HostPapa Coupon June 2009

June 16th, 2009

We have another coupon for HostPapa!

Use the Coupon Code: HPSUPERS

Amount off: $10.00

Start Date: June-01-2009

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Finding A Reliable Hosting Company

June 16th, 2009

Choosing a reputable Hosting Company can be a daunting task.

Disk Space,Bandwidth,Server Uptime,Technical Support/Customer Service & Monthly Price are just a few of the essentials of a good hosting company.

It is best to find a company that has a proven track record.This is one that is most likely to provide you with the best service.The company should have at least 95% uptime and a solid infrastructure to tackle the day-to-day technical problems.There are many web hosting providers that will cut back on every aspect in order to save money.These are the providers who do not respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.One of the areas they sacrifice is support.A good hosting company will step up and deliver whenever you need help.

A great easy-to-use hosting package is all you need to get started.Here are some of the things you should look for in a good web hosting company.

Speed
I think we can all agree there is nothing worse then a slow loading web page. Makes us want to click away and go somewhere else almost instantly, no matter how much we wanted to see what was on this web site.

What you can do to test the speed theory of a web hosting company is to go check out these websites on Google and see how fast they load for you.This will give you some idea of how fast your website will load with their hosting service.

Disk Space
Disk space is the amount of data you can store on your server.
How much disk space you need depends on how much and what you’re going to be storing. If you only want to host a blog and have no real downloads then you don’t need a lot of disk space, however, if you want to store video or music files or any large file types then you will need quite a bit of free disk space.

Transfer Allowance
Transfer allowance (bandwidth) is how much data that can be downloaded from your website. If you’re not sure how much bandwidth you are going to need, contact the hosting company and tell them exactly what you are going to be doing and they will be able to tell you what you need. Also, make sure you keep a close eye on how much bandwidth you really do use, which you can do in your control panel.

Reliability
Reliability is a huge factor. You can’t do business if your websites are down all the time.
Most web hosting companies tell you that they have a 99.9% Uptime. The only way to find out a web hosting company’s reliability is to use Google search for reviews on the web hosting company you want to use.

Control Panel
This is where you manage your website. This is where you can do everything to your web hosting account. You should be able to access your control panel any time, any where. The control panel, as it suggests is the center hub of your website. It’s where you can change every item and how you want it, such as FTP Access and Web FTP and Email Accounts.

Customer Service

The web hosting company must provide competent technical support 24×7. Today the price charged is not the only priority in deciding on a web host.The other important criterion is the quality of service. The service provider must have a competent team of professionals to tackle all problems of the client.They must be eager to respond and have

a good understanding working relationship with the client.


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Top WordPress Hosting

June 12th, 2009

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open-source blogging software. WordPress provides a simple and easy way to create your own blog website with a very easy to use user-interface and tons of plugins. You can start a blog within minutes without any html or programming knowledge.

Who is the Best WordPress Hosting Provider?

At Top10HostingReviews.org we spend each and every day reviewing web hosts and their plans/features. Each hosting company has it’s pros and cons however with our thorough research and testing we have found the Best WordPress Hosting provider to be HostUpon.com

HostUpon.com provides a FREE WordPress install with their one-click installer. You can be up and running within minutes and have a blog online the same day!

HostUpon is a cheap, reliable and affordable hosting provider with LOADS of features that we had the opportunity to test.  Speeds at HostUpon were VERY fast compared to the other hosts we tested.  They have three data centers; Dallas, Seattle and Washington.  Having three locations provides greater uptime and redundancy.

HostUpon’s prices are what separates them from the rest.  With pricing as low as $4.95 per month you can’t go wrong!  WordPress is such a powerful script and having a host who fully supports it is a must.

Overall HostUpon has proven they can support WordPress with remarkable speeds and cheap prices. If you’re looking for WordPress Hosting defintely check out HostUpon.com!

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Shared IP vs. Dedicated IP, Do I need a Dedicated IP Address?

June 7th, 2009

Dedicated IP Address

An IP address is assigned to every web server and other electronic device connected to the Internet, like computers, routers, and switches. It is composed of four numbers whose digits are 0 to 255 and which are separated by periods or dots. An example is 192.168.1.1, which is often used for routers. A web server’s IP address is usually static, fixed, or dedicated, meaning that the server is always identified by the same address.

Shared IP Address

Most websites, on the other hand, are hosted with shared IP addresses on a shared hosting web server. This means that many people’s websites each have their own partition on the server, and the owners share the cost of maintaining the server, making this option cheaper than a dedicated IP address.

Shared IP addresses were not always available. Early on, every domain name was assigned a separate IP address. The rapid growth of domains and the finite number of available IP address led to the sharing of IP addresses. But since servers are able to match the domain a user enters into a browser with a domain that shares an IP address with myriad others, it’s not a problem.

Who Needs a Dedicated IP Address?

There are three particular benefits to having a dedicated IP address that may make you decide to spring for this more expensive option.

For Private SSL Certificates

First, if you wish to use your own Private Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate, you need to have a dedicated IP address. SSL Certificates are a protocol with an encryption system for keeping a message transmission on the Internet secure. They are used for https web sites used in electronic commerce, for transmissions dealing with health care, and for accepting credit cards online.

For Your Own Servesr

If you want to set up your own domain name server, rather than use a web host’s server to translate IP addresses into domain names and vice versa, you will need a dedicated IP address as well. If you want complete control over your website and all decisions related to it, the same thing applies.

Blocking of Shared IP Users

In order to block spam activity, certain organizations have taken to blocking an IP address rather than specific users. This has happened in both directions with Comcast: all users from Comcast have been blocked by some sites, and Comcast has itself blocked all users from particular sites itself (this is a separate issue from the BitTorrent blocking issue that has been in the news). If an IP’s address is blocked, then all users sharing that address are blocked. This means that this article has all rights reserved and is copyright by 100 Best many innocent users are on the receiving end of a ban, and may not even realize that, for example, their e-mail is not arriving or that they are not receiving e-mail intended for them.

This is enough to make some people want to have control over their own mail server. And this, again, indicates a need for a dedicated IP address.

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FFMpeg Hosting

May 20th, 2009

What is FFmpeg?

FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It is a command line tool to convert one video file format to another. In simple terms ffmpeg is a module that allows you to stream live video and convert it to a format that is faster to load and designed for web pages.  A great example is a Youtube type of website or Social Network where videos are viewable.
Do I need Hosting with FFmpeg?

You need hosting with ffmpeg support if you plan to run a site with video uploads and streaming.  A typical site would be a youtube clone or a social network.  Some popular scripts that require ffmpeg are:

PHPMotion
Social Engine
Clipshare
ClipBucket
ABK Soft Abledating and AbleSpace
VidiScript

The above website scripts and software all require ffmpeg in order for your visitors to be able to upload and play streaming videos.

Which hosting provider offers FFmpeg Hosting?

With our dedicated review team out in full force we tried numerous hosting providers and tested their ffmpeg capabilities.  We tested speed, size of uploads and overall performance as well as support.

Our current recommendation is HostUpon.com.  HostUpon has ffmpeg preconfigured and installed and meets all the requirements for video uploading and viewing.  You can view HostUpon’s FFmpeg Hosting by clicking here.

HostUpon offers various plans and has great features including the award winning cPanel control panel making life that much easier to maintain your website.

If you need ffmpeg hosting definately check out HostUpon.com

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Business Hosting Coupon

April 6th, 2009

Currently HostUpon is offering a 25% coupon on their Business Unlimited plan. You can take advantage of this by using the promotional code: biz25

The Business Unlimited plan at HostUpon comes with a dedicated IP address and a free one time submission to all the major search engines. The dedicated IP can be useful for many purposes and some say that it’s even better for SEO.

The Business unlimited plan is HostUpon’s most popular plan for small businesses who need an online presence and 24/7 professional support.

Keep an eye on the specials page each month and be sure to pass the coupons to your friends and family!

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What to look for in a Good Hosting Company?

April 6th, 2009

Finding cheap hosting is easy but does that host carry all the features you may need? Your hosting company should have all the options and features you need and be able to support them as well. Having hosting support 24/7 is crucial when you are paying for it. We have done some research and today’s post is going to give some insight on some basic and advanced options you should look for when choosing a new web hosting company.

Basic options:

Make sure the hosting company offers a large number of email accounts with your hosting. Some companies limit the number of accounts you can create however it’s best to make sure the hosting plan includes enough email accounts for you to grow.

Addon domains are a very popular feature to hosting accounts and they allow you to host additional domains on one hosting account. That means you can buy a simple hosting account and then have a totally different domain on the account and a website for that domain as well. This is a great feature however make sure your hosting provider offers addon domains!

Free Domains are getting more and more popular. When signing up with a new provider see if they will give you a free domain name if you sign up for their hosting plans. In most cases you have to pay for it each additional year however their are a few companies who give you a free domain for life meaning each year you renew with them your domain will be renewed for you as well.

Advanced Features:

Awstats is a great stats program is usually included however its best to make sure you have it or something similar to monitor your website statisitcs such as the number of visitors and hits. This is just nice to have handy when trying to advertise or just to see where your traffic comes from.

Site builders are very useful especially for novice hosting customers who need a website built but don’t want to spend thousands. Contact your potential new hosting company and ask them if they have a free site builder that allows you to make a website and make updates in the future as well.

POP3/IMAP email support is crucial if you want to use Microsoft Outlook or something similar to check your emails. Hosting companies usually have a webmail interface but using your own thrid party client is much easier so support for POP and IMAP is very important.

PHP 4 and PHP 5 are both good to have support for as they are some of the most widely used languages on the web.

Take a look at our top 10 hosting companies page and see which host suits you best and if you have any questions you can always contact us for hosting questions!

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How To Stop SPAM Email!

April 6th, 2009

Each day millions upon millions of Spam email is distributed to email addresses around the world. Spam email is unsolicited email that is flooding peoples mailboxes and causing end users headaches and corporations money.

The Problem:

SPAM email causes Hosting companies a lot of money as it slows their mail server down and also prompts users to contact their Hosting provider to find out a solution. For any Hosting company using cPanel, their is a built in service called Spam Assassin. The following is a list features from the Spam Assassin website:

Features

* Wide-spectrum: SpamAssassin uses a wide variety of local and network tests to identify spam signatures. This makes it harder for spammers to identify one aspect which they can craft their messages to work around.

* Free software: it is distributed under the same terms and conditions as other popular open-source software packages such as the Apache web server.

* Easy to extend: Anti-spam tests and configuration are stored in plain text, making it easy to configure and add new rules.

* Flexible: SpamAssassin encapsulates its logic in a well-designed, abstract API so it can be integrated anywhere in the email stream. The Mail::SpamAssassin classes can be used on a wide variety of email systems including procmail, sendmail, Postfix, qmail, and many others.

* Easy Configuration: SpamAssassin requires very little configuration; you do not need to continually update it with details of your mail accounts, mailing list memberships, etc. Once classified, site and user-specific policies can then be applied against spam. Policies can be applied on both mail servers and later using the user’s own mail user-agent application.

Spam Assassin is a good start to protecting your email account on your Hosting account however it is quite generic and will not completely stop Spam.

Here are some good tips on fighting spammers before they take advantage of your mail account:

1 – Create a dummy mail account that you use to fill out random forms and sign-up for mailing lists. These days almost every company will sell your information and this is the easiest way spammer gather legitimate email addresses.

2 – Contact your credit card company to remove you from any information being sold as credit card companies are known for selling information.

3 – When filling out contests, forms, warranty cards or anything else make sure you ALWAYS use a dummy email account.

4 – NEVER respond to Spam email. If you respond the spammer will be aware that your email account is active and thus your email address will be used more often. In most cases Spam is sent from random computers so no one will even read your response.

5 – The major credit bureaus sell some credit information to various companies. One phone call does it all for agencies Equifax, Trans Union, Experian and Innovis. Dial 1-888-5 OPT OUT (or 1-888-567-8688) 24 hours a day to remove yourself from this list.

6 – If you ever want to complain about Spam contact Spam Cop

7 – Secure your website especially if you use a mail form. Spam bots (fake computers or robots) will skim through your website for email addresses. If your site is not very secure you could be a target for them to hack your Hosting account and send Spam from it. Be careful and ALWAYS keep your website and scripts up to date.

8 – Never buy anything from a company who sends out Spam!

Spam email can be controlled as long as you are proactive and take initiative to secure your website and personal information. A few Hosting companies have great Spam services so check out the Top 10 list and you are sure to find a reliable hosting provider with good anti-spam protection.

Goodluck!

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This Account Has Been Suspended Notice on your website

April 6th, 2009

If you receive a notice on your website that says “This Account Has Been Suspended” it means one of the following:

Billing issue: Your account expired as your Hosting service was not renewed on time. The best thing to do is call or email your Hosting company and inquire about the billing suspension. In most cases Hosting providers can activate the account within 30 minutes or less after you have made your payment.

Hacked account: Your account may have been compromised through a script exploit that was detected by your hosting provider and due to illegal or inappropriate activity from the account, it was suspended. Hosting companies rarely contact a customer prior to suspension as the activity may occur at a time that may be unacceptable to contact customers and on a larger scale this issue is very common as mentioned in the previous blog post about security. If your provider notifies you that your account was hacked try to comply with their rules and protocols as getting upset will not resolve the issue. Try to be proactive for the future and take advice from your provider to rectify the issue.

Server Load: Your site may be consuming a vast amount of CPU usage/Server Load which is effecting other customers. Being on a Shared Hosting account has its cons and having a high performance website can result in high CPU usage. In most cases if your site was the actual cause of the problem your Hosting provider will require you to upgrade your service to either a VPS or Dedicated server or will notify you that they can no longer provider service. Server load refers to the amount of processes that are running on the server at a given time. The higher the rate the slower the server will be able to handle incoming requests. In general server load will depend upon several factors. RAM, and CPU speed. Contact your Hosting company and ask for advice or solutions to your high usage and they should be able to accommodate you.

The most common issues are billing and script exploits that can harm your website and hosting account. Your Hosting company can only do so much to protect you so make sure your scripts are up to date, your billing information is all accurate and current and you communicate any suspicious activity with your Hosting provider.

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Become a Hosting Reseller, start your own Hosting Company!

April 6th, 2009

What is Reseller Hosting?

Reseller hosting is a type of hosting where an existing company sells you a portion of space and an amount of bandwidth on a server in exchange for a monthly fee. This monthly fee is usually greater than that of standard hosting, but compensates for the increased amount of space, bandwidth, and the additional software licenses that sometimes have to be purchased for use on a reseller hosting account.

The alloted resources are then available to be distributed to other sites or customers for standard web hosting. Each individual website hosted off the reseller packaging usually receives their own control panel (such as cPanel or Plesk) for their use. Customers perceive absolutely no difference between a company using a reseller web hosting account and a host which leases their own server(s).

The Advantages of Reseller Hosting
The advantages of reseller hosting are numerous. While the bandwidth and space may be more expensive per unit than that purchased with a dedicated server, reseller accounts allow the space and bandwidth to be purchased in smaller ‘chunks’. That way smaller hosts aren’t wasting resources – and subsequently money. This allows new hosts to grow into a dedicated server instead of taking the large initial plunge with the much higher monthly fee. A start up host may now yield a small profit instead of a large loss month after month.

Besides this, many know the old sang ”stuff happens”. A hard drive might go bad on a server, an operating system might be corrupt, a cable might break…the list goes on and on. There are just simply things that could go wrong. With reseller hosting, the majority of the time someone else is responsible for the problem. While it may be little piece of mind if your customers experience some downtime, it is someone else’s server, and it won’t be your responsibility to install security updates to key software or replace hardware that has failed.

The Downside of Reseller Hosting
Reseller hosting offers fewer resources than a dedicated server, and thus may exceed resource constraints sooner than with a dedicated server. A reseller hosting account can only hold so many clients before the space and bandwidth are greater than any reseller package the hosting company can provide, and it becomes more economically feasible to upgrade to a dedicated server. This requires moving clients from the reseller account to the dedicated server, which could result in downtime. In addition to the moving and expansion issues, most reseller hosting accounts offer little in terms of customization. Reseller accounts are usually set in what software is installed on the box, and the versions available. An example would be a client asking for PHP 5, when the version that’s installed on the server hosting the reseller account is PHP 4. While some hosts may be happy to upgrade and accommodate, other hosts will not be able to upgrade as quickly.

What to Look for in a Reseller
Reseller accounts should be selected in much the same manner as standard hosting accounts. The first reason to not choose a host is if they offer “unlimited” space or bandwidth. There’s no such thing as either of these, and most hosts that offer this are selling beyond the resources they have.

Look carefully at the services and resources the reseller hosting account offers. Some will only allow a certain number of SQL databases, email accounts, domains hosted, and even a certain number of customers that are allowed to be hosted. Pay close attention to ensure that you receive the amount of resource you will need for your reseller business.

A Successful Reseller Host
Buying a reseller account will probably not make you instantly rich, instantly generate an income, or instantly known in the web hosting world. It takes a commitment to customer service, by delivering the best service possible. Research needs to be conducted on how to setup plans and pricing, how to ensure support requests are handled quickly, and how to get your company name out there. While a reseller account can get a company started, it takes simple, common business sense to keep it going. Good luck with your new venture.

Companies that offer great Reseller plans are:

HostUpon

HostGator

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