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Windows Server 2016 – latest operating system for Windows web hosting now available

Anyone with a need for special Windows applications for their home page is likely to choose a Windows-based hosting package. If this scenario applies to you, look forward to an improved performance of this hosting package!

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Which is the Best Hosting Platform: Windows or Linux?

Linux-vs-Windows

So you are ready to take the plunge and buy some hosting for your website. You think you have worked out what you need, except you are suddenly confronted with a tough choice: Linux or Windows? In this blog post I will discuss the differences between them, and reveal which one is best for your personal needs. Both Windows and Linux platforms are proven and reliable, so it is not a question of one being superior to the other. You should also not make your choice based on whether or not you are running Linux or Windows on your PC – instead, you need to work what you want to do with your website, what technologies you want to utilize and then decide which platform best fits your needs.

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Essential Elements of a Mobile Website – Part 1

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the need for businesses to have a mobile-friendly website. The reason for this new push for optimization is due to the consistent upward trend of mobile devices becoming more widely used than their desktop predecessors. As even the smallest business owners have entered into this environment, whether specifically for the business or through personal smartphone and tablet use, the idea of mobile is now completely widespread. So instead of selling you on the idea of simple having a mobile site, in this article we aim to break down specific elements that your existing mobile site should display.

Speedy Loading Times
While the technology in mobile devices improves year after year, data networks are still not the most reliable. Your mobile website should consider the fact that your visitors might not be on their home network, or within a fast cellular network. If your website takes too much time loading a large website, you could lose visitors to impatience. The best way to prevent this is to avoid using images or other graphics of large file sizes. Your mobile website should be able to tell the story of your business without relying on the page being overly flashy.

Essential Information
In terms of keeping your mobile site on the more minimalist side for loading purposes, you also have to realize that the website is going to be viewed on a very limited screen surface. Because of this, the need for overly descriptive and unnecessary text should be kept at a minimum. Instead, try to explain your company or products and services as best as you can in as little text as possible, while still being easy to read. This can be a challenging balance to achieve, so it is okay to edit and tweak the content as your mobile site becomes more developed. The most important information to include is a brief synopsis of your business, your hours, address, contact information, etc. This is what most of you mobile audience will be looking for.

Check back later today for more breakdowns of mobile website elements.

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Tips for Selecting a Hosting Provider

For small business owners, especially those without a lot of understanding of the Web, selecting a hosting provider can be a very confusing and frustrating process. Without fully understanding what it is you are purchasing, it can be easy to make a mistake, or get frustrated and give up completely. Since having a Web presence for your business is essential for success, it is important to educate yourself on the options out there that exist. In this article we will outline some of the features you can look for when selecting a provider.

All-inclusive options

Some companies may try to take advantage of a user who doesn’t know that much about the product they’re buying. Try to find a business that can offer you affordable hosting, but also won’t throw in any extra charges for setup fees, high renewal rates or other promotional services.

Scalability

When just staring to build your Web presence, it can be difficult to predict exactly how robust of a hosting package you will need. If you go small now, but your business needs to expand, how difficult will it be to adapt your website? That is why it is important to choose a provider that can grow your Web space at the speed your business does. As your business expands, so will your hosting needs, so you should be able to add additional features without having to change providers. For example, at 1&1, your service upgrade features include:

  • Dedicated SSL certificate
  • Unlimited mySQL server databases
  • Mobile website design software package – so you can create a mobile-friendly website

Included domain names

The actual hosting of your website is just one part of getting on the Web. Another crucial aspect of your business getting online is the domain name. This is the name that your visitors will type into their Web browser when trying to view your site (www.-yourwebsite-.com). Some hosting companies will include at least one free domain when purchasing a hosting package, but others might include an additional fee for the registration cost.

Knowledgeable Support

With starting your online presence, you are bound to have some questions or concerns. It is important to choose a hosting provider that will be able to answer your questions quickly and professionally whenever any problems should arise.

There are several things to look for in a potential Web hosting provider. Check back later today for more tips.

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