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Old 7th July 2015, 21:33   #76
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Thanks for your inputs guys. I read upon the subject a little and I think I need to share with all that I really don't have ANY time managing the website, except weekends where I'd only like to upload photos and prices.
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A regular blog with good photos and some write-up makes sense I think. So pointers for blog templates or anything else that I need to know?
I would recommend Squarespace for you
No headache. Just point your domain, and start building a website. You can take basic plan since actual selling may be on amazon etc.,
8$/month gives you a lot.
The best part is, on blogger your site may look a bit unprofessional, squarespace makes things look beautiful. Your brand will look like a high end brand.
There is a 14 day free trial, so if you do not like it, you can opt out.
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Old 7th July 2015, 21:56   #77
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I second Netfreak's suggestion. A blog can be well designed and needn't look unprofessional.

- Use Etsy/Amazon for the selling.
- Stick to Facebook/Blogger for marketing.

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Old 30th January 2016, 11:03   #78
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I too am looking to put a website for business purpose. From what I see registering a .co.in is cheaper than a .com. Does that make any difference as such, especially for the website to come up in a search engine?
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I too am looking to put a website for business purpose. From what I see registering a .co.in is cheaper than a .com. Does that make any difference as such, especially for the website to come up in a search engine?
Not at all. The domain co.in is easily recognisable as an Indian domain which (in my opinion) is a plus point and helps put Indian sites on the global web map).
However I think co.in domains are available only for registered companies. (My info is a 5-6 years old, and things might have changed)
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Thanks RedTerrano.

I've zeroed in on 'hostitsmart' economy plan to get started. Seems to be pretty good from the reviews I've read. Next option is godaddy basic wordpress plan.
If there is anything I should know about these two please let me know. I'll register it in a couple days.

Also will I be able to handle the creation part ? I can handle drag and drop, template driven page creation with a little tinkering here and there but cannot do any kind of programming.

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Bought hosting from Hostgator.in under their Ganpati promo

Hatchling plan
Rs 5300 for 3 years

seemed like a good buy to start with and many positive reviews too.
Will update on the journey
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Old 2nd August 2017, 19:21   #82
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Hi guys, I have about 10 domains with BigRock & I've been with them since 6 years. Its time for renewal & this time I don't find them giving the offer they extended last year.

Need to know where I can renew the domains at a good price.
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Old 30th August 2017, 22:21   #83
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When it comes to domains and hosting, the following advice I can give to all the fellow BHPians.

Research a bit and get the things from the vendors who are more known for their major offering. No allegations/offence to other brands but its good to buy the core competence thing from that brand only.
  • Godaddy and Bigrock are good at domains. Keep them to buy domains. Experienced a bit stuttery Hosting from Godaddy once.
  • For quality hosting for beginners, go for shared web hosting. That's sufficient for most of the scenarios. Hostgator is my pick and it has been working fine for 5+ years of multiple stints. There's Bluehost as well, that works good too.
  • For domains, I prefer Bigrock. decent pricing. Got a domain alongwith a hosting in bundle of Hostgator. But I slowly ended up paying up to 1.5x on domain prices. If you wish to run your websites for long, avoid the schemes which sell domains at cheaper prices. in a term of ~5 years, you end up paying more than if you begin at normal prices. For an example, any regular .com domain retails around $11 a year.
  • If you wish to step up the hosting, try DigitalOcean, its really good.

Expert Tip: Always keep your shopping schedule in November. Last Friday of November every year is celebrated as Black Friday and the following Monday as Cyber Monday worldwide. You'll find the best deals worldwide on Black Fridays and second best deals on Cyber Mondays. I usually purchase 3 years hosting packages from Hostgator on black Friday and get them at a price which is even lesser than a normal single year cost.

Domains usually cost less hence even big discounts are lesser in amount. Save big on hostings and get better deals.

PS: Usually companies based in USA/UK/Aus and some mee-too companies provide great deals. Not sure about Indian brands or Indian arms around then.

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Bumping this thread up

I work with a zero funds volunteer organization and we are looking to redo our website and hosting. The website is pretty simple and is connected to a separate DB instance to store all contact form information.

Today, we use WordPress for the website and its running on an EC2 machine. The DB is a managed MySQL RDBMS.

Average hits are ~5000 a day but on certain events, we do touch the 100,000+ a day figure with a lot of concurrent traffic within a couple of hours.

We want to get rid of wordpress because it seems like there is a lot of performance degradation with it and the main reason to redo it is make it super fast and mobile friendly.

With AWS, it seems like we are paying quite a premium and I want to get feedback on whether any standard hosting solutions can replace this while at the same time providing auto scaling to ensure that the website doesnt crash even during peak demand.

Any pointers?
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We want to get rid of wordpress because it seems like there is a lot of performance degradation with it and the main reason to redo it is make it super fast and mobile friendly.
Wordpress by itself isn't a bottleneck provided if you have a strong infrastructure. This is what I recommend:

1) Stick to wordpress but buy/customize a faster, mobile-friendly theme. Use as few plugins as possible to reduce code bloat.

2) Buy and install a Wordpress caching plugin like WP Rocket. Alternatively see 4)

3) Make sure PHP is upgraded to 7.X on the host server.

4) Install Litespeed instead of Apache - this will vastly reduce the load of concurrent users. Instead of buying the WP Rocket, you can use the Litespeed cache.

5) Get on the Cloudflare Pro plan ($20) which serves as (kind of, not true) a CDN. It serves cache/stored pages from its own servers along with a host of security features. This will save bandwidth and also reduce server load.

6) For 100000 daily users (not sure what your concurrent users numbers are), get a multi-core VPS from a reputable hosting provider. ( I don't have any recommendations for India though). This should be in the $150/mo range. The date second server can be synced from the origin server by a nightly or 12-hourly cron job.

7) Or you can get two cheaper Cloud VPS servers and use a load balancer. This automatically distributes the traffic load across two servers instead of overloading the origin server. You can do this through Cloudflare. With a load balanced set-up, you can temporarily resize CPU/RAM etc on one server during peak traffic periods without any downtime. With most good hosting services, you just pay for the pro-rated overage.

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Good thread, however most of the options discussed are for simple html hosting.

Was interested in checking hosting sites that offer your own native OS.
Linux in particular
Ability to run CGI scripts
Ability to install your own db ( eg: Oracle XE has a free license with capped limits which meet the needs of a small application)
Secure socket https support etc..
Sites that support built in user authentication support ( eg Google Firebase)
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Get yourself hosting at Linode, Digital Ocean etc and you have all that you need below.

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Good thread, however most of the options discussed are for simple html hosting.

Was interested in checking hosting sites that offer your own native OS.
Linux in particular
Ability to run CGI scripts
Ability to install your own db ( eg: Oracle XE has a free license with capped limits which meet the needs of a small application)
Secure socket https support etc..
Sites that support built in user authentication support ( eg Google Firebase)
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Wordpress by itself isn't a bottleneck provided if you have a strong infrastructure. This is what I recommend:
Thank you. I will read through each of the points you have mentioned and get back with any doubts I have.
We pay $150 odd a month for the whole thing today (a majority being the RDBMS), and do want to try and cut down on this cost if possible but without compromising on either speed or flexibility.

Appreciate the detailed reply!
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Expert Tip: Always keep your shopping schedule in November. Last Friday of November every year is celebrated as Black Friday and the following Monday as Cyber Monday worldwide. You'll find the best deals worldwide on Black Fridays and second best deals on Cyber Mondays. I usually purchase 3 years hosting packages from Hostgator on black Friday and get them at a price which is even lesser than a normal single year cost.

Domains usually cost less hence even big discounts are lesser in amount. Save big on hostings and get better deals.
Thanks for the useful post. Do you have any suggestions on the current hosting providers? Do you suggest getting a long term domain and short term hosting providers to be cost-effective?
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Thanks for the useful post. Do you have any suggestions on the current hosting providers? Do you suggest getting a long term domain and short term hosting providers to be cost-effective?
Hi,

Sorry, had been really caught up in many things. Among the current hosting providers, situation is still more or less the same. I purchased another Hostgator hosting for myself this Monday and have been a regular customer of Bigrock for domains. Most of the leading web hosting providers except bigrock (blue host, hostgator etc) are anyway owned by one single company, much like the monopoly of Luxottica in eyewear industry.

If you are looking beyond simple shared hosting and need more control of yourself, go for cloud hosting from Digital ocean. They are pretty cheap and good for beginners (not absolute beginner; cloud hosting means manual control which always has its pros and cons)

I would suggest never let your domain expire, be it one year or 5 years, up to you. Mostly any deals provided in this industry for domains or hosting is applicable on first billing. So if you buy say a hosting for 1 month or 1 year or 5 years, that discount is applicable for that tenure. I usually prefer getting hosting for longer tenure in specific deals. This Monday I got a deal of 70% discount, so I purchased 3 years hosting. Pricing was at par on 1 year hosting in regular days minus any discount.

Hope I made sense
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