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VPS Hosting / VPS Hosting Or Dedicated Hosting?
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:33:47 AM »
These days, web hosts are like mushrooms sprouting everywhere, all of them claiming to be the best. As such, it will be very hard for you to determine which one can really keep up to its promises. If finding the right host is not a big problem yet, wait until you get to the part where you have to choose among the different hosting types. You have to know the attributes of each hosting type and learn how everything works.

If you plan to launch an e-commerce website, then the free and shared types of hosting are automatically ruled out. These hosting types do not have enough power to handle heavy web traffic and an overwhelming amount of user requests. If your business is like a corporation as big as Microsoft, then you may want to buy your own server and opt for colocation instead. For small to medium-sized online businesses, the two best hosting options are VPS (Virtual Private Server) and dedicated. Which of the two is more fitting for the project you have in mind? To find out, let's compare the features and capabilities of Dedicated hosting and VPS hosting.

Dedicated Hosting: The No-Holds-Barred Kind of Hosting

If there is only one user taking control over and utilizing the power of a single server, then that is dedicated hosting. In dedicated hosting, your host will give you one of the servers kept in their datacenters. There are two kinds of dedicated hosting, unmanaged and managed. If you choose to hire an authorized personnel from your hosting company to apply upgrades and maintain your server, then that is managed hosting. Meanwhile, if you wish to be the one to take care of your server to save some money, then unmanaged dedicated hosting is for you.

A website that expects heavy traffic and promises an interactive experience to its users need a dedicated server to survive. Dedicated hosting can provide very large amount of disk space, bandwidth, and a long list of web features that you can't find in lower hosting account types. Since you don't have to share valuable web resources with anyone, uptime performance is 100% guaranteed. Dedicated hosting even has a custom firewall that acts as a barrier for unauthorized access, giving hackers no opportunity to mess up with your website. For webmasters whose top priority are security, reliability, and stability but do not have the budget for a colocation service, then they should choose dedicated hosting.

VPS Hosting: The Hybrid of Shared and Dedicated Hosting

Let the truth be known: dedicated hosting is costly. However, this doesn't make shared hosting a better option because its cheapness entails a list of undesirable characteristics. Hence, VPS is the best option.

VPS hosting is like the combination of shared and dedicated hosting. It has a quality of shared hosting since the server is shared by multiple users. However, it also has the characteristic of a dedicated hosting -- it can provide the same features and perks found in dedicated hosting. This is because in VPS hosting, a single server has been partitioned using a specially designed software. The computer software makes it possible for each portion of a single server to supply power equal to the power a dedicated server can supply. This is called virtualization. Simply put, VPS hosting allows you to use dedicated hosting-like service at a lower price.

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VPS Hosting / Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS)
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:32:26 AM »
A virtual dedicated server or virtual private server (VPS) is the technique to offer one of the methods of partitioning a server computer so as in can be made available to multiple users. That way, each server would have the façade as well as the capabilities of being able to run on its own on a dedicated computer or machine. With every vps hosting, there would be a developed operating system, which could independently run as well as reboot each server.

This kind of specific hosting is actually not a new technology. It has been in common practice for mainframe computers. Virtual dedicated server technology was born with the improvement of several virtualization software as well as technologies for the other architectures. Overall, it acts as a kind of bridge between the shared hosting services. Probably the biggest advantage in using a virtual private server would be the lower cost compared to dedicated servers.

As you make your selection for the appropriate company, these questions might be able to help you out with the one which you should select.

1. What are the host's specifications such as the CPU, RAM and network thorough put?

2. How many VDS would be running on the host server, which you would be on?

3. How would resource contention be handled? For example, what would happen if the other virtual dedicated servers on the host that you are using were running processes that are CPU/RAM-intensive?

4. Lastly, would you have a dedicated minimum RAM/CPU/Network usage amount? How much?

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VPS Hosting / How To Choose VPS Hosting Provider
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:30:50 AM »
So, you have decided to rent an Virtual Private Server (VPS)? That is smart idea since VPSs are cheaper than dedicated servers and for most hosting users they will be very adequate. But, you here you might find some tips how to choose your future VPS hosting provider.

First, it is good idea to choose hosting provider which has some experience, which exists for some time and has some nice reviews. You can find reviews of particular hosting company by searching for “company name review” at search engines (with or without quotes). If you don't find any review, it smells that company is fresh. With new (start-up, fresh) companies there are some possible disadvantages and some possible advantages (less probably). There is greater probability that start-up hosting company won't exist after 6 months. You probably don't want to spend much time setting your VPS and 6 months later to stay without it. You probably want stable company which can keep your service for years if not decades. So, it might seem as a good idea is to choose older company which has some reputation (good reviews). Young company might experience some problems in beginning – with their default server setups, unexpected network unavailability or similar. At the other way, sometimes young start-up company might be quite good, since they might fight hard to get new customers. Good way to get customers is to be good to existing customers so they recommend your service further.

Also, depending of your needs, your background in computers and your budget, you should define do you need managed or unmanaged server. With unmanaged server, setup of the system is on your own. Your hosting company's support will help you resolve some smaller issues, but don't expect much. They will help you resolve issues which depends on their default server setup. With managed server, you can say to your hosting company – please setup application you need to the VPS and they will do it. You can ask them to do maintenance, to do backups etc.

If you are not profound in Linux and don't want more expensive managed server, you might decide to find Windows VPS, although we strongly recommend Linux platform, since it is cheaper, more able to customize to your needs, with better community support at the Internet, etc.

You should know your needs to be able to choose VPS hosting plan – how much memory you will need, how much computation power, how much hard disk and how much bandwidth. It is good when VPS hosting company provides cheap upgrades if you need more any of those. Stay away from companies which don't publish any of these data clear for their VPS hosting plans.

Quality of support is very important thing. Some companies have support 24x7 and it is very important to be able to get answer from support if your VPS stops working. You don't want unexpected outages. If company has support only during working hours, it might happened that you have to wait till morning until they fix the issues and in the meantime you might loose much money due to unexpected outages. So, better choose VPS company with 24x7 support.

In the end, budget is something which usually determine what you will choose. If you have small budget, you might decide to choose some cheaper hosting company, although they are new (fresh) company without many reviews, they don't provide 24x7 support or they maybe don't have fastest servers.

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VPS Hosting / Virtual Private Server (VPS) Web Hosting
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:29:04 AM »
For those webmasters whom desire more control over their website hosting environment, virtual private server, or VPS web hosting is a viable alternative. The extremely low cost web hosting service provided by shared hosting has it's limitations. Because a single server is home to possibly several hundred websites, some of their resources such as CPU, disk space, and bandwidth have to be shared by all of the individual hosting account customers. These shared resources normally are not necessarily an issue for small to medium sized sites. The major limitation is the restraint of control over system level software such as http servers, mail servers etc.

You don't have options such as being able to select a different operating system and you cannot compose programs or do administrative functions like putting Spam filters or firewalls in place. For most of you this isn't a problem because you either don't know how or don't want to do that stuff anyway! The majority of website owners don't have any interest or the skills to deal with this sort of work and are content to leave it to the hosting company. Those who want or need more control over their server situation or desire to try out new software, however, can attain this level of management with a Virtual Private Server.

A virtual private server (VPS) is a physical server that has been split into several virtual machines by software. Each of these divisions acts as an autonomous dedicated server. The physical resources such as RAM, CPU and disk space are still shared, but each VPS acts independently of the others. Each VPS can even have a different operating system and can be configured any way you want. The central asset of VPS is that it lets each VPS administrator have access to the root level of his virtual server. This accessibility allows the web master to install and remove software, set permissions, and create accounts. You have the same control as if it were a “real” server. In addition to allowing you a greater degree of control over your hosting environment, a VPS is more secure than shared hosting. If a hacker were to gain access to the root of a shared server he could wreak havoc on any or all of the websites on that server. A VPS is sub-divided in such a way that even if a hacker were to obtain entry through one account, he could not get to the others. Each VPS is invisible to the others and there is no way to set up root level access from one VPS to another.

The most common configuration of virtual private servers ( VPS) is to evenly divide all of the physical resources by the number of accounts. So if there are 10 virtual servers, each would be allocated 10% of the total bandwidth, CPU, memory and disk space. The control that a VPS account provides can get you into a real mess if you don't understand what you are doing. You are capable of deleting files, setting permissions improperly, allowing virus-laden software on the system and, in general, really putting your website in jeopardy. If you don't have the skills necessary to administer a server, or are not able to get assistance, VPS is not a wise choice for you. If your website has grown beyond the capabilities of shared hosting, then, VPS may offer an affordable option to dedicated hosting. Be certain to ascertain how system resources are divvied up, how many VPS accounts are on each physical server, how you upgrade if needed, and what the choices of operating systems are.

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VPS Hosting / VPS Web Hosting Explained
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:27:29 AM »
If you have grown your websites to a point where they attract thousands of visitors per day you will need to think about more powerful hosting options than shared or reseller hosting. If you cannot afford a dedicated server at this point but require the same performance and stability, then VPS (virtual private server) hosting may be the best solution for you.

VPS hosting consists of a server divided into multiple isolated accounts, and each VPS account has its own independent operating system with it's own web server and mail server resources, no sharing here. Just like a dedicated server, you can have access to all configuration files within your account which means a greater ability for you to install and run custom software should you choose to.

In addition to providing more control over your hosting environment, VPS hosting accounts are more secure than shared hosting accounts. If a hacker were to find access to a shared server he could damage any or all of the websites on that server at once. But because a VPS server is divided into isolated accounts, even if a hacker were to gain entry through one account there is no way to access the others.

More experienced webmasters may wish to manage the technical aspects of their VPS accounts, but this can be a time-consuming and complicated task. It's little wonder many people prefer to have their VPS hosting accounts fully managed by the hosting provider. Usually you'll pay a few dollars per month extra for this, but this can free up your valuable time and energy to concentrate on content and website promotion.

You can expect to pay $40-$60 per month for an entry-level, fully managed VPS hosting account and this will allow you to run multiple sites from one account just like a reseller account. You'll be provided with an operating system, control panel, your own allocation of RAM memory, plus large space and bandwidth resources. A minimum of 256MB guaranteed ram is suggested in order to run your control panels and database driven sites smoothly. For higher traffic sites consider 384MB or 512MB of guaranteed ram or more.

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VPS Hosting / Virtual Private Servers Compared to Shared Hosting
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:26:26 AM »
Most internet marketing websites nowadays are hosted on a shared hosting server account. A dedicated server is the best form of hosting on the market but it is still expensive for the average internet marketer -price starts around $40/month. A much cheaper alternative to dedicated server is a virtual private server -VPS. A dedicated server is dearer because all the costs of the hardware is only shared by one person compared with VPS where there can be 10 or more customers sharing the resources.

VPS is in fact a mix between a dedicated server and a shared hosting account. With a Virtual Private Server you still share system resources like the CPU and memory with other users. VPS acts like a dedicated server because the file system is set up in such a way that users cannot tell that the system is being shared. Each VPS can be rebooted independently and executes exactly like a dedicated server for its users and applications. It has it’s own root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files. Virtual private server is much more powerful than the traditional shared system. VPS is more secure unlike shared server where one can actually figure whose site is hosted on the server. The major drawback of shared hosting is that, if one of the website goes down because of a bug in the system, there is a high probability that all other websites on shared hosting account will also go down. This will not happen on a Virtual Private Server since each websites are independent of each other.

There are limitations to having shared hosting services and the biggest one is you cannot usually compile or install any script or software. Many shared hosting company nowadays put limitations on number and frequency of cron jobs running. Some hosting companies have even banned popular script like RSS2Blog because shared hosting cannot cope with server resources needed for the software. Such limitations do not exist with VPS and dedicated servers - the users are in total control of the server.

Virtuozzo control panel, allows easy management of the virtual private server. You can reboot your server at one click.

A few years ago, Virtual private server used to be much more expensive than shared hosting. Nowadays you can even find VPS hosting cheaper than shared hosting. VPS hosting now starts as low as $12 per month.

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VPS Hosting / When to Choose VPS Hosting
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:25:35 AM »
There are different types of hosting nowadays – shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting are most known one. This article is aimed to help you choose most appropriate hosting type for your business.

Shared hosting is good for users which don't have particularly needs, who usually use standard technologies and don't have many hits on its server daily (less than 3000 is definitely OK). But if you use some especial technology which usually isn't supported by shared hosting providers, than you have to choose VPS or dedicated server.

VPS and dedicated, no matter what people say, are quite similar. When one work with them, he probably don't see difference. The only frequently visible difference is that with some VPS technologies you cannot change the kernel of its operating system.

Some VPS hosting could be even faster than dedicated hosting. Quality VPS hosting providers puts up to 16 users on one physical computer. That computer could be much faster than average dedicated server (with dual and quad processors/cores nowadays, probably with 8 or 16 processors/cores in future). It might be four to eight time more computation power than cheap dedicated server. Using that data it seems you will get 1/2 to 1/16 of computation power of dedicated server. But, in practice if your VPS provider don't do overselling of their physical nodes it might be better, since most users won't use much of their computation power. Also, other users will have peak in usage, but all that would allow your VPS more computation resources when needed, so in practice you are able to achieve almost same performances as with dedicated server. But, don't forget that some VPS hosting providers do overselling and they use cheap servers as physical nodes (as fast as crappy dedicated servers) and put many (approx. 50 or 100) users on one physical computer and performances get degraded. To conclude, if shared hosting don't suit your needs because you need special software, faster response or more computation power, first thing one should consider is VPS hosting. If you are quite sure that you need really big computation power (have many users, probably more than 10000 a day) and you have budget – you should go with good dedicated server to achieve better performances as possible.

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VPS Hosting / Web Hosting - The Difference Between VPS and Dedicated
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:24:53 AM »
Shared hosting is no longer an option. Your website receives now a lot of traffic and there are quite a few visitors online making SQL requests in the same time. Your web host is concerned that you are hogging the shared server and make the other customers unhappy. They are asking you to move to a VPS or a dedicated server.

This is a common scenario and a desired one; the need for an upgrade usually means that your website has become popular. Let's see what VPS hosting is, what is the difference between VPS and dedicated web hosting and let's try to figure out what's the best solution.

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and can be the first step from "leaving" shared hosting, if you don't want to manage a dedicated server. Virtual Private Servers provide you with root level access to the server while having the simplicity of a shared hosting account. VPS hosting is usually cheaper than dedicated hosting even if you're not in charge of managing the server, but that's because dedicated servers usually have better hardware configurations.

The VPS is like a dedicated server except that you "own" only a part of the server's resources (CPU, RAM, etc.). This is done by creating "layers"; at the base resides the standard host operating system, next is the virtualization layer with a proprietary file system and a kernel service abstraction layer that ensure isolation and security of resources between different virtual environments. The virtualization layer makes each virtual environment appear as a standalone server. Finally, the virtual environment itself houses the application or workload.

So, the main difference VPS-dedicated is that with a VPS plan, you will still be sharing the physical resources (but you will enjoy the freedom of a private server) compared with a dedicated plan where you have the web server all to yourself. If you are at the "limits" of your shared account, maybe a VPS is a better benefits/costs choice than a dedicated account, because you don't need yet a whole server. If you estimate a rapid growth of the website then consider jumping directly to dedicated to avoid moving again in the near future.

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VPSs (Virtual Private Servers) allows hardware to run at a higher utilization rate. They are cheaper since usually they have less power costs than one physical server.

Their maintenance is still more expensive since it is difficult to patch all virtual servers running different operating systems on different physical servers which still needs separate maintenance. All maintenance on higher amount of systems must be done quick so maintenance time is as low as possible.

It might be difficult to make backup of one arbitrary software. Security issues are more complex in VPS providers than in dedicated server providers. There are two layers of security : both physical server security and VPS security. VPS monitoring might be more difficult than dedicated server monitoring.

VPS requires usually more expensive drivers like multi-port network adapters and more physical connection than dedicated server. There are some more management problems since you will use more Ethernet cables and network equipment like switches.

VPS providers tends to need more IP addresses than dedicated providers. If you have only 100 physical computers with 20 VPS on each it is still 2000 IP addresses. Also, physical system which runs more VPS might have very high number of packets per second (PPS) though network. It is difficult to manage large number of IP addresses, MAC addresses etc.

There are sometimes software licensing advantages when running VPS. Some software licenses are by number of physical processors or physical computers and therefore they are cheaper when you can divide its price by number of VPS on one physical computer.

VPS performances nowadays are very good with overhead less than 5% on some modern virtualisation software like Virtuozzo. But, disk I/O performances might have bottlenecks due to more disk fragmentation.

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Today, domain names are no known as the web addresses. Profitable companies have made their domain names the brand and name of their company. You can get your own domain name by getting domain registration information so that you will know the important tips on how to get the best domain names.

Web site owners use their company name for their domain names so that it can be easily remembered by the users and to keep them coming to the sites frequently. They will also come up with a unique domain name easily.

Choosing the domain name is very essential in domain registration information which can be use for the rest of the site. Consider domain names important like the names of your own product and company name. Company and brand names are original so it will surely make the domain name available for use too.

Important domain registration information that you can use to put the whole planning process of your domain name are discussed here.

Choose between branding and the keywords in picking the best domain name. This probably difficult process to determine but you need to know that this should be your first step since everything will follow to it. Changing names is not advisable so that your frequent visitors will not get confused. Some instance are that they will be directed to your new site and this may or may not bring a favorable cause to your site since some visitors may not want to be pointed to other site. Others are too lazy while some may not understand what to do. Having a standard domain name which you will use throughout the years or as long as your site exists is the best solution you should do...CONTINUE

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Domain Registration / Domain Names Explained
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:15:17 AM »
If you are totally new to the internet then you may not realize that the web address you type into your browser is known as a domain name. A domain name is an easy way for humans to understand and navigate the internet.

A domain name is a string of characters used to make a name. There can be up to 63 characters in a domain name which can consist of all the letters in the English alphabet plus the numbers zero to 9 and the hyphen or dash symbol. The name can consists of a mixture of these characters but they cannot start or end in a hyphen. The hyphens are used to separate words within a domain name to make them more readable for humans.

All domain names must have a top level domain suffix. The top level domain extensions are the characters at the end of your domain name after the last dot. This extension is used to describe the country or type of website that the domain name represents. The most popular top level domain extension is com and this will probably continue to be so for some time due to it's ingrained relationship with the internet. Web business's are mostly referred to as dot com's.

Domain names can be purchased from a domain name registrar. Domain name registration is a process of registering a domain name, much like you would register a new car or the birth of a new baby.

The cost of domain name registration will vary depending on the registrar and the domain extension that you choose. To register a dot com name you should expect to pay about ten dollars for a years registration. You can register a name for up to ten years and you would usually expect to get a small discount for this.

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Domain Registration / Cheap Domain Names For Sale
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:14:55 AM »
Domain name is the identity of any individual and business on the web. If you want to have a fabulous domain name of your own, you should start finding cheap domain names for sale immediately. Various domain registration firms offer domain names at affordable rates. All you need to do is just find out the most appropriate domain names. Earlier domain registration firms used to charge hefty amounts to the domain name buyers. But, with more and more companies selling domain names, the prices have gone down drastically. Now any web aspirant can have his or her own domain name. But, you need to act fast if you want to grab the best domain names at the most affordable rate.

The demand for domain names is always on high. Everyone wants to get hold of the best domain names before anyone else – the competition is fierce. So, the moment you have decided to go for a domain name for your business, you need to launch a massive hunt for the right domain names. And don’t delay to register as soon as you find the most suitable one. To a buy a domain name, you don’t have to have a Web page. The registration ensures that your rivals can’t own the domain name. The name will be exclusively yours. The domain name price has plunged so much that anybody can how have domain registered.

Cheap domain names are everywhere on the Internet nowadays. Doing promotion on the web has become quite economical. Business owners around the globe are now eyeing the web to make an impact to the larger online marketplace. However, it’s advisable to always consult friends and experts before opting for a particular domain names. The domain name you prefer to go for must be an easy-to-spell and appropriate one.

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Domain Registration / What Is A Domain Name
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:14:33 AM »
Domain name, what the heck? Probably there is millions of people exists out there who doesn't know or indeed have no idea about what domain name is. They aren't jerks, just because they didn't need to know what domain name is. You can fall in that category; even if you don't why don't we give a second look at domain names? Domain name is a name that can identify a web site in the World Wide Web. In web there has to be a way to identify each different web site. So the easiest way was to give a name, just as like as we call each other by our names. But it is bit different from our names. Every name has something to add on, as you have probably visited www.yahoo.com you can see 'www' followed by 'yahoo' and 'com' separated by comma (.). Now 'www' stands for world wide web and .com .net .info are domains. With 'yahoo' together they call as domain name. Domain names can be may types like .com .info .co.uk etc.

Domain name registration. You have to register your domain name to create and publish a site in World Wide Web (internet). In the past it was extremely difficult to find out affordable domain name registration. All domain name registrars used to charge around $70 to register your domain name for 2 years. ituation has changed now. Many new company offering domain name registration at an affordable cost. Some will register your domain name for less then $15 for a year. Especially if you are registering multiple domain names for multiple sites for a number of years at the same time.

Domain name registration process can be confusing if you are a first time buyer. Literally there are number of terms to worry about. But according to many experts and even to those who have gone through the process of domain name registration said domain name registration process is such an easy and quick procedure. It is easy if and only if it is coupled with the effort and interest of both the domain name consumer and domain name registrars. About domain name consumers, it is indeed true that they play a great part in the domain name registration process since it is in their hands that the success of the domain name registration depends. Of course the domain name registrar play a part in the domain name registration process for the fact that they are ones who have the power to amend and control the domain names.

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Domain Registration / How Do I Register A Domain Name?
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:13:47 AM »
You can register a domain name by going to any of the worldwide domain name registrars. As long as the domain name is still available, anyone will be able to register a domain name for himself under normal circumstances.

Some of the popular domain name registrars are as follows:

http://www.godaddy.com

http://www.namesecure.com

http://www.hostway.com

Generally, you can register a domain for under USD$10 per year! Do not pay more than that for a domain name! There are some very established domain name registrars that provides domain name registration at rates which are 3oo% to 400% more expensive than the other popular registrars!

If you need to register a country specific domain name such as donaldlim.com.sg or donald.sg, you can go to any of the local registrars based in Singapore to submit your request for a localised domain name registration. Some of the registrars that offer Singapore-specific domain names registration are as follows:

http://www.webvisions.com

http://www.pacific.net.sg/business

http://business.singtel.com

If you are registering a Singapore specific domain name. you will need to have a company or business registration number with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore, also known as the A.C.R.A. This is a governing unit of the Singapore government. The mission of ACRA is to provide a responsive and forward looking regulatory environment for companies, businesses and public accountants, conducive to enterprise and growth in Singapore. You are required to have a business presence in Singapore before you can register a Singapore specific domain name. More details about A.C.R.A can be found at http://www.acra.gov.sg

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Donald Lim is an Internet Business Coach that teaches individuals on how to create new Internet Businesses on a tight budget. He knows exactly how to leverage on the Internet to help individuals and businesses market their products and services. Armed with the valuable knowledge on the most cost effective and proven ways to generate publicity and revenue online, he can help anyone start an online presence or leverage on an existing one to increase profits generated online. He is also the founder and owner of Nu Edge Technologies (http://www.nuedgetech.com), a leading IT and web services provider based in Singapore.

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Domain Registration / ICANN Registrar: jp-Domains for Anybody
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:13:23 AM »
Cologne, October 10 2004. ICANN Registrar Secura announces today, that the company is now accepting the registration of jp-domains from companies and individuals outside of Japan.

The jp-domains are the domains of Japan. The jp-domains belong to the popular domains in Asia.

You need a local contact to register these domain. ICANN accredited registrar Secura provides automatically this local contact in the registration process, if you have not a registered business in Japan.

There are domains at .jp and at .co.jp. You have to pay for the more attractive domains at .jp 300 US-Dollars per year.

It is paradox: But you have to invest 4000 US-Dollar in the first year, if you want a co.jp-domain, as you need for a co.jp- domain a Japanese business licence. In this price of 4000 US-Dollars is not only the co.jp-domain, but the business licence, the contacts with japanese authorities, the translation and everything else included.

ICANN accredited registrar Secura has access to the registration system of jp-domains. Secura can register a jp-domain at once, if the domain name is available. https://www.domainregistry.de/jp-domain.html

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Domain Registration / Domain Name Search
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:13:01 AM »
When you need to check who registered a certain domain name, you can perform a "WHOIS" lookup. This will allow you to view all the data that is in the public domain, about the ownership of a certain domain.

One of the place were you can perform a domain name lookup is: "http://www.whois.ws/". All you have to do is input the domain name, and press "search".

Next you will get all data that is in the public domain on an "as is" bases:

1) Whom provided the registration service;

2) Whom registered the domain name;

3) Whom is the administrative contact;

4) Whom is the technical contact;

5) The status of the domain;

6) The domain name servers used;

7) The creation date of the domain;

and 8) The expiration date of the domain.

This information gives you the details of a specific domain name. How ever the registration service provider can choose to limit the data released into the public domain, for example to limit competition. Please note that is prohibited to abuse this information, to send unsolicited e-mail, and also to recompile your own database. In order to prohibit automated re-use of this information a security key needs to be added to every single search at some websites, before you get the result.

F. Heymans invites you to visit Domain--Hosting.Hegatrading.Com where you can register your very own domain name. When you visit domain--hosting.hegatrading.com, you will be able to select a domain name, that suits your goal. To get your own domain name today, register at: Domain--Hosting.Hegatrading.Com/index.php

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Domain Registration / Cheap Domain Name Registration
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:12:38 AM »
Are you looking for some of the companies on the web that offer cheap domain name registration? Well, great! For your interest, here are a few of the sites online where you can find cheap domain name registration. Just note that these sites are noted in this article for the reason that they really are considered to be the best and trusted sites that offer cheap domain name registration. So, find them here.

Cheap Domain Name Registration at LuckyRegister.com At LuckyRegister.com you are guaranteed to have a cheap domain name registration which you won’t regret. This site is considered to be a portal for affordable domain name registration since recently offered their domain name registration for the extension .com with the price of $7.85. Aside from that, their domain name registration fee for .us is about $7.75, and for .biz is $ 4.95. Also, this cheap domain name registration portal offered their free starter page plus other free options along with those cheap domain name registration.

Cheap Domain Name Registration at DynoNames.com Another great site for cheap domain name registration is the DynoNames.com. In this site, you will definitely find an affordable domain name registration along with a private domain registration services. So here you can get a private domain name and registration to protect you from internet scams for only $8.95 per domain name. By getting their cheap domain name registration, you have the absolute control over your domain name and it is nice to know that all of then registered domain names are registered in your name. Even if the service is just considered as a cheap domain name registration, the process is fast, simple, and secure.

Cheap Domain Name Registration at Cheap-DomainNames.com As the name obviously implies, it is no doubt that this site offer a cheap domain name registration. Well, it is a great opportunity for you to get a cheap domain name registration with the price of only $4.95 per domain. Aside from that domain name registration that is cheap, you can also have free 24 hour support, free domain forwarding, free domain locking, free status alert, and free total Domain Name System control. So if you want to experience thrill and excitement to your registration, then you better go for this site, for they have really cheap domain name registration plus free services. And just like the DynoNames.com, this particular affordable domain name registration site guarantee you with safe, simple, and fast processes.

So what else are you looking for? You should go for one of those above mentioned sites.

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18
Linux / How to Use Linux Command Names
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:18:25 PM »
There are over 130 Linux distributions (versions) and they can be administered (managed) by Linux Graphical User Interface (GUI) utilities - or by using Linux commands.

Linux GUI utilities give you a "point-and-click" interface for doing Linux administration tasks, like working with the Linux file system (to make directories and copy files), and to create Linux users. However, they are slow and awkward to use - and even worse, they are different from one Linux distribution to another!

On the flip side, Linux commands are virtually identical from one Linux distribution to another. So, when you learn a Linux command in one Linux distro, that same command will work in all 130+ Linux distros.

However, new Linux users often have difficulty learning how to use Linux commands to administer the Linux OS (operating system). This is because most Linux training materials are poorly written by Linux techies that don't know how to write in plain English for people new to Linux.

Linux Tips: When you get Linux training, don't spend time learning Linux GUI utilities - learn how to use Linux commands, even though they are a bit harder to learn than GUI utilities.

Linux Command Names

Linux command names are often an abbreviation of what the command does. For example, the rm command stands for remove.

Linux command names and command options are "case sensitive". Lower case letters need to be typed in lower case and vice versa. You must type in a Linux command and the options of the command, exactly as shown.

Linux Tips: Be sure to put a space between the Linux command name, its options, and what the Linux command is being run "on", such as the name of a file.

Linux Command Name Examples

Here are some Linux command examples. The task is described and then the Linux command name is shown.

make (create) a directory - the Linux command is md

create new Linux users - the useradd command is used for this

search the Linux file system for information - the Linux command is grep

see the "type" of a Linux file - the file command displays this information

see the names of new Linux users, currently working on the system - the Linux command is users

find Linux directories and files in the Linux file system - the command for this is called find

Linux video tutorials are an easy and fast way to get Linux training and actually "see" how to use Linux commands.

When you watch a Linux video tutorial, you get to see, hear and do! You see and hear how to run a Linux command and you can even pause the presentation so you can run the Linux command yourself!

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Linux / Linux Quick Start - How to Get a Linux Desktop
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:17:11 PM »
The Linux OS (operating system) is very commonly used as a "platform" (or foundation) on which to run some type of Linux server, such as a web server or file server. And so some people don't realize that Linux can be installed and used with a desktop!

You can run Linux with or without a desktop. And when it's going to be used as some type of Linux server, it's often installed and run without a desktop - as one is not needed on a Linux server.

As a new Linux user getting Linux training, be sure to run Linux with a desktop. Having a Linux desktop makes it easier to run Linux software programs and run Linux commands.

3 Ways to Get a Linux Desktop - So You Can Easily Run Linux Software and Run Linux Commands

1. Using a Linux Live CD / DVD

If you decide to get Linux as a "live" CD / DVD version (which is a fast and fun way to get Linux running), be sure to get a live CD / DVD version that boots to a Linux desktop.

2. Running Linux in Windows as a Virtual Machine

If you download a free Linux virtual machine to run Linux in Windows, be sure to download a version that includes a Linux desktop, as some Linux virtual machines don't include a desktop - and installing a Linux desktop afterwards can be a real hassle and very time-consuming.

    Linux Tips: Check the web site where you get the Linux virtual machine to see if the version you are about to download includes a Linux desktop.

3. Installing Linux onto a Computer System from CD or DVD

When you install a Linux distribution (version) on a computer system, some automatically install one or more Linux desktops and other's don't. Again, be sure to select one or more Linux desktops during the installation process.

    Linux Tips: Two of the most common Linux desktops are the GNOME desktop and KDE desktop - and sometimes you can install both of them (or others). If you can install more than one desktop, be sure to do so. When you go to log in to Linux after the installation, you can select the desktop you want to use. This will allow you to try out different desktops and see which one(s) you like best!

Once you get Linux and can boot to a Linux desktop, you can use Linux video tutorials to get easy Linux training and learn how to use Linux step-by-step!

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Linux / Benefits of Learning Linux Commands To Do Linux System Admin
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:12:54 PM »
New to Linux? Need to start your Linux Training?
Here's why it's so important to learn Linux commands.

5 Benefits of Learning Linux Commands for Linux System Administration Tasks

1. You Learn Linux Commands Once for All Linux Distributions!

Linux commands are virtually identical from one Linux distribution (a.k.a. version, distro) to another. So when you learn a command in one Linux distribution, it works the same in all Linux distributions.

    Linux Tips: We are referring to the very popular Linux commands (a.k.a. GNU / Linux commands) that are common to all Linux distributions. This includes the essential Linux commands that are required for Linux system administration, like: cd, pwd, ls, cp, mv and mkdir.

2. Linux Commands are Fast and Powerful

Many Linux distributions include "point-and-click" GUI utilities that allow you to do the equivalent of Linux commands, but these are very slow and cumbersome to use.

In contrast, you can very quickly run a single Linux command to do the equivalent of: starting and running a Linux GUI utility - and then clicking about ten times to do the same thing.

3. Linux System Administration is done with Linux Commands

Because Linux commands are the fast and easy way to do Linux system administration tasks, they are used for Linux system administration, rather than using a GUI utility.

    Linux Tips: Linux commands may be trickier to learn than using a "point-and-click" GUI utility, but once you learn them you will be able to work much faster and you will be in demand!

4. You Can Learn Linux System Administration for All Linux Distributions at Once

If your career goal is to learn Linux system administration, when you learn Linux commands, you are learning how to use Linux as well as learning how to do Linux system administration - for all Linux distributions at once.

5. Now You Can Easily Learn Linux Commands - By Watching Linux Video Tutorials.

In the past, people usually read Linux books to get Linux training or went to a Linux course in a classroom. But now you can get easy Linux training by watching Linux videos.

Although Linux commands are considered difficult to learn, you can watch an excellent set of Linux videos and see how to use Linux commands, step-by-step. You just watch a bit of a command in the video tutorial window and then switch to Linux and try the command yourself!

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Linux / Getting to the Linux Command Line From a Linux Desktop
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:12:14 PM »
When you are new to Linux, you can make learning Linux easier by using a Linux desktop. This is because it's easier to run Linux software programs and run Linux commands from a Linux desktop.

To run Linux commands from a desktop, you need to open a terminal emulation window (a.k.a. Linux terminal or Linux console). Once you've opened a Linux terminal, the Linux command line prompt appears and you can run Linux commands.

    Linux Tips: The Linux command line prompt is also known as "CLI", for "command line interface". And Linux commands are also known as "Linux terminal commands" and "Linux console commands".

With over 130 different Linux distributions (versions) to choose from, running several different Linux desktops, it may seem confusing to open a Linux terminal. But there are basically three easy ways to open a Linux terminal and get to the Linux command line prompt - so you can learn how to use Linux commands.

3 Ways to Open a Linux Terminal Emulation Window (Terminal / Console) from the Linux Desktop

1. Look for an icon that looks like a computer screen and click on it. Some desktops don't have this icon.

2. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and a menu will appear. Look for an item on the menu named "Linux terminal", "Linux console", or similar - and select this item.

3. Look through all the menus (and submenus) on the desktop for the words "Linux terminal", "Linux console", or similar, - and select this item.

After you've opened a terminal emulation window, you'll see a Linux command line prompt. This prompt may appear like this ]$ or it may look different on your system.

You can see all the steps to open a Linux terminal and how the Linux prompt appears for several Linux distributions by watching Linux video tutorials - the easy way to get Linux training!

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Linux / Booting to a Linux Desktop and Opening a Terminal
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:11:45 PM »
To learn Linux concepts and get Linux training that you can understand, you need to understand Linux terms - the Linux "lingo".

Articles with names ending in "Linux Concepts & Terms", have been created to help you learn Linux "geek-speak" (terms) - and this will help you learn how to use Linux!

Booting Linux to a Linux Desktop

As a new Linux user, the easiest way to work with Linux is by booting to a Linux desktop. A Linux desktop provides an easy method of running Linux software programs, by double-clicking on icons or using menus on the desktop.

A Linux desktop also allows you to easily open a terminal emulation window to run Linux commands.

Using a Linux Terminal (Terminal Emulation Window)

A terminal emulation window is also referred to as a "Linux terminal", "Linux console" or just "terminal" or "console".

    Linux Tips: When you are new to Linux, use a version of Linux that has a desktop installed and that boots to the Linux desktop. Many Linux servers are set up to simply boot to a Linux console Login: prompt - and not a Linux desktop.

To run Linux administration commands, you need to work as the root user. However, for security reasons, you should never log in to a Linux desktop as the root user.

Working as the Root User to Do Linux System Administration Tasks

To work as the root user from a Linux desktop: log in to the desktop as a regular user, open a terminal emulation window and run the su command, with the - (dash) option.

Now imagine watching a Linux video tutorial that shows you how to: log in to a Linux desktop, open a terminal emulation window on the desktop to run Linux commands - and explains why you use these different methods of getting to the Linux command line prompt.

You can watch a friendly, easy, step-by-step, presentation that shows you all you need to know - explaining all the Linux concepts and terms along the way - easy Linux training all the way!

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23
MySQL / Create a simple hit counter using PHP and MySQL
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:25:04 AM »
In this article I describe how to use PHP and MySQL to produce a simple counter that can be placed on a web page. PHP and MySQL work very well together, and this article shows, hopefully, how easy they are to use to produce a useful little utility.

In order for the counter to work, the web server you upload the files to needs to support PHP and MySQL. Most good hosting solutions do.

You can download the various scripts used to produce the counter from the following web address: http://www.computernostalgia.net/counter/counter.zip. The scripts are also listed below.

The counter needs a database called 'counter', a table in that database called 'countertable', and a field in the table called 'count'. If you want to use a different database, table, or field name, make sure you change the appropriate references to these names in the scripts.

Files

The zip file (counter.zip) contains the following files:

    * create_database.php
    * create_table.php
    * reset_counter.php
    * counter.php

Note that for display considerations, in the following listings, opening and closing angle brackets for tag names ('<..>') are replaced by opening and closing square brackets ('[..]').

create_database.php

This script creates a MySQL database called 'counter'. Upload this script to your web server and run it first to create the database.

[head][title]Create MySQL Database[/title][/head]
[body]
[?php

//This script creates a database on the MySQL server.
//The name of the database is counter.

//Connect to MySQL server
$link = mysql_connect("localhost");

//If you need to supply a username and password, then use the following line
//of code instead of the one above, substituting the correct username and password.
//$link = mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");

//If the connection cannot be made, display an error message
if (! $link)
die("Cannot connect to MySQL");

//Create a database called counter
mysql_create_db("counter")or die("Error: ".mysql_error());

//Close the connection to the MySQL server
mysql_close($link);
?]
[/body]


create_table.php

This script creates a table (countertable) in the counter database. The table has one field, called 'count', which can store an eight digit number. This allows a counter value up to 99,999,999. Upload this and run it once the database has been created.

[head][title]Create Table in Database[/title][/head]
[body]
[?php

//This script creates a table (countertable) in the database (counter).

//Assign the name of the database (counter) to the variable $db.
$db="counter";

//Connect to MySQL server.
$link = mysql_connect("localhost");

//If you need to supply a username and password, then use the following line
//of code instead of the one above, substituting the correct username and password.
//$link = mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");

//If the connection cannot be made, display an error message.
if (! $link)
die("Cannot connect to MySQL");

//Select the database. If the database cannot be selected, display an error message.
mysql_select_db($db , $link)
or die("Select DB Error: ".mysql_error());

//Create a table called countertable in the database.
//The table contains one field: count, which should allow up to 99,999,999 hits
mysql_query("CREATE TABLE countertable( count INT(8))")or die("Create table Error: ".mysql_error());

//Close connection to MySQL server.
mysql_close($link);

?]
[/body]


reset_counter.php

This script sets/resets the counter to zero. Upload this and run it to initialise the counter to zero. You can run it at any time to reset the counter to zero.

[head][title]Reset Counter[/title][/head]
[body]

[?php

//Point your browser at this page to set/reset the counter to zero.

$db="counter";

$link = mysql_connect("localhost");

//If you need to supply a username and password, then use the following line
//of code instead of the one above, substituting the correct username and password.
//$link = mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");

if (! $link) die("Cannot connect to MySQL");
mysql_select_db($db , $link) or die("Cannot open $db: ".mysql_error());

// Set the counter to zero
mysql_query("INSERT INTO countertable (count) VALUES ('0')");

//close link to MySQL server
mysql_close($link);
?]

[/body]


counter.php

This is the actual counter. The code in this file should be pasted into the web page that will contain the counter (or it can be run on its own). This web page, which will typically be part of a web site, must have a .php file extension, otherwise the PHP code will be ignored by the web server.

[head][title]Increment Counter[/title][/head]
[body]

[comment]
Include everything below this comment (down to the closing body tag) in the page
on which you want to put the counter.
[/comment]

[?php

//Set database to counter
$db="counter";

//connect to server and database
$link = mysql_connect("localhost");

//If you need to supply a username and password, then use the following line
//of code instead of the one above, substituting the correct username and password.
//$link = mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");

if (! $link) die("Cannot connect to MySQL");
mysql_select_db($db , $link) or die("Cannot open $db: ".mysql_error());

//Increment counter
mysql_query("UPDATE countertable SET count=count+1");

//extract count from database table
$counter = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM countertable");

//Display counter. If you want to change the appearance of the counter, edit
//the following table and font settings.
print "[table border=1 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=0 width=80]";
while ($get_count = mysql_fetch_row($counter)){
print "[tr]";
foreach ($get_count as $field)
print "[td align=right][font face=arial size=2]$field[/font][/td]";
print "[/tr]";
print "[/table]";
}

//close link to MySQL server
mysql_close($link);
?]

[/body]


That's it!

About the Author: John Dixon is a web developer and technical author. He enjoys developing database-driven websites using PHP, Perl, and MySQL. John is also interested in anything to do with computer history. Visit http://www.computernostalgia.net/listDo ... utline.htm to see the current list of computer history articles on his site. To find out more about John, visit http://www.dixondevelopment.co.uk.

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MySQL / Converting Microsoft Access Databases to MySQL
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:22:59 AM »
For small and large database projects, Microsoft Access works wonderfully. If you have a database with hundreds of thousands of records, maybe even connecting to other databases remotely, Access will work just fine. Security isn't too much of a problem (no Access database is truly secure), and with a wide range of options for publishing and reporting on your data, in many cases Access is as good as it gets.

That is, until you try to put it online. That's where converting your Access database to MySQL comes in.

While Microsoft Access is great as a desktop solution, it weakens greatly when transferred online. The limits on users and speed still exist, and it's not built to work well on platforms other than Microsoft. Unfortunately for Microsoft Access, most web servers run a form of Unix, not Windows.

Enter MySQL.

MySQL is a relational database system designed specifically for use online and housed on the most common servers online. It's fast, robust, clean, free, and fairly intuitive to work with as long as you have a very solid understanding of all things SQL. Converting to MySQL from Microsoft Access isn't without it's set of problems, however there are a few things you can do to make sure that this conversion goes smoothly.

1. Organize and clean your Microsoft Access database before converting to MySQL! This can't be stressed enough and it's pretty much the sole reason your conversion from Access to MySQL will fail or succeed. Think of upgrading from Access to MySQL like a complicated high-wire act. If one person has trouble going across that wire, chances are making him ride a bicycle across it while balancing a ball on his nose will only end up in disaster ... and a broken bicycle. Re-design your Microsoft Access database if you have to, but be absolutely sure that your database is designed flawlessly.

2. Set up your MySQL database. Just as making sure your Access database is designed flawlessly, your MySQL database must be designed just as flawlessly. MySQL has different data types than Microsoft Access does - you won't find memo fields, for instance - so be sure that your existing data will fit into the structure you build for MySQL. Otherwise, all you're going to get is a mess of mish-mashed data.

3. Export your Microsoft Access data to text files. Fortunately, MySQL has a very handy interface called phpMyAdmin. This allows you to interact directly with your tables through a somewhat graphical UI. All you need to have are tables and fields set up that match your data, and you can click, "Import Data from Text File" through phpMyAdmin. Browse to the text file, import it, and congratulations, your data is online!

While there is certainly more details to be learned regarding the process of converting from Microsoft Access to MySQL, always keep in mind the fundamentals. Databases that are designed perfectly will circumvent 95% of the problems that generally befall poorly designed ones. Converting Access to MySQL isn't terribly difficult or time consuming, but it can be very tricky. Back up your data, make sure you've designed databases properly on both sides, and your data could be up in no time. Then, it's on to PHP!

David Badurina, President of Blue Moose Technology, LLC, is a relational database design expert specializing in turning hideous data nightmares into efficient, intuitive database applications. Watch David's database design tutorial videos right now at http://www.bluemoosetech.com.

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MySQL / What Is MySQL?
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:22:38 AM »
The internet of today is cluttered with myriad ways to create and manage a website. With sites becoming larger and more complicated, it became necessary to move beyond simple html and into more complicated languages for creating attractive and functional websites. MySQL is a database that helps in this regard.

MySQL is an open source database system which uses Structured Query Language (SQL) to operate. Databases are extremely common because they allow for a central collection of data, be it posts to a blog, a database of members to a forum, or locations of files. What the database does is organize them in such a way that PHP (or other programming languages) can use the data to assemble a site. The MySQL database uses relationships to organize data, an efficient system that is both fast and reliable. While a few years ago most sites were composed of pages of html with all the data located on the individual page, today it is common to find large portions of the site stored in a MySQL database.

However, just knowing what a MySQL database is does not grant one understanding of how or why to use one. MySQL is popular because it works well with all the major programming languages and can be installed on all the major operating systems. It is open source, so it is constantly undergoing improvement in operation and security, and is free if users follow the GNU General Public License. The most common reason to use MySQL is that it is required for many popular pieces of software operating on your web server. If you want access to these programs, you have to install MySQL. Because of the growth in popularity of sites built on and around more advanced applications, databases are becoming a necessity, and MySQL is well known as the biggest and by many is considered the best. As well, because a database takes care of organizing the site’s content, it is possible to change the site’s design without affecting its content.

Learning how to use MySQL is best done on a clean server, away from any important data that could be lost. Many servers already have MySQL installed by default, but you cannot assume. If your server does not have MySQL, you can download and install the software from MySQL AB the company which owns it. Once you know you have MySQL, its time to start exploring. MySQL AB provides an extremely detailed manual for their software, and it is the best starting point for new web administrators. It may turn out that in the course of day to day operations you don’t need most of these skills, but without them a small problem could become a very large one in the future.

Take time to learn as much about the systems that operate your website as possible. If you have an understanding of the basic system behind each piece of technology, it makes troubleshooting significantly easier. MySQL is just a part of a larger system, often called LAMP, or Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP. Find out what your server is using, whether it be Linux or Windows, Apache or Perl, and take the time to understand how and why it works the way it does.

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MySQL / Cheap Web Hosting With PHP and MySQL
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:22:18 AM »
Though its pretty obvious to assume that you get what you pay for if you chose cheap web hosting PHP MySQL. Etc... But a widely over looked point is why bite off more than you can chew?

Ok cheaper web hosting with PHP and MYSQL comes with its own limitations for example a cheaper web hosting with PHP and a MySQL database will probably have shared servers. So if you require for what ever reason to access your MySQL database from somewhere other than your own pc its likely that this will not be possible.

So if you are looking towards a more flexible and dedicated business set up, then cheap web hosting, PHP and MySQL would not be the way to go. Sometimes it pays to spend a little more per month or annually to make life easier!

Also the PHP version could be older than what is available, thus limiting you to the range of scripts that you can use for your web site creation and development. As PHP 4 is now becoming pretty obsolete and PHP version 5 is more widely used these days.

Cheap web hosting PHP MySQL is a fine starting point for those who are new to the whole thing, and only require a more basic website creation with maybe a few bells and whistles! Remember though its important to realise your limitations and knowledge and not to try and run before you can walk.

If it all sounds a little bit complicated, not to worry, there are plenty of recourses online to help you out with your choice of web site hosting, PHP and MySQL. Just type it into any search engine and you will get all the information at your disposal.

And remember if in doubt ASK, the only stupid questions are the ones you already know the answers to! So cheap web site hosting, PHP, MySQL is all fine, but know your limitations.

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MySQL / Backing Up And Restoring Your MySQL Database
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:21:56 AM »
If you've been using MySQL database to store your important data, it is imperative that you make a backup of your data to prevent any loss of data. This article shows you how to backup and restore data in your MySQL database. This process can also be used if you have to move your data to a new server.

Backing up your database

The quickest and easiest way to backup and restore your database would be to use MySQLDump. If you've got shell or telnet access to your server, you can backup MySQL data by issuing the mysqldump command. The syntax for the command is as follows.

mysqldump -u [uname] -p [pass] [dbname] > [backupfile.sql] [uname] - this is your database username [pass]- this is the password for your database [dbname] - the name of your database [backupfile.sql] - the filename for your database backup

To backup your database 'Customers' with the username 'sadmin' and password 'pass21' to a file custback.sql, you would issue the command

mysqldump -u sadmin -p pass21 Customers > custback.sql

Issuing this command will backup the database to custback.sql. This file can be copied to a safe location or a backup media and stored. For more information on MySQLDump, you can check out : http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/mysqldump.html

Restoring your database

If you have to re-build your database from scratch, you can easily restore the mysqldump file by issuing the following command. This method will not work if the tables already exist in your database.

mysql - u sadmin -p pass21 Customers < custback.sql

If you need to restore existing databases, you'll need to use MySQLImport. The syntax for mysqlimport is

mysqlimport [options] database textfile1

To restore your previously created custback.sql dump back to your Customers Database, you'd issue

mysqlimport -u sadmin -p pass21 Customers custback.sql

For more information on MySQLImport, you can check out : http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/mysqlimport.html

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MySQL / Web Hosting Php Mysql - Guide
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:21:32 AM »
Put web hosting php mysql together and you have yourself a dynamic website! Getting web hosting, php, MySQL opens the door for your business to develop in areas that your never thought possible.

Standard web hosting is fine when nothing much needs to happen to your site. Adding PHP enables you to create or use existing opt in forms or maybe a membership software package you may have purchased. You know the ones I mean. With username and password verification and all that technical stuff!

Having PHP and MySQL is the standard and most popular choice for most webmasters and website developers.

This may sound pretty obvious, but web hosting PHP MySQL do not all come as standard in hosting packages! One may not come with the other. But not only this, you must also be aware or the different versions of PHP and SQL. MySQL is a vendor for the SQL as is Ms Windows and Oracle.

Check and double check everything before committing yourself to any web hosting PHP MySQL set up. Like I said before this may seem a little obvious, but you will be amazed at the amount of people that actually over look not only the compatibility of web hosting PHP and MySQL but make the mistake in automatically thinking that they are all going to work together.

If your web hosting PHP MySQL is all in one then its safe to assume they all work together! Its when you are putting a bespoke hosting package together that the importance of making sure you kow your SQL and PHP versions.

If I any doubt at all, do not hesitate to email the company that you are considering purchasing your web hosting PHP and MySQL from. Its not good practice to think inferior of yourself and refrain from asking the simplest question regarding this type of service. Its complicated if its an unchartered area of your online business knowledge.

Not asking about web hosting PHP MySQL questions will result in many headaches and frustration not to mention valuable lost time!

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MySQL / MySQL Web Hosting Package - What To Look For
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:20:32 AM »
So your branching out into a MySQL web hosting package and your wondering where to start and which package will best suit your business.

Most MySQL web hosting packages are coupled with PHP, this enables the web designer to create dynamic web sites as opposed to the normal standard text and image web sites you probably have seen every where.

Depending on how much you are willing to spend determines the amount of MySQL databases that you get. If you are just branching out into this area of web site creation then 1 or 2 MySQL databases are enough . Besides its always better to walk before you can run in this business.

If you do not already know then a MySQL is a vendor for the SQL system. SQL stands for Structured Query Language. There are many vendors for SQL like MS Windows, Oracle etc.. MySQL is the most popular open source database server in existence. On top of that, it is very commonly used in conjunction with PHP scripts to create dynamic and powerful server applications.

Remember though when purchasing a MySQL Web hosting package that you find out if the server your MySQL is on is either shared or dedicated.

A shared server limits you to what you can do, for example a MySQL web hosting package that is hosted on a shared server, (by shared I mean used by other web sites also) you may not be able to access your database from anywhere but your own pc.

So if you have the type of business that requires you to be on the move most of the time make sure you have a dedicated server for your MySQL web hosting package. Also a dedicated server means there is less likelihood of the system crashing when you need it most! And of course the extra bandwidth space which comes with your own server.

So make sure you get the right MySQL web hosting package for your business.

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MySQL / Web Hosting For Mysql
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:20:09 AM »
If you are serious about your online business then web hosting for mysql database is a must. Mysql is a version of the sql databases. There are many to choose from, mssql, oracle ms access to name a few.

Web hosting for mysql is considered to be the most popular when coupled with php.

Normally, if you are beginning to use web hosting for MySQL for the first time, or have no other reason to choose a specific version, I recommend going with version 4.1 for new databases, which is the default MySQL on most web hosting for mysql systems.

A brief rundown of the MySQL versions currently in use are:

MySQL 5.0: This is the current stable release. New releases are issued for bugfixes only; no new features are being added that could effect stability.

MySQL 4.1: This is the previous stable release. New releases are issued for critical bugfixes and security fixes. No significant new features are to be added to this series.

MySQL 4.0: This is the old stable release. This version is now retired, so new releases are issued only to fix extremely critical bugs (primarily security issues). You may continue using databases you have in the 4.0 format, however, you cannot upgrade a 4.0 version database to one of the newer database versions. You are always free to export your data from a 4.0 database and re-import into another database of one of the newer versions.

Check when looking for web hosting for mysql because some hosting companies currently only have web hosting for mysql set up on Linux. So make sure you check this out before committing to a purchase as its difficult to get changed over!

Another thing to look out for when deciding upon web hosting for mysql is the restrictions for remote access. If your sharing a server then restrictions to your mysql database will probably apply.

I hope this helped with your web hosting for MySQL

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