Archive for July, 2013

Things to Consider Before You Get Business Web Hosting

Friday, July 26th, 2013

There is no denying that business web hosting is easily one of the most important parts to consider if you want to expand the reach and presence of your brand or company beyond the reach of conventional advertising. But finding good business web hosting can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for, so here is a list of things you want to check before signing up for a provider:

Up-Time or Server Availability

This is a critical factor to consider, since your clients and customers won’t be able to view your site or even contact you if the server is down. But you should be smart about believing website hosts’ claims. There’s no way that a business web hosting will be able to offer 100% uptime. Maintenance and patching, as well as the occasional hitches means that there will be unavoidable downtimes. While some hosts are able to promise – and deliver – 99.999% uptime, which roughly equates to five minutes and fifteen seconds of downtime per year, the most realistic uptime guarantee is 99.9%, which amounts to 8 hours and 45 minutes of downtime per year. (more…)

Making the Most Out of Very Cheap Web Hosting

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Making the most out of very cheap web hostingIt’s understandable when people prefer very cheap web hosting to paid ones, despite all the advantages that an honest-to-goodness paid hosting plan provides. After all, not everybody wants to make a living off running a website, and in some cases very cheap web hosting providers actually make things simpler, allowing webmasters to focus on running a website instead of being mired in the backend side of things. However, very cheap web hosting usually comes with a few “catches” and you need to do a few things in order to make a most out of them, such as:

Conserve Bandwidth

Bandwidth costs money, and when you’re on a cheap or free host, you won’t have much bandwidth to go around with. This means you need to make the most out of it if you don’t want to greet your regular visitors with 404 errors or page is suspended prompts.

There are a lot of ways you can save on bandwidth, such as by being mindful of the images you use. Unless you really need the transparencies provided by PNG files, you’ll get much smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality by using JPG files. Images are easily the main culprits when it comes to unnecessarily wasting bandwidth on a site, as most people just upload and post pictures willy-nilly. This is fine if you’re on a paid host with unlimited resources, but on cheap hosting, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. (more…)

Finding the Best Web Host

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

finding the best web hostFinding a web host can be a daunting task if you’re not an experienced web developer, the reason being that the risks associated with choosing the wrong one, added to the sheer number of choices available make the act of finding a really good web host difficult and prone to missteps. If you want to avoid the trial and error stage, you might want to memorize the following tips:

Decide Between A Free Host and a Paid Host

Different people have different needs, and said needs can be filled either by a paid host or a free host. You need to first decide which path to take. For example, if you’re a business that really wants to create a brand or company presence on the Internet, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t invest in a good paid hosting plan. However, if your only aiming to create a small non-profit and personal website meant for family and friends, you would be wasting good money when free web hosting plans are available.

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One Website for Mobile and Desktop Users

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Do not listen to the naysayers — one website should be able to address the needs of mobile and desktop users.
And please remember – responsive design is not mobile design. While responsive design is a strong technique for rendering content on mobile devices, it is not mobile design. The best responsive websites can be viewed as intended on desktops at a variety of resolutions. Those same sites also look good on tablets, smartphones, etc.

If a developer considers responsiveness only in relation to mobile, there is an entire web experience opportunity which has been missed. Many designers and developers find it easier and less time-consuming to expand visuals than to shrink them. Mobile browsers are good at rearranging content without being told how to by a developer. At the user’s request they zoom, reformat a page, remove images, and much more.
So keep in mind, you have to code well but you do not have to do anything special for mobile. Using correct alternative text on images helps, as well as ensuring good contrast between foreground and background.
Let us examine more closely what mobile entails.
Research shows a mobile site usually takes the form of, and has the same site structure as the full website. However, despite the increasing importance of mobile devices for traffic and sales, fewer than half of businesses are able to accurately measure the behavioral differences between mobile and desktop visitors.
In regard to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) mobile users requirements are different. Remember your users (and major search engines) are using the mobile web in different ways and for different purposes. Mobile users most likely are accessing the web using a smaller keypad and most likely in a rushed state (in other words users on the move). This makes a difference as far as the users’ patience level, and makes SEO, usability critical to your mobile marketing efforts.

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Remember, users are now viewing your site through a different screen via a different browser. This alters how much content they are able to view and how much of it can be rendered as you would like it to be. It also increases your production efforts since debugging the user experience becomes more than complex.

Companies are conceiving their mobile properties in a variety of technical ways, using an assortment of implementation techniques, and some are choosing to ignore the mobile web altogether. This creates a difficult environment for the search engines to deliver a high quality, standardized service.

Conversely, research shows responsive design improves search engine optimization. For anyone building a website with branding, sales, or visibility in mind, this benefit alone is enough reason to consider using a responsive design scheme. Because a responsive web design all lives in one place with one URL, as opposed to multiple pages targeting mobile formats, linking remains simple. Redirects do not take away from the main site and advertising campaigns all point to one location.

Having a single website destination with a standard set of language, metadata, and keywords also is important. There is no worry if updates have been made in one place but not another or that links redirect improperly. Another advantage is for analytics and data collection, you do not need to track multiple URLs and redirects in addition to the main site or URL. The single responsive page can collect analytics regardless of the user’s device.

Did You Know? By the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices on Earth than people & that 75 percent of Americans bring their phones to the bathroom.

Finding Free Web Hosting No Ads

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Finding Free Web Hosting with no AdsThe concept of free web hosting no ads may seem unbelievable at first, as it has always been the common practice of free web hosts to subsidize their free services via banner or pop up ads on the pages they host. However, things are always changing and there are now free web hosting no ads open to just about anyone who needs to build an online presence, but doesn’t have the budget for a paid host: offers MySQL, PHP, WordPress, and provides free domains. It uses Joomla so there’s no need to install your own CMS (this would be a con, if you prefer wordpress). (more…)

The Importance of Photography Web Hosting

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Importance of Photography Web HostingThe world wide web is no longer the sole domain of coders and programmers. Now that the Internet has slowly but surely gravitated towards being a more visual medium and photography web hosting has become an actual thing, photographers have started building their presence online, realizing just how much better the medium is at propping up their passion and making it easier for them to share their beautiful images with the rest of the world.

While there are already large social networking sites that are targeted towards photographers – such as Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram, it is still vital that professional and aspiring photographers set up their own websites. However, the absolute freedom that comes with your own photography web hosting site also requires you to shoulder a few responsibilities, and to consider a few things first, such as:

Find a Hosting Service that Provides Ease of Use

If you’re building a website from scratch, you can take advantage of the many Content Managing Systems out there, such as WordPress, in order to ensure that you can update your site easily and upload your photos without getting bogged down by technical and coding stuff. If possible, you can hire a web developer or a coder who will handle the technical stuff while you provide the layout or design that you want. (more…)