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Is Your Hosting Business at the Risk of Extinction?

Saturday May 31, 2014
Even if your sales figures have been going up, you can't be assured that your hosting business would continue to do well in near future. If you're still busy selling the good old hosting packages, and not looking to adopt the latest trends in hosting markets, the chances are high that your hosting business may face the risk of extinction.

So, here are few of the latest trends to watch out for.

Additionally, Mobile Device Security Should Be One Of Your Main Focuses as a Hosting Provider, and you must know about these 5 Myths about Cooling and Power in Data Center that may not actually be true.

Trying to Help Your Hosting Customers Save on Cloud Storage can also help the cause, and win their confidence over.

Top Factors That Define Success Rate of a Hosting Company

Saturday May 31, 2014
When the discussion boils down to the success ratio of a web hosting company, reliability certainly plays a crucial role, and so does the nature of services offered by the firm.

Cloud computing is the latest rage, and a web host that isn't looking at successful data-center deployment in Cloud Computing is not going to make it big in the hosting arena for sure.

You should keep an eye on the latest changes in hosting industry and forecasts so that you keep pace with competitors and don't get outsmarted in the longer run.

And, it's not just about the pricing either - a web hosting company that offers great service at optimal prices is always the one that manages to woo the customers. So, do keep these factors into consideration, and you'd always taste success in the longer run as a web host.

Have You Been Offering Cloud as a Service?

Tuesday May 13, 2014
After SaaS (Software as a Service), the latest rage in the industry is Caas i.e. Cloud as a Service. It offers tons of benefits to the customers, and looking at the rising demand for cloud-based services, it wouldn't be wrong to say that just about every web host must think of offering Cloud as a Service!

But, in case you're not too familiar with the cloud services, and its pros and cons, I've specifically penned down an article that talks about the pros and cons of using Cloud as a Service!

Round Up - April 2014

Wednesday April 30, 2014
It's been a while since I stopped doing round-up blog posts, and I realized that it's a good way to present the month's summary to those readers who might have missed out a few posts.

The prime focus during this month had been on the Heartbleed virus, which has been the buzzword in industry. In case you were also affected, don't forget to read that post!

And, thereafter the focus had been on the growing importance of cloud technology, and its future potential.

I also covered a post on Microsoft's announcement on withdrawing XP support, and importance of promoting add-on website maintenance packages , SEO, and website development services to boost your bottom-line, as well as to retain the customers.
And, then I also covered another post discussing what the Cloud Computing Industry will look like in 2020.

I'm concluding the month with a simple post discussing 6 Simple Ways to Monitor Your Server as a Hosting Reseller.

May has already kicked off in my time-zone, and I hope to bring lot of exciting info for my loyal readers this month - till then keep reading, and stay tuned!

Are You Still Living in the Non-Cloud Era?

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Gone are the days when people used to get confused after hearing the term "cloud computing" - today, just about everyone from a tech-savvy IT professional to a not-so-savvy smartphone user makes use of cloud computing to store, access, and retrieve data from the cloud.

If you've been only focusing on dedicated network infrastructure as a host, then you're probably living in the Dark Age. Hybrid clouds are the next big thing, and they're certainly favoring the use of completely cloud-based models rather than dedicated infrastructure.

If you're yet to jump on to the cloud bandwagon, just remember the good old phrase - "it's never too late", and make a switch before it actually becomes too late to act!

Starting out as a Hosting Reseller: 3 Basic Tutorials to Help You

Wednesday April 30, 2014
If you're starting out as a hosting reseller, then you will need to learn a lot of things. And, when you try to do anything for the first-time, even the basic stuff tends to confuse you. So, I've created these 3 basic tutorials to use WHM for performing simple tasks like installing a new software package using RPM, rebuilding PHP in WHM, tweaking the look and feel of WHM, adding remote access keys, and restoring backups using WHM.

In case you're struggling with any of the other basic tasks, feel free to drop a comment, and I'll be happy to create a tutorial for you!

Are You Still Using Outdated Software Versions?

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Using outdated versions of PHP, Wordpress, or far worse Operating System like Windows XP can be an open invitation to security breaches. Recently, when Microsoft announced to formally withdraw support for Windows XP, it created another new window for hackers to exploit the OS.

Now that it's obvious Microsoft won't release any more security patches, it gives open license to hackers to exploit more vulnerabilities in XP, and compromise the machines running on this obsolete OS.

So, the first thing that you need to do is to upgrade all your software packages and apps to the latest stable versions, and stay away from any outdated stuff.

Additionally, you should try to keep looking for vulnerabilities constantly, and apply security patch fixes released by various firms to secure their respective apps, and packages. Remember that if you get attacked by running an outdated version, there's nobody else to be blamed!

Are You Boosting Your Hosting Revenues with Add-on Packages?

Wednesday April 30, 2014
It's a common misconception that hosting providers generate 90-95% of their revenues through sales of hosting packages, and remaining through domain name registration, dedicated IPs, and other small services like SSL certificates etc. However, the reality is that most of the successful hosts actually generate up to 30-40% of their recurring revenues through add-on packages like search engine optimization, website development, and yearly web maintenance contracts.

The biggest benefit is that by offering all-in-one website solutions, you meet all the requirements of your customer, and don't give them a chance to go to another vendor. In some of the cases, customers who end up availing website maintenance package from a vendor tend to shift to their preferred host at the time of renewal to get a good discount. And, by offering complete website hosting, development, and maintenance packages, you can actually negate the possibility, and boost your revenues manifolds.

Are Your Long-Term Goals in Line with Upcoming Tech Transformations?

Wednesday April 30, 2014
2020 may be 6 years away, but you'd be surprised to see that big guns are already preparing for events like Expo 2020! And, it's a fact that your long-term goals must be in line with the upcoming tech transformations so that your business doesn't get outdated, and you don't run into the risk of being outsmarted by the new players in the market.

Hosting industry is very dynamic, and a new web hosting provider keeps popping up in the market every now and then. But, you can never underestimate your competitors, no matter how good your brand image currently is, you should always keep pace with latest technological innovations.

Upgrading your hosting network infrastructure is also equally crucial, and I have created a separate post discussing how to do so, without annoying your existing customers with unplanned down-times.

So, if you have been just living the moment, it's certainly time to look at the bigger picture, and do some planning, and set some long term goals.

Were You Also Affected by the Heartbleed Virus?

Monday April 28, 2014
The heart bleed virus is the latest storm in the hosting industry, which has caused a lot of concerns to everybody around. Basically, people are skeptical about the security aspect all the time, and this virus attack has posed a lot of question marks on the minds of customers, and haunted the hosting providers, by throwing an open challenge.

So, in case you're a hosting provider, were you also affected? And, if not, what precautions have you actually taken to prevent a probable heart-bleed attack in future? If you aren't doing anything, I've created separate post, which you may refer to, so as to secure your network.

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