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Why Choose Commercial WordPress Hosting

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Whether you are a seasoned blogger or a beginner one of the best options for your blog is WordPress. WordPress is very popular because of its great flexibility, capacity to adapt to an ever-changing Internet environment, great features, and effortless administration. WordPress was voted many times the best Content Management system in a competition with other renowned CMS.

As a beginner you can start with a free solution, and the WordPress community offers a great platform on their servers, free. On WordPress.com anyone can have their own blog and share their posts on a variety of topics, and interact with other bloggers. This is one of the most popular ways to start your blog. However, advanced bloggers, journalists or commercial blogs need more complex options.

Why Do You Need a Hosted WordPress?

Popular blogs, or business related blogs, need to accommodate larger numbers of visitors without any traffic limitations.
Here are just a few reasons why any rapidly expanding site should consider WordPress hosting.

The free WordPress platform will only give you a limited number of functions and plugins.
Other technical aspects of your blog are not accessible with a free solution. Some of these include: php.ini and .htaccess control, multiple databases, for other PHP scripts, the storage is limited, you have a limited choice of plugins, little control over the theme, etc…
One of the great benefits of using a WordPress web host is the customer service and support. We always do things that we can’t fix on the spot no matter how experienced we are. Using the help of a professional support team ensures that the site will be up in the shortest possible time if something bad happens. For an organization or business that operates online, it is critical that their website is up as soon as possible. It is at stake the company’s reputation, and the money lost during the interruption.
Maybe one of the greatest things with a hosted WordPress is the huge range of plug-ins and add-ons available. These plug-ins add features that can vastly improve the appearance and functionality of your site and ultimately your visitors’ experience.

If you are thinking moving your blog to a commercial service, don’t delay it, the costs of a professional WordPress web host are small compared to the advantages.

How to Choose a WordPress Hosting Company?

Ok, you decided you need a hosting company for your WordPress blog. There are a lot of companies on the market. How do you choose your host?
The services look very similar at first sight, and in most of the cases they are. You need to look for the package which is best able to cater for your requirements.
Define your requirements first and then make your list with companies that fit the requirements.
Compare the finalists on your list based on your personal requirements, customer service and support, Up-time, reputation, and price.

How to troubleshoot a slow computer network?

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Your network is slow. What do you do to make it faster?
The answer is not simple and the reason for your slow network could be a lot of things. You have to take a step by step approach and isolate the bottleneck. Once you isolate the point of failure it is easier to find the problem.

Many times a packet sniffer will help you find the problem faster. A good free packet sniffer is Wireshark. Another packet sniffer is Microsoft Network Monitor.

Here is a list of Windows-based network tools that can help you troubleshoot almost any problem in a Computer Network:
Ping – a network utility to test if a computer is up and reachable or not. Ping uses the ICMP protocol to send echo requests.
Nmap – a port scanner. You need a port scanner to enumerate open ports and live IP addresses.
Tracert – a utility that traces the path of a network packet enumerating all of the routers that it passes through.
Wireshark – a packet sniffer.
Netstat – a utility that enumerates all the open ports on the local computer.
Ipconfig – a utility to list or modify the properties of a network adapter.
Netsh – a powerful Windows utility to modify various network properties. It is a scripting utility that basically controls every aspect of the Network on a Windows computer.
One of the cool usages of the netsh is to reset the TCP/IP stack to the defaults without the need to uninstall and reinstall the TCP/IP protocol as we needed with the older OSs.
Route – enables the view and manipulation of routing.
Nslookup – a name resolution utility. Very useful to check DNS servers and validity of name records.
Arp – a utility that allows you to get information about MAC address to IP address resolution.
Getmac – Provides the MAC address and lists associated network protocols for all network cards for a local or remote computer.
Getname – displays the computer name.
PathPing – Combines the functions of Traceroute and Ping, very powerful tool.
Net services commands – Performs a broad range of network tasks such as Network mapping, authentication, controls services, etc…

If you are not sure how to use these tools read the Help or from the command line, (all of these are command line tools), issue the command with the help option, for instance: “pathping /?”. This will give you a list of other valid options.  

This article is part of a five posts series regarding Network Troubleshooting.

  1. How to troubleshoot a slow computer network?
  2. Troubleshoot a Slow Network – The entire Network is Slow
  3. Troubleshoot a Slow Network – Slow Server
  4. Troubleshoot a Slow Computer Network – Only One Computer on the Network is Slow
  5. Troubleshoot a Slow Computer Network – Your Computer is Slow and Not the Network

Troubleshoot a Slow Computer Network – Your Computer is Slow and Not the Network

Slow Data Transfer is not Always caused by the Network

Slow data transfers are sometimes caused by a slow computer. Determine if the computer is the reason by comparing the transfer speed with a different computer connected on the same switch port. If the speed is the same, the problem is your network. If you get faster data transfers with a different computer then the problem is the computer.

A computer could be slow because of various reasons:

A bad network card. Troubleshoot: Swap the network card and test the data transfers afterwards.
The computer is outdated and it runs software that needs more resources. Troubleshoot: change the computer.
Slow hard-drive. The hard-drive will always be the computer’s bottle neck. It is the slowest part of a desktop computer. Old hard-disks are very often seen in new computers. Hard-disk fragmentation is a frequent reason for slow computers. Troubleshoot: Defragment often your hard-drive and reserve a 25% free space on the drive.
The computer might be infected with a virus or a Trojan. Troubleshoot: scan the computer for viruses. On a Windows machine run the command “netstat -a -b” to see what ports are being used and which program is using them. Use a network sniffer and monitor the network activity on the specific computer.
The transfer is intermittently slow, check what background processes are using the CPU, Memory, and hard-drives. Windows Vista can sometimes be a resources hog by allocating too many resources for background processes such as indexing and running the antispyware. Antivirus or other antimalware can consume a lot of the computers’ resources. Troubleshoot: Change the schedule for maintenance tasks to a time when you are not using the computer. Check what other programs are running in the background and configure accordingly. Some antivirus programs enable scanning the network drives by default.
A slow network printer. A slow network printer can be caused by the power save feature. If you use the printer very often you might consider turning off the power save.
A slow Network Attached Storage device. A slow NAS could be caused by improper SAMBA configuration or a disk power save feature. The power save feature is fairly easy to fix, just disable it if you find that you are using the drive very often. The SAMBA tune up is more difficult and usually it is complicated to have terminal access to the device itself. Many manufacturers do not allow direct access to the OS. SAMBA is a free implementation of Microsoft’s SMB protocol. SAMBA, SMB and CIFS offer file and print sharing services for Windows and Linux/Unix machines

This article is part of a five posts series regarding Network Troubleshooting.