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Counter-Strike Dedicated Servers: What They Are and How They Work

These days, Counter-Strike is one of the most popular online games out there, with more than 300 million players across the globe. If you're one of the hundreds of millions of people who enjoy playing this game on a regular basis, then perhaps you have experienced the frustration that can come along with lag or other technical issues while playing. If you're tired of running into these issues that affect your gaming experience, then it may be time to look into Counter-Strike dedicated servers. What to Expect from a Counter-Strike Dedicated Server When you purchase a dedicated Counter-Strike server, you have your very own gaming server where you get to reap the benefits of having resources that are completely dedicated to your gameplay. As a result, you can enjoy optimal speeds and bandwidth allocation, which can reduce your chances of experiencing lag or other issues that can put a damper on your

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5 Misconceptions About Dedicated Server Hosting

Everybody's hosting needs are different. Some people need hosting for a website or email server, whereas others may need hosting for online gaming or another purpose. Regardless of your reason, a dedicated server can be a great option. There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to dedicated hosting; by understanding the truth behind some of these myths, you can make better decisions regarding your own needs. Myth 1: Dedicated Servers Are Too Expensive Perhaps the most commonly perpetuated myth is that dedicated hosting is too expensive. While it's true that you do pay more to have your own dedicated server and hardware, this type of hosting is actually more affordable than ever. Combine that with savings options, such as clearance servers, and you can get the hosting you need for an affordable price. Myth 2: Dedicated Servers Are Too Complicated Contrary to what you may have heard, you don't

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The Difference Between a VPS and a Dedicated Server

When you're in need of a server for your website, company email, or any other needs, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the options available to you. From shared hosting and virtual private servers to dedicated hosting and everything in between, how are you supposed to know which is right for you? Two of the most popular types of hosting these days include virtual private servers (VPN) and dedicated servers. By having a better understanding of the differences between these two hosting types, as well as the inherent pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision regarding your needs. Understanding VPS and Dedicated Hosting VPS hosting is a shared hosting option that involves essentially "splitting" a single server between multiple hosting accounts. This means that your physical server and its hardware may be shared by several other clients and their websites (or other hosting needs). The main advantage

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How to Avoid 3 Common Security Risks on Your Business Website

Customers rely on your business website every day to complete secure transactions; unfortunately, all it takes is one hacker to bring down your entire site and business reputation in the process. From website phishing schemes to web attacks and everything in between, security vulnerabilities on your site can lead to serious problems down the road. Just take a look at some of the major businesses and organizations that have fallen victim to web attacks in recent years—and the impact these attacks have had on their reputations. Fortunately, there are some practical steps all business owners can take to enhance website security and avoid falling victim to any number of common data attacks. DDoS Attacks One of the most common types of attacks that websites of all sizes are succumbing to these days is the DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. These operate by flooding a site with fake traffic to

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Bare Metal Servers vs. Virtualized Servers: Which is Right For You?

In the process of trying to decide on the right type of dedicated server to suit your needs? If so, then you're probably presented with two main options: a bare metal server or a virtualized server. And unless you have a lot of direct experience with server administration, there's a good chance you aren't well versed in the similarities and differences between bare metal and virtualized servers. By having a better understanding of these two very different server options, you can ultimately weigh the pros and cons of a bare metal server vs. virtualized server and choose the one that best suits your hosting needs. What Are Bare Metal Servers? Essentially, a bare metal server is a physical server that is 100% committed to a specific user or client. When you purchase or rent one of these servers, you're more or less paying for the hardware and physical space the server takes up.

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How Instant Servers Will Help to Securely Back Up Your Data

When it comes to dedicated server security, one of the best precautions you can take as a server administrator is to back up your data as often as possible. By doing so, you can always have a stored copy of your most important files and data in the event that it is compromised or otherwise lost. Unfortunately, there are a lot of mistakes users of dedicated hosting tend to make when backing up their data. By knowing how to avoid these common mistakes and by trusting your data to an instant server, you'll be able to optimize security and peace of mind. Common Data Back Up Mistakes There are many common mistakes you should be careful to avoid when it comes to security and data backups on your dedicated server. One of the most common is backing up the wrong data. Carefully selecting the files that you need to back up is

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Top Features and Services to Look For in a Hosting Company

When you're shopping around for a hosting company for the first time, it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for. Taking the time to research and explore your options when it comes to first time dedicated hosting will help you make the right decision for your specific needs and budget—and by looking for a few specific features and services as you shop around, you'll be able to choose the best dedicated hosting company in no time. 24/7 Technical and Customer Support Start by making sure that the hosting company you end up selecting offers dedicated hosting with 24/7 technical support. This is important because in the event that you encounter a technical problem with your server or simply need assistance, the last thing you want is to be unable to reach anybody for help. ReliableSite offers technical and customer support to its users 24 hours a day,

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Is a Dedicated Linux Server Right For You?

When you're choosing and setting up a dedicated server for the first time, one of the main decisions you'll need to make is that of selecting an operating system for the server itself. In the world of dedicated hosting, there are essentially two options of operating system from which to choose: Windows and Linux. And while you may be more familiar with Windows as an operating system yourself, the truth remains that Linux servers can be a great option for many people in need of reliable and secure hosting. What is a Dedicated Linux Server? Start by understanding the difference between a Linux server and a Windows server. When you select a Linux server, your dedicated web server will run on an open-source software operating system that has been around since the early 1990s. Today, Linux is actually the most popular choice in operating system for those in need of software for

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Server Management Services: Are They Worth Your Money?

There's a lot of effort that goes into maintaining a dedicated server. From installing security updates to running security audits and everything in between, you can easily spend hours maintaining and otherwise caring for your server each week. Don't have this kind of time on your hands? It might make sense to employ the services of a server management option, such as that available through ReliableSite. Specifically, with a managed server, you will have a team of experienced and dedicated administrators who will take care of just about all aspects of maintaining your server. At ReliableSite, we offer level three system administrators to manage both Linux and Windows servers. Reasons to Consider a Managed Server There are many benefits of a managed server for those who are considering this option. For starters, with managed hosting through ReliableSite, you'll enjoy support around-the-clock 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As part of your

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4 Reasons to Consider a Managed Linux Server

Making the decision to purchase a dedicated hosting plan is just the first step; even once you've found the right hosting company for you, you'll still need to make a number of other decisions regarding your dedicated server. This includes not only deciding on how much bandwidth you need (among other important specifications), but the operating system on which your server will operate as well as other features. At ReliableSite, we offer Linux and Windows servers—though we have found that many of our customers tend to opt for Linux (and for good reason). Should you choose Linux hosting through ReliableSite, understand that you also have the option to upgrade to managed hosting for an even more enjoyable experience. Benefits of Choosing a Linux Server Linux is an open-source operating system that has long been known for its incredible security and unrivaled level of customization options. If you're in the market

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