We believe that the one thing that truly made the world a smaller place is the internet. Computers and laptops have now become affordable and with mobile phones overtaking the total human population of the world, connectivity is reaching a new high every day.

We had some customers quiz us at length on our back up policy and we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a quick write up on website backups. We believe its super important to take regular back-ups of your website to make sure, you are ready for WW IV when it happens.

All websites big or small contain data that is critical to its owners. The loss of this data could prove disastrous if not backed up. Whether you own a thriving e-Commerce website or a new blog its super critical to back up your website at regular intervals. The function of your website should dictate the frequency at which you should back up your website but irrespective of the intervals, back-ups are a must.

Now, you may have a few questions on why should you back up or how often or something to that effect, so we’ve tried to answer these questions for you. Do feel free to slap a quick comment if you have any other question.

Why Should I back up my website?
Well other than the obvious reason, which is to protect your web content, the real answer is, you never know when you may need to fall back on your last back up. Your hosting package does get infected at times with malicious contents due to various reasons like SQL injections, corrupted themes, plug-ins or custom code used in your application. Mostly, this happens when you are using an open source CMS application like WordPress, Joomla, etc. since they are more prone and easy to attack for the hacker community. The Internet is not necessarily a safe place, especially if you have a gorgeous website – so as its owner, you have to take steps to protect it.

How often should I back up my website?
As mentioned earlier on, this depends entirely on the kind of website you own. If you own websites that rely heavily on databases and are updated at frequent intervals, you may want to back up your site everyday. If you blog as a hobby, then once a week should be fine. Think of this like a “Save your Game” option in those video games, you can save it anytime but it’s also important to save it after you’ve progressed in the game. If you’ve updated your site content, or made some code changes or got new products, or new articles, take a quick backup, it’ll always be handy.

Can I use scripts for this?
Sure you can, we do too. We’ve got automated systems in place to back up our site at regular intervals.

Does Skyracle take backups for my site?
Well, we do take backups but of a limited time period only. Since, only the website admin/owner can gauge the most appropriate frequency of backups, we delegate the ownership of backing up files and data stored on your shared hosting package to you.

What kind of back up can I expect from Skyracle?
As per policy we take no responsibility in backing up your website content. But we do understand that at times, things don’t always work out as per plan. So, we back up the last 7 days of your website data for unforeseen circumstances.

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PrestaShop
PrestaShop is one of the fastest growing e-commerce solutions in the market. Prestashop is incredibly user friendly and has a great interface that makes it much easier to setup and manage than some of the traditional platforms like Opencart. With support and technical help available from all regions of the world, PrestaShop has quickly gained a reputation as an all in one e-commerce provider.

Joomla!
The most unique aspect of the Joomla CMS is the way in which the organization is structured. The Joomla! Project takes into account everyone’s feedback and tries to develop Joomla with all the users/developers in mind. Therefore, virtually anyone can become an integral part of the project by just contributing. Whether it’s code, sponsorships, or helping out in forums, you become a true community member from the first day you join. With most of the other CMS platforms, there is usually a straight hierarchy or a chain of command where decisions are made on what features/components/versions to develop next. With Joomla!, that is decided upon by all the users and developers involved. This can make processes a bit longer to complete, but it ensures that everyone’s feedback is taken into account. From an end user perspective, there is definitely a higher learning curve with Joomla! than say WordPress, but the people who are devoted fans say it is the best out there.

WordPress
You may be surprised that the many of the websites that you see on the internet actually use WordPress.  Originally intended as a blogging platform, WordPress has extended its functional reach through continual development and thousands of plugins – many of which are free.  These plugins allow the application to handle website needs such as image galleries, ecommerce shops, and forms – to list a few.  It is often classified as a CMS (Content Management System) because of its flexible nature. Add to this the many thousands of themes that allow you to quickly change its appearance and it’s easy to understand why WordPress is the most used open source application on the internet.  WordPress is easy to use and there are many avenues of support including many tutorials in the Skyracle Support Center. Check out WordPress and you’ll find out why it is the top solution for your website building needs.

Drupal
Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems online. Drupal is the oldest of the Big 3 (WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal), being established in 2001. It is an open source application that is built upon PHP and MySQL. Drupal was conceived as an enterprise system and powers websites like Whitehouse.gov. Drupal has several advantages that make it a power player in the CMS community. It is extremely flexible and can build anything from a small blog to an enterprise level site supporting millions of users. It was built to be search engine friendly from the very start. The Drupal software is very stable and can serve thousands of users at the same time. It is also very developer-friendly, and developers can easily create their own modules and custom solutions.

We believe that the one thing that truly made the world a smaller place is the internet. Computers and laptops have now become affordable and with mobile phones overtaking the total human population of the world, connectivity is reaching a new high every day.  Call it a mode of communication or a virtual world of information, the internet has truly been a game changer. But the question is do you need to be a part of this revolution?

The internet comprises of millions of websites by businesses and individuals marking their space. But there are some who feel that they don’t need to be a part of the internet. Just in case if you are one of those who feel that you don’t need a website, here are some things that you might be missing out on.

1. Create your Presence: Internet is virtual world parallel to ours. Being online is becoming more and more important. Given reasons for every individual to be online is different but we are living in a time where being online is a must. Think about it, college kids are online via social networks, business via their websites, social pages and all other media available to them. In such an atmosphere we believe not securing your space online is missing on a whole world of opportunities. Simply put, your website is, you, Online.

2. Share Ideas: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”- Eleanor Roosevelt. To discuss your ideas you need a medium and that medium is your website. Imagine your idea being seen by millions of people around the globe. You could be the next game changer for your field of interest. Heck, you could probably Save the World.

3. Promote Yourself: A website is a great marketing tool that you can use. Works for you 24×7. Even while you are asleep people will be able to see your work. Your website speaks for you. It does not really matter if you’re website is for your business or just for your hobby. You can also create a website to display your resume in a more creative way than a normal two page resume. It gives you an edge over the other applicants who are there for the same interview.

4 Establish yourself as an Expert: When you research, write and discuss about the topic of your interest, people will begin to look up to you. It creates a sense of leadership. People will want to get answers from you with respect to the topic of your interest. We can give you an example of Amit Agarwal, India’s first professional blogger who now has millions of followers glued to his website waiting for his next article.

5. Make Money: Someone has rightly said Time is Money. The more time you spend writing great content for your website the more credibility you are adding to your website. You can get your visitors to make money for you by simply adding ads to your website. Every time a visitor clicks the ad, there is more money in the bank for you.

We believe that a website holds value for every individual. Everyone needs a website be it a business, a photographer, a doctor, a writer, a journalist, an artist or just about anyone with thoughts.

Have you ever wondered how website works? Have you ever desired to create your own Web page, complete with titles and text and graphic icons? Have you ever heard the word “HTML” and wondered what it means? But before going further to discuss how website work? First You need to understand what is Website?

A website is typically a collection of web pages, graphics, and other elements which are linked together to form a larger, structured document (like an interactive book). A website could be a single page or it could be made from thousands of pages. All pages and other elements are located in a folder on a host server. An internet address (known as a Uniform Resource Location, or URL) is assigned to this folder, so that when a browser asks for your site it will know where to look.

When you visit a website, you usually start at the site’s home page, from where you can navigate the rest of the site. Hyperlinks allow you to move between pages – a hyperlink is simply an instruction / reference to open a new web page. Now lets move on to how website works?

At this moment, it is nearly guaranteed that:

  • You are sitting at your computer.
  • You are using a Web browser to read this page, and that browser could be Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or maybe Google Chrome.
  • You want to learn how Web pages work, and perhaps learn the art of creating your own pages.
  • Because you are sitting at a computer, you have a Web browser and you possess the desire to learn, you have everything you need to get started. You can learn HTML and experiment with your Web browser to find out how to create any kind of Web page you can imagine.

In order to talk about Web pages and how they work, you will want to understand four simple terms (and if some of this sound like technical mambo-jumbo the first time you read it, don’t worry, we will explain these terms in details):

Web page
A Web page is a simple text file that contains not only text, but also a set of HTML tags that style how the text should be formatted when a browser displays it on the screen. The tags are simple instructions that tell the Web browser how the page should look when it is displayed. The tags tell the browser to do things like change the font size or color, or place things in columns. The Web browser reads these tags to decide how to format the text onto the screen. A web page is a single document, similar to a word-processor document, which displays text, graphics and other active elements. You are viewing a web page at the moment called “how-website-works” – if you look in the address bar of your browser, you will see the name of this page and its location on the internet:

http://skyracle.com/how-website-works/

To make a web page, you must format it according to the HTML standard (actually there are other formats which you can use, but we’ll stick to HTML for now). Read below to learn HTML.

HTML
HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. A “markup language” is a computer language that defines how a page should be formatted. If all you want to do is display a long string of black and white text with no formatting, then you don’t need HTML. But if you want to change fonts, add colors, create headlines and insert graphics in your page, HTML is the language you use to do it.

Web browser
A Web browser, like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or maybe Google Chrome, is a computer program (also known as a software application, or simply an application) that does two things:

  • A Web browser knows how to go to a Web server on the Internet and request a page, so that the browser can pull the page through the network and into your machine.
  • A Web browser knows how to interpret the set of HTML tags within the page in order to display the page on your screen as the page’s creator projected it to be viewed.

Web server
A Web server is a piece of computer software that can respond to a browser’s request for a page, and deliver the page to the Web browser through the Internet. You can think of a Web server as an apartment complex, with each apartment housing someone’s Web page. In order to store your page in the complex, you need to pay rent on the space. Pages that live in this complex can be viewed by and displayed to anyone all over the world. Your landowner is called your host, and your rent is usually called your hosting charge. Every day, there are millions of Web servers delivering pages to the browsers of tens of millions of people through the network we call the Internet.

It is very easy to experiment with Web pages without using a server. Your browser can view the Web pages you create from your personal machine. Once you understand how to create your own pages, it is likely that you will want to put them “out on a server,” so that people around the world can load your pages and read them.