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Should you own a static IP?

Should you own a static IP?

This is a debatable question but I personally felt if you have sensitive information or data and they are hosted on the internet or accessible through the internet, you should own a static or a permanent IP.

A permanent or static IP does not have a short leasing period. It should be given on the first day of the service until the service ended.

The most common way is to get a static IP from your internet provider. If not, you can try VPN providers offer dedicated IP as an addon. You can connect with your VPN account and get the same IP address every time.

Static IP is especially for environments that have restricted access. For example, your website administrator dashboard, your shell access, your RDP access etc.

I suggest to my customers, they should own a static IP. Lockdown sensitive areas where brute force entries are possible. I have seen wp-login.php, the admin login for WordPress is extremely popular to brute-force attacks.

 

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About Plesk Onyx

About Plesk Onyx

Not long ago, we have briefly spoken on Plesk Onyx vs cPanel. There are pros and cons of these control panels. However, I like Plesk Onyx a little more.

In Chinese, we call it 先入为主 means the first impression. Honestly speaking, it’s easier to navigate on Plesk as compare to its competitors.

Recent years, Plesk Onyx is stable and reliable, it is not bug-free, actually, I haven’t seen anything like that. When I have encountered an issue, at most times I’m able to get a solution or at least a workaround from the knowledge base.

I felt that the support team has done a very good job. People like us prefer looking into the KB than writing an email to the support team. Basically, we want to solve the issue fast.

Other things I want to mention, it is their extensions. I’m overwhelmed by the extensions available. They do not cost a lot and there are many for different purposes.

If you are a Plesk Onyx user, I can see a few of them are useful. Like the Kernelcare, imunify360 and anti-spam from SpamExperts and MagicSpam. There are a few free extensions are useful too like the watchdog, Pagespeed etc.

In Plesk Onyx, you can switch on HTTP/2 when your Nginx is enabled. HTTP/2 is faster and more secure if you are not aware. I also suggest you use PHP-FPM for better performance, the PHP website performs better in FPM.

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About website response

About website response

Website response is one of the key factors to rank your website higher. There are a few reasons can cause a lower website. One of the common factors most site audit tools mentioned is server response.

As long the server is not overpopulated I will doubt this is a good reason. this rule should be deprecated. The modern web server with HTTP/2 should not be considered.

In my opinion, A slow website caused by these reasons;

Database – if the database is slow, this can affect the output on the website. The webmaster should tweak the database configuration if he or she can speed up the process.

External fonts from Google, for example, can slow down your website.

CSS and JS slow down a website. Everyone likes fancy and colourful websites. As soon as they looked beautiful and impressive, you are paying for the price, it is slowness.

Other queries, like a map, images from an external source can slow down a website.

High pixel and a big image is a common factor for a slow website. The clear and sharp image is larger in size, it increases the loading time especially for the slower internet users.

WordPress is easy to use, many good plugins are free. The more plugins you have enabled, the website is lower.

Fail to use gzip or known as deflate, this module in Apache web server helps to reduce the size of the loading page.

‘Failed to leverage with the browser’s cache. Like images, you can add expire header to cache it on the visitor’s browser for a period of time.

There are ways to reduce website loading but the question is how much. It might not be significant to some. There are a few services you can consider; A free Cloudflare but I prefer Sucuri as I experienced slower loading on Free Cloudflare. A good image compression utility but not losing the quality. Use CDN, if you are serving globally. I will see the points of using CDN if your visitor is limited to your hosted area.

If you are using WordPress, you a good caching plugin like WP-Rocket, it is a premium plugin but I think it is worth investing. Feel free to write to me if you have questions or things to share.

 

 

 

 

 

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Above the fold affects SEO?

Above the fold affects SEO?

Again, we are sharing one of the top mistakes on most websites have made is ‘Above the fold’.

Above the fold is listed on most website auditing tools as high priority error to fix. Thus, you can see how much it has weighted in SEO.

The concept of above the fold goes back a long time ago, to the beginnings of the Newspapers probably, and it is due to the way how it is printed on the front of the newspaper, was folded when they are sold at the newsstands. Hence the top half of the newspaper is shown to the passerby.

So, it has explained the 1st seen of the page anything you have to scroll down is under the fold. In my opinion, this is a similar nature to TTFB (to the first byte). If you have a good score in TTFB, I dare to say you have overcome the above the fold restriction.

Maybe I’m wrong. Can someone share?

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Improve website ranking (content)

Improve website ranking

Today, we ain’t talking about web hosting but it is SEO related. How to improve your website ranking in Search Engine listings. I’m ain’t no expert neither it is my living tool. But I’m immersed in this topic on and off for the past few years. So, I’m taking the opportunity to share.

Write Relevant Content
Quality content is the number one rider of your search engine rankings and there is simply no substitute for wonderful articles. Quality content created specifically for your designed customer raises website traffic, which boosts the site’s authority and relevance. Fine tune your web writing capabilities.

Determine and focus on a keyword phrase for each web page. Think about the best way your reader may possibly search for that certain webpage (with the terms just like “web hosting in Singapore,” “best-shared web hosting,” or “Fast web hosting”). Then, repeat this phrase several times throughout the page once or twice in the opening and closing the sentences, and several to four more times throughout the remaining articles.

Don’t forget to use strong, italics, heading tags like an H1, and other emphasis tags to highlight these types of keyword phrases but do not overdo it. You still need your language and composing style to read naturally. Under no circumstances sacrifice great composing for SEO. The better webpages are created for the user, not for the search engine.

Update Your Articles Regularly
You have most likely noticed that all of us feel quite highly about content material. Search engines do, also. On a regular basis kept up to date content is viewed as one of the best signals of a site’s relevancy

Title Metadata
Title metadata is responsible for that page titles shown at the top of an internet browser windows and as one of the subjects within just search engine results. It is the most important metadata on your webpage. For those with a CMS site, the web staff has developed an automated program for creating the meta title for each website.

Description Metadata
Description metadata is the literal description that an internet browser may use in your web page search result return. Think of it as the site’s windows display-an exact and interesting description of what is comprised within, with the goal of telling people to get into. A good meta description will certainly typically consist of two full sentences. Search engines may not always use your meta description, but it is important to give them all the option.

Keyword Metadata
Keyword metadata is hardly ever if ever used to tabulate search engine rankings. On the other hand, you should already know the keyword phrases, so it does not harm to add them into your keyword metadata. You will want to include a variety of key phrases. As a general rule, try to keep it to approximately 6-8 phrases with every phrase consisting of 1-4 words. A great example would be “cheap web hosting in Singapore.”

Have a links worthy site
Focus on constructing important links within the wording. Instead of needing “click here” links, try composing out the identity of the spot. “Click here” has no search engine benefit past the included URL, while “cheap web hosting” is definitely rich with keywords and will improve your search engine rankings as well as the rank of the webpage you are backlinking to. Always use descriptive web links by connecting keywords-it not only enhances search engine optimization but also gives benefit to your visitors, including those with disabilities or who are using display screen readers.

Use alt tags
Always describe your video or graphics and online video media using alt tags, or alternative text descriptions. They enable search engines to locate the webpage, which is crucial-especially for those who make use of text-only internet browsers or screen readers.

 

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Beg to differ

, What web hosting plan is right for you?Beg to differ

It was sometimes ago asking myself, web hosting is behaving such for the last decade, is it time for a change? Web hosting basically transformed for the past few years but horizontally I supposed. We can see virtualization in many ways, storage has become larger etc.

Wait for a second, we are talking about its technologies but why do you need all these if you are getting them the same amount of customers. How do we increase the population in this pool?

Yes, the website must be there to draw online audiences. Now, the question is on how? I dive in and found myself the answer, online marketing.

Online marketing has become so important for web presence. However, it is neglected by many businesses. I personally feel that the economy in Singapore is restricted or we can say the resource is limited.

To expand this area, the fastest way is doing it online. Everything comes with a cost, they aren’t free. Either you invest in sacrificing more personal time or more money spent.

There are the cheaper method or the more expensive method doing it. I reckon that getting people to do it is the most expensive but you will spend less personal time and more effective.

I found backlinks from the reputable website has been effective. This especially for owners with a tight budget. Backlinks help in a way but your website content and complied to search engines is relatively important.

There are many site auditing tools to help you with this. They might cost you money but I think these expenses are quite reasonable.

At Vastspace, we have the knowledge on this to share with. Even results vary. But it is definitely better than you wait for the search engine bots to dig your website content or your online visitors have noticed your website.

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SmarterTools has no more Bundle Partnership

SmarterTools has no more Bundle Partnership

We wanted to let you know about some upcoming changes to the partnerships available from SmarterTools.

Beginning on July 1st, we will no longer be offering the Bundle Partnership. However, the Lease – Reseller and standard Reseller Partnerships will not be affected.

Existing Bundle Partners have the ability to issue Bundles until July 1st, and all Bundles issued prior to July 1st will be able to be activated as normal, even after the July 1st date.

Over the years, we’ve done our best to provide hosting providers and ISPs with the ability to provide $900 of free software that can be used as a sales incentive for their own products and services. In addition, making that software available offered a potential revenue source for partners as there was an established customer base for selling or leasing additional SmarterTools licensing, product upgrades, Maintenance and Support renewals and reinstatements, etc.

The Bundle Partnership was extremely successful but also came at a high cost. We constantly needed to maintain and monitor the issuance of Bundles to ensure that individual customers weren’t receiving multiple Bundles, that Bundles weren’t being provided for software upgrades, etc. We also tracked activations, free license conversions, and revenue generated from each Bundle Partner. As a result of all this maintenance and the associated costs in time and development hours, we have decided to discontinue this particular program and instead allocate resources to product development, quality control and other products and services coming in the near future.

As stated, we have no intentions to modify our Lease – Reseller and Reseller Partnerships. That said, as partnership renewals are coming up in June, it was important for us to notify partners early so that Bundle Partners have time to modify their automated order processing, etc. to account for the end of the Bundle program.

For those on bundle package and wish to renew their license protection can approach us for additional discount.

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Do you need online marketing?

Do you need online marketing?

The last article we have discussed the major challenge for today’s businesses is online marketing. The popularity of going online has made the exposure is more effective and easier, Actually, you will need just a computer connected to the internet,

In fact, online marketing is not new but it is the key element of business success today. The idea is to generate human traffic to your website. We call it a money site. Whether you are selling a product or providing a service, it is the same principle.

How do you make people come to your website? One of the most effective and traditional methods is advertising. You tell people about the products you are selling, the services that you are providing. You can advertise in social media, search engines and your business-related portals.

These channels offer a mechanism to monitor people click your advertisements online. The more of your advertisements show up, the higher the chances it is clicked and the more money you will pay. Marketing through advertising can be expensive. However, the return is faster.

Another type can be costly and it can be affordable, it depends on how you are doing it. We call it SEO. Get rank highest possible for the products and the services you are dealing with. The result is not instant and very subjective. There are influencing factors like the web content, the ranking algorithm in search engines, your competitors etc. For this, I suggest to business owner can sacrifice time by doing it yourselves. A unique article publish often like twice a week or a blog related to your business. Like what I have said, this can be months to see the result and you must d plenty of reading on SEO.

This is the cheapest and most effective  ‘Word of mouth’. Recommendation ftom somebodies can be friends, colleagues customers and relative. If you have a huge social circle, you definitely can make use of it. However, the result can be reversed. If someone has started to make an unwanted remark, they spread fast and it can be harmful to your business.

In my opinion, online business marketing must include these 3 methods. However, the 2nd method SEO is for the long run if you have done it correctly. The return is very constant. You won’t get rich overnight but I’m sure it generates income constantly and you can gauge your income more accurately with your expectation.

 

 

 

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How does the Internet affect you?

How does the Internet affect you?

This is for everyone. How many hours you are connected to the internet? Have you asked yourselves? 2, 3 or 6 hours or even longer? Everything we are doing now might be related to the internet. This includes reading this article.

Survey and statistic have shown there are 4.83 million people online and averagely we spent 12 hours 42 minutes on our gadgets like smartphones, computers, tablets or similar. If you own these devices high chance you are connected to the internet.

In today world, you do most things connected to the internet. Connect to the office network, browsing your facebook, upload a picture to your Instagram etc. For 12 hours 70% or more of your time are connected to the internet.

Hence, there are plenty of opportunities online. Even, open a bank account you can do it online, I’m not kidding, go and try out yourselves with your national bank POSB. I’m not surprised actually, in fact, many things related to government public services are already online. You can renew your passport online and collect it from the nearest post office.

Everything is about efficiency, your business too. You can engage your customers online, sells them your products and services online. You can make use of the technologies to cut down costs on manpower and rental.

So, today’s businesses biggest challenge is not setting up an online business but how do you get people to visit your online store or services. Think harder, it is actually online marketing and advertising. We will discuss more on online marketing and advertising in our next topic.

 

 

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What web hosting plan is right for you?

There are a few types of web hosting. The basic one is known as shared hosting, VPS, cloud hosting and server also known as bare metal. Basically, two things affect your choice, the budget and what do use it for.

In my opinion, understand the different types of web hosting is important. This will help you with a realistic budget to a web hosting. What is a realistic budget?

I call it a realistic budget because the prices can differ a lot between plan A and plan B. For example, shared hosting is 200 a year bu a bare metal server is 200 a month. There is a huge difference in price. Here’s the question, do you need a dedicated server? Or do you just need a simple web hosting for you to publish a simple website and create a few mailboxes?

We do not anticipate a startup buying a server unless you are running a campaign and you are expecting huge traffic like an auction website or similar. These websites have greater returns and revenue generated from the website, hence the cost is justifiable.

Some choose to run their campaign with a smaller scale server like the VPS or the cloud hosting. VPS behaves like a server but with little resources. Because VPS and cloud hosting are scalable, it is good for those have an uncertain amount of traffic at the start.

I suggest base on your requirement to set your budget. It is not possible to buy a server at a shared hosting price. Don’t laugh, we have spoken to customers with such perception. Basically, they have a faint idea on web hosting. So, it is important to research and know the differences between different types of web hosting.