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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

This is a "catch-all" question designed to serve as an answer for all questions about choosing web hosting. Pro Webmasters no longer accepts new questions about how to choose hosting. All future ...
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Why do big sites use multiple servers instead of one server with better specifications?

I read that Stack Overflow uses 10 or more servers for serving the Stack Overflow site. Different servers have different functions such as reverse proxy, database server, or HTTP server. I have seen ...
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What are the steps to ensure that if you die, your hosting & domain will live on?

Assuming you are micro independent software vendor (MISV) or one man web shop (OMWS), how do you reduce your Bus Factor? In my specific case, I'm supporting a few websites that takes me a few ...
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How difficult is an unmanaged VPS?

I have some sites hosted on a shared-hosting/cpanel environment and need to make a move up. I have some experience running my own server, but it is very basic (a local box to do live testing/file ...
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Why would anyone need my registrar information for a new web site?

I work for a company that has an older website. We hired a firm to update our web site and index it properly. I have control of the actual domain name. I created an FTP site for them to use, but they ...
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Do web hosts really mean 'Unlimited'?

I'm developing a webapp where my users can save a lot of images,videos and audios on my site.So I need a hosting service which offers large disk space.Many hosting services say 'Unlimited',so do they ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages in using VPS hosting vs standard Web hosting services?

I saw many companies offer Virtual Private Server hosting beside their Web Hosting packages. I was wondering what are the differences, pros and contros. Thanks
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How to choose between web hosting and cloud hosting?

How to choose between normal web hosting and cloud hosting, what are the key points that can make this decision easier. Does everything I can do in the normal web hosting is possible in cloud one? In ...
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Web hosts for controversial (yet legal) content

A lot of web hosts will take down a site at the first hint of trouble. What sites can I use to host controversial (yet legal) content? (Examples of such content might be a whistleblower site or an ...
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Whats actually wrong with GoDaddy? [closed]

I've heard in many places that Godaddy is a horrible hosting provider, but rarely exact reasons on why. I've been with them for a 2+ years and am okay with their hosting. And I run roughly 7 low ...
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What should I consider when choosing a hosting provider?

I finished my website. It's awesome! How should I go about selecting a hosting provider? What features should I look for? What "got-chas" should I be aware of?
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Can someone explain the true landscape of Rails vs PHP deployment, particularly within the context of Reseller-based web hosting (e.g., Hostgator)?

Currently, I have a reseller account with the company HostGator. I design websites, which up until now have occasionally been wrapped in Wordpress CMSs and the like (PHP applications). I then sell ...
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Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? What is the difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting for my website?
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How widely used is VPS hosting for personal sites?

I'm considering a move from my shared hosting setup to a Virtual Private Server. I'm aware of the major benefits and downsides of this idea. I have a few personal sites I would be running. Given the ...
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How can I figure out how much my site is worth?

I run an entertainment website that gets about 4.5-4.75 million pageviews a month and 30k+ visitors daily and I have been thinking about selling it. The website brings in $6,000-$9,000 a month but I ...
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Does changing web hosting server affects SEO page ranking?

I have been hosting in a server from last 2 years. I am planning to change the hosting server. Before i change the hosting server i would like to know whether it affects my page ranking or not?
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How did new users come to my site and is it safe to keep them?

I'm launching a website as a hobby, it is somehow a stackoverflow clone. I noticed a very weird thing that I can't understand, I don't know if this is normal because I'm pretty new to the web ...
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How can I measure website page load times from different countries?

Recently, I migrated one of my personal projects into cloud and hosted the app on UK based servers. I reside in Turkey and I would like to see how long it takes for my pages to load for UK based ...
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Is it common, or “smart”, for high-traffic sites use externally-hosted js/css frameworks?

Many popular JS/CSS frameworks are offered via Google's Libraries API (jQuery, Dojo, MooTools etc.). Yahoo also hosts it's own YUI toolkit, as do many others. Do any high volume/traffic sites ...
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Can you store your site entirely with Amazon Web Services?

Can I host my entire site at AWS or do I need to have shared hosting/server in order to use AWS, my site runs on php and mysql.
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Hosting speed tests?

Are there any sites to test the speed of your hosting? I know there are sites that will tell you why your site is slow, e.g. - YSlow, etc., but how about the speed of bandwidth you get from your ...
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Image CDN with API?

My company uses flickr and picasa web albums as poor man's content delivery networks (CDN) for image hosting, but I'm curious if anyone has any recommendations on any other services that might be ...
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What kind of website can be run on AWS for 10, 100, 1 thousand, 10 thousand, 100 thousand, 1 million dollars per month?

The AWS pricing is quite complicated. I am aware that every website is different and require different types of AWS services. But is there a simple way to say that for 10$ per month you can run ...
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Investigating and finding a web host [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I am looking for a website host and have been searching the web for similar websites(similar to my website) and ...
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Whats is the best Windows VPS hosting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I'm currently using shared hosting. I want more control over my IIS and also I need to run in full trust. There are a ...
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Cloud hosting vs dedicated hosting: advantages and disadvantages

I'm currently looking for a hosting company that can provide a very solid service with a 100% SLA. In the search both cloud hosting and managed dedicated hosting have come up. (I'd rather not manage ...
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Why shouldn't I use Amazon S3 for hosting a static webpage

I remember reading somewhere that there was a serious pitfall to using Amazon S3 for hosting a static website. I forgot what it was though. To me, S3 seems like a perfect option. Super fast, super ...
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What are the steps for starting a website from scratch?

Starting before design, before coding anything. What steps need to be taken to fully implement a working website? EDIT I mean both from a technical and a non-technical perspective.
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Site very slow when viewed from china

My site is very slow when viewed from china. I have used this tool for testing: http://www.dotcom-monitor.com/WebTools/website-speed-test.aspx This is the result Shangai - waterfall only the ...
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Is it feasible to run a public-facing website from my home network?

I have to a get a very simple data entry website up and running. This website will be accessed by only a few people at a time (at most), but usually only one person, and not very frequently - maybe a ...
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Is there a free Django hosting service out there? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I would like to put my Django web-site online. Is it possible to do so for free?
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What is the maximum number of DNS A-records you can use on one domain?

Is it correct that there is no limit to how many DNS A records can be set on a domain? My boss asked me this and it made me curious, I can't find anything online.
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How can I host a large number of Wordpress sites that perform well and are easy to maintain?

My company a large number of small Wordpress sites. Currently we have about 10, but that number will eventually grow into the range of 50-70. We currently have a Linode for all of our sites, but it is ...
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How to find out which hosting company someone is hosting at?

You can whois a domain to see who the domain is registered with. Is there anyway you can find out which company a individual is hosting with? (i.e. Rackspace, Godaddy, etc.)
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Do I need to physically host my website in separate countries for SEO?

I run an ecommerce store that is hosted in Ireland, and ranks ok with google.ie The market for this comapny is the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Is it beneficial for me to have a UK hosted ...
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Webhosting company able to unhash passwords?

Tonight I was using the cPanel of a web-site I host and when I went to change the password I received a warning that I couldn't change the password to my desired password because it was too similar to ...
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Company blog, host internally or not?

If I have a website for a company selling product(s). Is there any difference in terms of rewards/penalties from having a company blog hosted interally (for example mycompany.com/blog) or going ...
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Virtual Private Server vs. Dedicated Hosting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? What is the difference between virtual private server and dedicated hosting for my website?
7
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586 views

Can you recommend ways to manage code deployment to a Linux based web server? [closed]

I've always used a very simple bash script to deploy code. I'm moving away from using subversion to Mercurial but I don't really think the revision control software matters for deployment. What are ...
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How do I leave mail at the registrar while serving the web from host?

Client's domain is registered with GoDaddy where they have a mail-only plan at the moment. Now web hosting has been set up elsewhere and we need to point web service to the new host while retaining ...
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What are the consequences of leaving a domain name's TTL value low

My host recommends lowering the TTL value of my domain prior to making DNS changes and then suggests that I should raise them after changes are finsihed. What are the negative consequences of leaving ...
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Does using LiteSpeed instead of Apache speed up WordPress?

I've read that Litespeed is a lot faster than Apache. I use mostly WordPress and Joomla sites and am looking for a new server. Will I see a significant increase in speed of WordPress being on a ...
6
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Dedicated Hosting 101

I've been running small websites for years, but recently developed a site that is attracting more traffic than expected. My shared web hosting provider has warned me that this is causing a high load ...
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How can I host a website on a dynamically-assigned IP address?

I recently upgraded my internet to the point that it is much faster and more reliable than my current webhost. I would like to move my current domain to be hosted at home, but my IP address is ...
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How can I transfer files from one server to another server using FTP

How can I transfer files from one server http://abc.com to another server http://xyz.com I do have the ftp passwords of http://abc.com [source server] and destination server. Which tool can be used? ...
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Web hosting providers and performance

Is there a way that we can measure performance for a host provider? If so, I would like to start this post as a wiki for everyone to chime in regarding their hosting provider. (I want to change but ...
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linode.com/slicehost.com/vps.net what to chose? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I am looking for a new VPS for http://hotelpublisher.com. At the moment it is either linode.com, slicehost.com or ...
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How to test the migration of a domain without actually changing the domain?

I have a somewhat complicated situation. We have a blog let's say at myblog.com and it is running fine. However, we now want to cut the budget and use a free hosting service isgreat.org. The service ...
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SEO implications of hosting a UK-based site on an EC2 instance based in Ireland

Our core business is based in the UK and our public website is also hosted in the UK. We're considering leaving our current hosting provider and moving the website to an EC2 instance, using the EU ...
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When to upgrade your web-hosting? Advantages of VPS?

Right now I'm using shared hosting from ixwebhosting. As I've developed more websites for clients and continue to receive more visitors each month I have experienced a lot of "lag" and slow load times ...