<![CDATA[ Rock City User - Blog]]>Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:09:08 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[ iPage Web Hosting: Just The Essentials At A Tempting Price ]]>Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:40:06 GMThttp://rockcityuser.weebly.com/blog/-ipage-web-hosting-just-the-essentials-at-a-tempting-price
iPage started out  as a full web-service provider in 1998 but narrowed its focus to web hosting after its 2009 re-launch. The company was founded by Thomas Gorny and is now owned by Endurance International Group. EIG is the same entity behind other industry players such as BlueHost, VPS Link, and many more.

iPage web hosting has two data centers in Boston that have identical equipment and infrastructure for redundancy. These facilities are home to thousands of servers which serve over a million clients. It is known for providing low-cost solutions for customers with the most basic needs.

Affordable Hosting Plans

What immediately gets the attention of anyone visiting their site is the incredibly low introductory price of its hosting services. People can sign up for an account for just $1.99/month according to the banner image. Beware, though, as this is a limited offer for new clients only. After the initial contract expires, the regular rate will apply which stands at $9.99/month for the two-year Essential Plan. This is a shared hosting package with the same standard features such as unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, FTP accounts, email accounts, and MySQL databases.

Also included are $100 worth of credits for both Google AdWords and Bing for marketing purposes. The iPage Essential Plan is very similar to GoDaddy's Ultimate Plan and Bluehost’s Plus Plan. The main difference is that the introductory price is much cheaper than the others. The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the service.

Security Measures

Like any conscientious web host, iPage takes security seriously and dedicates much of its resources ensuring that the network is sealed tight. The company uses high level encryption, database lock-downs, firewalls, pooled structure, and other measures to keep out intruders. The system administrators are always on heightened alert when it comes to security. The constantly monitor for suspicious activities and are prepared to issue a quick lock-down to stop any security breach. Clients also reap the benefits of the SiteLock security suite for free. This makes it possible to run daily malware scans to protect website visitors and maintain a good name among followers.

Wind Power

iPage is 100% dependent on wind energy so clients need not worry about the company's environmental impact. This includes the data centers and the corporate offices. Aside from supporting green technologies, the business is also actively minimizing its carbon footprint through the continuous purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates. The amount committed to by the company is enough to offset its usage of energy twice over. The result is roughly equal to planting as much as 244 acres of trees. Clients who wish to support the cause and tell their visitors about it for marketing can display a green badge.

North American Support

A lot of customers still prefer taking to a support team from the US or Canada whenever they have concerns. iPage web hosting (read more) understands this sentiment and has acted to provide their wish. The company now has a North American team that actively works towards the resolution of client issues. They provide 24/7 support through all the usual channels including phone, chat and email. There is also an extensive knowledge base which may be used as reference for the most common concerns.

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<![CDATA[A Review of A2 Hosting]]>Mon, 25 May 2015 22:31:06 GMThttp://rockcityuser.weebly.com/blog/a-review-of-a2-hosting
A2 Hosting is one of the highest rated web hosting companies in the US and the world at large. Founded under the name Iniquinet in 2001, this web host's name was changed to A2 in 2003. The name was coined from the company's location, Ann Arbor, Michigan. High speeds, stellar customer service, and knowledgeable technical support comprise some of the features that have boosted their reputation. Outstanding uptime, hassle-free money back guarantee, availability of numerous features, and a variety of packages make the firm attractive to customers.

Packages/plans

A2 has multiple plans/ packages, the basic ones being Turbo, Swift, and Lite at a monthly cost of $9.31, $4.90 and $3.92, respectively. These packages offer unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space. Additional features include a variety of supported software/ applications that include WordPress, Fedora, and Joomla. All subscribers get 24/7 access to customer support, firewall protection and automatic backup.

In addition to Swift, Turbo and Lite packages, customers with large web hosting needs can choose among the dedicated or shared plans offered. Customers who desire to resell web hosting services can also choose any of the reseller plans. The reseller plans include the Concept, Achiever, and Endeavor reseller plans at $9.98/ mo, $16.49/mo and $26.41/ mo, respectively.

Money-back guarantee

Many web hosting companies flaunt fast and hassle-free money back guarantee on their websites, but they never deliver on their promise. Whereas some web host companies do not refund customers' funds, A2 Hosting refunds clients funds any time within 30 days of paying for services. Most clients have expressed utmost satisfaction with the speed at which the company honors its money back guarantee promise, especially when it comes to refunding clients' money without lengthy or stressful excuses.

Uptime

A2 Hosting guarantees web site owners a 100% uptime (availability) of their websites. Several technology-based research companies, including NCM Online, conducted rigorous tests of A2, and they all scored uptime. In making the uptime results more transparent, A2 has a constant system (WebsitePulse) that tracks and displays the results of their uptime in 5-minute intervals. The servers of WebsitePulse are located in Germany, Australia, and the US at Dusseldorf, Brisbane, Los Angeles and Washington. The uptime results are accessible by anyone on the planet.

Speed

Numerous web hosting reviews show that A2 has one of the fastest speeds in the web hosting industry. The fast page loads, information retrieval, downloads, and uploads is made possible by the fact that they use the latest hard disks, SSD (Solid State Drive Speed Boost), instead of the slow-loading storage disc drives. The high speeds make the company's offers attractive to web developers and other website owners who have urgent yet, massive data storage and processing needs.

Tech support

Behind A2's massive success and popularity is a team of friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and, most importantly, available personnel that give clients timely assistance on diverse issues. The firm has various platforms through which its customers can reach and get technical, billing and other assistance from the company's personnel. Active phone lines (1-888-546-8946 and +1 734-222-4678), live chats, email contacts and in-person meetings comprise the various ways customers can reach the support team. The team goes a step ahead to email clients a summary of any information discussed over the phone.

Conclusion

A2 Hosting has risen to the echelons of web hosting through the provision of stellar customer support, high speeds, reliable uptime and a multitude of features. Additional features that grace all plans include an automatic backup of loaded pages, virus detection and protection, fast file and domain transfers, as well as an advanced control panel. Whereas the monthly fees are deemed a bit high compared to other web hosting companies, the firm's customers express satisfaction with the stellar services they get, as well as the hassle-free 30 days money back guarantee.


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<![CDATA[What to Look For in Web Hosting Reviews]]>Sun, 24 May 2015 03:47:05 GMThttp://rockcityuser.weebly.com/blog/what-to-look-for-in-web-hosting-reviewsPicture
Web hosting companies seem to have increased exponentially over the last few years. There used to be only a handful of brands in this space but now there are so many new names that it's hard to keep track. The nature of the service makes it difficult to try them all for comparison so most people do the next best thing: read web hosting reviews. When browsing through these articles, be sure to scan for key information that can truly help you evaluate their worth. Some of these are listed below:

Main Features

Most feature lists are carbon copies of each other, particularly when it comes to shared hosting. These are the basic packages that aim to deliver the bare minimum at the least cost. It is essentially a race to the bottom. However, VPS and dedicated hosting packages tend to be more creative. If you are planning to purchase either of these, then be mindful of the features included in the service. Note how much resources are allocated per account including processing power, storage capacity, memory, upload speed, and so on as indicated in the web hosting reviews.

Customer Service

If you have billing issues, questions or comments, then you should be able to talk to company representatives right away. Check the various options for contacting support staff and the times when they are available. Most offer phone, chat and email support. Speaking to them by phone is still the most preferred method as it yields the best results. The staff should also be knowledgeable regarding policies and technical matters, able to respond quickly to inquiries and eager to follow through until all issues are resolved. Companies that go the extra mile according to reviewers should immediately be elevated to the list of viable candidates.

Uptime Guarantee

Servers are made up of numerous hardware and software components that must work in harmony. Sometimes things break down unexpectedly, leading to serious downtime. Businesses that depend on their website know that time is gold. If your site goes down, you would want to know what happened and how long it will take to fix it. Web hosts offer an uptime guarantee so that you can have greater confidence in their service. For example, if the guarantee stands at 99.9%, then any downtime that exceeds 0.1% should be compensated according to the contract. Read up on their reliability according to web hosting reviews.

Green Tech

Servers are mission-critical devices that are expected to be online 24/7. This is a hard task for any piece of machine and harder still for the grid that supplies it with power. Data centers consume a large amount of energy every day both due to the servers themselves and the HVAC systems that try to prevent them from overheating. Many in the industry have recognized the need to cut down on energy consumption. They have slowly migrated to green technologies and practices in the data centers.

Price

Of course, potential customers would want to compare prices from different companies. Don't dismiss small differences in monthly fees as they can become significant over time. Gaps that seem like spare change can build into hundreds of dollars after they are multiplied by many months. Keep in mind that most web hosts offer two-year contracts or longer. Check the discount offers when buying in bulk. 

Extras and Freebies

Some companies that seek to make a mark do so by providing their customers with extra features and freebies. These could be additional security measures, marketing coupons, website builders, and so on. The result could either be pure gimmickry or a genuinely compelling package. The web hosting reviews will probably have different opinions on the matter. This one is for each individual customer to decide. Finally, Before you decide on any hosting company, be certain to check their BBB rating. It might surprise you.

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<![CDATA[The Advantages of Cloud Web Hosting]]>Sun, 24 May 2015 02:51:27 GMThttp://rockcityuser.weebly.com/blog/the-advantages-of-cloud-web-hostingPicture
Cloud web hosting is being heralded as the next big thing in integrating technology into businesses processes. The promise is grand: telecommuting, collaboration and common functionality are all handled by a third party, minimizing the need for in-house specialists and maximizing return on IT expenses.

Just how does cloud web hosting pull all this off? What if you already have an extensive in-house network system? Is all of this worthwhile to a small business? These questions deserve serious consideration. The good news is, you might be surprised at how seamless switching to Cloud technology can be.

Cloud Web Hosting Versus Traditional Infrastructure

A small business has many utilities that they use without thinking about it too much. When they need electricity, water and gas, they call and have it turned on by a local provider. They pay for what they use. Traditionally, a local area network, Internet access, web hosting, intranet and virtual private networks could never be "piped in" in this way. 

The IT department was always an expense. Web hosting, email servers, security software, and other necessary infrastructure elements often needed a full-time staff to maintain them. Failure in these services could bring the whole business to its knees. How does cloud technology provide an alternative? 

Advantages of Cloud Technology

Cloud technology removes the need for an expensive IT department by providing your basic computing needs as an incoming utility, much like water or electricity. Your basic needs for email, file sharing, website hosting, conference calls, word processing and many other basic systems are all hosted in the "cloud" -- a dedicated, secure cluster of powerful computers that serve up these applications via the Internet. 

Instead of having full time staff working on keeping your system up and running, you pay for how much you use the cloud systems. The highly-trained cloud computing administrators take care of security, upgrades and even customization. 

Cloud web hosting security is always a concern when learning about cloud web hosting. Because data is stored remotely, there is always the possibility of a machine dying and data being lost. Worse, data that is accessible from anywhere on the Internet is vulnerable to being stolen. In addition, a cloud could be monitored remotely to track what actions a particular client performs. It may be scary putting your security and data in the hands of an outside resource, but cloud web hosting providers often have excellent service level agreements, minimal downtime, and well-trained staff. Cloud applications are ideal for salesmen, executives and other traveling team members since cloud-stored data is available anywhere that you go. 

Cloud security is not without its benefits. Having remote physical control over the hardware limits the chances of local hardware being compromised. The diversity of the cloud ensures multiple redundant backups of data to protect against its loss. Private clouds are even more secure, because the number of people capable of accessing them is limited. 

Clouds can actually be just as secure as a company network, if not more so. They can offer a great deal of encryption and protection without having a large number of personal weak links. As cloud computing grows more popular, issues will no doubt come up and be solved. For now, the largest security issue with cloud computing is building trust in the system. 

Getting Started With Cloud Web Hosting

IT upgrades are costly headaches for many companies, but switching to cloud hosting services is easier than you might think. Some cloud services can be turned on with little or no modifications to your current network. No new computers or servers are necessary, just an Internet connection and a functioning computer will get you online with cloud technology. 

Remote computing using the cloud has the potential to be the wave of the future. Providing computer service as a utility to be purchased rather than a local issue keeps users from having to constantly upgrade their systems. Storing data remotely removes the need for larger personal hard drives. In general, the cloud has a wide variety of benefits over traditional computing. The biggest drawback is that the technology is not yet fully adopted and has not come into its own.

Although several different definitions for the term "cloud web hosting" exist; there's an idea that is common to all business definitions and discussion of cloud web hosting: it provides an attainable way to increase IT capacity and functionality without the need of major risky investments.


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<![CDATA[Green Website Hosting: What Is It?]]>Sun, 24 May 2015 02:43:38 GMThttp://rockcityuser.weebly.com/blog/green-website-hosting-what-is-itPicture
As you know, there have been many efforts mad of late to assure the continued health of the environment. From recycling to ethanol, many innovative and environmentally-friendly products and practices have sprung into existence, and green website hosting has to be one of the most creative. I'm pretty sure you are asking why does this matter, and I will tell you. The world internet usage statistics show that the internet is growing the more every day in the United States. In fact, it has grown a remarkable trend worldwide, increasing from 400 to 1000%. Hence, the total electric bill to power all of those services totaled to almost 10 billion dollars. It is also estimated that if the internet industry keeps boosting energy consumption, that it will surpass the airline industry in the altogether polluting the planet.

Because of this, green website hosting has been creative to make up for all the energy wasted by other industries, effectively using Carbon offsetting. The process is defined as powering an internet power data center with renewable energy. Trees and other plants are planted around data centers, and exploits green marketing which is primarily based around green consumers and their concerns about the world's well-being.

There are many sites nowadays that have Green-E certificates. As a matter of fact, many global networking sites such as Google, Facebook, and Tumblr have made philanthropist contributions towards the cause of green web hosting. Green-E sites are required to follow very strict environmental regulations, and they also don't have to power their companies by wind, water or solar energy just to be Green-E certified. Sites that use cheap and conventional energy are still considered to be eco-friendly. However, alongside of purchasing carbon offsets, websites can reduce their emissions by being powered by solar, wind, and water energies. This proves to be very efficient as many companies adhere to making the environment healthy and safe place to live.

There are widespread websites that use green website hosting. Fat Cow is a website hosting service that uses wind power to power their infrastructures. Of course, Fat Cow didn't make the wind power by itself, so that's why it has purchased multiple Renewable Energy Certificates to offset their energy use. There is also HostGator, which is making a significant effort in making the environment a better place. HostGator is another website hosting site, but it hosts more than 40,000 websites. In due course, all of those sites are adhering to HostGator eco-friendly protocol. In effect, 130% of HostGator shared servers are wind-powered. This is a great accomplishment on the behalf of HostGator, showing the ability to persuade other web hosting sites in purchasing RECs. Ultimately, making the internet industry one step closer to reducing its high energy consumption rate.

Moreover, any organization can become more autonomous using more less-voltage computing paraphernalia, contributing more to other green associations, using environmental safe appliances, and conducting staff meetings via internet. That doesn't necessarily mean purchasing $10,000 worth of solar panels in an effort to becoming more green, but it means taking as much steps as needed to become more energy efficient.

Are there any negatives for websites going green? Actually, there is one. One negative is the overwhelming cost of green products, equipment, certificates, which is costing websites big wads of money. We can't have websites on the verge of bankruptcy purchasing this expensive equipment, even though this is clearly not the case. Companies that can't afford green equipment are still helping out doing the little things. Those little things are switching to florescent light bulbs, purchasing laptops instead of energy consuming computers, and having staff meeting video chats. Although this doesn't sound like much, these efforts are saving their companies thousands of dollars. After all, the little things make a big difference.

In essence, green website hosting is an efficient way to lower energy consumption rates from the growing internet industry, and to make the world an even better place. Any website can use green website hosing ideals, and there are limitless methods for your website to become eco-friendly. Green website hosting is promising to become a premier solution to the internet's energy crisis.


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