Posts Tagged ‘Windows Hosting’

Reseller Hosting Plan

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

A reseller web hosting plan is the ideal companion for a website designer that wishes to offer web hosting services alongside their initial product offerings, or those who wish to start their own web hosting businesses. As reseller web hosting is a form of shared web hosting, you can pick up reseller web hosting plans for a fairly low price meaning that if you do wish to start a web hosting company using a reseller web hosting plan then it will be fairly easy to make a quick profit. The only downside to using reseller web hosting is that the reliability of your web hosting account can’t always be guaranteed, but when you aren’t paying much for a web hosting plan it is important that you don’t come to expect too much of your chosen web hosting plan. Many web hosting companies are able to offer you the choice between Windows reseller hosting and Linux reseller hosting, allowing you to choose the platform that is most fitting to your needs with ease; however, you should note the price difference between Windows web hosting plans and Linux web hosting plans as this may affect your choice of platform. You should also review the different web hosting plans that are offered by different web hosting companies because different web hosting companies will be able to offer you additional features with their reseller hosting plans to enhance your web hosting experience; the additional extras will differ between web hosting companies so it is recommended that you have an idea of what is available.

Why should I choose a reseller hosting plan?

A reseller web hosting plan will be able to provide you with a number of different benefits if you find that it is the most suitable form of web hosting for your needs. Some of these benefits include:

  • Multiple client accounts – the main benefit of choosing a reseller web hosting plan is that if you are going to be hosting websites for other people, you can provide them with access to their own client control panel through which they will be able to manage their own website without the need for any assistance from yourself – most web hosting control panels that are able to offer reseller capabilities will include this function meaning that the client web hosting accounts created under your reseller hosting account will have complete isolation from one another and will allow you to assign each website its own resources to ensure that one of your web hosting accounts isn’t able to affect the operation of any of the others
  • Resource assignments – the resources provided with a reseller web hosting plan will far outweigh those that are offered with standard shared web hosting plans, making reseller hosting the best option for someone looking to host multiple websites under separate accounts – with a reseller web hosting account you will be able to apportion your resources amongst individual websites as you wish so that the resources provided to each website will reflect their demand – if you find that you eventually run out of resources with your reseller account then you can easily purchase additional disk space, bandwidth and other resources from your web hosting provider for use as you wish
  • Custom web hosting plans – most web hosting control panels will allow resellers to create custom web hosting plans based on the resources that they have available to use – when starting a web hosting business, it is important for you to be able to offer a range of web hosting plans to meet the needs of different businesses and individuals as well as the different price points that will affect these differentiating target audiences – once you have defined your custom web hosting plans you can then begin to provision web hosting accounts as you wish as you can create web hosting accounts that are going to be based on the same web hosting plan in bulk.

What are the disadvantages to using reseller web hosting plans?

There can be some disadvantages to using reseller web hosting plans, but the extent to which these will affect you is going to depend on what exactly you expect from your reseller web hosting account. Some of the possible disadvantages include:

  • Reliability – when you are using shared hosting it is important for you to never put too much weight on the uptime guarantee that has been provided to you by your web hosting provider because for the most part it is hard for web hosting companies to offer reliable shared web hosting services – when there are many websites hosted in a single hosting environment, it is almost impossible for web hosting companies to monitor the performance of each individual website meaning that sometimes one website may in fact use up more resources than it should be allowed to and this could cause issues with server performance
  • Security – as is the case with reliability, it is almost impossible for web hosting providers to guarantee the security of every individual website hosted in a shared web hosting environment because of the number of factors that could affect an individual website, including how well the website itself has been developed and coded – however, most web hosting companies will still take all the security measures they see as appropriate with their shared web hosting servers so that they can create the most secure web hosting environment possible given the circumstances.

In conclusion, a reseller web hosting plan is the ideal starting point for someone who wishes to start their own web hosting business or to host websites for others to any extent. Most web hosting providers are highly generous with the resources that they offer their reseller web hosting clients meaning that you needn’t worry about running out of disk space or bandwidth; even if you do run out of particular resources, you can easily purchase additional resources from your web hosting provider as you see fit so that you don’t have to upgrade your web hosting plan immediately.

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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 Plan

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

A Windows hosting plan will provide you with a number of different features that aren’t available with Linux web hosting plans, primarily because the Windows operating system is a commercial operating system that offers a closed environment. Windows web hosting plans are ideal for the hosting of classic ASP and ASP.NET websites simply because the Windows platform is the only operating system capable of hosting these websites to a level that will enable you to make the most of them; furthermore, a majority of the backend applications that you are likely to be using to support your ASP website are likely to support the Windows operating system only, meaning that there will always be high demand for Windows hosting services. Microsoft is well known for producing high-quality, scalable server-side applications that are used by many large businesses and enterprises to power their corporate infrastructures; this enables web hosting providers to offer premium Windows hosting services with ease as their main target audience is going to be businesses as opposed to individuals. If you are a Windows web developer then you will be able to appreciate the importance of Windows VPS servers and Windows dedicated servers in providing dedicated web hosting environments; a dedicated Windows hosting environment will enable you to make the most of what ASP.NET has to offer, whilst using ASP as your scripting framework of choice will enable you to fully harness the power of the operating system along with any supporting applications that you choose to use.

What are the main technologies supported by Windows, but not by Linux?

There are several technologies that are unique to the Windows platform that are used by many large businesses as the core of their web infrastructure and as a Windows hosting customer, you can take advantage of these technologies to enhance your own web applications. These technologies include:

  • ASP.NET and AJAX – ASP.NET is one of the most advanced web scripting frameworks available, providing you with access to a number of different features and components that will enable you to make the most of the Windows operating system, allowing you to develop highly functional Windows web applications – ASP.NET is known for being scalable which is one of the most important features to consider in a scripting language when developing a fairly large website because this means that you will be able to serve your web application to a number of users, safe in the knowledge that your application is unlikely to fail – furthermore, the AJAX component of the ASP.NET framework will allow you to add additional AJAX functionality to your Windows web applications so that to end-users they appear to be sleek and well defined
  • Microsoft SQL Server – this is Microsoft’s enterprise-class database server that is used by many large organizations to power not only their website backends, but also their internal operations – Microsoft SQL Server has proven itself to be one of the most powerful database applications around and the fact that it is only supported by Windows means that there will always be a need for Windows hosting where large businesses are using this application – you can use SQL Server as the backend for your ASP.NET website with ease, safe in the knowledge that the seamless integration between the two will ensure that your data is as secure as possible when being accessed by your web application
  • Microsoft Access – for smaller implementations, a Microsoft Access database may be more than sufficient for the requirements of the web applications, but again this is a technology that is only supported by Windows servers – as is the case with SQL Server databases, Access databases can be seamlessly integrated into ASP.NET applications meaning that smaller web applications can be developed in half the time when using a less complex database structure – however, the only downside to using Microsoft Access as opposed to SQL Server is that the databases aren’t designed to be as scalable meaning that as the use of your application increases, you will need to port your Access database over to SQL Server at some point.

How can developing for Windows benefit me over developing for Linux?

Depending on the purpose that you are developing a web application for, there can be some benefits to choosing Windows over Linux when it comes to considering your hosting platform; these benefits include:

  • Secure platform – Windows is seen as being a more secure platform than Linux and indeed this is an important factor to consider if you are going to be hosting the personal information of visitors or customers – as well as standard anti-virus applications, there are also many other measures that can be taken to ensure that a Windows server remains secure and the fact that Windows is a commercial operating system means that if there are any security issues, you can be sure that Microsoft will be quick to release an update or patch to fix any issues that arise
  • Reliable platform – Windows is also seen as being a reliable platform, something that is important when developing web applications because you want to be sure that your intended audience will be able to access your website when they want to – most web hosting companies will aim to provide you with a highly reliable web hosting service these days and so in most cases you can be sure that your chosen Windows hosting plan will provide you with an acceptable level of uptime.

In conclusion, a Windows hosting plan will provide Windows web developers with the platform on which they can host the applications that they have crafted especially to make the most of the platform. Even though Windows is a commercial platform that will carry an additional premium over Linux web hosting plans, for users of Windows web hosting the extra charge is usually justifiable through the features that Windows is able to provide, but Linux is unable to. It is important to remember that you should only consider a Windows hosting plan if you have a specific need for Windows hosting, i.e. a need that can’t be met by Linux hosting plans.

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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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Green Web Hosting

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Green web hosting is a new approach that many web hosting companies are taking with the way in which they are offering their services, providing businesses that are looking to cut down their carbon footprint with another way in which this can be achieved. Through a variety of different methods web hosting companies are able to reduce the carbon footprint of their web hosting services so that the use less energy without compromising the quality or the performance of the service that is being offered. Any web hosting company can take a few basic measures so that they can say that they offer green web hosting, but there are some specialist web hosting companies that go one step further and invest greatly in power generation technologies so that they are able to deliver a truly green web hosting experience to customers. Depending on how you go about it green web hosting may only be available at a premium, but most web hosting companies have now invested in power-saving equipment that uses less electricity whilst providing more power which will help to reduce their overall carbon footprint without having to increase the costs of their web hosting services.

What defines green web hosting?

Green web hosting is a type of web hosting that is defined by several different features that may differ between web hosting providers. These features consist of:

  • Power usage of equipment – the power usage of equipment can play a big factor in how green a web hosting company is because if they are using old and outdated equipment then this obviously wouldn’t have been manufactured to meet the current standards with regards to energy consumption – in order for a web hosting company to be able to provide green web hosting services, it is important for them to have invested in modern servers and networking equipment that are much more economical with the way in which they use energy and are able to provide a higher level of performance whilst using less energy – however, it is still going to be the case of the more powerful servers using up more energy than smaller, less powerful servers, but techniques can be applied to help stem the need for further servers such as the use of virtual machines
  • Where the energy comes from – one of the most important factors for web hosting companies to consider if they wish to promote green web hosting is where the energy that powers their servers and network equipment comes from because if it is provided by fossil fuel-powered power stations then this isn’t going to aid them with the promotion of green web hosting to any extent – many data centres are now adding wind turbines on their own sites as this will allow them to generate their any electricity, whilst any spare capacity can be sold back to the National Grid which will provide any data centre with the opportunity to generate an extra source of income whilst reducing their own electricity costs through the reduction in reliance on external power suppliers
  • Community involvement – some web hosting companies may choose to get involved with the local communities in which they are based with activities such as tree planting as these will allow the company to offset their carbon emissions to some extent by planting new trees that will be able to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by the web hosting provider’s activities – tree planting schemes can be costly and so for the most part web hosting providers don’t get involved to a great extent, but at the end of the day involvement in such schemes help to promote a positive company image and will aid them with the promotion of green web hosting services.

Are there any disadvantages to using green web hosting?

For individuals there can be some downsides to using green web hosting that need to be considered when weighing up the advantages of green web hosting. Such disadvantages may include:

  • Cost – because of the extra investment that takes place in more expensive technologies in order to allow web hosting companies to offer green web hosting services, the cost of green web hosting services can be more expensive than web hosting services that are hosted on older hardware appliances and less energy-efficient data centres and this can place green web hosting services outside the budgets of many smaller businesses that are simply looking to establish their web presence, as at this time it is generally larger businesses that are looking to develop their green presence in multiple ways as a method of improving their corporate image
  • Verifying green credentials – in some cases, particularly with smaller web hosting companies, it can be hard to verify the green credentials of the web hosting business because although some claim to be participating in tree planting schemes and using energy efficient hardware, verifying such claims can be very hard – however, most web hosting companies host their hardware in large data centres that usually put in efforts to offer green server hosting services meaning that if a web hosting company does claim to be using a data centre that offers green hosting then such claims are easier to verify than others.

In conclusion, green web hosting will allow businesses to reduce their carbon footprint which in-turn will allow them to improve their corporate image, especially to customers who are conscious of a business’s ethical and environmental policies. There are many different measures that web hosting companies can take to claim the green web hosting badge, but in order to offer carbon neutral web hosting services a web hosting provider will need to be actively engaged in community projects which involve growing trees and other environmentally tasks, whilst investment in modern servers and other hardware will need to take place to reduce a web hosting provider’s overall energy consumption. However, the investment will need to be passed on to the customer and so you may find that some green web hosting services carry an extra premium, this usually being with web hosting companies that specialize specifically in green web hosting.

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Windows Hosting Features

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

There are various features that will help you to identify Windows web hosting packages from Linux web hosting packages and it is such unique features that will lead you to choosing a specific web hosting platform over another. Regardless if whether you choose Windows shared hosting or Windows dedicated hosting, you can be sure that there are features that will provide you with the web hosting experience that you require which Linux hosting will never be able to provide you with. The main feature that makes Windows hosting unique is the support for classic ASP and ASP.NET web pages and scripts that is offered because Linux isn’t able to support either of these features; as a Windows web developer you are likely to be using either or both of these scripting frameworks as the basis for your web applications to provide you with a stable base from which you can develop a scalable web application. The extent to which Windows hosting will benefit you is going to be dependent on the exact requirements of your website as to some degree it may be the case that Linux hosting is going to be more beneficial to you in the long term.

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Web Hosting Control Panels

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

You will be provided with control panel access for a majority of web hosting services that are available these days. Any good web hosting provider should offer you access to a control panel so that you are able to manage your own shared hosting account fully, whilst control panels are usually an optional extra for those using VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting. The main purpose of a control panel is to manipulate the operating system and the various applications that are being run to deal with the hosting of multiple domains and allow web hosting companies to hand control of their hosting accounts over to their customers rather than having to deal with a multitude of support requests. The control panels available for your use will depend on the web hosting platform that you’re using; although there are different control panels available for both Linux hosting and Windows hosting, most share the same common features but may function in different ways. Control panel access is provided for free with a shared web hosting package because it will allow your web hosting companies to manage their servers much more easily, whilst with dedicated hosting you are probably going to have to pay for a license.

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Windows Dedicated Server

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Windows is one of the operating system choices available for dedicated server and using a Windows dedicated server will allow you to make the most of the Windows operating system in a dedicated hosting environment. When choosing the operating system that you are going to use with your dedicated server, you will need to consider your precise requirements; Windows will be able to offer you a number of features that aren’t available with other operating systems. Windows web hosting services are aimed mainly at businesses as is evident with the increased price points of Windows dedicated servers, although the applications and features that Microsoft can offer for Windows server users are very attractive to larger businesses. If you have any questions over the reliability of a Windows server hosting service then there is no need to have any doubts, primarily because dedicated server hosting services are highly reliable, as you don’t have to share any of your resources with anyone else. A Windows dedicated server can be fairly easy to manage if you have experience because you can choose to have a control panel installed on your server which will aid you with the management, although you will always be able to access your server via Remote Desktop.

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Choosing the Best Hosting Service

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The internet is fast becoming both a business and household necessity. With the economy presently in troubled waters, the internet provides a cheap, low maintenance, yet globally reaching market place to sell and purchase goods. The internet is also the only platform by which small and medium sized enterprises can compete on an even playing field with larger companies. As long as they have a professional, up-to-date and interactive website, small businesses can give impression of being a much grander enterprise.

So, it is easy to see why more and more businesses are going online. But in order to make the most of what the internet can offer your business, you don’t just need a good website, it is also important to choose a good web hosting company.

Web hosting

Web hosting is a service that enables a website to be accessible on online. In order to make a website live, it has to be hosted on a server which is owned and managed by a web hosting company and connected to the internet. There are several types of hosting services available, so it is important to choose the hosting plan that suits you and your website’s
requirements. Below are some good tips to help you find the best hosting plan.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a hosting service where the server is shared by a number of different websites.

Shared hosting is the most affordable hosting service and is generally used by webmasters who have basic websites with basic hosting requirements. With shared hosting the server is managed by one hosting company who provides server maintenance and customer support. The level of support provided varies from company to company and can depend on the plan chosen. Therefore before signing up to a hosting plan, it is a good idea to ensure that the package you choose suits the exact requirements of your website, both today and if your enterprise grows.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting provides clients who have large or feature-heavy websites with their own server.

Dedicating Hosting is the best solution for large companies who need to secure their data and who need to run resource- heavy databases or software on their websites. Dedicated hosting is commonly chosen when a company does not want their websites to share resources with other websites where they could be negatively affected by problem code etc.

Windows Web Hosting

It is important to understand the different hosting platforms that are being offered by the hosting companies you are looking to host your website with. The most common platforms are Linux and Windows. Although Linux hosting is primarily the most common hosting environment, Windows is the platform which is used by developers who use Classic ASP or ASP.net code and have SQL server databases in their websites.

Linux web hosting

The Linux web hosting platform has a great deal to offer as a hosting environment. As well as excellent reliability, Linux is flexible, open source and can handle heavy traffic.

E-Commerce Hosting

E-Commerce hosting is a type of hosting that can run on either Linux or Windows hosting platforms. It provides all the marketing and/or advertising tools for a website, something which could be a great asset for those just starting up a business. For those websites which run financial transactions and hold and secure personal information, e-commerce hosting may also be the best solution.

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