4 reasons why you need to start your own Online Business

Why do People not Start their Own Online Business?

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There are many people who want to start their own Online Business but many of them gave up because they think starting a new online business can be very burdensome. One thing they are concern is starting new online business has no guarantees of success. Thinking of scarifying a stable income for an uncertain business and unsure payday also tend to provoke fear.

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Virally growing attacks on unpatched WordPress sites affect ~2m pages

Recent Situation

Attacks on websites running an unpatched version of WordPress are increasing at a viral rate. Number of defaced pages is 2 million. The reason was a serious vulnerability in the content management system came to light nine days ago. The figure represents a 26 percent spike in the past 24 hours. Continue reading Virally growing attacks on unpatched WordPress sites affect ~2m pages

SSL certificate – Your key to E-commerce Security

We can imagine more entrepreneurs will join e-commerce because of its overall low entry barrier. So the growth rate of the industry will be remarkable in the next few years. It is worth noting that one of the major factors that will have a significant impact on the growth of e-commerce is SSL certificate. It can boost the confidence of customers. Since the security and as a result, traffic on your website will be automatically boost.

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4 Benefits of Email Archive for Financial Institutions

Communication in Corporate World

Most of the communication in corporate world takes place in the form of emails. On the importance of emails research says that employees spend most of their time working with emails. Moreover, 75% of the emails contain intellectual property of a company. There are some regulations which require businesses to comply with certain acts e.g., Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this scenario, financial institutions are no exception and these institutions are highly regulated.

Besides Bankruptcy, Email can also trouble Financial Institutions

These regulatory acts require the financial institutions to maintain good email archive in order to achieve compliance with the regulatory bodies. It is a compliance requirement for these institutions retain and produce records when asked by the regulator. In addition, there is a need of proper and reliable disaster recovery solution and business continuity. Banks, insurance companies, and hedge funds must guarantee the protection of their customers’ account information.

Regulatory compliance, disaster recovery, business continuity and some other benefits can be achieved by subscribing to a proper email archive solution. Other benefits of archiving your emails include:

  • Accessibility – With Email Archiving Solution, company stores all of the emails in cloud in a central place.  Last one year’s history of the company emails is accessible 24/7. It means that email archive can store company’s email for up to 1 year. It also includes attachments.
  • Compliance – It is a requirement for financial institutions to safeguard customer account and transaction information. They need to have a proper disaster recovery and compliance solution in order to meet strict regulations. Email Archiving provides these institutions with the feature to retain historical email data and efficiency for eDiscovery.
  • Managing Storage – Placing emails in a centralized location minimizes the risk of loss of data. It ensures that emails are not stored on theft-prone or failure-prone local systems. Collecting your company’s emails in archives also moves the burden of maintaining primary server’s data centers. Less strain on email servers will also ensure the improved performance.
  • Minimum Investment – With Email Archiving Solution, companies place emails on cloud which requires minimum or zero infrastructure costs. There are other alternatives available for archiving emails which require companies to bear infrastructure and maintenance costs.

Choosing CMS hosting provider

As a website owner, you may not know what you need in a web host. That’s pretty common. Most new website owners aren’t familiar with web hosting details. In this post we will discuss on to how to choose the best CMS hosting.

If you own a website made by CMSs, or if you plan to build one, you should expect at least three benefits:

Speed

Your website visitors will love you if your website loads fast. The little extra investment required to host your website locally is worth it in almost every single case. Otherwise, If your landing page or even homepage doesn’t load quickly enough, customers will go elsewhere.

Server

If you are having a website developed on Joomla, WordPress, Drupal or using an e-commerce solution such as OsCommerce, OpenCart, ZenCart, etc. Do yourself a favour and make sure you are using a Linux/Unix (Apache) web host. With Linux server you will experience simplicity with installation, configuration and creating search engine friendly (SEF) URLs. Indeed, Apache (Linux) hosting functions better with many CMS platforms, including their components compare to other type of servers.  

Some other required characteristics of a good CMSs hosting providers:

  • 24/7 performance & support, even when your site gets a traffic issue
  • First-class security to stop hackers, malware, and more
  • Real expertise from CMSs experts
  • PHP 5+ support
  • Cpanel or equivalent (Cpanel definitely our favourite)
  • SQL databases (at least one)
  • Sufficient disk space (200MB to 2GB usually enough until your website bring in some major traffic)
  • SSL capabilities
  • Perl
  • Email solutions

However, the location of the hosting server is highly important. Your website’s loading time may suffer if it’s not hosted locally. And with local internet service provider(s), the last thing you want is an even slower website!

To conclude

Hosting is more than a technical exercise. You give your hosting company your hard earned money for reliable hosting. In exchange, you should expect your web hosting services provider to give you at least benefits of mentioned above, in return. If you have any other questions you may ask in comment form below, our technician team will reply ASAP.

Free vs Premium WordPress Themes

Today, more and more consumers use the internet on daily basis to search for the products or services they need. Your business will gain more credibility by having a well designed website. To have that, you will have two options to choose; either to create new website from scratch or to use CMSs to make your job easier and faster. In our previous blog we discussed about most popular CMSs nowadays (WordPress vs. Joomla) and their differences. In this article we will focus more on WordPress Themes as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

WordPress “theme”.

In CMS world theme defined as  “a collection of code files and (usually) images that determine how a CMS web site looks”. Mainly, WordPress has two type of themes available in market, Free and Premium. In both, there are thousands of themes developed to use and still developers are developing.

FREE vs PREMIUM, Pros and Cons.

Generally, many WordPress theme developers create free themes only for fun; on the other hand, many Premium theme providers may release free themes to attract their visitors. If you are only a blogger, it is safe to use a free wordpress theme, but if you are to run a small business site, in order to build a safe site which can bring you maximum benefit, you need to be careful when you choose a free theme or even a free premium wordpress themes. Before make your decision, there are mentioned some advantages and disadvantages of free and premium wordpress themes.

Advantages of FREE themes:

  • Free. It do not cost you anything.
  • Support. Though it’s free, still can find good support about the queries from forums and some developers.
  • Plugins. You still can use from thousands type of plugins available on wordpress.
  • Experimentation. Since it’s free, you download as much theme you want and  experiment them until you find the best suit for your needs.
Advantages of PREMIUM themes:

  • More updates. It typically updated more often to improve quality of theme.
  • Less recognizable design. Premium themes are less common compared to free designs.
  • Better documentation. Most premium themes include a detailed PDF explaining how to get the most out of them.
  • Ongoing support. Usually developers offer the best support through live chat and an email ticketing system.
  • No attribution links. Many free themes often require a link to appear theme’s author in footer, but in premium it’s under your control.
Disadvantages of FREE themes:

  • No warranty or assurance of working well.
  • Not unique. Can find similar themes look like each other.
  • Spam links. Some free themes may come with spam links. The safest way to download free themes is to download from reputed provider.
Disadvantages of PREMIUM themes:

  • The price. You’ll have to invest anywhere between $50 to $200 in a premium theme.
  • More configuration. Most premium themes have their own custom administration panel.
  • Unwanted features. Premium themes tend to include a lot of bells and whistles, but still they are customizable and removable in you don’t want to use.

 

Conclusion

One of the best things you can do when choosing a theme is to learn about the person or company who made it. If they have a reputation to live up to, then their themes will undoubtedly having higher quality than developers who don’t.

We hope that this article helps you understand what is a WordPress Theme in brief, and if you should use it or not. If you think we missed something, then please let us know in the comments.

Reaching your customers using Email Marketing (+Infographic)

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Email marketing is essentially the online version of direct mail. Instead of sending fliers and coupons to a customer’s home, email marketing sends those same items digitally to a customer’s inbox. Approximately 97 percent of businesses are using email marketing to try to convert email recipients into buyers. It must be working because,  Smith-Harmon survey says, 76 percent of subscribers have made purchases from an email marketing message.

Cost effectiveness

Email Blasting service has high volume of HTML/ text emails to get started, design tools to develop eye-catching messages. In addition to that contact-management solutions to collect and store customer email addresses as well. However, it allows you to email niche target clients. And the notable points are; with increased economic flexibility and deliver personalized and targeted email messages without any startup cost.

Anytime, Anywhere

Not only does E-mail blasting service help sync the running of your business, you also look more polished and professional when you hand it out on your business card to potential clients. Furthermore, with this service and the intuitive webmail interface that you can access from anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to spend more time with your clients on any device and less time stuck at a desk.

Real time tracking and extensive reporting

By using Email Blasting Service, you will not only reach to your big number of customers in a moment, but it makes easy for your business to mark consumer behavior. As you can track patterns that emerge when you send emails. For example, which emails you have received, which ones went to addresses that were no longer active, which ones were opened, which ones were deleted before they were read and which ones enticed clients to click through to the website and make a purchase. It gives you opportunity to track how your campaign is doing in real time. You do so by utilizing inbuilt advanced tracking engine. It also generates reports of your campaign in text or graphical charts.

Conclusion

The use of email within a business can greatly increase productivity for employees. Hence a quick way to increase sales as well.

Good luck and good selling!

What is Content Management System (CMS)?

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing, modifying, organizing, deleting, and maintaining content from a central interface. CMSs typically aim to avoid the need for hand coding, but may help it for specific elements or entire pages. In addition, CMS products also allow multiple administrators or editors to maintain online content. It is done without conflicting with each other at the same time.

Difference Between CMS And Straight HTML

Your choice of CMS mostly depends on the kind of website you want to create.  There are numerous types of websites: company, commercial, entertainment, news, blogs, forums, personal and educational, etc. If you have confusion to choose what, the first thing you should do is to sit down and list out what you need your website to do for you. Then compare your list to the features of the CMS and the 3rd party plug-ins available for it. But in some cases, you might not need a CMS at all. In that case it will be better off with just a static HTML site.

So Which Do I Choose?

There are hundreds of CMS that do pretty much anything you can think of and they range in price from free to thousands of dollars. But, based on statistics shown on w3techs.com, currently WordPress, Joomla and Drupal the most popular CMSs.  They have established themselves as the leaders for online content management systems. Most importantly, they are all open-source with means they are all FREE to use. Although, even if you feel you’re on the wrong content management system for your specific needs, it is possible to migrate from one to another.

Conclusion

To conclude, CMSs not just widely used by beginners, or small-medium sized websites. It is being used by well-known companies like Forbes, CNN, Sony, Harvard University. To my utter surprise even The White House is also using it for the main websites to reach millions of people. Indeed, depending on your needs choosing the right CMS can be very difficult or very easy.

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Make sure your domain name remain alive.

“Many business owners, has put time and effort to make sure increasing revenue so the profit. In other words maximizing return of investment from a website domain name and hosting. We often forget the importance of domain name and hosting renewals that we should do yearly. Therefore, Make sure your domain name remains alive|Hosting renewals”

Hosting Renewals

As most domain name and hosting providers are busy providing support  thousands of domain name or web site hosting services. They don’t send reminder calls via phone. They notify often website domain name owner, about the domain name and the hosting renewal via emails.

Providers send out automated renewal notification email 30 days, 14 days, 7 days, 3 days  or 1 day before the expiry. So what business owners have to do next to ensure that their domain name and hosting services remain alive?

Providers received tens or hundreds of bank remittance of similar amount shown in their statements daily and will never be able to identify the payer unless the payer send in their remittance proof.

To ensure that the domain name and hosting services are renewed promptly, remember to fax or email the remittance proof and take the effort to call the provider to acknowledge the receipts of the remittance.

Doing so will ensure no disruption of business email communications and website transaction to the web domain name. Furthermore, web site belongs to the business owner.

 

Better still if it could renew for multiple years to save time from this hassle after all a domain name normally cost only between RM35 to RM150 a year in comparison to the thousands or millions of Ringgit of revenue that one might get in return from a working domain name and hosting.

On a side note, please ask for discount for multiple year renewal!!

Introduce Renewal Reminder on SMS.

Dear Valued Users,

Thank you for registering your domain name and/or hosting your website with WebServer.com.my. We truly appreciate your continuous support.

As we continue to provide new users’ experience for all our clients, we are now at the new phase of adding more values to your business. We are glad to introduce to you the SMS renewal reminders.

Knowing the serious consequences of not renewal the said services promptly, this SMS renewal reminders will act as a supplement to the existing e-mail renewal reminders. This new services will come handy into your mobile devices at no additional charge.

Please leverage on this new service by accessing to our CRM at https://billing.webserver.com.my/wcp/clientarea.php today to update your existing profiles(My Details). Please tick “Please send me SMS notifications” and include your mobile number to receive SMS renewal notifications.

Thank you and wishing you a pleasant day today.

Sincerely,

Webserver Team