Back to Basics! What is Web Hosting?

Let’s go back right to the start and get our basic understand of hosting right first…

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How To Setup a FREE VPS Server – 2016

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How to Setup a Website on a VPS Server!

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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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