Putting Your Web Site on the Internet

You need a web server to put your web site on the internet. Sometimes, owning and maintaining a web server can cost money and it requires someone who knows what they are doing to maintain the server and the web-site.

So a web host company can do this for you. We provide equipment and other technical programs that are required to build a customer a web-site. These hosting companies charge a monthly fee for the service of storing your web site and allowing your web site to be seen on the internet which come at a very low price with VBHOSTNET. Within that fee, it allows web-site visitor traffic to flow through our servers so people can view your site on the internet.

The physical web server does not reside at the consumers home or business which means that the web host services are designated as outsourced services remotely to clients. This means that the hosting organization that you choose has the responsibility to maintain your site structure, files, web pages and security.

Many web hosts provide excellent services that really assist individuals and business owners. All the weight of maintaining the host servers and application fall on the hosting company and not the individual and as a business owner, this is great because there are so many technical routines that you have to do daily to maintain a server.

When you pick a web host to handle your internet server needs, you achieve the following:

You streamline your internet costs getting the maximum from your hosting provider;

Work with knowledgeable technicians;

and pass IT control functions to the host so you won’t have to worry about maintaining servers and other equipment.

You can self publish your site and use the web host to handle the technical aspects of server management. The host that you choose will give you the capability to load your own site to the server for updates and revisions to your web page. Web hosting doesn’t include developing your site (unless they have a special development program) or the development of certain customized programs. You can develop the programs (web-site or server side code) or have someone do it for you.

Web hosting is offered in multiple formats based on cost and infrastructure and we have been setting the pace for some years now. We now enjoy to buy our service and get the best hosting experience ever in Nigeria and Africa. If you go to this page directly from search engine, kindly follow this link to have an overview of our hosting packages www.vbhostnet.com

 

Website Customization: What can we do?

Nowadays, in this trendy world, people get very uptight when they do not look entirely presentable. This would also be the case in web designing.

Every individual would definitely want their website to look good, if not, to the best they can. Here are a few things we could look out for when wanting to create a professional looking webpage.

Color Schemes and Themes.

When designing, always choose matching colors. An example of a matching color would be to have a dark background, with visible words and designs. With the dark theme, try not to mix too many bright colors into the design. What we should NEVER do, is to mix two very different colors, such as purple and yellow. Now, of course, it would depend on the purpose of the website, but those two colors are too striking for one who wants it to look more professional.

Themes must always suit the company or rather, the organization / etc. If the website was made to cater for a food company, it would be wise to stick to that particular category, rather than to revert to a different theme, such as machinery.

Fonts should be used in regard to the formality of the website. A simple sans-serif font would suffice in most cases. Exceptional cases such as design and art groups might want to use fanciful designs and fonts. Of course, that’s only if you know what you’re doing.

Finally, we must always try to think of our visitors, see the way they see. The resolutions and file sizes of the pictures must not be too large in terms of size. This is to allow maximum compatibility and cater our visitor’s needs.

So, planning is something we should always do, before attempting something.

What is web site?

Even some web professionals will surely fail to recall the meaning and definition of web site if an only if they know the meaning. I was amazed when someone through live chat asked me this simple question “what is web site”

The World Wide Web is such a complex whole that we can easily confused terminologies. Straight to this now… web site can be referred to as collection of web pages that is to say a web site is made of collection of web pages hyperlinked to make a whole.

Sometime we may be tempted to think that domain name and web site is the same thing, domain name on the other hand is the actual name of your web site i.e your identity synonymous with a business name.

So that is it not that you will be asked to define anyway but an idea is sure a worthwhile one.

I wish you best of the best.

Microsoft Front Page Extension

Microsoft Front Page is one of the most popular and easy to use web design software which can also be called authoring tool/software. The user friendly interface takes away the need to know programmer languages like HTML, PHP and other scripts  Which with any knowledge of programming you can still create and edit web pages easily.

It comes as a separate installable package with Microsoft Office 2003 and can also be installed using Microsoft 2000. Newer versions also exist too.

However, there some features that are integrated in this software and so need a special hosting to get them working when hosted on a remote server. For an example, Microsoft have made some easy to use features usually contain in “Web Components” menu, such as visitors counter, form submission, photo gallery, spreadsheet and other dynamic features without having to do any real programming.

Hence Front Page Extension is like a plugin installed on server to get them working in case you need use any built in feature.

Activating Front Page Extension

Microsoft Front Page Extension come free to use in all our hosting plans, sometimes you may need to activate them from your cpanel for your front Page feature to function properly, this is not to say you must need Front Page extension to get the entire site working. This is only needed when your web page make you of special features like mention above.

Login to your cPanel as usual

Under “Advanced” Click on “Front Page Extension” Icon

Microsoft Front Page Extension
Microsoft Front Page Extension

Next click on the button “Install Extensions”

Microsoft Front Page Extention
Microsoft Front Page Extension

 

Effective Web Site Design Tips – Creating fast loading web site

Fast loading web site

Designing your web site is a good idea, but have you stop to consider designing a fast loading web page instead of just creating and uploading? Fast loading web site can do you a lot of good from keeping visitor and ranking high in search engine.

Here are some tips for you

Optimize your images

When creating images for your web site, it is not enough to just create sophisticated and mind blowing graphics, make sure that it is optimized for the web by sticking to web formats such as jpeg, gif and png, also make. 72dpi should be the resolution of your images.

Minimize use of images

One of the major key to a fast loading web site is a minimal use of graphics. Images do enhance a page but don’t make 80% of your web site only images. Instead break it down as much as possible to simple HTML. Have you ever observe the popular sites like Google, Yahoo etc., they use very few images because the load time is more important. Very often simple designs are the best.

Use background images whenever possible

Use background images whenever possible. This is usually a very useful tip for headers and footers and even navigation bar. Instead of using an image of width 620 which is a uniform design you can use just a part of that as a background fill, this is where the knowledge of CSS is now needed. This reduces the size of the web page as the image is small, thereby speeding things up.

Reduce the use of animation

Animation can be a very interesting way of entertaining your visitors and making them have a sweet mental picture of your site as they surf through, but you must be careful with it when designing for speed. Since animation in most cases will contain a lot of colors and layers, some may take time to load. Use it wisely.

Design most of your site in HTML

As much as possible try to design your site using HTML. You can create great designs by just using HTML code. Use tables, CSS Styles and simple fonts to design your site. Minimize the use of animated gifs, Flash, bulky images etc.

Use Tables creatively

You can get some great looking designs by using tables creatively. Tables load very fast because it is just HTML code. Tables can be used in the homepage, menus or anywhere you like.

Create simple icons

Instead of using big, bulky images use simple and small icons that add a little color and draw the attention of a visitor. We have used small icons in our homepage to highlight the main sections of our site.

Use  CSS Styles

Have fun with CSS styles to get some cool text effects. Again, a CSS Style is simple HTML code so it loads very fast. You can create cool rollovers using CSS Styles.

We learnt these tips while building our web site. We’ve enjoyed sharing them with you and hope that you found them useful.

Understanding bandwidth

Here at VBHOSTNET it is virtually rare to see any domain name exhaust its monthly allocated bandwidth because we have crafted our features to take care of high traffic web site which mean you may not have to border over that. But there is a need to have knowledge of this web hosting terminology especially if you are reseller even if you are not affected by bandwidth exhaustion, you client’s may be.

So exactly what is bandwidth as it relates to web hosting? Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that is allowed to occur between your web site and the rest of the internet (browser, computer e.t.c). Using our Nigeria 3G network as a case study, when you subscribe to a plan let say a monthly plan, you are restricted to a monthly bandwidth of about 6 – 8GB, which means if you happen to visit heavy web pages or initiate too much download processes, your bandwidth allocation may get exhausted.

Same can be applied to web hosting; you are allocated certain amount of bandwidth if you are not on the unlimited web hosting package, which means the amount of traffic that is allowed to take place on your web site within a month is dependent on your bandwidth

Every file on your website has a specific file size. Let’s say you have a webpage with a file size of 12kb, and you have 3 images on that page which each have a file size of 20kb (3 x 20kb = 60kb) and a midi sound file, that plays automatically on your page, with a file size of 30.4kb, that is a total of 102.4kb transferred to your visitors browser when they load your page.

When that 102.4 kb page is loaded 10 times into visitor’s browsers that uses up 1,024kb (10 x 102.4 kb = 1,024kb) or 1MB of bandwidth. Everything that is transferred contributes to your bandwidth usage.

FTP downloads, ftp uploads and uploads done via php scripts get added to your bandwidth usage as well.

On a conclusive note, when the allocated monthly of a hosting account is exhausted, traffic to such a site is no longer allowed, then the error message “Bandwidth” is displayed, so if you don’t want to border over bandwidth exhaustion, then our unlimited hosting packages will give you the freedom you need.

Seure File tranfer using SFTP

Using FTP (file transfer protocol) is one of the oldest and common methods of transfer files. Unfortunately, this method is not really secure, and if you need to transfer sensitive data and also protect your username and password, you should use a method that provides better security. SFTP (Secure File Transfer) is one option that is best for this as it can also protect your web from been hacked/compromised.

Secure file transfer
Secure file transfer

Most modern FTP clients can also use secure FTP by simply using your cpanel username and password. In this example, we will use the free and open source FTP client called FileZilla,

You can download FileZilla from the project’s website and then follow these instructions:

  1. Click the button on the far left to open the “Site Manager”
  2. Click the “New Site” button
  3. For “host” enter your domain name (without http) or IP address
  4. In the port box, enter your server’s port (if different from the default SSH port 22)
  5. For “Protocol”, select “SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol”
  6. For login type, you can leave it as “Normal” unless you have specific circumstances
  7. Type your username and password
  8. Click “Connect”

If you have never connected to the server via SSH from that computer, you will be asked if you want to add it to your trusted hosts. Once you have done that, you should be able to connect whenever you need to transfer files.

You may be interested in tutorial o f uploading files using filezilla http://vbhostnet.com/blog/easy-way-to-upload-your-web-site-using-filezilla/

 

Learning web site design and development

Often times, beginners fins it quite difficult to know exactly where to start from in concentrating attention on learning web site design. If you happen to be one of such individual, you are not alone. Web site design is fun and fascinating journey if your have the right knowledge. Hence this article is met to give you a guide on how to start and stay focus on success.

 

What is web site design?

 

Just as the name implies, web design can be refers to the general STATIC presentation of a web site such as layout, graphics, animation and more.

 

What is web site development?

 

Web development deals specifically on the DYNAMIC behavior of a web site such as validation of forms, database application and all dynamic contents

 

What you really need to learn?

 

As a matter of fact, there are so many technology and skills that is needed in order to be good at the job which cut across, different authoring tools, markup languages, scripts, graphic application and much more. All technologies server diverse purposes when creating a web site and also have  and some also have interrelatedness which means one or more of these technology can be used without your know it. For example, you may be using an authoring too like frontage, but looking closely you are making use of HTML markup language.

 

Lest begin the process of understanding different web design and development technologies for designing and development that you may use as a learning guide:

 

Authoring Tools/Software’s: This is a kind of software that can serve as your environments for designing and coding web scripting languages. They gives you several advantage of typing and implementing layout design and CSS styles through what you see is what you get editor wysiwyg and also give displays markup languages. Such software includes Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft expression studio,

 

Markup Languages: While authoring tools are software environment, markup languages are web code standards for designing web site.  To use them you need to understand their syntax (coding structures). They include HTML, xHTML, XML, SHTML, WML e.t.c.

 

Web Scripting Languages; They are also referred to as web programming languages for creating dynamic web site and database driven web projects. Basically, scripting languages exists in two categories: client side and server side scripting language.

Client Side scripting languages: This kind of scripting language can execute its code on the client side i.e browser even without uploading to a real server. They include: JavaScript, JQuery, VB Script, Jscript, Ajax e.t.c

Server side scripting language: This on the order hand requires a web server end in order to work effectively. They include, PHP, ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, Perl, JSP, CGI e.t.c.

 

Graphics: You can learn to create web graphics for your web site using: Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop and other graphics tools that is suited for web pages.

 

Database: Storing record online can be achieved using database such as MYSQL, ACCESS, PgSQL e.t.c

 

Animation: You can also learn to create animation using Flash, Swish max e.t.c

 

We have succeeded in getting a brief introduction to popular web design and development technologies, so you can easily know where to start learning from. I hope this article be a useful guide.

Easy way to upload your web site using Filezilla

Uploading a web site for visitor to see is as important as design and development process. You can choose to upload your web sites files and contents using file manager from your cpanel which can be very time consuming if you have many files or you can choose to use FTP clients like Filezilla which will save a lot of time.

Filezilla is an open source FTP (File Transfer protocol) client that can download for free here http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client in case you don’t already have one installed n your computer.

Some of the parameter needed to connect to your web site are listed below:

  • Hostname which is usually your domain name of server ip address example domain.com without www or http nor ftp.
  • Username and Password exactly the detail you use in login in to your cpanel except you created another FTP user.
  • While port which can be optional is 21.

These details are usually contained in your activation email message. So the next thing you need to do is to run your filezilla after installation and enter the parameter like the example below and click on “Quick connect”

Fileziller Paramenter - Nigeria web hosting companies

If your parameters are correct you should be able to see your remote directory displayed on your right like the image below and at the left shows your local computer. Click on the “public_html” or “www” folder, this is where you should always upload your files to.

Fileziller Folders - Best web hosting companies in nigeria

Once that is done locate the files you wish to upload from the left side. All content should be contained in a folder. Select all files by using ctr + A or right click and select upload or you can simply double click on them.

Fileziller Select Folders - Unlimited web hosting in nigeria

There are occasions where you need to update your site or maybe there was a network problem and a pop up window appear, all you need to do is to select “Always Use this action” to continue.

FTP Overwrite

The Key to Better Websites

Importance of the latter :

One of the primary implications of a well-organized / good website, is to keep your visitors in the website. A website is definitely created for a purpose, unless intended for personal use, which is the minority. For example, a portfolio website would want to be visited and it’s content viewed. For companies and internet businesses, your website certainly aims to provide product information, to make sales, or somewhat similar. However, most individuals undoubtly prefer visually captivating designs, so on and so forth. It is undeniable that this causes no harm, but one must put himself/herself in other people’s shoes, as to understand how a visitor to the website might think, do and react.

1 )  Navigation

As I said, a web designer has to learn how to think the way your visitors think.

Situation A : Website with good navigation ( 2-3 hyperlinks to target page ), well planned  in terms of placement, and design.

Situation B : Website with poor navigation ( takes forever for the visitor to reach his/her target page ), hard-to-read navigation fonts and poor placement of the navigation buttons/bar.

In Situation A, a visitor will always want to be able to access his/her target page. For example, the individual comes across your website, and is interested in the product sold, but wants to find more information. He/she finds the navigation with no trouble, and enters the particular product information page.

As for Situation B, a visitor stumbles into the website, and would also like to find out more information about the product. Unfortunately, due to bad placement and fanciful font-types, the visitor takes forever, or even fails to find the navigation bar. Even when he/she does so, links to the product information are nowhere to be found, (example : home > about > products > product image > etc…[a few more clicks] > product information ).

Analysis : In both situations, wouldn’t a website with characteristics similar to the Situation A be more rewarding ergo better?