26 Jan

Application Hosting Made Easy with One-Click Installation Scripts

As an Internet entrepreneur, you have the ability to turn on a dime, to seize new opportunities in a way that is impossible with brick-and-mortar businesses. To profit from the ever-shifting world of opportunities provided by the Web, you just need the vision to see where the Internet economy is heading so you can find that elusive niche that will become tomorrow’s Hot New Thing. And the best thing about it? You need only a surprisingly modest investment to get the ball rolling.

Let’s take application hosting, for example. Certified Hosting provides unlimited application hosting solutions for a monthly fee that is less than the price of a meal at your favorite fast-food joint. Moreover, the power put at your fingertips by these solutions is amazing. You can host as many AdSense-affiliated blogs as you want, create multiple online stores, start forums in numerous niches, or just churn out dozens of microsites promoting your products. The monthly fee will remain the same, but the opportunities to create revenue will multiply exponentially.

What about the time required to create all these online properties? Doesn’t it count as an investment from your side? Yes, it does. But with Certified Hosting, you can minimize that investment. Most of the application hosting plans offered by Certified Hosting include one-click installation scripts that drastically reduce the time required to deploy a blog, online store, forum, wiki page, or social network.

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12 Jan

Get Faster and More Secure Web Hosting with Free CloudFlare Services

If your web presence is to be successful and keep visitors and customers happy, security is an essential element of any web hosting service. Almost every project on the Internet makes use of masses of data, from internal data such as product descriptions, to end-user data such as customer contact information. As a website owner, it is your obligation to keep all of this data safe from malicious attacks ranging from distributed denial of service (DDoS) to comment spamming and bot crawling. Even when these attacks do not directly affect your data security, they are sure to impact the performance and responsiveness of your shared web hosting or reseller hosting solution.

The relationship between security and speed is far more complex than it might seem at first glance. Although it is true that keeping your website defended against attacks will generally help you maintain quick web page loading times, the implementation of robust security features such as a hardware firewall can ultimately have a negative impact on the responsiveness of your shared hosting plan. Every business and individual wants their web presence to be both safe and speedy, but how can web hosting customers strike that delicate balance between speed and security?

At Certified Hosting, we take the stress and complexity out of web security by offering a professional solution that does not impact speed. The launch of complimentary CloudFlare services across all of our shared web hosting services and reseller hosting plans gives you the chance to make your website more secure and more responsive, in just one click.

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10 Jan

Start Building Your Very Own Online Retail Empire with Certified Hosting

Unless you’re fortunate enough to stumble across a money-making machine, building a successful business can take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Above everything else, you must keep your eye on the ball and never lose focus on what you want to accomplish. However, it’s not always easy to personally handle every aspect of running a business. In most cases, you shouldn’t even attempt to do so – it’s perfectly OK to delegate responsibilities and let professionals handle some parts of your business.

Certified Hosting ecommerce hosting services let you focus on your business model without having to worry about downtime or error messages. You can, instead, channel all your energy toward making your business work better. And because Certified Hosting ecommerce hosting solutions let you host an unlimited number of websites on one account, you get the infrastructure to create not only one online store, but an entire empire of revenue-generating online properties.

The ecommerce hosting solutions from Certified Hosting support many shopping cart applications, giving you complete freedom to create your store. A recent article from Certified Hosting describes the most popular shopping carts that you can run on your ecommerce web host. If you’re interested in establishing an online store but don’t know which shopping cart is right for you, the article titled Top Shopping Cart Solutions for Your Online Store is a great primer.

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04 Jan

Certified Hosting Announces Free CloudFlare Hosting Features

Certified Hosting, a leading web hosting provider offering shared web hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated server hosting plans, announced today the introduction of CloudFlare functionality through all shared hosting and reseller hosting services. The service, which is fully integrated with Certified Hosting’s existing cPanel web hosting setup, improves website performance and security for a better, safer, and more dependable end-user experience.

“We have been in discussions with CloudFlare for a while now, and we have worked hard to bring this incredible new technology to our customers,” says Kacy Carlsen, co-founder and CEO of Certified Hosting. “With the click of a button on their existing cPanel installation, our shared hosting and reseller hosting customers can now provide a faster, more responsive service to their end-users, without worrying about downtime or threats to their security.”

Launched just over a year ago, CloudFlare was initially developed with a focus on securing websites and protecting them against a range of potentially crippling online attacks. Developers Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn began creating a “firewall in the cloud” where visitor traffic passes through one of 13 data centers before it reaches your website. Here, traffic can be monitored, and in the event of a traffic spike, CloudFlare automatically checks for signs of spamming, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and bot crawling. Most distinctively, since the CloudFlare servers act as proxies to numerous websites, the CloudFlare security system actively learns from attacks and grows progressively more intelligent over time. As a result, Certified Hosting users who opt for CloudFlare functionality can be confident that their website is robustly defended at all times.

“CloudFlare takes security off of the list of things our users have to manage for themselves,” explains Carlsen. “After selecting a security level for their website, our shared web hosting users can let CloudFlare manage their security with no further input required. Even better, in the event that a web hosting server does become overloaded with disruptive traffic, the CloudFlare system automatically calls upon a cached version of the website from one of the distributed cloud servers. Our customers can be completely assured that their website is available to end-users consistently, and is always performing at its best.”

The cloud-based distributed nature of CloudFlare does not only impact website security – Certified Hosting customers will also notice significant improvements to the speed and performance of their website. Usually, when an end-user logs on to a page, the content must be transmitted from one static server to their home computer. Potentially, this requires traffic to be routed around the entire world. When using CloudFlare, a mirrored version of the website can be accessed on the CloudFlare server that is geographically nearest to the user. As a result, page loading times decrease dramatically and customers are able to view website content or place orders quicker than ever before.

“We are pleased to add Certified Hosting as a partner,” says Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of CloudFlare. “Certified Hosting has integrated CloudFlare into their control panel, making it simple to offer improved website performance and security to all of their customers.”

“CloudFlare makes accessing websites lightning-fast, while also making sites more secure,” says Carlsen. “But I guess the thing I like most about CloudFlare is that it works perfectly, without requiring our customers to learn a completely new system. At Certified Hosting, we are always looking for new ways to give our customers better service on their unlimited web hosting plans, without introducing complexity.”

As Certified Hosting has grown, the company’s commitment to improving its flagship unlimited hosting services has always remained at the forefront. Now, with the addition of easy-to-deploy CloudFlare functionality, every customer can enjoy new and improved features at no extra cost.

For more information on Certified Hosting and CloudFlare hosting services, visit certifiedhosting.com.

About Certified Hosting

Certified Hosting was established in 1999 as a Southern California-based unlimited web hosting company to provide shared hosting, reseller hosting, and managed dedicated servers to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals throughout the world. Recognizing that each client has unique goals, Certified Hosting tailors hosting services to meet the individualized service needs of clients in many specific industries. Some, but not all, Certified Hosting services include unlimited FFmpeg hosting, Flash hosting, WordPress hosting, Dolphin hosting, Elgg hosting, Magento, Joomla, Drupal, and PHPmotion hosting, among many other technologies used by webmasters and business owners.

For more information about Certified Hosting, visit certifiedhosting.com.

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04 Jan

Ecommerce Web Hosting – Proprietary or Open Source?

You finally decided to take the plunge and start your very own online store. You have the products ready, you prepared a sound business plan, and all you have left to do is create the store itself. A little research shows that developing your own store would simply be too expensive and complicated for your means. But for you (and countless other budding entrepreneurs), you can use a shopping cart – a ready-made ecommerce platform that eliminates most of the workload associated with creating a web store from scratch.

Now you have a new and difficult choice to make: what type of shopping cart should you use – proprietary or open source? Both sides have their supporting arguments. With a proprietary ecommerce hosting you get formal support and more reliability. An open source shopping cart, on the other hand, may be more affordable and flexible. If you only take into account the licensing costs, open source-based ecommerce hosting solutions are always cheaper than proprietary shopping carts. But, as we discuss in this post, the indirect costs associated with using a shopping cart may tip the scale in the opposite direction.

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