Future of Web Hosting Providers


Web hosters are always concerned about sustainability, continuity, and business growth as business needs continuous up-gradation and updates to keep pace with continuously changing technology. Big companies take over the small companies, and those who want to run their companies struggle to cope with big brands’ sophisticated, long-term hosting models. The big brands have money & human resource to plan, create strategies, and appropriately implement their processes. They apply various methods to interact with multiple stakeholders, especially their customers. The support team interacts with the technical or back-end team to help customers solve problems or issues related to their managed applications or infrastructure.

I’ve found some small hosting businesses are also managing smartly, with a limited number of customers. Runs their hosting services on public cloud VPS servers, cPanel Control Panel, Cloud Linux, and Immunify365. Their clients are individuals or small businesses with limited resource requirements. They also keep their support systems always manned to provide the best connectivity.

Most hosting businesses are emerging as Software As A Service Providers, where they have hosted applications on AWS, Vultr, or Google Cloud Computing Server. Their client needs minimal functionality, as they are more concerned with hosted applications. The hosters are termed differently, like e-commerce platform providers, educational platform providers, and health platforms. These platforms provide all the sector-related operations. SaaS providers are emerging quickly in the market and can gain a customer base by offering complete solutions.

Thus, the hosting industry seems to be divided into Public & Private Cloud Providers, Data Centers, and SaaS Providers.

BHJ – Web Hosting Ranking Site


Business Hosting Journal is one more review and rating website in the web hosting industry, run by SCPL as a statistics and analytical company. The website is updated daily with the latest reviews, web hosting trends, industry news, technology updates, tutorials, forums, press releases, and resolutions to most web hosting issues. BHJ collaborates with SiteGeek to rank web hosting providers in various categories like Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VPS, Dedicated Servers, Local Hosting, and SSD hosting. Daily the website publishes numerous articles related to the web hosting industry. The website is affiliated with a few web hosting companies. It receives affiliate income whenever hosting consumers purchase the hosting plan by clicking the banner links—the affiliate income help to defray the site’s operating cost. The website claims to provide honest hosting editorially independent reviews by website visitors.

BHJ discusses hosting experiences and ranks legitimate hosting providers on a scale of their hosting processes, resources, security, support, and customer services. Thus, it helps the hosting consumer evaluate the most vital features for its business or individual website or application. The hosting industry is completely consumer-centric, and good customer support is crucial for success. No business or personnel continuously pays the hosting provider who doesn’t offer the best value and customer services. Every customer wants a hosting company to resolve the issues before it comes to them.

Before Damage, preventive mesaure must be taken. A hosting provider must ensure 24×7 technical support via experienced experts who can resolve customer issues asap.

Rohit Kumar (BHJ)

An issue may arise anytime in a hosting business, but if somebody is available to address it and get the best solution on time, it makes the best customer experience. Hence, the hosting provider must ensure the technical staff is available via phone, trouble ticket, email to answer questions and concerns. Everybody understands that most hosting consumers don’t want to wait, but they need immediate responses or resolutions to their technical issues.

Every business knows how much downtime can cause headaches, financial setbacks, and setbacks to Google ranking. They always want 100% website content available to their customers or visitors, and they are right in that. A hosting provider must always provide explanations or reasons for the issues or downtime. And if it is due to server maintenance, then intimate the customer well in advance. If the hosting provider fails to do so, then the knee-jerk reaction from hosting customers is obvious. A hosting consumer looks towards the provider and blames them for downtime for every issue. Thus, a hosting provider must always be responsive and provide timely notifications.

Most hosting consumers trust web hosting reviews and rating websites like Ananova, SiteGeek, Chatwoo, and BHJ to get a sense of web hosting reliability. The hosting consumers look for various hosting features in the hosting providers listing, like effective data backups process to prevent data loss, upgrades, updates, maintenance notification, customer support, uptime guarantee, etc.

Rohit Kumar, BHJ, says, “I’m sure, most of the hosting consumers never go through host’s service level agreement, they just take few moments to skim and then took buying decision, which they already thought in their mind.” However, it is always recommended to go through the service agreement, mentioning the uptime guarantee and the host’s redundancy arrangements.

BHJ suggests that consumers go for public cloud hosting providers like ‘Google Cloud’ or ‘AWS’ to host a business website, providing the best backup and disaster recovery plan. They have the best support on cloud computing, and the hosting specs meet the consumer needs and are fully scalable. A customer does not have to worry about disk space and bandwidth on cloud computing. Most websites have quality full-size images, downloads, extensive audio and video, and content. The customer gets as much as required and can scale later as needs arise.

Looking To Blog? Give Roon A Try.


You might be familiar with the likes of Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. They are ‘The Big 3’ in terms of blogging platforms. They offer a wonderful experience for readers, but what if that’s more than you need? If you don’t need free or cheap hosting of your media-rich blog complete with fancy theme, there are other choices.

One of them is Medium, founded by the same people who founded Twitter. However, it’s not available to the general public as of yet. Ghost is another that has yet to be released. But isn’t there anything that’s usable right now?

Try Roon: simple; easy to use; and multi-device compatible.

Roon

This handy little blogging platform is free of charge, and simple to use. Just sign up for free: choose a username and password, and proceed to the minimalistic dashboard. If you wish to begin immediately posting things, just click the ‘+’ button.

The toolbar is located at the bottom of the draft post. It offers basic formatting commands — bold, italic, underline, and highlight — along with the ability to add subheadings and images directly to your post.

If you would rather insert code manually for formatting purposes (there are those out there who don’t want to stop typing and would prefer coding to clicking a button), do the following: Bold, Italic; Underline; ==Highlighted==; and #Heading. Note: you probably know this, but just in case you don’t, you want to type the text you want formatted between the characters rather than ‘Italic’ or ‘Underline.’ Ex: to bold the word dog, you’d type dog.

The dashboard is split into two columns. One side contains a list of all of your posts in draft form, the other features all published posts. You can save any post as a draft to return to edit later. If you wish to delete a post, simply open it in the backend and click the trashcan icon located at the bottom of the post.

Considerations

You might not be used to this, especially if you have used other blogging platforms: when drafting your post in Roon, a line break in the backend does not equate to a line break in the post viewers will see. If you want text to be on the next line, you must hit Enter twice.

At the top of your draft post, you can put a header image in to sit above the blog post using the image button. Roon recommends using a 2000px image to assure it’s responsive across all devices. At the top of the draft window, you’ll find buttons to save, publish, and preview.

Settings

The settings, as I’ve said before, are minimalistic. That can be translated to mean limited as well. Personal settings, which are editable: name; bio; email address; Twitter username; and one website URL.

Blog settings exist in another tab. You are able to configure custom domain settings (which will set you back $12/year), choose a blog title, choose between only two fonts, change color, and export your blog. That’s a big one: if Roon goes down, your blog posts aren’t lost forever!

Try Roon if you’re looking to shine a light on your content rather than flashy designs and icons.

What blogging platform do you rely on?

Cleversafe, Symform, and Cloud Dispersion Technology


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There’s a notion in the cloud hosting world that dispersing data is a safer and more secure way of storing information. There are currently two companies offering businesses the cloud dispersing option: Cleversafe and Symform. Both companies offer similar services with subtle differences.

Cyberbullying: Who Should Be Held Accountable?


Cyberbullying: Who Should Be Held Accountable?

Whether you run a simple Internet forum for like-minded individuals or a social media site like Myspace, bullying is an issue. Online, a bully can feel invincible, protected by the vast enormity of the worldwide Web. Confronting someone on the Internet is so much easier than doing it in person.

Ghost: A New Open Source Blog Host


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A new startup called Ghost is aiming to change the face of blogging. Ghost is an open-source blogging platform that solely focuses on blogging – nothing else. It is a platform that has been developed strictly for journalists and writers, and it has a ton of user-friendly appeal.

10 Interesting WordPress Facts


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Back in May, WordPress had its 10th Anniversary. That’s right, it’s been ten year since WordPress first opened its virtual doors! Kind of an amazing thought, right? Well, there are some other things that you might not know about WordPress either. Take a look at these top 10 WordPress facts!

What WordPress Doesn’t Tell You


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WordPress plugins make blogging life easier. The only issue is that WordPress doesn’t notify users if a particular plugin no longer works or has been removed from the WordPress directory for virus-related reasons. This means that you could be running a WordPress plugin that might be a hazard.

Lavabit Shuts Down For Good – Causes Snowball Effect


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What happens if you have been told by the government to hand over encrypted email information? What if that information is included in the same email service that Edward Snowden used? If your name is Ladar Levinson and you are the owner of Levabit LLC, you shut your service down.

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