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Features of VPS Server Hosting

Friday, August 12th, 2011

There are many different features that come together to form a VPS server hosting environment, but the features of a VPS server will provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment that will guarantee isolation from any other users. VPS servers offer an affordable alternative to dedicated server hosting whilst preserving a majority of the features that a dedicated server can offer you; with a VPS server you will still have your own guaranteed resources that will enable you install and use the applications and services of your choice, as well as allowing you to have an independent web hosting environment that can’t be affected by other users as you will be the only one using your VPS server. Any good web hosting provider will be able to offer you the choice between Windows VPS server hosting and Linux VPS server hosting; both platforms are able to offer a number of different features and you are likely to make your choice based on your requirements, such as the scripting languages and database platforms that you are use to using. For experienced professionals, a VPS server can provide you with an environment in which you can put your skills to use as you will have full access to your dedicated hosting environment; as a Windows VPS server user you will be able to manage your server via Remote Desktop, and if you choose Linux as your platform then you will be able to access your VPS server using SSH.

What are the main features of a VPS server?

There are several different features that you should review in a VPS server prior to purchase as you want to be sure that you choose a server that is not only powerful enough for you, but will be compatible with the applications and services that you wish to use. These features include:

  • Guaranteed RAM – the guaranteed RAM provided with your VPS server is an assignment of the physical RAM that belongs to the host machine on which your VPS server is hosted – the amount of guaranteed RAM that you have available will dictate how many applications and services you are able to run at the same time as all processes require memory to be able to perform their operations effectively, with some applications being more memory intensive than others – all VPS server hosting plans come with differentiating levels of RAM and because of this it is important to do your research to ensure that you choose a VPS hosting plan that will offer you the RAM that you need to run all of the applications that you require
  • Disk space – this is another important factor because it will dictate how much content you are able to store on your VPS server and this could have an affect on you if you are running a large website because large amounts of multimedia such as photos and music as well as large databases can be responsible for using up large amounts of disk space – if you find that you begin to run out of disk space on your VPS server then you can always purchase additional disk space from your web hosting provider, who should then be able to assign it to your server in no time at all
  • Dedicated hosting environment – a dedicated hosting environment will provide you with complete isolation from other users, making you responsible for the stability of your server as you are going to be responsible for managing it – as you will have full administrator access to your dedicated hosting environment, you will be able to install any applications that you want on your platform, making VPS server hosting ideal for web developers or businesses that require specialist applications server-side in order for their web applications to be able to function properly and perform their duties as required – it should be noted that in order to be able to make the most of your dedicated hosting environment, you should have some past experience of server management.

Why should I consider a VPS server over a dedicated server?

You should consider a VPS server over a dedicated server for several reasons, but in order for a VPS server to be of more benefit to you than a dedicated server you must have ruled out dedicated server hosting in the first instance, for example if the resources posed by a dedicated server are too much for you; such reasons could include:

  • Lower costs – a VPS server hosting plan will always be much cheaper than a dedicated server and even though the resources provided may be lower than what a dedicated server can offer, you will retain the main benefits of using a dedicated server such as a the guaranteed resources and dedicated web hosting environment – if you are looking to get started with dedicated web hosting for the first time then this means that a VPS server hosting plan will represent a much more affordable option than a dedicated server
  • Easier to manage – depending on the virtualization platform that your web hosting company is using to deliver its VPS server hosting services, you will be provided with access to a web based control panel through which you will be able to manage certain aspects of your VPS server without the need to login to it directly using SSH or Remote Desktop, whichever is appropriate – this can provide you with a major benefit over dedicated server hosting as it will reduce the amount of time that it takes to complete particular tasks.

In conclusion, the features of a VPS server will allow you to make the most of your dedicated web hosting environment with ease; the low cost of VPS servers has helped to make dedicated hosting services affordable for all. You should always do your research when purchasing a VPS server because there will always be a number of different options to choose from, including managed and unmanaged solutions as well as servers of different specifications.

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VoIP Server Hosting Explained

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

VoIP servers are being implemented by many businesses as a way of cutting costs because moving away from analogue telephone systems to more modern digital systems will allow businesses to streamline their communications systems to provide better value for money. With many businesses dealing with hundreds or even thousands of phone calls every day both internally and externally, it is important for the IT departments of these businesses to guarantee that the right provisions are in place to ensure that all of these calls are connected and that the number of calls that are dropped is kept to a minimum.

VoIP Server Software

As a VoIP server hosting customer, you will have the opportunity to choose between two different applications that will be able to provide you with a satisfactory VoIP hosting experience. These two applications consist of:

  • Asterisk – this is one of the oldest VoIP applications available and is often used by small-medium enterprises to create Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) so that employees are able to communicate between one another internally easily – as Asterisk is an open source application, it is highly cost effective because businesses won’t need to pay to use it which will allow them to keep their costs to a minimum – furthermore, when you consider that Asterisk is designed to run on open source Linux distributions you are able to come to the conclusion that by choosing Asterisk you will be saving yourself a lot of money over using a traditional analogue telephone system
  • Trixbox – this is an management interface built on top of Asterisk and provides you with a complete suite of tools that will allow you to professionally manage your VoIP server – Trixbox has been developed using PHP and MySQL meaning that it can be hosted on any server, but most importantly the interface will work seamlessly on any Linux server that is running Asterisk as it has been optimized for use with the Apache web server – Trixbox includes a package manager that will allow you to install an array of other applications alongside the application.

Benefits of Using VoIP

Digital communications can provide businesses with a wide variety of benefits over analogue communications in this day and age, including:

  • Clear communications – if you are talking to somebody over a digital connection then they’re likely to sound a lot clearer than they would over a standard analogue connection because the quality of the signal won’t degrade over distance as is the case with standard analogue connections, although the quality of the input and output will depend on the hardware that is being used
  • Low-cost implementation – implementing VoIP systems for the first time can be fairly low cost because the applications required are all free to use whilst the cost of a decent dedicated server is fairly low meaning that you shouldn’t end up paying too much to use VoIP systems – if you have your own IT department then you can cut costs further by using your own staff to configure your VoIP dedicated server for you, although if you don’t have such resources then any good web hosting provider will be able to assist you
  • Reduced long-term costs – if you are using analogue systems then the chances are that you need to pay continual line rental and then there’s also the high cost of replacing defective equipment – with a VoIP server hosting solution you won’t have many long term costs except what you are paying for your dedicated server and internet connection because you have the choice to either provide your staff with new telephones so that they are able to access the new system or alternatively you can train them to use software applications that will provide the same level of functionality, but will save your business money.

In conclusion, VoIP server hosting will provide you with an opportunity to make the most of what digital and internet communications have to offer. During a time where most businesses are looking to cut their costs, investing in technology such as VoIP hosting will allow businesses to cut their costs whilst improving the level of service that they are able to provide their employees with access to. If you are unsure of how VoIP hosting could fit into your business, it is recommended that you contact a web hosting company that will be able to provide you with a consultation on how VoIP hosting will benefit you.

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Benefits of Server Hosting

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

There are many benefits to using server hosting above all lower forms of web hosting, despite the fact that a server hosting service will set you back more than a shared or reseller web hosting package. For businesses that are outgrowing their shared web hosting package, a VPS server or dedicated server will be able to provide them with the resources necessary to host a large scale website without the need to upgrade the hosting server for a long time to come. A VPS server or dedicated server will require skill to be managed properly, but of you are knowledgeable with server operating systems then managing a server should come naturally to you easily; however, for the less experienced then managed server hosting services are available an extra premium, plus you need to choose a very good web hosting company to receive a good level of support as a fully managed customer. Server hosting is available from any large web hosting company; smaller web hosting companies often struggle to offer VPS servers and dedicated servers because of the level of support needed and the level of technical knowledge that is required on their part, furthermore larger web hosting companies have the capital required to offer a reliable network and support infrastructure.

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All About Dedicated Server Hosting

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Based upon the content, size, projected growth and expected traffic of a website, the webmaster can make a decision to opt for either a shared or dedicated server.

Dedicated servers serve only one client and the main reasons webmasters suggest a dedicated server over a shared sever are:

  • If they have a websites which needs more space than a shared platform can allow
  • If they have a website which uses a large database or program which takes up more memory than is permitted on a shared hosting platform
  • If they have a website that requires the flexibility and control to add certain extensions, software and features
  • If they are a web hosting reseller who needs to host a large number of websites, many of whom require a sizeable amount of space
  • If a website is critical to the success of the business and it cannot afford to be at the mercy of other user’s websites and the potential coding problems etc that could occur.

As a dedicated server is usually only used for a few domains, these websites will be able to run more efficiently and potentially faster than if they were battling with other websites for space and bandwidth on a shared server.

As a webmaster, you can choose to have your dedicated hosting managed or unmanaged by the company who sold you your dedicated server. By choosing a managed service, you may receive services such as site administration, the installation of certain software, maintenance and upgrades. The major plus of having your dedicated server managed is that you have an expert on hand should your server suffer any failure – guaranteeing your site a high uptime percentage.

Selecting a dedicated server hosting service

When selecting a company to purchase a dedicated server from, you should consider a number of things. Firstly you should identify exactly what technical specifications you require from your dedicated server. This is in terms of hard disk, memory, processor speed etc. You should then identify whether would like additional security features added to your server, for example RAID, disk mirroring, etc. Identifying the level of support you feel you will need for your server and also your websites and databases, is another must. Once you have a specification list for your dedicated server, you should then compare a number of companies to identify which one can provide a good combination of adequate hardware, good support and value for money.

Choosing Cheap dedicated hosting

In an age where the economy is in a tough place, it is always tempting to cut our spending where ever possible. And with IT that is no different, with a number of firms offering dedicated server hosting at a fraction of the price of others. However it is worth considering that what you save in monetary terms could cost you dearly if (or when) things go wrong. If your server continually fails, then ultimately your business could fail too. By purchasing a dedicated server, you are obviously serious about your business. You clearly want to run vital business applications on it. So the advice is not to put your business in jeopardy; stick to reputable dedicated hosting firms who have good online reviews and a track record of happy customers. That way, you can’t go wrong!

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Different Types of Server Hosting and Their Usability

Friday, November 19th, 2010

According to the content, size, projected growth and expected traffic of your website, your web master can determine whether you should choose shared server or dedicated server hosting. Dedicated servers are those servers that exclusively serve a single client, whereas shared hosting involves a number of websites being hosted on the same server – a cheaper yet less flexible option to dedicated hosting.

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated Servers offer complete disk space and processing speed. By having a dedicated server you can have complete control and flexibility over what you install on the server as well as greatly enhance your website’s performance.

This type of web hosting can be unmanaged or managed. If you choose managed hosting, aside from building the physical server, your webhost will also provide other services such as system administration, maintenance, upgrades and also set up some software.

If you choose unmanaged dedicated hosting, then the responsibility of building, supporting and making any changes to your dedicated server will be down to you. Normally you will not receive any technical support from the hosting company that you purchased the server from. The costs will however be lower than with a fully managed dedicated server.

Thus when choosing a dedicated server, you should ensure that you will receive the level of support service that meets the needs of your business or project.

Shared Servers

A smaller website with a small to average amount of expected traffic should go for a shared server. Hosting a website on a shared server is a lot cheaper than a dedicated server, but you will receive limited bandwidth, data transfer, disc space and speed. Webhosting companies make use of shared servers to host a number of websites that can be related to completely different businesses.

The main benefit of shared server hosting is that you only have to pay for a small amount of space for your website – unlike with a dedicated server, where the cost will be much greater as you are paying for a greater amount of space. The charges of shared hosting highly depend upon the location of the hosting company and services offered.

Virtual Private Server

Another kind of hosting server is Virtual Private Server that can also be utilized for website hosting, instead of setting up a separate computer for this purpose. In VPS, a single physical server is divided into multitude servers with unique capacities and appearance, as different entities. Every server possesses its operating system and can also be rebooted independently. VPS is helpful for those sites that control huge number of interactive media. It is also appropriate for those clients who need to install parallel sites.

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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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SEO Server Hosting

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

SEO server hosting services are designed to allow businesses to make the most of their SEO campaigns so that they are able to capitalize on the time and effort that they invest into promoting their website through search engines. SEO server hosting is effectively dedicated server hosting, albeit optimized to offer you the best value for money possible as well as additional benefits in terms of the performance that is offered for the amount that you are paying. When conducting an SEO campaign you want to be sure that you are pulling out all the stops possible in order to make your efforts worth it; although an SEO server isn’t a direct SEO method, it will backup more common methods meaning that you will be able to see results much faster. When choosing an SEO server, it is important to consider a web hosting company that will be able to offer you a reliable upstream connection as this will provide you with a fast connection that in turn will allow you to guarantee that your web pages will be delivered to your visitors as fast as possible – this will also benefit you when it comes to search engine indexing robots.

An SEO server should be optimized for speed so that it is able to serve your web pages to your visitors as and when they request them, without any hiccups along the way. The main way to ensure speed in a server is to choose a server with a CPU that is slightly more powerful than you require so that there is enough overhead available to cope with load spikes; it may also be a good idea to choose a higher assignment of RAM for your requirements. When it comes to serving web pages directly, it is important to check that your web hosting provider will be able to offer your server a fast connection to the rest of the world; generally web hosting companies that are using multiple peer providers are the best ones for this as you will then be able to serve your website and web pages to visitors all over the globe.

Search engine optimization is normally a part of marketing a website online as you want your website and web pages to appear highly in search engine listings for the keywords that are part of the development and content of your website. Although you can normally carry out very basic SEO on your own, it is highly recommended that you consider using an SEO specialist if you wish to see the best results possible. Any SEO expert will recommend an SEO server that has been optimized specifically to your requirements since it will aid their overall SEO efforts; for example, most search engines will rank your website higher if they can see that you are using a dedicated server for your web hosting services as it demonstrates a certain level of commitment to the reliability of your website which will also benefit your visitors as well as yourself.

SEO server hosting will be able to guarantee you a higher level of reliability than any shared web hosting service can ever guarantee you. In this day and age, if your website is unavailable then web surfers come to visit it then they are highly likely to move onto another website that can offer the same content and information almost immediately, thus costing you a number of returning visitors. As most websites generate revenue either through sales or advertising, a loss in returning visitors will also mean a loss in revenue and this is more likely to have a negative impact. An SEO server will be able to provide you with a good level of uptime through the dedicated web hosting environment that is offered as this means that there is no need for you to share any aspect of your server’s resources with any others users.

The features of a dedicated server will help to enhance any SEO campaign. A dedicated server comes with dedicated IP addresses that you have full ownership and control of, allowing you to set reverse DNS on any IP address that you have assigned to your server as well as host any websites you want on your assigned IP addresses. Reverse DNS doesn’t really have any significance except for the purposes of email, but for some situations you may find it helpful to be able to brand your IP addresses directly under the domain names that you are hosting on your server. In terms of SEO, a dedicated IP address can be used to show a search engine that you are using a dedicated hosting environment for the hosting of your website – it can also be useful for the security of your web hosting environment as a dedicated IP address is required for the use of an SSL certificate.

If you have set to consider search engine optimization for your website, it is a good idea to begin to do so now as you will see many benefits – if you want to capitalize on your website’s traffic then you should do everything you can do boost the number of visitors that you receive. For small scale SEO, an SEO server probably won’t be necessarily as your requirements are unlikely to dictate the need for a dedicated server as for server hosting to be of any use you need to have a high traffic load that will make the most of your resources.

In conclusion, SEO server hosting will allow you to make the most of any SEO campaign that you are conducting as it will benefit you when it comes to receiving an overall search engine ranking. You should only aim for a high search engine ranking as this will guarantee your location in the top results for the keywords that you are targeting; the more relevant the keywords are to your content and information, the more likely your visitors are to return in the future rather than visit elsewhere.

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Windows Hosting vs. Linux Hosting

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Windows and Linux are the two most prominent platforms in the web hosting industry and although some web hosting providers specialize in one platform, a vast majority choose to offer Windows and Linux web hosting services. Both platforms offer very different features, although they also share some features meaning that in some cases web applications are able to function on Windows servers as well as Linux servers. Either platform can be applied to any form of web hosting which helps to ensure that whatever your requirements are, you can select the appropriate form of web hosting that will be running the operating system that you require; for example, whilst Windows and Linux shared web hosting services are available, you can choose to have any version of either operating system installed on a dedicated server – both forms of web hosting are at opposite ends of the scale and market. Depending on what you expect of an operating system, it may be a good idea to consider a specialist web hosting company that will allow you to make the most of the operating system’s features; by doing so you will be able to make the most of your website and develop a system that will be able to provide you with a high level of uptime.

In terms of pricing, you are probably going to find Linux hosting to be more suitable for your requirements than Windows web hosting. As Linux is an open source operating system, web hosting providers can charge low prices for their Linux web hosting services as the overheads are rather low – the only cost that they need to consider is their own hosting costs, although in some situations they may be using additional commercial software such as control panel software. Windows on the other hand is a commercial operating system meaning that any Windows web hosting package is going to be slightly more expensive than a Linux web hosting service of a similar specification; however, this shouldn’t put you off using Windows web hosting as Windows has features to offer than Linux will be unable to offer you. The main idea is that the Windows operating system is targeted more at businesses that wish to make use of the enterprise level features that the operating system has to offer, whereas in terms of hosting, Linux is a more consumer-orientated solution.

The technologies that each platform is able to support are the main difference and are usually the factors that can affect the decision on which platform to use. Linux and Windows can both offer a wide variety of similar services; for example, PHP hosting and MySQL hosting are possibilities on both platforms as both technologies are available for Windows servers and Linux servers. However, there are applications and technologies that are also platform dependent meaning that they will work on one operating system, but not the other. A good example of a dependent application would be Microsoft SQL Server as it will only run on the Windows operating system thus meaning that if you wish to use MSSQL databases, you can only choose a Windows web hosting service. There are also applications that are specific to Linux distributions only; i.e. the cPanel control panel, a popular choice of many web hosting companies, will only work with Linux servers.

Both operating systems can also offer different levels of uptime and reliability due to the way in which they function, although you still need to consider that the hardware available will have an affect. Windows servers are usually restarted every time a new application or software update is installed and all of these restarts cost uptime meaning that the downtime can rack up over time; however, any inconvenience here can be avoided by changing the way in which Windows servers are managed. Linux on the other hand is much more forgiving when it comes to software updates and application installs meaning that you won’t usually need to restart the server, thus causing less downtime over all. The hardware available can also be an issue in some situations as low specification servers are always going to be more susceptible to downtime as it won’t take much to overload them; for this reason you should always consider a server that can provide you with slightly larger resource requirements than what you actually require.

In conclusion, Windows hosting services and Linux hosting services both have their own benefits and one of them will suit your requirements depending on what your needs may be exactly. As a business you will want to choose the operating system that can offer you the highest level of uptime in relation to what your needs may be; however, you may need to make some compromises if you have a tight budget that leads you to choosing Linux hosting over Windows hosting.

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Reseller Hosting vs. Server Hosting

Monday, August 16th, 2010

When starting your own web hosting business, you are likely to have to make the choice between reseller web hosting and server hosting in order to provide your web hosting clients with the web hosting services that they purchase from you. Reseller web hosting is a form of shared web hosting whilst server hosting will be able to offer you your own dedicated web hosting environment; this key difference means that server hosting services offer very different features when compared to reseller hosting services thus enforcing the idea that you should carry out a lot of research if you are stuck with deciding between the two. If you are going to be offering web hosting services to others then you will want to be sure that you can offer your web hosting clients the best in terms of reliability and security since these are the two main expectations that people are going to have of you and your web hosting business. The pricing points of both forms of web hosting are also incredibly varying with reseller web hosting being the cheapest, but at the end of the day it is going to be the choice between a web hosting package that is easier to manage and a web hosting service that can offer you a lot for the price.

A reseller web hosting service is effectively a shared web hosting account that allows you to create other shared web hosting accounts based on the resources that you have assigned to your account and any pre-prepared web hosting plans that you have put together yourself. The main benefit of using a reseller web hosting account is that you won’t have to worry about the maintenance of the hosting server as this will be taken care of by your web hosting provider; however, at the same time this can also be a disadvantage since it means that you have to share the hosting server with standard shared web hosting users and in most situations there will be quite a few of them.

Server hosting on the other hand will be able to offer you a lot more as you will be providing with a dedicated web hosting environment. Dedicated web hosting environments provide you with a basic on which you can install any applications of your choice, thus allowing you to customize your VPS server or dedicated server so that it meets your requirements properly; however, you should still bare in mind that you are going to be offering your own web hosting services meaning that you should make the most of this benefit by securing your server to an acceptable level. The main disadvantage to using server hosting is that you are going to have to pay more for a VPS server or dedicated server than you would have to for a reseller web hosting package; this may be a problem if you have little starting capital, but you do need to consider the long term benefits of using server hosting over reseller web hosting.

At the end of the day you will also need to consider how often you wish to upgrade your web hosting service as reseller hosting packages are going to have a more frequent upgrade cycle over VPS servers or dedicated servers. Reseller web hosting packages do come with reasonable resource allocations that will allow you to host a good number of web hosting clients under a single web hosting package. VPS servers and dedicated servers on the other hand will come with much larger resource assignments that will allow you to host a greater number of users and with larger resource assignments. In any situation the likelihood is that you are going to need to upgrade a reseller hosting account sooner than you would with a VPS server or dedicated server.

A server hosting service may be able to provide you with a higher level of uptime than a reseller web hosting service and after all, you will have more control over the reliability of a VPS server or dedicated server than you would with a reseller web hosting package. A server hosting service will provide you with the facilities that will allow you to fully manage all of the web hosting accounts hosted on your server; if there is a web hosting client of yours that is compromising the reliability of your server then you can simply suspend or terminate their account to prevent further inconvenience to your other web hosting clients. When using a reseller hosting package, your clients’ web hosting services as well as your own reseller hosting account are going to be hosted alongside other reseller web hosting account and shared web hosting accounts, none of which you will have any form of control over; this means that if another account on the same server as yours is causing high loads, you can’t do anything about it.

The security of reseller web hosting services can’t always be guaranteed either because of the number of users that your web hosting provider is going to be hosting per single server although for the most part there are likely to be good levels of security in place. If you choose to use a server hosting service then you take advantage of the isolation that is offered by securing your VPS server or dedicated server to a level that is acceptable to both you and your clients – you need to consider that if any of the data that your clients are hosting is compromised through means other than them leaking their password, you will be held responsible.

In conclusion, reseller web hosting may be at the cheaper end of the scale but it does come with its disadvantages and you will need to weigh these up against the benefits to see if reseller web hosting really is for you. Server hosting on the other hand can be provide you with an isolated, dedicated web hosting environment albeit at a higher price, but in the long term you are unlikely to need to upgrade a server as often as you would need to upgrade a reseller hosting account.

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Why use server hosting?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Server hosting is a term that includes VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting; collectively server hosting services form the top end of the web hosting market and are targeted at businesses that require the best in both reliability and security. The main reason for using server hosting in most circumstances is to achieve a higher level of uptime as businesses are increasingly reliant on their websites for sales and advertising revenue meaning that for most, downtime is going to mean lost revenue which is the last thing that any business will want meaning that the investment in VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting is justifiable for most. If you are in the position that you want to upgrade from shared web hosting to server hosting then you will probably find that your existing web hosting provider will be able to assist you with this; most web hosting companies are able to offer dedicated server hosting services and will provide you with an easy way to upgrade your web hosting service – some may even assist you with the transfer of your data. Server hosting will provide you with a platform that will allow you to expand your websites without having to worry about resource usage, as you won’t be sharing your hosting environment with anyone else.

A VPS server or dedicated server can provide you with a level of reliability that will allow you to carry on with more important activities without having to worry about whether your website is available or not. Uptime is an important factor for both individuals and businesses as businesses rely on their websites for income through the sales of their goods and services whilst individuals are provided with income through advertising revenues. Uptime is something that can be affected by a number of different factors such as the server itself as well as the network that your web hosting provider is using. As most web hosting companies have now made the move over to networks that use multiple peers, failure at this point is highly unlikely; however, the configuration of your hosting server could have an affect on the level of uptime that you are provided with.

Security is another factor that businesses will expect from a server hosting service and so web hosting providers strive to offer the best levels of network security as security on a hosting server is something that can only be managed by the server administrator. As you are provided with your own dedicated hosting environment you can easily make any changes that you see fit if you feel that they are going to improve the level of security that you have on your server. As you won’t have to share your hosting environment with any other users you won’t have to worry about the design of other websites compromising the security of your own server and website; however, you should still review how your website has been develop to ensure that you aren’t using any code that could be classed as unsecure.

A dedicated web hosting environment is another valid reason for considering server hosting services as this will provide you with a way of installing any applications that you see as relevant and appropriate to the running of your website. In some situations you may find that in order for your website or any other web based applications that you are looking to install to work, you will need to install extra software and components on your hosting server in order to make the user experience smooth and seamless. Dedicated web hosting environments are isolated and when using a VPS server you are effectively using a dedicated web hosting environment that is sharing a server with several others; with a dedicated server you will have your own completely dedicated hosting environment and physical resources.

The resources that are offered by most server hosting services are unrivalled when compared to what lower end forms of web hosting can offer meaning that if you require a large amount of disk space or bandwidth then you will need to consider either a VPS server or a dedicated server for your web hosting requirements. VPS servers are made up of the physical resources of the hosting server meaning that you are only going to be supplied with virtual resources, whereas if you were to choose a dedicated server for your hosting requirements then you wouldn’t need to worry about this as all of the resources offered with a dedicated server are physical meaning that they can be upgraded more easily and are much more scalable to larger amounts.

In conclusion, server hosting is a highly scalable form of web hosting that will be capable of meeting any business’s web hosting requirements for a long time to come. Most web hosting companies are able to provide you with a wide variety of server hosting services enabling you to choose one that suits your requirements exactly, helping to ensure that you’re only paying for what you need and no more.

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