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Online shopping is a staple in today’s marketplace. We can purchase everything from groceries and clothing to furniture and electronics with just the click of a mouse. Face to face transactions with cash in hand have been replaced by virtual shopping carts and electronic transfers.
Are you a seller in today’s e-marketplace? Are you ready to put up your own virtual storefront and hang out your sing, declaring yourself open for e-business? There are some things you need to keep in mind, and they have to do with your “e-landlord”. That is to say, your web host.

If you’re going to be conducting e-commerce, you have some very specific needs and requirements, and you want to be sure that your web hosting service provider can accommodate those needs.
To begin with, what type of web hosting is best for e-commerce? For websites that handle thousands of visitors and need a high level of security, there is no question – a dedicated hosting solution is best. But as these are quite pricey, there is another option which can handle your needs adequately: VPS, or Virtual Private Server, hosting. For a fraction of the price, you can get a very customizable and comprehensive hosting package.

Furthermore, you have to decide if you want a managed hosting option or a self managed or unmanaged. For most business owners, it is advisable to go with the managed option, since this allows you to focus on what you do best: meeting orders and serving your customers.
Now that you’ve decided what type of web hosting option you need, how do you choose a provider?

There are several factors you need to look closely at:
•    Reliability! If you’ve ever shopped online, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered the frustration of carefully selecting a product, placed it in your virtual shopping cart, and proceeded to check out, only to find that you could not make your purchase because the server went down. Did you ever go back and make that interrupted purchase at a later time? I bet not.
•    By the same token, bearing in mind that you’re in constant competition with other online vendors for customers, you want a web host that suffers from a minimal amount of downtime.
•    Security! You’re going to be handling people’s personal and financial information. It is paramount that you take every step to ensure that this sensitive data is secure every step of the way. A Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate is a hosting necessity, as it enables the encryption of data until it reaches its intended destination.
•    Flexibility! In order to keep the customers coming, your website needs to be continuously updated with new products, product descriptions, special offers and other content. Be sure to choose a web host that offers easy and comprehensive methods for updating your website.
•    Customer support! You may have the prettiest little e-storefront on the World Wide Web, with the best products, but if your customers encounter a problem, you want to make sure they have access to customer support. If your site is crucial, 24/7 customer support is an important consideration. But in any case, you want a host that has good customer support readily available during convenient hours.
•    Cost! Choose the best hosting package you can afford right now, and then upgrade later as your needs increase, and you have the revenue to justify it.

By following these few simple guidelines, selecting a web host for your e-commerce endeavor should be no more complicated that a good old-fashioned face to face transaction. Shake on it?

And that is why Cloudfinder is the data backup provider for me!

CloudfinderThe other day, I lost the key to my storage unit.

I had to spend a lot of time and effort breaking the padlock to get into the stuff that I myself had locked up.
I have also been known to lock myself out of houses, and my car keys in the car.

So I have learned the hard way, the merits of backup. And of backup for your backup. That's where Cloudfinder comes in.
I use a lot of Google apps in my line of work. I network on Google Plus, use Gmail, and compose on Google Docs.

I needed a backup solution that worked effortlessly, and that would let me restore data with just a click of the mouse. Cloudfinder has just what I need.
Even though Google has protection for your data against failure on their end, Google can't do much if I accidentally delete a text I labored over, when I only intended to edit it, or accidentally wipe out my hard drive.

And I'm far from the only computer klutz. User error accounts for 75% of all data loss.
Cloudfinder sold me with their free trial. It gave me a chance to get comfortable with the system and convince myself that I could handle it. In just that first free month, Cloudfinder saved the day  at least half a dozen times.

But the great thing about backing up my data with Cloudfinder is that they make it so easy to access and search my data from various Google apps as well as other online platforms.
Because admittedly, I am a bit of a scatterbrain. And it's nice not to have to reinvent the wheel every time I lose a document, an email, or a storage key.

I've made spare keys to just about every lock in my life, and given a set to trusted friends and family members. Because apparently, my backups need backups.

And that is why Cloudfinder is the data backup provider for me!

Backups for Google apps anyone?

CloudfinderSince Google launched Google Apps in 2006, the search giant has enjoyed a steady growth and at the moment more than 5 million businesses are using their cloud collaboration and communication suite. A figure not too surprising since Google Apps boasts both functionality, cost saving benefits and a plethora of excellent features. But, how about safety? If you ask me, one of the biggest benefits of choosing a cloud-based service should be that you don’t have to worry about maintenance, backup and security anymore. I mean, isn’t that what you pay for?

On Google’s own webpage you can read that ‘Google Apps includes dozens of critical features specifically designed to keep you data safe, secure and under control’. Yet, it is no secret that the desktop client for Google Drive opens a backdoor to the user’s Google account with full access to emails, calendar and contacts even if you already have signed out. This is true for both Windows and Mac OS X and not even a 2-step authorization is enough to prevent it. Not to mention the mishap when Google Drive was down last month, leaving thousands of users hanging for hours. What happened to Google keeping your data ‘safe, secure and under control’?

In the meanwhile companies that sell backup solution for cloud services like Google Apps have always claimed that a third-part backup is essential for safety. For instance, on Cloudfinder’s webpage it is stated that 75% of the data loss that businesses suffer today is caused by user error for which Google Apple offers no protection. Up till now I’ve always thought of statements like that as poor attempts to sell unneeded products, but lately I’ve seriously started to reconsider where I stand. I’m getting tired of reading news about SaaS companies that can’t deliver what they promise and maybe third-party cloud backup really is the way to go. I mean, better safe than sorry as my old granny used to say.

Read more about Google apps backups

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