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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.
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.
VPS Hosting has grown in popularity in recent years as a powerful, yet affordable upgrade from the traditional shared hosting platform with which so many website owners are familiar. A virtual private server consists of independent partitions (smaller virtual servers within a large server) that each operate independently. The benefits to the user of a VPS include excellent speed, efficiency, security and storage space.
There are two types of VPS hosting we want to examine today – managed and unmanaged.
Managed Virtual Private Servers
Managed VPS hosting is certainly the more expensive of the two options, but it also offers greater benefits to the user. With managed VPS you have all maintenance issues handed by the hosting company. This includes any repairs, actual hardware configurations, service problems, etc. Those who don’t wish to delve into the technical aspects of web hosting and just want to concentrate on their websites will appreciate the convenience of managed VPS hosting.
Unmanaged Virtual Private Servers
For those with the necessary technical knowledge to configure and maintain a server, unmanaged VPS hosting may be the best option. In an unmanaged configuration, only uptime issues will be handled by the VPS hosting company. Other than that, everything else will be handled by you, including software installations and fixes, troubleshooting and compatibility issues. The main benefits are the ability to customize your server exactly as you want and the low price per month.
In conclusion, the decision between whether to purchase managed or unmanaged VPS hosting comes down to time, knowledge and convenience. With unmanaged VPS you have the ability to customize your hosting service which can result in the greatest advantage for your websites in terms of efficiency and features. However, only those with the time and expertise to properly configure this hosting platform should choose the unmanaged option. Typically, most people will choose managed VPS, because even though it’s more expensive, you get the benefit of having the experts handle configuration, performance and repair issues. Regardless of your choice, VPS hosting is certainly an excellent option that allows website owners to make the most of their website presence.
Shared hosting is a convenient and cost effective hosting option where many different websites take up space on the same server. Generally practical and sufficient for smaller websites and those with minimal to moderate traffic, shared hosting does exactly what its name says – it hosts your website in a shared resource environment. This is a cost-effective solution for smaller websites. Although the biggest benefit to this type of hosting service is the low cost and convenience (there’s no particular expertise required and management is easy), the bandwidth and storage space available for a moderate to very high traffic business websites will often be less than satisfactory.
Sharing a Server with Multiple Users
Multiple customers using a shared server benefit by the shared cost of utilizing the same storage space. However, what is gained in terms of price is often lost in terms of speed, efficiency and storage space. A limitation on the use of the server’s resources will ultimately come into play if the website begins to use up to many resources in comparison to other users. In this shared hosting environment you are sharing the same IP server address with other users. Therefore, any problems caused by other websites within this space can potentially affect the operation of your site in a negative way. However, with large, established and reputable hosting companies, this will mostly likely not be an issue for the average user.
One major advantage of shared hosting is the simplified management aspect. The provider of shared web hosting is responsible for keeping their servers in good condition, complete with necessary software updates, etc. They are responsible for keeping the storage environment secure for all websites and fixing any problems with uptime or compatibility issues that may arise. On the other hand if you use a dedicated server, much, if not all of this responsibility rests on your shoulders.
Therefore, the shared hosting option is often the best choice for beginners. All of the basic activity of setting up email addresses, adding domains, etc. can be easily managed from the Control Panel which is offered as a true cPanel environment at JaguarPC. All the rest is taken care of by the web hosting company. As well, the cost of renting the server is shared by multiple users, making it the most affordable among hosting options.
Whenever anyone wants a website designed, the first question they usually ask is related to how much it will cost. Most people are shocked by the numbers that come back, as for even a basic website designed to a good standard you might be looking at paying at least $1,600. The high cost of web design is what has driven the success of template websites and website building programs such as Rvsitebuilder which is offered free with JaguarPC hosting plans.
However, the cost of building a website that can deliver your business objectives depends on many variables based on what you want and are looking to achieve. A full design and build of a large business website could cost as much as $75,000, although such a figure will often only be relevant to large corporations paying for a redesign who have a website fully customized to their needs.
Your total cost will depend on the services offered and those that you hire a designer to take care of. Different designers will likely charge different amounts of money for each of these variables. When shopping around for web design, ask how the costs break down if you want to get a better idea of what you are getting for your money.
Here are some examples of what you can expect in different price brackets.
$1,600 – $5,000
At this price you will likely be getting a basic site, which will go far beyond what you would get from a template but not be too much more than that. You would, however, get your site branded based on your needs, and basic SEO like speed and code optimization will be performed. At this price it is unlikely you will get any content written for you, so you will have to get this from elsewhere or do it yourself.
$5,000 – $7,500
A basic e-commerce site design fits into this category. You should also be able to access fully customizable design in this price range and get to meet with a designer to discuss your needs and receive advice.
$7,500 – $15,000
You are now starting to move into big business categories, where you can expect to see your site designed to include photo galleries and any other custom features, including applications and plug-ins. Content for the whole of your initial design should also be included when you are paying this much, and the leading designers will even take care of keyword research for you so they can create the very best optimized copy.
$15,000 and Above
At this price you are starting to look at the top end of the market, and will not even have to be involved in the process if you do not want to be. As you start to move up from $15,000, you will be looking at adding in advanced technology for dealing with data and e-commerce if you have specialized and very specific needs.
These web site cost parameters should help you decide at what level you would like to start building your site and how much that type of design should cost. When you have baseline cost and your needs in line then you can be better prepared to know what to expect when you receive your final invoice from the website designer you choose.
This quarter is a very exciting one for all of us at JaguarPC because it marks our 15th year anniversary. The past 15 years have been thrilling, challenging and rewarding beyond any expectations I initially had when I began my journey as a technology related company back in the beginning with my dialup internet service. Everyday I’m proud of the accomplishments that the company has achieved. I’m grateful for the good fortune and assistance that has come to the company in the form of amazing and talented people that have facilitated the success of the company. Yet, my greatest level of gratitude goes out to all of our clients, some of which have been with us since the early days, for your continued loyalty and support. JaguarPC would not be celebrating its 15th year anniversary without you.
Everyday I’m optimistic and eager to learn about what the future holds for JaguarPC. This company stands where it does today as one of the top web hosting providers because of the commitment and dedication of some excellent minds and the persistence and desire of many to continue to build JaguarPC into the best web hosting provider the industry has yet to see.
JaguarPC has the best interests of its customers at the core of each and every day. My teams and I embrace the philosophy that challenges demand solutions and these resolutions lead to better systems and services that we can pass along to our clients. I’m very pleased with the progress and success we at JaguarPC have achieved not only these past 15 years but also in the past year alone. My own experience of 15 years along with the addition of multiple year industry veterans has allowed us to bring you an overall hosting experience that is smoother, faster and more streamlined than ever.
Since I last reached out to our clients, our products and services have continued to improve. I can attest to the fact that we have been able to maximize and utilize the industry experience and knowledge that our ever growing teams bring to the table. Our customer service and technical support departments have really come together over the past few months. All of the elements are now in place to make the upcoming season one of the best. The news is all good this quarter and I have the expectation that our customers will continue to have a terrific hosting experience with all of the additional features, client control options and future plans we are tabling.
I look forward to continuing to bring all of you that host at JaguarPC the most technologically sound improvements and enhancements available and to always offer you the best in hosting industry advancements. Thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to rack up another 15 years as your hosting provider.
JaguarPC Celebrates 15 Years In The Hosting Industry
JaguarPC started out as a one man two server operation which has now grown into a company that serves accounts across the world as a top choice for web hosting plans. JaguarPC has been able to remain a successful web hosting company due to its focus on affordable value added hosting plans that are backed by state of the art technology and support services that embrace a hands on approach from a caring and dedicated team of professionals.
Meet the Newest Hot Shot Support Team Member
Top notch, hard working and diligent highly skilled individuals aren’t easy to come by in the web hosting industry. So, we are extra excited to welcome Mike and his 12 years of web hosting experience to our technical support team. Mike has a terrific outlook that keeps the team motivated and driven to formulate the best resolutions to your technical support needs. His veteran number of years in the industry means he can handle the most difficult tickets with ease and he is always willing to step up to the plate and not only efficiently but also quickly deal with the task at hand.
Front Page Server Extensions Support Ends November 4th
Today many new platforms and services exist for creating websites that are both visually appealing and operate without flaws or issues. While FrontPage has helped many people design websites over the years, support for FrontPage server extensions at JaguarPC will come to an end on November 4th. Due to the lack of product production which ended in 2003, security issues and the fact that updates for FrontPage server extension are no longer available it is time to say goodbye to FrontPage. If you decide you must still run FrontPage contact email@example.com to take advantage of a VPS offer which will allow you to continue to use the FrontPage product.
Tips to Help Us Better Serve You
JaguarPC believes our clients are the most important part of our business. We want to better serve your web hosting needs. We are always looking for better methods to streamline your experince. Explore how a few extra details can help us move your ticket forward to full resolution more quickly when you contribute additonal information and provide the necessary passwords.
Did You Know?
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Down time can happen even when JaguarPC puts the best forethought and technology into preventing these events. Should our network experience an outage then you can consult our Twitter feed, our Facebook page or our backup blog for the latest updates.
At JaguarPC our technical support team responds to a variety of issues which might seem overwhelming to some technicians. The expectations that we place on our technical support team at JaguarPC include high response standards and a thorough knowledge of industry specific situations. Mike P. fits that bill to a “T” and all of the team members of our technical support staff enjoy not only his easy and fun nature but also his high speed problem resolution attitude.
Q: What caught your attention and helped you decide to take a position as a technical support agent with JaguarPC?
A: The main thing that attracted me to JaguarPC was its’ well known background for providing awesome services backed by amazing support teams. At the time, JaguarPC was everywhere and I just thought JaguarPC is the place for me!
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is that every day is different and diverse. It has never been the case, in my 12 years of being in the web hosting industry, that I have come into work and done the same thing over and over again.
Q: What activities do you enjoy when you find some leisure time?
A: Well, I have a wife and 2 children (girls) with a 3rd on the way, hopefully a boy! So, much of my time is devoted to my family outside of work. I “USED” to be an avid gamer and movie watcher but life changes. If I get the chance, which isn’t very often, I might be able to slide in a game here and there. Otherwise, I’m a huge fan of MotoGP especially the TT (Tourist Trophy) over on the Isle of Man.(more…)