Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting where in the account owner has the ability to use his or her allotted hard drivespace and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. The reseller purchases the host’s services wholesale and then sells them to customers, possibly for a profit. A certain portion of hard drive space and bandwidth is allocated to the reseller account. The reseller may rent a dedicated server from a hosting company, or resell shared hosting services. In the latter case, the reseller is simply given the permission to sell a certain amount of disk space and bandwidth to their own customers without renting a server from a web hosting company they signed for a reseller account with.
VPS stands for a Virtual Private Server. A virtual private server is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers such that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted.
Why choose a VPS instead of Shared Hosting?
A VPS offers significant advantaged over Shared Hosting. The main ones are scalability as you can upgrade your Hard Drive and Memory as you require, and customization in that you can customize your VPS in the same way that you can with a Dedicated Server. Because resources are not shared, hosted applications or websites are much faster as well as more secured. Also VPS servers are very affordable and cheap in prices so if you are having a shared hosting account or a Reseller account and don’t want to go for dedicated server then VPS server is the best option and is also cheap and affordable.
How to add name servers via WHM
Here are the detailed steps for you for adding the name servers using the WHM.
1. Login to WHM using “https://hostname/whm” or https://ip_of_the_server:2087
2. Once you will logged in search for the option DNS Functions >> Edit DNS Zone.
3. Select the domain name you want to use, and then click Edit.
4. For the two rows with the menu displaying NS, edit the right-most columns to ns1.your domain name. And ns2.your domain name. respectively.
Please note, you have to enter a “.” after your name server for working of the DNS properly.
5. Add first line in the section ‘Add New Entries Below this Line’ –
First field: Type ns1
Second field: Type 14400
Third field: Select A
Fourth field: Enter your server’s IP address (that is IP address associated with the name server ns1.)
Similarly, add the record for ns2 entry
What the swap size should be in a VPS. I’ve read that in Linux machine the swap should have the same size as the amount of physical memory the machine is installed with? Dose this apply to a VPS, should a VPS having 512Mb dedicated Ram have 512Mb swap or smaller?
Generally the swap size is double the existing physical memory the machine is installed with. If it’s installed with 1 GB, the swap size is 2 GB. Swap should always be at least equal to ram, standard practice is double the amount of ram in swap. Granted swap is used to get over the hump when not enough ram in available, but it is also used to write ram to during a suspend, if you have less swap then ram, you’ll never suspend.
There could be multiple reasons for businesses to migrate to a new web hosting service provider. The reasons vary from low disk space to poor customer service or frequent breakdowns of the server.
Switching to a new web hosting provider may look overwhelming. However, in reality it’s not so. This article highlights important points in this regard.
Choosing a new web hosting provider
You need to consider various aspects when choosing a new web hosting service provider. These include the operating system (OS), the bandwidth and disk space requirements, the uptime and customer service.
Uptime is important because when your website is down, visitors/customers at your site might be annoyed and this may impair your site’s credibility. In actual dollar terms, you may end up losing hundreds or even thousands. The new service could claim to provide 100% uptime, which is less likely. Ensure to verify the claims.
Further, check when they execute scheduled maintenance – during peak hours or during non-peak hours. If they do it at peak hours, your business is likely to lose substantial traffic and revenue.
Bandwidth and disk space:
The bandwidth and the disk space provided by the new web hosting service provider are important because the former affects the speed and the latter gives the data storage space. Check if the new service provider offers a higher bandwidth and disk space at the same cost. If they don’t, then we suggest you to execute a cost-benefit analysis for the two aspects. This is likely to help you take a sensible decision.
The type of operating system (OS)
While migrating from one web hosting service provider to another, it is better to stick to the same OS as the one you are using (Windows or Linux) because it’ll make migration easier.
Unless you have a very good reason, do not change the OS. If you are planning to opt for a new OS, you need to check for whether that OS is being offered by the new web hosting service provider.
In addition, your site needs a database such as MySQL or Access. While MySQL is compatible with both Linux as well as Windows, Access is compatible only with Windows. It’s therefore sensible to take a look at these points when you migrate to a new OS.
Good customer service is crucial while choosing a new web hosting service provider. Check if customer service is available around the clock and seven days a week. They should be using phone calls, SMS, or live chat. These options ensure faster communication. You could visit the web hosting service provider’s website to check the credibility of the service provider.
What after moving on a web hosting service provider ?
Back-up your website
Switching to a new web hosting service provider involves making sure your site is safe from potential hazards like loss of files including HTML files, images, application, scripts, plugins, and so on. You should secure them by taking a backup in a separate computer. You could do this by using an FTP to download all the files.
DNS changes and propagation
Your transfer to the new web hosting service provider is not complete until you update your DNS and submit it to the new service provider. Until then, your new service provider might assign you a temporary IP address. With this IP address, you could check if the website is functional. You should ensure your domain name is changed as you need. For this, you need to communicate with the domain registrar. They would advise how to change. If your domain registrar has inbuilt tools, the job will be easy for you.
After migration of your site to the new web hosting service provider, make sure to recheck the configuration of your email. Not doing so may lead to failure of the email service.
Check internal links:
Once the transfer process is complete, check internal links using link checking tools. Ensure all links work as they did before the transition. In addition, check for log files and errors and troubleshoot the issues.
Cancel the old account:
After you close all the process involved in the transition, you need to close the account with your former web hosting service provider. It’s sensible to keep the account live for a week as a backup option until you are sure that the transition happened accurately.
Test new website:
After migration, it’s important to recheck in detail if your site is working perfectly. Especially, check for the look and the features of internal web pages including forms, apps, plugins, etc.
Let your visitors know while you are in the transition
Make sure to leave a message on your web page requesting your audience to bear with patience while your site will have downtime during the transition. It’ll give an impression that you’re concerned for the trouble caused to your audience. It’ll also help enhance the credibility of your site.
Moving to a new web hosting service provider is tricky. It involves multiple things like your business’s website, profits and managing the transition. However, the transition could be made smooth provided you plan properly and execute efficiently.