How To Connect To A Windows VPS…

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What is a VPS?

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Should you backup your Cloud Server or Cloud VPS?

The simple answer is yes you should. Never rely on your hosts ability to backup the last 24 hours data as is possible with virtually VPS with any web hosting company. You may feel that your data is maybe not that valuable or that you could get by if you only had yesterdays data. In reality this is probably not a realistic outlook. The very fact that you have a sever or VPS demonstrates that you probably have a significant amount of date and you need business continuity.

There really is no short cuts here, it’s worth every penny to have continuous data backup. Specify, in fact demand either a four or even better two hour snapshot backup from your host. This will give you peace of mind and should the worst happen you will be good to go in as long as it takes you to restore the files….

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Why a Cloud VPS is the right choice…

A Cloud VPS Virtual Machine is the new VPS hosting, giving you a greater bang for your buck and is the logical progression from generic shared hosting. A cloud VPS will give you more bandwidth, more power and more control because it utilises the latest cloud technology, which is what makes a cloud VPS package ideal for businesses who are expanding or have the potential for high traffic such as blogs, ecommerce solutions, online shops, proxy’s, mobile solutions or even multiple sites.

There are some great standard configuration available which probably will meet all your requirements. However, take the time to spec out your requirement carefully and ensure that your provider can over deliver on what you want. Don’t compromise anything, you won’t need to if you use a well respecting hosting company.

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Cloud Hosting is the Future…

The cloud isn’t some sort of magic. It’s just a cool way of saying that instead of your solution or website living on one physical server, it lives on a network of servers, at the same time.

As your site gets busy, you can add more power to it, or upgrade your account with a simple push of a button. No more messing around and reduced downtime.

Don’t be concerned with setting up your cloud server? Make sure you choose a reputable cloud hosting provider and ensure high-performance optimised and scalable cloud hosting that is ready when you are.

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What is happening to the VPS….?

A VPS has long been the favourite of web developers and those of us that have high traffic sites. All the benefits of a dedicated servers, but at a price that is more affordable. However, the VPS seems to be disappearing, is that perception true?

Well simply put the good old trusty VPS is being replaced with, you’ve guessed it, a cloud alternative. Well what is the difference? Can I still get a VPS? Should I be concerned about my current VPS?

Well lets start by saying don’t panic, the VPS is still going to be around and VPS’ are going to be around for some time. However, it’s worth looking at the alternatives. Generally speaking the VPS is being replaced with what some would term a cloud VM (Virtual Machine) or with something with a similar name (Cloud VPS, Virtual Cloud VPS, etc, etc). The cloud alternative will give you loads more of everything and at a price that should be even better value.

Here is a range of resources you should expect with a Cloud VM relative to pricing:-

CPU 1-4
Memory 1024MB – 6144MB
Disk Space 30GB – 80GB
Data Transfer 500GB – 1250GB
Pricing €29.95 – €199.95

Pricing is just a guide based upon what we found when shopping around.

So far maybe your VPS has served you well, but when your contract comes up for renewal it might be worth considering an alternative that delivers more, such as a cloud VM…

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Domain Name Registration

When setting up a new site domain name registration and tld ( the .com, .eu, .ie bit ) is an important choice.


Should you get a .ie or a .com?
should you go for a name with hyphens or without?


Below are some things which you should consider before looking at domain registration


1. who is your target audience
2. what search terms do you want the site to be found under


If you own an country specific business and your customer base is largely based in one country, then you want to reflect that with your domain name.
However if you own a business that is looking to expand into other countries or move its products onto the web to reach a global market, then a non localised tld would be a better choice such as a .com , .net, .info.

You will also want new customers to be able to find you in the major search engines. Many of these search engines take into account the domain tld when compiling their results. This means that when you search from Ireland .ie domains are given preference over other domain types. Also with a .ie domains and irish domains you are more likely to find a domain name that you want as there are less registered then a .com for example.



So what if you are setting up a brand new website that is going to be an entirely web based project. Well assuming you want to receive visitors to the site the domain and tld is more important than ever?
If you want to reach as many people as possible then one of the global tlds would best. If you are looking to be found under certain key terms, it can be a good idea to include these terms in the domain name. For example if you were setting up a jobs site then finding a domain name with the word “jobs” in it would be a good choice.

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Choosing a VPS Hosting Provider

If your website is experiencing immense growth, it was be better to hos the site on a VPS. A shared hosting environment tends to be unstable and your growing site may be taking up too much resources. Having a VPS ensures that you are allocated a fixed amount of resources. You don’t have to worry about resource hogging. In addition, you can also make custom tweaks to your site that require admin rights. You can’t do that in a shared hosting environment.

Uptime Guarantee

One of the most important factors of choosing a VPS Hosting Plan is the uptime guarantee. You need maximum uptime and very little or no downtime. Pretty much all companies should offer an uptime guarantee. You should not settle for anything less than 99.95% uptime guarantee. Most providers will offer 99.99% uptime guarantee.

Customer Reviews

Google is your friend. Using the company’s name, perform a search on Google for honest reviews. Reviews should typically be less than a year old. If you can’t find reviews, try asking question on the web hosting companies forums or on a popular web hosting forum. Be warned that the web hosting company may delete negative posts and ban the user.

The Price

There are three types of VPS Web hosting: unmanaged hosting, managed hosting and unmetered hosting. Metered and Unmetered are the most affordable. Managed VPS is more expensive, though you will be given 24-hour server monitoring through an experienced system administrator. Compared to a dedicated server, VPS hosting is very affordable. Typically prices start from €25 per month onwards. While a dedicated server hosting usually starts around €70 per month and up (costs increase quickly to many hundreds).

Technical / Customer Support

Excellent support is an important thing. Being able to talk to someone who can get your site up and running again at any hour is an absolute boon. Before going with a host look into their reputation for customer support. See what kinds of different ways you can contact them when you need support – email, phone, chat, and so on.

Tip: Test support before joining by calling in. You’ll be surprised how many hosts with a toll free number never answer their phones, or have long hold times. Make sure you call the technical or support department. It’s not unusual for a web host to have incredible response times for their sales department but lousy response times for their technical or support department.

Hardware

What kind of machines does your hosting company use? Tips: Don’t buy anything less than 256MB as that may impair performance. The more RAM you have for your account, the faster your site will load.

Managed or Unmanaged Server

With unmanaged server, setup of the system is on your own. Your hosting company’s support will help you resolve some smaller issues, but don’t expect much. With managed server, you can say to your hosting company – please setup application you need to the VPS and they will do it. You can ask them to do maintenance, to do backups etc.
Unmanaged hosting tends to much less expensive than managed hosting and is more comparable to unmetered costing. If you are going to use unmanaged hosting then see what type of control you have when dealing with the server hardware. You want to be able to perform a reboot when you need it and not when the owner can get around to it.

Features

PHP, MySQL databases, the number of free domains included, e-commerce and more are some of the features that you need to compare when looking for a small business web hosting package to take advantage of.
Fortunately, bandwidth is getting cheaper and cheaper. Most hosting companies offer unlimited bandwidth. Be sure to check with the hosting provider to see what “unlimited” really means. The terms may restrict you to hosting static files and images. If you are going to store other types of files like audio or video files, check with the hosting provider to see if it’s allowed.

Conclusion

I would personally recommend Hosting Ireland’s VPS as they are competitively priced and they also provide unparalleled customer service.

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Introduction to Virtual Private Servers

A VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a single virtual server/computer that is hosted on a physical server (generally known as a VPS Node). These VPS Nodes generally have large amounts of RAM and Space so that they can be divided up into multiple VPS.

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Each VPS is allocated its own amount of RAM and Hard-drive space (and sometimes even CPU). Each VPS shares the VPS Node’s resources, but each VPS has its own allotment and operates independently like a normal server or computer would. Due to the way VPS’ operate, you can install your own software and OS without ever affecting the VPS Node or any other VPS’ on that Node.

In VPS hosting terms, the customer shares the, hardware, network and power with every other customer on that VPS Node. However, the benefits of a VPS over shared hosting are great! For example the have the following benefits:

  • Have access to their own OS and File System
  • Are always guaranteed their allocated RAM and Space
  • Complete Administrative Tasks – changing server configurations, installing personal software.
  • Rebooting and powering down their VPS 24/7

These benefits allow customers to have greater freedom and security. VPS are above shared hosting, but below dedicated hosting.

For those customers who are currently on a shared host, and are wanting to move over to a dedicated hosting environment without a great jump in overall costs should probably take use of VPS Hosting. When you use VPS, there is no need to be worried that anyone else can access your data as each VPS has its own operating and file system which is separated from every other customer on the VPS Node. VPS can be suitable for those who wish to host multiple small sites, or wish to host one single site which uses too many resources for shared hosting, or for those who wish to expand their skills from just shared hosting, up to server management without having large costs for a dedicated server.

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