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Finding the perfect web host for your business is impossible. There is no such a thing as the perfect web host. No matter how much money you spend and how many hours you consume researching web hosts, you are always going to have issues with your hosting partner. The key is to find a partner that will get your business on track when things go wrong.

Identifying a reliable business web host can be challenging. There are many companies that promise a lot and deliver a little. Here are 5 ways you should about finding a decent host to help you run your website(s):

  • Compare hosts: before signing an agreement with a hosting company, you need to make sure it offers the features that your business needs. Don’t just think short-term here. You should invest in a partnership that would allow your business to keep growing. Comparing multiple hosts would never hurt. You should also pay attention to server security when it comes to choosing a host for your business. [click to continue…]

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Many small businesses make the mistake of going with the cheapest hosting solution possible to get their website online. When you are starting, that may not be the most terrible (it certainly is not a wise one). Once your business starts to grow, you should consider investing in a premium hosting plan to handle all the traffic coming your way. It is even better if you start with these types of hosts right from the start.

Just paying a ton of money for a hosting plan does not mean you will be getting a decent service in return. You should always do comprehensive research before picking a hosting partner. Here are 4 web hosts that we have found to be very reliable:

Liquid Web: these folks give you a ton of options as far as their hosting plans are concerned. They have one of the best support teams in the industry. Their hardware packages are quite impressive too. They have plans for growing and established businesses.

WiredTree: WiredTree has pretty decent Managed VPS and great Managed dedicated server plans. It offers superior support, including server hardening, phone support, and proactive server monitoring and restoration. [click to continue…]

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems around these days. It has enabled plenty of small businesses and startups to get online for a very low upfront cost. In order to build a killer site using WordPress, you need to make sure it is based on a solid foundation. The Thesis theme gives you that. It is a superb WordPress framework that is highly customizable and SEO friendly. The sky’s the limit on what you can do with Thesis. These 5 Thesis skins let you bring your site online even faster:

Clip Cart: an elegant e-commerce child theme for Thesis and Genesis frameworks. You get the best of what these have to offer plus full support for Cart66 plugin. [click to continue…]

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No matter how careful you are when it comes to protecting your website against hack attacks, there is always a chance your site can get infected with malware. That’s not the end of the world. But you do want to make sure you clean up your website as soon as possible to avoid major hits by the search engines. Besides, you don’t want your customers to see your site in its infected mode.

Not all webmasters know how to remove malware from their websites. The good news is you can always outsource the process. Here are 3 services that let you handle this task:

Sucuri: developed with small businesses in mind. It not only scans your websites but notifies you when it is compromised. It has a dedicated team that help you with the malware removal process.

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Video marketing is here to stay. Most businesses understand the power of video and are planning to continue taking advantage of this channel to generate leads for their business for the foreseeable future. Small businesses do have limited resources but there are places they can pick up video material for their productions for cheap. Here are 5 places that have awesome videos for your business to pick up:

Pond5: has a ton of videos, photos, music tracks and sound effects for you to use. It also lets you sell your material to others. [click to continue…]

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Running an internet business can be quite challenging. Some people spend too many hours each day trying to keep their business afloat. If you are spending most of your time behind a desk and are not moving your body to get the blood flowing, you are putting your health in danger. Here are 5 exercise equipment you can add to your office to exercise and work at the same time.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT Treadmill Desk: a treadmill with a large work-surface. You get to fit your monitor, keyboard, and other gadgets on this. You can burn a lot of calories with one of these treadmills in your office.

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Most webmasters understand the power of getting links from authority sites. Without a decent link building strategy, you are going to have a very difficult time climbing the rankings. There are sites webmasters can use to gain quality links for their websites. Here are 4 exciting websites you can use to build links with for your website:

The ComLuv Network: many webmasters use CommentLuve to reward their commenters. That gives you the chance to gain quality links by commenting on these sites.

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People who have sold a product of their own online know the importance of offering superb after-sale support to their customers. By doing that, you will enhance your business’ reputation and keep your customers coming back for more. Setting up a bug/fault tracking site for your product should not be difficult. These 3 WordPress themes can handle the job:

Faultpress for WordPress: it transforms your website into a bug tracking community for your product. It offers advanced ticketing and messaging systems. [click to continue…]

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Most publishers rely on ads to stay afloat these days. Ads should not be your only revenue stream. But they can contribute to the growth of your business. Most webmasters rely on AdSense and other third party ad servers to rotate banners on their sites. At some point, you will have to test your own ads to make sure you are getting the most revenue out of the ad spaces available on your site. Here are 3 easy ways to rotate ads on your site:

Install OpenX: OpenX is a powerful ad server solution for publishers. It has a hosted solution but you can also install it on your server. It lets you sell your own ads and manage all your banners professionally. [click to continue…]

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As a business owner, you do not want to spend time on tasks that can be outsourced. Many business owners are worried about hack attacks and security holes in their websites. If you do not have the expertise to keep track of security attacks on your website, there is no reason you should not hire a company that does. These 3 website security monitoring services let you handle hack attacks and security challenges more effectively:

Sucuri: this powerful service monitors your website for malware and malicious changes. It can save you time to get back on track as quickly as possible. This service alerts you when things go wrong and cleans up issues on your site. [click to continue…]

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