The Myths and Realities of Web Hosting
Web hosting business is a lucrative one especially for growing niches like Nigeria where there are few participants. However, there are lots of tricks and realities which are usually not very clear to prospects who will likely just signup to attractive offers without first going through the details about the terms and conditions. The most common of these is unlimited web hosting.
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The Myths and Realities of Unlimited Web Hosting
Unlimited web hosting offers are common in the Web Hosting business. If you've ever shopped for web hosting, you'll have noticed that many web hosting providers promise unlimited amounts of some resources, often bandwidth (by which they mean data transfer), storage, and perhaps some other perks like unlimited subdomains or email accounts, unlimited addon domains, unlimited databases and so on.
While it is easy and not a problem at all to offer unlimited resources in respect of emails, sub domains and databases, offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth are two critical resource consuming factors that we need to look at.
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Unlimited Web Hosting
The naive understanding is that unlimited is without limits, which would imply that infinite web hosting resources are at your disposal. That is actually not the case; no one has an unlimited amount of web hosting resources on hand with which to provide thousands of hosting clients their own bits of the unlimited resources.
Storage means hard drives, which cost money and take up space. Bandwidth means data transfer, which also costs the web hosting company money; the Tier 1 bandwidth providers used by web hosting companies most certainly don't promise unlimited bandwidths for small amounts of money
So what does unlimited really mean?
Unlimited As A Word Game
When most people hear "unlimited", they understand "without limits" If you think about it, there are two possible meanings of without limits;. Firstly, it can mean there really are no limits. Secondly, it can mean there are limits, but we're not going to tell you what they are. If there are no explicit limits, then it's true to say that the hosting account is without limits.
At Todhost, you do offer unlimited resources, and they are unlimited, but you must stay within our terms. NO ABUSE - Like converting our hosting space into a data bank where you store a backup of office documents. If your usage is normal for your business, then you certainly have no issues.
If you tried to use a large amount of bandwidth or storage - let's say you wanted to create an archive of every version of every Linux distribution ever released - you would soon discover that there are limits. Every web company has limited resources to share between its clients, and if you use more than your fair share you'll negatively impact the experience of other clients, which the hosting company will not allow.
Unlimited As A Sales Bluff and a Gamble
The idea of unlimited is actually to attract sales. The idea about unlimited is to a sales talk used by web hosting firms to attract new customers and to retain existing clients. Very few web hosting clients use all of their allocated resources. Most use only a tiny fraction. Hosting companies feel safe to promise unlimited bandwidth because they know almost no-one will put that claim to the test. They know that no one will want to just upload files with the hope of storing as much data as possible to put the unlimited to test.
Unlimited As A Contradiction
A web host that promises unlimited bandwidth will usually also have a Service Level Agreement that makes promises about uptime, availability, and performance. There's something of a contradiction here, because if every client - or even just a small number of clients - attempted to use massive amounts of bandwidth and storage, the availability and responsiveness of other clients' websites would be negatively impacted. There are only so many resources to go around, after all. At that point, your web host will call you to order and could go as far as placing a restriction on your account to limit your huge resource usage.
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It's better to be upfront about how much bandwidth clients have available to them and how much the hosting company will charge if they exceed that allocation. Unlimited might sound like it gives the clients flexibility, but in reality it removes accountability from the web hosting company - they never have to say exactly what the limits are and they are free to impose arbitrary limits.
If a hosting company won't tell you what the resource limits associated with your hosting plan are, you can never be quite sure what you're paying for.
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A web server is a computer and so it is limited by the size of the disk space available on the computer. Unlimited is not possible as the resources available cannot be more than what is available on the system.
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Unlimited Resources on Todhost
Todhost offers unlimited resources on some aspects of web hosting. These include disk space, bandwidth, emails, databases, sub domains and some few others.
Unlimited diskk space: This means your usage is unmetered. However, if you try to abuse our resources, using your hosting account for storage of data and files, that will amount to a violation of our terms of service.
Unlimited bandwidth: The idea is that the bandwidth poll available on the web server is made available to clients without limits. It means you can use all the bandwidth and you will not be penalized in as much you stay within the prescription of our service terms. For instance, if you do not cache a content management system like Joomla, it is likely that it will be exploited to use much resources. That will place very high load on server and induce a possible restriction. If cache is enabled, that makes it possible to run normally and you will never be informed about having exceeded your bandwidth limit. The burden of ensuring that bandwidth is available rests on us the web hosting company.
Unlimited emails: What this means is that as an account owner, you can create as many emails as you would wish. The more email accounts created, the more likely you are to use up more spaces on server. It is for this reason that email creation is restricted on most servers. Todhost allows unlimited emails. This is suitable for corporate organizations who want to create as many staff email as they wish to have.
Unlimited databases: The same principle applies here as with unlimited emails. You can create as much databases as you would wish.
Unlimited sub domains: Sub domains allow you to run independent websites for certain departments or services offered by the same website owner. When you offer services that are not directly related, the recommended option is to have a sub domain or a sub folder for it. Todhost will not restrict the number of sub domains you can have on your web hosting account.
Common Web Hosting Mistakes You Must Avoid
For a number of reasons, every business should own a website. But most businesses do not have an in-house I.T employee who takes responsibility for their website, they will usually engage an external freelance designer to setup their website and that will be all. In this post, we look at the web design mistakes commonly associated with Nigerian entrepreneurs and suggest ways to deal with them. But first, why will your business need a website? The following reasons justify a business website for your company or small business:
Why You Need a Website
A website is a standalone business and offers a lot of benefits, some of the benefits offer really support for your real world operations. Here are some of the reasons every business needs a website:
Reason #1 - Online brochure
Companies spend millions creating brochures and distributing them. By having a website you can skip that entirely. Your potential customers can find out about you and any of your products online. If you get most of your business through networking and personal connections, then they will want to check out your website.
Reason #2 - More customers
More than 2.4 billion people use the internet every day, and some 90% of those have purchased something, or contacted a company, online in the last 12 months. So by not having a website, you will be missing out on a big piece of the pie.
Reason #3 - Business value
Have you tried getting a business loan recently? It's not easy, but if you try and the bank manager asks to see your website, you better have a pretty good one. It doesn't just stop with the bank, the perceived value of your business will be lower in everyone's eyes - especially your customers.
Reason #4 - Influence
By having a website potentially thousands of people are going to see it. You are able to influence people's decisions and educate them.
Reason #5 - Time to show off
You know that great feeling you get when people recognize your work? Well, by having a website you can show off what you do and take pride in your work.
Reason #6 - Helps with business goals
That's right! When it comes to writing the content for your website you are going to revisit things about your business that you haven't in years. You will most likely reassess your business goals.
Reason #7 - Low barriers of entry
Ever wanted to start a business? Well, now you can do it with virtual space. In fact, by using some free website providers you don't have to pay a penny.
Reason #8 - 24 hours per day-
Your website runs 24/7 without any supervision or need to lock it up. You can always be there for your customers.
Reason #9 - Communication with customers
By having a blog or even just a feed on your website, you can update customers on your newest offers, products, promotions, events, photos, or any other content.
Reason #10 - Marketing
The internet has opened up a whole new world of marketing that didn't exist before. Your website can attract new business by using a whole host of low cost marketing techniques.
Reason #11 - Customer support
You can greatly reduce the cost of customer support by have a ticketing system, or even just an FAQ on your website. I can think of about 5 companies off the top of my head that streamline your customer service straight from your website.
Reason #12 - Email@yourwebsite.com
I know there are other ways to do this, but by having a website you can have your own email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is more professional and easier to remember. I know you love your email@example.com , but it doesn't really resonate with customers.
Reason #13 - Press releases
I know that sounds a bit far out, but it is true. You can run really cheap press releases online about your business, but to do it you will require a website. In fact, I have had clients who were absolute nobodies get one million views on YouTube because of online press releases.
Reason #14 - Stick it to the man
The best answer to Why do I need a website would be that it is the easiest way to quit your job and earn a living.
Reason #15 - Any Discussion is Allowed
Do you love sports? How about ballet, alternative dance, photography, holidays, Kit-Kats, cars, skateboards, science or animals? Well, then you have a business idea just waiting to happen. The internet has room for an unlimited number of niche blogs that can attract traffic and revenue. Just pick something you love and start writing about it.
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Reason# 16 - Connect with fellow web masters
On a little side note, if you own a website you get to call yourself a web master. Pretty cool! But reason #16 for why I need a website is that you can easily make new business and personal connections with other website owners. This can lead to extra streams of income for you!
Reason #17 - Gives you a voice
Have you ever been in an argument with someone and said Well, I have written an article about that on my website, and actually, that isn't the case. It feels great! For some reason people don't want to argue with you if you've written about something on your website. It also gives you a place where you can voice your opinion without judgment. If someone leaves you a comment you don't like you can just drag it over to the spam folder.
Reason #18 - Do business your own way
You don't need permission from your boss or company lawyer. Ash Ambridge drops the F-Bomb all the time because she can, and no else is asking her to stop. Now she has a world class business with thousands of customers.
Reason #19 - Easy Way to Beat the Big Competitors
Have you ever wanted to get into business, but don't know how to compete with all the big names out there? By creating an incredibly beautiful website with a solid strategy behind it you can smash the big guys to pieces. You have no chance of building bigger skyscrapers, but your website can break down the perceived wall between you and them.
Reason #20 - Instant credibility
Have you ever had difficulty making that sale? Or convincing someone that you are the real deal. By having a well structured website you can foster instant credibility with anyone. You can provide the ultimate proof that you are, in fact, the realest of all deals (couldn't resist that phrase).
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Reason #21 - Helps you to find a new job
I bet you didn't see this one coming. I have been harping on about how a website can help your business, but it can help you personally too. Not only can a website host your resume or CV, but by owning and managing your website you have demonstrated tons of hard and soft skills. Having worked in HR once upon a time, I know it is valuable.
Web Hosting Mistakes You Ned to Avoid
From the above, you can see why you need a website. However, there are mistakes you must avoid as an entrepreneur to have your website run smoothly and uninterrupted and here are the most common we have seen from our experience with clients and you must avoid them all:
Mistake #1: Ensure Your Domain is Registered in Your Own Email
We have noticed that because an external web designer is hired from outside the company to design and host a company website, many times, the website is registered in the email of the web designer. The implication is that you will not be able to transfer your domain, change client area password with web hosting company and you can&#39;t perform some very key tasks without contacting the owner of the email registered on file with the web hosting company. In short, in the eyes of the web hosting company, the website is owned by the owner of the email and not the actual owner of the website.
This could turn out to be a costly mistake if anything goes wrong with your relationship with the designer.
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Mistake #2: Go For Trusted Web Hosting
It does not matter whether it is a web hosting reseller or dedicated hosting, it has to be a trusted provider. This you will always find out by checking customer reviews, looking at the contact address, telephone numbers and trying to investigate the clientele base. Also important will be the length of time the business had been in operation
Mistake #3: Be Sure You Can Get Support From Your Web Host
If you are unable to ask for and get competent customer support, then you have a very serious problem. You must ensure that you can seek customer support when you need them. That way, if there be any need for help, you will be able to get help from your web hosting company.
Support is extremely important because when all efforts on your part has failed, only a competent customer support will be available for you to fall back on.
Mistake #4: Failure to Carefully Read the Terms of Service Before You Sign Up
The terms of service of every web host spells out what is acceptable and what is not. You need to carefully read the terms of service so that you can decide if the service will allow for what you want to or not. Some persons will want to run email campaigns but that is ordinarily not allowed on most hosting platforms including Todhost except you have to use a double opt-in script like phpList. You need to read the terms of service and possibly ask questions before you sign up for any service.
Web Hosting Guide: VPS vs Dedicated Server
As a small business, working with a shared hosting account can just be sufficient. However, if your website draws traffic and revenue, you may consider stepping up to a Virtual Private Server, VPS, or a dedicated server. Sometimes, your web hosting company will compel you to do this upgrade as your activity increases.
It's important to understand the difference between VPS and dedicated hosting. If you are into a web hosting business and probably working with a reseller account, you are sure to use a VPS or a dedicated server within a short time if your website is drawing traffic and increasing sales.
In this post, we'll break down these two web hosting plans and explain how even you can become a hosting provider using them.
Everything on the internet exists on and amongst servers. Sometimes it's multiple servers (cloud hosting), sometimes it's a single machine, and sometimes, it's a portion of a CPU. Hosting providers use these servers, and dashboards like cPanel WHM, to provide a space for everyone on the internet to blog, game, post, create, and host all of the information that exists on the interwebs.
Dedicated Server or simply dedicated hosting means that a hosting provider has access to a full computing machine in which they provide hosting. This is often a more secure and controlled hosting environment. However, because owning, renting, and maintaining a full machine, or several machines, can be costly and cumbersome, often times dedicated hosting is an option primarily sought out by enterprise-level hosting providers or companies managing large amounts of information.
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Virtual Private Servere or VPS
A VPS, or a virtual private server, is an allotted amount of space on a machine that a hosting provider can rent out to provide hosting to their clients. (Think of it like renting business space in a high-rise versus actually owning the building.) VPS is the most affordable of the two and is often the best start for companies, or individuals like you, to begin their web hosting business or add hosting to their current list of web offerings.
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<p style="text-align:justify">Dedicated Web Hosting Advantages</p>
There are numerous key benefits of dedicated server hosting. We will discuss four of them in this post.
Dedicated hosting is reliable: When you share a server with other hosting clients, you run the risk of not having access to the bandwidth or memory you need because other people's websites are using it all up. Even with a VPS server, your site can still crash because it doesn't necessarily have access to all the resources it needs to stay online, especially when it's bombarded with traffic.
Dedicated hosting solves those problems by giving you an entire server all to yourself. Your website will never be denied access to the resources it needs to handle traffic and media, so you never have to worry about your site going down or being temporarily unavailable due to other customer's use of the server
Dedicated web hosting is secure: All resources on the server are allocated to you. In addition, dedicated hosting includes 24/7 support. If you opt for our managed hosting, you'll also get regular operating system updates and security patches.
Dedicated server hosting offers more control and flexibility: When you share a server with other hosting clients, there are a lot of things you can't control. Dedicated web hosting allows you as much control as you need for your growing business.
Dedicated hosting performs better: The same reasons that make dedicated web hosting more reliable also contribute to its higher performance. Whether your site is swamped with traffic every day or needs to load a lot of high-resolution photos and videos, dedicated server hosting keeps things running quickly and efficiently.
Why Todhost Dedicated Server Hosting?
A dedicated hosting service, simply called a dedicated server is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone else. The dedicated server could be managed or unmanaged. A managed hosting service is one in which the server provider takes full responsibility for the management of the server including software updates, customization, load and malware monitoring and security. The security provided by the server manager does not take away the responsibility of website owners to securre their sites.
The dedicated server hosting is more flexible than shared hosting service, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. There is also another level of dedicated or managed hosting commonly referred to as complex managed hosting. In Complex Managed Hosting, it involves both physical dedicated servers, Hybrid server and virtual servers. In complex dedicated server hosting, many companies choose a hybrid (combination of physical and virtual) hosting solution.
There are many similarities between standard and complex managed hosting but the key difference is the level of administrative and engineering support that the customer pays for owing to both the increased size and complexity of the infrastructure deployment. The provider steps in to take over most of the management, including security, memory, storage and IT support.
The service is primarily proactive in nature. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems. In contrast to colocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for operating systems or applications.
Availability, price and employee familiarity often determines which operating systems are offered on dedicated servers. Variations of Linux and Unix (open source operating systems) are often included at no charge to the customer. Commercial operating systems include Microsoft Windows Server, provided through a special program called Microsoft SPLA.
Red Hat Enterprise is a commercial version of Linux offered to hosting providers on a monthly fee basis. The monthly fee provides OS updates through the Red Hat Network using an application called yum. Other operating systems are available from the open source community at no charge. These include CentOS, Fedora Core, Debian, and many other Linux distributions or BSD systems FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD.
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Support for any of these operating systems typically depends on the level of management offered with a particular dedicated server plan. Operating system support may include updates to the core system in order to acquire the latest security fixes, patches, and system-wide vulnerability resolutions. Updates to core operating systems include kernel upgrades, service packs, application updates, and security patches that keep server secure and safe. Operating system updates and support relieves the burden of server management from the dedicated server owner.
Dedicated hosting services primarily differ from managed hosting services in that managed hosting services usually offer more support and other services. As such, managed hosting is targeted towards clients with less technical knowledge, whereas dedicated hosting services, or unmanaged hosting services, are suitable for web development and system administrator professionals.
Providers often bill for dedicated servers on a fixed monthly price to include specific software packages. Over the years, software vendors realized the significant market opportunity to bundle their software with dedicated servers. They have since started introducing pricing models that allow dedicated hosting providers the ability to purchase and resell software based on reduced monthly fees.Microsoft offers software licenses through a program called the Service Provider License Agreement. The SPLA model provides use of Microsoft products through a monthly user or processor based fee. SPLA software includes the Windows Operating System, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint and shoutcast hosting, and many other server based products.Dedicated server providers usually offer the ability to select the software you want installed on a dedicated server. Depending on the overall usage of the server, this will include your choice of operating system, database, and specific applications. Servers can be customized and tailored specific to the customer&acirc;&euro;&trade;s needs and requirements.
Other software applications available are specialized web hosting specific programs called control panels. Control panel software is an all inclusive set of software applications, server applications, and automation tools that can be installed on a dedicated server. Control panels include integration into web servers, database applications, programming languages, application deployment, server administration tasks, and include the ability to automate tasks via a web based front end.
<p style="text-align:justify">Most dedicated servers are packaged with a control panel. Control panels are often confused with management tools, but these control panels are actually web based automation tools created to help automate the process of web site creation and server management. Control panels should not be confused with a full server management solution by a dedicated hosting providers.</p>
Technical Specifications of a Todhost Dedicated Server Offering
A Dedicated Server from Todhost is more than just a server, it is a fully managed solution designed to take your business to the next level. You will get free cPanel for free on every dedicated server offering from Todhost. Your server will be provisioned, secured, and typically delivered within 24 hours after your purchase.
Having a dedicated server will provide your sites with a higher level of security, speed, and uptime. You will have the capability to go far beyond the resource limitations found in a shared hosting environment.
Linux Dedicated Server Features
CentOS Linux with Full Root Access (64-bit with 32-bit available on request)
cPanel with WHM Control Panel
Apache Web Server, MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby (on Rails), FFMpeg Support
Secured Server with IPTables Firewall
Free With Each Hosting Plan
Create Sitebuilder Account for your Customers
Free Reseller Club Domain Reseller Account
Dedicated Servers receive up to 100 free transfers** within 30 days of account activation
Provide Customers with 4,500 Website Templates
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