An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 1

Once you have chosen an operating system, setup some basic security, and decided on a web-based control panel, you will need to decide what software you will run on your server. Some control panels will install your software for you, but it may be worth it to choose one that is right for your […]

3 Ways to Keep Your Server Stable

Whether you are in the web hosting business or are simply managing a single dedicated server for a client, you have probably passed along a guarantee or at least hinted at the expectation that your service will provide a substantial amount of uptime. In order to deliver on a such a promise, you need to […]

4 Reasons to Go Open Source on Your Server

When you decide to get a new dedicated server, you will be faced with many software options. You could easily pay big money for a proprietary Unix variant or for Microsoft Windows Server, but there are also plenty of good reasons to go open source. Saving money is just one of them.
1. Stability
Linux and BSD […]

Be Prepared for Server Outages

The recent outage of Amazon Web Services and the security intrusion of Sony’s PlayStation Network has reminded many dedicated server owners that even large corporations struggle with security and stability issues.
In some cases, there is little you can do to prevent outages caused by weather or security intrusions caused by massive DDoS attacks.  When those […]

Choosing the Right Server Operating System

There has been much debate on the server level about Windows vs Unix, Unix vs Linux, BSD vs Linux, Windows vs Solaris, and just about any other matchup you can imagine.  Choosing the right one is not as easy the supporters of each OS make it seem.  You have to consider many factors when choosing […]

Why CentOS is So Popular

Many web hosting providers, perhaps even most, use CentOS to power their dedicated servers.  Of the many options for paid operating systems (such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or even Windows) or free operating systems (such as Debian or Slackware), these hosts choose CentOS.  The question is “Why?”  What is so special about this Linux […]