System Administration
Give Your Business a Leg Up with a Linux Server

If you're looking for a server for your business solutions, one major decision to make will be whether you want a Linux environment or a Windows environment. There are many advantages of a Linux server over Windows, both in terms of cost and time. Here's why Linux remains the most popular server environment worldwide, with 68% of the global market share. Achieve Greater Levels of Uptime with a Stable, Reliable Linux Server When your business solutions are down, your business processes often grind to a halt. Linux is well-known for being a more stable, reliable environment with superior uptime compared to the competition. Due to the way Linux servers are designed, they can remain stable even in high-traffic environments, improving their ability to scale with increased traffic and demands. Statistically, Linux servers are always shown to have superior uptime to Windows servers. In a 16 week study, Linux was able to achieve 0.5% greater

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Protect Your Site in 2019 with FTP Backup Storage

Is your data protected? If your website isn't currently being backed up, you may not have access to your data in the event of an accident or attack. It's important that you regularly back up your website so it can be restored if an incident occurs. Here's what you need to know. Threats Are Growing: Are You Prepared? Many people forgo backing up their website in an attempt to cut costs and save time. However, not backing up your data can prove to be both disastrous and costly in the event of an emergency. When it comes to your data, cutting corners is not advisable, especially as new cybersecurity threats begin to emerge. There are a number of growing threats that websites and webmasters may encounter in 2019: Accidental Deletion - When a file is deleted from a server or network location, there often isn't another copy – this is

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The Best Dedicated Windows Server Hosting

Linux isn't the only option for dedicated servers -- in fact, Windows dedicated hosting is quickly becoming a popular solution. There are many advantages to Windows dedicated servers, both in terms of usability and security. Here are a few reasons why you might choose Windows dedicated hosting, in addition to the advantages that ReliableSite can offer. The Benefits of a Windows Dedicated Server Why would you choose a Windows server over a Linux server? There are four main advantages of a Windows server: familiarity, ease-of-use, integration, and security. These advantages make it easier for an organization to leverage the power and resources of a Windows-based system compared to a Linux-based solution. Familiarity. Most people are already familiar with the Windows operating system -- while very few are accustomed to Linux desktops. With a Windows dedicated server, it's easier to manage applications and services. When paired with reliable technical support, a Windows dedicated server can

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Do I Need Dedicated Hosting?

As your company grows larger, it becomes more likely that you'll need dedicated hosting. Whether you're hosting corporate applications or a company website, a dedicated server provides you with reliable, scalable resources. Here's how you can tell whether you've outgrown your current shared service. The Benefits of Dedicated Hosting When choosing between server hosting options, you have the option of "shared" or "dedicated" services. A shared service runs multiple clients on a single machine, with resources being split between each client. A dedicated service runs a single client on a single machine, giving that single client additional resources as well as providing better security. On a technical level, dedicated hosting provides more control over your server environment. Your IT team will be able to install applications more freely on a dedicated server and will be able to install more advanced applications due to the additional resources available. A dedicated server

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Web Hosting Security Best Practices

These days, it seems as though nobody is safe from threats on the web. Hackers, phishing schemes, and other malicious attacks run rampant across the web, and servers are often a major target. And while there may be nothing you can do to guarantee you'll never fall victim to a web attack or security breach, there are some pretty simple steps you can take to beef up security on your dedicated web hosting plan and enjoy some added peace of mind. Don't Forego Those Security Updates When you're prompted to install a security update or patch, make sure you install it right away. In addition to that, take time to manually check for security updates and patches at least once a week, rather than waiting to be prompted. The sooner you can get these installed, the better protected you'll be from vulnerabilities and security breaches. Opt for DDoS Protection DDoS attacks are a

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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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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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4 Things to Do After Purchasing a Minecraft Server

If you're a frequent player of the popular Minecraft game and want to take your gaming experience to the next level, then perhaps you're considering the option of setting up a dedicated server specifically for your gaming needs. At ReliableSite, we're proud to offer dedicated Minecraft servers to optimize your gaming experience, reduce lag, and provide you with seemingly endless options for customization. We even offer servers that allow you to run multiple Minecraft servers at-once off a single IP address! Before you select your ideal Minecraft hosting option, however, you should be aware of a few of the steps you'll want to take after purchasing your plan. From there, you can expedite the process and enjoy your gaming experience as soon as possible. Set Up Your Server You'll want to begin by setting up and configuring your server. Depending on the specific hosting plan you select, it may be anywhere

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How Does a DDoS Attack Affect a Dedicated Server?

If you're a website owner or administrator, of course you want to do everything in your power to protect your site and your data from malicious attacks. Unfortunately, it's as though no site is too secure to fall victim to an online attack or data breach these days. This is especially true when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which can wreak havoc on even the most secure dedicated servers. By having a better understanding of what a DDoS attack entails and what you can do to avoid one, you can better protect your server and its data. What is a DDoS Attack, Anyway? A DDoS attack occurs when fake traffic floods a website's server. The large influx of fake traffic can be enough to either substantially slow down the server or cause it to shut down entirely. The size of a DDoS attack can vary greatly from just

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Prepare Your Website for an Upcoming Holiday with Dedicated Hosting

For many websites, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. If your website can't stand up to the traffic, you could be missing out on a lot of potential revenue. It's best to be proactive about your website's resources – so you don't run into issues at a critical time. Here's how dedicated hosting services can prepare your website for the holiday season or any other holiday that may impact your business. Can Your Website Stand Up to Holiday Traffic? Even non-commercial websites will often find themselves inundated with holiday traffic, as many people are out of school and off work. Internet usage as a whole goes up during the holidays, and it's important that your website is able to rise to the occasion. If your website currently experiences errors or slow transfer rates during peak times, it's likely that it isn't holiday ready. "Holiday ready" means that

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