Getting Your Website Online: Beware of Cheap Web Hosting Providers

Your dream website is built, it looks magnificent!

Before you pop the champagne, you need to decide which company you are going to trust to host it and send it to the World (Wide Web!) for everyone to see. The choice of your web hosting service provider is not one to be taken lightly.

What does a Web Hosting Provider do?

Hosting of your site on their servers

A web hosting provider is a company that runs the web servers where your files will be hosted.
They make sure it is available and running smoothly every time someone, somewhere in the world, asks to see it on their device by typing your site’s URL.

Domain registration

Some of them even offer an option for purchasing your very own domain name through them. The domain name is the address used to access your website (www.MyBeautifulWebsite.com for example). If you purchase your domain and hosting from the same provider, then they will connect them for you automatically.

If you purchase them separately, no worries,  just a few easy steps are needed to add your already owned domain to your new service provider. For example, you would go to My Domains, and then you would come to an interface like the one below. From here, you can either register a domain and have it automatically connect to your hosting, OR you can add a domain registered through another provider.

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Support

The other important thing you pay your provider for is customer service! If you have ANY trouble connecting your URL and web hosting, you should be able to contact your provider’s customer service team. Most have a database of FAQ or tutorials and some usually have toll-free numbers or online chat support where they can walk you through what you need to do.

Which web service provider should I choose?

There are many web hosting providers out there, and among the most popular are probably BlueHost, GoDaddy or Hostgator. They are great for static or simple sites and are very affordable. Unfortunately, the support can be pretty bad as it is usually limited to a bank of FAQ,  or they offer 24/7 support, but outsource or have long wait times through their support channels. Security is also minimal and some other features are deceptive. In other words, cheap is not always better and you might want to do yourself a favor and choose one that you won’t want to leave in a few months time because of below par service or inadequate offerings.

You get what you pay for

If you aren’t familiar with the web hosting industry, there’s a large conglomerate known as “EIG” that owns over 50+ hosting brands and many of the largest ones out there (BlueHost, Hostgator, iPage, Arvixe, Site5, A Small Orange, etc.). They have very low pricing, may have similar offerings, but lack in customer service, keeping their server environments updated, etc.

In addition, many of the lower priced web hosts oversell their shared servers and use the term “unlimited” (when unlimited just simply doesn’t exist). Some of them place upwards to 1,000-2,000 customers on a single server, which easily causes reliability issues even if a fraction of those customers are abusing or hogging server resources such as CPU and RAM. “Unlimited” referring to disk space and bandwidth.

After a lot of research and trial and errors, I must say PeoplesHost has become my favorite Web Hosting provider because they offer managed WordPress services, regular automatic back-ups and really fast loading times but, more importantly, they go the extra mile with their customer service.

They pride themselves in their customer support. They have been very quick to answer my questions or help with any problems I might encounter with hosting or setting up my WordPress sites and have a 24h online chat, as well as quick email support. I particularly like the personalized response, no machine automated replies. Click on the box below to set up your hosting and get a free domain name for the first year!

If you would prefer to let us deal with the hosting process for your website, The Coding Shop offers this service as part of a worry-free package that includes domain name registration, daily maintenance, troubleshooting and security at a minimal cost per month.

Have fun claiming your spot on the Internet!

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Don’t throw that cheap dead laptop out the window just yet!

This tip might come in handy
My son’s cheap laptop died last week. Black screen of death. Would not boot up at all anymore (just battery led would turn on, no other action). I tried:
Forced shut down and restart,
draining battery
Pressing Window and B or V key and Power, 
F11, F12, shift and Power,
creating a recovery flash drive for corrupted BIOs,
asking for help online,
taking laptop apart and disconnecting non removable battery…
Nothing worked!
Was ready to throw it away so just started playing with it:
I heated up the now exposed motherboard for 2 minutes with a hairdryer in the bathroom:
The laptop is alive again!??!!
Hallelujah! 

Apparently, I have heard you can also take out the motherboard completely and heat it up in the oven: it might reseal any possibly loose connections and save you a few hundred bucks! (Disclaimer: play with your own dead laptop at your own risk;-)!!)

The Morning Habits of 6 Successful People in Technology

A great morning routine can really make or break your day. In her book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam writes, “Seizing your mornings is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself first.  If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over.  Likewise, if you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen.”

Even if you have never considered yourself a morning person, you are going to have to figure out how to work around that as some of the most successful people in the world attribute a lot of their productivity to a stellar morning routine. Check out these kings and queens of technology and their amazing morning routines.

Padmasree Warrior,  Cisco Chief Technical and Strategy Officer

Can you say early riser? Warrior wakes up at 4:30 a.m., reads email for an hour, checks out the news, exercises, and gets her son ready for school. She is in the office by 8:30 at the latest and starts her workday.

David Karp, Founder of Tumblr

The 28 year old founder and CEO of Tumblr, puts off checking his email until he gets to the office around 9:30 am, unlike many of his CEO colleagues. I guess he is of the philosophy that you should not start your day by checking email. As quoted in Inc. Magazine, “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive . If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”

Steve Jobs, late Apple CEO

Jobs spent his mornings re-evaluating his work and his goals in life. In his speech to a graduating class at Stanford, Jobs said:

For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

Mayer is another early riser. We aren’t sure of the time but she has admitted she really doesn’t need much sleep to thrive (between four and six hours of sleep on any given night). Of course, this is also the woman who said there are 130 hours of potential work time in a week if you shower strategically.

Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab

Goldberg is definitely of the school of thought that working out first thing in the morning makes you productive for the rest of the day. According to research, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, on exercise days, people’s mood significantly improved after exercising. Goldberg told Inc.

I start my day at 6 every morning, and the first thing I do is check overnight emails. Our technology team is based in India, so they’re ahead of us. After I respond to any urgent emails, I do my morning run on the treadmill at a full steep incline for 30 minutes. I try not to think about work. Instead, I watch TV shows on my iPad. Currently, I’m watching ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’–I’m up to Season Six. My other favorite shows are ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Dexter,’ and ‘Mad Men.’

Alexa Von Tobel, CEO and Founder of LearnVest

Von Tobel is also in support of a morning workout followed by a plan to the minute day. She told The Observer:

I start with an early morning workout (whether a power walk with friends, barre class or spin class), which is critical to feeling energized for the whole day. My calendar is often scheduled down to 15-minute intervals, so I can (attempt to!) make time for everything — internal and external meetings, speaking events, interviews, etc. I try to put as much as possible on auto-pilot (ex: using shortcuts like eating basically the same thing for breakfast and lunch). Also, I like to tackle the hardest things first, so I think through my priorities the night before and make sure I have time for my most strategic work.