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Sometimes we are confused on how much resources we need for our website and then we’ll just go with the one offering us the largest one. Well, from my experience, you should  figure out the total size of your website by knowing first how many files and how much the files’ size will be in your website, including the image files. You actually will never know how much resources you’ll use in web hosting service before you finish all the whole website pages’ design. So What Should You Do to Check? Actually, for storage resource, you can check the size of the files in megabytes, including images, videos, mp3, html web pages, dynamic scripts, etc. How? Right click on the site folder, choose properties, and see the megabyte size of the folder. It will provide you a good estimation of how much space needed to host your web site.  And you will know that you don’t need too much resources as only little space is needed to host your website.

After you have known how much space required, start to ask these questions to yourself so you will know what more to determine for your website. First, are log files needed for your website? Remember that log files tend to spend your space quicker if your site is popular. Second, what about e-mail accounts like if you use webmails? Consider that if it is not maintained regularly, tons of junk mails will be in your e-mail and it will waste your space sooner too. And don’t forget database! If you have some database files and fill them them with customer registration or e-commerce data such as product information or archived materials, it will develop into large databases and grow very fast too. Another thing to pay attention is bandwidth, that is the measurement to manage resources by most web hosts. The limit for your site traffic can be set and is counted everytime someone visits your website (your website’s visitors). Why? It is because your web data is transfered through the Internet and from the web server where your site is hosted to the browser of the person visiting your website, which will create your website traffic. How much data transfer is done increases and becomes the prediction of how much bandwidth of your website is in one month. But how to estimate your bandwidth per month? Let’s say your web file is around 100 KB per page and you get around 50 visitors. Each visitor will view 7 pages. That means the bandwidth needed will be 100 KB x 50 visitors x 7 pages each one views, resulting on 35,000 KB or 35 MB bandwidth. And in one month, you will need 30 days x 35 MB, which equals to 1050 MB or 1.05 GB. And if you think this usage is too large and you’d like to reduce the bandwidth, you can do it by reducing your page size, files size, image size, or the number of files/images used in your website. It will be good if your home page is less than 50 KB and so are the other pages. Nowadays, a large number of successful small to large E-Commerce websites operate with not much storage space, ranging from only 10 MB to 200 MB.  However, the most seen difference today is storage space is sold much cheaper and web hosts give you much more than you really use; while earlier, storage space is not that cheap.  But don’t get influenced by large storage offer with cheap prices. My suggestion is, although storage space may be very cheap these days, don’t buy more than you need! Keep your money! You better buy one that give you the suitable space size for your website with good prices and quality.

Remember that if later you have reached the limit and may need more, you can always upgrade or buy more space based on your website needs. Also remember that if you have smaller site and smaller files size, your website pages will load much faster than those who have large files size or large websites. Keep in mind that people would prefer visit websites that load fast!

~Gabrielle~

Throughout the world, from beginners to experts, most of us blog with WordPress, which is a very user-friendly blogging application to use. It is popular among beginners as well as among the experts. What about you? Have you used WordPress yet to implement your blogging skills? If not, then you should discover its fantastic features.

Easy Operation, Maintenance, and Installation

WordPress is very easy to setup for your own blog site and it is also offered in Easyapps (one click installation scripts). It is only one button installation click and it will be ready in seconds. But if you don’t have your own web hosting account, your can get your own WordPress blog at http://www.wordpress.com/. Blog maintenance is also easy as it is not done everyday and required only when there’s any update from WordPress. The upgrade process is easy and can be automated with several plugins.

Dozens of Gorgeous Themes

For those fancying on fabulous appearance, WordPress offers you with so many themes you can choose. You can change the look of your blog with any attractive themes ranging from simple, sweet, fun, even to crazy or professional one. And those themes can be instantly switched whenever you feel like it with just a button click. You can also customize your sidebar using widgets and there are some themes that let you upload your own photo or image for the header bar. If you’re an expert of CSS, you are able to customize your own CSS codes.

Pages, Archive, and Categories Creation

Additionally, WordPress has a feature that enables you to easily create pages you want. You can possibly add an “about me” page where you can fill with your own information (biography). After you create, there will be a link to that page automatically added to your sidebar. Not only “about me” page, you can even create the whole websites using WordPress. Create your own custom home page and then your blog pages as one of the sub-pages.

There is also archive for your blogs too. The archive is divided per month when you write your blogs. Let’s say for example you write in December 2008, January, February 2009, etc; then there will be archive listed  at your side bar as December 2008, January 2009, February 2009, and so on. It will help you to find your blog title easier per month.

Or, you can create categories per your blog topics so they will look neater and your readers can find the topics they would like to read much easier. You can choose any possible categories like computer, personal, education, love, etc. The categories will be automatically added to your side bar too where the readers can see and click them.

Well, as far as I’ve experienced myself, blogging is the best thing to express your ideas, opinions, and feelings. People can discuss it too with you in the blog comments. It is relaxing, relieving, and nice thing to do. And it can be realized with fun by using WordPress. So, let’s blog with WordPress now!

~Gabrielle~

Everybody has known Easyapps and why it is so popular among web hosting industry. Simple and easy, the Easyapps applications (provided in H-SPHERE Control Panel) enable you to benefit from them just by one click installation and no more exhausting complicated steps needed. No worries that you will not find the right applications you need for your website as Easyapps are completed with tens of applications categorized in few categories, depending on your website’s needs.

Blogging Applications

This may be the most popular and sought after categories in easyapps applications. Well, who doesn’t write blogs nowadays? And, who is not interested in reading blogs? By blogging, you can write different topics depending on your mood and also the hot issue that is happening. The better you can write, the more people will read it. All your blogging skills can be realized with easyapps blogging applications such as WordPress (most wanted) or B2Evolution. They offer you so many features you can expect from blogging tools.

Forum Applications

We all love forums, the right place to discuss everything. Many people join forums websites to share ideas, share life experiences, skills, and help. Forums are the best place where you can get to know more and more people. And you can develop and build your own forum with easyapps application. For example, PHP BB (the latest is version 3), a forum tool that is highly customizable Open Source forum tool. It offers user-friendly interface, simple, and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ that you can read to guide you. It is the ideal free community solution for all websites.

E-Commerce Applications

It help to build and develop your online stores with the right applications. Easyapps offer you with the right tools for your e-commerce. Let’s say OsCommerce, Cube Cart, Zen Cart, and many more. If you need the right shopping cart, easyapps provide them for you with just one right click installation. They allow you to setup, run, and maintain your online stores easily and simply.

 

Content Management System Applications

Get to use Mambo, Drupal, Joomla, PHP Nuke, and many more! They are all offered in easyapps applications. You can store, control, and manage your website contents such as image, audio, video, or any others using this applications. Choose the one that suits you most! They are specified to fulfill the needs from simple to complex websites to manage the contents.

Image Galleries Applications

For photo and image lovers, you can publish your photos or images in your website with easyapps image galleries. Easyapps have Coppermine and Gallery where you can upload your pictures, create albums, and manage them easily. You can resize, order, or caption them easily whenever you want it. Maintaining your pictures album will not be that hard anymore.

Learn them more at http://www.easyapps.com/

~Gabrielle~

Nowadays, people assume that most website builders are useless to use with unattractive designs. They mostly think developing and designing their own websites themselves will create a much better one. Well, if that is what they think, surely they haven’t tried the Site Studio 1.8, the latest version of Site Studio. Using Site Studio 1.8, you get all you ever wished of a perfect website builder – charming but professional designs, easy-to-use tools, and advanced technologies.

What Will You Find in It?

There are bunch of new features you can try here for a wonderful website creation. Discover them!

Designs for Business Templates – All New!

With Site Studio 1.8, you get to choose and use tons of new designs for your online store. With many new designs such as computer, transportation, house, interior design, saloon, and other business templates for your business website needs, you can develop a very professional appearance for your online store as it is no longer an impossible dream to achieve. Realize your greatest concept now in creating a fabulous and successful online store for your business.

Content and Design Separation – Make Everything Simpler.

Using Site Studio, you will be guided step-by-step and provided with simple but perfect options, especially in colors, styles, and images. You have no need to buy software or to learn complicated coding skills. You don’t need to mess around with programs. What is better is the contents of the website are stored separately from the layout. You can easily use another themes for your website in few clicks – not necessary to re-write any contents from zero again.

Advanced full screen text/HTML Rich Editor Available! The Whole Control…

The advanced Site Studio’s settings allow you to develop unique and attractive websites. If you are advanced users, Site Studio provides a way to change buttons on the site. You will also have a browser-based text editor, offered for Internet Explorer and Windows users only. With it, you are enabled to work with formatting, styles, tables, bullets and more. There is a rich Editor too, allowing to copy and paste the most complex tables from a web browser or from any Office applications.

And if you are now extremely curious on willing to know how great it is, you can always prove and have a free trial at http://sitestudio.psoft.net/site_studio_demo_page.html

~Gabrielle~

14th of February. It is one of the days of the year when everyone celebrate and remember to shower their beloved ones with care and meaningful gifts. In the streets, you see guys stopping by the corner florist to purchase a bouquet of roses. Downtown, shops at every corner are offering valentine discounts for every item possible. Even online stores are jumping on the bandwagon.

As a matter of fact, it is the ecommerce cousins that fare better, especially in tough economic times like now. This is because customers tend to get bigger discounts online. Just in 2008 alone, online Valentine’s Day sales revenue reaches the $1 billion mark.

So, if you were planning to start an online ecommerce store, this could be the perfect time for you to market your products!

Anything that Sell Well…

You can sell apparels, photo frames, poetic gift cards, photo-printed mugs, lovely gift boxes, and many more!… But don’t just stop with the traditional ones.  Electronic gadgets such as PDA, pink iPods (and its accessories), digital cameras, MP3 players, laptops, and the ever increasingly popular netbooks are top choices too.

Promoting Your Online Presence

You need to get the word out! And there are various methods to do just that.

Search Engine Optimization

Optimize your online ecommerce store by researching the appropriate keywords to use. When your website is search engine ready, update your e-commerce site by placing your best offers at the home page. Also provide clear important information on every page such as the last shipping dateline. You also need to update about available and unavailable items. It will be even better to customize a search tool for visitors to browse and narrow their search results by gift recipient, personality, price, or category so they will find exactly what they really want.

Email Marketing

If you already have your customer based, this can be the easiest way to spread the word. You should improve your email marketing words to create urgency of the benefits of getting things done far before the last minutes. Send reminder emails until the Valentine’s Day itself to recipients who might haven’t read the previous messages. To help your marketing, cooperate with affiliates and inform them for products or banners in their websites. Two people working are always better than one. The heaviest Valentine’s sales days will be around one week before February 14. Include the latest dates possible for shipping to ensure that they won’t receive their gift items late.

Social Media

Another option to campaign your Valentine’s offers can be done through the most famous social networking site nowadays, Facebook. Facebook enables you to have simple advertisements for online marketing. You can customize your targets’ gender, location, age, relationship status, or interests. You can feel relieved as the advertisement delivery is accurate. And just for additional information, Facebook users navigate from newsfeed to profile to applications.

Advertising on applications is also effective in Facebook. Some of the most popular applications  for  males include SuperPoke, iLike, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, PetrolHead, Vampires, Slayers and Werewolves, are you interested, meet new people, hot cute or okay, or hot bids.

Of course with so many items to sell, you may want to start early so that your customers have enough time to choose the appropriate gift. So start it now don’t wait to the last minutes!