6 Reasons Why Your Hosting Is Killing Your Business

6 Reasons Why Your Hosting Is Killing Your Business

Before starting iNode Cloud, I have been with Crazy Domain, Go Daddy and various other hosting companies only to be offered bad service and slow and inconsistent downtimes and there’s no shortage of web hosting companies that do this, Hence why i decided to start iNode Cloud. Sometimes web hosts have technical problems or make mistakes, but when should you stick it out and when should you cut your losses and move on? Here are the top six signs your web host isn’t up to the job. 1. Your website is flaky and keeps going down   No surprises here. If your website is unavailable or keeps throwing up errors, visitors will leave and not come back. Unless you’re offering something unique or already have a loyal following, this can kill your website in a very short time. Overloaded servers and inadequate networks are likely causes of problems with your web host. Sometimes a web hosting company will start strong but get progressively worse as it gains more customers; a victim of its own success. To be fair, it’s not always the fault of the web host. If your site is making unreasonable demands like using huge amounts of memory or processing time, there’s going to be trouble. Ideally, your web host will notice and prompt you to upgrade to a package with higher limits. The best ones will cover you if you get a sudden burst of traffic from the front page of Digg, and ask you to upgrade if it becomes a habit. Having too much traffic is a good problem to have, but if your site is not scaling, you should look...
How to remove your IP from Gmails Blacklist

How to remove your IP from Gmails Blacklist

If you cannot send emails to Gmail, your server may have been blacklisted. Here are some tips to get removed from the Gmail blacklist. Before jumping through the blacklist removal hoops, you may want to double check that your emails are not simply going into the spam folder. This process will not help you with emails being dropped into the spam folder. This is for getting off of Gmail’s blacklist. I am going to outline 3 steps. Verify you are on the Gmail blacklist. Perform preliminary blacklist removal checks. Submit Gmail blacklist delisting request. Gmail Blacklist Verification If you are blacklisted, then you should be getting a delivery rejection notice from Google. If you check your server’s logs or your email bounce you may see something like this: Remote_host_said:_550-5.7.1 Our_system_has_detected_an_unusual_rate_of unsolicited_mail_originating_from_your_IP_address._To_protect_our users_from_spam,_mail_sent_from_your_IP_address_has_been_blocked. Please_visit_http://www.google.com/mail/help/bulk_mail.html_to_review_our_Bulk_Email_Senders_Guidelines If you are seeing this email error, then your server’s IP has likely been blocked by Google. There could be other response codes, but typically all Gmail blacklist notifications will include a 550 error plus a link to the Gmail policies pages. If you are not seeing 550 errors, then you may not have an email blacklist problem but some other email delivery issue. Preliminary Blacklist Removal Tasks Before requesting removal from Gmail’s blacklist, you will want to take some steps to stop whatever caused the listing. See some of my other blacklist post with Google for more details but in a nutshell you should: Make sure there is no unauthorized email going from your server. Check the daily volume of email going to Gmail Look for compromised user accounts. Look for people forwarding email to Gmail. Once you...
Why choose an Australian web hosting company?

Why choose an Australian web hosting company?

If you run an Australian based company and the majority of your clients are from Australia there are some very good reasons to choose an Australian Web Hosting company. Speed – Even though broadband has made huge progress these last few years, hosting overseas means that extra 3,000 kilometres of cable adds at least an additional 1/2 a second on your download time. One of the largest web design blogs in the world, Noupe, takes a full 2 seconds to fully view their page in its entirety. And if one of the largest web design companies can’t compete on speed how on Earth are you going to? SEO Factor – Hosting your website overseas means that you will probably have a shared IP address in the US. This often means that Google will bundle you together as a US based business. This is especially the case if you have a www.yourdomain.com address. If you want targeted searches from Australians you really need an IP address from Australia. Support – Being in the same time zone as your webhost means that when most issues arise, they arise during business hours and can be sorted out before close of business Australian time. If your website goes down at 2pm and its midnight where your webhost is, don’t expect a response until 9pm. Fluctuating Currency – Buying from an Australian Web Host means that your monthly bill does not fluctuate with the irregularities of the short term money market. The Aussie Dollar might be at parity at the moment but 3 years ago it was 60 cents in the dollar. Can your web budget handle a blow out like that?...
2 Entrepreneurs in a cloud

2 Entrepreneurs in a cloud

“Everything happens for a reason”. Many people have their own opinions on this statement, whether for or against. Meeting my business partner Kappy Prasad and building a cloud hosting solutions business has been one of the best learning curves and most personally rewarding experiences… And we’ve only just began the journey. In my own personal experience I do believe everything happens for a reason.  Kappy and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday in Sydney, beginning of 2014. We had an initial 20 minute conversation in a loud, noisy club where I was nodding and smiling politely as I couldn’t really hear exactly what Kappy was saying.  However, the bits that I did grasp wowed me.  Kappy had already built and established a small start-up business, whilst  working for Google.  Having worked previously for Apple myself, I have always had an increased fascination of the culture, values, and work ethics that are found in MNCs around the world – especially Google, IBM, and Cisco.  Within the 20 minutes of our first conversation, I felt that we had a mutual connection and common love for business. The next day I added him on Facebook and we spoke for a good couple of hours, discussing each other’s backgrounds, experiences, aspirations.  Our conversation went backwards and forwards and the discussion felt like connected like a well-oiled machine. I told Kappy about some of my entrepreneurial ideas and one struck him immediately… “We need to grab lunch!”. I had a health and fitness app concept.  As much as I loved  the idea, I couldn’t find the right formula to make it perfect.  Ten...
The Importance Of Backups

The Importance Of Backups

I have seen this one too many times with friends, families organizations over and over again. It’s happened to me in the past before, having a portable drive storing all my important document, photos and a whole heap of other files and thinking it would never happen to me. Then one day it crashes. I received a call today from a frantic friend who had just lost a chuck of important business emails for the last 6 months. Why? because they had gotten a new laptop and using Microsoft Outlook kept all their emails stored locally on their laptop, so while trying to export from the old and import to the new an option “overwrite existing data” was accidentally left ticked while they were mindlessly talking on the phone. Investigated for what was 3 hours using various methods in an attempt to restore the lost emails, it eventually came to a point where he had to cut his losses and accept that 6 months of his business emails were… gone. I told him this as i tell you now it is important to probably devise a plan on how you can backup your data so that in the event of losing your storage device, floods, theft you will still have access to your data. DO NOT keep your family photos, important documents, assignments in a USB or portable hard drive. The best method to always keep a backup and a method that i use are one of 2 ways. 1. Use a cloud based backup service 2. invest in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) My samsung galaxy S3 automatically...
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