What Is Shared Web Hosting?
Shared hosting can be compared to having an assigned seat on an airplane. When you purchase a ticket, you are given a certain amount of space within a plane, where you have access to the same amenities as most of the other passengers.
The same goes for a shared hosting account. When our clients pay for hosting fees, they are assigned an account within a server. Their account is able to access the same resources as other accounts within the same server. This is why shared web hosting is referred to a shared server, each account utilizes the same CPU and storage as the other accounts.
Should I Use Shared Hosting?
It is very common for individuals to question if shared hosting is the right option suitable to their needs. When in doubt, the first thing you need to ask yourself is: What type of website/services will you be offering? If your answer includes things like personal website, blog, small eCommerce, or a simple website, then I would suggest a shared hosting plan. However, if your answer includes things like a website for business purposes, large eCommerce website, detailed website or web applications, then you would be looking into hosting your site under a VPS (virtual private server) or a dedicated server.
Where Will My Website Be Stored?
Canadian Web Hosting is a 100% Canadian owned and operated company with data centers in both Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. For our local BC and western provinces, your data will be located in our Vancouver data centers. If you or your clients are located in Ontario or the eastern provinces, your data will be stored in one of our Toronto based servers.
Over the past couple of weeks, Canadian Web Hosting went around Downtown Vancouver to get the locals to try on our Google Glass. It was a fun adventure where we filmed Vancouverites reactions to the Glass, everyone we met was very eager to test this new technology.
We asked our interviewee’s to take a picture, record a video and some other fun stuff…
Google Glass is an amazing yet fun technology that is opening many doors within multiple industries. We could be more excited for wearable technology, we can’t wait for when Google Glass is 100% ready for the public market.
Wednesday was an inspiring day for us at Canadian Web Hosting. We had the opportunity to volunteer at Union Gospel Mission, which is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. UGM is an urban relief organization that has several locations throughout Metro Vancouver. The establishment aims to transform local communities by overcoming poverty, homelessness and addiction. The organization has locations based in Surrey, New Westminster, Mission, and Vancouver.
As volunteers, we had the privilege to tour their brand new facility. UGM offers a full range of services to men, women and children in the form of meals, outreach, emergency shelter, alcohol & drug recovery, employment, education, affordable housing, children & family programs, and more.
Our day at UGM started with a tour at the main facility led by Nicole Robson, who is the Senior Development Officer. Robson described the services that are offered, and how the program has evolved over the last few years to meet the increasing demand of the DTES needs. Having the chance to learn about the reality faced by people living within this environment was an eye opening experience.
Following the tour, we were brought down to the kitchen where we assisted the kitchen staff in the preparation of lunch. We were immediately put to work by the chefs, along with the other volunteers. After preparing the food we helped serve around 200 meals. It was amazing to see how the process of feeding this amount of people flowed so perfectly. Although many of the people we came across are experiencing hardships in their lives, they were all extremely grateful and greeted us with warm smiles for the service we provided.
We at Canadian Web Hosting had an amazing experience volunteering at UGM. We are looking forward to volunteering in the near future, so we may bring along more of our employees to share this experience. If anyone is interested in volunteering in the DTES, we definitely recommend Union Gospel Mission, for they have an extraordinary facility. If you’re interested in volunteering within Vancouver’s community, please email email@example.com for further information.
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Over the past weekend, Canadian Web Hosting had the opportunity to attend a WordPress event held at The Cranium by Ladies Learning Code. This event was an introduction to WordPress, where beginners gained a deeper understanding of WordPress itself and the technology behind it. This workshop was designed for beginners, specifically targeting individuals who know little to nothing about coding, computer programing or WordPress. Whether someone was interested in starting their own blog, or even a company website, this was the event to attend!
Some of us are new to Canadian Web Hosting, so this workshop was a great way to enhance our understanding how WordPress works. The tutorial helped us gain a deeper grasp of how our clients use WordPress as an integrated CMS with our company. We felt this would be a great way to comprehend WordPress from a beginner’s perspective, and familiarize ourselves with obstacles that entry level web developers overcome.
We had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and mentors who were kind enough to accommodate us. For anyone who is looking to brush up on their coding skills, we highly recommend WordPress workshops from Ladies Learning Code.
There has been a lot of discussions around the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, cloud computing and whether companies are looking more broadly at moving their cloud computing business to locations countries like Canada where privacy rules supreme. So much so that many leading blogs and tech writers have been discussing a recent survey run by a large Canadian Hosting and Data Center provider who ran a survey with 300 companies that have 250 employees or less.
As Thomas Claburn from Information Week noted, some qualifications on the survey are needed as the survey doesn't cover 25% of all businesses. It describes findings from a 10-minute survey of 300 small companies -- 250 employees or less -- based in the UK and Canada. When the company sample is confined to Canadian companies, one third say they plan to move existing data out of datacenters located in the United States and while evidence of the “exodus” isn't always visible leading companies like Canadian Web Hosting are seeing this change in real time.
McKinney said as a 100% Canadian-owned and –operated web hosting business our customers have always asked where Canadian Web Hosting’s servers were housed to ensure they met Canadian privacy and data rules, but with the recent NSA revelations last year the requests took on greater importance with increased requests from outside of Canada. "Many companies who were previously afraid of Canada’s privacy rules and slightly higher prices from a few years ago are now looking to benefit from Canada’s unique regulatory environment and maintain control of their data. Now days, pricing with Canadian Web Hosting is comparable and at times more cost efficient when compared to their US counterparts. When discussing new deployments or ongoing infrastructure needs, McKinney said they see as many as eight out of 10 questions from customers relating to governance, compliance, and data storage."
(It has been noted that US companies do have the option to resist, but may be forbidden under the Patriot Act from disclosing demands for information or legal filings in opposition of said demands. The extent to which the US judicial branch sees a legal basis for opposing demands for access made under the mantle of national security is another matter.)
Information Week noted that the survey finds that despite rising mistrust, the US does continue to be the most popular place for companies to host data (51%) outside of their home countries but the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation projected in late 2013 that cloud providers in the US would eventually lose 20% of the market to foreign competitors. This equates to roughly $35 billion annually by the year 2016.
To learn more about Canadian Web Hosting, compliance initiatives and capabilities around data protection you can email their sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.888.821.7888.