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 […]

Why Frequent Vulnerability Scans Are So Important

Some server system administrators, especially those with little experience, may operate under the mistaken belief that they will find security through obscurity. In their minds, as long as their server is small and not hosting major big-name websites, those with malicious intent will leave them alone.
What these idealists fail to realize is that attackers do […]

Monitor Apache Activity with mod_status

Monitoring a server can be a full-time job in itself, especially if your dedicated server hosts multiple websites. In Apache HTTP Server, each website is setup as a virtual host with its own set of logs. To monitor each independently is impossible when you have multiple sites. Instead, some system administrators just monitor the main […]

Dedicated Server Terminology: Part 1

When you are new to working with dedicated servers or simply a business person trying to understand what your technology consultant is always talking about, much of the terminology associated with dedicated servers can be overwhelming. For that reason, we have put together a multi-part series of posts covering numerous server topics, along with […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers

When many hear the term “dedicated server”, they tend to picture data centers housing massive machines used by large companies for their huge infrastructures. While that is certainly a valid use of the term, it does not fully reflect the wide range of uses for dedicated servers. Small and medium business […]

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 […]

The Problem with User Agent Detection

If you have ever used a no-so-popular web browser, a beta version of a popular browser, or a mobile browser on a phone or tablet, you have likely encountered a few websites that insist your browser and/or operating system will not work on them.  In some cases, they are correct, but in most cases, the […]

5 Reasons to Always Backup Your Server

Backing up your server should be a regular task for you, as routine as brushing your teeth.  Your backup routine should include both automated backups and manual checks to make sure your backups are working properly.  If, for some reason, you are skeptical or think it is not important, here are five reasons to keep […]

Things to Consider Before Hosting Other Websites

When I first decided to get a dedicated server, it was for the purpose of hosting my own websites. It gave me the power, freedom, and flexibility to expand my sites and run them the way I wanted. Over time, however, I began hosting sites for a select few other people who paid […]

Web Server Statistics with AWStats

Collecting statistics about a website is one of the most important evaluation techniques you can use to determine its effectiveness and reach. Although there are many online services, such as Google Analytics, that offer third-party statistical analysis, you or your clients may prefer to have in-house statistical software run from your dedicated server. […]

Nameserver Subnet Warnings

When you setup a new dedicated server, nameservers are some of the most important components. Without nameservers, your server’s websites cannot connect to the outside world. Any type of nameserver errors should be addressed immediately. The following error is a common one:
WARNING: Not all of your nameservers are in different subnets
If you […]

When Your Server Goes Down

Although this may be difficult, the first thing to do is to remember not to panic. Staying calm will go a long way in making sure you can resolve the issue quickly and calmly. When operating a server remotely, your only assurance that a server is running is through its websites and through […]