In 1941 – Zuse Z3, widely recognized as the first programmable computer, is born.
The Zuse Z3 is nothing like a computer today in terms of cost, capability, size and usability. Much of the development of computer technology of the first 50 years was driven by military and governmental agencies. ARPANET was created for the Department of Defense and drove much of the development of the internet. Fortunately, universities were also driving the technology and people in this realm helped develop email and online gaming.
Other revolutionary events that happened for the last 70 years include:
1953 – The first hard disk drive is introduced by IBM for data storage (or 3.75 MB) -here’s how it looks like. *
Selecting a web server software can be a complex process. Most people get confused by the two kinds of web servers available – hardware servers and software servers.
Hardware servers are the large computers responsible for storing your data and are located in data centers. When a visitor clicks a link on your site, the hardware server delivers the response. On the other hand, software servers are the applications that run in the background with the help of operating systems like Windows or Linux.
So, what should you consider when choosing a web server software?
Each web server supports a specific operating system. Microsoft IIS, for instance, only supports Windows-based operating system. Most of the other open source web servers like Apache support multiple OS.
Most website owners prefer Apache for the dozens of options and modules it provides.
Data security should be a major concern for any company or organization. Sensitive information such as passwords and bank accounts are stored on web servers and any hacking activity can be catastrophic.
It is, therefore, critical to ensure your server is reliable and trustworthy. Your site should have updated security features to prevent loss of data.
If you have an ASP.NET based web application, Microsoft IIS is the only web server that supports it. It comes highly recommended considering its security features. If you plan to use Java Server Pages, Apache Tomcat is the most ideal option.
Depending on your web host’s quality and performance, you may want to consider advanced features. Popular web server software like Apache and Microsoft IIS come with their own OS.
Others might attract additional costs for any technical assistance from the developers. This will have an impact on the overall budget allocation.
To run a successful online business, you need a website. The more your business grows, the larger the number of traffic from your customers. Without a web server software that can accommodate the increase in website load, your website could crash.
You can only go with unmanaged web hosting service if you have a qualified developer in your team. Some technical issues are too complex to be solved by untrained hands. This might be a huge risk to your website.
A managed web hosting is easier to handle since you can get all the support from qualified company staff. However, you need to consider the amount of time the company responds to a ticket. Any second your website losses could have irreparable effects on your business.
Technical know-how of web servers
As a website owner, you should understand how various functions of a web server work. This will save you the cost of hiring an engineer to perform tasks such as installation and configuration.
Brand hashtags. It means the unique one you choose for your brand. You can choose it for a specific campaigns, or just for posts telling about your business. It’s very useful for organizing the content of your page, as all the posts with a certain tag are categorised and can be seen on a hashtag page. You can get the most out of it when you collect entries for some contest submissions.
Niche hashtags. When you choose among broad and niche hashtag, you have to remember that the latter means a higher chance of quality engagement. The more specific your hashtag is, the more desired followers you’ll earn.
Community hashtags. These are general hashtags that don’t necessarily have anything to do with your brand, like #instapics, #instafood. They are widely used, and can make your content more discoverable.
Quick hash-tagging tips
Choose hashtags that are relevant to your audience.
Try to use only relevant hashtags not to be marked as a spammer.
Check out what hashtags your competitors are using.
Use hashtags that popular accounts in your industry are using.
Use reasonable amount of hashtags.
Make sure that a hashtag means the very thing you mean.
Every year the folks at Web Hosting Secret Revealed curate a huge list of deals and promos for hosting and domain registrars. It’s becoming (almost) everyone’s go-to source for Black Friday hosting deals.
Have you ever wondered what happens when you type in a Uniform Resource Identifier (commonly known as URL) or click on a search term? Most internet users never give it a thought.
If you run a website, it’s important to understand what a web server is, its functions, and benefits.
A web server is a program that uses Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to deliver content or web pages to users who type your site’s URL or click on pages on your site. Web servers can serve hundreds of visitors clicking the same URL simultaneously.
Basically, anything you do such as downloading files, publishing blogs or opening emails are made possible because of web servers.
Here, we discuss the top 5 best web servers your organization needs.
Developed and released in 2003 by Jan Kneschke, Lighttpd (pronounced – lighty), is lightweight and ideal for high load servers. It is optimized for faster performance in environments with heavy parallel connections. It’s also known for its low memory footprint, small CPU-load, and advanced features like SCGI and Auth.
If you’re looking for a combination of security, speed, and convenience, LiteSpeed has got you covered. With built-in anti-DDoS features, this web server lowers CPU and memory usage without affecting overall performance.
Its compatibility makes it the best choice if you want to replace Apache with zero downtime. It is integrated with CloudLinux and mod_security for maximum server protection. With LiteSpeed, you don’t need third-party caching. It simplifies the transition to Apache with one click.
3. Microsoft IIS
IIS is a product from Microsoft. Unlike other web servers, it’s not open source and has a rather complicated user-interface.
It works on all Windows platforms and offers more advanced security features. It uses ASP.NET Core application to serve web page requests to the end user. IIS focuses on flexibility and speed to ensure seamless operations in a fast-paced organization.
The current version IIS 10 has added functionality and features such as HTTP/2 protocol that lowers latency. It’s easily customizable and makes web applications management easy.
NGINX comes in second place with over 30% of all websites using it. Igor Sysoev’s concept was to design a web server to handle 10,000 concurrent connections. Its popularity is driven by its scalability and high efficiency.
It utilizes minimal resources while managing heavy user loads. NGINX not only serves as a web server but as a mail proxy server and has a simple configuration interface
5. Apache web server
Apache is the most common open source web server today. Developed by the Apache Software Foundation, it supports most of the operating systems. It runs on over 60% of all websites.
Apache uses a simple modular structure that allows you to load extra modules for extended features and modifications. It’s trusted for its reliability and stability.
It can run on multiple platforms with ease and is able to handle a large number of requests. It also supports HTTP/2.
Before you select the best web server for your organization, you have to consider your requirements, cost, the size of traffic, and its capabilities. Customer support should also be a top priority. When you experience an issue, immediate response is of paramount importance.
2. What are the Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting?
This depends on the host you sign up with and can range from automated WordPress installations all the way to complete WordPress site management and service (including security audits, optimization and so on).
3. What are the Drawbacks of Managed WordPress Hosting?
Price. Almost without exception, Manged WordPress hosting sells at a premium above standard shared hosting service. The discrepancy might be as little as a few dollars to even ten times as much. Exactly how much the difference is depends on to what extent the WordPress service you sign up for is different.
4. Who would Benefit from Using Managed WordPress Hosting?
This is a broad and subjective question, but I would say for sure; small businesses, large volume sites, multi-site users.
All of these will benefit from manged WordPress hosting.
However, I would also say to a lesser extent, even regular WordPress users can reap the advantages, as long as they’re willing to put up with the price.
5. Can I Still Self-Install and Update Plugins and Themes?
Of course! Managed WordPress hosting is to help you in your process, not interfere with it. You can for sure install the stuff you want no matter which managed WordPress host you go with.
6. Must I run WordPress on my Managed WordPress Hosting?
Yes. Managed WordPress hosting’s entire purpose is to support and streamline the operations of WordPress sites specifically. While some features may benefit other types of applications, the overall intent is to focus on WordPress.
7. Is Managed WordPress Hosting Secure?
In general, there have been some concerns about the security of WordPress but that’s simply because it’s an application that is in such widespread use.
A managed WordPress hosting environment will in general help keep your WordPress up to date and hence, more secure. In many cases, the hosting provider will also help you monitor your tools and plugins for greater security as well.
8. Will my site be Faster?
Site speed depends on various factors, but in general, Manged WordPress accounts are optimized for running this application. As such it is likely to be faster than the average comparable WordPress site. To what extent, depends on individual optimizations of web hosts.
The question is, does it really matter to have best domain name?
Domain names matter, why?
A lousy domain name can be quite a nightmare.
For example www.dicksonweb.com – I bet manufacturer of instruments for monitoring temperature, humidity and pressure Dickson wasn’t aware that www.DicksonWeb.com can be also read as www.DicksOnWeb.com!
* The company website is now redirected to dicksondata.com ever since, all traffics to DicksonWeb are now divert to the new website.
Now why a name matter a lot has several reasons. Here they go:
If your domain name is short yet meaningful, it means it can be remembered by people at once, and will cover the targeted market as well.
Long URLs have greater probability of getting misspelled by users.
Long URLs if separated by [-] can resolve the issue of misspelling, and can also help search engines to index a site for the keywords in the URL.
If your domain name contains a keyword in it, chances of getting in top pages of SERP results are much higher.
Well, domain names though play a vital role in websites’ popularity, but cannot be considered as the only factor.
Quality of services stands first among all, i.e. your visitors rate and spread word about your site only when they find value in it. And, the other major factor that contributes towards the popularity is right marketing at right time, but this is very much relevant to the first one, i.e. highly satisfied visitors do half of your marketing themselves.
Be choosy while selecting domain name, as it represents the core essence of your site, but do not stick to the name only.
First, you have to choose a profitable niche. Do your research to determine what you intend to blog about. Identifying your passion is a right step towards a profitable blog. Find out what inspires you.
Now that you know what to write about, find a blogging platform to set up your blog. Go for self-hosted platforms like WordPress and choose a hosting service. DreamHost, BlueHost, and SiteGround are a few examples. However, there are other hosting providers to choose from.
2- Build traffic
Building an audience is important if you want to earn from affiliate commissions or selling products/services. Here are a few tactics:
Social media is a good tool to promote new posts that will direct readers to your site. Use the same theme as your blog for consistency.
Learn how to optimize your content for search engines. This is a must-have technique if you want your blog to pop up on Google search.
Now, to money making tips…
3- Affiliate marketing
This is a referral program where you receive a commission when a reader buys a products or services from an affiliate link on your website.
It’s a profitable technique and easy to set up.
The key is to provide relevant content that will make the reader want to use that product or service. Great content is critical in blogging. You want to help your readers find solutions to their problems or pain.
4- Banner ads and sidebar ads
There are two ways to earn with ads.
Pay per click (PPC) means you earn money every time your readers click an ad.
Cost per thousand (CPM) pays you for every 1,000 impressions from your ad.
The higher the number of readers you have, the more you’ll earn from these ads.
5- Sponsored blog posts
Here, a company pays you to write about a particular product/service and post it on your blog. Reviews are the most common form of sponsored blog content.
This is one of the easiest ways to earn cash. However, it’s only possible to get such opportunities if you have a strong niche and large audience.
6- Guest blogging
When you’re an established blogger, brands and organizations such as the press will request that you contribute articles on specific topics on their website.
Your skills can generate a lot of income by creating an eBook, an online course or tutorials and offering it to your readers at a fee. But first, you need to build credibility with your audience to show that you can offer valuable lessons in your niche.
8- Use your blog to find clients
Whether you’re selling products online or offering a service such as coaching, your blog is the best platform to make cash.
Use it to promote your business and showcase what you offer. If you’re a freelance writer, you can show potential clients the type of content you offer and how you’ll help their business.
Ready to take the challenge?
Discover the right niche, do thorough research and start your blog. Have the right mindset: which is to think of your blog as a business. Figure out the best methods to monetizing your blog and implement them slowly.
The trick is to monitor ongoing conversations in your niche and chip in whenever you have something to say and add value to the conversation with your content.
Alert tool like Google Alert would help (to keep track of latest trends and new conversations) but to scale up, collaborate, and to make the biggest bang in shortest time, you’ll have to rely on tools like Feedly and AHREFS to manage your content. More about this later.
Custom-build your content in order to fit in a hot conversation.
For example if someone asked about how to do something with .htaccess code, you can write a simple tutorial on your blog, then answer the question at the Q&A site and suggest the users to visit your blog for the actual codes and demos. Or even better, build a tool to cater their needs. An auto .htaccess code generator fits in perfectly in our example.
Quora are, for now, the best three general Q&A platforms to draw traffics. Though – you’ll have to swim through the spammers to stand out. I knew a few businesses benefited handsomely by answering questions and being useful to their potential customers.
Also, this is where AHREFS kicks in. One easy way to identify the right Quora questions to answer is by looking at its search traffic. You can get a rough estimate by exploring the top pages stats on AHREFS.
WP core, theme, plugin updates can mess up a lot of features. Here we’ll see a few ways of adding your own custom stuff without breaking anything or at least reducing the risks.
#1- Child theme
An advanced option, ok if you are a coder and want to go crazy with your custom code – do it in your child theme.
#2- A plugin
Sometimes you just need some additional features, a plugin is the way to go there. Good for widgets, shortcodes, and the best part is that you can find a lot of free / premium plugins out there to do the job.
#3- Custom CSS
Most themes provide that field, and CSS isn’t really rocket science. Once you get used to it you can do some cool things with CSS only (maybe list a few examples, pseudo elements, disable click…)
#4- Custom JS
Most modern WordPress themes come with an “integration” field, for Google Analytics or similar code. Well, you can use that one as well for some jQuery wizardry.