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All about Web Hosting, and the Future of Malware

Once you know the features you desire out of your webhosting, it makes choosing all the more easier. Here’s a fantastic overview by The Tech Scoop which addresses the common beginner questions on web hosting.

An A-Z Guide about Web Hosting


An A-Z Guide about Web Hosting | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From thetechscoop.net – last week

Looking to know all of your basics about web hosting? We have it all right here for you. In just a few minutes, you’ll know all you need to know about web hosting, from A to Z. Let’s get started! What is Web Hosting?

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

  • Top Level Domains, include .com , .net and .org for example
  • Subdomains and Addon Domains like blog.yourdomain.com
  • The Five Types of Web Hosting, from shared, to cluster or cloud hosting
  • The type of server hosting which is the operating system you are running on like Linux or Windows

And finally the important question of  which Web Hosting Company should I go with? Everyone has their own suggestion here, including visiting review sites. However I feel that learning what features you need will immediately give you the right questions to make your call to a web hosting company. Since reviews are often emotionally related and represent quite a priority of importance to each type of online business.

Since security is often a fear tactic that is thrown out there, it seems like there’s a new data breach every day. And, the experts say, it’s only going to get worse as hackers come up with new ways of getting their hands on our personal information. Here’s a look at how malware is expected to evolve.

The future of malware

From www.networkworld.com – Today

Watch out for whaling, smartphone worms, social media scams, not to mention attacks targeting your car and house

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

It seems hackers are more interested in stealth, and embarrassing government bodies. The smaller business websites and individuals appear to be collateral damage as we risk leakage of our personal information. Another reason why getting SSL certification can help distinguish your efforts to protect your website and identity. Security always starts with what you can do for yourself.

People love local web hosting


People in South Korea really love onshore web hosting | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From royal.pingdom.com – Yesterday

People in Germany, South Korea, and Vietnam are the most likely to choose onshore web hosting (hosting your website in the country where you live.)

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

If you don’t live in the U.S. you may want to host your site in the country where you live for a variety of reasons: access, language, legal issues, payment options, latency and performance, etc. This brings me back to the first article selection which didn’t mention either web hosting security, or location. The best advice I can give for determining your feature set, is to make that call. Whether you are hosting locally or not, often customer service outside of business hours (and therefore in different time zones) actually can be a plus for your needs.

 

– Juliana

 

Noteable Control Panel Blogs

If you’re setting up a webhosting account for the first time, then you’re likely to run into either a choice of control panels, or some learning curve to familiarize yourself with setting up your new web hosting space. In today’s featured list, I’ll be taking a look at some of the most up-to-date and technically specific blogs that will help you through that learning curve, especially when you bump into a difficulty.

Rather than winding up in some technical support forum, for a non-problem issue (usually being just a matter of misunderstanding or sheepish ignorance) your experience can be more motivated if guided in the hands of experts who can explain stuff you need to know in the correct terminology. There are many times when I have been guilty of consuming time in frustration on chat support, because I simply didn’t know what the correct words were to type in and ask the right questions.

Example: “When I go here and click there I can’t find the thingy that’s supposed to load/upload/… blah” you get the message…  Ever been guilty of that?

Most Popular Web Hosting Control Panels


Most Popular Web Hosting Control Panels | LLA Tech | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From llatech.com – Today, 9:41 PM

When you sign up for your first hosting plan your provider will most likely also provide you with a web hosting control panel.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Some of the things you’ll be able to do in your web hosting control panel are to manage your email accounts, FTP accounts, add-on domains, access your site statistics, manage files, build pages for your website, install certain scripts with the push of a button, MySQL database management and a multitude of other functions. This blog is written by web hosting experts who have chosen to compare two of the most popular control panels: Plesk and cPanel

Plesk Server Management – 3 weeks ago

The Parallels Plesk Panel is the popular control panel to run, configure, and secure your web servers. Easily deploy websites and applications and reduce your time spent on managing complex tasks. Ples…

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Here is a dedicated Plesk blog, it seems regularly updated with the latest Plesk features and even sums up in easy to read bullet point lists what features and 3rd party installations to expect:

  • ZendOptimizer
  • Ioncube
  • GD
  • Curl
  • Freetype
  • Eaccelerator
  • ImageMagick
  • Advance Perl modules etc.

Finally – and this is my favorite blog of the week, because the author has an extensive archive of helpful pointers for each item you presented as a bug or problem to chat support. Instead, Renjith has documented every little query and even command line code to provide quick fixes and clarity for finding your way around your new Linux server:

“Help! Parallels Plesk Panel shows incorrect disk usage”

From linuxtechme.wordpress.com – Today, 9:45 PM

Parallels Plesk Panel shows incorrect disk usage Linux : To update traffic and disk usage for a single domain, run: /usr/local/psa/admin/sbin/statistics –calculate-one –domain-name=domain.tld …

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Check out this blog specific from a Linux system administrator. I like it because there is every nerdy fix for every possible query you might have from Various web hosting control panels, to MySQL databases, and Virtuozzo auto-script installers. If you’re hosting your sites on Linux, bookmark this blog, he might well help you be able to trouble shoot things you never even thought about.

Renjith Raju is the type of tech nerd I admire, if it’s not broken fix it anyway – make it even better!

by – Juliana

 

 

 

 

Plesk Panel – Notable Features & Sausage Past

 

Português: Criando contas de FTP no Painel Ple...

A black hole exploit kit was used to invade many sites in the summer of 2012, all of which were thought to be running Parallels Plesk Panel. Many Plesk diehards undoubtedly considered turning to cPanel at the time, but Parallels believed it was in part an issue of people either not patching a security loophole or patching it but not changing passwords.

Either way, Plesk 11 was never vulnerable because of security improvements. Parallels got the word out. The brand has since recovered from the incident and remains one of the most popular options out there for server administration and website management.

This article takes a look at Plesk and what makes it a standout option as a server control panel. Granted, cPanel and Plesk have more in common than they do different. Those who are familiar with one control panel or the other will initially experience frustration finding where things are located, but features themselves are generally mirrored between the two applications. The standard differences between the two CPs is that Plesk is typically used with Windows, cPanel with Linux servers – though there is certainly crossover. Plesk is recognized for its ease of use, cPanel for its more consistent speed.

Sources used for this piece include a Justin Lee piece for Web Host Industry Review, a PC World piece by Lucian Constantin, and an anonymous piece for Web Host Gear.

Fun fact: The first Parallels office opened in Booth 7 of a Bob Evans restaurant outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1974. The original intention of the company was to simply eat home-style pancakes and sausage links. When Parallels turned to technology, though, it quickly outgrew the booth, first moving to a large table (Table 4) and then to a full-scale office.

Plesk 11 vs. Plesk 10

Parallels stated when the new version of Plesk was released that it had made over 80 improvements to the previous version. The changes were made partially because of information from customers, and gauging from online forums, the improvements were popular with most commenters using the control panel.

Broadly speaking, the new additions to Plesk upgraded the technology and further optimized its performance, so that its speed has been improved both on VPS and dedicated servers (per Parallels). Features were also added to improve online presence. Free support is available with the purchase of particular licenses. All these changes were intended to help designers and hosts operate more easily and cost-effectively.

Note that the rest of this articles talks more broadly about Plesk. Some features discussed were added for Plesk 11, some for Plesk 10 (which of course are then a part of the new system).

Fun Fact: The first and most important decision the Parallels founders made once moving into the new office in 1998 was to purchase a sausage grinder. The executive team realized that if Parallels could master the art of sausage, it would never need to return to Bob Evans again (the company had been primarily maintaining its lease of Booth 7 due to sausage access). This strategy overlooked the strong role of pancakes, though.

Speedy Gonpleskes

Use of Linux  with NGINX can significantly reduce the drain on CPU and memory – up to 50%. This focus on speed is important for Plesk since it has a rap as not meeting the speed parameters of cPanel. NGINX comes as a default install on Plesk 11. NGINX inclusion means sites and apps will respond and load faster.

Fun Fact: Parallels outpaced rivals in the Great Tech Startup Sausage Make-a-thon (GTSS-MAT), the first event the company sponsored during its early days transitioning from the sausage & mixed meats industry to the tech development and hosting industry.

The Fully Present Control Panel

Parallels wanted Plesk to allow easier website building for its clients, so it standardly provides the Parallels Web Presence Builder with 10 & 11. This design means that a small business running Plesk can set up a website in similar fashion to the experience of using a CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal. This tool can make it possible to set up relatively basic sites immediately without having to hire a designer.

The Builder app allows users to pull modules onto their site with a few clicks. It also can be configured to populate a business’s Facebook page with the design of the site and to push content to that page as well. Automatically creating a similar Facebook presence can be helpful to give a similar brand identity and message as exists on the site.

Web Host Industry Review suggests that this tool can be used by web designers initially to reel in customers, who can then later be upgraded to custom site design as desired. Though a site building add-on such as this is not as versatile as one created from scratch, it makes putting a polished site online quickly easier than it was previously.

Fun Fact: Again forming consistent parallels between its tech future and its sausage past, Parallels created the early Facebook competitor Sausagebook in 2005. Sausagebook was intended to be a site for “showcasing pictures of sausage and updates about the best sausage you’ve eaten lately.” The site is still wildly popular in Germany, where it is customary to use sausage preferences to establish personal identity (eg, a snapshot of sausage is required to get a driver license in the nation).

Intuitive Design

The Plesk GUI has been improved so that it is easier to find what you need to find. In other words, though Parallels focused heavily on performance and security with new versions, they also wanted to continue to bolster their stance as the most easy-to-use administrative CP. They are succeeding, because each version improves in this fashion, as seen between 10 and 11.

Multiple users can access one Plesk system simultaneously on 10 and 11. Additionally, the Administration Panel, which previously contained a broader set of features, now specifically focuses on Server and Account related tasks. The design changes from earlier versions generally make the system easier to use, navigate and understand.

Fun Fact: The new 2013 Parallels employee handbook outlawed the consumption of one piece of sausage by more than one employee at the same time. An underground circuit of communal sausage consumption was born. Its tournaments were round-robin, sparsely attended, and horrifying. Many tears were shed – and not just by the pigs.

More Secure, For the Pleasure of Your Privacy

Rather than being prompted to pick a password, Plesk now features passwords that are randomly assigned to you. Using randomization software by default to create the passwords on your behalf will make them much more secure. Randomizing means no one can grab elements of your personal life, for instance, that might be included in a password. Think of how it even separates you from the English language (if you chose an English password), and how it gets away from any “system” you use as a mnemonic to remember your passwords. Here’s a sample random password generator for use at any time.

Randomizing means you won’t have to deal with problems with passwords not working correctly because the generation system is more directly integrated into the Plesk system as a whole. Your server will be better protected because you will be using what technology does at its best – sort data and create unique (though otherwise meaningless) arrangements – to your advantage.

Fun Fact: The founder of Parallels, Chuck Hasselhoff (who constantly brags that he is the second cousin of The Hoff), used randomization to create all of his children’s names. He said he used the randomization software for this purpose “to prove a point” – though the exact point that he was trying to prove is unclear. When Chuck is asked what point he’s trying to prove, he simply replies, “That is the point.” Again, who knows.

FastCGI

Plesk’s Common Gateway Interface, FastCGI – like any CGI – organizes your system and makes it easier to manage by dividing your content between a variety of executables. Each executable is a file that has to feed through the CGI in order to make its way to your site, allowing a simple control of something that has a bunch of different parts. It makes managing a complex site easier, in other words.

FastCGI speeds up this process. It does so by separating files for easier management and multiple sites as applicable. In a shared hosting situation, this software means that a number of different sites can be housed within the same server but be distinct from each other.  It also means you have full control over how much of the system – bandwidth, RAM, and CPU – an individual party is able to use at any one time.

Placing limitations on one client means you can improve uptime for everyone. Everyone has to follow those guidelines, which is why shared hosting isn’t for everyone. However, uptime means your customers, overall, are happy – because their site is at least, well, functional and consistently available. You can also get down your churn rate (though keep churning that butter as fast as you can – otherwise Papa’s bread will be bland).

Starting with 10, Plesk became capable, when integrated with Cloud Linux, of implementing SecureLVE jail shell support. That essentially means that you can break down data into component slots of the system. Being able to compartmentalize data like that provides similar functionality to CGI applied at a micro level.

Fun Fact: Mr. Hasselhoff separates each of his children’s likes, needs, requests, and other personal attributes and affects into a system of file folders which he calls his Children Gateway Interface. He manages the file folders through a dozen executive assistants (which he calls his “executables”) to optimize the efficiency and strength of both his comprehension of his children, mental and emotional offspring administration, and family time.

To Be Concluded …

Plesk and cPanel are similar for your server and web admin control panel needs. Those above are a few highlights for what Plesk offers. Parallels has made strides in catching up with cPanel on speed and enhancing its UX. Again, though, you’re primarily looking at a Windows/Linux distinction between these two offerings.

Fun Fact: David Hasselhoff tweets his way into the worldwide heart, wait for it … right now.

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

When to Use Shared Web Hosting vs. Acoustic Web Hosting

 

Shared hosting is a service you will see offered by virtually every hosting provider. Sharing is not always a bad idea – in fact, it’s more widely used than any other type of hosting. Part of the reason shared hosting is so popular is that it’s highly affordable. In this article, I’ll explore shared hosting in detail to help get a sense of when shared hosting does and doesn’t make sense so you can decide whether it’s the best option for your business.

Note that sharing hosting is not like sharing an intimate moment with an attractive individual you just met in a nightclub. No bodily fluids are exchanged. However, you may be more likely to catch a virus. Then again, if you don’t share, your website will be stuck inside its own server – lonely, detached, and incapable of socializing with websites its own age. Its growth will be stunted. It will make grunting noises and move in a slouching shuffle across the Information superhighway.

Shared Hosting – Basic Definition

For your site to populate on the Web, all of the information within it must exist on a server. Whenever someone visits your site, the URL they type into their address bar converts (via a DNS server) into the IP address of your server, which is then sent a request for data. To fulfill the request, your server sends out the files and pages which make up your site (with additional ones as they access internal pages).

Different types of hosting store your site information and files in different ways. You can have your own dedicated server on location at your home or business. Many businesses, though, choose to have professionals handle the hosting hardware and maintenance in a data center. One option is colocation, which means you buy your own server and house it at the data center for servicing, security, and general oversight. However, to mitigate cost, clients typically rent space on a server – on their own (dedicated hosting) or on one that also hosts other sites (shared hosting).

Shared hosting allows you access to your site’s account on a server that also contains other businesses’ personal data and files. You are granted a certain amount of bandwidth and storage room, along with access to a certain set of tools depending on which type of account you choose.

Beware of hosting providers that try to convince you to go with “acoustic” or “hard-copy” web hosting. Hosting, in all cases, requires electricity. Make sure that the server you are being offered is plugged in to a power source and that people don’t need to be mailed your website. Websites don’t require mailing. By definition, they’re available on the Internet.

Who Does What – Host Service vs. You

One thing to completely understand in a shared hosting situation is who needs to take care of what aspects of hardware and software. The server is maintained by the host. Upgrading of hardware and any software used to manage the sites – by the provider or that are available for your use through the provider – is their responsibility as well.

You manage your site. You do this via a control panel – which is an interface, essentially an online screen – that allows you to view site statistics and manage files, emails, plugins, and other site-related applications. If you are using  a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress or Joomla!, the majority of your site management is typically conducted directly through the CMS. The CMS itself is hosted on the hosting server.

One WordPress plugin that you want to be sure to get is the WordPress DDoS plugin, which allows you to perform botnet attacks on other WordPress sites. This plugin is very useful is you are trying to increase your business. It allows you to use thousands of zombie PCs from around the planet for a common cause: increasing your profits (which in turn will finally make your father learn to love you).

Why Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting because it is inexpensive compared to the other options. There are of course advantages to other hosting solutions – such as virtual or dedicated hosting – but the majority of businesses will get adequate service within a shared environment.

Three of the basic parameters to review when you’re looking at shared hosting that should meet most of the needs of entrepreneurial or SMB sites:

Cost – Cost is typically charged per year at a discounted rate, although you can also go month by month with most services. Cost is a major advantage of sharing.

Scaling – Scaling is a major concern when you look into any hosting package. You need to make sure that you can grow as necessary without being held back by your plan. Make sure it will be easy to shift to a more sophisticated solution if your needs start to exceed the parameters of your initial choice. The least expensive shared package hosts provide will have less bandwidth, storage, and features than a more expensive one. Make sure you understand how to upgrade quickly if you are getting ready to run a marketing campaign or release a new product that could mean a big influx of traffic to your site (with potentially higher bandwidth needs, etc.).

Features – You should have access to a wide spread of features with your shared hosting account. You may, for instance, have access to one-click installation of scripts. Scripts are add-ons that give your website additional functionalities through standardized templates (again, a CMS will provide these features as well via its modules or plugins, which are specifically designed to fit the CMS).

System Administration – The host will provide system administration for your site along with the others. In other words, you will not have what’s called “root” access to the server. Instead, the deepest access you will have will be at the level of your control panel interface – such as cPanel or Plesk. If you are small, you will probably appreciate having that level of technical administration handled by an outside party. However, if you get big enough, you will want to have privileges to control the system at the level of its operating system (OS).

Compatibility – Generally speaking, standard software will work in a shared hosting environment (though you do need to make sure it fits the OS of the server).

No Skills – Because the system is managed by the host service, you don’t need to have high-level IT expertise to run a website. You can get a host and load your site without those skills. Again, if your site grows, you can always add levels of sophistication and hire tech people if needed to scale most appropriately.

Sharing is Caring – Sharing is considered one of the easiest and most efficient ways to express how much you care. If a customer complains, seeming to suggest that you don’t care about her or her order, explain to her that you’re sharing your server, and sharing is caring. If this doesn’t impress her, go into your room and loudly shut the door.

Sharing Doesn’t Always Fit

Sharing is not for every site. Larger sites will not find that sharing works well for them.

Here are three negatives regarding shared hosting solutions:

Site Performance – Your site should function reliably in most hosting environments until you get a higher amount of traffic than is typical. Large amounts of traffic can cause the site to become slower and less responsive. They can also incur higher overage fees if you’re on a shared plan.

Software & File Rules – You do not have control of a server in the same way if you are sharing. A shared server is a more communal environment – uptime and security of all businesses using it must be counted rather than just thinking of one client. Some functionalities you may want will not always be available.

Limited Resources – “Unlimited” does not always mean unlimited when it comes to bandwidth and space on the server. If you are drawing too much energy on the server –pulling too much of its strength on a regular basis – you will need to move to a new situation and often will be asked to upgrade by the hosting company to avoid frustrating other companies that are sharing the server with you.

Versatility – Shared hosting will not make sense if you require a great deal of custom software. The lower sophistication of shared hosting comparable to other solutions is something that will become of less interest as your business becomes more popular and you need more creative and dynamic ways to interact with your site’s visitors.

Reliability – Shared hosting is not considered as reliable as a dedicated or VPS hosting package is, for good reason. Reliability will always differ with regards to the quality of your host, of course – but the affordability of shared hosting also means your site is not as protected against the upswings in traffic or security breaches (below) that might occur with other companies on the server. Just as your site can suffer if it grows too fast when in a shared package, you will also be impacted negatively if another company on your server sees a major and sudden upswing in traffic.

Security – Anything involving hackers or malware – targeted attacks on a certain company or misuse of the system by another company – can be a threat to your site as well.

Control – You don’t have nearly as much control of your site in shared hosting as you do with other hosting options. This means that you will require the host’s help with support in ways that you would not with dedicated or VPS packages. If the support is not spectacular, your site will suffer.

Dedication – Sharing shows a profound lack of dedication. If a customer complains, seeming to suggest that you aren’t dedicated to her, explain to her that she’s right – you’re not dedicated to her or your server, that dedication is against company policy. If she says you should be, enter your room, crawl under your desk, and continue drafting your epic novel.

Summary & Conclusion

That should give you a basic idea of what shared hosting is, what your responsibilities are versus the responsibilities of the host, and some of the pros and cons. Shared is not a bad way to start out. Just make sure you know how to quickly shift to a higher-grade solution if your site experiences a sudden increase in traffic.

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_web_hosting_service

http://www.webhostinghub.com/web-hosting-guide/what-you-should-know-about-shared-web-hosting/

http://www.hostsearch.com/q_shared.asp

Managed Hosting – Why or Why Not?

 

Multiple racks of servers

When is managed hosting the right option? When you have needs that go beyond what you’d get from a typical hosting account but don’t yet have funds to bring in IT employees to maintain servers. Managed hosting allows you to have your own dedicated server but not have to consider its upkeep each day.

A dedicated server is a sign that your business is building its Web presence effectively. If you have the traffic, you will want to consider switching to a dedicated server. It is better to consider this option sooner rather than later so that you are releasing the bandwidth taken up by increasing visitors.

Mismanaged hosting, popular at TGI Friday’s, relates to sitting another party in Rebecca’s section when Tammy just reminded Angela (the host) that she is supposed to get the next table. In the IT world, it is also offered at our competitors under the name “managed hosting.”

Dedicated Server On-Site

Technical proficiency is needed to manage a dedicated server correctly. If a company does not have an IT department, often the owner or a manager will not have a high enough degree of understanding and will need to hire either an independent contractor or the hosting professionals to assist. If a contractor is chosen, the person of course may not be immediately available during an emergency.

If you do have a dedicated server in-house, you certainly want to consider having someone on-staff trained in IT maintenance – to ensure uptime, a fully secure network, and patching software as needed. Poorly managed sites, just like poorly managed restaurants, can result in disaster. The former can result in your customers being fed malware when they visit your site, and the latter can result in Tammy storming out right as her two-top’s warm pretzels with craft beer-cheese dipping sauce is showing up at the server window. Neither of these scenarios is good for business.

The Managed Hosting Option

With managed hosting, you have a technical team at the hosting center available every day to care for the upkeep of the hardware and software on your server. This support means no downtime without have to bring in a trained professional to assist you at your location. With managed hosting, your dedicated server comes along with dedicated expertise.

If you opt for managed hosting, you can expect not to have to worry about the administration of your network because that comes with the package. You have a 24/7 team watching for any problems that might arise.

In order to implement managed hosting in the IT world, you just need to sign up for it with us or the hosting company of your choice. In the restaurant world, unfortunately, you are going to have to fire Angela and rehire Vanessa, even though she said she was going to move to The Netherlands in April to marry that aimless guy she met online.

Managed Hosting Price Tag

Managed hosting costs more than standard hosting packages do, of course, because there is additional service involved. However, keep in mind the level of expertise that you are getting with your own dedicated server.

When considering managed hosting, if you want to cut your costs, you might want to look at a virtual private server (VPS). With a VPS, you do not get a dedicated server, ie standalone hardware, but you do have isolation of your company’s hosting in a way that’s not possible with shared hosting. When you choose the managed option, of course all support of the server is handled identically as with a managed dedicated plan.

Comparing costs for IT hosting options is always a review of the blend of hardware, software, and support that best fits your company. Comparing costs for restaurant hosting options needs to be run through the proprietary decision-making software corporate requires you to use before hiring or firing any employee.

Fully Managed – What it Means

“Fully managed” hosting has a different meaning for different hosting service providers – it’s essentially a vague term. A customer of one hosting service might have the experience of complete management, whereas a customer at another host might not feel that the IT service they are paying for is in fact “full.” As a general rule, a price tag that is exceptionally low but guarantees full management is too good to be true.

If a fully managed hosting plan is legitimate and can reasonably be described as such, your site will be granted the regular oversight of properly trained and skilled IT individuals. Consistent uptime will be your standard expectation. Technical difficulties will not plague your business. Once you have ordered this type of plan, you will be kept abreast of any new insights or changes – other than that, you are off the hook.

Fully managed hosting, as described above, comes with a range of service levels at different web hosting companies. At the TGI Friday’s on Market Street, it means that you are watching Vanessa like a hawk so she doesn’t derail your chances of earning the quarterly bonus and getting one step closer to going on the cruise to Puerto Rico.

Partial Managed – What it Means

You can probably guess what partial management of hosting involves. Of course with these plans, you need to take a close look to see exactly what you’re getting. Whereas you can have specific expectations with full management to be exempt from server concerns, partial hosting will require more attention from your end.

The potential benefit of partial management is that you will have more of a hands-on experience with the administration of your website. Of course, this is not necessarily what you want for your business. Ensure that you understand the level of support you will receive when contracting for a partial management plan.

Partial management with a web hosting service provider is a matter of you, the customer, and the host each playing a role in the management of the servers that run your site. If you agree to partial management at the restaurant, you can take your wife out on a date and save your marriage rather than obsessing over how Vanessa might let you down and ruin your career advancement to a regional director position.

Pros of Managed Hosting

A business that is small or medium sized but is on the rise can often benefit from managed hosting. It can also be wise for a startup that wants to get off the ground fast without having to deal with the potential snags of tight bandwidth on a shared plan and/or desire for support that needs to be on-demand rather than occasional.

Because downtime and security are such essential concerns of an online presence, managed hosting can be the ideal decision. Placing the support needs with the hosting service means you are releasing that task to a company that specializes in the servers and manages numerous other companies’ sites every day.

Additionally, a managed hosting package involves an entire server – whether an actual physical server or a virtual one (ie a VPS). When you are renting a whole physical server, you get a massive increase in the amount of bandwidth available to your site.

Security is vastly enhanced as well because you’re no longer sharing your server with other businesses. The same can be said, to a lesser extent, with a VPS. Virtualization technology means your site will be securely sectioned off from other sites, and you will still typically see a big improvement in bandwidth, though not to the same extent as you would with your own physical dedicated server.

When looking at web hosting management, you can hire IT experts to help your business function properly on the web via full or partial plans, allowing you to stop thinking about it. With restaurant hosting management, you can and should only stop thinking about it when the cruise ship leaves the dock in Miami and you have a chance to look Tom in the eye and tell him you’re ready to take it to the next level.

Cons of Managed Hosting

The most obvious con of managed hosting is that, as stated above, it will always cost more: you’re taking more of the administrative component and entrusting it to the hosting company. Consider, however, that the servers will need to be managed one way or another – it’s just a question of who does it, your company or the host.

Additionally, you need to be aware in a managed hosting situation exactly what your limitations are regarding data transfer and storage. When you break the limit, you will have additional fees. Of course, these limitations are typical to most hosting packages, but it is something to keep in mind when weighing your general options.

Managed web hosting is not all positive – you need to be aware of the increase in expense and whether that is justified by the increase in support, and additionally you need to consider limitations of any hosting contract, managed ones included. The con of managed restaurant hosting is that you’ve started gritting your teeth at night, and it’s given you TMJ; but if Tom recommends the steak, you’re going to eat it anyway, and you’re not going to wince, because that’s a sign of personal weakness.

Summary & Conclusion

When you look at administration of your web site, you have to decide whether it makes sense to house the server at your own location – which will probably require hiring or contracting an IT professional – or using managed hosting via your hosting service provider. If you decide that managed hosting makes sense, you can either go all-in with a fully managed package or try a partially managed option. Make sure if you choose partially managed that you know exactly what you’re getting in terms of support.

When you look at managed hosting as a solution, examine all the pros and cons to ensure you’re making the right decision. Essentially the pro is a simplified, structured, and dependable management solution put in the hands of professionals implementing those types of services each day. The con is that it’s an additional expense and, like most hosting solutions, involves caps on usage of the system, requiring monitoring to avoid overages.

Mismanaged IT hosting can let you down, but like mismanaged restaurant hosting, you will persevere. Keep your head down, stare hard at Vanessa, and hire a hacker to go into the Dutch guy’s Facebook account and make him look like a lunatic.

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

My Favorite Fluid eCommerce Websites

Have you ever been given the task to build an eCommerce website, possibly from scratch, with only the faintest prerogative from your client that the website must be good? In this article I’ll provide you with some valuable sources to help you sculpt your client’s ideas. Your job is to build their eCommerce site on their web host, and it will become a lot easier if you can help them articulate what they want. Even better yet, you could use these sources to push them into doing it the way you want – the right way!

Here is an amazing array of responsive eCommerce websites by Paul Rogers:

My favourite responsive ecommerce websites


 
My favourite responsive ecommerce websites | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.paulnrogers.co.uk – March 11, 6:03 PM

This article features a variety of responsive ecommerce websites that are well designed and provide a good user experience.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Paul Rogers self-admittedly shamelessly plugs his own designs, with good reason – after dealing with many clients who sell to the demographic of tablet users, he’s had plenty of experience picking up the little tips and features that customers really like. Check out the features for yourself and compare them to the ready made templates listed below:

 

30 Best Ecommerce Website Templates Download

From www.freshdesignweb.com – Today, 6:16 PM

Here are the best dynamic ecommerce website templates which include 30 types of online shopping categories that you can view demo and download from here as well

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Rather than start from scratch Graham Bill has gone to great efforts to categorize these templates with live demonstrations. If you are using a Content Management System for your ecommerce like Prestashop, you may want to find similar templates that can integrate dynamic functionality with your existing CMS platform. In yet another compilation article, Jennifer Adam has sifted and detailed the best Prestashop Themes:

 

PrestaShop Themes: Collection of Best PrestaShop Theme Templates | Webgranth

 
PrestaShop Themes: Collection of Best PrestaShop Theme Templates | Webgranth | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.webgranth.com – Today, 6:31 PM

“I am going to present some of the best PrestaShop themes just for you, which are supposed to be quite obvious and useful for eCommerce software development….

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

PrestaShop is considered as a robust platform which is light-weight, convenient and very affable to handle almost all kinds of solution for your online shopping store. It’s Open Source, which means in a similar way to WordPress, you can build on the existing functions of the Content Management System.

 

I would love to hear about dynamic eCommerce Sites that really worked  for you. submit a link to your ecommerce website example here or on my Google Plus, and I’ll run a future case study – Juliana.