Category Archives: Website Security

3 Things to Know Before Hosting a Website: A Beginner’s Guide

Before running an internet resource there are 3 fundamental things to know about hosting a website. It is crucial to explore what web hosting is,  how to choose domain name and finally how to make a good web hosting choice.

Hosting and domains are concepts which define the “place of residence” for a website on the Internet. Hosting includes the necessary space, electricity and bandwidth for your data located on a server, while the domain is responsible for it’s online address and directing traffic to the site. Hosting and domains are usually leased options. It means that you can’t buy them once and for all. Instead, you pay for them at regular intervals. In most cases the minimal order period for a domain is one year, while hosting bills are normally paid once per month or there may be discounts involved when paying for hosting in periods longer than one month. Let us dive deeper into the topic to make it more clear-cut.

1) What is web hosting? Hosting is like renting a home. First you decide what kind of home you want and can afford, in one example – a shared or dedicated server, (your apartment or mansion, respectively). Once you’ve decided where you want to live, you “move in” to a hosting provider (let us call him the ”online landlord”).  he provides you with particular “amenities” such as technical support, necessary disk space, and an environment which is compatible with your web site software.houseinhands Now your site has it’s home online and you can begin painting the walls and decorating your site, er, home, any way you like. Your site’s is maintained in specially organized buildings which are called datacenters. Inside that datacenter there may be other hosting companies and there are thousands of other homes just like yours. These are called your neighbors, and Just like in real life, you want to pick a spot where you have good neighbors.

Do you want to live in the ghetto or on the beach? A good landlord will not allow bad tenants to share the same block as you. If you have a bad landlord, who allows criminals, hackers, and other bad guys  to live near your new home, your home’s property value will go down (visitors do not want to come to your site) because there will be problems with your homes in your neighborhood being broken into (hacked web sites), or traffic jams in the streets (slow sites) and numerous other issues. That is why it is important to choose a quality hosting company, (like GlowHost!) not just the cheapest web host you can find.

2) What is a domain name? Continue reading

Email Blacklists – Cause, Effect and Prevention

‎The GlowHost Support Team faces tons of different issues that can affect our customers every day. When a fix is not readily available, we have to invent new methods and use creative solutions to solve difficult problems, instead of having fun by spending our time at the beach. One of these tricky problems is the useful, but problematic thing known as an email blacklist.

Solving complex tasks is not only our job but we enjoy doing it, and we hope our customers are satisfied with results we provide. By the way, you can share your feedback, or read what others have to say here. Truth be told, even negative feedback is appreciated (the constructive kind, not the destructive kind… the latter just hurts our feelings and doesn’t really help anyone), because it is valuable for our team and management to understand what went wrong, and how we can make it better for next time.

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Anyway, back to what I wanted to talk about, which is arguably the most annoying issue we’ve had over the years where sometimes our shared servers were getting blacklisted because they were identified as a spam source. Our lead admins have had enough of begging the blacklist providers for assistance, because getting a response from such providers is either slow, or non-existent. They finally said “Something’s gotta change” and decided to take a much more pro-active stance on the issue because our re-active stance was not solving the problem. Continue reading