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Select the Right Hosting for Your OrbitScripts Products.

OK. You’ve bought a product from OrbitScripts. Where do you put it?

There are three options for installing your bright, shiny new OrbitScripts system:

1. Your very own dedicated server.

2. You can outsource it. That is, rent a hosting or dedicated server from a third party provider.

3. You can choose to host it with us, OrbitScripts, using our hosting/dedicated server service.

Your House

If you have your own computational resources where you’d prefer to install your OrbitScripts system, just make sure your server meets our products’ system requirements. We list all server system requirements for every product in the Requirements Section of your accompanying documentation, as well as on our website. Hosting it on your own server is a great solution for tech savvy users with the budget for their own hardware and in-house administrator who can install and tweak hardware resources, as needed.

Their House

If you have a third party hosting company in mind that will lease you a hosting/server, you’ll want to make sure they specialize in PHP/MySQL systems and applications hosting. Here are a few more things to take into account:

1. Functionality. Your hosting provider should supply PHP, MySQL and other technological functionality needed for the installation of OrbitScripts products. To ensure that installation and operations run smoothly, make sure their hardware fully fits our hosting/server requirements for your system.

2. Technical Support. When choosing a hosting/server provider be sure to ask about:

· Scheduled maintenance. Is there downtime? How do they handle this? Make sure your third party hosting provider takes time to communicate with their clients whose business (yours) depends on their website uptime.

· Ask what their protocols and response times are for technical issues and how they respond to negative events.

· Your third party hosting should be available to provide 24/7 technical support.

3. Uptime. How much of the time does the server stay up and running? Industry standard is to measure this in percentage %. Obviously, 100% uptime is impossible. Life happens. Machinery breaks. Fast and efficient response to the inevitable is critical. Are they quick on the draw? 99.9% uptime is a quality standard for a good hosting provider.

4. Bandwidth, Server Speed, Performance. Your hosting provider should guarantee high speed performance of your server with lots of bandwidth and a fast server work speed..

5. Security. Your third party hosting provider should monitor your system daily and protect it from fraud attacks. They should be able to offer a sophisticated level of protection and frequent system back-ups to ensure against data loss.

Hosting Solution Our House

OrbitScripts hosting and dedicated servers are optimized for all of our products. Choosing OrbitsScripts to host your OrbitScripts system means your business rests in expert hands that are highly skilled and fully prepared to install and operate your OrbitScripts products.

The Main Advantages to OrbitScripts Hosting Services:

· Optimization for all of our products from the outset.

· Server Uptime 99.9%

· We provide constant system monitoring and are poised to resolve any server problems that might arise, when they happen.

· We use high performance hardware. We guarantee lightning fast speeds that keep your site load times low and your system agile.

· We keep our servers clean, lean and mean. We conserve precious server resources and by taking care not to load our servers with unnecessary software or tasks.

· OrbitScripts offers flexible hosting/server plans. Your plan is configured to meet your needs.

· We stand guard over all of our systems to provide the highest level of security.

· Reliable backup and means restoration of your data

· 24/7 Support

For more details, please take a look at our hosting and dedicated server plans listed in the Services Section.

If you have any questions or would like a consultation on OrbitScripts hosting services, we look forward to talking to you.

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Server Optimization

System performance matters in today’s nano attention span market where someone else’s website is only a quick click away. Your servers are the backbone of your Internet business. When your customers tell them to jump, you want your servers to already know how high.

A server’s performance is largely dependent on its configuration, server settings, and of course on the software installed there. Situations arise where the server can’t handle the load generated by user demands. For example, in an ad serving context, the server gets overloaded by a high volume of ad impressions and generates an error message that says, “Nope. Can’t cope.” Then both the application AND the server crash. No fun.

Server Optimization

So here are a few tips to optimize your servers and keep ‘em jumpin’:

1. The most obvious solution is choose wisely: choose scalability. Go for servers and applications that can handle a large load and that can be configured to work with multiple servers on your network. One of the advantages of scalability of servers is that, if necessary, if the server load is increased again; you can always add another web server. However, be sure to think through the constraints and requirements of your web applications as not all apps can scale without requiring additional modification.

2. Make sure your web servers are designed to handle large numbers of queries and conserve server resources. We have a lot of experience with the different servers out there. We recommend using Nginx over Apache. Nginx consumes significantly less resources and runs much faster than Apache. If the web applications you use require an Apache server (for example using a URL Rewriting Engine) and you can’t modify it; you can use a mix of Nginx and Apache, so you still get the speed and the resource allocation efficiency of Nginx.

3. Use data caching on servers that take up a lot of computational resources. Caching eliminates repeating unnecessary computations freeing up precious resources for higher productivity. In caching systems, we like Memcached. Memcached stores all the data in the server’s memory giving you high speed writing and reading.

4. Take care to optimize for your customer base. Reduce the number of requests to web servers (combine JavaScript and CSS files into one) and use HTML page compression (standard web servers tools should do it) to heighten server performance.

5. Configure your database to fit the individual needs of a project and the software it runs. This will again save critical resources and eliminate unnecessary operations related to the database. We also recommend you allocate a separate server for the databases you use to streamline processes and increase the speed of your system.

6. Disable unnecessary processes when you can. Don’t over tax your server with unnecessary processes you’re not using that often. For example, if the server is not scheduled to send out a mass email newsletter, you can safely disable POP, IMAP and SMTP services in the mean time.

We hope that this helps keep you and your servers online and high gear!

Stay tuned for more with OrbitScripts!

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