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Malaysian Budget Hosting Faceoff: Exabytes vs Shinjiru

Many of us experience running our own web sites through blogging. The first steps are pretty straightforward; register with Blogger or WordPress.com and put our thoughts into writing. Then we learn a few tricks like embedding images and videos into our posts.

Later on, we start to explore other blogs for ideas and inspirations; leaving comments along the way. By this time, we will get comments on our blog posts too… and I’m sure it’s exciting to start getting regular readers on our blogs!

What many people discover next though isn’t as exciting as the first few steps. Some got irritated by the lack of control of their free blog hosting service. Some would like to monetize their content through ads but couldn’t do so as the terms and conditions of their free blog hosting provider doesn’t allow it.

So what’s next? Self hosting is where most people move on to… but who can we trust with our web content? How much is it going to cost?

In this post, I’m going to review the offers made by two of Malaysia’s leading web hosting provider; Exabytes and Shinjiru.

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Special Discount On Offshore Web Hosting

I’ve been in the web hosting business for at least three years. HTNet Solutions currently hosts a number of web sites including:

Also on board are Akademi Fantasia fan sites Toi Fan Club and StacyAF.com. This just shows that HTNet Solutions is a trusted hosting provider in the entertainment circles as well.

We also host Malaysia’s online dealer for Buffalo cookware. So, we’re pretty cool on the online business market segment too.

So what does this mean to you?

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Review: Web Hosting Bluebook

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When deciding on a web hosting deal, it is beneficial to go beyond host web site hopping. In fact, you’ll be much be much better off visiting web hosting review sites and building your shortlist from there. If you’ve been to web hosting review sites, you’ll understand that getting useful information requires about potential hosting providers can be tiring. In fact, at the end of the day you’ll end up with too much data but not enough information to make an informed decision.

A new web hosting review site that tries to make a difference from the start is webhostingbluebook.org. This is my review of Web Hosting Bluebook, and I hope it will be useful for web hosting seekers out there.

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Web Hosting: Understanding Peering And Why It Matters

I’ve been asked a couple of times why I run my web hosting business using servers located overseas. The original reason was purely the lack of expertise and uncompetitive features when it comes to Malaysian web hosting companies. However, this seems to be a thing of the past as lots of Malaysian web hosts are getting rave reviews from customers within and beyond Malaysia.

Nevertheless, there exists a more significant problem that I don’t see going away anytime soon: our precarious Internet backbone. Most people will probably assume I’m talking about capacity issues here. However, it’s more worrying than that: it’s a mindset problem.

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Getting A Sweeter Hosting Deal Using Coupons

If you’re a regular reader of HTNet, you’d know that I’ve been looking for a new web hosting provider. The good news is that the server has been reasonably stable since then. The bad news, for my current hosting provider that is, is that I’m still going to switch to a competitor.

As server operating costs become lower by the year, you can now get decent hosting packages at reasonable prices. Heck, some annual packages now cost less than a monthly fee ten years ago!

However, with this benefit comes a curse; where can you find reliable quality hosting at affordable rates?

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