When it comes to creating a modern, functional, and secure website for your business in Cameroon, choosing a web host is the most important decision you’ll have to make.
Don’t get me wrong.
Choosing a Content Management System (CMS), design, creating web content and, optimizing your website to meet your business goals are all important.
But picking the right company to host your website is critical. After all, this is the “house” your business will live in online.
It is true you can rent office space at any price.
However, for strategic reasons, you may prefer to have your business located in Commercial Avenue in Bamenda, Hippodrome in Yaounde, Bonanjo in Douala or Clark’s Quarters in Buea.
In all cases, even though rent will be expensive in these places, strategically, it may be a good location for business. It is the same with web hosting.
That’s why the old saying - “you get what you paid for” - has never been truer.
Behind your back, your web developer may decide to go for low quality to save some Fcfa. This is why you should know which hosting service he is going for and why.
My name is Emile Weyi, your Cameroon digital business enthusiast.
In this resource, I’ll show you all you need to consider before buying hosting services from any company.
Our #1 priority here at YesOrYes.co is to help you with all the tools and resources you need to build your business online in Cameroon. This we do for free in a completely transparent way.
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Cloud hosting is attractive because it is infinitely scalable.
With Cloud Hosting, your site will be hosted across multiple servers (cloud). It is priced per unit. Almost like a “Pay-As-Go” pricing we have with the telecommunications industry in Cameroon.
Cloud hosting is best for sites with periodic traffic. Take a site like the US DV lottery site for instance. They get a lot of traffic in October, November and May.
It makes sense to host such a website in the cloud and pay only during these periods.
However, you need to have a strong understanding of server and cloud software because little customer support is provided. So, be advised.
Dedicated hosting gives you complete control over the server your website is hosted in. In other terms, an entire server is devoted to your website.
No doubt, it is more expensive than shared or VPS hosting.
In addition to the fact that it is not cheap, you’ll need human resource with a solid understanding of server software.
Dedicated hosting is best for businesses with large websites which require much more control, more suppleness and superior performance.
VPS is more expensive than shared hosting. This is because your site may share the same server, but it is stored in its own virtual container.
Typically, VPS hosting provides root access and full control over features and software.
With VPS hosting, you can expect more control, more flexibility and better performance compared to shared hosting.
In general, VPS will be perfect for a business in Cameroon with a large website where more control is desired.
With shared hosting, you get a lower cost with fundamental functions.
Typically, with shared hosting, your website is hosted together with other websites on the same server.
Unlike other cheaper web hosts, HostGator’s shared hosting basic functions are good enough for a “standard” website in Cameroon.
I say so because generally, shared hosting is best for blogs and small websites with typical requirements.
The crux of HostGator's services is their shared server hosting; this is what they're known for excelling at in the industry. While focusing on the shared server segment of the market, HostGator has mastered what it takes to create a great customer experience, knowing the needs of the shared server client very well.
HostGator, offers three shared hosting plans (business plan, baby plan, and hatchling plan)
Here at YesOrYes.co, until the need arises, we are using the hatching plan. It is good enough for our needs at the moment. In a minute, we will see if this plan meets the specific and technical requirements recommended for a standard website in Cameroon.
NB: HostGator recommends the Baby Plan for those who intend to have more than one website. If having more than one website is what you have in mind, then their recommendation is right. However, if you will not be building that second website right away, why not start with a cheap plan and upgrade later.
Type in your domain name to validate your web address.
Use the drop down menu to pick your domain gTLG. The default - highlighted in red is .com.
Here at YesOrYes, our gTLD is .co. Another example of a gTLD is .org. The .cm gTLD (Generic Top-Level Domain) is reserved for Cameroon. There are many reasons why you may want to use .cm or not use it. We will threat that in another post. In this post, I assume you are going to use a gTLD other than .cm.
If in the form you type “yesoryes” for instance and change the gTLD to “.co”, HostGator will show you this:
You are late to the party. We bought YesOrYes.co already and we are already in business. Click this box to buy your own domain name.
Be sure to select Hatchling. Choose a three (03) years hosting plan.
Usually, these are the default.
Apart from the fact that a three years hosting plan is cheaper than a one or two year plan, it helps. Google will take your website seriously when it comes to SEO because at least, they see that you intend to be around for a long time. Needless to say this is good for SEO.
NB: Your security PIN (4-8 Digits) is important. This is what customer service will ask you before attending to your problem. It proves ownership of your account.
In need of additional services, add them.
Except you are short on cash, I recommend you buy Site Lock Monitoring and Site Back up.
With every plan, you get professional emails with Web Mail. So email from Google is not very necessary.
Be advised. Additional services are billed yearly. It means that you have paid for these services for the first year. You’ll need to pay again for the second and third year.
P.S: If you are new to web development and you don’t know your way around, I recommend you buy these services. After all if you think about what they do for approximately Fcfa 25 000 /year for both, it is worth the investment.
NB: By default, they will bill the same Card or PayPal account you used to buy when payment is due. However, they’ll inform you way before time.
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I know it is hard to read all their terms, policies and conditions that is why I read them for you. Nonetheless, you should read them for yourself.
Here are a few I’ll like to mention.
The coupon you use now gives you a discount for three years. At the end of three years, normal rates will apply. To get another discount you’ll need renewal discount coupons or you buy when there are promotions. Be advised.
The 45 day money back guarantee is true. If you decide to cancel and we loose our commission before 45 days 🙁 - no problem. If you have the time send me an email to email@example.com and tell me why.
Choose HostGator. Don’t settle for less. I prefer to have more than what I’ll need when it comes to hosting.
Disk space and bandwidth at HostGator even for the Hatchling Plan is “unmetered,” meaning that there is no hard limit enforced. However, don’t misuse it. HostGator will contact you with any concerns regarding your use.
Unfortunately, not with the Hatching Plan. Only the Baby and Business plans allow unlimited domains to be hosted within the same account.
A domain would be domain.com whereas a subdomain would be sub.domain.com. At HostGator, you can create as many subdomains as you like.
Excellent customer support is a must these days. There is no compromising. This is where HostGator wins. I can attest to that. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get help when you need it. HostGator’s support staff is available 24/7/365 by telephone, live chat, and email.
With bad guys looking for ways to damage your business and reputation, instant backup is a requirement in hosting. With HostGator, you have the ability to create a backup of your entire cPanel account at any time. Upon completion of the backup, you will be provided with a download link. You can use this backup to restore your account on their servers if needed.
I know how it feels when you receive an email telling you your site will be down for 12—24hrs. This was one reason I preferred HostGator over my former host. HostGator guarantees that your site will be up 99.9% of the time they host it. This guarantee includes both network and server failures. If your site isn't up 99.9% in any one month they will issue a service credit to your account for the month. What a guarantee?
During this hard times, there is nothing wrong to ask what you’ll get for free. HostGator will not disappoint you. All eligible new HostGator accounts (including the Hatching Plan) includes a $100 Google AdWords credit, when you spend $25 in ad buys. Offer is redeemed within cPanel. Promotional credit must be applied within 15 days. Subject to AdWords terms & conditions. And that’s not all. HostGator has partnered with Bing Ads to provide HostGator customers with $100 worth of Bing Ads credit for free! Enjoy!
All accounts have FREE setup, and will be created automatically in 15 minutes or less. Among other CMS’, WordPress is one of the most widely-used platform today. One-click install is provided.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) allows you to upload and download files to and from your server using any FTP program. At HostGator, you can create as many FTP accounts as you need.
MySQL is the world's most popular open source database. Many forums and other database driven programs require MySQL to run. HostGator uses version 5+ at this time. Have no worries.
Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts are programs intended to be run on the web using a number of programming languages. Perl is one of the most common CGI scripting languages used today. HostGator has version 5.8.7 currently installed on thier servers.
FastCGI is a method to improve the speed of almost any scripting language we support, including Ruby, Python, Perl, and PHP.
PHP is a server side HTML embedded scripting language. All accounts come with support for 5.2.0.
HostGator allows you to use the OpenSSH Protocol (using Jailed Shell) on all Shared servers to make it easier to develop and debug your files with text editors like vim and nano.
Yes! Python is a programming/scripting language that can be used on many different computers and operating systems.
Yes! Server Side refers to Perl based HTML commands that direct a server to generate on-the-fly contact for web pages.
Yes! Crontab is a process in Unix systems that uses a Daemon called cron to execute commands for the user at a certain time.
Sure. Curl is a command line tool for transferring files with url syntax. Many hosts will not offer you this but we do.
I’m happy you asked. GD 2 is an ANSI library dynamic creation of images. GD 2 creates PNG and JPEG images, among other formats. HostGator stays up to date with the latest GD version.
Yes! ImageMagick is a robust collection of tools and libraries to read, write, and manipulate an image in many formats. HostGator stays up to date on the latest version.
HostGator supports Windows Media, Quicktime, and Real Media player allowing your customers to stream audio and video without slowing down your site.
HostGator will review requests for custom modules including POP3 within 24 hours.
HostGator includes squirrel, horde, and round cube with all our hosting packages . Web mail allows you to send and receive emails online by going to yoursite.com/webmail.
You can setup your email addresses so when they receive mail they will automatically reply back with your message.
Yes! Hatching: 20 Lists Max, Baby: 25 Lists Max, Business: 50 Lists Max.
Yes! A catch all email address will receive all emails delivered to non existent email addresses. If you would like this feature enabled, please e-mail support.
If you enable Spam Assasin it will block most spam from reaching your e-mail.
Yes! HostGator supports Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP permits a 'client' email program to access remote message stores as if they were local.
Yes! HostGator allows you to use our servers to send outgoing mail.
Yes! A cPanel allows you to monitor the amount of bandwidth used, space used, create e-mail addresses, sub domains, MySql databases, and much more instantly! HostGator offers the most current.
Yes! Soholaunch Pro Edition is website creation software made for people of all experience levels.
Yes! Hotlinking is when another site is linking to your images or files. Hotlink protection will stop them from stealing your bandwidth.
Yes! IP deny manager allows you to block whoever you want from being able to visit your site.
Yes! HostGator provides Error Logs. Also, you can create custom error pages that will display when anyone views a URL on your domain which does not exist or otherwise causes a common error.
Install your Blogs instantly with a click of the mouse: b2, b2evolution, Nucleus, pMachine Free, WordPress.
Install these portals instantly: Drupal, Geeklog, PHP-Nuke, phpWebSite, Post-Nuke, Siteframe, Xoops.
With a click of the mouse you have the ability to create a php nuke site.
You are welcome to install any forum you want with HostGator. You will even be able to install phpbb, InVision, and Yabbse instantly using the control panel.
Yes! A guestbook allows your friends to sign and leave messages.
Yes! Put a hit counter on your site instantly.
Yes! Formmail is a form that will email you all the info when filled out.
Redirects URLs lets you redirect pages of your site to any url you want.
Yes! You can upload your files directly from our control panel via the File Manager.
Yes! Password protect a directory and nobody can view its contents without a password.
1) No more waiting 24 hours for your stats to update. You can update them real time at the click of a button! 2) Get the most accurate Unique Visitors and Click Paths information in the industry. 3) See where your traffic is coming from - search engines, banner ads, referrals, email campaigns and more. 4) Analyze downloads, bandwidth usage, errors, and much more that is only possible with software-based web analytics.
Webalizer displays in-depth traffic statistics for your site.
Yes! You will have access to download the raw logs for your websites.
Yes! The referrer log will tell you from where the visitors to your web site originated; what other website referred them.
Yes! osCommerce is a free shopping cart that you can easily install and use on your domain.
Yes! Zen Cart is a powerful shopping cart that can be easily installed and used to sell items form your website.