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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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Free WordPress Blog Installer!

Posted on : 19-04-2010 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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If you are new to WordPress then you may wish to check out ExpertWordPress. What is WordPress? It is a free blogging software which you can download from www.wordpress.org and installed on your server. After installation you can configure the various settings and start blogging right away.

You may or may not heard of Fantastico. Fantastico is basically a collection of web applications that includes auto installer script to facilitate the installation of WordPress blog. Not all hosting services provides Fantastico as part of the package so you need to check it out with the hosting service company before you sign up.

Even though installing WordPress using Fantastico is as easy as you can get nevertheless it might still seems to be daunting task and confusing for some. As a matter of fact it took me quite awhile to become familiar with the installation and management of self hosted WordPress blogging. You can easily cut down your learning curve by using ExpertWordPress.

You may probably wonder what is the difference between a self hosted WordPress blog versus a blog that is hosted within WordPress.com? In a nutshell, a blog that is hosted by WordPress.com or Blogger.com is not much different. Both are completely free thus you don’t need to spend a single dime to sign up for a domain or pay for any web hosting services.

The main advantage with subscribing to a blog that is hosted within WordPress.com or Blogger.com is that it is very easy to set up for you to start blogging within minutes. Blog hosted by these companies requires very little maintainance because the hosting companies (such as WordPress.com or Blogger.com will do regular back up and other IT maintenance of the backbone infrastructure of which the blog relies on ) and there are usually a large community of online bloggers who are willing to share and help each other.

There are very few technical details that you need to worry about such as interacting with the server, upgrading of software and etcetera. Free blogging services offer by WordPress.com & Blogger.com are excellent for those who are not technical savvy and and not into serious Internet Marketing.

The main disadvantages to using WordPress.com and Blogger.com to host your blog is that you don’t really own the blog at all. Even though you hold the rights to publish contents to your blog, the hosting companies (WordPress.com or Blogger.com) reserve every right to remove your blog contents or even worst still to cancel or disable your blog account without any due warning.

There are also lots of limitations with regards to how much you can optimize your blog contents and posting due to the lack of theme and plug-in support with free blog service within WordPress.com. This limitation alone is one of the biggest reasons why you should move away from free hosted blogging service into paid subscriber based self hosted blog.

One of the best features of WordPress software is that there are tons of themes and plug-ins that you can customized for almost every kinds of requirements and needs. With certain exceptions, generally you can’t change the themes or add plug-ins to free WordPress hosted blog.

Another thing that alot of people overlook is that traffics that you attract to your blog using free blogging services only serves to increase the popularity and search engine page ranking of the hosting company domain instead of your blog!

ExpertWordPress is designed for both the inexperienced as well as for those experienced WordPress bloggers who wish to take their Internet Marketing business to the next level. Those who purchased the upgrade will get the opportunity to master the basics and advance techniques through various online training events and tons of information available online.

When you go to ExpertWordPress, you will noticed the site offers both free and upgrade products and services. You are at liberty and under no obligation to upgrade. After all, you have nothing to lose by using the free blog installer. Don’t let the word ‘free’ fool you though. Yes, there are many so called ‘free’ product or service which offers nothing more than outdated stuffs. The free version of ExpertWordPress on the hand packs quite a punch in terms of features.

You are guaranteed to be able to set up a WordPress in less than 4 minutes if you consider the upgrade option. You will have full technical support resources to guaranteed your blog contents will be fully optimize and up running with articles that pulls in traffic. Last but not least, ExpertWordPress comes with a 30 day rock solid iron clad guaranteed no question ask full refund policy.

So what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor by signing up for the free WordPress Blog Installer. Last but not least, here is a link to an excellent three hundred over pages article on how to start up your online business. It is completely free for the asking so go on to download the article before it is taken off. You will be glad you did!.

Cheers and happy reading!.

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