06 Jun 2017

How Do You Transfer Your Website From One Hosting To Account

Is your current web hosting provider no longer cutting? Do you want to sign up for an Hostgai account? Here are some tips that will help you move your site from your current web hosting provider to Hostgai.com.

 

  1.  Find an Hostgai Package

Once you have decided that Hostgai.com is the right web hosting company for you, the next step would be to find a package that is best suited for your website. In order to find the package that is right for you, you will want to consider the amount of space you will need, the cost, server configuration and etc. If you have any doubts on which package is right for your site, please feel free to contact us for additional help.

 

  1.  Back Up Your Site

Next you will want to make a copy of your files, as it is recommended that you maintain more than one copy of your website, not just the one that is on the web server. You should save a copy of your site to your computer before you move to an Hostgai.com account. In fact, you should do this before you even initiate the transfer. This is insurance just in case your current web host decides to end your web hosting account before you are ready. Seems a little crazy but there are less savory hosts that practice these measures.

IMPORTANT: You will want to ensure that you upload your files to the PUBLIC_HTML or www directory on the server or else they will not be visible on the Internet. Likewise, be certain that your homepage is saved as an “index” file e.g., index.htm, index.html, etc. It is also suggested you download FileZilla from http://filezilla-project.org/download.php, if you do not already have an ftp client.

 

  1.  Update Your DNS records

First, what are DNS records? Simply put, DNS records are a set of instructions that tell where to send your visitors.

Before updating your DNS records it is important to double check that everything is working properly on your website once you have loaded your files onto the new hosting configuration. Just to note, you can easily preview your new site using a temporary web address or IP address that Hostgai.com will provide to you upon signing up. This way you can preview your site before taking it live, giving you ample time to fix any issues that lie behind the scene.

So in order to complete your transfer to your new Hostgai.com web hosting account, you must update your DNS records with your current registrar in order to point visitors to your new site.

  • If you are transferring your domain to Hostgai.com, then we will update your DNS records for you.
  • If you are registering a new domain name with Hostgai.com, then again we will update your DNS records. Just to note: you will not want to point the domain at your old host first. This will only cause headaches and confusion, as it will cause your domain propagation to take longer and it will be more complicated. After you have requested a domain name and your payment have cleared, we will register your domain. This process can take up to 24 hours.
  • If you are only transferring your website and leaving your domain name with your current registrar, then you will need to give your current registrar the correct DNS information that we will provide to you. Changing your DNS records is a major step, so you will want to ensure that you give your current registrar the correct DNS information.

Once your DNS information has been updated your domain name will not be visible on the Internet for 24-72 hours. This process is called Propagation. Propagation is the time that it takes for the World Wide Web to update their records to redirect any updates to IP addresses and domain names. Until your domain has propagated, website and email will not function. In the meantime, we will provide you with a temporary URL which you may use to view your website and upload files.

 

  1.  Wait for DNS Records to Propagate Through the Internet

After your site has fully propagated, you will want to alert your old hosting company that you will be canceling your account. However, some browsers and applications maintain DNS records for more time. Therefore, it is typically advised to retain your old server live for 24-48 hours after your transfer has successfully been completed. This will help to mitigate the risk of losing any traffic or emails. Although most search engines update DNS records in 24 hours or less, it is better to be safe than sorry and keep both for a short period of time.

These are just some tips to make your transfer to Hostgai.com as smooth as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about transferring your site, please feel free to reach us by chat, email or phone anytime.

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04 Jun 2017

Basics Of Cloud Computing

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Basics Of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is getting very popular from past few years as it is more flexible, affordable, scalable and its also “pay as you work” model gives it an edge over others. But, let us first be clear about what is cloud computing is?

Cloud computing is not like traditional hosting  that use a single dedicated server, as cloud computing uses virtualization technology to pool or share resources from an underlying network of physical servers. It acts like a group of physical server or acts like one big server to bring you the server that you need on demand. Resources by cloud include networks, servers, storage, platforms, applications etc.

Above  Info-graphic will explain you more about what is cloud computing and its main characteristics

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03 Jun 2017

Types of Web Hosting : Pros and Cons

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Types of Web Hosting : Pros and Cons

Web Hosting Service provides for individuals or companies to show their website on Internet via World Wide Web(WWW). There are a lot of terms in the web hosting industry, making it difficult to know what is just right for your website. Here are some of the most popular web hosting terms that you should understand yourself  before purchasing any web hosting packages.

Below is the infographic which will help you to understand about the pros and cons of different web hosting types.

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13 Jan 2015

How Creating Websites Has Changed In The Last Ten Years

Let’s take a short trip down memory lane, back to 2006. Action movie fans were yelling “SPARTA!!!” after seeing the hit film 300. Google just purchased YouTube. And, you were probably rocking out to Justin Timberlake informing us of how he was going to bring “SexyBack.”

With the rapid developments of the Information Age, 2006 seems like ages ago. Nowhere is that more evident than in the web design industry.

For example, have a look at Hostgai.com Hosting’s homepage back in 2006, vs. today in 2016.

Perhaps the biggest change is in who creates our websites. You used to
have to hire expensive web developers. These days, even novices can create high-quality websites from scratch. Let’s take a closer look at this revolution.

The Olden Days – HTML and CSS

Ten years ago, you needed to be an expert at HTML and CSS code if you wanted to create a website that anyone would want to visit. Most sites were hard coded HTML and CSS, which replaced Flash. Flash sites were terrible for users because they would not load well on all platforms, and they were horrible for SEO purposes.

CSS allowed for the separation of design and content.This separation gave content developers and web designers greater creative freedom. This separation of design and content made websites easier to maintain since there was less complexity, they were quicker to load, and more versatile.

Also, though HTML was the standard, there was not much structure in the way websites were designed. The lack of structure led to many problems in design aesthetics. In other words, each website had its unique style or way of structuring information, which would make it less intuitive for the user to navigate and find the information they wanted.

Where We Are Today

Nowadays, you will not find a successful business that does not have web design as a valuable component of their marketing strategy. The aesthetics have also changed. We now have blended typography, minimalism, large background images, and flat graphics. Additionally, the primary focus is the user’s experience. This focus has led to the rise of single-page design and infinite scrolling.

CSS has become increasingly popular, and this has resulted in a growth in user interaction and ease of use for website visitors. As code has become more automated, easier to understand, and cleaner, websites load better and are more organized. Also, HTML5 has made website design more engaging and user-friendly by restructuring the standards set for creative design.

The Mobile Revolution

Optimizing your website for mobile use was a low priority before Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. However, more than half of the adult population in the United States now owns a smartphone, and they are spending a significant amount of their time on it. As a matter of fact, 29 percent of the total search queries are carried out via a mobile phone.

Google conducted a study where they found that three-quarters of mobile searches triggered a follow-up action, including store visits, purchases, and phone calls. The takeaway message is that if you want to reach consumers today, you have to make certain that your site is fully functional on all devices.

Aside from the user experience, many search engines, including Yahoo!, Bing, and Google, basically require you to have mobile-friendly pages if you want to rank highly on the results pages. To meet this requirement, businesses have changed how they perform their branding and web design.

Fortunately, there are now content management systems that make creating mobile-responsive, as well as well coded and designed, websites a snap.

The WordPress Revolution

Yes, there have been two revolutions in the last decade. WordPress began in 2003. Ten years ago, it was still getting off the ground and was mostly used as a basic blogging tool. Today, it is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world with millions of sites using it.

However, thanks to its open source nature, it has also expanded its utility to include online stores, social media, Fortune 500 business websites, and more. These days, anyone can use WordPress to build a website. It has turned into a flexible and straightforward to install and use platform that can create all types of websites.

Also, there are website builders, such as BoldGrid, that work on top of WordPress to make the CMS more intuitive and easy to use for beginners and small business owners. You can save time and frustration by using a free drag and drop WordPress website builder like BoldGrid.
Here are just a few features that make WordPress easy for just about anyone to create a website in a matter of minutes:

  • Drag and Drop – You can easily slide your content to precisely where you want it
  • Free Themes – WordPress has a broad range of themes that are appropriate for any industry
  • Simple Customization- You can also personalize each theme with pre-designed layouts, color palettes, and more
  • WYSIWYG Editing – You don’t need to guess at what users will see on your site. You see it as they would as you edit it
  • Connect – Social media is where it is at, and WordPress keeps you connected

It’s All about Shares and Likes

Social media has taken off in the last decade. Sure, MySpace was “a thing” back in 2006 and quite popular among youngsters, but these days, social media is integrated into web development. Now, there are big names like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter that are appealing to people of all ages as well as businesses.

Organizations are now more aware that their survival depends on social media integration and user engagement. To cater to users, websites have transitioned from mainly textual designs to more chatrooms, video, blogging, and pictures to get information across more quickly.

What Does the Future Have in Store?

This article serves as just a snapshot of how creating websites has changed in the last ten years. With such drastic changes and innovations coming out every day, it is hard to imagine what the next decade will bring. Will there be more voice activation? Real-time updates? Will bots take over marketing? How can the user experience be improved?

You can rest assured web design will change to attract more sales and clicks. And, WordPress is not likely to go anywhere as its millions of users and hundreds of developers continue to use and improve it.

Contributed by our friend Matt over at ReviewSquirrel 

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