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Tania

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I do social media, post on the company blog, and some other cool things for GlowHost.

7 Advantages of a Dedicated Server

You know how much your business is worth, and how important it is to maintain a reliable online presence. You may also understand the importance of being on a reliable server free from bad neighbors, and possible abuse. Are you considering hosting your website on the cloud to reduce your risks of being on a shared server?

Even though GlowHost utilizes CloudLinux on all of our servers to protect the resources that are rightfully yours, we all want to avoid that box with many other customers sharing the same resources. Cloud hosting can be expensive. There are more cost effective solutions out there, like a Fully Managed Dedicated Server.

Imagine a platform where you’re in full control. No more restrictions on what software can be installed simply because it may affect other customers. No other platform comes close to offering more choices in a single package than a custom dedicated server.

Benefits of a Fully Dedicated Server

1. All Resources Belong To You

That’s right, no more sharing your cake with other customers. It’s all about you. On a dedicated server, you’ll have full control over how resources are used. It’s like a party where the only invitees are your website visitors.

  • Higher resource availability for websites that need it.
  • Greater choice in software that would otherwise cause problems on a shared server.
  • Cut out the unnecessary to keep things simpler and performant.

With that in mind, you’re the one who makes the calls on what software is installed, what the rules are, and how things are handled. Everything is built just how you want.

2. Stable Environment Without Unstable Guests

Have you ever wondered why a server was running so slow on a shared server? It could be that your host doesn’t run this nifty software called CloudLinux (which GlowHost uses), and a customer decided to launch a cat video that went utterly viral. On your own dedicated server, there’s no way this would ever happen, and you can reserve all your resources for your own viral cat videos and more.

  • Greater performance and stability.
  • No hassle dealing with hindrances from your neighbors.
  • Launch your own viral cat videos with confidence.

3. Built With Your Own Configuration

When you configure a dedicated server, you know that you’re building it just for your own purposes. That means you don’t need to add the bloat commonly packaged with other services, and you can remove anything that you don’t need since there wouldn’t be anyone else that depends on a specific component.

You choose the hard drive, how much RAM goes into the server, and the CPU processing power needed to run all of your applications. Your custom server revolves around your needs, and not the needs of a hundred other customers.

4. Your Own Software Choices

Not everyone is going to know what Node.js, Ruby on Rails, or Python apps are, so why would you want to install something you don’t need? Stay in control and keep unnecessary software out of your environment.

  • Install only the software you need.
  • Remove the software you don’t.
  • Configure software to suit your websites and not others.

You pick and choose what goes into your system. Less means more resources for your important applications, and a stabler, faster server.

Or, have a smorgasbord and install everything you think you might need. There’s nothing inherently wrong with bringing the whole buffet to your table. You’re in control!

5. Better Security Catered For Your Websites

If you’re planning to host only a script like WordPress on your server, why would you need to improve security for Drupal or Joomla websites? A web host will need to focus security around several platforms, while you only need to focus on what you know will be hosted on your server.

ModSecurity rules built for WordPress will not necessarily work for Drupal websites, and neither will the 100’s of generic rules built for a shared hosting server. The ability to remove excess bloat here will even lead to better website performance, and a lower memory footprint.

Possibly the greatest overlooked benefit to your websites’ security would be data separation and isolation from other websites. Dedicated servers allow you to separate your web assets effortlessly when compared to a shared hosting account, where all of your websites would share the same files or folders under a single user.

6. HIPAA And PCI DSS Compliance

For anyone looking to store cardholder data or collect sensitive patient information, a dedicated server may be required for your website. You’ll want to keep prying eyes out, and ensure that everything on board is locked down tight. Having complete control will give you the greatest oversight which is essential while you’re undergoing rigorous PCI compliance scans and HIPAA audits.

Not sure how to get started with HIPAA Compliance or PCI Compliance? Our experienced team is always here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today! Assessments are always free.

7. Greater Freedom And Choice

Maintenance at 1PM? Unscheduled reboot that just lost you a sale? Waive these problems goodbye, because you’re in control with a dedicated server. Web hosts are tasked with a job to keep shared servers secure, performant, and reliable even if it results in a little downtime from reboots or updates.

  • Schedule when updates are performed.
  • Decide when reboots are scheduled.
  • Choose your own times when hardware is replaced or upgraded.

A dedicated server means freedom for your website, and more choices for you.

There are many advantages and benefits from having your own dedicated server. Compared to shared hosting, a VPS, or even cloud hosting, nothing comes close to being able to offer more options.

Are you considering a Fully Managed Dedicated Server? Then Contact Us today! Our team has been providing reliable hosting services since 2002, and our experience will give you the insights you need to make an informed decision if a dedicated server is right for you.

Pros and Cons of Parallax Scrolling Websites

Websites sure have changed over the years. Now, the average internet user is more picky and demanding than ever before. We are accustomed to beautiful graphics, high-resolution images and sophisticated designer approaches. Thus, in order to succeed in gaining maximum attention, website creators come up with refined visual and technical tricks aimed to attract website visitors. One of these tricks is called Parallax Scrolling.

Parallax Scrolling: Basics

Parallax Scrolling is a recently presented technique which allows the creation of extremely engaging and popping websites. It is a graphical effect that takes place when background images in perspective are moving slower than the elements located in the foreground sceneĀ giving the user a sense of depth and motion. The technique was created in 2011 with engagement of HTML5 and CSS3. This method has also been used in video gaming for quite some time.

Navigation

While ordinary websites consist of numerous pages, in a Parallax design everything can be found in one modern, beautifully organized page. Navigation in Parallax websites, apart from scrolling down the page, can also be achieved by clicking on links distributed along the site. The links will then automatically shift you through the page to the section you requested.

Benefits of Parallax Scrolling

Parallax technology is successful in the sphere of design because it makes sites look creative, modern, and cool. This effect can be implemented in numerous ways based on the designer’s personal tastes and imagination. So what are the main benefits of this technology? Continue reading