How To Pick The Right Address For Your Website

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A company is only as good as its weakest link, something that is often its web server. The directories and fancy wording can confuse you at times, if you are not a web programmer. Frequently, when there are too many confusing choices, we just pick any old thing. This article will help you to identify your real web page hosting necessities.

Find out which kinds of sites your web host offers. Most free hosting services offer only pages that are static, you are not given the option to use your own programming language and scripts. If your goal is to be creative, innovative, and unique, you might want to find a paid option instead.

Before committing to a single website hosting service, explore all of your options. Make sure you look at recommendations from a variety of sources.

Register any domain names you wish to use at an accredited registrar, not through your web host. You want to ensure you always retain control of the domain name. You will have no control over your domain registration but your host will.

When considering a particular web host, ask them about the security measures and protections they have set up. In this society, websites can be exposed to attacks and other risks, and there are many ways in which this can occur. It’s best to make sure the host has procedures that allow them to deal with common threats, like DDoS attacks. Determine what likely consequences will accompany malicious attacks on your provider.

TIP! If your knowledge of design is limited, look for hosting providers with excellent customer service. As a beginner, you will find that you have many questions as to how to utilize certain features of the web hosting package.

Be sure to allow for the future growth of your website when choosing a hosting service. While a simple HTML page is small, as soon as you begin adding pictures, video, or other media, the size can balloon quickly. You need about 100 MB to adequately develop your site.

When deciding on a web host, choose a provider that tracks your traffic statistics for you. Add your own visitor counter on your site, and compare your visitor count to the one provided by your host. This helps you as an online businessperson to customize your information as you market to your niche.

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Do not believe in a host advertising any kind of unlimited services. Unlimited in one area might mean serious restrictions in another. This might just adversely affect your business goals. Unlimited bandwidth claims may simply mean a tiered rate structure. Get all the information about plans upfront, and don’t take the word “unlimited” literally.

TIP! You will want to check on the reputation of a web hosting company. This is important.

Free web hosts are available if you’re looking to save money. The drawbacks to this kind of hosting includes limited server space, and ads being placed on your site. If you need to maintain a professional look for your website, though, avoid this kind of website hosting.

The host you decide to choose should provide support for all programming languages you are currently utilizing, and plan on using in the future. If there is no support for the language you use, it will be much more difficult to launch your site successfully. Also, if you intend to add languages in the future, your web host may not be capable of supporting them. Switching web hosts can be extremely tedious.

If getting more visitors to your website is important to you, chose a web host which incorporates SEO. A SEO feature will allow your site to be registered with multiple search engines. That said, submitting your sites manually has some advantages, particularly that you can enter a site description that will entice visitors to click on your link.

TIP! Make a list of all the programming languages you and your team are liable to use, both now and in the future, when developing your pages. Make sure your web hosting company supports them all.

Do not select a host based solely on the price. You have many different options to chose from. Do not be swayed merely by a good price, as there is much to consider. Be certain you are getting the best melding of price and function that you can get for your site.

Now that you have a better understanding of website hosting and what they do, you can now read their contracts, and have a much clearer idea of what options will work best in your favor. If you’ve already registered for your hosting plan and are on a contractual agreement, you can still get everything ready for a clean port while you prepare the IT guy.

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Outsourcing Backup? Top 5 Challenges You Need to Address

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Outsourcing comes in different forms, from call center to the entire data center. Now there are companies that are outsourcing their backup infrastructure; this is not moving their documents and databases to the cloud, but rather than having someone monitor backups, manage tapes etc., like a full-time backup administrator would do.

As is the case in all tasks we perform, we need to be aware of what challenges await us from start to finish. Here is my top 5 questions that I recommend my clients to ask themselves when they are outsourcing their backups.

What is Your Historic Data Growth? What are Your Predictions?

Whether you are considering outsourcing your backup, evaluating your backup strategy or planning for purchasing a new storage system, you need to know your data growth plus your company’s growth strategy. Since backup is directly related to your data size, knowing your data in detail is your starting point. You then need to know such things like your company’s growth strategy, such as opening new branch offices, hiring more people, entering different markets, mergers/acquisitions and expanding to new business areas. Putting down everything on paper will make you see everything from a broader point of view and will make your solutions more solid, not only from a backup perspective but also for your future IT support.

In terms of outsourcing your backup, all these information will boil down to your outsourcing contract: during the contract time the contractor needs to know the size of the data, consider additional investments such as purchasing new hardware or reevaluating existing licensing terms and the like. Since you are offloading your data’s risk to another company, they need to be informed about the known future.

Is Your Contractor Fit for Your Business?

“What an obvious question” you may say until you face an unfit contractor. A company that has a proven track record of small and medium-size businesses does not mean that it will be successful in an enterprise.

One of my clients faced this issue when they finalized their contractor and began the outsourcing project. Immediately in the second day they were stuck because the contractor did not know about SAP’s transaction backups. Although the contractor was fit for the small and medium-size businesses taking SQL backups, they failed when the company asked them to backup SAP’s transaction logs; they did not know why or how they would take transaction log backups.

Or in another case (another client, another contractor) the contractor did not have full knowledge of Exchange Database Availability Group (DAG) infrastructure. He tested an Exchange 2010 environment in his office without DAG implementation and all went fine. When he faced with 70+ mailbox databases, he could not find a working solution to backup Exchange databases for some weeks.

When choosing your contractor make sure that he understands your environment fully. As a medium-size business you do not need enterprise-level backup service or from another point of view,  if you are an enterprise, you cannot work with a contractor that is only fit for a medium-size business.

Is the Chosen Backup Hardware Sufficient?

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The responsibility of backing up the data is enormous and it is tempting to outsource it. But know in advance that outsourcing backup is very very challenging.

“What an obvious question again” you may say; at the very least it is written on the contract isn’t it? Yes, it theoretically is, but not practically. If the contract has a clause that says the contractor is responsible for the hardware until the end of the contract and will be delivered to the company at contract’s termination, then it is the company -you- that also has a say in the hardware. At least you need to consider the reasons of such purchase, if everything is chosen just for cost purposes rather than company’s strategy, then at the termination you will be left with lower grade equipment. If your data center uses better grade equipment, you will also need to think about integrating inferior hardware to your existing infrastructure and probably with an inferior support.

On the other hand, it can be you, not the contractor, that has unfit hardware. What would you do if the contractor brings in storage systems with 10 Gigabit fiber connections where your switches cannot provide more than 4 Gigabit? Or a system with a couple of 10 Gigabit ethernet adapters and your infrastructure is stuck at 1 Gigabit? You get  the idea: it is also an opportunity to evaluate every piece of hardware during the process, which you did not think about during your daily routine.

Is the Chosen Backup Software Fit for Your Environment?

Again a seemingly obvious question that brings lots of trouble when not properly addressed. If your Exchange environment is more critical to your business than a file server (I have some clients that explicitly say this is the case) and item level recoveries are a must, then the backup software should be capable of both backing up and restoring individual Exchange items – e-mail, calendar entries, tasks, notes, contacts etc.. And if the chosen backup software is not capable of doing this, no matter what world-class enterprise backup software is that, it is not suitable for your organization.

Your vendor may not be aware of your specific requirements. Make sure that you have brought everything to the negotiation table and make sure you guide your contractor with those key issues. The contractor may choose a backup software that he thinks is enterprise class, but if it is not capable of meeting your key requirements, it is useless.

How will you ensure your data security?

It is tempting to outsource backup; eh, why would you bother with the tedious, relentless job of managing backups, tapes, disks which brings no knowledge in return, consumes man hours, lowers productivity, puts an enormous stress on your shoulders? On the other hand, outsourcing backup is essentially giving your e-mails, files, financial data, corporate secrets to body else. You may say that the contractor agreement is bound by the terms of the contract, especially the nondisclosure part. Correct, I agree but I also say that you need to think a bit more about your data security.

How about creating a user for the contractor for backup purposes and creating another user for restore purposes? This will add another layer of security to the backup procedures and make the contractor realize that he cannot make restores without proper permissions and cannot make restores any time he chooses to.

These are the most prominent challenges I have seen when companies outsource their backup systems to contractors. What are your challenges? Hit the comments below!

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