The New Cost of Web Hosting

New Cost of Web Hosting

In the Beginning of 20th century no one could think that people can get information from all over the world in few seconds, development of technology in decades completely changed the people life. The first service of viewing the web was World Wide Web which had renamed later to Nexus.

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“The World Wide Web (WWW) project aims to allow all links to be made to any information anywhere. … The WWW project was started to allow high energy physicists to share data, news, and documentation. We are very interested in spreading the web to other areas, and having gateway servers for other data. Collaborators welcome!” —from Tim Berners-Lee's first message.

The invention of World Wide Web by Tim Berbers- Lee opened the world of Information. Many new developments and fast successful changes build up the IT after 1990, later other browsers like Midas, Erwise, Viola graphical browsers were developed and within few years thousands of web servers were online and millions of computers connected to internet to help in education, scientific researches, corporate Sectors, but it was not enough.

Information explosions were still waiting, appearing bookstore, hotmail web based email were engaging users with the internet, Google search engine changing the scenario of world of knowledge, commercial competition had started and browser war took place in between two major players Microsoft and Netscape. Netscape announced that its browser will be free for users.

Starting of 21st century the dot-com market rose up then collapsed, many companies survive and search additional source of revenue, and they became highly profitable and opened the gate for online retailing business, Online Entertainment, News Outlets, Content distribution, advertisement revenue and many more. Many web sites like Yahoo!, eBay were hit by a large-scale denial of service attack which exposed break-ability of the Internet, later it developed huge market of Internet security.

Millions of domains are registered and billions of websites are hosted every year, Tens of thousands of companies in the world of Web Hosting exist across the globe that provide all sorts of features over a wide range of prices, how does one choose the right web hosting company for their need ? Now it’s become common for web hosting provider companies to give affordable services in cheap price with list of features and also covered security issues, many service providers are offering Web Shop e-commerce web hosting, e-mail hosting, e-marketing with reliable domain name registration and web hosting services and adding new features of Communication Platform, Advertisements for their customers. They have various plans and schemes for the customer pick over the selection included individual users, families, small home office, Small Business Companies and large corporations.

Users have choices for web hosting, if user have no Idea and not familiar with webs hosting, companies are providing charts for helping to select plan and features in budget.

New Cost of Web Hosting, Some Important points to look for when choosing Web Hosting Company :

  1. Price : If your pocket is ready to pay then options are endless. If you focus to find reliable and affordable which the most of people look then jumping on the cheapest is not good idea but Comparison of prices will helpful, first check details of features and then compare prices.
  2. Scheme / Discount Coupon : Check out Scheme and Plans and discount offers which can give you more in less money.
  3. Repute : Most of the Web Hosting companies offers many but give little, Check out old customers review in comments , forums, social network sites, some of reviews are very clear about company Quality, strengths and weakness. You can also search in Google. Also look service after sales and customer support details like Emails, Phone Numbers, skype ID.
  4. C- Panel : C-Panel is Control Panel from it user can add, modify, update themselves their own website easily even if you have not techie. No need to call your hosting company for small changes.
  5. Email : Hosting companies offers free and paid email accounts with domains and web space, which gives unique and private email ID’s with your own name and your domain name, Check out your provider’s have spam solutions.
  6. Technical Setup : Websites which have rich contents and Audio / Video file with download facility need Branded Machines with Latest hardware features and good RAM and Processor speed. Cheap hosting plan possibly won’t have all these, Server Operating System are Linux and Windows commonly used and linux is cheaper. If the hosting company is silent about server’s specifications, just ask them because machine hardware plays important role in performance of your site.

PayPal Moves to the Cloud (and Other PayPal News)

PayPal Moves to the Cloud

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There's a lot of PayPal news this morning starting with the company's recent purchase of startup Braintree. Braintree is the software platform behind sites like OpenTable and AirBnB, and PayPal sees lots of potential in the technology that Braintree has. But, purchasing Braintree isn't the only thing that PayPal has done lately. The company has also looked to OpenStack for cloud hosting management.

The OpenStack Choice

PayPal decided to go with OpenStack over other cloud hosting options because OpenStack is reliable and fast. PayPal needed a cloud hosting company that could give the payment management system security and speed. PayPal isn't the only company to choose OpenStack over all other big cloud players, though.

Major companies currently using OpenStack's cloud services include Intel, Cisco, Wikimedia, and a ton of universities, government organizations, and others. In short, OpenStack is at the forefront of cloud technology, and potential cloud customers are taking note. But, with the move to OpenStack, one has to wonder whether or not PayPal's services are still secure.

OpenStack Security

OpenStack employs a system called OpenStack Security Notes that aims to help users through various security “pain points.” In short, these are troubleshooting solutions to known OpenStack problems. The Notes include information about a number of security issues, are relatively easy to flip through if you have some tech know-how, and are concise enough to help you find the problem you're dealing with in short time.

OpenStack has come under some fire in the past for various security issues, but the company has since worked with a number of engineers and developers to make these issues disappear. As with any cloud option, OpenStack does face new problems regularly, but these are always addressed in short time.

That means that PayPal's new contract with OpenStack is, indeed, secure enough for what PayPal is doing – and that's saying a lot considering the fact that PayPal deals in bank accounts and monies.

The Future for PayPal

Now that PayPal has moved to OpenStack, acquired Braintree, and forged ahead with payment services, what will the future of PayPal look like? It's tough to say what PayPal might do with Braintree, though it looks like the company may use Braintree's software to increase the company's mobile payment options and stance in the mobile payments marketplace.

A Note On Your Cloud IT Team

You might have noticed above that OpenStack provides Security Notes to its users. That's all well and good, but you'll be spending a lot of time researching terms and problems before you can really get a grasp for what's happening with security through OpenStack (or any other cloud provider, really).

My suggestion is this: don't fire your IT team when you move to the cloud, you're going to need them. You might be able to cut back on the team a bit, but you'll certainly need what some of those tech-savvy people have stored in their brains – the ability to sift through security notes with relative ease!

Questions? Comments about PayPal?

Textbooks Go Open Source, Students Rejoice

Textbooks Go Open Source, Students Rejoice

Textbooks Go Open Source, Students RejoiceIf you have attended college or taken online courses, you know the astronomical cost of textbooks. With some books costing as much as $300, purchasing textbooks for multiple classes can clean your wallet out completely.

But what if textbooks were available on a cheap hosting website? What if these books were available free of charge, thanks to the open source model? I'm sure many college students would be overjoyed to fill their cabinets with more than Ramen noodles!

OpenStax College

Founded in 2012, the OpenStax College initiative has been relying on a Creative Commons license to create peer-reviewed open source textbooks. Exactly how much are students saving? It's estimated that this year alone, they expect to save about 40,000 students at 300 different colleges and universities roughly $3.7 million on textbook costs. That's a lot of Ramen!

Since the organization was founded, their open source textbooks have been accessed by over 1.7 million people, with approximately 170,000 total downloads, according to site sources.

Textbooks Go Open Source, Students Rejoice: How It Works

Textbooks are offered for the most popular introductory college courses (physics, sociology, anatomy, and biology, both majors and non-majors). In fact, the founder of OpenStax College is the same man that founded Connexions, and the similarities between the two initiatives are clear.

What about OpenStax College's content? It's quite normal, really. There are authors, reviewers, and content developers as with most traditional textbooks. Work-for-hire agreements are set up detailing payment arrangements. Content can be submitted in any form, converting it into numerous formats such as PDF. Thanks to the Creative Commons licensing, instructors are able to provide their students with materials for the sweet price of: free.

Students are able to download the textbooks directly through the site, also for free, and the downloaded material is available at all times. There is no expiration date.

The Old Way

The problem with the “old way,” (really, e-books aren’t that old, but you get my point) is that access is restricted after a certain trial time period has lapsed. When all is said and done, an e-book textbook can cost as much as a hard copy, so there’s not much sense in going the e-book method. There’s another side to this coin too: the author side.

Realistically, most textbook authors don’t actually generate revenue. Best-sellers are heavily marketed while the rest goes unnoticed. Authors, in the meantime, work tirelessly to write and research books that never really pad pockets – it’s clear to see why OpenStax Collect makes a lot of sense, right? The one restriction with OpenStax College are iBook versions of textbooks. In order to access iBooks, students have to pay a $5 fee per book. These funds go towards keeping the nonprofit afloat.

Problems Ahead

There’s no doubt that this nonprofit will face some slack from publishing houses screaming copyright infringement, but OpenStax College is prepared for that, it seems. In the end, though, cheaper textbooks is the goal here, and students everywhere will be more than happy to alleviate some college debt by going the OpenStax College route.

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Q&A: Some of Your Questions Answered

Questions Answered

question_icon Questions AnsweredQuestion: how many infographics should I post on my website weekly?

Answer: Graphics are great, aren't they? Images are fun to look at. Best of all, images aren't time consuming, and people like to share infographics (just make sure you water-stamp yours!). The only problem with an infographic (or any graphic) is that there's such a thing as overkill.

There is no solid rule of thumb when it comes to the frequency of infographics. However, adding more three (and that might be pushing it) of these images per week isn't the best idea. Sure, infographics are interesting, but they also lack the substance that good old-fashioned words have. Want to post an infographic or two? Go ahead! Just stop at three – words are your friends too!

Question: What's the deal with SugarSynch?

Answer: SugarSynch is a cloud-based synching tool kind of like Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive (others are out there too). In recent weeks, SugarSynch has gained a lot of attention, mostly because of great marketing (and people like the name, right?).

Benefits of SugarSynch: 5GB of free space, the ability to choose files across your file system, you can choose to synch files only in the cloud (and not on your desktop or other devices).

Drawbacks: SugarSynch's interface is not as slick as Dropbox (main competition), so that's one thing to keep in mind. Otherwise, SugarSynch is a good alternative to Drive, Dropbox, and other file synching and sharing options.

Question: What's the best cheap hosting site?

Answer: That's a tough question! On this blog, we are fans of HostGator. That choice is based on the company's awesome IT team, and the fact that HostGator offers great packages that won't break the bank. That said, we have reviewed countless other cheap hosting sites here, so take a look at what we have come up with!

Question: What's the best way to keep cloud-shared files secure?

Answer: We know that security is a top priority, but the only (and best) way to make sure files are safe is to encrypt them. If you want more information about encryption options and methods, check out this article on how to encrypt cloud-based files.

Question: Is it possible to ask your site experts anything about web hosting or WordPress?

Answer: Yes! That's why we are here. In most cases, we have the answer you need. If we don't have the answer, we'll find it for you. If you have a question, there are a number of ways to get in touch with us including email, posting a comment, or clicking on our ‘Live Help' button. We focus mostly on web hosting reviews, IT topics, and industry-related news, but we're happy to help you discover anything you're looking for when it comes to hosting.

Question: There's a cheap hosting site I want to know more about, can you review it?

Answer: Of course! Just send us a note or post a comment, and we'll take a look at the site you have in mind.

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Hostgator Experiences Email Blacklisting Issues

Email Blacklisting Issues ?

Cheap hosting giant Hostgator reported a couple of weeks ago that a high number of IP addresses used for email gateways were blacklisted across multiple networks for just about every web host worldwide.

When IPs are blacklisted in this manner, it leads to any email being sent from the IP undeliverable to the email black listing networks.

If you look at that August 23rd blog post on the cheap hosting provider's website, you'll see that numerous customers were up in arms over their Email Blacklisting was the issue , but was it entirely Hostgator's fault? Is there anything these clients could have done to protect themselves?

Hostgator Experiences Email Blacklisting Issues

The company says they were the first to successfully alleviate the situation, and they continued to offer other companies experiencing the same issue a helping hand.

Hostgator recently stated in a press release that the company is working to “…get our IPs removed from the blacklists…” further, the company is attempting to completely restore email network issues.

So what caused the problems in the first place? Many things, it seems, all stretching back to this past May, when exploits affecting Joomla vulnerabilities were discovered.

The vulnerabilities related to a component called JCE. But a workaround existed that allowed the installation and activation of malware, which in turn allowed mailing scripts to be uploaded and executed.

Once the mailing scripts were activated, a large-scale spamming campaign was initiated. This resulted in the worldwide email blacklisting of email gateway IPs. The network reporting the highest number of problems was AOL.

Who Is To Blame for Email Blacklisting ?

So is it totally Hostgator's fault? Not necessarily. The company continuously stresses the importance of user updates. Not updating scripts leave the door wide open for those seeking a bit of mischief. Basically, if users had simply updated the scripts when these updates were released, maybe it wouldn't have been as big an issue. They pointed out the ease with which customers can update scripts: one-click updates are available as soon as the version is released.

Looking To The Future

The cheap hosting company stated they have added more advanced monitoring capabilities, boasting they will be alerted of trouble like this in the future. Hostgator is asking all users to check back-ends in order to update any scripts. If users comply, the problem should be averted now and in the future. However, Hostgator customers aren’t all convinced that the problem lies with script updates.

Interestingly, Hostgator is the only company that was part of the problem to offer information about the issue. This, in turn, leads many to believe that it is, in fact, a Hostgator-specific issue.

Are you a Hostgator client? Are you having difficulty sending emails to clients?