Sunday, July 14, 2013

Changing Web Hosting Service Providers

There are many reasons why individuals or companies want to change to a new web hosting company. It could be as simple as not enough storage space or bandwidth, or it could be due to its customer service, or lack thereof.
Easier said than done? Changing to a new web hosting company may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be that complex - there are just a few things to keep in mind.
  1. Keep your web hosting account with your existing host open
  2. It is recommend that you keep your existing web hosting account active until you have completed the transition steps (ie. new account setup, file transfer, email creation and setup, DNS modification and propagation).This will ensure that your website and domain email accounts will be running during the transition.
  3. Choose a suitable new web hosting provider
  4. Considerations include:
    a) Type of OS (Windows vs. Linux) - it depends on the technologies your website requires. For example, if your website requires ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS or other Microsoft-specific technologies, then you will need to find a Windows-platform web hosting plan.
    b) Bandwidth and disk space requirements
  5. Make a backup copy of your existing website: download old account files
  6. Ideally, files should be downloaded in the same tree structure in which you want to upload it later. Also look for any file or chmod permissions that you might to set on any folder or file. This is a fairly easy task and can easily be accomplished by FTP.
    However, some free web hosting providers do not offer FTP access. This is especially true if you're currently using a free Flash/drag-and-drop website creation service (ie.,
    If this is the case, you will not be able to download your existing web files and will have to re-create your new web files. You should check to see if your new web hosting provider offers a free website creator.
    To avoid running into the same problem in the future, make sure your new web hosting provider offers FTP access.
  7. Setup new (same) email addresses
  8. To ensure that emails are properly received, it is important to keep the same email addresses, including email aliases and forwarders.
  9. DNS changes and propagation
  10. Once you have uploaded your web files to the new web hosting server and re-created your email accounts, you can go ahead and make the necessary domain name server (DNS) changes.
    DNS is usually obtained once you have signed up with the new web hosting provider. You will need to replace your existing DNS settings with the new one - this is usually done via your domain management panel (your domain registrar).
    The new DNS will take anywhere between 24-48 hours to propagate, therefore the old web host is responsible for website and email in the meantime. This is why cancelling the old service should be the very last thing to do.
  11. Cancel your old account.
  12. Once your new account has been activated and your website and email services at your new web hosting provider are up and running, you can proceed to have your old account cancelled.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Create a Website Online Store by Adding a Website

 By Jack Bandy

In order to create a fully functional online store website the first step is to select store software. It is also known as the Shopping Cart Software. It is imperative to add this software to the store as the very basic step of creating a website online store. There are several software providers for adding shopping cart, but one should always choose a product that can serve the purpose of a basic store and a specialty too. There are many important elements to consider in software that can be selected using the choices given. An important aspect of online store website software is the navigation feature. The software should be able to display all the products in the most favorable way. Customers will lose interest if the online store website is not easily navigable and does not look appealing. The method of purchase should be very simple and easy to follow.
Security is another important aspect for every website online store. Choose software that meets all the advanced security standards. Software that has been running smoothly in the recent times would be a perfect choice.
After choosing the shopping cart software, what is the best step to be taken? Well, the process of set up has to be executed very carefully. Each software package comes with a different setup process. In most of the cases, there would be a layout of the online store, graphics and colors would be present, there would be options for headers, footers and logos along with many other add on features. Each of these features should be identified and monitored very carefully. Although there might be a lot of graphics and pictures present in a particular website, it would not be wise to include everything. Choice of subtle and interesting ideas will matter the most in this context.
The online store website designing software will also include ideas for product descriptions and their pictures. Pictures are not only meant to depict the product or its purpose, but these are also helpful in pointing put the differences between "no sale" and "sale".
Product descriptions should be short and simple. Lengthy product descriptions are not preferred by most people. Also, people do not have the time to read through a lengthy piece. They would rather read the features of the product and finally make a choice.
Once the products have been placed and descriptions have been created, it is time to set up payment methods and options. Most online shoppers prefer online methods of payment. PayPal is the leading and most popular website that allows payment to various online store website. Having PayPal online payment as an option can increase business.

About the Author

Website online store should be created with a lot of precision. Because all products have an online store website dedicated to them, competition is very tough.