As any Internet marketer or business owner marketing your business online, your website is your lifeblood.
You live or die a virtual death, based on whether your blog or e-commerce store is up and running.
So, your website MUST be up at all times.
Although I had been with Bluehost shared webhosting for about 5 years, I made the choice to switch two years ago.
Much of my decision had to do with the chronic overloading of it’s servers, leading to poor performance as resources were throttled and conserved. If you exceeded 1% CPU usage, it’d be common to see a blue error screen that your site was inaccessible because it had exceeded it’s allocated resources.
So instead of rejoicing that my blog had made the list of top viewed Internet marketing or affiliate marketing blogs, my visitors would instead see the equivalent of a Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Talk about a wasted effort.
It looks like things haven’t changed much. Yesterday, I did some (more…)
If you develop themed niche sites (such as ones based on the Xbox360, Apple iPhone or Linkin Park), you’d realize the value of a web host which provides for hosting unlimited domain names.
At the same time, most reseller accounts will not provide much in the way of customer support.
But what if you could find shared hosting which provides support for unlimited domain names (a virtual rarity).
I think webhosting company BlueHost has upped the ante by offering both unlimited domain names and real time chat support for its hosting customers.
Added to that is the implementation of the options of turning on FastCGI recently, which allows PHP scripts to remain in the server’s memory, reducing the need to run the PHP interpreter each time the script is run.
While you may not want to find out the gory details, do note that (more…)
Since I started my Internet Marketing journey, I’ve been looking for the perfect web host.
I soon discovered “Perfect” wasn’t something that could easily be found.
This was after my experience of paying about $200 a year for hosting one domain name.
Industry insider told me that I should be paying less than $10 a month for a shared hosting account, and less than $20 for reseller hosting (with the ability to host unlimited domain names).
After much searching, I decided to go with Bluehost, especially since the Bluehost CEO Matt Heaton maintains a personal blog and he adopts an open approach in dealing with customers and the public, even going to the extent of talking about the problems he’s had with the 800 lb gorilla of domain names GoDaddy.
When I first signed up, Bluehost offered domain hosting for 6 domain names, 50 MySQL databases (one database is required for each forum, blog or content management solution you install).
I learned to appreciate Bluehost’s service when my other webhosting account crashed the other day. In the midst of a soft-launch for a new product too.
I guess I’m used to Bluehost proactively sending out emails to affected customers if their accounts are temporarily unavailable due to maintenance or service outages.
With my other webhost, I only found out that the account was down because customers sent me email saying the sales pages was inaccessible.
And yes, the “other” web host doesn’t have procedures to inform you that the system has gone down. You are directed to some cryptic page to check the status of the servers. I guess I realize that I should be refreshing the server status page every couple of hours in the midst of a product launch. Silly me…
Anyway, I don’t plan to renew that hosting plan when it expires in a few months time.
So having a good webhost (not necessarily the cheapest) will ultimately protect you in the pocket.
But back to Bluehost, I was pleasantly surprised that their new plan provides (more…)
Thanks to Developer who posted on ForumPostersUnion about this topic.
Introducing: Mediatemple.net’s Grid-Server plan
Here’s a write-up:
(mt) Media Temple’s Grid-Server is a completely new hosting platform that replaces yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obsolete shared server technology. We’ve eliminated roadblocks and single points of failure by using hundreds of servers working in tandem for your site, applications, and email.
The Grid’s on-demand scalability means you’ll always be ready for intense bursts of traffic and the growing audience resulting from your online success. (more…)