Co-location Hosting: Is It Worth It?

rackserversColocation hosting relates to a hosting solution wherein you are the owner of the server that is being used to host your website but the server is connected to the Internet by your hosting provider by using their internal data center. What this means is that in case of a colocation hosting plan, you purchase the server that would be used to host your website, configure it according to your needs and either drop it off or mail it to your hosting provider who sets up the server in their data center and offers you access to it via the Internet.

The need for colocation hosting plans arose when certain webmasters thought of supporting applications which were too specific to be run on the hardware that is offered by most traditional hosting providers. These applications required the use of custom hardware but no hosting provider offered such an option; plus the option of hosting the custom hardware themselves proved to be a challenge in itself. So hosting providers came up with a solution wherein you would buy the custom hardware, configure and send it to them to be hosted in their data centers.

But is it worth making use of a colocation hosting plan for your website? Well, the answer to this question is both yes and no. Yes, if you want to offer an experience that is unmatched or are running something that requires custom hardware you have only two options either setup your own in house data center with custom hardware running your website or make use of a colocation hosting plan. And no, in case you do not have the kind of money that is required to purchase custom server hardware and can make do with a little bit of customization to a traditional hosting plan.

Making use of a colocation plan only makes sense in cases where in the hardware being offered by a traditional hosting provider is not capable of supporting the kind of applications or website that you are going to run or in cases where making use of a traditional plan would lead to inefficiencies in the running of your website leading to loss of visitor interest or additional expenses due to excessive resource usage. In most cases colocation plans are used by organizations planning to run certain business applications online or looking to offer a custom interface that offers excellent user interaction. For those simply running into resource troubles on traditional web hosting plans a virtual private server (VPS) might be the best option. If a VPS isn’t enough then a dedicated server is the next step up.

The reason for this restrictive use of colocation hosting is the cost associated with buying the hardware that would be sent to the hosting provider. Since custom hardware is costly, running a colocation plan might not be suited to several types of organizations or individuals. Also, such a hosting plan requires use of additional services such as hardware maintenance services, etc. for which some extra amount of money would have to be paid in comparison to a traditional plan. And then there is the issue of replacement of the hardware in case of a hardware failure; something that is taken care of by the host in case of a traditional hosting plan.

Thus it can be very clearly seen that colocation hosting solutions should be used only by those organizations or individuals who need to run custom applications that cannot be run on traditional hosting plans or by those who want to rise above the competition and offer a user experience that is unmatched by any other competitor in the market, thus carving a whole new segment for themselves in the online market.

5 Reasons to Choose BlueHost

BlueHost now hosts over 1,000,000 domains which are based on their superb servers within a datacenter full of technicians ready to promptly resolve any software or hardware related issues. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose Blue Host for all of your web hosting services:

  1. 99.9% uptime guaranteed – They guarantee very little downtime which means your website is secure and online 99.9% of the time – the other 0.01% is usually from scheduled downtime you’re more than likely already aware of. They have provided this fantastic uptime for over 5 years as they continue to outgrow their competitors.
  2. Support is second to none – I have experienced using BlueHost for my own web hosting needs and I can vouch for their support as I received prompt responses to all of my support requests – and every problem was resolved without any further problems.
  3. bluehost_screenThey are cheap – Going for a cheap hosting provider doesn’t always go down well but BlueHost has proved that web hosting companies can still provide cheap services and be reliable at the same time. Although BlueHost does not have the option to put in any coupon codes when ordering, here is a special promotional link that makes the price $3.95/month instead of the regular $6.99/month when you signup http://www.hostingplanrebates.com/bluehost.html
  4. They provide unlimited resources and thousands of free features – They offer very reasonably priced packages and most of them come with unlimited resources with thousands of different features that can benefit your website. They are one of the only hosts that I trust can provide sufficient resources.
  5. Their servers are very reliable – BlueHost is based in Utah and have their own data center with powerful customized servers to handle the needs of your website(s).

If you’re looking for a reliable hosting provider who can easily provide thousands of features and unlimited resources for a very cheap rate then I would suggest having a go with BlueHost as I’m sure they will not disappoint you or your clients.

How to Help Family Deal with Death

This might seem a little of topic but this is an important subject to me and I wanted to post this just in case someone out there might need some help.

There are five stages of grief, the first four of which can be experienced in any order:

  • Shock/numbness/denial/disbelief
  • Fear and anger – about being left alone to cope and because the life could not be saved
  • Bargaining – with a higher deity: ‘If I do… let me get over this’
  • Depression – if it’s severe there could be a risk of suicide
  • Acceptance

A child who is not coping with bereavement can get stuck at any of the first four stages, needing help in reaching acceptance of the loss.

Bereaved children can feel guilty if they survived but, for example, their younger sibling did not. Parents can idolize a dead child, making it harder for siblings to believe that their parents love them just as much as they do their dead sibling. Children’s identity can be affected if they were a twin or higher multiple, as now their sibling is gone people see them as a single child or a twin instead of a triplet, for example. Losing a grandparent or other relative can be keenly felt if that person played a large role in the child’s life.

Losing a baby in the family is very sad, so soon after there was so much joy and the toys are a painful reminder of what has happened. Losing a pet can also be very hard for children, especially if it had always been in their life; the bond can be very strong. It can be very painful for children to lose a friend – especially if the relationship was close. Any violent death or suicide is extremely hard for children to come to terms with.

What problems might arise when a child loses a parent? It redefines the family. The remaining parent – if there is one – might be temporarily loss to the child in his or her own grief. The family might have to move to a smaller house and the remaining parent might have to find work or find a job that fits into family life. There might be more arguments as everyone in the family is struggling to cope. Everyone will have new roles to try to keep the family functioning; all the children will have to grow up more quickly than their peers.

What feelings do you think bereaved people might have? Anger, anxiety, despair, grief, guilt, isolation, loneliness, pining, sorrow, vulnerability and yearning.

What could you do to help friends who suffer bereavement? Stay with them as long as you can, say how sorry you are, ask about what happened, give them a hug, let them cry, say you’ll be there for them and visit them regularly, seek them out at school, don’t worry if there are silences, try to keep things normal by doing the same kinds of things you used to do together.

What are the danger signs that someone is not coping with their loss? A downward turn in school performance, worries about school, changed behavior – aggression, anxiety and panic attacks, nightmares, insomnia. Avoidance of talking about the deceased, becoming accident prone for attention or as self-punishment, displaying anti-social behavior, being socially and emotionally withdrawn, showing signs of depression, feeling unwell with no obvious cause and being unable to function on a day-to-day basis.