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Web Hosting Review: Siteground

Siteground was started way back in 2003 and originally operated out of Bulgaria and Spain. Head office is now in Panama and they have a regional office in Washington DC. With over 300,000 sites on its books, worldwide, if you are a sole trader or small business, Siteground provides a range of hosting packages to suit all pockets. Their aim is to be flexible and to grow with your needs when you need it.

They offer both dedicated and shared hosting as well as cloud with a Linux operating system. For businesses and entrepreneurs who are interested in starting an ecommerce site they also support the major retail software solutions such as Magento and Pretashop. And if you like your free software then you won’t be disappointed with offerings such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.

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Siteground Hosting Prices

Prices are competitive in line with the rest of the market and you can get a shared hosting plan for as little as £2.75 per month. Cloud hosting is more expensive as you might expect with various packages ranging from £47.50 to £95.70. If you want a full entrepreneurial dedicated hosting service, then you should be looking to pay in the region of nearly £300 per month.

Siteground Bandwidth

The company is one of the few that doesn’t put unlimited bandwidth and storage at the top of their features list. These parameters vary depending on which plan you choose so you need to have a reasonably good idea of the amount of traffic you are going to attract.

SitegroundFeatures

There are a wide range of features available depending on the package you choose including the usual PHP and other scripting provision, as well as MySQL and cPanel. BIGACE, 4images and IMAP support are some of the other features you can easily access. Backup is done daily as you might expect from a well-established company and you can easily transfer your old site to the new one with Siteground’s own tools. All in all, it scores highly from users for the range of features available.

Siteground Security

The company has a good reputation for providing high level security. Even on shared servers, individual accounts are protected so even if another customer suffers some security breach it shouldn’t affect you. They have their own scripts in place to handle attacks and issues such as brute-force hacking attempts. With robust login policies and continuous monitoring, Siteground provide a safe environment for all kinds of websites to operate in.

Siteground Customer Service

Where most hosting services fall down is with customer service. Siteground actually provide a quick response to most queries and this is one of the top benefits that users cite when they are reviewing the company. That includes offering 24/7 phone support wherever you are in the world.

For all round performance, Siteground is up there with some of the major players on the hosting market. User reviews generally site the good customer service combined with very little downtime and the company is popular with both designers and ecommerce businesses.

If you are an individual or small business who wants competitive pricing with a good quality service, then Siteground has much to offer. A little pricier on the dedicated service side than some of its competitors, you can make up for that with a top quality provision that can be tailored to your specific needs.

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The importance of Internet has been growing rapidly with a geometrical progression over the past decade and nowadays it is unthinkable to have a successful business without any Internet presence. At the same time individuals also linger to have a personal blog or a photo album available on the Internet to share emotions and experience with friends and family even when one does not have time to meet everybody in person or talk to them on the phone. And here comes the big question – what do you need to have your personal stuff on the Internet. The answer is simple – one thing you need for sure is reliable hosting.

What is hosting?

Most people that are trying to get their own site online for the first time would ask themselves that exact question – what is hosting? If you were to ask that question some 30 years ago, the answer you would get is simple – receiving or entertaining guests in a social or official capacity. Now on the other hand things are a lot more complicated when answering that question since people often perceive hosting as Internet hosting – storing information on an internet server.

What types of hosting are there?

The term Internet hosting is as broad as it gets since there are many different types of hosting that you can find on the Internet and I will try to explain most of them.

We have file hosting (also known as file storage) that allows you to store your files on an Internet server so that you can access them from any location. This is also often used for backing up important files in case something happens to your hard drive.

Another common type is the web hosting (also known as web site hosting or just webhosting) and this is a service that allows you to upload your own website on an Internet server – and not just any server but a web server that can render the site for visitors from any location with Internet access. So that you can rest assured the site is online 24/7 and accessible at any time you should find a professional web hosting company that will guarantee that.

We also have image hosting that allows you to upload your own pictures and albums on the Internet so that you can share them with friends and family even if they are half way across the globe from you. It is also common for professionals like photographers to upload their portfolio.

We must not forget e-mail hosting – as the name suggests it allows you to have your own e-mail address that you can use for sending and receiving messages. Such services can be part of a web hosting package or provided separately. You can even get it for free from providers like Google and Yahoo.

Speaking of which reminds me there is also free hosting – it is rather limited but hey, it is free! And there is nothing better for student projects or personal sites that you don’t wish to pay for.

The so-called “warez” hosting is worth mentioning as well although it is illegal since this is the act of distributing unlicensed copyrighted materials like software, music and movies.

And last but not least is collocation hosting which allows you to store your own server (the actual hardware you purchased yourself) in the datacenter of a web hosting company. This is suitable for people or companies that have server administration capabilities and they need complete freedom in managing the server.

What Is All This Hype About Cloud Computing?

Can you imagine a world without the Internet? Many of you cannot imagine what your day would look like without Internet access. We are here to tell you that business is getting ready to be even easier thanks to cloud computing.

Within the last decade, the Internet has become quite the marketplace. Not only has the it expanded into day-to-day business activities, such as purchasing items, it has also allowed professionals to expand their services over the globe. Thanks to the invention of cloud computing, business owners can cut down on overhead, share information all over the world, not worry so much about crashes that can jeopardize their data and so much more.

Do you realize that, while you are probably still a little bit fuzzy on what cloud computing even is, more than likely you already benefitted from its invention? Did you know that cloud computing providers use the technology for things such as apps, online storage, spam software, virus software and the list goes on?

Simply put, cloud computing involves distributing information over a network rather than running an application or a program over several computers, as we have done in years past. It takes out the middle man if you will.

The best part about cloud computing is that you do not have to be a computer genius to partake in its benefit. Little did you know that you have already entered into the newest dimension of the Internet without even having to pour over an instruction manual.

Businesses, organizations, colleges, universities, and individuals are using more and more cloud computing every day.

Don’t miss the boat on this new wave of computer technology – find out what cloud computing has to offer you today!

Top 5 Websites

There are a lot of websites but there are some which stand out over the rest as useful, fun and popular. See if you agree with this list.

Wikipedia

Despite all the talk about the inaccuracies of this website, it is certainly a very useful one. Countless children must use it to do their homework and many other people to look up information. The amount of information that it contains, does sometimes make you wonder how we managed without it. It is great to be able to easily look up anything you need to know and be fairly confident that the information on there is correct. Another great thing is that the site is continuously growing and so the information should get better, and more detailed over time.

YouTube

Being able to watch fun videos is something which has quickly come along since broadband speeds got faster. The ability to be able to publish your own videos so that your family and friends can easily see them and to be able to watch other peoples is great fun. There are a great selection of different things on their too, the only problem is the limited file size but this is bound to change in the future.

Facebook

Social networking is something that many of us cannot seem to do without these days, Sharing family photos and videos and finding out what you old friends and acquaintances are up to can be great fun. Telling people that you are now feeding your cat or brushing your teeth, may not be for everyone, but it is certainly a great communication aid and it also seems to have a cathartic purpose, in that being able to tell the world that you have a problem, seems to help many people even if they do not get a satisfactory solution.

Ebay

Never was our old junk so valuable! Ebay has done a lot for people in that they now have the ability to easily sell their old things and make money. It has also allowed people to buy things more easily. There are a few problems in that it has brought down the value of collectables because more people are aware of the value of things and now they have an easy way to sell them, they are more likely to do so. However, it is certainly very useful in these tough financial times as we can make money form our old junk…erm valuables!

Amazon

Buying books never was so cheap and easy. Amazon has expended now from just selling books to selling all sorts of things. There is also the ability to sell second hand as well as new items and anyone can now be a seller. It was certainly a clever business plan and it has solved many people Christmas shopping worries as it can all be done from the comfort of home. It is so successful that it could be partly responsible for the growth in on line shopping and certainly provides a very useful service. There are not many people who have not heard of them.

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