The internet has evolved from a simple information network, to become the world’s largest repository of data, learning, and communication tools. This has opened a pathway for digital marketing, creating strong opportunities for businesses to grow their brands, engage with customers, and promote products and services.
Despite the potential of digital marketing being well understood, there’s still a staggering number of small businesses that are yet to build their online presence. In fact, even in the United States, the world’s most highly developed market, up to 46% of small businesses lack a website.
There are now more than 4.5 billion internet users around the globe. Up to 80% of those users will research brands, products, and services online before making a purchasing decision.
If your business doesn’t have a website, you’re literally ignoring the majority of your potential market. Find out why a small business website helps, and start to develop your digital marketing strategy with the help of HostRound.
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Here at HostRound, L.L.C., data protection is our top priority.
We are constantly improving our system, adding more features for our customers to provide a better user experience.
We’re delighted to introduce the latest addition to our services – JetBackup.
JetBackup is a new, self-service backup system that allows our shared hosting customers to restore individual files/folders, email accounts, databases and/or an entire hosting account directly from the cPanel control panel.
This means you (as a shared hosting customer) don’t need to open a support ticket to request an account restoration from yesterday’s backup, you can do it immediately yourself with just one click via cPanel > JetBackup.
We provide the seven most-recent daily backup copies in your cPanel. However, if you happen to need an older backup, this will only be the time when you’ll need to open a support ticket.
We highly recommend you regularly download a copy of your account backup. Continue reading Introducing JetBackup – Self-service backup system on cPanel
Choosing the right hosting solution is critical to the success of your business. Whether you are hosting a website to maintain online brand presence, or even if e-commerce forms the core of your business model, you will need a reliable hosting that helps you achieve your business goals.
In addition to choosing the right service provider, you’ll need to determine whether you need a managed hosting solution. With fully managed servers you can get access to the technology you need, even if you don’t have the technical know-how to install and maintain your own server.
If you’re confused about the differences between managed servers and their self-managed counterparts, then this simple guide will help you to make the right decision for your business.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Due to its flexibility, reliability, and extensive plugin support, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) available today. The user-friendly interface of WordPress is one of the reasons why it has dominated the CMS market, but that ease of use does not translate to server installation, setup, and maintenance.
Not everyone has the experience or technical inclination to install, configure, and maintain a WordPress server. With managed WordPress hosting, this won’t become a problem. Continue reading Managed Hosting vs. Self-Managed: Which is Right for Your Business?
Any modern business will benefit from having a professional website. A website provides a gateway to a larger market, and most businesses recognize that a website is essential for growth. For small and medium-sized businesses, making the online transition can sometimes be intimidating, especially when it comes to the different hosting solutions that are available.
One area that often leads to confusion; is the difference between shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting. The three options have some similarities but can provide different benefits at an additional cost. Choosing the right hosting solution for your website is your responsibility, however, our engineers are assisting our customers to choose the right hosting plan and provide the advice for the best results and peace of mind.
The following is a breakdown of each solution, with simple explanations aimed towards online business owners.
Shared Webhosting for Online Business
Hosting is essentially the parking garage for a business website. A hosting solution combines storage, bandwidth, and the hardware and software that is needed to start and maintain an online presence.
Entry level packages are predominantly shared solutions, which offers a good compromise between performance and affordability.
Hosting providers use servers to store website data and service their customers. With a shared solution, an online business website will be stored on a server that is also used by other websites. This makes hosting more affordable and accessible.
The server needs to share all resources between websites (including storage, RAM, network connectivity, and processing power), which in old days can mean degraded performance when compared to VPS or dedicated hosting. While Continue reading The Differences Between Shared, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting
An online business needs an efficient and stable website, which is why choosing a hosting provider is so important. With the right host, a business will benefit from stable up-time, plenty of storage and bandwidth, and fast servers that allow for speedy page loading. With the wrong package, an online business could quickly run into issues that could reduce income and growth.
Any small or medium-sized business owner will need to understand all of the basic terms and features of a professional web hosting package. The following information will help to clarify the difference between bandwidth and storage when related to business web hosting.
Hosted Storage for a Website
A number of hosting providers have moved to models where an unlimited amount of storage is offered. This effectively allows businesses to create websites without restriction on how much content is being hosted. Whether the site is a few hundred megabytes or more than a gigabyte, an unlimited storage plan won’t place any restrictions in terms of storage size. For some lower tiered plans for startup websites, storage is often capped, sometimes as low as one or two gigabytes and if it’s unlimited storage, it should be limited by the number of files that can be hosted on your hosting account. Here at HostRound we provide resources as promoted, for shared hosting plans, we start from 7GB of SSD storage and up to unlimited gigabytes for the higher plans.
The average website will not contain more than a few hundred megabytes of information, especially with the existence of CDN which help increase website speed and cache the static files and serve them from many servers across the globe which decrease the number of requests and traffic consumed on your hosting account and improve the user experience. However, storage doesn’t just relate to the site itself, but also the content management system, any backups that are stored, and any other resources that are saved but not specifically used on the publicly facing website (additional downloadable resources etc.).
For any business today, an unmetered hosting solution is recommended. While most hosting providers are generous in what they offer on limited plans, it makes more sense and will assist in futureproofing when an unmetered storage solution is chosen.
Bandwidth for Business Websites
Bandwidth and storage are sometimes confused, but they are actually two very different things. Storage, as we’ve covered, relates to all data that is stored on a website through a hosting provider. Continue reading Storage and Bandwidth Explained for Business Web Hosting