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What Exactly is Website Hosting and How Does it Work?

For most of us, the internet is one of those things that we use but don’t really understand how it works.

It’s like gravity or health insurance.

Even if someone has a website, we’ve found they often don’t understand the different parts required in making said website appear on monitors and smartphones across the world.  Personally, we think if you’re going to have a website, especially if it’s for your business, you should have some concept of how it manages to exist.

So today, we’re going to dive into a specific piece of the internet puzzle:

Web hosting.

But it’s in, like, the clouds, right?

 the internet is one of those things that we use but don What Exactly is Website Hosting and How Does it Work?Despite what marketing teams and software companies try to tell you, the internet is not in the clouds.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Much of the internet is buried underground, spread throughout cable and wire and data centers.

Even across oceans.

The internet is not magically beaming from the UK over to the US.  It’s not transmitted by satellite here or there either.  There are hard-lines running across the ocean floors around the whole globe.

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You may be reading this on a device connected via Wi-Fi, but that Wi-Fi signal is ultimately coming from a router that’s hardwired into the internet.

So where is my website then?

Websites are hosted on a server.  Technically speaking, a server is just a computer connected to the internet.  You could host a website from your own computer, if you really wanted to.

However, the majority of websites are hosted on specialized servers.  Without getting too technical, these servers are typically connected more directly through the internet, they have backup systems in place in case part of it shuts down, they’re designed to handle large amounts of traffic, and they’re configured to block attacks, information leaks, etc.

Not to say things can’t still go wrong with servers and websites…. (learn more about that here), but they typically work much better than a personal computer sitting in your house.

Does my website have to hosted?

Yes.  Everything has to be somewhere.  Things don’t just float around on the internet.  All of the stuff that you’re seeing and using and reading and watching on the internet is coming from a physical location somewhere in the world.

What kind of hosting do I need?

This depends largely on what type of website you have, how big it is, what your needs are, and more.  If you’re using a web platform like Shopify or Squarespace, then your website is automatically hosted with that company.

On the other hand, sites built on WordPress or Magento are self-hosted, meaning you need to find server space to put them on.  Think of it as renting a piece of property on the internet.

The prices and capabilities of servers and host providers can vary dramatically.  As we mentioned before, it depends on what you need.  It’s worth noting you may see webhosting packages that are really cheap, but you should know these are generally very limited.

For example, cheaper hosting packages often limit the number of people who can view your website.  So let’s say your limit is 25 devices that can simultaneously be viewing your website.  If a 26th person comes along and tries to go to it, the site won’t load for them.  If a lot of people try to go to your website all at once, the site as a whole could crash.

In other words, when it comes to hosting, you often get what you pay for.

This is complicated and confusing.

 the internet is one of those things that we use but don What Exactly is Website Hosting and How Does it Work?

It definitely can be overwhelming to try and figure out, especially when you just want to put a website out onto the internet and not have to worry about it.  That’s why we bundle hosting in with our websites that we build.

All of our websites are built using WordPress (the most popular website platform there is) and hosted on servers specifically designed for WordPress websites.  If your website experiences issues, we offer support.  If your website goes down, we go the extra mile to get it back up and running.

In other words, we take care of the whole hosting situation so our clients can just worry about running their businesses.

We should mention quick that there’s also domain hosting and email hosting.

While we’re on the subject, we feel we should mention the fact that domain hosting and email hosting are not the same as website hosting.  Your domain (that’s www.yourwebsite.com) is actually a separate entity from your actual website, and thus, also needs to be hosted somewhere.  You can learn more about domains by clicking here.

Email hosting is something that some webhosts do bundle in with their website hosting.  However, we’ve found that the safest and most reliable solution is to use an external email provider like Google’s Business Apps or Microsoft’s Outlook servers.

And that’s pretty much it.

If you have any questions or thoughts about website hosting, we’d love to hear them.  Just share in the comments below.  It’s super easy.  And if you’d like to get a fast, affordable website that comes with hosting included, visit our contact page here.

Cheers.

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Hosting

Everything to Know about Linux Reseller Hosting – Infographic

In this infographic, we’ve listed the advantages and disadvantages of Linux Reseller Hosting.

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Marketing

I Can’t Find My Website When I Google My Name

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We live in an age where you don’t have to be particularly good at remembering specifics.  Names, songs, hours of business, addresses, dates, websites, presidents, how many world wars there have been, etc.

If you’re trying to recall something, you just need a vague starting point, and the internet can take care of the rest.  Search engines have gotten exceptionally good at figuring out what it is you’re trying to think of.

As long as that “something” is appearing in search engines.

Let’s say you told someone to checkout your business’s website.  You gave them the name and your web address.  They’re sitting at their computer a few days later, and of course, they can’t remember the URL.  So they go to Google, and type your business name.  Should work like a charm, right?  Only it doesn’t.

You’re nowhere to be found, and that person can’t get to your website.  This happens more than you might think.

Why people Google your business name

A person isn’t just going to magically know your website’s address.  Even if you told them or gave them a business card or it’s just your name with “.com” at the end of it, people are going to forget it.

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Wait…what was that URL again?

That’s why, if you look at an analytics report, the top keyword that gets people to your website is often your name.

When you don’t know the website for a business, you go to Google, type the business name, and find the website that way.  For some people, that’s how they go to all websites, no matter how many times they’ve been to them.  The only URL they ever actually type in is google.com.

Well, Yahoo.com because they’re generally 45+.  And by type, I mean they click the shortcut saved on their desktop.

Anyway, people are using Google and other search engines to find you by name.

But what if your name doesn’t show up?

A while back, we did a post called “Why Isn’t My Website Showing Up in Google?”.  There, we discussed a number of reasons why your website might not be appearing in relevant searches and keywords.  But what about your own name?  Surely, you should show up for your business name, right?

Yes, you should.  But some businesses find that they don’t.

How do I not show up for my own name?

It could be because your website isn’t search engine friendly or has something that’s blocking it from being crawled properly.  There’s also a fair chance you don’t have enough content on your website.

But the prevailing issue in this case is often your very business name.  It’s probably a common word or an overused business title or a word that’s normally not associated with your industry.

It might have seemed really cool when you called your shoe company “Envision”, and we’re sure you had some well thought out reasons for doing so, but envision doesn’t have much to do with shoes, and it’s a word that’s used millions of times across the internet.

So what can I do about this?

Well….you could change your business name.

Of course, you probably don’t want to do that.  A better solution might be to add a subheading or secondary word to your title that describes what you do.  Using the Envision example, you could run with “Envision Shoes” or have “Envision: The Footwear You’ve Always Dreamed Of” spread throughout your site.

The name is technically still Envision.  For all intents and purposes, you can still call yourself Envision.  But if someone is looking for your business, they should be able to Google “Envision shoes” and have you show up.

It doesn’t have to be this way forever

Eventually, if all goes according to plan and you begin to establish yourself as a known business, your internet prominence will hopefully rise with it, and you can drop the additional verbiage.

When the ridesharing service Uber started, their name was actually UberCab.

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When Apple started, it was called Apple Computer.

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Simply put, you need to establish some reputation before you can go by your fancy one word names.

Oh, and you’re going to need some content

Even with adjusting your name, your website is going to need content that’s relevant to who you are and what you do.  The more the better.  Search engines use that to judge your importance.

Where do I begin?

If you’re not showing up for your own business name, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your website, branding, and verbiage.  If you think you might need to do some renovation, we’d love to help.  We can deliver a fast, good-looking, search engine friendly website that can certainly put you on the right path.

Oh, and we offer content writing services.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact us today!

Have you had issues with your showing in search engines?  Do you have any questions?  Share below!

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Hosting

Server Requirements of Internet’s Biggest Companies

What do the biggest Internet Companies need in terms of servers? Let this infographic tell you!

What do the biggest Internet Companies need in terms of servers Server Requirements of Internet’s Biggest Companies

Check out our servers & find what you are looking for here.

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New gTLD Report – January 2016

As we step into 2016, we’re excited for all this year has in store of the industry and new gTLDs in particular. Is 2016 the year where the new extensions become the new internet trend? Are we going to see a stark change where these TLDs are concerned? It’s the first month in the year and as we take a look at the numbers for the month, we’re very much encouraged. Before we highlight for you the interesting changes, do take a look at the report for your benefit.

 

New gTLD Report – January 2016

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*Registration Numbers facilitated by ResellerClub

Highlights:

1) .LOAN & .ACCOUNTANT’s mammoth increase: Both these TLDs increased by 97% since last November which is one of the largest increases we’ve seen for a TLD. This is most likely due to the promos we ran on the two TLDs starting mid November (continuing this month), accounting for the spike in registrations. For the first time, the two TLDs featured on the list of Top 15 TLDs for the months of Dec ’15- Jan ’16.

2) .TOP’s spike in registrations: While .TOP had a $1.99 promo in November, we ran a further discount in December, dropping the price a 70% lower than the promo price. This contributed to the spike in registrations over December 2015 and January 2016 by 41%.

3) .WIN increases by 25%:  .WIN was on promo from mid-November on the global program and other international programs. A part of the increase can be attributed to the special pricing in the China market for this TLD alone.

4) .XYZ, .SPACE, .WEBSITE, .UNO remained the same: Some TLDs continued to remain at the same registration percentage through December and January.

We currently have promos on a bunch of other TLDs. You can take a look at the entire list here.

If you’ve got questions about the report, do let us know in the comments below.

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Hosting

Top 4 Outages and Downtime of all Time

Downtime is almost a “bad word” in the web industry primarily because of the loss of traffic, business and ultimately money associated with the word. The bigger your company, the more disastrous the downtime. However, no company is completely “downtime proof” and even some of the biggest companies face the inevitable. Here are the 4 biggest downtime cases in the history of web hosting!

 in the web industry primarily because of the loss of traffic Top 4 Outages and Downtime of all Time

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Design

Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

2018 saw some fierce & bold, subtle and classic web designing styles, playing with space, fonts, colours, animations & more. As we step into the new year, we’d like to highlight the web design trends that blew us away in 2018 and are here to stay for 2019.

1) Minimalist Homepage

Minimalism is the single most important principle of web designing. Although this may be difficult to accept that the homepage contains little or no content, the design is clean, classy & attractive. From simplifying navigation to hiding icons, the reduced clutter helps focus on a single, powerful image or video known as the “hero image”. This has become a trend possibly because of larger screen sizes on devices today and higher screen resolution that allow for stunning displays and thereby much improved user experiences. Here are some of our favourites:

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

2018 saw a lot more websites follow this design. A big thumbs up from us!

2) Creative Scrolls

We love that the scroll has taken on more of a ‘role’ than just the vertical slide. The scroll has been used as a horizontal scroll, a colour scroll, a feature scroll, a tour scroll & so much more than what it started out as. We can attribute this trend to the boom of smart devices with touch screens in the recent years allowing for ‘swipe’ in the manner that the user may prefer rather than the conventional vertical scroll.

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

Tour Scroll Courtesy: OhDeerGames

 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

Do also take a look at Swiss Airlines‘ website too. We love how the scroll gives you a feel of flight take off while taking you through the features of the airline

3) Innovative Page Layouts

2015 brought about a trend that introduced innovative page layouts. No longer are designers afraid to play with different layers, shapes, asymmetry, and angles. The trend helped move away from the standard front facing images, flat layouts to more asymmetrical and “edgy”. The screen rotation feature, the zoom feature, the HD display on smart devices probably cajoled designers to experiment and explore even allowing for more, realistic images. Images took quite the forefront in designs in the past year owing to image heavy sites like Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr & Instagram in the recent years. Take a look at some of these designs with different page layouts.

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

4) The Preloaders

We all dislike the ‘load’ icon primarily because it is those very seconds that makes us wait, get bored while we wait and wait some more. And although greater bandwidth and connectivity have reduced the load time, 2018 set the trend for visually appealing & engaging preloaders.

 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

5) App-like Designs

Hidden navigation, cleaner designs, menus stacked under a single icon of 3-4 lines (also known as a “hamburger”), sidebars disappearing to make room for more content, all became quite a fad in 2018 when designers began taking into consideration the mobile-viewing market. More and more website designs mimic app designs due to the growing familiarity with app interfaces.

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

6) Ghost Buttons

From screaming, loud call-to-action buttons to transparent to translucent, less-obstructive, seamless, no-fill buttons, the evolution has been obvious in 2018 designs. These buttons compliment the minimalist design feel, making it a perfect fit. Like the app-like designs, the ghost buttons too became a full blown trend after apps became increasingly popular and users, familiar, all owing to the smart devices/ smart phone boom.

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

The trends in 2018 shifted the perception of websites from boring, cluttered, load-heavy to sleek, interesting & worth visiting, reviving the platform for marketing, show-casing & making the brand’s online presence worth it.

7) Micro Interactions

Micro-interactions are inviting and compel the user to explore more as they are visually stimulating in nature. Whenever you perform a certain task on a web page and there is a response it evokes micro-interaction. Micro-interactions aims to involve your user with your website to create a mutually expressive and smart environment.

For example, when you log in to your Instagram page and see a red dot on the heart symbol it signifies a micro-interaction. A chime, a beep, GIFs, hover and scrolling animations, and much more are all types of micro-interactions. 2019 is set to rely on and feature micro-interactions.

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 subtle and classic web designing styles Web Design Trends That Ruled 2018

We’re excited for all 2019 has to offer. Look out for an upcoming post on the path-breaking designs that are touted to create quite a stir this year!

*The above images are for illustration purposes only. ResellerClub has not claimed any copyright or IPR. Please contact us or leave a comment if you would like to be attributed.

 Article updated in June 2019

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Hosting

When is it the Right Time to Move?

Choosing a web hosting for your business can be quite a critical decision. Is it time for your company to move from VPS to Dedicated Hosting? When is the right time? To answer these questions, it’s imperative to look at the differences between the two types of hosting. We’ve put it down in an infographic format so you make an informed choice.

Choosing a web hosting for your business can be quite a critical decision When is it the Right Time to Move?

 

To know more about VPS and Dedicated Servers with ResellerClub, click here.

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ResellerClub Presents HostingCon India 2015: An Event to Remember!

As we enter 2016, we’re stoked about the things we’re going to see unravel through the coming months- new product launches, brand new partners, new targets, bigger, better events & new business. And although we do believe new years are new beginnings, it’s hard to let the year begin without the mention of our biggest, most successful event that closed out our 2015 with a promise of a fantastic 2016!

The ResellerClub Presents HostingCon event was a 2 day event held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center which drew a record number of people from the web industry and others. We thank each of you for attending the event. The interesting line-up of speakers ensured a packed auditorium more often than not. From Santosh Gannavarapu (Co-Founder & Head – SMB, Sokrat) to Mahesh Murthy (Founder – Pinstorm, Managing Partner – Seedfund) to Sachin Pukale (Founder – Internet of Things), the speakers engaged the audience on topics ranging from Internet Security, to Digital India Campaign to Net Neutrality and Online Advertising.

In case you couldn’t be there, we’ve curated for you, the presentation decks from our speakers so you don’t miss out. Click below to access the presentations.

The venue was buzzing with enthusiastic attendees trying their hand at shooting hoops, clicking selfies, attending sessions, interacting with the industry’s best, networking & just enjoying themselves at the event. It’s impossible to encapsulate the spirit of the event in words alone. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.

re going to see unravel through the coming months ResellerClub Presents HostingCon India 2015: An Event to Remember!

Speaking about the event, Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head at ResellerClub said, “ResellerClub presents HostingCon India 2015 was an incredible success, to say the least. The turnout far exceeded our expectations and the energy, ideas and vigor shown by the online presence enablers community left me in no doubt that India is set for a great leap in bridging the digital divide in 2016. In addition, our outstanding speaker sessions got a tremendous response and made the event fruitful for all attendees. I’d like to thank all delegates and hope they enjoyed networking with the Industry’s best, & garnered critical business insights.”

Riding on the success of the ResellerClub Presents HostingCon Event that took place last month, we enter the new year with a fresh breath of air, thrilled, hopeful & pumped! We look forward to seeing you at the ResellerClub Presents HostingCon China, this year. A big thank you to you, our resellers, for all that we’ve achieved together this past year. We wish you a Happy New Year!

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