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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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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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