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10 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host in Doha Qatar

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Like most things, making a decision on which web hosting company to choose can be tough. With all the companies out there each promising to have 99% uptime, unlimited resources, and knowledgeable support, there has to be a way to cut through the jargon and make an informed decision. Right?

This guide will help you make that decision by showing you how to compare apples to apples. By understanding what hosting companies mean by what they say, you’ll be able to decide which hosting company and package best suits your needs.

1. Price


This is the aspect most of us will look at first when choosing a hosting provider; however, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. When you see price differences it’s helpful to remember the old maxim that we get what we pay for. Jumping on the cheapest offer you see isn’t necessarily the best idea, especially if you rely on your site to make money. Things like non-outsourced support and quality hardware cost money, and a hosting company that charges $1.99 per month likely won’t offer these features. Take a closer look at the features that each host provides, and THEN compare prices.

Further reference(s):

  • UnlimitedQatar – A site with comprehensive list of hosting packages. Use this site to compare prices of almost any web hosting companies’ hosting packages in Qatar.


2. Area of Focus / Specialties


It’s a fact that not all web hosts are right for all different kinds of customers. Some offer great shared plans but don’t have solutions that are good for growing businesses, while others have great enterprise solutions but aren’t the right fit for someone with a small recipe blog. Look into a company’s specialty or area of expertise before you buy, and go with one that understands your particular needs as a customer. You can find reviews and recommendations on the Web, and many of these will talk about a particular company’s strengths and weaknesses.

3. Tech Specs / Limitations


Take a good, honest look at your site and figure out what you want it to do. If you’re hoping to host a blog, an e-commerce site, rich content, and videos, then you shouldn’t go with the cheapest hosting package you can find. A cheap hosting plan probably won’t have the RAM, processing power, and disk space to serve all these needs, and you’ll spend more time dealing with downtime or load issues than you would like.
Look to see what you are getting with the cheap host and what features are included in the cost. Do they charge for additional domains, support, backups, etc.. Call them. Ask questions. Tell them what you envision your site’s needs to be. Just don’t take it for granted that they take your site as seriously as you do.

4. Tech Support


In most people’s opinions, this is the big one. When my site, for some unknown reason, goes down, can I call up and get a real, live person on the phone? And, more than that, can they find out what’s wrong and fix it, or at least tell me what I need to do to get my site back online?

Before going with a host look into their reputation for customer support. See what kinds of different ways you can contact them when you need support – email, toll-free phone, chat, and so on. Are they staffed 24/7? Do they outsource support?
You’ll find that, like in price and technical specifications, all hosts are not equal. Some hang their hat on their support crew, and some view customer support as an afterthought. Steer clear of the latter.

5. Features / Add-Ons


This area of consideration comes down to the following question – What makes this hosting company special? What extra incentive do they provide to make hosting your site with them just a touch more attractive? Whether it’s multiple data centers, energy-saving practices, or additional features such as regular data backups or free domain privacy, hosting companies often offer more than just servers. If you see one that offers something you need or find important, that can be a good indicator that you should look into using that company.

6. Hardware


You might have to do a bit of reading (or question-asking) to get to the bottom of this one. What kind of machines does your hosting company use? Are they top-of-the-line, out-of-the-box new machines, or are they cobbled together from what might be spare parts and chicken wire?

If the hosting company doesn’t say what kind of servers they use, you’ll want to ask, since hardware can affect the performance of both their servers and your site.

7. Customer Reviews / Satisfaction / Reputation


This is one of those factors that you’ll have to get a little creative to get the real story on. Do a Google Blog search for a particular hosting company, or look them up on Twitter – whatever you have to do to see what their current (or former) customers are saying about them. Are they easy to contact for support? What’s the average time it takes to respond to a ticket? When they find a problem with a site, what’s their course of action?
This is one of the great things about social media – ask a question about a company, and you’re more likely than not to get a few answers.

8. Email Features


This is one of those areas where you might not have considered asking your host for help. If you have a spam problem, then it may be because your hosting company doesn’t provide an adequate solution to stop it. Look into or ask about your provider’s spam solutions and general email practices. No matter what they say, email isn’t dead quite yet.

9. Control Panel / User Interface


Even if you’re the least tech-savvy person in the world, there are some things – installing WordPress, setting up email, setting up FTP accounts – you should be able to do without calling your hosting company’s support line. Does your provider use cPanel or Plesk to make updates and modifications easier, or do they use some clunky interface that no one can figure out? You’ll most likely be the one working with it, so if you can’t figure it out, then that’s going to be a problem.

10. Scalability / Room to Grow


Finally, an important thing to consider about your hosting provider (and the plan you choose) is whether or not they fit into your plans for the future. In other words, what you consider adequate hosting now might not meet your needs two years from now, once you start selling your wares online and getting some good traffic to your site.

Any web-based enterprise should have its eye on growth, so if a hosting company might have difficulty accommodating that growth it could pose an issue. Does the host have VPS or Dedicated Server solutions? Will they be able to easily upgrade your account? Transferring from one host to another takes valuable time and effort which could be avoided if the company can scale their solutions for growth. As with all these factors, do some research, get some opinions, and make an informed decision. Add a comment

Website Design Ideas and Trends of 2016

 

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Some website trends go as quickly as they come, and others stick around for awhile. What kind of design trends can Qatar businesses expect this year? The trend of users migrating from desktop searching to mobile searching is continuing to grow. This will be a major factor in many of the designs coming out in the near future. It’s at the point now at which mobile-friendliness is one of the fundamentals of web design.
 

If you are looking for some new ideas for web page design in 2016, here are some of the trends:
 

Flattened designs

Website trends are going to continue flattening out. The flat design is going to be a dominate aesthetic throughout this year. Part of this reason is because lack of bevels makes a logo easier to view on a small display. A web page also loads faster when there is a flat design. Expect other elements such as images, icons, charts, etc. to get even flatter.
 

Full-screen forms

More apps and sites are going with full-screen input screens instead of just having a small form displayed on a portion of the page. Since more people are using touch screens, it makes sense to have a user-friendly design element that allows for users to easily type out words on the virtual keyboard with their finger. Full-screen forms also prevent the user from accidentally selecting the wrong option since the check boxes and buttons are large.
 

Long scrolling

A long, vertical design is now the norm with 2016 websites. It is no longer viable to place all important elements above the fold or to have multiple pages. Most internet users these days are accustomed to long scrolls on their mobile devices. This technique works particularly well for Qatar businesses that want to keep visitors paying attention through the use of storytelling. You can break the scroll into clear sections if you want to mimic a multi-page website.
 

Greater focus on interactions

Designers are beginning to spend more time working on prototyping in the browser in order to focus on interactions rather than layout. Up until recently, the limitations of prototyping tools have been challenging to test with real, dynamic content. Now, there are many plug-ins to address this problem. Designers can now actually focus on interactions while working on the coding rather than taking the time to move content and information around. As a result, there are going to be many more techniques used to interact at a micro-level.
 

Bolder colors

In recent years, apps and websites have been sticking with web-safe colors for the most part, including muted colors, blues, and reds for notifications and alerts. This coming year, this trend may very well come to an end. The replacement will be a greater variation in brand colors – particularly bold and saturated colors that appear fluorescent or neon.
 

Small animations

When there are an increasing number of sites featuring a flat and vertical scrolling design from looking alike, tiny, subtle animations can be placed throughout the page. These animations can be used to allow users to carry out certain tasks smoothly and efficiently.

These are a few of the trends you can expect to be popular this upcoming year. Keep these design ideas in mind when working on a website that will attract Qatar visitors.

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5 Trends That Are Going Strong in Doha Qatar

 

How trendy is your website design? Does your interface include some of the most visual and user-friendly tools of the year?

It’s not too late to jump on some of the hottest design trends of 2016. (Most of these concepts are rather timeless and will carry into next year.) Here, we’re going to take a look at five trends that have been going strong all year and look ahead to a few things that will likely shape the 2017 design landscape.

2016 Trends Going Strong

Return of the Scroll

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The scroll made a triumphant return in 2016 and we can credit it to mobile user patterns. Small screens make scrolling a necessity, and user returned to it when interacting with desktop websites as well.

And that’s a good thing.

The return of the scroll as an accepted user pattern provides more flexibility in the design and gives you more chances to interact with each visitor. Think of all the opportunities to play games, include scrolling features (parallax!) and develop other creative ways to tell your story.

There are a few tricks that you’ll want to consider when going back to the scroll:

  • Tell users what to do. With interactive elements, give users a visual cue so they know how to proceed; a scroll arrow or “Scroll” instruction is adequate.
  • Use the scroll purposefully. Don’t add effects just because you can. Users will only scroll if you give them good reason to.
  • Use that extra above-the-scroll space to take a risk or do something bold visually. Delight users with a strong image, video or messaging.
  • Don’t make it too difficult. Fancy scroll actions (such as left to right scrolling rather than up and down) can seem cool, but often confused users.
  • Think about the complete experience when it comes to scrolling. Is it better than clicking for your content? (The answer should be yes if you are planning a long-scroll website design.)
 

Container-Style User Interface Elements

 

Thank you, material design for re-introducing web designers everywhere to the container element concept. These container elements, mostly employed in the form of cards, are popping up everywhere and they make a lot of sense for responsive design.

Cards are a helpful way to organize information, based on the one element per container theory. Each box asks the user to do one thing, whether it is to click on a video, enter an email address or buy an item.

One of the most usable features of cards – and likely why they are so popular – is that they can work with any visual plan. You don’t need to design for the element. It can match any interface, allowing users to integrate cards into a design without having to change the visual concept.
 

Hidden Navigation Patterns

 

Designers have been arguing over the hamburger icon almost since its debut. Like it or not, one thing is certain it was the first step toward hidden and pop-out navigation patterns for all device types.

Now here’s why there is an argument over this tiny icon: Does hidden navigation make a website difficult for users? Do they not know where to go or what to click? (The answer probably depends on your side of the argument.)

There are some distinct design pros with hidden navigation:

  • Lack of traditional can streamline the visuals, making it cleaner.
  • Interesting navigation patterns are one more way to engage and delight users.
  • People don’t really use the navigation anyway, and prefer robust search.
  • The hamburger icon (and other similar treatments) have been along long enough that users understand how to interact with them.

And a few cons as well:

  • Navigation can get completely lost.
  • While the pop-out pattern works and is commonly accepted on mobile devices, desktop users prefer standard navigation.
  • The navigation is always hidden, resulting in a new click every time you want the menu.
  • There is less opportunity for people to “discover” content through navigation.

While the hamburger icon is not the only option for hidden menus, it is still one of the most popular. If you are thinking about using this trend, consider your audience and their web-savviness before making the change. Some of the best examples of hidden nav now come with instructions or a mash up of traditional and pop-out menus, with a few main options and a full menu that’s hidden.

Bright Color Schemes

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The bold, flashy color schemes associated with flat and material design have crept into design patterns of all styles. (And that’s a good thing.)

Bright color schemes are engaging and can help users feel a certain way when they interact with the design. (Typically bright, saturated hues are connected with happiness and desire much more than darker counterparts.) Color can help bring focus to your message and make users want to emotionally connect with the brand.

Here’s the big part of the trend: Bright color is fun! Many users visit websites for their entertainment value, whether it is to waste a few minutes while waiting in line or to share something with a friend, bright color schemes encourage those behaviors.

What’s nice about the trend is that in addition to the blues and greens that are commonplace, the trend has encouraged more designers to take changes with pinks, oranges and purples. The result is a fun, bold, eye-catching visual presence that draws users in.

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