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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Dedicated Server

5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Dedicated Server

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade from your web-hosting package to a dedicated server as a means of making your life easier and your hosting more reliable. Still, before you select a hosting package, there are some important questions you’ll want to ask. Your answers to these questions will help guide you toward making the right decision when it comes to your hosting purchase.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Dedicated Server

5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Dedicated Server

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade from your web-hosting package to a dedicated server as a means of making your life easier and your hosting more reliable. Still, before you select a hosting package, there are some important questions you’ll want to ask. Your answers to these questions will help guide you toward making the right decision when it comes to your hosting purchase.

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What Do I Need a Dedicated Server For?

Start by answering the most basic question: What will you be using your server for? Typically, most people will need dedicated hosting for one of two reasons. They either need a reliable server host for a business website, or they’re into online gaming and have decided to purchase a dedicated hosting package for their gaming needs.

How Much Bandwidth Do I Need?

Because hosting packages can vary in terms of their bandwidth, you’ll also want to consider how much you need. If you’re hardcore into gaming, then there’s a good chance you’ll need more bandwidth than somebody who is hosting a small personal site. Most of our packages come with 10TB of bandwidth, but if you anticipate that may not be enough, we recommend one of our storage servers, which includes unmetered bandwidth for your added peace of mind.

What Type of Processor and Memory Do I Need?

Another important question to answer is that of how much memory and what kind of processor speeds you’ll need. These factors can impact the speed, which means faster page loading times for your business website and lower latency for your online gaming. Our basic hosting packages start at 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 4 x 1.8 GHz processor. If you’re not sure what you need, we can help.

Do I Need a Managed or Unmanaged Server?

Most people making the switch to a dedicated server will be fine starting out with an unmanaged server. However, if your business takes off or you simply don’t have the time to manage your own, you may eventually want to consider switching to a managed server. This allows you to sit back and relax while trained professionals monitor and manage your server remotely.

How Might My Hosting Needs Change in the Future?

Finally, don’t forget to consider how your hosting needs may change in the future. Of course, this can be difficult to anticipate now, but it’s important to find a hosting company that will work with you in terms of upgrading or downgrading your hosting package as needed. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a hosting package that isn’t working for you.

Now that you have a better idea of what to consider before choosing a dedicated server option, you’ll be able to reach the right decision. If you need any help along the way, be sure to contact the CorelloHosting team for assistance in choosing the hosting option that suits your needs.

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Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

Whether you already have a dedicated server or are thinking about utilizing one for your business or personal needs, security should be your top priority. Dedicated server providers make it easier than ever for you to keep your data and information safe by including features such as DDoS protectionand other options. Still, you can take some additional steps to increase security for your dedicated…

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Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

Dedicated Server Security: 4 Steps for Protecting Your Data

Whether you already have a dedicated server or are thinking about utilizing one for your business or personal needs, security should be your top priority. Dedicated server providers make it easier than ever for you to keep your data and information safe by including features such as DDoS protection and other options. Still, you can take some additional steps to increase security for your dedicated server and protect your data.

Maintain Your Databases

Taking the time to make sure your databases are well maintained and updated as needed is important, regardless of what anybody may tell you. Specifically, you should make sure that your databases are protected against SQL injection. You may also want to delete any unneeded data and cut back on the access that others have to said database. This is especially important if you collect any sensitive information from customers on your site (such as payment information). This is also where certain database administration tools could be helpful.

Update Software Regularly

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to dedicated server security is in failing to keep your software updated. When you use outdated software, it likely doesn’t have the security updates, patches and other protections that you need to keep your information safe. When you receive an alert that a new version of software is available on your dedicated server, it’s in your best interest to go ahead and install it right away. If you put it off, there’s a chance that you’ll forget about it altogether, thus putting your security at risk. Using CorelloHosting’s security vulnerabilities scanner is one way to stay updated on any outstanding updates.

Keep Backups of Data

Nobody ever anticipates a security breach or attack causing them to lose important data, but it happens every single day to large and small businesses alike. Don’t take any chances in this regard — make sure that you set up regular data backups for your dedicated server. This way, important data can be saved as a copy in another location, and, in the event of an attack or security compromise, you will at least be able to retrieve that data rather than losing it altogether.

Establish a Chain of Command

Finally, now is also a good time to establish a chain of command within your business and have protocols in place when it comes to handling a data breach or other type of security risk. Specifically, you should know whom to contact, how to reset passwords, and what other steps need to be followed. You may also want to have somebody to prepare a statement for customers if any of their data is compromised.

By following these steps, you can keep your dedicated server as secure as possible. Of course, if you don’t have the time for this in your busy schedule, consider upgrading to a CorelloHosting managed hosting option so you have a team of professionals to handle these aspects for you. Contact our team today to get started.

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How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

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CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with CorelloHosting! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats. We power more than 400 billion…

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How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with CorelloHosting! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

We power more than 400 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined – and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network. We’re really glad CorelloHosting has partnered with CloudFlare – said Matthew Prince, CEO from CloudFlare.
Faster web performance

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like CorelloHosting and make it even better.

We run 102 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks  (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

 

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with CorelloHosting, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing CorelloHosting OnePortal dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

 

 

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through CorelloHosting are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

 

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with CorelloHosting, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

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Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools by Attracta™

Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools by Attracta™

ttracta-sep-tools-available-with-all-cPanel-plansTo help our customers succeed online, we’ve included a powerful set of tools in your website control panel called “Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools.” Clicking any of these icons will take you to your Free SEO Tools by Attracta, The World’s Largest SEO Service.

SEO is all about getting your website to show up higher in online search results, and these SEO Tools deliver real results for experts and novices alike.

One of the Tools Attracta provides, “Get In Google,” automatically generates a properly formatted, 1,000-page XML Sitemap of your website, submits it directly to Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask and verifies receipt. All with a single click!

Submitting a Sitemap is a great way to ensure that all of your site’s pages are being properly indexed by the search engines and is, according to Google themselves, something every website owner should do.

Attracta also provides tools for Link Building, checking your site for malware and getting started with Social Media. In addition, you will have access to a wealth of SEO Tips and Google-produced Videos designed to help you raise your site in Search.

Getting started is easy: Just log in to your website control panel and click any of the “Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools” icons.

Support

Attracta provides all customer support for their SEO Tools. If you need help or have questions about Attracta, please contact Attracta using the following methods:

Click one of the Free SEO Tools icons in your Control Panel to go to Attracta, then click on the Help link at the top-right of the page.

You can also email them directly at support@attracta.com

Attracta is committed to providing the best support possible, and thousands of our customers are already happily using their service.

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