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New – Concurrency Scaling for Amazon Redshift – Peak Performance at All Times

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Amazon Redshift is a data warehouse that can expand to exabyte-scale. Today, tens of thousands of AWS customers (including NTT DOCOMO, Finra, and Johnson & Johnson) use Redshift to run mission-critical BI dashboards, analyze real-time streaming data, and run predictive analytics jobs. A challenge arises when the number of concurrent queries grows at peak times. When a multitude of business analysts all turn to their BI dashboards or long-running data science workloads compete with other workloads for resources, Redshift will queue queries until enough compute resources become available in the cluster. This ensures that all of the work gets done, but it can mean that performance is impacted at peak times. Two options present themselves: Overprovision the cluster to meet peak needs. This option addresses the immediate issue, but wastes resources and costs more than necessary. Optimize the cluster for typical workloads. This option forces you to wait longer for results at peak times, possibly delaying important business decisions. New Concurrency Scaling Today I would like to offer a third option. You can now configure Redshift to add more query processing power on an as-needed basis. This happens transparently and in a manner of seconds, and provides you with fast, consistent performance even as the workload grows to hundreds of concurrent queries. Additional processing power is ready in seconds and does not need to be pre-warmed or pre-provisioned. You pay only for what you use, with per-second billing and also accumulate one hour of concurrency scaling cluster credits every 24 hours while your main cluster is running. The extra processing power is removed when it is no longer needed, making this a perfect way to address the bursty use cases that I described above. You can allocate the burst power to specific users or queues, and you can continue to use your existing BI and ETL applications. Concurrency Scaling Clusters are used to handle many forms of read-only queries, with additional flexibility in the works; read about Concurrency Scaling to learn more. Using Concurrency Scaling This feature can be enabled for an existing cluster in minutes! We recommend starting with a fresh Redshift Parameter Group for testing purposes, so I start by creating one: Then I edit my cluster’s Workload Management Configuration, select the new parameter group, set the Concurrency Scaling Mode to auto, and click Save: I will use the Cloud Data Warehouse Benchmark Derived From TPC-DS as a source of test data and test queries. I download the DDL, customize it with my AWS credentials, and use psql to connect to my cluster and create the test data: sample=# create database sample; CREATE DATABASE sample=# \connect sample; psql (9.2.24, server 8.0.2) WARNING: psql version 9.2, server version 8.0. Some psql features might not work. SSL connection (cipher: ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384, bits: 256) You are now connected to database "sample" as user "awsuser". sample=# \i ddl.sql The DDL creates the tables and loads populates them using data stored in an S3 bucket: sample=# \dt List of relations schema | name | type | owner --------+------------------------+-------+--------- public | call_center | table | awsuser public | catalog_page | table | awsuser public | catalog_returns | table | awsuser public | catalog_sales | table | awsuser public | customer | table | awsuser public | customer_address | table | awsuser public | customer_demographics | table | awsuser public | date_dim | table | awsuser public | dbgen_version | table | awsuser public | household_demographics | table | awsuser public | income_band | table | awsuser public | inventory | table | awsuser public | item | table | awsuser public | promotion | table | awsuser public | reason | table | awsuser public | ship_mode | table | awsuser public | store | table | awsuser public | store_returns | table | awsuser public | store_sales | table | awsuser public | time_dim | table | awsuser public | warehouse | table | awsuser public | web_page | table | awsuser public | web_returns | table | awsuser public | web_sales | table | awsuser public | web_site | table | awsuser (25 rows) Then I download the queries and open up a bunch of PuTTY windows so that I can generate a meaningful load for my Redshift cluster: I run an initial set of parallel queries, and then ramp up over time, I can see them in the Cluster Performance tab for my cluster: I can see the additional processing power come online as needed, and then go away when no longer needed, in the Database Performance tab: As you can see, my cluster scales as needed in order to handle all of the queries as expeditiously as possible. The Concurrency Scaling Usage shows me how many seconds of additional processing power I have consumed (as I noted earlier, each cluster accumulates a full hour of concurrency credits every 24 hours). I can use the parameter max_concurrency_scaling_clusters to control the number of Concurrency Scaling Clusters that can be used (the default limit is 10, but you can request an increase if you need more). Available Today You can start making use of Concurrency Scaling Clusters today in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions today, with more to come later this year. — Jeff;  

New AMD EPYC-Powered Amazon EC2 M5ad and R5ad Instances

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Last year I told you about our New Lower-Cost, AMD-Powered M5a and R5a EC2 Instances. Built on the AWS Nitro System, these instances are powered by custom AMD EPYC processors running at 2.5 GHz. They are priced 10% lower than comparable EC2 M5 and R5 instances, and give you a new opportunity to balance your instance mix based on cost and performance. Today we are adding M5ad and R5ad instances, both powered by custom AMD EPYC 7000 series processors and built on the AWS Nitro System. M5ad and R5ad Instances These instances add high-speed, low latency local (physically connected) block storage to the existing M5a and R5a instances that we launched late last year. M5ad instances are designed for general purpose workloads such as web servers, app servers, dev/test environments, gaming, logging, and media processing. They are available in 6 sizes: Instance Name vCPUs RAM Local Storage EBS-Optimized Bandwidth Network Bandwidth m5ad.large 2 8 GiB 1 x 75 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps m5ad.xlarge 4 16 GiB 1 x 150 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps m5ad.2xlarge 8 32 GiB 1 x 300 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps m5ad.4xlarge 16 64 GiB 2 x 300 GB NVMe SSD 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps m5ad.12xlarge 48 192 GiB 2 x 900 GB NVMe SSD 5 Gbps 10 Gbps m5ad.24xlarge 96 384 GiB 4 x 900 GB NVMe SSD 10 Gbps 20 Gbps R5ad instances are designed for memory-intensive workloads: data mining, in-memory analytics, caching, simulations, and so forth. The R5ad instances are available in 6 sizes: Instance Name vCPUs RAM Local Storage EBS-Optimized Bandwidth Network Bandwidth r5ad.large 2 16 GiB 1 x 75 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps r5ad.xlarge 4 32 GiB 1 x 150 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps r5ad.2xlarge 8 64 GiB 1 x 300 GB NVMe SSD Up to 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps r5ad.4xlarge 16 128 GiB 2 x 300 GB NVMe SSD 2.120 Gbps Up to 10 Gbps r5ad.12xlarge 48 384 GiB 2 x 900 GB NVMe SSD 5 Gbps 10 Gbps r5ad.24xlarge 96 768 GiB 4 x 900 GB NVMe SSD 10 Gbps 20 Gbps Again, these instances are available in the same sizes as the M5d and R5d instances, and the AMIs work on either, so go ahead and try both! Here are some things to keep in mind about the local NMVe storage on the M5ad and R5ad instances: Naming – You don’t have to specify a block device mapping in your AMI or during the instance launch; the local storage will show up as one or more devices (/dev/nvme*1 on Linux) after the guest operating system has booted. Encryption – Each local NVMe device is hardware encrypted using the XTS-AES-256 block cipher and a unique key. Each key is destroyed when the instance is stopped or terminated. Lifetime – Local NVMe devices have the same lifetime as the instance they are attached to, and do not stick around after the instance has been stopped or terminated. M5ad and R5ad instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions in On-Demand, Spot, and Reserved Instance form. — Jeff;  

New Amazon S3 Storage Class – Glacier Deep Archive

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Many AWS customers collect and store large volumes (often a petabyte or more) of important data but seldom access it. In some cases raw data is collected and immediately processed, then stored for years or decades just in case there’s a need for further processing or analysis. In other cases, the data is retained for compliance or auditing purposes. Here are some of the industries and use cases that fit this description: Financial – Transaction archives, activity & audit logs, and communication logs. Health Care / Life Sciences – Electronic medical records, images (X-Ray, MRI, or CT), genome sequences, records of pharmaceutical development. Media & Entertainment – Media archives and raw production footage. Physical Security – Raw camera footage. Online Advertising – Clickstreams and ad delivery logs. Transportation – Vehicle telemetry, video, RADAR, and LIDAR data. Science / Research / Education – Research input and results, including data relevant to seismic tests for oil & gas exploration. Today we are introducing a new and even more cost-effective way to store important, infrequently accessed data in Amazon S3. Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive Storage Class The new Glacier Deep Archive storage class is designed to provide durable and secure long-term storage for large amounts of data at a price that is competitive with off-premises tape archival services. Data is stored across 3 or more AWS Availability Zones and can be retrieved in 12 hours or less. You no longer need to deal with expensive and finicky tape drives, arrange for off-premises storage, or worry about migrating data to newer generations of media. Your existing S3-compatible applications, tools, code, scripts, and lifecycle rules can all take advantage of Glacier Deep Archive storage. You can specify the new storage class when you upload objects, alter the storage class of existing objects manually or programmatically, or use lifecycle rules to arrange for migration based on object age. You can also make use of other S3 features such as Storage Class Analysis, Object Tagging, Object Lock, and Cross-Region Replication. The existing S3 Glacier storage class allows you to access your data in minutes (using expedited retrieval) and is a good fit for data that requires faster access. To learn more about the entire range of options, read Storage Classes in the S3 Developer Guide. If you are already making use of the Glacier storage class and rarely access your data, you can switch to Deep Archive and begin to see cost savings right away. Using Glacier Deep Archive Storage – Console I can switch the storage class of an existing S3 object to Glacier Deep Archive using the S3 Console. I locate the file and click Properties: Then I click Storage class: Next, I select Glacier Deep Archive and click Save: I cannot download the object or edit any of its properties or permissions after I make this change: In the unlikely event that I need to access this 2013-era video, I select it and choose Restore from the Actions menu: Then I specify the number of days to keep the restored copy available, and choose either bulk or standard retrieval: Using Glacier Deep Archive Storage – Lifecycle Rules I can also use S3 lifecycle rules. I select the bucket and click Management, then select Lifecycle: Then I click Add lifecycle rule and create my rule. I enter a name (ArchiveOldMovies), and can optionally use a path or tag filter to limit the scope of the rule: Next, I indicate that I want the rule to apply to the Current version of my objects, and specify that I want my objects to transition to Glacier Deep Archive 30 days after they are created: Using Glacier Deep Archive – CLI / Programmatic Access I can use the CLI to upload a new object and set the storage class: $ aws s3 cp new.mov s3://awsroadtrip-videos-raw/ --storage-class DEEP_ARCHIVE I can also change the storage class of an existing object by copying it over itself: $ aws s3 cp s3://awsroadtrip-videos-raw/new.mov s3://awsroadtrip-videos-raw/new.mov --storage-class DEEP_ARCHIVE If I am building a system that manages archiving and restoration, I can opt to receive notifications on an SNS topic, an SQS queue, or a Lambda function when a restore is initiated and/or completed: Other Access Methods You can also use Tape Gateway configuration of AWS Storage Gateway to create a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) and configure it to use Glacier Deep Archive for storage of archived virtual tapes. This will allow you to move your existing tape-based backups to the AWS Cloud without making any changes to your existing backup workflows. You can retrieve virtual tapes archived in Glacier Deep Archive to S3 within twelve hours. With Tape Gateway and S3 Glacier Deep Archive, you no longer need on-premises physical tape libraries, and you don’t need to manage hardware refreshes and rewrite data to new physical tapes as technologies evolve. For more information, visit the Test Your Gateway Setup with Backup Software page of Storage Gateway User Guide. Now Available The S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class is available today in all commercial regions and in both AWS GovCloud regions. Pricing varies by region, and the storage cost is up to 75% less than for the existing S3 Glacier storage class; visit the S3 Pricing page for more information. — Jeff;

Domain Hosting vs Website Hosting

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To operate a website, you must have domain hosting and web hosting. But what’s domain hosting and how is it different from web hosting? Aren’t they exactly the same thing? Well, no. Although you can often get both from the same provider, and they may even be bundled together, they are two completely different things. Here’s what you need to know: What is Website Hosting? A web host is a special computer, called a server, where people keep their websites. Continue reading Domain Hosting vs Website Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

5 Questions for VP & General Manager of Rackspace Government Solutions Ray Kalustyan

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The arrival of Ray Kalustyan marks an increased focus and investment in Rackspace Government Solutions. As Vice President and General Manager of RGS, Ray will be responsible for accelerating the growth of this rapidly-expanding practice, which Rackspace integrated as part of its acquisition of Datapipe in 2017. While he spent the majority of his 39-year […] The post 5 Questions for VP & General Manager of Rackspace Government Solutions Ray Kalustyan appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Migration to Cloud Hosting Without Losing SEO

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Migrating any of your digital apps is a challenging task considering the fact that the existence of your business may depend on them. Yet, at some point in your business cycle, you will face the conundrum whether to migrate to Cloud or continue using the current infrastructure. No doubt migrating is a complicated process, but if done correctly it has the potential to open up new opportunities. So, it is hardly surprising that an increasing number of companies are migrating their websites, data, applications, and other components to Cloud-based hosting. What Is Cloud Migration? Cloud migration is a process where a company migrates the existing infrastructure such as data, websites, etc. from a physical server inside the organisation to a Cloud-based infrastructure. Some of the top organisations use Cloud providers such as Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. While these companies provide many applications for integration with Cloud, pricing may make it out of reach for most companies. In this article, we will discuss how migration of your website to Cloud Hosting can impact your current SEO efforts. Benefits of Migrating to Cloud Hosting Migration to Cloud Hosting can have immense benefits for your business. Cloud Hosting can solve the most common problem of scaling the infrastructure as your company expands. With Cloud Hosting, adding storage space or additional processing power is only a few clicks away. This makes your business agile in responding to increased demands. Migrating to Cloud Hosting will also improve the operational efficiency of your organisation as your teams will become more productive with cloud-based solutions and apps. Most top Cloud Hosting service providers in India offer robust security for Cloud Hosting. At ResellerClub, we give top-most priority to your security. Cloud Hosting will also allow you to undertake faster application implementation and deployment. This leads to cost saving with respect to hosting and further savings when you need to scale. If you want to understand in greater detail what is Cloud Hosting and how does it work, you can check our earlier blog here. Problems in Cloud Hosting Migration There are some potential risks when you are migrating to Cloud Hosting, but those could be mitigated if you follow the right procedure and take all the precautions. Here are some of the problems that are generally faced during the migration process: A significant drawback in migrating to Cloud Hosting could be the storage of sensitive data and adhering to compliance requirements. Deploying some of your proprietary software and applications could also be a problem due to the legal requirements. One of the other major concerns businesses have while considering migration is, losing SEO that may have been developed with rigorous efforts over the years. SEO Benefits of Cloud Hosting Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a time-consuming and a long-drawn process which can have a huge impact on your business. Optimizing your website for the search engines allows a potential customer to find your website easily. There are only a limited number of results on the first page, so companies invest a lot of resources to ensure that their website is listed on the first page. That is easier said than done as SEO is a complicated process and a whole lot of other aspects may hamper it. Let us look at some of the top hosting related problems that may hinder your SEO efforts. Page Loading Speed – Loading time of your website has a huge impact on the SEO. A fast loading website will always have the edge over a site which takes longer to load. A Cloud Hosting service will allow you to ensure faster loading times. If there is a sustained traffic increase, you can efficiently allocate more resources without any problem. Downtime – The downtime of your website will also affect its SEO rankings. So, if you are using a hosting provider which has frequent breakdowns leading to downtime for your website, you can bid goodbye to your SEO rankings. On the contrary, with Cloud Hosting the chances of your website being down are negligible. Server location – Google and other search engines now emphasize on location-based results. This is based on the assumption that a user may find the results from its immediate vicinity more helpful. As a business, it is vital for you to take into account if the location of the server may hamper your SEO.   Protect your SEO There is absolutely no need to be worried about your SEO while migrating to Cloud Hosting. If you follow a systematic process and opt for a reliable hosting provider, you can be rest assured that the efforts you put in developing the SEO will not go in vain. If you are a beginner, the best solution for you is to merely rehost the existing data applications on the Cloud. This does not require you to modify code or undertake any complex tasks. We provide free data migration services with our Cloud Hosting packages. The second option is to keep your core applications unchanged and use cloud-based frameworks. This will allow your developers to take complete advantage of the cloud. The final and most complex migration process is to modify the architecture and code. This entails scrapping the original code and creating a new architecture from scratch. An alternative approach is to discard the current code and develop a new one to leverage the benefits of Cloud Hosting to the fullest. Conclusion To decide which approach is ideal for your company, you can contemplate which applications need to be on the Cloud. It is entirely possible that some of your apps may give better results if left in-house while the other could work better on the Cloud. The onus falls on you to take a call after carefully evaluating the pros and cons. Before you start the process of migrating your website to Cloud Hosting, you have to check for a few simple problems that may arise. You should check for hardware obsolesce, research licensing issues, check the SSL & certificates’ compatibility, audit IPs, evaluate access control decencies, and last but not the least, choose the right Cloud Hosting platform. While these may seem like simple steps and obvious approaches, adhering to them will ensure that your SEO will not be the same, but even better with the new Cloud-based hosting.

How Big is a Dedicated Server? A Look Inside One of the Most Powerful Hosting Solutions

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Although businesses and individuals have a huge array of server types to choose from, more and more are seeing the advantages of choosing a dedicated server. Most people opt for a shared server, where multiple websites are all stored on one computer server, sharing resources. But for those who are expecting a great deal of traffic, this may not be the optimum server choice. With a dedicated server, the company rents a server all to itself and doesn’t have to share anything with other websites. Continue reading How Big is a Dedicated Server? A Look Inside One of the Most Powerful Hosting Solutions at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

5 ways blogging helps in brand building

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by Eshan Pancholi We live in an age where information plays a significant role in brand building. In fact, marketing gurus and brand experts believe that leveraging blogging to build business brands is an effective marketing route. That’s why most Fortune 500 companies and up-and-coming startups have invested in blogging. The premise of a great […] The post 5 ways blogging helps in brand building appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Get Cheap Web Hosting That’s Quality

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Is it possible to get cheap web hosting that still works well? Bottom line: yes, but you have to do some research. “Cheap” by itself often means poor quality and lesser functionality, but it is possible to find affordable, quality web hosting if you look hard enough. Here are our thoughts on finding quality hosting providers when you’re working with a limited budget: How Much Does Web Hosting Cost? The cost of web hosting can vary greatly from provider to provider and depending on what type of service you choose to use. Continue reading Get Cheap Web Hosting That’s Quality at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

8 eCommerce Speed Optimization Trends From 2019

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How are leading eCommerce businesses optimizing for site speed in 2019? What build and design techniques are they implementing to stay ahead of the curve and deliver fast, flexible, and consistent experiences to consumers? We took at look at a select group of over 30 leading eCommerce stores, and analyzed them for Eight key site speed… Continue reading →

How Long Does It Take to Build a Website?

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If you’re launching a website, you probably want it ready as fast as possible. However, it’s difficult to gauge how long it should take to create a site if it’s your first time commissioning one. Without that information, you might end up hiring the wrong team for the job. Building a custom website from the ground up takes time. If you’re thinking about a serious project with a real budget, you might be looking at a timeline of weeks or months. That’s normal, but it’s also possible to get an excellent website off the ground much faster, depending on what you need. In this article, we’re going to talk about how the website development process works. We’ll break it down step by step, so you know what to expect. Finally, we’ll discuss website builders, a great alternative if you need to build a website as quickly as possible. Related: What is a Website Builder? Everything You Need to Know A Peek at How the Website Development Process Works First, it’s important to understand that every website is different. We can’t just say: “Your website should take exactly two months to build” since we don’t know what kind of project you have in mind. Even if we did, chances are high that you want particular functionality or a specific look. Translating all of that from your head into a fully-working website takes time. There are so many variables to the website development process that estimates are hard to make. We’ll give it a shot in a moment and share some numbers from our experiences. However, before we get started, it’s important to understand what actually goes on when you hire someone to develop a website for you. Here’s how that process might look: You share your needs with the developer or team you’re working with. They put together a plan of action, which you need to approve. You get to look at some mockups, also known as wireframes, for your site’s design and approve them or ask for changes. The development and web design process gets underway with some back-and-forth between you and your developer(s). Afterward, there will usually be a final round of revisions to get everything just right. One thing that surprises a lot of people is the amount of work that goes on before a serious developer or agency even begins to code. If they just launched into the development process without a solid idea of what you wanted, things would get messy. More importantly, a lot of time (and money) could get wasted. Even if you only want to build a small website, you’ll need to be methodical about it. Now, let’s break down how long each of the necessary steps is likely to take. Related: How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website? How Long It Takes to Build a Website (The 4 Basic Steps) For this section, we’re assuming that you plan to hire someone to build your website for you. Whether it’s a single person or an agency, the same advice still applies, although lengths of time can vary depending on the scope of your project. We’ll provide you with some rough estimates of what it would take to build a standard business website, however, so you don’t walk away empty-handed. If you think you’d like to tackle the task of building a website on your own, we’ll talk about what your options are soon. Even so, getting acquainted with these steps is fundamental so you know what process to follow. Step 1: Gauging Your Needs and Creating a Plan (1–2 Weeks) When you work in a kitchen, you learn that preparation is half the battle. If you know exactly how you want your final dish to look and what the necessary elements are, you’ll end up with a winner in most cases. In this scenario, you won’t be doing the actual cooking (or development). However, you still need to know exactly what you want your website to look like and what its elements should be. Without that information, whoever you hire will spend a lot of time trying to figure out what you need, which is not a productive use of their time. Keep in mind that an experienced developer will be able to provide you with insights you might not come up with otherwise. For example, they might tell you if a particular feature doesn’t make sense for your website or if the design you have in mind might affect the user experience. You should always listen to what they have to say, but ultimately, the decision on how to proceed is yours. If you want to build a website for your small business, here’s what you might tell a developer so they have an idea of what you want: Hello Ms. Developer, I’m interested in putting together a website for my business, John Doe Incorporated. I don’t have a web presence yet, so I want it to cover all the basics. This includes information about my company, details on to how to contact us, and examples of our past projects. Ideally, I want the website to look both professional and modern, but I’m open to suggestions on how to tackle the project. Here are some examples of other websites with designs I like, so you have an idea of what I’m looking for: Website one. Website two. Website three. I look forward to hearing back from you and talking about any ideas you might have and getting a sense of how long the entire process might take. In a best-case scenario, this step will take one to two weeks and involve several rounds of back-and-forth over email, Skype, messenger pigeon, or whatever method of communication you prefer. Be aware that if someone jumps onboard your project without asking too many questions about what you want, that is a red flag. The best kinds of developers will ask you a ton of questions before signing on so they have a clear idea of what you need and whether they can deliver it. Step 2: Getting Started on Your Website’s Design (1–3 Weeks) Once you have a plan of action in place, it’s time to get started on your website’s design. In most cases, the developer or agency should have dedicated web designers, who will provide you with mockups of how your website might appear. Mockups are like sketches on steroids. They show you what your website might look like based on your requirements so you can approve it. At this stage, you’ll probably want to make changes to your site’s design, which is encouraged. Development hasn’t started yet, so these revisions shouldn’t set the project back too much. If you’re ever in this situation, you should ask for full mockups of every page you want your website to include. They can consist of filler content and images, of course. What you really care about is seeing what elements each page will include, what their layout looks like, and even how everything will appear on mobile devices. This is the stage where your website really begins to take shape, and it can take anywhere from one to three weeks. So it’s important to remain a participant in the process and be proactive about asking questions and requesting changes. Related: 30 Best Apps for Small Business Owners Step 3: The Main Development Phase (1–2 Months) This stage is where the magic happens. Your team will take the information you’ve given them, and turn it into a fully working website that (hopefully) looks just like the mockups you approved. This part takes a while, partly because there are always setbacks in any project like this. You may want to change a key part of the website once you see it in action or a tree might fall on your developer’s laptop. Either way, in our experience it will take at least a month to fully develop a website for a small business. What most savvy agencies do is overestimate how long it will take them to complete your project. That way, they’ll give themselves some breathing room for any problems along the way, and you’ll be impressed when they finish work early. Again, it’s important to stay in touch during this phase. Good developers will keep you in the loop and show you how things are progressing, but you can and should be proactive about contacting them as well. After all, sometimes the team might be too busy figuring out how to inject caffeine and optimize your website to remember to send you updates. Step 4: The Final Review (1–2 Weeks) Before you can say that your website is officially finished, it needs to go through a final round of revisions. You’ll want to take a close look at how every part of the website looks and works, and decide if it meets the plan of action you traced out together at the beginning of the development process. In our experience, there are always corrections to be made, particularly if you commission a complex website. The fact that changes are required doesn’t bode ill of the development team, however. It’s just something to be expected when it comes to web development. Ideally, you’ll catch most of the big issues during revisions for the earlier steps. At this point, there should only be minor fixes left to be made, but your mileage may vary. In any case, if nothing important is broken, expect this process to take anywhere from one to two weeks. What to Do If You Need to Build a Website Quickly So far, we’ve only talked about how the development process works if you hire someone to build a website for you from scratch. As you can see, it will take some time. However, there are also solutions that enable you to create stylish and powerful websites much faster. In the previous sections, we estimated that building a simple business website should take anywhere from two to four months. That sounds like a lot, but when you think about it, it’s more than reasonable. After all, your website is likely to be a key component of your business. Spending a few months making sure it comes together perfectly can be worth the investment. Even so, you may need a website faster. Alternatively, you might just want to build something simple. In those cases, hiring a developer or an agency can be overkill. After all, there are tools you can use to create simple websites without any experience in web development. They are called website builders, and they’ve come a long way in the past few years. DreamHost users have access to a powerful click-to-edit website builder called Remixer. The goal of a website builder is to simplify the process as much as possible for beginners. Remixer does this by providing you with a collection of handy features, such as themes you can use to kickstart your website design. More importantly, Remixer enables you to add pre-built elements to your site in seconds, such as contact forms, galleries, and more. With this tool, designing a website becomes a simple matter of figuring out what elements you want and adding them wherever you’d like. Our Remixer plans start at $4.95/mo and include access to the platform, web hosting, and a free domain name. If you upgrade to Remixer All Access ($7.95/mo), you’ll also get your own email account and mail forwarding. Of course, DreamHost’s 24/7 support comes standard so you’ll never be without help. To be clear, there are limitations to what you can do with a website builder. However, it’s the perfect solution if you want to create a simple, yet stylish website quickly. With some practice, you could even create a website for a small business in as little as a day or two. Easily Build Your Dream WebsiteDon't know code? No problem. Our DIY Website Builder makes building a website as easy as sending an email.Set Up Your Site The Time It Takes Even websites that look simple at first glance can take a significant amount of time to build. Most sites these days offer plenty of advanced functionality and that means more time has to be spent developing them. You also have to consider how long your site will take to plan out and design. In our experience, building a website usually takes anywhere between two to four months if you’re working with a professional agency. However, you also have the option of using a website builder if you need to create a site more quickly. Remixer enables you to create professional-looking websites in record time, and you don’t need to be a developer to use it. 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Tips on How to Build a Website the Easy Way

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Because so many people are under the misconception that it is difficult to make a website, we are here to dispel that myth and show you websites made easy. Think of this as just a multi-step process that cannot begin until you take that first step. And it is just a step, not a plunge. Making the Process Simple Once you have begun to create your own website, be it for business or personal interest, you will see that there wasn’t much to worry about from the beginning. Continue reading Tips on How to Build a Website the Easy Way at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

How to Transfer a Domain

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The post How to Transfer a Domain appeared first on HostGator Blog. There are a multitude of reasons you’ll want to transfer your domain. Maybe you’ve sold a domain, or bought one for a gift? Or, you could be unsatisfied with your current registrar and are looking to migrate? Whether you’re transferring ownership of your domain or migrating to a new registrar, there are certain steps you’ll need to follow. Although it might seem fairly technical, this process exists for a reason—to help ensure that your domain remains in the right hands. Below we look at the things to look for in a new domain name registrar, as well as the processes you need to follow to transfer a domain name to a new registrar, or another party entirely. Why Transfer a Domain? As you learned in the introduction, there are plenty of reasons you might want to transfer a domain name. The most common is because you’re frustrated with your current registrar. Maybe the yearly renewal rate is too expensive? Or, you’re looking for a registrar with more features? For example, by using a domain name registrar like HostGator you can group your domain name and hosting all under one roof. This simplifies the technical steps of setting up your website, as well as the number of invoices you’ll have to remember to renew. There’s nothing worse than letting an important domain lapse because you forget to check in and missed the renewal date. Or, you could have sold a domain, or bought a domain for a friend. In this scenario, you’ll be switching the ownership of the domain along with transferring the domain to their registrar of choice. Whatever your reason we’ll walk you through both processes in the final section below. If you’re not in the market for a new registrar yourself, then feel free to skip to the final section of this post. What to Look for in a New Domain Registrar If you’re transferring your domain because you’re dissatisfied with your current domain name registrar, then you’ll want to make sure you’re not going to make the same mistake twice. Which means you’ll want to make sure your new registrar is high-quality and won’t lead to the same headaches you’re currently experiencing. Here are a few key things to look for as you search for the perfect domain name registrar: 1. Total Feature Set Every registrar will have different features. Some registrars will only offer domain name purchase and management, while others will provide an entire suite of different services. Common features include domain name management, renewal, transfer, and domain privacy protection via WHOIS. However, other registrars will also offer bundled website hosting, website builders, email management and a lot more. If you want your hosting and domain name management all under one roof, then you’ll need a registrar that also offers hosting. Plus, you’ll need to make sure that the host is also very high quality. Make a list of what non-negotiable features you need in a registrar and compare this with the feature set of the registrar you want to switch to. 2. User Friendliness There’s no point in transferring registrars if it’s going to be very difficult to use. You’ll want it to be very easy to manage your domain names, purchase a new domain name, switch over the nameservers to your host, add privacy protection, and a lot more. The last thing you want is to have to spend hours setting up your domain names, just because the platform isn’t easy to use. For this reason, it can be helpful to look for a domain registrar that’s oriented towards beginners, as generally it’ll be much easier to navigate and will use less confusing terminology. Also, look out for tutorials, blog posts, and other helpful information that’ll help save you time and set up your domains the right way. 3. Customer Support You might not need to use customer support all the time, but when you do, you’ll want them to be responsive and helpful. When you’re having issues with your domain name, or any of the associated services, you’ll want a support team that can help you out as fast as possible. For example, if your domain is currently offline for some reason, you’ll want support to be able to quickly resolve this issue. It can be helpful to get in touch with customer support before you decide to move registrars. This will help you get a feel for the quality and responsiveness of the support team before you migrate. Also, make sure they provide the support channels that you prefer to use, whether that’s live chat or phone. At HostGator, we offer 24/7 Live Chat and phone support every day of the year. 4. Domain Protection When using a registrar you’ll want to make sure that your domains are secure and there are features in place to help protect your purchase. For example, is WHOIS privacy protection included free of charge? Will you be notified before your domain name expires? Are there additional privacy and protection services you can purchase? Beyond protecting your purchase and ensuring that your domain will always remain in your possession (as long as you want it), you’ll want to make sure there are features that allow for the safe transfer of your domain name. Here are a few domain transfer features to look for: Authorization codes. These codes help to ensure that whoever is transferring your domain has permission to do so. Transfer locks. These help to ensure that your domain name can never be transferred to another party without your permission. Transfer confirmation emails. These emails will require authentication to make sure that you’re transferring the domain to the right party. 5. Overall Price Finally, you’ll want to consider the price of the new registrar. Price is important, but it shouldn’t be the main factor in deciding to pick a new registrar. Choosing based upon price alone can leave you with a low-quality registrar that’ll end up being detrimental to your website as a whole. When examining the price of a new registrar make sure you consider any additional fees. Some registrars will include services for free that others will charge an add-on fee for. Some registrars will have very low introductory rates but jump up tremendously when it’s time to renew. Find a domain registrar within your budget, but don’t let price be the sole determining factor in your selection. How to Transfer a Domain The general process for transferring a domain will be similar no matter what registrar you’re using. Below we’ll show you how to transfer a domain, whether you’re migrating to a new registrar, or you’re moving your domain to another party. 1. Transfer a Domain to Another Registrar Moving your domain to a new registrar isn’t difficult, but there’s a series of steps you’ll have to complete. These steps exist in order to protect the domain that you own. But, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then here’s how you can transfer your domain to a new registrar. For the sake of this tutorial, we’re going to assume you’re moving your domain over to HostGator. Before we dive in there’s an important point to cover. You can only transfer a domain if it’s been in your possession for 60 days. If you’ve owned your domain for more than 60 days, then you’re good to go. If not, then bookmark this post and come back in 60 days. 1. Prepare for the Transfer The first thing you’ll need to do is disable the existing protection protocols and prepare your domain name for a transfer. If you want a smooth transfer process, then make sure you do the following: Update your nameservers to reflect your new host (if you’re also migrating your hosting )Disable your WHOIS privacy protection, if it’s currently enabledMake sure that your domain contact information is up to dateUnlock your domain name at your current registrarObtain your EPP authorization code, you might have to reach out to your current registrar to obtain this Now, your domain is successfully prepared and ready for transfer. 2. Start the Domain Transfer Initiating the transfer process with HostGator is easy. Head over to the HostGator Transfer page and enter the domain name you want to transfer. This tool will then run through the pre-transfer checklist to make sure that you’ve satisfied all of the requirements. If there are any issues with the domain you want to transfer then these will be displayed in the pop-up box. If everything is good to go, then you’ll be able to complete the transfer. To finalize the transfer you’ll need to pay for a yearly registration at your new registrar. Since you’re using HostGator, just click the ‘Continue to Checkout’ button. Here you’ll enter your billing information and complete your purchase. Once you’ve submitted payment the transfer process will begin. 3. Verify the Domain Transfer To complete the domain transfer you’ll need to go through the email verification process to ensure you’re transferring the domain to the right person. Navigate to the email inbox for the email address that’s associated with the current domain. You should see a verification email. Here you’ll need to enter your EPP key or your authorization code. Once this has been verified the transfer process will be done. Now you just have to wait for the transfer process to finish. 2. Transfer a Domain to Another Party If you’re currently using HostGator for your domains and you want to transfer your domain to another third party, then following the steps below: 1. Unlock Your Domain and Prepare for Transfer In order to transfer your domain, you’ll need to prepare your domain for transfer. To do this navigate to your control panel and head over to the ‘Domains’ tab. Then, select the domain name you want to transfer and unlock the domain. Then, turn off privacy protection, if you have it enabled. If the person you’re transferring the domain to has another host enabled, then you’ll need to point the nameservers to the new host. But, if not, then you can leave the nameservers alone. Finally, you’ll need to obtain the EPP/Authorization Code from the ‘Transfer EPP’ tab. With all of this, you’re now ready to initiate the transfer. 2. Confirm the Third-Party Transfer The transfer will need to be initiated by the third party who’s accepting the domain name. This will be done from their own account on their registrar of choice. Once the transfer has been initiated you’ll need to log back into your Domain Manager and accept the transfer. To finalize the transfer you should receive a confirmation email that deals with identity confirmation and your EPP codes. Domain Transfer FAQ Hopefully, the above information covered the process in depth, but you still might have a few questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions related to a domain transfer. How long will the domain transfer process take? In total, the transfer should be completed in 5-7 days. This is the standard allotment, but usually, the domain will be switched over prior to that. But, if you have any issues, then it might take a bit longer to resolve everything. How long does it take to initiate a domain transfer? Preparing the domain and initiating the transfer shouldn’t take long at all. At most, it should take an hour or two. You should set aside some time to do the transfer without any interference. If you wait too long the security codes might expire, so you’ll want to everything at the same time. Can domain information be altered during a transfer? No. That’s why you’ll need to make sure all of the contact information, especially the contact email, is correct before you initiate the transfer. You can only change the domain contact information once the transfer is complete. If you need to change any domain information while the transfer is taking place you’ll need to get in touch with customer support. Ready to Transfer Your Domain? Hopefully, you have a better understanding of the domain transfer process and everything it takes to properly migrate a domain name. If you’re switching to a new domain registrar, then the information above should help point you in the right direction. Transfer your domain to HostGator today. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

How Free Web Hosting Will Affect Your Website

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When you’re starting a new business, anything “free” that helps you along can sound like a really good idea. But when it comes to free web hosting, it might not be as great as it seems. We’re going to take an objective look at exactly what free web hosting is . . . and why it may end up costing you in the end. Let’s jump right in! What is Free Web Hosting? Continue reading How Free Web Hosting Will Affect Your Website at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Three Steps to Jump Start a Data-Driven Culture

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We’ve all heard the phrase “data-driven” — after all, we live in the age of data. But what does it actually mean? How does an organization transform from a gut-based, instinct-driven culture to one based on data and insights? I’m not talking about using data to support decisions that have already been made, but rather using data […] The post Three Steps to Jump Start a Data-Driven Culture appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

How Dedicated Servers Fit Into a World of Cloud Hosting

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Many website owners searching for a host have been asking about the benefits of dedicated servers as opposed to cloud hosting. Arguably, one of the biggest trends to hit the world of computing recently has been the rise of cloud computing. The concept has caught on so much that its use now seems to dominate the previous industry leader, dedicated hosting. But which one is better? Is there an advantage to continuing with a dedicated server, or should businesses begin the switch over to cloud computing? Continue reading How Dedicated Servers Fit Into a World of Cloud Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

WordPress TCO: Why a DXP Provider is the Superior Choice

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Today, a growing number of businesses, from large enterprises to SMBs, are choosing WordPress over other Content Management Systems (CMSs) to power their digital marketing strategies. As these organizations adopt WordPress—often because of its ease-of-use, extensibility, and agility—many of them run into an initial hurdle when trying to determine the best way to install it and… The post WordPress TCO: Why a DXP Provider is the Superior Choice appeared first on WP Engine.

Electric Literature Moves to WordPress — Here’s How an Indie Publisher Thrives on the Open Web

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Electric Literature launched 10 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, as a quarterly print journal with a mission to make literature more relevant, exciting, and inclusive. And today they’re celebrating the launch of a new website on WordPress, at electricliterature.com. Surviving (and thriving) for ten years as an independent publisher is no small feat. Over the years the nonprofit organization has grown its online audience — with offerings like Recommended Reading and The Commuter — while expanding its membership of readers who help fund its work. The website is free to everyone and relies on the generosity of its community to donate to the site and support its mission. How does an indie website make its business work in 2019? We talked with Electric Lit’s Executive Director Halimah Marcus about some of the lessons they’ve learned in the past 10 years. Slow and Steady Growth Can Be a Very Good Thing Sometimes raising a lot of money from investors means you’ll grow fast — but also burn out sooner. “Slow and steady growth has been important to our longevity thus far. Ten years for some companies isn’t that long, but ten years for an indie online magazine is quite long. We’ve seen many of our peers close during that time and also many publications that were much better funded and larger than us as well.” Focus On Your Mission Marcus and company made a deliberate decision early to become a nonprofit with a mission to support writers. “That was an interesting discussion. For the most part I think it was the right decision, although there are many different ways to look at this question. We were definitely a mission-driven organization. With Recommended Reading we partner with other magazines and indie presses and publications to promote their work and to give an online platform to many stories that have never been published online and never would be published online. “It was our goal to build a literary ecosystem, to showcase how diverse it was and to give access to it. There was nothing about what we were doing that was about making money [laughs]. Becoming a nonprofit to be mission-driven, to be able to have access to grant opportunities, to be able to solicit donations and make those tax-deductible was going to be important for our financial model.” As a nonprofit, Electric Literature receives funding from foundations including the Amazon Literary Partnership, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts — an important source of funding for a publisher when revenue from online advertising can fluctuate dramatically from month to month. Memberships (and Your Members) Matter Direct funding from readers makes a big difference for the business. Electric Literature does not paywall its essays or fiction — the site is totally free and readers have an option to donate or subscribe with a recurring monthly payment. Its membership program hit some bumps when it briefly moved it to Medium — the platform switched its membership model in 2018 and Electric Literature was one of several publishers who were left scrambling. Marcus’s advice? Think carefully about who you let between you and your readers — it’s very hard to regain subscribers after you’ve lost them. Most important of all is making sure those who do donate to your publication feel special. “I think the lesson that I’m always learning and figuring out how to do better is to make those people who have shown you that they care about your publication and that they’re invested in it feel included and appreciated. Make sure they know who they can talk to if they have a question or if they just want to make a comment or they have a problem. That’s something that is so important.” Make Your Home on the Web Your Own “You’ll see that on the new website the look is very vibrant and positive and is pulled through every article and every space. Icons inspired by electrical symbols such as signals and inverters are a part of the design we were able to bring through. It’s important to be able to have control over what our product looks like. Our editorial vision is now able to extend to the way the work is presented and what it looks like.” For more on Electric Lit’s new site, check out Marcus’s letter to readers.

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