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Top 6 reasons free website hosting is a mistake

While it might not be at the forefront of your mind, web hosting services play an important part in your website’s success. When it comes to the website development, every little thing matters. While we all know that design and usability of a website directly affect user experience, website hosting is an important component in building a successful online presence too. Of course, it’s a pleasure to save some money but, sometimes, the result is quite the opposite.

The best way to save your budget while building a website is to save on its development. Sure thing, it’s not easy to find an affordable and at the same time professional services. Then again, remote is, probably, the future of work and there’s outstaffing model that is more reliable and efficient. Thus, it’s no longer a surprise that hiring web designers in Ukraine or any other popular outsourcing directions will save some cash. Actually, this is a common way to reduce the price when building a website but, of course, nothing is without flaws.

Let’s get back to choosing a reliable website hosting provider that follows your business needs. Since there are many ways the web host you choose can impact your website (business), you should educate yourself on well-known mistakes you’ll want to stay away from. Wondering what’s at the top of the list? Choosing free web hosting is the most common mistake most businesses make when developing their online presence.

Why hosting matters when you build a website?

There’s a lot of work you need to do to plan a website. There are many ways different ways to create your perfect online image, but one fact remains the same regardless of what route you take. Finding a reliable web hosting company is an important step in delivering the best user experience to your customers. And this is something free web hosting services don’t offer.

After you decide on a website design, the development process begins. To successfully deliver your content to viewers, you’ll need a place to store your files. That’s where hosting comes in. Remote computer servers serve as a source of storage for your information. Your host keeps your files safe and accessible, so your website can deliver the information you want viewers to see when someone opens your website.

Business success is often measured by profit margins and a company’s ability to maximize their profits. This being the case, many businesses avoid anything that can negatively impact their overall profit gain. Because most businesses today are competing for the most effective, most well-liked online presence, choosing the right hosting solution for your business is important. When you do not take the time to research the right fit for your web hosting needs, you run the risk of losing revenue, negatively affecting your SEO ranking, and facing potential security issues and malware attacks. So, how can you ensure you are making the right decision for your web hosting while still making a sound financial decision?

Top reasons free website hosting is a mistake

Free sure is tempting. With all the expenses businesses face today, it may seem like a breath of fresh air to see that you can get a web hosting service for your website for free. The problem with falling for the temptation of choosing a free website host is that it ends up costing you more money in the long run. You also risk the integrity of your website, can ruin your online reputation and can lose revenue and customers while facing these negative repercussions of choosing “free.”

One of the major problems with free web hosting is the amazing marketing tactics hosting companies use to draw you in. It’s almost as if you can’t say no! The great news is that you can turn down free offers and you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of money to get what you need. There are many managed and shared hosting options available that offer affordable premium hosting. These companies can save you money long-term, but they can also save you a headache and mess of making the mistake of choosing a free website hosting service in the first place.

So, what is it exactly about free website hosting that has created such a fuss throughout the world of internet and online business? Here’s what you really get when you choose a free website hosting and the top reasons for making that decision is a mistake for your business.

1. Is anything REALLY free?

Think about it. Anytime you have signed up for something “free” in your lifetime, has it truly been free without a surprise gimmick or some way of paying down the road? When you ask if something is really free, you should also consider the other end of that question. What about limitations?

The problem with free website hosting is that there are often serious limitations that come with it. Once you discover these limitations and realize you need to reach beyond them, you are left with one of two scenarios to face. You either need to pay an excessive service fee to get what you need, or you are stuck with what you have and hinder your business’ success.

Most free web hosting services limit the amount of storage available to your website, the bandwidth of your service, and do not allow FTP access. Since you probably signed a contract that says you are locked into a long-term commitment, you will be forced to upgrade your services for a much higher fee than most premium hosting providers offer. And if you failed to read the tiny, tiny print in the terms of services, it’ll be near impossible for you to safely get out of your contract with your website in tow and intact.

2. You forfeit reliability

Many of the most highly marketing free web hosting providers are new companies themselves. The offer free web hosting to try to draw in customers to pay for their other services. Since premium hosting can easily be offered at an affordable rate, these new companies draw you in by giving it away and focusing on charging you for some of their most expensive services.

The major risk you face when you choose to host with a new company is that you forfeit reliability. So, what happens if that company is unsuccessful and ultimately folds? You will lose everything. If they shut down, so does your entire website. Everything you have worked so hard to create can be lost for good. You will likely have no backups of your website. If you purchased, or renewed, your domain through the company you will lose your domain as well. And this will hit your SEO ranking right where it hurts. All the time and money you put into your website services will be permanently lost.

3. You can’t transfer your website

Most free hosting solutions have a way of working some tricky wording into their terms of service. So, while you think you own your website and your domain, you don’t. In addition, your hosting provider will likely own all your content. That means you can’t sell your website, you can’t sell your content, and you can’t republish any of your works. Just think about being a photographer or artist who publishes their images on their website to show their customers their work. Once you put that up, your “free” web hosting services go to work and you no longer own rights to that content.

To make matters worse, once you realize you need better services, it’s nearly impossible to transfer providers. So, if you can’t afford the upgrades needed from your free hosting provider, forget looking for a more affordable, reliable company. Since you don’t actually own your website, your content, or even your domain, you can’t transfer to a better provider. It’s that simple.

4. You have no server control.

Free website hosting means you get what you pay for, and since you didn’t pay, you are limited to what you get. Chances are your website is not scalable. This means if your business grows, your website can’t grow with you. Most free hosting services cannot handle lots of traffic, so if business starts booming, your website can’t handle the influx of visitors. This translates to slow website speeds and lots of downtimes. When it comes to business, downtime means you’ll lose readers, visitors, and customers. Loss of customers obviously means you’re going to be losing money.

The great news is that premium hosting is not that expensive. When you invest in hosting, you invest in security for your website and you invest in your business’ future. If you exceed your limits with a premium hosting provider, you can easily upgrade your services at a fair and affordable price. And you don’t run the risk of slow website speeds that can turn away visitors or even downtime that can result in the loss of customers!

5. Your website won’t look professional.

I think by now we have established that nothing is free! Free hosting means you are only able to use basic themes for your design. You may be able to make small changes, but you won’t’ be able to customize your website or make improvements as your budget allows. You will also be dealing with unprofessional domain names because you will likely be using a subdomain.

WordPress hosting is a great example of a free hosting provider that limits your capabilities and prevents you from looking as professional as possible. Clients who use the free WordPress hosting services often have a domain like biz.wordpress.com. A professional hosting provider can get you a top-level domain at a low cost and you can implement professional .com emails that enhance your business.

Since many functions require plugins, and free hosting excludes plugins, your website won’t be capable of executing common, important website functions. Just think, no selling and no mailing list. In addition to limitations, you will likely have to deal with forced ads that are placed on your website and have no relevance to your business. After all, your free hosting provider needs to make their money somewhere.

6. Your SEO ranking will suffer.

Since we’ve now established that your webpage can face slow site speed, increased downtime, and look unprofessional, there’s a more serious impact this can have on your business. SEO is a science. If you have invested in SEO, you’ll understand that it takes time to build a solid online presence. You can not only lose all you’ve worked for if your free hosting provider takes down your website, you can face many negative impacts on your ability to rank in the first place.

Google has created high standards to allow websites to rank at the top. All the negative impacts listed above regarding free hosting make your website harder to rank because of its low quality when it comes to Google Standards. You won’t be able to get your business on the map when it comes to search engine results. This is a major preventative of growth for your business.

If you want to create an online presence that can bring your business growth and success, free hosting is not the way to go. While it may look like a way to save money as you start out, it will cost you customers and revenue in the end. Your business website should be professional.

Professional, premium hosting providers offer you full control over your website, better SEO, a real, professional domain, and a scalable website that will grow with your business. When you choose a reliable web hosting company, you contribute to your brand. And this means a greater chance of success as you continually exceed your limits and grow to your full potential through your professional online presence and your supportive, premium web hosting services.

 

Guest Author:  Alka Parti, Digital Marketing Consultant

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Deployment of bad software causes Cloudflare outage, knocking down major websites

Cloudflare yesterday faced a brief yet disruptive outage that knocked down numerous websites, including some of the popular ones. The outage was caused by the deployment of bad software, which has now been rolled back.

Cloudflare is one of the largest networks in the world, serving more than 16 million internet properties. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and bloggers use Cloudflare to accelerate and secure their presence on the internet.

The outage lasted for around half an hour yesterday. During the outage, the websites faced downtime, showing the ‘502 Bad Gateway’ error.

Famous websites like Pinterest, BuzzFeed, Coinbase Pro, and business apps like Dropbox faced the bad gateway error, according to Down Detector.

Matthew Prince, Co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, acknowledged in a tweet that he is aware of the outage and the team is working on getting to the bottom of the issue.

He later updated that the issue causing the outage had been mitigated. Traffic was restored. His team was working on restoring all the services globally.

What actually happened at Cloudflare?

Cloudflare had deployed new rules within its Web Application Firewall (WAF) that could help in blocking the inline JavaScript used in attacks. Unfortunately, one of the rules was misconfigured that caused 100% CPU spike, resulting in 502 errors.

“For about 30 minutes today, visitors to Cloudflare sites received 502 errors caused by a massive spike in CPU utilization on our network. This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that was rolled back. Once rolled back the service returned to normal operation and all domains using Cloudflare returned to normal traffic levels,” wrote John Graham-Cumming, CTO of Cloudflare, in a blog post.

Following reviews, Cloudflare rolled back the misconfigured rule and tested the changes to ensure that the issue was fixed correctly.

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cPanel adopts new account-based pricing and licensing structure

cPanel, one of the most widely used hosting control panels, today announced shifting to an account-based pricing and licensing structure.  The new structure will be applicable to cPanel partners, cPanel Store customers and distributors. cPanel’s pricing and licensing structure will now be standardized for all the customers and will include multiple Tiers.

As stated in the cPanel mail that was sent to the partners and distributors today, the move is aimed to simplify the process of adding new servers and to make it easier for users to become a cPanel customer.

cPanel had defined its original pricing structure nearly twenty years ago and the hosting world has undergone complete transformation since then, with servers becoming powerful enough to run hundreds of websites on a single processor. The long-pending move will help cPanel align itself with the new hosting world.

The new structure defines the price of each license based on the number of accounts hosted on the server, reflecting the value received by the owner. The customers pay for only what they use. cPanel will start moving all its customers to monthly billing from today onwards. When yearly licenses will come up for renewal, cPanel will convert them to monthly licenses unless the customer chooses to have those licenses expired.

The prices seemingly lower for a single user, single cPanel, will be significantly higher for hosting providers and resellers, with prices being dependent on the number of cPanel accounts hosted per server. This may lead to rise in the prices of hosting services in the near future.

As per the mail, on September 1st, 2019, cPanel will also introduce Auto-Scaling Packages, Fixed Packages, and transition all existing monthly licenses to the new account-based pricing and licensing structure.

For more information, visit the cPanel blog.

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International hosting provider WorldStream achieves PCI DSS Certification

WorldStream, an international IaaS hosting provider experiencing more than 40% year-over-year growth for 5 years in a row now, today announces its achievement of compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) version 3.2.

Designed to minimize the exposure of credit card data to the risk of fraud or compromise, the PCI DSS certification being achieved is important for WorldStream to have as their webshop hosting clients are asking for payment security level guarantees. The 3rd party audited PCI DSS certification was issued by IT audit company Noordbeek B.V.

With more than 15,000 dedicated servers installed in its company-owned data centers in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, WorldStream serves customers globally with clients including cloud service providers (CSPs), broadcasters, systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and e-commerce hosting clients.

The successful completion of the PCI DSS audits and obtaining the certificate is adding to the other certifications already achieved by WorldStream including ISO 9001:2015, and ISO/IEC 27001:2015 for information security management, as well as ISO 14001:2015 – specifying the requirements for WorldStream’s environmental management system and sustainable operations.

“The IT audit firm has checked and validated all relevant PCI DSS related processes within the WorldStream organization as well as the management and operating controls that are in place,” said Lennert Vollebregt, CEO and co-owner of WorldStream.

“Complying with the PCI DSS directives is important for us, as WorldStream is serving quite some merchants and also managed hosting providers with webshop operators among their clients. The fact that WorldStream fully meets the rigorous PCI DSS requirements gives our e-commerce customers peace of mind with regard to the secure handling and storing of credit card information and payment data.”

Global Network: 10Gbps

The PCI DSS certificate validates WorldStream’s physical security measures in their offices and two company-owned data centers in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Next to that it also validates WorldStream’s documentation of organizational processes and IT system management for example, as well as the way the company manages its suppliers and guaranteeing its business continuity. To learn more about all 12 primary requirements mandated by the PCI DSS standard, visit https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/.

WorldStream’s global network backbone with ample bandwidth available, currently more than 10Gbps, is working like a magnet on e-commerce hosting customers and managed service providers (MSPs) dealing with e-commerce hosting clients, stated the WorldStream CEO.

“Online merchants normally have demanding requirements when it comes to their e-commerce hosting environments,” added Mr. Vollebregt. “Especially during the holiday season when webshops are experiencing traffic spikes it becomes obvious that the network speed, as well as the latency and availability can make or break online businesses. The main components for efficient and effective e-commerce hosting infrastructure include the scalability of available bandwidth, the speed of the network backbone, as well as the network’s security levels and ability to mitigate DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks. We have invested more than 3 million euros in this global network backbone recently, which is paying off for e-commerce hosting clients as it provides them with business continuity guarantees.”

Also read: WorldStream Announces Phase 2 Expansion at Its Flagship Data Center

20,000 Servers

The announcement follows the news of WorldStream revealing its plans to further build-out its flagship data center in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Within the course of a year, WorldStream will be doubling its facility capacity from 268 data center racks to 536 racks at this location.

To support e-commerce hosting customers and other demanding clients with maximum uptime guarantees, WorldStream has chosen a highly redundant and energy-efficient design for its data center with an N+2 setup. The expanded facility will also be equipped with a fully modular UPS system to facilitate hot-swappable maintenance and avoiding any downtime.

This 2nd phase expansion in WorldStream’s flagship data center allows the hosting company to further grow its dedicated server capacity in its data centers to 20,000 servers, but WorldStream is already eying another greenfield data center build nearby.

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DigiState expands its activities to Lithuania

DigiState, provider of web hosting and managed services with customers throughout Europe, opens an office in Vilnius to expand its activities to Lithuania. DigiState focuses on offering its e-commerce specialization here. In the current hosting market of Lithuania, there is still room in this specific market segment.

DigiState has been offering a wide range of hosting services for more than 10 years, including web hosting, managed services and security. DigiState’s main focus is on e-commerce and webshop hosting. According to founder and owner Marin Heideman, Lithuania offers a lot of market potential here: “Lithuania is not an unknown region for me. I have been coming here for four years and have therefore been able to form a good insight of the hosting market and the players that are active in this particular market segment. We have had a market study carried out into the possibilities for e-commerce services. The results confirm my view that there are still lots of opportunities in this niche of the market in Lithuania. For example, there are few hosters who deal with Magento websites, something that DigiState specializes in.”

Because Heideman has been exploring the market in Lithuania for some time, he has also built up quite an extensive business network. “Over the years that I have been coming to Lithuania, I have had many interesting contacts,” he says. “As a result, I know with which local parties we can work together to offer our service. Of course, we ensure that the quality of this service is just as high as our services from the Netherlands.”

The website has been fully translated into Lithuanian and DigiState has opened its first office in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Marketing and PR activities are coordinated from here. The data center services are also offered from Lithuania. To be able to offer this, DigiState works together with local parties. For the provision of hosting services, DigiState has also entered into partnerships with Lithuanian data centers. The management of these servers is incidentally entrusted to the DigiState team in the Netherlands.

To support the start in Lithuania, DigiState is organizing a launch party in Vilnius this fall. “By organizing an event we want to make sure that the Lithuanian market gets to know us,” explains Heideman. “We therefore invite prospects to a launch party to present DigiState to them as a reliable provider of high-quality e-commerce hosting.”

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Fasthosts continues growth with new UK-based Virtual Private Servers

Fasthosts, one of the UK’s leading web hosting providers, has announced the launch their new Virtual Private Server (VPS) range, another innovation offered by the company to support growing businesses.

Hot on the heels of Bare Metal Servers and a new WordPress Hosting package released earlier this year, has seen Fasthosts focus on developing more flexible and scalable options to cater for the growing number of businesses and individuals seeking alternative approaches to tech investment and scalability.

David Ainscough, Product Owner, feels this new solution is the right fit for those seeking something in between a cloud and dedicated server.

“Our new Virtual Private Servers package is built on our cloud platform, so we have taken five years’ experience of managing, growing and enhancing that platform, and created a new virtual server offering with more reliability and options than others currently on the market,” said David Ainscough.

So, what is VPS for the uninitiated?

“Visualise a large server, or a cluster of servers, and divide them up into compartments that customers can claim as their own. They have full control over their environment, they can change all of the software settings and pretty much do anything they would do on a dedicated server, but for a fraction of the cost, because we’re looking after the main platform underneath it.”

“Users may not immediately realise they need a Virtual Private Server, they may, however, realise that they have outgrown their normal shared hosting when they discover they need more flexibility, or want to move away from noisy-neighbour syndrome, but don’t want the commitment of a dedicated server. Or perhaps a developer may want an inexpensive sandbox environment that can also accommodate three or four sites – which could contain anything from gaming to ecommerce.” 

“Virtual Private Servers could be an ideal solution if you have found yourself at the point of wanting a powerful but flexible solution, whatever you need it for, without the dedicated price tag. The entire platform is built using SSD technology giving users very fast access to files and the speedy delivery of page views.”

“With a VPS, users can easily increase memory which makes applications like WordPress more responsive. They can run more plugins faster and more reliably, and deal with increased traffic by increasing resources, and by adding more to add they can add more websites or projects at any time!”

Fasthosts gives users the option to install the Plesk Control Panel on their VPS, providing a clean, easy-to-use web interface to manage the server on. This can be particularly useful when you’re hosting multiples sites on your VPS. “You can become a mini-web host yourself using the Plesk control panel,” confirms David.

“We wanted to develop something that our developers would want to use. So our Virtual Private Servers come with features that we feel give an added edge, making it ideal for developing and testing applications, running game servers and hosting websites – it really is an all-round performer!” “New users can set up their Virtual Private Servers quickly from the Fasthosts website, or if you’re already with us, it’s even easier and you can set up via your control panel.”

“Fasthosts is incredibly proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year.  We are unique in that all of our Virtual Private Servers are located in Gloucestershire, with data held locally and staff on site at all times. It’s reassuring to tell people that their data never leaves our shores, it’s safe and secure at our HQ in Gloucester.”

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GIGA Data Centers Officially Opens Colocation Facility in Mooresville, North Carolina Offering Capacity up to 60MW

GIGA Data Centers, LLC (GIGA), a new breed of data center provider creating affordable, hyper-scale power facilities with unprecedented energy efficiency, announced the company officially opened its CLT-1 Data Center in Mooresville, NC with a grand opening event that includes facility tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from local officials.

The new facility leverages a highly energy-efficient modular design first used in turnkey installations provided to enterprise companies and agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy. The data center is connected to the High-Reliability transmission lines fed by two Duke Energy power generation plants supplying green and renewable electricity. In addition, the Mooresville facility represents the latest in data center innovation to cost-effectively support the higher power requirements needed for high-performance computing in AI, financial services, healthcare and many other industry segments where this elite level of compute service has previously been out of reach for the non-enterprise company.

At the event, GIGA President & CEO Jake Ring said: “With our new facility open for business, small to mid-sized companies will finally have access to high-performance compute capabilities at affordable prices.” Mr. Ring attributes the affordable pricing to GIGA’s WindChill® system which provides hot/cold aisle isolation and adiabatic cooling to dramatically lower data center operating costs yet offers flexible rack-power densities from 5 kilowatts up to 50 kilowatts per rack cabinet, all at 4.1₵ per kWhr.

CLT-1 is a 165,800 square foot data center with 120,000 square feet occupying the main data hall. The Tier-3 compliant facility is a complete departure from traditional raised-floor construction and supports power and cooling from 5kW to 50kW per 52U rack, at a guaranteed Power Use Efficiency (PUE) rating of < 1.15. In addition, customers benefit from an exemption of all sales and use tax until 2029, including on electricity. Also, property tax is rebated up to 80 percent until 2026.

“GIGA’s new facility is an efficiency milestone for the colocation industry that places world-class hosting and carrier-neutral services in an ideal location, to offer a lower-priced option over more costly data center fees charged in other markets,” Ring added.

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DreamHost Brings Staging Environments to Managed WordPress

DreamHost, a global leader in web hosting and Managed WordPress services, has today launched a new version of DreamPress – its powerful managed WordPress platform.

In addition to countless under-the-hood performance improvements, DreamPress, DreamPress Plus, and DreamPress Pro now include access to an isolated website staging environment.

DreamPress’ staging environment is a private WordPress installation that allows WordPress designers, developers, and content creators to safely preview their website changes and additions before copying those alterations live to a public, production environment.  This provides a private website preview buffer for the “move fast and break things” crowd, and brings a virtual safety net to WordPress website development.

DreamHost now also includes automated backups, created on each staging push to production.  In the unlikely event that live content doesn’t match its staged counterpart, changes can be rolled back at a moment’s notice.

“DreamPress’ latest release sets the stage for our users to do great things!” said John Robison, DreamHost’s Director of Product, Managed WordPress, emphasizing the word ‘stage’ in a way that would cause any dad joke enthusiasts within earshot to start high-fiving each other.  “WordPress’ most passionate users have told us that the safety and security of a WordPress staging environment is essential to their workflows, and we’re proud to deliver it today as a standard feature of all our managed WordPress packages,” he added.

DreamPress hosting plans start at $16.95 per month and can scale quickly, with options to handle over a million monthly visitors while providing a top-tier managed WordPress hosting experience.

ALSO READ: DreamHost launches new managed WordPress hosting offerings for advanced WordPress users

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MarketGoo teams up with Hostinger

Hostinger will now offer easy to use and affordable SEO tools to their Customers

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools provider MarketGoo has partnered with Hostinger, a leading hosting company. Designed with non-technical customers in mind, MarketGoo will be powering Hostinger’s SEO Toolkit Pro, which enables any website owner to grow their business by optimizing their site for higher search rankings and more traffic.

“Offering search engine optimization tools to our customers is in line with our customer-centric approach, and something we are sure will help us on our mission of making life easier for our customers,” said Balys Kriksciunas, CEO of Hostinger.

Hostinger customers can now generate comprehensive SEO audits, download reports and act upon easy-to-read results and instructions that will help guide their digital strategy.

The MarketGoo-powered SEO Toolkit Pro generates a report of the user’s website, presenting a custom plan with improvements that should receive priority attention and simultaneously giving instructions on how it should be done. Features include:

User-friendly, step-by-step search engine optimization plan Tools and recommendations focused on increasing sites’ quality traffic and inbound links Analytics to help track improvements Competitor tracking Mobile Optimization and improvements

“We immediately connected with Hostinger over our shared aim of helping people succeed online, and because we have similar approaches to shaping our company cultures. It was important for them to help their customers improve traffic and search engine results in an intuitive way and we’re thrilled we could help them achieve this,” said Wences García, CEO of MarketGoo.

Also read: MarketGoo partners with Endurance International Group to power new SEO tools

SEO Toolkit Pro will be available to new and existing Hostinger customers and it can be acquired during registration or directly from the control panel.

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Companies can now register .inc domain for business websites

A new top-level domain (TLD) is coming to the scene that is especially meant for businesses. Called “.inc”, the new TLD will be operated by Intercap Registry Inc.

Today, the names of millions of companies end with “Inc.” The new domain will allow the companies to end their website address with the same.

The .inc domain name will available to register in the official language of more than 190 countries. It can be used by any business—from startups to newsrooms to investor relations.

Having a .inc at the end of a web address can help businesses gain credibility and show that they mean business.

Businesses that register the new TLD will get free member benefits worth $2500 from leading brands. For instance, they will get up to $1,000 in free transaction fee credits from Square, free press release on GlobeNewsWire to announce new .inc website, free $100 credit for sponsored listings on Indeed, $150 ad spending match for Google Ads.

They will also get free website migration with no downtime or impact to search engine optimization (SEO).

“We recommend every business, both in the US and abroad, highly consider registering their trademarks in the .inc namespace at SafeBrands,” said Matthieu Aubert, director of Legal and manager of Partner Relations for SafeBrands.

“.inc is delivering unprecedented value to businesses through their extensive naming options and free member benefits. SafeBrands is pleased to be adding additional value with three months of free domain monitoring included exclusively for our clients.”

Further, the new TLD will help businesses to prevent cybersquatting. It is now available for priority trademark registration till April 30, and can be registered here. From April 30 till May 7, it will be available for priority public registration, and then become available for global public registration. The priority trademark registration is priced at around $3,500.

Also read: Google’s .dev domain name for developers now available at standard prices

“.inc gives every business the opportunity to secure one of its most important assets – a premium web address,” said Shayan Rostam, chief strategic advisor to the Intercap TLD portfolio.

“By pairing desirable .inc domains with a flat premium price and popular business services, .inc has positioned itself as the black card of the internet.”

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