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WHAT IS LOCAL HOSTING 2016?

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The general idea of having or getting a Local Hosting is for having a technical support based locally. There are some situations for example, that your website goes down and you need an emergency support, it is nice to know that your Hosting provider is located at least in a near place from you and actually shares your own culture.

Whether you like to support local businesses rather than big multi-national companies, having your web provider closer is always going to be an advantage for you. This will provide a feeling of stability and safety, you will feel you are supported and protected by a group of people that can help you whenever you need it.

Another topic related to the use of a Local Hosting is related to the Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Experts on this field debate that if you host your website through a local provider, it will have an effect on the ranking of a search engine. It is to say, if your host server is from Canada and you have a .ca domain, it might rank better on the result pages of Google.ca. This is only a theory and no one has ever proven it.  

Some Pros and Cons of Local Hosting

Among the pros of using a host provider in a local way, we can find that the language as well as the time zone for the technical support would be the same as yours. In that way, you could avoid misunderstandings. Also, you will have a definitive contact point for the hosting enterprise and let us not forget about the potential benefits when using SEO tools.

Regarding the cons of having a local provider, you could find that a mirror-like effect could happen. For example, if anything that could affect your site happens and affects your host provider, it would immediately affect you as well. Saying that the power goes out, your site will suffer the consequences because the host provider will also suffer from them. Also, your site could not get the higher value deal and the benefits offered could get less relevant than they were once.

When you start asking yourself about getting or not a Local Hosting service, you should look for specific information in order to know if they are able to offer you the best service and in that way know if it is better for your site to go global or local. Remember that it is important to know what fits better for your site instead of prices and deals. Some would say that as a general rule ask for:

  • Reliability: ty to get an uptime with a guarantee of 99.9% and a compensation if by any chance the page goes down. Remember that any time your site is not up, it is costing you visitors and money.
  • Bandwidth: if you are expecting a lot of traffic on your site (the information getting in and out of your site) you will need a great deal of bandwidth.
  • Hardware: you need to ask if the local provider is capable of hosting your website effectively. If they are able to maintain everything including your site.
  • Storage: the space is always important, it is better to have plenty than just enough, so be sure you will get enough space for growing your site as much as you want to.
  • Security and backups: this is an important thing to consider, how often do they back up your data and the measures they take to prevent other people affecting your website.
  • Monitoring and Technical support: you need to know if the provider is able to inspect their servers regularly and also if at the moment you need them, they are capable and knowledgeable about what you need.

WEB DEVELOPING USING DESKTOPSERVER

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A DesktopServer is a Local Hosting that you could find interesting whether you are a WordPress developer, owner or designer. This is a single integrated tool proved to save your time when testing, managing, creating and developing a functional site server through your own computer. This tool helps you to generate projects that run locally.

The advanced designers like DesktopServer because it allows them to have an automated development. This tool can built a new website in a short time and following a short process. It will install all the necessary files, and create the database for you. In that way, it is easy for the one that is not related to the process and yet it is complete enough for the one that knows how to do it.

Local Hosting Features

DesktopServer has two editions, a limited and a premium. Both share a group of features that you could find interesting if you want to use this tool for developing a website. Among the features, that both share you could find: Apache server, MySQL server, PHP 5.5, Xdebug. Also, this tool works with cross-platform (Macintosh and Windows) in both the premium and the limited edition.

Both of them include WordPress, support Domain Name Mapping and have virtual hosts Automated creation. Besides, both editions count to a WordPress Automated installation and copying of WordPress websites, also they count to blueprints for automated WordPress configurations.

Now, regarding the features that you will only find on the premium edition there are: the support for WordPress multisite, an import BackupBuddy, Duplicator, BackWP Up, BackUp WordPress, InfiniteWP and ManageWP, also you could export and archive WordPress Websites and direct deploy WordPress to Live Server.

There are more features that will not be on the limited edition of the DesktopServer, such as an enhanced Adobe Dreamweaver Plugin and an enhanced Coda2 Preview Plugin, plus an airplane Mode Plugin, a ByPass Login Plugin, a LAN Sharing for Mobile Device Testing and a Trace Utility for PHP Debugging. Regarding the managing of local hosting, the limited edition allows you to have three websites, while the premium gives you unlimited number of websites.

How does it work?

What this app does is simply to make easier the process of creating a WordPress site and in that way you can develop and design your own website in a local hosting way before giving them a live status. This tool lets you to go from local to live in an easy way and just by clicking a bit. As it says above, DesktopServer allows you to work with multisite installations.

The support this tool gives you is amazing, once a month on average, when the updates become available, they will send you an email and provide all the download links you might need. If you have a premium subscription, then you will have the priority support through email and the different forums they have in case you find any trouble when developing your local site.

The license of this app is kind of open, you can download the app on 10 computers top, yet the support is entitled to only one user on one computer, belonging to aa single user and a single license holder. If your license expires, you could be able to keep working with the application, nevertheless you will not be entitled to their Premium Support service. This license will support your app for a year. Another interesting thing about this app is that they offer a 30-day refund policy; they do not ask questions, they simply make the refund.

This tool has been specially designed for WordPress sites, yet it is possible to use it with non-WordPress sites.

 

TRUSTING OFFSHORE HOSTING

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A great dilemma in the website industry is getting a Local Hosting or an Offshore Hosting. You could all agree that the wider the better. Yet, how appropriate could be to get an Offshore Hosting? Moreover, which advantages would your company get if you decide to get an offshore provider? As in every decision you make regarding your website, you need to consider first your own business’ needs.

Choosing offshore over Local Hosting

Tons and tons of offshore hosting companies are getting live every day and they could represent a really cheap option, you need to know whether your company needs this service of it would be better for it to get a Local Hosting. All the features you need to cover are really important to know in advance.

When you are looking for a host provider, your needs are more important than the special deals they have. Although for a starting business budget is something really important, you need to be sure that all the money you will invest on the host provider will actually offset the fact of not having the provider as close as you might actually need it to be.

An offshore host is cheap because sometimes it has cheap parts, so they can make good profit of them and at the same time, help you saving some money. Yet, having cheap labor and parts also means that they could fail more often and that should not be something to look for in a provider.

You should know that support is really important when getting a hosting provider in that way, when you get an offshore company, people working for it might not speak your same native language, that could lead to unwanted misunderstandings and might represent a waste of money and time.

Speaking of which, since these people might be working from different parts of the globe, they could be using a very different time zone from yours and you might not receive quick answers to your questions. Consider that if a problem pops up in the middle of the day and your supporter is on the other side of the planet, you would not get an immediate answer.

Consider your site gets slow or goes down during an important day because you have a huge sell through your site, and your host provider is offshore and also shared, so you ran out of bandwidth, you try to contact the support and they are not there. What to do? Can your company afford the loss?

And now regarding this, you need to check your hosting’s speed. Having an offshore hosting is something that will obviously be represented in your website’s speed. If you had a Local Hosting, you will immediately know that the problems regarding speed are related to something else, but when you are in front of an offshore, the lag problems you will face are directly related to that: offshore hosting.

You will face the same case as the one with the supporting service. The whole business can be on trouble because of lag and everything related to speed problems. Customers complaining about it, stopping using your site and not to be excessive, but this is something that could end killing your website.

Regarding security, some people think using an offshore provider is safer than using a local one. Yet, this is something that is not necessarily true since having an offshore host is not a guarantee of a highly protected site. The use of an offshore over a local website hosting provider does not prevent your site from being hacked of somehow accessed by a third person.

Be responsible and knowledgeable when choosing your host provider and remember a cheap price at the beginning can end up as a huge expense.

6 GOOD ADVICES TO CHOOSE WEB HOSTING PROVIDER

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When you are choosing a Local Hosting provider, you need to avoid certain moments in which a web provider could rip you off. You need to get sure about certain facts before choosing a hosting provider and in that way you will avoid an awkward situation. Sometimes, the process of getting one could be difficult and even confusing for those who do not know what they are looking for.

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the proper web hosting provider, and sometimes there are things to consider and you would not even know what these things are. Here, you will find some tips to know when choosing a web provider. Also, how to avoid making the wrong decision.

  1. Use reputable and well-known Local Hosting:

The thing with small local businesses is that they are often somewhat hard to know how well their performance actually is. There are some small businesses that offer a group of features for a quantity of money, and at the end of the day, they do not quite accomplish what they have promised. A good way to avoid this situation is looking for forums and users’ comments that can make you trust on the Local Hosting provider you want to use.

Another way to know if the host provider is actually trustable is just testing their performance in a matter of speed, the uptime and the customer support for a month. It could be an investment of time, but you could make an experience-based decision after it.

  1. Consider the price and the renewal fees:

Most hosting providers offer a group of different prices depending on the features they have to offer, in some other cases they give special prices for promotions and renewals, when something like this happens, you need to make sure what you are paying is what you are getting. If you pay a 50% off deal for a 3-year contract, it is very likely that at the time of the renewal you will be charged the whole price of the service.

  1. Unlimited does not exist:

Saying that you have “unlimited” anything when you get a host provider is more than a lie. Imagine you could have unlimited bandwidth within a server, that could mean that you would store a million teraflops and send all of it to the Moon without any problem. We all know that is a lie, especially if the price represents a great deal and if you are getting Local Hosting.

  1. What about the set up fees?

Regarding this, be aware of the fees they ask, there are some moments in which a set up fee is not justifiable. Unless you are migrating your site or perhaps asking for a dedicated server, a set up fee would be inappropriate.

  1. Domain registration

Whenever you register your website’s name, the domain provider company keeps the ownership of that name in that way, they are allow to manage the domains and close the sites when they need to. What you should do is use a registrar and professionally register the name of the domain yourself.

  1. Getting your money back

If you are considering testing a host for a few days, it is ideal to have the opportunity of getting your money back. Sometimes the host offers you a 30-day guarantee or in some other times, they do not say anything about it on their policies but they claim that they do it. It is better to have everything on the policies and not trusting hall talks that you cannot use for your own benefit later on time.