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How to Choose the Right CDN For Your Website

June 30th, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

Fundamentally, all content delivery networks (CDNs) operate in the same way. Content is served to visitors speedily from various locations, depending on their proximity. However, to the webmaster, CDNs vary massively. Types of CDNs There are two different types of CDNs: push and original pull (or simply ‘pull‘). Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some […]

Amazon S3 vs. Cloudfront – Which to Use?

June 28th, 2010 . by Jonathan

photo credit: getButterfly via photopin cc From database hosting to servers hosted in the cloud, Amazon offers a wide variety of Web services. However, most webmasters find themselves considering just one of the two: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or Amazon Cloudfront. While Cloudfront is actually built on top of Amazon S3, these two services […]

3 Things You Still Share on a VPS

June 25th, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

VPS hosting is often marketed as an ‘insulated’ hosting solution. But there are some things that you still share with your neighbours. In this article, we’ll look at the potential risks of VPS hosting when compared to a dedicated server. VPS vs Shared First, let’s backtrack and look at the main reasons for upgrading from […]

Shared Hosting Without Support: Can It Work?

June 23rd, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

Technical support is a big plus point for most hosting customers. The majority of firms offer 24/7 support and multiple contact methods. No Support Linux Hosting, however, has decided to go a very different route. On its home page, there’s a photo of a woman reclining in an office chair; “We ignore the support questions […]

Why You Should Ignore Your Host’s Uptime Guarantee

June 18th, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

Do you know your host’s uptime guarantee? Is it 99%? 99.9%? Or maybe even 100%? In practical terms, it doesn’t actually matter. Hosting companies make a big deal about uptime guarantees. But they rarely compensate customers if they break them. Uptime guarantees are attractive when used in a marketing pitch, but even the best guarantee won’t […]

Plesk vs cPanel: 5 Things You Need to Know

June 16th, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

For many IT users, platform is a matter of preference. The same is true of hosting control panels. There are fans of different packages, and some people always argue about the pros and cons of each. Often, your choice will come down to your own personal needs. If you just want straight answers about the […]

Five Digg-Type Effects That Will Challenge Your Server

June 11th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Most Webmasters know that, when you start seeing referral traffic from Digg it’s a good idea to batten down the hatches and prepare for a Digg effect. However, Digg is not the only site or service that can delivery a tremendous, potentially server-crushing spike in traffic to your site. There are several other ways you […]

5 Ways Your Host May Be Bending the Truth

June 9th, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

As our hosting reviews prove, web hosting is a competitive industry. Some marketing tactics might bend the truth slightly. Some hosts go as far as to mislead, although thankfully they are rare. But even misleading statements are worth looking out for. Here are five examples of promises that might not be all they seem. 1. […]

Preparing Your Site for a Natural Disaster

June 7th, 2010 . by Jonathan

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season for the east coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. As a New Orleanian, this day means a lot of things to me. It’s a chance to check and make sure my insurance information is up-to-date, a chance to catalog my personal items, to […]

FTC Shuts Down 3FN Hosting Company

June 4th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Those who had accounts at 3FN recently received a shock when they found that their hosting accounts were completely down. However, it wasn’t a server error, network interruption or even a natural disaster that took the host down, it was the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which won a permanent injunction against the host in April, […]

Amazon Reduced Redundancy Cloud Storage

June 2nd, 2010 . by Claire Broadley

Google’s recent entry into the cloud storage market has only spurred Amazon on to compete harder. Amazon responded quickly to announce a new form of storage for its S3 product. But it’s an oddball plan. The cloud is supposed to provide reliability and redundancy, yet this new Amazon storage is inherently less reliable. Reduced redundancy storage is designed […]