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All posts by: Jason Nickerson

Choosing a hosting platform in 2020

Choosing a hosting platform in 2020 is more like navigating a labyrinth, and with so many options, it can seem like a daunting task. Over the past decade, the web hosting market has grown over 100%, currently valued at $62 billion in 2020. As with much of technology in the past decade, web hosting is in constant flux. From new technologies to consolation and acquisitions, the competition in the industry has never been so fierce.  Aspects to consider …

Open Source Software: Hearts, Minds, and Acquisitions

How Open Source Software is changing the world: In the past decade, Open Source Software has become a legitimized business model and has taken the world by storm. What started back in the 1980s as a free software initiative has grown into massive volunteer communities and industry-leading software platforms. A recent CB Insights report estimates that the Open Source service industry will reach nearly $33 billion by 2022. The History of Open Source Software: Open Source Software has its roots …

Moving from brick and mortar to an online presence

The future of brick and mortar shops has been changing into a hybrid of traditional and digital, and the current health crisis is fast-tracking the digital experience.  As the stay-home orders came in, and only essential business could remain open with some others slowly opening with restrictions, the e-commerce industry and digital brands went into overdrive.  Brick-and-Mortar retailers traditionally offer products and services to their customers face-to-face in a storefront that gives them a unique advantage over …

All Lanes Open on the Internet Superhighway

While the asphalt highways were silent and working from home became the norm, the internet superhighway expanded.  In the first half of 2020, everything quickly ground to a halt worldwide, and the internet became our lifeline to the outside world. Throughout the past 20 years, we have seen the internet grow in times of crisis, but never in history have we as a planet used the internet as much for our day to day lives.   …

My Website is down, what next?

It’s happened to most of us, you just launched a marketing campaign and went to check your sales and your website is a blank white screen! If it hasn’t happened to you yet, read on. Hosting outages can send you into panic mode, especially if you run an e-commerce website. The loss of potential income can send you into a frenzy and keep you on hold with your hosting company for hours at a time – to quote …

Drupal 9: Focusing on innovation

Everyone gets excited when their favorite software gets an update! The Drupal Community is currently abuzz about the release of Drupal 9. Wondering what the big deal is? Let’s talk about Drupal and the new improvements. The Drupal project was started 20 years ago by Dries Buytaert in his college dorm room as one of the world’s first Open-Source Content Management Systems. Online years before WordPress or Joomla, …

Keeping your CMS safe and secure

Website security is one of the most important aspects of running an online presence. A hacked website can lead to countless hours of debugging and repair, loss of income, to loss of credibility and lawsuits. With over 30,000 new small business website hacks a day and numerous corporation breaches, not a day goes by without a compromised site showing up in the news. Over the past decade, hackers have targeted the top three open-source Content Management Systems: 

Level up with cPanel University from home

If we have learned one thing from the 2020 COVID-19 situation, access to online resources and training is vital to keep businesses going. Online education has exploded due to school closures, and the learn-from-home approach has become the current standard. The hosting industry has also thrived in this arena, for example, Alibaba Cloud deployed more than 100,000 new cloud servers in two hours and set a new record for rapid capacity expansion.  At cPanel, our work is a hybrid …

Scale Up Your Hosting Business By Serving Your Customers

The web hosting industry has made significant changes in the past decade, and customer expectations have moved far beyond storage to a services-driven market. In 2020 there are about 2 billion websites online, and a new domain is registered every 2 seconds. The growth of the internet continues to reach new highs and new markets. In the hosting sector, growth can come in many forms. How does a hosting company increase revenue and continue to …

The Changing Web Hosting Business Model

Starting your own web hosting business is much simpler now that technology and customer reach is improving, but the model is still changing all the time. During the “Wild West” era of the internet 20+ years ago, users were confined to a small number of web hosting providers. At that time, hard drive/storage space was quite limited, ranging from 35KB to 2MB, depending on the provider. For shared hosting, the average storage space was just 153MB. In …