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SQL Server Management Studio

Monday, August 1st, 2011

If you choose to use a Microsoft SQL Server database with your Windows web hosting plan then you will need a way to manage your database, which is where SQL Server Management Studio comes into play as this is the application provided by Microsoft to allow you to manage your SQL Server 2005 and 2008 databases effectively. SQL Server databases are very complex in their structure and so a sturdy application is required to allow you to make the most of all of the application’s features; as a server administrator SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) will allow you to control the state of the database server as well as individual databases, but at a shared web hosting level you are going to be offered direct user access to your database meaning that you will only be permitted to perform operations in this area. The benefit of SSMS is that it can be used to manage databases locally and remotely so that you can swap between local test databases and remote databases that could potentially be the live backend databases for your website; this enables data to be transferred with ease when editing your database locally before upload it to the remote server. Although you are going to have to pay for Microsoft SQL Server if you wish to use a version that won’t limit your usage, SSMS is available for free and can also be used with the Express (free) editions of SQL Server 2005 and 2008.

What are the main features of SSMS?

SQL Server Management Studio is a product that can provide Windows server administrators with many benefits that will allow them to streamline the management process and save time when completing certain tasks. These features include:

  • Free edition – for those using Microsoft’s free database systems, in other words the Express editions, there is also an Express edition of SSMS available that will allow you to manage your database server fully without the need to pay a penny for any software – although the desktop application is only compatible with the Windows operating system, it does provide system administrators with a simplified method of managing servers without having to login to the server directly as this can be a time consuming process and isn’t the most secure method of management available – the Express edition will also allow those who are using Windows technologies to develop websites for the first time with a way of being able to sample more advance technologies without risking any money
  • Backwards compatibility – some larger companies that have been established for a long period of time may still be running database clusters that are using older versions of SQL Server, such as 2000, and SSMS is compatible with these older systems meaning that you can manage all of your database servers using a single application, rather than having to switch between SSMS and the older generations of management tools that were created – this makes SSMS even more popular with system administrators and will guarantee that larger businesses will continue to use Microsoft’s enterprise-level products for a long time to come
  • Works with Windows web hosting – SSMS can be used to manage your SQL Server databases across the range of Windows web hosting plans offered by Storm Internet, regardless of whether you have chosen Windows shared hosting or Windows dedicated hosting – this will provide you with a wider range of benefits from your Windows web hosting plan if you are able to have greater access to the management of your databases because it means that you will be able to add extended functionality to your dynamic web applications – furthermore, when using SSMS with a Windows dedicated server running SQL Server you will be able to manage more of your server remotely without the need to be continually logging into it via Remote Desktop.

What are the benefits of using a database server as opposed to a desktop database system?

There are many benefits to using a database server as opposed to a desktop database application, or in other words using Microsoft SQL Server as opposed to Microsoft Access in a live environment. These benefits include:

  • Scalability – SQL Server can provide you with a higher level of scalability than Microsoft Access, in turn allowing you to grow your website as you wish without having to worry about having the performance of your web application inhibited by the database application that you are using – most websites also suffer load spikes during peak times and so it is important for the database application that you are using to be able to cope with this so that your website doesn’t crash, Access won’t be able to cope with load spikes in most cases whereas SQL Server will be able to make efficient use of your server’s resources to counteract the load spikes
  • Security – the security provided by SQL Server is on a much higher level than that provided for the data stored in Microsoft Access databases, making SQL Server the ideal option for businesses that are going to be processing and handling the personal data of customers and visitors – SSMS will be able to aid you with the security of your databases by allowing you to setup strong passwords as well as allowing you to ensure that that encrypted content including passwords and email addresses can be stored in your database tables.

In conclusion, SQL Server Management Studio is a vital tool that will form part of the software collection of any seasoned SQL Server database developer. As a Windows web developer you are going to be using SSMS as part of the development process to create and manage the SQL Server database that you wish to use as the backend for your website; you may also be using SQL Server as the backend database platform for your internal corporate infrastructure, in which case you will also come into contact with SSMS as part of your daily management processes – in either case you will discover the power of the application and how it can benefit you.

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Access Hosting

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Microsoft Access is a desktop database system that has been developed by Microsoft with small businesses in mind and can be used to create and manage small-scale standalone databases as well as the database backend for small ASP websites. Not many comparisons can be drawn between Microsoft Access and its bigger brother SQL Server because both database systems are targeting two different markets; whereas SQL Server is aimed at larger businesses that store all of their mission critical data on database systems and require scalability to ensure that they never face stability issues, Microsoft Access is aimed at smaller businesses that aren’t going to have the need for a scalable database system and are only looking at using an Access database as part of a small implementation. As is the case with SQL Server databases, in order to make the most of your Access databases in a web hosting environment you will need to choose a Windows web hosting plan for your needs as Access databases can only function in a Windows environment; this can be a disadvantage to some extent because it means that you will have to pay out more for a web hosting plan that will suit your needs. For businesses that are looking to develop small-scale websites and web applications using ASP.NET then Microsoft Access will make the perfect database accompaniment as it will allow you to cut development times, but will allow you to create a final result that will function professionally and will be able to keep your data safe and secure.

What are the benefits of using Microsoft Access?

As Microsoft Access is a desktop database system it can have many benefits to offer to beginners before they move on to using more powerful systems such as Microsoft SQL Server; some of these benefits include:

  • Desktop system – the fact that Microsoft Access is a desktop database system makes it easier to use in some cases because you are able to manage databases locally without the need for a direct internet connection to a server because the file is the database, rather than the database being served through a server service – with Microsoft Access you can download a database from your web space and make the amendments to it that you see as being necessary and then upload the database to your web space again, allowing you to keep a back-up copy of your database on your desktop so in the event that the server that your website is hosted on crashes, you will be able to recover your database and data easily
  • Cheap to implement – compared to a Microsoft SQL Server-based system, Microsoft Access databases are fairly cheap to implement because you only have to pay for a single application that won’t provide you with any limitations – with Microsoft SQL Server you have to purchase a license for the high-end version in order to be able to make the most of the application without any limitations, however if you go for a lower end version then you may have certain limitations forced upon you – however, your license for Microsoft Access will only be usually valid for one computer meaning that if you wish to use multiple copies of the application or have it on different computers then it could become costly to implement
  • ASP.NET websites – Microsoft Access can be used in conjunction with ASP.NET to aid with the development of small-scale dynamic websites that require a database backend in which data can be stored – Access is only suitable for small-scale websites because it isn’t the most scalable database platform available and so larger websites would be put too much stress on an Access database and too many concurrent connections would make it impossible for the database and website to function together properly – however, when used together you will be able to develop very dynamic and functional web applications for a Windows hosting environment.

What are the disadvantages of using Microsoft Access?

Due to the limitations provided by using Microsoft Access, there can be some disadvantages to using the application that you should be aware of prior to choosing it. Some of the disadvantages that you may come across could include:

  • Windows-only – the fact that Access is developed by Microsoft means that Access databases can only be managed on Windows desktop computer and will only be fully functional on Windows web hosting servers – this will only be an issue for you if you are using a platform for either your web hosting or on the desktop other than Windows, for example many people choose to use Mac OSX as their desktop operating system for which Microsoft Access isn’t compatible, similarly Linux is a popular choice for web hosting and an Access database won’t open in a Linux hosting environment
  • Scalability – the fact that Microsoft Access serves databases directly from the file, it isn’t the most scalable database solution available and so larger businesses looking to use a scalable Microsoft database solution should review Microsoft SQL Server for their requirements – when looking to develop a scalable infrastructure for a website that will be able to cope with load spikes, it is important for you to consider your backend database application carefully because this is going to be put under much of the stress that comes from load spikes because of the continuous requests that will be made to pull information from any databases that are being hosted.

In conclusion, Access hosting is available from any web hosting company that is offering Windows web hosting services. Although Microsoft Access may not be the most scalable database platform available, it is recommended for smaller businesses that are looking to develop small, in-house web applications using ASP.NET as they can then easily manage their databases using a desktop application. Microsoft Access isn’t the best option for managing databases that are being used in a live web environment because once you have downloaded the database and made the changes you want, a newer copy of the database is likely to exist on the hosting server.

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Windows Hosting Company

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Windows web hosting services are available to provide Windows web developers with a web hosting environment in which they can host their websites, whilst being able to benefit from the main features that the Windows operating system has to offer. Windows web hosting services usually set you back a bit more than most Linux web hosting plans, but for Windows web developer the extra cost can be justified through the features that are provided with a Windows web hosting plan that just aren’t available with any Linux web hosting plan. A Windows hosting company will be able to provide you with a more targeted web hosting solution that can be tailored to your specific requirements if necessary, as well a support that will allow you to get the most out of the Windows operating system through your own web applications. Windows is available on a multitude of web hosting services meaning that regardless of the level of web hosting you require, there should be a Windows web hosting plan available for you; Windows shared web hosting plans are available for those with smaller budgets, but for bigger businesses who require more scalable web hosting services there are Windows VPS servers and Windows dedicated servers available. Furthermore, with a Windows dedicated web hosting service you can choose from the different versions of the Windows server operating system as this will provide you with another opportunity to save money on the overall cost of your web hosting service.

What should I look for in a Windows web hosting company?

There are certain things you should look for in any web hosting company as these will guarantee that you are provided with a high quality web hosting service that will provide you with the features that you require. The main factors to consider in a web hosting company include:

  • Specialist Windows knowledge – it is important for any Windows hosting company to have intricate knowledge of the Windows operating system and how it functions so that they are able to deliver reliable Windows web hosting products that contain all of the features that you would expect of a Windows hosting package, plus more – all web hosting companies will have technical support staff of some sort on tap to help out customers if they need it and by choosing a specialist Windows hosting company, you can be sure that these members of staff will be highly trained in everything related to Windows web hosting and the Windows operating system, thus meaning that they will be able to provide you with the assistance and knowledge required to develop a web application that will make the most of the hosting environment
  • Reliable support – regardless of the form of web hosting you are looking to use or the operating system that you wish to be hosted on, you should always look for a web hosting company that will be able to offer you a high level of customer service – most web hosting companies employ 24×7 support teams meaning that if you have an issue with your Windows web hosting package, there should be someone available for you to speak to regardless of the day it is or the hour – furthermore, you can expect the support teams of Windows hosting companies to be able to provide you with the support that you need in order to get your Windows web application working on your Windows web hosting service – if you feel that the support offered by your web hosting provider isn’t up to the standard that you expect then it is important to consider that most web hosting companies will be willing to rectify this to retain your custom
  • Feature-rich Windows hosting packages – although most Windows web hosting companies will be able to provide you with the basic core features with any Windows web hosting plan, it is important for you to review the additional features that may be available with a web hosting service as these generally add value to a web hosting plan and will provide you with additional functionality that you can use to expand your Windows web applications – however, you will need to take into consideration that in some cases the additional features of a web hosting plan make increase its price.

Why should I consider a web hosting company that specialises in Windows web hosting?

Choosing a web hosting company that specialises in Windows web hosting will put you in a better position when it comes to receiving reliable and targeted support that will solve your problems in a fast and responsible manner. A Windows web hosting company is likely to be making use of specialist support staff who will be highly knowledgeable of the Windows platform, allowing them to provide customers with in-depth assistance that will ensure that you are provided with value for money with your web hosting plan.

A specialist Windows web hosting company is sure to be using the latest technologies, something that will be a massive benefit to Windows web developers who are looking to include the highest level of functionality with their Windows web applications to make them as interesting as possible. The issue with smaller web hosting companies is that they can sometimes lack the funds required to have all of the latest and greatest technologies in place, meaning that it is down to larger web hosting companies to offer new technologies first so that they can then set the standard.

In conclusion, although the web hosting services provided by a specialist Windows web hosting company may be more expensive than those offered by a generic web hosting provider, the extra cost is likely to be worth it in the long run as there are many benefits to be had from the support that you will be able to receive. You can also expect to be provided with a higher level of uptime when using a specialist Windows web hosting company as the servers of such companies are usually better managed, providing you with a stable hosting experience and a sustainable level of uptime.

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CMS Hosting Service

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

A CMS (content management system) will provide you with a better alternative to how you can manage your website and will make it easier for you to add and modify the content that you display to your visitors. CMS systems are based on various scripting languages and there are different CMS systems available for different scenarios and web hosting platforms meaning that choosing one to integrate with your web hosting service shouldn’t be too much of a task on its own. Any content management system should be expandable through the use of plug-ins that are available; most open source CMS systems have large plugin databases for you to choose from as you wish, although the number of plugins available for commercial CMS systems is going to be smaller simply because it is unlikely that there is going to be such a large user base. A web hosting account capable of hosting your CMS based website will be available depending on the exact CMS system that you have chosen to use because all content management applications will have different requirements in terms of the scripting language that has been used as well as the database application that is required to drive the backend.

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Using Windows Hosting

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

As an alternative to Linux web hosting, you may wish to consider Windows web hosting as a way of meeting your web hosting requirements if you have needs that can only be met by the Windows operating system. Any good web hosting company will be able to offer you Windows web hosting if needs be as Windows hosting services can be offered in the same way as Linux hosting services; all it takes is for a Windows web hosting provider to install a control panel application on a Windows server and they can then start to provision Windows web hosting packages to clients. A Windows web hosting package will be able to offer you greater support for a wider variety of scripting languages and applications that may be specific to the platform and not available for other operating systems; this is applicable to all forms of Windows web hosting, whether it be a Windows shared hosting package or a Windows dedicated server. Like any hosting platform available, you can choose from a wide variety of hosting options so that you can use Windows web hosting regardless of whether you require a shared hosting environment or have a budget that will allow you to pay for Windows dedicated hosting.

Windows Shared Hosting

If you are on a tight budget for your Windows web hosting service but are looking to make the most of your money, a Windows shared hosting package will provide you with the bare necessities require to make Windows web hosting different from Linux web hosting. You can expect support for classic ASP and ASP.NET websites and scripts to be offered so that you can develop dynamic web pages and scripts that integrate well into the Windows architecture – Windows is the only platform that can support either of these scripting languages. Although support for Microsoft SQL Server databases may not be possible with the most basic of Window shared hosting packages, you should be able to purchase them as an optional extra; however, support for Microsoft Access databases will be a standard feature of any Windows shared hosting package. Managing shared hosting accounts is made as simple as possible these days because web hosting companies want to appeal more to inexperienced users whilst reducing the support that they’ll need to focus on shared hosting users; with Windows web hosting this view is achieved through the use of web-based control panels that will allow you to manage every aspect of your account, reducing the reliance that you will have on your web hosting provider.

Windows VPS Hosting

If you have a need for dedicated web hosting but feel that the cost of dedicated server hosting puts it out of your reach, VPS server hosting has been designed to meet your needs through the means of offering you a dedicated hosting environment within the context of a virtual hosting environment. Although you are provided with guaranteed dedicated resources and a dedicated Windows hosting environment when using a Windows VPS server, you are still restricted to sharing a physical hosting node with other Windows VPS servers meaning that you will never be able to fully utilize the processor that you have access to. As you are able to choose from different versions of the Windows operating system, you have the choice to use a newer version such as Windows Server 2008 that will offer you the latest features from the Windows OS or Windows Server 2003 if you have legacy applications that won’t work with newer incarnations of the product. Although management may be restricted to Remote Desktop only with Hyper-V based Windows servers, Virtuozzo based Windows VPS servers can be managed using the Virtuozzo Power Panel that will accompany any installation of the product.

Windows Dedicated Server Hosting

If you are a business or have a larger budget for web hosting then you may find a Windows dedicated server to be more appropriate for your requirements because you will be provided with a dedicated hosting environment that will offer you your own physical server and hardware that you can make full use of. Although Windows dedicated server hosting may seem expensive for what you are getting, you need to take into consideration that you won’t have to share any portion of your web hosting environment with any other users therefore meaning that you won’t have to worry about considering the reliability of other websites apart from that of your own. As is the case with a Windows VPS server, unless you choose to install your own control panel on your Windows server the only way that you will be able to use it is via Remote Desktop; although Remote Desktop provides you with direct access to the Windows GUI, it is still important for you to be well versed in server management so that you know which options to select when performing a configuration task.

Remote Desktop Access vs. Control Panel Management

When managing a Windows server you will notice that depending on your choice of software, you may have the choice to manage your server either from a web based control panel or using the GUI that is accessible by Remote Desktop. Control panels are very intuitive and can be used very easily, whereas Remote Desktop is more specific to server managers and requires some practise if you wish to be able to perfect Windows server management. It should be noted that Remote Desktop clients are available for Mac as well as Windows.

In conclusion, using Windows web hosting is very easy if you are an experienced user of web hosting and are fully aware of what you require from a Windows web hosting package. If you are unable to specify particular features in a Windows web hosting package that make it important for you to have one then the chances are that a cheaper Linux web hosting service will be more appropriate to your needs. At the end of the day it is down to what you can afford more than anything because there is no point in over spending on a web hosting package that you won’t be able to make the most of.

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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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