We have already shared about what is VPS hosting and best managed VPS webhosting and it’s time to come with an article on unmanaged VPS hosting. ShoutMeLoud started it’s blogging journey with Dreamhost Shared Hosting and after a year due to traffic we moved to managed VPS at Knownhost. We have been happily hosted at Knownhost but from last 3-4 days ShoutMeLoud is facing lots of downtime and Internal server error, I understand issue is because of lots of php calls and database queries. Since we use 30+ WordPress plugins, such issues are common and has to happen. But before I would have upgraded my hosting plan to one more step, I thought of moving everything to unmanaged VPS hosting at linode. I have been hearing some great words about Linode server and how good they are. I have already bought their level 3 plan with 1024 MB RAM, 32 GB storage and 400Gigs of data transfer. This server is costing me $40 every month and it’s more powerful and cheaper than Knownhost, … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud Moving to Linode Unmanaged VPS from Knownhost Managed VPS
It’s no a brainer that having good, reliable web hosting is one of the most crucial aspects of any growing or established blog. One of the most daunting tasks that you will face with your blog is choosing the right web hosting company. There are many great options available, especially when you have a small or medium-sized WordPress blog. Budget hosting like Bluehost is sufficient for a smaller blog, but the task gets tedious when your WordPress blog starts growing exponentially and greater server resources are required to handle your increasing traffic. In the past, I have tried various hosting companies such as Linode, KnownHost, and a few others. But due to the complex nature of my WordPress configuration (40+ plugins & many custom scripts), I decided to move away from these hosts and find a solution that would give me complete peace of mind. My goal with the new host was to be able to forget about hosting headaches in order to focus on what I’m good at: Blogging. … [Read more...] about WordPress Engine You Should Never Drive
Running a self hosted WordPress blog is fun, as we need to take care of everything. Moment you start a self hosted blog, you are almost running a business. That means, you need to take care of everything around your blog. One of the major concern with self hosted blogger is web-hosting. Till the time your current hosting is not giving any issues, you don’t need to worry about anything, but moment your WordPress blog gets old, or some buggy plugin or codes starts playing hide & seek, webhosting company can give nightmare. In last 4 years of blogging, I had many sleepless night because of hosting woes, and it’s always fun to fix the problem and learn something new. This is one reason, I often recommend new bloggers to opt for quality webhosting, which can easily host your WordPress blog, and you can focus more on thing you are best at; i.e. writing. In my earlier guide (Webhosting packages for beginners), I explained different type of hosting packages, and explained why … [Read more...] about Is it Worth the Upgrade?
In today’s interview series, We have Harsh Agrawal, a ProBlogger and Entrepreneur from India. Harsh is the guy behind famous blog ShoutMeLoud.com. On ShoutMeLoud.com, Harsh covers topics related to blogging, seo, making money, web hosting, affiliate marketing and social media marketing. Apart from ShoutMeLoud, Harsh owns some niche specific blogs. I would also suggest checking his personal blog at DenHarsh.com. Harsh has been able to earn thousands of dollars every month from his online blogs. Harsh has given good amount of time in answering my interview questions. This interview is 3000 words plus long. So I would suggest you have a cup of coffee with you while going through the interview. I’m really thankful to Harsh for accepting my interview request and for his time in answering my interview questions. Without any delay, lets start the conversation I had with Harsh Agrawal. Harsh: Hey Anil, Thanks for having me on your prestigious blog and here is a little intro for … [Read more...] about Interview With Inspirational Indian Blogger
We have talked a lot about WordPress plugins and themes in the past and individual posts, I have covered many WordPress tools and software’s which you will need to run a blog. Here I’m creating a roundup of such tools for every WordPress bloggers to maintain their WordPress blogs. There are many 3rd party tools and software’s available in the market, which you can try and manage your blog more effectively. List of WordPress tools for Every blogger: Most of the tools I listed here are free, and some of them are free to try and later on, you need to buy it. Though, all these are professional tools, and you might be surprised to know many things you can do with these new software’s which you are going to discover now. FTP Client: To manage a self-hosted blog, you need a desktop FTP client. This will help you in many ways like uploading files for Alexa verification, Google verification, changing file permission to harden WordPress security or in the case of a … [Read more...] about Useful WordPress Tools For Every Blogger
I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business. We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business. In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary. However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money. A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible. This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my … [Read more...] about Where To Spend Money For Your Blog Growth
I recently shifted ShoutMeLoud to KnownHost from Hostgator, and in today’s post, I am going to share with you my personal KnownHost review after having used it for nearly a year. There are many pros and cons of KnownHost’s VPS (Virtual Private Server) which will be discussed later in this article. A VPS hosting environment is like a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. In short, KnownHost is one of the top fully managed VPS services I have encountered. While shopping for a VPS for my site, I came across many new hosting companies like Wiredtree, VPS.net, Media Temple, Linode, and KnownHost. After seeing lots of feedback and suggestions from WebHostingtalk forum and fellow bloggers, I decided to make a move to KnownHost VS3 managed VPS package. Before moving, my site was on Hostgator’s shared hosting, where I was paying less than $10/month. With KnownHost, I’m paying around $50/month, nearly five times what I was paying, but quality always comes … [Read more...] about Fully Managed VPS for WordPress
When shopping for a web host it is best to know just what you should be looking for in your website hosting company. Most companies will have similar claims, such as unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and email. You also want to be sure that the company also has a high percentage of being up and available (99% or higher), 24-7 support, both site and store builders, and more. Therefore, it is up to you to do your homework before selecting your next website hosting company. Unlimited hosting (Bandwidth + Storage) North American phone support Bonus features Enhanced malware protection Secure site certification Malware and spam protection Free domain Easy site builder Online store and selling tools Money back guarantee Google tools for websites – including AdWords, sitemap, site search, etc. Scalability – so you can customize your site Dependability – your company should have a reputation built over several years for consistent service and staying power … [Read more...] about 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Web-host Company
We have talked a lot about shared hosting in the past, but after your blog starts getting decent traffic, shared hosting is not ideal. You need to increase your blog's hosting infrastructure, and the next step is to go for managed VPS web hosting. Note: There are unmanaged VPS hosts too, which are cheaper, but if you are one of those people who doesn't like getting their hands dirty with shell commands, managed hosting is what you want. I work on the WordPress platform, and a managed VPS is specifically geared towards WordPress blogs. You've probably heard me talk a lot about HostGator and Bluehost. Though I don't have any issue with my shared hosting accounts, if my traffic starts increasing, I'll need to move to a dedicated server or a VPS. For some of my smaller sites, shared hosting is ideal, but for a big site like ShoutMeLoud, shared hosting is not practical. Dedicated web hosting is expensive, so a VPS is really the best option. From Wikipedia: A virtual private … [Read more...] about What is VPS Web Hosting & What is the Best Managed VPS Host?
One of the most difficult tasks faced by anyone starting a new blog or internet marketing career is the process of selecting the web-hosting for their site. We have already specifically advised you to stay away from free hosting, as they have significant limitations and issues, and at the end of day you will face lots of technical hassles. If you are a new blogger just getting started with the process of choosing your web-hosting service, I highly recommend that you opt for reliable, reputable and cheap shared hosting. There are several web hosting packages available, such as shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting, and for new bloggers it’s always confusing to determine which is the best choice. In this post I will be writing specifically about which hosting package a new blogger should choose, and I will reveal some of the top web hosting services for beginners which are cheap and reliable. We have already discussed the things to consider when shopping for a webhosting … [Read more...] about Why Shared WordPress Hosting is The Best Option For New Blog