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Choose The Right Hosting Service Provider

Posted on : 04-01-2012 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Bad web hosting service provider

One of HostSo server to which this blog website account of mine resides on underwent some sort of restoration work and as a result it was down for over a day and a half. I noticed the problem only when I wanted to update my blog the day before yesterday and connection timeout persists. I wrote to the their helpdesk and I got the following response:

We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. The server on which your account is stored is under restoration. It will take 2 to 4 hours to complete the process. Once the process is completed then your site will be online.Meanwhile your patience and co-operation is highly appreciated.

We do apologizes for all the inconvenience caused to you, The server is going for resoration ( Re-imaging ) due to primary drive failure after 2 hours. This issue may take 7 to 8 hours. Once the restoration will get finish all the services from the server will get restore fine and you should able to access the site without any problem. We are re-imaging all the data from older drive to the new drive as it is, and due to bad shape of the primary drive its taking long to copy the data over new Disk. We request you to bear with us in this situation we can understand your frustration and your business but your patience is highly appreciated.

HostSo is the first web-hosting service provider that I signed up for as far as self hosting account is concern  and it is unimaginable that I actually just go ahead without doing much research about the company. My main concern during that time was then of affordability. The Elite package seems like a pretty good deal so I just go with it.

Downtime occurrences are high and sometime your sites just get blocked by the HostSo firewall for no apparent reason. When you write to them the support staff will respond with all sorts of excuses. Even though the Elite plan comes with “Unlimited Bandwidth” the funny thing is that they disabled my account a few times under pretext that my sites are consuming too much traffic bandwidth!

I checked the forum for complaints against this company and there are plenty of them.  Quite a high number of unhappy and frustrated customers accounts  were terminated for no obvious reasons. No warnings given whatsoever, so it seems to me that this company reputation is quite awful.

Web page loading time is very slow and to make matter worse, some adults sites are also hosted on this server. Some SEO analysis sites even reported that this blog has adult themes  for which I believed were due to sharing of the same shared server.

In summary, do your homework before you purchase hosting from any web hosting service provider. Cheaper doesn’t necessary translate to better service quality. Don’t believe the numbers and information  that you see on the company website. Take some time to research the company, check for complains, reviews and gather as much information as you can.

Choosing right best web hosting service provider for your online business is not trivial. You need to consider various aspects such as the amount of traffic that your site expect to generate, the type of software and the amount of processing power that the scripts will need, service of quality, downtime frequency and etc.

It’s  better to be safe then to be sorry later. Do check out my previous article on essential requirements for web-hosting service provider. There’s another good article that I’ve come across  on how to choose the right web-hosting service provider.  All your hard work and efforts to build a successful online business may go to naught if you are not careful with whom you signed up with.

Anyway I am glad my blog is now back online.   There are things that I will do, notably to back up all my files just in case something crops up again. One could never predict when HostSo.com server  is going to run into problem again or when they are going to terminate customer account.


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The Benefits Of Dedicated Server Hosting

Posted on : 29-03-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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If you are a serious Internet marketer or a long-term online business entrepreneur with a fast growing customer list or you already have an existing large customer base then you ought to consider using dedicated web hosting service to power all your business websites.

What is dedicated web-hosting service? In a nutshell it refers to service involving dedicated hardware server to host and power your websites. There are many benefits associated with dedicated web-hosting service.

One major advantage is that contrary to shared hosting, you do not need to share the dedicated server hosting resources with others. That implies you have most of the server computing power and resources focused to manage your websites and yours only. There is no concern with overloading since the entire server usually has enough bandwidth to handle high traffics to and from your websites. Your website page loading is faster and you can install more applications.

One of the biggest drawback with regards to share server hosting is that since the server machine support hundreds if not thousands of hosting accounts besides yours, the hardware server resources is shared and each website’s traffic bandwidth consumption is limited. If you intend to support direct video streaming from your websites and other CPU intensive web applications than you will need to seriously consider dedicated server hosting over shared hosting.

Another advantage that dedicated hosting has over shared server hosting is that it is more secured in terms of web-hosting security because you are not expose to possibilities of malicious scripts installed by hackers and cyber criminals who intend to hack into other people’s sites. Usually this is done through scripts which attempts to intrude into shared web host server.

Some scripts installed by other shared server subscribers may also render the server to become unstable thus impacting the performance and reliability of your websites.

Most shared host providers are also less accommodating to any change request to be made on shared hosting server software for instance software upgrades to include features services that your web application requires. Any shared host server software change request or upgrades requires careful consideration and it takes time to get approve so as to ensure the new software features and options do not compromise the integrity of the entire system.

There are those who are caught by surprised when their Internet Protocol Addresses were suddenly blacklisted for no fault of theirs all due to the fact that some shared web hosts do not implement necessary checks to prevent illegal activities of subscribers to their servers. It usually not easy to screen each and every shared web host account activities many of which used different domain names.

Dedicated server hosting is a lot more expensive compare to share web-hosting service. For instance, you may just need to pay ten dollars or less each month for a shared web hosting service charge whereas you may need to pay a hundred dollars or more a month for the dedicated server.

You pay for what you get so to speak. Yes, you may end up paying more for hosting your websites on dedicated server but the price is more than worth it if you consider the fact you have more control over the machine and you don’t need to worry about your account being suspended by your host service provider for taking up too much traffic bandwidth and etc.

Most Internet marketing newbie who are tight on budget usually start off with shared hosting and then gradually migrate to dedicated hosting when they have earn enough profit to upgrade and expand their business.

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Things You Need To Know Upfront About Web Host Hosting Provider

Posted on : 17-10-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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It’s been several days since I last updated my blog. Things has not been going to well lately for me though. My pet companion, the fifteen year old Pomeranian by the name Muffin will be sadly missed as it passed away on 12th October 2010. Muffin has been our source of joy and delight even though I must say we have our hands full dealing with him making a mess out of the house.

I was mentally prepared to expect Muffin to go anytime though. The average life span for a toy dog such as a pomeranian of weighting 5kg and below is around 15-18 years. Thus Muffin has lived to a ripe old age and he passed on due to aging. He breathed his last at home and joined the rest of the pets before him.

Apart from that there’s pretty much work to do with regards to getting to complete some of the last minute software project request. Quite annoying though was the fact that it has to be completed by next week. It’s good to be a software developer so long as you are not hard pressed to meet ridiculous project time line i guess..

Another thing that really piss me off lately is with regards to the bad connections that I keep experiencing with HostSo web hosting company. I wrote to them to complain about the unacceptable high occurrences of bad connections, drop connections and extremely slow page loading time.

Much to my disappointment, the customer service support of HostSo responded by saying that there is nothing wrong with their server that is hosting my domain. I did a search on the Internet for HostSo review and well it seems that there are plentfy customers who experienced similar problems with this web hosting company.

Do Your Home Work! Get Feeback & Reviews Of the Web Hosting Companies!
I must admit that I didn’t do any thorough study and review of web hosting companies when I sign up with HostSo. Budget was the first thing on my mind and I reckon that so long as I am able to get a cheap web hosting deal then other factors such as performance, reliability or even customer service becomes secondary concerns.

Well, boy am I am dead wrong! Getting a reliable, robust, efficient and proven web hosting provider company is very important if you are serious about your online business. There is always a catch when it comes to companies that offers low cost attractive package. I guess you pay for what you get.

There are some important things you need to know upfront about web hosting provider. Google is going to measure website page loading time as part of the page ranking criteria. I learn the painful and costly lesson which has caused me dearly in terms of Internet income opportunties. Frequent connection dropout and poor site page loading time is serious enough to devastate your online business.

Don’t try to be a cheapo when it comes to engaging paid web hosting service. First thing first you need to determine your objectives and requirements with regards to hosting for your websites or blogs. Web hosting charges varies and most offered different plans. You get to pay more for higher plans which offers extra features such as unlimited disk space, unlimited domain hostings, unlimited bandwidth and etc.

The specifications and features outlined for the various plans are for ideal conditions only and do expect less optimal results though. For instance, there are many customers who has their paid web hosting accounts suspended simply because their web hosting providers deemed that they were using too much of the Internet traffic bandwidth.

Unlimited Bandwidth – It Is Simply BS!
Unlimited bandwidth is just some sort of gimmick because if the traffic to your sites exceed a certain limit (too many people accessing your sites or if you stream upload/download huge files, some of these host providers will not hesistate to remove your account. (usually without advance warning and you stand to lose all your contents if you don'[t backup your data regularly!)

Shared Web Hosting Server
Low cost and cheap plans usually relies on the processing power of shared web hosting servers. What it means is that the hosting server bandwidth is shared among multiple users. Thus if there are many service request (Internet access by users), the network traffic gets bogged down and this result in reduce upload and download speed. Your site page loading time will increase and people will get piss and avoid it!.

Dedicated Server Please!
If you have the budget you should go for the more expensive plan whereby a dedicated server is allocated just for your account. The dedicated server web hosting plan is recommended for online business and webmasters that requires stable and guaranteed bandwidth access. Badwidth utlization is never an issue with dedicated server so you don’t have to worry about server overloading resulting in degrade site page loading time.

Forget About Those Disk Space Gimmicks!
Hard disk is very cheap nowadays and you should not get excited with plans that offers unlimited disk space. After all,chances are that you will never get to make full use of the disk space allocated for your plan. Even if disk space is a concern, you can always store your files in some other sites and direct your sites to fetch files and contents from these alternative sites.

Microsoft SkyDrive and ADrive offers whopping 25GB & 50GB disk space respectively and its free!. Just sign up for free acccounts and you are good to go.

As the saying goes, you get for what you paid for. You get the type of ride for the class of ticket that you buy. Don’t make yourself being penny wise pound foolish when it comes to paid web hosting. You may save some money here and there with cheap hosting plans but if you are unlucky you may end up with sites that are difficult to access, frequent down time, slow page loading time, poor customer support help desk and etc.

You are exchanging your time and efforts for money and you want to make sure that your sites get the best exposure and user experience. Don’t short change your sites by using lousy and irresponsible host service providers. So what if your sites has great contents? It is a dead and orphan website if people gets piss off with the bad Internet connection services.

As I am writing this post, I experienced disconnection from my WordPress control panel about 5 times within a short span of 15 minutes!. No it is not an issue with my local Internet connection as I have no trouble staying in connection with other websites hosted in the USA.

I always make it a point to write my post in notepad first and then copy and paste to WordPress. This is to prevent connection lost with HostSo. How appaling isn’t it?

Do I recommend HostSo ? The answer is regrettably a definite NO. Perhaps the connection is fine in the United States (where the web hosting company is located but I wouldn’t give a damn. I just want a reasonable operating service whereby I can comfortably run my online business from Singapore and whereby people outside USA can access it with acceptable connection access and speed!!

I am very dissapointed that even with HostSo Elite Plan, the connection service and access to my websites through HostSo web hosting is appalling. So my advice to all, stay away from HostSo! You don’t want to end up being another statistic of disgrunted and cheated customer.!

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