Is it Wise to Oversell to Your VPS Customers

Overselling is not a new concept. Every web hosting company that offers “unlimited” anything (bandwidth, disk space, etc.) is overselling. There is always a limit, even if they do not tell their customers. Their bet is that at least some customers, maybe even most, will not use up all the resources at once. It […]

Using Cloud Platforms to Test Server Configurations

Over time your dedicated server will become like your baby, and no good mothers or fathers want to run tests on their babies. Child experimentation is generally considered a “no no”. The same applies to your server. A failed test could spell disaster, so it is better to have some method of testing.
In previous posts, […]

The Pros and Cons of Web Server Caching

In the early days of the web, site traffic was pretty straightforward. If a person accessed a page and/or images, the web server would display the static content and use bandwidth proportionate to the size of the files. As the web evolved, however, dynamic content became more prominent and today, dominates the web. Accessing a […]

7 Reasons to Get a Dedicated Server in 2012

2011 came and went, and you still do not have a dedicated server. There are plenty of reasons why you might not be ready for one, and we have covered some of those reasons in previous posts. But inevitably, there are some of you out there who are ready to get a dedicated server, but […]

5 Tips for Better Server Backups

Of all the topics we have repeatedly stressed, none is more significant that backing up your server. It is the only way to ensure that your data will be safe even if the most inconceivable disaster occurs. Once you have working backups for your server, it is important to evaluate your backups and also make […]

Do You Need a Dedicated Server for One Website?

If you are new to web hosting or are just getting started with your website, the whole idea of a dedicated server may be foreign to you. At some point, however, you might find yourself in need of one or even several. In many situations, people use dedicated servers for multiple websites, but there are […]

Should You Limit User Bandwidth?

In a perfect world, we would always have unlimited refills, unlimited anytime minutes, and unlimited bandwidth. In reality these things are finite, and nothing lasts forever. Bandwidth is not horribly expensive, but if you have your own dedicated server, you are definitely paying for it. Anytime you offer hosting or other services to your clients, […]

How Much RAM / Disk Space / Bandwidth Do I Need?

This is a difficult question to answer.  When you are shopping for a dedicated server, however, it is bound to come up at least once.  RAM (memory), hard disk space, and bandwidth all cost money.  It does not matter if you are purchasing your own dedicated server or using a remotely-hosted solution.  These things cost […]

Benefits of Running a Database-Only Server

When you first start out in the world of dedicated servers, you may have no other financial option than to run your web server and database server on the same machine.  As your business or non-profit grows, however, it may be necessary to consider other options, such as cloud computing or starting a new server […]

How Important Are Web Standards?

System administrators typically look at web standards as an issue best left to web designers and developers, but it is an issue you should definitely consider, especially if you are running a business.
Web standards, established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), determine the best coding practices for HTML, CSS, and other web technology.  This […]

7 Lessons I Learned from Having My Own Server

For several years I leased an unmanaged dedicated server from a company that will remain nameless. I loved the experience, but there were plenty of times when I made horrible mistakes. The following are seven lessons I learned from having my own server.
1. Whatever I thought I knew was far less than what I needed […]

Using P2P Technology on Your Server

When you hear the term P2P (peer-to-peer), you probably associate it with file sharing technology like BitTorrent.  You may even associate it with illegal file sharing and torrent sites like The Pirate Bay.  Obviously, you are free to run P2P file sharing sites on your server if you want, but […]

Local Video Streaming vs Cloud Services

If you plan to offer streaming video on your website, you have a big decision to make. With your own dedicated server, you have the capability of streaming the video directly from your server using streaming software. There are many streaming options. Some of them are quite costly, while others are free […]

4 Ways to Minimize Download Bandwidth

The constraint of bandwidth is something we cannot escape. Whether you have a single shared hosting account or a data center filled with servers, you still have to deal with bandwidth limitations. For those of you who lease or own dedicated servers, keeping your bandwidth numbers down may be a daily struggle.
The following […]

Web Services DOs and DON’Ts

Whether you have decided to start your own web hosting company, web design service, cloud-based application service, or any other web offerings, there are certain things you should definitely do to make sure your customers get the most for their money. There are also several pitfalls you should avoid at all costs.
DO tell your […]

The Right Time to Choose a CDN

If you have a small website that only your friends visit, you probably have never considered using a Content Delivery Network to host your images or other files. When your site suddenly exploded with popularity, you might have wished you chose to use a CDN sooner. The question is: When is the right […]

Monitor Bandwidth with BandwidthD

Bandwidth is not free, and if you were to believe everything ISPs said, you might believe a war over bandwidth will be as violent as one fought over oil. With ISPs throttling bandwidth, and hosting companies fighting for every last cent of bandwidth, it is no surprise that the word bandwidth can strike fear […]

Load Balancing

For a small server that does not reach anywhere near its bandwidth or hardware limits, load balancing may not be relevant. For a powerhouse server, however, that receives a near maximum amount of monthly traffic, problems with high CPU and RAM load may be a serious issue. Putting too much load on a […]

Using Cloud Services for Backup

Backing up unique data is extremely important. Many dedicated server server operating systems even come with built-in backup tools and functionality. For a local server, the simple solution is to have a backup device or even an entirely separate server used for backup.
When your server is hosted remotely, however, a reliable backup depends […]

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 […]

Interpreting Usage Statistics

When running a website, whether it is a web hosting business or even just a blog, it is important to know how big your audience is, how often visitors come to your site, and what information those visitors access. There are a couple free and open source statistics software packages (such as AWStats) […]

4 Ways to Maximize Bandwidth on Your Dedicated Server

When it comes to hosting your website nothing could be more crucial than getting enough bandwidth to keep your visitors clicking; not waiting. In the world of web hosting, there are several factors that can distinguish a good user experience from bad, one of those is bandwidth. Good bandwidth is important for many reasons, but […]