Snail paced servers are one of the many reasons for a website to suck and shared hosting is so 2005. Since IT departments have to compete with other departments for financial resources cost is one of the causes why IT administrators settle for poor hosting deals. Today I look at how a company or any individual can build an ultrafast safe website for under $10 a month.
Every school boy knows that the more outlets a product is sold in the cheaper it becomes. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country with limited access to international bandwidth which is understandably much more expensive than in developed countries. Naturally therefore the first step is to obtain access to this market. If you do not already have a credit card you can obtain one from FBC Center branch along Nelson Mandela Avenue close to the intersection with Angwa Street. All they need is a copy of your ID and a minimum $50 deposit.
As soon as your card is loaded (which is instantly) $10 is deducted as payment towards your MasterCard card fee. In case you are a little short on cash here is a free tip: It is possible to obtain the MasterCard for less than $50. All you have to do is make the $50 deposit and withdraw some of the money at FBC, Kingdom and Barclays ATMS. Please note never use a credit card that is linked to your bank account for online transactions.
The second step is obtain a Virtual Private server. Low end servers can be obtained for as little as $1.99. I would recommend VPSCheap.NET. Their servers are little slow since they are hosted on 10mbs links but that can be rectified later in step four. More deals from various providers can be obtained at www.lowendbox.com. Again I should reiterate a VPS is to be preferred over shared hosting.
Once you have signed up for a VPS you can speed up your website using a Content Delivery Network. A CDN is a vast distributed collection of servers deployed in multiple data centers in the Internet that act as multi-node points of presence to serve content. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance. This is achieved by redirecting the user to the most geographically close server. For example if a person types www.google.com in Zimbabwe they are redirected to www.google.co.zw in South Africa www.google.co.za and in the United Kingdom www.google.co.uk .
Cloud Flare offers free CDN services. Setting up CDN with Cloud Flare is easy; you enter the domain name that you want to be accelerated as part of the sign up process. CloudFlare then scans the current effective Domain Name Service records for your domain. Once you have confirmed them you are required to change Name servers to hugh.ns.cloudflare.com and pam.ns.cloudflare.com
Once your website is a part of the Cloud Flare community, its web traffic is routed through their intelligent global network. They automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance.
This service in addition to accelerating your website offers protection against spam as well as an easy to use Domain Name Service control panel. Cloud Flare block threats and limits Denial of Service attacks and aggressive crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: Cloud Flare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Their method can be a little heavy handed though. They have a host of honeypots and once a certain IP is detected as being compromised the entire range of IPs by that ISP may be blocked. Visitors may not be able access your website then. For example the beleaguered Powertel Network is a favorite amongst spammers who routinely hijack it. As a result Powertel is a semi-permanent member on CloudFlare’s black list.
Please note you can also use Cloud Flare to speed up your existing websites but as noted above you need to have administrator privileges to your Name records. This can be a little difficult in Zimbabwe where transferring a domain name is takes longer than sending a Rover to Mars. One way to counter this is to register your own domain with ZISPA.
If you have any other great ideas to reduce the cost of webhosting please leave them in the comment section.
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