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How to manage a dedicated server:

Posted in Web Hosting by palcomonline on January 12, 2010

Dedicated hosting service generally comes in two packages. One is with partially managed and the other with fully manager services. The first one suits those users who have in-house technical resources to manage the servers to ensure maximum on-line availability. In most cases partially managed hosting packages may include installment and customization of OS to suit customer’s requirements. The hosting team also ascertains that basic security features are put in place as per the customer’s need and monitors the server round the clock to assure that the server doesn’t go offline.
The second type of package is fully-managed hosting. This suits the companies that either don’t have an in-house IT staff or want to free up their IT staff to focus on their cores business tasks. In many cases it is observed that companies are skeptical about giving the management & hosting of their servers over to their web hosting provider. Experience shows that those who avail managed hosting services can save money and time by focusing on their core business.
While buying a server hosting plan, the buyer should find out whether the plan is un-managed server or fully managed server since an unmanaged server greatly reduces the overhead cost of a dedicated server provider and it comes with low price tags.
The buyers should know exactly what is covered under managed services. Here is a guide for the buyers, but remember this list is not exhaustive as many times buyers’ need are different:

* Kernel Upgrades, OS patches, System pre installed services updates.
* Custom DNS configuration
* Software Firewall Installation and Configuration
* Backups and restoration help if needed
* Control panel Updates
* DLL setup Assistance
* Assistance in, creating, deleting, setting up email
* Assistance in system alerts or warnings
* Mysql updates, Database corruption assistance
* SSL configuration and installation
* Email/FTP troubleshooting
* High Server Load troubleshooting
* Bandwidth monitoring & management
* Hardware Replacement as per SLA
* Server Recovery on failure
* Failed Drive service restoration
* Hands on help with preinstall system settings

If you don’t know from where to start then let me know me@ashishchowdhury.com , if I can of any help to you. I Wish you the very Best of luck in finding a good server hosting company!

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Web Hosting Tips While Choosing A Service Provider

Posted in Web Hosting by palcomonline on January 12, 2010

While choosing a web hosting service provider, pay more attention on Security, customer service and performance. Finding a good web hosting package is not difficult today because most companies have very tempting offers.
The hosting packages based on the tangible feature like bandwidth or HDD space, etc. and IGNORE the most important element of the package, i.e. Technical Support. Most of the hosting companies in this segment are Resellers and do not own and run an in-house Technical Support Team. They totally depend on the parent hosting company based in some other country, making Technical Support time consuming and costly.
Another challenge in choosing the Best Hosting package is that the most web hosting businesses engage in “Over-selling”. This happens when companies sell their hosting packages only based on features like bandwidth or HDD space and go on selling until these hardware limits are exhausted. They present unrealistic data about the hosting packages on sale. For example, in a package of 2 GB web space if average used space is about 500 MB, the companies sell more than 5 packages in total space of 2 GB. When web hosting provider prefers easy money over Customer Support then they will attempt to host much more web sites than they can really host. Problems soon appear in the form of overloaded servers, long downtimes and resource-crunch.
To Summaries, the following points should be remembered while choosing a good web hosting package:
1. Do not get impressed merely by the flashy web sites offering so-called best hosting packages.
2. Find out how long the company has been in this business. Particularly see if web hosting is their core business or just an add-on service. Never pay a year in advance with a company who has been around only for a few months.
3. Contact and interact with their support team. You will know if they have a Technical Support team at all in the first instance.
4. If you have special needs (for example, your own DLL or SSL or may be high-traffic requirements very populated sites tell The Technical Team as well as Sales manager about this in advance and get an ok from them preferably in writing.
5. Always have your domain control user id and password. This is handy specially when the web hosting company fails to provide good services and you are forced to move. The challenge will be that you will need approval from them in order to move your domain name to other service provider.
6. Passwords for your domain name registrar and your web hosting control panel should be different. This will ensure that in case your site gets blocked by the hosting provider, you will be in control and will not be in danger of loosing your domain name. Loosing some data can only be expensive but loosing your domain name is a catastrophe. Follow this rule and Avoid.

General Points to remember in every purchase:

1. Read and understand the TOS (“Terms Of Service”). If you do not understand any terms ask for clarifications from the company.
2. Look for a 30 days money back guarantee if available.
3. Make and keep your own backups, even if your host provides it in the package.
If you don’t know from where to start then let me know me@ashishchowdhury.com , if I can of any help to you. I Wish you the very Best of luck in finding a good web hosting company !

The best supported web hosting solutions to let you concentrate on your core business

Posted in Uncategorized by palcomonline on January 11, 2010

The best supported web hosting solutions to let you concentrate on your core business.
Palcom Web Hosting includes a comprehensive list of specialized managed hosting products and services that reduces the need to setup your own IT staff and resources. From choosing the right IT platform, to optimizing server performance, designing and setting up backup and storage for disaster recovery, Palcom offers you the expertise and experience to deliver a solution that suits you the most.

How to Choose a Good Hosting Company For Your Website

Posted in dedicated server, Web Hosting by palcomonline on December 23, 2009

Determining the best web hosting company for you is critical to your web site’s success. Whether it is for business, e-commerce, a fan site or just a hobby, the host you choose plays a large factor on how well you’ll fare in the online world. In such a flooded market with so many different hosting companies and packages out there, how do you know who to trust with your site? You want a reliable company that will make sure your site is always available, you want a support department that actually exists and can help you quickly, but of course it needs to be affordable and fit into your budget, especially if your web site isn’t intended to generate any income.

Knowing your requirements is the first step in finding the best host for you. Try to determine how much disk space your site is going to require, how your site will deliver its content such as static pages like HTML or dynamic automated content via scripts like wordpress or Joomla, and of course how many visitors you are expecting to visit monthly to gauge how much bandwidth you will need. If you already have a website, you should know most of this information, if you are just creating your website and have no idea, don’t sweat it. If you are just starting out chances are you will need less then 500MB of disk space, and 5,000-10,000MB (5-10GB) of bandwidth should be sufficient for a starter. It you plan on running a personal blog or a message board, make sure the package you choose has access to a database, it’s best to pick a host that allows you at least three databases. Most hosting companies have a small basic package that should work well for the time being. If you plan to mass market your website or run a business or ecommerce site you may have a higher bandwidth requirement. Always check with potential web host’s to make sure you have growth potential. So if your website out grows your hosting package you can always move up to something with more room.

Next you are going to need to determine your budget. How much can you financially afford or are willing to spend on web hosting? Figure this out before you shop for a host, don’t let a host decide your budget for you. Remember, you want a reliable web host that gives your site good uptime but offers you support should you experience a problem. Running reliable and stable servers can be expensive and so can staffing a support department 24/7. So make sure you have a practical budget that takes this into account. Do not waste your hard earned money on hosts that offer you the world for a buck or two, it will only lead to heart ache. For a basic plan with 500MB – 2,000MB storage space and 5,000MB – 10,000MB bandwidth you should expect to pay around at minimum $6USD for a good host. However, hosts that sell their plans at this price are not necessarily a good host.

Do not be fooled by marketing gimmicks, flashy web sites or statements made on a web site! The biggest problem in the hosting industry today is the UNLIMITED sales pitch. No host worth their salt is going to offer you up unlimited everything. It’s not possible. Web servers are simply “heavy-duty” computers that use RAM and Hard drives just like your home PC or laptop. When is the last time you bought a computer with an “UNLIMITED” hard drive? As for bandwidth, sure, it could be unlimited, but only if you have unlimited money. Hosts that offer unlimited disk space and bandwidth generally “oversell” their servers. This means they can pile hundreds of customers on one server. They sell the same storage space and bandwidth they sold you, to other customers as well. What they offer you is not dedicated only to you, but to everyone. If you try to start using that unlimited space and store 25GB of files or use that unlimited Bandwidth using over 200GB a month, you will soon find your site shut for “abuse”. You see, a huge secret in the hosting rules is the TOS known as the terms of service. Some hosts will state unlimited on their sites and in the TOS they declare unlimited as 500MB or something similar. They may also limit you to what you can store on your site, saying you are only allowed to have html files. No images, videos, or anything. Sure you can upload these files and use them, but if you use that disk space and bandwidth they will shut you down and claim abuse because you uploaded files that were not allowed. Unlimited hosts have a lot of dirty tricks like this up their sleeves always stipulated in their TOS.

Look for a host that is upfront about your limits. For a personal website, small business or hobby site 1000MB (1GB) is plenty of disk space and you should be more then fine with 10,000MB (10GB) of bandwidth. As your site becomes more popular you will use more bandwidth and when the time comes you can upgrade your package to include more bandwidth. All hosts include a control panel where you can track your disk and bandwidth usage so you know what you are actually using.

Okay so we got your requirements, your budget and what hosts to look out for. Now it’s time to actually find your potential hosting company. You may have a web companies in mind, which is great. If not ask around with friends and family to see if they can recommend anyone or someone to avoid. Do a Google or yahoo search if you are up to it, you will find hundreds of thousands of potential web hosts. Generally in the top results on Google are “Hosting review sites” they can provide you with helpful information in narrowing down hosts, but always take the reviews with a grain of salt. These sites are often paid to post certain kinds of reviews by the hosts themselves or they are linked to affiliate systems where they get paid if you sign up with a particular host. However you find your possible hosts is up to you.

Once you have a list of web hosts you are interested in, it’s time to research them and evaluate them. First make sure they offer a package that meets your budget. Then contact the hosting company, email the sales department or submit a sales ticket in their customer support panels this should be easy to find. Let them know you are a potential client, and you are interested in their services. Ask them any questions that may be on your mind, or to clarify what exactly their hosting packages include, ask about their uptime, response time to support tickets and so on. If all else fails simply ask them that if you out-grew your plan, if you could easily upgrade to a bigger one. Generally the answer should be yes, but what you are actually testing here is their response time. You want to see how long it takes for a host to respond to your inquiry. This is a good test to tell how fast their support could be
Next do a Google search on them, enter the companies name and then add review to the end (example: hostingcompaniesname.com review) this should pull up at least a few reviews that should help you know what you are getting into with this company. Remember always take reviews with a grain of salt. Even very reputable companies will have a bad or negative review. Try to find as many reviews as you can.

Check out their guarantees, many hosting companies offer a 15, 30 or even 45 day satisfaction guarantee. This means you can try them out for that amount of time. If you don’t like them, you can get a full refund and find a new host! Always make sure to find and read the fine print on these offers to make sure there are no catches that could bilk you out of a refund should you not like their service. Also make a note to find out whether or not a host has an uptime guarantee, this will give you a rough guide on how much downtime you could expect from a hosting company, this means how often your site *may* be inaccessible. Industry standard is generally 99.9% this means your website *could* be down for as long as 45 minutes in a month. Be wary of hosts that say their uptime is 100% as it’s a fact of technology that something will at some point fail and need to be repaired or replaced. Avoid any host that offers a 95% uptime guarantee because 95% means your site could be down for as much as 30hours a month! This is not acceptable it today’s standards.

Look for additional or bonus features. Some hosting companies offer extra’s like a free website builder tool, one click script installation for many useful programs like bulletin boards, word press, and many other things. Keep an eye out for extra’s like $25 or $50 worth of free advertising credits on sites like Google’s adwords or facebook advertising.

See whether or not the company backups your website. Should their server fail or hard drive crash, your site is gone! If they have backups at least you know in an event of a disaster they will have a backup of your site for you. On this note, always make sure you backup your own website. I cannot stress enough on how important it is to backup your own website. Never rely on anyone else to do it for you. Some companies may claim they do this for you then when a disaster hits, they don’t have your backup and your site is gone. Or should you happen to wake up one to find your website and your host has disappear or gone out of business, you will have minimal downtime because you have your site backed up. This is a MUST for EVERY web site owner. Having the hosting company do it for you is only an added benefit and the third backup just in case.

If you follow these steps, use a little common sense and understand that no one can offer you unlimited anything, especially for a few bucks a month, you are well on your way to finding a good, solid host that will serve you well for years to come.

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Locating Managed Dedicated Server Hosting For Your Website

Posted in dedicated server, Web Hosting by palcomonline on December 14, 2009

If you have been online for an extended amount of time, then you probably know a thing or two about blogs and websites. You might also know that blogs are hosted on a web server, which is simply a computer that holds your sites files and is connected to the internet. When someone wants to access your site, they simply type the url into the browser address bar.

Lets say you want to start your own blog about stamp collecting but am unsure what you need to get that blog live. Well there are a couple of routes that you can go with depending on what your needs are.

We need to ask a few questions first.

* Is my site going to use a lot of media?
* How many visitors do you think will visit your site in a month?

Its pretty tough to judge site visitors at the get go because this depends a lot on your marketing efforts and the quality of your content on the site. Its important to know how much media your planning on using because if your site uses lots of video and pictures you’ll have to get hosting that has a lot of memory and bandwidth per month. The next consideration is whether you need dedicated managed server hosting or non-managed dedicated server hosting. Basically, the only difference is whether you take care of the servers or if the hosting company takes care of the servers.

If you elect to go the non-managed route, then you will need to be a little more tech savvy then your newbie computer person. For those of us that don’t have much experience running servers it is best to choose the managed dedicated server hosting. This way if anything goes wrong with the server or there are technical difficulties, they will get taken care of quickly.

Alright, so you know what kind of hosting you need. Now its time to find the best managed dedicated server hosting for the best price. This is not really one of the easiest things to do because there are a lot of choices out there for hosting. A lot of hosting companies give similar packages and comparable rates.

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How to Trust Cheap Dedicated Hosting Plans

Posted in Uncategorized by palcomonline on December 10, 2009

If you are looking for a cheap dedicated server, you should be careful when comparing packages. Things to consider are operating system, data backup and monitoring service, hardware options, space, bandwidth and technical support. Ask the hosting providers to give you a few websites for references, read hosting reviews before you sign up and be sure that the price is affordable. We know that the dedicated servers on this site are the one that will give you the most reliability and flexibility for your money.

Do your research because getting that financially friendly, cheap dedicated web hosting plan will be easy. The list above will be able to guide you, otherwise you can conduct an advanced search to specify your hosting requirements.

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Web Hosting Provider Palcom Web Hosting Services

Posted in Uncategorized by palcomonline on December 10, 2009

Web Hosting Service is a kind of Internet hosting service. It allows organizations and individuals to provide their own website accessibility, through the World Wide Web. There are companies known as web hosts that provide space, for use by their clients, on a server they own.

They also provide internet connectivity, usually in a data centre. Web hosts can also provide internet connectivity and data centre space for servers that they do not own to be located in their data centre, which is known as collocation. Service scope varies widely.

The most basic one is the web page where files can be uploaded by means of the File Transfer protocol (FTP) or through a web interface. Typically, people can also obtain web page hosting from other service providers.

Normally personal web hosting is either free or cheap. Business web hosting costs are little high. Single web pages are normally used only for personal web pages. If a complex site is required it needs a more comprehensive package that provides data base support.

There are many different types of web hosting services like free web hosting service, shared web hosting service, cloud service, Reseller web hosting service, collocation web hosting service, etc. Nowadays Web hosting service is provided by many web hosts.

Here’s my favorite link:
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We want you to be assured that you will receive the best professional personal, e-commerce or small business best web hosting service.

A shared web hosting service or virtual hosting services.

We provide you with the best Web hosting, dedicated servers for small and mid size reliable Web hosting plans and services.

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When You Should Buy-Private Dedicated Hosting Servers

Posted in Uncategorized by palcomonline on December 4, 2009

You can take the decision of migrating to a dedicated web hosting server due to critical hosting factors. You may have a sensitive software that’s distributed over the internet, you may be controlling a quickly growing startup which lead to greatest ability on a shared hosting account. The end result is the same – you’re ready for a dedicated server. Then, what’s the next step?. With the wide variety of dedicated and virtual hosting server packages which is available everywhere, it will take a few study to be certain that you will take the dedicated or virtual private server that is fulfilling your goals

You will face two principal factors you have to determine when you evaluate a dedicated server collections, and they are very much connected to one another. The first one is: what will you be using your server for, and the second question is: what’s exactly the operating system which you will want to be installed on your own managed server. Taking into account some features, like delivering website pages for web users, either Windows or Linux should accomplish functions superiorly. Both the UNIX based Apache web server and Microsoft’s Internet Information Server have been attracting the majority of website owners for many years.

Taking into account other more particularized web applications, Windows or Linux environment will be necessary. You have to decide and build a full list of the required software needs to run on the dedicated server you intent to buy and make sure you are selecting the right OS that you’re choosing the right OS.

It’s an awesome idea to involve any other demands for your operating system in your potential list. It’s expected to discover that you need more RAM for your application to function properly after installing it on your server.

Managed dedicated servers means that the webmaster will not carry any responsibility for the server maintenance tasks like installing or re-installing the operating system or restarting the server or any related management tasks. However, it is a better idea to have some familiarity with the system which you selected to install on the server, unless you determined that you will not manage your server yourself in any way. Windows operating system and Linux take different approaches to things like file systems, root directories, and other classic conventions, so, understanding the OS you’re using can make things easier.

Take into account too that a powerful advantage of a managed server is the extent of support you receive, so be sure to take advantage of that.

As with the support quality allowed to you, your private managed server will give you more special tools and services. That will involve such tools as some hosted applications like Sharepoint and Microsoft Exchange, also some management services like managed backup, managed firewalls and load balancers.

The well-done services that a hosting provider will be able to supply his customers for unbeatable availability and efficiency for a very low price it should need to accomplish manually. The hosting company can give a proficiently worked services for unbeatable performance and accessibility for a very low price that would need to be fulfilled in house.

Dedicated hosting gives serious webmaster a big amount of power, flexibility, and control. In addition to normal shared hosting features, dedicating hosting add more values like add on services and cost savings that boost both user experience and server operations. Outsourcing has become critical to successful online business plans. Therefore, dedicated hosting may become a difference maker between success and failure.

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Managed Web Hosting

Posted in Uncategorized by palcomonline on December 4, 2009

Managed Web Hosting
We offer what we like to call Flexible Managed Hosting Services on all of our dedicated servers. Flexible Managed Hosting Services give you the ability to pay only for the managed services that you need. For those looking for a fully managed hosting solution, the managed hosting offers a completely hands-off approach to web hosting, where all critical services are managed by palcom technical team.

Custom Managed Hosting and Services

Since 1998, Palcomweb has been exceeding industry level standards of management and support. Clients have come to rely and depend upon our professionalism and helpfulness from the smallest to the most complex of issues. Palcomweb provides a robust, FREE server management with all of our new dedicated servers and offers customized options for management to give you the peace of mind hosting that you need and deserve.

Our relationship with the customer begins long before the Operating System is installed on the server. Our highly trained and qualified staff begins every client engagement with a thorough needs analysis in order to determine the best solution.

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