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General Web Hosting / Re: what is cms?
« on: March 19, 2021, 12:22:10 PM »
A content management system, often abbreviated as CMS, is software that helps users create, manage, and modify content on a website without the need for specialized technical knowledge.

In simpler language, a content management system is a tool that helps you build a website without needing to write all the code from scratch (or even know how to code at all).

Instead of building your own system for creating web pages, storing images, and other functions, the content management system handles all that basic infrastructure stuff for you so that you can focus on more forward-facing parts of your website.

Here are some key benefits of using a CMS to run your business website.


1. It's easy for the non-technically minded.
Not all users have the same comfort level with technology, but the basic CMS functions of writing and publishing content, and slightly more advanced ones of adding media are usually easy for everyone to grasp.
In fact, anyone who can use word-processing software can use a CMS for the basic functions – so you don't even have to spend much time on training.


2. It allows multiple users.
In a business, there are many people who can have input into your website, from those who add product pages to those who produce blog posts for your content marketing efforts.
A CMS makes it easy to manage roles and publishing permissions for all these users so that only those you allow can publish content and content only goes live when you're ready.


3. It streamlines scheduling.
Related to that, any decent CMS will give you an at a glance view of the status of all content, whether it's live, being reviewed or a draft. That doesn't just apply to blog posts but to product pages and other website pages. It allows you to assign tasks and check that they have been done.
And it's easy to integrate planned content with your marketing plan so that everyone knows what's happening when.


4. It improves site maintenance.
Need to change something on your site?

Without a CMS, that can mean having to trawl through hundreds of pages, making changes on each one.
With a CMS, the underlying architecture is the same so you can make maintenance changes, update the CMS software and add functionality without breaking the site.
In fact, with the right CMS, it may keep itself up-to-date automatically.


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: CDN - Content Delivery Network
« on: March 19, 2021, 11:42:37 AM »
A content delivery network (CDN) refers to a geographically distributed group of servers which work together to provide fast delivery of Internet content.

A CDN allows for the quick transfer of assets needed for loading Internet content including HTML pages, javascript files, stylesheets, images, and videos. The popularity of CDN services continues to grow, and today the majority of web traffic is served through CDNs, including traffic from major sites like Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon.

A properly configured CDN may also help protect websites against some common malicious attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.

Although the benefits of using a CDN vary depending on the size and needs of an Internet property, the primary benefits for most users can be broken down into 4 different components:

Improving website load times - By distributing content closer to website visitors by using a nearby CDN server (among other optimizations), visitors experience faster page loading times. As visitors are more inclined to click away from a slow-loading site, a CDN can reduce bounce rates and increase the amount of time that people spend on the site. In other words, a faster a website means more visitors will stay and stick around longer.
Reducing bandwidth costs - Bandwidth consumption costs for website hosting is a primary expense for websites. Through caching and other optimizations, CDNs are able to reduce the amount of data an origin server must provide, thus reducing hosting costs for website owners.
Increasing content availability and redundancy - Large amounts of traffic or hardware failures can interrupt normal website function. Thanks to their distributed nature, a CDN can handle more traffic and withstand hardware failure better than many origin servers.
Improving website security - A CDN may improve security by providing DDoS mitigation, improvements to security certificates, and other optimizations.


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: How important is the location of the host?
« on: March 19, 2021, 10:47:39 AM »
Location of the server affects the speed
If the server is located closer, you can expect faster data transfer speed. That means, your website will load quicker if the server is located closer to you. Generally, visitors don’t like to wait long until a website gets loaded. If a website takes more than 3 seconds to load, your visitors will likely leave your site without looking at what you have to offer.

If you are a website owner, you should be smart in selecting a server location. You should first do some research and learn about the geographical location of your customer base. Then, you should ask your hosting provider if it is possible to assign your website a server located within that location. For instance, if you are targeting a clientele in Canada, your preference should be a server located in Canada no matter where you are actually based in.

Server location matters in terms of privacy
As a website owner, you should know that different countries deploy different rules and regulations with regards to information security. In some countries, they allow specific authorities to access their servers and monitor the information related to websites they host.

If you know the location of the server, you can learn the laws entertained in the respective region and decide if the server is suitable for your purpose. For instance, if your server is located inside Canada, you can go through The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to learn more about the Canadian Privacy Policy. Likewise, different countries have different acts related to your data stored in their servers. But none of these Acts become useful if you don’t know the exact location of the server.


I hope this information will be useful to you!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: Wordpress hosting
« on: March 19, 2021, 10:05:48 AM »
WordPress Hosting is, in most cases the ideal hosting for WP websites. Not only does it provide great performance owing to the fact that it is configured to be highly compatible with WordPress, but it also provides a range of WordPress management features. This makes it very easy for website owners to manage and maintain the website without having to allocate additional resources to do the same. Although different hosting providers provide different features, we will talk about the benefits of WordPress Hosting.

Highly compatible with WordPress
Enhances the performance of WP websites.
WordPress is pre-installed to provide a plug and play environment for developers.
Automatic WordPress updates to keep you up to date all the time.
Cloud-based hosting infrastructure that provides a high level of scalability.


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: What is Desktop as a Service?
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:40:06 AM »
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud computing offering where a service provider delivers virtual desktops to end users over the Internet, licensed with a per-user subscription.

Advantages of Desktop as a Service
Desktop as a Service offers some clear advantages over a traditional desktop model. Deploying or decommissioning active end users with DaaS is much faster and less expensive.

Faster deployment and decommissioning of active end users: The desktop is already configured, it just needs to be connected to a new device. For seasonal businesses that consistently experience spikes and drops in demand or employees, DaaS can save a lot of time and money.

Reduced downtime for IT support: Desktop as a Service also allows companies to provide remote IT support to their employees, reducing downtime.

Cost savings: Because the devices that run DaaS require much less computing power than a traditional desktop machine or laptop, they are less expensive and use less power.

Increased device flexibility: DaaS runs on a variety of operating systems and device types, which supports the trend of users bringing their own devices into the office and shifts the burden of supporting the desktop on all of those devices to the cloud service provider.

Enhanced security: Because the data is stored in the data center with DaaS, security risks are considerably lower. If a laptop or mobile device is stolen, it can simply be disconnected from the service. Since none of the data lives on that stolen device, the risk of a thief accessing sensitive data is minimal. Security patches and updates are also easier to install in a DaaS environment because all of the desktops can be updated simultaneously from a remote location.


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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A virtual dedicated server (VDS) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud offering that allows users to provision an isolated server over the internet. It provides functionality and resources similar to an in-house server but is managed on a rental basis by a cloud service provider. A VDS provides small to full-scale server instances, depending on the provider’s resource requirements and capabilities. As one of the most popular cloud service offerings, a VDS provides users the ability to lease a managed but dedicated server to develop, deploy and host web applications. Once provisioned to a client, a VDS is not shared with other customers and, thus, does not offer multi-tenancy.
A VDS is a composite of complete server hardware, along with the operating system (OS), which is powered by a remote access layer that allows end users to globally access their server via the Internet.
Although a VDS is similar to a virtual private server (VPS), there are slight differences. A VDS provides a remote dedicated server, while a VPS is a virtual machine (VM) on top of a physical server that hosts VPS instances and shares host machine resources. Get to know more about the benefits of using GPU Dedicated Server in detail.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: What is PHP and What are its Applications?
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:11:21 AM »
PHP is a scripting language designed for developing dynamic web pages. While its principal purpose was server-side scripting, it has grown to incorporate a command line interface capability and can be used to develop client-side Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications as well.

PHP Syntax

A PHP file can also contain tags such as HTML and client side scripts such as JavaScript.

HTML is an added advantage when learning PHP Language. You can even learn PHP without knowing HTML but it’s recommended you at least know the basics of HTML.

Different Applications of PHP
Web Pages and Web-Based Applications:
Any web page or web application developed in the current ecosystem needs to offer a high degree of customization, provide highly interactive user interface, be capable of performing online transactions and integrate with database systems. Through its three-tiered architecture which works on browser, server and database system in a linear manner, PHP offers a reliable solution to achieve these features. As a consequence, PHP is used by over 82% of websites for server side programming; over 244 million websites are built using PHP. Further, web-based enterprise applications and a multitude of Facebook apps are also scripted in PHP.

Web Content Management Systems:
PHP offers support to numerous databases including MySQL, Oracle and MS Access and is capable of interacting with other services using protocols such as IMAP, LDAP, POP3, NNTP, SNMP, HTTP and COM . As a result, PHP has been used for creating popular web Content Management Systems (CMS), including WordPress and its plugins, user-facing portion of Facebook, Joomla, Drupal, Moodle, Silverstripe, MediaWiki, Digg and others.

eCommerce Applications:
From small businesses to large enterprises, selling to online shoppers is now an indispensable requirement. Through use of frameworks like CodeIgniter and CakePHP, PHP allows creation of eCommerce applications in a swift and simple manner. Many of the highly used eCommerce platforms, such as OpenCart, Magento, PrestaShop, Zen Cart, AgoraCart and Ubercart, have all been created on PHP.


Database management systems DBMS for database powered applications.
For more advanced topics such as interactive applications and web services, you will need JavaScript and XML.


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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General Web Hosting / Re: cheap shared cPanel web hosting?
« on: March 13, 2021, 08:39:11 AM »
cPanel hosting is essentially Linux web hosting which includes the installation of cPanel. cPanel has its pros and cons, but it works pretty well in the majority of cases and makes for a sensible choice when you’re looking for a control panel solution. Here’s what to expect:

Pros:

Easy to learn
Easy to use
Saves time and money
Tried and tested
Includes software auto-installers
Plenty of tutorials/support available online
Cons:

Number of features can be overwhelming
Relatively easy to accidentally change important settings
Some hosts run outdated software
Can cost more and is rarely offered with free hosting


I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is where multiple websites use the same server, but have their own set resource limits on things like RAM and bandwidth. It also uses what’s known as a hypervisor (specialist software) to borrow resources from the other sites on the server if you’re maxed out and others aren’t using their full allocation.

Generally, VPS hosting is suited to small business websites, or large personal sites that need decent resource limits. No one wants the pain of slow loading speeds on their site, or worse still, to have their site constantly crashing. That’s why VPS hosting works well – it’s flexible in handling surges of traffic, and isn’t too expensive.

Dedicated hosting is the big cheese of the web hosting space. You don’t simply get a slice of stilton or a chunk of cheddar – you get the whole wheel of wensleydale. In essence, you have an entire server to yourself.

You’re in total control from the get-go, and can choose your own resource limits. Dedicated hosting tends to be for medium to big business sites, but if you’re ambitious, you can save time and hassle in the long-run by signing up to a dedicated plan (safe in the knowledge your site will grow to that level).


I hope this comparison will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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Dedicated Server & Managed Hosting / Re: Dedicated server
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:02:04 PM »
Business large and small are faced with a wide range of options for hosting their website,  web application, or mail server. The most common option option is shared hosting, where a single server’s resources are shared by a number of different websites.

But a company looking for more power and control may need a service provider who offers dedicated hosting. With dedicated hosting, a client rents a server from a dedicated hosting provider, and has exclusive use of that server’s resources. The provider works with the client to give them the CPU, RAM, and disk space that they need. The provider builds and maintains the server, eliminating a  business’ upfront cost of purchasing their own.

Some advantages of choosing a dedicated hosting provider are:
1. Server resources are not shared
When you choose a dedicated hosting provider, you get the full resources of single server. You don’t need to worry about other websites clogging up the server’s CPU and RAM. With a dedicated server, you can be sure that bad scripts running on another website or spikes in bandwidth usage won’t slow your server down.

2. Enhanced performance and security
Choosing a dedicated hosting provider guarantees maximum uptime for your website. Shared hosting is often best for websites with low to medium traffic. If your website receives a lot traffic, though, dedicated servers provide more stability and reliability than shared hosting.
With a dedicated server, you can also be sure that you aren’t sharing space with a malicious website or a potential spammer. Dedicated hosting allows enhanced security, particularly important for companies handling sensitive transactions over FTP or SSL.

3. Flexibility
A dedicated server allows a client the flexibility of customizing the server to the clients unique needs for CPU, RAM, disk space and software. With shared hosting, a customer is limited to the applications, software and operating environment already loaded on the server. They may either offer software a client doesn’t need or lack things that they do.
A dedicated server allows organizations a customizable server environment that fits their needs. They can choose the platform and software they really need, allowing more control over how their dedicated server is configured.

4. Unique IP address
Each server has it’s own unique IP address. With shared hosting, that means that you are also sharing an IP address with multiple other websites. If one of your neighbors is a spam site or an adult site, this could mean having your websites’ rank pushed down.
With dedicated hosting, you have a dedicated server, which means your own unique IP address. This is especially important if you are a large running an e-commerce site that requires SSL for credit card processing.

5. No overhead for purchasing or maintaining equipment
If a company needs a dedicated server, but doesn’t have the time or resources to manage a server themselves, dedicated hosting is a low-cost way to access the resources of a full server. A dedicated hosting provider handles the cost of building and maintaining server equipment, reducing the overhead for a business purchasing server space, and improving their return on investment.
These advantages come with a cost, however. Shared hosting is the cheapest way for a business to run it’s website, and dedicated hosting is far more expensive in comparison. But sites that deal with a lot of traffic, or have strict needs for customization and security, may find that a dedicated hosting provider is their best option.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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Cloud Web Hosting / Re: Windows cloud hosting services?
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:58:34 PM »
Windows Cloud Computing has many benefits compared to inhouse window servers.

Accessibility and Availability

One of the most important advantages of Windows cloud computing is the easy and quick launch of servers. We can access windows server from anywhere in the world & no compulsion to sit in the office. We need only internet connectivity & we can work as per our choice.

Flexibility

Windows cloud servers are scalable. We can upgrade or downgrade cloud servers as per our needs. The customer needs not to be tied to one hardware and can choose from the variety of configurations available on the public cloud.

Better performance

Windows cloud servers provide better performance compared to the in-house servers. It helps us to manage our business & data effectively. Windows cloud servers also offer the backup option for your data as per your need so that we can restore it at any point in time. Network connectivity is also ensured by cloud services providing companies. There is usually redundancy in bandwidth and hardware to avoid any surprise downtimes

Pay as per your need

With windows cloud hosting, there is no need to spend money on bare metal servers, and other essential hardware such as switches, storage, routers, and chassis. It saves our capital money & we can use it for other purposes. We can also deploy load balancers to optimize our resources. This is ideal for companies that are not able to identify how much web traffic will hit their server. Upgrading to a higher configuration is a straightforward process in cloud computing.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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Cloud Web Hosting / Re: Windows Virtual Desktop
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:49:20 PM »
In today's world, it's vital for businesses to enable remote work for their teams but, for many, simply buying additional hardware outside of a desktop PC isn't possible.
That's where a Windows Virtual Desktop can help.
It may sound complicated, setting up a Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure can enable your employees to continue working, as if on their office desktop, on any device. Removing the need for additional business hardware, a Windows Virtual Desktop empowers you to provide a secure, productive experience in a changing world.

Below are some key benefits Windows Virtual Desktop can bring to your business.
Enable secure and productive remote work on any device

 Windows Virtual Desktop provides full Windows 10 and Windows Server desktop and application virtualization on any personal device, from any internet-connected location.
Seamless integration with Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and Microsoft Teams helps end users be productive with the desktop experience they expect.

 Reduce costs of licensing and infrastructure

 Use eligible Windows or Microsoft 365 licenses to access Windows Virtual Desktop and pay only for what you use.
Maximize use of your virtual machines through the exclusive Windows 10 multi-session capability, which enables multiple concurrent users.

Protect against outages to stay productive

 Help keep your team running during outages by leveraging built-in Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup technologies.
Mitigate downtime and prepare for planned maintenance with personalized alerts and guidance through Azure Service Health.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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Cloud Web Hosting / Re: What are the advantages of Cloud Hosting?
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:34:18 PM »
Following are some Cloud hosting Advantages

Scalability
The key advantage of cloud hosting over the technologies that preceded it and the current alternatives is the ease of scalability. Hosting in the cloud opens up the possibility for your infrastructure to encompass multiple servers to provide extra capacity. This allows for the flexibility to scale up quickly to deal with unexpected traffic surges, but also to create an infrastructure that can grow with your requirements over a longer period.

Better performance
For the reasons mentioned above that cloud hosting offers greater scalability, it also offers better performance. That’s because in addition to the increased capacity leading to increased availability for your customers, it also allows for load balancing across multiple servers. The end result is less strain on any one server and better user experience for everyone.

Reduced costs
Cloud hosting can remove the need for you to buy, house and maintain your own hardware, which reduces capital expenditure. And the ease with which you can scale up or down means you don’t have to pay for unused capacity.

Disaster recovery
Another cloud hosting advantage is that is makes disaster recovery much easier, especially if you're already using a multi-server hosting architecture.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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QuickBooks hosting makes your business life easier, helping you achieve great efficiency and growth.

1. Remote Access

QuickBooks Cloud Hosting makes all your accounting and financial resources accessible from any geographic location via the Internet. The remote access you provide operates from any part of the world, keeping you and your organization not limited to your local network.

2. Improved Financial Health of Your Business

QuickBooks enables you to manage all your financial activities with comparatively fewer resources. Further, QuickBooks hosting providers take care of all your server issues, and hence, you will not require to employ additional IT staff for doing so. It enhances the overall financial health of your business

3. Automatic Updates

Staying till date is another important aspect of present-day businesses. Being able to use the latest features and settings as they are available can help you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors.

With QuickBooks, software upgrades are controlled by your hosting provider. This ensures automatic updates without the need to keep track of you regularly.

I hope this information will be helpful!
Mark Wilson

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