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Benefits of VPN and VPS

May 13, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

A hosting company can create a “time-share” with a Virtual Private Server (VPS) service. Although a VPS runs in software on the same physical computer as other customers’ virtual machines, it is in many respects functionally equivalent to a separate physical computer. A VPS is dedicated to the individual customer’s needs, has the privacy of a separate physical computer, and can be configured to run server software.

A hosting company can connect your home office to other regional offices with a Virtual Private Networking (VPN) service. A VPN extends a private network and the resources contained in the network across public networks like the Internet. It enables a host computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were a private network with all the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two.

One benefit using VPS is a VPS hosting account is less expensive than a full dedicated hosting plan that uses a physical server. Clients have the same technical support as with shared hosting for most issues. A client can choose from semi managed hosting where the web host handles some maintenance and fully managed services.

Another benefit is many VPS hosting plans are easily scalable. A client can start off in your virtual environment with the minimum amount of resources you need and then as you grow gradually increase your hosting plan to accommodate your needs.

Lastly, a client has a lot more control over your virtual server than you do with shared hosting. A client will likely have root access and the ability to use scripts that may not be allowed in the shared hosting environment.

One benefit using VPN is a client can use private, secured hardware to do the same things a client would do with a VPN. However, private hardware solutions cost many times what a client would spend on setting up and maintaining a VPN.

VPNs enable mobile employees, telecommuters, business partners and others to take advantage of locally available, high-speed broadband access to gain access to the company’s network. Additionally, high-speed broadband links offer a cost-effective method for connecting remote offices.

What is website design?

May 6, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Website design is the process of planning and creating websites. After the website is completed, in the future it will need to be updated. Website design involves also information architecture, website structure, user interface, navigation ergonomics, website layout, colors, contrasts, fonts and imagery as well as icons design.

Today, a professional made website is designed by a website designer who has an education in the subject. A website designer has the experience and the knowledge of not only how to “code” a website, but also has a creative mind to develop a unique and professional website for a client that is easy to understand and navigate.

When choosing how you would like you website designed focus on your main goal, have a color scheme in mind, and what vibe you would like to give the ones visiting your page. Image means everything when it comes to web appearance.

Shared Hosting

April 22, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Shares hosting is the most common web hosting service, but what is shared hosting? Let’s use a house as an analogy. The house is a server and each client website is a resident. Each resident has his own room, but shared the utilities such as, water, gas, electric, and so on. The same is for each shared hosting client. Each client website has its own “room”, but also shared the same “utilities”, power, internet access, RAM (memory), and so on.  With shared hosting, like living in a house with multiple residents, while one resident is using all of the water pressure in the shower it makes it difficult to wash clothes or water the lawn. So, if one client website is using all of the bandwidth accessing another client website on the same server can become difficult. This is a common practice in many web hosting companies, but Lola Hosting uses a different technique, which eliminates this difficulty by using unique technology to isolate each client website to use only a specific amount of resources.

What is web hosting?

March 30, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Web hosting is an internet service which allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.

Web hosts are companies such as, Lola Hosting, that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.

There are my types of web hosting services. The most common is shared hosting. Shared hosting is when many client websites share one server, but uses the same resources.

Many clients do not wish to share resources with other clients so a hosting company “rents” a server to the client which is called dedicated hosting.

If a client does not have the resources to enable their website properly a hosting company may have a service to rack and provide resources to the server which is called co-location.

A web hosting service which is more commonly used by larger organizations is VPN/VPS.A web hosting company can create a “time-share” with our Virtual Private Server (VPS) service.

A web service company can connect your home office to other regional offices with our Virtual Private Networking (VPN) service.

Website Applications 101

February 9, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Lola Hosting offers a variety of website applications to our clients, but what are website applications and how to they benefit my website?

Web applications is software designed to manage, enhance, or add functionality to a website. Examples include blogs, guest books, forums, image galleries, and e-commerce system. Each website application is separated into different categories depending on its function. The categories are community building, content management, e-commerce and business, photos and files, surveys and statistics, and miscellaneous.

Website applications can benefit a client’s website by aiding them to develop a structured website that is each to use. For example, Worpress is in the content management category since it helps clients add pages, posts, and other information to the website. WordPress makes it easier for a newcomer to manage and create a webpage with features that are easy to follow.

Benefits of a Dedicated Server

January 15, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Unlike shared hosting where many clients are on one server, dedicated server hosting is when one website has the whole server to itself and doesn’t have to worry about another client website using all of the resources, which is one benefit to having a dedicated server to host a client website.

Another benefit to having a dedicated server opposed to a shared server is if one website is hacked and infected with a virus all of the other clients are at risk to be affected by the same virus, which has cause a lot of damage to a website. When having a dedicated server the only website that needs to be worried about is one.

When having a dedicated server, the client can have more control over what can be installed and optimized, which gives a client the freedom to customize their webpage. A client has no worry of their website showing down or not running when installing updates or optimizing the website, like they would if they have their website on a shared server.

Overall having a dedicated server for a client website has many advantages, even though it is more expensive, as you can see you can get more bang for your buck.

Benefits of Co-Location

January 8, 2012 in Blog by Brittney Harmon  |  No Comments

Co-Location is when a hosting company has the resources in a data center such as, bandwidth, cooling, power, and physical security that a client does not have himself. So, a client can house his server in the hosting company’s data center for a fee.

The benefits are the redundant power and redundant internet access. Most mid0sized companies do not have the same amenities as a hosting company since it is usually unnecessary and extremely costly.

Another benefit of co-location is 24/7 physical security. Hosting companies have an on-staff IT team to keep the data center running smoothly and to fix any problems that may occur. Many mid-sized businesses do not have this amenity either because of the cost .

Servers become very warm when being run all the time and need to be in a cool environment, if a server overheats it will not run correctly. A hosting company has a data which has the perfect environment for the server to operate correctly and not over heat.

Co-Location as many benefits for a client who does not have the resources to run his server in-house.

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