Why root access = security, why LWS - $60 a month

Why LWS.

  1. Single point of contact - LWS
  2. True Virtual Private Servers (VPS) with real root access (root access = security)
  3. Only us and You have read/write access to the servers,  Edward Snowden proof.
  4. We build the servers to your specs, Linux (Red-Hat, Debian, CentOS, others, Windows SQL server) CMS  via ( Joomla, WordPress, Drupal)
  5. Best back-end support in the industry through Rack Space in Texas/Chicago – we use their (data center) servers and tech support.
  6. Managed Servers are $100 cheaper than buying direct through Rack Space, we manage the servers at reduce prices, mole resistant (Edward Snowden)
  7. True instantly scalable Cloud Servers, with edge delivery via Akamai ( better than Amazon S3) bw transfer not extra.
  8. We monitor the heartbeat of your server using Nagios monitoring software, which updates every 3 minutes, reports any Web Server, CPU, space, or memory issues.
  9. Tech support and minor updates are done free of charge.
  10. No long term contracts – just month to month or 10% off by the year.
  11. We are not marketers, or graphic designers or web masters, we are experts in programming and server administration, we support those efforts and teach.
  12. We’ll offer quick low cost installation/customization of off-the-shelf themes for all content systems.
  13. We offer free training on all the afore mentioned content systems.
  14. We’ll work with, hire or help coordinate your marketers and or graphic designers and web masters to create secure platform to run your business.
  15. For email you have your choice of Rack Space Apps for $2 per seat or Google Apps at $5 per seat we manage and resell both products.
  16. We have been Incorporated as and LLC for over 10 years we are available when you need us.

You can always take your business elsewhere if you’re not happy or move your server in-house etc.
We only service and support what we sell and Rack Space is our server provider, our hourly rate is $75, but typically based on fixed price and the value of the work not how long it takes us to do, if work can’t be adequately described then hourly rates apply.

The take away, if you don’t use us is make sure you have a server with root access, without that you cannot secure your server.
Beware of cheap shared hosting, understand that if software is shared it is hack-able.

Original Web Design does it exist?

Given all the content managements systems available and all the pre-engineered templates available from China and India, do I need to re invent the wheel?

Would you buy a new car only if were one of a kind and custom built to your exact specifications? Does your business need custom built Porche or a Volkswagon?
This is what a lot of small businesses are still doing and paying a high price to get.

Branding and identity have very little to do with, if your navigation is along the top the side or elsewhere, as long as the site layout is easy to navigate and holds the information.

The frame work is the same on every car, 4 wheels, steering wheel and brakes, gas pedal etc. So why should you pay a web company to build an original web site?

Much of the structure and complexity of building web site has been reduced to templates, it may sound generic and cheap, but a skilled programmer can quickly customize these templates with your colors, your logo and your navigational structure. No design required , because it already done for you. You add the pictures, the content and functionality from 1000's of free plug-ins and extensions.

What use to cost 1000's now cost the time to install and configure. Frame works like Joomla, Word Press and Drupal, work exactly this way.

Moreover, you have control of the content, an upgrade path and online resources to teach and inform you of changes and problems, without having to pay a consultant.

 Start-up costs as well long term owner ship drops to almost nothing.

What's left?

Compare VPS verse Shared Hostng

Compare Hosting: VPS vs Shared

Shared hosting and VPS hosting have many common traits - namely:
•Both services allow a single server to provide services for multiple users
•Both services provide some level of compartmentalization to separate a given user's files and services from any other user's files and services
•Both services offer an economical alternative to dedicated hosting
 
Deciding which type of hosting you will need is as simple (or complex) as your needs. Examining the appeal of shared hosting and VPS hosting is the best place to start when making an informed decision.

Shared Hosting's Appeal vs VPS Hosting's Appeal
Linux virtual private servers offer the same complement of operating systems and software components which one would expect from a dedicated server. Those with experience administering Linux systems see the benefits in having access to configure their service for uses which extend far beyond e-mail service and web hosting. Individuals who are new to Linux administration often find that a VPS is the best place to start learning without buying their own hardware.

VPS hosting is often considered a step up from shared hosting: when it's time start supporting heavy traffic and custom applications, many will make the switch to VPS hosting after encountering the limitations of the shared hosting infrastructure.
 
The key differences which set VPS hosting apart from shared hosting are not a factor for those who wish to host a low-to-moderate traffic website and are happy with the level of control offered by a web hosting control panel like cPanel or Plesk. These individuals will prefer Shared Hosting for its perceived simplicity and ease of use: they generally do not have Linux system administration experience and they are not interested in picking up any.

Shared hosting also has the appeal of a bargain for those who are hunting "unlimited" bandwidth and storage space - many providers will make "unlimited" claims, despite the fact that there will always be a practical limit (which, to their eventual disappointment, bargain hunters overlook).

Shared Hosting Resources
Accounts share all hardware resources with "soft" limits imposed by monitoring software (shared hosting servers are notoriously over-sold, often to the detriment of individual accounts).

Backup Storage as a File Server

A recent trend in file sharing and archiving is using your remote web server or backup disk space as a file server. Some apps even let you lock the files while they are being edited so that others with the same access can't overwrite your changes. While other applications will download and cache your file locally and automatically upload it back to the server in the background after the file is closed. There are limitations mostly due to bandwidth and applications time-out issues.  Database files like Quick Books that read and write to the same file multiple times while opening using and closing the file are not good candidates for remote calling and caching. Word files and Excel and even some smaller Access file can work very well this way. This approach eliminates the need to backup these files because they are already being served from remote server, which it self is backed up.

While this implementation may not be perfect it and has limitations, its a good start at eliminating loss of intellectual property and corporate assets. Today many local file servers are synced or backed up to a remote  drive in the cloud. As bandwidth becomes cheaper, security and safe keeping of assets are major concern. We will continue to see advances in this direction until all the work and files are off-loaded to a data center in cyberspace. This will lower the demands on the local PC and network and increase efficiencies across all architectures.

We can help get you started on the right path to worry free computing call us now for a free consultation.

Malware

Rather than have a blog about more of the same stuff that everyone else like to discuss, looking at the new threats to our intelectual property and ways to to prevent your site from being hacked would be more useful and interesting.
 
Here I will discuss my experiences with various companies, attacks that I have experienced and ways to avoid and fix these issues.

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