If you’re thinking about starting a website, you’ll need to decide what type of hosting service you need. There are many different options to choose from, each with advantages and disadvantages. To narrow it down for the purposes of this article, however, the two main categories are free hosting and paid hosting. As the name implies, free hosting doesn’t charge you, the customer, for their services. Paid hosting, on the other hand, require you to pay a set amount each month.
At first glance you might be thinking that free hosting is the obvious choice, however, that is not necessary the case. As you might expect, there is a catch. After all, webhosting can’t be given away by a company if they want to stay in business.
Problems with Free Hosting Companies
There are many different types of hosting companies that offer their services free of charge. Rather than charging their customers directly, they make money through advertising or other methods. This type of hosting is sufficient for certain projects, but it also comes with a variety of different problems, including the following:
It is important to keep in mind that free hosting companies don’t typically have all of these shortcomings. They may even actively advertise the fact that, for example, they offer unlimited bandwidth (or any other feature) to their customers. When you look into it further, however, you’ll find that they never account for all of the above mentioned issues.
Benefits of Paid Hosting
Paid web hosting services typically don’t have any of the restrictions or problems associated with them. In addition to simply overcoming the short falls of free web hosting, however, a good hosting company, like InterServer, provides customers with a variety of additional benefits:
Still Very Affordable
There is really no debate that paid hosting is far superior to free hosting, but is it really worth the money? The fact is, even paid hosting packages are extremely affordable. The vast majority of sites, especially when they are new, can operate flawlessly on a hosting plan that costs just a few dollars per month. For example, here at InterServer, you can get industry leading hosting for just $4.95 per month with no long term contract. If you choose to pay up front for a longer period of time, that price drops down as low as $3.96 per month.
With prices this low, there is really no reason to put up with all the problems associated with free hosting, or to turn down the many great benefits you’ll get from a paid host. So, when you’re ready to get your website up and running, be sure you go with paid hosting. You’ll be glad you did.
OpenSSL exploit and vulnerability has recently been discovered. It is highly recommended that servers running the vulnerable version of OpenSSL (1.0.1 and 1.0.2beta) are upgraded immediately.
OpenSSL Security Advisory [07 Apr 2014] ======================================== TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160) ========================================== A missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can be used to reveal up to 64k of memory to a connected client or server. Only 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta releases of OpenSSL are affected including 1.0.1f and 1.0.2-beta1. Thanks for Neel Mehta of Google Security for discovering this bug and to Adam Langley <email@example.com> and Bodo Moeller <firstname.lastname@example.org> for preparing the fix. Affected users should upgrade to OpenSSL 1.0.1g. Users unable to immediately upgrade can alternatively recompile OpenSSL with -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS. 1.0.2 will be fixed in 1.0.2-beta2.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and is a set of cryptographic protocols commonly used for encrypting the data being sent between a server and a user visiting a website. While most websites don’t require this advanced security, it is essential for others. The following introduction to SLL and Secure Certificates will help determine whether or not you require this type of security, and show how you can obtain it.
What is Required
In order to use SSL, you will need to acquire a SSL Certificate (AKA a Secure Certificate) and have it installed on your server. If you are an Interserver client, our technical staff can help with this installation. In addition, you’ll need a dedicated IP address. Finally, visitors to your website will need to use a modern web browser that supports SSL. Virtually all browsers today do support it, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
What is it Used For?
This technology is most often used for websites that want the ability to accept credit card payments directly on the website. All credit card companies require any site directly accepting these payments to have this type of advanced security *Note that you can have third party processors like PayPal on your site without the use of SSL. SSL is also a requirement for a website to become PCI compliant, which is important for some specific types of companies.
The other reason some website owners want to use SSL is because they have confidential information stored on their website, which should only be accessed by authorized users. The SSL can help protect usernames and passwords from being compromised, so the data on the website is much safer.
Types of Security Certificates
When looking into adding SSL to your website, you’ll have several different options to choose from. Each type of security certificate is designed for different types of businesses. If you need assistance choosing the right certificate for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our technical support team. The following are the different options to consider:
Getting a Security Certificate
If you decide that your site or company requires a security certificate, the first thing you’ll want to do is reach out to our support team and open a ticket. Explain that you would like to get a security certificate installed on your server. Our technical support team will work with you to ensure your hosting package meets all the requirements, and if it doesn’t, we’ll help you get everything setup the way it needs to be. In many cases, our technical teams can also help you through the process of obtaining a security certificate as well.
Keep in mind; this is an advanced security technology that is not required for most general websites. If you’re not sure whether or not you need one, don’t hesitate to ask. We can discuss your specific situation and help you make the right decision about SSL.
In the previous year, the cloud industry hit a major milestone. As clearly indicated by the substantial surge in users and slew of cloud service providers and vendors now available, cloud computing went from being a buzzword to a highly feasible infrastructure widely implemented by large enterprises and small business alike. 2013 also revealed how susceptible cloud users are in terms of security. This year, the cloud industry is definitely going to aim to change that.
What will 2014 hold for the cloud computing? Here are a few predictions:
The famous NSA scandal in the U.S. coupled with new data-privacy regulations in the EU has turned data protection into a hot button issue. Reportedly, there are countless companies out there that have amplified their drives into new cloud-based services in the wake of the data security scandal. While some see it as a reason to be infuriated, others see it as an opportunity.
It has been revealed by a survey carried by IBA that the strategic importance of cloud computing to decision makers, like CMOs, CEOs, HR, procurement and Finance executives, is poised to increase from 34% to 72% – leaping over their IT competitors at 58%. Since the public cloud spending is expected to augment over time, more service providers are going to understand the need to enter the market quickly. Demand for cloud computing is likely to accelerate this year since enterprises and other small businesses have started to move production workload to the cloud. Therefore, cloud-service-providers have to create offerings that distinguish against Google and AWS to become attractive to the customers.
The mobile era seems to have arrived, and the cloud is most definitely playing a very significant role in its progression. It does not end with tablets and smartphones. Cloud computing is going to extend to wearable technology and serve as an important platform that aids social and mobile interactions.
Since cloud computing has started to become more widely adopted with new, innovative solutions offered by a huge number of companies, cloud computing providers will face stiffer competition in 2014. Therefore, a greater emphasis on the retention of end customers will be required.
Online collaboration is very closely related to mobile cloud computing. Workers, in the recent times, are geographically diverse. Thus, collaborative cloud computing is expected to become increasingly embedded in different business processes.
Cloud computing will continue to grow, prompting countless opportunities for businesses. Who will lead the way? Well, we can’t predict that! Only time will tell.
Posted at February 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm by admin
Entrepreneur.com, the website of the very popular Entrepreneur Magazine, has recently teamed up with .net (powered by Verisign) to create a list of the top 100 domains with the .net extension. We are proud to announce that Interserver.net was ranked #76 out of the millions of .net sites. The list was made up of all different categories of .net domains including huge gaming sites like battle.net, government run sites like korea.net and many others.
The rankings for this prestigious list were determined by a custom formula created by Entrepreneur.com, which factored in things like total traffic, social influence and community voting. They began by getting a list of the top-ranked sites from Alexa.com, which ranks virtually all the websites on the Internet based on traffic and other factors. They then allowed visitors to Entrepreneur.com to nominate their favorite .net sites for consideration.
Once this data was compiled, they factored in the social influence of each site using the Klout.com score. Finally, they allowed their visitors to rank their favorite 10 sites, and factored that into the total ranking. Each of the top 100 was given a cumulative score based on all of these factors. This is one of the most in depth rankings of .net sites ever.
How we Ranked
Interserver took 76th place in this list, which is something we are very proud of. At the time of the rankings we had 3900 Facebook Likes, a Klout Score of 26 and an Alexa Rank of 20105. While these are excellent numbers for any web hosting company, they alone could not have competed with some of the more widely visited sites on the Internet. This means that we must have scored very well with the votes of visitors to the Entrepreneur.com site, which is the most important factor from our point of view.
We work hard to provide exceptional web hosting services to all of our customers, many of whom are entrepreneurs. Making it on this list is an important recognition of the fact that we provide Entrepreneurs with industry leading services. We’d like to thank Entrepreneur.com, .net (powered by Verisign) and most of all, all of the people who nominated or voted for Interserver.net for this exciting recognition.