Whether you’re just starting a brand new website or you’ve got an established and successful site up and running, you’ll need to make sure you are always using the proper web hosting. There are three main categories of web hosting, which are shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and dedicated server(s). Within each category, there are several different levels of service to choose from as well.
Before you make any decisions, it is important to have a good understanding of what each of these types of hosting are, and a little bit about how they work. From there, you can evaluate your specific needs based on a variety of factors about your site.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a service provided by hosting companies where multiple customers host their websites on a single web server. Each customer is given a partition of the server where they can upload their website files, and edit them as needed. The partitions also help to ensure that the different customers can only access their own files, and not the files of other people on the same server
The web hosting company will manage the hardware of the server, including monitoring it to ensure there are not any problems, performing any necessary upgrades, and replacing any parts when problems arise. In addition, they will manage the software of the system to ensure the traffic coming into that server is directed to the right website. There are many benefits to shared hosting, including the following:
For most people, there are only two real downsides to shared hosting. The first is that eventually, your site may ‘outgrow’ the resources offered by the shared server. When this happens, your site may begin to operate slowly or have other issues. Fortunately, upgrading to a VPS or dedicated server is quite simple. The other downside is that you have limited control over the server itself, because you are sharing the resources with other sites. All the customers are under the same operating system, which means what is done to one customer can have an effect on the others.
What is a Virtual Private Server (VPS)
A VPS is essentially a cross between shared hosting and a dedicated server. Several customers will share the same physical hardware, but rather than sharing one operating system, each customer gets their own OS installed.
From the point of view of the customer, it appears as though they have their own dedicated server, even though in reality they don’t. Another benefit to the VPS is that hosting companies typically only put a few customers on each physical server (depending on the hardware specs of the server). Since the customer has their own operating system installed on the server, they will enjoy much more control over how it is set up and operates. Some key benefits of a VPS include:
For many people, the VPS is the perfect solution for running sites that either need more resources, or more control than a typical site normally would. Since you can negotiate the exact technical specs you need, it is possible to operate sites that get a high amount of traffic, while still saving a lot of money. The only potential down side is that you may need some level of technical understanding if you want to make specific changes. Of course, you can always request technical support to help you along the way.
What is a Dedicated Server?
The highest level of web hosting is the dedicated server. With this type of solution you will essentially be leasing an entire server to run your website. Since you’re not sharing any of the resources with any other customers, you will have full control over how you want the server to operate.
Within this category, you can choose from a wide range of different hardware specs based on your specific requirements. Web hosting companies like InterServer have some servers available for rapid deployment, but if you need a custom build, that is often an option as well. You’ll enjoy the following benefits if you choose to go with a dedicated server:
The two biggest problems people have with dedicated servers is that they can be quite expensive, and that you need to have the technical ability to configure and operate it properly. When sites get to the point where they require this type of solution, however, these types of concerns aren’t typically going to cause any issues.
Which One is Right for You?
There are a number of different things to consider when deciding which level of hosting you will need. Some of the most important factors to consider are the following:
When you look at the stats of your website, you can get the information you need to decide what type of server you require. If you’re not familiar with this type of information, you can pull logs and ask the technical team at InterServer to review them and make a recommendation.
For most people, however, a shared hosting solution is sufficient for their websites. VPS accounts are only really needed for very busy sites, or those where a lot of resource intensive activity is being performed (such as forums or video sharing). Dedicated servers are only needed by the largest sites, so unless you are quite sure that this is what you need, the chances are you can go with a shared or VPS solution. No matter which option you choose, always remember that this isn’t a permanent choice. You can upgrade, or downgrade at any time by simply submitting a request to your support team.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Bodo Moeller <email@example.com> 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.