Cloud VPS for Beginners
From bloggers to retailers, it seems that everyone
has their heads (and businesses) in the cloud.
Left and right, decision makers are entering the cloud-hosting sphere and leveraging its power to obtain a structurally sound digital presence (from blogging software to e-commerce platforms) that can help them attain online dominance. In case you still need convincing, here is a general overview of what cloud hosting and, more specifically, virtual private servers (VPS), can do for you.
In today’s Internet-centric world, people in the
know understand that blogging is much more than
simply sharing their thoughts with the digital
world. Bloggers understand that their craft is a way
to attract and keep ad revenue coming to a website.
Through various means and tactics (search, social
and email), professional bloggers can attract ad revenue
and keep it there.
Cloud-hosting providers offer multiple blogging platforms, such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Yet, competent suppliers also offer lesserknown blogging platforms to their clients; these include b2evolutions, Chyrp, Dotclear, eggBlog, Open Blog, PivotX, Pixie, Serendipity and Textpattern. It should also be noted that the best hosts offer these platforms using a one-click installation process that makes your busy life much easier. So, blogging should definitely be the first thing you use your cloud virtual private server (VPS) for.
Sell, Sell, Sell
Alright, so maybe writing isn't for you; maybe your role is in sales. There’s cloud hosting for that, too, in the form of e-commerce websites. But first, you need to figure out which e-commerce platform is right for you. Will it be Magento or Avactis? How about CubeCart or BoxBilling? Or maybe even Axis, AbanteCart or AlegroCart? Whatever your choice, all of these solutions will allow you to utilize your cloudhosting platform to make a ton of money and capitalize on all the incoming traffic you’ll gain by using scalable cloud technologies to meet the growing needs of your e-commerce business. So, don’t rule out e-commerce as a great method for making money using your cloud-hosting platform.
Do Your Homework
We have covered blogging and selling, but we forgot
one (big) thing. See, both options require analysis.
Whether you are analyzing incoming traffic and
bounce rates or how long it takes for your customer
to order their product, analysis is essential for you,
the person who makes his or her living off of tracking
numbers, optimizing click-through rates
and figuring out ways to bring in more traffic.
Now we can’t tell you which application
to use, personally we can’t get enough of
Piwik, but we can let you in on some of the
most popular website analytics, polling and
survey applications, including Aardvark
Topsites, Advanced Poll, CJ Dynamic Poll,
LimeSurvey, Logaholic, Open Web Analytics,
Simple PHP Poll and, of course, Piwik.
These offerings will provide your enterprise with real-time reports on website visitors, the search engines and keywords your visitors used to access your site, the language they speak, where they are from, the most popular pages, etc. Essentially, with these apps you can know everything about your visitor without having to consult Google Webmaster Tools (but let’s be honest, you are probably going to use Google Webmaster Tools, and certainly Google Analytics, to get a second opinion on your website performance numbers). As with blogging and e-commerce platforms, the best providers offer a one-click install.
Is That All?
Nope! You should know cloud hosting can also be
used for online ad management, calendars, customer
support, database tools, ERP, forums, gaming, etc.
Cloud hosting has many uses and this is, admittedly,
a broad overview, but with so many positive uses, only
one question remains. What are you waiting for?
About the Author: FortressITX CEO Jason Silverglate entered the Web hosting universe in 1997. Silverglate spends his time pushing the bounds of cloud hosting technologies, educating small businesses on the benefits of cloud infrastructures and throwing himself into anything tech.
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