System Administration
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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Common Site Coding Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Is your site not displaying the way you anticipated it would? If so, and if you have recently changed up any of your coding, there's a good chance a formatting or coding error is to blame. If you have a web designer or programmer on your staff, your best course of action will be to ask him or her to review the coding changes and correct the problem. If the issue still cannot be detected, hopefully you have a backed-up version of your site saved. This way, you can revert back to the last known version of your site's coding that worked. There are many common site coding mistakes that could lead to issues displaying your site. By being aware of these most common mistakes, you can avoid them or detect them and correct them if they have already occurred. Missing Lines of Code Sometimes, when coding is copied, pasted, or

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Four Reasons Your Site Might Be Down

Facing unexpected downtime on your website can be extremely frustrating. This is especially true if website downtime can lead to lost profits, lost ad revenue, or a tarnished reputation for your visitors. While there are many steps you can take to reduce the probability of experiencing website downtime (such as choosing the right hosting company and dedicated server), there is always a possibility that downtime could occur. By being aware of some of the most common causes of website downtime, you can best prepare as a website owner or administrator. Your Server Is Overloaded If you're getting a server error when you attempt to access your site (or if site visitors are reporting this error), it's likely that the server itself is currently being overloaded. This could occur if a large influx of visitors attempt to access your site at once (such as after a site launch or major change

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How to Communicate With Site Visitors During Downtime

When selecting a dedicated server for your website, it's important to choose a server offered through a reputable and reliable hosting company. This way, you can minimize your site's downtime and keep your site visitors happy. On the other hand, site downtime does occur from time to time; whether it be as a result of planned maintenance or an unforeseen issue, all website owners should know how to properly communicate with their site visitors during periods of downtime. Take Advantage of Social Media If your brand has a social media following (which it should!), this is often one of the best ways to get in touch with your site visitors when your site experiences any kind of downtime. Even just a quick post letting your followers know that you're aware of the situation and working toward a resolution can go a long way in keeping your visitors in the loop. Send

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Understanding the “Bad Neighbor Effect” in Shared Hosting

Are you currently on a shared hosting plan in an effort to save money on your website hosting needs? If so, then one potential issue of shared hosting that you'll want to be aware of is that of the "bad neighbor effect." Hopefully, it's something that you'll never have to deal with—but it's something that all website owners and administrators on shared hosting plans should be aware of. And if you want to avoid having your site fall victim to this all-too-common problem, the good news is that there are easy solutions! What Is the Bad Neighbor Effect? Specifically, the bad neighbor effect refers to a situation where one of the other sites on your shared hosting plan sees a large influx of traffic. This unexpected influx of traffic can overload the shared server, causing it to draw resources away from other sites on the shared plan in order to

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5 Ways to Minimize Website Downtime

If you've ever experienced downtime on your website, then you know firsthand just what a headache it can create. Aside from the tarnished reputation, website downtime can also affect your bottom line by preventing visitors from making purchases through your site or reducing your ad revenue for the portion of the time your website is down. And while there may be no way to 100 percent eliminate the possibility of website downtime altogether, there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing this unfortunate headache. 1. Start With the Right Hosting Company Begin by making sure you not only have the right dedicated server, but a great hosting company as well. Ultimately, your site is only as reliable as your server — and your server is only as reliable as its host! Specifically, you'll want to look for a hosting company that can make promises to

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Top Mistakes to Avoid When Switching Servers

There are many legitimate reasons to switch servers and hosting companies. Perhaps you've found a new hosting company that offers better pricing or better customer service than what you're receiving now; if you're switching to ReliableSite, there's a good chance that's the case. We offer 24/7 customer and technical support, as well as competitive pricing on all our dedicated server options. Regardless of your specific situation, however, the process of switching servers from one hosting company to the next can be a little complex and stressful—especially if this is something you haven't done before. By avoiding a few of the most common mistakes made when switching servers, however, you can ensure the smoothest possible transition and avoid unnecessary headaches along the way. Failing to Save Backups of Previous Versions Any time you're going to make any major changes to your site, you should make it a habit to save a backup

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