Monthly Archives: June 2010

Don’t Starve Your Blog

If you have house plants, do you water them? Do you feed your pets? Your kids? Of course you do. The same goes for blogs. You need to give them something new each day. I know it’s hard. Writing a new post each day is, well, work, and when you have to pound them out the posts can feel like they are less than your best. Don’t let that discourage you.

You eat meals each day, right? Maybe not three, but at least a couple. Are all of them grand feasts, worthy of savoring and committing to memory? Of course not. Most are probably okay, maybe a few are crap, and once in a while you eat something really good.

The same deal applies to what you feed your blog. Not every post needs to be something wonderful and Digg-worthy. Obviously, if you have it in you to create such stellar content on a daily basis you should go for it, but most of us don’t, especially when starting out. Most of our posts will be just okay, with an occasional star shining through. This can be discouraging, as we want our blogs to be awesome exemplars that draw visitors by the thousands and links from far and wide. This can come, but first you need to get in the habit of writing posts on a daily basis.

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Hosting Metro to Partner with Cloud Linux Inc and Offer New OS to its Customers

Small Business and Enterprise Customers Benefit From Hosting Metro’s Customer First Approach.

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) June 9, 2010 — CloudLinux Inc., an innovative software company dedicated to serving the needs of hosting service providers, announces today that Hosting Metro, a leading Web hosting provider with datacenters in the U.S. and Canada, will integrate CloudLinux into its standard Linux Operating Systems (OS) for its customers.

Hosting Metro offers a full suite of Web hosting solutions from domain names to dedicated servers that include plans for shared hosting, email hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), application hosting and SaaS hosting for small businesses. Paramount to Hosting Metro’s decision was CloudLinux’ innovative Lightweight Virtual Environment™(LVE) technology, which gives their support engineers the ability to increase control by limiting the amount of resources (CPU, I/O, memory) available to a group of processes. This is done by utilizing command line control to manage the CPU and I/O, which helps ensure that each account on a shared server is allocated enough resources to run efficiently without jeopardizing the other customers on that server.

“We have always put our customer’s needs first and when we started working with CloudLinux we quickly saw the benefits that this new OS could provide. We now have more control, flexibility and agility with our shared hosting servers and that in turn improves our customer’s experience.” said Tony Chu, Hosting Metro CEO. “Our strategy has been to expand our services and deliver the solid infrastructure our customers demand by implementing innovative solutions that provide cost effective solutions for our customers. CloudLinux does just that.”

Hosting Metro’s small business and enterprise customers depend on a stable infrastructure to host their business IT needs including websites, email and databases. With CloudLinux, Hosting Metro will be able to provide their customers with:

  • Increased uptime since no one account can slow down or take down an entire shared server
  • Better reliability and performance with a server that is running at peak operating capacity
  • Compatibility with all major control panels for easy management

CloudLinux achieves this by using a kernel-level technology that limits the amount of resources available to a group of processes. While similar to container type virtualization technology, the technology is completely transparent and lightweight. Once installed, it works transparently to manage resources on a shared hosting server, and controls the CPU resources to ensure that each account on a shared server is allocated enough resources to run efficiently without jeopardizing the other tenants on that server, making the server more stable and delivering better performance. “Hosting Metro’s Web hosting offerings are based on providing reliable and resilient services to its diverse customer base. CloudLinux will provide the control and performance to deliver the high quality services demanded by Hosting Metro’s clients,” states Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux Founder and CEO.

Do You Need a Dedicated Server?

I could make this article really, really short and just write this:

No.

A slightly more accurate version would be:

Probably not.

Most web sites will never need a dedicated server. More than most. The vast majority. There are over 300 million web sites out there and far fewer than a million require a dedicated server. So, no, you probably don’t need a dedicated server.

That said, there is a chance that you fall into that small group that does. There are legitimate reasons for getting a dedicated server and they do deserve examination.

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