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Hosting for web agencies: growing pains

Published on November 25, 2014 at 11:42 am by Alex Vanier in: Web Hosting Articles

The aim of any web agency or hosting reseller is to develop their portfolio of client websites and applications. Planning for growth with a scalable hosting solution, and finding a long-term hosting partner, is what makes that development as economical and painless as possible. We know, because at Mandoline, we learned the hard way. Here are the challenges, setbacks and successes we encountered on our journey.
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Everything you’ll ever need to know about hosting for startups

Published on September 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

If you’re in the process of launching a startup, you’ll know that every penny of investment counts, and that opportunities to establish your reputation can be as unexpected as they are precious. These are precisely the reasons why most startups look to a turnkey dedicated or cloud hosting model for their application or website.

For startups, as for any growing business, a turnkey (or Infrastructure as a Service) hosting model has several big benefits over hosting on-premises. Benefits like facilitating better capital investment decisions, accommodating unexpected or unpredictable demand, and reducing the risk of development setbacks and unplanned downtime. Here’s why.

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Dedicated hosting under $100: mistakes to avoid

Published on June 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

If you’re shopping for entry level dedicated hosting – perhaps comparing providers below the $100/mo mark – you’re probably comparing roughly similar looking server specifications. But when evaluating the value offered by dedicated hosting, server specifications are only the tip of the iceberg. Here are the things to look for beyond the listed specifications, to help you avoid the disastrous consequences of choosing a provider based on price alone, rather than value and quality.

Specs mean nothing when your server’s down

Dedicated hosting providers are responsible for the entire infrastructure behind your dedicated servers – everything between your server and its users. When only the specifications are published, what you cannot ascertain is the quality of the hardware and engineering used to build the servers and the network connections, and crucially the level of network and power redundancy.

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Comparing Print, Television vs the Internet

Published on January 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm by heri in: Web Development Articles

the internet, tv, and print comparison Looking at growing websites like digg or new start-ups like Friendfeed, it struck me how active those communities can be, with their users apparently plugged in 24 hours a day, and submitting a never-ending flow of information, and users challenging each other to bring new witty comments or content. Trend-setters have dubbed these websites as the future of the Internet, so I have taken the opportunity to analyze why these services are growing and generating interest from their users.

We can see at the same time legacy media empires like the Tribune or the New York Times having trouble converting their business models to the Internet. They are converting their content to a web format, but they have trouble getting enough revenues comparable to their print business.

Here’s a comparison of different media, their format, and their uniqueness:

  Print Television The Internet
Engagement High engagement. Readers spend hours & possibly days to read a piece written by an author Very low Medium, users are welcomed to create an account and personalize their experience
Practicality Very High Practicality. Paper is the most practical medium, built to last for centuries. It doesn’t need batteries, has no compatibility problems, and can be brought by anyone anywhere Very low Medium. the Internet can be accessed on a variety of devices, with a variety of formats (audio, video, text, multimedia etc.). However, it doesn’t have the practical advantages of the paper
Ease of Consumption Difficult. Newspapers and books need significant investments from their readers Very easy use of consumption. Viewing is passive and requires no efforts Easy.
Interactivity none very low Very high interactivity, with complete personalization of content
Speed Print does not compete on speed, with magazines or books referring to a month-old or year-old stories fast Real-time delivery of information
Size of Information Sizeable amount of information Medium amount of information. Very Small. Tidbits of informations such as blog posts, tweets, activity stream are highly visible on the Internet
Collaboration None None. Very High Collaboration. Users can communicate, collaborate and work with each other. Think about emails, forums, or “social media” 
Business models Sales of a physical object. Business models are known.  Advertising, or pay-per-view Advertising, hosting, SaaS, and other models yet to be discovered
Barriers of Entry medium to high very high Low Barriers of entry

As you can see, each kind of medium has its pros and cons. The strength of print (newspapers and books), and television are known, it’s just now that we are completely aware of the advantages of the Internet. Summed up from the table, the Internet has very high interactivity, real-time delivery of information, small tidbits of information, very high collaboration potential, and low barriers of entry. One aspect of the Internet that is still being dealt with is the design of sustainable business models.

In practice, Wordpress, friendfeed, youtube, facebook, RSS feeds are direct implementations of the characteristics described in the previous paragraph. This is what the internet is for, and ultimately, we will see more of these services in the future. If you are running a website, you should have a close look at those, and try to get advantage of the Internet’s uniqueness.

In the same way that web site designers must spend time to design sites which take advantage of the Internet’s uniqueness and its strengths, web entrepreneurs should also take the time to design new business models, native to the web, which take advantage of the the Internet’s strenths.

Here’s to a great 2009 year!

Published on January 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm by heri in: Web Development Articles, Web Hosting Articles, iWeb Articles

Fireworks NYE Melbourne This is 2009’s first day, and as such, I wish a great successful 2009 year for all readers and all customers of iWeb, on behalf of the iWeb team. As written previously, the previous year has been exceptional for the web, with its share of crisis, but most importantly with key innovations, revolutions & growth. For iWeb, this year is simple: provide you with the best web hosting services in the industry, with trusted, solid and better products and services.

This is also an ideal day to sit back and think what you and your company would like to achieve this year, a due exercise to start afresh with new objectives and new motivation.

Here are a few ideas to tinker with, if you are a web developer or programmer:

If you are a business owner or a consultant, here are other ideas:

  • see how using web applications like the Zoho suit can save you money, instead of using desktop applications.  You can also use new online services for recruting, accounting, sales, marketing to capitalize on untapped resources
  • see how web services like ning.com, Facebook group, pages and applications, twitter, or by having a company blog can provide you with guerilla marketing and promotion
  • get metrics about your web presence. use web analytics (such as percute) to nail your most valuable customers, and focus on them to drive sales and revenue. You can also think about PPC advertising to reach more of those valuable customers.
  • be up-to-date with latest web marketing news by subscribing to the iWeb blog

If you are into web entrepreneurship, if you are launching new web destinations and new web startups, here are a few ideas for 2009:

  • Get real now and find paying customers. Focus on providing services to customers that will save them money, make them more productive, or get them immediate returns. Do not hesitate to differentiate and nail a niche where you will excel, instead of wasting resources into trying to capture entire markets.
  • Track metrics, such as monthly revenues per member, cost of acquisition, viral loop coefficient, etc
  • be lean, capitalize on rapid development and user-centric development
  • keep an eye on growing markets: mobile (iPhone & Android), social platforms (facebook , twitter & associates), Asia (china and south-east asia), etc.
  • Be up-to-date with latest tech news by subscribing to the iWeb blog (of course)

If you have any other ideas or resolutions for 2009, don’t hesitate to share with other readers in the comments area.

(Image Credits: Melbourne New Year’s Eve Fireworks)