BigRock: Fast TrackYour Blog Launch
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BigRock is a full-service web hosting company that offers fast-track plans to get your blog or online business hosted securely and bringing in traffic. They cater to individuals and businesses that don’t want to get bogged down with technical details. They have a robust DIY website and store builder that has earned praise from their customers. And they have a strong reputation for rapid resolution of customer support questions.
To grow a loyal audience and conversions, it’s critical that your site loads quickly. BigRock offers every customer, at no additional cost, the Varnish web accelerator. Think of it as an afterburner for your blog.
Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, BigRock also has offices in Utah, Texas, Washington, Arizona, the UK, India, Israel, and Brazil. They have datacenters worldwide, all of which include modern features for security and reliability, such as:
- Fiber optic cable connections to internet providers
- 24-hour staffed security team and 24/7 closed circuit monitoring
- Automatic transfer switch to a generator in the event of power failure
- Redundant uninterrupted power supply
- Redundant A/C systems keep rooms cool
- Fire protection systems.
Their servers are Dell Rack servers with Dual Quad Core Xeon CPUs. BigRock’s Linux Hosting uses servers with 64GB RAM and CloudLinux while their Windows Hosting uses servers with 32 GB RAM and Windows Server 2008. BigRock can offer you 99.9% uptime on their servers.
Hosting Plans Specialized for Bloggers
If you’re new to all this and you just want a simple way to get started blogging, BigRock has special plans for you. They offer a WordPress hosting plan which includes a 1-click WordPress Installation. Their WordPress plans are sorted into four different price points depending on how many websites you want to host and the space you require.
Their second pricing level offers unlimited websites, emails, and space. This WordPress hosting plan shares all the same features of their basic Linux shared hosting plans listed above.
BigRock also offers plans for other CMS platforms which come with the same features but accommodates a one-click install of other platforms such as Drupal and Joomla.
If you are considering e-commerce, then you might be interested in BigRock’s e-commerce Hosting plan. In addition to the features included with their shared hosting plans, this plan also allows you to easily deploy Zencart, Cubecart, and osCommerce shopping cart platforms to your site.
Overall, these specialized hosting plans are pretty much equal and only vary according to the specific CMS platform you want to use and whether or not you want eCommerce support.
Helpful Tools for Bloggers
Additional tools for bloggers can be found with BigRock’s website builder. This is ideal if you aren’t familiar with WordPress design and you just want to get a website up and running as fast as possible.
The website builder allows you to choose from hundreds of free templates and it goes without saying that there is no coding required. You can check out free demos of their templates on their websites before purchasing a hosting plan.
BigRock’s website builder offers loads of handy features:
- Visual easy-to-use editor
- Automatic sharing of blog posts on Facebook and Twitter
- Import your blog from WordPress or Blogger
- RSS Feed Generator
- Drag and drop components for design – modify your web pages whenever you want
- Navigation and menu bars, embedded video, image galleries, and more.
Need help? Check out their comprehensive help page of articles, tutorials, and answers to any questions you might have. You can browse through this support or call their 24/7 support line. They also offer email support and instant messaging when available.
What About Security?
Site security should be a concern no matter how big or small your business is. Even individual blogs need some kind of security to protect the data of yourself and the people engaging with your content. If your site gets hacked, your search engine ranking could get downgraded by Google, affecting your traffic and even email deliverability for weeks or months.
BigRock encrypts your data and communication with FTPS, included in their hosting plans. You have the option of adding additional security at a cost. Their SSL certificate encrypts and authenticates your website identity. (Google considers this a best practice for all websites now.) You also get a Comodo trusted secure site seal and can enjoy a minor Google rank boost as a bonus.
BigRock also has SiteLock available for purchase which automatically detects and prevents malware attacks. SiteLock scans your website, email, and applications daily for threats. It also stamps your website with a seal of security that your site visitors will see.
A third security feature they offer is called CodeGuard which ensures that you don’t lose data in the event of a website crash. The data on your website is regularly backed up, which you can easily restore at any time.
The Nerdy Bits
Let’s do a quick snorkel dive for more depth on BigRock’s offerings. For those who “speak Geek” we’ve sprinkled in some techie details below.
BigRock’s shared hosting plans are available with either Linux or Windows hosting. Both of these come with a variety of price tiers to choose from depending on your number of websites, the amount of space you need, and how many email accounts you want.
These plans have…
- Distributed DNS infrastructure
- Unlimited sub-domains
- 300 applications available for one-click install.
In addition, Linux hosting plans include:
- Webmail powered by RoundCube
- cPanel: allows you to manage your email and subdomains easily
- Features that let you track stats such as AWStats and phpMyAdmin
- Coding languages in PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.4, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python
- SSH and MySQL databases.
All Linux hosting plans also come equipped with Varnish web acceleration. This allows your website to run at high speeds even when you encounter higher traffic volumes. Varnish loads pages faster as a result of caching both static and dynamic content such as your images, CSS, and plain HTML.
You can easily control whether or not you want caching turned on. A faster load time on your website will not only make your website visitors happy but will get your website ranked more favorably in Google’s search results.
BigRock’s Windows hosting plan has fewer features. They give you access to a control panel called Plesk, and your email is accessible from any device using webmail powered by MailEnable. The code for Windows Hosting is written in ASP, ASP.NET, PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4, and leverages both MSSQL and MySQL.
BigRock Cloud Hosting
The company has three cloud hosting options which vary according to the space needed, bandwidth, number of CPU cores, RAM, and the number of websites that can be hosted. Cloud hosting will give you the highest reliability: your site will always be up and running. This is because your hosting resources are spread across multiple servers, so if one server has a malfunction you’re less likely to be affected.
In fact, BigRock will spread three mirrored copies of your data across multiple servers. You are also able to get a dedicated IP for your cloud hosting at an additional cost. BigRock doesn’t let you upgrade or downgrade your plans, but it’s possible to scale your RAM and CPU instantly for additional costs.
These plans, specifically their Linux hosting, will be great if you already have a website and are just looking for a new hosting provider. Or, if you want to start a blog and already know a bit about CMS platforms and how to get started on them.
Billing & Cancellation
BigRock includes a 30-day money back guarantee with any hosting plan, website builder, and security feature purchase. It’s simple to get your money back for this first month just by deleting the product that you no longer want from your account. However, you should note that your refund is only applied as a credit to your account.
You can ask that your refund is sent to your bank account, but this request will take 14 days to process. Your services automatically renew each term and you will continue to be billed unless you specify otherwise. Payments are taken in advance for the full term of the plan which you can pay online from your account.
Overview of BigRock
BigRock is a solid option for small businesses and individuals who want to get established online quickly. It’s well-suited to people who don’t want to be overwhelmed with options they don’t need. Their comprehensive plans and simple options allow you to easily find the hosting that’s right for you.