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Add a “Back to Top” Button On Your WordPress Blog

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When you’re working on a new website for your business, you want to get everything just right. So how do you do that? The key is to give your visitors what they want – and web users today want convenience. They expect your site to be fast-loading, beautiful to look at, and (more than anything else) user-friendly. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of little things you can do to improve the usability of your website, but today we’re going to talk about the “Back to Top” button. Continue reading Add a “Back to Top” Button On Your WordPress Blog at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

CyrusOne Moves London Sites to 100% Renewable Energy

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LONDON — CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, has announced that its London I and London II data centre facilities are now running on a 100% renewable energy tariff, a move which the company says will transfer energy annual usage equivalent to 52,000 households to zero-emissions sources. Comprising a combined 23MW of IT power, both CyrusOne’s London I data centre in Slough and its London II facility in Prologis Park, Stockley, are now served by Hudson Energy, an independent provider of electricity and gas to businesses across the UK. CyrusOne has also confirmed that all new London data centre inventory, including the recently announced 9MW London III facility in Stockley Park, will run off renewable energy. In addition to the reduction in carbon emissions, CyrusOne customers will benefit from reduced unit costs as a result of the highly competitive rates secured through the procurement process and exemptions from the Climate Change Levy. “As large energy users in the UK, the data centre industry is in a strong position to effect change in terms of how green energy is priced and made available,” said Tesh Durvasula, President – Europe, CyrusOne. “Traditionally, green energy tariffs have been priced at a premium, but as more users demand their energy from renewable sources, the rates we can negotiate are decreasing rapidly. We continue to explore ways to maximise the efficiency and resource usage in our data centres so that we can pass those benefits along to our customers.” The move to an all-green energy tariff is the latest in a wave of innovations championed by CyrusOne to deliver highly efficient and sustainable data center infrastructure to its customers globally. More broadly across the company, water conservation has been a significant factor in how CyrusOne designs and builds new data centres. In the US, for example, CyrusOne’s hyperscale, purpose-built data centres use an air-cooled chiller technology with an integrated compressor and condenser that cool the closed loop of water. Filling the pipe with water just a single time is the only water consumption with the permanent water supply provided by a single tanker truck. About CyrusOne CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. CyrusOne provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including more than 205 Fortune 1000 companies. With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed-to-market demands of hyperscale cloud providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its more than 45 data centers worldwide. Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.

cPanel Joins DigitalOcean Marketplace

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – cPanel, the Hosting Platform of Choice, is excited to be part of a brand new platform to connect developers with the applications they need: DigitalOcean Marketplace. Launched today, this is the first partner-led offering by DigitalOcean, making it easier for companies like cPanel to deliver their solutions to developers on demand. Marketplace presents DigitalOcean customers with a focused ecosystem of partner-built 1-Click Apps — pre-configured software and infrastructure stacks running on DigitalOcean. By listing cPanel & WHM solution on Marketplace, we make it even easier for DigitalOcean to provide its community of 3.5 million developers with the services, components, and tools necessary for modern app development. “DigitalOcean’s highly-performant Developer Cloud, coupled with the power of cPanel & WHM’s automation will help administrators, and developers host the applications their customers want more efficiently than ever before,” said Eric Ellis, cPanel’s Vice President of Customer Experience. “This historic partnership is also a huge step forward for the thousands of developers who work with cPanel & WHM and already use DigitalOcean. We’ve enjoyed using DigitalOcean over the years to benchmark our installers, and can’t wait for our customers to take advantage of it. DigitalOcean’s commitment to the developer community and open source software make them an excellent choice for any cPanel customer.” First released in 1997, cPanel & WHM is the leading web hosting automation software globally. Its ever-growing user base prefers the familiar, feature-full, and simple interface. Coupled with the ease of DigitalOcean 1-Click Apps, this removes the biggest hurdles in managing a server. The 1-Click Apps on Marketplace makes it simple to build your server with cPanel & WHM installed already, allowing users to get straight to work building and maintaining an online presence. While highly technical features like its robust APIs and EasyApache make managing infrastructure simple, features like the Website Builder and WordPress Manager make it easy to for even technical novices to build and manage stunning websites. This Linux-based software allows you to take control of your website files, databases, web directories, and email accounts as well as set up domains in one single interface. Even website owners can handle this software without fuss. About cPanel, L.L.C. Established in 1997 by CEO Nick Koston, cPanel provides one of the Internet infrastructure industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software platforms. With its rich feature set and customer first support, the fully-automated hosting platform empowers infrastructure providers and gives customers the ability to administer every facet of their website using simple point-and-click software. Based in Houston, TX, cPanel employs over 220 team members and has customers in more than 70 countries. “cPanel” and “cPanel & WHM” are registered trademarks of cPanel, L.L.C.

Tucows Inc. Acquires Wholesale Domain Registrar Ascio Technologies

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TORONTO – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC®. The transaction closed yesterday. Tucows will pay $29.44 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to operating cash flow. The purchase price will be funded through Tucows’ existing credit facility. The acquisition of Ascio adds approximately 1.8 million domains under management and approximately 500 active resellers. The Ascio reseller base fits squarely with Tucows’ core customer profile — ISPs, web hosting companies and website builders serving quality businesses that reward outstanding customer service with long-term loyalty. Ascio also expands Tucows’ product portfolio with one of the most complete offerings of country code TLDs (ccTLDs) and generic TLDs (gTLDs) in the world. Jørgen Christensen, Managing Director of Ascio commented, “This deal is all about focus. We wanted to find a buyer who would focus on our resellers so that CSC can focus on managing brands for the biggest and best companies around the world.” “This acquisition makes perfect sense for Ascio’s resellers, our business and our shareholders,” added David Woroch, Tucows’ Executive Vice President of Domains. “Ascio’s resellers get a customer-focused provider that is investing in its wholesale channel. Tucows gets an excellent business with a deeply experienced team, additional domain products, including more than 50 ccTLDs, and a high-quality customer base that strengthens our European presence. And our shareholders get the benefit of Tucows’ even greater scale and efficiency as the world’s largest wholesale domain registrar.” The contribution from this transaction, based on a partial year and transaction costs, was contemplated in the 2019 guidance provided by Tucows on February 13, 2019. Pre-acquisition, the Ascio business generated approximately $4 million of annual EBITDA. Tucows is required to apply acquisition accounting to the assets and liabilities acquired, including fair valuation of the acquired deferred revenue balance, which will lower the reported Adjusted EBITDA1 contribution in the first approximately one year period following the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to provide synergies over the next 12 to 18 months which, along with the inclusion of full year financial results, is expected to generate an internal rate of return and multiple that are in line with Company benchmarks. About Ascio Ascio Technologies was founded in 1999, and is an accredited domain registrar under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with approximately 1.8 million domains under management. Ascio is a part of the family of brands under CSC. About CSC CSC is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping businesses in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting brands online, CSC uses its expertise and personal approach to help businesses run smoother. CSC is the business behind business. It is the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 65% of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, since 1899, CSC has offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. CSC is a global company capable of doing business wherever its clients are—and it accomplishes that by employing experts in every business it serves. Learn more at https://www.cscglobal.com. About Tucows Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) and Enom (http://www.enom.com) manage a combined 23 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 37,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

ScaleMatrix Extends Data Center Capabilities to the EDGE with Acquisition of Instant Data Centers and Elliptical Mobile Solutions Technology

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San Diego, CA – ScaleMatrix, the United States’ leading provider of variable density colocation and hybrid hosting services, and DDC Cabinet Technology, the organization’s product business, which sells the efficient and feature-rich S-Series Dynamic Density Control cabinet platform for a variety of data center uses cases, today announced the acquisition of Instant Data Centers, formerly Elliptical Mobile Solutions, an Arizona based company focused on providing ruggedized micro data centers for the Edge. “Our DDC S-Series cabinets are among the most advanced data center environmental management and cooling platforms in the world today, offering industry-leading efficiency, density, security, and scalability, but we are cognizant of the demands that IoT, 5G, and AI are creating at the Edge ,” said Chris Orlando, ScaleMatrix Co-Founder and CEO. “Across the spectrum of industries, our clients are increasingly requiring that their IT resources to be closer to where the decision processes and data creation is occurring, especially as artificial intelligence continues to gain traction. In November, we debuted a modular configuration of our DDC S-Series cabinets, which allows users to extend enterprise data center capabilities into places where a data center resources are scarce, or where a data center does not even exist. This offer is seeing success in the field, but the demand to place IT workloads in even more challenging environments continues to evolve, and our acquisition of Instant Data Centers / Elliptical Mobile Solutions sets the stage for us to be able to help customers truly deploy any hardware, at any density, anywhere! ScaleMatrix and DDC now have one of the most robust, full-featured line ups of cabinet technology in the world, ranging from modular platform-scale solutions to highly ruggedized micro-cabinets which can go absolutely anywhere.” Gavin Miller, CEO of Instant Data Centers commented, “ScaleMatrix and DDC set the standard for advanced, modular data center capabilities, as is evidenced by the rapid growth of their national data center footprint and growing number of enterprise and edge data center installations. The IDC/Elliptical team is thrilled to have been welcomed into the ScaleMatrix and DDC family, and we are excited about the opportunity and breadth of capabilities this transaction creates for our combined customer base. The integration of the IDC product line into the DDC cabinet technology portfolio brings mobility, ruggedization, and variable form factor capabilities to an already powerful line up of modular data center solutions.” ScaleMatrix Data Centers have enjoyed unmatched capabilities via their exclusive use of the S-Series Dynamic Density Control platform. These revolutionary sites were designed from the ground up to support the heavy compute requirements associated with today’s evolving technologies like AI, 5G, and IOT. DDC delivers support for 52kW of power and cooling capabilities, with all of the efficiency of water cooling, while users enjoy the risk-free flexibility of precision, clean-room quality air cooling. The IDC products line will be integrated into the DDC family of solutions under the R-Series designation, emphasizing the lines ruggedized features. “As we looked to expand in the market,” says Orlando, “adding Instant Data Center’s various EDGE-friendly capabilities seemed like a natural extension of the DDC platform. We now support clients from a 100% unbiased position. With cloud, colocation, enterprise data center, and edge solutions at the ready, we are able to help clients solve IT challenges no matter where they occur. In addition to enhancements in our product line, Mr. Miller has joined the team as our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of the DDC brand, and is utilizing his strong background in channels to build out a robust partner program allowing existing and future partners access to our innovative solutions” ScaleMatrix has grown consistently since its inception in 2011. Its existing patent and patent pending S-Series design portfolio, now includes the mobile and ruggedized patents related to the IDC / Elliptical lines, strengthening the organizations market position around modular enclosures as a whole. The company has plans to aggressively expand its data center and cabinet technology businesses, with eyes on global expansion through both direct and partner channels. About ScaleMatrix ScaleMatrix delivers colocation, cloud, backup, disaster recovery, and professional support from a national foot-print of variable-density data centers which leverage the future-proof Dynamic Density Control (DDC) S-Series cabinet platform to support up to 52kW of thermal density in a single 45U enclosure. With power density and efficiency significantly impacting IT costs, these specialized data centers enable ScaleMatrix to deliver competitively priced high-density colocation and high-performance cloud hosting which provide significant differentiation in today’s ever-changing IT market. By leveraging our innovation and technology, ScaleMatrix clients gain a competitive edge and can scale more efficiently as their business grows. Visit www.scalematrix.com for more information. About DDC Cabinet Technology DDC designs and manufactures cabinet and enclosure technologies which enable the deployment of any hardware, at any density, anywhere! The portfolio includes a variety of modular and edge solutions which allow efficient operation of IT hardware in nearly any environment, in either modular or self-contained form factors. The DDC family of products include fire suppression, various security options, shock mounting, extreme environment support, and other key features which ensure the success of any IT deployment, anywhere. To learn more, please visit us at https://www.ddcontrol.com/ and see the new R-Series platform here: https://www.ddcontrol.com/r-series

Bluehost Dedicates Team of WordPress Experts to Getting New Users Online Fast

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AUSTIN, Texas – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, today announced the release of Blue Flash, a new service designed to get WordPress websites online fast. This free onboarding service offers personal guidance that helps users build their websites quickly and efficiently. “We’ve worked hand-in-hand with WordPress users for more than a decade and understand that building a website from scratch can be overwhelming given WordPress’ robust functionality,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager of Bluehost. “By offering individual support and training during the initial setup process, we can get our customers published quickly so they can focus on what’s most important to them: getting visitors to their websites.” WordPress offers incredible flexibility and control, but new users may face a learning curve; and with access to the more than 50,000 plugins and themes, it can be challenging to parse through the options. According to a study conducted by Endurance International Group, 74 percent of respondents plan to build their own website, but 54 percent of respondents have little to no experience with website management. Enter the Blue Crew, Bluehost’s specially trained support team, delivering guidance through Bluehost’s new onboarding service, Blue Flash. Bluehost customers range from people creating their first website to support their side hustle or hobby to established small businesses and enterprises scaling their online presence. Now available to all new customers, this free service is part of Bluehost’s ongoing commitment to ensuring customer success. Customers can call into Blue Flash 24/7, as frequently as needed, during their first 30 days with Bluehost. The Blue Crew provides assistance to users of all experience levels, from newbies who are still wondering “what is WordPress” to more experienced users selecting plugins to meet specific needs. The service complements Bluehost’s guided onboarding, which is designed for those who prefer a complete do-it-yourself approach. “WordPress is the most powerful content management system on the market, and with the right know-how, the sky’s the limit,” said Zaheer. “Blue Flash is a concierge-style service tailored to each customer, providing them a guided tour through WordPress’ tools and functionality, with a touch of moral support along the way.” For more information on Blue Flash, visit www.bluehost.com/blue-flash. About Bluehost Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a trusted partner for WordPress users. Founded in 2003, Bluehost enables novices and experts alike to create and maintain a web presence with reliable web hosting, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, automated security, and WordPress tools. Its one-stop dashboard makes it easy for users to manage many aspects of their website from metrics to site security. Built on open source technology, Bluehost continues to support and participate in a wide range of open source projects to help push the internet to its full potential. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com. About Endurance International Group Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,800 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

Claim Your Domain to Unlock The Full Web

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As we’ve said before on this blog, you don’t want to be using the Internet with training wheels. When the Internet became more openly available in the 90s, it was seen as more of a fad. It took many years and the success of a few tech titans to change peoples’ opinions about how the web could work for them. But a whole slew of Internet services have popped up to make getting your own content on the web more simple. Continue reading Claim Your Domain to Unlock The Full Web at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

How Much Does a Website Cost?

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The post How Much Does a Website Cost? appeared first on HostGator Blog. How much does a website cost? Is there a general range I should expect to pay for a new website? If you’re just getting started online, then you’ve probably turned these questions over in your head. They’re very important questions to answer. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer for either of them. It all depends on the goals of your site, the type of site you’re building, and the method you’re going to take to build out your website. As a general rule of thumb the more hands-on you’re going to be throughout the process the lower the cost will be. So, using a website builder or a CMS will be much cheaper than hiring a professional website designer. Below we’ll examine how much a website costs to build, as well as the factors that will influence the overall cost. Website Cost Considerations The price of your website will depend on a lot of different factors. Both pre-existing factors, as well as the type of site you’re going to build. Here are a few of the main considerations that will influence the overall price. 1. Your Choice of Domain and Hosting Every website needs a domain name and hosting. Your domain name is what people will type into the address bar to access your site. While your hosting is where all of your website’s files will be stored. You can purchase these together or separately. 2. The Platform That Powers Your Site You’re going to have a lot of different options when it comes to building out your site. You can use a website builder, choose a CMS like WordPress, or even hire a professional to build your site for you. With WordPress, you can rely on free themes and plugins to reduce your overall cost, while with a website builder you’ll typically pay a monthly fee. Hiring a web developer will be the most expensive option. We’ll cover this in more detail below. 3. The Type of Website You’re Building The type of website you’re building will greatly influence the overall cost. For example, if you’re building a simple personal blog, then your expenses will be very low. But, if you’re building out a complex eCommerce store, then you should expect higher website build costs. Generally, the more complex and feature-rich your website, the higher the cost will be. But, this cost can be offset by doing most of the design tasks yourself, or using the right website builder software or CMS. Essential Website Expenses: Domains and Hosting Costs The overall cost of building your site will be greatly influenced by factors above, like the type of site you’re building, and what software or platform will form the foundation for your site. But, there are two essential expenses to building a website that you won’t be able to avoid: your domain name and hosting. Here’s how the cost of these two elements breaks down. 1. Domain Name Costs Your domain name is probably one of the first things you’ll purchase. Your domain name is the URL that people will type into their website browser to actually view your site. We won’t get into choosing your domain name here. But here are a few great resources for choosing the perfect domain name: How You Can Choose the Best Domain Name for Your BlogThe 7 Best Domain Name Suggestion ToolsIs My Domain Name Available? Every domain isn’t created equal. Most domains will run you around $9 to $15 per year. However, the costs can run up into the hundreds or thousands, if you’re absolutely set on a certain domain. Here are a few factors that will influence the overall cost of your domain: The Top-Level Domain The top-level domain is the .com or .org that follows your domain. The top-level domain or domain name extension you choose will influence the overall cost of your domain. There are dozens of different top-level domains to choose from. But, the most common are .com, .org, .net, and .co. You’re probably best off choosing .com if it’s available. A lot of other domain name extensions are experimental, or country-specific, but sticking with common and widely recognized extensions is probably your best bet. Going for more abstract and creative domain name extensions will probably add a higher fee to your domain name purchase. The Type of Domain Purchasing a brand new domain will definitely be the cheapest option for acquiring a domain. But, there are other options available if you’re absolutely set on a domain. Here are two common methods for acquiring a domain besides purchasing it through a registrar: Reach out to the current site owner. If you do a domain search on HostGator Domains and see that the domain is already taken, then you might be able to get in touch with the owner and place a bid. This will usually be a more expensive route. You should expect to pay at least a couple hundred dollars, maybe more. Purchase your domain through a marketplace. There are sites like Sedo that list domain names that people already own. These domains are pretty pricey, but if you have the budget, this allows you to buy a domain outright, or make an offer. Once you’ve settled on your domain name it’s time to buy it. If you’re looking for the best deal, then you’ll probably want to buy your domain name right here at HostGator. Just type in your desired domain name, see if it’s available, and complete the purchase. If your domain is available, then your desired extension will influence the yearly price. You can simplify your life even further by purchasing your domain name and hosting together. 2. Website Hosting Costs Choosing the right web host for your website is a decision you’ll want to take seriously. The right web host will make it easy for you to build your website, as well as improve site performance, keep your site secure, and a lot more. When it comes to web hosting, you’re going to have a lot of different hosting options to choose from. For example, you’ve got shared hosting, WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. On top of that, you have different hosting plans within each type of hosting. The hosting package you choose will greatly influence how much your site costs to build. Generally, hosting packages will range from $10/month to $150+/mo. That’s just a very basic estimation. Shared hosting will typically be the cheapest plan, but as your website requires more server resources to function, then you’ll need to upgrade to a more expensive plan. However, as your website grows, both in size and traffic levels, you’ll hopefully be making more money to cover the additional hosting costs. If this is your first website, then a basic shared hosting package will probably be the best type of hosting for your needs. Shared hosting is beginner-friendly, easy to set up, is very cheap, and gives you enough server resources to get you through the initial stages of growing your site. Did we mention it’s cheap? Yes. Here at HostGator, you can pick up the cheapest shared hosting plan for less than $3 a month! Website Design Costs: DIY vs. Professional Services With your domain name and hosting secured it’s time to look at the other big factor that’ll influence the cost of building your website. This section is highly variable, as you’ll soon learn. But, as a general rule of thumb, the more work you’ll willing to do yourself, the cheaper designing your website will be. Here’s a look at the two different routes to building your website: 1. DIY Website Building Costs When building your website yourself you’re going to have a few different options to explore. Unless you know how to code (or want to learn), you’ll primarily be relying on a website builder or a CMS like WordPress to build out your site. Here’s a cost breakdown of each of these two routes to site creation. Cost of Using a Website Builder Website builders make it incredibly easy to build out your site. These tools are created for complete beginners meaning it won’t take any coding knowledge to build out your site. The general process will be as follows: you select a template, make changes via a drag and drop interface, add your content, then publish your site. There are dozens of different website builders that exist online today, including one here at HostGator. By using a builder like the Gator Website Builder you’ll help to keep costs low while building out a beautiful and functional website. Cost of Using WordPress to Build Out Your Site Another common option is using WordPress to build out your site. WordPress is a free CMS, so there won’t be any upfront costs required to build your site. All you need to do is install WordPress on your site, which you can do from within cPanel. Then, you’ll customize your site by choosing a theme, and add more features to your site via the vast plugin library. The costs for using WordPress to build your site are highly variable. For example, you can get away with building a WordPress site entirely for free by relying on free themes and plugins. Or, you can spend $100+ on a premium theme, along with premium plugins that range from $10-50+ per month. It all depends on your theme and plugin selection. 2. Professional Website Design Costs Getting your website built by a professional will be the most expensive option by far. The price for a professional website build will vary greatly. The overall cost depends on the type of site you want to be built and who you’re using to build out your website. Here’s a general average cost breakdown for professional web design services: Basic small business site – $1000 – $7500+Larger business site – $10,000 – $25k+eCommerce site – $5000 – $20k+Freelance hire – $500 – $5000+ These are very rough estimates. Generally, if you’re going to hire a developer via a site like Upwork then your costs will be cheaper than if you’re hiring a web design agency to build out your site. It’ll also be cheaper to have a developer customize an existing theme than create a brand new WordPress theme from scratch. On the other hand, if you hire a web design agency, they’ll be able to bring their expertise from creating hundreds of sites and apply that knowledge to your site. They may also bring additional expertise a freelance developer may not have, like UX, SEO, and PPC. How Much Does a Website Cost? The Verdict Hopefully, you have a better idea of the answer to the question: how much does a website cost? As you can see there are ways you can build a website for basically nothing, while other website builds will run up into the thousands of dollars. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get a website online, then consider using some of the resources here at HostGator. For a domain name and the cheapest shared hosting plan, you’re looking at roughly a $15 upfront investment. Then, you can use WordPress or the bundled website builder. If you’re going to be hiring a professional to build out your website then expect to pay a lot more. The overall cost will depend on the designer or design firm you’re using, along with what you’re asking them to do. For example, doing WordPress theme customizations will be cheaper than building out a 100-page eCommerce site. There is no clear cut cost for the price you’ll pay to build out your website. But, this is kind of a good thing. It means that you can build a website, no matter your budget or existing technical skills. You can create your new website yourself, or you can hire a professional to take care of everything for you. Overall, it’s up to you how much your website costs to build. Whether you have a low or high budget, you’ll be able to find the right combination of tools to help launch your dream website. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

How to Avoid Distraction as a Marketer

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Does social media distract you from work and life? Wondering how to stay focused despite online interruptions? To explore how to avoid distraction as a marketer and as a human, I interview Brian Solis. Brian is a digital analyst and futurist at the Altimeter Group, and author of the book Engage!. His latest book is […] The post How to Avoid Distraction as a Marketer appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

10 Reasons InMotion Hosting is the Best for WordPress

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Once you design your WordPress website, you still have some tasks left to do. Chief among these is finding a hosting service that can meet your needs and keep your website up and protected. In order to choose the right hosting service, it’s necessary to do a lot of research and compare the different options available to you. But one of the best hosting services currently on the market is InMotion Hosting. InMotion has several things going for it, so let’s look at 10 reasons why you should consider this host for your site: Not a New Name—One thing that you need to realize about hosting providers is that there are many who pop up claiming to be the best, only to fizzle out in a few years. Continue reading 10 Reasons InMotion Hosting is the Best for WordPress at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

The cPanel Mail Server – cPanel Eats Its Own Dog Food

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“Eating your own dog food” is a popular practice amongst companies where the employees are encouraged, and often do, use their own product in real life scenarios. The phrase “eating your own dog food” was purported to have been coined in the 1970s when television advertisements for Alpo Dog Food. Spokesman Lorne Greene pointed out that he had fed Alpo to his own dogs. Another possibility, even stranger, was a story of the president of ...

Setting Up Meetings Just Got Easier with New Features in LinkedIn Messenger

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Having a community of professionals to exchange ideas with, ask advice from, or chat about industry trends can go a long way in helping you be more productive and successful. In fact, 70% of professionals say their support system is one of the top factors contributing to success at work. One of the best ways to nurture your professional community is by staying in touch regularly and setting up time to chat. When scheduling, we know the top things you need to know is when to meet and where to... .

What is VPS Hosting?

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Want to take your business online? First, you’ll need to find somewhere to house your website. To do this, you’ll need to find a web hosting plan and there are several options available with each designed to serve a different level of demand. If you are looking for the best VPS hosting plan, keep reading to learn more from our complete VPS hosting guide. This article will provide a VPS hosting comparison so you can find the best hosting solution for you and your needs. VPS hosting is essentially a combination of shared hosting and dedicated hosting. The acronym “VPS” stands for “Virtual Private Server,” which is intended to convey that nearly all of the advanced features that are enjoyed via a dedicated server can be had at a much lower price point, comparable to that of a shared server. Users who opt for a VPS package are graced with the computing power necessary to run a complex side or grow an online business. General research shows that the enlistment of a dedicated private server will likely cost upwards of $100 per month. For many small to medium-sized businesses, this is simply too expensive, so they must find a more cost-effective alternative that retains all the features necessary to run their website. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. How Does VPS Web Hosting Work? With VPS web hosting, the service provider essentially takes a single piece of hardware, the server, and virtually partitions it off into a number of individual hosting spaces, each with its own dedicated operating environment. Think of it like an apartment building, where every unit in the shared building is fully self-contained with all the same necessities as a freestanding house. Each space is completely customizable, subject to the needs and tastes of each occupant, and each unit has its own dedicated utilities which share a common source.   Why Should I Choose VPS Hosting? VPS hosting packages offer a number of advantages over other common hosting options. In comparison, VPS hosting is more reliable, flexible, and scalable than shared hosting. While VPS hosting does cost more, the jump in price is negligible for all but the smallest enterprises. In comparison to dedicated hosting, VPS offers nearly all of the same benefits in regard to customizability, scalability, and security that typically drive businesses to opt for a dedicated server. Reliability In the context of hosting, reliability boils down to the degree of confidence with which you can expect your website to run smoothly without downtime. In the case of a shared hosting plan, in which bandwidth usage is shared openly amongst every website housed on the server, there is risk of your website experiencing downtime due to what is known as the “bad neighbor effect”. This occurs when one of the “neighbors” on the server experiences unusually high traffic to their site, which places a high demand for resources on the server. When this kind of hoarding occurs, those resources become unavailable to other websites, causing them to slow or become unreachable altogether. Obviously, if your website is unreachable, that is bad for business. VPS hosting insulates websites from their neighbors by virtually partitioning them from one another and allocating resources for their sole use. In comparison, this makes VPS hosted websites very reliable, since no competition for bandwidth usage results in minimized downtime. Flexibility Flexibility and customizability are interchangeable terms here. In a shared hosting environment, any changes to the operating system or coding may have a direct effect on the other websites hosted on the web server and are thus not allowed. VPS hosting services allow you to customize your environment to the specific needs of your project without the risk of affecting your neighbors or stealing server resources. Scalability Another benefit of having both a dedicated virtual space and an assigned set of resources is that it makes scaling a simple matter. As your business grows, so will things like web traffic and the number of people you employ. VPS hosting allows the freedom to add bandwidth, storage, email accounts and more to ensure that your hosting can scale with you. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. VPS Hosting Features Once you have selected and registered your domain name, you will need to select the hosting solution that best suits your needs. Typically, a range of hosting plans are offered which include varying amounts of resources. As the amount of resources available in each package increases, so does the price. The services offered in these packages will include: Business email plansStorageRAMCPU powerData TransfersDomain Hosting What Makes A Good VPS Package? A good package will include enough RAM and bandwidth to keep your site running glitch free, as well as enough disk space to consolidate all of your files into a single digital storage space. A great hosting package will also have a sufficient number of monthly data transfers included in their base fee rather than nickel-and-diming you for additional transfers after you exceed the initial allotment. VPS hosting packages offered by Domain.com check all the boxes. Additionally, some packages at Domain.com boast unlimited offerings for resources like email and premium domains, which make them extremely attractive to businesses that expect to experience a lot of growth. Domain.com’s top packages include unlimited email accounts, domains, and MySQL databases with no setup costs or other hidden fees. Unlimited Email Having the freedom to create as many email accounts as you need is critical for businesses that plan to grow. Domain.com lets you create an unlimited number of email accounts with no additional cost, allowing you to scale your email accounts along with the rest of your business. Additionally, desirable email packages include plenty of storage for each individual account. Domain.com offers a rather generous capacity on each mailbox at 500MB, or 10,000 email messages (whichever comes first). Unlimited Disk Space A great VPS host will provide unlimited disk space to help you curate all the content you wish to have on your site. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is technically possible to exceed the allotment of disk space provided under an “unlimited” plan. However, upstanding web hosts will work closely with clients to consolidate or reduce the number of files they use in order to operate more efficiently. Typically, this only happens with customers storing tens of thousands of files at a time, so it is a relatively small concern. Large Bandwidth Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that streams between your business’ website and other websites on the internet, and a good VPS package will support all the bandwidth your website demands. By doing so, your host ensures that your website maintains optimum performance at all times. VPS hosting provided by Domain.com includes all the bandwidth you might need to operate with plans offering between 1000-2000GB. They are built specifically to handle the data transfer demands of all but the largest of big business. That is to say, large corporations like Amazon will not be hosting their data on a VPS server—they simply don’t provide the bandwidth to support that level of traffic—but smaller businesses will be well served. Management Services Setting up and managing websites on a private server requires a good deal of technical knowledge. One of the more convenient features of VPS hosting is that it does not require any technical knowledge on the part of the customer. In-house technicians will manage things like: the setup process oversight and maintenance of the host server installation of your operating system malware removal software other services such as security scans This allows business owners to focus on running their companies, without concerning themselves with IT. Security A lot of sensitive and valuable information is transmitted in the process of running a business online. Some of this includes information regarding your business finances or your customers’ personal information. Whatever it may be, this data needs to be encrypted and kept safe so that it isn’t stolen and used by anyone with bad intentions. One of the benefits of VPS hosting is that the physical server is kept in a location safeguarded against physical attack or theft. Additionally, the host company provides protection from malware and any other source or online attempt to steal your sensitive information. Security Tools There are a couple of security tools used to protect your information, like the Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, and another called SiteLock security. Any business that sells products or services online needs to have an SSL Certificate included in their VPS package to keep financial information confidential during transmission. Hosting plans purchased through Domain.com include a free SSL certificate upon signup, saving you money, as well as access to SiteLock. Customer Service Any great VPS host will provide top notch customer service. You want your web hosting provider to be responsive and available at any time of day. The experts at Domain.com pride themselves on providing the best customer service available in the industry. They offer live chat customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address concerns, answer questions, and help you find solutions that serve your growing needs. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. Still Unsure? If you find that you are still unsure if VPS hosting is the right type of plan for you, then below you’ll find a comparison between shared and dedicated, the two other primary hosting forms. VPS vs. Shared Hosting Compared to shared hosting, VPS hosting offers a greater amount of resources available to website owners. In a shared hosting environment, your site is subject to the fluctuations and demands from hundreds or even thousands of other websites housed on the same server as your website. Lack of sufficient storage space means you might need to store some of your files elsewhere, while lack of sufficient bandwidth could make your site slow to load or unreachable altogether. Lack of security is another concern regarding shared hosting, as faulty coding or changes made to neighboring websites could negatively impact the performance of your site. VPS vs. Dedicated Hosting By offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth with their VPS hosting packages, Domain.com covers the primary demands that might prompt a complex or growing business to choose dedicated hosting in the first place. While you lack some of the custom perks that you would with a dedicated host, like choosing your operating system (ex: Windows), VPS hosting plans through Domain.com include installation of Linux with the ability to run PHP, Perl, and Python at a dramatically reduced cost. How Much Does VPS Hosting Cost? VPS hosting provides some of the best value out of all the available hosting options out there. Since it’s a bit of a hybrid hosting service it has features of both shared and dedicated hosting, so it follows that the price falls somewhere in between the two other hosting options. A few factors influence the price of a given VPS hosting plan: the amount of RAM, disk space, and bandwidth that you need. Additional features like management services and the inclusion of tools like a control panel may also affect the price. Domain.com’s VPS Hosting Plans Check out Domain.com’s VPS hosting options, offered at discounted introductory rates here:S Standard512 MB dedicated RAM20 GB disk space1000 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $29.70/mo. Pro1024 MB dedicated RAM40 GB disk space1500 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $41.60/mo. Premium2048 MB dedicated RAM60 GB disk space2000 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $67.95/mo. Conclusion VPS hosting is a fantastic option for nearly any small to medium-sized business looking to take their services online. It offers the power, flexibility, and stability of dedicated hosting at a price point that makes it extremely enticing. For those who are new to the online world and those who see large potential for future growth, the support and scalability offered by a VPS hosting package simply can’t be overlooked. Don’t know which type of hosting plan to choose? Contact Domain.com today to learn more about our VPS hosting services. As one of the leading VPS providers in the industry, we’ll be able to provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision for you and your website. The post What is VPS Hosting? appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

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When it comes to designing a worthwhile website, the choice of content management system (CMS) may not be readily apparent. Complicating this choice are the almost-tribal sentiments of each system’s loyalists, each convinced of the “rightness” of their favorite. But both are open source, free to use, and provide a multitude of plug-ins and modules. … Continue reading →

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More and more companies are standing behind the single page website model. And it makes sense. A single page website can hold more content than you might think. A single page can scroll infinitely, but you’ll want to make sure to have your targeted content placed strategically. Don’t Let Your Site Become a Confusing Mess When designing a website it’s important to consider the user experience. Back in the early days of the web, you may remember seeing cluttered, distracting websites. Continue reading Are Single Page Websites The New Thing? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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