Monday, September 29, 2014

What is GreenGeeks Web Hosting? Is it reliable and fast?

What is GreenGeeks?

GreenGeeks is one of the good and reliable hosting companies in USA. It was launched in 2006. GreenGeeks was inspired by green energy movement and is part of earth preservation.

GreenGeeks has a good 24/7/365 security and customer support. Their customer support is through live chat, email and telephone. The telephone support available is not a 24/7 service though. They have a Help Center with FAQs section, video tutorials about cPanel, Drupal, WordPress and more. GreenGeeks has an Education Center of regular articles and “how to” information. Customers can also communicate with GreenGeeks through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

GreenGeeks Hosting Plans

GreenGeeks has different web hosting packages.

1.    Shared Hosting

GreenGeeks has shared web hosting which starts at about $7.95.

·         EcoStarter Plan costs about $7.75 and offers 25 domains.

·         EcoPro Plan costs about $14.95 and offers unlimited domain, space, bandwidth and emails.

·         EcoPremium Plan costs about $24.95 and offers unlimited domains, space, bandwidth and emails.

2.    VPS Hosting

There are 5 different plans For VPS hosting. The plans start at $39.95 per month up to $159.95 and differ in storage space, bandwidth and memory.

3.    Dedicated Hosting Starts from $169.00 to $439.00 per month. If you are interested you would need to request for a quote as no pricing information is available on their website.

4.    Reseller Hosting

There are 5 different plans for its network of resellers available. They start from $19.95.They have unlimited disk space and bandwidth for all plans, but different prices and number of resold accounts.

·          Seed Plan costs $19.95 per month and allows 10 resold accounts, unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

·         Sprout Plan costs $24.95 per month and allows 25 domains, unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

·         Plant Plan costs $39.95 and provides 50 domains, unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

·         Tree Plan costs $59.95 and provides100 domains, unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

·         Forest Plan costs $99.95 and provides 250 domains, unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

GreenGeeks has promotions, coupons and discount codes available.They have a 30 day money back guarantee.

ECommerce

GreenGeeks has SSL secure server, OS Commerce shopping cart and Zen cart. They provide “one click” WordPress installation called Fantastico and Softaculous as well as PHP 5, Perl, Joomla, Python and more.

Other Services and Features

GreenGeeks offers a website builder and migration service as well as marketing credits all for free.If you want to make money, GreenGeeks affiliate program will pay you for referrals. GreenGeeks really stand out because of their involvement with earth preservation and being part of a good cause. GreenGeeks claim 99.9% of uptime.

Is InMotion Hosting as reliable as BlueHost?

What is InMotion Web Hosting?

InMotion web hosting is one of the good, reliable and affordable hosting websites. InMotion provides Shared, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting.One other good feature about InMotion is that they provide the phone verification service for all new customers which is really good for prevention of fraudulent activities. InMotion has a good customer support. They offer live chat support as well. They have free Google applications integration.

InMotion Hosting Plans

InMotionHostin has a business class hosting which consists of 3 plans; Launch, Power and Pro.

1.    Launch Plan

The Launch Plan costs about $8.99 per month for 12 months and $7.99 per month for 24 months. It is the traditional 1 domain host. The Launch Pan offers only 2 add-ons domains. If you use their special discount coupon you will end up paying as little as $3.49 or $3.99 monthly depending on the plan you choose. The Launch offers unlimited Data transfer and storage as well as unlimited email accounts and forwarder.

2.    The Power Plan

 The Power Plan costs about $9.99 per month. It allows about 6 add-ons domains and offers unlimited data, storage and email accounts and forwarder.

3.    The  Pro Plan

The Pro Plan costs about $15.99 per month. It allows about 25 add-ons domains, and offers unlimited data and storage and email accounts and forwarder.

Good news! Whilst other Hosting websites such as HostGator and BlueHost offer 90 Days Full Money Back Guarantee, InMotion Hosting offers “Anytime Money Back Guarantee” on top of its 90 days full refund. You are allowed to cancel your subscription any time and get back the remaining subscription fees.

Other Features

InMotion has offers spam safe email accounts as well as supports Ecommerce cartsoftware; including OpenCart, PrestaShop, WHMCS, Magento, osCommerce, Zen Cart, The Hosting Tool, TomatoCart, AbanteCart, BoxBilling, Avactis, QuickCart, AlegroCart, PHP Point Of Sale, CubeCart, phpCOIN, and ZeusCart.InMotion has1-click installation called Softaculous.

Upgrading


You are free to upgrade for free from Launch to Power or Pro if you like.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What is DreamHost Web Hosting?

DreamHost has been around since 1996. It offers fast hosting and is reliable with a bit of slow customer support. DreamHost offers Shared, VPS and Dedicated hosting. They recently introduced their new DreamPress service, designed especially for WordPress users.

 DreamHost support is through email, live chat and a forum which allows clients to discuss their issues and find answers to common problems from other clients. You also have an option of speaking with them over the phone for $9.95 for 3 “call backs” in a month. DreamHost doesn’t have a phone number you can call them on. You need to login to your control panel and request a “call back”.

DreamHost Packages

1.    Shared Hosting Packages

DreamHost offers 1 shared hosting package for $8.95 a month with unlimited domains, storage, bandwidth, e-mail accounts, and MySQL 5 databases.

2.    VPS Plans

VPS plans cost between $15 and $200 and include unlimited, bandwidth, domains, email accounts,and MySQL 5 databases.

3.    Dedicated Hosting Plans

DreamHost has 6 dedicated hosting plans which costs between $110 and $250.The Dedicated Server hosting plans come with unlimited, disk storage, bandwidth, domains, email accounts,MySQL 5 databases and Linux operating system.

4.    DreamPress Hosting Plan

DreamPress is mainly for wordPress users and costs about $24.95.DreamPress has an instant 1 Click WordPress Installation. The control panel is easy to use and has lots of excellent themes or plug ins. It has Managed VPS,Web & MySQL servers,Optimized WordPress configuration and Optional Backup to DreamObjects Cloud.


DreamHost offers a 97 money back guarantee and have discounts as well.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free and Simple; Tumblr Web Hosting


Tumblr is good for new and inexperienced bloggers. It is free and easy use.  Some bloggers and web masters even use it as a social network platform. Signing up for Tumblr means you will be responsible for buying your own domain name from another web hosting site such as HostGator, BlueHost and GoDaddy if you ever decide that you will grow your business.

Tumblr Features

·         Your address will be like “yoursite.tumblr.com”.
·         You will be able to post updates, pictures, videos and links.
·         You will be able to connect with people of your same niche.
·         Tumblr has simple templates and design themes.
·         It has limited customization when you know HTML or CSS.

How to Sign Up for Tumblr   


·         Navigate to www.Google.com .
·         Sign up at www.Tumblr.com .
·         Create profile.
·         Give them details.
·          Choose a design of your choice.
·         Start blogging.
·         Keep on playing with it until you get the hang of it.

HostGator Tops Most Web Hosting Sites


 HostGator is one of the good, reliable and popular hosting websites ever. Hostgator has been here since 2002. HostGator is well reputed to have good customer support which is 24/7/365 days. The support is through phone, email and live chat daily.

HostGator Features

Hostgator offers reseller, shared, dedicated and VPS server arrangements for blog owners and web masters. Apparently they have fast servers and all their packages come with unlimited disk space, data base, domain add-ons, email accounts as well as email forwarder and guarantee a 99.9% of uptime. Hostgator uses the cPanel web server management software for file transfer, email management etc. They offer 1 click installation scripts such as of WordPress called QuickInstall as well as Magento, Joomla, Drupal etc. software, Ecommerce shopping carts, guest books etc.

Other features
HostGator will charge you extra dollars to restore an automated backup. Manual backups can be performed for free via cPanel. They also offer Website builder software and Google AdWords credit voucher to market your site or blog for only $100.

How to register Domain Name through HostGator

It is important that your domain name should be very relevant with your website content. Make certain that your domain name is easy to remember and simple to read. A .com is better that a .net, .org, etc. as it is really popular.


 How to Register HostGator Domain Name Using Credit Card

There are a couple of methods you could choose to register to HostGator. One of them is by a credit/debit card. Visit their homepage www.HostGator.com for registration. You will have to provide your payment information. It is safe and secure. HostGator offers SSL certificate which is for secured connections since credit card info will be provided or needed. It takes a few minutes and then you will be out and running.

How to Register HostGator Domain Name Using PayPal

First you have to sign up for a PayPal account at their homepage www.PayPal.com . PayPal is a very good way of making payments when you don’t want to disclose your credit/debit card information. Almost everyone who purchases and or pay stuff online nowadays use PayPal. It is free and easy to join. PayPal uses its own SSL certificate as well, that’s why it is very secure.

1.    HostGator Hosting Plans

HostGator is actually offering 3 plans with different features and prices. Clients have the option of paying monthly or yearly through credit card and PayPal payments. The choice is all yours but I will advise you to purchase yearly packages as they are cheaper. Let’s go on ahead and see the plans to choose from.

2.    HatchlingPlan

The Hatchling Plan costs about $6.95 for 12 months, $5.95 for 24 months, and $4.95 for 36 months. The Hatchling Plan consists of the customary 1 domain per account type of hosting. You are allowed to only host 1 site with it, not more and not less. This plan is good and suitable for beginners and when your business grows then you can upgrade to Baby Plan package.

3.    Baby Plan

The Baby Plan costs about $9.95 for 12 months, $8.95 for 24 months, and $7.95 for 36 months. With the Baby Plan, you are allowed to host unlimited websites or domains under the same account. This plan is good for when your business is really growing.

4.    Business Plan

The Business Plan costs around $14.95 for 12 months, $13.95 for 24 months, and $12.95 for 36 months. This package comes with unlimited domains and data bases, your own toll free number, free Dedicated IP and private SSL certificate. The SSL certificate is only needed for data encryptions for security reasons. You really don’t need it as HostGator and PayPal already have their own . HostGator offers a 45 day money back guarantee.

As you can see for yourself, you have a choice of paying monthly, per year, 2 years and 3 years. It is cheaper if you pay yearly or pay a package of 2 years or 3 years. Remember that HostGator gives out specials and coupons from time to time as well. Note that The Hatchling Plan allows only 1 domain whilst the Baby and Business Plans allow unlimited domains. If you are in future going to own an ecommerce website or collect payment from clients then the Business Plan is for you. If not, then stick to the Baby Plan because it is perfect. You are allowed to upgrade from Hatchling Plan to Baby and or Business if you want to. HostGator will ask you to upgrade for free.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cheap and Reliable Hosting- BlueHost


BlueHost is one of the largest WordPress hosting providers. It is quiet old since it has been hosting since 1996. BlueHost is one of the most reliable, cheap, organized and high performance hosts. BlueHost has a very reliable and better 24/7 customer service and support. They have a toll free telephone number, live chat, email support, ticket system, wizard for step by step guides and you can watch video tutorials to learn how to use your account etc. BlueHost has a forum as well for its people.


BlueHost Features

BlueHost offers shared web hosting services, multiple or unlimited sites or add-ons without paying additional hosting fees. They also offer unlimited bandwidth,disk space, email accounts, forwarder, and web mail. BlueHost includes a free domain if you choose either a 1 or 2 year hosting plans. BlueHosts uses cPanel web server to manage, transfer, and create data bases, files, email and to install other programs. BlueHost offers free website builder and thousands of templates.

BlueHost Hosting Packages

1.    Starter Plan

The packages start from as little as $7.95 per month for 12 months, $6.99 per month for 24 months and $5.99 per month for 36 months term.

2.     Plus Plan 

     The packages start from as little as $11.99 per month for 12 months, $10.99 per month for 24 months and $9.99 per month for 36 months term.

3.    Pro Plan

The packages start from as little as $24.99 per month for 12 months, $22.99 per month for 24 months and $19.99 per month for 36 months term.

Payment methods

BlueHost supports Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as well as the more secure and no hassle payment method called PayPal. You can have your money back if you want a refund as BlueHost has the 30 day money back Guarantee. BlueHost often have discounts.

Other services


BlueHost provides backups and data restoration for free. It has a WordPress install button that you can click on once and automatically be installed. Other free software such as Drupal, Magento, Ecommerce shopping carts, guest books etc come along with BlueHost packages. Google Ad words voucher/credit is also offered for an extra charge of $100 to help in advertising and marketing your site. BlueHost offers an affiliate program whereby they will pay you a commission of $65 per referral you bring to them.

Blogging with WordPress; First Timer Bloggers Recommendation

What is WordPress?
 

WordPress is the best and most popular as well as the vastly used web hosting platform in the internet world. Like I mentioned before, one does not have to be a geek, Graphic or Website Designer, be technical or computer literate to create a professional looking website or blog. Nowadays we have self hosted CMS platform called WordPress to be grateful for. You don’t need to know stuff like HTML etc. WordPress makes everything easy for you. They have automatic software which with only 1 click you are all set. All you need is to customize it according to your needs and preference once you get the hang of WordPress.


The Difference between WordpPress.com and WordPress.org

There is a vast difference between the 2 popular platforms WordPress.org and WordPress.com.  It is advisable to only use the WordPress.com when you are a beginner and still learning and of course when you have not so heavy traffic as well as you only own 1 site or blog. As soon as your business grows and you decide to create more than 1 site or blog, feel free to upgrade to a more flexible and customizable WordPress.org.

WordPress.com

1.      It is a hosted platform. You will not own the website or blog.
2.      It is free to use and sign up.
3.      It is neither customable nor flexible.

WordPress.org

1.      It is a self-hosted platform.
2.      WordPress.org is not free at all. You will have to buy a domain name and space at web hosts websites such as BlueHost, HostGator and GoDaddy.
3.    It comes with an amazing selection of plug-ins that you can use, enjoy and you have freedom of adding features that you love on your blog or website. This will give you a chance to design and create a website of your passion.

Of course if you choose www.WordPress.org as a self-host, then you can register your domain at GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost or other sites of your choice. They all support WordPress as it is the mostly used, powerful and popular platform. My preference is BlueHost as it is cheap, reliable and has good customer support. Most web hosting companies such as GreenGeeks,HostGator and BlueHost  already have built in WordPress installers. Setting up your WordPress will not even take you more than 5 minutes.

Register a Domain Name

It is important that your domain name should be very relevant with your website content. Make certain that your domain name is easy to remember and simple to read. A .com is better than a .net, .org, etc. as it is very popular. Everyone who surfs the net for a particular website will automatically think of a .com instead of a .net or .org. For example, if you are going to build a cooking website or blog, you could pick a domain name like this: “howtocook.com”. GoDaddy.com, HostGator.com and BlueHost.com all can host your blog and register your site.

Steps

1.      Navigate to www.Google.com.
2.       Register with www.WordPress.org.
3.      Give wordPress a few needed details.
4.       Open your (HostGator,BlueHost,GoDaddy,GreenGeeks)hosting account.
5.      Select auto install, follow the procedure.
6.       Give it a few minutes and your installation will be successful and you will have full control over your website or blog.
           Sign up at www.BlueHost.com,www.GoDaddy.com or www.HostGator.com. They charge between $5.00and $12.00. HostGator charges $6.99 per month whilst BlueHost will charge you $5.95 per month. GoDaddy will charge about $12.00 and GreenGeeks $6.95.
8.      Provide them with your details.
9.      Start blogging.


 It is as easy as that. WordPress and all the above mentioned web hosting sites all have good customer and technical services. You can contact them through email, phone or chats if you have a question.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Power of Social Media Marketing

What is Social Media Marketing?



1.    Facebook.com

Facebook is a giant of a social network whereby billions of people use on a daily basis. There are a lot of ways that you can make money with on Facebook when you own a website or blog.

FaceBook as a Business Promoting Tool

For starters, Facebook is a good promoting tool for your website and blog, whether you are an affiliate marketer, small business or something else. After you have content on your website or blog just post your website links of your choice on your FaceBook page. The other thing is to create a Fan Page with a professional layout then start posting articles, pictures and videos that are related to your business. It is very easy to create a page. Wait and you will notice how traffic becomes heavy on your business website.

Making Money with FaceBook

As an online affiliate marketer, posting your website or blog links on your FaceBook page will bring traffic to your blog. As people click on those links and come across products you affiliate for, you will make money through those clicks. Whether Google Adsence, Amazon or Commission Junction.

Websites in Conjunction with Facebook to help you make money
·         Zazzle.com

If you are the creative type, you can create and design any product you like on Zazzle.com for free and sell it on Facebook. If you cant design and can take pictures, then you can sell your work. You can show case other photographers work and get paid for it.

·         CafePress.com

Sell Café Press products through their online store. All you have to do is build an online store of more than 70 products for free and start selling. Use it in conjunction with FaceBook to bring traffic and sell.

·         Ether.com

With Ether, the website will allow you to add an app to Facebook that you can use to give advice to people over the phone. If you’re good at giving advice, you can make some money.
·         MusicBlaster.com
If you’re into music, check out MusicBlaster. You can create a music store right on Facebook and then sell music. For every song sold, you make 5%.

2.    WWW.Twitter.com

Twitter is one of the major and commonly used social media tool in the universe. You can connect with friends and family as well as advertise and promote your business through Twitter for free. After Facebook, twitter is the best thing on the web world.

 Promote your Blog or Website with Twitter

www.Twitter.com works in a similar way as Facebook in case of promotion and making money online with social media. If you own a blog or a website, you can use Twitter to promote it. All you have to do is update a blog post with a very appealing description and on top of that post include a link that will act as a “back link” to your blog. By doing so, your people can click on that link and before you know it they will be on your blog or website checking it out.  The main thing is to make sure you have a lot of followers and always include your blog or website link on your status posts. Don’t do it in such a way that you will annoy your followers.

Making Money with Twitter.com

You can make money with Twitter by being an affiliate. You can put a link of a product you are marketing on your blog or website and market and promote them through Twitter. All you have to do is sign up for a few affiliate programs to start promoting their products. To get people to buy those products through your website or blog, start by creating blog posts about the products and add links that will take your readers to those products so as to buy. You will be paid commission as the money adds up with time. A few of the affiliates’ websites are: www.Amazon.com,www.ClickBank.com,www.CommissionJunction.com,www.EJunkie.com,www.Linkshare.com,www.Affiliorama.com,www.Clicksor.com.
Make sure you have many followers in your industry and tweet about specials, discounts, news updates and do re-tweets as often as you could.

Get paid to Tweet with www.SponsoredTweets.com

Start bringing a lot of followers to your twitter account by using twitter search tools. If you feel you have many followers that’s when you can register at www.SponsororedTweets.com.You can earn money through Sponsored tweets by signing up and connecting to your twitter account so as to get paid by advertisers. Sponsored Tweets will offer you hook ups with certain businesses. Upon your acceptance, you can tweet, following the guidelines that the business has given you. All you have to do is share a link and or hash tags. Often times they want you to use certain words of their choice. The money for each tweet will eventually add up and that’s how you will earn money through sponsored Tweets.

3.    YouTube

 Create “How to” video content through YouTube. YouTube is a powerful social media tool which you can promote your business with. Monetize your videos through Google AdSense so as for ads to be placed on your sites. Every time somebody clicks on that ad you will sure make money through Google AdSense and other affiliates sites.

4.      Google+


Google+ is powered by Google.com and is free to sign up. It allows you to get a message out there to people. You can create a group similar to FaceBook Fan page with Google+ and promote your business and share everything that you want people to know about it. You can also provide reviews of your products, coupons, discounts, videos, links, photos, “how to” sections etc.