure the server your site is hosted on is in the UK. Google takes the location of your server into consideration as part of the whole of SERPs process, so make sure you host your website in the country in which you operate.

Reputation – The internet has made it very easy to find out about any company in the world, simply with a quick a search in Google. You can find out user reviews, information about the company, read reviews and find out if there have been any previous issues with a host. You can also buy magazines which rate and rank hosts and you can always have a chat to other local businesses, friends and family to see if they have any overall recommendations.

Reliability – A car that doesn’t start is about as much use as a website that is never online, so check out the web hosting company’s previous service status announcements, up time and read all the reviews you can about other webmasters experiences with the company. Most web hosts guarantee a 99.9% uptime, some of them deliver, some do not, but you will need to do your research which you can do via independent forums and website magazines.

Support – It is Monday night, you are the only one in the office and your website is down and emails stuck in a black hole. Your web host doesn’t offer 24 hour support, and your orders have dropped to zero. You have to go to bed and try to sleep, knowing you wont be able to get anyone to fix it until the morning. Once again, we have all been there, and it is so important you choose a host with 24 hour assistance, as at some point over the period you will need to contact them, that is a guarantee.

Technology – Try to make sure that the web hosting company are using up to date servers and technology, as if you are paying for a hosting account you want something that is the latest technology which will also be more reliable than older technology. As servers evolve and develop, they are slowly becoming more reliable, faster and stable, so it is well worth a quick phone call to ask the company about how old their servers are etc and what technology they use.

Range Of Services – Some web hosting companies do just that, host websites for people. But some offer a lot more than others in terms of what you get. Some control panels are better than others and some of the hosts often through a few free services into the mix is you commit for 12 months, so it’s worth shopping around to make sure you get the best value for your money.

Windows V Linux – The operating system of your server can have an impact when it comes to how your website operates. Make sure you know what platform your website needs to run, as sometimes you will be automatically assigned to a server operating system that might not suit you.

To conclude, it is important to research who you host your website with. If your website is your business you need to make sure the host you choose is what you need and offers you all of the support and commitment you require. For the sake of a few hours research on the internet and by phoning around, you can end up saving yourself hours of heartbreak further down the road.

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Ian Spencer works for Clear Web Services, a SEO Web Optimisation and Web Design company serving the Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire and South Wales.

He has worked in the SEO and Internet Marketing world for many years, and working in partnership with another company has launched the new SEO business.

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by DefaultValue@ThisisdefaultValue.usersshouldfillininformation.com

Most people who have started a website were motivated by the chance to make money. For some, this may mean a full-time job with the chance of a dream-like payout, for others it may mean just covering the costs on a hobby website, and maybe make a little extra.

Whatever your situation is, there are several ways to monetize your website. There are no rules on which approach is right or wrong; it’s more a matter of following some general guidelines and evaluating what works best for your unique set of circumstances. Here are three effective revenue streams that you can use for your website.

1. Sell your own products or services

The first and most obvious revenue stream is to sell your own products or services on your website. This, of course, means that you’ll first need a product or service to sell. If you already have that , this can be a great choice because it allows you to get started quickly and build a long-term business. If you don’t think you have anything to sell, you’re most likely wrong; almost everyone I’ve met has a unique skill they are good at and enjoy doing that others would be willing to pay them to do. Think about the things that your friends and family come to you for assistance or advice and I’m sure you’ll think of a few ideas.

If you want to monetize your website by selling your own products or services, some important details to think about are:

Focus on benefits, not features. No one cares about how an antacid is manufactured or why it works in the way that it does – they only care that it eliminates the heartburn they are suffering from. Educate your visitors on the benefits they will enjoy by investing in your products or services.

Get to the point. Get rid of splash pages, special plugins, music and anything else that acts as a distraction or road block to your visitor purchasing from your website.

Tell your visitors precisely what you want them to do. If you want them to call you, make sure that your phone number is clearly visible near the header and footer of every page, and tell them to call you. If you want them to fill out a form, you should clearly link to it from each page, or even better, add it to every page. Whatever action you want them to take, make it clear and easy for them.

Present a professional image. If your budget allows, hire a professional website design firm and copywriter. The money you may save by designing your own website will be far less than the sales you will lose with an ineffective website.

2. Promote other company’s products or services

If you don’t want to, or are unable to sell your own products or services, you can always promote other companies through affiliate marketing and earn revenue for each sale or lead you generate for the merchant. Affiliate marketing can take many forms, such as media buys or PPC, but in this context we’re referring to placing ads with and affiliate tracking code on your website to drive traffic to the merchant’s website. You might have already come across several companies that offer their own affiliate programs, but you’re generally better off working with a reputable network because they make sure that you get paid as long as you’ve followed the terms of service, plus they offer tutorials to help you get started and avoid many of the common pitfalls. Commission Junction is a great choice for both novices and pros because they offer a wide range of advertisers, helpful staff as well as tutorials and other resources. Another excellent choice is Amazon’s affiliate program since they sell just about anything you can think of, making it easy to monetize almost any niche.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, these steps will get you headed in the right direction:

Develop original, useful content. The key to success for a content-based website monetized with affiliate marketing is targeted traffic, and the key to earning that traffic is feeding the search engines fresh, relevant content on a regular and frequent basis.

Focus on relevancy over commissions. You will undoubtedly find an advertiser offering a high payout for hot new product, sometimes over $100 per sale, but if it’s of no interest to your visitors, your conversions will suffer. If you focus on relevant ads instead, your individual commissions will be smaller, but they will be steady and frequent, so you will be far more profitable in the long run.

Focus on content, not ads. If most of your website is covered with ads, your visitors won’t stay around long, and they won’t come back again. However, if the ads are subtle, they can actually add value for your visitors. You should avoid anything that forces your visitors to view your ads before they can get to your content.

Test everything. Ad design, size, location and so on. The more variables you test, the more you can improve your conversions and increase your profits. You should be using tools such as Google analytics in addition to analyzing your performance as well as commission reports within your affiliate network.

3. Sell advertising space

Perhaps you want to keep things nice and simple. If you don’t want to sell products or services, and the idea of tracking and testing your results is only slightly more appealing than moonlighting as a rodeo clown, then selling ad space may be a better choice for you. One of the most important details in making this choice approach successful is quality targeted traffic, after all, companies are advertising because they want exposure to the right people, and a website without much traffic, or poor quality traffic can’t produce that.

Selling ad space can be difficult, but here are some tried and true methods to make it work:

As with affiliate marketing, your focus should be on your content, not the ads. Having fewer ads doesn’t mean that you’ll make less money – advertisers will be more likely to purchase ad space if they feel they have a better chance of their ad being noticed and clicked on.

You should offer ad space in several of the standard ad sizes because many advertisers already have their creative materials produced and don’t want to create a custom sized ad. You’ll want to make sure that you make space for several 125×125px ads, and either a 300×250px or 250×250px ad, as these are the most popular. 468X60px and 728×90px are fairly common too.

Make it clear that you sell ad space. That could be as basic as a link that says “Advertise on this site” or a muted ad that says “Your ad could be here.”

If you haven’t sold any ads yet, you should put some up, even if you do it for free. You could temporarily fill your ad space with affiliate ads, ads for friends or business partners or even ads for some of your favorite charities. The idea is to create an impression of demand; think about how you would feel if you walked into an unfamiliar restaurant around lunch time and it was completely empty – you’d probably think it wasn’t a very good restaurant and consider spending your money elsewhere.

Learn what works best for you. Remember, one solution won’t necessarily work for everyone, so feel free to experiment with each revenue stream or a combination of them. Every website is different, as is every niche, so you’ll probably have to do a bit of testing to see what works the best in your particular situation. This can take a fair amount of time, especially with a new website, so be patient and follow through until you find what produces the best results for you.

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by Michael Smith

When you launch an online project in the beginning, it is relatively difficult for you to foresee whether it will be a success or a failure, so it is common to start off with a shared web hosting package. A shared web hosting service may have been performing okay for you for a little time, therefore you never thought of migrating to a better plan during that period. Downtime may have been the cause of irritation to you for some time though while you were using the shared hosting service. Unauthorized access to your account may also have been a subject of concern to you, which kept you worried given that you were not pleased with the security on your shared hosting account. However, given the length of time that you have now spent on your website and the capital that you have invested into it, you cannot tolerate to have such a scenario again. Secondly, as the number of users of your site grows over time, other hosting options may need to be considered. 

One option in stepping up to a better web hosting plan may be to sign up for a VPS hosting package. The increased traffic may be sustained by a VPS web hosting solution for some time. However, as the size of your online business grows with the increase in demand for your products, even this may seem to be not enough. This is exactly the point where you may feel that the intense needs of your online project can only be supported by a higher-level web hosting package, i.e. a dedicated server. As a result, a dedicated web hosting service appears to be an attractive and viable option to you, because it can not only keep up your online expansion but can also give that extra functionality and protection needed by your project. 

This article is written with the objective of giving you an idea of what a dedicated web hosting service can do to support your business growth. What follows describes the crucial aspects of dedicated server hosting. 

I. Unshared Server

Dedicated server hosting means that the hosting company rents out a complete server to you, which can then be used as dictated by your individual requirements. A dedicated server offers a definite advantage over a shared server because the system resources are not shared with the other virtual accounts, instead you have full access to the resources plus total control over their usage. 

II. Option to Install Custom Programs

Another advantage is that custom programs may be installed on the server. 

III. Easily Modifiable Access Rights 

In case you have given access to other users to the applications that are installed on the system, they can also use those applications at the same time as you. 

IV. Great for High Traffic Websites

Another argument in support of a dedicated hosting server is that it is ideal for high traffic websites. This is because the included monthly bandwidth is typically uncapped for the great majority of dedicated server plans. 

V. Flexible Customization Options

You are able to customize the server according to your requirements, in addition to installing any custom applications. There are plenty of dedicated server hosting providers out there that give you complete flexibility in regards to the achievable level of customization. 

VI. Flexible Options to Add Extra Features

With a dedicated hosting package, you may choose any of the available features so as to achieve the required configuration. 

VII. A Number of Operating System to Choose from

Since different programs demand different operating environments, one of your first considerations is the choice of the correct OS. Two fundamental OSs namely Microsoft Windows and Linux Red Hat are commonly offered by a great majority of dedicated hosting providers. 

VIII. A Variety of Control Panels to Choose from

As far as the selection of the control panel is concerned, the two most popular brands offered by a huge majority of companies include CPanel and Plesk. Of these, CPanel seems to be more popular than Plesk, although the latter also has a huge customer base because of a variety of functionality offered by it in contrast with the former one. 

IX. Reliable Service
Stability is another key factor behind the popularity of dedicated hosting in comparison with a shared hosting server. Given that your site will be the only site residing on the dedicated server, the responsiveness of your applications will be maximum because you are the lone user of the server. X. Uncapped Bandwidth Results in Much Faster Access

Since no requests are initiating for using the bandwidth other than the server, there is a steady data transfer from the site. A direct effect of this will be that users requesting access to your site through their browsers will be able to view your site almost instantaneously with the shortest possible delay. 

XI. No Security Threats

A dedicated server hosting plan is also well known for its ability to handle any security risks as opposed to a shared hosting server. In the case of a shared hosting server, the accounts of other users may easily get infected if another user deliberately uploads a new virus into its account so as to bring down the web host. This is because the new virus may go undetected by the server antivirus software, with the result that the whole server may become compromised. A dedicated hosting server is able to resolve this issue by offering you the ability to change access rights, along with a dedicated external hardware firewall, both of which can go a long way towards reinforcing the security of the server. Due to this, with a dedicated server, you can enjoy a worry less sound sleep in the night being aware that no one can get access to your server under any circumstances. 

XII. Dedicated IP Address

The availability of a dedicated IP address turns out to be another significant advantage of dedicated server hosting, in that when a visitor tries to access the site, it is identified almost immediately. The availability of a unique IP address with companies offering shared hosting services is relatively limited. Even those who do offer this functionality generally cost more than those who do not. The drawback of a single shared IP address is that the site URL address cannot be identified immediately, instead there is a separate piece of software hosted on the shared server which directs the URL request to the correct partition holding the website. Under normal circumstances, the URL translation operation with a shared IP address takes only a bit more time compared with a dedicated IP address, however it can increase considerably under peak loads. On the other hand, there is no translation software needed in the case of a dedicated hosting server, which results in a much faster access speed. 

XIII. Added Level of Protection for Your Data

Dedicated server hosting is also distinguished from shared server hosting in that it also gives you the option to install extra hard drives on the server. An extra hard drive adds a great deal of redundancy to the system configuration, as it can be used to backup the data on a scheduled basis, apart from the primary storage device. This adds a great deal of safety to your crucial business data and is available only with a dedicated server. One application of the secondary storage medium may be to protect any crucial data your web applications might be generating, such as your client credit card information. Moreover, the dedicated hosting provider may also give you the option of having a backup FTP account, the advantage of which is that you can duplicate critical data on it in parallel with the usage of your regular FTP account. 

Conclusion

We expect you to harness the information presented in this article to your advantage, by making an informed decision to go with the right dedicated hosting provider, which is not only low-cost but also suits your particular requirements. This may not be as hard as it sounds once you have familiarized yourself with all the necessary information presented in this article. To be very frank, there is no hard and fast formula for locating the correct dedicated hosting company in accordance with the user needs, and there are more than one ways to reach the right conclusion. Nevertheless, the important qualities and benefits of dedicated server hosting discussed in this article can go a long way towards the selection of the correct company.

Summary

This article is written with the aim of giving the potential clients an idea of when it becomes crucial for them to move to a dedicated hosting platform. It then outlines the defining features of a dedicated server. The presented information is expected to be useful to the potential customer in order to make a well thought-out decision.

About the Author

Michael Smith has been reviewing and rating the leading web hosting companies since 2005. His website Dedicated Hosting Companies offers a depth of information on some of the most popular web hosting companies.

 

by Linda McRae

Studying your traffic patterns can be a priceless technique for a number of different reasons. Although before you can implement this procedure into your everyday system, you need to be knowledgeable enough to be able to make full use of this tool, you need to understand how to breakdown the information for ease of use. Analyzing traffic and how to receive website traffic, and receiving search engine traffic is valuable info that you will use time and time again..

Many web hosting organizations will provide you with simple website traffic information then you have to research to learn how to make relevant use of your new information. The explanation that you receive from your hosting company will most definitely take a rocket scientist to figure out it’s meaning. This being said now you have to learn how to implement it into your particular business and websites.

We will start by analyzing traffic, which is the simplest data, the average visitors to your site consisting of on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. These graphs and reports are the most important part of your every day life maintaining your websites. These figures are the most standard measurement of your website’s activity. At first you would think that the more traffic you see on your report, wow this is amazing. It is good but you have to consider and document what each visitor is on your site to accomplish. Some are just Lookie Lous and others are the type traffic you need, either purchasing products or signing up to use your program which you offer.

Let’s explore what “hits” are? What are known as “hits”, and can give you false hopes and failure.The really great misconception about what is commonly known as “hits” and what is really tangible benefits hits from customers on your website. Hits are only the number of server request made, or the number of pictures etc. per page, you will see how over rated this little word “hits” can be.

Let’s further explore this meaning, if your homepage has 12 pictures on it, this is how the server records this, as 12 hits. One visitor can be looking at your homepage and you will be registered with 12 hits by the server. This shows us that hits are really not a productive way to analyze traffic on your website, at this level.

As you advertise, more visitors will frequent your website, and your reports will become much more accurate. Your graphs and reports will then show the exact benefits your website is bringing your business. You will learn to compare your overall trends in visitor behavior. These same indicators can help you to decide where your improvements can be made. It can really be something as simple as keywords that are not exact enough and are bringing the wrong customers to your site. Keywords must be as close to your description to your site as possible, this enables the servers to send the correct category customers to you. If the visitors are arriving on your site and only staying a few seconds, they probably are not satisfied with the direction the server sent them.

Properly working navigation and links are a must, nothing is more upsetting to me as when I research a particular item and I use a search engine and I am sent to a site that is poorly maintained. I can not get the buttons to work and the links are incomplete. This has wasted my time and I will remember this site in the future. I would not recommend it to my employees or my friends. When you design your sites, please remember to consider ease of use for your visitors. This is one of the most important factors I have found from research to this date.

If you find that customers are visiting a certain page on your site more than the others, then it would make a good business move to put more of your sale’s items on that page, or list more of your training classes offered, whatever your niche may be. Now, you are receiving many of my internet marketing secrets. People actually pay for this stuff, I want my reader’s to succeed so I don’t mind sharing some of my knowledge.

Your website has exit pages, for example, a final order or contact form. Visitors usually go through this page quickly. Here once again you have to study your reports and decide what the actions of the visitors are? Hopefully you have exits on your exit pages, if not, you have some work to do on your site. You would be surprised how just altering the content or the graphics can make all the differences you are needing for measurements to be correct.

So statistics can tell you just where changes need to be made. Check your keywords as mentioned already make certain they are targeted keywords. Targeted customers or targeted traffic are happy customers because they find exactly what they were looking for!

Maintenance of your website is so very important, it works hand in hand with your advertisement.One day you will be able to put your company name into a search engine such as Google, and your website pops up in the number one spot, just radiate with the success you are feeling at this moment. All of that hard work is paying off, and hopefully it will be in dollars and cents! If you have questions, you can reach me through my website.

About the Author

Linda McRae is a internet marketer, has a business at home, and has written eleven ezines about the loves of her life, working from home. She trained with, Autopilot Profits by Ewen Chia as an avenue for training new associates with step by step teachings that are remarkably fun! Do not forget to sign up for his newsletters and training labs. See ya soon, with some more secrets from the best of the best teachers.

 

by Linda Garrould

When someone visits your website they are making requests on your web server. The details of these requests are recorded in your web server log files. Most websites in the World run on Apache web servers and that’s what I’m going to be talking about in this article. If your website is using another type of web server (for example Microsoft IIS), the principles are the same but the commands and tools you need to use to analyze the files will differ.

Types of log files

By default the Apache (HTTPD) web server creates two log files, ‘access_log’ and ‘error_log’. If you are not sure where these files are on your server then you will need to look at your server config. You should find two lines like these:

CustomLog /var/www/yoursite.com/statistics/logs/access_log ErrorLog /var/www/yoursite.com/statistics/logs/error_log

These tell the Apache web server where to write the log files.

What gets logged?

Unless you have specifically reconfigured your web server it will probably be writing log files in the Common Logfile Format (CLF). The log file will contain records like the one below:

92.7.47.183 – - [10/May/2009:17:44:17 +0100] “GET /store/product-images/PC1.jpg HTTP/1.1″ 200 16989 “http://www.yoursite.com/store/Page/158/PC1.html” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.0.8) Gecko/2009032609 Firefox/3.0.8 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)”

This may look complicated and might put you off going any further but it really is very simple. Lets break this down one element at a time.

92.7.47.183 – This is the IP address from where the request on your web server was made.

– You will generally always just see a hyphen in this field. It should contain the id of the person making the request but for security reasons this is seldom enabled and would be unreliable if present as it would be easily spoofed by hackers.

– You will also generally see a hyphen in this field. If your website protects some pages or directories by using HTTP authentication you will see the user id of the person making the request in this field, once they have been authenticated.

[10/May/2009:17:44:17 +0100] – The date of the request.

“GET /store/product-images/PC1.jpg HTTP/1.1″ – the request made by the web browser or search engine.

200 – the HTTP status code the server gave in response to the request. This is explained in more detail below.

6989 – the number of bytes sent back to the person who made the request.

“http://www.yoursite.com/store/Page/158/PC1.html” – the referring site or page.

“Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.0.8) Gecko/2009032609 Firefox/3.0.8 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)” – the browser/ search engine bot / platform string.

What to look out for in log files.

When I look at log files I typically start by looking for requests, which have resulted in a 404 response. This means that someone has requested a page (or resource such as a graphic), which doesn’t exist. If you find this happening then look at the referring site or page. If the referrer is you own site then you need to get this broken link fixed. If the request is coming from another site you might need to contact the sites owner and ask them to update the link. In the real world getting a site owner to update a link can be quite difficult, therefore if the error is happening a lot consider setting up a 301 “Permanently Moved” redirect.

Once you’ve addressed any 404 errors, you should then review any requests, which have resulted in a 500 response. Status 500 indicates a runtime error on your web server typically when generating a dynamic CGI (PHP, JSP, ASP etc) type web page. Look at the time this error happened and then look around that time in the error_log file for more information.

In a future article I will look in more detail at other status codes and some of the tools you can use to explorer you log files.

About the Author

Linda runs a number of her own websites and works as an e-Commerce consultant providing clients with independent advice about their websites. See Linda’s Technology Management Blog for more technical tips.

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