Gizmos Freeware Reviews  

Go Back   Gizmo's Freeware Forum > Freeware Forum > Website Design, Support and Maintenance

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12. Oct 2009, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1
Default Business & Personal Webhosting Packages.

I wonder if someone know from where I can get a business or personal web packages, email packages or domain registration at one place with smart utilities. Hosting Company must be in local Middle East countries.

I would appreciate if any one of you could be of my help.
salmank502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12. Oct 2009, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
Foundation Editor
 
chris.p's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 1,631
Default

You need to google for something like: 'web hosting dubai' etc, to locate a service in the country of your choice.

Here are some of the things you should look for:

> You should never have the webhost hold your domains. Always use a separate, top-quality domain registrar with a spotless reputation and excellent facilities like Namecheap.com. This is more important than you can imagine

> Any good web hosting package comes with a minimum of 25 email accounts allowed

> Always have your site hosted where the largest customer base is. Therefore if you are in Australia then try to get the site hosted there. For a site serving all Middle East countries then it is not so critical, but it's still best to try and get the site hosted in Egypt if most customers are in Egypt for example

> Make sure to get standard web hosting: Linux / Apache (not Windows hosting)

> You need 3 or more databases for a business account (one for your main webapp, one for web analytics, one for other things)

> You can start with 200MB webspace, but 500MB is better

> You'll need about 3 to 5GB traffic bandwidth to start with. It works out to about 1GB per 100 visitors per day, very roughly, for an average site

> Choose your main webapp very carefully. You should use a CMS or ecommerce application that has a very good reputation. If you make the wrong choice it will cost you

> My personal advice (which many will argue against of course) is that a business should not use the old HTML web page method to run a website, unless it is very small indeed and will always remain very small

> Never under any circumstances use a Flash website for any business or commercial purpose, they are a disaster commercially as search engines ignore them

Why not find a couple of possible web hosts, then post them here and I'll look at them for you if I'm around. I don't personally recommend commercial web hosts as there are many pitfalls, so you will need to select one and I can tell you the pros and cons. But please note my advice about domain registrars - there are good ones and bad ones. Even the largest names have been found guilty of unethical practices. And never let your web host hold your domain.
__________________
[URL="http://www.ecigarette-politics.com"]The politics of vaping[/URL][/SIZE]

Last edited by chris.p; 12. Oct 2009 at 04:12 PM.
chris.p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07. Dec 2009, 04:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
Foundation Editor
 
chris.p's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 1,631
Default

OK, that's a good brief, here are the results plus comments plus advice.

----------
www DOT inmotionhosting DOT com
inexpensive hosting
$80 / month for site + basic search engine optimization
Business plan / Power -- $8 / mo, 50 DBs, AWstats, couple of CMS options
cPanel??
# of email addresses??

Comments: no mention of what server control panel they use. In my book that's a black mark as it could mean they are using a custom panel, Plesk, or something else even worse (and there are some). No mention of how many email accounts, either. 10 is the minimum for a 1-man band, and 50 is a lot better.


----------
www DOT intuit DOT com
main strength is accounting integration, but this is a poor way to choose a web host.
if you need good accounts integration then choose a CMS that has the right plugins.
these people are reseller hosts and that type should be avoided - your hosting service is a critical part of your online business success, and you need to choose them for their facilities and reputation - not their add-on features.
impossible to find any details of the actual hosting - bad news.

Comments: ugh. Sure their plugin bookkeeping might be great. But would you choose an accounts package because they said they could get you a website? Nope. So you don't choose a webhost because they've got nice accounting.


----------
www DOT fatcow DOT com
inexpensive, $66 /year
has some basic marketing & search engine optimization assistance
unlimited DBs, unlimited email a/c's
cPanel??

Probably the best of these 3 but still not what I'd call a good bet, based purely on their shopwindow. Unlimited accounts are not normally a great idea because you might find a lot of sites on your server that hog the resources and drag it down. No mention - again - of the website control panel - a black mark there, maybe they are hiding something. Webhosts with cPanel usually advertise it because it's the best, it costs them $450 a year for each server, and anyone looking for their second web hosting deal will sure be looking out for that. Because they screwed up the first time round


----------
Advice
Read this, it spells out the stuff you need to know in more technical detail. You're a techie so you'll understand it OK: SEO hosting

I think you should run your search again using something like:
cpanel hosting
lamp hosting

Your hosts need to run cPanel as that is the best way to manage shared hosted websites. Don't go with a Plesk panel or 'custom panel', those are way inferior to cPanel.

----------
Quote:
I do not know what's the norm for hosting, so I don't know if this is a strange question, but I do also need support for uploading and accessing between 1 and 3 sql databases linked to the site.
Not a strange request. You'll need up to 3 for your webapps as well (1 - CMS, 1 - web analytics, maybe 1 - blog etc), so 5 looks to be the minimum. That's normally available at 'Plan 2' level, ie one up from the starter packages. However many hosts throw 10 in so you just need to look.

Make a list of what you need, then check it off against what they all offer. We didn't look at webspace and (traffic) bandwidth; you need say 300MB minimum, 500 is OK for starting, but might not be enough if you are going to load up your custom DBs. Bandwidth works out to about 1GB per month per 100 visitors per day, so you could work it out from there. The average small business site will do very well to get over 200 visits a day early on, because they neglect any kind of proper marketing. So 5GB a month might fix it even if you are giving them a fair amount of stuff out of your DBs.

OK - hit me again dude
chris.p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07. Dec 2009, 09:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Qld, Australia
Posts: 129
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chris.p View Post
> You should never have the webhost hold your domains. Always use a separate, top-quality domain registrar with a spotless reputation and excellent facilities like Namecheap.com. This is more important than you can imagine
While I agree with everything Chris has said, this one is the single most important. It is not worth the few dollars you save to get a package deal and register your domain with your host. I did this when I first started out and the host went bad 3 few years later. It took me weeks to get control of my domain name.

Quote:
Originally Posted by chris.p View Post
> Never under any circumstances use a Flash website for any business or commercial purpose, they are a disaster commercially as search engines ignore them
Groan Don't even use flash for personal sites. Don't use it for anything. It should be banned. It is almost as bad as having background music on a webpage. The inventor should be thrown off the internet. rant, rant, rant, rant..........
miskairal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.