Optimize Website (gzip compression)

We have added an option to our cPanel designed to help you Optimize Website.

To optimize your website login into your cPanel account then Software/Services > Optimize Website
 
Optimize Website
Once you have clicked on Optimize Website you will go to the next step and you will notice that the option is disabled
 
Optimize Website
Here you have 2 options Compress al content and Compress the specified MIME types.
Select the option you desire.
Optimize Website
Once you have selected the option of compression click Update Settings
 
Optimize Website
All done, now you can enjoy the optimization and increased speed in your site.
 

Cache static content

On some statistics sites you will receive messages that you need to Cache Static Content.

The easiest way is to do it by .htaccess
 
Just add the following lines in your .htaccess root file:
FileETag MTime Size
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
  # Enable expirations.
  ExpiresActive On
  # Cache all files for 2 weeks after access (A).
  ExpiresDefault A1209600
  <FilesMatch \.php$>
    # Do not allow PHP scripts to be cached unless they explicitly send cache
    # headers themselves. Otherwise all scripts would have to overwrite the
    # headers set by mod_expires if they want another caching behavior.
    ExpiresActive Off
  </FilesMatch>
</IfModule>
 

What is an IP Address…Do I need a Dedicated IP

This tutorial will look at the definition of IP addresses and help you decide if you need a Dedicated IP. An IP Address is an Internet Protocol Address. It is a unique number address that every server that has access to the Internet is required to have in order for other computers on the WWW to identify the server. To a computer, it is like a phone number.

When you signed up for services from our hosting company, you were given an IP address to use until your domain name propagated. That IP address is how computers from all around the world will find your website, identifying it by the numbers. Every server is running a domain name server (DNS) at all times, which works like a switchboard for all the incoming requests for websites. The server can identify your site based on the IP numbers, and will then fetch it for the browser requesting it. The DNS server is responsible for informing all the other computers on the Internet about your website address and domain name. It keeps track of which domain names correspond to which IP addresses.

The IP address you were given is probably a shared one. You will usually share one with many other domain names. The important thing is that you have an IP address assigned to your domain, and that all the right nameservers know what it is. You can also purchase a dedicated IP Address from us, and that will be your address alone. But do you need a dedicated IP? Most websites don’t. The most common reason that a website would need a dedicated IP is if it requires an SSL certificate for operating secure connections. Usually these are necessary if you are operating a business that processes transactions over the Internet. Any eCommerce site should have an SSL Certificate, and therefore would require a dedicated IP.

This concludes the tutorial about IP’s. You now know a little more about IP’s and dedicated IP’s and who should have one….

 

What is a Control Panel (cPanel)

What is the control panel? The control panel is a vital part of any web hosting account. Without some sort of control panel, you would not be able to do very much. The control panel is where you perform actions on your website, such as creating email accounts, creating databases, setting up security, and many other things. You need some sort of panel, even a basic one. Among the most widely used web hosting panels are cPanel, Plesk, and DirectAdmin. Some control panels only run on Linux, some are meant for Windows, and some will work with both types of operating systems.

One Important Note: Just because your computer at home is running Windows, it doesn’t mean that you need to find a Windows hosting account. You only need a Windows account if your website requires features that only work on Windows. Otherwise, a Linux account will work just as will, and with very few differences. Most Windows accounts cost a little more because of the license costs. This concludes this tutorial.

 

What are Web Servers and are they necessary

Web Servers are powerful computers that have extremely large hard drives, or an array of hard drives, that have been set up by a hosting company, usually in a facility called a datacenter. A web server’s only purpose is to store websites until someone wants to visit them, and then to quickly respond to the visitor’s browser with the site’s contents.

A server should be able to respond to at least several dozen requests at a time, if not hundreds. If depends on many factors, including server hardware and how popular the sites are. But even the most expensive server hardware isn’t going to be very useful without the software to actually get things done. The key software programs of a web server are also themselves called servers, or daemons.

Most servers used for web hosting have at least four kinds of software running at all times:

1) An HTTP or web server to provide the websites
2) An FTP server for uploading files
3) An email server or two
4) A database server for storing information essential to the operation of a website)

Why can’t you just run your website from your computer at home? There are several very good reasons why…Most ISP’s specifically disallow people from running any type of web-related server on their networks. Doing so can get your Internet account terminated. Your upload and download speed would be very slow compared to what is offered by hosting companies. Now factor in the cost of electricity and failed parts, and upkeep for running it 24/7, and it is no longer financially good sense. So, now that you have found a great hosting company, stick with us, and we will do the best job for you, at the best cost! This ends this tutorial..

 

Introduction to Web Hosting

This tutorial will look at some of the things you should look at when you are trying to choose your Domain Name. As you know, a domain name is a quick and easy way for someone to find your website on the Internet. Without a domain name, people would have to remember a series of numbers, or your IP address, and enter that to locate your site.

One of the first things to think about when choosing a domain name is even though they can be hundred of characters in length, the shorter the better. Domain names can contain letters, numbers, and hyphens. You should avoid using hyphens if possible, because sometimes they make it hard to communicate your address to other people, and an easy understanding is very important. One drawback to shorter is that a lot of the shorter names are already taken, so your first choice may already be in use. You may have to add to it, or make some small changes to find a short name that is available.

You will also need to decide what top-level domain (TLD) or domain extension to use for your domain. There are many choices, such as .com, .net, .org, and so on. Recently, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) who oversees all of this added several new TLD’s, like .biz, and .museum. The TLD doesn’t matter much anymore, so you can use whichever sounds best and is available. If the .com of your choice is taken, maybe the .net version is available.

When selecting your domain, if you are operating a business website, you want it to reflect something about your products or type of business. For example, if your business is Joes Online Store, but your main product is blue widgets, your domain should be something to show that, like bluewidgets.net, or joesbluewidgets.com. People shopping for blue widgets will find you that way when they do a search. (It does take a long time and some effort to make yourself visible in a search unless your product is very unique and/or one-of-a-kind. That is called “search engine optimization”) If you just use joesonlinestore.com as your domain, unless people know your name already you will be hard to find.

So, the key points of domain name selection are to keep it short, keep it simple and make it mean something relating to the purpose of your business. You can have more than one domain name pointing to the same website, in fact this may help improve your search engine rankings. This concludes the tutorial about how to choose a domain name.