All the features I've detailed to this point are valuable to the web hosting experience, but none matches the critical importance of site uptime. If your site is down, clients or customers will be unable to find you or access your products or services. It doesn't matter how great the features are, or how good it looks; if your site is down, it might as well not exist.


Save up to 80 percent with Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances when combined with Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server, or save up to 72 percent on all virtual machines. Simply select your region, virtual machine series, and term. Improve budgeting and forecasting with a single up-front payment while maintaining flexibility should your business needs change. Easily exchange or cancel Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances at any time.
Technical knowledge: No technical knowledge is required for running a managed server. When you need to do something technical all you have to do is contact support and let the skilled technical support operators handle the rest. With an unmanaged server you need to have server administration skills and love working in the command line otherwise it will be very difficult to administer your server efficiently.
Shared hosting: With shared hosting, your site is stored and served from the same physical machine as many other customers – possibly hundreds of them. All domains are drawing from the same CPU, RAM, and other resources.  This type of hosting is the lowest-priced option. However, your site’s speed and reliability suffer from other users, and you don’t get root access.

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You may also think that since you've customized your VPS, that you're stuck with the resources that you originally selected when you created your account. That's not true either. If you need additional resources after signing up for your account, that's just a sign that your site is growing. It's a sign of success. You shouldn't be penalized because for this success. That's why our VPS plans are completely scalable. Just contact our support team when you need more resources and we'll be happy to help.

We pride ourselves on giving you the tools that help your business grow and keep your website online. That's why we developed and expanded our snapshots. We now offer two types of snapshots: Live-State and Scheduled. While both provide you with the convenience of easily creating an identical copy of your VPS partition, Live-State Snapshots are meant to be used on-demand while Scheduled Snapshots can be set to capture a snapshot up to once a day. Use snapshots to create an exact copy in real time, or on an ongoing basis, to revert to should anything unexpected happen when trying to make changes in a development environment.
Hello Joe, I don’t do much techie work for myself – my husband it the geek and runs the office. But this is very interesting. So based on what I can tell, I’m able to install a hypervisor software on my Windows or Mac computer and then install another operating system. This is amazing and I’m not sure we offer this pc service for our customers. I will need to try this with virtualbox on my new Dell laptop.
The fun part starts when you try to secure your server. I configured CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall) and cPHulk Brute Force Protection to make sure the server is secure. As i am responsible for the security of my own server, i am always having to spend valuable time to stop any attack or hacks. I usually get notifications of hackers trying to get in but the server hardening work has made it impossible to hack. The only thing is, now, i wouldn't mind paying the extra to get a managed server so i can use the time elsewhere.
Do you plan to sell products or services? If so, you'll want to invest in a web hosting service that offers Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). An SSL connection encrypts the financial information that shuttles between users' web browsers and your website, thus safeguarding the transmission of the purchasing information. Some hosting companies include a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a web hosting plan, while others charge close to $100. You can save some money by shopping around for services that offer the cheaper SSL plans.

Our 24/7/365 Guru Crew Support team often is asked "What happens if I outgrow my A2 Hosting Shared Web Hosting account?". Their concern stems from possibly having to leave a hosting provider they have grown to appreciate only to have find another provider that could very well offer sub par service. This question is asked by new customers and customers who have been hosting with us for years alike.

Similarly, in a real dedicated server, you will pay for the entire server that is not shared with anyone else. You will get complete control over all services. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive hosting option and needs some technical expertise to manage. It is commonly used by those who have websites with specific scenarios, most commonly extremely high traffic and tight security requirements.


Configure your virtual machine size and performance to handle the largest business needs. GS-series virtual machines deliver fast I/O performance with extremely low latencies by using the disk performance of Azure Premium Storage. Dv2-series virtual machines are perfect for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance, and higher memory.
You can host a basic web application, such as a blog or simple website in a VPC, and gain the additional layers of privacy and security afforded by Amazon VPC. You can help secure the website by creating security group rules which allow the webserver to respond to inbound HTTP and SSL requests from the Internet while simultaneously prohibiting the webserver from initiating outbound connections to the Internet. You can create a VPC that supports this use case by selecting "VPC with a Single Public Subnet Only" from the Amazon VPC console wizard.
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