Web Hosting Tips http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com Web Hosting Tips - Webhosting Help - Hosting Advice Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:24:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=abc Grid Web hosting: What is it? http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/grid-web-hosting-what-is-it http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/grid-web-hosting-what-is-it#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:24:53 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=48 Grid web hosting is relatively new and many webmasters simply have no idea how this technology works. Although the hosting is new, the concept has been lurking for many years. In fact, many larger web companies use grid web hosting to maintain their corporate websites and store their companies’ information.

The basics of grid web hosting uses several different processors in order to compute instructions. The power for hosting is typically shared among these different processors. This makes it much more efficient for websites to use different resources.

Although again, the concept of actually getting grid web hosting out there is relatively new, more and more hosting companies are beginning to come around to the idea. This allows these hosting companies to offer better services to their customers. When compared to the hosting that most webmasters use, grid web hosting is a much more cost efficient way to host websites. In fact, the cost is very close to that of using a shared hosting plan.

Grid web hosting allows hosting companies to provide more computing power and still offer hosting services for a minimal fee. Those websites that are currently hosted on grid servers suffer little to virtually no downtime at all. Typical hosting companies see downtime due to boosts in traffic. This is not true with grid servers. The best part is that website owners can opt for grid web hosting services for as little as $5 per month, depending on the hosting plan that they choose. Some plans can run as much as $100 per month. Again, this is dependent on the plan chosen and many site owners pay much more than this for hosting without all the benefits of using a grid web host.

There are currently several companies that have gained good reputations for their grid web hosting services. Media Temple is currently the most popular. They offer a grid web hosting plan for just $20 per month. Their services also include one Terabyte of network transfers and up to 100 GB of additional disk space.

Go Daddy also offers grid web hosting. They have just recently begun offering this service and are currently charging a mere $5 per month, mostly because their service is still in the beta stage. Features through Go Daddy are similar to Media Temple’s with 100 GB of space and one Terabyte of transfers each month.

Other companies are definitely following in the tracks of these major hosting companies. These larger companies offer much more regarding grid options than smaller companies, although there are smaller hosting companies that are currently joining the trend. Depending on your budget for hosting, you could be saving money by searching for a hosting provider that has begun to offer this new technology. With the perks of little to no downtime and the small monthly fees for this type of hosting, it will not be surprising to see most website owners following suit as they become more familiar with grid hosting and its many benefits.

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Which Type of Web Hosting is Right for You? http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/which-type-of-web-hosting-is-right-for-you http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/which-type-of-web-hosting-is-right-for-you#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2010 22:12:44 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=43 web serverWhen it comes to web hosting, there are a number of different routes you can take. How do you know which web hosting is right for you? Well, that’s going to depend solely upon you and what you are looking for. First, you have to decide on a web hosting service that you can depend on. Next, the different plans will have to be researched and the best choice chosen. Finally, you have to make sure that everything your website will provide can be hosted on the plan.

Finding a reputable hosting company can be a difficult task. Many different past customers will have a variety of different views on the web host. Some will offer up fake testimonials for the chance at a commission with the company. And a variety of others will spill misinformation to confuse and attract customers to different companies. This is all in the game as they say. To scrounge through the fluff and get to the true insights, look through the replies on different forums related to web hosts. These will normally provide unbiased commentary on the way past customers have been treated.

Figuring out your specific needs will also be a large undertaking unless you are a newcomer to the web hosting scene. Take into account the amount of traffic you currently incur over a daily period. This will equate to the amount of bandwidth you require to operate smoothly. Search for a web hosting plan that provides more than your current needs. By purchasing more now, it provides you with a buffer zone in which you are safe from downtime.

You memory space provider on the server will also be an issue, depending on the size of your established website. If you have a brand new site with little to no content, it is easy to accommodate your necessary space. On the other hand, established sites with a large amount of posts and pages might take up a considerable amount of space. Look into your past rate of growth and figure out if your current web space can handle future updates. Most web hosts offer unlimited space, so this could be an easy problem to solve.

Now it is time to look into the different kinds of hosting being provided. Research the various types of web hosting which include free web hosting, shared web hosting, dedicated web hosting, and virtual private servers. Each choice has their own attributes that attract webmasters. Free hosting is a probable choice for web pages that are fairly new, with no real following or content collection. The downtime normally associated with free hosts can be overlooked in this aspect. Shared hosting allows more features including unlimited bandwidth, unlimited space and unlimited domain names. Choosing shared hosting buys time for middles-sized websites to grow before the need for dedicated hosting.

Reseller hosting grants the option to control and distribute your current stock pile of bandwidth and space at the price you choose. Virtual private hosting allows for many of the same features as dedicated hosting with the costs divided between the limited users that rent the server. Dedicated hosting is for the bug guns, given its complexity and ability to handle more intricate scripts and sites. After researching each option, choose the one that best fits your long term business plan.

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What’s the difference between VPS hosting and Shared Hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/whats-the-difference-between-vps-hosting-and-shared-hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/whats-the-difference-between-vps-hosting-and-shared-hosting#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2009 01:27:03 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=34 On your quest to find the perfect hosting solution, the options of shared hosting and VPS hosting have arisen. To the naked eye, the similarities between these two hosting plans outweigh the differences. But for any serious webmaster, there is a distinct variation in the options and ability of both service plans. VPS is a little more obscure, so the distinction can be tough for some to fathom.

Virtualized Private Servers, also known as VPS hosting allows you to have flexibility and control in a shared host. It is a much more advanced form of shared hosting. The web hosting company begins with a regular server and installs in a new operating system. Next, a program is used to create isolated and independent virtual servers within the original server. The original, now fragmented server has several of these virtual servers that act as if they are normal dedicated hosting. VPS HostingUnlike dedicated hosting, there are however more than one user per server. This is much the same as renting out rooms in a house. Each room has its own space and distinction, allowing for you to change it as you see fit. Although separate, these rooms all are connected to the same house. That is how VPS operate.

Shared hosting is another one of the various types of hosting that is available. It’s all in the name; shared hosting is where individuals are sharing the same server, as well as the same resources. Every individual or client has limits on what they are allowed to do as far as the storage space, allotted bandwidth per month, and allowed e-mail accounts. Because you are using a shared web hosting plan, you are not only able to make use of the server’s hardware and its resources, but to also use it to its full potential. A great advantage of shared hosting is that you are only responsible to do little maintenance, as the hosting company is actually responsible for keeping your server up-to-date for you. If you need any applications for your site, you can download and install them directly from the service providers. You can also get the dedicated support staff to assist you in installing these for you – and companies like Servint are known for offering top notch support!

The main differences to take into account between these two different plans are the added security, additional CPU power, and the access to change the server as you see fit. Many webmasters find that a dedicated server is more than they require, and as such look for the same user ability without the cost. Shared hosting lacks in many aspects compared to dedicated hosting, including its CPU usage which is limited due to the many users on any given server. VPS servers solve this problem with its limited user base and the guarantees that it will have a certain amount of bandwidth, space and CPU usage at all times.

VPS servers also allow for root access, which gives the owner the ability to make changes to the server as they see fit. The operating system, administrative rights and firewall are all adaptable to the wills of the webmaster. By compensating the shortcomings of regular shared hosting without incurring the costs of a dedicated server, VPS is a common choice for serious webmasters.

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Unlimited Web Hosting – is it realistic? http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/unlimited-web-hosting-is-it-realistic http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/unlimited-web-hosting-is-it-realistic#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:44:46 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=28 Unlimited – what a great word. It holds with it the imagination of never having to shop around again. A warm feeling stays with you as you continue to build up your collection of websites. You wish that this dream last will last forever. The problem is, although many web sites flaunt the unlimited plans in front of you, few actually allow “unlimited” usage. We will start with the obvious and work our way down. Do unlimited web space, bandwidth, and domain hosting truly exist?

The answer is, only to a point. Many web host providers throw out words to entice you to buy from them, but many times people overlook the fine print. The unlimited offer is not actually unlimited. curve risingThere are many different limits placed on your web hosting. Let’s start with bandwidth. At first your web sites will have a low amount of traffic. As time passes, your traffic and collection of web sites will continue to increase. Each site will continue to use more and more bandwidth. Within a certain amount of time, your web host will contact you about the over use of the CPU, and overuse of bandwidth.

Next follows the encouragement to upgrade to either a VPS or a dedicated server. Eventually this is a good choice, but who likes to be pushed into it? Back on point, the unlimited storage space is also an illusion. You can upload a large amount of files. The problem begins with the size the files must be. Most of the time, web hosts limit the file size to 25 MBs. This is a small amount for web sites that have videos and other large files that could be uploaded. Limiting the amount that can be uploaded also limits the amount you can add to your domains.

Now that both memory and bandwidth have been proven less than unlimited, we will tackle unlimited domain names. This is actually limited by the bandwidth and memory. Although you could possibly continue to add on domain names, unless they took up no space and had no traffic, they would also eventually be limited. As with anything that claims to be unlimited, it is always until a point. These web hosting companies are in the business to make money, and it simply is bad business to give the same prices to people with one website as those with hundreds.

So is unlimited web hosting realistic? Unfortunately no, you will eventually have to upgrade to a new plan. The choice is up to you when, although you run the possibility you web host will stop your server use if it gets too severe and interferes with the other users on the server. When your business is thriving enough to need to upgrade, it is normally a good sign. There are still affordable options to choose from. Knowing you need the added space and bandwidth should be incentive enough to increase the smoothness of your visitors surfing.

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The differences between Linux hosting and Windows hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-differences-between-linux-hosting-and-windows-hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-differences-between-linux-hosting-and-windows-hosting#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:37:09 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=19 Two of the major operating systems that are normally chosen to run web hosting servers, Linux and Windows, are similar but very different. Choosing between the two can be a burden of faith for the ill informed, so research is essential before finalizing any decision.

Linux hosting is a popular operating system for web hosting that is cheap to install. Windows hosting is also a very popular operating system for web hosting that allows the client to be provided with support that is needed.

There are several differences between the two. The first difference that people generally seem to notice right away is the manner in which the system accesses the server. Linux and Windows both offer the FTP access (File Transfer Protocol ) however, only Linux offers ssh ( secure shell) Windows or Linuxor telnet access. When writing your pages out, “.html” is the file name that Linux hosting is named under, meanwhile with Windows; the file name is “.htm.”

When it comes to security, they both equally have security problems. An age old question has been presented to find out which of these two choices is more secure. Unfortunately, as with anything that is connected to the internet, nothing is completely safe. It has been said that Windows servers are at a higher risk due to the interconnected nature of the programming. This allows for the entire server to be more vulnerable to compromise by an outside source. This, however, is not really the biggest concern. The main part of the security routes back to the service’s administration level, so as long as you have good security there, you are in good shape.

Based solely on price, Linux hosting is cheaper when compared to Windows because most of the software used for Linux hosting is on an open source and as such is free. This also leads back to the security factor, where onlookers have said Linux is viewed by everyone. It is because of this fact that Linux can be seen as more secure, since its source is widely read and its security team is immensely capable of seeing the vulnerability of its programming.

When using Windows, most of the software has to be licensed by Microsoft. These licenses can be pricey, but not overly above Linux pricing. Performance wise, Linux has proven to be more reliable when handling a high amount of processes that run at the same time. Windows however will continue to adapt in an attempt to outdo the current lacking in their programming.

The downside of using a Linux server is that it is not totally compatible with some Microsoft software’s. If you are using certain Microsoft software, even though it is not required, it may be better to use a Windows server just so you can use it to its fully capacity. In an age where a large portion of your software needs are supplied by Windows, it has become increasingly popular to choose them as a server. As time passes, the difference between these two leaders of industry will continue to meet near the middle. The choice then comes down to your personal preference.

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The History of Web Hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-history-of-web-hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-history-of-web-hosting#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 05:22:34 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=14 The internet is one of the greatest forms of technology in existence, with more than J.C.R. Lickliderfifty million websites interconnected in a web of information. Technically in order to take a look back at the history of web hosting, we need to look at the history of the internet as well.

In August of 1962, J.C.R. Licklider was known for his many articles that were written about the “Galactic Network” which was based on the concept of computers being interconnected so that anyone that has the use of the internet can log on to different websites and find out information. At this time, Licklider was attending MIT where he was going to the ARPA which was the Advanced Research Projects Agency to tell of his ideas. The creation of the ARPA was actually around the same time as the creation of NASA. Both organizations were formed to help Americans catch up with the technology of the Russians.

Early forms of the internet were based on a concept know as packet switching. This concept is based on the idea of having network data that had the ability to be sent through electrical phone lines as tiny packages of information. This concept forms the basis for the way we use bandwidth. Using these small packets of information, connections would be used only when the packets were sent through them. When there were no packets being sent, the line would have free space to use for other activities. This free space is the open bandwidth. Paul Baran would later create the actual networking design that forms the foundation for the modern day internet.

In the year 1965, two men by the name of Lawrence G. Roberts and Thomas Merril had started the first, but extremely slow computer. The only way that made it faster was by the use of a packet switching method by Paul Baran. When 1969 came around, they had finally successfully linked computers at UCLA. This is where web hosting first began to make its big break. After this, over the next two years, nineteen more hosts would be added to the network. In 1991, a very important year for the development of the internet, hosting would move onto the big stage. From this moment on, the internet was only going to get bigger.

Since the networking of multiple computers, web hosting has increased its abilities along with the advancements of technology and has dropped in price. With the quickly changing technology, smaller and more powerful servers have replaced old ones. These advances have enabled web hosting companies to house thousands of servers in a small amount of space. This makes the upkeep and updates simple, and once again has lowered cost. You can now get inexpensive web hosting and it is much less complicated to do now. With the numerous companies nowadays that offer web hosting, it is up to you to search and choose what will be best for your web site’s needs.

What’s the future of webhosting? Highly managed solutions, cloud hosting, grid hosting, … We’ll keep you posted of new stuff on this blog!

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How to Make Money with Web Hosting: Reseller Hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/how-to-make-money-with-web-hosting-reseller-hosting http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/how-to-make-money-with-web-hosting-reseller-hosting#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2009 00:44:31 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=3 For any online business, hosting is an essential cost that cannot be overlooked. Every website on the internet has some form of hosting, and unfortunately you will need the same. On the other hand, there is a way to minimize you costs, or pull a profit from it. Most web hosting companies offer a plan for reseller hosting. If you are unfamiliar with reseller hosting, it is a plan that allows you to sell off portions of your hosting to others.

The cost for a reseller hosting account is lower than what you would pay for a dedicated server, but a bit higher than shared hosting. Reseller Web HostingUnlike shared hosting plans that offer unlimited everything, or so they say, reseller hosting has a set amount of everything. Each plan will have a different amount of bandwidth, space and domains that can be hosted. Don’t worry though, it isn’t a small amount.

Now here is where the money starts to come in. You can offer out your reseller hosting as if you have your own hosting company. Rebrand it, advertise it, and sell it as you would any other service. If you divide up your hosting correctly, you will be able to make a scalable profit over time. Even before you begin to make a profit, you can certainly cut into your hosting costs.

Getting customers can be a problem at first, but there are many different ways to approach this. You can go around webmaster forums and offer your plans out cheaper than others that are selling there. This allows you to build a base of monthly customers to build off of. You also can take a different approach, and offer simple web page building service if they dedicate themselves to use your server for X amount of months. You can also offer it out cheaply through a membership website, if you want to continue to build up your profit.

You can also go the professional looking route and set up your own webpage, logo and company name. Simply make it look inviting, offer a bargain for what you are selling, and get out and advertise. Over time you could continuously build up your client base until you have the means to truly start your own hosting business. For those that are just looking for a small venture into this market, get out on the web and network. Provide information to customers on forums while making you look dependable and capable of fulfilling their needs.

There are certain things that you have to be careful about as well. Look out for different spammers that might give your service a bad name. They will purchase hosting due to the fact it is at a low price, and then perform illegal activities that can negatively affect your business. It can be tough to screen customers while trying to build a base, but over time you will begin to spot certain troublesome users from a mile away. As time passes, your reseller hosting will continue to bring in a profit, and because it is a residual income, you have very little work involved after the customer is sold on your hosting. Do it right and the sky is the limit.

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The pros and cons of a free web host http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-pros-and-cons-of-a-free-web-host http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/archives/the-pros-and-cons-of-a-free-web-host#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:55:58 +0000 Steve http://www.webhostingtipsblog.com/?p=8 If you are in the market for a free web host, than take into account all the pros and cons of your decision. The word free is quite enticing. Is it really free though? Most free hosts still are capable of pulling in a profit, so it must be generating some kind of revenue. The real question comes down to whether or not a free web host is worth using. Let’s get all the facts and see what the verdict turns out to be.

So what are the biggest advantages to choosing a free web host? First thing that comes to mind is price. Can’t beat free can you? This kind of hosting is perfect for beginners to the web. Most free web hosts have a limited, but sufficient amount of storage and bandwidth that can be more than enough for most newcomers. Learning the ropes on a free host can FREEgive you a head start when you move up to paid hosting. You will have a better feel for the control panel, and at least save yourself some time from the inevitable mistakes your would have made. There will be no pressure on you to rush. Just learn at your own pace until you are comfortable with all the features.

These free web hosts are also a great place to host personal websites. Things such as family events can be posted up, and the volume of people will be limited to your family. This kind of website does not need all the features of paid hosting, and can be accommodated fully by free hosting. A number of other sites that are limited in nature can be hosted freely so that you can spend your money on other ventures. Small educational websites will also be content on a free web host. Each of these have a limited need, and are perfect candidates for free hosts.

Now we land on the negative aspects of free web hosting. As I touched on earlier, free is not always free. Free web hosts often times will force you into having their advertisements or banners on your site. At first this may not seem like a big deal, but over time these leaks will affect your overall profit, which is not something that people eagerly settle for. Another reason that free web hosting has no cost is because of the way it is managed. Clients are given very little support, and are encouraged to sign up for a paid service to be helped further.

The control panel itself is limited on a free host. They will regularly limit commonly used scripts, such as the easy installation of Word Press and Joomla. This creates the need to use FTP simply to upload these scripts. The problem then arises that these hosts having limited FTP capability, if at all. Once again, you are limited from full functionality. The overall amount of bandwidth and memory you are capable of using is also limited. By doing this, the free host hinders your websites ability to grow. Each of these negatives pushes the user towards paid hosting. Now it is your decision whether to use a free host or not.

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