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Hostgator Adds cPanel Backup Service: Site Auto Backup

April 30th, 2010 . by Claire

Hostgator has announced a new backup service aimed at cPanel and WHM users. Site Auto Backup gives cPanel users low-cost, automated daily offsite backups. Customers do not have to have their hosting with Hostgator to use it. Site Auto Backup is priced at $1.95 per month for the first GB and $1 for every GB beyond that. [...]

Transmit: FTP for Macs

April 28th, 2010 . by Claire

In order to move files to your web host, you’ll need an FTP application. On Macs, Cyberduck is a well-rounded FTP client, but it can be patchy at times. Panic Software has developed Transmit, a $29.95 FTP client that we enjoyed using. About Transmit FTP Transmit is an FTP client primarily, but it also supports WebDAV and Amazon [...]

Should I Choose a Host With More Servers?

April 26th, 2010 . by Claire

Few hosts will readily admit how many servers they have. But this recent infographic from Intect gives us some idea. Intec made an educated guess as to the number of servers used by 15 of the biggest companies in the industry. The numbers are based on estimates from Data Center Knowledge and provide an intriguing clue as to the [...]

Free Speech Hosting: Does it Offer Protection?

April 23rd, 2010 . by Claire

Computer Tyme Web Hosting offers ‘free speech web hosting’. It’s designed to offer a save haven for those with controversial opinions that traditional hosts may not welcome. In fact, there are a number of free speech web hosts that can help in that regard. Does free speech web hosting offer any protection? What Is Free Speech Hosting? [...]

The Small Print: 5 Things To Ask Your Host

April 21st, 2010 . by Claire

Most web hosting providers will ask you to sign a contract. Have you checked the terms of yours? Here are five terms that could trip you up. 1. Types of Content Allowed Check what types of content your host will allow. No reputable hosts will allow illegal content, but they may allow adult content, controversial [...]

Review: Are We Up? App For iPhone

April 19th, 2010 . by Claire

Up until now, site monitoring apps have been few and far between. Pingdom and Are My Sites Up? both offer native apps for the iPhone which work very well. Priced at $4.99, the Are We Up? app is more expensive than its competitors, but Are We Up? comes with something the others don’t: free monitoring [...]

Myths About Small Web Hosting Providers

April 16th, 2010 . by Claire

When choosing a web hosting company, what’s better: a large company or a small provider? It depends what your needs are. Let’s take a look at the differences between them. Do You Need Support? Some customers think a smaller host will have more time for supporting its customers. But the ratio of support staff to customers [...]

How Much Bandwidth Does Your Website Really Need?

April 14th, 2010 . by Jonathan

One of the stickier challenges in finding a hosting solution is determining just how much server bandwidth your site will need. When you compare hosting plans, bandwidth (along with storage space) becomes much more important. Unlike storage space, which can easily be controlled by deleting or offloading content as needed, bandwidth requires flexibility and subtle [...]

How Web Hosts Advertise Their Services

April 12th, 2010 . by Claire

Hostgator has recently launched a nationwide billboard campaign in the USA. Companies like Hostgator rarely advertise in this way. But why? Hosting Advertising Some hosting companies have relied on affiliates to do their marketing for them. But the economic slowdown means they’re having to get creative. Hostgator isn’t just investing in Web ads and billboards. [...]

3 Ways to Get Your Hosting For Free

April 8th, 2010 . by Claire

Free web hosts are handy, but free services aren’t always useful. For most people, a regular hosting account provides everything they need – but at a cost. So what if you need help with the price of your hosting plan? 1. Use a Coupon Coupons aren’t just for grocery stores. Web hosting is a very [...]

How to Avoid the Hosting Hard Sell

April 6th, 2010 . by Claire

Like any service, web hosting is a very varied business. One person’s perfect package could be overkill for another. When buying hosting, you’ll need to avoid overspending on things you don’t need. That means you need to be a savvy shopper. Here are some of the tricks hosting companies use to push prices up and [...]

‘Failover’ Hosting is Redundant – Literally

April 2nd, 2010 . by Claire

Whether you’re new to hosting or looking to switch, you’ll be fully aware that downtime is the number one thing you want to avoid. Downtime is a major concern for hosting customers, and it’s one of the main reasons people switch providers. Web hosts use uptime as a marketing strategy, offering prominent guarantees and promises of compensation. [...]