Month: May 2017

If you’re tired of being duped into buying hosting from a bad company, or if you just don’t want your money to go to waste, then I urge you to keep reading. For many people, hosting is serious business. Your entire business and even livelihood can rest on how well your host works. Not only that, but your SEO and marketing campaign can suffer if you have a bad host.

Here are a few things that you need to check to ensure that you found a good host. Customer and Technical Support What type of customer support can you expect from the host? Many times, people call the company when there’s a problem just to find out that the customer support team is inept and rude. You should call or email them before buying any hosting to ensure that you are getting qualified representatives to help you. If the representative can’t answer some basic questions, then you need to move on.

You should also consider technical support. How quickly can they fix servers, and what features are offered to keep downtime to a minimum? For example, do they use redundant servers and constantly create backup files? Or, do the technicians sit around and waste hours before fixing a server? Bad Security Hackers often attack hosts because a successful breach of the network can give the hacker control of hundreds or thousands of websites. This not only hurts their uptime and speed, but it can compromise your entire website. While you should take steps to secure your own website, the host should also do some work. It is also important to check reviews coming from different people. One of the best place to check hosting reviews is in allpowermoves.com. They provide good reviews and help you choose the right services for you.

Make sure that the host has some of the security basics like antivirus software, constant monitoring, regular backups and an advanced firewall. If the host doesn’t have this, then expect your website to be hacked at any moment. Reseller Hosting Many hosts give you the opportunity to sell their services at a wholesale rate. It’s not bad to get hosting from a reseller, but you have to know what you’re in for. Customer service is often slower because the reseller has to pass on your emails and calls to the host. The reseller also can’t fix the servers.

The best way to figure out if someone is a reseller is to just ask. Most people will be honest about this. You should still get quality service, but you may want to avoid reseller hosts if you need a responsive company that can quickly react to your problems and concerns. Loading Times How long does it take for the average Web page to load from their servers? The host should easily be able to give you this information. If the loading speed is more than three seconds (especially if it’s five to 10 seconds), then you need to find someone else.

People will start leaving your website if it takes longer than three seconds to load. You’ll also lose sales from impatient customers. Not only that, but poor loading times is a sign of bad hardware or overstuffing the servers. You don’t want to deal with either of these problems because it just means that you will get few resources and major headaches. Unlimited Hosting Much like reseller hosting, unlimited hosting isn’t necessarily bad, but you need to know what you’re getting in to. Unlimited hosts can’t give you terabyte after terabyte of bandwidth.

They are instead supplying you with about 1-10GB of bandwidth and memory on average. That’s not too shabby if you just need cheap hosting for a personal blog, but it can hurt your profits if you are a business owner or major blogger. It’s better to get metered or VPS hosting in this case. Terrible Uptime The uptime standard is about 99%. There are some hosts out there that offer 95% uptime, but the hosting is usually incredibly cheap and often full of spammers (which can hurt your SEO). You should also use a third-party service to ensure that the guaranteed uptime is correct. Having better uptime is wonderful, but lower is a sign of a bad host.

Conclusion No one wants to put their website’s life into someone else’s hands, but this is often the case when you are selecting a host. If you want your website to thrive, then just do some thorough research into these areas to see if you found a great host or a dud.

The problem with cheap web hosting is, well, it can be worse than cheap. There’s an adage that goes, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” But there are times when you simply can’t. So, you have to decide on web hosting. And then, another tried-and-true saying, “you get what you pay for — and you pay for what you get,” comes into things. So be careful when searching for an inexpensive solution to the need for web hosting.

Web hosting can cost an arm and a leg, and unless a business has money to burn (which none do), businesses, nonprofits, sports teams, whoever wants a website, needs not just hosting, but services. Anyone can park a web page with this or that mega-parking-lot site. But some will do it on the cheap, while others give you what you pay for.

Sites offering specials of less than, say, $10 a year for web hosting are usually the type that offers little more than an internet parking spot, and that’s all well and good if the intent is to do no more than squat on a phrase. But for those people who want a web host that gives them opportunities and exposure, sometimes the best solution isn’t the ultra-cheap one. If e-commerce is involved, the cheap solution is almost always a recipe for failure. Quality comes at a price, but can be found without breaking the bank, so web host seekers should weigh their options carefully when looking for a provider so as not to get burned. There are many considerations — bandwidth, anticipated levels of traffic, advertising and revenue streams — for opening a virtual storefront, say, that also exist in outside cyberspace

A business/organization’s needs must be fully taken into account when looking for a web host, so clicking “list by lowest price first” like the future of a business or organization is a lowball eBay auction may well be the worst idea when searching. Bang for the buck is the goal, so think, and research, carefully when looking for web hosting. Conversely, the highest price might not be the best either, but somewhere out there on the Internet, there’s a suitable host for nearly everyone’s website, suited to their uses, needs, and plans. It just takes some time to find it — and though the cost is always an issue, especially in today’s economy, cheap just might not be a bargain.

 

With recent changes to relevance algorithms done by large search engine companies like Google, most notably updates Google released in both June and September of 2012, many websites have been hit lower page rankings. While many webmasters participated in a practice called “link building,” Google has recently implemented changes to their algorithm which prevent “bunk” links to websites from affecting their page rank positively, and in fact can have a negative impact on their ranking. Google has recently created a “Disavow Link Tool” allowing webmasters to deny responsibility for links to their website that are irrelevant, that they have no control over removing. It would seem as though Google is getting sick of “link bombing” or “link building” (these are also the techniques that are responsible for the 2003 George Bush “miserable failure” prank — the one that made a search for “miserable failure” bring up George Bush’s page as the top result.) Other search engines are beginning to make similar changes to their algorithm, and this will bring in a new age of “link earning,” or posting legitimate links on websites relevant to your own.

Before search engines existed, it was more difficult to get your website out there. You were unable to simply “use the right keywords” and “post links on websites” to get search engines to find you. Instead, you would need to find websites relevant to your own, and find a way to connect the two. Perhaps a website which taught programming languages would link back to your website selling server hosting. Another good example might be a forum for pet owners linking to your website which gave information on training dogs, or birds. In a sense, these webmasters were “earning links” through having legitimate, relevant, and quality content, rather than just posting links with the hopes a search engine would find their site. As time went on, Google did start to make it a little more difficult: for example your link meant more if it was on a website which Google deemed “quality” (this was when PageRank was first introduced.) Then Google began to make sure that the content on your site was similar to the content of the site linking to you. “Link directories,” “blog carnivals,” and the like became much less useful around this time.

As time goes on, perhaps social links and the like will gain more weight. Reddit, Digg, and other link aggregators are a great source for getting websites out there. These sites also value quality over quantity, and this is again a part of the new “link earning” idea. This idea of having higher quality content being more important than being linked to by many other websites will continue to have a more prominent role over time. This isn’t to say that link building is completely useless: links to websites are still very much important, especially coming from highly rated sites. It’s just going to become even more important that they are relevant websites, and that the content matches the link.