A hosted application is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that allows users to execute and operate a software application entirely from the cloud on a recurring subscription. Hosted applications are hosted and powered from the remote cloud infrastructure and are accessed globally through the Internet.
A web-based application is any application that uses a website as the interface or front-end. Users can easily access the application from any computer connected to the Internet using a standard browser.
This contrasts with traditional desktop applications, which are installed on a local computer. For example, most of us are familiar with Microsoft Word, a common word-processing application that is a desktop application.
On the other hand, Google Docs is also a word-processing application but users perform all the functions using a web browser instead of using software installed on their computer. This means that it is a web-based application.
Google apps are probably the most well-known among web-based apps.
There are a number of benefits of application hosting, such as the reduced cost. Instant deployment is a second with easy maintenance and reduced administration being the third and fourth benefits. Here are the benefits more in-depth:
1. Low maintenance – when applications are hosted, the software and hardware are the vendor’s responsibility with the client only having to maintain the Internet access.
2. There is no software to have to download, making the application available instantly.
3. Affordable – Because there is no need to license software on a “per concurrent user,” “per server,” “per site,” or “per use’ basis, the cost is reduced a great deal. There are some applications that still charge “per user,” but many have worked to reduce cost so that a customer doesn’t have to estimate how many licenses they may need or pay for full licenses that may only be used by a few people.
4. Very little risk – The risk is little due to there being no long-term commitment from the customer. New customers can typically test a new hosted application through a pay-as-you-go model or through a free trial model. If a customer finds that the application is not what they need, they can stop using the service.
5. Easy-to-access – Because the data and application software is stored on an Internet server and the data is available to the authorized user once they are logged in, accessing the application is not a problem. People can work from anywhere.
6. Easy integration – Organizations using legacy systems from varying suppliers will benefit from hosted applications because hosted applications provide an integrated solution to any system using the typical Internet browser on a Windows PC, MAC, or Unix.
7. Support – Hosted applications benefit customers because of the support that is provided. Plus, new updates tend to be installed centrally so that there is no need to keep track of version numbers. The need for version numbers has been completely eliminated in many cases.
Dedicated hosting is a single web hosting environment that’s dedicated to the needs of a single website. This is typically for websites that are large, receive a high volume of traffic, or require a unique hosting setup.
In dedicated hosting clients get complete control over their server environment. This allows for complete server customization and is ideal for larger organizations.
With dedicated server hosting, you’re renting an entire physical server. This provides you with unparalleled customization and control over your server environment. Plus, you’ll have access to higher levels of server resources.
With a dedicated server, you’ll be able to customize your CPU type, operating system, and the total amount of RAM and storage available.
First, dedicated server environments are geared towards more technical users.
Managing your own server, and keeping it efficient and secure does take a lot of work.
As a result, dedicated server hosting is typically used by very high traffic websites, complex applications, or anything else that requires a high level of security.
Dedicated hosting is also much more expensive than other hosting options, so it’s typically reserved for companies or individuals who have profitable online ventures.
With dedicated hosting, you have access to the entire server. With shared hosting, you’re simply renting a portion of that same server. You can think of it in terms of an apartment building. If you choose a shared hosting environment you’re renting a single apartment. While with a dedicated server you’d be renting the entire building, and keeping every room open for your own needs. You can see why dedicated hosting is typically a much more expensive option.
Instead of sharing resources with hundreds of other websites on the same server you’ll have access to the entirety of the server’s resources for your own website.
With unmanaged dedicated hosting, you’ll essentially be renting a blank server, and customizing it to your liking. You’ll be in charge of technical tasks like server maintenance, security, software updates, and everything else required to keep your server secure and running.
With managed dedicated hosting, you’ll typically have a team of experts that will help to setup and manage your dedicated server. You’ll usually have to do some technical tasks yourself, but that list will be much smaller than if you were running an unmanaged dedicated server.
Dedicated hosting can be very advantageous for certain websites and applications. First of all dedicated servers are one of the most secure hosting options. The simple fact that you won’t be sharing a server with other sites that might be vulnerable to hacking is a big plus.
Dedicated servers also tend to have higher uptime, as there are less hardware and software failures that may result in your site being taken down.
Dedicated servers are also optimized for performance and uniquely structured to address your unique website needs. Your site will be able to utilize the full resources of the server without having to share them or compete for them, with other websites.
Finally, dedicated servers also provide you with scalability to meet the changing needs of your website. This style of hosting environment has larger resource allocation abilities, plus additional servers can be brought on if you exceed those resources.
Dedicated hosting isn’t the best fit for every kind of website owner. For starters, they’re much more technical to manage. Sometimes even requiring an entire team. If you’re less technical, but still require a dedicated server, there are managed dedicated server hosting packages that will reduce the number of technical tasks you must perform.
Another disadvantage is the cost. Dedicated server hosting environments will be the most expensive option available to you. So, if you’re just starting out, or have a low budget for hosting, then there are better options out there.
A web domain name is a sequence of letters and/or numbers/hyphens separated by one or more periods (".") that act as a pointer to a unique numerical address (IP) on a computer network such as the Internet. That address may host publicly available content (e.g a web site), or maybe a private intranet.
A web domain name always ends with an extension of 2 or 3 characters. These characters can signify the country the website address is associated with or the type of organization, but this isn't always the case - more on that below.
They operate under the Domain Name System (DNS), which is essentially the address book of the Internet that helps direct visitors to your website by translating the name into its related IP address number sequence and locating where the resource is stored. Learn more about how DNS works.
Domain Resellers are organizations or individuals who have less than 1000 domain names and have not yet invested in becoming an Accredited Registrar. Some of the common reasons behind this include exorbitant setup fees and strict requirements by the governing bodies, such as ICANN. Others simply do not have the time or resources to invest in developing enterprise EPP systems which are a requirement as part of any Registrar agreement.
Domains registered through a reseller will typically show the Registrar and Registrant info on a whois search. As a ZA Domains Reseller, you are in control of what information is displayed on the Uniforum SA Whois page. This information is referred to as a contact or registrant. Any domains registered under a reseller account will always show ourselves as the Registrar and whomever you elect as the registrant.
Domain Resellers pay Harvard Host for their domain registration and renewals.
Domain Registrars are those organizations who have completed the Technical Accreditation and met the basic conditions set out by the particular governing body, ie ZA Central Registry.
Domains which are registered by a Registrar will show the Registrar’s contact information on the whois, including the contact / registrant that they assign to the domain during the registration or transfer process.
Registrars pay Central Registry for their domain registrations and renewals.
Domain names are made up of a series of strings, each separated by a dot. The last string of a domain is referred to as the top-level domain (TLD), the second level is the name, for example 'siteopia' in www.siteopia.com and a third level refers to the www. part.
Once you have decided on a domain name and a service provider you should use the domain name search function to check the availability of your domain name. When registering your domain name you will be required to provide a Registrant Name, this is the person or company who you want to be the legal owner of the domain name.
You can often register a domain name for multiple years, which is often good for creating longevity for your domain name.
We will contact customers via email about 30 days before the domain is due for renewal. You can then decide whether to renew the domain name or not. For this reason, we always ask customers to ensure that their email address is valid, working and up-to-date, to ensure they get such messages.
Starting a hosting reseller business - or any business, for that matter - it's important to do your homework first. Research the industry and your target market, ask plenty of questions and develop a plan before leaping into the business itself.
Begin by regularly visiting the reseller sections of hosting industry forums like Web Hosting Talk.
In addition, you should read up on the hosting and reseller industries themselves at sites like The Web Host Industry Review. Make sure you fully understand both the ups and downs of being a reseller before you invest time or money in your own reseller business.
Finally, create a solid foundation for your business by learning as much about your target market first and developing a realistic and well thought out business plan. By doing so, you'll gain a head start on the challenges of getting the word out about your business, attracting customers and actually generating revenue.
Experience is always a good thing. It would be valuable to know and have experience with the technical side of web hosting. It must also be remembered that web hosting is a business and this entails many things. You need to know, or at least be able to learn about, legal requirements, accounting requirements, not to mention customer service skills.
Web hosting is a competitive business, and it's likely to seem as if there's always another provider out there that charges less for its services than you do. The challenge in setting prices, keeping competitive and staying in business isn't necessarily to always be the cheapest host around (we tried it for a while!), but to provide the best value to your chosen customer base.
Deciding what's of value to your customers first requires, of course, knowing who your customers are, what they need most and how much they are willing to pay for those products and services.
You should also make sure your prices are competitive enough to provide a reasonable return for your time and efforts, after your costs. It's also a good idea to research the market and ask questions of other hosts and resellers to learn as much as possible about what does and doesn't work.
Finally, keep in mind that good service - treating your customers well at all times - can often be one of the most valuable things your business can offer, and can help you stand out from a crowded field of competitors.
Since we stay invisible to your clients, we do not provide support to them. However, if there is a problem that you can't resolve, you may contact us at anytime via our client portal for advice to solve your clients problems.
We use WHM/cPanel for all of our client hosting accounts and more documentation can be found
at The cPanel site.
Billing and/or support systems can greatly reduce the load on a reseller, we thoroughly recommend WHMCS which we use ourselves. As always, before you choose a system, make sure to try any demos, ask plenty of questions and seek input from fellow resellers on the web hosting forums.
Our Reseller Program provides an excellent opportunity to make healthy profits. Please refer to our Profit Example for more information on the profits made from reselling.
Many of our clients use reselling as part of their overall business strategy, whether they offer to design websites (and just add the hosting), or make promotional goods and want to offer that something extra (with recurring income) for their clients.
We also started BetterWebSpace as reseller for another company (smaller than we are today!)
and have made a really good business out of it!
While it's not a necessity that you accept credit card payments from your customers, you may be limiting your potential as a host by not doing so. It is possible to only accept money order, bank transfer, and cheque payments in return for hosting, but many potential clients may be turned away by this idea. In this age of instant everything we've all grown accustomed to not having to wait for things.
If you've decided against a traditional merchant account, you may wish to consider alternative ways to collect money online. Third party merchant accounts are usually inexpensive and easy to setup, thereby allowing you to accept credit card payments without much of an investment, see WorldPay. Other services, such as PayPal enable you to accept credit card payments and pay only a small transaction fee in return.
The more payment methods you offer potential clients, the more people you'll be able to reach.
We encourage you to create Name Based Domain accounts and only proceed with IP Based Domain accounts if your client has special requirements on their web site such as anonymous ftp,
Open SSL, etc.
NOTE: All IP requests must meet ARIN guidelines
Whatever guarantees you make to customers, make sure you can actually deliver on them:
Follow promises made only to attract new signups will come back to haunt you in the form of a poor reputation.
It's also important to research the market to see what types of guarantees your competitors are offering, and which guarantees are most important to your target customer base. The more effectively you can meet your customers' needs, the more likely you are to retain and build your customer base.
Finally, be sure your guarantees are clear, well written and easy to understand, and posted in an easy-to-find place on your website.
We will certainly endeavour to do so. We will never contact your clients about their account(s) or attempt to 'steal' them from you in any way. We use anonymous (non-BWS) name servers when registering or transferring resold accounts so that Harvard Host does not appear in a WHOIS lookup of your clients' domain name records (unless you use us as a registrar). You can also set up your own aliased name servers with us.
You and your clients have to agree with Harvard host’s terms and conditions. You don't have to put our policy agreement on your site, but please ensure that all accounts/domains hosted under you follows our terms and conditions.
With shared hosting, there will be multiple sites using the resources of a single server.
Usually, you’ll be partitioned a certain amount of server resources your site can utilize.
Typically, shared hosting plans are some of the most affordable plans out there.
When you have a shared web hosting plan, you’ll have access to a certain portion of server resources, defined by the hosting company you end up choosing. You’ll typically have access to the server environment through an integrated control panel.
Shared hosting is also very beginner friendly, as server maintenance and any other necessary tasks are managed by the hosting company. The only thing you’re responsible for is your own website.
With shared hosting, multiple sites share the same hardware and software resources of a single physical server. Typically, a shared server has pre-installed scripts and software that every site on the server must utilize.
Think of it this way. Say there’s an apartment building that has dozens of apartments.
Each apartment is a different website. But, the building’s resources like utilities and other apartment benefits are shared by each individual.
In a shared hosting environment, you’re sharing a server with dozens, hundreds, or even more websites. Compare this to dedicated hosting where you have an entire server all to yourself.
VPS hosting does share some similarities to shared hosting. For example, VPS hosting utilizes a single server, but that single server is then partitioned out into multiple virtual server environments. These server environments act in a similar manner to a dedicated hosting environment.
Shared hosting is the perfect fit for beginners who are just getting started online. Since shared hosting is typically geared towards beginners the setup process is usually very intuitive and the host handles the more complex tasks. By choosing a shared host you’ll also enjoy other benefits including:
Cost savings as shared hosting is the cheapest form of hosting available
1. Shared hosting can usually be easily upgraded to higher packages
2. No technical skills required
3. Built-in cPanel integration, so site management is a breeze
Shared hosting isn’t the perfect hosting environment for every kind of website owner.
Sure, it’s cheap, has high uptime, and is very easy to manage, but it still has some drawbacks, such as:
1. The loading speed can be much slower than dedicated server environments.
2. There’s a chance your site’s performance can be affected by other sites sharing the same server.
3. If your site’s traffic levels increase you may see a lag in performance.
4. You won’t be able to customize your server environment for improved performance.
Shared hosting is geared towards beginners. If this is your first time building a website and you’d like to host your own site but outsource a lot of the complex technical tasks, then shared hosting is a great choice.
If you have a high-traffic website or a very large website, then you’ll want to look into other hosting options, like dedicated servers, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, or even WordPress-specific hosting.
An SSL Certificate is an electronic counterpart to a passport or a driver's license. It is a digital certificate you install on the server that hosts your website. SSL Certificates have two
1. To authenticate the identity of your website to visiting browsers and your identity or business to the visiting customer, and
2. To "encrypt" - or protect - private information that's exchanged on your sites, such as credit card numbers or customer account information.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which is the technology used to protect private information on your site.
In today's environment, online customers are more wary than ever of Internet fraud, identity theft and "phishing" schemes. Installing the proper security and validation for your site is essential to gaining your customers' trust, and for letting potential customers know your site is a secure place where they can exchange confidential information, purchase products and services and complete secure transactions.
When you have an SSL Certificate installed on your server, your site will display three instantly recognizable symbols that let customers know your site is secure:
1. A padlock symbol that appears in their web browser when your site is opened.
2. The "https" prefix in front of your URL address in the browser.
3. A Register.com Site Seal that appears on your website.
When you install an Extended Validation certificate, the browser bar on newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox will appear green whenever your site is opened, indicating that your site has the highest level of validation available.
Use this quick reference guide to help choose the Certificate that is right for your business. Additionally, please see "Compare SSL Certificates" in tab #3 above for more information.
Recommended for website owners that exchange sensitive personal data and ecommerce web businesses with a small to medium level of transactions (up to 50/month).
Recommended for more established ecommerce sellers and medium-sized businesses with higher monthly transactions (50-250/month).
Recommended for larger websites and ecommerce sellers servicing a high number of customers and exchanging information from several different locations - or subdomains - of your site (ie shopping carts, customer account sections, etc).
Recommended for established businesses of any size who require the highest level of customer assurance in order to stay competitive and garner the highest amount of customer trust. Only certain types of businesses and organizations qualify for Extended Validation.
Learn more under "What is Extended Validation?"
Validation is the process of having your domain and business or individual identity authenticated by a Certificate Authority. It's similar to a Driver's License, or any official document that provides you with proof of your identity and credentials. Once your Certificate is installed on your server, customers can view your authenticated information by clicking on the padlock symbol in the browser or on the Register.com Site Seal - this will automatically display your qualifications to the public, similar to how professionals hang framed copies of licenses, degrees and other credentialing documents on their office walls.
The following are approximate processing times for validation and issuance of SSL Certificates:
1. Essential SSL Certificate (Domain ownership validation): In most cases instant validation.
2. Premium SSL Certificate (Domain and Business and/or individual validation): 1 Business day. Validation times can vary depending on the documents you provided
3. Extended Validation SSL Certificate: 4-5 business days. Validation times largely depend on the documentation provided by the customer.
Extended Validation is the highest level of validation any business can receive. A unique benefit of an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate is that it turns the browser bar green whenever your site is opened in newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox - giving your visitors an instant visual indication that your site has the highest level of assurance.
The EV application is more extensive than other certificates. For this reason it has a slightly longer validation time.
The following types of entities may qualify for Extended Validation:
1. Corporation/Limited Liability Company
2. Sole Proprietorship/Unincorporated Business
3. Government Organization
4. NGO/International Treaty Organization
If you've purchased one of our new hosting packages after 25/02/2019 and your domain name is registered with harvardhost.com, you have the option to install most of our SSL Certificates with just a few mouse clicks. This will greatly facilitate the installation process - and is something that few other SSL providers can offer.
Automatic installation applies to all certificates for which you've had us create a Certificate Signing request during set up - with the exception of Wildcard SSL Certificates, which do not offer the automatic install option.
A subdomain is a domain that is created by using your main domain name and a prefix name. Many websites use subdomains as a way to create separate areas or functions of the website. For example, domain.com might use the subdomain checkout.domain.com to handle customer check outs, and info.domain.com for customer information, etc.
If your website uses subdomains and you wish to secure several different subdomains, we recommend a Wildcard SSL Certificate, which allows you to secure unlimited subdomains with a single certificate.
Encryption is the technical process behind SSL Certificates that allows data to be transmitted securely over computer networks. It essentially masks data so that unauthorized sources are unable to read or intercept it. All Register.com SSL Certificates offer up to 256-bit encryption - the highest standard in the industry.
All harvardhost.com SSL Certificates come with warranties so that your site's visitors can have confidence when conducting a transaction with you. Warranty amounts for each Certificate are:
1. Essential SSL: $ 10,000 Warranty
2. Premium SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty
3. Wildcard SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty
4. EV SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty
The amounts above represent the maximum amount site visitors may receive in compensation for a loss.
All warranties are subject to the terms of our relying party warranty.
Harvardhost.com is one of the most recognized names in the industry. Millions of web-based businesses trust us with their online services. Getting an SSL Certificate from Harvardhost.com allows your website and your online business to benefit from a well recognized and well established name. You'll also have the advantage of our experienced customer call center.
Pro-Stores eCommerce websites
These website solutions can accommodate an SSL Certificate, but may require a free upgrade. Please speak with a Customer Service Representative at 08032424633 to find out more about adding an SSL Certificate to your Pro-Stores website.
Do-It-Myself and Do-It-Myself with eCommerce websites
These website solutions either do not accommodate SSL encryption or may already have a shared SSL Certificate installed - in which case no additional security would be needed. Please speak with a Customer Service Representative at 0803224633 to find out if your DoIt-Myself website is already protected.
Yes, we also offer the following additional certificates which you may purchase by phone at
1. Multi Domain Certificates, Domain validated.
2. Multi Domain Certificates, Domain and Organization validated.
3. Domain Validated Wildcard Certificate.
SSL Certificates can be successfully installed on most websites. However one specific requirement is that your website has a dedicated IP address.
One other special requirement to be aware of: in order to qualify for an Extended Validation, your organization must be one of the following types of entities:
1 .Corporation/Limited Liability Company
2 .Sole Proprietorship/Unincorporated Business
3 .Government Organization
4. NGO/International Treaty Organization
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Compare our SSL offerings with those of any other provider and you'll find it's tough to beat our prices, service and overall value.
An unmanaged VPS hosting service is a solution that is completely under the control of the customer. Web hosting providers do not recommend such a service to people who don't know how to establish, manage, and function a web server
VPS is a web hosting solution which uses virtual private server. VPS uses a shared hosting environment though it resembles a dedicated server. This VPS server presents you with huge server specialized options just like a dedicated server at just at comparatively low cost. VPS hosting is the allocated part of physical server which is resided in a data center and which also has its operating system, disc space, and bandwidth on its own.
A VPS is technically an amalgamation of both shared and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is a cheaper option which provides necessary facilities but in this type, you share the portion of the server with different outside users. Whereas a dedicated server is an option where you lease an entire server and it is very expensive. But in VPS you may get to use a server which is further subdivided into virtualized servers. In this portion of resources are dedicated to you which are powerful and flexible.
A VPS is just like using operating system software. Just say if you have a MacBook Pro and you need to use windows operating software to run the specific programme, in this case, you can utilize software like VirtualBox or VMware which permits you to run windows operating software instead of going for a different window PC. In the same manner in VPS hosting also you can run other virtualized servers which serve as dedicated servers.
In VPS hosting you can have your own customized unique hosting where you have more flexible server which is very much preferable than shared server and at the same time it is also less expensive than a dedicated server. You can improve your resources and server with your traffic levels. When compared to shared hosting server, VPS server is different and secured as you will use your own unique resources.
In managed VPS hosting, hosting server will be responsible for building your server, for regular maintenance, security and more options. In managed VPS hosting the services are based on the hosting server you opt for. In managed server choosing a suitable hosting server is very crucial. Whereas in unmanaged VPS hosting you will be responsible for server tasks, security, maintenance and so on. In order to make your server more effective you may need to have some technical cut offs.
In VPS hosting you have flexible control over the software your server is using when compared to shared hosting. The installation, running software and others mainly depend on the operation software where the server runs and also on the size of the memory allocated to you. These are the only limits you may face with VPS hosting.
Harvard host is a top grade web hosting service provider who aims to provide peerless hosting services. VPS hosting at Harvard host is very well designed in terms of security, server tasks, improve performance and also others.
Harvard Host, as the Leading and Unlimited Hosting Company online offers you numerous ways to commence your own web hosting business with a wide range of choices, for example, like our cheapest reseller hosting plans on both platform Linux and Windows. In our reseller plans, you can host up different domain names on your reseller web hosting account with us.