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Aug
2
Why Choose a VPS?
Posted by David on 02 August 2011 11:00 AM

If you are looking for a hosting package and want the control of a Dedicated Server, but with the affordability of Shared Hosting, then VPS may be the answer. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and has become the preferred hosting solution for small to medium sized businesses.

It effectively provides a solution which successfully balances the limitations of shared hosting and the flexibility of dedicated server hosting. The reason it has become so popular is that it provides control which is at a similar level to a dedicated server, but at a price which is far more affordable and similar to that of shared hosting.

VPS Compared to a Dedicated Server

  • It is burstable and therefore you only take the available resources you need, as and when you require them
  • It has the functionality of a Dedicated Server at a far lower cost.
  • Backup is made easy as you can simply manage your own backups via your control Panel
  • Managing your VPS is made easy by allowing you to access your user friendly control panel for simple and easy upgrade of your VPS at any time.
  • You have the flexibility to increase your service plan as and when you require more resources when you grow.

VPS Compared to Shared Hosting

  • Security is provided in that your file system is not accessible or viewable by any other customer, therefore providing you with the assurance that all your files and information are private and secure.
  • You have control over the Server, as with either administrative or root access, you can modify server configuration files, install applications or modify system software.
  • As you are fully isolated from other users and actions on the server, no other customer can slow down or affect the service that you receive.
  • The performance of your resources will be guaranteed based on your plan, nothing else on the server will affect the performance of your VPS.

Netcetera offers a wide range of Virtual Servers which start from as little as £14.99/pm and include FREE setup.  To find out more about how Netcetera’s wide range of solutions can help you, contact our Sales Team today.

 


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Jul
5
What is Shared Hosting?
Posted by David on 05 July 2011 10:10 AM

Shared Hosting has emerged as the much preferred choice for millions of individuals and small businesses wanting to successfully host their website with minimum hassle.

Shared Web Hosting is a great way to start as it allows you to keep the costs very low and is ideal for personal use, hobbies or small businesses. In the case of Shared Hosting your server space and other resources are shared with other users. To do this, the hosting company gives each user a partition of the hard drive.

The provider is generally responsible for managing servers, installing server software, security updates, technical support, and other aspects of the service. Your site will usually be on a server with hundreds of other web sites. That may sound like a lot, but it works out extremely well because most sites don’t generate enough traffic or use enough resources for it to become a problem.

Shared hosting will allow you to host multiple websites, depending on the plan you purchase. This will be done simply by adding secondary domains through your hosting control panel.

Netcetera Shared HostingNow that you know what Shared Hosting is, how do you choose who to host with?  There are a number of factors that should be considered when making your decision.

Price – It is important to consider if the hosting company offers a good price or a discount for annual payments. Netcetera hosting solutions start from as a little as £2.99/pm and for annual payments, there is one month FREE.

Multiple hosting packages – Shared Hosting service providers should offer a number of packages with different features to choose from. Netcetera offers three different hosting packages, Developer, One, and Reseller.

Features – You should find a number of features bundled in various packages. Some features which are included in Netcetera’s shared hosting are: Support for an array of programming languages like JAVA, PHP, PERL, Python, Multiple Email Accounts, MySQL databases,  ASP.NET, ASP.MVC, Webmatrix and much more.

Trial Period – This is a key factor because as it allows the user to “test drive” the hosting solution prior to purchasing. Netcetera offers a 30 day Trial Period!

Technical support – This is one of the most important factors when making your decision.  It is vital that there is availability of technical support from dedicated technicians, with a specialized department to handle any server issues, troubleshooting, installation issue etc. Netcetera has 24/7 Technical Support via ticket/email/chat/telephone with a one hour response time!

If you are looking at hosting your new website, please visit http://www.netcetera.co.uk/hosting/ or contact our Sales Team for any assistance or information.


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Jun
27
Why is it so important to renew your domain name?
Posted by David on 27 June 2011 05:22 PM

What happens if you don’t renew your Domain Name on its expiry date?

  • Your customers won’t be able to find you anymore and this of course means that they will not have access to the information that you provide about your company online.
  • The brand that you have worked so hard to build up will be undermined.
  • Your search engine ranking will need to be built up again and undoubtedly this will mean losing customers.
  • You will need to change all your email addresses.  You will have no further contact with your clients, no email orders or requests and potentially could lose contact with these clients, and of course friends.
  • All your online services, like internet banking, online shopping, social networking etc, which use your email address as a log-in will need to be changed.

So as you can see, there could is a huge impact on your business if you don’t renew your domain name, however, perhaps the most important point to remember, is that if you don’t renew it, anyone else can register it , and they can do it within seconds of it being made available.  As soon as this happens, they can receive all your hard earned website traffic, search engine rankings etc that have become associated with your domain name.

Recently, a very well known children’s gaming site, Club Penguin which is owned by Disney forgot to renew their domain name.  The site was down for several days and surely caused them many headaches.   The site was launched in 2005 and bought by the Walt Disney Corporation in 2007 for $350 million.  It is an online world of mini games and chat rooms and they claim to have 12 million members.  So, as you can see, even huge corporations can forget these details, surely they won’t do it again!

Normally there is a grace period of 30 days or more in same cases, to allow the Domain Name Owner to pay for the registration, before anyone can register your domain name.

Here at Netcetera, as a reminder, we send you an email with an attached invoice 14 days before the expiry date. You will also be able to check all your domain names which are ready to expire by logging into your client area and, they can be found under the header called “Upcoming Domain Renewals”.

Your domain name will be renewed automatically if we have your payment details on file, but in case we don’t have any up to date details, the payment will be rejected and your domain won’t be renewed.

Please make sure that your payment details and email address are up to date to avoid any problems with your domain name.

Your domain name is valuable – make sure you look after it.

If you have any questions please contact our Sales Team


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Jun
2
Why is everyone talking about Microsoft Webmatrix?
Posted by David on 02 June 2011 10:34 AM

Microsoft have recently announced their latest development in technology, called Webmatrix.  They have taken web development one step further and developed a new lightweight web development tool which integrates all their previous web development tools like Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, and makes it even easier for people to get started with web development using ASP.NET.  It provides core coding and database support, as well as integrating with an open source web gallery.  It includes support to easily publish or deploy sites and applications to web hosting providers.

Netecetera and the Microsoft WebmatrixThe best news about this, is that it is FREE! It is downloadable, quick to install and is only 15MB!

WebMatrix is a task-focused tool that has been designed to make it really easy to get started with web development. It minimizes the number of concepts and skills that someone needs to learn in order to get simple things done, as well as including and integrating all the components necessary to build Web sites quickly and efficiently.

Of course, once you have created a website, it will need to be hosted! Netcetera provide the perfect hosting solution for this, with prices starting from as little as £2.99/pm, including loads of web space, databases and much more. The price also includes FREE migration from your current host.  As always with Netcetera, you will receive 24/7 unlimited email /ticket/chat/telephone support (UK BASED) and guaranteed 1 hour ticket response.

Netceteara Webmatrix

Find out more information at http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/ or feel free to contact our friendly and helpful sales team.

 

 

 


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Jun
1
Is Server Location important for Your Website?
Posted by David on 01 June 2011 10:28 AM
  • Is Server Location important for increasing Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for your website?
  • Are you planning on launching a website in a foreign country or, having a website in multiple languages targeting different countries?

If these are questions that you have asked yourself, then it is important to consider Server Location and Domain Name Extension.

What is the Server Location? This is the location of the server where your website will be hosted. For example if you choose to host with Netcetera, your website will be hosted in the UK.

Netcetera International Domain NamesWhat is the Domain Name Extension? Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses, the most common ones are .com, . net, .co.uk etc.

If you’re serious about localising your website and targeting local customers, you may consider hosting country-specific domains on servers (Server Location) within the target countries. This makes maintaining your web infrastructure more complex, but there are considerable SEO benefits. For example, having a www.yourcompany.it (Local Domain) domain hosted on an Italian server will help you to achieve better rankings in the Italian version of Google.

Having country-specific domains is particularly important if you are targeting a country whose language uses a non-Latin script, like Chinese or Russian.

Another important point to consider is that if your competitor has similar site hosted in Italy (similar page rank etc), he is likely to be shown higher in google.it results and you are likely to be shown higher in google.com results. Naturally you would much rather have the higher ranking in google.it.

Successful search optimization for international markets may require professional translation of web pages, but registration of a domain name with a top level domain in the target market, and web hosting that provides a local IP address is also important. Otherwise, the fundamental elements of search optimization are essentially the same.

For any information about purchasing Domain Names in other countries, please visit http://www.netcetera.co.uk/domains/ or contact our Sales Team.


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May
25
Get Personal with a .IM Domain Name!
Posted by David on 25 May 2011 02:08 PM

Netcetera have reduced the price for registering .IM domain names to only £4.98 for the first year instead of £40.00!

Netcetera IM Domain Name

What make .IM domains a fantastic alternative? Have a look below and see for yourself.

  • NEW Google Apps integration
  • FREE Parking
  • FREE DNS Hosting
  • FREE Web and Email forwarding
  • Advanced Control Panel
  • Unlimited Technical Support

Netcetera prides themselves on their fast, secure domain registration service with no compromise on features and absolutely no hidden costs.

Also, for just £2.99/pm you can also add an affordable hosting package with a ton of web space, databases and much more , these are great solutions for bloggers and small businesses!

The promotion ends 31 May 2011, so don’ t waste any time to take up this fantastic offer!!

Find out more at http://www.netcetera.co.uk/promotions/domains or feel free to contact our helpful sales team.


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