Archive for August, 2010

Dedicated Gaming Servers

A gaming server is a dedicated server that has been exclusively configured to run multiplayer gaming software. The software usually allows players of a particular computer game to play with each other online. Depending on the popularity of the game, a dedicated gaming server can be very active and, as a result, costly.
If […]

8 Ways to Offer Support to Your Clients

More than likely, your dedicated server is not only for personal use. Most dedicated servers are used for some type of business or non-profit websites. Whether it is a dedicated gaming server or a growing web hosting business, your clients or customers will invariably need technical support. Here are eight ways you […]

Running a Second Instance of Apache

One of the benefits of Apache HTTP Server is that you can run multiple instances of it as virtual hosts (as in shared hosting scenarios). In some cases, you may want a public instance of Apache for an IP address/domain and then another private instance running on a separate port. On […]

Choosing the Best Server CPU

It is easy to assume that a dedicated server host will provide you with the latest hardware, but the only real way to make sure of this is to evaluate the hardware specs they provide. Many new server administrators pay close attention to operating systems, control panels, and software, but neglect one of the […]

Fixing Large Log Files

When running a dedicated server, it is important to monitor log files. They will give a wide range of important information about the current state of your server. Aside from the content in the log file, you can also learn something from the size of the file. If your web server log, […]

Web Hosting Library Launches at

Manchester, United Kingdom – Customer focused UK dedicated server and website hosting provider has created a new resource for those investigating web hosting and related topics. The new website resource section is entitled the ‘Web Hosting Library’ and will feature articles and tutorials designed to be of help to both […]

How to Change Your Server’s FTP Port

By default, most dedicated servers use port 21 as their FTP (File Transfer Protocol) port. Most FTP clients also recognize this port out of the box, without any configuration necessary. For the majority of your server needs, you will want to leave the default port as is.
In a few unique situations, however, you […]

Benefits of Open Source Software

In the IT world, is often common to think in terms of intellectual property, particularly when dealing with business. It is regular practice for IT companies to create custom software for businesses and then sell full or partial usage rights of the software for the business’ use. What many businesses unfortunately can […]

Compiling Server Software From Source

One of the benefits of using Linux on a dedicated server is the ability to manage all software from a central, trusted software repository. Whenever new updates are published in the repository, you can usually update all of the installed software on your server with a single command.
For most situations, your software repository will […]

How to Install SSH on Windows

SSH is secure, fast, easy to use, and makes remote server management easy. It comes with most Unix-like operating systems and Linux distributions, but no version of Windows has ever included it.
Fortunately, there are several SSH solutions for Windows, and many of them are free. With SSH installed, you can enjoy much of […]

Remote Login Monitoring

SSH (Secure Shell) is a powerful tool for dedicated server management. With it, you can remotely log into your server and manage nearly every application, service, and website. On Unix and Linux operating systems, SSH usually comes installed by default, with one SSH-enabled user.
Under normal circumstances it is safer to only have that […]

Upgrading a Linux Server Kernel

On Linux-based operating system, the kernel (simply called Linux) is largely separate from the rest of the operating system. While drivers and hardware functionality are controlled by the kernel, applications and services are all separate. That means that you can safely upgrade portions your system and keep the same kernel.
On a dedicated server, […]

5 Free FTP Clients

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a very important tool when it comes to managing websites, and there are plenty of circumstances when you will need to upload files to your server using FTP or SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). In no particular order, here are 5 free FTP clients:
1. FileZilla – A free […]

Automatic MySQL Backup

Most websites these days rely on content management systems, blogging software, and other types of web applications and scripts to update, manage, and configure them. Rather than static HTML pages stored in the user’s home directory, most content is now stored in databases.
As a dedicated server administrator, it is imperative that you have backups […]

How to Download Directly to Your Server

For occasional downloads, it is usually sufficient to manually download the files you need to your computer and then upload them to your server via FTP, SFTP, or SCP. However, when you need to move large files or multiple files, these methods become cumbersome.
Using a Linux command line tool, such as wget, you can […]

Is SSL Worth the Expense?

If you have a dedicated server or even more than one server, you can appreciate the value of each dollar you pour into it. For the fortunate ones, it will be an investment that will pay off after hard work. Because you are already paying so much to run your server, you […]

When a Reboot is Absolutely Necessary

Dedicated Servers are designed to be on all of the time, hence the word “dedicated”. A desktop computer that serves as a part-time server is not sufficient. Even a server in a data center that gets shut off for any longer than a few minutes is probably not really a dedicated server. […]

Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

We all hope that the website or websites that we host on our dedicated servers will one day reach millions of people per month, per week, or even per day. But how many are really prepared for such a day if and when it occurs? What technology will you use to ensure your […]

How to Install Virtualmin

For the busy dedicated server administrator, your web hosting control panel is one of the most important tools you will use on a daily basis. There are a few popular proprietary control panels you can choose, but there are also some free and open source ones that are worth trying, especially if you have […]

PHP the Module vs PHP the CGI Script

Some debates seem to have no end. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Team Edward or Team Jacob? Paper or Plastic? In the world of dedicated servers, the ongoing debate is whether to use PHP as an Apache module or as a separate CGI script.
The current trend with most […]

Apache Web Server Directives

Apache HTTP Server is the most commonly used web server software for dedicated servers. One of its features that makes it particularly versatile is the ability to add directives to the configuration file. System administrators can add directives to the server’s primary configuration file, and the sys admin can also use a directive […]

How to Troubleshoot an Internal Server Error

In an earlier post, I went over some of the common error codes for Apache web servers. Most of them, like “404 Not Found”, are pretty easy to troubleshoot; however, one of the more obscure errors is “500 Internal Server Error”. It is clear from the error that something running on the […]

Automated Password Generator (APG)

Security is of paramount priority with a dedicated server. One of the easiest ways to tighten your server’s security is to use complex, difficult-to-guess passwords. While you could take pains trying to come up with random passwords that are actually secure, there is software that can assist you in the process.
APG or Automated […]