Friday, 22 March 2019

Dedicated Cloud, Web Hosting, Hosting Reviews, Domain Name

If you have never heard of the term ‘Dedicated Cloud’ you’re not alone. Dedicated Cloud is a truly unique hosting solution where you essentially have your own dedicated server that is placed within the public cloud, allowing you the benefits that are built into that service. You are on a physical isolated single-tenant server, with full control over how you use its resources. Build as many virtual machines (VMs) as your server’s resources will allow, all for a fixed monthly cost. You are also able to connect your dedicated cloud server to your primary hosting environment, via hybrid hosting, which makes this service even more compelling.

Here is a diagram of a sample Dedicated Cloud environment:

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What are the main benefits?


Isolation: This single-tenant environment means full isolation for your VMs on your own hardware. This isolation may allow businesses who may not otherwise be able to move to the cloud (mainly because of specific compliance requirements) to do so.

Fast Failover: If hardware fails you are migrated to new hardware in a matter of seconds. The public cloud will always have a server on standby ready to take over in an emergency.

Fixed Cost: The cost of this service is fixed, meaning you will not have any surprises at the end of the month.

Unlimited VMs: As mentioned above, you can create as many VMs as the server’s resources will allow. For example, here are a few options with a 64 GB server:

4 VMs with 16 GB Ram each
8 VMs with 8 GB Ram each
16 VMs with 4 GB Ram each

Custom Configurations: Choose from a number of different server configurations depending on your needs and budget. We offer packages from 32 GB Ram to 256 GB Ram.

Is Dedicated Cloud the right fit for my business?


Dedicated Cloud comes with many advantages. However, as with any other hosting solution, one size doesn’t always fit all needs. It is important to weigh all of the pros and cons with your individual needs when deciding which hosting environment to choose for each workload you have. Dedicated Cloud is often the perfect solution for companies who want to move part or all of their hosting to the cloud but are unable due to strict compliance requirements, such as server isolation. It is also a good solution for businesses who need to create large a number of VMs but prefer to have one monthly cost.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

What is privacy protection


Privacy protection hides personal information that was updated  in whois from complete strangers. This is one of the most common reasons, why the domain owners opt for privacy protection.

Why you need privacy protection


When a domain name is registered, the whois of your domain name lists your personal information (such as Name, Company Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address) as contact details for that domain name as per regulatory requirements. This information becomes available to anyone who performs a whois lookup of your domain name.

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Whois is an organization that manages all data regarding domain registration. All registrant details will be consider as public information, in addition to the nameservers and other simple details regarding domain registrations (e.g. registration, renewal, and expiry dates).

Your personal information is at risk from being stolen by data miners, who can then target you via junk email, fake telephone calls, postal messages, fax messages, etc..

Depending on the domain name extension, different types of information will be available to those search for a whois lookup.

Here are few reasons you should consider before ordering privacy protection for your domain names.

1. Protect your personal data


Stealing your personal data would be a common problem so you should take precaution on your domain registration information.

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There is enough data available in  WHOIS domain record for a smart or tenacious thief to start causing problems, and enable them to dig deeper into your personal data for the purpose of  stealing your personal identity. 

Using domain privacy protection, it masks your original information and displays alternative information. So that, you will retain complete ownership of the domain and have complete control over the domain.

2. Stop Unwanted Solicitations


Enclosing your personal contact information for your domain is an open invitation for telemarketers, sales people, spammers, and con-artists. 

In todays market there are countless services that scrape WHOIS data for contact information, specially for newly registered domain names.

Once the domain registers, it doesn’t take long to start getting a flood of calls and emails about web-designing, SEO services, content optimization, social media marketing, mailing services, virtual assistants, freelance opportunities from people overseas, and many more.

And one more worse thing is, there are many scammers who may contact you when your domain is about to expire. 

They come with special offers on your domain renewals and try to get the domain ownership and send you different mails to steal your personal details and transfer it without your knowledge. 

It can cost the owner hundreds of dollars in bogus “services". Be careful of any items you receive in the mail regarding your domain, and always contact your current domain registrar before responding to such emails.

3. Protect Your Email Address


If you enable privacy protection for your domain registration, your registrar typically creates an alias or unique email address that will replace your email in the WHOIS database. This email address does not remain constant and will be updated frequently. This is done to keep away unsolicited email from spammers.

4. Prevent Domain Hijacking


Hijacking a domain is another big issue. Most of the domain registrars lock the domains by default after acquisition, it’s not as easy as before. 

With this lock set, no one will be able to transfer the domain away from you unless they some how manage to get access to your domain registrar account and email.

When the personal information is hidden, it adds another hurdle to the process, making it extremely difficult for someone to fetch the data and attempt to gain access to your account.

Enabling the privacy protection, the domain transfer authorization email will be sent to the dummy email address which was an registrars rather than the registrant’s email address, making the transfer fail if the authorization is not done.

Many dummy email addresses provided by registrars do NOT forward to the registrant’s email address.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Any websites that want to be put on the internet should be hosted on a web server. A web server can refer to either the hardware or the software that helps to deliver content that can be accessed through the internet. The space provided by the web server can be owned or leased for use by clients from web hosting companies. There are many web hosts to choose from and finding the right web hosting packages can be a confusing process.

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Web hosting packages can vary in pricing as well as the features they offer, such as the amount of disk space and bandwidth available, data transfers, number of domains and email boxes, privacy and security settings, website design and marketing tools, technical support and guaranteed uptime. Knowing the requirements is essential to make a smart choice for a website planning.

The essential features of a reliable web hosting are described below:

Storage/Disk Space


Web hosting account has an allotment of storage/disk space that can be rented on a server. The amount of storage will include all of the content of the web pages, any graphic or other media content can be used on the pages, any files that are available for visitors to download and any space that can be used for emails. Additional space can be required for various log files that are generated by the server and/or web application that keeps track of visitors to the site and what pages they click on. People can choose a package with additional disk space so as they are able to add more contents, pictures, music, videos or downloadable files that require more disk space.

Databases are usually calculated separately from the storage/disk space allocated. Different web hosting company have different policy.

Bandwidth/Data Transfer


These two functions are an important factor when choosing reliable web hosting. They are similar but different aspects of the same process that work together hand in hand.

Data transfer is how much data is being transferred on a monthly basis. A website may not be accessible the less data transfer that is allocated on a monthly basis. Going over the allocated limit can result in a fee or even a temporary shutdown/downtime of the website. Choose a plan with more data transfer than needed will allow for additional traffic and content.

Bandwidth is how much data can be transferred at one time. The less bandwidth allocated, the slower a website takes to load regardless of the connection speed of the visitors. Higher bandwidth is expensive because it takes and drains the server’s resources and can affect the performance of other customers' sites on the same server.

Control Panel Features


The most important job that a website owner has is creating and management of the website(s) and its content. The control panel (cPanel) features the tools for uploading and managing web pages, managing domains, subdomains, FTP accounts, creating parked domains, add-on domains, protecting directories, redirecting visitors to another location, website statistics, back up data, virus protection and spam filters, the tools to keep privacy and security.

Uptime


This is one of the most important features of a reliable web hosting provider. Guaranteed uptime means a website is guaranteed to be up at least 99.9 percent of the time and available to visitors. This guarantee should include network uptime, server uptime, web server and service uptime as well as 24/7 support.

Domain Name


The domain name is a unique name and address on the World Wide Web. Domain registration is the process that an individual or a company secures a website domain. Once the domain registration is completed, the domain name is purchased and available to use for a specified period of time, usually one year, and can be extended anytime. Domain owners must renew their domain names before the registration expires, or the domain reverts back to being available to the general public to be purchased.

Some web hosts maintain control of the domains they register so it is important that the domain owner retain the option to transfer the domain to another registrar. Understanding the “Terms and Conditions” regarding maintaining the privacy and any additional fees to transfer a domain to another registrar.

Dedicated And Shared IP Address


An Internet Protocol address, or better known as an IP address, is the numerical address of the website that tells other computers where to find the server host and the domain on the internet. There are advantages to having a dedicated IP address or a shared IP address.

Dedicated IP Address means that a site is the only one on the internet using a specific IP address number. The advantages of having a dedicated IP address are that the site can have a better SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ratings which make a website more visible and easier to find; there are better security and privacy options. A Private SSL Certificate was created to confirm the identity of a website or server and ensure secure transactions between web servers and browsers. In order to keep clients information secure, a Private SSL Certificate is required for e-commerce websites that accept online credit card payments.

Shared IP Address means that there could be hundreds of websites sharing one server that share a single IP address. Shared IP addresses make it easier for hosting companies to manage and maintain their servers and offer this feature at a lower cost. The downside to this feature is, if other websites sharing the IP address are banned or blacklisted due to spamming or scamming, their actions directly affect other websites that shared the same server. The affected websites could disappear from the search engines and their emails could be blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISP). A Shared SSL Certificate gives the benefits of a SSL Certificate at a lower cost and still provides a secure URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Many e-commerce websites provide Shared SSL to their business clients.

Email Features


Email hosting offers a variety of features for both individuals and businesses. Some of the features offered are customized email addresses, import/export address book, unlimited storage, webmail accessible from mobile phones, calendar alerts, mail forwarding, auto responders, email filters that protect from viruses and spam, phone and email tech support.

Privacy And Security


The security of communications such as unauthorized or sensitive data are a big concern. Some of the security tools that a web host may include are SSL secure servers, SSL certificates, software that can prevent other websites from accessing other websites' databases and files, antivirus protection, firewall protection, strong passwords, reliable authentication, secure payment processing, email encryption and strict privacy policies.

Building Tools


Even without prior knowledge or experience, Website building tools are often offered as part of a web hosting package. The more advanced website building tools teach how to add a photo album, guestbook, ads, newsletters, blogs, FAQ module, visitor tracker, banner rotator, auto installer software for blogs, forums, galleries and much more.

Support


A reliable web hosting provider should have technical support available 24/7. Get a quick reply to support ticket if any issues arise and getting instant support via a chat service or telephone support.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Dedicated Server Hosting, Web Hosting, Hosting Learning, Hosting Guides

When upgrading to a hosted dedicated server, it is important to remember that not all dedicated servers are the same and neither are the hosting solutions offered by service providers. As it can be difficult to know the key features to look for when finding a provider, we’ve put together this list of those we think are the most essential. Hopefully, they will give you a clearer insight into what to look for.

1. Operating system choices


One of the factors in choosing a dedicated hosting solution is the freedom to have your own choice of operating system. The applications you need for your business may require a specific type of operating system, such as a Windows Server OS or one of the different Linux distributions. In some circumstances, the software you run may only be compatible with a legacy OS version. Make sure that the provider you go with enables you to run the OS you need.

2. Server configuration


It’s not just the choice of operating system that is important. Another key requirement is the ability to have total control over your server so that you can configure it to meet your needs. You may, for example, need full root SSH / RDP root access.

3. Hardware choices


As dedicated servers can be expensive, always look for a hosting provider that offers plenty of hardware options. This way, you get a hardware setup that has the capacity and performance capabilities you require, without having to pay for something that is far more powerful than you need.

Ideally, you should have a range of options over the CPU model, number of cores and speed, the size of RAM, the type of RAM (e.g., DDR3 or DDR4), hard disk capacity, hard disk type (HDD or SSD), bandwidth and RAID.

4. Control panel options


Great control panels make it much easier to manage your server and the applications which you run on it. While vanilla control panels may be sufficient for some companies’ needs, many benefit from using cPanel & WHM (for Linux servers only) or Plesk (now for both Windows and Linux servers).

Easy to navigate and with a wide range of incredibly powerful, built-in management tools, cPanel and Plesk are industry leading control panels used by millions of businesses across the globe.

5. Security


If your server is hacked, your IT operations could be taken offline and your company put at a standstill. If there is a data breach, there’s also the risk of huge fines, reputational damage and customer legal action. This is why 60% of hacked companies go out of business within 6 months.

With this in mind, security should be a decisive factor when choosing a dedicated hosting provider. You should consider everything from the location and physical security of the datacentre to the range of security features your host provides as part of your package and as additional services.

You should look for next-generation firewalls, intrusion prevention, web app security, DDoS protection, and malware and virus prevention. In addition, they should also provide SSL certificates, dedicated IP addresses and spam filtering.

6. Server management


Outsourcing server management to your service provider not only makes things easier; it could also save you significantly in the long run. This service will include such things as OS updates, patching, application installation and server monitoring. Server monitoring constantly checks the health of your server and its performance to ensure it remains in top condition.

7. High availability


If your server runs critical applications, you cannot afford for it to go offline. The consequences could be disastrous. This is why it is essential that you choose a host that can guarantee high availability – i.e., that your server will stay online for 99.95% of the time or higher.

8. First class technical support


There may be times when your IT team needs your service provider’s technical support to carry out a task or to troubleshoot an issue. This support should be an inclusive part of your contract with the provider and, very importantly, be available 24/7 by phone, email, live chat or ticket. After all, if your dedicated server goes offline on Friday night, you don’t want to wait until Monday before it gets fixed.

Technical support differs entirely from customer support. By technical, we mean having a specialist IT team available that can provide solutions at the point of contact. They will have the necessary expertise and be actively able to deal with any problem.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Introduction


Drupal is a free and open source content management framework written PHP and distributed in GNU. Drupal is an “out of the box” web content management tool as well as a customisation platform to help you build the right tool to serve your content management strategy. It is a powerful solution that lets marketers and others build and manage sites. In this article let us see its benefits, requirements and Drupal Installation from cPanel.​

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Drupal is flexible, open, easy to integrate with, and easy to use for marketers and non-technical people - and it easily connects to marketing automation, CRM, email marketing, analytics, optimisation and other marketing technology solutions.​

Benefits of using Drupal


◈ Easy and fun to create and update content on your site
◈ ​Manage site content and campaigns in one place to ensure brand consistency
◈ Fully responsive to ensure your users can access your site on any device
◈ Connect with all of your marketing tools that you are comfortable using
◈ Manage many sites across your organization, brands, geographies and campaigns on a single platform that allows quick, easy site creation and deployment.

Basic server requirements


To install and run Drupal, your web server must meet certain minimum requirements.​

Basic server requirements to Install Drupal


​Diskspace : A minimum installation requires 15 MB. 60 MB is needed for a website with many contributed modules and themes installed. Keep in mind you need much more for the database, files uploaded by the users, media, backups, and other files.

Web Server : Apache, Nginx, Microsoft IIS

Database : MySQL , SQLite​

​PHP : PHP 5.5.9 or higher

Drupal can be used by different websites and Applications


Let me list few of them.

◈ Entertainment Industry
◈ Travel Industry
◈ NGO sectors
◈ Financial Services
​◈ Public and Private sectors
◈ Sports and many more.

How to install Drupal


Its pretty simple to install Drupal on your Webhosting account. You can login to your control panel(cPanel) and you can install it with one click.

​Let me provide you steps with screenshots about installing Drupal from control panel.

​​Login to your cPanel, search for Software --> Softaculous Apps Installer and click on it. It just looks like in the below screenshot.

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After your click on Softaculous in your cPanel, it takes you to Softaculous dashboard. Here you can find all types of scripts which your hosting provider enables for you in softaculous dashboard. Search for Drupal and it resembles the below image and gives you an option to install it from there.

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​Software Setup and Site Settings


​Click on install button it will take you to next page where you need to select the domain, version, which directory to install, cronjob settings, admin user and password.

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Click on Install button and it will start Drupal installation process which would be like below image.

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​After completing the Drupal installation ​process, it provides you the URL to access, URL for admin panel and it just look like in the below image.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Managing your sites is now easier than before!


Anyone who’s ever bought a simple hosting plan has probably used a control panel to manage their website or Linux server.

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A hosting control panel provides an easy to use, a manageable user interface so that you can easily manage all aspects of hosting.

Some of the common features of all control panels include FTP management, database management, email management etc. System admin processed are complex in nature and hence a Control panel allows you to do most of it in just a few clicks from a graphical user interface.

Advanced tasks such as server migrations or switching web servers, support a ticket support system and provide monitoring and alert services are also made easy using a Control panel. In early days all the processes were done manually which incurred a huge amount of time whereas it is just a matter of a few minutes now.

cPanel – Best in its class


The most popular and widely used Control Panel is “cPanel”. With an interface so easy to use, cPanel provides Multi-Server management through a standard web browser.

cPanel's easy to use interface allows you to manage multiple email users. Taking charge of domains, databases, files, security, and email is a piece of cake for users, and the host can easily add apps which allow an enormous range of third-party software to be installed with one touch.

cPanel’s WHM (Web Host Manager) is included but runs separately; it provides full back-end administrative access with server configuration and monitoring, backups, transfers and networking all easily managed.

Note: cPanel is only supported on operating systems such as RedHat, CloudLinux, and CentOS.

Plesk – A versatile control manager


Another most popular hosting control panel and a good alternative to cPanel is Plesk. Like cPanel, Plesk control panel makes use of an SSL-enabled web-based GUI, incorporated with frames. However, the Plesk can be used for Windows as well as Linux Servers. Plesk has an intuitive interface much like Windows XP which makes it look more elegant.

You can use Plesk on VPS, shared as well as a dedicated server. Many tasks in Plesk can be automated which results in better ROI by reducing the cost and resources considerably.

DirectAdmin – Affordable and effective


This little program is a graphical and web-based web hosting control panel, specially designed to make administration of websites easier. DirectAdmin is also compatible with several versions of Red Hat, Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, and Debian. With CentOS Linux, it is distributed by default.

It is less expensive and is more lightweight than either cPanel or Plesk, lessening server load.

Webmin – Most popular among free open source community


A long-standing choice of system administrators who want a free, full-featured open-source control panel, Webmin is a powerful tool to handle DNS, configuration, webmail, file sharing and the like. It can also become a traditional web hosting control panel with the addition of the Usermin and Virtualmin modules (and can also manage virtual systems with the Cloudmin module). Once the complete system is running, it rivals cPanel for functionality, and it will run on just about any Linux distro.

Ajenti – For all your server needs


Ajenti is a relatively much new product in the market but it has gained a lot of recognition and user acceptance in last few years. It comes along with a wide range of plugins for Apache, Cron, DHCPD, NFSD, Iptables, MySQL, Netatalk, NGINX, PostgreSQL, Samba, and many more. You can also view basic server information such as RAM in use, free disk space, etc. Ajenti takes care of cron, nameservers, file management.

Ajenti has a simple and streamlined interface which anyone can master quickly, and it does a nice job. What it doesn’t do is offer many of the deep management functions of cPanel or Webmin, but it’s worth looking at if you are just searching for a control panel which will handle the basics of server management without a learning curve or steep price.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Cloud Hosting, Web Hosting, Hosting Reviews, Hosting Learning

We will look at some of the key cloud hosting advantages and disadvantages, including some or the dangers - whether real or perceived - of hosting your data in the cloud. So, let’s get into some of the pros and cons.

Cloud hosting advantages


Scalability

The key advantage of cloud hosting over the technologies that preceded it and the current alternatives is the ease of scalability. Hosting in the cloud opens up the possibility for your infrastructure to encompass multiple servers to provide extra capacity. This allows for the flexibility to scale up quickly to deal with unexpected traffic surges, but also to create an infrastructure that can grow with your requirements over a longer period.

Better performance

For the reasons mentioned above that cloud hosting offers greater scalability, it also offers better performance. That’s because in addition to the increased capacity leading to increased availability for your customers, it also allows for load balancing across multiple servers. The end result is less strain on any one server and better user experience for everyone.

Reduced costs

Cloud hosting can remove the need for you to buy, house and maintain your own hardware, which reduces capital expenditure. And the ease with which you can scale up or down means you don’t have to pay for unused capacity.

Disaster recovery

Another cloud hosting advantage is that is makes disaster recovery much easier, especially if you're already using a multi-server hosting architecture.

Cloud hosting disadvantages


Security

If you and your web host are following best practice, the security risks associated with cloud hosting are minimal. That said, some organisations feel more secure knowing that all their data is within a metal box that they can put their hands on. A private cloud is usually the sensible compromise in these circumstances.

Downtime

This is dependent on the type of cloud hosting your choose but certainly for cloud hosting firms that are perhaps resellers or not particularly thorough in their setup, downtime can be an issue.

Accessibility

Since your web hosting infrastructure is in the cloud, your access to your data is dependent on internet access. Generally, internet access is not hard to come by but it still raises the possibility of your ability to maintain your data and website being tied to the reliability of your internet service provider.

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