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What is CDN? It Might Make Site Faster – Or Not

Content delivery network

CDN lets visitor from Beijing get faster response from copy of site on server in Paris than original in Chicago.

Some online experts say that a CDN or content delivery network will make a site load faster because of the way it retrieves data.

The actual answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. It depends on the hosting environment, quality of the CDN, the amount of traffic a site receives, how well the site is already optimized for speed, and other important factors. (more…)

Free Website Publishing Exists for Any Business

Free website hostingFree website publishing is available for any small business. But is it worthwhile?

In brief, it depends on the business needs. Looking at the free options is a good place to start.

A small site requires work at building, marketing and maintaining. Free marketing and technology tools are available. The actual building and maintaining come at a cost of labor.

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10 Website Hosting Tips Protect the Business

Website hosting tips

© 2017 Scott Bateman

Reliable website hosting tips result from years of managing sites, making mistakes and achieving successes.

Businesses will go through the trouble of moving to a new hosting company because of bad experiences with the old one.

Bad experiences usually fall into a few categories: (more…)

Website Security Check Should Include Vendors

Website security checkThe most common website security checks cover the risk of hackers breaking through and damaging the site content or software.

Even worse, they look for personal information.

Anyone who watches web hosting reports closely will see that even a small local site will get visitors from Asian and East European countries.

The visitors have no business coming to the site except to search for entry points and cause mischief.

The less serious mischief includes registering on the site to post comments. The comments often have links to other sites that sell questionable products and services.

The more serious mischief includes stealing credit card or other personal information such as Social Security numbers. (more…)

Best Website Content Produces Hefty Revenue

The best website content produces more revenue and audience when it is both deep and broad.

“Content is King” is a well-known saying when online publishers debate how to succeed at growing profits and revenue. But the saying doesn’t really say much.

What it really means is that content in two forms produces the revenue — abundant quantity and optimized quality. (more…)

Forum Sites Produce Postings But Not Much Else

CrowdForum sites can generate high visits and page views from a core group of site visitors, but they also generate quite a few headaches.

Also known as message boards, forums come in two flavors: moderated and unmoderated. Moderated boards usually have a moderator who guides the direction of the discussion and sometimes even reviews the posting before it can go live. Visitors often have to register before posting.

Unmoderated boards allow anyone to post just about anything except for the usual list of dangerous or socially unacceptable behavior — vulgarity, threats, libel, etc. (more…)

News Site Strategy Leads to Big Benefits, Big Challenges

News media sites have a business model that requires them to post a lot of in-depth content every day.

Because search engines favor fresh, original and frequent content, they respond with great enthusiasm and send plenty of visitors to those sites.

They also overwhelmingly appear in top ranking search results for certain content categories. “Chicago news” or “Los Angeles sports” will surely see media outlets dominating the results. (more…)


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