The advantages and disadvantages of Windows Hosting

19 Sep

Introduction

When you decide to sign up to a web hosting service there are many factors that you want to take into consideration. There are many different types of hosting that you get, from Linux, Unix, Windows and many others. The most popular is Windows web hosting as it gives you an easy to interface where you can set up your website exactly as you please. There are advantages to different types of operating system, and it is up to you which you select.

Advantages of a Windows hosting operating system:

Windows is the most common and easily available operating system. Most PC users are familiar with Microsoft Front Page and the interface to operate Windows which means that a user does not have to invest their time into learning a new language. Another advantage is that Microsoft are very good at their support for their server software. They continually update and patch their software so that you will needn’t worry about updating yourself.. Windows hosting system tend to be aimed at businesses that have a particular need for Windows Web hosting. Websites that have been developed by ASP.NET will only run on Windows servers, and will not function correctly anywhere else. If you use a website that uses the NET framework then Windows is the only choice to make. Windows also offers an excellent scalable database that is compatible with Microsoft Access, and a good front page design program.

Disadvantages of a Windows hosting system:

Most users states that a Windows hosting system is less stable than its counterparts. You should face some downtime because it is not an entirely stable platform, although it has improved over the years. Generally speaking it requires more rebooting than Unix servers. The performance of a Windows server is below that of the competition because of the programming that goes into it. If your site is processor intensive and requires it to serve content on a rapid basis then another platform may be more suitable. In general Windows based systems require more memory, more processor power and more bandwidth to run. This can translate into greater costs for your business. Also adding to the cost is the cost of the software. Since Windows is licensed by Microsoft, all Microsoft Windows Servers need to license their software. There is very little in the way of user written or free content. This means that your expenses and overheads are typically greater.

Alternatives to Windows Hosting

The next most common operating system is Linux. Although users may not be as familiar with it, Linux is very popular because of its low cost and reliability. Other platforms include Unix and Macintosh, but these tend to be less common because of the cost and lower user base.

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How to Choose the Best Webhost for Your Online Business

7 Sep

There are lots of reasons you might be looking for a windows hosting solution. Whether it is for personal use or for you business, you will have to carefully consider what your requirements are. The requirements for personal use, gaming use or business are very different, and you will need a different solution according to your demands. Here are the factors you should consider when choosing a company for you windows webhosting:

Disk space:

Some applications will require much more than others. A simple shop or online website that displays products may only require a very small hosting solution, whereas a video streaming site will require a substantial for itself. Consider the what you have your website and plan accordingly. Although it is possible to upgrade, its always best to have sufficient space in reserve.

Bandwidth limitations:

No matter what your website is, the bandwidth is critical for your your visitors to access the site and interact with your website. Some applications such as chat or message boards take up a substantial portion of your bandwidth. Consider what your needs are, and choose a bandwidth that will suit you best.

Flexibility in provision

As your needs change, so should your network provider. You would hope that your business will grow with new customers, or if you add more services to your website. You need your provider to be flexible and offer you a change in your contract at minimal cost.

Physical Infrastructure

If your data and website is important to you, then you would be wise to invest with a provider that can give you physical security. The best providers have CCTV supervision alongside fire suppression so that your data is not physically harmed and avoids a costly downtime for your web service.

Customer Service

The best data providers will give instant access to a knowledgeable customer service representative. A lot of low budget companies will only give poor information through dealing tickets which can take you days to get to the root of a problem, or to answer a simple query. It may be worth paying out for a provider who gives you an actual human to communicate with since they will deal with inevitable problems much faster than an out of country deal ticket service.

Cost

Your budget is important, but ultimately you must consider how a poor webhosting providing will reflect on your service. If having a reliable webhost is not a very high priority and you can afford lengthy downtimes, then you may be wisest going for a budget solution. However, if you are serious about your online presence, then having a systems crash or unexplained downtime can cost thousands in lost business as well as hours of time in dealing with customer complaints. Trimming the cost around the edges may not be the best solution in this case.

Ideas for Choosing the Right Domain

23 Jul

There are several steps to follow after creating a website. You have to pick a suitable and relevant domain name, and then look for domain hosting Webmasters can sometimes find this a difficult task, because a domain name is the most important part of the site.

Finding affordable web hosting is actually easy. There are several web hosting companies out there who make it more than affordable. The hard part is trying to come up with and find a suitable domain name.

Here are some great tips to choosing a domain name:

Make sure your domain name is the same as your website name

I know this may seem like an odd statement, because you might think a domain name and website name are one in the same; but that would be incorrect. The fact is not every website is named after its domain name. Many webmasters have completely different names for each – this can cause some problems later on down the road, and I will explain a bit more a little later.

For now, one of the biggest issues faced by webmasters with different names is loss of profit, sales or traffic. For example, you have a business named ‘Clio Products’, but you quickly discover the domain name is already taken. So, you decide on a domain name of ‘mybusiness.com’ and name the website ‘Clio Products’. The trouble starts when a potential customer hears the name ‘Clio Products’ and wants to take a look – he or she quickly performs a search and is brought directly to your competitor.

This is where other issues can arise later on down the road. In order to get your website ranked or indexed in the search engines, you will need a good dose of SEO or Search Engine Optimization. One of the first rules of SEO is a great URL, or domain name. It helps match keywords within in your text. It would prove very difficult to properly SEO a site with two names.

So, what should you do if your favourite domain name is taken?

The answer to this will depend greatly on how dedicated and obsessed you are with grabbing the name. The web hosting company will usually give you different options to choose from if your favourite is already taken. For example, they might recommend ‘clio-products.com’, ‘my-clio-products.com’ or without hyphens like, ‘myclioproducts.com’. Most of the time these are great suggestions and you might just find the perfect one.

Which is better: A long or short domain name?

This question comes with many critics and several different opinions. Some will argue that a long domain won’t help when it comes to branding your site. Others insist a longer domain name is actually easier to remember than a short one. The fact is trying to find short domain names is very difficult, most popular short domains were sold long ago.

In all honesty the best course of action is to choose a domain that contains some keywords to help in SEO efforts. I guess the only real answer is not to short and not too long. However, try to avoid at all costs a domain name with 67 or more characters.

.COM, .ORG, .NET or….?

This can be a bit tricky. It’s not like it used to be that’s for sure! Back in the day having a dot com was a nessecity for exposure – buy the times have certainly changed. Even the wonderful world of adult entertainment will have its very own extension. The truth is we are running out of addresses. Of course a dot com still holds value, but more than likely the domain registrar will recommend you pick up all that you can. So, you’re left wondering what it all means.

If for example your business is a restaurant, having an extension pointing to your location is a great idea. For example, in Canada, so dot ca. Or in the UK, so dot co dot uk. If you classify your business as an organization then by all means grab the org. But if it’s a simple business ecommerce site, you should aim for dot com and at best even the net might work.

Do you want to avoid most if not all of the headache contained in this article? Then choose a domain name first – visit a domain registrar site and play around with recommendation until you score the perfect name. As soon as you buy it, look for affordable web hosting and get started on your venture.

 

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23 Jul

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