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Blogetery Blog Hosting Site Closes Down

July 30th, 2010 . by Claire

On July 9th, 2010, the Blogetery blog hosting company appeared to take down its website with no warning. The company reportedly hosted 73,000 blogs. These also disappeared. Blogetery was hosted by BurstNet, and it appears that it took down the site against the wishes of its webmaster, Alexander Yusupov. Why Did Blogetery Close? Copyright infringement was suspected [...]

5 Tips For Buying a Domain Name

July 28th, 2010 . by Claire

We’ve already talked about warning signs when buying a hosting account. Now, let’s look at the pitfalls of buying a domain. Domains are usually significantly cheaper than hosting accounts, but we tend to buy many more domains. It doesn’t take long for domain name ownership to become expensive. So how do you avoid getting burned on [...]

Getting Host Support: Email or Phone?

July 26th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Your site is down. You realize that you need to contact support and you visit your host’s contact page. There, you are faced with a decision: Do you reach for the telephone and give them a call? Or do you send them an email/file a trouble ticket? Most people find talking to a human being [...]

What Is a Tier 3 Data Center?

July 23rd, 2010 . by Claire

Hosting companies often boast about their datacenter facilities. In the blurb on the website, you’ll sometimes see the facility’s tier mentioned. You might notice terms like top tier, or tier 3, usually presented without clear explanation. So what does this tier system mean – and what’s so great about a tier 4 facility? Understanding Datacenter Tiers Every [...]

5 Hosting Freebies You Could Claim

July 21st, 2010 . by Claire

If you’ve researched web hosting and read host reviews, you probably have a good idea what your chosen host offers. But have you ever explored the additional perks of your package? Here are five features you might not know you’ve got. 1. Migration Assistance If you need to transfer from one host to another, migration [...]

Getting a Free WordPress Theme With Hosting

July 18th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Many hosts now offer their own WordPress theme galleries, packed full of professional quality layouts for your site or blog. Is it worth signing up to a host just to bag a free premium theme?Keep up with posts like this by subscribing to our RSS feed, or following @WhoIsHosting on Twitter.

Does the Location Of a Web Host Really Matter?

July 16th, 2010 . by Claire

Every byte data on the web also exists in a physical location. The cloud is a method of duplicating those bytes in multiple physical locations. But they still exist somewhere. So does location really matter in web hosting? Does Closer Mean Better? The location of the data – in other words, the server – matters, [...]

10 Hosts Who Blog

July 14th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Does your host have a blog? Surprisingly, many don’t. A blog is an excellent, free and easy way for a host to stay in contact with their clients at times other than when a trouble ticket is filed. It’s a chance to put a more human face on the company, let clients see what goes [...]

How a Web Host Handles Downtime

July 12th, 2010 . by Claire

In web hosting, downtime is often unavoidable. Even Wikipedia, which has two datacenters, suffered an extended period of downtime earlier this month. A good host will respond to downtime in a certain way. They’ll consider their clients as well as the technical problems. 1. Your Host Should Be Proactive Ideally, your host should notice downtime [...]

5 cPanel Tricks You Didn’t Know About

July 9th, 2010 . by Claire

cPanel is probably the most popular web hosting control panel in the world. It’s reliable, affordable, secure and intuitive. It’s also packed with useful features. Here are five useful cPanel tricks to try on your site. (Remember: your host may use a skinned version of cPanel, so you may have to hunt for these options [...]

Will You Be Sending Your Host a 1099 Form?

July 7th, 2010 . by Claire

[Note: Since this article was published, the law has been repealed. We're keeping this basic information online for posterity.] Recent changes to US health care legislation could have knock-on effects on your tax arrangements. From 2012, if you spend more than $600 per year on your hosting, you may have to send your host a [...]

7 Web Hosts You Need to Know

July 5th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Almost everyone has their own top list of Web hosting companies. Some are editor-driven, others are user-driven; some are based on popularity, others are based on reviews. However, they all tend to focus on larger, better-known companies that are widely respected in the field. With that in mind, I’ve visited half a dozen different sites [...]

How to Fix 3 Common Hosting Problems

July 2nd, 2010 . by Claire

When you buy hosting, you normally get support as part of the deal (unless you’ve bought an unmanaged hosting plan). But sometimes, there’s no need to rely on support. Here are three things that could happen often – and might be easy to fix. 1.  Site is Down First, be honest: did you do something? [...]