How to Deploy a Rancher Server on Bare Metal Cloud in 90 Seconds

posted on August 17, 2021


Deploy servers with pre-installed Rancher software on Bare Metal Cloud in under two minutes. Bare Metal Cloud (BMC) now lets you deploy Rancher servers for automated Kubernetes deployment. This video outlines how you can do it in several simple steps: STEP 1: Log in to your BMC account or create one here: STEP […]

Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated vs Cloud Server Hosting in 60 Seconds

posted on August 15, 2021


Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated vs Cloud Hosting – Which should you choose? What is Shared Hosting? Shared hosting is the most basic and cheapest of the hosting tiers. These plans allow you to rent space on a shared hosting server. These servers host many other websites on the same server alongside your website. […]

How to use Flexible Server in Azure Database for MySQL | Azure Tips and Tricks

posted on August 3, 2021


In this edition of Azure Tips and Tricks, learn how to use Flexible Server in Azure Database for MySQL. For more tips and tricks, visit: Get started with 12 months of free services and $200 USD in credit. Create your free account today with Microsoft Azure: Choose the right MySQL Server option in […]

Power up your projects with a Virtual Private Server

posted on May 27, 2021


Whatever your project, give it the performance, flexibility and reliability of your own Virtual Private Server – now from just £1 per month. Find out more: Duration: 00:00:24 Publisher: Fasthosts Internet More: Watch all Fasthosts videos You can watch this video also at the source.

How to Update your cPanel and WHM Version – HostGator Tutorial

posted on May 9, 2021


Like most software applications, cPanel & WHM has a release version that is consistently updated by its developers. These updates bring functional improvements, security patches, and useability features to ensure your server is working exactly as it should. In this video, we will show our Dedicated and VPS customers how to update your cPanel & […]

How Many Users Can Your WordPress Server Handle at a Time?

posted on May 4, 2021


The Number of users a Wordpress Web server can handle simultaneously is a function of the Server Capacity/Specification/Configuration, more specifically the size of your WordPress user’s visit process and the Server Ram has a role to play in this number.

There is a Crude formula that can give you this

X = Process Memory usage Size

Y = Minimum Memory required for you webserver to function (500MB in case of APache)

Z = Total RAM available

Number of users at a time (MaxRequestWorker) = (Z - Y)/X

So for a 10000 MB (10GB) Server and 1MB process size

(10000 - 500)/1 = 9,500 Users.

This above has lots of assumptions like Apache is the only service running on that server and that the server uses 500MB and process is 1mb

This is essentially a theoretical limit which may be different in reality, however it would give you a rough idea of what to expect.

If you require a WordPress Hosting that provide you with Unlimited users access to your site, check out SiteGround Web Hosting!

Web Hosting Server Location Matters in SEO

posted on April 21, 2021


When it comes to selecting a server location for web hosting, experts always recommend the region where your target audience is. However, what if you are targeting a global audience? What if your website supports several languages for the diverse users?

When planning the SEO of your site, you would hear a lot about the importance of choosing the right hosting and the server’s location. However, how do you know what is right for your business? Moreover, how does it tie up with your SEO efforts? Let’s explore and find out!

We are going to have an overview of some specific cases and how to handle them to enjoy the best SEO benefits through choosing proper server location for hosting your website. Choosing an appropriate server location is a crucial decision to make when planning site development. Some questions you should raise during this time are:

    Why should you host your website where your users are?
    How can the server location affect your SEO?
    How to explain your target demographics to the search engines?
    What if the website is in different languages and also has subdirectories with target users across the globe?
    Is it necessary to use a CDN service?
    How to link different versions using the hreflang attributes?

To get a proper understanding, here we will discuss a few instances.
Websites in a single language and the users located in the same country

Google and other search engines like Bing offer the users to set a target nation at the webmaster tools. You can directly access:

        Search Traffic > international targeting > country tab

You can custom set the target country from the drop down list. If your site uses any location specific domain for example, ‘.ES’, then it may not be possible to just select any country since search engines associate such domains to a particular geographical location (.ES as Spain).

On the other hand, if your site uses a generic domain such as .com or .org, then it is not mandatory to enter any particular geographical orientation in the webmaster tools. Instead, the segmentation can be based on some other parameters. The All Business Technologies Boston experts list some of these parameters as:

        IP address of the hosting server
        Location information on the website (contact address or rich snippets)
        Backlinks to website pages
        Other information such as Google My Business

In this case, another important factor to consider for search engine optimization is the page load speed. If the users are in one country and the hosting is from another, then that distance may cause a natural delay in response. It will further contribute to the adverse bound rate, and for this reason, it is recommended to host the site in the same country for local users.
Websites in one language for users across the globe

In such cases, Google says that if your site is not associated with a country or region, you can select the Unlisted option in the drop-down”. This option lets Google assign a geographic location unilaterally to the website.

While setting it, Google only allows choosing countries in the drop-down list, not any continents or other geographic specifications. In this case, server location is mostly irrelevant. However, in such cases where your website is targeting global users, it is vital to use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) service.

CDN service offers alternative server nodes from where the users can download their resources. These nodes virtually spread across the globe by accessing them from the location close to the user to ensure faster response time and quicker download of the content. There are a lot of CDN services, many of which are offering free plans for the users. The major players in this sector are Amazon CloudFront, CloudFlare, MaxCDN, and KeyCDN to name a few.

All in all, if your site is targeted to the users around the globe, server location is not that important. What is most important is the usage of a quality server and appropriate CDN to load your site quickly regardless of the physical location of the server and users.

Website in different languages and users worldwide

Some sites sport a mix of English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language to target key users around the globe. It is also a possibility that the websites are in different variations of a particular language targeting various users.

In this case, the most common approach is to locate each version of the site on different servers. As US English site on a US server, UK English on United Kingdom server, a French server, Spanish to Spain server and so on. For a bigger organization with a business presence in many countries, multiple hosting can be an ideal solution.

However, this is ideal only when you do not have synchronized content. If so, the next option is to locate multi-lingual website on a single server. It can reduce cost and ensure easy management. In this case, in addition to choosing a good hosting, it is essential to choose a CDN service.

Benefits of Twitter for Web Hosting Companies

posted on April 14, 2021


If you are a small company, particularly one with a global audience of potential customers, social media marketing is important.

For web hosts and cloud companies, it’s vitally important.

The typical web host customer base includes a solid percentage of ‘off-shore’ customers – customers not from the country were the web hosting company is registered. Every effort needs to me made to just maintain that percentage, let alone grow it, and what better tool is there for you than social media?

Only 10 years ago just 7% of the people in the United States used social media. Now it’s closer to 65%. But that’s not all of social media’s appeal.

There are approximately two and a quarter billion active social media users worldwide, and globally social media is even more of a phenomenon than it is in the US.

For example, in 2015 people in the Philippines used social networks on average for 3.7 hours a day, while in the United States it was a miserly 1.7 hours a day.

This type of usage is knocking out television advertising because these days people just as likely to be glued to a computer monitor as they are to a TV.

With a good social media strategy you have access to this intensely huge audience - without one you can’t reach it at all.

I don’t need Twitter – it’s on its way out

With Facebook as the ‘market’ leader people often don’t consider other options in their social marketing strategies. With over a billion people using Facebook on a daily basis, it’s easy to overlook a social network such as Twitter, which is, as some people say, in decline.

The fact is though Twitter is still (just about) growing at around 1.5% per quarter. Nothing compared to Facebook, but let’s look at some real facts and figures.

At the beginning of this year (2016) Twitter had 320 million users and received 84 million unique visitors per day. Ideally for web hosts, while around 50% of Twitter users were in the United States, the rest were spread around the world.

In addition, a breathtaking 80% of Twitter users access are mobile Tweeting through mobile phones and other devices. Again, ideal for a web-based industry.

I am sticking with Facebook – I don’t have the time to deal with Twitter as well

Can you really ignore 320 million Twitter users? I suppose you can if you don’t have the time.

If you can’t afford someone to do it for you, social media marketing is a massive distraction, taking your time and effort away from core competencies.

But this is where Twitter can prove a real winner – curiously, there are more tools around that make Twitter easy to use than there are designed to help you use Facebook.

What do I need to do to be successful on Twitter?

To be successful with Twitter you need to:

1) find the people you need to market to, i.e. which people might be interested in your products and services, etc.

2) know when your audience will be around to receive your Tweets (because not everyone lives in a US time zone)

3) send Tweets out on a regular basis, and

4) find access to content that might be of interest to the people who might be interested in your products and services – just sending out adverts on a daily basis isn’t very engaging.

What tools are around to help me to do these things?

There are literally hundreds of different tools for Twitter, each with subtle nuances that make it different than the next tool that does basically the same thing.

For instance, tools like Narrow look at Twitter users’ ‘bios’ and the hash tags and keywords they use to help you find more people to market to. It also offers tools that help automate how to engage your new audience once you have found it.

ManageFlitter is similar to Narrow in that it searches hashtags, and bios, but it also helps you to know when the bulk of your followers are going to be online. It also finds spam accounts and unused accounts so you can delete them from your followers. Tweriod is another tool that looks at your followers to determine the best time to send Tweets.

Tools like Twitterfeed help you send out Tweets – basically you associate a Twitterfeed account to your site and every time you update your site, a Tweet is sent containing the new content.

If you can’t stay up all night to update your site to cater to your audience in New Zealand, tools like Buffer can help you put Tweets into a queue and send them out at selected times during the day.

Feedly is also widely used to help people find interesting content. You set up categories of RSS feeds and rather than continually looking across the internet to find new and interesting stuff, the RSS feeds send content to you.

How can I learn more?

This is, of course, just scratching the surface, and of course, learning all this stuff can be time consuming. Fortunately, there is a mass of content on the internet to reduce the learning curve.

Obviously Twitter would be a good place to start, but there is a mass of paid and free training alongside a solid wedge of online video covering the topic.

Have a go – don’t forget Twitter. If anything Twitter fans are more avid and fanatical than users of other social media, so put some effort into getting your word out to them!