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We are posting this notification to inform you that cPanel is changing their pricing structure, effective September 1, 2019. This change is not only an increase in price but also a change in how their license fees are calculated.

Beginning September 1, 2019, cPanel licenses will still charge a base fee for their licenses, with different pricing for physical and virtual servers. In addition, they are now charging based on usage. The base licenses will cover a set number of cPanel accounts and going over that number will incur a per-account charge.

We understand this is a significant price increase, especially to those with a large number of cPanel accounts. Our relationship with cPanel gives us access to discounted pricing, which will hopefully help to dull the impact of this change. We intend to forward our costs for these licenses to you with no markup by GigeNET, as we have always done. Most licenses do not exceed the base number of accounts, but those that do will incur an overage charge at the end of the month, but the exact method to bill for these overages is still to be determined.

A summary of the pricing changes can be found below.

 

 # of Accounts Current Price

(Unlimited Accounts) 

Up to 5  Up to 30  Up to 100  Over 100
Virtual Machine  $11.00  $12.50 $17.50 $32.00 + $0.10 per Account
Physical Server  $25.00 N/A N/A $32.00 + $0.10 per Account


Under the new pricing, a virtual machine license with 7 accounts would increase in price from $11.00 per month to $17.50 per month. This is because the account usage is more than 5, but less than 30.

The same usage on a physical server would change the price from $25.00 per month to $32.00 per month. This is because there are no pricing tiers with fewer than 100 accounts available to Physical Servers.

A physical server using 107 accounts would change from $25.00 per month to $32.70 per month. The base price of $32.00 covers the first 100 accounts, and the additional 7 accounts add $0.70.

We are still determining the logistics of billing for cPanel licenses under the new pricing structure but wanted to make sure we communicated this upcoming change as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that this change is originating with cPanel and that it is being extended to all of their license holders and resellers.

We will personally follow up with any clients that are about to exceed the base account limit. In addition, this change may force some to look into other options, and our team is ready to assist. Please reach out to your GigeNET account manager at (800) 561-2656 (option 1) if you have any questions or concerns.

Regards,

GigeNET Management

Speed is one of the most important features of a successful website. It affects a variety of key metrics – like search engine rank and conversion rate. In other words, a slow site not only annoys visitors to the site, but it also gets your site punished by Google. This affects your traffic and can have a large impact on how likely visitors are to find your site in a search. With today’s online consumers expecting websites to load in 3 seconds or less, your site’s speed is more important than ever. So if you’re noticing delays, here are 7 possible reasons why your website may be slow and how to fix them.

  1. Too Many Plugins
    If you’re running a WordPress site, you may need to take a look at all the plugins you’ve got running behind the scenes. Each one makes its own file request, so more plugins, mean more file requests. Even if you only have a few, bulkier plugins, their size could be slowing your site down as well. Remove any of the unnecessary plugins or ones you aren’t using to minimize this risk. Try to use popular, well-maintained plugins when possible, as these tend to be better optimized for performance.
  2. Poorly Written Scripts
    If JavaScript is written poorly, it can cause compatibility issues with other parts of your site, resulting in – you guessed it: slower site speed. You can run various tests on Pingdom, or other online tools to figure out which scripts are taking longest to load. It may require a little more auditing to decide how to improve on these and remove what you don’t need, but it may be well worth it. You may also want to try turning off any troublesome scripts temporarily to see if there is any immediate change in your site speed.
  3. Optimize CSS
    When it comes to coding, attention to detail really matters. The more elements you add to your website’s stylesheet (ie. excessive white spaces, inline stylings, empty new lines, etc.), the larger it grows in size. By removing any of these unnecessary elements, you can compress the code and improve the overall page load time. It’ll most likely boost your SEO performance too. Start by not using inline CSS, and don’t create multiple CSS stylesheets when you can use just one. This alone won’t have a huge impact on performance, but little tweaks here and there do add up.

  4. Unoptimized/Large Media Files
    The general rule of ‘the larger the file, the larger the load time’ still applies in today’s high-tech world, and it can definitely contribute to slowing down a site’s loading time. Your server carries all your content, text, and images, and when it’s pinged for a request, larger items slow down the response time.. It’s important to check the file sizes and format of your images. Different image formats utilize compression algorithms that are optimized for various types of images. For example, JPEG is usually ideal for photos and images with a lot of color shading and variation. GIF is geared towards blocky images with simple color palettes like simple animations and icons. PNG is great for images with transparent elements that look great regardless of the background – like a logo that appears on many different pages. Try a variety of formats and compression settings to find what is best for each image, as there is no one approach that is best for all images.

  5. Enable Caching
    If you do not have browser caching enabled for your site, you may be missing out on one of the most effective ways to optimize your content delivery. Most sites are comprised of mostly static files and images, with only a small amount of dynamic content. Without browser caching enabled, every time a visitor hits a page all of this content must be downloaded. With caching, you can designate which elements of your site are to be cached, and how often that cache should be refreshed. This doesn’t help the first time a page is loaded, but every other page that is loaded utilizes this cache of content that is now stored locally by the visitor’s browser rather than downloading it from the server again. Consider your logo, an image that appears all over your site. With browser caching, rather than downloading it on every page view, it is downloaded just once and stored locally. Expand this approach to all the static content of your site, and you can see a significant improvement in performance.

  6. You’re Not Using a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
    A CDN service consists of several servers that are strategically placed around the globe to store copies of your website’s content, so pages load more quickly for users who aren’t as close to your main server. Depending on the physical location of the visitor, the content they request is served by whichever node is located closest to them to minimize latency. If you have a lot of customers all over the globe, using a CDN can help serve your content faster, no matter where they’re located.
  7. Server Performance
    A result of a growing business is more traffic. This is obviously a good thing, but if your server isn’t prepared to handle the increased load, it can actually work against you. Higher traffic volume demands more resources across the board, so you may want to see if you are experiencing any bottlenecks with your RAM, CPU load, or bandwidth and upgrade your configuration as needed. If you are using a shared hosting environment, your performance may be impacted by the activities of other sites hosted on the same physical server and you may want to consider moving to a dedicated or cloud server to give you full control over resource utilization.

If slow load times are becoming evident on your site, your best bet is to upgrade your server to get the performance and bandwidth you need. Contact GigeNET to learn more about your options and get your site running at optimal speed.

Many first-time website owners select a shared hosting plan due to it’s low-cost and beginner-friendly set up. And if you don’t know a lot about hosting, it makes sense to start basic with a cost-effective solution, especially if your content and traffic are fairly minimal. But what about when they start really beefing up – is it time to upgrade your plan? Making the switch too early could mean spending money unnecessarily, but waiting too long could affect your site’s performance. Here’s how you’ll know for sure if you’re ready to upgrade.

  1. Cost Isn’t An Issue Anymore
    It’s true, one of the biggest reasons first-time site owners choose a shared plan is because of cost. But at a certain point in your business growth, you may be willing to put more toward a better hosting plan. With increased traffic volumes and more content, your needs may involve customizing your space, adding more sites, or stepping up your site’s performance, which isn’t an option on a shared server. If you’re able to spend a little more for your plan (we recommend a dedicated server for these types of needs), the benefits are worth the investment.

  2. Your Site is Running Slower
    All consumers today expect sites to load in 3 seconds or less. An extra second or two could cost you a customer, while also negatively impacting your search result ranking. Slow performance may be the result of your server not providing the bandwidth or RAM that your site needs to function properly. You can try testing your site’s performance with services like Pingdom or WebPagetest, and if it’s telling you certain aspects of your web pages are too slow or too big, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

  3. You’re Experiencing Too Much Downtime
    The industry standard for uptimes is over 99%. While any downtime is bad for your site, too much can devastate your business. If a customer can’t visit your site, chances are they won’t try again. GigeNET’s dedicated servers offer 100% uptime guarantee to make sure you never miss an opportunity. If your site is suffering frequent downtime, then you may be experiencing more traffic or using more resources than your host can handle.  

  4. You’re Worried About Security
    If your website is hosting confidential data or clients’ personal information, then optimal security is paramount to your business. While shared plans from a quality provider are fairly secure, single-tenant infrastructures, like dedicated servers, offer more advanced levels of security to help you better protect your site from malicious infiltrations and attacks. If privacy and reliability are becoming more of a concern for you, then you may want to upgrade to a more secure hosting plan.   
  5. You Need More Space & Resources

A common issue newer sites face is not having enough space to store files and data. Any type of downloaded content, like videos and images, all require a lot of space. As your business evolves and your site experiences more user activity, you’ll most likely require more storage space to continue smooth operations. You may also be looking to build or promote more web-based apps or other online programs into your site, which can eat up your bandwidth very fast. By upgrading to a larger, more customizable hosting plan with more resources, you can incorporate new features and continue to grow your business.

If you’re looking for more information about upgrading your plan or deciding on the right plan for your business, our experts are happy to answer any questions you may have. Learn more about our dedicated servers and Cloud servers today.

Choosing the right server for your website is an important decision – and a challenging one if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Finding the correct fit for hosting your environment can have a significant impact on how you interact with it.. Your decision will be completely unique to your needs, so we’re breaking down each of the 4 main types of web hosting so you can make the best decision possible for your business.

 

  1. Shared Hosting
    Just like the name states, shared web hosting means your website “lives” amongst other websites on the same server. It’s one of the most cost-effective hosting solutions because you’re splitting the cost with other users. But this also means that traffic spikes or security issues on those other sites could affect your speed, limit your storage, or increase your downtime. Your best bet is to look for a web hosting system that guarantees uptime with the space you need at a reasonable cost.

It’s best for…

If you’re just getting started and aren’t very experienced with managing a website yet, shared hosting may be a good way to get your feet wet and experiment with what you need. It’s inexpensive and the set up is easier for beginners, and if you later decide that you need your own server, you have the option to upgrade.

  1. Cloud Hosting
    Cloud hosting is extremely scalable, allowing you to adjust your configuration on the fly. This enables you to respond to large website traffic spikes in real-time by adding resources and then scale back down once the demand has passed. Scale your server’s memory, processing capability, and storage almost instantaneously without any data migrations, downtime or reboots to make it happen.

    It’s best for…
    If you’re a new site owner or run a smaller business with have plans to grow, Cloud hosting helps you make adjustments easily and provide a great customer experience without a lot of technical work on your end. It’s also good for sites that are prone to random high traffic peaks.

  2. Shared Hosting
    Just like the name states, shared web hosting means your website “lives” amongst other websites on the same server. It’s one of the most cost-effective hosting solutions because you’re splitting the cost with other users. But this also means that traffic spikes or security issues on those other sites could affect your speed, limit your storage, or increase your downtime. Your best bet is to look for a web hosting system that guarantees uptime with the space you need at a reasonable cost.

    It’s best for…
    If you’re just getting started and aren’t very experienced with managing a website yet, shared hosting may be a good way to get your feet wet and experiment with what you need. It’s inexpensive and the set up is easier for beginners, and if you later decide that you need your own server, you have the option to upgrade.
  3. Dedicated Servers
    With dedicated servers, all the space, bandwidth and server access is “dedicated” to you and your website because you’re the only one on it. You can think of it as the exact opposite of shared hosting, offering the most reliable type of hosting solution. No matter what the size of your organization, you’ll get maximum uptime, unparalleled operational stability, and optimal security. The server you rent is yours to personalize to fit your business needs, including software updates and a number of hardware options, all done on your schedule.

    It’s best for…
    Sites with high-volume traffic or store substantial amounts of data due to the powerful performance and security features dedicated servers provide. It’s also great for larger, established companies that want to host multiple sites on the same server and don’t expect a lot of short-term growth.

  4. Colocation
    Colocation is the most hands-on approach to hosting. You can think of it as BYOS (Bring Your Own Server), as the hosting company provides the physical space and security, power, network connectivity, and environmental controls (humidity and cooling). You provide the servers and manage them completely. It’s typically best to colocate your servers nearby so you can access them for hands-on support, but some elect to use the hosting provider’s techs through a remote hands agreement for in-person support. This approach gives you the maximum control over your hardware and how it’s configured.

    It’s best for…
    Environments where specific hardware is called for. Since you provide the hardware, you have total control over its specifications. Colocation agreements can range from a single server to several racks worth. This approach is typically best for organizations that have in-house system administrators, as remote hands services are best used for emergencies and not routine maintenance and administration.

If you’re interested in learning more about the right hosting solution for your website, GigeNET will help you determine the space, control, and performance you need to achieve your business goals. Contact our experts to discuss your hosting options today.

When it comes to managing your company’s online efforts, choosing the right hosting server will establish the strongest possible foundation for efficiency and performance. Throughout your research, you’ll find some experts suggesting dedicated servers are the perfect solution while others will sway you toward cloud servers. The truth: the answer isn’t that simple. The right answer will be what works best for you.

To figure that out, you need to think about your business’s unique operations and requirements. But even before that, it’s imperative that you understand what dedicated services and cloud services can achieve. Here’s all you need to know.

What Are Dedicated Servers & Cloud Servers?

Both dedicated and cloud servers are methods of hosting servers for whatever purpose your business needs — be it serving up webpages, hosting databases, or a myriad of other functions. In both approaches, you get full remote access to the server and any operating system you wish to have installed, just as if you were hosting the server yourself. While each method is designed for a similar purpose and functionality, they achieve this in very different ways. It is these differences that will make one or the other more suitable for your needs.

A dedicated server is a physical, discrete server that is housed with a hosting company and purchased or rented entirely for your exclusive use. You can configure this server to suit your needs by specifying it’s components and resources, such as size and type of storage, network speed, allocated bandwidth, amount of memory, and more. This is all done on an exclusive basis, meaning that the systems aren’t shared with any other business. For these reasons, dedicated servers are primarily used by larger businesses with higher demands for server capacity and security, or if specific hardware is required.

Cloud servers work in a very different way. Your resources – storage, memory, processor cores, and bandwidth – will be split across numerous physical servers through the process of virtualization. A cloud server is not a discrete physical entity, although in many ways it will act just like a physical server. You can watch it boot, install standard operating systems, etc. For many users, the fact that it is not a physical stand-alone server will be unnoticeable. This approach allows for many virtual servers (often known as VMs, or virtual machines) to be deployed across a pool of physical servers that are managed by the hosting company. This allows for much more efficient use of resources, resulting in savings that are passed down to you, and a very high level of stability due to a highly redundant foundation. In other words, VMs are extremely unlikely to suffer from any of the hardware failures to which their physical counterparts are susceptible. While you have exclusive use of your VM, the underlying hardware it runs on is hosting numerous other VMs deployed for multiple clients.

Dedicated servers tend to be charged on a fixed monthly rate, while cloud servers also offer the option to billat an hourly rate to allow for immediate changes to their resources..

Dedicated Servers Vs. Cloud Servers – Which Is Right For You?

While the basic function of both server types is the same, there are some important things to consider when comparing the pros and cons of each solution in order to find the best fit for you.

Cloud servers are known for their on-demand capabilities. They also tend to be a more cost-effective solution due to the fact that you’re only paying for the resources you’re using at the time, which can be as much or as little as you need. Is your company anticipating specific upgrades or growth? The nature of Cloud servers allows for them to be quick and easy to scale up or down as the needs of your company evolve. In short, they are arguably more flexible and less expensive than dedicated servers.

Dedicated servers, on the other hand, allow for greater customization and control. The nature of the Dedicated server platform enables the highest level of customization to meet your exact requirements. Need a specific processor, type of storage device, or any other component? This can only be done with a dedicated server. This is as close as you can get to building your own server and hosting it yourself, just without the hassle. We build it, host it, and fully support the hardware. With one of our management plans, we will even administer it for you — all you have to do is use it. In addition, the whole server is dedicated to your exclusive use. Because of this, Dedicated servers are often the preferred solution for many large-scale operations where specific hardware is required.

Ultimately, though, the decision should be influenced by all the important factors that matter most to your business. The expert staff at GigeNET can help you evaluate your options and find the right solution for you. Contact us today to learn more.

Choosing the right host server for your business website is one of the most important technology decisions any entrepreneur faces, especially since the arena has evolved at a rapid rate recently. If you’ve already started your search, chances are you’ve probably come across the terms Cloud, VPS and Dedicated hosting. But which is right for you?

The truth is, the right answer is different for everyone. The deciding factor being the server’s ability to be tailored to the requirements of your company most effectively. This means a little analysis of each option is essential, so here’s what you need to know.

What Is Dedicated Hosting?

Dedicated hosting is the solution that you’re most likely to associate with a traditional approach. A dedicated server means that you have a physically isolated solution that isn’t linked to other clients. The physical server will offer storage, processing, and hardware specifications that have been agreed upon prior to implementation and will be charged at a set recurring fee.

Dedicated hosting is ideal for web applications with high-load expectations like e-commerce sites or interactive apps that rely heavily on exceptional speeds and security. These servers are typically more practical for larger companies that do not expect to require upscaling and major growth in the short-term future. This type of hosting also relies on vendor support for management and provision updates. With the wrong vendor, these configurations can lead to wasteful downtime, so let one of GigeNET’s highly-responsive and experienced experts manage your dedicated servers to get the immediate support you need.

VPS & Cloud

Both VPS and Cloud hosting are terms that are often inaccurately interchanged due to the fact that they both utilize virtualization. While they do share similarities in functionality, there are some significant differences too.

The base design of both Cloud & VPS hosting is really just a virtual machine (VM) hosted on one or a pool of physical servers called Hypervisors. This methodology is even changing to group these terms with advanced container systems as well, but that is a story for another day. These virtual machines have dedicated resource allotments (RAM, processors, and storage) and to the end user function very much like a dedicated server.  However, some of the advantages of VMs are quick and easy deployment times, near-instantaneous scalability, and robust hardware redundancy to virtually eliminate hardware problems and single points of failure.

The term Cloud hosting has been changing over the past decade to describe a platform of services.  While VPS and Cloud hosting both share the same underlying technology the cloud is now more of an ecosystem.  This ecosystem generally provides more than just a raw virtual machine, but also a suite of tools used to manage your VMs.  You have the power to configure the storage design, network design, and actions on the virtual machine itself. Often times this is controlled through your own software via an API (At GigeNET we have a boto-compatible API), but also managed through tools like Ansible. This opens up a vast array of automation possibilities that is only limited by your imagination.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting, on the other hand, is typically built upon a single dedicated server platform and is often referred to as a Private Cloud. While the underlying dedicated server can be built with redundant hardware, it typically does not compare to the resiliency of most Cloud hosting environments. The tradeoff is that you get complete control of not only the virtual machines but also of the underlying server that is hosting them.

The Final Thoughts

While all three server types are designed to provide a similar function, they each set out to achieve it with a unique approach. Which solution is right for you depends on your specific business needs. Let us help you determine the right fit for you, be it Dedicated Servers, VPS, or Cloud Hosting — or something custom and in-between.

To discuss the needs of your project and unlock the best solution for your needs, call GigeNET’s dedicated team of experts today.