Posts Tagged ‘Dedicated Hosting’

Backup Solutions

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

As a server hosting customer you can never underestimate the importance of backing your server up on a regular basis so that if the worst does happen and your server crashes and takes the hard drive with it, you will have at least one copy of your data that you can then use to restore your server once it has been repaired. Many web hosting companies offer backup hosting solutions alongside their dedicated server and VPS server hosting plans and it is recommended that you consider one of these backup hosting plans if you wish to be sure of the safety of your data. It is recommended that you store multiple backups of your server as this will enable you to restore to different periods of time depending on the incident; it is recommended that you take daily, weekly and monthly backups. There are a number of different ways in which you can backup your server on such a regular basis; recommended practice is to use a professional backup application that will take care of this for you, or on the other hand you may wish to develop your own scripts if you have more specialist requirements that need to be seen to appropriately. You should always try and purchase your backup hosting solutions from a web hosting company other to the one that you have your VPS server or dedicated server hosting plan with as this will allow for greater redundancy, whilst also reducing the chances of creating a single point of failure.

Benefits of Server Backups

Whether you are a business or an individual, there are many benefits to backing up your server on a regular basis as it is important to ensure that you always have a fresh copy of your data to revert to if something goes wrong. These benefits include:

  • Hackers – if hackers gain entry to your server then they could cause irreparable damage and data loss and if you haven’t backed up any of your data then you could find that you’re never able to recover the files that have been deleted or damaged by the hackers – in this situation you will be able to revert your server to one of your previous virus-free backups so that you can then get back the data that has been stolen and return your VPS server or dedicated server to a more secure pre-hack state – however, it is important to take into consideration that this won’t solve your problems if hackers have managed to steal data from your server
  • Server crashes – server backups will benefit you the most when your server has crashed because they will enable you to restore your server using your original data and configuration information, meaning that even if the hardware in your server has failed, once the failed components have been replaced you will be able to resume service with your server as normal – depending on the type of backups that you make, they should enable to restore your server to its original state in no time at all as a system wide backup plan will enable you to guarantee the continuity and the safety of the data hosted on your VPS server or dedicated server
  • Customer trust – if you are running your own web hosting business on your VPS server or dedicated server then server backups will enable you to gain your customers trust because they will want to be sure that if their website does crash or is down for whatever reason, you will be able to restore it for them in no time at all – furthermore, some of your customers will also like to be sure that if they do something that could damage the data in their web hosting account or the operation of their web hosting account, they can easily revert to an old copy of their data and configuration information as to eradicate the problems that they have created with their web hosting account.

Disadvantages of Server Backups

There can also be some disadvantages that you should be aware of prior to purchasing a backup hosting plan as you want to be sure that you are making the correct option with regards to the solution that is most suitable for your requirements. Some of the disadvantages include:

  • Costly – the more you need to backup, the more it is going to cost you and so for larger businesses, backing up all of their servers on a regular basis can be a costly and time consuming process – there are a number of different backup processes available, but a standard backup hosting plan that will provide you with a large assignment of disk space to which you can backup your server shouldn’t cost you too much as it is a very basic measures – corporate solutions such as tape backups on the other hand are very expensive, although highly reliable
  • Guarantees – with a backup hosting plan you can’t come to expect too many guarantees in the way of data integrity because often the data will be backed up over the internet, but if you choose a more tested and proven method of storing historical backups of data such as tape backups or DVDs then you can be guaranteed the safety of the data that has been backed up as backing up to physical forms of media is seen as being a more reliable system to adopt.

In conclusion, whether you have a VPS server or a dedicated server, it is important to backup your dedicated web hosting environment on a regular basis so that in the event of data loss or a crash, you are able to restore your server hosting service to its original state prior to the incident with just a few clicks. There are a number of different backup solutions to choose from depending on your situation and whether you are using a VPS server or a dedicated server; your budget will also dictate your ability to choose a particular method of server backup.

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SSL Web Hosting Service

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Before entering their personal details into your website, your visitors are going to want to be sure that they can trust you with their details and that you are going to be able to offer a sufficient level of security to keep their details safe. SSL certificates are one way of providing a high level of security because they help to ensure that all data transferred between your website and client computers is encrypted, meaning that if hackers were to attempt to eavesdrop on a connection then the any data that they did gather would be useless to them. Any web hosting service will allow you to use an SSL certificate with your website, enabling you to create the secure environment that will suit your needs; even though you are going to need to purchase an additional dedicated IP address for use with your shared web hosting plan if you wish to use an SSL certificate, the additional cost is worth it and with a VPS server or a dedicated server you can use your existing dedicated IP addresses as you wish. SSL certificates are available at different price points depending on the strength of the encryption provided and the level of trust that there is in the organization providing the certificate signing; there are many value certificates that are offered by a large number of web hosting providers, but if you are running a busy website then you should consider choosing a stronger certificate that is signed by a more well-known company.

Why should I use an SSL certificate with my website?

There are many benefits to using an SSL certificate with your website and when they are so cheap to setup and configure for use with your web hosting account, there aren’t many reasons that you shouldn’t get one. Some of the benefits available include:

  • Customer trust – if you are going to be selling goods or services through your website then an SSL certificate is one way in which you will be able to obtain your customer’s trust because you will need this before they enter their personal details into your website – an SSL certificate will be visible in the web browser of any client computer that visits your website as it will be validated by the browser itself and then as long as your certificate is valid, this should be shown by the client’s browser – you may also wish to place a security seal on your website that shows that you are using an SSL certificate as part of your security measures – once customers have trust in your website, they will be more willing to purchase goods and services from you and to recommend your website to others
  • Extra layer of security – SSL certificates will provide an additional level of security for your web hosting environment on top of any server-side security measures that may already be in place – the benefit of using an SSL certificate is that it helps to guarantee the security of data transferred between your visitor’s computers and your website, something that isn’t always possible when using standard security techniques such as firewalls and anti-virus applications – furthermore, the purpose of your website will allow you to select the strength of the SSL certificate that you go for
  • Cheap to implement – depending on the strength of the certificate that you purchase, SSL certificates are fairly cheap and simple to implement and can also be used on a majority of web hosting accounts – the weakest certificates available aren’t recommended for the biggest businesses, but ca still be used to provide a good level of security for those who are on a tight budget – if you are using a VPS server or a dedicated server then it is going to be easy to setup your SSL certificate, but as a shared web hosting customer additional efforts will be required because you will need to contact your web hosting company to purchase a dedicated IP address for your website as well as for assistance with the installation process.

Are there any disadvantages to using SSL certificates?

There are a couple of disadvantages to using SSL certificates and if you don’t strictly require an SSL certificate then you may not wish to purchase one. A couple of the disadvantages include:

  • Cost – in order to receive a strong SSL certificate that can provide a good level of encryption for the data that it is meant to be protecting, you are going to need to pay a good amount of money – furthermore, some certificate signing authorities aren’t recognized by all web browsers meaning that you will have to pay an additional premium to be sure that your SSL certificate will be valid with all web browsers and that it won’t throw up any issues for anyone who tries to access the secure areas of your website
  • Certificate expiration – it is important to note that all SSL certificates expire eventually and the longer the expiration date you purchase for your certificate, the more expensive your SSL certificate is going to be – the shortest period that you can purchase an SSL certificate for is one year, but it is recommended that you purchase them for a long period of time as otherwise once the certificate that you are using has expired, you will have to purchase a new one and go through the time consuming installation process once again.

In conclusion, an SSL web hosting service will allow you to provide your website and visitors with a good level of security through the encryption of the data that will be provided. Even if you are a beginner then an SSL certificate represents an affordable option and will provide you with an improve security situation, just at a lower level; bigger businesses may wish to consider more expensive SSL certificates because they usually provide a stronger level of encryption. Furthermore, whatever the form of web hosting that you are using, you should be able to use an SSL certificate with your website.

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What are the most important features of dedicated hosting?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dedicated web hosting services can provide you with many features that aren’t available on lower-end forms of web hosting and although these additional features are what make dedicated web hosting services slightly more expensive, they are the usually the reason for considering dedicated hosting over shared web hosting. Although VPS servers and dedicated servers offer the same core feature in terms of a dedicated web hosting environment, both have additional features and offer the dedicated web hosting in different ways which enable web hosting providers to offer both forms of hosting as dedicated web hosting that are pitched at different target audiences. As well as providing you with greater uptime, a dedicated web hosting service will also be able to provide you with a more secure web hosting experience because you will be the only one using your web hosting environment unless you wish to share it with anyone else intentionally. In addition to that, you will also be able to install the applications of your choice in a dedicated web hosting environment, allowing you to customize your dedicated web hosting service to meet your unique needs in every way; no other form of web hosting will allow you to do this and you can also benefit in some cases from web hosting companies that will allow you to choose the exact resource allocations that you receive.

Reliability

The reliability provided by a dedicated hosting service is probably the most important advantage that businesses stand to benefit from when investing in a VPS server or a dedicated server. As you will be the only one using your dedicated web hosting environment, you will have full access to the guaranteed resources that you are provided with and will be able to monitor the resource usage on your server so that you can sort out any stability issues before they compromise the reliability of your server hosting service. Uptime is important for most dedicated hosting customers because downtime can often mean lost revenue, in turn costing a business money and can also reduce the number of returning visitors.

One of the best ways to ensure a high level of reliability is to choose a dedicated hosting plan that can offer you an SLA (Service Level Agreement). An SLA will outline the level of uptime that you can come to expect from your web hosting service each month, but in reality all web hosting providers should aim to offer 100% uptime even though this will never be guaranteed. SLAs also offer compensation if the uptime provided is below the level set out in the SLA, although this will be dependent on the web hosting provider that you are purchasing your service form.

Security

The security provided by a dedicated hosting environment will benefit anyone who will be able to make the most of a dedicated hosting environment as a the isolation provided means that you won’t have to worry about others users on the same server as you causing problems with the use of unsecure websites or weak passwords. Whether you are using a VPS server or a dedicated server, you will have full control over who has access to your server meaning that you can prevent unauthorized access fairly easily. Furthermore, one of the main ways that hackers gain access to servers these days is through compromised web scripts; as you are going to be the only person using your server, it will be easy for you to check the code that your website has been developed with to ensure that no weak code has been used that could be used to potentially compromise your VPS server or dedicated server.

Dedicated Web Hosting Environment

The dedicated web hosting environment provided by a dedicated hosting service is likely to be the most important feature for most people and will be the reason that many choose to upgrade to a dedicated hosting service. A dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with isolation from other users and you will have your own guaranteed resources that you will be able to use as per your wish; if you opt for a dedicated server then the resources that you are provided with will be physical hardware resources, as opposed to VPS servers that simply use virtual resources from the hosting node.

Regardless of whether you choose to use a Windows server or a Linux server, you will be provided with a dedicated web hosting environment. Windows server users will be able to access their dedicated hosting environment via Remote Desktop, enabling to manage their server directly from the Windows GUI; for some users this may be seen as a simpler way of managing a server rather than using a command line interface. Linux servers users will be able to manage their servers using the command line based SSH interface, available with all Linux distributions.

In conclusion, reliability, security and the dedicated web hosting environment provided by a VPS server or dedicated server are the three most important features that a dedicated hosting service will be able to provide you with. Although shared web hosting services are generally of a good specification, they aren’t able to offer you the same level of independence that a VPS server or dedicated server can offer and won’t be able to beat a dedicated hosting service in the areas of reliability and security to any extent.

Although dedicated web hosting services are going to set you back more than shared web hosting plans, the cost of a VPS server or a dedicated server can be easily justified when you consider the important features that you will have available at your disposal. Furthermore, the level of support that you will be provided with when you choose a dedicated hosting service will enable you to make the most of the web hosting service that you have invested in, because at the end of the day you want to be sure that you are receiving good value for money from your web hosting service.

 

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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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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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Web Hosting Service

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Web hosting services are sold by web hosting providers and can provide you with the services that you need to make the most of a domain name. As well as being able to host a website, a web hosting service will also allow you to setup email accounts under any of the domain names that you are hosting. There are a wide variety of web hosting services available to meet the different requirements of businesses and individuals, with some web hosting services being very cheap and others being quite expensive. Generally the price of a web hosting service will rise with the more resources that you have available to use. Shared web hosting services are the best starting point for anyone as they are cheap to purchase and can be very easy to use, plus you don’t have to worry about server management as full support is provided by your web hosting provider. If you are a business or simply require something that can provide you with more resources then a VPS server will be the right web hosting service for you, here you will have the added benefit of your own dedicated web hosting environment. If you have a large budget for web hosting then you may be able to afford a dedicated server, which is the one form of web hosting that can provide you with physical resources, and although expensive, the cost is easily justified in most situations.

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Business Web Hosting

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

If you feel that your business website is important to you then you should choose the best web hosting service available to you so that you are able to guarantee yourself the best web hosting experience possible. Compared to basic shared web hosting services that are aimed at individuals and lie at the lower end of the market, business web hosting services have been designed with businesses in mind meaning that you will be able to guarantee your visitors security when they enter their personal details into your website, meanwhile you can be sure that you won’t be losing money due to downtime because reliability is something else that will be monitored a lot more closely with business web hosting. Although there are web hosting packages available that have been specifically tailored to suit businesses, you can always choose other forms of web hosting for your business website such as clustered hosting services or dedicated server hosting depending on what your specific requirements are and how much you’re willing to spend. Reviewing individual web hosting providers is also recommended as the result is likely to be that you are going to be spending a significant amount on your web hosting service; because of this, you will wan to ensure that you choose a decent web hosting company that will also deliver good value for money in terms of customer service.

Support

Web hosting companies are keen to provide their business customers with a higher level of support than normal customers would receive as for them it is with businesses where the most money lies. Larger web hosting providers are able to offer 24×7 support to all customers, although as a business customer you are more likely to receive more personal support from your chosen web hosting company. Email is the most popular support method as it means that you can contact the support team at any time of the day; for management and reference, most web hosting support email systems pipe emails into ticket systems so that you can then keep track of the progress of your issue using a web interface and reference number. Phone support is also on offer in most cases, but with smaller web hosting companies they may choose to only offer phone support to their highest paying customers such as those using business web hosting. Live chat is similar to instant messaging but is done through your web browser; live chat support is usually there to sort out small issues quickly so that you don’t have to open a ticket.

Operating System

For most businesses, their choice of operating system is highly important since most business website are based on dynamic technologies such as classic ASP or PHP meaning that the choice of operating system will be the difference between their websites functioning correctly and not. For most businesses Linux is going to be the operating system of choice purely because it will save them money instantly; however, the requirements of some businesses will sway them towards Windows web hosting. Although Windows web hosting services are more expensive than Linux web hosting services, they are able to offer support for a wide range of Microsoft applications and technologies. Microsoft Exchange Server is one good reason for businesses choosing Windows over Linux, although the stability of Linux is usually a good counter argument used by most businesses when weighing up their options.

Reliability

If you are selling your goods or services through your website then reliability is going to be of the utmost importance to you as downtime is going to mean lost revenue which is going to have a negative impact on your business. Even if you simply use your website to promote your business online, downtime is going to mean lost chances to get your business name known to people could be potential customers. Choosing a web hosting company that can guarantee you an SLA (Service Level Agreement) is recommended if you are able to afford it as this will mean that you will be provided with some sort of guarantee as to the level of uptime that you can come to expect from your business web hosting service. If choosing to go for a more complex form of web hosting such as server hosting, you will need to consider the extra skills required if you wish to make the most of such web hosting services; however, for business purposes you may wish to choose a managed server hosting service – this will provide you with access to a knowledgeable support team that will be able to deal with a majority of your queries.

Security

If you are selling goods or services through your website then your customers are going to be entering their personal details into your website at some point. It is important for you to be aware of the security that is surrounding your website so that you can be sure that any data stored in your web hosting account is going to be safe. There will be a wide range of security measures in place on most web hosting servers meaning that the security of the server isn’t what you should worry about, but more how your website has been developed since weak code is a popular way in for some hackers. You should also take your own security precautions to assure your website visitors, for example SSL certificates are a good visual way of providing assurance.

In conclusion, business web hosting is worth the investment if you want peace of mind that your website will always be available when you require it. As business hosting packages are available on both Windows and Linux servers, you won’t need to worry about your requirements prohibiting you from finding a web hosting package that is attractive because of the price. As most web hosting companies can offer a higher level of support with business services, you will have the addition of being able to contact your web hosting company about any query you may have with regards to your web hosting package.

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Ecommerce Hosting

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Ecommerce is an umbrella term that can be applied to a wide variety of activities that take place on the internet. From simple online shops to complex online banking systems, ecommerce plays a part in your everyday life, whether you realize it or not. Ecommerce hosting services are designed to offer the highest level of uptime as they your ecommerce activities are going to be providing your business with income meaning that downtime will mean lost money; similarly, your customers and/or users are likely to be inconvenienced by any large period of downtime. Security will also be high on the agenda with most web hosting companies as the data that is held by ecommerce websites is usually of a sensitive nature and is likely to be targeted by hackers every once in a while; the level of security available with ecommerce hosting will be dependent on the form of web hosting that you choose to use as well as how well your own website has been developed. A viable ecommerce web hosting package is one that will offer you a relatively acceptable amount of disk space to store all of the multimedia items that are going to be empowering your website whilst offering a large assignment of bandwidth so that you can expect a good number of visitors to your website.

As a business, you are likely to want a guarantee over the level of reliability that you will be provided with because you are going to be relying on your ecommerce website as a source of income in one way or another meaning that downtime is going to cost you. Considering dedicated web hosting services is a good idea as the isolation that a dedicated web hosting environment can offer you will mean that you won’t have to worry about the actions of others or their website impacting your website or web hosting experience. Depending on how important your website is, choosing a web hosting provider that can offer you an SLA (Service Level Agreement) is recommended as this means you have a benchmark that once crossed will mean that you will receive compensation for any downtime caused; as SLAs usually guarantee high levels of uptime, it is a good practice to follow.

Ecommerce websites, whatever the type, are usually busy in terms of traffic. If you are running an online shop then the chances are that you will be receiving a large number of daily visitors who are then becoming customers through the purchase of your products. In order to cope with large volumes of traffic you will want to be considering a web hosting package that can provide you with a good assignment of bandwidth. The amount of bandwidth that you have available to you will dictate how many visitors you can have to your website, although the file size of your downloaded web pages will also count towards this. If you are the webmaster of a growing website then considering a web hosting service that can offer you more bandwidth than you actually require would be a good idea since this will provide you with extra room in case there are a couple of extra days in a month where you experience a spike in visitor numbers (usually the result of increased advertising).

Your customers will want security. Ecommerce activities normally include the handling of personal data to some extent meaning that is highly important for you to choose a web hosting service that will be able to guarantee the security of the data that you are going to be hosting. For the highest level of security it is recommended that you store certain data in a password protected database; furthermore you should encrypt this data as it will prevent it from being of any use to any hackers that may attempt to compromise your web hosting account and/or databases. If you are going to be accepting credit cards or banking information on your website then an even higher level of security is advised – for the confidence of your visitors you may wish to invest in a VPS server or dedicated server. In any case where personal data is being collected, it is of the utmost importance that basic security measures are followed such as the use of SSL certificates.

When considering the size of your website, a larger scale multi-server may be more appropriate if you are looking to achieve 100% uptime whilst maintaining a setup that will also be capable of coping with high load spikes. Specialist e-commerce web hosting companies will be able to tailor solutions specifically to your requirements which can be of benefit to you if you wish to focus on the running of your business; if you have your own IT staff then again this will be useful as it means that you have the man power in place to monitor your server and hosting setup without having to pay extra. Clustered server hosting may be the answer to your requirements if you are looking to achieve high uptime as the number of servers available to you will mean that even if one of them fails, there will be at least one other server available to take up the role of the server that is experiencing downtime. This load balanced idea is highly effective as it will allow you to focus on other activities without having to worry and will mean that your IT staff can repair the crashed server without affecting performance.

In conclusion, ecommerce web hosting service need to be considered carefully as usually it is not just yourself that you need to consider, but also your customers and visitors – especially if you are going to be handling and storing their personal information. Whether you choose to use a shared web hosting service or dedicated web hosting service for your ecommerce hosting needs, you should still consider the same aspects of security and uptime as well as value for money so that you can be sure that your requirements are being met and that you aren’t being ripped off.

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Importance of Dedicated Hosting

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Dedicated hosting has become hugely popular over the past few years with the introduction of VPS server hosting to accompany dedicated server hosting at the top end of the web hosting market. Dedicated web hosting services will provide you with your own web hosting environment that is isolated from other users, often with your own guaranteed resources, thus meaning that you won’t have to worry about other users affecting the performance of your own hosting environment and vice versa. Most web hosting providers are able to offer you the choice between VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting with some web hosting providers choosing to specialize in one over the other; VPS servers are aimed at those with a lower budget and don’t offer you a completely dedicated web hosting environment whilst a dedicated server is only really suitable for those with larger budgets as is evident with the resources that are available for your standard dedicated server. Dedicated hosting services are incredibly important as the needs of larger businesses need to be met in one way or another and there needs to be a form of web hosting available to accommodate for those who have more complex hosting requirements; in most situations dedicated servers are also the most profitable forms of web hosting for web hosting providers.

A VPS server is effectively a collection of a physical server’s resources bound together to create a virtual dedicated environment within a physical hosting node; each VPS hosting node is going to be running a large number of virtual VPS servers. VPS hosting is aimed at those with lower budgets as you are still provided with your own dedicated web hosting environment, just at a cost that is a lot more affordable and for first-timers VPS servers are usually a lot easier to manage. Web hosting companies can offer VPS servers with a wide variety of resource assignments, but the fact of the matter is that a VPS server is never going to be a replacement for a dedicated server of any specification.

Dedicated servers on the other hand are aimed at the higher end of the market and this is evident with the prices that are put on most dedicated servers as well as the resources that most dedicated servers are provided with. Dedicated servers are very flexible in the way that you can use a standalone dedicated server if your requirements aren’t demanding, but on the other hand if your requirements are slightly more complex then you may wish to choose to use a cluster of dedicated servers as this will provide you with a level of reliability and is unrivalled. With a dedicated server you will also be able to choose from a wider variety of operating systems as you can choose to have any Linux distribution of your choice or any version of Windows installed; when using VPS server hosting you are limited to using the operating system templates that your web hosting provider has made available for you to use.

Dedicated web hosting services can provide you with a higher level of security than shared web hosting packages will ever be able to offer which is going to be of the utmost importance for those who are running websites that are going to be processing the personal data of their visitors in one way or another. By having your own dedicated web hosting environment you will be able to make any changes to your server that you feel will enhance the security of your web hosting environment, although you make these changes at your own peril and will need to face the consequences if something goes wrong that causes damage to your VPS server or dedicated server.

Another benefit to using dedicated hosting is that you will be able to install any applications of your choice on your VPS server or dedicated server, which is highly important if you are looking to create a hosting environment that will suit your requirements exactly. Larger businesses are going to benefit most from this advantage since such businesses are likely to be running applications and services that may not necessarily be available in a shared web hosting environment. Examples of such applications and services that they fall under this category could include Microsoft Exchange Server and Zimbra. Along with being able to install any applications of your choice, you can also make changes to the operating system that you have installed on your VPS server or dedicated server as you will be provided with direct access to the management console; Remote Desktop is a standard feature of Windows servers whilst SSH access is provided for most users of Linux VPS servers and Linux dedicated servers.

When upgrading from shared web hosting services to dedicated web hosting services you may be daunted by the massive leap at first, but once you have settled into your new dedicated web hosting environment you will start to reap the benefits of making the upgrade. Almost every VPS server and dedicated server will need configuring and setting up properly if you wish to be able to use it properly; most web hosting companies will provide you with support for doing this from the outset so that you don’t end up with a web hosting service that you won’t be able to use as a reputable web hosting provider will want to be sure that they are providing their customers with good value for money.

In conclusion, dedicated hosting is incredibly important in meeting the requirements of businesses and individuals that have complex expectations of web hosting and need something that can guarantee them reliability and security without any compromises. VPS servers and dedicated servers are the two most common forms of dedicated web hosting available and are aimed at different ends of the market, however both have been designed with the idea of offering users their own dedicated hosting environment in mind. The price of some dedicated hosting products may be off-putting to some but at the end of the day if you choose a reputable web hosting provider then you can be guaranteed good value for money.

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Advantages of VPS Hosting

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

A VPS server is seen as the form of web hosting that falls in between reseller web hosting and dedicated server hosting when you consider the features and resource assignments that a VPS server will be able to offer. The price that you pay for a VPS server will vary greatly depending on the specifications of your chosen server; the good thing is that more web hosting companies will allow you to customize the specifications of your VPS server during the order process resulting in a VPS server that will suit your requirements perfectly meaning that you won’t end up paying for resources that you don’t really need as this is a problem that can sometimes arise when using dedicated web hosting. A VPS server will be able to provide you with a higher level of uptime than you may be use to if you are using shared web hosting or reseller web hosting as a VPS server will provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment; this means that the actions of others are unlikely to influence the reliability of your web hosting environment that much meaning that you will only need to keep an eye on your own resource consumption.

A VPS server will be able to provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment meaning that you will be able to install any applications of your choice on your VPS server without having to worry about affecting the performance of anyone else’s websites; furthermore shared web hosting services won’t allow you to install your own applications. If you have chosen a Windows VPS hosting service then you will be provided with Remote Desktop Access whilst SSH access is provided if you have a Linux VPS server; in either situation access to your server using either method will provide you with direct access to the heart of your VPS server hosting service.

Reliability is another benefit of using VPS server hosting as the dedicated web hosting environment coupled with your own guaranteed resources will allow you to come to expect a higher level of uptime from your new web hosting service than would be achievable when using a lower end form of web hosting. High uptime is something that most businesses are now coming to expect from any web hosting service that they use and so it is important for web hosting providers to be able to meet this demand. However, it is important to note that in some situations where the hosting node’s CPU is shared between all of the VPS servers, you may have problems with regards to a single VPS server overloading the entire hosting node.

If you are currently using a shared web hosting service then you can be sure that you will be able to achieve a more acceptable level of security when using a VPS server hosting service. The dedicated web hosting environment that you are provided with will allow you to install any security applications of your choice on your VPS server meaning that you will be able to secure it to a level that suits your requirements. Furthermore you will also be able to take any additional security measures that you see as appropriate as you won’t have to worry about affecting the performance of anyone else’s servers.

The performance of a VPS server is related to the dedicated resources that you will have available to use on your VPS server. Every VPS server hosted on a node will have its own guaranteed resources that are in fact part of the hosting node’s overall resources; however, the point is that no other VPS servers will be able to make use of these guaranteed resources.

In conclusion, a VPS server will be able to provide you with many advantages when compared to what lower end forms of web hosting because of the features that are on offer, although you can also benefit when using a VPS server instead of a dedicated server because of the price of a VPS server when compared to that of a dedicated server. VPS server hosting is only useable to a certain extent and when you find that your requirements start to outstrip what your VPS server can offer, you may wish to upgrade to a dedicated server.

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