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Web Host Recommendations [closed]

I'm presently using web.com for website hosting. I've had some so-so experiences, and think they are a little overpriced. We have a fairly simple website - no e-commerce. We do need plenty of storage ...
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Server Hosting from your House - $200 to $300 per month range [closed]

I'm a developer lacking some infrastructure knowledge. What is the fattest pipe I can get to my house in the $200 to $300 range? I'd like to host a few servers at my house. Then if my company gets ...
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Geo-DNS providers? [closed]

We've got a website visited by users mainly in the USA and UK. The site will be run on servers in both these locations. We would like to use a DNS service to direct users to the nearest server, but ...
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SSL certificate selection based on host-header: is it possible?

Is it possible for a web server to select an SSL certificate to use based on the host-header of the incoming connection, or is that information that is only available after the SSL connection is ...
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Recommended DNS TTL

I know it could be very different based on the situation, but for hosting a website with no plans to move the hosting server what is a good TTL to set on the DNS record?
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When does a CDN (content delivery network) become worth it?

At what point is it worth adding a CDN (content delivery network) to your website? Does it make sense to use it for a relatively low traffic website that's a web application? The clients are all over ...
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What kind of server do I need to handle 10 million requests and mySQL queries a day? [closed]

I'm a newbie of server administration and I'm looking for a powerful hosting service to host my new website. This website is basically a back-end of an mobile online game, and it will: handle up to ...
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Opinions on hosting servers in-house

I've read a half-dozen threads here about the pros and cons of hosting in-house, but our situation is a little different than most, so I figured I'd just open a new question. In short, we're a small ...
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What's the difference between cloud hosting and normal hosting?

What's the difference between cloud hosting and normal hosting? And when do you use each? What are the benefits to the customer?
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Can you Recommend Free DNS Name Servers? [closed]

I'm currently looking for a decent DNS zone & record manager an would love some recommendations. The host for these sites doesn't offer anything, but something as simple as Slicehost's DNS ...
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Multiple private SSL certificates on a single shared hosting plan? [closed]

Recently I contacted my shared hosting provider about setting up private SSL for a few of my sites. I have several sites hosted under the same plan (the plan allows for unlimited domains). However, ...
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Which free open source CPanel and WHM alternatives do you recommend/use? [closed]

I have been using webmin for some time now, however I miss the elegance and ease of WHM/CPanel combo I've had on shared hosting (and later dedicated hosting) platform. Looking around the web, all I ...
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How to get nginx to redirect from www to non-www domain?

Let's say I want to redirect from www.example.com to example.com and I want to do this using nginx. I looked around and did not see any good documentation on this so I figured I would ask and answer ...
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With IPv6, should we be assigning distinct IP addresses to each host name served over HTTP(S)?

With IPv4, it's pretty much a given that unless there is some specific need that warrants IP-based virtual hosting, name-based virtual hosting should be done to avoid needlessly exhausting the address ...
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How to explain Django/Python installation to Python-newbie running a shared IIS server [closed]

For reasons beyond my control, our website is hosted with a hosting provider that uses IIS for their servers. They currently offer PHP and ASP, and also Python and Perl through cgi-scripts. I want to ...
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Can I find the web hosting company from an IP address?

If I have an IP address, is there a way to find the web hosting service that this IP address belongs to? I tried using whois and traceroute but no luck so far. The case is that my friend bought a ...
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Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server

I'm using Windows 7 Beta and trying to install a web application locally. This web site uses Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express (SQLEXPRESS) and a MDB file in the web site's ~/App_Data folder. I was ...
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How can I find out who is hosting a certain domain? [duplicate]

I've got a friend who has been completely abandoned by his previous website guy. Yes, the guy was cut rate, and yes, you get what you pay for. Anyway, he has asked me to help him untangle all that ...
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Are there any issues with having multiple IIS websites pointing at the same folder?

I have a website that a number of customers are using to host their sites. They each have their own domain name, but are using the same hosted service. Is it better to have them run off the same IIS ...
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What is the cheapest non-colocation way to serve about 10 static files at a rate of 100 megabits per second to the web? [closed]

I've looked at Amazon S3 and it costs roughly $4746 per month for 100 megabits/s (which translates into 31,640 Gigabytes of data transferred. That's at a rate of $0.15 per gig.) I haven't found a ...
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Will my URL stay secret if I never link to it?

I have a URL that I would like to share with my friend who needs the information on it, but I do not want the public to see it. The URL refers to an index.html, which is in my public_html and ...
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Is the world ready for name based HTTPS vhost service? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Multiple SSL domains on the same IP address and same port? I'm developing a web app that MUST MUST MUST use HTTPS. It's kinda developed on the cheap though, and I really ...
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How does one prevent another server in a subnet to “steal” the IP address of our own server while it restarts?

We are renting a Windows root server at Serverloft. Recently, when the server restarted after installing regular Microsoft updates, it restarted properly, but couldn't be accessed anymore, and a Linux ...
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Unused domain name getting routed to double click

I have an unused domain name which is registered by Network Solutions and which I thought was turned off. However, entering the domain in a browser results in getting redirected to a double click ...
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Should I host my entire web application using https?

Actually my only requirement for using SSL encryption is that when a user logs in, the password is transferred encrypted. However after reading a bit about protocol switching, that an HTTPS session ...
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Prevent outgoing spam

What are some ways to prevent spam from leaving your servers should a hosting account get compromised? Have a bunch of clients on a server with cpanel but wondering if there was a way to just ...
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Latency in Internet connections from Europe to USA

I'm looking for a (cheap) Web hoster. Basically all the hosting providers that I can find, and match my requirements are located in the USA. But my target audience is in (Western-)Europe, I know for ...
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What is the difference between a cache, a primed cache and an empty cache?

Can someone explain the following concepts to me as the relate to measuring the data transfer of data from my web site. Whats the difference between a cache, a primed cache and an empty cache? Can ...
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Is it normal for inbound traffic to far exceed outbound traffic?

I have a web server on a coloc host. All 'planned' activity is over HTTP. (There's no FTP server, no bittorrent client, no IRC bots, etc.) My inbound traffic is consistently 5-10 times higher than my ...
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Giving SSH access to a user, and security issues

Okay, so I have a VPS and I made an account for a friend so he can host his own domains (using the reseller features in DirectAdmin). He's asking for SSH access, and I know that this is probably a bad ...
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How to show a maintenance page for website when our network is down

We host our ASP.NET web sites internally (within our DMZ). When we are doing network maintenance, etc we would like to have our sites display a maintenance page, but our network is down so our hosting ...
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Proxy HTTP requests to servers on different ports, using subdomain

Say I have a minimalist Python web server running with several instances, each with different ports specified as command line arguments. I'd like requests to my server to be redirected like this, ...
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Recommendations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VPS Host?

I'm looking for a well-respected, high-performing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VPS host. For my linux hosting, I use a shared WebFaction account, so I'm spoiled by their incredible service and support....
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How to expose SQL 2008 database to the world through the Internet?

My web hosting provider allows me to setup an SQL Server 2008 database from their web pages and then provides with an address of the form "tcp:domain.bla.net" that I can use to connect from anywhere. ...
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How do you recover when your hosting provider loses everything?

You've probably seen the messages at the stackoverflow blog and on codinghorror: blog.stackoverflow.com experienced 100% data loss at our hosting provider, CrystalTech. We're working to ...
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RubyOnRails Inexpensive Hosting Service [closed]

I am looking for a hosting service to host RoR (Ruby on Rails) applications. Please suggest hosting services where I can get an inexpensive plan. What are the best options out for hosting when you ...
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What's the cheapest way to host hobby projects?

What's the best place to put your hobby web projects(the web app itself, not the code) ? Typically, the projects are such that: a) I just want to test out an interesting idea without exploring the ...
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nginx can't bind to port 80..Nothing running on port 80

I'm trying to setup nginx on Ubuntu 11.04. I have followed the roughly the directions found here: http://library.linode.com/frameworks/sinatra/debian-6-squeeze . I know it is for Debian, but I ...
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Are there any hosts that use openstack? [closed]

http://www.openstack.org/ I'm looking for a good cloud hosting company with utility style costs (paying for how much bandwidth, hard disk, cpu is used.
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Alternative to heroku or google app engine for static files

I'm creating a simple site for my family and which is basically just static files (I don't want a CMS). I've tried using heroku and google app engine but heroku wind down the server which yields a ...
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Does Cloud Computing COST a premium? (or is it competitive with shared/managed/co-location)

Since cloud solutions (Google AppEngine, Amazon, etc.) do more for you, at the end of the day do they cost significantly more than doing it "yourself" with co-location hosting, etc. Not just ...
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100 Mbit/s Colocation Connectivity [closed]

I have an offer for 100 Mbit/s network speed in as a co-location service. 100mbit includes download/upload all together? For example: Can I upload with 100Mbit/s while downloading 100Mbit/s at same ...
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Other domains on shared server showing my webpages

I own a website (gosportweather.co.uk) which is hosted by the same company as other websites on a shared server. The problem is I am noticing that these other websites appear to be showing my webpages ...
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What is the typical maintenance required on a LAMP server?

I am in the process of setting up an Ubuntu LAMP server (cloud hosted) to run a few small websites. I am in the process of configuring the security settings, etc. Once I have it ready for production ...
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Choosing a Host — Reseller or VPS?

I'm developing a common-interest social networking community which is soon ready for release. I need some advice on what type of a hosting plan will best fit both my emerging website development ...
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Is this a solid (and cheap) High Availability idea for my website and database if the zombi's attack?

I have an Idea for fail-over high availability for my website but i am not sure if this is good, bad or a disaster in itself. My main server hosts an ASP.net website that uses a SQL server database ...
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Colour Coding Convention for Server Architecture Block Diagram

Do any colour coding conventions exist for system architecture block diagrams? If not, who/what would be considered the de-facto standard? Is block diagram the correct terminology in this context? ...
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Should web farms be concerned with TLS handshake overhead

I have a web farm where the web servers are responsible for negotiating the secure connections. Does anyone else with a web farm go out of their way to reduce TLS handshake overhead by ensuring that ...
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Windows/IIS Hosting :: How much is too much?

I have 4 Windows 2003 servers running IIS 6. These servers host a bunch of unique web sites (in that they are all different in build/architecture/etc). The code behind these sites range from straight ...
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Setting up backup systems when hosting own SVN, Jira, etc

I like using hosted services. It's easy, they give you a SLA and you can generally trust they run at big enough scale to have serious back-up. But it's a bit more expensive and loses you some ...