Back to the Basics #4: Web Server Software

As we continue our overview of the very basics of dedicated server hosting, it is appropriate at this time to look at web servers. Dedicated servers have a wide variety of uses, from application hosting to gaming, but web hosting is one of the most prominent. As the entertainment and business worlds become more integrated […]

Using Solid State Drives on a Server

One of the methods some system administrators use to speed up their servers is to install solid state drives in place of traditional hard drives. Solid state drives (SSD) are considerably different in hardware architecture from a standard hard disk drive (HDD). These differences give solid state drives a decisive edge in read access times.
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A Look at Varnish Cache Web Application Accelerator

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to speed up your website is to use some form of caching.  You can cache anything that is dynamic on a dedicated server.  A cache is a parcel of information kept in memory or on disk for speedy access.  In the world of dynamic websites, those created […]

A Breakdown of Intel’s Processor Numbering

There was a time when all you had to know about a processor was the clock speed.  Then, you knew your 486 was faster than your friend’s down the street.  Those days are long gone, and the complexity of processor power and naming systems for them makes deciphering the actual speed and power a bit […]

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 […]

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.
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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 […]