Why Printers Should Host Their Own Web Site

by admin on February 18, 2008

Well, I spent pretty well all the free time this weekend porting this blog and the prepress store over to Canadian Web Hosting from Onehut.ca (which is actually onehut.com).

After the blog went down for the fourth time in less than four months, I realized I couldn't put it off any longer. Too bad, I'll try to get my money out of onehut, but I doubt they will even bother to answer my emails. Heck, they didn't even bother to answer my emails when their servers went down.

In contrast, when I phoned Canadian Web Hosting to upgrade my hosting package so it could take the extra load, it took me about 3 minutes to get through to a techie who obviously knew what he was talking about. And the upgrade happened so fast, I didn't even notice ANY downtime.

Anyways, Onehut.com and onehut.ca (same difference) is evil. I hope Google picks up that phrase and jacks it up to the top of the index when somebody does a search for onehut.

Speaking of hosting web sites in general I have the web site of Printcraft hosted on a server in the actual print shop. That is to say, I keep the web site in the shop. The reason for that is most printing shops have a business internet agreement anyways which gives them a static IP address and a fair bit of bandwidth. So it's relatively simple to set up  Apache  and set the router to forward traffic to the IP address of the web server.

I know what you are thinking, is this guy nuts, what do I know about Apache? Actually, you would be surprised, setting up Apache on Ubuntu was pretty easy, I mean easier than a LOT of other stuff that a sys admin has to do in a prepress shop.

The big advantage to have the web server inhouse for a printer is that you can set up simple scripts so that your customers can submit files via the web site to a hot folder of your prepress workflow (like Prinergy).

Again, the scripts are out there, it's easier than you think, or I should say, it's easier than a lot of other stuff we have to do in our jobs.

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Jezza February 18, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Google doesn’t appear to be picking them up but… lots of people have a fairly negative view of them here

http://forums.devshed.com/web-hosting-12/onehut-com-too-good-to-be-true-355174.html

When it comes to an upgrade though, it’s quite normal for an upgrade/transfer to go swiftly and smoothly, however, existing can be quite a different matter. Perhaps I’m being cynical.

Printers hosting their own site makes a lot of sense though.

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