There is nothing called a perfect web hosting solution. There will always be trade-offs like with most things in the digital realm. Web hosting comes in various types meeting various needs. But VPS hosting will always be unique owing to its flexibility in both its functions and price.

Assuming you are new to the web hosting domain, here is a simple learner’s guide to VPS hosting that could get you on the right track.
 

Intro to VPS

 
VPS or Virtual Private Server is a hosting solution that lies somewhere between shared and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is where your website shares resources with other websites in a single server. Dedicated hosting is when you get a server to host your website and only your website, which means your website will be the only one that uses all the resources of the server, unlike shared hosting.

VPS is a server in itself, but basically a virtual server that’s been divided into virtual compartments. It has its own copy of an operating system, and a set amount of allocated resources.

You could say VPS is shared hosting with dedicated resources but in a different, more flexible environment.
 

About the trade-off

 
Every hosting will be having trade-offs in one form or the other. So what’s that about VPS you ask?
Before we go to that, let’s analyze the drawbacks of shared and dedicated hosting just so you could get a clearer picture of how VPS is different.
 

Shared hosting

 
It’s more like a rental. You essentially lease a portion of the server, and share the resources with other websites that the server hosts. Although it’s a great deal for small-scale websites, bigger ones will have problems. If those other websites consume a lot of resources, your website will have to manage with the remaining resources. This means frequent downtimes or slow-loading speeds for your website. It’s cheap though.
 

Dedicated hosting

 
As for dedicated hosting, you essentially get a whole server and all its resources for yourself. The trade-off is that it will cost more. It’s the optimal package for a large website with a lot of traffic, or multimedia content.

 

You may also like this – Managed WordPress Hosting Vs Shared Hosting

 

How VPS is different

 
VPS is an isolated environment with its own dedicated resources. You will still be in a physical server, but unlike shared hosting, other websites consuming resources won’t be affecting you as you will already have the allocated resources to use.

Though, technically, you will be sharing the CPU, bandwidth and RAM of the physical server, it still wouldn’t compromise your website’s operations. You will have root access to the virtual server (similar to dedicated hosting), and with a copy of the operating system to yourself, you will also be able to add custom apps if need be.

Because of these reasons, VPS will cost you a bit more than shared hosting, but it still costs less than dedicated hosting. You pay only for a fraction of the server and get something as good as a full server.
 

Before choosing a VPS hosting provider

 

Basic know-hows

 
To use VPS, you should have a basic knowledge of shell commands, and using hosting control panels. You should also have server administration and troubleshooting skills. Depending on this, you can choose either self-managed or fully managed VPS service.

If you are not familiar with the things mentioned above, fully managed should be your choice. Fully managed VPS hosting will take care of such things for you, but at additional costs compared to a self-managed VPS service where you manage everything on your own.
 

Operating system

 
Your choice should be based on the operating system you prefer – Windows or Linux. There are Windows-based and Linux-based hosting solutions available.
 

Technical support and backup

 
No matter what hosting solution you go for, you should never forget to enquire about technical support. Go for a VPS hosting provider with 24/7 technical support over email, phone or live chat just in case you encounter a technical setback. You would want them to answer from the other end when you need help fixing a technical issue.

Backing up important files shouldn’t necessarily be your responsibility. You can back up files in your local computer, and have the host regularly back up your files in their database just in case your VPS gets shell script infections. If the host doesn’t provide backup facility, you may end up losing a good amount of your work.
 

Uptime

 
The uptime your web hosting provider offers is very important. Many guarantee 99.9% uptime. But you should still closely look into the details. For starters, you should check customer reviews, forums, and other third party reviewers of the hosting provider. Their past uptime records will also give you an idea if they are reliable enough.
 

Conclusion

 
If you have already been running a website for quite a while, you would have already experienced a couple of issues that keep giving you second thoughts on your hosting solution. If you want your website to perform consistently with its growth, a VPS hosting package would be the right call. By now, you should be on the right track.

Written by: Shibu Kumar

Creating, packaging and deploying a software are three stages that are critical to a release management lifecycle. Although there are a number of reliable containers enterprise developers can rely on for this purpose, one stands out from the rest for its “Build, Ship and Run” vision, ending up as one of the most popular open source technologies today – Docker.

With Docker, creating, deploying and running applications are considerably easier. This benefits developers and system administrators more, and is the main reason why it’s close to finding a place in a DevOps environment.

DevOps is something that covers the entire delivery pipeline.

According to Wikipedia:

DevOps is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.

Because of this, it’s obvious that it could have sets of multiple tools to fulfil its purpose. This article intends to explore how Docker fits in to a DevOps ecosystem, and how the ecosystem benefits from it.
 

DevOps teams can breathe easy

 
With the rapid growth of Docker into a reliable environment for software development, software companies, having acknowledged its potential, have started using Docker in DevOps environments more. The DevOps teams seem to be benefitting the most, as they can now efficiently configure both development and test environments thanks to Docker. This in turn results in successful release management.
 

Before the inception of Docker…

 
Back when Docker was just an idea, developers, testers and the operations team had to rely on complex tools for configuration management. The complex integrations and the issues that may arise out of it can further complicate things.

There are a lot of environments involved and they should all be aligned to make it work. That in itself takes a lot of work. But with Docker, the team just starts with a base image that stays the same in other environments from development to testing.
 

After the inception of Docker…

 
A lot happened. But let’s talk about where it fits in DevOps. Docker in DevOps is both a platform and a tool.

For developers, it’s a platform where they can run the applications.

For operations people, it’s a tool that facilitates integration with the workflow.

In the end, they will be able to work with and deploy the same code. Normally, after the developer is done with the development and testing, the operations people will be tasked with deploying it. And if in case an issue arises which didn’t during the development phase, the operations people will lose their sleep.

With Docker, there would be no friction when the ops team prepares to deploy the application after development and testing. It will be seamless.
 

Conclusion

 
Being open source has its perks. For Docker, it means you can have additional out-of-the-box features, and support from a big community. And unlike a virtual machine, there is no hypervisor in Docker, which is why it’s considered lightweight. This is also why launching a Docker container is very fast. Build, test, run and deploy on the go at an impressive pace.

For a DevOps ecosystem, Docker-based pipeline reduces the risks of software delivery, and at the same time cuts the cost. It ensures timely delivery, and a satisfied developers and operations staff.

Written by: Prashant Thomas

Just a few years of existence, and WordPress already conquered the CMS market, even when 70% of the sites around the globe do not use CMS.

Shocker? Here is another fact:

More than 74 million sites rely on WordPress. Apart from about 37 million sites hosted by WordPress.com, WordPress is also responsible for about 19 million (approximately) websites in the domain of self-hosted sites.

WordPress is clearly a big deal, and that’s one of the reasons why people find it confusing to choose the right hosting solution for the WordPress website or blog.

In such scenarios, they’ll have to choose from either shared hosting or managed WordPress hosting. To those of you who are assessing every factor that counts before making a choice, WordPress hosting is your best bet.
Why? Let me explain.

If you have a WordPress website that needs hosting, you don’t have to even consider shared hosting.

WordPress hosting is optimized for WordPress websites, in addition to giving you a lot more benefits.

The 3 critical factors you should focus on while choosing a hosting solution should be

  • Website loading speed
  • Security
  • Updates & backups

With enough research and a bit of Googling, you will be easily able to find a good shared hosting solution. But such a solution cannot guarantee reliable loading speeds and regular updates.

On the other hand, here is what a WordPress hosting solution can do.
 

Great Loading Speed Thanks to Caching Mechanisms

 
WordPress hosting features caching mechanisms that ensure fast loading WordPress websites. That’s good news as it will also be appreciated by search engines like Google – meaning higher search engine rank for your website. The loading speed also increases the likelihood of a visitor surfing your website for longer.

People generally don’t want to spend too much time exploring a slow loading website.
 

Better Security Compared to Shared Hosting

 
Website owners will obviously be worried about security, especially if they own an eCommerce website. Many web hosting providers deliver great security features. However, when the options are down to either WordPress hosting or shared hosting, you’d better not go for the latter.

You are sharing a server and its resources in a shared hosting environment. You don’t get any additional security than the one received by a poor website in that server. There will be security mechanisms, but with the server resources being shared, you can’t rely on the security mechanisms to always come through for you. Malware attacks are quite common in a shared hosting platform.

Even with some sort of security mechanism present, the risk is still too high in a shared environment. WordPress hosting on the other hand will have better security compared to standard shared hosting.

Depending on the provider, the security and anti-breach protocols will vary. Rest assured, you will be provided with enough security to keep your website safe from both internal and external threats, especially malware. The best providers will do regular security audits and updates to identify potential vulnerabilities and fix them.
 

Updates and Backups

 
Wordpress websites rely on various plugins and core files, and new updates are occasionally released. When you are working in a shared hosting environment, the updates will usually be your responsibility. You have to keep track of new updates, and then manually install them.

But certain WordPress hosting providers offer auto updates. They automatically install the latest updates to the WordPress website as soon as the updates are released.

Backups are equally important, as you never when catastrophe strikes – in a website’s case, threats are many. Losing necessary files, say after a crash, can take a long time to fix or sometimes even can’t be fixed. But creating backups can be a pain. You can find web hosting solutions that do automatic backups periodically as well, in addition to executing auto-updates.
 

Technical Support

 
A good hosting platform will always offer reliable technical support. You want them to answer from the other end any time you call in case of an emergency. 24×7 support is quite common these days, even more so in most WordPress hosting solutions. There will be experts waiting to help you sort out the issues whenever you need them.

That’s pretty much why WordPress hosting is a better idea than shared hosting. However, there are still alternatives. A good WordPress hosting might cost you a bit more than it would for a shared hosting platform. However, the benefits can do a lot of good for your blog or business.

Or…

You could make use of a VPS. You can manage it yourself, and get pretty much all the benefits you would get from WordPress hosting. However, you will have to account for the security and server management. Install updates yourself, do security audits yourself, check for security vulnerabilities yourself and a few other ‘yourselves’. Takes a lot of time and effort, meaning less focus on the website itself.

Written by: Shibu Kumar

Google never fails to surprise Android users when releasing new versions of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. We witnessed a visual overhaul with the release of Android Lollipop, while Android Marshmallow had a plain, bold design. Now Google launched the latest version of the OS – Android 7.0 Nougat, to their flagship Nexus mobiles.

Android Nougat apparently doesn’t feature a visual overhaul like Lollipop did, and you won’t be noticing any significant change in how it feels to use Nougat either. However, under the hood, it packs a bunch of impressive features, and could be a potential milestone in the growth of mobile technologies.

What’s the big deal?

Seamless updates, of course…

One of the most impressive features of Android Nougat is the way it installs system updates. It’s more akin to how Chromebooks do it.

Here’s what Google has to say about it:

Android devices running Nougat can install system updates in the background. This means that the next time a user powers up their device, new devices can automatically and seamlessly switch into the new updated system image.
 

Wait no more for “Optimizing Apps”

 
If you have done an Android system update before, you may still have that pain you got in your neck while waiting for the device to optimize all apps after the update. It takes forever.

Not anymore. Google tweaked the run-time compiler to speed up the application optimization process in Nougat after a system update.
 

Multi-window….finally

 
Many of you may have seen split-screen feature in certain Samsung devices. Now they’ll be available in all devices running Android Nougat. Remember when you had to do two things at once in an Android device? You will be switching between the two apps you are using.
With Nougat, it won’t be a problem anymore. And the developers won’t have to do anything about it either because Google already did. The devices will be splitting the screen 50/50. In devices with larger screens, the users will also be able to change the window size as they see fit. Nifty indeed.
 

Uses less battery…obviously

 
Now who wouldn’t expect a system update to make the device more battery efficient? Marshmallow introduced Google’s ‘Project Doze’ – a power management system designed to keep your device active longer than it used to. Nougat packs the same feature but with some major improvements.

Once your phone enters standby mode (screen goes off when not in use), the system stops the device from running programs in the background all the time. Nougat has a refined memory management system as well which combined with Doze will only allow things that you need to run in the background when the phone screen goes off.
 

A boatload of emoji

 
Android 7.0 has over 1500 emoji, and many of them have been revamped. Yes, that’s about it.
 

Enhanced security

 
Google has always given great importance to security, and with each update they improved it. Nougat is no exception. When you power up the phone, only those apps that are required to interact with the device will be running (including phone app, messaging app etc.).

Once you unlock the phone, everything will start functioning normally. This is a very handy feature especially if you have lost your phone or if it’s been stolen. It keeps your data safe and inaccessible till the phone is unlocked.

Here are a few more features that somehow didn’t make it to the top of the list but is still in the list….

Quick switching – Switching to the last used app from the currently used app can be done by double tapping the app overview button.

Better accessibility – Use the feature now on device startup itself.

Folder access control – Control what folders an installed app can access.

Vulcan API support – Games will be faster, smoother and visually better.

Quick reply from Notification tray – Reply to messages from the notification tray itself without having to launch the application.

Finally, after all those developer previews, Android 7.0 will be rolling out to select Nexus devices. Though it may seem similar to the developer preview version, the real deal is still more than meets the eye. But how it will function in devices other than the Nexus is something we have to wait for a bit longer to know.

Written by: Rikhil Mohan

Hometown: Kollam, Kerala
Position: PHP Developer

How did you get started in the software field?
Soon after my graduation I got placed in an IT company. That is how I entered in this field.

What is your current role at Verbat? What do you like most about it?
My current role at Verbat is Software Engineer. I eagerly await to develop new stuffs.

What’s 1 professional or personal skill you wish you had that you don’t?
Mind reading.

Which superhuman power do you wish you had?
I wish I had the power of Batman.

Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?
Yeah I do cook. My favorite recipe is crab roast.

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?
I would listen to good music and hang out with friends.

If you could start your own dream business, what would it be?
My own Biriyani Hut.

Written by: Shibu Kumar
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