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Managed Dedicated Servers and Corporate Collocation

27.04.2012 (8:28 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

With so many people launching their own websites for business and commercial purposes, there is this greater need to utilize managed web hosting services as opposed to shared hosting services. Make no mistake about it; there are many benefits to using shared hosting services. The number one benefit is of course, its affordability. Since there are multiple users sharing the cost of web server maintenance, prices can be offered at very, very low rates.

However, subscribing to managed hosting services is a worthwhile investment to online entrepreneurs and ecommerce minded business people. There are more benefits to using a single web hosting service.

What is managed web hosting in the first place?

This type of Internet hosting goes by a number of names, like: managed web hosting, managed dedicated servers, managed hosting, dedicated hosting services, and dedicated servers. In this type, web developers or website owners usually have full and exclusive control of the server(s) that they are utilizing. This means that they have a controlled pulse on the server hardware, software and operating system that is active in their website(s).

In some instances, web developers can even opt for server administration as well; and the server company can provide technical support on a regular basis.

What are the advantages of using this type of Internet hosting?

As stated earlier, there are more advantages to using this type of Internet hosting. A couple of which includes:

1. You can choose your own operating system and operating system support. You can either choose a Linux system (or other open source operating systems such as CentOS, Debian, Fedroa Core,) Microsoft Windows SPLA Server, and Red Hat Enterprise. Having the liberty to choose the application means you can avail of operating systems that you are most familiar with, which practically saves you time in regards to learning the ropes of a new system. Aside from that, you can also choose which OS would actually fit your budget best. If you are a bit tight with the buck, you can always go for OS that is open source technology based, because these are usually offered for free.

You can also have add-on services or support systems like: application patches, OS kernel upgrades, system extensive vulnerability resolutions, and even upgrading on the latest security fixes.

2. If you are particularly pressed for time, you can easily outsource the managerial duties for this Internet type of hosting. You can very easily hire a 3rd party service provider to do: backups and restoration; database administration; DDos (distributed denial-of-service attack) protection and mitigation; disaster recovery; DNS hosting service; firewall services; intrusion detection; load balancing; monitoring duties in regards to the server; performance tuning; programming consultation; software installation and configuration; technical support; user management; and updates on the application, antivirus programs, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) hardware and the operating system itself.

3. Finally, since you are having exclusive control of the web server, you can use extreme security measures on your website(s.) This is particularly helpful to online based companies who rely on the gathering, storing and the encryption of large volumes of data. The Internet hosting company can very easily provide you anti-virus applications as well as scanning systems and firewall protection against possible hackers, spammers and worms.

Top 10 Web Hosting Sites: ?busted”

24.04.2012 (4:45 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Go to Google and search for “Web Hosting Reviews”. To your surprise you may find that there are over 6,970,000 results.  If you own a website it is likely that you have visited one of these web hosting sites to “help” you find a good web host.  Although the concept of web hosting reviews seem great to the eye most of these review sites are practicing misleading and dishonest business practices. 

EXPOSED!  It is time that you know the trust about these web hosting companies so that you are not mislead next time that you are looking for a web host.


Why am I writing this article?

I will be honest, in the world of web hosting review sites I am not a very popular person.  As a child I was taught by my parents many important lessons.  My dad once told me that a business man who is honest will get rich after a long time and a dishonest business man will get rich quick…However, an honest man will always be respected. 

I will be completely honest and upfront I do own a web hosting review website  . Unlike other companies my rankings are based on the quality of the web hosting and their services not affiliate commission rates.

 Why do millions of individuals build web hosting review sites?

To answer this question let me show you a few web hosting affiliate commissions:

 XWebHosting – 0/referral

HostGator – 5/referral

InMotionHosting – 0/referral

These are just a few of the highest paying hosting affiliate programs.  Simply put, people build web hosting review websites for money!  Honestly, that is why I built alreadyhosting.com.  

Customers are not out any extra money for using these “Top 10 Web Hosting Sites” and the site owners earn thousands of dollars… It is a win, win, situation right?  WRONG!

How are you being misled?

The majority of web hosting review websites rank their “top 10” site by the web hosting companies that offer them the highest commission rate. This is very profitable for the owner of the site; however, thousands of mislead visitors to these sites purchase a web hosting package from a web hosting company that has horrible service and support!  Web hosting review sites are forgetting honesty and integrity and only consider the bottom line.

These facts will make you laugh!

1. If you type in “Web Hosting Reviews” on Google and research the top 10 results you will find the only one of the review sites actually host their website through the company that they claim is the “best web host”.  Credibility Issues Huh?

2.  Many review sites (such as webhostinggeeks.com) allow visitors to rate the respected hosting sites.  More often than not the web host ranked #1 on the website has the worst feedback from actual customers.  Quite Interesting.

3.  60% of web hosting review sites are pre-built and ranked from a template that can be purchased from the internet. 60% of review sites don’t even take the time to research the web hosts themselves.

What makes AlreadyHosting.com better than other review sites?

I cannot guarantee you that our rankings are 100% accurate but what I can promise is that we did our very best to be honest and rank websites as accurately as possible without regard to commission rate.  AlreadyHosting is hosted by Host Monster and that is the company that we advertise as the best web hosting site.  Host Monster is also the lowest paying affiliate that we advertise for.  Our website is going to generate a steady income regardless of the rank.. Yes it is true that we are not making the level of income as other sites but we are doing ok. But our visitors are happy, in the end they walk away with great web hosting and we walk away with a decent commission.  Honesty is the only way to go!

Conclusion:

Do not trust web hosting review sites at face value.  These services can be a great resource to help you find web hosting sites but in the end you need to do your own research and decide what hosting best meets your needs.

How to help us:

If you enjoyed this article and appreciate our honesty we would appreciate your help! Help us generate traffic: visit our website, link to us, and/or share this article with others.

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How Effective Is Low Cost Web Hosting?

23.04.2012 (5:13 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Low cost web hosting doesn’t have to be low quality. A lot depends on the kind of website you have and what you are looking for from a hosting company. If you decide that you need more disk space then you might want to think about private web hosting or dedicated web hosting. For most people, providing the up time is ok, shared web hosting is sufficient for their needs and will cost less than the other two options.

The web hosting companies are quite powerful because they know that without them much of what is on the web would cease to exist and this means that they will sometimes charge over the odds for their services. Whether this low cost alternative is effective depends on whether it is doing what is needed for your site. One of the problems for website owners is when a hosting company experiences down time that is way in excess of the vast majority of its competitors. In this instance, it could well be a false economy.

When the server goes down this means that visitors cannot find your website and you can’t access it either. Low cost web hosting that has less than 99% uptime, i.e., time when your website is accessible for visitors to find it online, is not cost effective. If your website is down you don’t get the traffic, which means that someone else could well be capitalising and getting your business. There is a difference between low cost web hosting and free hosting, if you opt for free web hosting then they can put their own advertisements on your site, more to the point if there is a lot of down time with free hosting, again, it can harm your business.

If you don’t intend running a forum or online community on your website, and if you don’t need a lot of disk space, then low cost web hosting may be sufficient for your needs. Check out the reputation of the company you are thinking of using, if they have a good reputation then all well and good, providing your site does not get too busy low cost hosting may be fine for now.

One of the problems with some low cost hosting options is that although the up time is ok, it can take a while for certain web pages to load and again, this is not good for your business. Website visitors get impatient and if they keep landing on a site where the pages take too long to load then they will just click onto another website. It may also soon start effecting your ranking within search engines, as site speed is soon to become a factor.

Low cost hosting is fine when your business is new and most of the traffic on the internet has not yet accessed your site. If your site becomes popular or if you sell a product that is in high demand then there may come a time when low cost web hosting is not really sufficient for your needs. Most people start with low cost web hosting and then migrate to private or dedicated hosting as their site grows. There’s no point in overspending for services you need, but you have to have the flexibility to move on when required.

Fulham Webhosting

07.04.2012 (10:52 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Issue 1 – Size Matters

Content on a web site and flowing around the Internet (e.g. from your web site to the browser of someone reading a web page from your site) is measured in bytes. A byte is actually a very small thing e.g. one letter of the alphabet is about 1 byte big. So people measure things in multiples of bytes:

1 Kilobyte is around 1,000 bytes. Kilobyte is frequently abbreviated to ‘Kb’ 1 Megabyte is around 1,000,000 bytes. Megabyte is frequently abbreviated to ‘Mb’. 1 Gigabyte is around 1,000,000,000 bytes. Gigabyte is frequently abbreviated to ‘Gb’.

You don’t really have to remember all this, but if someone technical starts using terms like ‘Megabytes’ and ‘Gigabytes’ you should know roughly what they are talking about.

Issue 2 – Site Size and Traffic

Anyone proposing to host your web site is first going to ask ‘how big is your site’. They have a computer where your site content will be put, so they need to know if that computer has enough storage to hold your content. For all but the biggest sites/businesses this is seldom a problem. But you still need to have some figure in mind. If you have a web site designer developing your site, you can ask them how big your site is. Or if you have the site content available on your own computer, you can get to a total size. Using Microsoft Windows Explorer, for example, if you right-click on a file and then select ‘Properties’ you can see a figure for bytes. Usually web pages containing words are quite small, but some image files (pictures) can be quite big. For example this Web page you are reading now is around 15Kb (15,000 bytes) but a single photo from my digital camera can easily run to 2Mb (2,000,000 bytes).

The second question you will face is ‘how much traffic do you get’. Your site content sitting on a computer somewhere is only half the issue. For someone to read that content, it has to be downloaded from the computer where it lives then across the Internet into the Web browser of the person trying to read your site. This is ‘traffic’. The arithmetic here is not too difficult. Suppose your web site is 1Mb in size and 5 people per day read every page on your web site. Then the traffic is 5Mb (5 people multiplied by 1Mb per person) per day. If you had 100 people per day reading your 1Mb web site then the traffic would be 100Mb per day.

These two factors are often rolled up into a business proposition by web hosting providers e.g. you might see an offer for “1.5Gb Webspace, 30Gb data transfer – only a month”. That offer would be to host 1.5Gb of web site and other content, and allow for 30Gb of traffic for that content e.g. your entire site content is read on average about 20 times a month.

There are a number of extra factors here:

Your traffic is not just web site content. Email also counts towards ‘storage’ and ‘traffic’. Traffic is not just one-way out. You also have traffic in. For example you must upload content to your site before other people can download it, you must receive email from someone else before you can read it yourself. For most sites this is quite a small issue – only about 10% of traffic is inbound, the rest is outbound. However the basic two issues (site size and traffic) will always remain. Your web hosting supplier has no choice but to consider these two issues. It is the only way for them to confirm that the computer equipment they have will cope with what you need.

Issue 3 – Site Speed

This is not often an issue that you see in any contract with your web hosting provider. But it is worth understanding.

The Internet is really just a lot of cables connecting together a lot of computers. Not all these cables are the same capacity. Bigger cables can carry more traffic than smaller cables. Your web hosting provider has cables and other equipment. It also has computers that work at a certain speed. All this equipment can be upgraded by simply buying bigger/faster equipment. But the hosting business does not want to spend more than it needs to because all this equipment is expensive. However sometimes they may spend less than they need to. So the equipment all still works but can be quite slow.

Consider someone browsing your site with 1Mb of content. How fast they actually see the content in their web browser depends upon the speed of all the equipment between their own computer and the computer that hosts your web site. Often the bottleneck may be their own private ISP connection. Sometimes it may be the equipment at your web hosting provider. It can be *really* difficult to detect where a bottleneck is, because the Internet is constantly changing.

So you get your web site up and running with your hosting provider and everything seems fine. But then you start thinking that your site is ‘a bit slow’. It is unlikely your contract with your ISP will say anything about ‘speed’. This is not unreasonable – speed is difficult to measure anyway and may depend upon things the ISP has no control over. So what can you do about it ?. The plain answer is – not very much. To a degree you get what you pay for. If you get an unbelievably good price for web hosting, it is not uncommon for you to get slower speed. You can try talking to your web hosting provider about why they think your current web site is slow. They may give you an honest answer, but if they are deliberately underinvesting in equipment it is unlikely they will tell you that. Ultimately your only solution may be to switch to another web hosting supplier and try paying a bit more in the hope you get faster speed.

VPS HOSTING IS A WORTHY ONE

03.04.2012 (1:53 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

The virtual private server hosting mainly refers to a system acts as a host to distinct data and provide access to most number of computer systems easily through the network.  It helps to access many computers wish to access the same data, which is always store in the only one location in the computer. They also provide the cheap vps for their easy access among the clients. The vps hosting machine servers runs separately on their own dedicated servers hosting in a compatible manner. The service is only towards the clients in the quicker manner.

It is now getting more popular among all the web service providers. It also helps to saves the money by the method of shared hosting services. The vps service is now got good reputation by their instant configuration method according to one’s individual needs. There are three types of services that are offered by the virtual private server hosting companies. They are Managed, Unmanaged and Unmetered web hosting. The managed service is the costliest one. But other two services unmanaged and unmetered are less expensive. They are looking out all the services by the team of experts. The vps hosting is the best web hosting services offered by the service providers.  It also maintains the quality by their perseverance towards their work.In vps web hosting we can access the data in from different servers so that the information sharing is very easy among various servers .Now most of the webmasters are using this vps hosting facility..

Hyper-V Virtual Dedicated Server vs Shared Hosting

02.04.2012 (10:38 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Hyper-V virtual dedicated server has many advantages over Shared Hosting. In the case of Hyper-V virtual dedicated server hosting, we find that a server is split into separate virtual entities. Each of these entities acts as a server independent of each other. Each Virtual dedicated server has its own unique environment with disk space, bandwidth, applications, the web server, software and other related tools. Hyper-V virtual dedicated server places the client at a great advantage, the reasons being that if any of the other virtual dedicated servers on the same physical server become corrupted, it has absolutely no affect on your server. The result of this is that your data and website are safe.

Shared hosting on the other hand provides services which are very unlike Hyper-V virtual dedicated servers. You have many different shared hosting accounts sharing the same physical server, however they also share the same applications, directories and software. This means that they are all susceptible to the same level of security and performance, and unlike VDS, this can cause problems. The service provider is offering pages for many websites, but each has its own domain name. It is a cost effective solution for a company to create a web presence, however it is not suitable for websites that receive a great deal of traffic. For websites which receive high traffic numbers it is essential to have a dedicated web server and this is where Hyper-V virtual dedicated servers have the advantage.

Because Hyper-V virtual dedicated server is like a dedicated hosting service it is able to perform many functions independently, unlike shared hosting. This also means that these functions can be performed in a cost effective and efficient manner. Users of Hyper-V virtual machines are able to install their own software as well as make use of all the additional features such as FTP and mail servers.

The advantages of VDS hosting provides stability, control, reliability, flexibility and security. So virtually all the “abilities” are covered, with very few “disabilities” for the client to concern themselves with. One of the strongest advantages is “root” level access to the virtual server. This allows the user to delete, install, or change coding or software, set permissions, create various different accounts and many other features. Again we have to reiterate that all these features are available at a considerably lower cost than they would be on a dedicated physical server.

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