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Advantages of Dedicated Hosting

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Dedicated hosting services are very popular with larger businesses that require uptime and security due to the sensitive nature of the information that they are going to be storing on their server, and also because their websites generally act as a source of information for a large number of people. There are two main forms of dedicated web hosting available from most web hosting providers – VPS servers and dedicated servers; VPS server hosting services are designed for individuals rather than businesses and are seen to bridge the gap between shared web hosting services and dedicated servers, whereas dedicated servers are targeted at bigger businesses as is evident with the price tag that is attached to most dedicated server hosting services. VPS servers and dedicated servers can provide you with similar advantages, the main difference being that a dedicated server will allow you to make the most of these advantages.

Reliability

Dedicated hosting services will be able to provide you with a high level of reliability that you will be able to your advantage since it will allow you to get on with more important tasks without having to worry about the reliability of your website. The specifications of most VPS servers and dedicated servers allow webmasters to host a number of websites without having to give great consideration to the stability of the hosting server. It is important to choose a dedicated web hosting service that is of the correct specification for your requirements as you don’t want to end up paying for resources that you are never going to use; in most situations you will be able to benefit from the configuration options offered by most web hosting providers since these will allow you to ‘build’ your own VPS server or dedicated server so that you end up with a web hosting service that is specifically tailored to your requirements.

Security

Dedicated hosting services can also be relied upon to offer a secure web hosting environment which is what most businesses require these days if they wish to be able to make the most of their web presence. The dedicated web hosting environment offered by VPS servers and dedicated servers will allow you to customize your web hosting environment so that it suits your needs ideally, thus allowing you to secure your server to an extent that you feel will match the importance of your website when you consider the information that is going to be stored. There are many different security measures that you can take to provide yourself with a more secure web hosting environment, although these will depend on the operating system that you choose to have installed on your VPS server or dedicated server. If you are going to be processing the credit card details and storing the personal information of your visitors then it is going to be important for you to have a highly secure web hosting environment that can’t be infiltrated by hackers; for such a situation a dedicated server would be more appropriate than a VPS server as you will be provided with complete isolation in your own physical hosting environment rather than simply being hosted on a physical server with many other users.

Guaranteed Resources

A VPS server or dedicated server will provide you with your own guaranteed resources that no-one else will be able to make use of. The guaranteed resources offered by dedicated web hosting services will allow you to ensure a high level of reliability, and the isolation provided by having your own guaranteed resources will count towards the higher level of security that can be achieved. Although a dedicated server can offer you the ability to make full use of the resources that you have purchased including your dedicated server’s CPU, VPS server hosting services can be a lot more limited and in most situations you will have to share the hosting node’s CPU with the other VPS servers hosted on that node.

In conclusion, there are several advantages to using dedicated web hosting that you can take away and make the most of as you wish. How effective these advantages are will depend on how well your VPS server or dedicated server is managed as well as its specifications and what it is used for.

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Budget Web Hosting

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

A budget web hosting package is going to be the cheapest web hosting service offered by most web hosting providers and although you may think that cheap is going to mean nasty, you do need to take into consideration that budget web hosting services are there to fill a niche in the market meaning that web hosting providers are going to want to offer a good level of service. The most popular web hosting platform for budget web hosting packages to be hosted on is Linux as this helps to reduce the overall costs that web hosting providers have to factor into the price of their budget web hosting services; this also means that a budget web hosting package will be feature packed allowing it to represent good value for money.

Why should I choose a budget web hosting package?

A budget web hosting package will be able to offer you a feature packed web hosting service for a low cost meaning that a cheap web hosting service can often represent good value for money. Some of the benefits of using a budget web hosting package include:

  • Low cost – a budget web hosting service can be picked up for a relatively low cost which will benefit you in the long term since it means that there won’t be a need to spend a large amount on the web hosting service that you use – it is a good idea to take into consideration that the web hosting provider you choose will affect how good value for money your budget web hosting service presents, and although you won’t be paying a great deal for your web hosting package it is still important for you to be sure that you are getting the most for your money – it is important to shop around as there will always be a low cost web hosting service available to beat your existing web hosting package in terms of cost
  • Features – budget web hosting packages are generally feature packed since they are aimed at users with a low budget who want a web hosting package that will be able to offer them a wide variety of features – feature packed web hosting services are also more appealing to consumers since they are led to believe that they are getting better value for money if their web hosting package comes with many features – as budget web hosting services are aimed at those who are using web hosting services for the first time, included features may allow you to create a website using a web-based wizard rather than having to code your own or having to use a desktop editor, you will also find that script installation applications are also a popular feature
  • Good starting place – a budget web hosting package is the ideal form of web hosting to use if you are starting out with web hosting for the first time since a budget web hosting package should be able to provide you with the environment that you require to test and upload a basic database driven website – a budget web hosting package will provide you with the most basic features that will allow you to get started with web hosting such as email accounts so that you can make the most of your domain name as well as FTP accounts so that you can upload files directly to your web space.

Budget web hosting packages can provide first time users with many benefits in terms of cost and value for money. Unless you have clear cut requirements it is recommended that you choose a budget web hosting service as your web hosting service of choice if using web hosting for the first time.

What are the disadvantages of using budget web hosting?

Although you aren’t going to be paying a great deal for your budget web hosting service, there are disadvantages to using budget web hosting that you need to be aware of. Such disadvantages could include:

  • Reliability – the likelihood is that your budget web hosting packages is going to be hosted on a server with many other budget web hosting packages meaning that you shouldn’t come to expect too much in terms of reliability – as web hosting providers aren’t going to be making much profit on each budget web hosting service that they sell, they are going to fit as many web hosting accounts as they can on a single server as this will allow them to maximise the profit that can be made from the sale of each individual budget web hosting package
  • Security – web hosting providers may also skimp on security in some situations as this is an area where it could be easy for them to save money, and so if your website is going to be used for the processing or storage of personal data of any kind then you may wish to consider a higher end form of web hosting for your requirements – the number of websites that are hosted on the same server as yours could also pose a potential security risk since it is going to be hard for your web hosting provider to guarantee the security of each individual website.

In conclusion, budget web hosting services are ideal for those who are using web hosting for the first time. In order to make the most of a budget web hosting package it is important to ensure that you are getting the most resources possible for your budget.

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Linux Web Hosting

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The most basic form of web hosting offered by most web hosting providers is going to be Linux shared web hosting services, and even then web hosting providers offer Linux distributions as an optional web hosting platform with most other forms of web hosting. Linux is seen as the most secure and most reliable web hosting platform available and will allow you to host a large number of websites on a low to mid-specification server without having to worry about the uptime or stability of either the server or the websites. Linux web hosting services are very cheap and can offer you many benefits; Linux can be used on VPS servers and dedicated servers meaning that if you are looking for a low-cost dedicated web hosting service, you should consider using the Linux operating system over a version of the Windows operating system.

What are the advantages of using Linux web hosting?

There can be many advantages to using Linux web hosting, although this will depend on exactly what your requirements are and what you are plan on using your Linux web hosting service for. Some of the main advantages of using Linux web hosting services include:

  • Cost – the price of most Linux web hosting services is the main attraction for mot since they are able to offer excellent value for money and Linux shared web hosting packages are ideal for those who are after web hosting on a shoestring budget – the main reason for Linux web hosting services being so cheap is the fact that web hosting providers don’t have to pay for the Linux operating system as it is open source and therefore free to use – all Linux web hosting services can be found for a very low price regardless of whether you are looking for a shared web hosting package or a dedicated server, but at the end of the day you do need to consider that the prices of web hosting services will go up with the higher the form of web hosting you choose to use
  • Security – a Linux web hosting environment will be able to offer you a higher level of security than a Windows web hosting environment and this is one of the reasons why most people tend to consider Linux web hosting services over Windows web hosting services – there are many security measures that can be taken on Linux servers to help ensure the security of both the server and the websites that the server is hosting with most tools allowing you to stop attacks that are aimed directly at the server as well as any that may be attempted through hosted websites that have been coded insecurely – however, these applications and modules need to be installed and configured correctly if they are going to be of any use which means that if you choose a Linux VPS server or Linux dedicated server, experience with server management would be ideal
  • Reliability – the reliability of a web hosting service is an important factor for businesses these days as they want to be sure that their website will always be available to use when it needs to be – Linux is probably the most reliable server operating system available as the operating system itself and most of the applications available make good use of the server’s resources – open source operating systems and applications can also have their core modified so that they are optimized to make more effective use of the resources that they have available, leaving some available for when the server suffers load spikes.

The advantages of Linux web hosting show that a Linux web hosting package will be able to meet the needs of most users, but it is important to consider that Windows web developers will only be able to use Windows web hosting services therefore meaning if your website has been developed using Microsoft technologies, you shouldn’t consider Linux web hosting.

What are the disadvantages of using Linux web hosting?

There can also be disadvantages to be aware of when considering Linux web hosting, although the low cost means that they are unlikely to impact you greatly if you are using a Linux shared web hosting package. The main disadvantages that you could face when using a Linux web hosting service include:

  • Microsoft services support – a Linux web hosting server will not be able to support popular Microsoft technologies such as classic ASP and ASP.NET, nor will you be able to host databases that have been created in Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server – as both ASP scripting frameworks and Microsoft database systems have commercial value, websites that have been developed using either will only function correctly on Windows web hosting servers and this can be an added cost since Windows web hosting services are generally more expensive than Linux web hosting services – if any Linux web hosting service claims to support any of the aforementioned technologies then the chances are that the support offered is either very limited or it is just a selling gimmick
  • Security restrictions – in some situations, the security measures that are put in place by web hosting providers actually have a negative impact and instead affect the performance of the websites that are hosted on the server concerned – if you find that the security restrictions put in place by your web hosting provider affect the performance of your website then you may wish to consider another web hosting provider for your requirements since in most situations web hosting providers are unwilling to back down over the security measures that they implement.

In conclusion, Linux web hosting can be highly effective for those who are on a budget but wish to be able to make the most of what web hosting has to offer. You can purchase anything all the way from a Linux shared hosting service all the way up to a Linux dedicated server meaning that whatever your level of requirement may be, there will be a Linux web hosting service available for you.

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Dedicated Web Hosting Environment

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

A dedicated web hosting environment is offered by VPS servers and dedicated servers and will enable you to create a web hosting environment that suits your requirements specifically meaning that you won’t have to worry about the implications that other users or websites could have on the performance of your own website. Although VPS servers and dedicated servers are going to be slightly more expensive than shared web hosting services, the benefits that are offered are likely to appeal directly to businesses that are going to be able to justify the cost of a VPS server or dedicated server.

What are the benefits of using a dedicated web hosting environment?

Using a dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with a much more flexible web hosting experience as you will be offered full control of your VPS server or dedicated server with Remote Desktop access being provided to the users of Windows servers whilst the owners of Linux servers will be able to manage their servers via SSH. The main benefits of using a dedicated web hosting environment include:

  • Increased control – a dedicated web hosting environment can provide you with greater control over your web hosting service as you will be provided with either root or administrator access to your VPS server or dedicated server – if you choose to go with a Windows server then you will be able to manage it via Remote Desktop whilst if you choose to go with a Linux server then you will be able to manage your server hosting service via SSH – this increased level of control allows you to create a web hosting environment that is ideal for your requirements meaning that if you have specific requirements that can’t be met by shared hosting packages, a web hosting service capable of offering you a dedicated web hosting environment may be right up your street
  • Isolation – a dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with your own web hosting environment that is separate from anyone else meaning that you won’t have to worry about other users affecting the performance of your server or website – when using shared web hosting services you are sharing the entire hosting environment with other websites that are hosted on the same servers as your thus meaning that is a website is insecure, your website as well as the others on the same server are being put at risk – the isolation provided by a dedicated web hosting environment means that you will only ever need to worry about the security of your own website and not that of others
  • Security – web hosting services that offer a dedicated web hosting environment such as a VPS server or dedicated server will also be able to guarantee you a higher level of security than a shared web hosting service as you will be provided with a solution that will allow you to secure your server to a level that suits you – this means for example that if you are an online retailer that processes credit card information, a dedicated web hosting environment will allow you to secure your server to such an extent that it will be hard for hackers to gain entry to your server – in general it is recommended that you secure your server to a high level as if you are storing sensitive information and your website becomes compromised, you could find yourself in trouble.

A dedicated web hosting environment will be highly beneficial for businesses that require a web hosting environment that they can customize as a dedicated web hosting environment will allow you to use the applications that only you require.

What are the disadvantages of using a dedicated web hosting environment?

There can also be disadvantages to using web hosting services that can offer you a dedicated web hosting environment, such as:

  • Cost – VPS server hosting services and dedicated servers are the only two forms of web hosting that will be able to offer you a dedicated web hosting environment, and since both are forms of dedicated web hosting environment – dedicated web hosting services are generally the preserve of larger businesses that will be able to justify the cost of using such a web hosting service, and so this means that web hosting providers are able to get away with charging a high price – similarly, businesses that require a dedicated web hosting environment generally need it for a reason that there is no work around for meaning that they will be willing to pay a high price for what they receive
  • Management – in order for a dedicated web hosting environment to be effective you will need to be able to manage it properly as otherwise you may find that you aren’t able to make the most of your VPS server or dedicated server – when choosing any VPS server or dedicated server you will be required to select the operating system that you want to have installed on your server, and you will be able to choose from either a Linux distribution or a version of the Windows operating system – it is important to choose the operating system that you are most familiar with since this will allow you to customize your server to a greater extent – it is important to remember that if you feel server management is going to be an issue for you, there are managed VPS servers and dedicated servers available.

In conclusion, a dedicated web hosting environment will allow you to make the most of the VPS server or dedicated server hosting service that you have purchased. Although dedicated web hosting services are going to be expensive, for the most part they are worth the investment since you will be provided with a much more reliable and secure web hosting service.

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Dedicated Servers

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Dedicated servers can provide you with a highly reliable web hosting service that can offer both security and reliability. Dedicated server hosting is a service that is offered by numerous web hosting providers meaning that there is a large pool of different dedicated servers for you to choose from depending on what your requirements are. Windows dedicated servers are available for use by Windows web developers who require a dedicated Windows web hosting environment; however, for those who are looking for a cheaper and more cost effective solution then there are Linux dedicated servers available from most web hosting providers. Although dedicated servers can be expensive, it is important to consider that a dedicated server is the only form of physical web hosting available.

How can using a dedicated server benefit me?

Dedicated servers are able to offer both businesses and individuals that have complex web hosting requirements with many advantages that will aid them in having their web hosting requirements met. The main advantages of using dedicated servers include:

  • Reliability – dedicated servers are able to provide you with a greater level of reliability meaning that if you require a web hosting service capable of offering high levels of uptime, a dedicated server is the right form of web hosting for you – most web hosting providers now have reliability as one of their main aims since it is linked directly to customer satisfaction since most customers aren’t going to be impressed if the web hosting service that they are paying for isn’t available – as most businesses rely on their web presence to provide them with income in one way or another, a highly reliable web hosting service is recommended and this is why dedicated server hosting has become to be so popular
  • Security – a dedicated server can also provide you with a highly secure web hosting environment which can be beneficial to businesses that use their websites to process personal data to any extent, for example online shops that are processing customers’ credit card details – there are many measures that you can take to help guarantee the security of your web hosting environment and by using a dedicated server you can be sure that you will only have to worry about the security of your own website and won’t have to worry about any other users or websites compromising the security of your own website
  • Dedicated web hosting environment – although the dedicated web hosting environment provided by a dedicated server can benefit you in terms of reliability and security, a dedicated web hosting environment will also allow you to install any applications of your choice on your dedicated server meaning that your server will function in the way that you want it to – however, it is important to ensure that any third-party applications that you do install on your dedicated server comply with your web hosting provider’s AUP (Acceptable Usage Policy) as otherwise you could find yourself having your server suspended – on the other hand you also need to consider the specifications of your dedicated server since it may not be powerful enough to run certain applications.

The advantages of dedicated servers show that a dedicated server can offer good value for money to larger businesses that have a large amount of money to spend on their web hosting services.

Are there any disadvantages to using dedicated server hosting services?

Although dedicated servers are designed to offer small businesses many benefits over using existing forms of web hosting that are available, there are disadvantages to using dedicated servers that you need to be aware of. Such disadvantages could include:

  • Price – the cost of a dedicated server can be off-putting to some people as dedicated server hosting is generally the most expensive form of web hosting available as dedicated servers are the only physical form of web hosting available in any situation – the price of your dedicated server will vary depending on the specification that you have chosen to use with low specification dedicated servers being much cheaper than high specification dedicated servers – if you find the price of dedicated servers off-putting then there are different measures that you can take to help reduce the amount that you pay for your dedicated server such as by going for an unmanaged dedicated server over a managed dedicated server and considering a Linux server rather than a Linux server
  • Management – if you wish to be able to make the most of the dedicated server that you have purchased then it is going to be important for you to be able to manage your dedicated server properly – if you have managed dedicated servers in the past then it makes sense for you to choose the server operating system that you have the most experience with since this will allow you to make the most of both the operating system and dedicated server – if you have never managed a server to any extent before then fear not as there will be managed dedicated servers available from most web hosting providers, although if you wish to use a managed dedicated server then you will need to pay quite a bit more
  • Resource assignments – although dedicated servers have the ability to offer large resource assignments that can outstrip those that are offered by lower end forms of web hosting, for most the resources that a dedicated server has to offer are just too much meaning that they are going to have spare resources that they won’t be using – for some this can mean that dedicated server hosting doesn’t offer good value for money, but for larger businesses the resources that there are to offer are perfect since it means that they can run their large scale web applications without having to worry about impacting on other users.

In conclusion, the price of a dedicated server is the main disadvantage of using dedicated server hosting but for larger businesses that dedicated server hosting is aimed at, the cost of a dedicated server is only going to be a drop in the water to them.

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Server Hosting Service

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Server hosting services are able to provide you with many benefits over traditional shared web hosting services, the main one being that you will be provided with your own dedicated web hosting environment meaning that you are offered greater flexibility. Most web hosting providers are able to supply you with a wide variety of VPS servers and dedicated servers, all of different specifications meaning that there will always be something available to fit your requirements. You will also be offered the choice between Windows servers and Linux servers in most situations meaning that you will always be able to find a VPS server or dedicated server that uses the operating system that you require; it is important for there to be that choice there since the requirements of some businesses may mean that they are only able to use one particular operating system.

What are the advantages of using server hosting services?

A VPS server or dedicated server will be able to provide you with a number of different benefits, although it is important for you to be able to justify the cost of a server hosting service if you wish for it to represent good value for money. The main advantages of using server hosting include:

  • Dedicated web hosting environment – a VPS server or dedicated server will be able to provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment that will allow you to install any applications of your own choice on your server – this helps to ensure that you are able to configure your server hosting service to function in the way that you want it to, granted that you have root or administrator access to your server – if you choose to go for a Windows server hosting service then you will be able to access your dedicated hosting environment via Remote Desktop, but if you have chosen a Linux server hosting service then you will be able to do the same using SSH instead
  • Reliability – a server hosting service will be able to provide you with a higher level of reliability which will lead to greater uptime, thus meaning that the high price of server hosting services is justified – high uptime web hosting services are highly beneficial to businesses that rely on their websites for a source of income in one way or another as it means that they can then maximize their chances of making good money from their website – the fact that you are provided with your own resources means that you won’t have to worry about other users affecting the uptime of your website
  • Security – the dedicated web hosting environment provided by a server hosting service will allow you to achieve a higher level of security since you will be able to secure your VPS server or dedicated server to a level that matches your requirements – you will also find that you won’t have to share any portion of your server with anyone else meaning that you won’t have to worry about the security of any other web hosting accounts or websites, just the security of your own.

The advantages of server hosting services show that businesses stand to benefit greatly from the use of a dedicated server or VPS server. It is important to note that in order to make the most of a VPS server or dedicated server you will need to be able to manage it properly, or have the provisions in place to ensure that it is managed properly.

What are the disadvantages of using server hosting services?

There can also be disadvantages to using server hosting services that you need to be aware of since you may find that after reviewing the situation, another form of web hosting may be more suitable for your requirements. The main disadvantages of using a VPS server or dedicated server can include:

  • Price – using any server hosting service is going to be expensive as you are paying for resources that aren’t supplied with cheaper forms of web hosting such as shared web hosting packages – a VPS server can be seen as a cheaper alternative to a dedicated server but it is important to note that a VPS server is only a virtual form of web hosting whereas with a dedicated server you will be provided with your own physical server that you won’t have to share with anyone else
  • Server management – with a VPS server or dedicated server it is important for you to be able to manage it properly so that you are able to make the most of your server hosting service – if you feel that you don’t have the skills required to be able to manage a server properly then you may wish to consider a managed server hosting service – although managed server hosting will cost you more, it does provide you with an opportunity to ensure that your server is managed properly meaning that everything will function correctly.

In conclusion, a server hosting service will be able to offer you a higher level of uptime which is what most businesses require. A secure hosting environment will also aid you if you are going to be using your website for the processing of personal data such as credit card information.

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SSL Web Hosting

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

A Windows web hosting service or Linux web hosting service will be able to provide you with the facility to use an SSL certificate that can then be used to ensure that all data transferred between your website and your visitor’s computers is secure. SSL stands for ‘secure socket layer’ and adds an additional layer of security to your website as it allows you to ensure that all of the data transferred between the server that your website is hosted on and your visitor’s computers is encrypted, this means that if any hackers or malicious attackers try to eavesdrop on the information as it is being transferred, they won’t be able to do anything with it as it will be unreadable. It is important to take into consideration that you will need a dedicated IP address if you wish to use an SSL certificate,; this will need to be purchased as an additional extra with a shared web hosting service but will be provided for free with a VPS server or dedicated server.

What are the advantages of using SSL web hosting?

Using an SSL certificate with your web hosting package and website will provide you with many advantages in terms of security as it will allow you to expand the possibilities of what you are able to use your website for. Such advantages may include:

  • Secure web hosting – although an SSL certificate isn’t directly related to the security of the server that your website is hosted on, it will still aid you in developing a secure web hosting environment as it means that you can be sure that the data transferred out of your website is encrypted – as long as your web hosting package will provide you with a dedicated IP address then you will be able to use an SSL certificate with your website
  • Visitor confidence – most SSL certificate issuers will provide you with a ‘seal’ that you can display on your website, and on top of this most web browsers will make something of the fact that your website is using an SSL certificate – both of these factors will increase the confidence that your visitor’s have in your website meaning that if your website is an online shop or you are using it to collect personal information then your visitors are more likely to input confidential information such as their name and address or even their credit card information
  • Varying costs – the cost of setting up your website to use an SSL certificate can vary depending on several different factors including the strength of the certificate that you are using – this can be beneficial in most cases since it means that you will be able to setup your website to use an SSL certificate for a relatively low amount of money if you choose to go for one of the less stronger SSL certificates – however, if you are a larger business then this could cost you more as it will mean you are going to need a stronger SSL certificate if you are going to be handling particularly sensitive information.

An SSL certificate will be able to provide you with a more secure web hosting environment but will also allow you to show to your visitors that you take the security of your website seriously and that you care about the safety of the data that they’re entering into your website.

What are the disadvantages of using SSL web hosting?

There can also be disadvantages to using an SSL certificate that you should be aware of if you wish to create a reliable and usable secure web hosting environment. The disadvantages that you could face may include:

  • Extra costs – as well as the cost of the SSL certificate that you are going to be using, you will also need to consider the cost of a dedicated IP address to you as well as the administration costs that may be involved with the installation of an SSL certificate – some web hosting providers will charge you for the installation of a dedicated SSL certificate although if you buy one directly from them then this cost may be waived, but nearly every web hosting company around will charge you a small monthly fee in order to have a dedicated IP address fixed to your web hosting account
  • Need for dedicated IP address – the need for a dedicated IP address in order to be able to use an SSL certificate can be off-putting for some since it is an added cost and generally means that you have to update your DNS servers before you can make use of the SSL certificate thus increasing the deployment time – this can also add to the cost of deployment an SSL certificate.

In conclusion, SSL web hosting can benefit both you and your visitors since a secure web hosting environment will provide you with peace of mind whilst the use of an SSL certificate will provide your visitors with a higher sense of security and trust with you and your website.

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Microsoft Access Hosting

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Any Windows web hosting service is capable of supporting the highly popular Microsoft Access database system, a database application generally used as part of the development of small websites. If you have developed a website using classic ASP or ASP.NET then the likelihood is that you are going to be using a Microsoft Access database as the backend for your website; however, Microsoft Access is only recommended for small and simple websites as it isn’t the most scalable of applications – if you wish to develop highly efficient web applications for hosting in a Windows web hosting environment then you should consider using Microsoft SQL Server as your database backend rather than Microsoft Access.

What are the advantages of using Microsoft Access?

Using Microsoft Access databases can provide you with many advantages regardless of whether you are using it for keeping data in order or as part of a broader website project. Such advantages of using Microsoft Access include:

  • Easy to manage – Microsoft Access databases are very easy to manage since all you require is the desktop application that will allow you to both create and modify databases – if you were to use an SQL database system then you would need to setup a separate database server and management application which would add to the time that it takes you to deploy a new database server – also with a Microsoft Access database you don’t have any distinct need for any technical knowledge as everything is put into context when using Microsoft Access
  • Dynamic websites – a Microsoft Access database can be used in conjunction with a classic ASP or ASP.NET based website to created a dynamic website that can have its contents served from a database providing you with a solution that is much easier to manage – many websites are now dynamic in the way that they serve their content as this can be much more beneficial for web developers that are trying to create highly scalable systems that can be managed by many different people but also be used by many visitors at the same time
  • Lightweight – Microsoft Access databases are generally light on resource usage meaning that you can use a Microsoft Access database on a Windows server that may not necessarily be of the highest specification available – Microsoft Access databases are called directly as a file when a script is loaded meaning that there is no service constantly running as is the case with Microsoft SQL Server databases, helping to save on system resource usage.

Microsoft Access can provide web developers with an easy to use and quick solution that will aid them with the development of dynamic websites that are being designed for hosting in a Windows web hosting environment.

What are the disadvantages of using Microsoft Access?

There can also be disadvantages to using Microsoft Access that you should be aware of as you may find that another database application or server may be able to meet your needs more adequately. Such disadvantages could include:

  • Price – in order to be able to use and manage Microsoft Access databases you first need to own the application which is part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications – you will find that you may need to put forward quite a bit of money if you wish to purchase a version of Microsoft Office, although Microsoft Access can be purchased as a standalone application for a small amount of money – however, on top of this you will also need to consider the added cost of using Windows web hosting services
  • Scalability – Microsoft Access isn’t able to offer businesses and individuals the most scalable of database hosting solutions which could cause issues in some cases where businesses require an easy to use database solution that will be able to scale along with their requirements – however, for those that require scalable database hosting in a Windows web hosting environment there is always Microsoft SQL Server which can offer a highly reliable database hosting service
  • Flexibility – Microsoft Access doesn’t offer you the greatest level of flexibility as it is designed for use as a desktop database application rather than as part of a web application – for example, Microsoft SQL Server will be able to offer you a greater number of useful features such as stored procedures that will cut down the number of SQL queries that you have to factor into your code.

In conclusion, Microsoft Access is a decent solution for businesses and individuals that are running smaller websites since a Microsoft Access database won’t be the most scalable of database solutions available. If you wish to develop scalable web applications for use in a Windows web hosting environment then Microsoft SQL Server databases are going to be more beneficial for you.

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