How To Know When To Cancel A Web Hosting Plan

How To Know When To Cancel A Web Hosting Plan

There may come a time when you have no choice but to cancel your web hosting plan. Some people can get stuck in a situation where they are tolerating a bad web hosting situation with the hope that it will improve, and never quite know when enough is enough. Unfortunately, there are still shady businesses out there. If you have been receiving bad service for a while, and you have given your host ample amount of time to correct it to no avail, then it’s time to move on to a new host.
Here are a couple of the most common problems that, if they are persistent for long enough, may justify you leaving your old hosting provider for a new one.
Bad Customer Service
The biggest and most common one is just downright lousy customer service. Most of the web hosting companies today offer 24/7 customer service of some kind, including phone service, live chat or just basic email service. If you have a problem with your host and have tried all three methods to solve it, and nothing has come of it. Then it’s time to switch. Bad phone service usually starts with being put on hold for long periods of time. Then after you manage to get on, you are directed to a machine responder and told to leave your information and a representative will get back to you, which of course they never do. Then you call again a few days later, and after finally getting a human on the other end of the line, you find out that they are not able to solve your problem. This type of thing can go on and on with some of the smaller, unreliable companies out there. They just may not be equipped to handle some of the technical problems that come up. Then you really should make up your mind to find a better, more responsible hosting service.
Consistent Downtime.
A second prominent problem is repetitious downtime. It’s normal for all hosting companies to have downtime now and then for server maintenance. With the top hosting company, such downtime usually occurs for no more than an hour every six months, or even less than that. If your company experiences downtimes of more than an hour every months, then it is a bad host and may justify you switching to a better one. Downtime can hurt your business, or affect your traffic even if your website is non-business. Too much downtime can actually lose you a lot of visitors, especially if they come two or more times to you site only to find out that it’s offline, they may never come back.
To avoid these problems, especially if they are persistent enough to the point where they affect your traffic, then the only solution is to move your site to another host. In another article, I have outlined steps that are required when transferring your site from one hosting company to another.

John Guinn is the Publisher of Complete Hosting Reviews, an online magazine that tests and reviews Web Hosting Companies.
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What is cPanel

What is cPanel

cPanel is short for Control Panel, which is a very fitting name. It is a very powerful interface webmasters use to do daily tasks. It makes it easy for users to create emails for their domains, and simple to make more FTP accounts.
cPanel makes it easy for you to see how much disk space you are using and how much bandwidth you have used for the month at a simple glance. It also provides you with information such as how many emails you are using, how many domains you have attached to your account and the current status of the server you are hosted on.
It is a powerful tool because you can do very advanced tasks such as creating CRON tabs, and administering MySQL databases. This is great because it suits all sorts of webmasters. The more advanced users will take full advantage of those power user features, but beginner webmasters will have no need for them, but still have them there in case they need them for something.
cPanel has some amazing software built into it that allows you to view very in depth information about the people who are visiting your website. Most people use AWStats to view their website statistics, which is a very powerful tool. It allows you to see what pages your visitors are going to, how long they are on your website, and even the country they are coming from.
Security is a big deal these days, and cPanel will have you covered. You can easily password protect entire directories, you can deny IP ranges from coming to your site, and protect your site from hot linking. These features are very useful when you get people spamming your forum or your blog with pointless posts or comments.
One very useful feature that most web hosts have in their cPanel is software called Fantastico De Luxe. This will allow you to install a variety of website scripts in 3-4 clicks of your mouse. What would usually take a couple hours and a software engineering degree now takes 5 minutes of your time. You can typically install things like Forums, WordPress, Joomla, Mambo, CubeCart, and other image gallery scripts. The list varies from host to host as they usually add in their own content to try and be different. This sort of automatic install is what really sets cPanel apart from its competitors.

Nathaly Dedeyan is co-owner of domain registration an established web hosting and domain registration service that has been active over nine years. domain services offers a unique and personalized service to its clients and steers away from the mainstream commercial bulk hosting deals on offer today.

I Have A Website Idea – What Next

I Have A Website Idea – What Next

If you’re like a lot of people. You probably have a great idea for a website, but don’t know how to see that idea through to fruition. How do you actually create your website and get it up and running online?

That’s where your web host comes in. Your web host is the company that will actually take your website and put it on the Internet for you. You see, in order to get your website online, you have to store your website on a web server that is always connected to the Internet. Your hosting company provides that web server and makes sure it works properly so your website will be available.
Every website that you see online has hosting somewhere, and if you want to make a website you’ll need one too!

But what if you only have an idea for a website, and don’t actually know how to create the site? Well, your web host can help you there too! Any good web hosting company will give you a simple website building program that you can use to create your site. Website builders are great, because they allow you to create an attractive. Professional looking website even if you don’t know anything about web design or HTML coding.

Before you choose your a company, though, you should do a little research to make sure you choose the company that can best meet your needs.
For example, how much storage space and data transfer will your hosting company give you?. If you don’t have enough of these two resources. You could end up getting charged extra money if you go over your limit. If your site gets too big. You might need to upgrade to a more expensive hosting package to get the space and bandwidth you need.

Another thing to consider is what kind of website building tools a hosting company will give you. Some web hosts don’t offer any kind of website builder, which could cause problems for you if you don’t already know how to create a site.

Finally, take a look at what kind of customer support you can get before you choose. Is customer support available 24/7? Can you reach support via phone and email? These are important questions to ask, especially if you’re not an experienced web master. You need to be able to get help when you need it!
Taking your brilliant idea and turning it into a powerful website doesn’t have to be a complicated process, if you choose the right web host!

What Is Cloud Hosting

What Is Cloud Hosting

IT professionals and private consumers of technology alike will no doubt be aware of the term cloud computing. A term and a concept that appears to be consuming everything in its path as the future of the IT industry. The following article looks at one incarnation of the technology that offers great potential for enterprise, that of cloud hosting.
Cloud Computing
The concept of cloud computing is one that manifests itself in many ways and covers a broad array of applications and functions. In its simplest sense it refers to end users accessing computing resources they need from a cloud, i.e., a shared pool of IT resources from a remote location made available through the internet. Cloud services are characterised by the fact that they do not require data to be stored on, software installed on, or configuration and preferences to be set on end users’ devices. Instead users access resources that are maintained and managed in remote centralised locations by a specialist provider. They are therefore free of physical, geographical and technological constraints and can access the same cloud service wherever they are, across any device – mobile, desktop or tablet – as long as they have an internet connection.
The concept can also be thought of, and indeed referred to, as utility computing. The fact that computing resources, be it hardware or software (see below), are available as a service that can be tapped into on-demand rather than requiring local installations, is akin to a household utility. Indeed, a commonly used analogy is that of electricity. Electricity is generated in a series of centralised locations by specialist providers using advanced equipment and techniques (pooled with wider electricity resources) and accessed through the grid in contrast to a system whereby each consumer builds, installs and maintains their own generator, with each having a finite capacity. In cloud computing the internet is analogous to the electricity grid and the user accesses the computing utility rather than build, install and maintain their own computing resources. Therefore, as with centralised electricity production, it delivers economies of scale for the provider, and consequently cost savings for the user, as well as the ability to access what you need, when you need it; providing solutions that are scalable and responsive to demand.
Generally the end user has no involvement (or need to invest) in the installation and maintenance of the hardware and infrastructure underpinning a cloud service, which is all controlled by the third party provider, but they can have input into software installations and configuration depending on which service they sign up for. These cloud services can be broken down into three tiers:
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service – offers access to physical computing resource, including disk space on virtual servers and networks whilst leaving the installation and configuration of operating systems and software to the client.
PaaS – Platform as a Service – a platform including physical resource and operating systems together with the software (e.g., a solution stack) required to run a particular computing environment.
SaaS – Software as a Service – the user simply has access to applications running on a cloud platform.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is a form of cloud computing, more specifically either IaaS or PaaS, whereby the end user can get access to shared physical resources – servers, networks, bandwidth and supporting infrastructure (plus solution stacks on PaaS) – without the need to purchase, rent or install specific hardware themselves. Typically cloud hosting is employed to serve websites but it can support other enterprise functions and networks.

In essence it is a variant of the wider concept of shared hosting but instead of multiple websites, for example, sharing a single physical server (including a software installation), those multiple sites are hosted across a network of shared servers (and computing resources) managed using software partitions.

Cloud Hosting therefore provides scalable on-demand hosting capacity (as the appropriate level of physical resources can be accessed in accordance with demand), where the client doesn’t have to worry about the specifics of hardware installations and need only pay for what they use.

VDC – Under the banner of cloud hosting a VDC, or a Virtual Data Center, is again an IaaS which offers enterprises the opportunity to utilise their own networks of servers from the cloud using servers which are defined by software partitions rather than being physically distinct (although the underlying hardware resource is ultimately located within physical data centers).

Whatever demands a website and a business’s propositions create, there is always a hosting solution to fit the purpose. For many that will be cloud hosting due to its ability to offer cost efficiencies alongside unparalleled flexibility.