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Pros and cons of cloud hosting vs traditional hosting

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When you are starting up your business, one of the main questions is what kind of server you should use. Should you stick with the traditional hosting or switch to cloud hosting? Even though you might think this is not something so important to consider, there are many aspects to it. To be able to fully understand the difference between these two types of hosting, you should learn the differences and some advantages and disadvantages they both have.

So, what is “the cloud”? Today, it has become a synonym for availability, speed, and easiness to manage data. That means that every important data you have is just one click away from you and ready to be used. Your store data on your cloud and it can be moved and accessed at any time you wish. Imagine your email address. If you have one, you are already using the cloud.

Even though many people don’t think about it, they use this type of technology every single day. The Cloud represents a set of a large number of connected computers, with associated processors, disks, memory, and other hardware that are seen as one large virtual computer, thanks to smart software that controls it.

Pros:

  • No hardware expenses – you only pay for resources you need
  • Speed – since it operates through multiple servers it has a better performance
  • Adaptability – you can change your storage and usage as you change your needs
  • Flexibility – your server can work on different levels, whether you have some basic business needs, or you need implementing some complex IT systems
  • Data backup

Cons:

  • Cost – it is more expensive than regular hosting, or for example shared hosting
  • Privacy – your data can be accessed by third-party cloud servers
  • Internet – your data is accessible only through internet connection
  • Security – your data is exposed to hacking if the security level of the server is not high

Traditional hosting is a better solution to some people. It is easier to use, and the concept of traditional hosting is familiar than cloud hosting. One of the better things about it is that it is in-house, and you can have direct access to it at any time. This does require that you have space for this kind of hardware, as well as IT experts who can manage the servers.

Pros:

  • Price – depending of the size of your business it can be cheaper in the long run
  • Control – you have physical control over your servers and you can access them whenever you need
  • Internet – you do not need access to internet connection, so this cannot affect your work
  • Security – all data is stored on your serves, which decreases the chances of your data to be accessed by anyone other than you

Cons:

  • Price – even though it can be cheaper for some businesses, if you have a large business, it means you are going to need a lot of office space, IT support, and IT personnel
  • Backup – you will be responsible for running all data backup and making sure your data is always saved
  • Data loss – in some specific cases, such as natural disasters, your servers will be exposed, and you could lose all your stored data

Conclusion

Both types have disadvantages and advantages, since this type of technology is always changing and upgrading. Sometimes you will think the cloud is better for you, but at some points you will want to switch to traditional hosting. Depending on your type of business, make sure you choose the best option, which will be effective and reliable in the future.

Internal vs. external hosting

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Hosting a website means having a website of an individual or an organization use web hosting services from a provider. But in large organizations or companies, there is a question whether it is better to have internal or external hosting. Understanding the difference between these two types of web hosting is not hard.

Internal hosting means having your own servers which you use for hosting website. External hosting is using a third-party web hosting service that provides you with the servers and let them worry about the networking and technical support that your website needs.

However, there reasons to believe one is better than other, and the other way around. I will mention several benefits and downsides about both internal and external hosting.

Internal Hosting

As we mentioned before, internal hosting is when a company or a corporation use their own server and operate within their company. In this case, they are responsible for everything about the hosting such as:

  • Maintenance of the servers
  • Costs
  • Technical support
  • Information control
  • Data backup
  • Security systems

The benefits of this kind of hosting is that you have direct control of the service, data is kept on the spot, all managing and operating responsibilities are within the company. But it can have some downsides as well. For example, you need a lot of space for storing your servers and personnel who will be working on maintenance and sustainability of your servers. The bigger your business, the bigger is the need for more space and people. This can be very expensive and is one of the reasons companies decide to use external hosting.

External hosting

On the other hand, external hosting means having a third party providing you with the hosting service and hosting your website.

Since there are many companies who are in this business, you can always find a good deal for your company for a reasonable amount of money. This would save you a lot of money, since you won’t be needing additional space or IT experts to work on hosting your website. Also, they have great technical support and you wouldn’t have to worry about having problems with your network. Even if some problems do turn up, these hosting companies have a high-quality support and they provide it 24/7.

If you ever need to change your hosting specifics, you can upgrade your package or change it in accordance to your needs.

There are of course some downsides to external hosting, and that changes with your business growth. If you are a big corporation than your hosting needs are also bigger, which means you will have to pay for these services every month as long as you need them. You won’t have direct access to these servers, which can be troubling to some companies. There are some security issues, since you are not the owner of the servers, and your hosting provider can access the data on the servers he is hosting to you.

All companies are different, and they all operate in different manner. However, smaller companies usually tend to choose external hosting, since it is easier and cheaper, and larger companies like to keep their web hosting needs in house. When choosing what kind of hosting to use, keep in mind your needs and requirements and chose a hosting service which would pay off in a longer period of time.

Recognizing the most common web hosting mistakes

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Choosing a web hosting service provider is not easy if you are a beginner in this field. While some people make decisions without many information, in this area you should gather as much knowledge as you can about the web hosting service you are choosing and try to avoid mistakes that many people tend to make.

Being in the online business sounds great, but if your grounds aren’t good, neither will your business be. Your website can be about anything, but your main goal is communication with the customers. This is why you need to provide them with safe, useful and strong product that is your website.

Here are some of the top mistakes people make that you should try to avoid:

• Pricing

There is no doubt that you would want to pay as less as possible for your web hosting service, or even get it for free. However, this is the biggest mistake people make because free or cheap web hosting service means exactly that – poor service. You probably won’t be able to have your own domain name, and these deals are not very appropriate for serious businesses.

You may get a deal that is acceptable in price, but many problems will occur with the service itself, such as:

• Slow loading data
• Putting ads on your website in exchange for a free deal
• No technical support
• Limited possibilities of your website growth
• Server speed and quality
• Security functions
• Running some scripts

• Bandwidth

This is certainly very important in choosing your hosting service, and that is why you need to be familiar with you needs before choosing a package. You may need more or less bandwidth that you think, and that can cause problems such as overpricing your deal or being left with less bandwidth than your site needs. You should also note that unlimited bandwidth or disk space is almost never unlimited.

This gets us to our third mistake.

• Restrictions

Always, always read about the restrictions and limitations your web hosting package has. This can cause you problems in the long run, because you didn’t know the specifics about the deal. Be careful to read about:

• Refunds
• Customer reviews
• Bandwidth and disk space limitations
• Security levels
• Technical support
• Data backup
• Software installation
• Managing POP accounts

• Shared or dedicated hosting?

Before choosing whether you want to have shared or dedicated hosting, introduce yourself to the difference between the two. Many users operate on shared hosting web service. That means that the space on the server you are using is shared with other users. Of course, it does not mean that someone else will have the access to your website. You will just share the same server, with the conditions that are not suitable to advanced users.

Dedicated hosting means that you are the only user of the space on the server provided for you. The host will make sure your server is marked for you only, as well as the efficiency of the server itself.

Do a research before choosing your web hosting package so you know that the needs your website has are met with these specifics.

• Technical Support

Whether you are going to use your website as a personal blog, or a platform for some serious business, you should make sure to check what kind of technical and customer support the web host is providing. This will be very important because technical problems can occur any time. That is why you should choose a host that provides 24/7 tech support for 365 days a year. Almost all providers have phone support, but online support such as email or live chat can be very useful as well, which is much better since there is no waiting and you can solve your problem faster.

You can find out about technical support from customer reviews, because unsatisfied users will almost always share their experience. Companies use their reviews to upgrade their technical support quality, as they always want to present themselves as efficient and reliable.

Outcome

Avoiding these mistakes can help you in choosing the right web hosting service and will definitely help you learn more about the topic itself if you are a beginner or unfamiliar with some of the characteristics in the area. Keep in mind that even if you do a strong research about the web hosting service you are about to choose, it doesn’t mean that problems can’t sometimes occur.

If you know someone that has experience in the field of web hosting, do not hesitate to ask them about it. It is possible they know which web hosting to avoid, and which one is good for you and your needs, which will help you choose the right deal.

13 things to avoid when building a website

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When building a website, no matter whether you are doing it by yourself or having it built by a professional web-designer, there is a number of things you should be aware of and avoid doing by any means. Lots of researches have been conducted on what mistakes people have made while building websites and on the effects those mistakes have had on the desired effects of websites.

Here is a list of things you should pay attention to:

Do not choose a bad web-host service

 A bad webhost, by not providing an adequate up-time can affect your SEO. Besides that, people claim that if a page does not load within a few seconds, they just give up on it and move to another activity without giving it a second thought. So, be careful while deciding which webhost to use for your website.

Bad website navigation is a big turn off for many visitors

Menu should be kept simple and easy to use. You should avoid having a cluttered menu, difficult to be navigated. Reasons for that are pretty obvious. If people tryig to find some information on your site do not succeed in their attempt within a few seconds, they will give up.   

Constantly update your website

If you do not constantly update your website, it will also affect your SEO. It is a good idea to have things like blogs, for instance, going on. Posting updates and changing photos or data from time to time should also take place. Make sure your website doesn’t go stale.

Removing the H1 tag is a big mistake

The H1 tag and your target key words incorporated in it are very important for SEO. One of the biggest mistakes people designing a website are prone no doing is removing this tag because they need space for something else. You shouldn’t allow this tag to be  removed from the theme of your website.

Make sure your website is mobile friendly

When choosing a theme for your website, no matter whether you are hoisting it on your own or having it built by a professional, you should make sure it is mobile friendly. A website functioning perfectly on a computer can act up on a mobile device, but nowadays people tend to use mobile phones, tablets, i-pads and other types of mobile devices more and more and it is of utmost importance to have a mobile friendly website.

Display the information potential visitors of your website may be looking for easily accessible

Sites which do not provide their visitors with the data they are looking for within a few seconds have got really bad online reviews. You should bear this fact in your mind when choosing a theme for your website and when deciding on which piece of information goes in which slot of the template of your choice. Provide your visitors with an easy access to data like contact information etc.

Make sure the font used for your website is reader friendly

No matter how trivial this may appear to anyone on the first glance, this issue turns out, according to several researches conducted by different web portals, to be an important issue. Plainly speaking, people hate squinting when they read things, so make sure that the font used for your site is reader friendly.

Having lots of links opening new browser windows on your website should be avoided

Having links taking visitors of your site away from it or opening a number of new browser windows on your mobile device seems to be a very bad idea. People who have had an experience with such sites have left trace of their dissatisfaction in the form of bad reviews. Therefore, you should avoid having such links on your website. 

Placing social media buttons on the top of your webpage is not a good idea

Why should anyone place social media buttons on the top of a web page? They are distracting. They can easily lead people away from your web page and the possibility of their returning back to it is very low. So, this is one more thing that should never be done. Put social media buttons elsewhere, just not on the top of your web page.

You should not have buttons that are difficult to click on

 While this does not make too big of a problem when using a computer, having such buttons can really be frustrating for people trying to use mobile devices. Trying to click on such a button can lead one to trying to enlarge the image on the screen, which is a nasty and irritating little activity, and it drives people to unconsciously giving up the search and moving on to look for something else.

Keep track of which activities are taking place on your website through google analytics

Having google analytics incorporated in your website is a good idea. It constantly gives you insight into which activities are taking place there, and you can use such data for improving the performance of your site, its ability to reach more and more people, etc. Lack of google analytics or CRM systems is one of the things to be avoided.

Avoid allowing pop-ups

 Pop-ups are one of the most irritating occurrences that take place online. Many people admit that they immediately close a webpage if a pop-up appears while they are trying to check something online. By any means you should not allow having pop-ups.

Lack of the search option is not a good thing for a site

Majority of people will leave the page if they do nof find the information they are looking for quickly. Some of them will look for the search option as a means of getting some help in their pursuit, and if they do not find it, they will simply give up.

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