web hosting – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png web hosting – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 Importance of web hosting to business https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1858/importance-of-web-hosting-to-business/ https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1858/importance-of-web-hosting-to-business/#respond Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:23:07 +0000 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/?p=1858 serversThe world of business is very ruthless and unfair in some cases. It is a platform where only the mighty survive and those who cannot handle such pressure are eaten alive so to speak. Enter the web and the different businesses are given a platform on which they can be equal despite the fact that the bank balances vary. Web hosting has sort of leveled the business platform for both the giant businesses and the small and medium sized companies. The idea is simple: on one hand the big businesses are able to further stretch their saturation limits and continually access new markets while on the other hand giving the small and medium sized companies an opportunity to fight for space and grow.

Running your website can be a very big task especially if you do not have the knowhow to go about it. In most cases, the people who create their own websites are just trying to save on some money. However, with the web hosting services that are now available, it is now possible for them operate on virtually the same plane as the larger companies with more cash to spill. The web hosting services not only offer administration and proper administration of the website but also provide an opportunity to optimize the website and make it more visible on the World Wide Web. In essence, this is an edge that is provided to the business through the different web hosting services that are available.

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Important Features of Secure Web Hosting https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1755/important-features-of-secure-web-hosting/ https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1755/important-features-of-secure-web-hosting/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:30:29 +0000 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/?p=1755 Web hosting security  security is perhaps the greatest concern of providers and users alike. Hackers and malicious entities pervade the internet, putting valuable information at risk. Secure web hosting is particularly important for sites that facilitate transactions (i.e. online shops) and sites that transmit and receive massive amounts of sensitive data.

 Why Security’s Very Important

Your website is a crucial part of your business. It’s created to support customer relations and company objectives. Secure web hosting warrants that your site keeps doing what it’s intended to do. The difficult (almost unthinkable) reality is that once your web hosting server has been attacked, your business reputation can be seriously tarnished. Security attacks can result to loss of huge amounts of money; decreased customer trust; proliferation of wrong information about your business; and partial or complete damage of your web platform.

The internet is truly an amazing tool of convenience and web hosting services make this tool more accessible to potential markets. Unfortunately, the web also provides opportunities for terrible acts. Web hosting security is not something you should take lightly, especially now that cyber felons and criminals operate in more cunning and wily ways.

Web Hosting Security Features to Look Out For

When considering options from the vast sea of web hosting providers, take into account the completeness of the package they are offering. First, make sure that they include daily malware detection in their services. Malware (thousands of which are spreading on the internet) can come in form of scripts, viruses, worms and just about anything that comprises your site’s integrity. It is imperative that the web hosting service that you choose is keen on consistently protecting you from any kind of software that can disrupt your computer systems.

Secondly, your web hosting provider should have accessible and regular backup schemes that are free of charge or that come at a reasonable cost. Daily, weekly or monthly backups help ensure that in the event your system is compromised or when natural disasters occur, you’ll have a way to retrieve your information. Most web hosting providers ask you to pay extra for this service because it requires the use of secure, off-site data centers.

Thirdly, your web hosting package must include reliable encryption methods and access management. Encryption keeps your data safe during transit amidst prying and suspicious eyes. Access management is essential in web hosting because it keeps unauthorized individuals from gaining control of your entire site.

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How to Improve Your Small Business Blog https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1694/how-to-improve-your-small-business-blog/ https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1694/how-to-improve-your-small-business-blog/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:01:56 +0000 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/?p=1694 Blogs can be a powerful marketing tool for small businesses, helping you talk directly to your customers and build your brand.  Blogging tools such as WordPress, Open Blog and Serendipity make it quick and easy to create a blog, and a study by IBM shows 63% of business blogs increase consumer interaction with products and new services. When written and published in the right way, creating content online can help grow a community of customers who want to learn more about your services and help to generate business from your website.

With fierce competition and more and more businesses now publishing information on the web, it has never been more important to optimise the quality and content of your online posts. In order to really reap the benefits of blogging, if you want to project your brand and generate more traffic to your site, there are some key areas to look at. These include the length, content and the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of the words in your blog. We have created a checklist of the most important steps to improve your online content below.

Tips and Tricks For Improving Your Blog

  1. Create Useful Content – The most successful blogs are those that find a niche in the market and explore it. Some questions to ask yourself include: Does my web page serve a need for specific information? Does it entertain, clarify, inform or educate? Writing for the sake of writing won’t necessarily retain an audience.
  2. Make it Reader-Focused – It is essential for any small business to write for the end user, rather than focusing on your own business interests. Research your audience through social networking sites and forums. Browse similar business pages to yours and find out what customers want to hear about and comment on. How can you best address and answer these questions over other sites?
  3. Keep Blogs Up-To-Date – News is constantly updated on the web. Is your blog doing the same? An online sport retailer might keep customers informed of the latest sportswear they stock through blogs, for example. In order to gain a strong following and to address key issues, you should ensure your writing keeps up to date with your customers, their needs and with what’s happening now.
  4. Include Links to Other Sources – Linking to other writers, media and websites (like your Facebook company profile) in your post gives your customers some context and can strengthen trust and reputation. A small garage, for instance, might benefit from customer reviews and recommendations on their blog.
  5. Keep your Message Simple – Your post should present its message in an easy-to-read manner. Cutting out descriptive words and making sure you only have one main message keeps your articles concise. Try to tell your story with a beginning, middle and end. An average reader’s attention span is 96 seconds per blog, so you want to catch your customers’ attention immediately. Shorter, regular posts generate stronger readership over longer and irregular blogs.
  6. Presentation – Presenting information in bite-sized chunks is another way to keep your content engaging: try using lists, vary the formatting and use headers and pictures to liven up your blog. A florist’s small business blog, for example, may scatter images of plants among the text in the post to add interest.
  7. Use Titles Carefully – Imagine telling a neighbour what your post is about in the space of five seconds. Use this summary to create a short and snappy title to clearly outline your post for your customers. Those finding your blog through Twitter and search engines want to get the gist of an entire article in the title.
  8. Catchy Content – Studies show people remember just 60% of what they have read online. Improving your SEO in blogs addresses this reality. Tagging posts with buzzwords and keywords will help get content featured in search engine results – which helps customers reach your blog.

Heather Gorringe, founder of online horticultural business Wiggly Wigglers (lywwww.wigglywigglers.co.ukigglers.co.uk), has run a blog since September 2005 to promote her company and had this to say about blogging: “Google and other search engines really do like websites that are updated with new content regularly and that means that we are more likely to appear higher in the search rankings when people are looking for things we supply. Interesting and informative content on our blog helps us to build our reputation as a brand, a thought leader, and somebody worth listening to.”

Successful blogs tackle important issues and start up a conversation between the business and the end user. With the sheer amount of posts online, and competition for readers increasing, think carefully about how you present your content.

To integrate your blog into your website and for more apps to help bring your content to life, take a look at Names.co.uk’s 1-Click Installs, which include the World’s number one blogging tool WordPress at Namesc0’s wordpress hosting page

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Reconsider your hosting needs and save money https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1573/reconsider-your-hosting-needs-and-save-money/ Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:04:01 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1573/reconsider-your-hosting-needs-and-save-money/ network cable
Do you really need 500 GB of space and a terabyte of bandwidth? What about that quad-core server you’ve been renting for the last twelve months? While web hosting needs often increase over time, they can decrease as well, often without you realizing it.

If you have a high-end web hosting plan or a large server, it might be worthwhile to double check and see if you are really using what you’re paying for. You might discover that while you needed a dual-core server a few months ago due to a high traffic event, things are back to normal and single core machine will suffice. Or maybe you overestimated your needs when you bought that $29.99 web hosting plan.

Either way, it’s a smart idea to double-check your hosting usage. You could save hundreds of dollars.

Hosting Company Shuts Down Blogging Service https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1565/hosting-company-shuts-down-blogging-service/ Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:00:21 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1565/hosting-company-shuts-down-blogging-service/ The incident apparently began with the FBI monitoring certain web blogs for terrorist activity. Al-Qaeda is known to operate and spread their communication through the Internet, but the odd part about this shut down is that it was a community web service with many users.

The blogging service, Blogetery, reportedly hosted over 70,000 blogs, and most of those users had nothing to do with terrorism. Furthermore, the owner of the service is not being accused of terrorist activity either. The hosting company, Burst.net sent a warning to Alexander Yusupov to take down the sites but did not supply any official evidence of the FBI investigation. The FBI says that it did not order the service to be shut down and that Burst.net took that action on its own.

The sad part of all of this is that possibly thousands of blogs have just been erased from the Web with little regard for the innocent people who used them. The lesson to be learned, however, is that any website or service should have backups, even if the content is created by other users. Furthermore, with as many as 70,000 blogs, they also should have had some type of redundancy in place to prevent total data loss, even if it were accidental.

Source: Times Newsline

Business web hosting https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1544/business-web-hosting/ Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:05:18 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1544/business-web-hosting/ If you own a business and don’t have a website, it’s time to get with the plan. You may already have someone to design your site and a domain, but what about business web hosting?

For most small business websites, shared hosting is more than adequate. If you have a simple HTML site and don’t plan on receiving much traffic, you should not pay more than £7 a month for a hosting plan.

If your site uses a content management system (CMS) or has a lot of Flash content, a VPS would be a good investment if you will receive more than 400 visitors per day. Busier sites might need a dedicated server.

There are many hosting providers out there that offer “business web hosting,” but any web host will work just fine. Just make sure you are comfortable with the level of support offered. Medium and large businesses often host sites in-house.

How to block an IP address from your website https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/566/how-to-block-an-ip-address-from-your-website/ Fri, 09 Oct 2009 21:49:25 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/566/how-to-block-an-ip-address-from-your-website/ Browser with laptop

It is always important to check your website logs. Many web hosting providers will give you access to them, even if they do not tell you they do. In a virtual hosting account, there will be a log directory with Apache server logs. Among other things, it will tell you the IP addresses of your visitors.

Sometimes you have pesky visitors to your site who just do not get the hint. It may be someone who constantly leaves nasty posts on your message forum or someone with even more malicious intentions. Regardless of the reason, a simple htaccess file can help you tremendously. In the root directory of your website, make an .htaccess file or edit the current one, entering the following information:

order allow,deny
deny from
allow from all

You can change the “deny from” to any IP address, and you can add more than one “deny from” line. This will give someone coming from that IP address an access denied error.

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New service detects malware on websites https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/176/new-service-detects-malware-on-websites/ Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:38:29 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/176/new-service-detects-malware-on-websites/ Malware detection in Safari
Dasient is a new web site service created by former Google employees, Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi, and Ameet Randive. The service crawls the web and detects malware, malicious software that is harmful to computers. The software locates the problematic code on the site and then quarantines it, effectively cleaning the site of malware.

Using the Desient technology, web hosting providers will be able to diagnose malware before hey are blacklisted and thereby lose customers. The new company received $2 million in funding from several companies.

It’s “a challenging engineering problem,” says Daswani of performing diagnostics on malware-infected sites and quarantining code without disrupting site use. The Dasient Web Anti-Malware service, which starts from $50 per month, is still in an “alpha” stage in some respects, especially the malware-quarantining capability, Dasient’s co-founders acknowledge. The malware quarantining feature requires a Dasient software module to be installed on a Web server for protection.

Source: Computerworld
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