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Announcing The Quickstart Guide to Fast WordPress

Seconds matter when it comes to websites. When a site loads slowly, I confess I don’t hesitate to close the page and move on. I’ll be a bit more patient on my desktop computer than on my cell phone, but not by much. It’s not called the spinning circle of death for nothing.

It’s a safe bet you’ve done it too. More than half of online customers report they abandon an action when a site bogs down. So what do you do about it?

WordPress rocket ship

If your WordPress site has hiccups (or major indigestion) all too often, we’ve created The Quickstart Guide to Fast WordPress to get it healthy and prevent relapses. Our development team has spent thousands of hours creating WordPress sites, and we bring that experience to bear in this guide.

Before you start making changes, our guide will help you understand the underlying principles of WordPress optimization. You’ll discover why it’s important to identify functions that gobble up computing power. You also will learn how to address the most common bottlenecks on any WordPress site.

With those fundamentals locked down, you can start improving performance. We identify eight easy tweaks you can perform right away, including:

 

Sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly what is causing a site’s performance issues. Just identifying the problem is part of the process. So our guide includes the top tools—both free and premium—for debugging WordPress performance issues and maintaining maximum performance. These tools range from simple WordPress plugins to tools we liked so much, we bundle them with every account we set up.

Having a top performing site means a commitment to monitoring, maintaining and optimizing your site. Like going in for a checkup with your doctor, this guide can alert you to issues you weren’t aware of and help avoid future problems.

Curious? Whether you just want to take a peek or are ready to make changes, The Quickstart Guide to Fast WordPress has something for you.

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How Do I Find the Best Web Hosting ?

The first question that comes to mind look when looking through the best blog hosting sites is what is this going to cost? Cheap or free may not be the best way to go if you can’t get your website to perform the things that you want it, or need it, to do. You are better off to narrow down some of the best web hosting options for blogs and then compare by price. Here are some other features that the best blog hosts have to offer:

Speed-web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less. Any longer than that, you’re likely to lose them. Online shoppers want to find their merchandise fast. 79% of buyers will not return to your site if it’s too slow and 52% of shoppers said that fast loading pages keep them loyal to a site.

Features-beginner bloggers want the site to do most of the work for them. Beginners should look for easy and uncompleted installs, drag and drop website builders, free domain names, and stat trackers.

Security – there are two big reasons to consider a secure website—server shutdown and virus prevention. You’ll usually pay a bit more for them, but you won’t want the server crashing during the holiday shopping season. You’ll also want to avoid nasty viruses that steal your personal information and shut down your computer.

Support-how quickly do you expect an answer to a technical problem? If you want the availability of a 24/7 tech or customer service representative, you’ll want to look for a web host provider that will respond quickly. Filing a trouble ticket and waiting for an answer will cost you downtime, especially if your question isn’t answered fully on the first try.

Strong Track Record – the best web hosting services for blogs dovetail nicely with WordPress programs and plugins.

Type of Server – there are four types of servers. Shared servers are cheaper, but they go down more because the server is shared with many other subscribers. VPS costs a bit more, and while it shares space on the server, your space is cut off from other subscribers, so if there’s a problem, it wasn’t caused by another subscriber. Dedicated space is expensive enough that it doesn’t make sense for most people, but it’s less likely to crash. The fourth type of server is a cloud system. It works much like the VPS system. It uses multiple servers in a network and is more secure than traditional VPS and shared servers.

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The Difference Between A Domain Name And Web Hosting

It is very common for newbies to get confused between a domain name with a web hosting. However, it is very important to be crystal clear on the differences between the two before you move on to your first website.

Domain name And Web Hosting Explained
To simplify: A domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture.

Instead of street name and area code, set of words or/and numbers are used for the website’s naming’. The same goes with hosting, computer hard disk and computer memory are used instead of instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files. The idea is presented clearer with the diagram below.

Web Hosting and Domain Name Explained

What’s A Domain Name

When you register a domain, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else in the market has the access to the actual name of that particular domain besides you.

However, just because you have a domain does not mean that you are ready to serve your website to the world. To put up and operate a website, you will need a domain name, and a proper-configured web server (hosting). Details on domain name and DNS system were explained in Web Hosting 101 Guide so we are not digging any deeper on this here – just be clear that (1) a domain name is like your house address; and, (2) a domain name can be registered only with a domain registrar.

What’s A Web Hosting

A web hosting normally refers to the web server (big computer) that stores lots of data files).

A web hosting providers normally rent out web servers and network connection to the end-users or the resellers. For most cases, the hosting providers will be the parties handling most server maintenance work (such as backup, root configuration, maintenance, disaster recoveries, etc); but for certain cases, the end users will need to get everything cover by themselves.

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Beginner Guide to Vps Hosting for Business

First of all, VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. While at first glance it would appear like a VPS is kind of the same as shared hosting, a VPS is actually often very similar to dedicated hosting (if you aren’t sure what dedicated hosting is, please have a look at this explanation of different types of hosting). For VPS hosting you’re simply given a dedicated portion of a server. Each portion is segmented off and dedicated to a particular user. In this case, dedicated to your business.

Outsourcing Your Web Hosting Makes Sense Usually

Unless you’re very well-versed with computers or have a healthy budget set aside, you probably won’t even consider having your own on-site server room set up to host your site and IT needs. Don’t worry, most businesses don’t do it and don’t really have a viable reason to do so. It’s expensive to set up. On top of that, you have to constantly update machines, hardware and software. That means you need to find a competent hosting company to outsource your hosting management to.

Traditionally, this meant choosing between dedicated hosting or shared hosting. Shared hosting would normally be the choice for small start-ups or very small businesses with not a lot of visitors coming to their site. Dedicated hosting would be the choice for larger businesses and those with sites that receive a lot of traffic. But as technology continues to grow, there are quite a few more options available for you today.

What to Expect with VPS Hosting

When you use a VPS for your hosting, it’s almost like you are on dedicated hosting but what makes it great is that you can use it even if you aren’t tech-savvy. Running your site on a dedicated server requires a bit more know-how.

Easily Tweak and Scale Your Hosting

As your business grows, you can easily adjust your VPS to fit. Some hosting providers will even give you a self-service feature which gives you the ability to go in and make the adjustments in real-time as needed. If you need more disk space, less space, new apps, etc… it can be done in the blink of an eye. Even if you don’t have a self-service feature, it normally only takes a moment or two for them to tweak it to your liking.

Cost Effective for Most Businesses

As mentioned above, setting up your own server room is costly. Dedicated hosting that gives you your own server solely used for you and your business can get expensive, too. VPS hosting is the perfect compromise. You get the features and most of the benefits of a dedicated server without the dedicated price tag.

As you can see, VPS hosting is usually a great option for a small business. Of course, if you don’t need the flexibility, control and features it comes with and need to stick to a strict budget then shared hosting is always an option. If your business unexpectedly grows to new heights, you can easily upgrade to dedicated, too. Here at HostWinds we will always work with you to try to find the most cost-effective and perfectly-suited hosting plan to match your needs.

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Revisit and update your business plan

Now that you have a good understanding of last year’s results and what got you there, you can create an informed plan to make sure next year’s results are even better. Revisit your company’s business plan and make updates to it based on the results of your analytics review and any changes you’re interested in pursuing in the coming year. If you’re hoping to expand your product offerings or start targeting a new audience, make sure your business plan includes specifics on how and why to do that.

While the plan you create in this step won’t be set in stone, it will help shape your marketing and business practices in the coming year. Getting this right can make a big difference in how well you pull of your goals in 2018.

Now that you have a good understanding of last year’s results and what got you there, you can create an informed plan to make sure next year’s results are even better. Revisit your company’s business plan and make updates to it based on the results of your analytics review and any changes you’re interested in pursuing in the coming year. If you’re hoping to expand your product offerings or start targeting a new audience, make sure your business plan includes specifics on how and why to do that.

While the plan you create in this step won’t be set in stone, it will help shape your marketing and business practices in the coming year. Getting this right can make a big difference in how well you pull of your goals in 2018.

Now that you have a good understanding of last year’s results and what got you there, you can create an informed plan to make sure next year’s results are even better. Revisit your company’s business plan and make updates to it based on the results of your analytics review and any changes you’re interested in pursuing in the coming year. If you’re hoping to expand your product offerings or start targeting a new audience, make sure your business plan includes specifics on how and why to do that.

While the plan you create in this step won’t be set in stone, it will help shape your marketing and business practices in the coming year. Getting this right can make a big difference in how well you pull of your goals in 2018.

Now that you have a good understanding of last year’s results and what got you there, you can create an informed plan to make sure next year’s results are even better. Revisit your company’s business plan and make updates to it based on the results of your analytics review and any changes you’re interested in pursuing in the coming year. If you’re hoping to expand your product offerings or start targeting a new audience, make sure your business plan includes specifics on how and why to do that.

While the plan you create in this step won’t be set in stone, it will help shape your marketing and business practices in the coming year. Getting this right can make a big difference in how well you pull of your goals in 2018.

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Beginner Guide to Vps Hosting for Business

First of all, VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. While at first glance it would appear like a VPS is kind of the same as shared hosting, a VPS is actually often very similar to dedicated hosting (if you aren’t sure what dedicated hosting is, please have a look at this explanation of different types of hosting). For VPS hosting you’re simply given a dedicated portion of a server. Each portion is segmented off and dedicated to a particular user. In this case, dedicated to your business.

Outsourcing Your Web Hosting Makes Sense Usually

Unless you’re very well-versed with computers or have a healthy budget set aside, you probably won’t even consider having your own on-site server room set up to host your site and IT needs. Don’t worry, most businesses don’t do it and don’t really have a viable reason to do so. It’s expensive to set up. On top of that, you have to constantly update machines, hardware and software. That means you need to find a competent hosting company to outsource your hosting management to.

Traditionally, this meant choosing between dedicated hosting or shared hosting. Shared hosting would normally be the choice for small start-ups or very small businesses with not a lot of visitors coming to their site. Dedicated hosting would be the choice for larger businesses and those with sites that receive a lot of traffic. But as technology continues to grow, there are quite a few more options available for you today.

What to Expect with VPS Hosting

When you use a VPS for your hosting, it’s almost like you are on dedicated hosting but what makes it great is that you can use it even if you aren’t tech-savvy. Running your site on a dedicated server requires a bit more know-how.

Easily Tweak and Scale Your Hosting

As your business grows, you can easily adjust your VPS to fit. Some hosting providers will even give you a self-service feature which gives you the ability to go in and make the adjustments in real-time as needed. If you need more disk space, less space, new apps, etc… it can be done in the blink of an eye. Even if you don’t have a self-service feature, it normally only takes a moment or two for them to tweak it to your liking.

Cost Effective for Most Businesses

As mentioned above, setting up your own server room is costly. Dedicated hosting that gives you your own server solely used for you and your business can get expensive, too. VPS hosting is the perfect compromise. You get the features and most of the benefits of a dedicated server without the dedicated price tag.

As you can see, VPS hosting is usually a great option for a small business. Of course, if you don’t need the flexibility, control and features it comes with and need to stick to a strict budget then shared hosting is always an option. If your business unexpectedly grows to new heights, you can easily upgrade to dedicated, too. Here at HostWinds we will always work with you to try to find the most cost-effective and perfectly-suited hosting plan to match your needs.