Archive for October, 2010

MySQL Server Hosting

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MySQL Server is a popular open source database server used by businesses to empower their internal infrastructures as well as their front facing websites, as it is a highly powerful system that can provide the security and stability that larger businesses require from a database application. MySQL’s most popular application is with the scripting language PHP as these two offer a highly powerful combination that will allow you to create highly dynamic websites that offer a good level of interaction to visitors because PHP scripts can interact with the functions that your hosting server has to offer whilst you can make use of MySQL databases as a backend in which you can store your data. When compared to alternatives such as Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Server can offer you a very good deal because it is open source meaning that you won’t have to pay for any licenses for the right to use the application; furthermore, you won’t have to worry about any limitations affecting how you are able to deploy MySQL Server within your business. As MySQL is open source, you can also modify the source code of the application to create your own version if you have specific requirements, which mean that you’ll need to adapt the application in order for it to work in the way you want it to.

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PHP Scripting Language

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

PHP is a popular, open source scripting language that is used for the development of dynamic websites, usually in conjunction with MySQL databases that act as a backend store for the information required by the website. PHP is available across multiple platforms meaning that your choice of operating system shouldn’t restrict you from using PHP, more so your skills are going to be the main factor that could hold you back with regards to PHP development. One of the main reasons that businesses choose to use PHP for their development needs is that they can easily modify the core of the scripting language if they wish to add additional functionality or improve certain factors and functions in order to provide their web users with a more stable user experience. PHP is the best scripting language to use in a Linux web hosting environment as it will provide you with the best level of interaction with the operating system and when you’re trying to develop scalable web applications, you want to make the most of what the operating system has to offer. There are many websites that will also be able to aid you with PHP development if you are having issues with a certain aspect of dynamic website development.

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cPanel Control Panel

Monday, October 25th, 2010

cPanel is a Linux web hosting control panel used for shared web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services that are based on the Linux operating system. Providing you with many features that will allow you to make the most of your web hosting package, cPanel offers very good value for money for both shared web hosting customers and those that are using VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting. The control panel offers you many features that will supplement the FTP access that you are provided with because it means you can create databases and manage email accounts for your website, all of which can fundamentally be seen as core components of any web hosting service. cPanel should never be seen as a defining feature of any web hosting package because it is so widely used; instead you should focus more on the resources that are offered as well as features that accompany cPanel because any cPanel hosting service is going to be the same as another at the heart. The one popular benefit of using cPanel is that it allows web hosting companies to offer low-cost web hosting services in both the shared hosting sector and the dedicated hosting sector.

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SQL Server 2008 Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Microsoft SQL Server is a popular database server used by large businesses to power their internal infrastructures as well as their external websites. As well as being able to guarantee security for the data stored in a database, Microsoft SQL Server can also provide the assurance of reliability, which will mean that your data can always be retrieved from a database without you having to worry about the stability of your database server. SQL Server 2008 is the latest carnation of Microsoft SQL Server and offers one of the richest database hosting platforms to date. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 databases are only available with Windows web hosting packages because the database application will only function on the Windows operating system; however, this does allow you to guarantee a certain level of compatibility with other Microsoft technologies. Microsoft SQL Server databases are most commonly used in conjunction with websites that have been developed using either classic ASP or ASP.NET; both of these scripting languages have been developed by Microsoft and offer full compatibility with SQL Server databases – even classic ASP, although as a scripting language this is no longer actively maintained and was succeeded by the first version of ASP.NET.

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Backup Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

It is always a good idea to backup your VPS server or dedicated server on a regular basis so that if your server happens to crash and it is irreparable for whatever reason, you can easily reinstall the operating system can restore your data from a recent backup. Most dedicated server hosting services come with some sort of backup hosting account that can be configured easily, although for VPS server hosting you may need to pay extra for a backup hosting service. Depending on the importance of the data that you are storing on your server, you may want to consider a off-site backup plan because hosting your backups off-site will provide you with peace of mind that if it’s a data centre problem that is causing your data loss, you won’t have to worry about losing the data on your backup server because it will be hosted at a completely different location. In most cases you will only realize the true value of backups when you come to experience something that means that you need to restore from a backup; it is a good idea to put measures in place beforehand to make sure that you don’t have to experience the need for backups before you actually bother to put them in place.

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Exchange Server Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Microsoft Exchange Server is a popular email and collaboration system offered by Microsoft to larger businesses that wish to provide employees with a way in which they can manage themselves from one central point. Exchange Server is a popular choice because it can be integrated into other applications such as Microsoft Outlook whilst it also provides a very intuitive web interface that provides users with access to their calendars, contacts and emails. Although Microsoft Exchange server can only be used on Windows web hosting servers, there is the added benefit of it being integrated into your existing infrastructure as it is based on the Active Directory user authentication architecture meaning that if you are running an AD based network, your users will be able to use their existing login details to use Exchange Server without the need for you to do any additional work. Exchange Server also has built-in spam controls so that if any spam emails are sent to any address hosted on your email server, Microsoft Exchange Server will be able to filter out these emails before they reach the intended recipient because you don’t want to find that yours and your users’ inboxes are getting filled up with spam.

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Managed Dedicated Server Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

For those that require a dedicated server in order for their needs to be fully met but don’t necessarily have the experience required to allow them to manage a server properly, managed dedicated server hosting services present a real option. Although you are going to have to pay more in order to take advantage of managed server hosting, for most the price is worth it since you will be able to take advantage of a professional and very knowledgeable web hosting support team usually whenever you require. Only larger web hosting companies can really offer managed dedicated server hosting because your chosen web hosting provider should have a large web hosting support team behind them so that you can be assured that any issue or enquiry that you may have can be solved quickly and properly. If you want to make sure that you get good value for money from a managed server hosting service you should look for a web hosting company that can offer 24×7 web hosting support; this will mean that you can contact your web hosting company at any hour of the day with the guarantee that they will look at your problem there and then so that they can hopefully offer a quick solution.

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Database Server Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Behind every dynamic website is a database that is there to serve the website’s content and to power its heart. A vast majority of websites are now using databases to some extent, with larger websites having a distinct need for database server hosting as their database needs and the toll that the database has on the server growing. There are many different database engines to choose from to use an enterprise environment meaning that when considering a database server, your choice of operating system is more likely to be influenced by your choice of database server rather than it being the other way around. Although having a dedicated database server may seem a bit over the top to begin with, it will give you room for expansion and means that you will have the resources in place to cope with the increased loads that are associated with a growing website. The higher the load that your website is going to be putting on your database server, the higher the specifications should be of your database server; however, this is going to cost you more money and so it is important to guarantee yourself that you have the income from your website to pay for the extra server.

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Linux Dedicated Server

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

An alternative to Windows dedicated server hosting is Linux dedicated server hosting, and for those that don’t have a specific need for Windows hosting, a Linux server will be ideal and will also allow you to save money. Linux is an open source operating system meaning that you won’t have to pay to use it, and along with this you will also find that there are many different versions of Linux, or distributions, to choose from with each being designed for a sole purpose. Linux will allow you to make the most of your dedicated server as it is relatively light on your server’s resources which will allow you to run the applications that you need without compromising your server’s stability. When choosing a Linux dedicated server, you will be able to configure your dedicated server using a variety of options as any good web hosting company will let you have the hardware you require in your dedicated server; however, the addition of extra hardware will up the cost for both the hardware as well as any setup fees that may be in place. The price of Linux server hosting is helped further by the fact that a majority of the applications available for Linux are also open source.

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Unmanaged Server Hosting

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

As a way of saving money when considering VPS servers or dedicated servers, you may wish to pursue an unmanaged server hosting service as this will provide you with the same specification of server at a reduced price, even though you will be fully responsible for the setup and management of your VPS server or dedicated server. Although specialist web hosting companies are only ever going to be offering fully managed server hosting services, there are bound to be budget web hosting providers available that can offer you a VPS server or dedicated server that is of the specification that you require at a reduced price. Although unmanaged server hosting isn’t recommended for the sole reason that if you experience a problem that you don’t know how to solve, you’re going to be stuck, if you know how to manage a server properly then unmanaged server hosting will give you an advantage over others when you compare how much you’re paying to those who are paying for managed server hosting. As you are going to be saving money by choosing an unmanaged server hosting service, you should be able to pick up something that suits your requirements within your budget very easily; if you’re lucky then you may be able to get something that can provide you with slightly higher specifications.

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