Tsohost Review and Promo Code

Tsohost Web Hosting Review

Tsohost Review and Promotional Code

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Hosting

If you have your own website you need hosting. A web host keeps your website’s files and databases on its servers and makes them available when people reach your URL. The minimum you want from a web host is a high up time for your website (99%+), good customer service in case there are any problems and value for money. With Tsohost you can get a website online for £2.99/ pm and they will even move your website over from another web host for free. I have been with Tsohost for 3 years and have 14 websites hosted with them. Take a look below as I run through the packages and key features.

Tsohost Cloud Hosting

Tsohost Cloud Hosting Platform

Cloud hosting works by sharing the load for websites in the ‘cloud’ over multiple servers. That means if one server fails the load is taken by the others and your website remains unaffected. Tsohost now offer cloud hosting as standard.

Key Features

Advanced Dashboard

The design and functionality of the dashboard make it easy to use even for a beginner. Adding websites and managing files is intuitive and straightforward and if you have many websites there is a search function. You can choose between a Windows or Linux platform and the cloud dashboard is infinitely scalable.

1 Click Software Install

You can install common software packages such as WordPress to your webspace automatically. With 1 click the database is set up, files uploaded and everything configured for you. There are 28 software packages to choose from including open source ecommerce software.

Self Restore Backups

30 days worth of backups are created automatically for all your websites so if something does go wrong with a few clicks you can put it right. This will give you peace of mind when doing a WordPress update for instance.

Emails

Set up emails for your websites so you can send and receive emails from .yourdomain. Once you have them set up you can redirect emails to your preferred email client and manage everything from there.

Multiple Locations

Coming soon you will be able to choose where your website is located through the control panel. The planned locations include multiple sites in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Your server location is an SEO factor so if you are serving customers in the US a US server location will benefit you likewise with the UK.

Multiple Users

You can give multiple users access to the account with different levels of access.

Tsohost cPanel Hosting

Tsohost cPanel Hosting

With cPanel hosting your website is stored on a particular server. The packages are virtually the same as for the cloud hosting in terms of the pricing and specification, the main practical difference being the dashboard. If you have used cPanel for years and are comfortable with it you may choose to stick with it rather than have to learn to use the cloud dashboard. Other than that your best option is cloud hosting.

Packages

  • Lite Hosting: 2 Websites £14.99/ pa
  • Standard Hosting: 4 websites £34.99/ pa
  • Pro Hosting: 6 websites (+ free domain) £49.99/ pa
  • Ultimate Hosting: 100 websites (+ free domain) £199.99/ pa

I currently have 2 pro packages 1 on cPanel and 1 on the cloud hosting. When the cPanel hosting comes up for renewal I will switch over to have them all on cloud.

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Customer Service

As of 2010 customer service has been available 24/7 365 days a year.

Online Ticketing System

The online ticketing system can be accessed from the main website or from within your account. You select a category such as billing or technical query then fill out the form and it is sent across to the support team. The average response time is 12 minutes and if you have any further questions you can send a follow up email to the same customer service representative. If accessing the ticketing system from the main website you need to enter a few more details like your company name and fill out a capture form. All your support tickets are saved for you in case you need them later.

Telephone Support

The phone support is free and available 9am – 11pm 7 days a week. If you are calling from a mobile there is a landline number which may work out cheaper than the 0800 number. The few times I have had to use phone support the call has always been answered right away.

Knowledge Base & Forum

There is a knowledgebase and forum which is accessible to anyone whether or not you have an account. It’s not a feature I have needed very often but I did find what I was looking for when I used it.

Domains

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Register

Tsohost offers the cheapest domain registrations I have found. You can register a domain from £3.35/ ap and I have registered several domains with them. The whois privacy protection is cheaper than their competitors too. I would advise you register domains with the same company you have hosting with if possible as it saves hassle with Nameservers.

Transfer

Tsohost offer free transfer for .co.uk domains. For other domains you get a free transfer if you register the domain for at least a year. I have transferred several domains from 123reg to Tsohost. You need an authorisation code from your current registrar then you fill out the forms on the Tsohost website. As of August 2013 Tsohost have a dedicated team just for website transfers.

Bulk Register/ Transfer

With the bulk domain registration/ transfer tool you can register or transfer up to 20 domains at once saving time.

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SSL certificates

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. You need an SSL certificate if you are operating an e-commerce website or a website handling sensitive user data. An SSL certificate makes the web connection secure and verifies your identity. You can recognise a website with an SSL certificate as they have either https at the start of the URL or a padlock symbol in the browser.

Tsohost offer a standard SSL certificate for £49.99 with up to 256-bit SSL encryption and $10,000 warranty. If you need further protection there are Premium, Wildcard and EV Premium SSL certificates available. For most ecommerce websites a standard SSL certificate is what’s needed. Take care if you decide to shop around. Some cheaper SSL certificates do not provide adequate safety for an ecommerce site.

MS Exchange

Microsoft Exchange enables online collaboration through email, shared contacts and shared calendars. This is a premium service and costs £99.99 pa. I have not used this feature.

Summary

Tsohost provide great value for money, excellent customer service and packages to suit businesses of every size. They not only provide hosting but also are the best value domain registrar around and provide website extras such as SSL certificates. The customer retention for Tsohost is 96.7% and with the high level of service I have experienced its not hard to see why. Their cloud hosting solution is ideal if you are new to web hosting and if you need to grow the number of websites you have it is easy to upgrade. If you are unhappy with your current web host switch to Tsohost and they will move your domains over for free. If you have any questions feel free to message me using the contact form. I hope you found this review useful.

Joe

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*This review was updated Sept 2013

Genesis 2.0 for WordPress

Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0…. no its not the latest revision of the Bible where they explain fossils. It is in fact a brand new way to run your WordPress website.

Genesis is a WordPress framework which sits on top of WordPress adding a lot of additional features and customisation options. I run all my websites on the Genesis framework so I was interested to hear about the release of Genesis 2.0. It is the biggest update to date and brings with it a suite of new and improved features. Since I bought Genesis ver 1 ($59.99), I get version 2 free. One of the great things about Genesis is you get free updates.

According to the sales pitch Genesis 2 offers better security, faster load speeds, improved SEO, a new design template and ‘ultraflexible foundational coding’. What does that mean in terms of new features?

HTML5 Markup

If you are a regular blogger you may have heard of HTML5. You know HTML5 is a thing that exists and quite frankly that is all you want to know. If you are a developer you may have stronger positive feeling about HTML5.

I am by no means an expert on HTML5. What I do understand is it is a web language which offers exceptional support for audio and video and works well across multiple platforms meaning your website renders better on mobile devices. It is replacing other web languages and can also be used to make apps.

Genesis 2.0 has full HTML5 compatibility. HTML5 markup is activated by a single line of code within a child theme and all future themes developed by Studiopress will be written in HTML5. Because the types of content you can publish with a HTML5 coded website are much expanded Genesis has new hooks for loops output in HTML5. I don’t understand what that means, I presume it is something to do with phishing 😉

Microdata

If you are using a theme with HTML5 Genesis will output your markup using microdata. Microdata is a way to label content so Google knows exactly what that content is. The more info Google has about your content the better it can rank your site.

New Design

Genesis have 43 WordPress themes available. They have tons (maximum 43) of amazing ones like the Agency Theme which I use for Think Genial. It costs $20-$30 to buy a theme once you have the framework however if you want a basic template you get one out of the box when you buy the framework. Studiopress have updated the standard theme to HTML5.

Removed Features

3 features have been removed for ver 2.0: the Latest Tweets widget, eNews widget and the “post templates” feature. They are now available as free plugins. I was not using any of these features so am unaffected.

The Latest Tweets widget is used to display tweets from your timeline on your website, I use Twitter Feed: Embedded Timeline WordPress Plugin. The eNews Widget was an optin box where people could subscribe to your posts and the ‘post templates’ feature is for custom templates available in some themes. You still have the 6 templates which you can choose between for each post/ page as standard.

Additional features

  • Reorganized CSS file
  • Network Upgrade now upgrades the Genesis database for all sites in a network when running WordPress in multisite mode
  • Widget classes are now coded in PHP5 format
  • Admin CSS and Javascript are now minified
  • Inline HTML comments have been removed to reduce page size
  • The Scripts option now has its own metabox when editing an entry.
  • Introduced a flexible markup API to allow changes in markup element attributes with a smart filter system

Genesis Review

I have used Genesis for a number of years and have found it an excellent way to manage your WordPress website with outstanding out-of-the-box themes. Genesis is recommended by the very top bloggers. For instance Joost de Valk who’s team recently facilitated the move of the Guardian website from .co.uk to a .com domain recommends Genesis.

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If you are interested in using Genesis for your website take a look at the Genesis review I did or jump over to the Studiopress website and take a look at the themes. I hope you found this post useful.

Genesis WordPress Theme Framework Review

genesis framework review

Do you want a good looking website? One that you as a beginner can install and easily customise yourself? Read on.

Getting Started With The Genesis Framework

I got my first WordPress site around 2 years ago and my first self hosted site 18 months ago. I am not a beginner now, though it feels like it sometimes. I am not a ‘tech’ person and have few graphic design skills.

When I started self hosting I wanted to do things as cheaply as possible. I tried quite a few free WordPress themes, using Athualpa for a while. If I was going to spend money I wanted to make sure it was well spent.

I couldn’t find a free theme that did what I wanted so I started looking at premium themes and found the Agency Theme on Studiopress.

I asked around and reports were good so I went ahead and invested the Genesis Framework and Agency Theme for $79.95. With a little help from a designer friend I had the Think Genial site. Since then I have redesigned the site and in its current incarnation, apart from the logo, the design work has been done by me (I am not a designer).

Since then I have built 3 websites myself using the Genesis Framework and free themes. 2 of these are making me money as affiliate sites and they haven’t cost me a penny more from my initial investment. All are hosted with TSO host for a total of£4.99/ month.

WordPress Frameworks

A framework is a set of computer code which sits on top of the WordPress Content Management System. It adds more functions to WordPress such as easier customisation, enhanced security and impoved SEO. There are 2 widely used WordPress frameworks – Thesis and Genesis.

Genesis

genesis wordpress framework

  • Recommended by WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg
  • Used on over 96,000 websites
  • 40+ Child Themes
  • HTML5 support

Upload

You upload the Genesis framework through the WordPress dashboard like a theme. If you are using a Child Theme you upload Genesis first then the Child Theme. Any customisation is made to the Child Theme.

Child Themes

Agency                                  Copyblogger (free)              Genesis (free)

agency themecopyblogger themegenesis theme

There are 40+ Child Themes to choose from and there really is something for everyone. The 3 themes I have used are shown above. They are all great themes, and I am a particularly big fan of the Agency Theme. It is straightforward to modify things like the colours, fonts, logo etc. and if you want to make more advanced customisation the support forum is jam packed with useful info.

Support

  • 65 Genesis Framework tutorials available
  • Tutorials for all paid themes
  • Expert moderators on forums
  • Learn everything from how to change design, add logos and customise just about everything in forums

SEO

SEO optimised out of the box. I recommend the free WordPress SEO plugin for further optimisation, though plenty of options available in Genesis.

Updates

When updates are available you will be notified through the dashboard. NB. Make sure you have the latest version if updating any Genesis plugins. Updating the plugins first has caused my site to go down. I needed to go into the FTP to fix it (it could not be done from the WordPress dashboard).

Genesis 2.0

In August 2013 Genesis 2.0 was launched. Security, SEO and site speed have all been enhanced. The biggest change though has been the addition of HTML5 support. HTML5 is increasingly being used in web design, particularly for mobile sites and apps. Genesis 2.0 puts your website at the cutting edge of design capability.

Plugins

There are quite a few great Genesis-only free plugins. Here are a few:

Genesis Hooks: Allows you to add bits of code without having to go into the CSS. If you want to easily add code for things like Facebook buttons or advertising you can use this plugin (tutorial available)

Footer Widget: If you want to add more footer widgets, use this

Design Palatte: Change the colour of backround, text, links and borders with a few clicks; change fonts too.

Who?

These big shots recommend Genesis.

who recommends genesis theme

Conclusion

If you are starting out with your first self hosted website I would take a look at the Genesis Child Themes. If you find one you like its worth spending $80. If you did want to make further websites you can do so for no additional cost. If you need more Child Themes they are $25 each once you have the framework.

There is an option to buy rights to all the paid themes for $349.95. I wouldn’t go for that unless you are a developer.

The all inclusive package has recently gone up $50 from $299.95 to $349.95. If you are considering making the purchase I would think about buying now to avoid any price increases. There is a 30 day money back guarantee if you change your mind.

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* edited 28.08.13