Posts Tagged ‘Hosting’
Shared hosting, at its most fundamental level, is when many different websites share the same physical server and its resources. It is easily the most common form of hosting on the planet and the one used by nearly all of the largest hosts including GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost, etc.
While this might sound like a bad approach to hosting, it’s actually a very good one for many, if not most sites.
Simply put, the majority of websites don’t require that much space, bandwidth or server resources and they can fit in a tiny fraction of a reasonably powerful server. It’s not until sites grow significantly in terms of traffic or size that they begin to need more resources than what a shared hosting account can provide.
However, as you might imagine, the format does come with more than a few drawbacks. In many ways, shared hosting is an ugly business and there are some universal truths about the practice that you just can’t avoid, not if you don’t want to spend more than $10 per month on hosting.
With that in mind, here are five of the darker truths about shared hosting and what you need to know about them.
Choosing a good web hosting provider for your site or blog can be tricky. There are lots of things to consider and the foundation of a good website is not with its design or its code, but with the server where it’s hosted. A reliable web hosting service has the best combination of features put together this includes bandwidth, storage, security, customer support and a good price to go with the bundle.
If you have even flipped on a computer in the last 24-48 hours, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard about the new viral marketing video from Dollar Shave Club.
The video features Mike, the founder of the company, making a blunt but comedic pitch for his service, which sends fresh razor blades to customers in the mail every month. The video has become a massive hit, getting over 600,000 views since its launch two days ago and has been featured on a slew of major sites and blogs.
But even more than a great viral video, Dollar Shave Club is an excellent case study in marketing and in reaching an audience. However, the lessons aren’t just for competitors or other companies, but they can be used by anyone trying to market themselves online, including bloggers.
With that in mind, here are five good lessons every blogger can learn from the skyrocketing popularity of Dollar Shave Club. Read More
If there is one thing that the recent outages at Amazon Cloud and even the PlayStation Network can show us, it’s that even the best, most reliable companies can have serious problems with their hosting infrstructure and can go down.
Unfortunately, as a blogger, you’re just a passenger on someone else’s ship on the Web. Whether it’s a free hosting service like Blogger or WordPress.com, or you have your own server, most likely, some other company is providing the hosting and the access to you. But as reliable as they might have been in the past or as great as they are now, there’s always a possibility that things could change.
Simply put, hardware breaks, companies get sold and people change jobs. What was great service and support one day could be catastrophic downtime tomorrow and it’s important to be prepared for that possibility at all times. Sadly, this has nothing to do with avoiding unlimited hosting or using a bad host as even the best, most honest hosts can have a problem.
Instead, this is an issue about being prepared for the inevitable, that something will go wrong eventually, and that you don’t want to be the one who goes down with the ship. It’s a grim situation to prepare for, but one that every blogger has to.
After all, just a few moments of preparation can, literally, save you many hours or even days of headache down the road.
If you were to survey the vast majority of WordPress compatible hosting companies, you would find that most (if not all) of them could be classified into one of four different categories.
While each category has its own advantages and disadvantages, users should careful to choose the host that best fits their needs (whether those be financial, security, freedom, etc.) before launching your blog to the world.
Although everyone has their own bias (including yours truly!) over which option is the best, here is a “brief” guide to help those of you new to the world of WordPress, as well as for the many considering adopting it as your preferred platform. Read More
With 2010 coming to a close and many bloggers reflecting on their top 10 lists, I thought it would be nice to share 4 things I learned about WordPress this year that I wish I knew in 2009.
Granted some of these services didn’t exist in 2009 (as you’ll see below), however many of their alternatives did.
Although there were numerous other things I learned about WordPress ranging from security to various SEO tips, here are the top 3 things that stood out this year to me in 2010. Read More
It’s a promise we’ve all heard before. Web hosting companies all over are offering “unlimited” hosting for mere dollars per month.
On the surface, it seems like a great deal. For a low monthly price you get to stop worrying about bandwidth and server space caps and focus on running your site. You can host as many domains, get as much traffic and store as many files as you want.
However, unlimited hosting is much more myth than reality. It just means that the host doesn’t place “hard” caps on storage and transfer and instead has replaced it with soft ones that could come back to bite you at almost any time.
Fortunately, it is a relatively avoidable pitfall if one is willing to be realistic about the limitations of such hosting and take precautions to avoid abusing it.
For those of you who choose self hosting over service hosted platforms, one of the hardest decisions to make (aside from choosing which blog software to use) is selecting where to host your content.
While there are certain hosts you should avoid at all costs (especially ones promising unlimited hosting), blogging pro’s would be wise to skip the generic hosts altogether and instead choose specialized hosting companies instead.
For those of you wondering why you should abandon your current host for one specializing in WordPress, Drupal or Joomla, here are 3 reasons why switching hosting environments just makes sense. Read More
A long time ago at the beginning of geek time there were two types of bloggers. Those who blogged for fun (or passion), and those who earned a profit from blogging (the latter who were often referred to as “pro bloggers”).
Back then it was easy to tell the difference between the two as more often than not pro bloggers chose to self host their sites while the masses opted for the free version.
Fast forward towards today and many blog platforms allow users to pro blog on the cheap.
In fact by purchasing a domain one can turn a site like Blogger, Tumblr, or even OnSugar (for you Drupal fans) into a professional site for the price of the domain (which for most is $10/year).
Faced with those expenses, should a person even consider service hosting their blog instead of self hosting?
For those wondering whether self hosting is the best option for them, here are the pluses and minuses for service hosting one’s blog. Read More
What kills more blogs every year than bad hosting, legal threats and all other blogging pitfalls combined? Blog abandonment.
The biggest killer of blogs by far isn’t what makes headlines, it’s the simple fact that people get up and walk away from their sites.
How bad is the issue? According to a recent Technorati survey, of the 133 million blogs tracked less than 7.5 million were still active and, of those, just 1.5 million had been updated within the past week. This means that almost 99% of all blogs created are not currently active on at least a weekly basis and approximately 94% have been abandoned completely.
So how can you help your site beat the odds? Well, there is no easy answer to that one as even the blogs that take the best precautions still, most of the time, wind up being abandoned at some point. However, there are still some steps that you can and should take. Read More