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                                                         The Basics of Hosting
                                                              By Ric Shreves



    The Basics of Hosting by Ric Shreves


At its most basic, getting an Internet project up and running requires two essentials: access to
hardware and access to the Internet. Hardware and bandwidth are a major consideration in light of
both the potential expense and the issue of quality of service. This is one of those areas where you can
pay as much or as little as you like. There is a correlation between what you pay and the quality you
get, but there are plenty of good deals to be found in the current market, so shop around.

Let’s take one step back and make sure everyone shares some common ground, in terms of terms.

"Servers" are the hardware that holds and distributes information to people via the Internet. A small site
may reside on a server with a number of other sites, a large site may require hundreds of separate
servers in a variety of physical locations, all connected together and running as one cohesive system.

Servers can handle a wide variety of functions, from housing websites, to running mailing systems. For
a quick rundown of server terminology check out the Webopedia server listing.

While some firms are interested in owning and feeding their own equipment, most firms these days
choose to outsource all, or at least part, of the task. Outside of firms with special needs, it is hard to
make a case for purchasing hardware in the current market. Like a new car, a server depreciates
massively the moment it is taken from the dealer. Add to the equation the maintenance of the hardware
and the software, and you have a cost center that not only becomes more expensive over time, but
less functional relative to the newest technology.

A web hosting company (sometimes called an "Internet Data Center" or "IDC") will offer a variety of
packages, including the rental of hardware. The low monthly costs associated with hosting these days
tips the hardware scale firmly toward the decision to rent, rather than buy hardware. Let the web host’s
staff worry about changing disk drives, updating the operating system with the newest security patch
and keeping the electricity and Internet connection going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outsourcing
lets you focus on your core competencies, and the fact is that most IT departments weaned on office
networks are in no position to support a real time data center-type operation.

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When we talk about outsourcing hosting, another term you are likely to hear frequently is “collocation”.
Co-location facilities physically house hardware and equipment in a secure location. The facility
generally offers some degree of security against physical intrusion, fire, and power or bandwidth
interruption. The quality of the physical facility and staff is generally related directly to the price and a
site visit is appropriate where high-reliability installations are required.

If you are in the e-commerce business, or providing support services through your website, down time
can be very expensive. Larger hosts will provide redundancy for drives, power supplies and bandwidth.
If your site produces revenues, don’t scrimp on the host.

Security of your data and your customers’ data is a sensitive issue. While your host is unlikely to
guarantee security of any system, they should have in place adequate assurances that their
environment does not contribute to the risk. They should also be willing to guarantee turn-around time
on installation of patches and security fixes as they are released by vendors (like Microsoft!).

Selecting the right host for your company requires taking a hard look at your needs. Issues that must
be resolved and prioritized include your need for ongoing maintenance and physical support services,
network quality and speed, contract terms, and of course the value for money. Let’s not forget that the
current market, with its slough of bankruptcies, has also taught us that the financial stability of the firm
is a factor.

For most clients, the level of the host’s customer service is the key to satisfaction. Poor customer
service is commonly cited as a reason for moving from one host to another, so make an effort to
assess any firm’s abilities in this area. Several sites now focus on rating web hosts and these should
serve as a good starting point for your investigations. Try Hostsearch.com, with its wizard interface,
and Web Host Directory. Make a point to ask around - word of mouth is a strong persuader in the
customer service game.

Other issues that will inform your decision include your preferred operating system – Windows, Linux
or Unix -- and your database needs. The additional services area is where a lot of firms distinguish
themselves, offering incentives in the form of unlimited email addresses, or free domain name
re-directs. Look carefully at the fine print and add up the cost of additional services. You may well find
that the more expensive package bundles a lot of items marked as additional expense in the budget
packages. But, also never forget that the company will be more than happy to let you upgrade to a
bigger package if your needs change in the future.

author: Ric Shreves, www.waterandstone.com


Ric Shreves is an Internet consultant and author specializing in web technologies. He is a partner in
Water & Stone, a web design agency focused on Mambo, osCommerce, and other open source tools.
Read more of his work online at: http://www.waterandstone.com.




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                                             How to Make Money by Blogging
                                                         By Adam Waxler



At its most basic level, a blog is simply a way for you to get information onto the Internet. Of course, it
is one of the easier ways for you to do so and once you have the blog established, you can upload
your information with the click of a button. If you are trying to blog for commercial purposes, however,
there are some specific steps that need to be taken in order to maximize your revenue. Here are the
very basics of how to make money by blogging, but they are basics that you should never ignore. If
you don't take it any further than these basics, you will still see success but most bloggers tend to grow
on knowledge that they already have.

The first and probably most important part of how to make money by blogging is choosing what type of
blog you are going to have. The choice between the free blogging communities or hosting your own
domain is difficult for some but think of it this way...In order to have a domain name, professional
hosting and one of the best blog platforms that are out there, Wordpress, you will need to spend
anywhere from $15-$20. There will also be an ongoing hosting fee which is as little as five dollars per
month. There is no other type of business with this much potential that can be started for so little.

Once you have your blog set up, which is an automated process in most cases, you need to decide
what you're going to blog about. Make sure that you focus on one particular subject as this is one of
the biggest secrets of how to make money by blogging. After all, people that visit your blog regularly
are going to expect information on the same subject. Give your visitors what they want and you will
excel.

Finally, you want to make sure that you are blogging on a regular basis and that you are providing
good information to your readers. These two things can help to set you apart from many of the junk
blogs that are currently on the Internet. It is an important part of how to make money by blogging, and
one that you would do well to follow regularly. From that point forward, it is simply a matter of
continuing until you achieve the level of success that you desire.

Furthermore, if you're learning how to make money by blogging , then you must watch the videos at
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