29 June 2013

Email Hosting: Why You Should Carefully Select The Right One For Your Business

Webmail Hosting
Webmail Hosting
It would be very hard to find a business that does not uses email for communication. This highlights the importance of business email hosting in modern day businesses. In the business world, email is the most preferred way to establish contact or send a notification. This means that either you find a solution at your own end or seek services of webmail hosting companies.

Now, the implementation of webmail hosting within your organisation needs specialized equipments and trained professionals. As a result, the set-up needs a huge capital investment which many companies will not be able to afford. Worth mentioning would be that this cost can be overwhelming with ongoing maintenance of services in an attempt to prevent latency, intermittent failures and troubleshoot faults. So, what are the viable options left. The answer is to look for a service provider that can offer the right kind of email solutions.

Just to mention, there are many companies who offers such email hosting services to customers. So, does that mean you can go with any service provider. The answer is a simple 'No'. For, though it is true that there are many companies out there providing email solutions, but then other factors also need consideration.

Which Service Provider to Choose and Why

As mentioned previously, you have to be very careful while choosing the service provider for webmail hosting. This is due to the fact that emails are critical and carry a lot of sensitive data referring to business deals, proposals, updates, notifications, internal updates and mission critical audio and video data etc. The crux of the matter is that email is an indispensable tool for communication in business and as such, deserves a lot of consideration while opting for the service provider.

Here are the points which need to be kept in mind to choose the right provider:

  1. Reliability: Reliability is the key factor for choosing a good Business email hosting service provider. The company should be able to provide reliable services with low latency and high up time. This is important as it helps your business to connect with clients or vice versa, building on good faith and establishing long term relationships. High up time will ensure smooth communication resulting in increased production and lowering of the turn-around-time.
  2. Security: With Cyber crime on the rise and hackers trying to penetrate servers to steal valuable information, the company should implement adequate security measures to negate such kind of threats. This means that webmail hosting servers need to be secured against such attacks.
  3. 24 hours Technical Help-desk: Your service provide should have a dedicated help-desk for offering round-the-clock technical assistance. In other words, there should be someone available in case you confront an inevitable technical problem.
  4. Reasonable Price: The service provider should be able to offer most competitive price with regards to sought services. This can be based on storage space on the  server and other critical services as request.
  5. Accessibility of Information: As a business entity, you may require to access information for meetings and presentations. You can also check if your service provider offers synchronization feature so that you can share files and other important data with other members.
  6. Spam Filters: You can check the webmail hosting service provider for spam filters. This ensures protection of mails from being sabotaged.
  7. Backup: In case of theft or loss of data your service provider should be able to provide you with the backup files. It this is service is not in offer, then you might want to check with someone other provider.

28 June 2013

Free website builder: How to choose the best one for your small business success

Online Website Builder
Online Website Builder
Today, there are several companies in the market that provide tools  in order to create a website in the minimum possible time. The presence of a comprehensive website is important for the success of any business, whether small, medium or large. For this reason, certain companies on the internet provide free builder tools for making websites, without the knowledge of programming or coding.

How a free website builder is suitable for a small business

For a small business that is in the initial stages of development, a free website builder would be most suitable. These builder websites offer a variety of templates that can be chosen, based on desired appearance. The user interface is quite simple and convenient for most, with step-by-step instructions on how to create a website.

At an initial stage, storage space requirements would not be much for a small business website. It is true that the free website builder package provides limited storage space for files on the internet, but space can be increased at a later date.

What to remember while looking to build your website

While making one's website, an important thing to remember is that a unique domain name must be chosen and booked as early as possible. The reason for this is the limited availability of domain names, which are the names given to websites that denote IP addresses of servers. If these names are not booked on a timely basis, a suitable name for the business may not be available.

Most reputed business owners look to hire high quality web designers to create a website for themselves. However, this is an expensive proposition which may not be suitable for every business, especially at the initial stages where costs need to be minimized. Instead of this, one could look to customize website content, font and layout with the help of a free website builder. With a higher budget, it would always be possible to upgrade at a later date.

Online tools or software that help to build your website are usually sold as a package, which also includes tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). With SEO and the explanation for the same, it is possible to create a website that can consistently rank high on search engines so that it is noticed by targeted clients. Promotion for the same can also be done through Facebook, Twitter and other handles of social networking. After all, network building forms the essence of any successful venture.

There are many different sites on the internet which enable an individual to rate different   that look to build your website. Some of the website companies offer free website builder tools with higher level of customization than others. To get high quality website building services in the market, one must know the reputation of these sites before choosing them. This can be often be known through customer recommendations. In totality, most people look at available budget in order to create a website, based on which they select free or paid website building services.

27 June 2013

Tips to Buy Web Hosting That Fits Your Business Needs

Web Hosting Solutions
Web Hosting Solutions
At present, the services of a web hosting service provider are the foremost requirement for putting a website live on the World Wide Web. Irrespective of the website, which may be a personal blog or an ecommerce portal, one needs an efficient and reliable web host. Hosting solutions are needed for enhancing the site's overall security, providing access to the website and a control panel replete with variety of tools. In order to launch a site on the internet, one is required to choose between two types of website hosting- Windows or Linux. Therefore, experts have advised to consider the merits and demerits of both hosting services, before buying a hosting plan for the website.

A look at Windows hosting and Linux hosting

Windows hosting services are basically suited for small and medium business purposes as they offer limited storage space. Web hosts that use Windows servers offer their customers several flexible plans that serve as a good value-for-money, besides being reliable at the same time. A typical set of services provided by a Windows hosting plan includes multiple mail boxes, a control panel, Windows application compatibility and instant activation. It must be noted that if the website requires use of Windows operating system based applications then Windows hosting plans are mandatory. Further, the user friendly control panel can be used for all minor or major changes required on the website.

Linux hosting is similar to Windows in a manner that it is used on systems that run on the Linux operating system. Performance wise both website hosting types are more or less the same, however, pricing wise Linux plans are slightly more affordable than Windows. These web hosts have helped many individuals and organisations looking to have successful and reliable online footprints. A web hosting service provider usually gets websites online within a short time frame.

Tips to buy the perfect web hosting plan

1. When buying a website hosting plan, it is advisable to opt for a web host that has servers located geographically close to the target incoming traffic region.
2. Choose a plan that fits the optimal requirements for data storage, upload/download bandwidth, email service and security.
3. The data storage needs of a website could change over a time period. Therefore, a flexible hosting plan should be chosen that is easy to upgrade.
4. There are several web hosts that offer hosting plans on both pay-per-click and flat rate basis. The choice should be made according to the amount of traffic a website receives.

26 June 2013

Domain Registration: Protect Your Privacy When You Register a Domain Name

Domain Names
Domain Names
World Wide Web. Domain registration is the mandatory first step towards putting a website live on the internet. However, one must remember that it is really important to protect personal information while carrying out domain registration. Likewise protection of domain names is also crucial for ensuring safety from hackers. Hackers can illegally divert all the incoming traffic to their website and can get access to the website owner's personal information and email data, such as contact ids. Therefore, protection of privacy is one of the most important areas to be worked upon while registering a domain.  

Importance of privacy protection in domain registration

As an integral part of domain registration process on the internet, the website owner's personal data including name, contact details and personal email is listed on the public WHOIS database. This means that a website owner's personal information can be easily exploited for wrong purposes. Therefore, the domain registrar provides a paid service called Domain Privacy through which they remove the website owner's information from the WHOIS registry. The domain registrar replaces the contact name and email address of the website owner with details of a forwarding service (for emailing purpose done by a proxy server). At present, several forwarding service providers are active in the market, such as Domains by Proxy, Inc.  and eNom's ID Protect.

Privacy protection through a domain registrar

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organisation that is behind all domain registration being done on the World Wide Web and regulates the name and number conventions used on the internet. It must be noted that ICANN requires mailing address, contact number and email address of the website's owner to be publicly listed on the WHOIS directories. However, this policy is exploited by spammers, identity thieves, direct marketers, hackers and other individuals for wrong purposes. Therefore, privacy solutions are provided by registrars for mitigating the risks posed by public listing of a domain name owners' information on the WHOIS directory.

The typical set of services offered by a domain name registrar include changing contact details on WHOIS directories, updating name servers, control A and MX records, Privacy Protection and Domain Theft Protection. A domain name registrar also provides bulk tools and an easy to use control panel. Many service providers also offer a service called transfer lock or domain lock, which keeps a domain name safe from unauthorized transfers. Currently, there are several registrars that provide cheap domain names with a privacy option for some basic monthly charge or even free of cost. Therefore, proper market research must be done before finalizing upon a certain domain registration service provider.

25 June 2013

5 Reasons to Use Net4's EasySite Builder to Build Your Websites

Build Your Website
Build Your Website
Net4 is the highest ranked Network Services Provider in India at present, with enviable experience in cloud hosting, apart from other networking solutions. The company is present across 11 business cities in India and many top corporate firms are its clients. Solutions provided from the company, in order to create a website, apart from others, are the top in this industry. Websites are important for the growth of any business, whether small, medium or large. For this reason, Net4 provides simple and customized website builder solutions for different types of companies. All the company needs to know is the business profile of its client and its budget.

How to build a website in four simple steps

Net4 enlists four steps in order to create a suitable website for any company. At first, a domain name has to be selected. This would be based on availability and suitability to the business. After this, the easy site package has to be purchased, which is available at a nominal price. With the help of the copyrighted EasySite editor, one's desired website can be easily created. So another reason to choose Net4 is that the website builder creates a unique design every time, which implies that no other firm can copy the same. Though this package gives step-by-step instructions to create a website, 24x7 technical support is also available.

Unique free website builder offer given by Net4 

The third reason for purchasing the Net4 site builder package is the number of features offered, such as a free domain name, 5 email ids with 1 GB storage space each, along with which 250 MB of web hosting space. The minimum contract to be signed with Net4 is for one year. But if the number of contract years are increased, charges automatically go down. In addition, the best reason is that knowledge of web designing tools is not important to create an attractive website using website builder.  

The important thing to remember here is that the unique domain name must be booked as early as possible, due to their limited availability. Once domain registration has been done, work on create a website can continue at a fast pace. Net4 ensures that it gives best tips to keep its client websites at the top of search engines.

Features offered by Net4 apart from website builder

Yet another reason to choose Net4 services is that the company also makes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) that helps to encrypt and protect online transactions for safety purposes. In other words, not only does Net4 provide high quality designs, but it also ensures the safety of client data. Apart from the tool itself, one certainly has to commend the way in which the step-by-step manual for using EasySite editor has been given.

24 June 2013

Why you should get business email hosting for your business

Email Hosting Services
Email Hosting Services
The best way of creating a favorable impression on any business client is by making use of business email hosting. Usage of formal business emails with the appropriate language makes sure that communication is kept professional. A certain level of professionalism is necessary to convey the serious intentions of any business. At the same time, business email addresses also impart a degree of personalisation to ensure effective communication.

Small businesses may initially start off by making use of free online addresses such as Gmail, but owners of these companies would soon realize that using personal domain name would impart a distinct identity. Access to business emails can be obtained through online mail clients such as Eudoramail, Outlook and Outlook Express. Some email server hosting companies also provide their own mail clients, with a promise of filtering of spam. In addition, email clients can also be synchronized across multiple devices such as smartphones and tablets, so that important information can be accessed even while on the move.

Steps to consider while selecting new email services

Before selecting a particular email server hosting company, it is important to evaluate what is really required for the business, based upon current system analytics and usage statistics. Parameters such as size of attachments, space for inbox storage and others need to be known. As an example, if separate calendar applications, address book programs and task management systems are being used at present, it may be possible to choose a mail client that integrates all three.

Apart from physically moving data stored in emails, there could be other systems and processes that also may be affected by migration to business email hosting. If there are major steps to be taken for redirection of auto replies, installation of new system status messages and conflicts with interdependent systems, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) must be undertaken in time.

Training on new email services must not be ignored

One cannot assume that users will be able to understand everything without training. Classroom-based training or handouts would be necessary for acquainting employees with the new system. Migration may not be the best idea while in the midst of a big marketing campaign, for example. It should be mentioned here that no matter what a business email hosting company, no service provider can provide 100 per cent uptime. But providing uptime close to 100 per cent would be encouraging for a business.

22 June 2013

Tips to Find the Most Reliable Partner for Your Web Hosting Needs

Web Hosting Services
Web Hosting Services
Creation of websites requires substantial investment in design expertise and energy from web designers and business owners. Once the website is made, web hosting services are required to put up the portal on the internet. For this, the usage and maintenance of a server also has to be considered, depending on the type of hosting plan. Internet from the company that gives hosting services in India must be secure and capable of handling high speed data transfers. Unnecessary hurdles in terms of speed and space should not be encountered by the business. In addition, 24-hour technical support, in the form of either phone support, email or chats, must be available.

Few large organisations may require auto respondent emails to be sent to clients. Before signing on a hosting company, it must be checked whether the same facility is available with the provider or not. Budget must not be the only criteria while choosing a website hosting company. While searching on the internet for hosting providers, it may be easy to believe that the companies that are listed high on search engines are the most reliable. But this is not the only decider for the quality of hosting provided. Different customer reviews are important for choosing reliable hosting services in India. In addition, it also depends on the experience of the business owners. However, a person looking to set up a small business would have to scrutinize the website hosting company more carefully.

Choosing the website hosting company that matches business needs

Business owners need to be clear on whether the website is for personal use or for commercial purposes. A website hosting company provides different packages based on the same. For example, if one looks to put up a professional blog, the cost to host it would be much lesser than a website needed to sell multiple products online. Sometimes, hosting companies do tend to confuse the personal user by giving a name such as 'expert plan'. For business users, two options are usually listed, namely 'business plus' or 'unlimited pro'.

What to do if there are doubts about the hosting services in India

Even after checking the prices of available hosting, one may not be sure of the service levels from a website hosting company. In such a case, it is most suitable to check the testimonials from previous clients. A reputed hosting company would have been in the market for a number of years. Speaking to clients directly may also give the exact picture, to further ascertain if the hosting company will be able to meet business needs or not. Certain companies providing web hosting services also offer website hosting services, but this may not be very suitable for a business.

21 June 2013

Why You need to choose best web hosting for your online business

Hosting Services
Hosting Services
Internet is the basis of operations for almost every company in the world of technology and therefore many different web hosting companies are present in the market today. Since there are a large number of options, it is important to choose the right company for hosting a website at an affordable price. It is important that the internet connection provided by the hosting service providers is secure and remains connected to the web. Unnecessary hurdles should not be created in the business by the website hosting company. Based on the requirements, different hosting plans are available.

Different type of website hosting plans

The most affordable options are the individual hosting plans, especially for a small business. These plans can be obtained for a period of 2-3 years. Individual web hosting plans are also known as shared hosting plans, since space and bandwidth are shared between different webmasters. If the size of businesses is big enough, a switch can be made to dedicated servers. Dedicated server plans provide many more features as compared to individual hosting plans. As the name sounds, data is not shared between various webmasters, which in turn offer faster net speed and accessibility, along with greater security. However, businesses will need to spend a significant amount on the maintenance of these servers.

Apart from the above two, the third type of web hosting plan is known as reseller accounts. This occupies a position between individual and dedicated hosting, since it allows the usage of multiple individual plans within a single account. It can be used for businesses that need to run many small websites.

How to select a particular web hosting plan

Now that the type of website hosting plans have been described, it is important to choose one, based on the requirements of an online business. One such factor is the availability of budget. It is advisable to not take up a free hosting plan, since these may be unreliable and costs are often minimized with the application of several on-site advertisements. Customer reviews are also helpful in choosing reliable hosting service providers. Apart from the above, 24-hour technical support, through email, chats or phone, are also indispensable for the success of a hosting plan. Support plays an important role in minimizing potential damage to a business, in the event of downtime. One can check for the availability of technical support resources before committing to a particular plan.

If multiple domains are being chosen, the availability of the same, along with bandwidth allocation, needs to be checked. The charging method for such web hosting plans must also be verified, which could be a one-time fee, monthly charges or any other. 

20 June 2013

Factors to be Considered while Selecting the Windows Hosting Service

Windows Hosting Services
Windows Hosting Services
Creating a website is an effective tool for promotion of any business. The portal also helps in generating higher brand awareness and to tap the potential of global clients. However, this portal does need to be hosted using web hosting services, before it is accessible worldwide. Making the right hosting choice could be a tough decision, due to the options available in the market today. Stability of a website, 24x7 online presence and consequently, success of the online business would depend on the type and quality of web hosting.

Choosing proper web hosting services

At the beginning, the online business owner has to decide which type of web server would be most suitable as per his company requirements, especially in terms of  disk volume and  available bandwidth. In a small business, for example, basic web hosting services are adequate. Shared server plans, wherein data is stored on a server location common to other clients as well, are inexpensive and sufficient for the above type of business. A medium-sized business may require a dedicated hosting plan, while cloud servers are best for large businesses.

In order to take care of complex web applications, which need a resourceful web environment, a shared hosting plan would not be suitable. In such a case, reputed companies sign up for Virtual Private Servers (VPS) hosting. Each VPS account has its own operating system, along with resources to ensure its isolation from other projects and data security.

Windows hosting compared to Linux hosting

After choosing the hosting server, the next step is to choose an appropriate operating system. Two solutions are most commonly used here, namely windows hosting and linux hosting. The choice to be made here is not very challenging, since the operating system depends on programming language and scripts in use for creation of websites. For example, if based on ASP or ASP.NET scripts and other Microsoft products, Windows becomes an obvious choice. But if web projects have been created using PHP, Perl, CGI, Python and similar open-source technologies, Linux assures optimum compatibility and performance.

In general, each and every company or business cannot manage its own IT staff and infrastructure, which implies that management-based web hosting services are more economical for them. Typically, the hosting company takes up complete responsibility for all technical processes such as initial server setup, reboots, configurations, application installation, security patches, checking the server performance, ports security as well as virus protection. On the other hand, if there are adequate resources to manage IT staff who would ensure appropriate server management as well as maintenance, then it is not necessary to pay extra money for managed services. This way, the virtual environment always remains under the company's control.

19 June 2013

Domain name: Why you need one for your online business

Domain Name Registration
Domain Name Registration
The domain name is an identification string that is used to recognize a particular website on the internet. This name is also subject to rules of autonomy and authority on the web. It is the address given to a particular website and naming is governed by the rules of the Domain Name System (DNS). It may happen that the prior to the domain registration process, it is realized that the name has already been taken. In this case, one of the options is to wait for the domain to expire and then buy it. However, a more viable option is to explore other extensions such as .info, .biz or .net. If the domain owner is willing to sell the name, the same can also be purchased.

The amount of money to be paid in order to buy domain names would depend on the market value of the name. As an example, .com extensions have a higher demand as compared to others such as .net, .biz or country specific extensions (.au, .uk). Before choosing a domain name, it is important to understand the connect it makes with the business products or services. Apart from the above, a domain name is also the equivalent of a set of numbers that are used to identify networked servers, namely an I.P. address. Since it is hard to remember numbers, these have been converted into names.

What does selection of the domain name depend upon

Based on the type of marketing strategy that is deployed to promote the company, the procedure to buy domain names should be examined accordingly. The job of this name is not just to build brand awareness but also to reinforce the strength of the corporate brand. It is also important that the domain name is capable of getting repeat traffic. It should be possible to generate online leads and sales from the same. The name is the one that will attract customers initially and web content will keep viewers interested, converting some of them into customers.

What to keep in mind while choosing a domain name

To drive web traffic towards one's website, it is important to keep the domain name as simple as possible. Unnecessary use of numbers may not be preferred by most users, or give a feeling of ambiguity. For local businesses, it is strongly recommended that .com names are chosen. Similarly, for a non profit organisation, a .org extension is the best bet to generate appropriate hits and funding. Apart from this, if the chosen name is not liked by the owner, it can always be changed at a later date.

18 June 2013

Domain Registration: How it can work for you?

Domain Names
Domain name is an identification string, which is used for creating rules of autonomy and authority on the Internet. It is the address given to a particular website and naming is governed by the rules of the Domain Name System (DNS). To make these names work, the domain has to be registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Domain registration does not imply that the website has been activated automatically. For visitors to be able to see the desired webpage when they type the address in the browser, a website needs to have a numeric address known as the I.P. address, which traces the exact location of the hosting server. All domain names and I.P. addresses are stored in a common database.

The purpose of a domain name

Businesses are able to prosper more when they are able to reach a wide target audience. Based on domain availability, a particular name is selected, which helps to identify one's business website on the Internet. The name should be closely related to the nature of business, so that potential customers are able to locate the same easily on the Internet. In short, the domain name serves as an identity to the business and allows it to stand out from the competition.

Apart from the above, domain registration companies charge a certain fee every year to make sure that the website is legal. Details of registration should be available on a publicly visible database known as Whois.    

How to choose the best web hosting after completing domain registration

After domain registration, it is necessary to choose an appropriate web hosting company for linking with the world wide web. A small business would be looking to save money during the initial stages and so choosing a free web hosting company could be a good solution. Though ads will be displayed on one's website, storage space in such cases is limited. As a tip, it is advisable to complete domain registration with a company different from the web hosting one, so that control of the domain name can be retained even if hosting companies are switched later. It is also suitable to choose web hosting companies that have POP3 capabilities, so that email services can also be used.

One needs to check that the web hosting company is reliable and has been in the business for several number of years. A track record of success will ensure that one's website is built on a solid foundation. If it is possible to use a web hosting company that signs in to the internet through multiple connections instead of a single one, it is best as the website would then not go offline. Another thing to keep in mind is that web hosting services would require constant upgrades. With the chosen domain name, it is necessary to choose a package which can easily be upgraded, depending on the size of the business.

17 June 2013

What to check before domain registration?

Domain Names
Domain Names
Domain name is highly critical to a website, and you should take it fervently as it is going to provide identity to the website and be the brand name for your business venture. Thus, it is necessary to think twice before deciding on a domain name for your website. A domain name should always be catchy, describing the business, and SEO compliant as well. Choosing the right domain name is imperative and plays an important role in the online success of a business venture. Before you buy a domain, you should also check for domain name availability with the desired, relevant and popular extensions using various tools that are online. This will help you in procuring the domain name that you want for your website. When the domain name availability is checked and if you find the desired one available, you can buy the domain and register it with a domain registrar.

Things you must know before domain registration
Domain registration is a process of registering the domain name of a website in a database with a domain registrar. Domain registration is mandatory for every website as it secures the name of the website and it cannot be used by anyone else. There are certain important things that one should know before moving ahead for registering a domain name.

  1. Hidden Cost: This is something that almost every company providing domain registration services do. Some registrars hide certain terms and conditions and people tend to overlook those and fall into the trap of the registration company where you will have to pay for every small action that is done while registering the domain name.
  2. WHOIS Lock: WHOIS is a database wherein the domain registration details are available. Some registrar locks it, and you need to pay "administration fee" every time you want to edit the details or you make any change on the database.
  3. Domain Parking: Domain parking is a lucrative business that is being carried out mostly by the domain registrars. There are several domains to be found that are parked and are used to make money. If your domain is capable of making money, then park it and get paid for parking that domain.
  4. Domain Auth-Code: Domain names have auth-code, which is required when you buy domain, and this code consists of 8 characters. Sometimes this code of Top-Level-Domains such as .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG are held back by the domain registrar and charges hefty amount to realize it.

Things to check before you buy domain as well as before you register it
Deciding on the perfect name for your website is as difficult as naming your baby. However, it is essential to carry out a comprehensive search about the meaning of the word that you wish to use for your domain. As your domain name is the brand, you should choose a name that complements your business and is easy to remember. You can use online tools to get the perfect name. Check for the domain name availability with the extension that you desire. Once the domain name is available, you will now buy domain, but before buying it ensure that there are no legal issues with that domain name. For this, you can use the services of WHOIS, which is a database of registered domain names.

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15 June 2013

Benefits of cloud servers over shared servers

Cloud Server
Cloud Server
Starting a website is now a good way to promote your online business. It is because Internet is being used for globalization of economy. Moreover, Internet has developed as a means of communication that is fast, cheap, and provides far-reaching experience. With Internet being used as a medium to promote businesses, a business venture in India can sell its products and services to customers in the United States with ease. However, with the far-reaching benefits of online business, it is also important to choose the right web tools to launch your website as the span of attention is short and competition in the online world is fierce.  It is highly important to choose the a good web hosting service to meet make your website accessible and visible to the targeted audience.

Although, there are a wide variety of web hosting services, with the advancement of technology, cloud computing is a new form of web hosting that is slowly gaining momentum and is more preferred today by individuals for its advantages. Cloud server hosting helps in running a website without downtimes even when the servers malfunctions, which hampers the website and as a result your online business suffers. Based on cloud computing technologies, this hosting type employs several servers that act as a single server and provides better and faster hosting services. Cloud servers are more preferred as this work better than shared servers, and at times it performs even better than  dedicated server. There are several companies that provide cloud hosting services as it is more reliable, provides complete security, flexibility and above all it is cost-effective.

Benefits of cloud servers 

Cloud Server Hosting is indeed the best choice for your hosting needs. Among all the advantages of it, a major benefit  of choosing cloud servers is that it is cost-effective, and you just need to pay for the amount you use. Another added benefit of this web hosting is that you can switch to a different package without facing problem according to your requirement. Some of the other benefits of choosing Cloud server hosting for your website includes:

1. Cloud servers facilitate expansion of online business without spending for new and licensed software.
2. Cloud servers can be accessed from any place on this earth and at any time with just a computer having Internet connection.
3. With cloud server hosting, you can choose the operating system on which you want the hosting as per your wish.
4. Cloud server hosting provides flexibility as the total control of the server configuration is done through an API or web based interface.
5. In cloud server hosting, the control over the server is given to you and thus you can customize the performance as per your requirements.

Disadvantages of shared hosting as compared to cloud server hosting

Shared hosting is one of the most preferred type of web hosting service as it is cheaper as compared to other types. However, it is accompanied by several disadvantages. This server is no longer reliable and lacks on the aspect of security. Although it is cheap and quite affordable, it is prone to hacking and thus your website will always be at a risk of losing its charm in the web World. In addition, this web hosting type is not a good one for business websites as it does not provide enough bandwidth and hence the website faces increased downtime. This will restrict your potential customers from visiting your website and thus will be a great loss for your business. It also affects the smooth functioning of your website.

14 June 2013

Business Email Hosting - How it can benefit Your business

Business Email Hosting
Emails, as we all know, ensure an easy exchange of information that is crucial for running a business. In fact, it is the need of hour. No organization can hope to thrive without using emails. Now, as business emails carry sensitive data, audio and video files, it becomes even more important that the email system is robust, reliable and should allow frequent backups to build an archive database for future use.

One can opt to implement e-mail services for internal use, but it requires purchasing of sophisticated equipment, implementation, maintenance and critical backup of the data to facilitate data recovery in case of loss or theft. All these activities will come at a huge initial cost and then the recurring cost of maintenance and backup. To sum up, this can be a big amount to invest and needs ample consideration based on the business being run. So, is there an alternative to it?Yes, it is business email hosting.

Email server hosting, for those who are hearing it for the first time, is a technique of hosting email servers. It's very similar to the website that needs hosting for making an online presence. Email servers are kept live on the Internet in order to facilitate communication through emails. The Business email hosting is highly recommended as it provides you an effective way to establish identity and possess certified email address at an affordable price tag. There are many companies in the market who provide web hosting services. Here, user discretion is required. But, the golden rule is to choose the one that provides reliability and ensures redundancy.

Benefits of Business Email Hosting

There are numerous benefits of going for business email hosting. Below mentioned list gives an insight to some of its major advantages:

1) Storage Space: The email server hosting companies provides adequate storage space for each mailbox. Here, users get the flexibility to increase or decrease storage space .

2) Secure Access to Web-mail: Encryption and authentication through user-name and password ensure secure access to your web-mail. The data integrity is also maintained during the transmission of messages.

3) Anti-spam filters: It blocks potentially harmful spam and virus. The unwanted emails are prevented from reaching your in-box. The filtering methods includes grey listing, white listing and blacklisting that send spam to a quarantine folder for being quarantined.

4) Email Archive: Needless to say, frequent data backup is crucial for a business. Now, with the email server hosting, companies ensuring regular backup of their email servers, you do not have to worry about your business being affected due to data loss. This facility will help you to easily recover accidentally deleted emails.

One must be very careful when it comes to choosing the services you wish to subscribe from the business email hosting company. Various attributes to be kept in mind are space, data backup, privacy and protection. In a nutshell, a reliable business email hosting service is immensely beneficial for your business as it ensures proper communication over emails with easily accessible archive database.

13 June 2013

Web Hosting - Choose the Right One to Grow Your Online business

Web Hosting Services
Web hosting being the determinant factor of a website's success or deterioration, it is one of the most important aspect that needs to be taken with seriousness. Choosing a good web hosting company that suits best for your business needs is essential. With several web hosting service providers present in the market, choosing the best web hosting company is not very easy. While looking for business web hosting that help in the growth of your online business, cost needs to be considered but should not be a constraint for you. It is because if you think about price and hire a web hosting company that provides business web hosting at a low cost, you will lend up with a company that will not help in the growth of your business. In addition, if cost becomes the primary thing, you might miss out on scores of useful features that other web hosting service providers are offering. In order to get the best business web hosting plan as well as save some money, certain things should be considered before taking a decision.

Things to be considered while taking Business web hosting

1. Technical Support: While choosing a Business web hosting plan, a thing that you should check is the technical support that is provided by the web hosting company. Since, technical issues arises most times without alarming and if the technical support provided by the company is not good, you will have to face heavy losses. Thus, make sure that the technical support provided by the web hosting company is good and it is available 24x7.

2. Disk Space and Bandwidth: Verifying the disk space offered by the web hosting service provider is important as with low disk space you will not be able to expand your online business in future and switching plans will cost you much more. Bandwidth as well is important as it regulates the traffic to your website and if the bandwidth is less than there is every chance that your website will go down and you will lose valuable customers.

3. Performance: Check the performance of the server along with the uptime that is being provided by the web hosting company for the reason that, if the uptime of the server is not good, your website will go down and people will not be able to access it and hence your business will suffer losses.

4. Backup: Backup of data that is available on the server is very essential and thus, you should know how often the web hosting company that you have chosen take back up of the data and files present in the server. Moreover, if the backup is not taken on a regular basis, you will be at the risk of losing important data that is stored on the server.

5. Cost: Cost being one of the important aspect, compare all the available options that are available by carrying out an extensive research.

It is indeed a very painstaking job, to find the right web hosting company that will help in the growth of your online business. In order to reap the benefits of web hosting, you must choose the best business web hosting plan, keeping in mind the above mentioned points.

12 June 2013

Tips for choosing web hosting services that meet all your business needs

Hosting Services
Hosting Services
A reliable and stable web hosting service is highly imperative for a website as it is considered to be the base of your online business. If at any time, there is server downtime, it will ruin your online business completely. Hence, if you do not wish to face losses, and you are serious about your website then ensure that it is in the safe hands.

It is indeed a tedious and painstaking task to choose a web hosting company that is capable of catering to all your business needs. Today, with the growing competition among the website hosting service providers, these companies offer some mouth-watering plans that  people usually get tempted to. However, it is important to choose a web hosting company that is reliable as well as reputed. With a stable, reputed and reliable website hosting service provider, you can reach the zenith of success with your website by building a strong and sturdy online presence.

Tips for choosing good web hosting services  

1. Extensive Research: In order to keep your website in safe hands, it is important to carry out an extensive research, both online and offline. You should read the reviews about web hosting company very carefully and then compare the web hosting services with their competitors along with the price. You can ask your friends, acquaintances, relatives and colleagues about service providers and then make a decision.

2. Separate Domain and Hosting: If you want your website to run smoothly, without facing any downtime, it is advisable to take web hosting services and domain registration services from different service providers. You should first look for a reliable domain registration company and just to save a few pennies do not go for the same company for web hosting services because the company may be reliable for domain registration, but it is not necessary that it will provide a similar service in terms of web hosting.

3. Bandwidth and disk space: It is important to check the bandwidth that is being provided by the web hosting company as it regulates the traffic to your website. If the bandwidth is low and traffic to your website is high, your website might go down due to traffic congestion. Thus verifying the bandwidth is very important. Similarly, check the disk space that is being provided for storing of data and files. With a sufficient amount of disk space, you can expand your online business in future without having to pay extra for changing the plan.

4. Performance and Uptime of server: For a website to run seamlessly, the performance of the server and the uptime matters a lot. This is the most integral part of web hosting as the servers are the ones that make a website live on the Internet so that users can access it. If the performance and the uptime of the server of the web hosting company that you have chosen is poor, you will incur heavy losses in your business.

5. Back-up: Clarify with the website hosting service provider about the frequency of data `   back-up they offer. Although, it should be daily but doing it on alternate days is also fine. Back-up of data is important as there is risk of losing important data if the sever happens to malfunction.

11 June 2013

Domain Name: Does it really matter?

Buy Domain Names
Buy Domain Names
Domain name for an online business is the brand name and plays an important role in the success of an online venture. Domain name provides identity to a website and differentiates it from millions of them. In order to make the identity of your online venture strong, it is essential to choose a domain name very carefully. One thing that you should keep in mind is that the name of your website should be catchy, easy-to-remember, SEO friendly, short and should describe the niche of your business. For domain name search, there are several online tools that can be beneficial to you. It is important to carry out an elaborate domain name search to find a suitable domain name along with preferred extension. Domain name really matters for a website as it serves as the brand name of the online business. Hence, it should be protected from squatters as well as from everyone else from destroying your domain name or from misusing your brand name.

Importance of domain name search

Domain name being the identity of a website, choosing a suitable domain name is imperative. With a domain name search, you can find the perfect name that best describes your online business. It lets you find the available domain names along with the extension that you can buy. If you are new and wants to start an online business, before buying a domain search for a domain name that will give people an idea about the niche of your business. However, if you already have a business existing in the local area and you want to build your presence in the web world, you should choose a domain name that matches your business name. This is where domain name search tools like WHOIS comes into play. It will help you find the domain name that will match your business. Once the domain name is chosen and purchased, the next step is the domain name registration.

Protect your domain name with domain name registration

Domain name is an asset for every online business and thus should be protected from squatters as well as other people on the Internet who might misuse your domain name. This will hamper not only your online reputation but your online business as a whole. One of the foremost step that is needed to follow after purchasing a domain name is the domain name registration. It is a service provided by domain name registration service provider, wherein your domain name is registered in a database. The process of domain name registration or website registration protects your domain name from misusing by others. The process of website registration involves registering your domain name as well as your website with an ICAAN authorized registrar. It is important that you are listed as registrant as well as administrative contact on the domain database. Domain name registration is a process of securing your domain name from hackers, domain theft and from using it by anyone who has the potential to harm your online reputation. 

10 June 2013

Is it possible to create your own website without technical knowledge?

Website Builder
Website Builder
Internet has turned the world into a Global Village, where people can get any information as well as remain connected with friends and family who are staying miles away. Today, internet has become part and parcel of people's life and thus for every business venture, in order to become successful, online presence is highly imperative. In this process, the impact of a website is stronger than having fan pages on social networking sites. However, creating a dynamic and professional website is no longer portentous with the availability of free website builder. With the site builder that is available online, you can easily make your own website even without having any technical knowledge.

Benefits of using online website builder

With the advancement of technology, today even without having technical knowledge, you can easily create a dynamic website with the help of website builder tools that are available online. These tools are gaining popularity over professional website designer as they come with several advantages that are beneficial for your business. These include:

1. Convenience: Using website builder tools available online is easier and more convenient as you can make your own website without the help of any professional developer. It is also fun and extremely easy as there is no need of knowing any kind of PHP or HTML language to create your own website and you can also give it a professional touch.

2. Saves Time:  Time is precious in today's busy world where time means money. With the help of website building tools, you can create a website that is attractive, well designed and professional within minutes. This will help you in saving a lot of time, and you can make your own website live on the internet in not time.

3. Saves Money:  Money is important to run a business and building a website using a cost-effective way can be profitable for your business venture. The website builder tools that are available online are free of cost and are capable of yielding effective results. Thus by using online website builder, you can save on the expenses that you would have to spend on designing and developing to create a website.

How to create a website with site builder?

You can easily create your own website using site builder by following certain steps. First and foremost is that you will need to register yourself with the service provider, whose services you are availing. After registering, follow the below mentioned procedures and create a website that will help you in building your online presence.

1. Log in to the control panel and click on the “create a website” option. Once you click on the option, you will be redirected to Step 1 and follow the instructions given there. When done, click on “save and continue to Step 2”.

2. The second step involves selecting a template design for your website. Choose the one that complies with your business type.

3. The next step involves choosing the color, the layout, font, navigator, etc. After selecting, click on the save button and proceed.

4. The next step involves structuring the pages like making web pages for your website that include About Us, Services, Products / Services, etc.

5. Once the pages are created, upload the content.

6. The last step is to provide a title to each of the Web Pages, and your website is ready to go live in the Web World.

7 June 2013

Benefits of dedicated server hosting for SME

Dedicated Server Hosting
Websites are the best means to build an online presence for business enterprises as they can easily display their products and services. Having a website has become quite easy with several free tools that are available online that helps in creating a professional and attractive website even without having any technical know-how. However, having a website is not enough if it is not available on the Internet. This is where web hosting comes up, wherein the website is hosted on a server and the website goes live on the Internet that can be accessed and visited by people. There are different web hosting services that are provided by hosting service providers. Among many, dedicated server hosting, shared hosting and Virtual Private Server hosting are the most commonly used services. Among shared and cloud hosting, dedicated server hosting is beneficial for SME as it gives an opportunity to manage high-traffic website and provides high-quality performance.

What is dedicated server hosting?

Dedicated server hosting is one of the types of web hosting, wherein a server is completely dedicated to one buyer. It can host a single website as well as multiple websites at the same time with a single hosting account. Unlike shared and VPS hosting, dedicated server is not shared with other users and is capable of maintaining high-traffic and running huge websites seamlessly. To be more precise, in dedicated server hosting, a single computer is used in a network that is solely reserved for a serving the needs of that network. These servers are generally rented out but at times sold as per the requirement.

Benefits of dedicated server hosting

Dedicated web hosting offers you the resources of a whole server that is not shared with anyone else. With a server that is absolutely dedicated to you and your websites, you will always have sufficient bandwidth and disk space to handle huge amount of traffic along with any kind of multimedia and interaction. Dedicated server hosting is the best option for SME over other server types owing to its various benefits.

  1. Reliability: Dedicated server hosting is reliable in comparison to other type of servers. In this, there is less or minimal probability of website having downtime. Even in case of VPS server, your site can crash since it does not have access to all the resources it requires to stay online, especially when the site is flooded with traffic.
  2. Performance: Without any doubt in terms of performance, dedicated servers are the best ones. Since they are not shared with anyone else, the websites hosted on these servers rarely face downtime and thus are perfect for SME, helping them to grow by generating more and more revenue.
  3. Secure: Dedicated server hosting is more secure that other types as dedicated servers are monitored by the technical support team 24x7. Thus, there is no chance of website crashing, DDoS attack or hacking.

Owing to the various benefits, companies offering web hosting in India provide dedicated hosting services to SME. The web hosting India is increasing with the growing demands of hosting services by business organizations.

6 June 2013

Best options for web and domain hosting

Hosting Services in India
Domain hosting is used synonymously with web hosting that refers to hosting your website on internet servers and provide information to the targeted audience. However, the terms domain hosting and website hosting have different meanings altogether. Domain hosting refers to hosting domain names for a website while web hosting refers to hosting of a website in servers to make it available to online visitors. Although many people consider domain name hosting and website hosting to be same but one should remember that domain names can be hosted (parked) alone, even without having a proper website. One can easily notice a large number of single page websites displaying only advertisements with no content. This is known as domain name hosting. In case of website hosting, a full-fledged website is hosted. Both the hosting have different types of services that are offered by the hosting vendors and each of these types runs either on Linux based server or Windows based server as per the client's requirements.

What is Linux and Windows hosting?

Linux hosting is one of the most preferred hosting services and attracts the website owners due to easy features and cost affordability. This is a free and open-source operating system, which is based on UNIX and is capable of running websites on web servers. Linux supports a wide variety of scripts and can run websites based on various platforms such as Wordpress, PHP, Perl, HTML, Ruby on Rails, etc. Whereas, Windows hosting is a service offered by Microsoft, where a website is hosted on Microsoft windows server. It involves a software that runs websites on servers on Microsoft Windows platform. It is not necessary the computer that is used for visiting the website should have Microsoft windows installed. This is based on dynamic, graphic-based, multi-tasking web server developed by Microsoft and is capable of running scripts like ASP and .NET.

Which is the best option for web hosting and domain name hosting?

It is difficult to determine whether Linux hosting is better than Windows hosting as both comes with their own share of advantages and disadvantages. However, to get an answer to your question you should compare both the hosting types on the following parameters.

  1. Price:  In case of website hosting price should not be a major consideration, however Linux being an open source and affordable hosting service is more preferred than Windows hosting due to lower cost and ease of use.
  2. Security: In terms of security, Linux is more secure, however, hosting based on Windows platform can also be secure but it all depends on the administrator.
  3. Performance: In terms of performance, both the website hosting services offers optimum performance when managed by an experienced administrator.
  4. Reliability: Linux hosting is considered to be more reliable than windows as it can run several scripts irrespective of the platform used to develop the website. Whereas in case of Windows hosting, it can run windows based scripts like ASP and .Net.
  5. Stability: In the beginning, when Windows hosting was a new concept, it was quite unstable but today, both are equally stable.

After comparing both the hosting types, it can be concluded that Linux is the best one for hosting both website and domain names as it is cheaper and better in terms of performance. However, if you want to run applications based on Windows, than Windows hosting is a best for your needs.

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5 June 2013

Why cost efficient cloud hosting services are ideal for small businesses?

Cloud Server Hosting
Cloud Server Hosting
Managing a small business venture with limited capital can be a daunting task for many. It has been witnessed that those small businesses that are surviving and are gaining success in the web world are the ones who have quickly adapted to the rapid advancement in technology. One such technology is the cloud computing that is used for fast and reliable website hosting, which in turn can play a major role in the growth of small business enterprises. Cloud hosting is based on cloud computing technologies, which makes use of several servers and works together as a single server, providing better and faster hosting services that in turn ensures better experience to the prospective customers.

How cloud hosting can help small businesses?

When it comes to cloud hosting, it offers a low-cost access to quality IT services, reducing the overall cost required for maintaining an IT infrastructure on your own, which is often not possible for small business enterprises. In fact, small business organizations can avail the benefits of fast and efficient Cloud servers for hosting their business websites at very affordable prices. Cloud services comprise of software as a service (SaaS), wherein users need not buy any software rather, and by paying a minimum subscription price they can use all its features. Furthermore, it also provides services that include automatic backup, data storage and tools like emails that are generally free. With these low cost tools, that are usually free, small business enterprises can make use of it in the best possible way to reach their desired goals with minimal investment. Moreover, with ample data storage provided by the companies offering cloud services, small businesses can even think of business expansion without spending extra resources, which is otherwise required.

Benefits of availing cloud services

Proper and efficient utilization of resources are very important for any business organization to run smoothly. With affordable cloud hosting, small businesses can go a long way and achieve their business goals. Cloud server works way better than shared server and at many times it works even better than dedicated and Virtual Dedicated Server or Virtual Private Server. Some of the benefits that can be reaped by small business ventures with cloud services are:

1. Minimal Rudimentary Cost: Generally for setting up huge servers a huge amount of resources are required as it requires hiring of a whole IT department to manage the server. However, with cloud server, this cost can be saved and the resources can be utilized in expansion of business or on other necessary things.

2. Highly Pertinent: It is highly efficient and can work as a one man army. It eliminates the need of hiring extra IT staff for managing servers and thus the resources can be used in creating new products and also for marketing the same.

3. No Maintenance: Unlike traditional forms of web hosting, cloud server does not require maintenance. Thus, reliving the business organizations from the pain of up-grading servers, which also saves a lot of time and dedicated that time to other important business areas.

4. Unlimited Storage Space and Automatic Backup: It offers almost unlimited storage space, which allows future expansion of businesses without having to spend extra resources. It also provides automatic backup of data that reduces the risk of data loss.

Besides these benefits, another advantage of cloud services are it has very low or no downtime, thus making the website available to the customers 24x7. Security, which is the priority of every business venture, with cloud hosting, this can be easily availed.

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4 June 2013

Things to consider before buying web hosting services

Web Hosting Solutions
Web Hosting Solutions
Accessing a website on the world wide web is only possible when it is hosted on a web server and is live to the visitors. Hosting a website on the world wide web involves services of a web hosting company. These days, there are many web hosting companies who offer their services at competitive prices. Many cheap web hosting companies provide web hosting at bare-minimum costs. But, the affordability should not be the only delimiter when searching for and short-listing a company for its web hosting services. There is an entire list of factors that need to be ascertained before one can take the plunge and entrust the hosting activity to one of the cheap web hosting companies.

Companies providing web hosting in India are also increasing with time to meet the growing demands of web hosting services. The multitude of hosting plans and services offered by cheap web hosting companies in India need to be checked for their viability before the company is handed over the task of hosting the website. Some points to be considered before engaging a web hosting company for its services are as under:
  1. Affordability: The web hosting services provided by the web hosting companies are a determinant of the type of service that will be offered by it. Web hosting in India can be found at reasonable prices, ensuring that they do not burn a hole in the pockets of the user / customer.
  2. Specialties: The web hosting services offered by the web hosting company should be in sync with the type of services desired by the customer or end user. This implies that the services requested by the user are the ones in which the company deals in.
  3. Technical specifications and limitations: A cheap web hosting company need not necessarily provide the requisite technical specifications as may be the need. It entirely depends on the type of website to be hosted.
  4. Support: The type of support offered by cheap web hosting company during downtime or if anything goes wrong with the server is also a deciding factor in the selection of web hosting services.
  5. Features and add-ons: A good web hosting company not only provides servers to host the website, but also provides additional features and add-ons to add an attractive touch to it.
  6. Hardware: The hardware being used by the cheap web hosting company is also a factor in determining the performance of the website hosted by it.
  7. User Interface: This is one factor that determines the usability of the website by people who are launching their website.
  8. Scalability: Expanding the website to meet the growing demands of traffic or to accommodate larger amounts of data over time should be possible with the selected web hosting company.
Once these aspects of services are fulfilled by the company offering web hosting in India, the customers can proceed with the completion of formalities for hosting their websites.

3 June 2013

How to conduct domain search for the right domain name?

Domain Name Search
Domain Name Registration
web, a domain name is the window to one's identity in the virtual world. The numeric address of the computer resource is mapped onto a more user-friendly domain name that can be easily remembered with the help of the Domain Name Service (DNS). The domain name has a hierarchical representation in the DNS that includes root-level domain, top-level domain, second-level domain and a subdomain. The top-level domain is further divided into generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). It is the label after the dot at the right end of the domain name.

Selecting an appropriate domain name that reflects the brand or purpose is a must for ascertaining a strong online presence. There are a few points to be kept in mind when searching for a domain name, which are described as under:

  1. The domain name should be short and simple so that it is easy to remember.
  2. The extension to the domain must signify the type of business and location. It must not be selected based on the fact that it looks appealing to the user.
  3. Also, the domain names should be self explanatory, implying that target users are not confused with it or are having a hard time pronouncing and remembering it.

Domain search involves the use of various search tools like WHOIS or Instant Domain Search for checking the availability domain names. WHOIS is basically a query and response protocol that can be used to query databases consisting of registered users or Internet resource assignees. Instant Domain Search throws up available domain names even as the search text is being typed.

The domain name search should be carried out based on the target audience, content and redirecting traffic to the website. If the domain name being searched is available, the user needs to contact a domain registrar for registering the same for their use. There are many domain name registrars, who will carry out the task of processing the request of registration. The availability of the selected domain names can be checked on the website of the domain name registrars. Also, the authenticity of the domain name registrars must be established before moving ahead with the registration procedure. Ideally, people should go for a company accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to register their domain names. Once the domain name is available, and the choice of domain registrar is made, the wheels of the registration process are set in motion.