31 Dec

TetraHost Wishes You a Happy New Year to You & Your Loved Ones!

It means a great deal to me to be able to wish all of our customers here at TetraHost a Happy New Year. I hope all of you find time to spend with your family and friends so that you can celebrate and enjoy the good company and cheer that comes along with New Year Eve.

We had an awesome 2016 and hoping to have even better 2017. I want to pause and thank all of those who have been a part of our success. I feel lucky to have clients like you as part of this company. TetraHost turned 9 this year, We might not be able to travel this far without your support. Thank you again 🙂

You can definitely expect better service from us and We promise to meet your expectation.

May your dreams continue to grow and prosper in 2017.

Happy New Year.

Ashraful Insan Siddiquee
Founder, CEO TetraHost

13 Apr

Global Brute Force Floor Attack on WordPress Sites

As I write this article, there is an on going and highly distributed, global attack on WordPress installations across virtually every web host in existence! This attack is well organized and again very, very distributed. The attack can be called as “brute-force” attack as well. Due to the nature of the attack, memory consumption on targeted servers has increased. In certain cases, this has resulted in degradation of performance!

At this moment, we highly recommend you log into any WordPress installation you have and change the password to something that meets the security requirements specified on the WordPress website.  These requirements are fairly typical of a secure password: upper and lowercase letters, at least eight characters long, and including “special” characters (^%$#&@*).

The main force of this attack began last week, then slightly died off, before picking back up again yesterday morning.  No one knows when it will end. TetraHost started a thread on a popular forum where web host owner’s is sharing their experience with the attack and solutions. Here is the thread.

We are taking several steps to mitigate this attack throughout our server farm, but in the same breath it is true that in cases like this there is only so much that can actually be done. Again, this is a global issue affecting all web hosts. Our hope is that this attack ends soon, but it is a reminder that we must all take account security very seriously.

To ensure that your customers’ websites are secure and safeguarded from this attack, we recommend the following blog article and apply the security protection ASAP:

https://blog.tetrahostbd.com/2012/01/31/wordpress-protection

Other ways of Hardening a WordPress installation are shared here at:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress

The TetraHost support team has been hard at work with fighting the situation! We’ve taken proactive steps to reduce the impact of this event. We thank you for your patience.

Having trouble? You can always file a ticket at support@tetrahostbd.com.

12 Feb

Website Protection Issue

Today while surfing on internet i came to know that a Bangladeshi Hacker group called “Bangladesh Black Hat Hackers” is hacking Indian Websites and they already hacked around 5000+ website in last few days.

You can read more about the hacker group from the following link:
http://www.banglanews24.com/detailsnews.php?nssl=58bf703fc3de07019c04902398cd94c1&nttl=1202201288166

Some Indian Hackers group has already declared a Cyber War against us and they will also try to hack Bangladeshi Websites. On this post i will also wanted to inform our clients that We always try to secure our server in every possible way. Our NOC is closely monitoring all our servers to protect any hacking attempt.

It is also recommended that all our clients have sufficient protection setup on their website as well. We required you to follow the below steps:

1. Update your anti virus software and scan your machine completely.
2. Change your cPanel Password and set a strong one.
3. Take backup of your files on your machine.

NOW, this is a very important part, those who are using WordPress and Joomla, please update your installation to latest version. We have already written two article on how to protect WordPress and Joomla installation from getting hacked and we want all user to read those two article carefully and apply the protection ASAP.

Here is the article link:

WordPress: https://blog.tetrahostbd.com/2012/01/31/wordpress-protection/
Joomla: https://blog.tetrahostbd.com/2012/02/02/joomla-protection/

If you have any query or facing any problem please contact us via email at support@tetrahostbd.com or sales@tetrahostbd.com (Please send email from your registered email address that you have with TetraHost).

Regards,
NOC, TetraHost.

 

07 Sep

Gmail-Call Phones Features

Until now, Gmail voice and video chat makes it is easy to connect with people using your computer’s microphone device  however this required both people are connected through their computers at same time,  signed through Gmail.  It’s generally not possible to spend all the day in front of our  computers,  Google find out the way  “you could call people directly on their phones” without any hurdle.

As per Google, the Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at very low rates. Google is trying to make these rates really cheap with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan—and many more countries—for as little as $0.02 per minute.

gmail call
Dialing a phone number will work just like a normal phone. You need to just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.

Google is testing this feature internally and have found it to be useful in a different situations enabling  you to make cheap international calls right from Gmail.

For more information, check out this link gmail.com/call.

23 Aug

What is Link Juice?

Search Engine Optimization has opened up newer varieties of terms, which are applicable to different websites to help them become popular and therefore increase the number of hits. One of them is Link Juice. Greg Boser in his site Web Guerilla coined the term.

The trendy name attracted a lot of people. The scientific term is actually known as ‘pass through ratio’. But Link Juice sounds more stylish and therefore catching. It is the quality or weight that a site receives through links from other websites. This is usually carried out by newer websites to increase the traffic. This strategy for building up links, if it goes well, may result in your website being displayed in the first two pages of Google which is bound to boost the hits on the website.

Link Juice or the link building strategy can be performed in many ways. It can be bought from other sites but it is possible that the site will not get any hits if the links turn out useless. To make other sites link to your website, you can organize contests, games that can keep users glued to the site or give away something for free; like for example ‘answer a question correctly’. Blogging is a brilliant way of increasing the links as lots of users are attracted to blogs and you can promote your site through them. You can also send out links in social networking sites where information is passed on.

Link Juice, if planned and executed well can lead to a good amount of revenue from your site.

23 Aug

What is Google PageRank?

Google pageRank is essentially an algorithm that was developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in the late 1990s at the Stanford University as a part of a research project. Though, presently Google owns the name pageRank, its patent rights still lie with the Stanford University. Despite the fact that there are various tools and techniques available to Google for its web searching procedure, the pageRank is still the most important foundation.

The system of algorithm, which is followed by the functioning of pageRank, is mainly analytical in nature. It basically allocates a sort of a statistical emphasis to each of the page that is connected to a network of other pages in the World Wide Web. The basic intention of carrying out this procedure is to determine or evaluate the relative significance of a particular page or a hyper linked document within the existing network. The procedure involved in assessing this weighing up takes in to account a unique form of voting system where each and every interconnected set of pages are considered both as a candidate as well as a caster. To be more detailed, every hyper linked page is scrutinized thoroughly to find out the other pages to and from which they are hooked up. In the process, every link from a particular page to another is regarded as a ballot for the later page by the former. Thus, pages with maximum links end up enjoying a high pageRank represented as PR(page) and so on.

22 Aug

What is Google Adsense?

Advertisers on the internet are asked to register with Google AdWords. The AdWords then research the ads and make them ready to be published on the sites. Google Adsense is a program run by Google. It serves those ads to websites. This program is available for enrollment where website users can sign up and enroll for the ads. Website owners get banner, texts and video ads through this program. Website owners earn money on a per-click basis.

Though Adsense website owners get ads suitable and relevant to the website and the ads are precise and therefore don’t look bulky. Javascript is used by Adsense to integrate advertisements. Website owners have the freedom to choose the ads to be displayed on the website after Google displays ads suitable by indexing and searching through its database on AdWords.

Google Adsense is an important revenue developer for small sites that lack resources. Though the content has to be rich for even small sites to get hold a good amount of advertisements and therefore the revenue.

Google acquired Applied Semantics in 2003. Wordnet was the original technology that was developed and its variation came to be used by Oingo, a small search engine founded in 1998. It later changed its name to Applied Semantics. Google Adsense is a popular program that helps many website developers.

18 Aug

How to Ping Your Sitemap to Google, Yahoo, and Bing

XML sitemaps inform search engines about the pages available to crawl on your website. Search engines find new pages by navigating links on websites. Sitemaps enhance search engine crawling by providing explicit information about the specific urls on your website. Sitemaps don’t ensure that your webpages will be indexed, but they typically increase both the chance and speed of indexing.

If you have fresh content on your blog or website, it is prudent to make sure the search engines know about this to get the content indexed as soon as possible. One way this is done is by pinging your xml sitemap. Although there are many search engines and services you can ping your sitemap to, make sure you concentrate on the big 3: Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

So, how do you automatically ping your updated sitemap each time your website updates?

If you’ve got an XML sitemap for your website, you can alert the search engines to updates by typing a specially formatted URL into your browser.

Ping Bing

Bing is Microsoft’s newly branded and revamped search engine that is gaining popularity and market share every day since its recent launch. It’s well known that Bing takes a long time to initially index a website, so ping their service when you launch a website and every time you update content.

Their ping service is http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=[your sitemap web address].

You can manually ping Bing by entering the above url in a web browser and pressing enter. I prefer to automate this process, by entering the url into a ping list in WordPress. WordPress will then automatically ping Bing each time I update or submit a new post.

WordPress Ping List

Ping Google

Google is the dominant search engine, and you will want to inform when something new or changes appears on your site.

The ping url is http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://www.example.com/sitemap-file.xml

Again, you can manually visit this url to ping Google, or add the url to an automated pinging service if this is supported by your website development platform.

Ping Yahoo

Yahoo’s ping service lets you notify them anytime your site changes so their index can be updated quicker. Their ping url is http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=http://www.domain.com/sitemap.xml

You can automatically submit your updated site map using a pinging service or manually entering the above url.

If you don’t have an xml sitemap yet, you can use a free xml sitemap generator to get you started.

17 Aug

Getting Listed in Google

Your new business or personal/community web site is finally up and running. But how do you attract visitors now to your website? The first step towards announcing your website to the World Wide Web is to get listed in Search Engines. Majority of the traffic to a website is through Search Engines. Google is one of the most popular Search Engines and we will give you a few tips on how to get listed in Google and increase the traffic to your website.

1) Add your URL to Google:

The first step to get listed for any website is by manually submitting your URL with Google. Visit: http://www.google.com/addurl/ and submit your website details. Google does not guarentee that your website will be listed, but you can improve your chances of getting listed by following the protocols outlined by Google. You can follow these protocols when designing your website to increase search engine friendliness.

You can also try submitting your URL at DMOZ The Open Directory which Google uses for classifying websites. This is a directory that is managed by volunteers that act as “category editors.” To list your site, simply go to the most appropriate category for your web site, then drill down to the relevant subcategory and select the “Add URL” link at the top of that category’s page.

The time required for the Google bot to start crawling your website will vary though you can expect it to start within a week or two.

2) Increase PageRank

Google uses PageRank algorithm for ranking websites. This is Google’s description of PageRank:

“ PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”.

Hence it is important that your website should have links from and to other websites. The more number of links, the better PageRank for your website which means more traffic to your website! You can start writing articles and submit them to the article submission sites. All of the article sites (the good ones at least) allow you to include a section called “About the Author” or “Author Resource”. It’s here that you can include a link back to your site.

3) Sitemaps

Sitemaps help visitors to navigate between pages and also helps search engine bot to index very easily. Generate a sitemap and keep it updated so that Search Engines will be able to index your website efficiently. There are many Sitemap generators available. You can find a good list of Sitemap generators here.

4) Search Engine Friendly design

When designing your website, make sure that it is search engine friendly. Meta description is an important component for on-page SEO. Google only consider 155 characters from Meta description. So it’s important to write a unique Meta description within 155 characters using keywords. Images make articles and pages attractive to visitors. More over images are also indexed different search engines. Using relevant keywords in the image ALT tags help Search Engines to recognize images and index them according to the ALT tags. Title tag is very important. Title should not be too long. For Google, 70 characters are enough. Descriptive titles have maximum clickthoughs.

5) Content is King

The most important factor for driving more visitors to your website and maintaining them is to keep your content updated regularly. This would naturally keep Google Bots busy as well as they will index more pages from your website. The more you update the content within your site, the more value it earns. It takes more than simply having content on your site to bring visitors back to your site time after time. It takes quality content that is updated regularly.

Google and other search engines have a very simple goal with their search results: to provide the most relevant results to those who perform a search. It is important that your web pages are optimized for search engines if you want to get high search engine rankings. A combination of optimized web pages and high link popularity leads to high rankings on search engines like Google.

16 Aug

Starting a Web Hosting Company – Obstacles

As with any company, you’re going to run into obstacles. You will face new challenges almost every day, and how you deal with those challenges will determine if you come out stronger, or so damaged you end up closing up shop..

The key here is proper planning. From the very basics all the way to the most complex, you need to have a plan of action written down that you’re going to follow. As you face each challenge, you would then be able to consult your strategy and deal with it logically.

For example, some challenges you will face:
– Drop in sales
– Increase in cancellations
– Shortage of funds
– Downtime
– Mistakes in service
– Angry customers
– Negative Reviews
– Increased Competition

Just to name a few. You can combat all of the above easily.. Let’s take negative reviews for example. So long as you are providing a good service, are confident you have done everything in your power to ensure satisfaction, have been professional and offered resolutions to the customer, then you have nothing to worry about. In your plan of action, make sure you have a strategy for handling bad reviews, don’t just go in all guns blazing.

A part of my process to maintain quality is making sure my attention is where it is needed most. I can’t possibly monitor all tickets, and not all tickets require monitoring, however it is important you don’t miss important tickets out.. A good filter I put in place, is monitoring tickets that have too many back & forth replies. If something isn’t resolved within the first few replies, then typically, something is wrong. I will monitor those tickets and see why it is taking so long to resolve. I will go back and consult whoever worked on the ticket and ask why this is taking so long. I typically intervene at that point, implement a structured approach to resolution.

Let’s take another example.. Increased competition. Competition is just a way of business. I know a few hosts, in particular one small mainly UK web host that seems obsessed with what we do. Going as far as copying our plan names word for word, our site structure, type of wording, services we offer and even under cutting the prices. Should we be worried? Nope, not at all. A company that copies is always one step behind. Always a minute too late in getting the sale. Lack innovation and shows their inability to come up with their own ideas. Only sees what’s on the outside, but isn’t aware of the internal processes which ensure we deliver what we promise. We need a little bit of a pinch to keep the heat on, increase our efforts and eliminate the competition. We have a plan of action which keeps such companies at bay. It is a good idea for you to have one too, as ultimately, you will one day face such a scenario too and it will be important for you to stay ahead of the game.. Web Hosting isn’t an easy industry, it’s not just about getting a reseller account and a website.. You need to make sure you can get the sale, you need to make sure you give your customers a better reason other than price to sign up with you.

Having a plan of action will ensure you are prepared and equipped to handle the many challenges you are going to face.