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When considering buying a dedicated server, there are some features to have in mind regarding the physical server and of the host providing this service. Choosing the right one depends largely on whether the service package, as a whole, suits particular customer needs. The 10 most important features are:

Operating system
Several different OS are currently being used for hosting purposes. Nevertheless, the two most widely used are Windows and Linux. Microsoft Windows is most suitable for hosting ASP.NET code, MS SQL Server or the use of Microsoft IIS. On the contrary, Linux OS is appropriate for open source stack such as Apache/PHP/MySQL (LAMP) or Ruby On Rails.

Hardware
Hardware, focal of the server can be characterized by its brand and specifications. Branded parts are usually more reliable and have a longer life span. Performance wise, server programs, such as Apache or MySQL, rely heavily on processor speeds and server memory. On top of that, video and audio saturated applications and websites require even higher operating speeds.

As for storage, the two main types in use are SAS and SATA. SAS provides more Input/Output Virtualization capacity while SATA drives offer larger and more cost-effective storage capacities. Applications that are more I/O intensive (e.g. database servers) benefit more from SAS drives.

Bandwidth
Referring to data transfer, together with uplink speed, bandwidth defines the connection between a server and its users. Dedicated servers, being utilized mainly for mission-critical operations and heavily loaded websites and applications, require massive amounts of bandwidth to perform at the desired level. Server hosts make use of high-powered networks through a multi-provider blend of bandwidth, to achieve greater levels of redundancy and a stable 99%-100% uptime.
As for storage, the two main types in use are SAS and SATA. SAS provides more Input/Output Virtualization capacity while SATA drives offer larger and more cost-effective storage capacities. Applications that are more I/O intensive (e.g. database servers) benefit more from SAS drives.

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Datacenters
A standardized methodology is used to define datacenters, organizing them in 4 Tiers. They represent the uptime and performance of a datacenter. Tier 3 and 4 offer the best redundancy levels and uptime. Apart from tiers, the location of a datacenter plays a big part in evaluating suitability. Servers housed in a datacenter located in the same region as the customer and the targeted audience are expected to be more efficient than those in a completely different area.

Support
For long term successful business relations, Dedicated server providers have been relying to assist their customers through experts. There are several features that characterize the quality of support. Technical knowledge is arguably the single most important one since customer queries are often regarding software and hardware issues. Response time is also a major factor, having in mind the fast paced environment of the business. Social skills and politeness too, play a big role in customer satisfaction.

Monitoring
Server management relies heavily on resource monitoring and organization. Most Dedicated server providers supply a plethora of instruments that allow timely tracking of data usage and server performance. The tools are often part of an online interface that simplifies the process of monitoring.

Upgrade Options
In line with the increase of performance, storage and bandwidth needs of a customer, most Dedicated server providers allow for hosting plan upgrades. Depending on the initial commitment and particular provider, upgrade paths and pricing can be very efficient. Migrating servers between providers usually is far more expensive than a simple upgrade and a research of the allowed growth is recommended.

Additional services and add-ons
Apart from supplying basic Dedicated servers, providers tend to offer a variety of additional services and add-ons. From hardware, such as firewalls, load balancers & backup, to software ones like recovery and one-click app installation, their functionality and usefulness depend on the needs of a specific customer.

Security
Dedicated servers, being controlled only by the customer, maintain the maximum level of security. Providers utilize extreme measures to guarantee the safety of the data stored on their servers. And often deploy a variety of scanning software specifically targeting invaders, spammers, hackers, and other harmful problems such as Trojans and worms. The leading Dedicated server providers ensure that those software applications that are regularly updating and can combat the newest versions of intrusive elements.

Pricing
The cost of Dedicated servers can vary from high to low depending on the basis of the quality and specifications of the servers, along with the bandwidth and additional services provided. The key target is value-for-money where the customer’s needs are met and exceeded at a fair price.
Choosing a Dedicated server provider is not an easy task. However, considering the major factors that define the service and careful selection should result in a satisfactory outcome. At IBEE Hosting, we will be happy to assist you plan your hardware and service your complex requirements. Write to [email protected] for more details.

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We have started blogging again from IBEE Hosting, readers can expect some very interesting posts and insights into the hosting industry over the next few months from us.

Here is the Infographic about how to choose the right web hosting package for your website.

How to choose the right web hosting package
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How to use Mod_PageSpeed functionality for your domain

We have worked extensively with Google PageSpeed team and bring its benefits to our Linux Hosting customers, by this we have proven our commitment on constantly improving and adopting new technologies and passing those benefits to our customers.
How to use Mod_PageSpeed functionality for your domain
Below are the steps to add PageSpeed functionality for your domain name:

  1. Open .htaccess file in your domain.  If that file is not there, you just need to create one as a new file and name it as .htaccess
  2. Put the below code in .htaccess file:
    ModPagespeed on
    ModPagespeedRewriteLevel PassThrough
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters extend_cache
    ModPagespeedRewriteLevel CoreFilters
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters combine_css
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters combine_heads
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters combine_javascript
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters rewrite_css
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters rewrite_javascript
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters inline_css
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters inline_javascript
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters rewrite_images
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters inline_images
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters make_google_analytics_async
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters move_css_above_scripts
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters move_css_to_head
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters sprite_images
    ModPagespeedEnableFilters lazyload_images
  3. Once the setup is done, you just need to ensure that .htaccess has proper permissions to execute.

Once it starts working it will speed up the web browsing experience for your website, as it optimize the static contents (jpg, jpeg, CSS, java scripts)  of the web pages of your site.

To check the difference and whether PageSpeed is working or not, you just need to go to https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights and enter your domain name, you will see the significant change in the score of your domain.

Note: this may not go with existing cache plugins like wp-supercache or wp-totalcache or any cache settings. At any time if you want to disable this remove the added code from your htaccess file.

If you have any difficulty in understanding or implementing this, you may raise request to customer care at [email protected]

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SEO strategies for 2012!

2011 is the year of “Panda”, more than 10 updates happened and many of the large and small websites got hit by Panda effect. Google rolled out Panda to get rid of content farms who produce content at cheap cost and push to internet where no one is interested in reading those articles. Lot of start-ups mushroomed in last 2 years who just want to acquire content and push it to search engines and do some SEO to get their pages rank well, the days are gone now panda is a progressive algorithm and getting better and better everyday.

Google-Panda

What is Panda?
Panda is ranking factor introduced by Google to get rid of junk websites from their index. It will not directly effect pagerank but will send out signals to Google’s master algorithm about the websites performance, quality and user behavior. It is something like out of 10 points if your website scores more than 6 or 7 points it indicates that the content in your website is not useful for the readers and the score will be calculated based on many factors like Manual reviews, user behavior, bounce rate, quality of the content, Social Media and speed of the website.

Here are some of the strategies recommended to be adopted in 2012 to avoid Panda effect:

Speed of the website:
Website loading speed will become the major factor in 2012 to rank better in search engine results, user’s have more choices on every topic/product nowadays and can’t wait more than 4 seconds to load the website which leads to huge bounce rate and automatically it effects your website rankings. Google introduced PageSpeed last year and given access for developers as well to develop products on top of it, it will give you recommendations for your website on how to load your website faster. Apart from PageSpeed you may also look at Pingdom load time analysis tool.

Google PageSpeed

IBEE Solutions recommendations for increasing the speed of your website:

  • Host your website in India, Now IBEE Hosting is hosting all its customers websites in India, contact sales at 040-44254242 for more details.
  • Use CDN for hosting images and JS files or use public APIs for hosting JS files
  • leverage browser caching using .htaccess
  • Hire an experienced website designer / developer to audit your website

Website Design and Coding:
You may have multiple options or sources to get your website designed or developed but getting your website designed with professional web developer matters to Google, it is now not tolerating poor coding sites and bad navigation websites, this will lead to more bounce rate even though your website is related to those keywords. Having more bounce rate will indicate Google that your website visitors are not satisfied with the content on your website.

Social Media Strategy:
By just having a fan page in Facebook and twitter account you can’t get your website ranked well in Google, you need to engage more frequently with your Facebook page fans Google now started indexing Fan pages and its comments, the same applies for twitter as well. The more signals Google receive from Social Media the more your chance to increase your webpage authority.

Quality of the content:
Gone are the old days to hire a content writer and write some 250 words per article and push it to search engines with basic SEO efforts. Now Google is analyzing pages on the basis of how descriptive and narrative the content is published. An image or video describing the event/article will be plus to rank your article in search engines now. Panda somehow become very strong in identifying websites that grabs content and automate it, it banned many websites in last one year it is not advisable to use any plugins or custom to grab the content and push to search engines, it also identifies rewritten content as well so better be out of these old techniques and start producing genuine content with useful information.

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DKIM and SPF records means?

Recently there is high growth in cyber attacks, companies like Sony, Samsung and TCS and even USA Government are the major victims. Here is an attempt to give you basic information about how to secure your outgoing emails from phishing and spoofing using simple techniques like creating DKIM and SPF records.

What is an DKIM record?

Google Apps facilitates you to include a digital signature in header of the mails which are being sent from your domain, this will allow the receivers of your mail to confirm whether the message has been truly sent from your domain without any modifications in between after verifying the domain signature.

This Google Apps digital signature complies to all the standards set by DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM), before adding this signature to any outgoing mail it is essential that you generate a domain key which will be utilized by Google Apps to produce encrypted mail headers which are distinctive to your domain. Further, the mail recipients can also check on the source of mails by extracting the public key which has been updated by you in the DNS records for your domain.

If your domain already has a DMIK domain key, then another key has to be produced to use with Google Apps and the domain key for Google apps can be differentiated from other keys through selector prefix.

To enable the facility of adding DKIM signature to any outgoing mail:
1) Generate your domain key
2) Include public domain in DNS records of your domain
3) Turn on the validation

If there are number of domains related to your Google Apps accounts, each of the above specified steps have to used for each and every domain.

There are certain mail gateways like Postini which often modifies the mail by including a footer, which cancels the DKIM signature, you have to take care to stop the gateway server from changing the messages or switching off the DKIM authentication.

What does SPF record mean?

It is highly recommended to have SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record for your domain, which is a type of DNS record that categorizes the mail servers which are allowed to send mail in the interest of your domain.

The main idea of SPF record for your domain is to prevent the spammers from sending mails with fake from addresses on the domains. For the recipients to know if the message which is claiming to be from your domain through legal mail server, they simply have to refer to these SPF records.

If you create an SPF record for your domain where certain mail servers is given as authorized mail server for your domain. The recipient after receiving the mail from your domain, can verify with your domain SPF record to see if the message is valid which will be true only if the message is sent from a server that has been authorized mail server for your domain and if the mail is from any other server it will be immediately rejected considering it spam by the recipient’s mail server.

How to add DKIM and SPF records in DNS settings?

To generate domain key:

1)      Login to the control panel of Google Apps Administrator

2)      Click on “Advanced Tools” from the menu on top of the page

3)      Select “Set up email authentication (DKIM)” from the Authenticate email section

4)      Choose the domain name from drop down list for which the domain key has to be generated.

5)      Select “Generate new record

6)      Fill in the text that has to be used as DKIM selector prefix which is google by default that can be modified based on the user’s choice.

7)      Click Generate

Information will be displayed in the text box that will be useful to create DNS records to allow the recipients extract public domain key.

Adding Domain Key generated to DNS records for your domain:

1)      Login to the administrator console which is given by your domain provider

2)      Find the page from which DNS records can be updated

3)      Use the name and value from Google apps control panel to create TXT record ,the information can be found in the authenticate email page from control panel of Google Apps.

4)      Save the changes.

Creating SPF record for domain:

1)      Login to your domain’s administrative console

2)      Search for the page from where the DNS records can be updated for which you will need to allow advanced settings.

3) Use this text: v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all to create a .txt record

SPF record which use –all instead of ~all may give problems related to mail delivery.

4) Save the changes

For all the changes done to DNS records may take at least 48 hours to circulate through the internet.

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Now Google is warning wordpress site owners

Have a websites that still uses the older version of WordPress? Well, it is time to update the WordPress site to secure your site from hackers.

The Google Webmaster team has been quite busy sending notification to the owners of websites who are still using an older version of WordPress, as per the reports given by State of Search many users and owners of WordPress sites who still are functioning their sites on previous WordPress versions have been getting warnings from the team specifying the same and should be taken care of at the earliest.

WordPress declares that throughout the entire globe they have over 47 million deployments, they also accept that the older WordPress versions possibly are susceptible to permit the hackers inject malevolent files into any site which is least expected to contain any malware.

When asked for confirmation, Matt Cutts who works for Search Quality Group in Google has promptly tweeted that Google freshly has started to enlighten the webmasters about the insecurities in the previous WordPress version. It looks like this is what Google has actually proposed to do two years ago, but they have never really got this process into action.

Certain webmasters consider it a good move by Google forcing them to update WordPress which also specifies that the quality websites which use WordPress but have not yet updated are vulnerable to attacks from hackers posing a threat for spam in SERPs.

Google warns wordpress version upgrade

Are you thinking how Google has known about the WordPress version you are using for your website? It is quite simple you have carefully observed the code any time which gives the version of WordPress clearly.

Simple procedure has to be followed to improvise the existing WordPress, the first thing would be to immobilise the existing plug-ins, take back up of the site and click on the upgrade link directly. If you do not know whether the version using now is updated or not , the users will get a message on the top of screen in yellow box along with the updates available after the website owners have logged into their WordPress for the site

Along with the WordPress it is also essential to update the plug-ins which are equally prominent since they are the main reason to amplify the website functionality which are also regularly updated by the open source community.

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4 Important Marketing Tactics for Facebook

A recent Survey  has stated that nearly 75% of the promoters have been using social media in order to find more leads and close more deals which is only being possible with the use of social  networks. Further it also has been said that there is a huge increase in quality of time that is being spent on social media marketing also several business partnerships have been said to strengthen through various social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.,

It has become quite common these days for the business owners to use various types of social media for lead generation, who also have been considering them to be fast and trustable ways to gather information about the customers interested in their business. Facebook Marketing and Twitter marketing seem to have been making it big recently attracting larger firms to find the customers for their business development.

Anyone using Facebook will find it easy to come across methods that will increase the revenues which is generally done through the process where certain company has a fan page with couple of tabs that have been set up by default.

  • Post an ad with all the necessary details about the products available
  • Each product accompanied by “like” button that comes installed

This is all about promoting your business over Facebook, but are there any other techniques which will assist you in attracting 500 million active users on the social media to promote your firm over Facebook?

Yes, there are 4 significant tactics that have been in existence from awhile but are new to any individual or company which is ignorant of their presence or their method of usage. It is not entirely like everyone is unaware of these strategies but this is only to play our part in providing knowledge to people about the tactics that can or should be useful for the company promotion.

Below given are the techniques unknown to you until now which you will once you are done reading this:

1) Get Facebook Insights for your company website

Did you know that you could actually get the Facebook Insights which you might have normally noticed on your fan pages directly to your website?

It is one of the best methods to obtain data that is shared by people from your website, also the likes given to your products or pages by people and several other delights.

Its quite easy to setup these insights from facebook to your website.

  • Go to http://www.facebook.com/insights/
  • On the upper right hand corner click on the green “Insights for your Website” button which will cause a box to pop up
  • You simply have to enter the meta tag inside <head> tag of the site.

Facebook insights

After finishing this, go back to the insights page which will give a different view not entirely restricted to the fan page, it also has several other views Facebook provides related  to the information about your website like demographics of the number of people who have liked your page or clicked on the website etc.,

2) Facebook Comments

There might be people who actually wonder about the actual worth of these Facebook comments, well the facts actually are:

Facebook comment

  • There are larger number of people out there who actually are attentive to your comments and read them.
  • Redirecting comments: Though the comments are replied to in Facebook they will also show up in your website adding them to your official or technical website giving credit to your site.
  • Spam Cutoff: Facebook actually has information about the person commenting on your account, so there will be cut off in the spam since the individual needs to be logged in Facebook to be capable of commenting so there will be no possibility that an anonymous person could do so.
Update on wall
  • Genuine persons who do not have an account can also be given various other means to provide their piece of information by directly commenting on the official website.
  • Facebook facilitates the individuals to easily modify the comments that can either include edit, ban or subscribing themselves to the feed.
Redirecting comments

3) Local Business Listing

  • Facebook at times has listings of certain local business owners which might be annoying until and unless the actual worth is known, these existing pages can be an added  advantage to you.
  • They will help in increasing your brand name rankings, these preexisting pages can actually assist you in taking over the Search Engine results page for your firm name.
  • The only draw back with these listings is that any person will be able to modify the data hence it is suggested to check the page often.
  • Facebook is trying to update information on these pages by providing pop ups for people to edit where there is again a possibility for wrong information to be entered.
Business listings

4) Facepile

It is plug-in that displays photos of people who have liked your website especially your friends and will work only when you are logged into Facebook. Further this can be added to conversion pages which can influence individuals to sign up or purchase anything after they see their friends faces smiling up who have been using these products or website.

Facepile

Now that the strategies are put forward it is entirely your call to decide how best they can be used to give effective results.

Source: SEOMOZ

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Facebook Deals and Google Offers

Most of you might be knowing what is Groupon by now, Groupon is a group buying concept implemented successfully over web. Businesses can post their deals on Groupon to get more sales without any marketing efforts. Recently Google make an effort to acquire Groupon for an whooping amount of $6 Billion but Groupon rejected that offer.

Google might got hurt after the Groupon rejection and targeted Groupon directly, first they started with Panda volume II update, during this Google algorithm update most of the coupons, deals based websites lost their rankings drastically in Google search results and then they come up with Google Offers which is a much similar concept of Groupon.com, this program is currently in Beta and will be available soon into the market.

Facebook – the social media giant also got hurt by Groupon, as many of the facebook users logging into groupon using Facebook connect/login and doing transactions on Groupon, now Facebook also want to enter into this lucrative and high potential venture to offer deals and coupons to the existing Facebook users, they started Facebook Deals and partnered with some 11 companies like OpenTable, GiltCity and Home Run etc and offering deals.

We need to wait and see who will win this game, definitely Groupon has more advantage in this area. For more information on Social Media Marketing contact us at +91-40-44254242

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Most of the SEO professionals and companies who hire them think, that they have done a good job when their website appears in top ten search results for desired keywords but the truth is, even if your website appears in top ten search results there is no guarantee that you get more visitors for your website, this is because of the user click through behavior and how user’s eye scan the search results page.

Golden Tirangle

According to the studies conducted by various UX statistical companies, the key location for the users eye on the Google search results page is like a triangle from the top left first result. This area is also referred as “Golden Triangle” in this area for most of the search queries you will see the results of top sponsored results, top organic results and for sometimes news results, shopping results, Google Places results for long tail keywords with location name in it.

Here is how the visibility reach for the top ten Google search results according to a survey conducted by Eye Tools:

Rank 1 – 100%
Rank 2 – 100%
Rank 3 – 100%
Rank 4 – 85%
Rank 5 – 60%
Rank 6 – 50%
Rank 7 – 50%
Rank 8 – 30%
Rank 9 – 30%
Rank 10 – 20%

If you observe the above rankings, top 3 positions have 100% click through rate (CTR) and for rank 3 and rank 6 the difference is almost 50%, so from this stats, you can understand that how users are accessing Google search results. If you see the image of Golden Triangle, you can observe that the Ads appearing on the right hand side having less impact, only the top one AD is getting more clicks, the difference between top sponsored ad and bottom is almost 90%, so it is better to be in first three places in sponsored listing as well to get more attention.

So instead of just being in top ten rankings, try to be in top three rankings for your desired keywords to achieve better results. For SEO Services contact us at +91-40-44254242 or mail to [email protected]

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