The Best Web Hosting Solutions
If you were a folder of files, a domain name is like the postal address of your home and the webhost is like your actual home where you live in. The web host is the place where all of the files of your domain will be stored. You just need to point to the domain registrar the direction of your home so that any visitors you may have, may easily find you.
You do not need to be an expert at website hosting in order to benefit from it. The AdSesnse sites you will build will not require any significant technical expertise if you use the tools I recommend. Therefore choosing a suitable web host is not going to be difficult.
Do not even think about using a free hosting service. Apart from a lack of customer service, you will also be expected to usually put some advertisements on your websites. Even if they do not want you to put their banners on your site, you still should not use free web hosting services.
This is because such free web hosts usually do not last very long. They tend to disappear very quickly. So just forget about even considering using free web hosting. There is a place for free hosting for those engaged in black hat search engine optimization techniques, but this blueprint is not about blackhat methods.
Besides the obvious factors of good customer support and fair prices, the main considerations you should look at is cost, bandwidth allowance and the storage capacity offered by a hosting service. The hosting cost will affect your budget, the bandwidth will determine the maximum number of visitors you may have to your site and the storage will determine how much data you can store via your files. Below are some other features of a web hosting plan you should be aware of:
You will want to use a host that is fast and reliable and that guarantees their uptime. The uptime by the way is the time that the host is functional throughout the year. An uptime of 99.5% is the minimum you should be willing to accept.
Data Transfer (Bandwidth/Traffic):
Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that is allowed to occur between your site and the rest of the internet. It is the amount of bytes transferred from your site to visitors when they browse your site.
Think of the motorway and cars that use them. In such a scenario, the bandwidth is the number of lanes on the motorway and the traffic is the number of vehicles on that motorway. If you are the only vehicle using a motorway at a given time, you can reach your desired destination very .quickly. However if your vehicle is am/ongst many others using the motorway at that time, alfthe lanes will be used up. As a result you wilrbe traveling veTy slowly.
Some commercial hosts say that they offer “unlimited bandwidth”. If you think about, the host has to pay for the bandwidth. Therefore there is no way they will allow you to consume too much of it for free as they will be making a loss from your account. What the hosts will usually do is send you a huge bill for going past the “unlimited” limit. So remember that there is no such a thing as “unlimited bandwidth” in reality.
The same applies about “unlimited disk space” offers as to the “unlimited bandwidth” ones. Disk space is cheap, so do not be enticed by huge disk space offers. Also, your AdSense sites will not require too much disk space. We will not be running some archive for video or software, so unlimited disk space should not entice you.
Your AdSense sites built according to this blueprint will require less than 5MB of storage capacity. You will also be safe if you assume a monthly bandwidth limit of 500MB per site. These figures are good limits to start with. As you accrue more and more websites in your portfolio, you will come to know what figures are suited for your websites as perhaps you may prefer using a lot of graphics and video in your sites. But the above figures are what I use.
There are also other factors like security settings, types of servers, crontabs, .htaccess etc. But this blueprint is not about web hosting. I will thus give you some recommendations of the services I use. This will help you get started quickly without the need for getting a diploma in web hosting.
By the way, you also need to think 6 months ahead and 1 year ahead. This blueprint is about building many websites that are more or less self-sustaining. A year from know you may have 100-1000 websites. You have to plan ahead to ascertain the ease of growing with your current host.
There are a few viable options when you want to host a multitude of sites economically.
This implies that you have a dedicated storage space at your chosen web host that no other customer of theirs is using. It is all yours to do with as you please as you will have control over the server. You can run complicated resource intensive scripts and nobody would complain as you will not be sharing your hosting with anybody else. You are leasing an entire server from your host and not sharing it with anybody else.
Even though there are distinct benefits to it, you do not need this kind of hosting for what we are trying to do. There are some notable disadvantages for using dedicated hosting when you want to create the type of AdSense sites I am talking about.
The main reason I would advise against using dedicated hosting is that you do not want all of your AdSense sites to be on one server. If for some unknown reason, a website that is in your server gets blacklisted by a search engine, you run the small risk of all of your websites that are on that server being blacklisted by a search engine. As you can imagine, such a scenario would not be good for your fledgling AdSense empire. You can not put all ofyour eggs in one basket
Virtual Private Server (VPS, also referred to as Virtual Dedicated Server or VDS) This is like dedicated hosting but the actual server is divided into virtual servers and shared with others. Each virtual server can then run its own operating system and each server can be independently rebooted. So they are like an in between place between those who want the full control that a dedicated server may provide and the ease of use that comes with shared hosting. However for our purposes, I do not recommend that you use a VPS.
Shared hosting means that you share the server with other webmasters. The drawback to this type of hosting is that you do not have full control of the server. The advantage to shared hosting is that because many webmasters are sharing the server, the cost of maintenance of the server is also shared. The lower cost of using shared hosting makes it ideal for building your AdSense empire.
This is the type of hosting I strongly recommend you use for implementing the methods in this blueprint. Reseller hosting is a type of shared hosting where the web host gives you the ability to use your allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of other people. The advantage comes in that you as the reseller, will be buying the hosting service at wholesale prices. The trick is that you will not be reselling the services to anybody else. You will just be using all of your alloted storage space and bandwidth limit for only your own sites.
Doing this means that it becomes extremely affordable to host hundreds_and even thousands of sites ifyou wish to. You will usually be given access to a cPanefand WHM software package. These tools will make it very convenient for you to set up new sites for yourself as a reseller. You can just do a search online or at the host to learn how to do it. It is very straightforward.
You do not want all of your sites to be on the same server though. Therefore it is best to allow only a group of your websites to be on one server and then ensure that another batch is on another server. You can do this by using different reseller web hosts or by just asking the webhost you are using to assign your new reseller account on a different server as to your previous accounts. I personally currently assign a maximum of 100 sites to each of my reseller accounts. Depending on your comfort level, you can choose to put 30, 50 or 300 sites in one reseller account. It is all up to you and your own comfort levels.
When you are starting out though, you may just use the “Add-on Domains” feature of cPanel. For those new to webhosting, the add-on domains feature allows webmasters to create hundreds of independent websites as sub-domains under a single hosting account. I do not personally use the add-on domain feature when I build my sites, but there is nothing to stop you. You can just read the instructions from your webhost to learn how to create add-on domains. It is as simple as making a few mouse clicks. But once you are established and are serious about your AdSense business, make sure you get yourself some reseller accounts. You could of course also use add-on domains withing your reseller accounts.
Recommended Web Hosts
I have used probably over 50 different web hosts over the years. The reason I have used so many is because when I started out building websites, I had no idea what dedicated hosting or what reseller hosting was. So I was getting a new hosting account for each new domain. I aslo wanted to spread the risk so I decided to use different webhosts.
I must say discovering about Dedicated and Reseller hosting from a forum (the old Traffic Equalizer forum for those who were around) made a huge impact on my online ventures.
I must also say that most of the 50 or so web hosts I have used were good and provided an acceptable standard of service. I can not remember any incidence where a web host completely let me down. I think this maybe because I always stayed away from free and
very cheap services. Or maybe I have just been lucky in this regard.
Although the 50 or so were all good enough, I did develop certain preferances. The main factor to my preferances was pricing. Some hosts charged considerably more for the same standard of service as others.
Another is support. Some hosts offered immediate technical support through the phone, email or live chat. Others took 2 days to answer emails and others responded within minutes consistently and 24/7.
The features you get with your package is also a factor. Some provided Cpanel for example and others did not. I personally would not use a host who does not provide Cpanel. I find Cpanel as being extremely useful for non-technical people like myself.
Also the ease of payment and cancelling an account should also be considered. Some hosts make it uneccesarily inconevenient to cancel their web hosting services and thus billing. So you need to be aware of this.
Also avoid hosts that are popular with spammers and other undesirables. This is because your web hosts can end up being blacklisted by the searche ngines and you may not know about it.
In light of all of the above, below are 5 webhosts that I have used for many years without any problems and that fit the criteria I have pointed out above. One of them is a relatively new service and I may have only been with them for a year.
You can probably find a bad review from some disgruntled customer about any large web hosting company. But do not be put off by this. Like in finding a e in finding a domain registrar, no domain registrar, no company can please every customer all of the r all of the time. That is just a fact of time.
Below are the reseller web hosting services I still use for reseller hosting requirements:
These 3 are just some other services I have used for VPS and multiple IP hosting. If r VPS and multiple IP hosting. If you follow my blueprint, you will not really be using e here in case you have your own little twist in how ither of t ither of these. But I have included them you plan to build and promote your hese. But I have included them websites.
(especially good if you want a VPS)
SEOhosting (owned By hostgator but offers multiple IP hosting)
Gotwebhost (also offers multiple IP hosting)
Note though that I am sure there are many other reseller hosting services that you can try out if you feel the above do not meet your quality test. No service is ever perfect.You can visit -os ac a< to get some good feedback about the different web hosts.
You will need to associate the domain names you purchased for your websites with your chosen web host. One way of accomplishing this is by changing the current domain name servers of your domain names to those specified by your chosen hosting company.
Once you open an account with your hosting company they will send you a “Welcome Email”. This email will contain information about your account together with Nameserver details.
The name servers basically keep a record of the association between your domain name (http://www.bluewidgets.com) and the IP address, which is actually where your website files are stored (eg.188.8.131.523).
These nameservers will often looklike:
ns1 .topwebhost.com ns2.topwebhost.com
Most reputable domain registrars and web hosts will have an abundance of information via text and sometimes video on how to change nameservers and other steps necessary when setting up your first website. You only need to learn it once if you have never done it before. My 9 year old nephew can do it, so you can imagine how straightforward it all is.
If you use Namecheap to register your domains, you can just specify your webhost’s nameservers when registering the domains. Most of the other registrars allow you this asw ell, but I can not exactly remember which ones.
If you have followed this blueprint so far, you should now know exactly how to find profitable niches, how to find the right domains for them and where to find the best hosting for them.
The next section will be about how to build your actual site.