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How to Enable Cloudflare CDN on your Website

A slow-loading website is one of the most common flaws that drive away your customers. Many businesses are unaware of the impact that website loading time can have on SERPs and customer retention. While many reasons may hamper the loading time of your website, the best you can do is use a Content Delivery Network or CDN to boost the speed of your website.   

What is CDN?

Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a decentralized system of servers spread across the globe that improve the loading time of your website. So how does CDN work under real-world conditions? CDNs are not hosting providers, but merely a middle entity between the host and the visitor. It saves a copy of your website on all these servers across the globe and displays the information to the user from the closest available server. This improves the loading time of the website, thereby delighting your customers. 

There are many CDN available in the market, but one of the best and most renowned CDNs is Cloudflare. So, what is Cloudflare CDN, and how does Cloudflare CDN work?

Cloudflare CDN

Cloudflare is one of the fastest CDN services with minimal response time. Cloudflare functions by caching the website content and loading it from the closest CDN server resulting in faster page loading along with reduced bandwidth and CPU usage. Cloudflare CDN ensures that your website is always available, and if one CDN server fails, it relays the query to the next closest server. 

Cloudflare CDN also offers increased security against DDoS attacks and traffic spikes, which is an essential feature as incidences of DDoS attacks continue to increase. With Cloudflare CDN, you also get access to a whole range of apps improving the user experience on the website. You also get in-depth analytics to make changes and improve the metrics. 

Enabling Cloudflare on your website.     

1. Create an account using your email address and choice of password.

2. Mention the site (domain name) that you want to enable through CF.

3. Select a plan. You can begin with a free one.

4. Review your DNS records

5. Change the Name Servers

In addition to basic DNS and CDN services, the free plan lets you use/try many other services like SSL, Firewall, Page Rules, Caching, WAF, Smart Routing, and many more. You can find out more by visiting https://www.cloudflare.com/en-in/plans/#compare-features

We recommend enabling CloudFlare to our hosting customers for the following reasons.

  1. Some of our Shared Hosting plans and all VPS Hosting & Dedicated Server plans come with limited monthly data transfer. Cached assets of your site such as HTML pages, javascript files, stylesheets and especially images and videos can keep the data transfer low and avoid any penalties (read our AUP/TOS) in extreme cases. Moreover, CF’s DDoS protection can work in conjunction with our default DDoS protection, and thus considerably reducing the chances of downtime during any such attack.
  2. Just like network, this can bring down the consumption of other resources for your website on the server. Thus prolonging the need to upgrade to a higher plan/product even when your business is growing rapidly.

That’s all from this article! Hope you understood how does Cloudflare CDN work. If you have any doubts or suggestions, then please feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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Benefits of Integrating ResellerClub Mods with WHMCS

Domains and ResellerClub are synonymous with each other, however, ResellerClub has a host of different products for you to set up, resell and run your online business smoothly. While there are several ways to resell our services, WHMCS or WebHost Manager Complete Solution has proved to be one of the most popular mediums used by our resellers because of its ease of use and highly customisable nature. 

This article aims to introduce you to ResellerClub modules that will help take you a step further into simplified provisioning and management of ResellerClub products like never before. 

If you are already using WHMCS then you are probably already using our Default WHMCS module that offers a select set of functions to manage your domain orders. 

They are as follows:

  • Register, Transfer & Renew 
  • Register/Update Nameservers
  • Update WHOIS
  • Get EPP Code
  • DNS Record Management
  • Place Registrar Lock
  • Domain Sync Script 

However, for more nuanced features like handling GDPR or IRTP or even for reselling other products, you would have had to build your own modules to use with WHMCS. You could also use a 3rd party WHMCS plugin but we recommend using modules offered by our preferred partner, Group Informática Ferraro for a seamless experience. 

Launched 8 years ago, Group Informática Ferraro offers WHMCS Modules for all ResellerClub products called ResellerClub Mods. These are currently the most widely used 3rd party modules in ResellerClub’s trusted reseller base and one of the most popular ones sold on WHMCS’ marketplace. ResellerClub Mods offer over 20 tailor-made modules for ResellerClub’s products, services and OrderBox’s unique features. The most popular of these, however, has been their Registrar module. 

Here are a few of their features that make them so widely consumed by our resellers: 

  • Enable/Disable GDPR Domain Contact Protection from Admin and Client Area
  • Resend Email for RAA / IRTP Verification and GDPR Authorisation from Admin and Client Area
  • Change “Active” domain status to “Transferred Away” once the domain transfer has been completed at the registrar (domain sync and manual sync)
  • Automated domain restore in redemption period
  • Full support for selling new gTLD premium domains
  • Pro-rata charge for domain addons
  • Domain Register Pre GA Support
  • Suggest Domains in domain checker and shopping cart
  • Selling Afternic Premium Domains with Premium Domain lookup shopping cart
  • Automated language handling with fallback to English if selected language does not exist
  • Language Override ready
  • Multilingual Support with English and Spanish translations. You can add your own languages by simply translating the main English file
  • Extended Domain Status Information Section in the Admin Area
  • 100% Support for ALL gTLD’s and ccTLD’s 
  • 100% IDN Support and much more.

They also have a dedicated module to take care of your advance DNS needs. All the features that you’ve used on Orderbox but find it difficult to replicate via WHMCS can be bridged by this revolutionary module i.e Advanced Dns Interface

ResellerClub modules also offer a variety of fully customisable modules for all our Addon & Hosting products which take care of everything right from provisioning, billing and even management of your customer’s order. Additionally, their email hosting module for Business & Enterprise email has made it easy for several of our web hosts to bundle with their hosting and is a major hit amongst the web hosts.

In a nutshell, if you are a web host then integrating ResellerClub to your WHMCS panel will definitely simplify your work in the long run! So what are you waiting for? Integrate today and get 25% off on all modules!

If you have any queries about integrating WHMCS with your ResellerClub account, visit our website or get in touch with us by leaving a comment below and we’d be happy to help you!

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Simplifying Your Website Management With 5 Simple cPanel Tips

When it comes to website management cPanel is the preferred choice for most hosting types viz. Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting to name a few. cPanel, a web-based interface, is a management system that lets you manage all your website and hosting related orders with ease. 

In this article, we’ll walk you through cPanel and share 5 tips to manage your website using cPanel. So without further ado, let us begin.

What is cPanel?

cPanel is a web-based control panel that allows you to manage your website and hosting orders easily. It has a graphic and visual appearance that helps you navigate seamlessly from one function to another. 

If you’re a beginner and want to understand how cPanel works you can read this post. However, if you’ve already gone through the process of configuring your cPanel, then it’s time to learn how to manage your website without worrying too much. 

5 Tips To Manage Your Website Using Cpanel

  • Easy App Installation

Auto-installers are a quick and hassle-free way of installing apps on your website or hosting account. There are various auto-installers available like Softaculous, Installatron, QuickInstall, etc. With our Cloud Hosting, we offer QuickInstall, a popular auto-installer that comes pre-integrated with cPanel. It supports multiple apps, themes and services to make your website look professional. 

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As a website owner, your work of installing applications is simplified due to the auto-installer. 

  • Update your PHP Version

The PHP version your website works on has an impact when it loads on your visitor’s browser. If your PHP version is not compatible with the visitors PHP version, it might pose a problem, for example, there might be performance issues, security vulnerabilities etc. Thus, it is important to keep your PHP updated. The current version of PHP 7.3 is said to be the best ever as it improves website loading speed immensely. 

If you’re confused about how to update your PHP version in cPanel, worry not, it is a simple process. Follow the steps listed in this article and your PHP version will be up-to-date in a matter of minutes.

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As a website owner, if you have a WordPress website make sure it is updated to 7.3 and if not that at least 5.6.20+, although this is not recommended by WordPress. 

  • Check Server Performance

Making sure that your server has adequate space for your website resources to run properly is extremely important. Also, checking the performance of your server from time to time, helps you analyse if you need to upgrade your hosting as well. 

In cPanel click on ‘Server Information,’ and you can check your CPU memory, file and disk usage, resource management, etc.

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For instance, if you’re currently using Shared Hosting, chances are you might notice that most of the space is being taken by other users, especially with this being a shared space. Or another scenario, your website is growing and the server space falls short. In this case, the most obvious solution is to upgrade your hosting plan to some other hosting say, Cloud Hosting to accommodate the rise in website traffic. 

As a website owner, this switch was possible because you analysed the server performance. This eventually will lead to happier customers as your website performance will improve. 

  • Built-in Analytics 

There are plenty of Analytical tools available in the market today viz. Google Analytics, KISSmetrics, CrazyEgg, etc. and although these are great, not everyone is keen on setting up analytics from scratch. However, having analytics in place is a good option and you can start with a built-in analytics system. 

AWStats (Advanced Web Statistics) is an open-source analytics tool that comes with cPanel and offers data on traffic source, volume and even type of traffic, the operating system of the visitor, browser information, HTTP codes and a lot more. 

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As a website owner, analysing your website traffic can give you great insights on how well your business is performing and AWStats is one of the best tools for a beginner.

  • Files Management 

Managing website files can be tricky, especially if you’re new to it. With cPanel’s File Manager you can easily upload your files to your server. You can either upload your files individually or zip multiple files together and upload. 

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As a website owner, you now don’t have to go through the hassles of uploading your files via FTP. 

Conclusion 

With these 5 cPanel tips for website management, we hope your website management is simplified and you can concentrate on your business without worrying much about the technicalities. If you have any suggestions on the kind of tutorials you would like to read, please feel free to comment below!

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How Cloudflare can Amp up your SEO Efforts

Imagine, in a sea of millions of websites, yours exists, however, you want it to do more than just exist – you want it to thrive, to be visible, to have people interact with it. And so, you decide to invest in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It’s a cost-effective, credible solution to get your website ranked on Google. Sounds great right? What’s even better is that you can add to your efforts by using Cloudflare – it actually helps boost your SEO efforts. So, let’s break down what that means by answering some simple questions.

What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare is one of the world’s largest Content Delivery Networks (CDN). However, it does a lot more than that. Cloudflare also provides services like DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) mitigation, distributed domain name services and internet security services. 

How does it work? Well, between the visitor and the Cloudflare user’s hosting provider sit the Cloudflare services. These services act as a reverse proxy server for websites. What does that mean? A reverse proxy server, like Cloudflare, sits in front of web servers and basically forwards the visitor’s request to those web servers, acting as a middleman. 

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To go a little further into reverse proxy servers, we first need to understand proxy servers. A proxy server, also known as a forward proxy, is a server that handles the client/visitor machines. Say, for instance, there is a client and they are initiating a request to a server, the request may first go to one server (a proxy server), before being sent to the actual backend server. The backend server will process the request and send it back. However, the client is unaware that there was a server in between while sending the request to the final server – this is known as a proxy server. For the backend server, it will assume that the proxy server is the client and that the requests are coming from that particular server. 

For reverse proxy server, a client might initiate a request to the intermediate, proxy server. However, the difference is there are multiple backend servers, and the request from the proxy server will go to only one of them. The backend server will process the request and redirect it back to the client. The client doesn’t know how many servers are there. Each time a request is sent, it could be to a new server. In a proxy server (or a forward proxy server) it is a single setup, of multiple clients with one server. A reverse proxy has single (or multiple) clients with multiple servers. The customers are the clients, who only see the website, however, our requests will go internally to different servers based on where we reside. 

So, what are the benefits of Cloudflare? 

To begin with, Cloudflare is simple and easy to install. Furthermore, Cloudflare boosts your security and enhances your protection from attacks. By acting as a reverse proxy server, your website never needs to reveal the IP address of the origin server. This means that hackers can’t attack the server. It only allows genuine users the opportunity to access your website so that the resources of your website don’t get drained and the speed of your website remains intact. It protects your website from DDoS and DoS attacks. If the speed of your website slows down, it will save the cached files until your site speed returns to normal. Finally, it provides free SSL certificates.

Now, you’ve probably noticed that speed and security are 2 of Cloudflare’s largest benefits. It’s these two factors that contribute to your SEO efforts. Before we tell you how to, let’s also run through the basics of SEO. 

SEO defined:

SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimisation, is the practice of increasing the quality and quantity of traffic to your website through organic results via your search engine.

  • Quality of traffic: Quality traffic basically refers to having the right audience reach your website – those who are genuinely interested in the products you offer. 
  • Quantity of traffic: Once you’ve accessed the right kind of audience, you want to increase the numbers so that more people are engaging and interacting with your website and the services you offer.
  • Organic Search Results: Organic traffic refers to the traffic that you didn’t have to pay for. 

How does it work? Well, when you access Google (or Bing, Yahoo or any other Search Engine) and type in a request, it responds by sending you a long list of websites that could answer your request. However, there’s a method to the madness. The links that Google offers are decided on the basis of a crawler that it uses. This crawler goes out and collects the information related to what you typed in the search bar. The crawlers then bring back all that content to the search engine to build an index. The index is then run through an algorithm, which tries to match the data with your request. 

The Optimisation part of SEO is when content writers on the web, design that same content to help the Search Engine find them. Optimization can take the form of title tags, meta tags, the right keywords, internal links – all of which help the crawler move through and understand your site structure quickly. 

So, what would it take for your page to rank highly on the index? Here’s where we return to Cloudflare because speed and security are 2 factors that help determine your ranking on the page. Let’s see how:

Speed: Google has stated that website speed is an important factor considered in its internal algorithm to rank pages. This is because slow page speed means that the crawler goes through fewer pages, which could negatively affect your place on the index. 

Page speed also becomes an issue of sorts. Those with longer load times, tend to have steep bounce rates and website users spend less time on the page. Load times also have a direct impact on conversions. 

How can Cloudflare CDN help? 

Cloudflare is one of the largest Content Delivery Networks in the world. This means that your site will be distributed amongst a large pool of servers, all of which will handle requests for your site. As a reverse proxy server, Cloudflare will balance the incoming traffic evenly amongst the servers so that none of them become overloaded. In the event that one server fails, another can take its place. The reverse proxy server will also cache your content resulting in quicker performance. All of these factors can drastically improve your site speed – a key factor in determining your ranking on the index.

Security: Google is looking to make the web a secure and safe place and has advocated for websites moving to HTTPS, by acquiring an SSL certificate. The reason is simple: data is encrypted in transit and therefore private and sensitive information isn’t misused. It is said that HTTPS websites will achieve a boost in ranking, while also gaining the optimal level of security. In essence, Google looks to reward secure and peak performance websites by increasing their ranking on the index.  

Also, threats and attacks can affect your rankings. Although there are no direct penalties, your ranking does tend to suffer and with repeated attacks, Google can flag or even blacklist your website for Malware – thereby obliterating your spot on the rankings. 

How do CDNs, like Cloudflare, help with these problems? Firstly, Cloudflare provides its users with SSL certificates. Secondly, CDNs like Cloudflare offer reverse proxy, which keeps a website or server’s IP address hidden. This makes it harder for attackers to target them with a DDoS attack. These threats will instead be routed to the CDN, which comes equipped with the resources to fend off an attack. Therefore, your site remains secure, safe and should rank more consistently.

At ResellerClub, Cloudflare acts as a proxy between your visitors and our servers. As a result, you’ll be able to fend off malicious visitors, save bandwidth and greatly reduce page load times. We deploy high performing Cloudflare CDN and security so that you and your customers stay secure. With our packages, you can easily set up your Reseller Hosting business, because we offer robust infrastructure, a fantastic team of support executives and effective management of your web hosting accounts. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment below!

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Which Hosting Should you Choose for your Online Business?

Knowing your product and business niche is of utmost importance, as the success of your business depends on your product, your marketing abilities, and how well you know your customers. However, when it comes to online businesses there are two more critical things that you should take care of. First, the domain name of your business website and second, your hosting – viz. type and service provider. 

Choosing the perfect domain name is comparatively easy but with the many hosting options available it can be slightly overwhelming and confusing which to choose. Worry not! The aim of this article is to help you understand which hosting you should choose for your online business. So without further ado, let us begin. 

First things first, let us see the various types of hosting options available today:

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. VPS Hosting
  3. Dedicated Hosting
  4. Cloud Hosting
  5. Reseller Hosting
  6. CMS Hosting

    1. WordPress Hosting
    2. Magento Hosting
    3. Joomla Hosting
    4. Drupal Hosting

Phew! Too many aren’t they? And confusing too, especially if you are a first time user. Before we delve deep into all these hosting options. Let us first figure out which hosting is the best for you, for this we will consider ‘website traffic’ as our metric.

If your website traffic falls under the range of: 

Traffic Range Type Go for this
5k – 10k visitors/day New SMB/blog Shared Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day A high surge in traffic Cloud Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day Steady traffic VPS Hosting
>30k visitors/day Medium-large business Dedicated Hosting
>10k and <30k visitors/day CMS based website eg: WordPress CMS Based Hosting
No set range as this hosting is basically used to share part of your server. WebPro i.e web designer or developer Reseller Hosting

Now, that you’ve figured the hosting you should choose for your website let us see in-depth about these hosting types:

  1. Shared Hosting

    Shared Hosting, is a traditional hosting type where a single physical server is shared amongst multiple websites. Apart from the server space, resources like bandwidth, storage, disk space etc. are also shared.  

    Features: Some of the prominent features of Shared Hosting are, it is easy to manage and offers high performance to websites that get low to moderate traffic.

    Cost: Shared Hosting is the cheapest hosting amongst all the hosting types.

    Ideal for: Shared Hosting is ideal for websites that receive low traffic be them e-commerce website or blogs.  

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Even though Shared Hosting divides its resources amongst multiple websites, it has a lot of advantages. To name a few:

    • it comes with a free cPanel using which you can monitor your domain and its add-ons,
    • it allows free website migration from one web host to another,
    • it comes with varnish cache. Thus, even though the server is divided among several websites,  if you are a low-traffic website your website loading speed isn’t affected. 

  2. VPS Hosting

    VPS or Virtual Private Server Hosting is traditional hosting where a single physical server is partitioned into multiple smaller virtual servers. This partitioning is done with the help of a software called the hypervisor. Post the partition, the individual virtual servers or virtual machines (VMs) act as independent servers each with a dedicated set of resources without being dependent on the other servers or their resources. VPS can be said to be a bridge between Shared and Dedicated Hosting.

    Features: VPS Hosting offers greater flexibility and control of the server as you get full-root access of the server. Apart from this, it offers instant scalability of resources, power-packed performance and is reliable as all servers are isolated from one another.

    Cost: VPS Hosting is costlier than Shared Hosting, however, it is cheaper compared to Dedicated Hosting.

    Ideal for: Growing businesses and blogs with variable traffic ranging from moderate to high. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage:  If you are a Reseller then VPS Hosting is an ideal choice as you can sub-divide your server for multiple clients. 

    • VPS Hosting by ResellerClub is setup instantly & powered by KVM, a powerful virtualization infrastructure
    • Free SSD (Solid State Drives) for powerful read/write performance along with instant scalability. 
    • Apart from this, our VPS Hosting is reliable and loads fast even if you are a high traffic website/blog. 

  3. Dedicated Server Hosting

    Dedicated Server Hosting helps you host and manage your website without sharing server space with any other website. In Dedicated Server Hosting, you get complete administrative control of your hosting server. Moreover, your website is secure and loads faster as no other website is sharing the server space. 

    Features: Dedicated Hosting offers complete control of your physical server with full root access including all the resources like CPU, RAM, OS, etc. thus you are free to customise your hosting environment.

    Cost: Dedicated Hosting is the costliest of all the hosting types available.

    Ideal for: Dedicated Hosting is ideal for large businesses who deal with huge data and receive a great amount of traffic on a daily basis. 

    ResellerClub Advantage: Dedicated Server Hosting by ResellerClub is built on state-of-the-art architecture and offers you the following advantages:

    • Instant provisioning of the server using OpenStack, an IaaS platform
    • Easy management of multiple clients using hosting management panels like WHM and cPanel
    • Efficient server performance using Supermicro blade chassis  
    • Full-root access and 99.9% uptime guarantee 

  4. Cloud Hosting

    Cloud Hosting is an interconnection of several servers across instances and/or devices. Virtualisation plays a key role in Cloud Hosting, especially in terms of the division of resources for each server. Here, the servers are isolated from each other and the resources easily scalable. 

    Features: Quick and easy scalability of resources, no single point of failure, high security, blazing fast website loading speed and 99.9% Uptime guarantee. 

    Cost: Even though Cloud Hosting falls under the expensive bracket when compared to Shared Hosting, given its innumerable features it is, in fact, cost-effective. 

    Ideal for: Cloud Hosting is ideal for growing online businesses, websites with dynamic content, and moderate to low traffic websites.

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Cloud Hosting with ResellerClub comes with 

    • free Hosting Management cPanel to help you manage your website better
    • data mirroring to keep your data safe in case of sudden server failure
    • instant setup & installation, and much more.

  5. CMS Hosting

    CMS (Content Management System Hosting) is a generic way of representing a hosting type in accordance with the CMS you are using for your website. One of the most widely used CMS is, WordPress and hence WordPress Hosting is the ideal choice for it over other hosting types. At ResellerClub, we offer 4 different types of CMS Hosting services viz. WordPress Hosting, Magento Hosting, Drupal Hosting and Joomla Hosting.

    Features: Offers a stable hosting infrastructure, customised support and caters to the needs based on the CMS type chosen. Apart from this, it comes with a hosting management panel like cPanel, email hosting etc. 

    Ideal for: Any CMS based website for small-medium sized business. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Any CMS Hosting viz. WordPress Hosting, Joomla Hosting, Magento Hosting and Drupal Hosting with Resellerclub comes with 

    • 1-click software install
    • lightning fast website loading speed 
    • integrated caching and CDN
    • intuitive dashboard, automatic updates, and much more.

  6. Reseller Hosting

    Reseller Hosting is the ideal type of hosting for WebPros who are in the reseller business or plan to start their own hosting business. It helps you cater and manage your clients easily viz. It allows you to create customised plans and packages which you can later sell to your customer keeping a margin with the aim of earning a profit. 

    Features: It offers high disk space and bandwidth along with Billing and Hosting management dashboard to seamlessly manage the multiple clients. Along with this, it even offers you WHMCS panel and over 800+ products that include domains, hosting, SSL, email, themes, etc. services to cater to your clients. 

    Ideal for: Reseller Hosting is ideal for WebPro who wish to start their own hosting business. 

    The ResellerClub Advantage: Reseller Hosting offers you white-labelled services i.e you can offer your services to your clients under your own brand name. This helps you further your business and establish your business in the market, making you a one-stop-shop for all things domains and hosting. 

Final thoughts:

The choice of your chosen hosting greatly determines how well your website caters to your customers. The right choice of hosting is sure to keep them happy and coming back to you, whereas the wrong choice could result in either them not being happy or you paying more than what you should be based on your traffic. So, analyse your traffic and business before making the final choice. All hosting types are good, it all depends on the size and type of your business to make it a profitable venture. Choose wisely!

If you have any queries, you can drop us a comment below or get in touch with our support executives and we’ll be happy to help you!

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All You Need to Know About Hypervisors

Sitting at the core of virtualization is a well-known but little-discussed technology called the Hypervisor. The hypervisor is a layer of software which enables single hardware to host multiple, isolated virtual machines. It also helps with the management of those virtual machines. But before we talk about how the hypervisor works, the types of hypervisors and the benefits of this technology, let’s put some basic definitions in place. We’ll start with a technology that is tied very closely to hypervisors – virtualization.

What is virtualization?  

Virtualization is the creation of a “virtual” form of a resource, such as a server, a desktop, an operating system, storage space, network or files. With virtualization, traditional computing is transformed, as these resources become scalable as per a client or organisation’s needs. Virtualization has been around for decades and is now split into three distinct types – Operating System (OS) virtualization, hardware virtualization and server virtualization.

Virtualization is used to consolidate workloads, systems and multiple operating environments on one single physical system. Essentially the underlying hardware is partitioned, and each partition runs as a separate, isolated Virtual Machine – which has its own Operating System. Now, this is where the hypervisor comes in.

What is a hypervisor?

The function of partitioning, or more specifically, abstracting and isolating these different OS and applications from the underlying computer hardware is what the hypervisor does. Therefore, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that virtualization is enabled by the functions of the hypervisor.

What this means is that the underlying hardware (which is known as the host machine) can independently operate and run one or more virtual machines (known as guest machines). The hypervisor also helps manage these independent Virtual Machines by distributing hardware resources such as memory allotment, CPU usage network bandwidth and more amongst them. It does this by creating pools of abstracted hardware resources, which it then allocates to Virtual Machines. It also can stop and start virtual machines, when requested by the user.

Another key component of hypervisors is ensuring that all the Virtual Machines stay isolated from others – so when a problem occurs in one Virtual Machine, the others remain unaffected. Finally, the hypervisor also handles the communication amongst Virtual Machines over virtual networks – enabling VMs to connect with one another.

How does a hypervisor work?

To understand how hypervisors work, it’s important to understand – what are the types of hypervisors? How do they work? What is the difference?

There are 2 types of Hypervisors. They’re also referred to as Native or Bare Metal Hypervisors (Type 1) and Hosted Hypervisors (Type 2).

Type 1 Hypervisors:

Type 1 hypervisors run on the host machine’s hardware directly, without the intervention of an underlying Operating System. This means that the hypervisor has direct hardware access without contending with the Operating System and drivers.

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Type 1 is widely acknowledged as the best-performing and most efficient hypervisors for enterprise computing. The ability to directly assign resources makes these hypervisors more scalable, but the advantages go further than that:

  1. Optimisation of Physical Resources: Organisations often burn funds quickly by buying separate servers for different applications – an endeavour that is time-consuming and takes up data centre space. With Type 1 hypervisors, IT can utilize server hardware, which frees up data centre costs and real estate and cuts down on energy usage.
  2. Greater Resource Allocation: Most Type 1 hypervisors give admins the opportunity to manually set resource allocation, based on the application’s priority. Many Type 1 hypervisors also automate resource allocation as required, allowing resource management to be a dynamic and customised option.  

The best-known examples of Type 1 hypervisors are VMware’s ESXi and Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

Type 2 Hypervisors

Typically, these hypervisors are built on top of the Operating System. Because of its reliance on the host machine’s underlying Operating System (in direct contrast to Type 1), it is referred to as “hosted hypervisor”. The hypervisor runs as an application within the Operating System, which then runs directly on the host computer. Type 2 hypervisors do support multiple guest machines but are not allowed to directly access the host hardware and its resources. The pre-existing Operating System manages the calls to the CPU for memory, network resources and storage. All of this can create a certain amount of latency.

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However, this is only the case for more complex and high-performance scenarios. Type 2 hypervisors are still popular home and test labs.  Furthermore, Type 2 hypervisors come with their own set of benefits, like:

  1. Type 2 Hypervisors are much easier to set up and to manage as you already have an Operating System to work with.
  2. It does not require a dedicated admin.
  3. It is compatible with a wide range of hardware.

Examples of type-2 hypervisors include Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Virtual Box, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and more.  

KVM

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) a popular and unique hypervisor – seeing as it has characteristics of both Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors. This open sourced virtualization technology is built into Linux, and more specifically turns Linux into a hypervisor.

To be clear, KVM is a part of the Linux code, which means it benefits from every Linux innovation or advancement, features and fixes without additional engineering.

KVM converts Linux into a Type-1 (native/bare-metal) hypervisor. It is a secure option, that gives you plenty of storage, hardware support, memory management, live migration of your VM (without any service interruption), scalability, scheduling and resource control, low latency and greater prioritization of apps. KVM also creates more secure and better isolated Virtual Machines, while ensuring that they continue to run at peak performance. Excited to use all of these features? Well, when you sign up for a Linux VPS Hosting plan with us, KVM will automatically become a part of the packages you create. Check out our array web hosting packages, here.

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Understanding the Architecture and Setup of VPS Hosting

From our previous articles on what VPS Hosting is, to types of VPS Hosting, or how to install or enable a certain plugin, etc. we’ve covered it all, however, there are two things that we haven’t, that is the architecture and setup. For anything to be built or function properly there needs to be a process or an architecture in place. And it is true even when it comes to your web hosting. The aim of this article is to make you the reader understand how VPS Hosting works and how to setup VPS Hosting on your hosting package.

What is VPS Hosting?

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting, is the kind of a server that hosts several websites on a single physical server but gives the user the experience of an isolated server. Here, each individual server gets its own resources like CPU, RAM and OS with users having complete root access. Thus, VPS Hosting is said to be a combination of Shared and Dedicated Hosting.

Working of VPS Hosting

To segregate your physical server into multiple virtual servers, your hosting provider requires a virtualization software, known as a hypervisor. The hypervisor acts as a virtualization layer. It essentially extracts resources on the physical server and lets your customers have access to a virtual replica of the original server. This server is known as a Virtual Machine (VM). Each VM has its own dedicated resources like CPU, RAM, OS and individual applications.

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As you can see from the above diagram, in the virtual architecture a single physical server is divided into three separate servers and there is a layer of virtualization between the operating system and the physical server. Also, all these servers are isolated from each other.

The advantage of VPS Hosting is that each user has full root access due to the isolated nature of the servers, which ensures privacy and better security.

Now that we’ve seen how VPS Hosting works let us now move onto understanding how to set up a Virtual Private Server. For our benefit, we will be provisioning VPS on a ResellerClub hosting package. Let’s begin!

Setting up VPS Hosting

  1. Login to your Reseller Account
    Login to our ResellerClub Control Panel, using your Reseller ID and Password. Go to the top right side of the dashboard and click on Buy to purchase orders.
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  2. Place an Order
    In order to purchase VPS Hosting you first need to have a domain name linked to it. For your benefit, we would be purchasing both the Domain and VPS Hosting.
  3. Purchasing Domain Name

    1. To purchase a domain, go to ‘Select Product’ and select Domain Registration from the drop-down list
    2. Enter the domain you want and check if it is available. Should you want Privacy Protection you can add it at an added cost
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  4. Purchasing VPS Hosting

    1. After you’ve purchased your domain name it is time for you to link it to your choice of hosting. Refresh the page and in the same ‘Select Product’ drop-down, select Linux KVM VPS
    2. Type the domain name you want to link the hosting with, as well as, all the product specification details as well (we will link it with the domain we purchased)
    3. Next, choose if you want any Add-ons, the control panels viz. cPanel and Plesk and, WHMCS (Billing) Add-on available with VPS Hosting. We have selected cPanel and WHMCS. If you don’t want any Add-On select None
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  5. Accessing your VPS Hosting

    1. Post purchasing your domain name and VPS Hosting are now automatically added to your control panel
    2. To access the orders, go to the main dashboard and click on Products → List All Orders → Click on the Order you want to access. We will be choosing VPS Hosting
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  6. Setting up your VPS Hosting
    With ResellerClub, your VPS server is provisioned instantly post purchase of the order and you need not set it up manually.
     For anything to be built or function properly there needs to be a process or an architect Understanding the Architecture and Setup of VPS Hosting

    To access your VPS server, click on the ‘Admin Details’ tab and a new window opens. You can now access the Server Management Panel, WHMCS and cPanel to manage your orders.

     For anything to be built or function properly there needs to be a process or an architect Understanding the Architecture and Setup of VPS Hosting

Conclusion:

With this, we come to an end on our series of VPS Hosting. We hope you now know how VPS Hosting works, as well as, how to setup VPS Hosting. With ResellerClub, setting up VPS is very easy. If you have any suggestions, queries, or questions feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

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How to Change the PHP Version in cPanel for your VPS Package

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting, as we have covered in our previous articles, is a powerful and dynamic hosting infrastructure combining the qualities of both Shared and Dedicated Hosting. It allows you to manage your server seamlessly with complete root access. Since VPS is a self-managed server, it is important that you know how to enable various features on your VPS package. In this tutorial, we will cover, how to change the PHP version in cPanel for your VPS package, however, before we get to the tutorial let us first have a look at what PHP is.

PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor (earlier called, Personal Home Page). It is an open-source, server-side scripting language that enables developers to develop web applications and can be embedded directly into an HTML code. Moreover, PHP also helps create dynamic web pages for web apps, e-commerce based apps, as well as, database applications. Along with this, it is platform independent and connects with several databases like MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, etc. Now, that we’ve covered the basics of PHP let us move on to understanding how to change the PHP version in cPanel.

Follow these steps to know how to change the PHP version in cPanel for a particular domain hosted under the VPS package:

  1. Login to your Reseller Account
    Login to your ResellerClub control panel to see how many active orders, expiring orders are there in your account.
  2. Accessing your Products
    To access your orders, go to your control panel dashboard and click on Products → List All Orders (image 1) → Click on the Domain Name associated with the VPS package you want to access (image 2)
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  3. Accessing the VPS Linux KVM package
    After clicking on the Domain Name, you’ll be redirected to the ‘Domain Overview’ page (image 3). Scroll down to the VPS Linux KVM tab. Here click on Admin Details, and then click on the cPanel link to login to the WHM panel (image 4)
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  4. Accessing your WHM Panel
    After clicking on the cPanel link, the WHM page opens up. Here enter the Username and Password for the WHM Panel, and click on Login
  5. In the WHM Panel
    On the WHM dashboard on the Home page click on Software
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  6. MultiPHP Manager
    There are a bunch of software plugins in this tab, to change your PHP version click on the ‘MultiPHP Manager’ plugin
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  7. In MultiPHP Manager Plugin
    After clicking on the plugin, select the Domain name for which you wish to modify the PHP version. This can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Note: Do not change anything else on the entire page

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  8. Set PHP Version per Domain
    Click on the drop-down option for ‘PHP Version’ and select the desired PHP version from the list of available PHP versions. After selection click on ‘Apply’
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    After this step, you will see your PHP version of the domain name has changed.

Conclusion:

With this, we come to an end of our quick tutorial on, ‘how to change the PHP version in cPanel for your VPS package’. If you have any suggestions, queries, or questions feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Until next time, folks!

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How to Secure Your Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Today, many organisations and enterprises are moving into a more hybrid cloud environment. And why not? Hybrid clouds are agile – they adapt and change to the needs of the organisation. With their unique mix of private, on-premises clouds and public clouds, you can get the scalability, low cost and reliability of a public cloud, while you can get the security, control and customisation and flexibility of a private cloud- It is the best of both worlds. It is projected that by 2020, almost 90 per cent of organisations would have shifted to a hybrid cloud environment (source). However, due to this flexibility and these two worlds (private and public) the security of a hybrid cloud becomes a bit more challenging. In this article, we’re going to look at how to secure hybrid cloud.

What is Hybrid Cloud?

Simply put, a hybrid cloud is an environment that uses a mix of third-party public clouds and on-premises, private cloud – with orchestration between the two. When workloads move between these two platforms – the private and public clouds – you get greater flexibility and more data deployment options. This allows you to respond to computing changes and business needs with agility. Sounds good right?

In order to establish this unique cloud computing environment, you need the availability of a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) like AWS (Amazon Web Services) Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure. Secondly, you need the construction of a private cloud (either through a cloud provider or on your own premises). The third component is a good Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity between the public and private cloud. Finally, you need to make sure that your Hybrid Cloud is secure. This is where the matter of hybrid cloud security comes in – why is it important and what does it entail?

Hybrid Cloud Security

While you may have a firm grip on the data in your own private cloud, once you begin to venture into the public cloud space, things become more complex. As more enterprises move to a hybrid cloud environment, more data security concerns arise. These are the top concerns:

  1. Cross-Cloud Policy Management:
    While policies and procedures within the organisation’s private data centre are set, these policies might not transfer well when it comes to the public cloud. Therefore, the challenge is to create, configure and maintain a security policy that is uniform across the entire network. This includes firewall rules, user identification/ authentication and IPS signatures amongst other things.
  2. Data Leaks:
    A key issue for data security administrators is data visibility. When it comes to deciding where data should be stored, organisations must put in the time, care and a tremendous amount of thought. And even then, it’s easy to lose track of the data without ensuring proper data visibility.
  3. Data compliance:
    Before organisations can move data and applications to a service provider cloud, they must make sure they understand all regulatory compliance laws that apply to their data – whether that’s customer credit card data or data spread across multiple geographical locations. Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the organisation to make sure data of any nature is well-protected. Cloud providers and Cloud web hosting service providers will tell organisations which compliance standards they adhere to. If more is required then the responsibility lies with the organisation to spell out those needs.
  4. Scalability:
    All security tools, procedures and practices need to be scaled for growth. If that hasn’t been done, companies can hit roadblocks because they neglected to build a security architecture that scales itself to the organisation’s infrastructure resources.

This brings us to the final question: How to secure Hybrid Cloud?

While hybrid cloud environments are more complex, there are multiple hybrid cloud security solutions and practices organisations can put in place, to keep it secure.

  1. Isolate Critical Infrastructure: Organisations store incredibly sensitive data on the cloud. However, access to this data needs to be isolated and restricted to a few key personnel, or those who specifically require it.
  2. Securing Endpoints: Using the cloud infrastructure does not remove the need for endpoint security. Often, threats and attacks start at the endpoint level. Accordingly, enterprises and organisations need to implement proper endpoint security by choosing comprehensive security solutions that offer application whitelisting and browser exploit protection.
  3. Encrypting data: Data – in transit and at rest – needs to be encrypted as a security measure. Organisations must also protect data, while it’s being used and processed by a cloud application. This will ensure that the data is protected for its entire lifecycle. While encryption methods vary according to service providers, organisations can choose the encryption method they prefer and then look for hosting providers who offer the same.
  4. Back up Data: It is essential that organisations backup their data – both physically and virtually – in case an attack or system failure leads to a loss of data (either temporary or permanent). Backing up data for your website and other applications will ensure that the data is accessible at all times.  
  5. Create a continuity and recovery plan: It’s vital that organisations create a backup plan to ensure that operations continue to run smoothly in a time of crisis (this could include power outages at data centres or disruption of services). A recovery plan could include image-based backups, which will create copies of computers or VMs, which can be used to recover or restore data.
  6. Risk Assessment: One good practice for organisations to follow is to constantly update risk assessment and analysis practices. That way, organisations can review the cloud provider’s compliance status and security capabilities. It also allows organisations to look at their own internal development and orchestration tools. Organisations must also keep an eye on operation management, monitoring tools, security tools and controls – both internally and in the public cloud. Vigilance like this allows security teams to maintain clarity and confidence in the controls that are currently in place and will give them time to modify them if required.
  7. Choose a Reliable Web Hosting Provider: When choosing a Cloud Hosting provider for your website, organisations must look at the security capabilities. The service provider should be aware that security is a key concern and they should provide adequate security measures to keep your data safe. Good Cloud Hosting providers use the storage systems to ensure unshakeable stability. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about the loss of data due to hardware failures.

Ultimately, every hybrid cloud security issue has a corresponding solution. The trick is to identify specific problems early and then create a comprehensive security solution. If organisations do that, they will end up with a powerful hybrid cloud that functions smoothly, is easy to manage and remains secure.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Or Free Cloud Hosting

Choosing the right website hosting is crucial to the success of your online business and so is the choice of the hosting provider. A quick google search would list a number of web hosting services for you to choose. From cheap to costly the options are many and at first glance, the price can be an important factor used to convert visitors to customers. However, not everything that is cheap is wonderful, sometimes it might just prove to be not worth it in the long run.

In this article, we’ll talk about cheap or free cloud hosting and list down 5 reasons why it is best to avoid such web hosting services. So without further ado, let us begin!

What matters?

There are several features customers look out for when it comes to choosing web hosting for their website – performance and speed being the top two, with Cloud Hosting being the best bet. And in this quest of finding the best hosting service, we often times neglect another important feature – cost.

This is probably because we see a lot of hosting companies offering free or cheap web hosting with reasonable features and it seems like the best bet especially at the start. Be that as it may, a free or cheap web hosting can really mess up your website resulting in poor performance and unhappy customers.

Whether you are considering going for cheap Cloud Hosting due to limited funds or have already purchased it, we ask you to scroll down and consider the 5 reasons you should avoid free or cheap cloud web hosting for your website.

5 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Cloud Hosting

  1. Poor Page Load Speed
    Cloud Hosting, in general, is known for its fast page load speed and scalability. In fact, according to a report by Hubspot, the ideal page load speed for a website’s HTML should be less than 1.5 seconds. Given these statistics, it is evident that Cloud Hosting is the most logical choice for blazing fast website speed.
    However, with cheap Cloud Hosting, there are two factors to be considered:

    1. Is the Cloud Hosting cheap always or
    2. Is there some promo going on
      If the prices of Cloud Hosting are always on the cheaper end, chances are the server is hosted in a Shared Hosting platform. Here multiple websites share the same server which, in turn, might impact the page load speed of your website. However, if the case is the latter then do your research thoroughly because the Cloud Hosting might be good and the provider might just be running the promo to up their sales in the competitive market.

  2. Negative impact on SEO and rankings
    Speed impacts SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Google considers page load speed while determining the page rank it assigns to a particular page. In fact, this is of utmost importance when it comes to mobile searches.

    If your website speed is slow then your page will load slower from the server end which would eventually affect your google page rank. Thus, cheap Cloud Hosting has a negative impact on SEO and page rankings.

  3. Uptime/Downtime issues
    Cheap hosting spells server issues. If the server your website is hosted on is down there will be a lot of downtime. This is mostly true because multiple websites share the same server space and there is limited bandwidth.

    Thus, if a particular website receives heavy traffic it might not only affect the performance of that website but also of the other websites hosted on the server. Moreover, if your server faces a lot of downtime, it will indirectly affect the uptime and your website may not recover as fast as it should have.

  4. Security Concerns
    Everything comes with a price! Cheap or free Cloud Hosting doesn’t guarantee security. This means your website is vulnerable to security flaws, malicious viruses and so on. Furthermore, with multiple websites sharing the same server and a lack of firewall can increase your security concerns. You may have your own security in place, however, if the server is compromised all is lost.
  5. Customer Support
    Most cheap or free hosting services do not offer managed support to their clients. This means that if you are not tech savvy you might land yourself in a glitch. Before choosing a free hosting provider, make sure to check if they have good customer support via calls/emails/tickets/chats. If you feel anything is lacking then it is wise to not go ahead with the deal. After all, good support is helpful in times of need.

Conclusion:

Cheap Hosting may seem like a lucrative option at the start, however, in the long run, it is far more expensive than a slightly high priced hosting might be. So the next time you are tempted to opt for cheap Cloud Hosting we suggest you go a step further and research if it is really value for money or just making a hole in your pocket.

We at ResellerClub offer affordable Cloud Hosting that assures blazing fast website load speed with the use of varnish cache, impeccable support, 99.9% uptime, high performance and scalability. Check out our Cloud Hosting plans.

If you have any queries or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments box below!

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