What to Look for When Searching for a Web Service Provider

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Before your website launches, selecting a web hosting company is a major consideration. With the number of web service providers in the marketplace, knowing what to look for in your search saves time. It’s also helpful to know what you need from a provider to help cut through the hype. 

Or, maybe you’re looking for a change because the web host provider you originally selected didn’t deliver as expected. When searching for a new web host provider, there are basic things to look for and expect. 

Look For Web Service Providers with the Best Speeds

Today’s users expect websites to load quickly. In fact, if a site takes longer than two seconds to load, many users leave. It is also important that search engines use page speeds as ranking factors. As a result, choosing a web host provider with the processing power for lightning-fast page loads is your best bet. 

The other factor related to speed is consistency. Web host providers with limited shared resource solutions mean your site is affected by things outside of your control. If another site experiences a traffic spike, your page might be slowed down. The way to avoid this competition for resources and achieve consistently fast uploads is with a cloud VPS provider. 

Expect your web host provider to provide the infrastructure necessary for the best speeds. SolarVPS offers this advantage to customers with five state-of-the-art data centers. We built our centers with the best Juniper networks possible. Our customers enjoy connectivity via a ten-gigabit fiber upstream and diverse carrier IP transit. 

Select A Web Host Provider that Provides Maximum Uptime

Your hard work is in vain if a user visits your site and it’s down. When selecting a web service provider, check their uptime percentages to avoid this problem. The recommendation is a web hosting provider that offers guaranteed uptime. The parameter to expect is a guaranteed uptime of 99.5 percent. SolarVPS invested in the technology and infrastructure to provide our customers this maximum uptime. 

Make Sure a Web Host Provider Offers 24/7 Support

Your website is open for business 24/7, every day of the year. A web host provider needs to be available to provide support anytime you need it. Additionally, check for web service providers that offer around-the-clock support at a reasonable price or in a pay-as-you-need-it plan. 

Look for Scalable Solutions from Web Host Providers 

A scalable web hosting solution grows with your site. As your website needs increase, you purchase additional resources in increments with scalable solutions. The advantage is you aren’t paying for more than you need from a web hosting provider. 

Solar VPS cloud hosting plans are scalable and save you money while offering growth options. You purchase additional resources in increments accessed easily online. 

Web Host Providers and Pricing

Website hosting plans vary widely in cost. Some host providers lure customers in with “free” plans – but read the fine print. A web host provider offering something for free expects something in return. For example, they run ads on your site in exchange for their service. Or, the free site is actually an add-on for a larger package. Finally, free web hosting does not always offer the best performance. 

While caution is necessary for free web host offers, there are affordable solutions available. It pays to shop around for the best deal and performance. Another thing to look for from web host providers is the option of cost savings when you commit to longer contracts. 

While some host providers offer a low fee that you pay monthly, this is usually not the most cost-effective solution. The best deals host providers offer are for annual upfront payment. SolarVPS offers an annual plan, but also has the option of subscribing in shorter increments with cost savings.

Additional Features to Expect From a Web Host Provider

Web host providers offer a variety of both included and optional features and services. Depending on your website’s needs, look for options like hosting control panels and disaster recovery backups. Also, host providers like Solar VPS offer multiple IP addresses if that is what you require.

The interface provided by the web host to manage your page is another consideration. Regardless of your skill level, it doesn’t need to be cryptic or complicated. Check for examples of a web host provider’s interface panel before committing to ensure it’s simple and easy to use. 

A Cloud VPS Web Host Provider 

We offer affordable cloud-based VPS web hosting services. Our hosting packages work for websites of any size. The Solar VPS Cloud Apps on Demand is a good starting place for many new to cloud hosting. The Linux and Windows cloud hosting options we provide are also accessible solutions for any type of business. 

Users starting with a monthly package to try us out appreciate the option of upgrading to longer subscriptions. The cost savings escalate along with the number of months purchased upfront. Additionally, our customers tailor their hosting service with scalable solutions and tech support options. When you are ready for a cloud VPS web host that offers amazing speeds, vast storage options, and maximum uptime, select one of our plans online

How to Protect Against Cyberthreats

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Cybersecurity is a commonly heard phrase, but what exactly does it mean? As time moves forward, our technological capabilities advance at an exponential rate. With the new technology that comes out and continuously gets upgraded, so too do the threats that risk damaging your identity, financial security, and other factors of your life. 

Cybersecurity is the act of preventing cyberattacks and mitigating risk from cyberthreats that would damage or steal from information technology. This involves everything from bank accounts to hospital records to your smart home’s thermostat.

Here are some of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your assets from cyberthreats. 

Complex Passwords

Depending on the type of cyberthreat approach, a hacker may have to spend a long time researching and digging for data to find a password. Unlike the movies, hacking is usually not a quick operation. Using a complex password creates a significant barrier between a hacker and your data. For example, a hacker may use a phishing email or link to steal your data from another, less-secure website. As a result, if you are one of the many people who use the same password or a variation of the same password across multiple platforms, your data may be in danger.

Once the hacker has your login information for another website, they may spend time attempting to use variations of that password on a more vital website, such as your bank account. Although it can be more inconvenient, it is wise to create complex passwords that use a variation of symbols. Also, avoid using words that may be related to you or your public information, such as birthdays, the town you grew up in, and so on. Lastly, be sure not to use the same password for multiple sites. 

Update your Software

Although it might not be convenient to regularly update your operating system or device, it is certainly a critical component of maintaining strong defenses against cyberthreats. It may not always seem like any big changes have happened after one of these updates; however, behind the dashboard and in the inner workings of your device’s software, there will be patches and bug fixes that improve cybersecurity.

Similar to the advancing pace of technology in general, hackers are continually changing their tactics and finding new weaknesses in software. It is a back-and-forth struggle between developers and hackers. Hackers first exploit weaknesses in software or devices, and then developers create a fix, followed by hackers having to devise a new approach. This process repeats itself, which is why you regularly see new software updates. Additionally, that is also why it is important to regularly update your device as soon as it is available.

Lastly, if you manage a website, be sure to monitor your website’s performance and code for any sudden or drastic changes. 

Install Firewalls

Firewalls are another barrier you can create between your devices and hackers. There are some devices, such as Macs, which come with firewalls already installed. However, if you have a device that does not have a firewall or if you wish to upgrade, it is a smart step to take in order to bolster your cybersecurity. 

Firewall software works by filtering information packets that enter your private devices. Packets are small clusters of data that enter and exit your device at a rapid speed, thus receiving and delivering information from the internet. Some of these packets can contain malicious data. The firewall administrator will be able to set parameters for the packets that enter and exit the device. Packets that cross a certain restriction will be discarded. 

Monitor your WiFi

Be sure to not leave your WiFi in an open setting if you have a router. While it may seem harmless if passersby merely connect to your WiFi just to get a signal, it can actually expose you to significant risk. A person with the right knowledge can easily gain a bounty of information about you and your computer if they connect to your home WiFi. 

Additionally, you can create an encrypted and challenging password for your WiFi. This will enhance your protection and reduce risk against cyberthreats. 

If you are in public and looking for a WiFi signal yourself, be mindful of which WiFi you are connecting to. Hackers commonly go to crowded areas and set up fake WiFi names in order to get you to login. For example, at a Starbucks a hacker may set up a fake network called “Starbucks Public WiFi” and unsuspecting patrons may login for a connection while they drink their coffee. This tactic can lead to exposing your device to risk. 

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Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, is one of the most secure approaches you can take to improve cybersecurity. 2FA will require an additional security measure to be taken after you enter your initial password. This is extremely helpful in the event that your password security is breached and a hacker is attempting to steal or damage information.

For example, if you activate 2FA on your bank account login, you will enter your password and then be prompted to enter a second code. This code will be texted or emailed to you. It is more secure for you to receive a text instead, because it is less likely that a hacker will have physical access to your cell phone. On the other hand, a hacker can bypass 2FA if the secondary code is sent to your email and the hacker has breached your email account as well. 

If you have an important account or device that has a 2FA option, you are strongly encouraged to utilize it. 

Contact SolarVPS

At SolarVPS, we continually work to defend our clients against cyberthreats. If you are hosting a website or any online service, regularly monitoring and updating your website is essential for your cybersecurity. Contact SolarVPS if you would like more information about web hosting services and improving your cybersecurity. 

The Benefits of Cloud VPS Hosting

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Cloud VPS hosting is becoming the number-one choice for many technology professionals. These professionals realize Cloud VPS hosting offers numerous benefits over VPS hosting and is very affordable. 

Difference Between VPS and Cloud VPS Hosting

There are similarities between private and cloud-based VPS hosting. The differences are how they are deployed and managed. A VPS is one physical server. 

With a cloud VPS system, multiple servers are connected together in a single network, which is called a cluster. The cluster is backed up by RAID configurations. Users of the cloud have access to the virtual server, but resources are pulled together from a massive system. 

Cloud VPS Hosting is Flexible and Scalable

Cloud VPS hosting is both flexible and scalable. For example, Solar VPS allows users to purchase additional storage and bandwidth as needed. Users appreciate this flexibility and not paying for more than they need. It also provides a low entry point for a small business to get started with cloud hosting for as little as $5.00 a month. As their computing power and storage needs grow, they purchase what they need in increments. 

Cloud VPS Hosting Provides Better Performance and Increased Uptime

Another benefit of hosting with a cloud VPS is that users experience less downtime with other systems. If one physical server in the cloud system goes down, the virtual servers are automatically routed to other servers on the cloud. The result is a reliable system with optimum performance. 

Also, users on cloud VPS systems aren’t affected by slow speeds during peak usage. This is because of the large number of server resources in a cloud VPS system. And, if the load of one customer on the cloud spikes, it doesn’t affect other users due to the resources available. 

Choices Available With Solar VPS Cloud Hosting

With Solar VPS, users choose between a Linux, Windows, or app-based cloud hosting solution. They can also choose add-ons like control panels and disaster recovery backup. Further customization is offered as part of our tech support package. Customers choose between a full support plan or one that allows them to pay as they go. 

As mentioned, Solar VPS cloud hosting is a scalable solution allowing users to choose storage and bandwidth in increments. The other option we provide is with our subscription services. With both month-to-month and long-term subscriptions available, there are plans to fit a variety of budgets. 

Also, managing a cloud VPS is easy with our control panel. With our control panel, users manage pods, monitors, domains, DNS, support tickets, view bandwidth usage, and more! 

What Are the Benefits of Cloud Apps on Demand Through Solar VPS?

Our Cloud Apps On-Demand is a great place to start if you’re new to cloud VPS hosting. Cloud Apps on Demand gives access to over 260 apps and the ability to download apps in a matter of seconds. In addition, users back up and restore the apps on their own slice of the cloud via our hosting services. 

Managing Cloud Apps On-Demand is easy with our Solar System control panel. Through the control panel for Cloud Apps On-Demand, you can do the following: 

  • Install multiple apps
  • Customize your install configuration
  • Install to IP address of domain name 
  • Integrate cloud app domains with our SolarSystem DNS
  • Backup and restore individual Cloud Apps
  • Manage install domains CRON & FTP, users
  • Manage database users
  • Utilize phpMyADMIN MySQL Database Management

Why Choose Solar VPS for Cloud VPS Hosting?

Solar VPS offers cloud hosting solutions for every size of business and budget. If you thought a cloud VPS host was expensive, that isn’t the case with us. Whether you are an individual with a growing blog or an experienced developer, our robust cloud hosting services are customizable to your needs. 

We also provide the peace of mind that our cloud servers are based in five state-of-the-art network centers. These centers are located across the U.S. and Europe to provide the best cloud coverage. The network centers are designed to ensure maximum uptime for our customers. 

Visit our website to start receiving the benefits of cloud VPS hosting today! 

5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Data Centers

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Data centers help keep the world connected. The breadth of globalism’s influence on the world economy can be felt from the speed with which people are able to communicate and do business. These data centers are spread all around the world and vary in size from small facilities to massive structures. There are also a variety of facts that many people are not aware of regarding data centers, even though they provide a critical role in keeping us connected and keeping businesses moving forward. 

Here is some interesting information about data centers around the world. 

  • Artificial Intelligence in Data Centers

Data centers continuously evolve in order to adapt to new circumstances and increased workload. That also involves integrating cutting-edge technologies, such as AI, in order to increase efficiency. With keen human oversight, AI can greatly optimize data centers and their computational powers. 

For example, workload distribution is something that was primarily handled by IT teams. However, humans are not as capable of working around the clock as efficiently as an AI system. IT teams can change their priorities if they can successfully oversee an AI system in handling workload distribution. This reduces the workload on the IT teams, thus reducing the human margin of error and allowing them to perform other tasks. 

Additionally, AI can perform predictive analytics. These analytics can be performed using more metrics and at a substantially faster speed than humans can perform them. AI systems focused on predictive analytics can learn a company’s patterns and determine supply/demand logistics before demands are even made. 

Overall, a well-maintained AI system can mitigate staffing issues. In the US, there is a shortage of employable people who have training in IT systems and data center management. As the employee field catches up to produce more people with these skills, AI can fill the gaps. AI systems can also perform tasks such as routine server maintenance, system checks, and updates/patches.

Lastly, given the nature of what AI is capable of in data centers, cloud VPS computing is inherently a task it is well suited to manage. 

There may be a day far in the future when data centers are run entirely by AI systems. However, for now, there must still be human oversight and people who can perform tasks that a computer cannot yet do.  

  • Largest Data Centers in the World

The largest data center in the world is located in Langfang, China. This center comprises 6.3 million square feet in total. For a size comparison, the US pentagon is 3.7 million square feet. The facility in China is overseen by the Range International Information Group. 

In comparison, America’s largest data center is 3.5 million square feet. It is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This facility is run by the SuperNAP. The location was picked in order to reduce the chances of encountering natural disasters. 

There are also other areas where data centers may be smaller, but are highly concentrated. The highest concentration of data centers in the US is in the New York/New Jersey tri-state area. The second concentration is in California.

  • Renewable Energy

Data centers use huge amounts of electricity in order to keep people connected around the world. An average data center uses approximately 100x more energy than a regular facility of equivalent size. That is enough electricity to power a small town. The electricity usage of an average data center is also almost half of its operational costs. 

As technology in the renewable energy field has advanced, so too has the realization that integrating renewable energy is a cost-competitive choice. Established businesses that intend to maintain their data centers for decades have discovered that they will save more money in the long term if they use methods such as solar panels to produce their electricity. 

Additionally, the businesses that run data centers realize the value of renewable energy in general. Considering how significant electricity costs are for these facilities, they recognize the necessity of reducing that expense in order to increase their profit margins. They also strive to use renewable energy as it is good for the planet, but also placates a growing concern among customers who are worried about global warming. 

Large businesses have aimed to collaborate with the EPA and business partners when it comes to renewable energy. Businesses have begun developing unique and complex contracts in which energy is traded or exchanged. This has increased the efficiency of electricity usage between the different parties. 

  • Data Center Usage is Huge

Approximately ⅓ of data passes through the cloud VPS of a data center. There are approximately 3 million data centers in America. There are roughly 8.4 million data centers around the world. Around 85% of American households have a computer, and approximately 75% use the internet for some purpose. 

As technology becomes more efficient and thus more readily available to people in all economic situations, there will be more data that passes through data centers and cloud VPS. This continuous advancement of technology usage will require continuously optimized and upgraded data center technology. 

  • Data Centers Use Water Cooling

It may seem counterintuitive for a facility that is filled to the brim with expensive electronics to use liquid as a cooling system. However, liquid cooling is one of the most efficient and cost-effective strategies to maintain safe temperatures in electronics. The heat capacity of liquids is significantly higher than other materials. 

There are different types of technology used to cool electronics in data centers. Some systems involved transferring heat to a liquid and then transferring the heated liquid away. Other systems involve immersion of the electronics into liquid. Liquid cooling is also a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of maintaining optimal temperatures. 

Contact Us for Questions About Cloud VPS

If you are curious about how to optimize your data center, consult Solar VPS. We offer a variety of services that you can use to ensure your cloud VPS is operating properly and efficiently. 

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How to Recognize Web Abuse And What To Do About It

Different web hosting services may inadvertently find themselves providing service to entities that are engaged in web abuse. The concept of web abuse covers many different topics and can range anywhere from cyberbullying to committing fraud and spreading malware. The internet exists in all our lives to varying degrees. Today, we are constantly plugged in. The more exposure people have to the internet, the higher the likelihood that one may encounter web abuse in some form or another.

Here are just a few different types of web abuse, how to identify them, and how to report them. 

Cyberbullying

This form of abuse can lead to serious consequences for the parties involved. As people have increased access to the internet, especially students, the opportunities for cyberbullying increase. This form of abuse is more commonly seen on social media websites or any other platforms in which people may interact with one another, such as online video games.

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, 73% of students said they experienced bullying in 2020. Additionally, four out of five students stated they experienced cyberbullying in some form. Two-thirds of these students stated that the bullying made them struggle in school.

It is clear that cyberbullying has a significant impact on those who endure it. If you see something that you suspect may be cyberbullying, it should be reported to the web hosting service, an administrator of the site, or the appropriate authority, depending on the platform and severity of the cyberbullying. Also, be aware of sites that are designed specifically for spreading derogatory information about or pictures of individuals. 

Phishing

Phishing is a method of surreptitiously acquiring a person’s private information. This can be done through a few methods. A person can create a fraudulent website that poses as legitimate while requesting a person’s details. Another method can be seen through social media or emails. A person will email or message a victim and inquire for their details. These details usually involve passwords, credit/debit card information, names, dates of birth, and other identifying factors that can be used by fraudsters. 

Unfortunately, the elderly are a common target of phishing. If you notice a friend or loved one who is talking about someone they met online and how they are sharing information with them, there is a possibility they may be a victim of phishing. In addition, be on the lookout for people who are requesting funds via Western Union or cryptocurrency. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to successfully track down a fraudster who uses those methods of currency transfer. 

Some phishers create websites that pose as “official” well-known companies such as Google or Apple. On these websites they will indicate to a viewer that they have supposedly lost access to their account and must input their information on this false website. On the other side of the website, the phisher will receive that login information.

If you notice a suspicious website that is asking for information or is obviously posing as something else, you should contact the web hosting service to report what you see.

Malware

A malware website is one that attempts to install malicious software onto a browser’s computer. This malicious software is usually used to disable their computer system or to acquire information. For particularly malicious hackers, malware can even be used to take full control of a computer system. 

One example of a recent malware cyberattack happened at the University of Vermont’s Health Network. The computer system for the entire hospital network was shut down and hackers demanded a payment in cryptocurrency. This can also be referred to as “ransomware,” in which a computer system is essentially held hostage until a ransom is paid off. 

Malware can be uploaded to legitimate and well-meaning websites without the domain owner’s knowledge. Some tactics that hackers use are through phishing, misdirection, SQL injections, or DDOS attacks. If you are a website owner and notice changes to your domain, you should immediately contact your web hosting services.

Some changes to be on the lookout for are account/password changes that you did not request, changes to the content of your website, unexplained decrease in traffic to your website, changes to search engine results, and bugs/glitches on your page. 

You can also take the time to review your code and files that support your domain. This can involve different levels of effort and time, based on the complexity of the files and severity of the threat. Depending on the nature of the cyberattack, there are often typical codes or syntax that a hacker may use. If you identify any of these codes or syntax, contact the security team at your web hosting service. 

SQL Injections

These attacks are one of the more common methods of installing ransomware. This tactic allows a hacker to interfere with the data that is input on a website or other application. These can be uploaded using the above-mentioned tactics onto under-protected websites and applications. It involves the hacker uploading code that will allow them to interfere with data entry fields.

If you notice signs of an SQL injection after running a malware scanner or see changes to your website code, you should contact your web hosting services.

SolarVPS and Security

As software and the internet continues to evolve, so too do the threats presented by cybercriminals. In order to successfully avoid cyberattacks, you must continuously monitor your software and domain while regularly updating the systems as well. If you notice other websites being used for malicious purposes, you should consider contacting the web hosting service regarding the abuse. 

At SolarVPS, we strive to keep our customers and their domains safe and secure. Our dedicated IT team will be able to support you and reduce downtime of your domain in the event of a cyberattack. If you notice your website or another website has been compromised, contact our security team at abuse@solarvps.com

What To Do When The Domain Name You Want Is Taken

If you are starting a new business or looking to set up a website for any reason, finding out that your desired domain name is taken can be frustrating. Sometimes it requires you to get creative; other times, you may be able to take certain steps to acquire the name. Depending on the web hosting services that are hosting the domain, you may have different options to pursue.

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It is important to carefully research your options if you encounter challenges when trying to establish your domain name. 

Offering to Purchase the Domain Name

You can learn the contact information of the owner through a service such as https://lookup.icann.org/lookup. However, the owner’s contact information is not necessarily always public. The contact information may also be present on the website itself. 

Beware of a technique called “domain squatting” or “cybersquatting” when you finally do make contact with the domain owner. This technique involves an individual buying a domain name and holding it for a period of time until someone wants to purchase it. The price for the domain name is then inflated and the owner will request an exorbitant price. If this occurs, you can contact the web hosting services that are hosting the domain name for a possible resolution. 

If you encounter a domain name owner who is operating in good faith and is willing to sell the domain at a reasonable price, this may be one way to resolve your issue. Unfortunately, it takes more time and will cost you money. There are other possibilities open to you that will cost less and save time.

Modify the Name You Want

This is a possibility depending on whether you feel it will not have any major impact on your goals. Remember that domain names should be simple and to the point. For example, if you wanted to have the word “Company” in your domain name, but the exact phrase is already taken, perhaps you could shorten it to “Co” instead of “Company.” It may not be precisely what you had in mind, but it will still get the point across. Get creative, so long as you feel your goal will still be accomplished.

You can also change the suffix to “.net” or “.org.” It is reasonable to seek out a “.com” instead because that is the most popular suffix; however, that is not always an option. Even though this is a quick solution, it may be problematic in drawing traffic to your site. Those less-used suffixes are not as popular for that reason. You may also want to be careful that you are not inadvertently infringing on another domain’s name. It is also possible to add a country to your suffix that will allow you to separate your domain from others. For example, you could add “.uk” or “.us” to the ending. 

Start Over With the Name

If your business or website idea is in its infancy stage, it may save you more time and energy to just take a step back and rethink the name you want. Although it is not what you had in mind in the first place, it may protect you from someone else filing a trademark infringement as well. 

Additionally, if someone else already owns your desired domain name, starting over with a new name may help to avoid confusion. If you come up with something completely different, you will likely worry less about viewers going to the wrong website, getting confused, or possibly even visiting your competitor’s website instead of yours. 

Simplify the Name

If your company or website idea has a long name, it may be worthwhile to try simplifying it or abbreviating it. Website names are more effective when they are shortened and simplified. This allows users to more easily remember them, or to more easily share the website information through word-of-mouth. 

Trademark Lawsuit

If your domain name is part of a trademarked brand or phrase, you may be able to file a trademark infringement lawsuit. In this scenario, you would take the domain name owner to court and if you prevail, the domain name will be handed over to you. It is also possible you may be awarded monetary damages if you can prove the defendant has caused you to lose money. This approach will cost money in the form of retaining an attorney; however, if you prevail, you may also be awarded attorney’s fees. 

This approach may also take a long time. Litigation in these matters can move slowly, depending on the jurisdiction. It is best to consult with an experienced attorney in this matter if you have exhausted other, simpler options. 

ICANN Dispute

ICANN is an international nonprofit organization that oversees and manages domain names around the world. They are the entity previously mentioned that manages the system in which you can look up domain name owners at https://lookup.icann.org/lookup. ICANN has a system called Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which will allow you to initiate a dispute if you encounter trademark infringement or cybersquatting. 

If you do encounter trademark infringement and the domain name owner is in a foreign country, you may have an even more complicated lawsuit if you retain an attorney. Litigating international law is expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. Resolving disputes through UDRP may be a more effective way to acquire your domain name. 

UDRP can also be an effective way to resolve cybersquatting disputes. 

UDRP disputes on average cost between $1,000 and $2,500. They are resolved on average within 57 days. That is significantly less expensive and less time-consuming than hiring an attorney to litigate the matter. 

Contact Solar VPS 

If you are looking to set up a virtual private server or are seeking additional web hosting services, contact Solar VPS for additional information. Solar VPS has been providing web hosting services since 2005 and can work with you to meet your goals. 

What a Control Panel Does and Why You Need One

A hosting control panel is a simple graphic user interface (GUI) for managing web hosting services. In the past, managing web services required a high level of technical knowledge. Today, control panels make it easier for individuals of varying technical levels to manage web services. 

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Some system administrators can manage functions without a control panel but appreciate that they save time. Web design companies use control panels for managing multiple aspects of their web presence. They also find control panels helpful for controlling server management operations. 

Managing Domains on a Control Panel for Your Web Hosting Sevices 

A hosting control panel allows easier management of web site domains. Subdomains are added and managed from the control panel. Subdomains allow the user to add a separate area on their site or another site altogether. The benefit is they use the same domain name with prefixes. 

The control panel gives the option of adding many domains to the host server. These are considered add-on domains. From the control panel, a user can assign an add-on domain to an individual website. In addition, they can create a parked domain that points to an existing site. 

How a Control Panel Supports DNS Management

A hosting control panel allows the administrator to customize DNS for every add-on domain that is hosted. The control panel is a way to manage this in an organized fashion. All of the DNS records are available for access from the control panel. 

File Management with a Control Panel 

Some people struggle to manage the files on their laptops. Imagine the difficulties in managing a server with a vast number of files. The control panel is an easy way to upload, remove, and manage server files. Admins manage files daily, and this process is simplified with a control panel GUI. 

Managing Mailboxes on a Control Panel

Managing the number of mailboxes associated with a domain is often a headache. A control panel makes it a painless process. From the control panel, an admin can create, remove, and manage mailbox accounts. 

Some control panels allow for mail forwarding which is a nice feature. The control panel is also where the admin configures anti-spam solutions. The admin can also monitor what is being caught in spam folders from a control panel. 

Logging and Monitoring with a Control Panel

It’s critical for an administrator to monitor usage statistics: specifically, site visitor counts, bandwidth, and memory use. The control panel puts these functions at the admin’s fingertips. 

Advanced Control Panel Features

The ability to manage TLS/SSL is a critical feature of a control panel. Encryption features keep confidential data from being intercepted. It’s a way to safeguard user information and credit card numbers.

Control Panel Security Features

Control panels help protect against Hotlinking. Hotlinking is when another website links to images on a site and claims them as their own. Not only is this a security problem, but it also takes up bandwidth. 

Some control panels include ModSecurity. ModSecurity is an open-source firewall. ModSecurity helps prevent unauthorized users by blocking IP addresses. ModSecurity also helps the admin monitor logging activity and limiting access when necessary. 

Control Panel Automation for Web Hosting Services

Most administrators prefer the convenience of automatic server maintenance. Many control panels allow the admin to use Chron for scheduling maintenance. Tasks like backups and checking for broken links are easily scheduled automatically on control panels. 

Control Panels and Custom Error Pages

Control panels allow administrators to set up custom error messages. Hopefully, this isn’t necessary often with a good web hosting provider! But when they do happen, the administrator can create a custom message that could even include the company logo or instructions on what to do when receiving the error. Custom error messages project a professional image that leaves a better impression than the standard 404 message.

Do You Need a Control Panel for Your Web Hosting Services?

Control panels make life easier for system administrators and enhance the management of web hosting services. A control panel is helpful for automated configurations. It also manages many of the everyday tasks a server handles. For example, a system administrator’s time is better used on tasks other than spending hours setting up email boxes. A control panel makes adding email boxes a simple and quick process. 

Control panels are worth the cost as they significantly reduce the time spent on server administration tasks. Functionality and automation save time. In addition, system administrators appreciate not having to remember high-level text commands and configuration syntax rules.  

SolarVPS is a Cloud Web Hosting Services Provider That Offers a Control Panel Add-on

SolarVPS offers a control panel add-on for your web hosting services. Cpanel and Plex are available for Linux users, and Plesk is available for Windows. 

Our control panel allows users to run their DNS panels. System administrators can configure their own notification thresholds. Additionally, plug-ins are available that make installing software a quick and easy process. You can even create custom log-ins for your customers. A SolarVPS control panel lets you be your own host and manage multiple sites easily. 

Our control panel is an effective way for system administrators to take charge of their web hosting environment. For more information on our Control Panel addon, click here.