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What Type of Web Hosting Plan do You Need?

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If you have ever purchased web hosting, you might already be aware that there are various web hosting plans and types. You can pick from shared hosting packages and go right up to a powerful dedicated server for your website.

Amidst such different options, which one is ideal for you? Of course, we know that dedicated servers can power large websites with a lot of traffic whereas shared hosting plans are for smaller and less busy websites. But how do you figure out which plan your website actually needs?

If you fail to pick the correct hosting plan, you might end up wasting money on resources and features that your website does not need. In this article, we shall be taking a look at some of the common web hosting offerings and the intended or possible usage of each.

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What to do When Your Shared Hosting Plan Consumes Too Many Resources?

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Shared hosting tends to be limited in terms of resources and usage allocations. Many web hosts out there do offer unlimited bandwidth and storage, whereas still others are happy to provide very high amounts of storage space and bandwidth. However, the restrictions on shared accounts are generally imposed on memory usage and I/O allocations. This does not mean you cannot run a website properly on shared packages. In fact, it is highly possible to run a busy website on a shared hosting account, but you do need to optimize your website well.

Now, the question is, what to do if your website on shared hosting consumes too many resources? Why is that happening and is there a remedy for it that you can use to fix the issue?

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Things to Consider When Purchasing a Virtual Private Server

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A virtual private server (VPS) is often considered to be an ideal choice for those who have outgrown shared hosting but are not yet ready for a dedicated server. A VPS offers you more power and control over your hosting account, and costs less than a dedicated server. Thus, it is only fair that a VPS acts as a direct upgrade from shared hosting. However, much like any other hosting terminology, you should be aware of certain things related to virtual private servers as well. Here are some key considerations that you should bear in mind when purchasing a VPS.

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How to Prevent Website Downtime

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There are many metrics responsible for the success of your website, such as proper navigation and layout, good content, mobile-friendly design, etc. However, all of that comes later, and the primary and foremost metric that can make or break your website is the uptime offered by your web host.

After all, if your site remains down for a long period of time, your web presence will suffer immensely .

Now, how should you prevent downtime for your site? Is there anything that you can do? Even more so, what should you do if and when it does happen? This article will answer these questions.

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How to Properly Change Web Hosts With No Downtime

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For one reason or another, you may decide to change web hosts. When changing hosting providers, the last thing you want is for your websites to experience downtime. Regardless of how or when the move takes place, one thing remains crucial — you want to have your website up and running on the new host before you make any cancellation with your old host!

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CloudLinux: What You Need to Know About It

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If you are into the habit of reading the list of features and services being offered by different web hosts, you might have come across the name CloudLinux quite a lot. This is especially true for shared web hosts and reseller hosting providers — CloudLinux is fast becoming a highly popular and well-loved operating system, especially for the shared hosting environments.

However, what exactly is CloudLinux? We know that it is an operating system, a Linux distro, that caters to the needs of web hosting providers. But how is it beneficial? Does it offer anything of value for web hosts and end users alike? Why is it so popular?

This article shall answer the above questions about CloudLInux.

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Separate Domain Registrations from Your Web Hosting

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For years, many web hosting companies have offered customers the option to get a free domain name along with their purchase of a web hosting plan. Some web hosts offer a free domain name for the first year, while others offer it for free for as long as they’re a web hosting customer.

Yes, it may seem cost-effective for you to get a free domain name, but there’s more to think about before choosing this option. More often than not, it’s beneficial to register your domain name through a third-party domain registrar (e.g. NameCheap) than to have your web hosting company do it for you.

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Cheap and Reliable Offsite Backup Options For Your Site

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When it comes to website management and web hosting, the role of backups can never be underestimated. In fact, even if you are not hosting a live site and instead have files stored on your computer, backups are still equally important. Hardware tends to fail, network issues may arise, malware can hamper the quality of your data, and a lot of other things can go wrong without any warning.

What are some of the cheapest and highly reliable backup options? In other words, how can you backup your data if you are running on a stiff budget?

If those are the questions you need an answer to, this article is meant for you.

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Things You Don’t Want in a Web Hosting Company

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I received promotional emails last week from BlueHost (“It’s been a while since we last saw you. Can we convince you to come back?”) and HostGator (“We’ve missed you at HostGator and we want you back.”) These emails got me thinking and I decided to come up with a quick list of things you do not want in a web host. Some of the items listed below might only relate to larger web hosts like the two EIG owned web hosts that emailed me last week. Other things you might only find with some smaller hosts that are unprofessional and unreliable. Some are possible signs of quite rare trickster/scammer hosts that are only looking to make a quick buck and then either do not provide what they promise, or worst case, close up shop and disappear. These are things you want to look out for regardless of the size or perceived stature of a web hosting provider.

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DDoS Protected Web Hosting: Separating Myth From Reality

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DDoS attacks are nothing new, and have been around for quite a while now. Popular websites tend to face them more often, though even the least popular ones can at times be at the receiving end of such notorious attacks.

The key part about DDoS attack is that there is nothing lost, nor anything gained. Your data remains intact, your settings remain unaffected, and no malware is installed on your website. Yet, a DDoS attack does bring down your site, and is more of an annoyance and less of a threat.

Owing to the rising incidents of DDoS attacks, many web hosts are nowadays offering “DDoS protected web hosting”. In other words, much like stable uptime, DDoS protection too is becoming a feature that web hosts are promising to their clients.

However, is DDoS protection offered by web hosts really believable? Or is it just like the “unlimited storage” marketing term, and in reality, is nothing but a gimmick that falls flat when put in practice? This article examines the case.

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