If you’ve seen the Joomla add-on on the side of your web hosting control but aren’t quite sure what it is, you’ve come to the right place. Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS) that enables users to manage content, photos, videos and any other type of web content imaginable. Joomla may sound a bit less serious than WordPress but the word is actually derived from the Swahili ‘Jumla’, meaning ‘all together’. A quick look into Joomla’s offerings, and you’ll see that this phrase truly encompasses exactly what Joomla is.
The advantages of Joomla may not be obvious to new users, but they are worth reviewing.
- Joomla is free and works well with shared web hosting packages, and this combination makes it possible to build powerhouse websites with an extremely reasonable operating budget.
- Joomla is ideal for businesses, non-profits and multi-media sites. This content management system is especially suited to sites hosting forums, newsrooms and other user-generated content.
- With over 6,000 extensions to choose from, Joomla makes it possible for websites to perform nearly any web-based action.
- Joomla is an open design platform that can be used by any design company, so if you use Joomla you won’t be obligated to stay with your web designer if the relationship sours or your budget changes over time.
- URLs created using Joomla don’t have any query strings, which makes them SEO friendly.
- Once installed, Joomla is relatively easy to maintain.
- It is easy to modify Joomla’s core system to reflect your specific needs and preferences.
On the other hand, the disadvantages of Joomla are often touted by nay-sayers are reasons to choose an alternate CMS. If you’re considering Joomla, you should be aware of the disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision on your own.
- Joomla is slightly more difficult to install and setup than other content management systems (such as WordPress), and may require professional assistance.
- Users looking for a straightforward blog site may still prefer the simplicity of WordPress over the more complex offerings of Joomla.
- Many users complain that Joomla has difficulty accommodating sites that receive more than 50,000 users per day.
- Users often complain that Joomla sites run more slowly than sites built with other content management systems.
Although it may be impossible to find a CMS that is entirely perfect, Joomla seems to come pretty close. If you’re starting a blog, you may still be better off with WordPress, but if you have your sites set on popular site or a multimedia presentation, Joomla may very well be a good option for you. Just make sure that you’re familiar enough with the technical aspects of building a website so that you’ll be able to maximize the building process. If not, you may want to hire someone to help and to teach you how to proceed independently. With a bit of technical know-how, you should have no trouble maintaining a successful Joomla website.
Are you a web designer or webmaster looking for a bit of extra revenue? Actually…aren’t we all looking for a bit of extra income? If you’re a web designer or webmaster, reseller hosting may be just what you’re looking for. Reseller hosting is an arrangement in which you purchase a large web hosting package from the web host of your choice, and you break down the storage, bandwidth and disk space into smaller chunks which can be sold to your clients. And, while reseller hosting may sound like a get-rich quick scheme, it isn’t – you’ll need a bit of technical knowledge and the ability to convince your clients that hosting through your company is a savvy decision. Read on to determine if reseller hosting is the logical next step for your small business.
Reseller Hosting for Webmasters
If you’re in the business of building websites, you’ve probably found that after the initial building of the site, a client becomes merely a sporadic source of income instead of a constant source of work. Reseller hosting will keep you connected to each client on a regular basis and will provide you with residual income long after the initial project is complete. Although your income from reseller hosting client won’t be significant, the combination of a few sales of hosting packages will provide noticeable results on your overall income.
In addition, if you’re a savvy businessperson, you’ll be able to sell parts of the web hosting account separately to your clients. Many of your clients, especially those who aren’t specifically web savvy, will be willing to pay you for reports that come standard with most web hosting packages, because it will prevent them from having to access the reports and analyze the data independently. Likewise, you can make even more money by selling additional site security packages, domain names or other add-ons with each web hosting package.
Reseller Hosting for Web Designers
As a web designer, you probably know about the basics of building a website, even if you’re not an expert webmaster. By taking your knowledge of what it takes to build a website, you’ll be able to explain to your clients why they need hosting services, and why buying them from you will be easier than buying a web hosting package directly from the hosting company. While you probably won’t be using the host directly, you can take advantage of this arrangement by having reselling hosting services that can directly benefit you, such as those with a site builder that you can use to easily edit your pages.
Choosing a Web Host for Resale
Many web hosts offer reseller programs that can enable you to make money easily while providing your clients with quality web hosting. Before you make a deal with a specific host, consider the pricing and packages that they offer as well as your projected needs. If for any reason you’re not able to sell part of the package, you’ll want to minimize your loss. On the other hand, if you’re able to sell more than you’d originally planned, you’ll want to be working with a web host that will be flexible enough to meet your needs.
Good luck with this new part of your business!
If you’re researching different web hosting plans, you’ve probably noticed that many web hosting packages come with free advertising credits. But if you’ve never had a website before you probably don’t know how or when to use these advertising credits. And if you’re not familiar with social media, these advertising credits may not hold that much appeal. But with a bit of understanding and explanation you may begin to realize just how valuable these credits can be.
The benefits of online advertising credits:
Things to Know about Facebook Credits:
- You will need a Facebook account to use Facebook credits.
- Facebook credits received from most web hosts can be used for both new and existing accounts.
- You can use Facebook credits to promote your company’s Facebook page or to promote your website directly.
- With Facebook advertising you can target people who have interests in line with your product or service.
- When creating ads with Facebook credits you can schedule them to run at certain times or on certain days.
- Facebook offers comprehensive tracking and analytical tools to help you understand the successes and failures of your ads.
Things to Know about Google AdWords Credits:
- Google AdWords credits are most often valid only for new AdWords accounts.
- If you have an existing AdWords account that is currently pointing to your website you’ll need to use your free advertising credits for a different account point to a different website or for a new account that uses a completely different set of keywords to point to the same website.
- You will need to enter billing information when setting up your AdWords account. Even though you are using free advertising credits you’ll be required to pay a small activation fee.
Things to Know about Yahoo! Credits:
- Yahoo! Credits work similarly to Google advertising credits.
- You will need a new account to use Yahoo! advertising credits.
- Fewer people use Yahoo!’s search engine than Google, but some studies indicate that those who use Yahoo!’s search engine may be more likely to convert.
- A planned merger between Bing and Yahoo! will likely change the face of this type of advertising, so it’s worthwhile to proceed cautiously when planning your ads, in the hope that in the future this search engine will see a boost in traffic.
Good luck with your new web host and your free advertising credits!
In these days of tight budgets and constant expenses, it’s normal to want to find free alternatives to paid services. Web hosting is one area in which there are several respectable free options – if you’re willing to compromise on certain aspects of your website. The question becomes, however, when it is necessary to pay for web hosting services and when is free hosting a viable option? Here are some things to consider when making this important decision.
- Do you want a custom domain? Many free hosting services require you to take their domain name onto yours. In other words, instead of having mysite.com, you’d have mysite.yolasite.com if you’re using Yola’s free hosting service and a similar extension if you’re using the free services offered by Wix, Network Solutions or one of the other dozens of free hosting providers available.
- Do you want an ad-free website? Many free websites impose placement of advertising on websites built through their platform. This may not bother you if you’re starting a family blog (or even a personal blog) or are just using the website to test out the features of the web host before committing. If you’re looking to create a professional web presence, however, you may not want irrelevant ads cluttering the design of your site.
- Do you need significant storage space or bandwidth? If you’re planning on hosting a site that contains video or audio files, you may need more storage space or bandwidth than most free web hosting service offer. Likewise, if you’re planning on having heavy traffic to your site or hosting a database for your site, you’ll need a significant amount of storage. Many free web hosting providers offer only 5-10 MB of storage, which is insufficient for sites that are more than just a few pages of text. If you’re looking to post your artistic portfolio, to sell items through a product database or to stream videos directly from your site, you may want to pay for a web hosting service such as FatCow which offers unlimited storage for a very reasonable monthly fee.
- Do you want a completely custom design? If you’re choosing free hosting services through a web design company that offers a free package you’ll likely be limited to specific design options instead of having the flexibility to choose from the full array of options. If you’re choosing a free hosting option through a hosting provider such as i6Networks you’ll probably have full customization abilities – if you have the technical prowess to design and build your own site (and if you don’t, you’ll need to pay a significant sum for this service).
- Do you plan to expand the scope of your site in the near future? If so, you’ll need to consider whether you’ll eventually outgrow your free hosting plan, and the expense that will be involved in transferring it to another web host, domain name or design. These fees can add up – so if you think you’ll need to pay them soon, you may end up saving more money by paying for web hosting straight from the outset.
- Do you want a search-engine-friendly site? Many free websites are not particularly search-engine-friendly and will not assist you in achieving natural web traffic. If you’re looking to expand your audience through search engines, you may want to consider a paid web hosting service that is located in your country so that you can better target the audience you’re looking for.
Although free stuff always sounds appealing, when it comes to free hosting it’s important to remember that saving money now may not actually save you money in the long run. However, the true benefit of using a free hosting package is because it allows you to test out the hosting service (and web design service when relevant) to see if you like it and whether you want to continue using this service in the long run.
There are so many web hosting services out there that it’s hard to choose the best hosting for your and your site.
A lot of site owners shop their hosting by price. Budget is an important thing to consider, but since the differences in hosting prices are negligible, there are other features and more important factors to consider when choosing the perfect hosting for you.
1. Uptime and Reliability
No matter how much fancy features the hosting offers you, they are no good if the site is down in many parts of the day. Look for hosting services that guarantee uptime, and tell you exactly how they implement this promise.
2. Customer and Technical Support
Customer support in a web hosting service should be efficient and effective, as well as polite and responsive. If you are quickly answered when contacting your hosting service, that’s a good sign. However, prompt responses aren’t enough – the hosting’s support should also be able to actually solve your problems. So – look for a combination of efficiency and responsiveness.
If the hosting service offering you a full, user-friendly control panel? Do you have all the access you need? Is it easy to find all the functions you require for running your website? Is there proper documentation and help articles? If the answer is YES to all of these questions – than you are in the right place. The situation is ideal if you have full control of your site and can manage it on your own – most of the time.
A good hosting will not only enable you to back up your files, but will also do it for you, periodically. Choose a hosting service that backs up regularly.
5. Server Features
Whether you require a Linux or Windows server will depend on what you plan to do with your site. Linux servers are often cheaper, ideal for CMS like WordPress and Drupal and are more stable. However, if you need to host ASP scripts then you have no choice but to look for a Windows web host. A good hosting service will offer both kinds of servers, and enable you to move between plans when necessary.
Business owners, web developers and bloggers often feel that even a moment of downtime for their website can be a life-altering event. That’s why they try to choose web hosting services that have guaranteed uptime, are known for their reliability and are committed to providing top notch service. These days, however, being a top web hosting services may be about more than just customer service – it’s about giving to others as well.
Hosting for Haiti is an initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross and some of the top web hosting providers who have joined together to provide Haiti relief to those who have suffered devastating loss in January 12th’s earthquake. If you are still looking for the ideal web host, why not consider one that gives back to its customers and to others as well? You can help Haiti in a myriad of ways, but one of the easiest ways to help Haiti is to choose a web hosting company that has already pledged its support. Among the participants in the Hosting for Haiti initiative are:
- Rackspace Hosting
- Laughing Squid
- Peer1 Hosting
- Go Grid
And, of course, once your site is live, don’t be afraid to help Haiti by publicizing the Hosting for Haiti initiative or any other Haiti relief efforts – you may be surprised at how even a little publicity can help raise tremendous funds for this critical cause.
Web applications make our lives easier – they can be accessed from almost anywhere, they are usually cheap or free and they are mostly very easy to use.
Using good web apps can really help you save time, money and effort. If you are a small business owner, web apps can turn things around for you, and enable you access to very sophisticated management tools and other aids.
2009 presented us with some marvelous web applications. We picked 10 of them for you to take a look and enjoy.
10 Great Web Applications – 2009
- PhotoSnack - PhotoSnack offers a great and easy way to create slideshows. This web app lets you create photo slideshows and online photo galleries for free, and also offers you multiple ways of sharing and publishing your photo slideshows.
- Adobe BrowserLab - This useful tool from Adobe is designed to make the life of web developers much easier – with it, you can preview and test your webpages on leading browsers and operating systems – on demand. You get full screenshots and can customize your test settings.
- Office Live - This Microsoft web service enables you to store up to 5GB, share with anyone, and collaborate on a single document. You can view Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from your Web browser.
- DimDim - A free web conferencing service, that lets everyone everywhere to communicate using rich media in real time. Dimdim is easy to use and completely free, so web meetings are made available to everyone.
- Color Scheme Designer - A wonderful tool for designers and web developers. This web app has increased precision and color space conversions, better preview, enhanced scheme creation system, unique scheme IDs and permanent URL of the scheme.
- PDF to Excel - A very useful conversion tool. Use PDF to Excel to quickly and easily create highly-editable XLS files, making it a cinch to re-use tables and spreadsheets from PDF files in Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice, Google Docs, and WordPerfect Office.
- Creatly - A tool for creating online diagrams. Create fast, professional looking diagrams with Creately‘s large library of objects and easy start templates. Now you can draw anything easily.
- 247Webmonitoring - Even if you have the best hosting service, you need to keep an eye on your site’s up-time. This web app will monitor your website 24X7 from their servers and notify you whenever your site goes down, so that you can quickly address the issue and keep your customers happy.
- Preezo - If you can’t afford PowerPoint, this is the solution for you. Preezo enables you to create professional quality presentations using an ultra-fast Ajax user interface.
- Live Mesh - With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file. Very useful for people who are always on the go.
The year 2009 is officially over, and now we can look back at some of the interesting events that took place, regarding web hosting.
There’s no doubt that the major issue of 2009 in web hosting was security threats – spam, phising scams, scripts and hacks were very common, and hit some of the major web hosting services.
Although spam levels are down from this same time last year, spammers and bot creators continued to harass the Internet Many more institutions and authorities are picking up the fight and are actively attempting to counter the botnet threat, in one way or another.
The competition between web hosting providers grew hotter in 2009. As the demand for cheap web hosting services grew, the prices went down, and hosting services went for as cheap as $1.99 per month.
According to Webhosting.info, the fastest growing domain registrar is GoDaddy, followed by xinnet.com and onamae.com.
This year also saw the end of one of the first hosting services of the internet - Geocities. After 15 years of offering people the ability to set up their own website, Geocities has closed down for good. Yahoo acquired Geocities for 3.57 billion U.S. dollars in 1999. Geocities sites are no longer be accessible, but some pages will still be accessible via the Internet Archive project.
2009 was a very good year for open source CMS. WordPress has been awarded the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. Drupal has won the inaugural Hall of Fame Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. With this award, Drupal has won two categories this year, the other one being Best Open Source PHP CMS.
Technology-wise, the original promise of cloud computing is finally being realized and implemented by both consumers and businesses thanks to advances in hosting software and technology. The developments in the web hosting arena are quickly meeting the needs of individuals and businesses, and paving the way for more exciting technologies and features.
Creating a website these days is easier than ever. Web hosting has become affordable and sophisticated, and there are many web development technologies to choose from.
Content Management Systems (or CMS) are becoming increasingly popular. There is a larger variety of CMS to choose from, and you can use these systems to create complex, bit sites, with tons of content.
What is a CMS?
A CMS is a software or we application, for creating and processing documents and other content (such as images, video and audio). A content management system is frequently a web application used for managing websites and web content. Often, content management systems require special client software for editing and constructing articles. There are many open-source and proprietary solutions available.
In short, a CMS enables you to fully control the content of your website, making it easier to manage and update it.
The Advantages of CMS
There are many advantages for having your site built with a CMS. Here are some of them:
- Full control: With a good CMS, you can do anything on your site: add or delete pages, create a blog, add photo galleries and easily update the content of your site.
- Access from anywhere: If you are using a CMS, all you need to update your site is an internet connection and a browser. There’s usually no need to install software on your computer.
- Search engine friendly: Popular content management systems, such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are very popular with search engines, and make for higher ranking sites.
- Frequent updates: When it’s easy and fun to update your site, you’ll do so more often. Search engine love updated sites.
- DIY: Many content management systems are very easy to install. You can build your website all by yourself.
- Great support: Since many CMS are open-source, they have a huge community that constantly updates the system, creates plugins and add-ons and offers friendly support when you encounter difficulties.
Web hosting is always changing and updating. If you own a site, or planning to build one, it’s important to know what’s new in the web hosting services arena. Here’s a collection of news and updates of web hosting, hosting services and web development:
Deutsche Telekom takes over Web Hosting Service Strato
Deutsche Telekom informed it will take over Strato, a German Web hosting company. The boards of both companies had approved the plan but that it still faces regulatory approvals.Financial details were not disclosed.
Telekom claims the transaction would make it a leader in the German Web hosting market with Strato’s products that include and enable email, Web sites, blogs, online shopping and data storage. Strato’s business is primarily aimed at consumers and small businesses.
Strato, based in Berlin operates about 4 million hosted domains.
UK Web Hosting Service Namesco Buys Poundhost
UK domain registrar and web hosting provider Namesco has acquired UK dedicated hosting provider Poundhost. This is the first major acquisition for Namesco since May 2008.
Namesco is currently the fourth largest domain name and hosting provider within the UK. The company will own 100% of the capital of the companies composing Poundhost, including Poundhost Internet, Server Arcade, VPS and Blueconnex.
Poundhost has over 10,000 dedicated and virtual servers and a large high-end customer base, 30% of which resides in the US.
Hosting Service Site5 Plants A Tree for Each New Hosting Account
Although world leaders fail to reach a binding climate agreement this year in Copenhagen, there is still hope and action at the grassroots level. Web hosting service Site5 has partnered with mokugift to plant a tree for every new hosting account.
“Tree-planting with new accounts is a natural extension of Site5′s existing environmental philosophy. Site5′s business was designed around a remote workforce which is the greenest possible option for a company”, explained Ben Welch-Bolen, CEO of Site5.