If you’re new to freelancing or are just beginning your online business, you probably started off or are still hosting websites on a shared hosting plan. This is a type of geo hosting that basically consists of renting space on a physical web server (which provides the means of putting your website(s) securely online) that resides in a certain geographic location from a hosting company.
But have you thought about what happens when your business grows and your websites’ traffic or storage needs become too much for that shared environment?
Traditionally, when you outgrew a shared server, you only had two choices to resolve the problems, moving to a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server. But recently, the popularity of a third option, called cloud hosting, has been on the rise.
Here’s a guide to help you out with the shopping process of moving up from shared hosting.
Whether you’re a developer, a designer or just an entrepreneur, a professional website is nearly impossible to do business without. While most people spend endless amounts of time to get the design of the site just right, most people don’t even pay attention to what’s behind that design. Unfortunately no matter how awesome your website looks in the front-end, bad development can ruin your visitors’ experience and make them run away quicker than you can say “HTML5″.
It is worth it to pay as much for development as for the actual design itself. Here are eight web development mistakes that could be costing you business.
Posted February 1, 2011 in Programming
Every industry has its share of stereotypes and web developers aren’t an exception. While poking fun of these stereotypes amongst ourselves is a fun pastime, it can quickly get out of hand when it’s a client or someone outside the development industry who becomes biased thanks to them.
Just like everything else, freelance web developers aren’t the same by any means. We’re so completely different from each other, even our code would come out completely different if we were all to sit down and code the same thing.
So what are some of these stereotypes? Are they helpful or harmful to web developers in general?
I recently had this scenario happen. Thankfully, the site wasn’t live yet, but the client still expected me to fix the site, with no offer of extra payment, even though I wasn’t the one who blew up the site.
There’s no doubt about it. A site blow-up can be difficult to handle.
I ended up spending an entire unpaid day and a half trying to figure the issue out. I reinstalled the site and database several times, played with the settings and finally gave up and put it on my own server to test it out. Turns out, it was a server issue brought on by messing with the htaccess file in WordPress.
Fixing blown up sites is obviously not the best way to spend our work time, so I made sure to turn it into a learning experience for next time. So, what do you do if a site blows up on you?
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