Archive for the ‘LowCost-Webspace Hosting’ Category
In the ever continuing quest to improve service to their clients LowCost-Webspace has completed moving all clients to a new server.
Moving to a new server always carries a certain amount of risk, in that something may not function exactly as it did on the previous server.
Thanks to the preparation and testing carried out before moving all clients, 99% of these potential pitfalls were avoided.
Clients were kept informed at every step and the co-operation from them played a large part in being able to have such a painless move.
Nothing is perfect in this world no matter how much we want it to be and Lowcost-Webspace is not ashamed to stand up and say there were a couple of minor hiccups. However they were quickly and efficiently dealt with.
All in all LowCost-Webspace are pleased to say that the change over went very smoothly and with no interruption to service for their clients.
The new dual core 3.0Ghz processor and changing to a 100MB port allow faster processing and Internet access
The server software was also upgraded and the latest stable versions of Apache, PHP, and MySql were installed.
Why you need your own Web Site
There are many people that think setting up a web site at one of the many free hosting sites is a quick way to get started on the Internet and make some money.
Well if you are just setting up a personal page and have no intentions of trying to make any money on the Internet they are a good solution. On the other hand if you do intend to use the site to help you earn an income then they are definitely not the way to go.
There are several reasons for this.
One of the biggest reasons is that most if not all free web site hosting companies place their own ads very prominently on your free site. This takes focus away from what you are promoting.
Many free hosting companies have restrictions on what you can do with your site.
These free hosting sites can at any time, as has happened in the past, suddenly turn round and say pay or lose your site.
Another problem is that when people see that you are using a free hosting site they are not going to take you seriously. If you are claiming to be making money then why are you using a free hosting?
If you are not making any claims but are promoting some money making program/business then the question that comes to mind is why is this person using a free hosting site if they are promoting these programs/businesses that claim to make you money, surely if the programs are working for them they should be able to afford to set up their own domain.
There is also the problem that if you do start with a free site and have worked hard to get traffic to it then when you are ready to expand and get your own domain name you will find all that hard work has been wasted and you have to start all over again building traffic to your new domain.
If you want to build a business and be taken seriously then you need to invest a little time and money and do it right.
I will take you through the steps that are needed to get yourself set up in the following articles.
Bill Brown aka Bjantiques
Points to consider when looking for hosting.
There are literally hundreds of hosting services to be found on the Internet. These range from the big well known companies down through the smaller independent operations, and down to the one/two man operations that are resellers for the bigger companies.
So How do you decide who is right for you?
Is support by ticket only or can you actually talk to someone live and if so can they take action for you or do they have to pass everything on to someone else?
What is the turn round time for support? How long does it take to get a ticket answered?
Can you talk to the company before you sign up for a hosting package to ensure you get the package that is right for you, not the package that earns them the most money
We have clients that can testify that they came to us fully prepared to buy the premium package and after discussing their needs we have convinced them to invest in an economy package.
Why? Because we serve your best interests.
Pitfalls to watch out for.
Many companies these days offer “unlimited” bandwidth and / or disk space.Lets face it, nothing is unlimited, there will more than likely be a fair usage policy hidden somewhere in small print.
Most Server Hard drives are at most 500Gb to 1000Gb (although now there are larger drives coming on to the market but these are not very common yet). And most servers have 1 or at best 2 drives in them.Based on this information a company offering 200Gb of drive space, could only have a maximum of 5 clients per server! This is a totally unrealistic number unless they are prepared to run their business at a loss as server costs would far outweigh the income.The only way they can make their server viable is to oversell the space and then hope and pray that most of their clients will not actually use all the space they have been allocated.Which of course, they probably won’t as most web site owners only need a small amount of disk space and 500 Mb is far more than enough for most purposes, especially if you are not planning on using data bases.The hosting companies don’t tell you this in their hype. They just sell you 200GB, knowing you are paying for something you are never going to use. And if you tried to use it, you would quickly discover it wasn’t in fact yours, but was shared with every other website owner!
This again is in most cases oversold by most companies and again they hope and pray that most of their clients will not use very much.
When LowCost-Webspace was set up we did various calculations based on
The amount of disk space available to us
The amount of bandwidth allocated by the Data center
The disk space usage of an average website
The average bandwidth used by an average website owner
The necessity of a reserve drive and bandwith space for anyone that needs any extra over and above the standard package allocations.
LowCost Webspace guarantees to NEVER oversell disk space. We invest in extra drive space and / or bandwidth according to the need of our customers. If you need more, we buy more. We do not simply let you use someone else’s in the hope that they don’t need it.
Bill Brown aka Bjantiques
Skype id Bjantiques
Don’t just sign up for a hosting account.
One mistake many people make, especially those just starting out, is to rush out and get a domain name and a hosting package and then it just sits there with nothing on it while they figure out what they want to do with the site and then build it.
Your first step should always be decide what you are going to do with your site then find an appropriate domain name that is available. You can register the domain name before you invest in hosting but you will probably find it beneficial to talk to your proposed web host first. Should you choose LowCost-Webspace I will help you in choosing a domain name suitable to what you need and you will also be able to decide what type of hosting package you need before you even start making your site.
When registering your domain name, we recommend Namecheap.com and they are our preferred Domain name registration service.
Once you have your domain name registered, you can point that domain to another site, while you are waiting to get your site up and running with your own hosting.
Once you have your own site built, you are ready to purchase a hosting package!
Here is what I do want you to do.
To ensure you get cheap site hosting that fits your needs, I want you to get on Skype, (you can download it free from here if you don’t already have it) add Bjantiques to your contacts, and talk to me.
(You can always click on the Skype button on the right hand side of this page to contact me. If it happens to say offline try anyway, sometimes the button does not reflect my true status)
LowCost-Webspace is committed to ensuring we only accept suitable clients to whom we are 100% confident we can offer the exact package that fits their requirements. We cannot keep that committment if we do not speak with them first.
Bill Brown aka Bjantiques
LowCost-Webspace is a small friendly independent company born out of the frustration of broken promises, poor service and a general lack of interest in our needs from the various companies we had our sites hosted with.
During our time of hosting our sites with various hosting companies, we found that they all had one thing in common – a severe lack of interest is us, their customers.
All they were really worried about was ensuring that we paid them on time. And yes, we realize that they were running a business, and having bills paid on time is an important part of that business. However, the single most important part of running a business is ensuring customers are happy with the service you provide!
What we discovered was support was extremely difficult to get and any replies we did receive,
were not fully explained
were totally unconnected to what we had asked.
Only responded to part of the problem resulting in a resubmission being necessary to obtain further answers.
resubmitted tickets being answered by someone else who would ask us to supply information which had already been supplied previously.
The end result was that problems were regularly left unanswered for days at a time. We could not get to talk to anyone to resolve things quickly. It was always “send a ticket and wait up to 24 hours for a reply”. When the reply was not sufficient, “resubmit the ticket and wait up to 24 hours” and so it went on.
This is not the best solution when you are in the middle of an advertising campaign and your site is not functioning as it should. The potential loss of customers and sales is huge!
Finally, enough was enough. LowCost-Webspace was born when my partner and I decided to start as resellers in order to try to give our friends the benefit of our experience. We were determined to offer cheap site hosting with high quality support.
However, we quickly discovered that even as a reseller, the main hosting companies were not really interested in their clients and were mainly concerned with overselling their resources to as many people as possible rather than actually looking after the interest of their clients.
Due to the lack of support and consistent problems with web site down times caused by too many clients on the server, we decided it was time to get our own dedicated server and become independent.
As we were still quite new to hosting we invested in the best Server Management team available and had them do the initial setting up of the server for us.
As soon as it was ready we moved all our clients over to the new server and dumped the company that we were reselling for.
This now gives us the ability to actually be able to offer cheap site hosting and to respond very quickly to our clients when they need us rather than 24 hours too late. We had already decided that communication with our clients was our first priority.
With a huge learning curve and a lot of help from a great server management team, we are now normally able to respond to emergencies for our clients far quicker than most of the companies we have experienced in the past.
Bill Brown aka Bjantiques