As a rookie blogger, there are a lot of hurdles you must overcome in order to get started. One of the first and most important tasks is designing a website that’s attractive, smooth, and inviting. But if the thought of building a website seems daunting, don’t worry. Thanks to a multitude of resources and advice from industry experts, building your first website can be a breeze. [Read more…]
How much does it really cost to run a blog? At first glance, it seems like a project with no overhead—there are a plethora of free website builders and personal blogging platforms you could utilize. And yet any professional blogger (or entrepreneur in general) will tell you it’s unrealistic to expect success without making some kind of initial investment.
Running a blog is an investment of both time and money. It’s not all that different from starting a business, and requires much of the same kinds of expenditures. Let’s look at the three most important blog-related expenses and discuss how to get the most bang for your buck. [Read more…]
There are two types of blogger, those who are passionate about a given subject and feel the need for a blog as an outlet for that passion and those who like to make money. Sure, the two can and often do cross over but you can categorically place the vast majority of online bloggers into these two key publisher groups. With this article we’ll be talking about the specifics of what you need to do from the initial setup of your blog to turning it into a revenue-generating monster. It is not an easy task as let’s be honest, if it was, everyone would be doing it – but it is possible as many bloggers worldwide have proved. First things first…
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when choosing a Web host, including reliability, uptime guarantees, support, bandwidth, contract length, price, and more. However, something else you shouldn’t forget to take note of when comparing options on a site like www.Top10BestWebsiteHosting.com, is the server used, and whether or not it helps your site to run quickly.
This question is a vital one for anyone who wants to start or grow a blog in 2015. You may not have realized it, but it’s very important, for multiple reasons, to pay attention to the speed of your site. Read on for the rundown on why a fast loading time on each page of your blog is essential, and some handy tips to help improve your site’s speed today. [Read more…]
Business have long adopted technology to stay competitive, and make themselves more efficient and cost-effective. Today new technology is developing and being absorbed at a faster rate than ever.
Since it has reached into our homes via PC, tablet, and Mac, and into our pockets through our smartphones, companies have to keep pace to keep consumers engaged. Studies show that people will generally not stay on a web page if takes longer than seven seconds to load.
Failing to invest in the technology to keep a business up to speed literally translates to lost revenue. Because of this, there is a need for faster Internet connections, bandwidth, and smart design to stay competitive.
For many years that has meant spending money on servers, paying for maintenance, and the headache of keeping up to date with the latest innovations. Fortunately, the development of cloud technology and hosting solutions have taken the pressure off companies who lack the time, resources, and desire to manage their complex and ever-growing IT infrastructure. [Read more…]
Last year, as the debates over SOPA and PIPA raged, Joshua Kopstein at Motherboard wrote a post entitled “Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK to Not KNow How the Internet Works“. In the post, he blasted Congress for joking about how little they understood about the Internet while, at the same time, attempting to legislate it.
A year later, it’s time to revisit that message, but in a different context.
With the recent NSA scandals, the attack on Tor network (widely suspected to be orchestrated by the U.S. government), and deep concerns about how government and private entities are cooperating to share user data, it’s clear isn’t just the government that needs a primer on how the Internet works.
The everyday user that does as well.
For most people, including many who grew up with the Internet, the Web seems almost magical. They click to visit a site or send an email and they get content or data from half a world away, nearly instantly.
But where most people take the time to understand at least the basics of how their car works, far fewer have taken the time to understand how the Internet works, even as they depend upon it more and more as part of their daily lives.
But like not knowing how a car works, ignorance can be dangerous and, also like a car, a little bit of understanding can go a long, long way. [Read more…]
The saying “life’s short” couldn’t be more true when it comes to technical troubleshooting. If you’re like me and you spend hours of your day fighting with email, web hosting, remote file hosting, and more.
A few months ago I made the decision to outsource my technical moments and I did so by allowing fully managed services to handle my businesses technical details.
In my path towards freeing myself from technical hiccups I broke up my outsources technical help. [Read more…]
Most blogs don’t have to worry about the legal issues that come with hosting adult content on their site. The content on blogs in most genres, though it can be coarse and vulgar at times, simply doesn’t rise (or sink) to a level where you need to worry about the legal issue along this front.
However, more and more bloggers are beginning to wade into this territory. These include sex blogs that openly discuss mature issues, photographers and artists whose work often pushes boundaries in this area and even, on some occasions, unrelated blogs that discuss tangential issues that require the hosting of adult content.
No matter which category you fall in or even if you don’t plan on ever hosting any adult material, it’s important to know where the rules like currently and what is expected of you as a publisher. However, it’s also very important to note that, even more so than with other discussions on law, this one is aimed at a U.S. audience and you will definitely want to check your local laws to make sure you comply with them.
So what are the rules with hosting adult content on your site? There simply too many to cover all of them in this article but here are some of the fundamentals you need to be aware of. [Read more…]
One of the beautiful things about building your own site is that you can choose where you want to host it and what you want the domain to be. On that front, the Web provides nearly limitless choices with hosts in nearly every corner of the earth and hundreds of domain extensions. The room for opportunity and creativity is incredible.
However, where you host and where what you choose for your domain has a large bearing on your site and there are many factors that you need to consider.
Many of the factors are actually technical. Your server’s proximity to your visitors affects its speed and not all countries are as well connected as you would like for hosting a site. For example, you wouldn’t want to host a site aimed at an Asian audience somewhere in rural South America.
But on top of the technical considerations are legal ones. Whenever you sign up for a hosting account in another country, you’re doing more than moving your site there, you are, in many regards, subjecting yourself to the laws of that nation.
That can have some dire consequences for your site if you aren’t careful and, in extreme cases, can even result in your arrest and possible extradition.
In short, thinking about these issues is an important consideration when choosing a host, but one that few actually weigh. [Read more…]
Hosting often is one of the more difficult decisions to make when starting a website and our own Jonathan Bailey has written several entries on the topic already, over at BloggingPro, as part of his Blogging Pitfalls column. The main problem with hosting though is that often YMMV applies and what one thinks is a great host, could be horrible experience for the next user. I recently switched several sites to Hostgator and here’s my experience with them.
One of the main reasons why it often is difficult to decide on a host, is that the user never knows whether the server they receive space on is oversold or not. Most hosting companies, especially larger ones do oversell, in order to keep the price down. Often this results in the dilemma: “Do I go with a larger, and cheaper, host company or do I decide for a smaller company which is more expensive?”. [Read more…]