HOSTERPK – HOSTNEXT Merger

After months of deliberations and discussions I am excited to tell our clients that HosterPK has merged with HostNext Web Solutions, another top Pakistan based web hosting company which has been in business since 2005.

We will now be doing business as HosterPK PVT LTD, and will use ‘https://www.hosterpk.com‘ as our primary domain name.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the esteemed clients who have joined us through HostNext šŸ™‚ My name is Israr ul Haq and I have been running HosterPK from last 10 years.

2ndly to our existing HosterPK clients I would like to introduce my partner Mr. Sohail Asif who has also been in the same business from over 15 years. He has joined as CEO of the company.

Over the last few years both of us have been looking for a partner to grow the business and to be able to better manage the business by providing better services.

Sohail Bhai and I have been working together as a team from last couple of months and it has been a great experience working with him, and I am confident that under his leadership we will achieve new heights in customer satisfaction and business growth.

I will be working as CMO and will hold ceremonious title of co-owner of the company šŸ™‚

What this means for you as client:-

Both HosterPK’s and HostNext’s focus has been on client satisfaction and by combining our resources we are now in much better position to improve our support and services. We have already started working on:

  • Improving our support team,
  • Upgrading servers,
  • Launching new services like enterprise SSD business hosting and Dedicated Servers.
  • We are now PKNIC SRS partner so we will be able to provide PKNIC cards and .PK Domains at much cheaper rates than our competitors.
  • We are already providing unbeatable prices for the domain registration for .com, .net, .info etc and we will be adding support for more TLDs soon.
  • We are also planning to launch servers within Pakistan in the next year.

Further as both companies have been managing our own servers instead of relying on reseller packages (which most of other companies here do), we are in a unique position to combine our knowledge to provide better servers and services than any other company in Pakistan.

In addition to having authority over server management, we have different but complementary strengths in types of skills both companies possess e.g. HostNext has been a corporate focused company with years of experience in cultivating personal relationships with clients while HosterPK has in addition to having large client base and dedicated team of support staff which should result in better services for our clients.

Due to the merger, we are now the top web hosting company in Pakistan, providing hosting services to bloggers, business owners, shops, e-commerce sites and corporate organisations including some of the top brands in Pakistan. e.g. PizzaHut, 92News, NewsOne, Burger King, ICI, NHA and many more.

Further we are now SECP registered Private Limited Company with two partners, which should bring security to you as we are aware of cases where clients lost access to their domains / hosting accounts due to some mishap happening to owner of the company.

What Changes are To Be Expected:-

Changes in Bank Accounts:-

Well we have tried to limit the changes to the minimum, but as with new company formation, we have to update our Bank Accounts so you are requested to use only the bank accounts listed on our payment options page. Currently we support 3 banks (HBL, ABL, Bank Alfalah), but in the coming months we are planning to have more options available including other major banks plus an integrated payment gateway using JazzCash so your payments are processed automatically.

Minor Changes in Packages:-

We will be introducing some new packages as well shortly. We have already introduced business hosting packages listed here. These are pure SSD based packages providing more speed, server reliability, email reliability and so much more.

I am humbled and grateful for the support of our clients over the last 10 years and look forward to working with you so we’re able to provide you even more than we could before, and I canā€™t wait to show you everything weā€™ve got in store for you.

HosterPK Prices Revision (Jun 2018)

As we are aware that the USD to PKR exchange rate has increased fromĀ PKR 105Ā on December 2017 (when the last PKR pricing were updated on our site) to now at aroundĀ PKR 120.

As all our servers / vps / ssl certificates / domains purchases are directly billed in USD so whenever PKR falls we are directly hit with higher pricings, as a result we have to adjust thisĀ in PKR pricing. You should see our new hosting pricingsĀ on our websiteĀ and domain pricingsĀ here.

Please note that ourĀ actual USD pricingĀ has remained the same since 2009 (e.g. USD 17.34 for Plan I). We only changed the PKR pricing from time to timeĀ (usually once a year) to match this value in PKR.

Recently the USD to PKR exchange rate is changing a lot so we are moving to a USD based pricing but the will still show the matching PKR pricing as well. This will mean there are no sudden pricing increases going forward and also if the USD to PKR exchange rate goes down, the PKR pricing will be lowered automatically as well.

We thank you for your cooperation and appreciate your understanding.

We would love your thoughts and suggestions, so please use the comments box below to voice your thoughts.

Inodes limits and how to reduce inodes count

An Inode is a data structure used to store the meta data of a file. The number of inodes indicates the number of files and folders you have under your hosting account. All the shared hosting service providers maintain these limits in order to avoid disk abuse as having large number of files on the system causes IO issues resulting in slowness for all the sites on the server.

Limits

The implemented inodes limits are:

Soft limit (150,000): If your inode count is 150K, your account will be removed from automatic weekly backups.

Hard limit (250,000): When the inode count reaches 250K, no further files can be added to the account.

If your hosting account usage is normal, you will not need to check the inodes limit, however if your account is creating large number of files automatically sprouting thousands of files within a day then you may hit the inode limit and may require to clean or properly configure your account.

The good news is you can very easily get your account under the limit by following these guidelines:

  1. Delete the unnecessary files and folders under your account
  2. Delete junk or spam emails
  3. Delete cache created by many CMS

You can also contact us and we can provide you with exact location of folder where most of inodes are being used.

 

Activating and Configuring WordPress Fastest Cache

If you are running a WordPress site, it is recommended to enable the WordPress Fastest Cache plugin as it creates static html pages for your php pages, resulting in much faster page response times.

Plugin can be enabled from the wordpress admin dashboard by simply visiting Plugins -> Add New -> Search Plugins and searching for ‘WordPress Fastest Cache’.

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Once Installed and Activated, simply enable the ‘Cache System’ and ‘Browser Cache’ to enable the functionality. You can enable more options as well depending on your requirements.

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Enabling Cloudflare for your Domain Name

CloudFlare is a free services that protects and accelerates your site by optimising content delivery and routing traffic through their intelligent global network, blocking hacking attempts against your site so your visitors get the fastest page load times, best performance and enhanced security.

To activate cloudfalre, simply login to your cPanel at: example.com:2082 (replace example.com with your own domain name) and under the ‘Software’ section click on ‘Cloudflare’ icon. Them simply follow the steps to enable the free cloudflare service:

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