Various Aspects of Web Hosting

The popularity of Web Hosting companies has increased tremendously in recent times. More and more people have realized that the benefits of owning and operating a website are numerous. Without the aid of a hosting company, one cannot host a website.  Nowadays, there are several such hosting companies. While the services of some are free, others have to be bought. Shared hosting, reseller hosting and dedicated hosting are some of the most popular types of hosting services available today.

 

Shared hosting is a type of web hosting in which a single server is used to support multiple websites. The number of supported websites will depend on the provider. Some service providers have been known to host thousands of websites at a time. The sever computers are very powerful and ensure that the supported websites run smoothly. A major drawback of shared hosting is that the server can slow down, if the support limit is exceeded. This can cause the websites to crash. Features such as memory, disc space and bandwidth will be limited. However, the benefit is that most shared hosting services are quite cheap.

 

In reseller hosting, the server will be bought by a party at a reduced rate and resold to others at an even cheaper rate. Web designers, web developers and other such web consultants are the usual users of this type of hosting. Dedicated hosting is an expensive form of Web Hosting. In this type, the customer has exclusive use of the hosting service. Most affluent companies use this form of hosting, since they can customize features and enable businesses to scale up.

 

Several factors have to be considered before choosing a hosting service provider. Latency is an important aspect of web hosting. One should check the ping times of providers before making a selection. Uptime is yet another important aspect. If the uptime percentage is bad, then the website will lose out on customers due to slow service. According to various studies, the average customer will wait for approximately 8 seconds for a website to load, before going to a new site. The quality of the software offered by the provider should also be considered. Forums, blog softwares and content management systems are usually offered by the Web Hosting service. The server and PHP application versions of a good provider will be recent.

 

In order to provide quality content, most professional websites require quality SQL databases. This aspect should also be considered. A good cPanel can increase the maintenance and development of multiple websites. Processes such as creating email accounts and viewing visitor statistics can also be accelerated. Nowadays, a lot of people are budget conscious due to the fickle nature of the economy. Hosting service providers have realized this and offer services to suit a variety of budgets. It is always best to choose a reputed hosting service. This ensures that quality of service offered is superlative. The internet is the best place to find various such providers. A selection should be done based on the specific needs of the user.

A system to manage tasks and defects for software development

The BugPort system is a Web-based system to manage tasks and defects throughout the software development process. It is written with the PHP language, using its object-oriented capabilities, and is in use by INCOGEN for internal management of software development and QA. The default selection for column drop down did not initialize in the proper state. A bug in the HTML library has been fixed to address this. A getShortFormattedDBTimeStamp() function has been added to the string library. The new Stats page has been cleaned up.

 

A bug with a bad ‘defined’ check in webServer::tryKillProcess has been fixed. Three files that were missing from the tar file (stylesheet.css, index.html for redirection, and searchHelp.html) have been added. The default location for the adodb directory has been changed. A new HTML filters system was put in place. Two filters were made as a proof of concept: one turns http:// strings into links, and the other turns UNC paths (\\server\dir\file.txt) into links. AImage->getHTML was also adjusted so that button tooltips will now appear in Gecko-based browsers. Two bugs were addressed to avoid errors when adding attachments to projects with spaces in their name.

 

The iuser.currentProject_id column was set to “NOT NULL”, and error checking in User::getCurrentUser was improved to ease debugging of installation issues. Error messages were improved when trying to login as an invalid user or with bad database connection settings. The email handler was changed to send to the tester, developer, and project designers when a comment, attachment, or related item is added to an item. An issue with the review form not correctly setting the subproject was fixed.

A tool for sharing your broadband connection

Linux LiveCD Router allows you to share your broadband connection and use WIFI. You can use it with DSL, cable modem, T1, ISDN, and dialup connections. It does not require any installation, but boots your computer straight from the CD. A new ADSL USB driver was added for Conexant AccessRunner.A new driver for Edimax WiFi cards was added. The documentation and howtos in /opt/doc were updated.

 

The WLAN demo scripts for USB Prism2 in /etc/wlan were upgraded. Wavemon was added in /opt/wavemon. In version 1.6, a new version (0.2.1-pre14) of the hostap driver was added. New USB support was added for the wlan-ng WiFi driver. The documentation and howtos on /opt/doc was updated. Shorewall is available in the livecdrouter branch. The Webmin Web Manager and the Shorewall Firewall were added. Linux kernel 2.4.24 is now used. A driver for BeWAN PCI ADSL is included. The documentation in /opt/doc was updated.

 

This release has a new Webmin Web interface (version 1.140), new Web modules for network configuration and log rotation, and an ndiswrapper driver to use wifi Windows drivers in /opt/drivers. There are minor dbdif config bugfixes. This release adds Frottle (Freenet Throttle) packet scheduling and QoS for wireless networks and mesh WiFi at /opt/frottle. There is a new default config for MRTG graphical network statistics, and updated documentation.

Linux LiveCD Router allows you to share your broadband connection and use WIFI. You can use it with DSL, cable modem, T1, ISDN, and dialup connections. It does not require any installation, but boots your computer straight from the CD. A new ADSL USB driver was added for Conexant AccessRunner. A new driver for Edimax WiFi cards was added. The documentation and howtos in /opt/doc were updated. The WLAN demo scripts for USB Prism2 in /etc/wlan were upgraded. Wavemon was added in /opt/wavemon. In version 1.6, a new version (0.2.1-pre14) of the hostap driver was added. New USB support was added for the wlan-ng WiFi driver. The documentation and howtos on /opt/doc was updated. Shorewall is available in the livecdrouter branch. The Webmin Web Manager and the Shorewall Firewall were added. Linux kernel 2.4.24 is now used. A driver for BeWAN PCI ADSL is included. The documentation in /opt/doc was updated. This release has a new Webmin Web interface (version 1.140), new Web modules for network configuration and log rotation, and an ndiswrapper driver to use wifi Windows drivers in /opt/drivers. There are minor dbdif config bugfixes. This release adds Frottle (Freenet Throttle) packet scheduling and QoS for wireless networks and mesh WiFi at /opt/frottle. There is a new default config for MRTG graphical network statistics, and updated documentation.

A complete Web site generator

Presto Web is an utility that provides an easy, quick, dynamic, and intuitive way to generate a PHP Web site. It does not require a database, but uses text files to save the information, and generates HTML files to accelerate the server work. It includes an admin center and a wizard to set it up quickly. This release fixed a bug with template folders in admin.php and changed the size of all textareas. Template for when there isn’t news were added.

 

A Generate HTML News section was added, translation mistakes were corrected, and a bug in the Edit News template was fixed. Multi-language support was added for English, French, German, and Spanish. To change the language, you have to replace language.php with yourlanguage.php. This release fixes bugs with global variables in admin2.php, admin3.php, admin.php, banner.php, poll.php and banner.php. A bug in banner.php and a bug in index.php have been fixed. An important bug in quiz.php has been fixed; now you can play without problems.

 

A parse error in german.php has been fixed. A bug with return messages in admin3.php was fixed. GET was replaced for POST in some places. language.php was changed. tagboard.php was rewritten. Two templates for Tagboard were added, and an admin section was created. index.php was rewritten, so when you want to add news, you have to use the [loadnews] tag. The news system was changed. The Admin Center now allows you to add, edit, and delete categories and to send news to a selected category.

Bullet Proof Web Hosting

Bullet Proof Web Hosting Space is useful so you can send your customers to a website, from an email marketing campaign, and don’t have to worry about it being shut down because of email spam complaints. However, your ISP (webhosting provider) will normally shut down your web site within a week or sooner if they find out that you are sending bulk email and directing people to your site on their server.

 

They do this is because people not only complain to you about sending bulk email but they also complain to your Webhost provider that you are sending spam. An ISP can actually be shut down with enough complaints against them, so you can understand why they would shut you down for sending bulk email. With our web server, you can direct your clients to our server. We provide reliable bulk email friendly bullet proof webhosting that can handle your needs.

 

This awesome piece of software allows your PC to become a REAL bulk email server! And the Most Important Feature in DS2000 is its ability to CLOAK your emails – Plus many many more improvements have been made too! Bulletproof is possible, but these clowns can’t do it or they would advertise their website in the spam and would not hide their true e-mail address. Mostly mainsleaze where there would be a lot of collateral damages from blackholing. Quest is about as bulletproof as you can get right now. Anyone on highspeedweb.net is likely to be bulletproof, as highspeedweb.net is run by Huff – nall the spammer.

Reseller Account and Web Hosting

Most hosting services have a reseller acct option. They way that they work varies. The reseller acct Tina post about is one way of doing it, but there are others. I prefer to buy X number of megs of storage, and add the clients domains to the acct. For me it is a value added service deal for my clients (I do not resell space to people that I do not design for). My particular hosting service works on a cafeteria style basis by which I mean that I can buy, bandwidth, storage, and set-up new URLs and needed and pay for what I use.

 

Go to shop around at various hosting services. Look at their reseller programs. They vary from host to host. Having had a few problematic relationships with hosts, we decided to go our own way (sound familiar?). The best option for us was to lease large-capacity virtual servers, which give us complete access to the Apache conf files and essentially allow us to manage the space ourselves. All the host does is provide the box, the connection and maintenance (OK, support too, which is always useful).

 

There are a number of companies that offer this service both in the US and here in the UK – and I’m sure there must be some down under (even though I can’t name any). The advantage of this approach, rather than a straight reseller deal, is that you do have total control and can configure to your hearts delight. Need PHP and MySQL? Install it! The disadvantage is that it does require learning about the Apache server, which I would recommend anyhow (There’s always more to learn in this industry, and the more you learn the more you can offer).

Web Hosting – starting to expand

For obvious reason, I find this newgroup to be very useful in operations of my web design firm. Over the 2 years I have been doing this on my own, I have grown and changed many things. I’m sure like many of you, I bounced from host to host (every couple of months), trying to find the right deal, right support, personality, whatever it is that we look for and makes us happy. About a year ago I became more involved in the Phoenix, AZ USA internet community, I was introduced to a data center that offer to let me grow and my pace and support me wherever I needed.

 

So gradually I moved over to them, went with a per site plan with the option of moving onto co-lo when it economically made sense. 4 months ago we crossed the point of enough clients that we could cover a co-lo so we jumped on it and haven’t look back. So now comes my question to the group, is this pricing fair – yes or no? What changed would you suggest? Not enough info. Some people claim “high.” A lot of the shoppers in this group are into inexpensive hosting, which is fine… but there’s also a market for fault-tolerant I-can-get-someone-accountable-on-the-phone-NOW hosting that costs a good deal more than what you’re offering. Who are you competing with? The exact same notion went through my mind when I read a bunch of people calling his price outrageous. In this NG the tendency is toward inexpensive hosting, and not maximal fault tolerance.

 

Yes, he does charge 3 times what my host does. However, if I were running an e-commerce site where losing just one sale due to the web host failing could mean a hundred dollars of profits down the drain, and if the problems the host weren’t immediately solved the losses could go a lot higher than that, I’d be willing to pay an extra $10 a month for top quality service, and hand holding by the host if needed. Thus, more info is needed about the sort of hosting service he wants to offer. The prices he is thinking of charging are more on the level of filet mignon quality, and out of line if he only plans to offer a burger at McDonald’s quality. His prices are reasonable if he is offering well above mediocre service.

Are you worried about computer/internet safety?

If you are a new computer user or amateur, you may want to visit my web site to find out how I can help you learn how to keep your computer and your internet connection safe. I meet with people all over Metro HRM to teach them how to use their computer in a safe manner and protect themselves from Hackers, Viruses, Spyware and to teach mom and dads what they need to know about the dangers that lurk on the internet for their children.

 

The Internet is a great place to spend time so don’t be scared of it, be educated and surf smart. I do help people for free. When someone has a technical question on this newsgroup, I try and be as helpful as possible. Then there’s a couple of very popular web hosting / technical forums that I’m always helping people out on… and last but not least, I’m a permanent fixture in a certain #help channel on a certain IRC network. For Obvious security reasons I do not provide my name or address on this web site but will present you with full identification when we meet in person.

Running a program from within a web page

I have a photo album organised in HTML. I don’t want to publish it on the web, the pictures are far too large. The idea is to carry it around on CD. I have found that IrfanView is great for creating slide shows, and I would love to put a “slide show” link on the pages of my album that starts IrfanView. I have found that the following HTML will successfully start IrfanView from the root of the CD.

 

The trouble is, IrfanView really needs parameters to tell it to load a slideshow: \i_view32.exe /slideshow=\2003\lakes\cat.sli /one /fs /closeslideshow but if I put this in the HREF, the browser interprets it as one long file name. Any ideas on how I can start a program with parameters from a link in a web page? Alternatively, does anybody have a better idea for running a slide show within HTML? The slide show is just a “nice to have” extra, so I am happy enough to say that it will only run on Windows machines. I am looking more at JavaScript now, but IrfanView did seem to do all that I wanted with very little effort.

 

Associate the file extension with Irfan view in Windows and then when you link to a file that ises that program it should launch it and the program at the same time. The same as when you click ona pdf link it opens the pdf viewer program. Alternatively you could use a javascript thing to show the images or even just use the Windows image viewer.

Low Cost Web Site Design for Small UK Companies

I see so many sites offering “domain name registration, web site hosting, secure server, leased lines” (etc etc etc *yawn*) and it just makes me think there is no way that one company offers all the services they list to any degree of professionalism (unless they are a BIG company!) So, if you want to do web site design, then concentrate on that, nothing more, nothing less. This means that you find yourself a web hosting provider that you are comfortable with, you like their services/speed and pricing and you know they will still be around 2 years down the line. Then get the client to sign-up with them directly. The same with purchasing a domain name. That way the business agreements and contracts are between your client and the hosting company/domain name registra and NOT you! Believe me this is a good thing! Your client cannot sue you if the site goes offline for a week for example.

 

Obviously you’ll pick a good host, so this won’t be an issue, but if it is at least you have something to fallback on. Secondly – don’t try and hide all of these things from the client! Forget bullshit phrases like “we operate our own multiple OC3 connections” – this is absolute rubbish! You do not operate them at all, even their host probably only leases them! :) It makes much more sense to be honest with your client, “we will design your site and we strongly recommend this host, here is how much it costs, their network connections are as follows and we have had superb experience with them in the X years we’ve used them” etc etc. Trust me, your client will appreciate this. There is a fine-line between being a good reseller and lying. Most cross it without thinking twice about the legal trouble it could land them in. Next draw-up some sort of contract with regard to the site design. I.e. you tell Client X that they will get the site, all inclusive for X hundred pounds and then that’s it – the site is theres. Give them a copy of the site on a zip disk or CD-Rom, give them a contract saying “this site is now your responsibility” – but of course always tell them you will update it as often as they like for extra money. But providing them the site like this means they can move it elsewhere, change content as they feel, etc.

 

Even if the client does nothing but file the CD away in a folder somewhere, at least you’ve done it and fulfilled your side of the contract – to give them a web site. Be honest. No-one will mind working with a 16 year old if they know his design skills are worth it. If you are open about using other hosting companies because you don’t have the servers of your own, your client will appreciate this. You can sell it to them, it’s value-added! You simply tell them that because your skills are site design, you leave the technical and infrastructure skills to the hosting company of your choice, because it’s what they are good at. This is not a bad thing! Don’t try and look as if you do the whole lot yourself. Site design – charge them for concept work. Build up a site based around their requirements, only one page of it and demonstrate it to them (do NOT give it to them or publish it on a web server for them to see – there is absolutely NOTHING to stop them taking this and using it as a template without paying you – I’ve seen it happen!). Send them colour print-outs or something, enough to get a response and then get an initial payment. After it’s cashed, make the rest of the site. Never hand-over a site without having a cheque.