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uk-webhost-reviewWhy would one consider a web host in the United Kingdom?  When considering various web hosting companies online, you will quickly learn that many are located in North America.  What if you live in the United Kingdom and are attempting to target a more local demographic?  Studies have shown that the physical location of your web server and related IP address do influence local search engine results pages to a degree.  Furthermore, it is always nice to deal with someone in your own time zone when issues occur.  Yet another scenario is one in which a company in a foreign country is needed to target UK customers.  In this case one should strongly consider a UK hosting company and the immediate advantages of local organic search results it may have over hosting in a country you are not targeting.

The geographic location of your host is indeed important to the search engines, however this is but one factor to consider in the big picture of successfully hosting your website.  Things such as uptime, customer service response times, backups and network speeds are universally important to the success of any website presence.  Even so, if your chosen demographic resides outside your home base of operations, logistical issues that arise from hosting outside your home country should be expected.

Have your website hosted in the same country as your target demographic can give you a competitive advantage, but it is only one factor of many in maintaining a successful online presence.  To see an honest review of one popular hosting company in the United Kingdom, visit http://www.thinkgenial.com/tso-host-review/ .

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minecraft-server-hostingMinecraft is a game that is ever-increasing in popularity.  Since its release in 2011, nearly 12 million people have purchased the PC/Mac version alone.  This number does not account for the numbers playing on video game consoles or smartphones.  This number is growing steadily every single day.  Minecraft has become more a lifestyle than a game to some.  With so much growth and popularity, the ever expansive game continually demands more server resources to host its growth.

This growth is sustained with individual servers or nodes as they are sometimes referred.  This gives hardcore gamers and entrepreneurs alike the ability to set up their own Minecraft environment while monetizing the traffic in any number of ways.  However, this type of hosting is fairly technical and not for the faint of heart.  This has led to the rise of Minecraft server hosting services as managed solutions.

These solutions start at just $4 per month, making them attractive options for gamers and business people alike. However, as with other kinds of hosting, there are mistakes to be avoided and certain things that should be expected of a solid Minecraft webhost.

One click plugins are a great added feature to save you time and frustration.  The ability to customize fully will be needed as your Minecraft environment grows with more users.  Also, some companies or packages will limit the number of Mincecraft players you are able to have, known as a “player cap”.  Something to keep in mind as you select your Minecraft hosting.  Last but not least, 24 hour support should be standard.

 

 

 

 

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pay as you go webhostingPay as you go or “pay per month” plans have  been around a while in many industries.  The same is true for the hosting industry.  Many hosting companies will offer pay as you go hosting but will steer you towards their annual or biannual product or contract.  Others don’t offer monthly payment plans at all and will lure you into the signup process only to discover a large amount is due for annual fees at the end.  If you are a small business or just starting out, every penny counts.  Even though you may actually save money by opting for longer web hosting contracts overall, it can be a nice benefit to invest that money elsewhere as your business grows.

Month to month hosting is also a good option for trying a new web host before making a big commitment.  Unfortunately, there are many sub-par web hosting in the market place that will make hosting your website a headache or even take your money and run.  Data lost and lack of integrity will cost you much more than any web hosting bill ever will.  Try before you buy is an approach by which you can’t lose when selecting a place to host your website.

You should be afforded all of the same options with pay per month hosting as offered with annual contracts.  You can easily find many Windows and Linux based web hosts that offer monthly payment plans.

 

If you would like to learn more about pay as you go hosting, we recommend you take a look at paypermonthwebhosting.com for more information.

 

 

month to month webhostingWe’ve all seen it before.  Hosting companies will lure you in with promises of cheap hosting for as little as a few dollars per month.  So you add the package that suits your needs to your cart, only to find limited subscription options when you try to checkout.  Annual, biannual and even triannual subscription payment plans that add up to hundreds of dollars must be paid in order to continue.  Or worse yet, that great price only applies if you pay for years in advance.

There are several problems with this approach.  Firstly, if you have never used a particular hosting company before, you may find that they are subpar after a week or two of hosting.  Then you will have to fight them to get the rest of your money back.  Wasting precious time that could have been used to build and improve your new website.  They may not want to give it back at all, depending on the fine print in their terms of service.

Another reason is that this almost ensures you will be their customer for a long period of time, even in the face of stiff competition.  If they later offer a special or lower their price, you will be at a premium since they have you locked in at a predetermined rate.

Why do hosting companies do this?

It’s simple really.  They want you to commit to today’s price for a long time.  It helps their bottom line.  While hosting prices do fluctuate some, they generally decrease as technology becomes cheaper and more available.  We recommend an annual payment option only after you have thoroughly tested and built a relationship with a company.

Month to month hosting

In our opinion, a solid and ethical hosting company will offer a month to month payment option, alongside any annual billing options they may offer.  That is, if they are legitimate and have nothing to hide and not only trying to part you with your hard earned money.  Many will even offer you an account to test with for free, but only for a small amount of time. Read more… 

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