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Paul Hunt

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  1. I have been part of the webmaster community for the last 6 years and over that time, one of the biggest arguments is whether or not it is better to go with a really long dot com or a really short domain with another TLD such as; .cc, .ch, .xyz. etc... My thoughts on this subject are that it depends on just how brandable you want your domain to be. If you want to have a domain that contains one or two words that you want people to associate with you, then getting a long dot com is probably your best bet. If you want a domain that can easily be used for sub-domains, then going for a short domain with another less well known TLD would be your best option. This is more for people who like to start a lot of short projects whose costs would add up quickly if they brought a dedicated domain for them.
  2. What forums are easy to integrate with a website?

    There is only one piece of forum software that will meet all of your requirements. Ok, it is not a piece of forum software but it is a Wordpress plugin called BBPress. The only problem with BBPress is that it has nowhere near the features of dedicated software such as; MyBB, but with BBPress you are able to fully integrate a Wordpress blog with your forum rather than having to multiple pieces of software and having to have your users use multiple login details. There used to be a blog plugin for MyBB, but it has not been updated in years, which is the only reason why I use the Wordpress plus BBpress combination.
  3. reseller Is selling web hosting worth it?

    For most people, starting a web host is really bad for a few reasons, such as; 1. The general public are not tech savvy at all, leading to you having to answer questions that are super basic, like how to install WordPress. 2. A lot of spammers will likely sign up for your service, leading to you spending a lot of your day tracking down which user has been abusing your service. 3. In order to compete with other web hosts, you have two choices; you can advertise your service as "noob" friendly and have to compete with the likes of Hostgator or you have to undercut everyone and likely have to live on below minimum wage.
  4. Free or Premium Hosting?

    In order to find out if free or paid hosting is right for your website, you will need to think the requirements of your website including; Are you hosting a static or dynamic website? If you just want to just host some HTML files, then most free web hosts should be fine but as a lot of free web hosts limit the amount of CPU and RAM you are allowed to use, this could be a massive issue for larger WordPress blogs. How much downtime are you willing to suffer? Paid web hosts have an incentive to keep your website online but as with a free web host, as you are not paying them, the host has no reason to get up in the middle of the night to fix server issues. Are you willing to have bad neighbours? Free web hosts attract spam as the spammers love not having to pay for every time they are kicked off a service. Those bad neighbours could lead to Google giving you a lower rank in the search results.
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