Over the next few weeks you will see a ton of promotion advertisement.
These ads will come in various form via various channels.
Banners. Popups. Videos. Text.
And you’ll see them in your email inbox, Facebook Newsfeed,Twitter, and some of the websites you visit.
Stores and online retailers will be running big sales the whole week of Thanksgiving, including the holiday itself. Online deals can be found throughout the month – starting with China 11.11 sales, and then Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In December 1999, Microsoft Inc. forgot to renew the domain name Passport.com, causing its Hotmail service crippled. Michael Chaney, a Linux programmer and kind soul, paid the $35 fee, posted the receipt and “Merry Christmas, Microsoft” on Slashdot, and handed over ownership back to Microsoft (source).
Mike Mann sets the record for most domains (14,962 to be exact) registered in single day in April 2012 (source).
You can register a .tk domain for free (do it now).
symbolics.com is the very first domain name registered on the Internet is , which was registered on March 15, 1985 (visit online).
The growth of domain was slow in the beginning, in October 1990, there were only 1,151 .com domains registered (source).
Commercial use of the Internet was first permitted in 1988 (source).
LasVegas.com was sold for $90 million dollars in June 2005. The payment is scheduled to be completed over 35 years – spanning from 2005 to 2040 (source).
The second (CarInsurance.com, $49.7 million) and third (Insurance.com, $36.6 million) most expensive domain names are acquired by the same company – QuinStreet (source).
Having fun so far? I’ll keep updating this list in future. Come back for more.
Generic names are cool but most of them are reserved by domain registrant. So unless you have a fat wallet and willing to spend thousands for just a domain name, you can forget about registering single word (or phrases) as your domain name.
Shop at Flippa to see if a desired domain is for sale.
Avoid hyphenated domain names.
Consider varies TLDs when the “.com” and “.net” if your desired domain names are taken. Example: WebHostingSecretRevealed.com is taken; try WebHostingSecretRevealed.biz 😉
Both short and long domain names have their pros and cons. Short domains are easier to remember and easier to be ‘branded’; long domain names on the other hand may consist of more descriptive keywords (which allow your users to understand your business instantly).
Most web hosting companies will respond to inquiries about new packages.
On the surface, the customer service department can seem friendly and easy to deal with, but what happens after you sign up for a web hosting package with the company?
If your site does go down, you want the assurance of knowing the customer service department will respond quickly and solve any issues you might have.
Here are some tips for making sure the customer service is stellar.
Are there multiple ways to contact the company? Look for a company that offers a 1-800 number that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should also be able to file a tech support ticket via e-mail, a support control panel or even via a live chat.
Ask what their average response time is for troubleshooting problems.
Contact other clients and ask them if they are happy with the company’s customer support.
Visit any online forums you can access through the hosting company’s website. Often, customers will lodge complaints on the discussion boards about issues like customer service or response times.
I visited 20+ hosting companies’ website, asked for support via their live chat system, and recorded time taken to reply my requests.
Another set of questions to ask when you are examining your hosting options: What comes with your hosting package? Does it meet the needs of your company? What about as your website grows and you add new features?
Look at everything from how easy it is to install popular items like WordPress to how server backups are done and how sudden spike in website traffic is handled.
Some of the basics you might want to compare include:
Does the host support video and audio streaming?
Is the control panel easy to navigate and understand?
Can you work with an SQL database easily? Are there wizards available, such as MyPHPAdmin?
Is one-click app installer, ie. Fantastico, used?
Is dedicated IP included in your package? If not, how much does it cost to get one?
Can you easily backup your site?
Can you host your own e-mails (and check them using web browsers)?
Check if there is a uptime report or estimation. We want nothing less than 99.8%.
Ask how are users compensated if the server goes down more than an hour in a month?
While a dollar or two in compensation might seem paltry, a company that offers this refund is more likely to work hard to keep your site up and running, so they do not have to pay out those fees to their customers.
Inquire about the company’s backup plan in case of a power outage or if the server you are on crashes.
Demand for the Internet Hosting Services industry in the US grew substantially over the past five years due to high demand from companies hoping to expand their web presence. The annual growth rate has been 11.2% in the period from 2010 to 2015 and this trend is expected to continue in the five years to 2020.
Asia = almost half of global internet users; but US host more than 80% of world’s websites
Asia, as a continent, has the most internet users. It accounts for 48.4% of global internet users. Though more than 80% of the world’s websites are hosted by a US-based provider.
No company has a monopoly. In most countries the top global companies occupy less than 20% of the market. France is the only exception with OVH dominating over 60% of the local market.
The price of hosting a website is normally associated with the amount of service the hosting company provides. A dedicated server solution with 24/7 managed support is typically many times more expensive than unmanaged shared hosting (multiple websites on a single server) solutions.
According to the level of management offered: A managed server means less work for you but also less flexibility, an unmanaged server means more flexibility. There are packages that offer some management services so unmanaged/managed is only the two extremes, there is a spectrum of services in between.