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New gTLD Report – April 2019

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From .TOP moving up a rank to the first spot with a 21% spike in its registrations to .XYZ retaining its third spot to .LIVE making its way to the top 5, all of these new gTLD had an impact on the trending new gTLD list during the month of April. But they weren’t the only ones driving registrations during the month. A 50% and 60% jump in the registrations of .STORE and .BLOG respectively can also be attributed to the rise in the overall registrations. Let’s dig in further and review which new gTLDs made it to the top 15! Spots on the trending new gTLD top 15 list are as follows: New gTLD Report – April 2019Infogram *Registration Numbers Facilitated by ResellerClub .TOP:  This new gTLD that has secured the second spot for a while, witnessed a surge in its registration numbers in the month of April. It can thus be deduced that the low promo price of $0.99 is what caused a spike of 21% in the registration of this new gTLD in the global markets. .TOP grabbed a 20% share of the overall registrations of the new gTLDs registered in April. .ONLINE: Capturing a 19% share of the total new gTLDs registered in the month of April, .ONLINE secured the second spot. The 87% discount on the price of .ONLINE to $3.99 helped this new gTLD score a huge amount of registrations from the global markets. .XYZ:  Being able to consistently hold onto to its third spot on the list of trending new gTLDs, .XYZ has been able to dominate the global markets with its promo price of $0.99. This new gTLD that connects to the different generations of internet users was able to grab an 11% share of the total registrations in the month of April. .SITE: The 2% climb in the registration numbers of this new gTLD helped it move up to the fourth spot in the month of April. .SITE also saw a 38% drop in its promo price to $3.99 compared to the previous month that led to a boost in the registration of this new gTLD. This new gTLD grabbed a 9% share of the total new gTLDs registered. .LIVE: A rise in the registration of this new gTLD led .LIVE to move up a spot to the fifth in the trending new gTLD list during the month of April and thus was able to secure a 4% share of the total registrations. .LIVE was being sold at a promo price of $1.99. While a spike in the registrations of .ICU helped it to move up to the sixth spot in April, .ONE secured a spot on the top 15 list as a new entrant. The promo price of $6.99 prompted the registrations of .BLOG to increase by 60%. .STORE also witnessed a 50% growth in its registration numbers during the month owing to its promo price of $7.99. Here’s a peek into the exciting domain promos we’ve got lined up for the month of May Take your customer’s business to greater heights with a .TOP domain extension at just $0.99. Get your bloggers a platform to share their ideas and thoughts online with a .BLOG domain at just $6.99. Get your customer’s business on the internet with a .ONLINE domain extension at just $3.99. And that’s it folks! Check out all our trending domain promos here and get the right one for your customer’s business. You can also head to our Facebook or Twitter pages to get all the updates about our trending domain promos. Just look out for the posts with #domainpromos. See you there! .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post New gTLD Report – April 2019 appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

So Many Hosting Providers — Which One Brings the Best Web Hosting?

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Wading through the sea of hosting providers to find the best web hosting can be a difficult and frustrating challenge. Many people aren’t sure what to look for when reading the many different hosting plans. Well, you’re in luck: we’ve created this guide to help you decide on which hosting provider is best for you. What to Really Look For In Finding The Best Web Hosting Reading over hosting plans can be like reading a foreign language if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Continue reading So Many Hosting Providers — Which One Brings the Best Web Hosting? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Everything You Need to Know About Email on Your VPS

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Once you have your website up and running on a VPS hosting service, you should give serious consideration to switching over your company’s emails to the same VPS. If your business is like most others, you probably rely on email and the idea of not having access to it can send shivers down your spine. When email first came out, many people thought of it as a fad and then they began to claim that it would be replaced by some other form of technology. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Email on Your VPS at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Four Ways We Make Your Magento Store Faster

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Magento is still one of the best eCommerce platforms available for merchants looking to optimize the eCommerce experience. Between incredible functionality and unrivaled product management, it provides the ability to create storefronts that can’t be created in other, comparable applications. In 2018, we found that the top reason merchants chose Magento was functionality. Yet great… Continue reading →

11 Ways Your Online Store Can Compete with Mega-Retailers (And Win)

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It’s hard to grasp the sheer scale of mega-retailers such as Amazon. In 2018, Amazon alone was projected to take in almost 50 percent of US online sales. Plus, during the most recent holiday season, it accounted for 5 percent of the $1,002 trillion Americans spent. Launching an e-commerce store that can compete with those numbers is difficult, to put it lightly. Fortunately, your online store doesn’t have to beat the likes of Amazon or eBay to be successful. What it needs to do is find a share of the market for itself and learn how to thrive within that retail niche. That way, you’ll be able to scale your store and increase its earnings organically over time. In this article, we’re going to talk about 11 strategies you can implement to compete with e-commerce giants such as Amazon. We’re not saying you’ll end up making more money than Jeff Bezos, but every extra dollar helps, so let’s get to it! 1. Focus on Niche Products and Services Wherever it is that you live, chances are there are a handful of online megastores where you can buy almost anything you want. Those types of stores excel at casting a wide net to catch as many buyers as possible. The problem is that they often can’t compete with specialized sites when it comes to offering more niche items. For example, while one of those mega-retailers might have hundreds of generic mugs for sale, you could offer to create custom designs, thereby filling a more specific niche. The main takeaway here is that if you’re starting out, the smart move is not to try and compete at every level. What you need to do is have a specific buyer persona in mind and focus on those buyers, offering the products and services they want. In many cases, filling a particular retail niche may even enable you to command higher prices, so it’s a win-win scenario. 2. Offer Subscription-Based Services Offering subscriptions is an excellent strategy because it allows you to create consistent, recurring income. Plenty of big-box stores offer subscriptions. Amazon, for example, offers the incredibly popular Prime service. Even more niche stores, such as Humble Bundle, understand the power of subscriptions. On top of offering cheap video games, this store enables users to pay a set price each month for more stuff. Just because you run an online store doesn’t mean that all your income has to come from product sales. You can also offer subscriptions for monthly freebies, discounts in your store, access to exclusive deals, and more. Keep in mind, though — whatever angle you decide to take with subscriptions, it should synergize with your store’s products. Be Awesome on the InternetJoin our monthly newsletter for tips and tricks to build your dream website!Sign Me Up 3. Provide Better and/or Cheaper Shipping Options Competing with massive online stores when it comes to shipping can be difficult. They move such large volumes of products that they can get access to discounts and perks small online stores can’t hope to match. What you can do to compete is offer better-quality shipping options for your particular region. In most cases, smaller stores will focus on specific cities or just one country. That means you have the edge over more global stores, since you may be able to offer faster shipping times and a more personalized experience throughout the process. In some cases, you might even have access to cheap shipping options you haven’t considered. For example, there are a lot of local startups focused around product deliveries. Partnering with them may enable you to offer ultra-fast low-cost shipping, depending on where your customers are located. Related: How to Build an Awesome WooCommerce Store with OceanWP 4. Excel When It Comes to Customer Service The level of customer service you offer can make or break your store. People might be willing to take a chance and buy from a retailer they don’t know, but if you treat them poorly, you can be sure they won’t come back. Some of the most common service-related mistakes small retailers make include: Taking too long to answer customer questions Offering cookie-cutter answers to customers Giving inaccurate shipping estimates or sending packages late Just to drive home how vital the customer experience is, keep in mind that happy clients are more likely to send new business your way. Likewise, retaining customers is much cheaper than collecting new leads. In other words, a little more time spent on ensuring better service can pay off for years to come. Related: How Your Online Business Can Nail Customer Service During the Holidays 5. Optimize Your Online Store in Every Way You Can The difference between one and three seconds may seem insignificant, but it’s not — particularly if you run an online retail store. Studies show that if your website takes more than a few seconds to load, people start getting impatient. Amazon alone estimates that a one-second delay in its loading times could cost up to $1.6 billion in lost sales over the course of a year. In other words, your website needs to be fast. There are a lot of factors that can hurt its performance, such as: Using a hosting plan that doesn’t offer enough resources. Failing to optimize your images. Adding too many scripts to your pages. Not using browser caching. Reasons two through four fall under the category of poor website optimization. Still, it doesn’t matter how much effort you sink into optimization if your web host isn’t up to par. What we recommend is that you measure your site’s loading times, try to optimize them, and consider moving to a new host if you’re still not seeing the results you want. Shared Hosting That Powers Your PurposeWe make sure your website is fast, secure and always up so your visitors trust you.Choose Your Plan 6. Use Social Media to Promote Your Store and Its Products The largest online retailers can spend millions on advertising each day. At the same time, so many people are familiar with them that word of mouth alone is often enough to get them plenty of sales. ‘Mom-and-pop’ online stores, on the other hand, need to be much savvier when it comes to marketing. Since you can’t compete in terms of budget, the easiest way to get attention to your store is via social media. This involves: Being active on several social media platforms. Knowing how to engage with your audience and reach new users. Connecting with influencers who can promote your products. Using non-traditional forms of content, such as infographics, for higher engagement. The main takeaway is that small businesses need to make more of an effort to get online conversions. However, if you know which platforms to focus on and you have a good grasp of social media, these approaches should yield excellent results. Also, keep in mind that it might be worthwhile to hire a social media manager if you’re not as savvy in this area, as it’s essential to your store’s success. 7. Work on Your Email Marketing Strategy There’s a reason almost every single website and online store wants your email address. They understand that it’s a powerful tool to drive sales and increase engagement. About half of all US internet users check their email multiple times per day, and up to 60 percent of users say that the messages they get influence their purchases. More importantly, email marketing is incredibly scalable, even for a small store. The more addresses you collect, the more sales you can drive via campaigns. What’s more, most email marketing platforms enable you to send an almost unlimited number of messages for a low price. That’s not to say that you should spam your subscribers, however. In fact, you should only contact them when you have something of value to offer, such as product discounts, important news, and so on. If you’re already using email marketing but you want to get more out of it, then it may be time to review your strategy. 8. Consider Streamlining Your Product Catalog It stands to reason that the more products you offer, the more sales you’re likely to get. The problem is that managing a huge catalog of items can be much more complicated than you’d imagine. For each product, you have to consider sourcing, storage, shipping costs, marketing materials, and more. For massive online stores, that isn’t a problem. They’re all about volume, and they can throw all the manpower they want at the above tasks. However, the more strapped you are for money and personnel, the more that overextension can hurt you. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to run a successful online store that offers a limited catalog of products. SlimFold, for example, built an entire e-commerce experience around a handful of unique wallets. Alt text: SlimFold has a streamlined product offering. Offering a limited catalog ties in perfectly with targeting a specific niche of users. As long as you know there’s demand for the products and services you offer, you can limit them to give a feeling of exclusivity, and even test higher price points. Related: How to Create a Loyalty Program for Your Website (And Why You Should) 9. Offer Multiple Payment Options When it comes to online purchases, most people rely on credit cards. However, there are a lot of payment processors you can use, including PayPal, Stripe, Amazon Pay, and many others. You’ve probably noticed that a lot of the major online retailers offer several payment options during their checkout processes. This enables customers to pick whichever choice they feel most comfortable with, so the store doesn’t lose out on any potential purchases. For smaller online stores, dealing with a lot of payment processors can be a hassle. It means that your earnings will come in via multiple channels, you’ll have to set up accounts for each one, and you’ll need to make sure you’re in compliance with various policies. However, despite those downsides, offering multiple payment options is still the way to go for most online stores. At the very least, you should enable users to pay via PayPal and the most popular credit cards — just to cover your bases. 10. Study the Competition Within Your Niche So far, we’ve focused mostly on how to compete with mega-retailers. However, it’s crucial that you don’t lose track of other smaller stores within your niche since they’re also competitors. Studying your direct competitors so you can provide a better experience than they do is incredibly important. After all, smaller stores can be much easier to overtake than e-commerce giants. You can compete with these competitors in a number of ways, such as: Offering better customer support service Including more shipment and payment options Creating a more user-friendly shopping experience Beating them at prices, if possible These are similar to some of the tactics we’ve discussed so far. Only this time, you’re competing against another David instead of Goliath. 11. Offer Only the Best-Quality Products Since you can’t generally compete with mega-retailers in terms of inventory, pricing, or shipment, you need to focus on quality. We’ve already talked about providing top-notch customer service, but making sure the products you offer are as good as they seem is also essential. These days, online megastores such as Amazon are getting overrun with cheap product knockoffs. That’s causing a real headache for the consumer, who doesn’t understand why they’re getting low-quality items from a retailer they know and trust. This opens up the opportunity for smaller online stores to attract those customers. In many cases, people who want high-quality items will turn to more specialized online stores. If you can guarantee that your products are the real deal, and you offer a solid return policy, this can be one of your best ways to get more sales. Supply Chain When it comes to an e-commerce business, you need to be realistic about your expectations. Competing with mega-retailers when it comes to inventory or pricing is just about impossible. However, there are plenty of e-commerce operations that manage to grow and thrive, despite all the competition they face. The key is to understand that although you can’t compete in some categories, there are plenty of areas where smaller stores can get a real edge. For example, smaller operations can provide much more personalized customer service or focus on product quality in a way that mega-retailers can’t. What do you think is the best way for online stores to compete with giants like Amazon or Walmart? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the DreamHost Community and let’s discuss! The post 11 Ways Your Online Store Can Compete with Mega-Retailers (And Win) appeared first on Website Guides, Tips and Knowledge.

The 5 Pages Every Website Needs

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The post The 5 Pages Every Website Needs appeared first on HostGator Blog. Your website is an important part of your business. Without it, you can lose potential customers and miss out on revenue. Whether you sell jewelry or counseling services, your site must tell a compelling story of who you are, how you can help visitors, what you offer, and how people can contact you. This virtual welcome gives people peace of mind. At a minimum, you’ll want to include five specific pages on your website to do this.  5 Pages Every Website Needs Do you have them all? Read below.   1. Homepage The homepage is where all the action happens on your site. It’s the first thing visitors see, and it determines if an individual will browse around or say goodbye. When crafting your homepage, you must think from the customer’s perspective. From navigation bars to images to copy, you control your visitors’ first impression. Visitors should clearly understand the objective of your homepage in just a few seconds. You want them to see your logo with a visible call-to-action button. CarMax implements this strategy flawlessly with simple copy and a self-explanatory header photo. Both new visitors and returning customers get user-friendly directions. Avoid cluttering your homepage with multiple, irrelevant images. You also don’t want outrageous color patterns. Represent your small business well by aiming for simplicity in your design. If you’re creating a new site or rebuilding an old one, get feedback from your potential visitors. Running a small soft launch will give you incredible insight to enhance your homepage. Your homepage should improve how visitors perceive your small business. It’s your gateway to raising brand awareness and gaining more conversions.   2. About Page The About page is an opportunity to elaborate on your brand’s vision and accomplishments. Be bold in your statements and discuss how your goals will help customers. Storytelling is pivotal for this page. You want readers to relate to your brand values, join your journey, and share the message with their family members and friends. “An About us page is meant to connect emotionally with people. Hence, when you own a story that tells how you have touched lives, say it loud to the world. Such content humanizes your business supplying meaning and context for your product,” says Prince Kapoor, a digital marketing analyst at LoginRadius. Rent the Runway uses its About page to share the company’s vision and mission. It discusses why the co-founders started the brand and gives an explanation for their relentless confidence. Then, it concludes with an open-ended question for the reader. Consider adapting your About page to fit your audience’s needs. You may want to write it in multiple languages or make it easy to read with a timeline graph.   3. Products or Services Page The products and services page is the crux of most websites. It should convert a casual visitor into a frequent shopper. Rightfully so, you want to spend a considerable amount of time improving this page for the customer experience. When crafting a product description, you’ll want to sell the benefits, not the features. Tell a vivid story that emphasizes how buyers will feel after purchasing your product. You want them to feel a part of the product before they even receive it. Product photography plays an integral role, too. Highlight multiple angles of the product and allow users to zoom in and out. When applicable, shoot a short video to strengthen the visual experience. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ product page offers a sleek, modern design. You don’t have to squint your eyes to see the product items. Shoppers also can visibly see the product’s star rating and price. If you sell services, write the same elaborate descriptions. Give your customers context into how you deliver your services. For example, a hairdresser may spotlight the in-store experience of a serene ambience with immediate service.   4. Blog Page The blog represents a major platform for your brand to talk directly with customers. You can feature product updates, the latest trends, and respond to buyers’ FAQs. Successful blogs are ongoing journeys, not destinations. Your blog must capture visitors’ attention and take them on your unique brand adventure. For instance, you may give them a behind-the-scenes look at product design or record a testimonial video with a happy customer. “Your blog posts can demonstrate your expertise in a particular subject area by sharing high-quality and relevant information with your readers. Over time, you can become known as a go-to resource that provides consistent and useful information,” writes Alyssa Gregory, an entrepreneur, writer, and marketer. The Slack blog coincides with the brand’s mission to be a collaboration hub. You can read articles about product tips, work culture, and productivity. It’s a true reflection of teamwork. In your blog, stay away from using your every post to sell products. Customers will quickly get annoyed and visit your competitor’s site. Instead, offer your visitors solutions and inspire them to live better.   5. Contact Page Communication helps build solid relationships with your customers. You get to learn about their needs and desires as it relates to your products. Plus, it opens the door to receiving critical feedback. Think of your contact page as a customer support tool. The priority is to deliver a superb service, no matter the visitor’s reason. You want customers to get accurate information as well. Depending on your type of business, you may post the brand’s physical address, email address, or phone number. If you have a live chat option, please express the availability of the support agents on the page. When customers land on Burger King’s contact page, they see an option to receive free food for completing a survey. They also can leave a message or call the fast food chain’s headquarters. Your contact page should be easily accessible. You don’t want customers clicking through five different pages to connect with your business. The contact page is the perfect spot to set customer expectations. Let your visitors know your response time and commit to that promise.   Upgrade Your Website Educate your visitors with key information about your business. Your website is an effective tool to boost brand awareness and earn more sales. Upgrade your site with all the pertinent pages. Get started building your website today. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Managed vs Unmanaged VPS Hosting: Core Differences

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Go back in time and think, what it was like when you first started your business website. Most likely, you were just making your way in the business world with little or no knowledge of what was to come next. A business like everything starts small, and in time grows with the right marketing and nurturing. Not only does your business grow in its clientele and income but also, the incoming traffic to the website. And increased traffic is directly proportional to slower website speed. However, there is a catch, the former statement is only true if your business has outgrown the hosting plan. Like most new businesses, chances are you too must have started with hosting your business on a Shared Hosting platform. But as your business evolves so do its need and with that comes the time to switch to a different type of hosting. Out of the several hosting options available, VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting is one of the most preferred options available. The reason being, it is the perfect mix of Shared and Dedicated Hosting environment. VPS Hosting can be categorized into two main types viz. Managed and Unmanaged VPS Hosting. In this article, my aim is to help you understand what these two types of VPS Hosting (Managed vs Unmanaged VPS) include, their advantages, differences and which should you as a business owner choose. Let us begin! What is Managed VPS Hosting? Managing a server requires time, effort and technical expertise. In Managed VPS Hosting, your service provider takes care of all the server related responsibilities like core updates, maintenance, software installation etc. so you, the business owner can concentrate fully on growing your business. Managed VPS Hosting in simple words, is a hands-free approach. If you are a new business owner with little or no technical experience, then Managed VPS Hosting is your go-to hosting solution, as you need not worry about anything server related. What is Unmanaged VPS Hosting? As the name suggests, unlike Managed VPS Hosting in Unmanaged VPS Hosting you, the business owner, have to take care of all the server responsibilities and maintenance tasks, whereas, your hosting provider only takes care of the physical server and its availability. If you choose to opt for Unmanaged VPS Hosting then you should have the technical expertise or dedicated in-house resources managing your server, operating system and other server related resources. Even if you are technically sound, Unmanaged VPS Hosting is better suited if you are an established business as opposed to an emerging one, because the main focus is establishing your business in the market. Advantages of VPS Hosting Be it Managed VPS Hosting or UnManaged VPS Hosting, the benefits are the same. Let us have a quick look at some of the top benefits: Root Access: VPS Hosting is a bridge between Shared and Dedicated Hosting and as such it includes features of both. With VPS Hosting your server is isolated from other servers in spite of being hosted on the same physical server. Hence, you have complete root access to customize and manage your server and its resources. Instant Provisioning of Resources:Server resources like CPU, RAM, OS are provisioned instantly as soon as your server is up and running. These resources can also be scaled easily depending on your incoming traffic. However, note that the resources are scalable and not the hosting plan. Security:Since VPS Hosting is isolated like that of a Dedicated Hosting, it provides top-notch security to the website hosted on it. This is true even though all websites share the same physical server, as the IP addresses are dedicated to individual servers. Performance: VPS Hosting comes with both SSD and HDD hard drive, however, most businesses these days opt for SSD VPS Hosting as its benefits outweigh that of HDD. SSD VPS Hosting improves the website loading speed which, in turn, improves the performance of the website, as well as, the Google search ranking. You can read more about the benefits here. Core Differences There are not many differences between Managed vs Unmanaged VPS Hosting. Let us have a look at the two most crucial ones: Managed VPS Hosting Unmanaged VPS Hosting Server maintenance and upgradation are taken care of by the hosting provider. Your hosting provider only takes care of maintaining the physical server and its guaranteed uptime. Slightly expensive cost-wise but the best choice for beginners. Cheaper compared to Managed VPS Hosting but ideal for experienced users. What Should You Choose? By now I’m sure you’ve figured out which hosting is the most suited for your business website between Managed VPS and Unmanaged VPS Hosting if you plan to switch to VPS Hosting. And just like choosing the right hosting is important so is the choice of the hosting provider. A good hosting provider can make or break your website as no matter which hosting type you choose, the availability and uptime of your website depends on the availability of the main server. We at ResellerClub offer fully Managed VPS Hosting with a maximum of 99.99% uptime, 24*7 support, top-notch infrastructure, DDoS protection, and much more so that you can relax and concentrate on running your business while we manage the technicalities. With this, we come to an end and I hope you now have a fair understanding of Managed vs Unmanaged VPS Hosting and which to choose. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below! Until next time. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Managed vs Unmanaged VPS Hosting: Core Differences appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

Does Best Hosting for WordPress Exist or Will Any Hosting Work?

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If you’re trying to determine the best hosting for WordPress, then you have a lot of different options available to you. Frankly, many people wonder if there is an ideal hosting platform for their WordPress site. The reality is that there are many hosting selections you can make, but the one that is best for you depends on several options including your needs and budget. Let’s take a look at the full range of hosting options to determine which one would work best for you. Continue reading Does Best Hosting for WordPress Exist or Will Any Hosting Work? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Cheap Hosting Isn’t Always Quality Hosting

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Is it possible to get cheap web hosting that still works well? That depends. Some reputable companies offer low introductory rates without cutting features to attract customers. But, more often than not, “cheap” means poor quality. The tricky part is separating the good from the bad. Below we’ll go over how to tell a quality hosting company from a poor hosting company, no matter the price: What can I expect to pay for web hosting? Continue reading Cheap Hosting Isn’t Always Quality Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Top Tips for Beginner Bloggers

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Blogging is no longer just for travelers or to post on your backup WordPress site. It has become a great way to reach an audience and even make a little money in doing so. As with anything, getting started is always the hard part. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you along! Figure out what your blog will be about. Before you start typing away, you’ll want to nail down what your blog is going to be about. Continue reading Top Tips for Beginner Bloggers at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Rackspace VP Lisa McLin Wins Woman of the Year Gold Stevie

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Please join us in congratulating Vice President of Channel Sales and Channel Chief Lisa McLin for winning a Gold Stevie for Woman of the Year in the Business Services Industries category of the American Business Awards. “Brains, determination and grit – that’s what we look for in our Woman of the Year,” one ABA judge […] The post Rackspace VP Lisa McLin Wins Woman of the Year Gold Stevie appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Web Development Toolbox

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A website builder, website hosting, and a knowledge database are key tools to have in your web development toolbox. With the need for your website to operate at full capacity at all times, making sure you have the right tools in place is of utmost concern; this is why InMotion Hosting has worked to bring you these tools. In this article, we’ll discuss why each tool is important, and how to use them. Website Builder A website builder is possibly the most important tool you can have. Continue reading Web Development Toolbox at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Benefits of Joomla Hosting

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The post Benefits of Joomla Hosting appeared first on HostGator Blog. When you’re building your website, one of the big decisions you face is which web hosting plan to choose. As you research your different options, you’ll find that there are a lot of different types of web hosting plans out there. It can be a little confusing figuring out what’s what. Along with navigating the details of how a shared plan differs from a VPS, there’s also a whole category of application web hosting plans to consider. One of these is Joomla hosting. What is Joomla Hosting? Joomla hosting is a web hosting plan that provides compatibility with the content management system Joomla. For businesses and individuals that decide to build their website using Joomla, a Joomla hosting plan is a logical choice to ensure that your web hosting plan works well with the main system you use to run and maintain your website. What is Joomla? The reasons to consider a Joomla hosting plan probably won’t make much sense to you if you’re not already familiar with Joomla. Joomla is one of the most popular content management systems available. Over 2 million websites are powered by Joomla, and it falls only behind WordPress in popularity. If you’re still not sure what all that means, you should start by learning what a content management system is. What is a Content Management System? A content management system, regularly shortened to CMS in casual usage, is a type of software that allows people to create, edit, organize, and publish content online using an intuitive interface. For the many people who want to build and run a website, but don’t know the proper coding languages to build something from scratch, a CMS is a much easier option for creating a new website and making updates to it over time. In addition to providing ease of use, a CMS also provides the website owner control over the amount of access to allow different contributors to have. For businesses or media sites where a number of different people are involved in making updates and changes to the site, a CMS lets you decide what changes you’re comfortable allowing each person to make, and set a limitation on what they can do accordingly. That can save you from a contributor making big changes to your website without permission, or accidentally doing something that breaks an important page on the site. For any website that will publish a large amount of content—blogs, media sites, or businesses doing content marketing, for instance—a CMS platform is a valuable tool for managing all the content you’ve created. Because you can provide access to multiple people, it enables collaboration between the content creators, editors, designers, and anyone else who will be involved in a particular piece of content. You can use your CMS to keep track of which pieces of content are in draft form, scheduled for a future date, and already published. The functionality a CMS provides also helps you stay organized and on top of your content calendar. How Does Joomla Measure Up to Other Content Management Systems? If that all sounds like something you want when creating your website and updating it over time, then you should know Joomla is just one of several options. Joomla is one of the three main content management systems that dominate the CMS market; the other two are WordPress and Drupal. Before you can choose a CMS, you must know the differences between WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal to see which one is the best option for you and your website. WordPress is the most popular CMS and widely regarded as being the easiest to use, particularly for beginners. WordPress hosting solutions are also available. Drupal is the third most popular and known for having a steep learning curve that makes it better for skilled developers than for beginners. But the added difficulty of Drupal comes with the potential for more power and customization options for those who know what they’re doing. Joomla falls directly between the two in popularity, ease of use, and functionality. It’s still an accessible option for beginners, although will take a little more time and work to learn than WordPress. By using the thousands of Joomla extensions available, you can add a wide range of features and functionality to your website, making it a flexible option that allows for extensive customization. Notably, all three options are available for free, but with plugins, Joomla extensions, or themes that sometimes come at a cost. And all three have a solid community of users who provide support and resources about how to use the CMS. They’re all good options, but for businesses that want a little more functionality than WordPress and are prepared to spend a little more time learning, but don’t have the level of skill required for Drupal, Joomla is the best choice. 5 Benefits of the Joomla Hosting Platform If you decide Joomla is the right CMS for you, you still need to decide on your web hosting plan. Joomla provides the structure for building and updating your website, but doesn’t offer hosting services. While most web hosting plans you consider will work for a Joomla site, seeking out a application web hosting plan rather than a typical web hosting plan can provide some unique benefits. Choosing Joomla vs. Drupal or WordPress hosting solutions will mean you can count on a few main things over the other CMS platforms. 1. Installation will be easy. Adding Joomla to a Joomla hosting account will typically mean one-click installation. You don’t have to worry about a lengthy process of connecting your Joomla account to your web hosting one. Within a couple of minutes, everything will be in place for you use and you’ll be ready to publish your Joomla-built website to the web. 2. Adding Joomla to your account will be free. While web hosting plans come at a cost, when you use Joomla hosting you can be confident that using Joomla with your web hosting plan won’t add any additional cost or fees to your subscription. Your web hosting cost will remain the amount you agreed to for the plan, even after you connect your accounts. 3. You can count on compatibility. The last thing you want is to figure out the web hosting plan you choose has compatibility issues with the CMS you built your entire website on. When you choose Joomla hosting for a website built with Joomla, you know right from the start that the two accounts will work well together. Your web hosting plan will have no problem accommodating your Joomla site, and your work in Joomla won’t cause any problems with your web hosting. 4. Making updates will be intuitive. One of the big benefits of using Joomla is that it makes all the ongoing updates you’ll need to make to your website—big and small—easy to do yourself, without having to call on a web development professional to help. With the right Joomla hosting plan, you can ensure that all the updates you make to your website are still easy with Joomla, and any updates you need to make to your hosting plan will be simple and intuitive as well. 5.  You have two sources for helpful support. If you’re not an expert on building and running a website—and maybe even if you are—you’ll hit up against issues working on your website where you need help. When you use Joomla to build your website, you gain access to a large community of Joomla users who provide help and support in the Joomla forum, in Joomla user groups that meet around the world, and at a number of events and conferences that are all about Joomla. And that’s in addition to the educational materials like courses and tutorials that are readily available online. With a good Joomla hosting provider, you also gain access to a committed customer support team who can help you out with many additional aspects of keeping your website working the way you want. This is especially valuable if you go with a web hosting provider that offers 24/7 customer support or provides additional skilled services to help out with things like SEO, PPC, or web design. Even with an intuitive web hosting plan and CMS like Joomla, many aspects of running a website can be difficult, so having multiple sources you can turn to for help is a valuable benefit. 5 Things to Look for in a Joomla Hosting Plan If you’ve decided that you want to use Joomla and invest in a Joomla hosting plan for your website, there are a few main features to consider in your search. 1. Scalability When choosing a Joomla hosting provider, you have to think about what you need today, but you’ll make a better long-term choice if you also consider what you could need in the future. Determine whether the web hosting company you go with provides room to grow. Will it be easy to upgrade your plan down the line if your website starts getting a lot more traffic, or if you decide to expand your website to include features that require a higher level of bandwidth? Figure out what type of plan best meets your needs today, but also look at some of the other plan options your provider offers. Do they look like a good fit for where you want your Joomla website to be in five years? Ten? 2. 24/7 Support A good web hosting provider will make a lot of what you need to do through your web hosting account simple and intuitive. But nonetheless, you may well have times where you need a little help figuring out how to do something or fixing a problem that’s not working right. When that happens, you want to get ahold of someone that knows how to help and can provide the information you need fast. Any web hosting provider you choose (as long as they offer paid plans), should provide customer support. But also check to see if the support they provide is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And check some hosting reviews to see if their customer support team has a reputation for having a good track record. The quality and accessibility of the customer support you receive can make a big difference in how satisfied you are with a Joomla hosting provider. 3. 99% Uptime Uptime is the term used in the web hosting industry to describe the amount of time your website is accessible to visitors on the web. Because web hosting servers occasionally have to go offline for maintenance, no company can promise 100% uptime. And web servers can go offline for a number of additional reasons, such as hackers, improper maintenance, parts breaking, or web servers being affected physically by extreme weather conditions like flooding. Part of what you pay a Joomla web hosting provider for is to keep their web servers well maintained and working consistently. The most reliable companies put a lot of work into delivering on that. Look for a web hosting company that offers at least 99% uptime, but ideally promises closer to 99.9% 4. Security Website security is an issue every website owner has to prioritize today. Data breaches and hacked websites are an all too common reality, and often websites built using a CMS are a particular target since hackers know how to find vulnerabilities in the CMS code. While there are a number of steps you can take to make your website more secure from hackers, including keeping your Joomla version up to date, one of the best ways to ensure website security is choosing the right web hosting provider, Check that your Joomla hosting provider has a reputation for using strong firewalls to keep their web servers protected, and that they offer key security features like an SSL certificate and security software. 5. Affordability Web hosting is a necessary expense if you want to have a website, but it doesn’t have to be a large one. A good Joomla hosting plan can start at less than $3 a month for shared web hosting, which is usually a good choice for new websites. When you’re considering your options, you have to think about what you can afford. In some cases, paying a little more can be worth it for what you get for the extra money—such as choosing a web hosting plan that includes features you need like an SSL certificate or a website builder. So consider carefully what you’re getting for the cost, and make sure it fits in your website budget. Find Joomla Hosting Today HostGator offers Joomla hosting plans that check all the boxes on this list. We also offer easy setup, full compatibility with Joomla, 24/7 support, and 99.9% uptime with a money-back guarantee. If you’re ready to invest in a Joomla hosting plan, get started today.Whether you are looking for cloud hosting, dedicated server hosting, or Joomla hosting, HostGator offers all the best web hosting plans. Talk to one of our representatives today to learn more about the pros and cons of each option. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

The Best WooCommerce Plugins to Increase Sales

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Sales are the name of the game for any business. Especially eCommerce. Today we’re going to look at the top 6 plugins I recommend to clients to help them increase the sales of their WooCommerce stores. Email with Jilt One of the best converting mediums you have is email. If you’re not collecting email addresses and then doing something useful with them, you’re leaving money on the table. This is where Jilt comes in. Standout Features While other email options for your WooCommerce site have eCommerce features, they’ve almost always been added on to an email marketing platform. This is not the case with Jilt. Jilt was built out of the gate to address the needs of eCommerce stores. Right away they planned to make it easy for store owners with little technical background to get set up and start earning more with their stores via email marketing. To that end, Jilt has most of the email campaigns you’ll need built right in out of the gate. You don’t have to search through blog posts for links to workflows and automations, they’re ready to go within minutes of installing it on your site. Why You Need It You have better things to do than spend hours figuring out what email marketing works. Jilt makes it so easy to start sending lifecycle emails, deal with the segmentation of your purchasers, and have automation setup. Then you can get back to bring more marketing material to bear to increase the number of customers that know who you are. Finally, Jilt is a product of the team at Sky Verge, which has been a well respected WooCommerce plugin provider pretty much from the beginning. You can know that Jilt is backed up by top-notch knowledgeable support and solid code.  Want help building your WooCommerce store? Subscribe to our newsletter to get similar content delivered straight to your inbox. WooCommerce Points and Rewards How many of us have a coffee card in our pocket or on our phone? You know the type where you earn your way to a free coffee. You can provide a similar feature to your users with WooCommerce Points and Rewards. Standout Features WooCommerce Points and Rewards allows you to define different points levels for many different purchase types, but it’s not restricted to only purchases. You can reward customers for leaving a product review or for signing up to your email list. You can even manually adjust the points that a customer has so you could recognize them for something extra that isn’t on the usual list of rewards. Once customers have points, you can set the discount based on a conversion rate you choose. You can configure different discounts per product, or per category and even set a maximum discount and points that someone can use for a specific purchase. Why You Need It Points cards will help bring customers back to your store to see if they can earn more points. I go to the same coffee shop pretty much every time because I have already got a points card and earn based on it. According to Marketing Metrics, the probability of selling to an existing customer is up to 14 times higher than selling to a new customer. At the same time, some studies show that 60 – 80% of customers that describe themselves as satisfied don’t make a second purchase from a store even if they need a product sold there. These customers are happy to shop around again and show little loyalty to your store. You can help change this trend in your store by having a loyalty program and making it obvious to your customers. Cart Notices When your customers are ready to purchase they have already demonstrated that they trust you. This can be a good time to try and perform an up-sell with a custom Cart Notice. You do need to be careful you don’t make the checkout too overwhelming. Standout Features Cart Notices has lots of customizability so you can provide a custom message to your users based on what they have in their cart. This could take the form of a time-limited discount or an up-sell to a packaged product or better version of what they’re looking at purchasing. Cart Notices also lets you provide a call-to-action URL for customers to click so that the desired action can be taken right away by your customers. Why You Need It Depending on what statistics you look at, cart abandonment can be as high as 80%. You can help customers make a decision to purchase or increase the total value of the purchase by using Cart Notices. If you choose a deadline notice, you can encourage a purchase before that sale expires. Creating urgency will help increase sales. AffiliateWP If you’ve decided to add an affiliate program to your WooCommerce site the next step is to choose which system to use to maintain your affiliate program. This is where I recommend AffiliateWP. Standout Features While we’re focused on WooCommerce here, many site owners have other projects going on. If you need affiliate programs on many sites, then AffiliateWP has you covered because it supports so many different platforms. You can have a secondary membership site, and still use the same affiliate program you are comfortable with. AffiliateWP lets you change your referral rates between flat rate and percentage globally by the affiliate or by product. That means you can offer a lower rate for some people, but for a standout affiliate, you can reward them a bit extra for their continued support of your products. When you’re dealing with payouts and accounting, AffiliateWP has an easy to use export feature so you can get a clean CSV file to integrate into your accounting application of choice, such as Quickbooks. It also has integrations available for all of the popular WordPress plugins out there. That means you can hook your standard contact form into AffiliateWP with little difficulty and no custom development needed. Why You Need It A well-run affiliate program can give you access to markets that you usually wouldn’t have access to. Working with influencers in your industry and rewarding them for their work to promote your products will bring in more sales passively. Holler Box to Target Customers on Site Providing the right messaging to your customers at the right time is important, and that is where Holler Box can help you as it provides easy to use banners, pop-ups, and sale notifications for your WooCommerce site. Standout Features With Holler Box, you can provide timely messages to your customers while they’re viewing the site. Maybe you’re running a webinar and you want to make sure that they know about it. Holler Box will let you do this easily. Holler Box also integrates directly with your sales so you can show when users make a purchase. This provides social validation for your products that people can see as they browse your site. While Holler Box provides lots of templates for you to use, they’re also fully customizable so you can turn them into exactly what you want for your site and your customers. Why You Need It Showing great messages to your users can help provide social validation to your products, and even a bit of FOMO as they realize that they may not be able to purchase the products they want if they don’t act fast. Social validation is one of the keys cited by Robert Cialdini that will influence people to say yes to you. Smart Offers Where the previously mentioned Cart Notices plugin can grab your users before they purchase, Smart Offers takes it to another level by strategically offering users a product after they’ve made the purchase decision. This can be better because you’re not adding an extra decision before the purchase. Standout Features Smart Offers will let you add a single product or a range of products that can be offered after the customer initial purchase. You can even set Smart Offers up so that if they have already purchased Product A, they get offered an alternative upgrade after their initial purchase. If you want to dig a bit deeper into Smart Offers, I wrote a post about increasing your average order price with Smart Offers. Why You Need It When I wrote about streamlining your WooCommerce checkout I mentioned to get as much out of the way of a purchase decision as possible. Smart Offers allows you to do this and still increase the sales of your store by engaging with the extra sell after the user has purchased. You’re most certainly leaving money on the table if you’re not using Smart Offers with your WooCommerce Store. If you can use even a few of these plugins well, then you can increase the sales of your store. If you’re not sure which one to start with, then I’d recommend Smart Offers. Using this plugin alone many of my clients have seen a significant increase in sales. Learn More About How Customers Think To Increase Sales See Chris Lema’s webinar on eCommerce Decision-Making: How Customers Decide What To Buy to access to a five-step framework on how customers make decisions and the design implications for your store, which can also increase sales. The post The Best WooCommerce Plugins to Increase Sales appeared first on Liquid Web.

Don’t Wait to Seek Migration Expertise for SAP HANA

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For more than 25 years, I’ve been helping companies maximize their investment in SAP, one of the most popular and comprehensive enterprise resource planning solutions available. This is a critical time for companies that rely on SAP, as the 2025 deadline for migrating every traditional SAP solution to HANA — SAP’s in-memory, hybrid database management […] The post Don’t Wait to Seek Migration Expertise for SAP HANA appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

What is Virtualization and How Does it Work

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The last decade has witnessed a boom and growth in IT like no other. The challenge for many IT managers, now, is to balance peak performing services with reduced costs. Essentially, getting as much as they can out of fewer resources. One solution that enables them to do so, is virtualization. So, let’s discuss virtualization, as it has provided many a business with the opportunity to grow and reach heights that they wouldn’t have imagined. We’ll start by answering a simple question: what is virtualization? Virtualization defined: Virtualization refers to the process of creating a “virtual” version of something – such as an operating system (OS), a server, network resources or a storage device. How Virtualization Works: With virtualization, an application, a guest OS or data storage is separated from the underlying software or hardware. A thin software layer, known as a hypervisor, reproduces the functions and actions of the underlying hardware for the abstracted hardware or software – creating multiple virtual machines on a single physical system. While the performance of these virtual machines may not be at par with the OS running on true hardware, it’s still more than enough for most systems and applications. This is because most systems and applications do not utilise or need the full use of the underlying hardware. When this dependency is removed, the virtual machines (created by virtualization) offers its customers greater isolation, flexibility and control. Next, let’s briefly look at the types of virtualization. Types of Virtualization: Initially, virtualization was meant largely for server virtualization. However, the popularity of the method has helped it expand and grow to include networks, applications, data, desktop and storage. We’ll discuss each type briefly. Network Virtualization: Communication networks today are large, ever-evolving and growing increasingly complex. Due to this, their dependency on hardware is high, making it an extremely rigid and expensive structure to operate. Making changes to it or launching new products and services, becomes a time-consuming process. This is where virtualization comes into effect. Network virtualization essentially splits up the available bandwidth into channels – each of which is separate and mobile (that is, each channel can be reassigned or assigned to a particular server or device in real time). Virtualization masks the true complexity of the network, by splitting it into manageable parts (thus allowing for changes to be made and resources to be deployed on those specific channels, instead of the entire network.) Storage Virtualization: This process refers to the pooling together of physical storage space from multiple storage devices, into one. This single storage device is then managed by a central console. Storage virtualization helps by cutting down on massive management costs and helps companies utilise storage effectively. Desktop Virtualization: In this process, a workstation is virtualized as opposed to a server. This allows the user to access the desktop remotely, using what is known as a thin client. (A thin client is a low budget endpoint computing device that depends heavily on a network connection to a central server for its computational activities). Since the workstation is now running in a data server, accessing it becomes easier and more secure. It also helps by discounting the need for an Operating System license and infrastructure. Data Virtualization: This is an approach to data management, where applications can retrieve and manipulate data, without the need for technical data. Essentially, data retrieval and management can be done without knowing where it is physically located, how it is formatted, or how it is sourced. It delivers broader access by providing a unified and integrated view of business data in (close to) real time as required by applications, processes, analytics and business users. Application Virtualization: This is when the application layer is abstracted away from the OS. This allows the application to run in an encapsulated form, without needing on the underlying Operating System. With application virtualization, a Windows app can run on Linux. Server Virtualization: This process is where the server resources are hidden from server users. This includes information like the number of servers, the identity of the users, processors and operating systems that are working on a single server. This way, the user doesn’t need to understand and manage the complexity of server resources. The process also increases resource sharing and utilisation, while maintaining the capacity to expand further. How virtual servers work: What enables server virtualization? A thin layer of software known as the hypervisor. The most common form is known as Type 1, where the layer sits on the hardware and virtualizes the hardware platform so that multiple virtual machines can utilize it. A type 2 hypervisor, on the other hand, uses a host operating system to create isolated guest virtual machines. Each virtual server mimics the functionalities of a dedicated server – on one server. Each server is then designated an individual and separate OS, software and rebooting provisions, via root access. In a virtual server environment, website admins and ISPs can have separate and different domain names, IP addresses, analytics, logs, file directories email administration and more. Security systems and passwords also function separately, as it would in a dedicated server environment. The Difference Between Cloud and Virtualization With the subject of virtualization, comparison and contrast to cloud computing is inevitable. At first glance, they may seem similar. Both are virtual, in the sense that they depend on similar models. However, they are intrinsically different. Virtualization, at its core, is the simple replacement of a physical component (storage, network, data, server etc.) with a virtual one. In essence, it replicates the acts of a physical component in virtual form. Cloud computing, on the other hand, is a type of setup where multiple computers or hardware pieces send date through an IP or a wireless connected network. Inputted data can be sent to remote locations through an abstract network, referred to as the “cloud”. Virtualization is often considered synonymous with hardware virtualization, which plays a vital role in delivering Infrastructure as a Service (Infrastructure as a Service) solutions for cloud hosting. Therefore, it is used by many web hosting providers for both Cloud Hosting and VPS Hosting. We offer robust cloud hosting solutions on our website. You can check out our web hosting packages here, and choose the one that fits your budget, your growth and your goals. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post What is Virtualization and How Does it Work appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

Business Hosting and Classic Web Tools

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Our entire hosting fleet gets faster and more efficient every day thanks to the diligence of our system admins. This also means our venerable and highly affordable Business Hosting class also gets faster and more efficient. So we wanted to give a quick rundown of all the classic hosting tools you can use on Business Hosting at no extra cost. Business Hosting is General Purpose General purpose computing means you get the hosting space and you can do (almost) anything with it. Continue reading Business Hosting and Classic Web Tools at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

What is WHM on VPS?

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If you’re looking to optimize your website on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting platform, then you may want to consider using Web Host Manager (WHM). It’s important to make sure that your website runs smoothly and that its maintenance and upkeep doesn’t take on a life of its own. After all, you want to have a life outside of running the site, right? WHM works together with cPanel to help you manage your domains and accounts on your server. Continue reading What is WHM on VPS? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

What is Important When Choosing a Hosting Provider?

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When searching for a hosting provider you may know to look for storage space and price, but what about other options like a website backup tool, or support? There are a few things that may not make it to the top of the list when searching for a host and we want to bring them into the discussion as well. Hosting Plans Different hosting plans are available for all sizes and styles of websites. Continue reading What is Important When Choosing a Hosting Provider? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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