Web Servers – Features and Prices

What is a server?

A server is simply a program running on a computer that computes the request of other programs. These requests generally come from a client and that client can use the same computer or connect to the server via the internet from a remote location.

What kinds of servers are there?

There are numerous servers available and each one is defined based on its uses. Servers range from game servers and file servers to proxy servers and web servers with numerous others in between.  Since almost every action on the internet requires the user to interact with some sort of server, you can imagine how important and diverse servers are.

Which server should I need for my website?

When it comes to websites, you will always need some sort of hosting. This ensures that your site is always up and can handle the traffic/queries/ and requests from the visitors. Web servers are used for this service and can be hosted on server computers from anywhere in the world.

You can find free servers and free hosting for your site, but it is recommended that you use a paid server if you plan on having a successful site or if your site has a lot of data or traffic.

Different characteristics of Web servers:

  • Bandwidth – is a bit rate measure of available or consumed data communication resources expressed in bits/second or multiples of it (kilobits/s, megabits/s etc.). This is a measure of data transfer and it is expressed in bits per second (bps). Good bandwidth for a server would be unlimited.
  • Hosting space – this is the amount of room you are allotted for the files stored on the server. You can easily find servers with unlimited hosting space.
  • Email accounts – For servers this is where you can make as many email accounts as you’d like on your server and read them from the Control Panel.
  • Domains – Quite a few servers offer unlimited domains for their users.
  • MySQL databases – MySQL is a relational database management system that helps you manage all of your data for the server (like registered users).
  • CPanel – This is a user interface for the admins and owners of the server so that all of the features of the server can be managed.
  • Uptime – Servers sometimes crash, go offline, or experience other technical issues. This can be a problem when visitors come to visit your site and they are not able to access it. Making sure you have a reliable server is essential.
  • Customer Support – Having a server that comes with 24/7 customer support is very handy as you will sometimes encounter issues and a quick resolution is necessary.
  • Support of a variety of scripting languages (ie php and perl) – This is excellent for programmers and scripters who prefer to use a different scripting language.

Where to get a web server

So you decided you want a server but need to know where to find one, well below is a list of the top sites that offer these services. Also included is the price they charge and some of their features.

1)      http://www.hostmonster.com/

Features – Unlimited Space & Bandwidth, Host Unlimited Domains, Unlimited E-mail Accounts, Free Domain, cPanel, Google Adwords credit, Free Site Builders, WordPress, No outsourcing.

Price – $8 per month, specials at $6

2)      http://www.ipage.com/ipage/index.html

Features – Unlimited Disk Space/Bandwidth and Email, Free Domain, Free Security Suite, Free Site-Building Tools, Free Online Store, Free Yahoo & Facebook Credits, Powered by green energy

Price – Regularly $8 per month, specials low as $3

3)      http://www.justhost.com/

Features – Unlimited GB’s of Space, Unlimited GB’s of Transfer, Unlimited Domain Hosting, Unlimited E-Mail Accounts, Unlimited MySQL Databases, FREE Site Builder, FREE Domain Name, FREE Instant Setup, Anytime Money Back Guarantee

Price – $7 per month, specials at $4

4)      http://www.hostgator.com/

Features – Unlimited disk space and bandwidth, Free site builder, Control panel, Free website templates, 99% uptime guarentee, 24/7 support, Google Adwords credit

Price – $4 per month

Difference Between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress is the top blogging site on the internet and has almost 60 million users! In fact, you are currently reading a blog hosted on wordpress open source CMS right now!

WordPress is a unique (and free) open source CMS (content management system) that is used by millions as an application to publish their blog. WordPress utilizes PHP and MySQL and can be altered depending on which WordPress you use.

One of the biggest confusion for newbies is the difference between ‘two types‘ of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org . When it comes to setting up your blog site you need to carefully examine the features of each of these before you continue as they have striking differences.

WordPress.com

The basic difference between WordPress.com and WordPress self hosted solution (downloadable from WordPress.org) is that your blog will be hosted on the servers provided by WordPress (an organization started and run by Matt and wordpress is free) and you can enjoy all of the preset templates, easy to use control panel, and efficient blogging tools as you create your own site. Below is a list of the main pro’s and con’s for WordPress.com:

Pros

  • Free and easy to set up with tutorials and guides available.
  • WordPress automatically backs up your blogs, updates itself, guards against spam, and has a secure login.
  • You host on WordPress servers which is much easier since you don’t have to maintain it.
  • WordPress uses hundreds of servers so your blog will likely never go down.
  • You can get additional traffic from various features on WordPress such as ‘blogs of the day’ and more.

Cons

  • You can’t install plugins (plugins are an EXTREMELY useful tool and add limitless customization and personalization).
  • You have to pay a significant amount of money for a ‘premium’ account.
  • Your domain name will be a sub-domain, so the URL will look something like : <subdomain>.wordpress.com , which may not suit you if you are planning to start the blog for official / professional intent.
  • And yeah, you cannot have ads on the site, not even Google Adsense.

WordPress.org

The downloadable WordPress package from WordPress.org is for people who are a bit more technically savvy and have their own means of hosting. It is generally used by people who want a successful site and plan on using ads, and a lot of customization instead of the standard blog. Take a look at the pros and cons below:

Pros

  • You are able to download Plugins! These are an incredibly useful feature as they can literally have ANY function!
  • Limitless customization opportunities with downloadable themes, ability to completely create your own theme, and plugins that can add buttons, forums, and even customize each page.
  • You can use your own domain and rid yourself of the annoying ‘WordPress.com’ brand.

Cons

  • You have to host your site yourself which generally cost anywhere between $5-$12 a month or more.
  • You have to back up your blog and manage all of it yourself without the aide of WordPress
  • If you have a high traffic site then your private server might not be enough to handle it and will crash.
  • If you have no skill with computers and applications like WordPress you will likely mismanage your blog and it will fail.

As you can see there are significant differences between both WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Each one maintains strong positive features but you, as the user, need to identify your specific needs and choose one wisely. Whichever you decide will limit your blog in certain ways which could be good or bad.

TeamViewer – Only LAN Connections Possible Problem – How To Solve?

Recently Nishanth posted this query:

Hi,

Teamviewer was working perfectly when i was accessing my desktop remotely on my wifi connection at home.Now that i live far away from home whenever i switch on teamviewer on my laptop to access my home computer it shows a message in green “Only Lan connections possible”.

What exactly is the problem ?

Original link.

If you are using TeamViewer Version 3.6.4606 or above, then a new feature was introduced “Option to allow LAN connections only (turns off Internet access)“. Strong possibility is that you have turned of this option, unknowingly, which is preventing you from connecting to your partner over the internet.

To check if you have accidentally turned this option, go to TeamViewer Advanced Options and check if you have clicked on the “LAN Connections only” checkbox. That should solve your problem.

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5> How to remove TeamViewer.

How To Format My San Disk’s Micro SD 2 GB Memory Card

I’m Unable To Format My Micro SD 2 GB Card

Query:
I bought a 2 GB Micro SD card from San disk. It was working fine for a while, however, one day when I plugged it into my laptop I was unable to read any data from it. When I check the properties it shows zero byte free space and zero byte used space. If I try to format it, it doesn’t work. Any solution ?

Answer 1:
Actually, I had a similar query recently,the properties of the memory card was zero byte free space and zero byte used space, and the user was unable to format the memory card.

Most of the times this situation points that the memory card is corrupted beyond repair, however, I came across this format tool which can be used to resurrect your corrupted tool.

Download the HP Disk format tool from the following link, and once downloaded install it on your system. Make sure your card reader is plugged to your laptop / desktop / PC, and plug your memory card into the card reader. The card reader will detect your memory card, and once it does, you can format your memory card.

Let me know if this works.

2GB Memory Card Shows Free Space – 0 Bytes And Used Space – 0 Bytes

How to repair my Memory Card which shows free space as 0 bytes and used space as 0 bytes ?

Query:
I have a 2 GB memory card which is corrupted. I tried formatting the memory card, but I’m unable to. When I check the properties of the memory card it shows both free space and used space as 0 bytes. Is there any way I can repair my memory card ?

Answer 1:
The chances of repairing your memory card seems very slim. It seems like your memory card is completely corrupted and hence neither can it be repaired, nor can you retrieve the data from the card.

Answer 2:
Well there might be some good news. I just found a partition tool that can format your corrupted memory card. This is the direct download link to the partition tool.