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Learn all about installing and using OpenSSH on servers

In this article, we are going to learn about using OpenSSH on servers. But before we begin, let’s understand what OpenSSH is.   What is OpenSSH? Open Secure Shell (OpenSSH), also known as OpenBSD Secure Shell, is a set of secure networking utilities based on the Secure Shell aka SSH protocol. This Secure Shell provides a secure channel over an unsecured network in a client-server architecture. First released in 1999, OpenSSH was originally developed as part of the OpenBSD operating system.   OpenSSH is a suite of programs and not a single computer program. The programs in the suite serve as alternatives to encrypted protocols such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Telnet. OpenSSH can be integrated into several operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Unix. In fact, OpenSSH comes pre-installed with our Linux Hosting servers including Shared Hosting.    Features of OpenSSH OpenSSH is a completely open-source project, not covered by restrictive licencing. This means that their code is available and accessible to everyone via the internet, so as to encourage the developers to reuse the same. Besides, it boasts of the following features:   Strong cryptography: Encryption kicks in even before authentication begins. Also, no part of the information, including passwords, is transmitted.    Strong authentication: This feature provides protection against several security problems such as IP spoofing and DNS spoofing, fake routes, etc. Some of the authentication methods used include one-time passwords, public key authentication, and authentication using Kerberos.   Port forwarding: With the help of this feature, IP/TCP connections can be forwarded over to a remote machine with the help of an encrypted channel. This also helps secure insecure applications such as POP (Post Office Protocol).   Agent forwarding: With the help of this feature, the user’s authentication keys can be held on the user’s local machine as opposed to storing the keys on other machines in the network. This is done with the help of an authentication agent that runs in the user’s local workstation or laptop.   Optional data compression: With the help of this feature, the data is compressed before encryption, thus enhancing the performance for slow network links.   Installing an OpenSSH client Before a secure remote desktop protocol is established with a remote machine, there are a few basic prerequisites that one must take care of: You need to turn on the remote computer and ensure that it has a steady network connection You need to install and enable the client and server applications You need to have the IP address or the name of the remote machine that you wish to connect to You need to have all the necessary permissions that are required to access the remote computer You need to make sure that the firewall settings are allowing the remote connection   For establishing an SSH connection, you will need two components: a client, and a corresponding server-side component. The client will use the provided remote host information for initiating the connection. Once the credentials are verified, the client will establish an encrypted connection.   OpenSSH comes pre-installed on various Linux versions. In order to install OpenSSH on Linux, you will first have to check whether the client is available on your system. For doing that, you will have to: Run the following command:   On Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install openssh-client On CentOS: sudo yum install openssh-client   Enter your superuser password when asked Select ‘Enter’ to complete the installation   This will help you in installing SSH on any machine that has the server-side application on it. You won’t be able to complete this procedure if you do not have the hostname, IP address, or the necessary authority required to get access.   Installing an OpenSSH server In order to be able to accept SSH connections, the server-side part of the SSH software toolkit needs to be present on your machine. The steps for installation are as follows: Run this command to install the SSH server:   On Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install openssh-server ii On CentOS: sudo yum install openssh-server   Enter your superuser password when asked Press ‘Enter’ and ‘Y’ to allow the installation to proceed after the disk space prompt   All the required support files will be installed and you will be able to check the status of the SSH server on your machine by typing the following command:   sudo service ssh status   Now, that we’ve understood how to install OpenSSH. Here are a bunch of tips and tricks which can really help you with using SSH like a pro:     SSH Tunneling   The web traffic from your local system can be directed to a remote SSH server for encrypting it so as to prevent other users on a public wi-fi system from looking into your data and content.     Remembering the Public Key   Remembering the long string public key of the computer that you are using can be difficult, you can enable the ‘visual host key’ feature so that it is easier to remember the key. You can enable this feature by running the following command:    ssh -o VisualHostKey=yes user@host     Keeping a Terminal Session Open   A new terminal session is produced and ended after each log in and log out, respectively. In order to keep the session open, you can use the GNU (GNU’s Not Unix) screen.     Time-saving Combo Commands   In cases where you only need one command from a remote host, going through the log-in and exit process only for that can be quite a hassle. This can be avoided by combining the request with SSH.     Using a Different Port Name for Logging In   If the standard port 22 (standard TCP port) at your environment is blocked for some reason and you are required to use another port at your location, you can use the following command –   $ ssh user@example.com -p 3307 Here, 3307 is the alternative port number instead of Port 22.    That’s all from this article! Hope you understood how to use OpenSSH on Linux and install it too. If you have any doubts or suggestions, then please feel free to share them in the comments section below to help out the community!

How to Build a Professional Website

Every business begins with that one idea that the entrepreneur truly believes in. The first thing you do after you have had your eureka moment is to start thinking of what you’d want to call your business. This process also involves checking the availability of the domain name of your choice so that you can establish an online presence a.k.a. a website for your business.  Now, there are two ways of going about building a website – you either do it the old fashioned way i.e. by buying a hosting package, securing a domain name and hard-coding your website from the ground up, or by using a simple drag-and-drop DIY website builder. Both of these methods are capable of producing sophisticated and professional-looking websites.  While website builders are perfect for those who are working with limited resources and want to get a website built without having to get into the hassles of coding, coding a website offers the liberty of complete backend control, increased customizability, and scalability. In this article, we will walk you through how to build a professional website. First things first, the prerequisite to building the perfect website is having a goal in place. The process needs to begin with having a brand strategy in place, setting priorities in terms of the objectives that need to be achieved through the website, deciding the tone of the content, the colour scheme and design, usability, responsiveness, and most importantly, the layout of the website pages. Once the basics are taken care of, you can proceed with the procurement of basic necessities – Domain Name, a Web Hosting package and finally build your website from the ground up. Let’s go through this procedure at length: Step #1: Registering a Domain Name Of all things that are important for building a website, registering a domain name that explains the identity of the website in the best manner is of prime importance. There are numerous domain registration providers which also offer domain name registration services. You can select from the available options and choose the one that best suits your branding needs as well as your budget. You can select the tenure for which you need to register your domain name (hint: most providers follow a telescopic pricing model. In simpler words, the longer the duration, the lesser is the monthly cost). Your domain name is going to be the most important aspect of your business since it fulfils a lot of requirements –  Establishing an online home by giving you/your brand identity of its own in the online world Making it easier for the public to find your website easily Getting better exposure and ranking on search engines Safeguarding your ideas and your business by securing it with a digital security certificate Securing the perfect domain name is akin to making a calculated investment. We suggest that you prioritise this aspect. Step #2: Buy a Web Hosting Package There are several flavours of web hosting available in the market viz. Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Shared Hosting, etc. You can choose from this wide variety of options basis your criteria and list of requirements for your website.  For businesses that are just starting out, Shared Hosting could be the best option to go ahead with. Essentially, Shared Hosting is a form of web hosting which allows multiple websites to be hosted on a single server. Each user will have a limit on the server resources that they can use, and this limit will be defined basis of your hosting package. Since resources such as disk space and bandwidth are shared amongst multiple users, Shared Hosting is easily the most economical hosting option. It’s definitely cheaper in cost as compared to the rest of the options. The fact that Shared Hosting comes equipped with a built-in cPanel for easy hosting management and needs less maintenance means that you won’t have to worry a lot about operational issues. Step #3: Start Building your Professional Website Once you have your domain name and hosting package in place, you can proceed with building your website using the basic website-building blocks. There are various website building tools like Weebly, WordPress, Jimdo, Webnode and so on. Most of the tools are drag and drop tools and help you design your website easily irrespective of your tech skills.  When building a professional website here are 5 things you must ensure: Branding – Branding is an important aspect if you want to establish your website in the online domain. Take care that your active social media links are well in place and visible to the user easily, the font and text color is standard throughout the website.Take, for instance, if you’re running a blog make sure every article uses the same font. Or if you’re running an e-commerce website add your logo (non-pixelated) on the top of every page. Choose a theme for your website – aesthetics matter, so make sure you choose a theme that compliments your business, is easy to navigate, has a responsive design and is pleasing to the eye. Add plugins – whether you’re a coder or not, plugins help save your time with ready-made code for specific actions. All you need to do is install them, be it for optimising SEO or displaying featured posts!Tip: Don’t add too many plugins as they can make your site bulky. Add pages to your website – irrespective of the type of website you have, make sure to include pages like Homepage, About Us, Contact Us, FAQs, etc. Getting an SSL certificate – With Google’s algorithm update if your website isn’t secured i.e it is ‘http’ instead of ‘https’ then your search engine rankings will be affected. A professional website with the right mix of design and development helps you establish yourself as a brand in a sea of websites. At the same time, it helps improve your web presence, drives traffic and helps build credibility.  We hope we’ve helped you get a basic understanding of how to build a professional website. Do feel free to leave comments below and let us know about some interesting lessons on website building that you’ve had the opportunity to learn.

A Beginner’s Guide to Domain Registration

If you plan to launch your own business website then there are a number of things to be taken care of –  from deciding the niche of your business, to designing the layout of your website, finding the perfect place to host it (read web hosting) and most importantly, a name. And the most crucial of them all is, choosing the right domain name. Simply put, your domain name should reflect the personality of your brand. At the same time, it should be simple, crisp and attractive to the customer. Once you’ve decided on the perfect domain name for your website, it is now important to register it before someone else does so. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to register a domain name and once purchased, how to manage it. So let’s start. The choice of the service provider Before you choose a service provider make sure that you research them thoroughly as you would most likely purchase your hosting too from them. A good hosting provider aims and delivers maximum uptime, security and support for your website. In fact, we at BigRock offer 24/7 support and varied hosting plans to support your business right from Shared Hosting to VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. How to register a domain name Follow the steps listed below to understand the domain name registration process: Step 1:  Go to the BigRock home page.  Here you will find the domain name checker Enter the domain name you wish to purchase  On the right-hand side, you have a section to display the various domain extensions for your website viz. .COM, .IN, .CLUB, .BIZ etc.  We have selected .COM and .IN  Click on the ‘search icon’  Step 2:  If your choice of the domain name is available then the tool would show you the price and ‘Buy’ button. However, if the domain name is already taken then it will suggest other options to consider.  To our surprise, both the .COM and .in were available for our choice of the domain name. We chose the .IN domain extension, and clicked on ‘Buy’. Post clicking on the ‘Buy’ option it displayed the ‘Checkout’ option on the far right corner of the page. Should you wish to get Business Email for your domain name, you can choose one the plans and click on ‘Add’ to add it to your cart. We didn’t want any Add-ons, hence we didn’t opt for Business Email. P.S: There are 2 Free email ID’s included with every domain name purchased! Step 3: After clicking on ‘Checkout’ you will be redirected to the ‘Order Summary’ page to make sure you’re placing the right order.  Next, select the duration you want to purchase your domain name for and click on ‘Next’. Step 4: Next, you’ll be redirected to the ‘Sign In’ page. If you are an existing user, please enter your ‘Username’ and ‘Password’. However, if you’re a new user, click on ‘Continue’ to create your new account with us. Creating an account hardly takes a few minutes.  Step 5:  Once you’ve created an account/signed-in you’ll automatically be taken to the ‘Payment Option’ page; There are 6-different ways for Payment viz: Netbanking/Debit Card (via CCAvenue Payment Gateway) Credit Card (Visa/ Mastercard) Wallets – PayTM, Freecharge, Mobikwik and JioMoney UPI (Unified Payment Interface) Pay via Cheque/Demand Draft/Direct Deposit Pay via Account Balance (you can add Funds to your account by logging into your Control Panel)  After selecting the payment method, you will be redirected to the appropriate page to make payment. Post successful payment, you’ll get an email for ‘Successful Purchase of the Domain Name’.  Your domain name registration process is now officially complete! Step 6:  Post purchasing your domain name, you can go to your Control Panel to manage your domain name.  Log in to your control panel Click on ‘Orders’ on the left-hand side vertical bar Click on ‘Your domain name’ in our case ‘purplefairie.in’  A new window opens as shown below, where you can manage your domain name. For instance, enable ‘Privacy Protection’, ‘Domain Forwarding’, ‘Changing Nameservers’ etc.  Conclusion  We hope this article helped you understand how to register a domain name in a few simple steps. If you have any queries related to domains, hosting or anything else, feel free to contact our support for expert guidance or you can even leave a comment below!

Load Balancing for Websites and its Benefits

It is vital to ensure that your website is always up and running. Moreover, if it’s an e-commerce website, then this is of utmost importance as your revenue generation relies on user experience. A positive user experience results in happy customers and less abandoned carts. One of the ways to ensure the running status of your website is employing load balancing. In this article, we’ll take a look at what load balancing is and list down the top benefits of load balancing. Let us begin.  What is Load  Balancing? Load balancing allows you to distribute work uniformly across servers or any other computing resources like network links, clusters, disk drives etc. with the aim of optimising resource use, minimising the response time, improving efficiency and reliability.  In this article, we will be focusing on server load balancing for e-commerce websites. With web server load balancing we can ensure improved website loading speed, reduced response time and improved processing rate.  How does Load Balancing Work? Essentially the work of a load balancer is to handle requests coming from users all over the internet to the server in a timely manner so that the server doesn’t overflow with numerous requests it receives. The load balancer is placed in between the internet and the servers (where all the servers are interconnected to each other) as can be seen in the diagram below.  The load balancer figures out which server is available and then routes the request to that particular server. Determining which server is available is based on various algorithms like Round Robin, Least Connections, Source IP Hash, etc. Load balancers can either be physical, software or a mix of both. Software-based load balancers usually run on virtual machines.  Having seen the basics of how load balancing works, let us move on to the benefits of website load balancing. Top 3 Benefits of Website Load Balancing Improved scalability  There is usually a significant rise in the traffic of e-commerce sites especially during sale seasons like Black Friday or Festive Sales, or if you have an education portal with users logging in for checking examination results, etc. A common problem that arises with such websites is that the servers are not equipped to handle a sudden surge in traffic.  If you too face the same issue then load balancing is the solution. With web server load balancing your load (data) will be distributed across servers uniformly thereby making your website scalable so that it doesn’t crash when there is a heavy influx of traffic.   Endless Uptime There could be times when a particular server of yours might not be working and require maintenance, power outages, and more. This could most likely result in website downtime and impact the user experience of your customers.  Server load balancing automatically transfers the load from the affected server to others so that the end-user doesn’t experience downtime, and is always up and running.  Minimal Failure With load balancing, it is easier to monitor your communication channels and figure out which server is not performing optimally. This not only improves the website latency but also, ensures there is a minimal failure and your customers’ have a seamless experience.  As a website owner, if you choose the right hosting then installing your own load balancers for your website won’t be necessary. Our Cloud Hosting provides improved scalability, reduced to no downtime and minimal failure to ensure your website visitors experience seamless user experience which contributes to the success of your business. Hope this article helped you gain a better understanding of load balancing for websites.   

What is cPanel and How to use it?

cPanel is one of the most sought after web-based control panels for managing websites and hosting orders. In this article, we’ll cover what cPanel is and how to use cPanel. So without further ado, let us begin! What is cPanel? cPanel is a control panel that allows you to manage your websites and hosting orders through a web interface. cPanel has a visually appealing and graphical interface that helps in simplifying the process of managing your orders. Using cPanel you can access and manage your add-on domains, enable backup for your files, get timely updates, ensure the security of your files, FTP connections and much more. We at BigRock offer free cPanel for ease of management with a host of our products: Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting Dedicated Server Hosting VPS Hosting  Reseller Hosting  There are several products you can manage via your cPanel, namely: Email, Security, Files, Databases, Domains, various 3rd-Party Softwares, Metrics.  5 Reasons to use cPanel Let us see the top 5 reasons for you to choose cPanel: It has a graphical interface and is easy to navigate Allows easy backup of files Enables to set up and manage Email accounts  Various software modules available Easy to upload and manage files How to use cPanel? Now that we’ve covered the basics of cPanel viz. what cPanel is and the reasons to use it, let us move on to understanding how to use it. In this section, we will cover the following: How to login to your cPanel How to change your password How to update your contact information How to manage/edit/remove your domains How to set up an email account How to manage your files How to backup your website   How to login to your cPanel: To login to your cPanel, follow the following steps: Type in your websites or server’s IP address in the URL bar followed by 2082 or 2083. Example: https://192.168.0.1:2082   Enter your username and password (you must have received it on email from your service provider) Click ‘Log in’  After logging in, you can see the homepage of the dashboard.  How to change your password To change your password head to the top of the dashboard and click on your Username. In the drop-down list click on ‘Password & Security‘ A new window opens. Here you will need to enter your ‘old password’ and ‘new password’ and click on ‘Change your password now!’ How to update your contact information To update your contact information, in the same username drop-down list, click on ‘Contact Information’ A new page opens with the following information (as shown in the pic below) All the boxes are ticked by default, however, you can tick/untick based on your preference.   How to manage/edit/remove your domains cPanel allows you to add multiple domains, manage, as well as remove them.  To Add Domains, go to the section ‘Domains’ here click on ‘Addon Domains’ if you want to add an entirely new website.  Enter the details of the new domain: The ‘New Domain Name’ is the name you’ve registered ‘www’ The ‘Subdomain’ is created automatically The ‘Document Root’ is the location of your domain’s files on the server The first field viz. New Domain Name needs to be filled by you, the rest are auto-populated. Should you want to create an FTP account with this domain, tick the checkbox.  Next, click on ‘Add Domain’ and with this, you’ve successfully added a new domain. You can even modify your newly added domain. In the same section, i.e. below ‘Create an Addon Domain’ you will find ‘Modify Addon Domain.’ Here you can: Edit the ‘Document Root’ Manage Redirection Remove the Addon Domain How to manage your email accounts Under ‘Emails’ click on ‘Email Accounts’. The following page loads.  You can add a new email account as well as manage your existing email account. To manage your existing email account, click on ‘Manage’ for the desired email account.  To add a new email account, click on ‘Create’. This option is available on the ‘Email Accounts’ page. A new page opens, here: Select the Domain Name you want to link the email account to (for example demodomain.com) Enter the Username and password Enter the storage space you would require for your email account Click on ‘Create’. To access your webmail account, type https://demodomain.com/webmail in the address bar and log in using your credentials. How to manage your files ‘Files’ enables you to upload your files, manage your FTP Accounts & Connections, and take website backup. Practise caution as it is important that you do not modify or delete anything accidentally.  How to back up your website Backup Wizard used to back up your website can be found in Files. Click on Backup Wizard A new window opens, asking whether you want to ‘Back Up’ or ‘Restore’ your website.  Since we want to back up, we will click on the ‘Back Up’ button Next, select the type of backup you wish to take viz. Partial or Full Next, go to Download. Type in your backup destination and email ID for receiving completion notification and click on ‘Generate Backup’.  Conclusion: We hope this post helped you understand what cPanel is and how to use cPanel better. If you have any queries, feel free to mention them in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you!

How to Backup a website

Imagine a scenario where you think everything is going perfectly well with your online business and then one fine day, you realise you’ve lost all your website data! Scary, isn’t it? Now, this can happen accidentally by you or your web host. Either way, if you don’t have a backup in place then you’re in a very big fix! In fact, according to a study, 58% of small businesses aren’t prepared for a data loss. To help you be on the other side of the 58% so that you don’t lose your data or your business, we’ve prepared a guide to help you backup your website. So without further ado, let us begin! Why website backups are important Being prepared is always better than finding a solution when something bad happens later on! This includes more than website protection as your website can be a victim of not just security threats like viruses but also, human (yours/web host) or disasters like a server crash or malfunctioning.  Some ways in which your website data could be compromised are:  Human error  Environmental disasters (affecting the servers) Security threats like malware, viruses, etc. System failure or malfunctions  Corrupt software  Your peace of mind that your website is safe even if any of the above happens is extremely important. And so it is vital to always take a backup of your website daily or at regular intervals.  Which Backup Solution to Choose There are several ways to backup your website, but they can roughly be classified into local and online backup.  While local backup services allow you to back up data at your own pace and flexibility, it lacks the effectiveness (example: you need to invest in a different storage location), efficiency and is also time-consuming. Online backups, on the other hand, are effective in terms of storage space (most of them automatically back up over the cloud), alert you immediately if there is any change to your website, and allow you to restore your data at any point. This ensures that your website backup is always up to date and even protected from hackers.  We at BigRock offer an online backup service, CodeGuard that automatically takes a backup of your website at regular intervals. Before moving with how you can use CodeGuard to help you take a backup, let us see some of its advantages.  Advantages of CodeGuard  CodeGuard is an automatic cloud backup solution that can backup your website daily, weekly, monthly or never based on whenever you want.  It allows you to restore your website backup at any point in time. It has a simple and hassle-free setup process, as well as, is easy to use with little manual user involvement.  You get regular backup updates as CodeGuard monitors your website’s files & databases for changes and notifies you of changes if any. Lastly, your website data is secured and encrypted using AES 256 bit techniques and stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). How to backup a website with CodeGuard Backing up your website with CodeGuard is a simple 4-part process.  Connect your website files to CodeGuard Here you simply add the website URL, select the server (FTP or SFTP), enter the server credentials username, password and IP address of the server and click on  ‘Test Website Connection’    Choose the files you wish to backup   Once your server is connected you will be redirected to a new screen as shown in the image below. Select the root directory of your website and click on the ‘Select Root Directory’ button to proceed.   Monitors your website   CodeGuard doesn’t allow anything to go unnoticed. It detects any changes made to your website and notifies you instantly. You control the settings on your dashboard about what all you want to be updated about.   Restores your website   Lastly, CodeGuard stores your backup in its repository with complete with a timestamp and detailed information on each change and allows you to restore it whenever you want. You can either restore it automatically online or do it manually by downloading the .zip file of your backup. And we’re done! Setting up CodeGguard to backup your website is easy! Additional Reads If you’re using our Shared Hosting services or any other hosting plan that supports cPanel/Plesk, you can read our detailed guide that covers how to add CodeGuard to your hosting control panel to allow you to seamlessly backup your website files and databases.  We hope this article helped you understand the importance of backup and how to backup a website. If you have any comments or queries, do leave them in the comments box below!

Steps to Transfer your Website to a New Host

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has rightly quoted, “Change is the only constant in life.”  Starting an online business means having your own website and hosting it. With time, your business would grow and you’d outgrow your current hosting plan. The most obvious solution here is to upgrade your hosting plan to suit your needs. However, here lies the glitch, your current hosting provider doesn’t meet your needs anymore – these could be anything right from email services, bandwidth, support, storage etc. At a time like this, instead of sticking with your current not-so-competent hosting provider, the wise decision would be to switch. Let us see how to switch web hosts seamlessly without losing your sleep! How to Transfer Web Hosting from One Company to Another – Steps to be followed: Research and Choose a New Web Hosting Provider\ The choice of a new web hosting provider is extremely important when you decide to switch from your existing web host. There are plenty of hosting providers in the market and it should not happen that you choose a service provider with exactly the same problems or worse, more issues than your current one. Detailed research on both the web hosting provider and their plans is a crucial first step.  Example: If you’re currently using Shared Hosting, and want to upgrade, but you’re not satisfied with your current web host then migrating to another web host is the solution. However, it is important to research your new potential web host. One way is to check customer reviews. Apart from this, you must check the upgraded plan you want to migrate to but also, their Shared Hosting plan to compare with your existing one. This will give you some idea about the services of the new web host on a real-time basis, helping you migrate with ease.   Make sure you choose a web host that would support your growing business needs for the long haul.  Inform your Website Customers Transferring your website to a new host is a hassle-free process. Nevertheless, it is important that you inform your website customers about the possible downtime they might face while accessing your website during the transfer process. It is vital to keep your customers abreast of such a move as it helps retain your credibility and brand image.  A quick tip: You can load your website files on your new web host’s IP address before making the switch.  Take Website Backup Now that you’ve chosen your new web host and even informed your customers about the move, you may think it is time to move! Before you proceed further, stop! Prevention is always better than cure and hence taking website backup is very important. A website backup ensures that all your website data is in a safe place so that if at all you end up losing your data, your business isn’t affected.  Apart from this, make sure to backup your database too by downloading the files, uploading them, and then restoring the database using your control panel or SSH.  Note down all the System Settings With the backup done, record and save all important system settings like the software you use and their configurations along with your email and security settings.  Note: Make sure you transfer all your emails if you’re using a third-party application for emails.  Change your DNS records Correctly updating the A records of your domain name on the Nameservers provided by your new web host is the most crucial step of all. To face minimum downtime it is recommended that you complete this process before migrating completely to your new host. The process can take up to 2 days, taking into consideration that your previous domain provider and web host are the same. You can read this to know how to manage your DNS records. Delete your Previous Account Finally, you’ve moved to your new web hosting provider. Check if your website is performing as it should by testing it thoroughly.  There are 6 types of testing you should perform on your website: Functionality Testing Usability Testing Interface Testing Compatibility Testing Performance Testing Security Testing You can read this article to understand in-depth how to perform these testings on your web application.  Once you’re convinced everything is in order, you can then delete your account and cancel the hosting package with your previous web hosting provider.   In summary: Switching your web host is seamless and the process of ‘how to transfer web hosting’ shouldn’t daunt you anymore! All you need to do is follow the above-mentioned steps and keep an eye on any possible issues that might arise. Most importantly remember to take website and database backup, and restore it too, as well as, keep your customer base informed about the switch. Wishing you a happy switch

Thinking Global Business? You need a .GLOBAL Domain name

The Internet has brought the world closer. All you need is a website to start tapping the global market. But you need to choose the right domain name extension for attracting international visitors. And you will want to clarify a few apprehensions as well: Should I go with the “.com” domain? Can a ccTLD work well in different markets? If I chose a new generic TLD, will it rank the same way? When you try to find answers, you may even think of having separate ccTLDs for countries to cater country-specific market. But there is a better way to meet your global aspirations. Go with .global Domain Extension It is a generic top-level domain that came into existence in 2014. With it, you can reach out to the worldwide audience and portray your business as a global brand. Whether your business is of product or services, you can use the “.global” extension. Thousands of websites are already registered with this domain in a short period since its inception. Some compelling reasons to choose this extension are: Global Image When you have this generic top-level-domain with your domain name, for instance, www. domain-name.global, it instantly helps you portray a global branding message that you want to convey to your visitors. What if you had chosen “.com” or some other extension? You get the feeling that they can’t create the same effect. Global Traffic When you are doing business across the globe, and are dealing across the international borders, using this extension will help. Foreign visitors coming to the site can easily connect to the domain. You will surely not want them to ignore your website due to country restrictions. When the website is accessible to any user without any limitation of location, “.global” extension can help to attract traffic from visitors across the globe. Global SEO With this extension, search engine optimization for the site is improved for the better. Visitors looking for companies with a global presence may use the word “global” while searching on the internet. When you have “.global” domain extension, it will serve as a keyword as well which results in improved rank on the search results. Use Case For This Extension You are a multinational organization which has business interests in many countries across the globe. You want to differentiate the local website from the international one. Here is what you can do: Global Website: www.businessdomainname.global Country Sites: www.businessdomainname.in www.businessdomainname.sg www.businessdomainname.uk You can use the site with “.global” extension to cater to international users. Once they reach this site, they come across your global brand. However, if they are looking for something location-specific, you can guide them to country-specific site and connect with the local offices. With the use of this extension for the global site, you are showcasing your diversity which allows international site visitors to connect instantly.  The word ‘global’ is prevalent in most languages, so there are minimal linguistic issues in sending the branding message. Can You Register Your Site With It? You can easily register your site with no restrictions at all. Whether you are a global organization or an individual you can register with ease. There are thousands of sites which use this domain extension without any issues. There are minimal chances that you will find a domain name ‘unavailable’ with this extension. Leading Sites Using This Extension https://mobian.global/ –  It is a market place for mobility providers and mobility resellers. Here they can connect quickly. https://urc.global/ – This company has its presence in 90 countries. It provides healthcare, social services, and health education across the world. http://h2go.global – The company provides clean drinking water to remote and rural areas. More than 1.7 million people across the globe are using its products. Benefits of register a “.global” domain extension with BigRock Instant Global Brand Image for the domain name. Availability of domain is not an issue. Improved SEO. Helps attract global traffic. Search Now or Call @ 1800 266 7625

.CO the right choice for your Startup!

Did you check the availability of a domain name for your startup and found it unavailable? Well, you are not alone! Here is why: “.COM” is undoubtedly the most popular domain and most visitors relate the web to this domain only!  And that’s why domain name traders are busy registering the most famous names with it so that they can sell it to the buyers like you at a premium price later on. Source: Domainnamestat   What is “.CO” TLD All About? Significance As a startup, you might have started a company. “.CO” is an acronym for the “company,” and it is recognized across the globe for company, corporation or commercial endeavors. The number of people who are browsing the web on mobile devices is high as there is a smartphone in every educated hand.  Now the need for short and memorable web addresses is more crucial than ever. If you want something essential and futuristic, “.CO” is the right TLD. Availability As compared to 150+ million registrations for “.COM” there are just 2 million registrations for “.CO”. It means you can easily register your desired domain name with this TLD. Prices “.CO” domain registration is cheaper as compared to “.COM” domain. But yearly maintenance of a “.CO” domain is expensive. You may wonder why it is so. Well, the reason behind premium pricing is to stop unusable registrations by domain traders. This helps those entrepreneurs who want to startup and need a credible domain for online presence. Registration You can register a “.CO” domain the same way you register a.“COM”. Just search for the domain name, and if it is available, you can buy the name you like. Short “.co” domain works as efficiently as a “.com” domain works, but a short snappy name highlights your online presence globally and effectively communicates who you are and what you do. Memorable As said above, there are just 2 million “.co” registrations as compared to 150+ million “.com” registrations. Thus, it is easy for users to memorize and identify your tailor-made, unique business name. What Can You Do Now? When the domain name is unavailable with a “.COM” TLD, you can do the following. 1. Buy it from existing domain name owner 2. Modify the domain name (pre- or suffixes) until you find the right one available. 3. Try “.CO” TLD If you are ready to pay extra and make an effort, you can find the domain owner, and if he is willing to sell, buy it for a premium. But when you are starting up, it is not advisable for financial reasons. Altering the existing domain name with suffixes or prefixes may distort the branding of the company besides lengthening the name. It may not work for many. Try “.CO” instead, which is a relatively new domain extension that offers the global option for online branding presence. Startups Who Are Using “.CO” Thousands of companies across the globe are using this TLD. And one among those is valued at over a billion dollars. Here are a few of them: Ello.co It is a niche social network and publishing platform and community of artists who share high-resolution images, long-form text, etc. Ilumi.co It is a smart LED lighting company which offers smart light-bulb that gives light in a million color combinations. Bird.co It is the last mile electric scooter rental service. What’s surprising is that the company is worth more than a billion dollars in just two years and that too while branding on a “.CO” domain. Financially better off startups are spending good dollars on acquiring the right “.CO” domain names for their business. Here are some of them: PayCo, an online payment company, paid USD46, 087 for Pay.co Light, a camera maker bought Light.co for USD25, 000. LeadCo, insurance lead generator decided to invest USD25,000 for Lead.co Hybrid, a media production agency paid up USD12, 000 to become the owner of Hybrid.co a few months ago. Stage, a virtual venue for live entertainment paid USD7, 000 for Stage.co earlier this year. In the same way, a.co is with amazon.com and g.co is with google.com and the leading companies are registering with “.CO” domain as well. Register your “.CO” with BigRock and Get These Benefits Now! High Availability- Check for your domain name with “.CO” and chances are high that it is available. Better Optimization- For better SEO, the length of the name is as crucial as a keyword. With “.CO” you can get a shorter and better name that is relevant from the optimization perspective Quick Recall- “Co.” is recognized the world over as an acronym of the company. “.CO” is easy to type and has a better recall as well. Register Here or Call us @ 1800 266 7625

Create and Grow your Personal Brand with a .ME Domain

We live in a world of personalization. We hear stories about people leaving their full-time desk jobs to start something of their own – to follow their dreams and pursue a career in freelancing or blogging, or simply their passion. A lot of these stories include enjoying the freedom from corporate life and finding solace in the perks of doing what you love. The road to this personal branding, however, is not easy. A lot goes into making a personal brand stand out, be credible as well as popular, and making it all about yourself!   Building a credible personal brand through strategic planning Creating a brand of and for yourself involves a lot of proactive planning. Right from setting the vision, mission and tone of your brand right to getting prospective clients – everything needs to be thought out in detail in order to make your business, idea or blog a success. Creating a personal, unique brand persona is what will set you apart from competition, add value and bring money to the table. It should encapsulate everything you stand for and everything you want your prospective users / clients to know.   The first step to building a personal brand – a personal website The first step to putting yourself out there is having your website – one that’s personal, informative and very you. Your personal website enables you to take control of your personal brand and communicate to your clients as well as your customers what exactly your brand all about. Getting your personal website requires a little investment – registering your domain, buying server space and building your website. You website needs to encapsulate all the work you have done so far and everything you, as a brand, can offer to your clientele. Some of the easiest hacks to build a good website are: Making use of blogs – especially if you are a blogger. Your blogs should be the most important part of your website. Gather customer/client testimonials Write a good ‘about me’ description Add your social media icons to link your audience to your networking handles   How .ME can help build this personal website  and why it’s important In case you didn’t know, .ME is the country code top-level domain for Montenegro. This extension was assigned to Montenegro as country code in 2007, one year after this country declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro. However, there was an undeniable potential for the creative use of .ME – it was noticed that .ME could mean so much more with its connotation of being a personal, individualistic domain. Basically, while the world runs towards giving their websites a more professional, commercial touch, why shouldn’t you go with .ME?   A .ME domain encourages customers to trust you A big corporate business model is not entirely trust-generating, but if it’s your personal website with a domain that says ‘me’, it’s immediately bound to generate credibility in the hearts of your customers. Put an emphasis on the personalization, give it a nice ring and voila – your customer has developed an instant liking to your personal website/blog.   A .ME Domain can be a Call-To-Action With an extension like .ME, you can make your website name a call to action – as per the blog or business you’re running. Your domain name can give out more information about the product/service you’re going to offer. All in all, .ME is the most personal domain there is – so it can be funny, entertaining, witty and everything else you want it to be! When all else fails, you know that there will always be .ME

Here’s How Google’s Latest Update Affects Your Online Business

This July, Google is updating their Chrome web browser to explicitly notify visitors when they’ve landed on a website that is not secure. It’s likely that other web browsers will follow their lead in order to create a safer environment online. As the necessity for online security increases, changes like this could have a negative impact on your business if you don’t take action to secure your site. Not only will customers be less confident about doing business with a website that is not secure, either making purchases or signing up for an email list, but Google is also prioritizing sites encrypting their data to the top of the search engine results page. That means sites that are not secure will show up at the bottom, which could impact the number of site visits coming from search. Let’s take a look at what should you do to make sure your website traffic is secure and avoid being negatively impacted by Google’s changes. What Google’s update means for your business Once Google’s updated web browser Chrome 68 is released in July, users will know whether the site they’re visiting is not encrypting traffic from the ‘Not Secure’ message in the URL If customers see the ‘Not Secure’ warning, they are more likely to refrain from entering any information on your site, like making a purchase or even signing up for your email list. Another sign is HTTPS at the start of a URL with data encryption, as opposed to HTTP for a not secure website. The URL for websites where traffic is secured with an SSL will look like the URL for bigrock.in as below:     Customers will also be less likely to find your website once Google makes the change to their browser. If your site is still not secure, Google will rank your website lower on the search results page, affecting your traffic and revenue at the same time. Make your website secure with an SSL Certificate   An SSL Certificate stands for a Secure Sockets Layer, which by definition, is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. A web server is what a company or business connects with to present their website online, and a web browser is what customers use to connect with web pages on their phones or computers. To put in simple terms, a web server and web browser work as a team to connect your customer’s computer to your company’s website. An SSL Certificate makes it harder for bad actors to mess with the information that passes between the browser and server. This means your customers can be confident that any personal information they provide is safely delivered and the information they receive from the website is not tampered with. Why is encryption important? Without an SSL Certificate encrypting the data passing between your business and your customers, both parties could be at risk. Since smaller companies are unlikely to have a full team working on site security, they are more vulnerable to attacks from bad actors. A simple SSL Certificate can help to protect your business by: Authenticating – Validates that customers are talking to your servers and not someone pretending to be you. Retaining data integrity – Keeps bad actors from modifying the communications between your customers computer and your servers, or even injecting unwanted content into blog posts. Encrypting data – Keeps the data passing between you and your customers private so the same bad actors can’t develop a profile about you or your customers. Boosting SEO rank – Google has started to give a slight boost in the ranking of websites that use an SSL Certificate.. What a simple SSL Certificate doesn’t do: Detect and remove malware Detect and remove website security vulnerabilities Manage search engine ranking & reputation Provide a web application firewall Protect website against DDos attacks Encrypt your website traffic now to make the internet a better place   An encrypted internet is a safer internet, for everyone. This helps keep the internet a place where ideas can flow freely, but it also helps to grow your business, by helping your customers trust you. In order to help your business and your customers, BigRock.in is offering free basic SSL to help customers keep their businesses growing. If you’re a BigRock customer, watch your inbox for more details on how to turn it on for your account. Keep your customers and your business safe and secure It’s nice to know the businesses you are talking with online are the real deal and not an impersonation. It helps to have some reassurance in place to know you’re safe. An SSL Certificate helps to keep the data passing between your customers and your business safe, and after Google releases Chrome 68 in July, an encrypted site will become even more important.   Make sure your customers can trust your business, can sign up for your email list, and can shop online with confidence. It also serves as a sign that your business cares about security, and cares about customers.  

The Right Investment for your Business: Premium Domain Names

Ever searched for a domain name and found it available but its price is a lot higher than the other domain names? If yes, then you’ve already come across premium domain names. Just like the name suggests, premium domain names are more expensive than the normal ones. A premium domain name is a domain that is already owned by an individual person or a registry. The price of such domains can be anything, from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, this higher price only applies to the initial acquisition of the domain, but it will be renewed at regular renewal prices. A domain becomes premium when someone feels that a certain domain name is more valuable than a regular domain name. Domains are considered premium for a large number of reasons some of them being Easily Remembered: A shorter, catchier domain name will have visitors coming to your website more frequently since it results in strong brand recall. Better Brand Image: Quality domain names make your website look prestigious and credible which increases chances of a visitor to place an order on your website. Better Search Engine Ranking: Domain names that include search engine keywords are more likely to gain top search engine rankings. Traffic: A lot of generic domain names receive hundreds of visitors a day which generates traffic on your website.   Investment: A premium domain name is an investment for your business which you can sell in the future at a higher price.   It is not necessary that all premium domain names are owned by individuals. Some of them are set at a higher price by registries as well, if they believe that the domain name is premium. Now you will wonder how to figure out if a domain name is premium or not! The biggest giveaway will be the price. Where regular domain pricing will fall between the range of 10$-30$, you will see that a premium domain name will have a drastically higher price. But why are they so expensive?? This is because of the demand and supply principle. When the demand of a particular premium domain name increases, its value also increases because of low supply. To find the perfect premium domain name for your business , make sure you take the help of some experts.This is because they’ll help you save onto money and will also help you with negotiating. Premium domain names are also more expensive because of what they bring to your website. Such domain names come with added bonuses like a good reputation and healthy traffic stats. A premium domain name is an instant online brand. This helps you save onto a lot of marketing time and money. They also carry a high search volume, which means people type in those words while doing a search. A premium domain name does wonders for your site. You will spend less on advertising since organic traffic is better. Customers will know exactly what you’re selling on your website. So you will save money on promoting your site. Because your domain name matches what your customers are using in searches, it boosts SEO. Trust and authority of a premium domain with get reputable site to link to your site. A website with a reputable domain name will also boost sales since people will prefer purchasing your product. A short name really works for social media since you do not have to shorten it. Websites like housing.com and netmeds.com are some examples of domain names that were bought at premium. All in all, premium domain names are a great investment for your business’ website!  

What makes successful businesses tick?

“If you are not online, you might as well be dead” – This much is pretty obvious to people of today’s day and age who breathe online. From social media to businesses, blogs dedicated to any topic you could think of, it is mind-blowingly easy to have spent 5-6 hours on the web without having realized how time flew or what exactly you were doing. So, it is a no-brainer that having your business expanded online and having its presence felt across all social media is not a choice anymore. It is a necessity. And it is happening too. The world has, over the years, shifted online and internet has suddenly become the number one source for shopping, entertainment, communications, actually everything! For example, do you even remember the last time you stood in queue to buy movie tickets. Or do you remember how you used to go to the cinema hall every Wednesday when the ticket bookings opened and stood in queues to get tickets to your favourite movie just so you could see it on the first day? All you millennials will definitely have an “OMG YESSS” running through their heads right now! So when was the last time you did that? You don’t remember, do you? Ok, let us ask you this: what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you want to buy tickets to a movie? Did we hear a collective “BookMyShow”? Even with an array of other ticketing sites such as MeraEvents, Kyazoonga, TicketGenie offering the same services? Ok, here’s another question. This one is a piece of cake. What do you do whenever you have to decide where you want to go for a meal? Look for options on Zomato, right? But do you still go to a few restaurants that have an award given to them for exemplary food by “Burrp”? Remember how large Burrp was a few years ago, before Zomato came in and changed the history of Restaurant Finder apps! So, here’s what’s common in both these examples – successful online businesses! Sure, there are a host of different apps and websites providing the same kind of services, but there’s a reason these websites are now the benchmarks that have created a niche for themselves in the market. And the reasons for success that all these super-successful online business share are the same: They create a user-friendly website for smooth navigation and a promising consumer experience. Most of the successful blogs we see are super-easy to navigate and clutter-free with proper sitemap and seamless integration They know when to and what to give up. Snobbery and ego and a know-it-all attitude only has de-merits. These companies learned from Nokia’s and Yahoo’s example and were not afraid to give up, be it an idea, a person or an entire unit. Outsourcing. You cannot be good at everything. You are not the most perfect person in the world. There are few things that you are amazing at and no one can take that away from you or beat you to it. But a business runs on a lot of different set of skills and to be successful, you cannot compromise on any of them. The best way to ensure that is to outsource the work that you are not the best to the people who are and instead concentrating on your strengths. Social media is their primary address. With an average person spending more than 2 hours of their day on social media (a number that is only increasing with every passing day), not having a strong presence across all social media is the worst thing you can do to your business. In the times of “out of sight, out of mind” it is essential to have a very strong and continuous social media presence, which is evident with all successful businesses. (Infographic – http://www.adweek.com/digital/mediakix-time-spent-social-media-infographic/) They distinguish themselves. From the word go, they ensure that they have at least one defining factor that sets them apart from their competitor even though the basic service they provide is the same. In the sea of a trillion-dollar market spread across 12 million online stores, had these businesses not differentiated themselves, they would have gotten lost in the depths of the web. (Infographics: https://blog.lemonstand.com/just-how-big-is-the-ecommerce-market-youll-never-guess/) They believe in the age-old saying that the customer is the king. One negative remark can make or break your business and these successful businesses understand that. They understand the value of a good support team and timely query resolution and more than anything else, they understand the importance to listening and implementing the suggestions and recommendations given by their customers because who knows what works best other than the people who actually use it? They invest heavily in SEO. Successful businesses all agree that it is important to analyse trends, get traffic on their pages, grab eye-balls, generate leads, get high rankings, to appear in the first page of the biggest search engines, assess their own website to check what works and what doesn’t, and they do not underestimate the cost involved in doing all this. They don’t let failure get them down. If you don’t fail, you don’t know what success actually tastes like. And it takes a lot of failures to finally get there. So, it is okay to fail as long as you get back up again, reassess your strategies and get working. They go all in. One common misconception with online businesses is that they don’t require as much time and dedication as 9 to 5 job or a brick-and-mortar one. This is not true! If you treat your online business as a part-time hobby, it will stay that way. Successful businesses have put in the time, dedication and effort to bring themselves where they are and trust us when we say that it wasn’t all possible by sipping margarita at a beach somewhere. They understand the value of amazing content. One very recent example we can think of is ScoopWhoop. While they started out with fresh, bold and hard-hitting content, after the initial stage, they kind of lost the theme they were working around and started to copy-paste content from different sites which also led them into severe trouble back in the day. Once a market dominant, they fell behind and other sites such as BuzzFeed India started gaining more popularity with their original and relatable content. So, to put it in brief, while there are abundant online businesses out there, in every sector, every industry and every nook and corner of the internet, there are a set of ethics, behavioral patterns and vision that sets successful businesses apart. And to anyone who wants to build a successful online empire, you must get started on these values now!

Thinking of going online? The time is now!

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 12 months, you would have noticed the massive explosion of internet services and mobile handsets in India. At 462 million, India is the ranked second in the world in terms of internet usage, but with only 35% penetration rate as of now, internet penetration and usage has only just begun in India. The slow advent of big players like Google into public WiFi systems in India, the proliferation of 4G mobile data, and the Government’s impetus for a Digital India, the exponential growth is all but certain. What opportunities does this present to a small business owner, and how can one go about capitalizing on this growing trend? The answer is simple – go online right away. There has never been a better time for business owners to gain web presence, and the good thing is that everyone realises this across the board. However, in my extensive interactions with owners of startups and small businesses, I still see a lot of apprehension about the viability and benefits of having a web presence. In the next few minutes, I will be trying to answer some of the fundamental questions that I have addressed over the last couple of years. Why should I go online? The short answer is – “That’s where your customers are; that’s where your future customers will be”. The long answer considers your current use case. You could be a small business trying to find its feet or you could be a listed company; you could be an e-commerce company or you could have a small restaurant; you could be the marketing manager of an event or you just like to write and would like to have a wider audience. No matter your business model, your customers are going to want to know more about you, and the first thing they’ll do is to look you up on the internet. You might end up losing a large chunk of your customer base if you don’t have an online presence; or worse yet, if someone has given you negative reviews on a neutral portal and you don’t have an online presence. Your website is your professional business card in today’s hyperconnected world, and it’s out for everyone to see. But I am mainly a physical store, and I don’t sell anything online. Why should I be interested? Research has shown that, depending on the country one is in, between 80 to 95% of users look for local businesses online. With the more and more people gaining access to the internet, and the growing trend of online purchases, it doesn’t need research to tell you how often products and services are looked up online. Let’s take a small example. Imagine you own a electronics repair shop. You have absolutely no sales to be made online, but you still went ahead and made a website anyway. You realised the kind of demand your potential customers had and engaged in some basic SEO to make your website appear at the top of search results. Because you are the only electronics service provider in the area with a website, everyone who looks up “electronics repair near me” sees your website at the top of their search results. They enter the website, impressed with the professional webpage, and look up your phone number and you get immediate business. Your competitor, who relies only on word-of-mouth marketing, loses out on a large potential customer base. Need any further reason? Actually, I am not even a business. I simply want to hold an event and run a few offline and email marketing campaigns. I don’t think I need a website. Again, an online presence boosts not only your credibility, but also the reach and SEO rankings of your event. Be it a trade show, a one time CSR function or even a wedding, you will only stand to gain by having your own website and customized website. Any online marketing or email marketing you do, can redirect traffic to this website. You can now choose to display as much or as little information as you deem fit. Another advantage of having your own domain is to have your email domain. The benefits of sending an email from info@company.com and not from info-company@gmail.com will be immediately seen in the leads you generate. Event or not, online is the way to go. Won’t I get the same benefits from creating a Facebook page for my company or event? It is exceedingly easy to create a Facebook page, not to mention it’s free. A lot of businesses have adopted this route where they have not only used their Facebook pages for updates and communication, but also as the primary go-to site for all business related information. There are two major problems with this approach: Everyone is doing it, and because of Facebook’s limited scope for customizations, your page would look exactly the same as everyone else’s. There is far less room for differentiation as compared to owning your own website You lose out on significant benefits of SEO, and credibility associate with domains and emails It absolutely essential to have social media presence by having a Facebook page, but it is equally important, if not more, to have a website you can call your own. I am not entirely sure that I would have the time to manage something so complicated. I don’t even know how to code. How can I create a website? Not knowing to code is not a problem at all. It has never been easier to own a domain and to create a website. Enter CMS (Content Management Systems). WordPress and Drupal area few examples of the popular CMS’s. You can easily create a website and customise it according to your requirements by using state-of-the-art and intuitive dashboards. Add and edit photos, content and entire layouts, all through a few clicks on your computer. What’s more with every passing day, hosting providers like ourselves are dropping operational costs and finding newer and newer ways to make your life simpler and your expenses cheaper. I am convinced. Didn’t have enough reasons to go online before this. How does BigRock help out with this entire process? We are industry leaders in web hosting. Thousands of customers around the world rely on and swear by the services we provide them. We cover all your concerns and strive to provide you a world-class hassle-free experience. If you’re just beginning and wish to host a basic website, we recommend our Shared Hosting Product. We provide: 1-click installs of hundreds of applications Complete security coverage 24X7 server maintenance 24X7 Support through chats, calls and emails And many more What’s more, we give you your money back within 30 days if you’re dissatisfied with our performance I would like to conclude with what I had begun, there has never been a better time or greater importance to set up your own website. What are you waiting for?

How can WHOIS Privacy Protection help you?

What is domain privacy? Domain privacy is a service offered by a number of domain name registrars. A user buys privacy from the company, who in turn replaces the user’s information in the WHOIS with the information of a forwarding service (for email and sometimes postal mail, it is done by a proxy server). Domain privacy or WHOIS protection (different registrars sometimes refer to it by different names) hides the domain registrant’s personal information from the public WHOIS database. What is WHOIS? WHOIS is a public record of all data regarding domain registration. All registrant details are considered public information, in addition to the nameservers and other simple details regarding domain registrations (e.g. registration, renewal, and expiry dates). If someone knows a registered domain name, they can enter it into any WHOIS search tool on the web to retrieve this public information. With privacy protection in place, all of this information becomes masked. This includes hiding your personal name, address, phone, email, and business name. Instead, a generic registrar-generated information set is displayed. What is WHOIS privacy protection When you purchase a domain, your registrar is required by ICANN to enter the contact information of the site owner. Some kind of information must be submitted. So unless you opt to protect your personal data, it goes public. Privacy protection hides personal contact information from complete strangers. This is pretty straightforward and is one of the most common reasons domain owners opt for privacy protection. Almost everyone has the ability to access the internet, meaning that almost anyone could potentially have access to your mailing address, phone number, and email address. If a website includes debatable or hotly-contested topics, it can be an especially safe move to make personal contact details difficult to obtain to help avoid undesired contact from strangers. Why you should consider privacy protection/How can WHOIS protection help you Protect Your Personal Data Stop Unwanted Solicitations Protect Your Email Address Prevent Domain Hijacking How WHOIS privacy protection makes your life easier It’s not a requirement, or a necessity, to invest in domain privacy protection. Still, the cost is negligible when you weigh the value that is offered. If you want to keep the solicitations at bay and protect your privacy, then it can be a worthwhile investment.

Domain Names: What? Why? And most importantly – how much for?

Yes, we know all these cyber-related jargons can be very hard to understand and gets even harder when you must apply the same for your business. Also, with so many different domain service providers available in today’s time, how do you know which one is better, or who provides the most reasonable and feasible products? Moreover, does low-cost have to mean compromising on the quality of the product? Too many questions! Not to worry, we are here to solve this once and for all! However, before we get into the nitty-gritties related to the cost of a domain, let’s first clear the concept of what a domain really is and why is it so important to have one! What is a domain name? A domain name is like the address of your website. Once you register a domain, you get sole ownership and rights to that name and no one else can use it. It is totally exclusive to you. An online identity of sorts if you will. In today’s age of increasing presence of social media in everybody’s lives, it is of utmost importance to have your business online. So much so, as a matter of fact, that your business is almost invisible in absence of an online identity or to be very specific, a domain! For more information on a domain name, head to our previous blog —-blog post link—- Why is a domain name important? A domain name adds credibility to your business: Having a domain name gives an impression that you mean business and most importantly, that you are not faking it! A domain name means you are progressive: You have a domain name, that means you are pretty tech-savvy and are adaptive to the changing times. That immediately makes you sound modern and developed. The right domain attracts steady business: An interesting sounding domain name attracts traffic on your website which leads to steady business. It also helps in attracting a lot of walk-in customers. A domain name builds your business as a brand: A domain name ensures a worldwide presence for your business. As your business begins to grow, it starts to develop as a strong personality and starts to emerge as a brand. A short, crisp domain ensures a successful internet presence: A good domain name has to be crisp, short and most importantly should have an impressive recall. Only then will your brand be remembered. A lengthy, grammatically incorrect and unrelated (to your business) domain name only leads to confusion and irritation in the mind of the customer. In most cases, it also makes it very hard to find your domain on the web. No one likes to waste their time. The potential customers will just move to the next best business instead. How much does it cost to buy a domain? Starting a website can be completely free of cost. But if you expect any kind of response on your webpage – be it in terms of revenue or customers – you need to loosen your purse strings. So, what are the costs attached with starting a website? Well, the bare minimum you will need is a domain name and web hosting. Depending on the type of domain, the prices obviously vary. You can either buy a brand new domain, or purchase one that’s been registered for a while. With BigRock, a domain can cost you from as less as Rs. 99 to Rs. 1,499 a year, depending on your registrar and TLD (Top-level domain). Here’s a list of the TLDs available with BigRock and their costs: Domain Name Registration/year Renewals/year Transfers/year .com Rs. 599 Rs. 679 Rs. 639 .net Rs. 639 Rs. 589 Rs. 549 .in Rs.449 Rs. 584 Rs. 499 .online Rs. 99 Rs. 1099 Rs. 2,704 .biz Rs. 749 Rs. 649 Rs. 609 .store Rs. 199 Rs. 4433 Rs. 4,432 .me Rs. 749 Rs. 859 Rs. 849 .website Rs. 99 Rs. 799 Rs. 819 .co Rs. 1500 Rs. 1599 Rs. 1,549   There is a list of other domain extensions provided by BigRock. You can check the complete list and their prices here: https://www.bigrock.in/domain-registration/domain-registration-price.php Apart from a domain name, the second most basic thing that you need for your website is web hosting. While a shared web hosting is pretty sufficient for a new business, it becomes very imperative to switch to a private server as the traffic on your website starts to grow. Since there are so many options available at your disposal, it is difficult to arrive at a decision. The price will keep fluctuating depending on your needs and budget. Obviously, the first and best bet will always be on the .com domain extension since it is the most common and easiest to recall and remember. However, the .biz, .net, .co and such extensions are also pretty successful and gaining popularity every day. Also, taking a multi-year service is cheaper than renewing it every year since companies tend to give heavy discounts on multi-year affiliations. But we’d say, you should decide on your budget and prioritize on which expenses are most essential and which you can curb. Once decided, we are sure it will make your choices simpler. Also, make sure you choose a domain with a reputed domain registrar like BigRock who are not only providing affordable and quality domain services but also (and very importantly) providing quality customer support. And lastly… Why should you not delay in buying a domain name? Checking domain availability should be the next step if you have zeroed in on the TLD and the expenses you are ready to undertake. As mentioned above, BigRock offers domain names for only Rs.99* for the first year. So, remember to buy a domain name as soon as you have decided a name to avoid the risk of losing out on the perfect name only because you procrastinated. We hope we’ve been successful in clearing a lot of doubts you may have had about domain names. Domain extensions though is a completely different ballpark and we do intend to cover the various TLDs available in the market in our upcoming posts. Till then, stay tuned and do write in to us for any queries or assistance regarding today’s topic.

Make CDN your best friend today

  “A 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions” – Kissmetrics One of the most common questions we are asked as a Hosting Provider is, “How do we increase the speed of our websites?” Depending on the kind of web scripting technology being used and the skill of the web developer, there could as many as 50 different parameters that could require tweaking. There a number of optimizations that the web developer can do, but a large part of the latency also depends on various network parameters and basic network fundamentals. Let’s start from the very basic. What is the Internet? At the cost of trivialising the definition, it is a huge network of computers and servers sending packets to each other through a complex array of routers, gateways and switches. These packets represent the packets of informations and data being transmitted every time someone streams a cat video. In this case, the packets are requested by the cat lover and delivered by YouTube or a similar video streaming service. The reality of this scenario is a thousand times more complex than this simplistic description, but it serves the purpose of conveying basic understanding of how the internet works. And even from this simplistic representation, it is clear that the fewer number of hops for the packet, or the smaller the distance for the packet to travel, the faster the connection would be. Every time a user requests for information from a website, the web browser sends a request packet to the serving web server, and the web server responds with the requested data in a few packets. This means data literally has to travel both ways, and pass through all the intermediary switches. Hence, If you own a website, and your user is literally on the other side of the globe, chances are that your website would load considerably slower for that user than for a user in your own country. Does this mean you have to maintain separate servers for catering to users from different parts of the globe to satisfy speed requirements? Thankfully, the answer to that is NO. This is where CDN is useful. What is CDN? CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. It is a network of servers or edge locations that can help deliver cached contents to your users. This would would mean that every time your international user requests for information from your site, the request need not come all the way to your hosting server. A major portion of it like static images, videos, JS and jQuery (which are usually the major reasons for increased latency) are delivered from the CDN servers. This means that your user base, no matter where they are located, can experience faster speeds. Why you should be interested in CDN Faster sites are better sites – As already discussed, CDN caches your static content and delivers a much better experience to your customers. After all, you don’t want to lose customers just because they thought your site didn’t load within 1 second SEO ranking – Google has been extremely vocal about page load speeds affecting the SEO ranking of websites. Which means the slower your website, the lower your ranking. Here’s the official release. CDNs are better equipped to handle traffic spikes – When traffic loads reach millions of requests per second, even the most powerful hosting servers would be put to the test. Without a CDN to serve cached content, all this traffic would have to be absorbed by either overprovisioning your hosting servers or creating an auto scaling group (both of which are considered unnecessary overheads for a Shared Hosting platform) Less burden on your Hosting Server – Following from the previous point, in a CDN enabled scenario, 60-95% of the traffic would be served from the CDN servers (depending on the site architecture) Free and Easy to start – A number of big CDN providers have free accounts that help you get started quickly with their services. In fact, with both our cPanel and Plesk panels we provide CloudFlare plugins that help you create and configure your CDN service from the web hosting panel itself It is abundantly clear that CDN technology is here to stay and is only getting easier and easier for website owners to make the jump. When are you?

The Do’s and Don’ts for a Website

Creating a website can be an exciting, yet daunting task, as you are building out a central repository and online image for your brand. The way your brand is perceived depends on the content you write, the images you share, the language you use (both written and descriptive) and the overall user experience you are offering to your customer. It is a holistic rendition of what your brand stands for, and is therefore crucial to understand the best practices when it comes to creating a website. Here are some checklists to keep in mind while building out your website. A simple clean layout helps the user navigate around your website easily to find what they are looking for. Messy layouts are a hassle to deal with and no user will invest time in a website with a complicated layout. Here are some references that’ll help you find the most user friendly designs http://bit.ly/2yKsJlc Redirecting users away from the main page is a big no-no. Your content needs to be crisp, concise and give the user relevant information all in one place. You can find tons of examples of this here http://bit.ly/1CSUsxR Using clean, simple yet powerful imagery is not only good for the user to consume, but also for them to interact with. You can use this link http://bit.ly/2zzRjTn to look for images for your website! Subtle colour palettes have a positive and soothing effect on the viewer. Dig deeper into this over here http://bit.ly/1lFKcR6 Having simple CTAs, optimized buttons and a sorted framework are always advisable. This makes it easy for a user to navigate the website which enhances the user’s experience Keeping the website updated is utterly important. If you have store locators, offers, testimonials, business achievements, job openings these should be regularly updated to avoid misinformation GIFS, tutorials, newsletters, blogs, guest posting, reviews etc. can make your website look attractive and enlightening and add to the user’s experience The content should be really catchy enough to not lose out on the user’s attention. For more tips on how to make your content strong enough, explore this http://bit.ly/1lfwS5A Landing page directs a customer to purchase a product or a service so it should function properly and link to the correct page. Want to know more on landing pages? Read here http://bit.ly/1nwg7Aw A search option helps a visitor to find out a particular product/service out of the list of products/services. So it saves time of the users and makes it user friendly. This can help you find out how the search option can be even more beneficial http://bit.ly/2zLF2Mk If you have enabled comments, address queries and feedback on a timely basis Adding your social media widgets to the page can also help direct your user to your social pages If you are an e-commerce website or have payment gateways linked to your website, make sure you have an SSL certificate. (eg. https) Make sure your website should be compatible across various devices including mobiles Your website name, meta-tag & description should be accurate so that users looking for information can directly reach your website. (SEO) Don’t miss out on important keywords pertaining to your business. If you’re not sure of what are the right keywords for your business, there are a lot of free tools are available online like this one http://bit.ly/2leiJMg Whenever running offers & discounts, make sure your website is updated so that customers have a user-friendly shopping experience and there are minimal complaints. Got questions or need more guidance when building out your website? Feel free to drop us a line at sales@bigrock.com, call us on 1800-266-7625 or comment below!

Let your name do your marketing

A lot of entrepreneurs, while starting off with their businesses, leave out one very important detail, the right name for their business. Getting the right name for your business is the most important thing to take your business to the path of success.  Names are quite powerful and make a huge difference to your business strategy. Once you get the right name, branding comes as a by-product of your advertising. Here are a few tips that will come in handy when you decide a name for your website: The name should sound good when it’s said out loud. Using alliterations like ‘Coca-Cola’ did, is always recommended. Make sure your name doesn’t sound like a tongue twister. An easy name that is catchy also results in instant brand recall. Ensure your website name gives a clear message. Also make sure it’s not too generic otherwise it won’t stand out amongst all the other websites out there. Make sure your website name is not ‘text-ish’. Websites like Flickr can get confusing because if you’re new to it you won’t know whether you should spell is Flickr or Flicker. Avoid using initials as that can get boring. A lot of businesses have gotten away with it, but those are multibillion dollar co-operations that have stayed around for decades. As a fresher, it is recommended for you to not use initials. Depending on how big you want your brand to be, make sure that you can trademark the name that you have chosen. By using the ‘find keywords’ tool on Google AdWords. You can find similar search phrases and how many global and local searches it gets You can also try using a name that would eventually be used as a verb. For example, people who visit the TED conference, call themselves ‘TEDsters’.  

Enterprise Email 101

Looking for a way to make your business look professional with custom email but not sure where to start? Here’s a look at how you can start your journey into the world of branded email for you and your business. The History of Email Revolution The Second World War that eventually led to the Cold War saw the need to protect messaging and communication in case such a nuke hit any other part of the world. Email, which is a medium to electronically send messages between two people, began by the end of 1971 by Ray Tomlinson, a contractor at ARPANET. At the core, email isn’t too different from regular mail. When you send a letter to someone, you mention the name and the location of the intended recipient. Tomlinson created a similar system when he created the email where the name and the location of the recipient were separated by the adoption of the ‘@’ symbol which identifies the recipient before the symbol and the location, after. In today’s day and age, email has become one of the most convenient mediums to pass on mail from one place to another. Moreover, it’s safe which is why even in the event of a robbery, fire or anything else, all your data will be protected in one place. Enterprise Email is your professional online calling card Simply put, enterprise email is a paid service offered by web hosting companies wherein businesses owning private email addresses can personalize their email ids for more professional communication, for example person@companyname.com instead of a common email address like personal@unbrandedmail.com These email ids can be used for sending and receiving mails with your team and other agencies. Apart from communication, it can also be used for collaborating calendars, tasks and other assignments. Why Enterprise Email is a great investment Enterprise email is tailor-made to meet the needs of medium and large businesses. It gives your business a structured and certified impression and allows for more effective team collaboration as all documents and conversations are stored in one place. Your business can communicate with its team members, employees and external partners. Data stored on Enterprise Email is secure and asks for your permissions before sharing any data with anyone outside the organization. It builds trust and recall with potential customers and associates, who know to look for your company name in your email address to certify your identity. It allows multi-user interfaces and has sufficient storage to hold emails, media and other documents. Why go for enterprise email when other free options are available? The biggest advantage of buying enterprise email is getting truly personalized email ids that look professional. Also, enterprise email offers you the choice to get the email id that YOU want since most ids are almost always taken. It is also crucial when it comes to building a brand for yourself and a credible image for your business. You can also avoid the annoyance caused by ads that regular email portals throw in your face. And for the best part…  Apart from the obvious benefits that come with owning your personal branded email address, an enterprise email package with BigRock offers the added advantage of getting an integrated email solution wherein you can have all your contacts, to-dos, calendar and online drive all in one place. In order to be a booming business as well as accomplish things on the go, a drive always comes in handy by eliminating restrictions that come with traditional email packages, as you have unlimited space at your disposal. You  can access your files without necessarily having to download them saving you space and time.   We cannot stress enough on how handy a calendar is when it comes to organizing your business. Not only can you manage your tasks and schedules, but also give and share access with your team so as to plan your tasks in one place. Watch this space for more tips and tricks on how to best leverage email for your business. Log onto www.bigrock.in now to get started with your enterprise email package today!

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