Linux Server vs Windows Server

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There has always been a battle between Linux based servers and Windows based servers.  The important thing is learning what both have to offer in terms of compatibility and their strengths for their use in hosting services.  Of course both have different outlooks based on how popular they are and what types of applications that they have available with them.  Some are even able to cross platform with some work done to make it possible.  They can each perform well under high strain for their designed purposes.

Linux Hosting Server

Linux is one of the most versatile operating systems that is available to date.  When used in servers, the server has accessibility to some of the most efficient and powerful tools that are open sourced and offer a variety of high quality tools which can be free or licensed from many different sources.  This is a great way to give the hosting option that is chosen that uses the Linux option to make amazing websites.

One of the best things that Linux servers can have access to is MySQL databases.  These databases can be accessed through PHP and other programming languages to make forums, blogs and more with a few selections and settings changes.  With other open sourced tools, these databases can be used for a variety of different options and the coding for most of the languages that are able to run off the bat can be learned easily.

Windows Hosting Server

Windows of course is well known due to the prevalence of Microsoft in the media and home computer realm.  Windows offers friendly options that are familiar and can be easily learned to create some great websites as well.  The process of installing anything on a Microsoft based web servers is the same as installing a new application or video game on a home PC.  Most options will be out of the box, installed and go with Windows and will be easy to use.

Microsoft does have a large library of software that was designed specifically for use with a server.  This of course can be very buggy at times with all of the updates that must be done frequently with Windows.  When updates for Windows are available there are usually updates for the software as well to make them compatible again with the new version of Windows.  Windows will usually have a chance of working well with unconventional software as well.

Whatever choice a client will wish to use for their server operating system, it is important that they know how to use it to their advantage.  Choosing an option that is not familiar will make is much more difficult to learn and can even set them back a few months before they actually get their website up and running or launched.  Datacenters are stocking both Linux and Windows based servers so they are really being used in multiple locations in near equal quantities around the worlds.  Linux can be relatively cheap while Windows products can cost many times more.

Hostgator FAQ

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Hostgator is a privately owned web hosting company founded in 2002. According to Hostgator official claims, they provide hosting service for more than 1,000,000 websites and lead in hosting reseller accounts with over 20,000 resellers. You can save money with our hostgator coupons . Check all the latest coupon before order it .

In this article, we are going to check out some of the frequent asked questions on Hostgator.

What are my options with Hostgator?

Hostgator offers a wide range of web hosting services, including shared, VPS, dedicated, and reseller web hosting.

Does Hostgator offer unlimited hosting?

Yes, Hostgator’s shared hosting plans offer unlimited disk space and data transfer.

Can I upgrade my Hostgator account after purchase?

Yes, you can. Upgrade can be done at any time by filling up Hostgator’s upgrade form. It is free to upgrade and the only charge would be the price difference in the plan you upgrade to.

How long do I need to wait to get my new Hostgator account working?

Hostgator hosting accounts are activated automatically after payment but it normally takes 24-48 hours for a domain to fully propagate. However, you can view your site even though your domain’s name servers haven’t propagated by using URL in this format: http://ipaddress/~username/.

Can I have my own email accounts? And if so, how many email accounts can I create?

Yes, you can have your own email accounts (with your own domain name) with Hostgator. Furthermore, the web host provides unlimited email accounts. For example if your domain is www.mydomain.com and you can choose any name as [email protected] To access your mailbox, you have 2 options which are to read your mail through web based mail client or download the email to your local mail client like Microsoft Outlook.

Can I synchronize my email account with mobile device?

Yes, you can read your email on mobile devices (like iPhone and Blackberry). All you need to do is to configure your devices to operate with IMAP protocol. Clear instructions to configure the settings are given under the mail client configuration in the web hosting control panel.

Do I get any trial period with Hostgator hosting?

Yes, Hostgator customers get 45 days full refund trial period upon signup.

What kind of after-sales support should I expect from Hostgator?

Hostgator provides customer supports via 24×7 phone, live chat and email ticketing system.

Can I host adult content on Hostgator?

Yes. However, Hostgator stress that the adult content must be legal. Hostgator servers are located in Houston, Texas, so your site must comply with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding adult content.

Does Hostgator provide any free shopping carts?

Yes of course. Hostgator users can install CubeCart, ZenCart, and osCommerce in just a few clicks.

Does Hostgator support Fantastico?

Yes. Therefore these web apps can be installed automatically.

Blogs

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Nucleus

CMS

  • Joomla
  • GeekLog
  • Mambo
  • phpNuke
  • phpWCMS
  • phpWebsite
  • Drupal
  • Post-Nuke
  • SiteFrame
  • Xoops

eCommerce

  • CubeCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce
Forums

  • phpBB
  • SMF

Image Gallery

  • 4Images Gallery
  • Gallery
  • Coppermine

FAQ

  • FAQ MasterFlex

Customer Relationship

  • Crafty Syntax Live
  • Help Center Live
  • osTicket
  • PHP Support Tickets
  • Support Services Manager
Project Management

  • PHProjekt

Polls and Surveys

  • Advance Poll
  • phpESP

Site Builder

  • Template Express

Wiki

  • PhpWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Other Extras

  • Moodle
  • Open Realty
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpForumGenerator
  • WebCalendar
  • Template Express

Does Hostgator provide private SSL certification?

Yes, Hostgator sells Comodo 128 bit certificates for $75 a year.

How do I pay my Hostgator bill?

Hostgator accept payment via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Paypal, personal checks, money orders, cash, and bank transfers.

Do you recommend Hostgator hosting?

Yes, Hostgator is highly recommended. In fact, this website is hosted on Hostgator too. To learn more, read my full review about the host here: Hostgator Hosting Review.

iPage Hosting FAQ

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iPage.com is a hosting company that focuses mainly on shared web hosting services. The name ‘iPage’ has been online for more than a decade and in their words the iPage team is lead by group of industry veterans who some of them are “founders of the industry”. It’s worth noting that the management behind iPage, Endurance International Group (EIG), currently manages more than 2 million domains (alongside with other host name) with more than 800 staffs in 6 different locations.

This post was first published in April 2010, many things have changed in the past three years. For example, Endurance International Group (EIG) had spent millions and acquired half a dozen big names in hosting industry, including Hostgator, BlueHost, JustHost, Hostmonster, and so on.

Although I still recommend iPage to most budget hosting finders today, there are quite a few new things you should know before subscribing. To learn more (details such as server uptime, my recent hosting experience, latest price discounts, etc), please read my iPage Review here.

Frequent Asked Questions – All you need to know about iPage Hosting

There are a few reasons why iPage is being so popular recently. One, iPage is extremely cheap. Its $3.50 deal (after discount price) is one of the cheapest shared hosting deals you ever found online; and secondly, the web host is especially attractive to those who want a green hosting. iPage is a 100% green by buying renewable energy credits that offset 2,660 tons of carbon dioxide generated by operations.

In this article, we are going to check out some of the frequent asked questions on iPage.

What are my options with iPage?

iPage is all about shared hosting. The iPage Essential Plan offers unlimited hosting space, data transfer, and addon domain at a price of $3.50/mo.

Do I get any trial period with iPage hosting?

Yes, iPage customers get 30 days full refund trial period upon signup. In the same time, iPage also protects its customers with Anytime Money Back Guarantee refund policy. This means if you cancel your iPage account after the first 30 days, you will still get a pro-rated refund.

Is there any differences in term of pricing for different subscription period at iPage?

Can my site get hosted on a dedicated IP address at iPage?

No. Unfortunately iPage does not provide dedicated IP addresses on our platform.

Tell me more about iPage’s offer on Carbonite Online Backup.

All iPage users are entitled to 2GB of free backup with Carbonite. Carbonite is a small applications that will search and backup your files when your PC is idle. The backup files will then securely transfered and saved (as an encrypted files) to a remote data center.

Important note: Bear in mind that you will only get 2GB version for free and if you wish to do more than that you’ll need to upgrade to the unlimited version, which will cost you $49.95/year.

What’re the available payment methods for iPage?

You can pay iPage with credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express) and PayPal.

What kind of after-sales support should I expect from iPage and how helpful are the support staffs?

iPage provides customer supports via 24×7 phone, live chat and email ticketing system.

I have been testing on iPage live chat system a few times and unlike some other web hosts, the response rate from the live chat support is lighting fast. My questions were often answered in less than 2 minutes. Nevertheless, I have never tested their phone call support before thus can’t comment much on its quality.

How long does it take to have my site online at iPage ?

Your iPage account is activated instantly once the payment is done however it normally takes 24-48 hours for the DNS to propagate.

Can I host adult content on iPage?

Nope. Pornography, as well as other adult contents are strictly prohibited on iPage hosting.

Does iPage provide any free shopping carts?

Certainly – AgoraCart, ZenCart, and osCommerce.

Does iPage support Fantastico?

No, iPage does not support Fantastico. Instead, iPage builds its own auto-script installation feature named ‘Install Central’. Install Central is not as comprehensive as Fantastico but in my opinion it covers pretty much all the necessaries.

In brief, here’s the list of the scripts supported.

Blogging

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • PixelPost

CMS

  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • Drupal
  • e107

Image Gallery

  • Gallery2
  • ZenPhoto
  • Coppermine
Forums

  • phpBB
  • Gbook
  • SMF

eCommerce

  • AgoraCart
  • ZenCart
  • osCommerce
  • ShopSite
  • PowerPay
  • BoomTime

 

Wiki

  • MediaWiki

Other Extras

  • Gregarius
  • X7Chat
  • SugarCRM
  • WebCalendar
  • Moodle
  • Open Realty

Can I have my own email accounts? And if so, how many email accounts can I create?

Yes, iPage provides unlimited email accounts. You can create email address with your own domain name. For example if your domain is www.mydomain.com and you can choose any name as [email protected] To access your mailbox, you have 2 options which are to read your mail through web based mail client or download the email to your local mail client like Outlook.

Can I synchronize my email account with mobile device?

Yes, you can read your email on mobile devices (like iPhone and Blackberry). All you need to do is to configure your devices to operate with IMAP protocol. Clear instructions to configure the settings are given under the mail client configuration in the web hosting control panel.

Do you recommend iPage hosting?

Yes I do recommend iPage and in fact I think it is one of the best budget hosting services you can ever get online.

Compare Hostgator Hatching, Baby, and Business Hosting Plan

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Hostgator Hatching, Baby, and Business Hosting Plan: What’s different? And which should you choose?

Hostgator Hatchling, Baby, and Business Plan in a quick view

Here’s a quick view on Hostgator Hatchling, Baby, and Business Plan. Figure below is the print screen from Hostgator website. Not much different, eh?

Compare Hostgator Hatchling, Baby, and Business Plan

Well on a closer look (referring table below), you can see that the three plans are quite different and this means a detail inspection before making any purchase decision is in fact necessary. So let’s check in details on each options.

Features Hatchling Baby Business
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Addon Domains 0 Unlimited Unlimited
Parked Domains 0 Unlimited Unlimited
Toll-Free Number No No Yes
Dedicated IP No $2.00/mo Yes
Private SSL No No Yes
Anonymous FTP No No Yes
Chilisoft ASP No No Yes
Pricing (12 mo) $7.16 $9.56 $13.56
Pricing (24 mo) $5.56 $7.96 $11.96

When you should go with Hostgator Hatchling Plan?

Hatchling Plan is relative cheaper and it is the better option for those with only one website.

However, in long term the Hatchling Plan is not very practical and I do not recommend any webmasters who are serious with their website to stay long with it. Think about it – domain name is so cheap nowadays that its cost is nearly neglectable when compare with other website operation cost.  Do you think you will own only one domain for the rest of your time on Internet? Absolutely not! A new business idea, a forum for your hobby, a website for your family members, a charity website for the community, a personal blog – there are unlimited reasons for your second domains/websites.

In fact, why limit yourself in one or two domains? Most webmasters, myself included, own (and operate) dozens of domains/websites and we are still buying domain names regularly! So, take the Hatchling Plan as the starting point in your Internet venture but never stick too long with it. 😉

When you should go with Hostgator Baby Plan?

Answer: 99% of the time. The differences between Baby and Hatchling Plan is that Baby Plan is slightly more expensive and it allows unlimited addon domains; the main differences between Baby and Business Plan is that it doesn’t provide Toll Free Number, Anonymous FTP, and Chilisoft ASP*.

So unless these extra features are absolutely needed, there is no reason why you should pay $60 extra every year for the Business Hosting Plan.

*Note: You can add private SSL and dedicated IP features to your Hostgator Baby Plan with a little extra cost.

When you should go with Hostgator Business Plan?

Hostgator Business Plan is at its best value when you need all the addon e-commerce features (toll free number, dedicated IP, ChiliSoft ASP, and private SSL). It is most suitable for (well?) medium-large business websites owners that process their own money transactions.

Do note that while I agreed Hostgator offers the Best Business Hosting, the Business Planis only recommended when you are going to use all those addon e-commerce. It’s not worth it to pay extra $60 per year if you only need an extra dedicated IP address or the private SSL. These features can be bought (at $2/dedicated IP address/year) or substituted with other web services (go with PayPal to bypass the need of a private SSL).

Hostgator Shared Hosting Plan Upgrades

Another question I got frequently from the readers: Can I upgrade/downgrade my Hostgator plan from time to time?

The answer is absolutely yes. All upgrades with Hostgator (eg. Baby-to-Business, Shared-to-VPS, VPS-to-dedicated) are free of charge. All you need to pay is the prorated price after upgrades and you are done. On the other hand, downgrading to a lower level plan requires a $10 processing fees (which I think is reasonable).

A little more about Hostgator Hosting Services

In case you have never heard about Hostgator, the hosting company is one of the top players and currently hosting more than 2.5 million domains. The company was founded in 2002 when Brent Oxley (HostGator’s founder and current CEO) started the company in his dorm room with about $1,000. At the time, Brent was a student at Florida Atlantic University and a webmaster and had a few extra servers, so he decided to make use of the servers and start a web hosting company. His side venture took off and Brent later dropped out of college to run it full time.

Now, almost eight years later, the company that Brent founded in his dorm room occupies a four story office building in Houston and has more than 300 employees. Hostgator was voted as the fastest growing company in Texas (and ranked #21 in America) by Inc. Magazine’s Inc.5000 Awards in year 2008.

If you haven’t read my Hostgator review, make sure you do so because it is one of the very few updated write-ups that reveal the reality; alternatively, you can always visiting Hostgator online at http://www.hostgator.com.

GreenGeeks Hosting FAQ

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GreenGeeks is one of the few hosting companies that focus on green hosting from the very beginning and the web host is rated as the Best Green Hosting in many hosting review sites. In this article, we are going to learn more about GreenGeeks by going thru some of the frequent asked questions.

Frequent Asked Questions on GreenGeeks Hosting

GreenGeeks is one of the few hosting companies that focus on green hosting from the very beginning and the web host is rated as the Best Green Hosting in many hosting review sites. In this article, we are going to learn more about GreenGeeks by going thru some of the frequent asked questions.

What are my choices with GreenGeeks?

GreenGeeks provides two types of web hosting services – shared hosting and reseller hosting. There is only one package (named EcoSite) for the shared hosting service; while reseller hosting services come in five different packages (named Seed, Sprout, Plant, Tree, and Forest).

What’s in GreenGeeks shared hosting services?

GreenGeeks shared hosting plan offers unlimited hosting – users get unlimiteddata storage, data transfer, addon domains, POP3 E-mail support and MySQL databases.

How does the reseller hosting work?

After signing up for a reseller hosting account with GreenGeeks, you will receive the login information for the GreenGeeks reseller control panel called Web Host Manager (aka WHM). WHM allows you to manage and provide your customers with their own end-user control panel (aka cPanel), which will allow them to manage e-mails, web site files, statistics, domain names, etc without requring you to do these tasks.

The reseller hosting comes in five different packages:

Reseller Hosting Seed Sprout Plant Tree Forest
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
cPanel Accounts 10 25 50 100 250
Support 24/7 live chat, email, and phone call support
Promotion Free eNom Accounts (worth $9.50), cPanel migration, billing system
Price/mo $19.95 $24.95 $39.95 $59.95 $99.95

Do I get any trial period with GreenGeeks hosting?

Yes, GreenGeeks offers 30 days money backguarantee trial period. If you decide to cancel within the money back guarantee period of 30 days, GreenGeeks will provide you with a full refund (excluding any setup fees, and domain registration or transfer costs). You will own the domain after you cancel, with or without GreenGeeks as the hosting provider.

Is there any differences in term of pricing for different subscription period at GreenGeeks?

Yes, GreenGeeks shared hosting prices are different for different subscription period: 12 months subscritpion $7.95/mo; 24 months subscription $6.95/mo.

Can my site get hosted on a dedicated IP address at GreenGeeks?

GreenGeeks do offers dedicated IP address to customers; however it will cost an extra annual cost of $30. To purchase, simply send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Purchase Dedicated IP.

What’re the available payment methods for GreenGeeks?

Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.

Does GreenGeeks operate on their own servers?

Yes. In my recent interview with Trey Gardner (GreenGeeks founder), Trey told us that GreenGeeks is operating on its own servers with the data center located at Chicago, IL.

Can I do CGI scripting on GreenGeeks?

Yes.

What kind of after-sales support is provided at GreenGeeks?

GreenGeeks provide 24/7 live chat, email, and telephone supports.

How long will it take to get my website online with GreenGeeks ?

Basically your GreenGeeks account will be ready as soon as you make your payment. However it normally takes 24-72 hours for the DNS system to sort out (which is out of GreenGeeks’s control), so please expect one to three days waiting time before your website is fully in function.

Does GreenGeeks support Windows Hosting?

No. Green Geeks is a Linux/Unix web hosting provider and they do not offer Windows servers hosting or any web hosting which would require .asp/.net support.

Does GreenGeeks provide any free shopping carts?

GreenGeeks provides three shopping cartsfor free: CubeCart, OSCommerce and Zen-Cart. These shopping cart can be integrated into most common payment gateway, such as Paypal, 2Checkout, Authorize.net, and so on.

What version of cPanel does GreenGeeks offer?

At this time of writing, GreenGeeks support cPanel 11.

What version of MySQL does GreenGeeks offer?

GreenGeek currently uses MySQL version 5.0.81-community MySQL Community Edition (GPL).

What version of PHP does GreenGeeks offer?

At this time of writing, GreenGeeks is currently using 5.2.11. Generally, GreenGeeks is pretty keen in updating their software so you can rest assure that you can run on the latest stable version of PHP (and MySQL).

Do GreenGeeks support auto-installation scripts?

Yes, GreenGeeks support most popular web apps auto-installation via Fantastico. In general, here are the web applications you install with just a few clicks.

Blogging

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Nucleus

CMS

  • Joomla
  • GeekLog
  • Mambo
  • phpNuke
  • phpWCMS
  • phpWebsite
  • Drupal
  • Post-Nuke
  • SiteFrame
  • Xoops

eCommerce

  • CubeCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce
Forums

  • phpBB
  • SMF

Image Gallery

  • 4Images Gallery
  • Gallery
  • Coppermine

FAQ

  • FAQ MasterFlex

Customer Relationship

  • Crafty Syntax Live
  • Help Center Live
  • osTicket
  • PHP Support Tickets
  • Support Services Manager
Web Polls

  • Advance Poll
  • phpESP

Site Builder

  • Template Express

Wiki

  • PhpWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Other Extras

  • Moodle
  • Open Realty
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpForumGenerator
  • WebCalendar
  • Template Express

How is “300% green” possible with GreenGeeks?

Green Geeks pulls energy from the grid just like every web hosting company.

In order to compensate for the power they pull from the grid, GreenGeeks purchases wind energy credits for the energy they consume from the grid. The web host replaces, with wind power, 3 times the amount of energy used by theirweb servers – this explains why GreenGeeks is “300% green”.

Do you recommend GreenGeeks?

Yes, I do recommend GreenGeeks hosting. Although the hosting company is relative new compare to others but there are quite a few plus points with GreenGeeks that make them stand out from the competition – nightly backup, 300% green hosting, high server uptime record, and reasonable pricing. To learn more, read my updated GreenGeeks Review.

10 reasons why you should try out iPage Hosting

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iPage is creating quite a buzz (especially in United States) with its recent relaunch. Google Insights indicates iPage-related web search interests grew for more than 81% and, apparently, the number is still rising (See graph below).

iPage Related Search Trends

Below are some positive things I see at iPage so far. You can read more about the hosting company in my iPage Hosting Review

1. Experienced web hosting company

iPage started business back in March 1995 and the company had been hosting (as well as managing) websites worldwide since 1998. Although it was bought over by a larger company (Endurance) a few years back but still, the web company is managed by bunch of industry veterans. Summing up these facts with my recent experience with the company, I’m absolutely confidence with their ability.

2. Great hosting deals with anytime money-back guarantee

First of all, iPage offers unlimited hosting at a very cheap price. You’ll get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk storage, unlimited addon domain, so on and forth with all the standard ‘unlimited’ stuffs. Okay, okay, I admit that’s nothing extremely outstanding about that… But wait, iPage customers are also protected by an ‘Anytime Money-Back Guarantee’ customer satisfaction policy. Now this sounds really interesting. Gone are those days with limited 30 days or 60 days trial period. If you’re not satisfied with iPage, they’ll give you your money back. No questions asked, no time limits. Cancel at any time, and the web host promisses to issue a refund for the remainder of your current payment term.

It’s like a never-ending warranty and you bet that’s simply awesome!

3. iPage – hosting for charity

For this special Breast Cancer Awareness Month, iPage is donating $1 for every hosting sign up. So when you’re signing up a new host for your website, you’re also doing goods for the charity.

4. Go green, go iPage

iPage is offsetting its electricity consumption with wind-generated Renewable Energy Certificates. Their data centers and offices are fully powered by green energy thus you can rest assured that your ipage-hosted websites leave no carbon footprint.

5. Exclusive offer from Carbonite and RatePoint

Another good thing about iPage is that the company forms partnerships with leaders in web services. Besides the Google and Yahoo! marketing credits mentioned earlier, iPage customers also get numerous exclusive deals with big names like RatePoint, Carbonite, VeriSign, and so on. By signing up with iPage, you’ll get 2GB Carbonite backup solution for free (great value!) and a 60 days free trial on RatePoint Newsletter Manager.

6. More than just a web host

iPage, by the way, is not just about web host. As mentioned earlier, the company offers everything a website needs – from web hosting to website mangement, email hosting, domain registration, e-commerce services, website scripting, as well as web marketing. These features are extremely convenient for business owners who wish to expand their business online (but do not have sufficient time or knowledge).

7. Free marketing credits worth $200

At this time of writing, users get free $50 Google Adwords credit, $25 Yahoo! Marketing credit, $25 Search Engine Services and free couple of other marketing services.

This ‘Marketing Suite’ alone cost $200 in money value and you can get it all free when sign up with iPage.

8. Free security features worth $100

As iPage customers, you’ll get various enhanced website security features including business verification, daily malware scan, daily spam scan, constant network scanning, and the infamous SiteLock system. These features not only safeguard your website against identity thefts and hackers; they are also a good indication to your users that it’s safe to shop at your website (yeah I know, it’s more like a marketing tool sometimes).

9. New hosting technology

From what I heard, the recent relaunch isn’t just about re-branding. It’s a total revamp and you can expect more than a website change at iPage.com. If you check out their technology base, you’ll notice that they are now implementing high performance load balanced servers, multile gigabit fiberoptic connections of diverse backbones, Cisco routers with BGP4 protocol, as well as NetApp Snapshot data backups. These new hosting techs simply provide better and safer hosting environment you can’t get elsewhere.

10. Special Promotion

Lastly, and most importantly, the best reason that you should try them out is that iPage just got cheaper with my special deal with the hosting company (thanks to Paul, the key person working at iPage). Now when you signup with this special promo link, iPage will just cost $1.99/mo for the entire subscription period and that’s more than 81% discount from the original $10.95/mo price.

Isn’t a good to know you can save more? 🙂

Well, that’s all about iPage for the moment!

Alright, I have threw my 10 reasons why you should test out the new iPage hosting service. Now it’s your turn. Anyone tried them out already? Remember to leave your comments on how they are doing and help out others who’re still unsure about iPage.

JustHost FAQ

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JustHost is a fast growing hosting company under management of JustDevelopIt. JustHost has quickly grown into one of the big names in hosting industry in a very short time. From what I observed, the hosting company is best for shoppers looking for budget and blog hosting.

Learn more about JustHost on the FAQ section below.

What types of hosting service do JustHost offer?

JustHost offers two shared hosting plans – JustPlan and JustPlan Premium. Both hosting plans offer unlimited disk space, bandwidth, email accounts as well as every other feature you expect from a professional web hosting company; the differences between these two package are the price and the number of free domain. For JustPlan Premium, monthly price is $8.95/mo, users get 3 free domains for life; while for JustPlan, monthly price is $3.95/mo, users get 1 free domain for life.

Which JustHost plan is better – JustPlan or JustPlan Premium?

JustPlan is apparently the better hosting plan. You pay extra $60 annually just for 2 free domains – which is rather foolish as domain registration normally cost $10 annually (per domain).

How long does JustHost trial period last?

JustHost trial period NEVER last. With the company’s ‘Anytime Money Back Guarantee’ policy, JustHost allow users to get pro-rated money back anytime when they cancel their account. In other words, this means your trial period with JustHost will never ends.

Is there any differences in term of pricing for different subscription period at JustHost?

Yes, prices do change when you subscribe to a longer (or shorter) period. In summary:

Subscription Period Monthly 6 Months 12 Months 24 Months 36 Months
Price/mo $7.95 $6.95 $5.95 $4.95 $3.95

As JustHost provide ‘Anytime Money Back Guarantee’, I would advise users to go with 24/36 months subscription plans as it’s much cheaper or use JustHost coupons for saving too .

What’re the available payment methods for JustHost ?

Justhost accept credit card and PayPal payment.

Do you recommend JustHost?

Yes, I do recommend JustHost hosting. I was lucky enough to get a free trial account with JustHost. After spending some time in testing and reviewing them, I find their service reliable and above par.

Is daily backup service available at JustHost?

Yes, but with additional cost. You can activate the daily backup feature in your cPanel account, simply login and select the ‘Daily Backup’ in the Optional Account Addons section. Do note that, however, this feature will cost $24.95/year.

How much bandwidth and disk storage do I get from JustHost ?

JustHost offer unlimited web hosting storage and data transfer.

Can I do CGI scripting on JustHost?

Yes, JustHost allow CGI scripts usage as long as the script is not harmful (buggy scripts and scripts used for spamming purpose) to the web servers. Also, do note that JustHost management requires all CGI scripts permission set as 755 (rwx-rx-rx).

Can I upgrade my hosting plan with JustHost at a later stage?

Yes. In fact JustHost do offer dedicated hosting services but it’s not listed in the standard package. If you are interested in upgrading your current JustHost hosting plan, please contact their support team at: [email protected]

What kind of technical support is provided at JustHost?

JustHost provide 24/7 technical support via phone, live chat channels and email-ticketing system. Also, video tutorials and extensive knowledgebase are available for all JustHost users.

How long will it take to get my website online with JustHost ?

Basically your JustHost account will be ready as soon as you make your payment. However it normally takes 24-72 hours for the DNS system to sort out (which is out of JustHost’s control), so please expect one to three days waiting time before your website is fully functioning.

What kind of control panel are JustHost using?

JustHost support cPanel hosting. For reference, please see figure below.

Can I host adult websites at JustHost ?

Yes, JustHost allow adult websites.

Do JustHost support auto-installation scripts?

Yes, JustHost support most popular web apps auto-installation by employing Fantastico. In general, here are the web applications you can auto-install.

Blogging

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Nucleus

CMS

  • Joomla
  • GeekLog
  • Mambo
  • phpNuke
  • phpWCMS
  • phpWebsite
  • Drupal
  • Post-Nuke
  • SiteFrame
  • Xoops

eCommerce

  • CubeCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce
Forums

  • phpBB
  • SMF

Image Gallery

  • 4Images Gallery
  • Gallery
  • Coppermine

FAQ

  • FAQ MasterFlex

Customer Relationship

  • Crafty Syntax Live
  • Help Center Live
  • osTicket
  • PHP Support Tickets
  • Support Services Manager
Web Polls

  • Advance Poll
  • phpESP

Site Builder

  • Template Express

Wiki

  • PhpWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Other Extras

  • Moodle
  • Open Realty
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpForumGenerator
  • WebCalendar
  • Template Express

How do I access my site using SSH?

You can purchase SSH for your account at any point through your cPanel account. Simply click on SSH in the Optional Account Addons and then click ‘Add Extra’. Again, do note that this extra feature does not come free – it costs $19.95 per annum.

How about SSL Certificates? Do I get SSL Certificates with JustHost

Shared SSL Certificate is provided for all basic JustHost hosting accounts for free. You will need to upgrade your hosting account in case private SSL Certificates are needed. Go to private SSL section in the Optional Account Addons section and select ‘Add Extra’ from the upgrade list. Each Private SSL certificate costs $69.95 per year.

What versions of PHP and MySQL does JustHost support?

At this time of writing, Just Host support PHP 5.2.5 and MySQL 5.0.45.

Does Just Host support PostgresSQL?

PostgresSQL is not currently supported by Just Host at this time, however, they do offer MySQL. Please contact our sales team on [email protected] for further information.

Is TomCat supported on JustHost servers?

On share hosting plans – No; On dedicted hosting plans – Yes. You’ll need to contact JustHost technical team on [email protected] for further information.

I want to know more about technology behind JustHost hosting.

JustHost offer Linux hosting running on Quad Processor Servers with OC-96 Backbone Connection (400 Gigabits/s) and UPS power backup generator. The data center is also protected with FM2000 Fire Suppression and Biometrick Security system.

What are the shopping cart software supported by JustHost?

JustHost support OS Commerce Shopping Cart, Agora Shopping Cart, as well as PayPal. Further on e-commerce features, JustHost also provide free Merchant Account and Open PGP/GPG Encryption supports.

Bluehost FAQ

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Bluehost had been in hosting business for quite a while and I am sure their name is no stranger to most webmasters. The hosting company, lead by their founder and now CEO Matt Heaton, is based out of Orem, Utah. Also, Bluehost shared the same management with Hostmonster (another well know hosting services).

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What kind of hosting services do Bluehost offer?

Bluehost offer shared web hosting service.

What do mean by free domain in Bluehost hosting plan?

Registration fee is waived for users who register a new domain name upon signup with Bluehost. More over, this domain is free of annualy renewal fees as long as it’s hosted on Bluehost.

Can I upgrade my hosting plan with Bluehost at a later stage?

No. Bluehost offer only one hosting plan – which is shared hosting plan. You’ll have to switch web host if you wish to upgrade to dedicated or semi dedicated hosting.

What kind of technical support do I get with Bluehost?

Live chat, toll-free phone calls, e-mail, user-supported forum – Bluehost supports are available in various forms 24/7.

How much bandwidth and disk storage do Bluehost offer?

Bluehost offer unlimited disk storage and bandwidth capacity.

(But you know the real meaning of unlimited hosting, right?)

How long will it take to get my website online with Bluehost ?

Your new Bluehost account will be ready within the same day you place your order. By default, you will receive your account information via e-mail notifcation and you login and start working on your new website. However, do note that it normally takes 24 – 72 hours for the DNS to be sorted (this is not controlled by Bluehost) – this means your new website can only be ready (in visitors’ view) in about three days.

How long do Bluehost trial period last?

Bluehost trial period = 30 days – New users who cancel their account within the first 30 days get their full refunds without question asked. More over, all accounts cancelled after the trial period are qualified for prorated refund at the monthly rate (which, I think is a huge plus for customers!). Learn more about Bluehost refund policy.

What kind of control panel do Bluehost support?

Bluehost customers get cPanel as their host control panel.

Can I auto-install WordPress at Bluehost?

Yes. In fact Bluehost offer more than just WordPress auto-installation. Bluehost support a wide range of auto-install web applications via Fantastico and Simple Scripts and the list below shown supported apps.

Auto-install these scripts using Simple Scripts

Blogs

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Textpattern

Client Management

  • vtigerCRM

CMS

  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • MODx
  • e107

eCommerce

  • Magento
  • OpenCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce
Forms

  • LimeSurvey

Forums

  • phpBB
  • PunBB
  • bbPress

Mailing List

  • DadaMail
  • phpList
  • poMMo

Photo Gallery

  • Zenphoto
  • Pixelpost
  • Coppermine
Project Management

  • Mantis

RSS

  • Gregarius
  • SImplePie

Utilities

  • phpMyFAQ
  • ExtCalendar
  • phpFreeChat

Webmail

  • Roundcube

Wiki

  • PmWiki
  • WikkaWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Auto-install these scripts using Fantastico

Blogs

  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Nucleus

CMS

  • Joomla
  • GeekLog
  • Mambo
  • phpNuke
  • phpWCMS
  • phpWebsite
  • Drupal
  • Post-Nuke
  • SiteFrame
  • Xoops

eCommerce

  • CubeCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce
Forums

  • phpBB
  • SMF

Image Gallery

  • 4Images Gallery
  • Gallery
  • Coppermine

FAQ

  • FAQ MasterFlex

Customer Relationship

  • Crafty Syntax Live
  • Help Center Live
  • osTicket
  • PHP Support Tickets
  • Support Services Manager
Project Management

  • PHProjekt

Polls and Surveys

  • Advance Poll
  • phpESP

Site Builder

  • Template Express

Wiki

  • PhpWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Other Extras

  • Moodle
  • Open Realty
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpForumGenerator
  • WebCalendar
  • Template Express

What version of MySQL do I get with Bluehost?

Bluehost support MySQL 4 and 5 but most servers are now equipped with MySQL version 5.0.75.

What other database Bluehost support besides MySQL?

Beside MySQL, Bluehost support PostgreSQL as well. At this time of writing, Bluehost is running PostgreSQL 7.4.16.

Can I do CGI scripting in my Bluehost hosting account?

Yes, Bluehost allow CGI scripts usage as long as the script is not harmful (buggy scripts and scripts used for spamming purpose) to the web servers.

How can I pay Bluehost for their hosting service?

Bluehost accept all sort of credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discove), check, money order, but not PayPal and cash.

Can I send an email with large files/attachments?

Bluehost has a strict 10 MB limit on each sent out emails. In fact, most web hosts impose such restriction on email usage. To send large files, try using these free file hosting sites.

I am running an adult website, is Bluehost the right hosting for me?

No, websites offering pornographic, nudity, escort services, and adult materials are not welcomed at Bluehost.

Can I get SSH access in Bluehost shared hosting plan?

Yes, users get SSH access at Bluehost. But do note that this feature is not enabled by default, users will need to activate shell access by contacting the customer service. (You’ll then be requested to send in a copy of your driving license/passport/photo id for verification).

What you should know about .htaccess

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What’s a .htaccess file?

Also known as hypertext access, .htaccess file, when placed in a particular server directory, is used to customize and configure certain request to that particular directory and its sub content (directories and web files).

In layman term, .htaccess is a flexible configuration file (normally placed at server root folder) that is often used to improve website navigation and viewing experience. .htaccess file is used most frequently when a server is shared among multiple users – for instance, a server used for shared hosting plans. .htaccess file on shared hosting plan allows users to alter their site configuration (such as rewriting URLs and making redirection) without affecting others (as they are unable to access server root folder).

Usage of .htaccess file

The following are the most common uses of .htaccess file.

Redirections

Ever heard of 301 redirect or 302 redirect – these web functions are done in .htaccess. 301 and 302 redirection are especially useful when you are moving your websites or taking an old files off from your website. For example, redirect http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.com/old-reviews to http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.com/new-reviews – not only your users will be taken to a designated page when they visit the old-reviews, search engine bots will also follow the redirection and thus credited the new page with its old page rank (Google PR).

Mod Rewrite

A mod-rewrite is done whenever one wish to rewrite a web address (URL). For example you can use mod-rewrite to modify a bad URL structure (for example, URL with too many parameters – too much of $ and & symbols). Mod-rewrite is also often used to switch a non-WWW URL to WWW; example, from http://webhostingsecretrevealed.com switch to http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.com.

Such URL modification is necessary as it improves users experience and avoid unnecessary technical problems with search engine. For example, by switching URL likehttp://www.example.com/rdgrt1?hym%+mobile%games to http://www,site.com/mobile-games, it shows a shorter URL to your users (hence easier to remember) and improve search engine’s crawl rate of your site.

Customization of the error responses

You can also use .htaccess show custom error responses instead of just a ‘404 Not Found’ or ‘403 Forbidden’ page. This improves your website image as well as users viewing experience.

Other common .htaccess usage

Some other .htaccess usage commonly used by web developers:

  • Helps the server to control user agent caching to reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Used for users authorization and authentication, restrict users access to certain directories on server.
  • To specifies the security restrictions and information for the particular directory.
  • To avoid irresponsible webmaster hot-linking images hosted at your server.

Sample of .htaccess codes

Some sample codes on .htaccess

Mod rewrite

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

Redirection

Redirect 301 /home http://www.example.com/
Redirect 301 /old-filehttp://www.example.com/new-file/

Setting directory index file

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php /index.php

File extension mapping

AddHandler php5-cgi .php .inc

Customizing error documents

ErrorDocument 404 /oops-file-not-found/
ErrorDocument 500 /oops-data-base-error/

Anti image hot-linking

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(subdomain.)?askapache.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^.*.(bmp|tif|gif|jpg|jpeg|jpe|png)$ – [F]

Final words on .htaccess

While .htaccess offers incredible flexibility in configuring your websites; one should note that mismanaging or misusing of .htaccess can result in performance loss as well as creating security loop holes. If you are not knowledgeable enough, make sure you ask for advice and comment from the experts before making any changes on .htaccess files.

 

More about domain names

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Fundamentals knowledge is necessary before you can start hosting any websites. Knowing the basics of web hosting, the difference between a domain and web host, and how to choose the right web host are the essential skills that much be learned. Those who already read thru Web Hosting 101 Classroom should have learned these all; now, I’m going to touch various concerns of dark areas involved domain names.

Multi Domain Hosting

Multiple domain hosting means hosting multiple websites (or domain names) in the same hosting account. Most web hosting services nowadays provides you with at least six domain names – this means you get to host one primary domain names and five addon domains in your account.

Subdomains

In the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy, a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. Sometimes, a subdomain is also known as a third level domain. For example, http://webhostingsecretrevealed.com is a regular URL; while http://review.webhostingsecretrevealed.com is an URL with subdomain with “.com” as the first level domain, “webhostingsecretrevealed” as the second level; and finally “review” as the third level.

Some would says subdomains are ‘third level’ domains in the sense that they are simply “sub folders” under the root directory, normally used to organize your website content in different languages or different categories. However this is not the case to many SEOs as subdomains are often treated as a different domain independent from the primary domain.

Domain Parking

A parked domain is a domain name that has not been associated with any website or e-mail services. Domain parking refers to the act of reserving the domain name for future development. Generally, all web host will have an option for ‘Domain Parking’ in your web host where visitors of the domain will be redirected to a specified webpage.

WhoIs

WhoIs is a domain name program/database where Internet users can query for domain registration information. By performing a WhoIs search you can determine who/when/where a domain name was registered. Searching WhoIs also reveals information on a website’s numerical IP address as well as DNS records.

Searching WhoIs info nowadays is very easy as there are plenty of web tools available online. DomainTools.com for example, is a website I often visit to retrive WhoIs information.

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