System Administration
A Beginner’s Guide to Dedicated Email Servers

If you run your own small business, there's a good chance you're currently using a free or shared hosting plan for your email and even web hosting needs. However, as your site grows, so will your hosting needs. Eventually, it will probably be best to make the switch to a dedicated server not just for your web hosting, but company email hosting as well. There are many reasons to upgrade to a dedicated email server for your business. And with competitive pricing on some of our best hosting plans, now can be a great time to make the switch for your growing business. Add Security When you have a dedicated email server, this means that all of the emails that are sent and received by your employees on their company email addresses are contained within a singular web host. Rather than relying on a shared hosting plan or other type

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Why You Should Be Using a DDoS Forecasting Tool

These days, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are a very real threat to websites of all sizes and scopes. If you don't already have at least some basic form of DDoS protection in place with your dedicated server, now is the time to make this happen. At ReliableSite, we're proud to offer free standard DDoS protection with all our dedicated hosting plans; this protects against attacks of up to 10 gbps. We also offer upgraded protection for those with greater security needs. We also have a handy tool, known as a DDoS forecasting tool, which we encourage all of our dedicated sever users and clients to check on a daily basis for important information regarding current risks of DDoS attacks. What is a DDoS Forecasting Tool? Specifically, our DDoS forecasting tool is designed to help gauge the current and future likelihood of DDoS attacks based on recent trends. We keep

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Understanding the Biggest Threats to Your Website Today

As a website owner or administrator, of course you want to do everything you can to protect your site against attacks and other security threats. Unfortunately, data breaches and attacks are becoming increasingly common these days, and even some of the largest and most "secure" sites on the web are not 100% safe from these threats. By having a better understanding of the types of threats that are running rampant today and by taking measures to bolster your site's security, you can reduce the chances of falling victim. Common Website Threats One of the biggest threats that website administrators should be aware of these days is that of phishing schemes, which are being increasingly used to steal site visitors' personal information like credit card numbers, names, and addresses. Phishing can work in a number of ways, but when used against your website's visitors, this type of attack will most likely

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Managed Hosting: Is It Worth the Cost?

If you have a dedicated server, have you ever put any thought into just how much time you spend maintaining your server on a regular basis? After all, keeping up with a dedicated server can come with a lot of time-consuming responsibilities. Making sure security updates are installed and that data is backed up are just a few of the typical maintenance tasks you may need to complete on a regular basis. If your time could be better spent tackling other projects, have you ever thought about upgrading your basic dedicated server to a managed dedicated server? What Is Managed Hosting, Anyway? ReliableSite is proud to offer both managed and unmanaged dedicated servers to suit your individual needs. The main difference that sets a managed server apart is that these servers essentially come with their own knowledgeable teams of IT experts that can take care of maintenance and security tasks

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Top 4 Reasons to Back Up Your Server Regularly

When it comes to maintaining your dedicated server, one of the most basic steps you should be following is that of backing up your server data on a regular basis. The frequency with which your data needs to be backed up can vary depending on how you use your server and other factors, but most experts would recommend data backups at least a few times a week. There are seemingly endless reasons to back up your server files as often as possible, with a few of the most compelling outlined here. Avoid Mistakes When Updating Your Site Have you ever launched a major update on your site, only to find that some files got mixed up in the process and caused unexpected downtime and problems? If so, then you know how frustrating this can be. Fortunately, by backing up your data regularly, these kinds of issues can be avoided when

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How Bandwidth Calculation Works on a ReliableSite Server

If you're thinking about purchasing a dedicated server through any hosting company, it's important that you have a solid understanding of how they calculate their bandwidth. After all, different hosting companies tend to handle this in different ways, and not knowing how your host operates could lead to costly overages. At ReliableSite, we allow for unlimited bandwidth but you should still have a clear understanding of how much you've used on your dedicated server. How ReliableSite Calculates Bandwidth Usage One of the more common questions we receive about bandwidth usage has to do with how it's calculated for those who have multiple servers with us. Please keep in mind that bandwidth between servers cannot be collectively pooled. Instead, each server has a specific allocation that is not able to be shared. In this sense, if you go "over" your bandwidth on one of your servers and are "under" on another

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Top Reasons to Ditch Your Shared Hosting Service

When you're in need of hosting, whether it be for a website or any other purpose, having a quality server is a must. After all, the right server will help to minimize downtime and ensure your users have the best experience possible. When it comes to hosting, there are two very common options to consider: You can either choose a shared hosting service (where you share your hosting with other users in exchange for a lower price), or you can opt for a dedicated server that's all yours. While a shared server can be cheaper than dedicated hosting, there are many potential drawbacks to a shared hosting service that you may want to avoid. Your resources are limited One of the biggest drawbacks to using a shared hosting service is that your resources will be much more limited; that's because you'll be sharing all your server's resources (storage, RAM, processor

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What to Look for in Your Server’s Data Center

When selecting a hosting company, it's important to look beyond the specs of the server itself. In fact, one could argue that a dedicated server is only as good as the data center through which it is hosted. Specifically, a data center refers to the physical location where your server and all of its equipment is kept. If you're looking for a great dedicated server, there are some specific things to look for when it comes to the quality of the data center as well. Location/proximity Start by looking at the data center locations available through your hosting company. The closer your server is located to you and the primary users of the server itself (or the visitors of your site), the lower the latency (lag) you'll experience. This may mean faster page loading times for your site visitors and therefore a better overall user experience. Ideally, you'll be able to

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IPv6 Setup | Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers

IPv6 Tutorial – Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers There's no getting around it: IPv6 is the way of the future. There are no more unique IPv4 addresses remaining and in fact, there are many benefits to upgrading to IPv6. If you're using ReliableSite, you are likely have both IPv4 and IPv6 blocks registered to your server. In this IPv6 tutorial, we'll go through the steps to set up your dedicated server, whether Windows or Linux based, to use those new IPv6 addresses. How to setup IPv6 on Windows Server 1) Logon to the Windows server with administrator rights 2) Click on Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Setting 3) Right-click on the Local Area Connection of the network adapter and choose Properties 4) Highlight Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click on Properties 5) Click on “Use the following IPv6 address” and in the IPv6 Address

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Here’s Why the Location of Your Dedicated Server’s Data Network Matters

When you're shopping around for hosting—whether it's for a website, blog, eCommerce store, or even for gaming—there's no denying the fact that speed matters. However, what many people fail to realize as they shop for a dedicated server is that the specific location of the hosting company's data centers can have a direct impact on their server speed. At ReliableSite, we have three prime data center locations in Miami, Florida, New York City and Los Angeles, California. This allows us to provide low latency to several locations worldwide and a better overall experience, no matter what you're using our hosting for. Understanding Location and Latency So how does location affect latency, and what, exactly, does latency have to do with speed? For starters, latency essentially refers to the amount of lag time that takes place between when you initiate a request for data transfer and when the transfer actually occurs.

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