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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.

Web service providers

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. 

web hosting services control panel man looking at screen

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. 

What is a Good Disaster Recovery Plan?

If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) for your data, there is no better time than the present to create one. Many organizations choose a cloud VPS system for disaster recovery because it’s efficient.

Cloud VPS and disaster recovery sign

In addition, a cloud VPS disaster recovery plan saves time and money. Cloud VPS systems are reliable and secure solutions.

No business is too small to consider a disaster recovery plan for data. While no one wants to anticipate disasters, a DRP is a responsible business management practice. 

Why a Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Plan is a Good Option 

A good DRP requires a risk assessment. In our current times, cyberattacks are a risk for any business. First, it’s critical to eliminate system vulnerabilities. One way to accomplish this is to store backups on a cloud VPS system. 

Also, it’s important to assess the security practices of the cloud VPS provider you select. 

However, even the best efforts don’t completely eliminate the risks associated with cyberattacks. Including a cyberattack response is part of a good disaster recovery plan. 

The next thing to consider are the geographic risks. For example, what are your weather-related disaster risks? Or, are servers located in a city with a higher level of security threats? A way to offset risks due to geography is to use a cloud VPS recovery plan.

The next risk to consider is how an electric grid failure affects your data. Backup power plans are always a good idea when it comes to data. However, backup power is only a temporary solution. A cloud VPS disaster recovery plan should take electric grid failures into account. 

Data Backups are Critical For Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Before you create a formal disaster recovery plan, review your current data backup procedures. How often is it being backed up? Also, what is being backed up?

The necessary frequency of data backups depends on the type of business you operate. However, this is not an area to cut corners, so consider it carefully. If critical data is being backed up frequently, don’t overlook the need for overall system backups. 

Some businesses, for example, operate with a high volume of internet transactions. Those businesses may figure the cost of losing data in a given time increment. When viewed from that perspective, the question of data backup frequency is easily answered. 

The next consideration is where backups are stored. The general suggestion is a secured off-site location. However, for those with a cloud VPS disaster recovery backup plan, this is a nonissue. 

Disaster Recovery Basics for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

The first step is to create a summary of vital action steps in case of a disaster. Include a list of important contacts in the summary. Consider the summary as a quick reference for steps in an emergency. An accessible document to follow eases anxiety for those responding.  

For organizations with multiple IT staff members, assigning responsibilities for disaster recovery prevents confusion later. 

And a good DRP contains relevant authentication steps and passwords. Also, include key website addresses, such as your cloud VPS provider. 

If it’s relevant to your organization, include legal and financial contacts in your DRP. Another thing to consider including is suggestions on how to handle media inquiries. For those businesses without an established media contact, a DRP is a good place to identify that individual. 

Any business that processes financial transactions is open to media scrutiny and potential legal liability in the event of a data-compromising situation. 

A Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

Cloud VPS disaster recovery is customizable. Options are either specific file backups or a complete system replication. The best choice is a combination of the two. 

Cloud disaster recovery offers the benefit of saving space and time. Also, it’s cost-efficient. Some organizations rely on their own cloud VPS for disaster recovery. But using a cloud hosting provider is easier and often more secure and reliable. 

First, it requires less management on your part. Selecting a cloud VPS hosting provider saves money since it requires no infrastructure investment. A good host provider is established with infrastructure and built-in redundancy. 

Finally, as a cloud VPS hosting provider, we know the importance of security. And you need to know the security offered by your provider. Without compromising security, we are transparent in how we address it. This is a quality to look for with something as important as disaster data recovery. 

Our Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Solutions 

Solar VPS data centers are in five locations across the United States with one in Europe. Each location is equipped with a backup power supply. In addition, the data centers have state-of-the-art cooling systems. 

Our data centers are protected against fire damage. Additionally, they are protected against security risks, both with remote monitoring and onsite security personnel. 

We eliminate many of the headaches associated with disaster recovery planning. So, to take that a step further, we offer an optional disaster recovery backup plan. 

Our disaster recovery plan offers full server backups and incremental data backups. Backups are stored for three days with the newest replacing the oldest. Also, we offer multiple restoration points. 

Solar VPS customers sleep easier at night because our systems are backed up at a secure off-site data center. Visit our website for more information on our data centers and optional disaster recovery plan.

6 Tips for Creating Good Content that Drives Traffic

As a web hosting services provider, we know there is a massive amount of online content. Creating good content allows you to stand out from the competition and draw a target audience.

Web hosting services provider tips on content creation. Photo of keyboard.

Here are 6 tips to create content that increases traffic to your site or blog.

Tip #1: Create attention-grabbing headlines

The headline of your content is your chance to stand out and grab a reader’s attention.

Using numbers in headlines is a proven technique to increase your click-through rate (CTR). Numbers provide information to the viewer, such as how much time is involved in reading the content. A headling with numbers also helps the viewer know what to expect from the content.

Research indicates headlines with 16 to 18 words drive the most traffic. So, keep length in mind when you’re creating headlines.

Headlines that show a reader the benefits, solutions, or instructional value of the content are effective. Another way to draw attention is to shock or surprise the reader with the headline.

For example, if using the shock technique, the headline for this post could have been: “Your Blog is in a Death Spiral and Here’s How to Save It.”

However, while that headline is one way to grab attention and drive traffic, it isn’t necessarily the best choice. Over-the-top assumptions or claims in headlines are perceived as clickbait by savvy internet users. There is perhaps a time and place for clickbait headlines, but this post isn’t one of them.

A final note on headlines is to be truthful. In other words, don’t make claims that aren’t delivered in the content.

Tip #2: Give readers a reason to continue past the first paragraph

The first paragraph is critical to the success of your content. The reader is interested at that point, but not vested in your content. A reader decides in two to three seconds whether or not they will continue reading. If you lose the content viewer right away it affects your bounce rate, which plays a factor in search engine rankings.

State what the post is about so the reader knows what to expect right away. Using statistics in the first paragraph adds credibility to your content. And posting the benefit of your content provides a hook for the reader.

The first paragraph only is best kept to a few sentences. Include your keyword in the first one or two sentences for the best search engine results.

Tip #3: Format content for viewing on mobile devices

Proper formatting is one of the most overlooked aspects of content creation. However, it’s a simple way to improve readership.

Here is a secret: Content formatted for mobile phone screens has the highest readership.

Some apps and blogging platforms offer the option of viewing content as it appears on a mobile phone screen. If you create content on a desk or laptop computer, use this tool.

Formatting with cell phone screens in mind also results in content that is easily read on full-size screens. An easy way to implement this formatting style is to break up blocks of text. Long blocks of text can lose readers.

First, use short paragraphs of varying lengths for the most readable formatting. Also, sprinkle in bolded sentences when it makes sense to draw the reader’s eye to a key point.

  • Use bulleted or numbered lists to break up the text in your content.

Images are another way to break up the text.

Finally, format headings to organize your content. Maximize your keyword potential by including it in a few of your headings.

Tip #4: Create Engaging Content

Drawing the reader to your content is pointless if the content doesn’t keep them engaged. When readers engage with content, they spend more time on your web page. How much time the reader spends on your content is a factor used in search engine rankings.

Engaging content is written in a conversational tone.

General content writing isn’t the place to showcase impressive vocabulary skills. It’s nice that you know that the word “analogous” is an adjective to describe something that is comparable in certain aspects. But if you can make the same point with the word “like,” use it instead.

Target content to a 7th or 8th grade reading level to engage the largest audience. Even when the majority of your readers are well above that level, casting the widest net is best. Also, content that doesn’t require work on the reader’s behalf keeps them interested.

The Fleisch reading ease score included with the Yoast SEO plug-in is a good tool to use in this case. The Fleisch reading score runs checks on things like sentence length and the number of syllables per word. It provides a readability score and suggestions on how to improve it.

Tip #5: Write content as an authority

If you aren’t an authority on the subject you’re writing about, do some research to learn more. The reader won’t perceive value from a writer who doesn’t appear to know more about a subject than they do.

It’s fine if your ultimate goal is to sell the reader an idea, product, or service. And the reader probably realizes this as well. But think of it as a bartering situation. The reader expects something in return before they give you the chance to sell them something.

Deliver content that informs, instructs, or solves a problem in the body of the content, and the reader will stick with it to the end.

Writing as an authority means not adding “fluff” to your content. Fluff is sales speak that lacks any real meaning. Fluff is also adding words that are only necessary for you to meet a count requirement.

Tip #6: Close with a call to action

When you put in the work to write a post a reader values, don’t be shy about adding a call to action at the end.

An example of a call to action is to ask the reader to click on a link for a free consultation or for more information. Another call to action is to ask the reader to share their thoughts if you have a comment section. This call to action provides an additional opportunity to engage with the reader.

Choose a cloud-based web hosting services provider for your high-traffic content

When your website or blog starts generating additional traffic from the great content you created, a cloud-based web hosting services provider is a good choice.

SolarVPS offers scalable cloud-based web hosting services provider. When hosting with a SolarVPS cloud plan, your site is optimized to handle traffic spikes and to provide the best user experience.

Click here for more information on our cloud VPS web hosting services. 

Windows Or Linux: 5 Reasons to Use Windows Cloud Hosting

It may seem like trying to convert a Linux loyalist to a Windows server is a futile task. Thankfully, Solar VPS offers both Linux and Windows hosting clouds. Both are excellent choices with different benefits.

Linux is an open-source system and available for free. While this is attractive, there are drawbacks. Windows servers operate on a closed platform and are available for purchases through licenses.

Because of this, a Windows hosting cloud option is more expensive as it relates to the software. It’s important to remember that a Windows hosting server also offers a lot of features. Some users consider these features as “must-haves.”

Windows hosting on SolarVPS Cloud

The final choice between a Linux cloud or Windows Cloud Host is a matter of preference. Both systems are stable and offer great performance. But there are stand-out features with the Windows hosting option.

Here are 5 reasons why a Windows hosting cloud solution is a good choice:

The Easy-to-Use Windows GUI Remote Desktop

Windows offers a simple-to-use graphic user interface (GUI). While some developers consider the GUI to be unnecessary, it’s an excellent choice for beginners. Linux is driven by the command line, and some users aren’t comfortable with this. If you prefer an easy-to-use GUI, then Windows hosting on the cloud is your best bet.

Windows Hosting is Backed by Long-term Support

Windows offers long-term guaranteed support. This is important for some users who find security knowing Microsoft is behind that support. Windows also supports its product with frequent updates for the OS, drivers, and other software. These updates include functionality improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements.

Microsoft offers support options that provide 24/7 coverage and 15-minute response times. Some consider this level of support worth the cost and justification for a Windows hosting server.

With Windows hosting, there is one OS to support, whereas Linux has numerous variations. Linux is supported by a community of users as opposed to one corporation. In regards to support, a Windows hosting system outshines its Linux counterpart.

Windows Server Supports Web Page Scripts

If ASP and ASP.Net frameworks are part of your web pages, a Windows cloud host solution is best. An ASP, or active server page, uses embedded scripts. A Windows server processes these scripts before a user loads a web page. Linux does not support these frameworks.

Windows Hosting Supports More App & Gaming Choices

Windows hosting integrates with more 3rd-party apps than Linux. One significant example is Adobe Creative Cloud. It won’t work with Linux, but is supported by Windows servers. Other significant app examples that require Windows are AutoCAD and SketchUp.

A Windows hosting cloud server is also the ideal choice if PC gaming is important to you. Most PC game creators develop their games for the Windows platform.

Linux enthusiasts point to workarounds or alternatives to nearly everything mentioned here. However, the simple fact is the easiest choice to support most 3rd-party games and apps is a Windows cloud-hosted server.

Windows Hosting Servers are Designed to Integrate with Microsoft Products

SharePoint and Exchange are two very popular programs for communicating and working on projects. SharePoint and Exchange are proprietary to Microsoft. If these are products you need, then there is a reason to select Windows cloud hosting.

Microsoft SQL and Access are two widely-used database programs. These products are also proprietary to Microsoft. So if your company uses these, you may be locked into the Windows cloud hosting option.

Organizations using Microsoft Windows at the desktop further the case for a Windows cloud hosting solution.

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