By Sabrina Dec 27, 2013 2:20 pm
Hosting your webpage on a server located in another geographical location is beneficial for some and problematic for others, depending on their needs. Overseas hosting is often inexpensive, and allows webpage owners to target a specific visitor base more completely. However, it's important to measure the quality of the technical support and customer service you'll receive before signing up for hosting. In many cases, inexpensive hosting overseas can often lead to unneeded hassles if a website owner doesn't consider important factors beforehand.
If you’re looking to switch hosting providers, it's important to keep the location of the majority of your visitors in mind. For example, if most of the hits to your website are made by visitors in the United States, choosing a server outside of the country will likely cause slow loading times. Loading time is essential to the success of a webpage, especially if the owner is relying on said success to promote their online store or business. Servers that are located a significant distance away from your target visitor base will likely make loading and viewing your site a challenge for them.
Solidifying a Customer Base
Server location can also boost SEO, or search engine optimization. Even if a business has little to no connection to the country their server is located in, Internet users in that country will be able to view their site on search engine result pages. For example, if many of your customers and viewers are located in a certain country, and you obtain hosting from said country, users in that geographical location will be able to find your site more easily through key wording and other beneficial SEO factors.
The Support You Need
Hosting a website via a data center that's located outside of the country is typically highly affordable; however, it can be especially bothersome when technical support is needed. If you’re an American online business owner who plans on hosting your site in a non-English speaking country, it can be challenging to get the support you need should a problem arise.
JaguarPC delivers migration assistance, domain transfer, 100% uptime services, and more. We offer convenient customer support, available all day, every day.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us here at JaguarPC. This is the time of the year that I like to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to what achievements I want to make for you and the company over the course of the next year. It is also a season where I can take some extra time to spend with my family and friends and enjoy this season of sharing. I hope that all of you can find some time to spend with your own family and friends and enjoy the rich rewards that life has to offer to us all.
2013 was a very active year for growth across the entire company and it would not have been possible without the continued loyalty of our clients which inspires me towards the goal of making JaguarPC one of the best hosting providers in today's market. This past year we were able to expand our data center capacities and capabilities, make positive changes and upgrades across our fleet of servers and add more staff to better assist our customers. We have continued to upgrade our systems and policies to bring you a better overall hosting experience. I want to thank all of you for helping us achieve another successful and monumental year.
The hosting industry is an ever evolving business and the constant attention and dedication of our highly skilled and industry veteran staffed teams should not go without thanks as well. I can't say that many businesses have as many committed and talented individuals on staff as we have here. I want to thank each of them as well this year for making strides and gains that are beyond the expectations I had for this past year.
It is impossible to express to all of our clients how much I appreciate the dedication and loyalty that you have extended to JaguarPC. It is because of our incredible clients that I am able to send out this letter today expressing my gratitude. I have such great confidence in the future of JaguarPC and I want you to know that this company will do everything possible to continue in a spirit that embraces customer satisfaction. JaguarPC is gearing up for a massive new year with new directions and all of the teams and staff at are looking forward to continuing to assist you in 2014.
By Sabrina Dec 18, 2013 2:13 pm
Selecting the right server is vital, especially if you're the owner of an online business or other organization. If you're in need of affordable yet powerful hosting, your company will likely thrive with the help of hybrid hosting. We at JaguarPC offer a wide range of server options, which deliver varying degrees of space, security, and management based on client needs. If you're looking to get as close to a dedicated server as possible without the additional costs, we offer hybrid server plans equipped with 100% uptime hosting.
What are Cloud Resources?
Cloud computing refers to pooling and providing hosted resources via a network connection, such as the Internet. Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, and Software as a service, are the three main categories of hosted services. For a service to be considered a cloud service, users must be able to pay for it as they use it, scale it to their needs, and it must be monitored by the hosting provider. Cloud services can be delivered publicly or privately, depending on a user's needs. Public services are available to any user, while private clouds are restricted to a select group.
Secure & Shared Hosting
At JaguarPC, we merge dedicated servers with VPS technology to create accommodating, yet reasonably priced hybrid servers. Our servers blend the cost-effectiveness of a VPS with the exclusivity and scalability of a dedicated server. Hybrid hosting incorporates secure servers and cloud resources, which allows companies to benefit from added savings and security. Organizations don't have to pay for unused storage space, as they have the option to move information and applications from the secure platform to the shared cloud.
Features of Hybrid Servers
With our hybrid server, clients can enjoy the ease of access and affordability of VPS and the management and storage capabilities of dedicated hosting. Hybrid servers are an excellent solution for companies looking to maximize productivity and security without accruing a hefty monthly bill. JaguarPC's hybrid servers include a multitude of features, such as:
• Unlimited bandwidth
• Root access
• Freedom to use CentOS, Windows, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora Core operating systems
• Daily backups
• Server management software
• Dependable technical support and node monitoring
Contact one of our sales representatives today to learn more about the benefits and plan options for our hybrid servers.
Choosing the right hosting provider is not an easy decision, especially if you're unsure of what to look for. Avoid these five common mistakes by relying on JaguarPC to deliver comprehensive service options, from virtual private to hybrid to dedicated servers. We offer affordable and expansive hosting plans, giving you the tools you require regardless of your needs.
Free Hosting Services
As with most "free" services, using a free web hosting provider typically involves a catch. Many free hosting companies place a variety of pop-ups and other advertisements on their users' pages. You'll likely find yourself with a very unprofessional page that drives visitors away as opposed to attracting them. On that same note, free hosting providers that guarantee service without ads normally offer limited features, space and support.
Low Cost Hosting
While reasonably priced hosting is what you're likely aiming for, companies that ask suspiciously low monthly fees tend to lead to headaches. As with free hosting, unwanted advertisements are often placed on users' websites, and will likely aggravate visitors. Also, there are plenty of website owners looking for inexpensive hosting. Accordingly, low cost hosting providers’ servers can easily become overcrowded.
Lack of Security Features
If you're planning on building an ecommerce site, it's essential that you avoid hosting providers that don't deliver SSL, or Secure Socket Layers. Completing transactions without reliable security is both risky and unethical. Ensuring that your customers' sensitive data is safeguarded is a good way to avoid future issues, such as identity theft, legal disputes, and the loss of your privileges as a business owner.
Unlimited Storage on Shared Servers
Shared servers provide hosting for a large number of websites simultaneously, and are ideal for pages without complex coding and applications. Relying on a shared server for unlimited bandwidth and disk space is impractical. Therefore, it's a good idea to avoid shared hosting providers that advertise unrestricted space when you'd benefit more from the storage capacity and scalability of a dedicated, virtual private, or hybrid server.
Dependable technical support is a must, and it's important to first ensure that a potential company strives to provide only the best. It's in your best interest to avoid companies that have negative reviews or don't answer inquiries in a timely manner.
As a JaguarPC customer, you'll have access to a library of support information, as well as 24/7/365 technical support via ticket system, phone, email and live chat.
Whether you use WordPress as an experimental platform for testing out SEO techniques, your blog, or it is your content management system of choice for your whole business website, keeping it secure to avoid hacks, malware attacks, and other problems is of the utmost importance. What are the top 5 WordPress security plugins you can look to use?
Better WP Security
Billed as the most effective plugin available for ensuring high-quality WordPress security, this one takes features and functions from a number of other plugins to provide an “all in one” solution for anyone who uses WordPress. It hides the elements of WordPress that hackers and malware know are vulnerable and minimizes the chances of you having any problems by changing file names and locations where possible. It has been downloaded over 1million times and feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
Bullet Proof Security
The word bulletproof is often used as a means of providing reassurance, and this .htaccess security will give you plenty of that. The plugin has been designed in such a way because the .htaccess file is known to be processed before anything else, which means BulletProof Security stops any hacks and malware at the earliest possible stage.
This is another popular plugin that can be downloaded and installed in seconds.
Wordfence Security is a popular WordPress security plugin owing to its capability to verify and repair various website elements even without a backup file being present – the only such plugin that can perform this task. Wordfence also includes “two factor authorization,” so whenever you log into your WordPress account you need to verify it’s you using your cellphone, brining increased layers of security to this process as well as implementing strong controls across the rest of your account and website.
This great plugin takes care of all your WordPress security concerns and sends updates to your dashboard every day. As well as making your account secure both from hackers as well as removing anything that you don’t want non-admin users to be able to see or use, Acunetix also analyses any additional potential weaknesses and tells you how to fix them.
All in One WP Security & Firewall
All in One WP Security has been written by WordPress experts to ensure your site is always secure using the most recent WordPress recommendations and techniques. It also uses a unique “points system” that acts as a security health check for your blog or website and tells you what you’re doing well and where your opportunities for improvement can be found. This is a relatively new plugin but one that is already hugely popular throughout the WordPress community.
Take care of your WordPress security using one of these plugins, and ensure any issues are dealt with before they have the chance to ruin
More individuals and businesses are launching websites and web design is increasingly in demand. As a result, it is becoming a more popular career choice for people who see there is potential to provide great services and enjoy lucrative earnings. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve started your own business or are simply freelancing. If you can’t advertise your services, the potentially lucrative earnings are sure to find their way into someone else’s pocket.
What do you need to do to get it right?
Make Your Own Site Great
Ever heard the joke about the web designer who tried to make a living even though his or her own website looked awful? Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? The reality is that it happens more than you probably think. If your own website doesn’t look like an identikit of the latest web design trends, then you won’t have any credibility as a designer yourself. Obviously, what the site itself looks like is up to you, but you should be aiming for something inspirational that represents what you’re able to create for your clients.
Using Online Advertising
You have a range of options available for advertising your services online.
Freelancer or Collaboration Sites
If you’re looking to get started quickly and have exposure to an audience seeking your services, then using sites like Elance or Blur is likely to prove useful; all you need to do here is set up your profile, direct people to your site or portfolio, and start pitching for projects.
Paid Advertising Avenues
SEO and PPC advertising can be a great way to increase awareness of your business, although you might need to consider the likely numbers of designers already using these techniques. As a designer, you’ll likely have some top-line SEO knowledge yourself, so can always harness that towards putting your own campaign together.
It might also be beneficial putting together a local SEO campaign; even though most design work is done through online collaboration, people still prefer meeting face to face where possible, and being available to meet people will make you a much more attractive proposition.
This is likely to be your biggest opportunity, but again you’ll need to come up with a strong strategy to cut through the noise created by the thousands of designers and companies already out there, and make yourself stand out.
Offline Advertising Opportunities
There isn’t any real value in using offline advertising given the cost and return on investment you get in comparison to online advertising. What you can do, however, is approach small local businesses yourself and offer design and development services, and also make a point of attending web design expos and other networking events where you’ll be able to make connections, gain custom, and potentially build some mutually beneficial relationships.
One final step is to have a referral program that rewards a percentage payment or fee reduction for each new client an existing one introduces to you. All you need to do is ensure that the financial side of things is sustainable in this regard, and that you’ll continue to be profitable even through periods where all of your business is from referrals.
Three major types of web hosting arrangements include dedicated hosting, virtual private server (VPS) hosting and shared hosting. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending upon a number of factors, including price, features and available resources each platform provides. Let’s look at these three hosting services more closely.
Shared hosting allows a number of users to utilize the same server to host their websites. All the managerial and maintenance tasks required, such as security installations, technical support and more are handled by the server’s administrators who work for the hosting company. Shared hosting is generally the least expensive of all hosting options since the cost of using the resources of the server are shared by many users. A Control Panel is most often available to users to easily manage certain aspects of their websites, such as emails and domains.
VPS (Virtual Private Server)
VPS hosting is a significant step up from a standard shared hosting arrangement. A virtual private server offers customers the benefit of having their own virtual server allocated on a main physical server. A Virtual Private Server hosting plan provides the user with more power and flexibility than a shared server, since the user can install any chosen software and configure the virtual server environment as desired.
Dedicated hosting provides the most control and flexibility of all the hosting platforms in our discussion. With a dedicated server hosting plan you maintain sole use of the resources the server including all configurations and installation relating to software, the operating system, hardware, etc. As a result, it is the most expensive of the options, but does offer the highest level of scalability, security and performance.
Choosing the Right Hosting Service
Selecting the right hosting service will depend on the requirements and expectations you have for your website. For those who just need fairly limited resources or are just starting out with a web presence, shared hosting is generally the optimal choice. For users with significant resource requirements in terms of traffic volume (which can include many businesses), VPS hosting is often the recommended choice. Large companies with extensive bandwidth and data management requirements may defer to the more powerful and expensive dedicated hosting option which gives them the greatest control of all.
Although shared and VPS hosting are different in terms of capabilities and price, they are also similar in several ways as well. First, they are both relatively affordable when compared to a dedicated hosting service. Secondly, they both handle multiple users on any given hardware server, although this is done differently with each platform. As well, with both there is a degree of separation provided regarding the website files of users that offer a level of security. However, with the latter comparison, VPS hosting goes much further with compartmentalizing each account to increase privacy and the security of information.
Let’s examine each hosting platform further to determine which may be the better choice for you.
Shared vs. VPS
Shared web hosting is the ‘bargain’ choice for the majority of customers with websites accruing small to moderate levels of traffic. These users are generally satisfied with having their websites located on a server which shares its space with others. The ability to manage certain features such as emails and domains is provided through a Control Panel. The bandwidth and storage space offered through shared plans tend to be adequate for these low demand users. On the other hand, for those desiring enhanced scalability, resources and security, VPS hosting is often the preferred choice.
Freedom to use and expand memory resources is much greater with a VPS server than with a shared hosting arrangement. VPS hosting allows for independent memory allocations within a single hardware element and opens up greater resources for the availability and functionality of a website to end users. Greater limitations are imposed with shared servers.
Shared hosting offers a range of options pertaining to bandwidth and memory capacities. However, due to the fact that multiple accounts reside on the same hardware server, restrictions on scalability inevitably arise. Certain features may be restricted as well due to the sharing of resources involved. Virtual private servers are easily scalable to the configuration you desire. While an increase in resources available over shared hosting is generally not a negotiable arrangement, VPS hosting can handle large traffic demands and offers support for the software applications you wish to include. All of this translates into superior performance for the VPS platform.
Inherent security risks are associated with shared hosting due to the fact that multiple accounts have their files located on the same server. The operating system over all hosting accounts can be vulnerable to misuse – although certain preventative measures do minimize the probability of this occurrence as much as possible. With VPS hosting, the independent allocations of files and the enforcement of secure configurations offers a greater level of security for the user.
In the end, the choice you make regarding shared or VPS hosting will depend on your budget, your desire for enhanced security and the expected demands of your website in terms of traffic, storage and required features. Hosting plans at JaguarPC come with a 45 day money back guarantee no matter which plan you decide to purchase.
By Sabrina Nov 15, 2013 2:26 pm
Many factors combine to make a website great or not so great. If you are experienced when it comes to website maintenance then it is likely you will know and understand most of them. However, if you are planning to launch your website in the coming months, or have been managing a website for a while but are still relatively ‘green’ in terms of knowledge and experience, then there are likely a number of things you aren’t aware of that could be affecting your website.
We have looked at the five biggest factors you need to keep in mind that could be causing substantial damage to your website in a variety of ways.
Malware on your site will often redirect customers elsewhere, which will make your site look like you have high traffic but no sale. Malware can land on your your site through any apps or plug-ins you might use, particularly open source ones, so be sure to be careful about how you use these.
Whereas malware typically affects where your customers go, viruses on your website can infect the system of anyone who visits your site, usually without them realizing what has happened. Your hosting company might also pick up on the fact that your site is infected and decide to close it down, especially if there is the possibility of infecting sites on the same shared server space.
You have probably heard the term bad neighborhoods in terms of SEO and where you should and should not build links. However, you could also fall victim to a bad neighborhood if there is a problem with a shared server. For example, if one website on a shared server is flagged for spam, search engines will block the IP address rather than the individual site, meaning you could see massive problems without knowing what is actually going wrong.
Novice webmasters often dismiss loading times as unimportant because it depends on how fast an internet or data connection is. While this is true to some extent, you also have to consider the way Google and other search engines look at loading times. SEO is about user experience more than ever before, so if your pages take an age to load, you cannot expect to see yourself featured highly in the search rankings.
Ensure these five little known or considered factors are not undermining your website, and be sure to take decisive action if they are.
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