Tuesday, May 29, 2018

11:22 AM

How to Choose Reliable Domain And Hosting

Once you have registered your domain name and before you begin blogging, you are going to need a place to post. Enter web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?
The majority of people who create a website or blog underestimate the importance of domain name hosting, but they shouldn’t. Web hosting is a service that gives the space necessary to make your blog accessible on the Internet.

Web hosting is a lot like a storage unit. With a storage unit, you rent the space from a company that keeps your possessions secure. Similarly, a web host is an online storage unit—a safe and secure place to keep your website files.

Why Web Hosting is Important
Whatever your big blog idea, a reliable web hosting solution is vital. If your blog crashes or you have technical problems due to poor web hosting, building an audience and traffic for your blog will be difficult. In fact, you can expect any service interruptions that make your blog inaccessible will take a toll on traffic to your blog. The right web hosting solution makes your blog easy to download, update and browse. A web host is necessary because it offers guaranteed uptime and reliability. WestHost guarantees 99.9% uptime so your blog remains up and running constantly.

Things to Look for in a Web Host
When it comes to selecting the winning web hosting service for your blog, there are aspects of domain name hosting you should consider. Some important features and options to look out for include:

Bandwidth and Disk Space: A beginning blogger needs to guesstimate how much space and data his website will generate. Disk space is the amount of storage you get and bandwidth is the amount of traffic. For example, if you anticipate using a lot of graphics and images you will need bigger storage and bandwidth. If you’re just starting your blog you likely use less than 1GB of disk space and 5GB of bandwidth which is well below our limits on the personal hosting plan.

Blog Utility: Blogging software is designed to make the creation and maintenance of blogs easier. WestHost supports the most popular blog applications so you can utilize these special functions (i.e. managing blog comments, updating the look, inserting media). Better yet, WestHost uses a special utility called ‘Softaculous’ for the power of one-click installations. This auto installer is fast and installs all the applications you want in just one step. This feature also allows you to keep your blog up-to-date.

Price: Like mentioned before, WestHost offers personal hosting that is excellent for starters. The basic personal hosting package is only $4/month and is a good launching point for your first blog. The exact web hosting price will vary depending on the hosting package you need.

Flexibility: WestHost allows you to upgrade your account whenever you see fit. The right host for your blog will have this option to upgrade your plan to continually meet your needs when necessary.
Technical Support: Support can be super important down the road for starting your blog, installing applications or updating your blog. WestHost offers live chat along with a toll-free number for around-the-clock support. This type of 24/7 support is critical for handling your questions and concerns.

What Type of Web Hosting Does Your Blog Need?
Once you have purchased a domain name and determined your hosting needs, you are ready to host your website. There are at least four different types of web hosting, but for beginning bloggers, shared web hosting is exactly what you need.

Shared Hosting is the most popular type of web hosting and is a place for sites to reside on a server together so hosting is more affordable. Consider the concept of shared hosting like an apartment complex; people share the building but live in separate spaces at a cheaper price than owning the entire structure. Shared hosting provides the right amount of storage and bandwidth while you’re getting started. Luckily, creating a blog has become so popular that WestHost has created numerous hosting packages that cater to the needs of a growing blogger.

Get Going!
Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed with the technicalities of web hosting. Web hosting services, like those at WestHost, offer a simple solution. Find a package that is tailored to your anticipated needs, and you’re ready to let the blogging begin. Next week, we will elaborate on the advantages of shared hosting to give you a better grasp on how it benefits bloggers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

4:41 AM

Best Place to Register a Domain Name

There are hundreds of domain registrars on the web. It’s important to choose carefully, because it can be difficult to move your domain later on.
Just like with web hosting, pricing for domain registrations can vary anywhere from $9 to $24.
Here are a few places we recommend for domain registrations.
Free Domain Registration with Web Hosting
Majority of web hosting companies also offer domain registration. Some of those companies offer free domain registration with new hosting accounts.
If you’re starting a new blog or website, then it’s a smart idea to take advantage of this offer and get your domain name for free.
Below are three WordPress hosting companies that are offering our users over 60% off web hosting and a free domain name:
Bluehost – one of the oldest and largest brand name when it comes to web hosting. They’re an official “WordPress” recommended hosting provider.
SiteGround – one of the most popular and highest rated hosting provider in the industry. They’re also an official “WordPress” recommended hosting provider.
iPage – powers over 1 million websites and is the most budget-friendly web hosting provider on the web. $1.99 / month for web hosting and you get a free domain name.
It’s important to keep in mind that most hosts offer free domain registrations for 1 year only. After the first year, your domain registration will renew at usually around $14 per year.
A lot of users take advantage of the free domain for the first year and then transfer it to a cheaper domain registrar to save a few bucks.
Most Popular Domain Registrars
GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world. They manage over 63 million domain names for over 14 million customers.
They also offer web hosting plans as well. If you use our GoDaddy coupon code, then you can get a free domain name.
NameCheap – another popular domain registrar that offers great deals on domain registrars, transfers, and domain privacy.

Final Thoughts

If you are starting a blog for the first time, then you may find our ultimate guide on how to start a WordPress blog helpful because it walks you through everything step by step.
You may also want to check out our WordPress and Blogging Coupons page to find the best deal on your new domain and other web tools / services.
For more domain name ideas, you can see our post on the 14 best free domain name generators.
That’s all. We hope this article helped you understand how to choose a perfect domain name for your blog or business.
4:39 AM

8 Tips for Choosing the Best Domain Name (Domain Registration)

When starting a blog, choosing a domain name can be stressful because you don’t want to make a mistake. To make the process easier, we have a 8 step framework that you can use to pick the best domain for your website.
1. Stick with .com
There are plenty of new domain name extensions available today, from the original .com, .net and .org to niche extensions like .pizza, .photography, and even .blog.
We always recommend choosing a .com domain. While it can be tempting to come up with clever blog names using new extensions, a .com domain is still the most established and credible domain extension. Newer domain extensions like .ninja or .photography can be untrustworthy.
Dot-com domains are also the most memorable. Many users, especially those who aren’t as tech-savvy, will automatically type “.com” on the end of every domain without thinking about it.
If your website is something like jane.photography, and your users accidentally type in jane.photography.com, they will end up on an error page on photography.com. It’s smart to avoid that risk by sticking with .com.
Not to mention, most smart phone keyboards automatically have a .com button.
2. Use keywords
Keywords play an important role in a domain. By using keywords in your domain name, you tell the search engines what your website is about. Together with quality content and good user experience, keywords in your domain can help you rank higher in Google.
It is very hard to find a good domain with your target keywords that’s not already taken. You will need to be creative and combine your keywords with other words to make your domain stand out.
3. Keep it short
While keywords are important, don’t go overboard with domain length. It’s better to have a domain name that’s short and memorable.
It’s a good idea to keep your domain name under 15 characters. Longer domains are harder for your users to remember.
Not to mention, users will also be more prone to entering typos with longer domain names, and you’ll lose out on that traffic.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your domain length short.
4. Make it easy to pronounce and spell
You should be able to easily share your domain when speaking as well as writing. You never know when you’ll be asked to share your domain name in person.
It should be easy to understand and spell for any listener.
5. Keep it unique and brandable
Your blog domain name must be unique, so you’ll stand out in your readers’ minds. It’s smart to research other blogs in your niche and find out what domain names they’re using.
You don’t want to accidentally use a trademarked name, or get accused of copying another blogger.
You can also choose to pick a domain name that’s more brandable. Brandable domain names are unique, catchy, and memorable. For example, “Amazon.com” is a much more brandable name than “BuyBooksOnline.com.”
6. Avoid hyphens
Never create a domain name with hyphens. Hyphens can be a sign of spam domains, which you do not want to be associated with. You don’t want to give the wrong impression to potential visitors.
Hyphenated domains are also prone to typos. If you choose a domain name with hyphens because the domain you want is already taken, your users will end up at your competitor’s site if they forget to type in the hyphens.
7. Avoid doubled letters
It’s a good idea to avoid domains with doubled letters, because it increases your chances of losing traffic to typos. For example, a domain like WordPresssetup.com will be more prone to typos, and result in lost traffic.
8. Leave room to expand
It’s smart to choose a domain name that’s related to your niche because it gives users some idea of what your site is about. But you don’t want to limit your options too much.
For example, a florist might choose a domain name like orchidblog.com, but then want to start blogging about other flowers besides orchids. In that case, the domain might prevent you from attracting readers interested in other flowers.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

4:04 AM

SEO Tips For Your Website

You should do some search engine optimization for every website or web page you create, the following actions should be done for all of them:
  • Analyse the keywords you want to use in you webpage or article. There are so many keyword phrases with decent traffic and less competition. Use them while writing the website’s content. How-to analyse your keywords? Look for keywords with enough traffic using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool and analyse the competition in your (local) Google search engine using the following search pattern: intitle:”you keyword” inurl:”your keyword”.
  • Use the best keywords in your page title and in your header elements. Use a unique title for your H1 element on each page. Many (free) website templates using the H1 element for the website name, you need to change that. The H1 element should have the title of the current page.
  • Spend some time on the META description for all pages you like see in the Google search results. The description should describe the page content and if the this text is well written, more people will click on the search result. Check the Google webmaster tools for information about which search keywords have a lot of clicks and which have not.
  • Categorize your content, if your website is new it might be possible to link all pages from your homepage. Better is to have a few categories from the beginning, let’s start with your products or services. In this case is “Products” a first category which needs unique content and this page has links to the products and maybe some sub-categories. Try to use unique keywords for the category pages as well.
4:00 AM

Start a Hosting Business With Directadmin

There are thousands of hosting companies on the Internet and maybe this article will help you to start your own. Many companies offering web services are hosting reseller of other (bigger) companies or have partnerships with hosting companies. Maybe you have ever thought to offer hosting services by yourself, with a dedicated server or a VPS hosting account, it’s very easy to offer hosting plans for your existing customers. The following article will show you, using a few examples, how to use a web server installed with the software DirectAdmin to create web hosting accounts using their native API system.
Don’t think it’s easy to pull a new hosting company from the ground. This market is very saturated and we suggest to start offering hosting services most of all to your existing customers only.

VPS hosting versus dedicated server hosting

These days it’s not necessary to have your own dedicated server, a good maintained VPS host is often much more reliable. If the VPS hostingplatform is well managed, you don’t have to worry about the shared memory because the virtualization software is able to manage all the resources. Why do you need a dedicated server if a VPS is so powerful? You need your own server for special hardware configurations or if your provider doesn’t have a good VPS platform. While many VPS companies using the same machines, the risk of hardware failures is low because hardware replacements should be a peace of cake. A “special” dedicated or colocated server might be a serious risk, f.e if the motherboard replacement is not available. A VPS host is scalable and often much cheaper than a dedicated server.

Web Server Control Panel

Using a control panel, makes it easy to create or maintain all the web hosting accounts for your customers. Sure as a Linux expert you don’t need a CP, but if you core business is web development, a control panel might really help. There are many of them, most of them are commercial products, but there are also a a few open source projects which are available for free. In this blog post we suggest to use DirectAdmin, because this software is easy to use, the license is not very expensive and there is also a very powerful API system.

Installing DirectAdmin

After you got your VPS (or dedicated server) you’re ready to install the server software. Before you start the installation process check these DirectAdmin requirements. Most important is that your Linux web server is not pre-installed with software like Apache, MySQL, PHP, FTP… check this warning from the DA website:
Please do not install services such as Apache, PHP, MySQL, Ftp, Sendmail, etc., as we will do this for you. All we need is a CLEAN install of your operating system.
We do not recommend to install DirectAdmin on an existing production server. DirectAdmin does not convert existing data upon install.
For most DirectAdmin hosts CentOS is the preferred Linux operating system. You need also a DirectAdmin license, ask your VPS hosting provider, he can offer the license for a low fee.
DirectAdmin installation resources:
  • Getting Started with DirectAdmin: What kind of server do I need?
  • DirectAdmin Installation Guide
The installation process is not part of this article. If you finished the installation part, you should check this DNS installation guide.

Creating hosting accounts

After the final re-boot and your DirectAdmin server is running, you’re able to setup hosting accounts for your customers. You can create them by yourself using the DA control panel or using the DirectAdmin API within your web application. Think about the following application process:
  1. Customer has ordered a hosting accpunt from your website
  2. The payment is cleared and a request is send the API system
  3. Within DirectAdmin a hosting account is created
  4. The customer gets the login and hosting accpunt details via e-mail
How far you’re using this features of DA depends on yourself. The DirectAdmin API is able to manage all functions you need. This way you’re able to create your own we application, without telling your customers that a control panel is used.

Access the DirectAdmin API system

The API documentation is very complete and easy to use even for less experienced developers. There is also a custom PHP class to access the API via a HTTP socket, download the code here.
Using this PHP class is very easy, the following code is used to fetch all the user accounts from a reseller/admin account:
Next we show how-to add a new user to an existing reseller account (the package named “default” is a pre-defined hosting package):
If you check all the API functions, you will see that it’s possible to create a 100% white labeled web application. Even if you don’t have that kind of web application, it’s very easy to create hosting accounts using the web interface on your DirectAdmin web server.