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Cloud Hosting – What is it?

Cloud Hosting – What is it?

 

It’s not easy to come up with a simple metaphor to explain cloud hosting. One example is to use electricity and explain how a large grid serving millions of people is more cost effective and efficient than each one of those millions having their own mini electricity power station. But that is a bit boring. You could also use the sewage system and explain how it deals with increased loads, but that is a bit hard to stomach. Another idea is to discuss animal herds and how they are stronger, safer and more efficient as a group, rather than each animal trying to survive on its own. But this one is way too complicated!

 

So, the easiest way to explain cloud hosting is by using the example of your own business.

So here goes…

 

How To Build Your First Website

How To Build Your First Website

 

If you’re thinking about building your first website, it’s easy to feel daunted just by the idea. You might not be a programmer or professional website designer, or you may not even run a business. But that does not mean you cannot learn how to build your first website.

 

Just like riding a bicycle for the first time there are things that you will have to learn. And you might even fall off. But just about anyone can ride a bike. And almost anyone can build a website. You don’t even need to know any programming.

 

Let’s get the wheels in motion…

 

What Is A Domain Name?

 

Don’t Lose Your Data: Why Backing Up Your Files is Important.

Don’t Lose Your Data: Why Backing Up Your Files is Important.

 

In 1858 American oil explorer Edwin Drake invented something that was to change the world – the oil drill. He spent years toiling in difficult conditions and doing the hard work while trying different styles and methods of drilling until he hit on the one that worked. It was a breakthrough that should have set him and his family up for life. But he overlooked one critical thing – he failed to patent his drilling invention.

 

Do Download Speeds Matter?

Do Download Speeds Matter?

 

Do download speeds matter? Yes. That answer is an example of how internet users want websites to work: i.e. they want them to display instantly. When it comes to download speeds cuddles and tickles are unimportant – just get right into the action.

 

Website users crave speed the same way the boxer Muhammad Ali did when he was the heavyweight champion. He once said: “I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” For Ali, fast wasn’t fast enough. You should have the same motto when it comes to your website.

 

But what is fast? The answer to that is two to three seconds at the most. That might not sound like a lot but two or three seconds is a long time in the world of the internet.

 

Cautionary Tales: Should You Back Up Your Website?

Cautionary Tales: Should You Back Up Your Website?

 

Many cautionary tales reinforce the idea that your website should have a proper back up plan in place. Maybe you’ve heard stories about governments and security agencies getting hacked and hacking others. It’s no secret that even the security systems of big businesses can be breached.

 

But none of these stories are more poignant than the tale of a young woman almost sold into slavery. Her name was Jessie and a hero called Woody rescued her. This story almost never happened because data was not backed up properly.

 

Does Alexa Rank Matter To Your Website?

 
Does Alexa Rank Matter To Your Website?
 
You have a domain name, and want to build a meaningful web presence for your business. Then you learn of things like Alexa. And you wonder if it really matters. Well, asking if an Alexa rank matters to your website is like asking if wine reviewers matter to wine sellers. In both cases the answer is: they shouldn’t but they do.
 
Let’s look at the example of wine first: Wine reviews influence the wines that people purchase. But the quality of the reviews of the professional reviewers leaves a lot to be desired. For example, in a 2001 experiment conducted by Frédérick Brochet of the University of Bordeaux, 54 wine experts were given one glass of red and one glass of white wine to taste.
 

You Have a Domain Name…Now What?

You Have a Domain Name…Now What?

 

You’ve picked the best domain now for your business…now what? Think of the domain name like getting the keys to your new house. You’ll want to put blinds and windows on your new house, decorate, and make sure to add a security system. Here are a few other things you may want to think about after you register your website domain name:

 

  1. Start blogging with a strategy

 

A blog on your website allows you to:

 

• Engage and interact with visitors.

• Convey information

• Show that you’re listening

 

How to Pick the Best Domain Name for Your Business

How to Pick the Best Domain Name for Your Business

 

Your business name is one small piece of a puzzle that’s part of running an online business. And the domain name (the url) that you choose is the magical piece that makes your online presence come together. But piecing together parts of your Picasso doesn’t mean that you should leave your customers puzzled about your digital presence. Here are a few key tips to help you pick the best domain name for your business:

 

  1. Ask “how is your business changing the world?”

 

Why Web Security is Important

Why Web Security is Important

 

We sat down to talk with Neill Feather, President of Sitelock, about the importance of web security in today’s digital landscape. Even if you don’t run a business online, you can still glean some insight from the discussion.

Here’s our conversation:

1. What is the #1 reason most people don't lock up their website?

Lack of awareness of the risks and consequences, and the belief especially

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