What is Server...?

A server is a running instance of an application (software) capable of accepting requests from the client and giving responses accordingly. Servers can run on any computer including dedicated computers, which individually are also often referred to as "the server". In many cases, a computer can provide several services and have several servers running. The advantage of running servers on a dedicated computer is security. For this reason most of the servers are daemon processes and designed in such a way that they can be run on specific computer(s).

Servers operate within a client-server architecture. Servers are computer programs running to serve the requests of other programs, the clients. Thus, the server performs some tasks on behalf of clients. It facilitates the clients to share data, information or any hardware and software resources. The clients typically connect to the server through the network but may run on the same computer. In the context of Internet Protocol (IP) networking, a server is a program that operates as a socket listener.

Servers often provide essential services across a network, either to private users inside a large organization or to public users via the Internet. Typical computing servers are database server, file server, mail server, print server, web server, gaming server, and application server.

Numerous systems use this client server networking model including Web sites and email services. An alternative model, peer-to-peer networking enables all computers to act as either a server or client as needed.

Managed Dedicated Server

So it is more a questions about who will manage your server than anything, and thus two choices exist: Engage the professionals to monitor, patch and update you system or do it yourself. More and more, hosting companies are offering various plans to assist with managing a server or providing a full, turn-key solution for the users who would prefer their host to perform the management of the server. With HNHwebdesign, you can choose from multiple options for server management, whatever your needs or budget; we have a solution for you.

At a bare minimum, operating systems, web servers and content management systems (WordPress, Joomla, etc) are vulnerable to security vulnerabilities and should be updated regularly. Hackers are constantly on the lookout for servers to compromise in order to use them for more nefarious uses such as Phishing scams, email and SPAM and of course turning your server into a bot that will be used at will to launch DDoS attacks. These compromised servers will of course no longer be operable by the server owner, and whatever is on the server (databases, sensitive client information, trade secrets, etc.) may be compromised as well, so the reasons for maintaining your as up to date as possible is critical if you are running your server for legitimate reasons.

Server management doesn't stop at making sure that your software up to date. It also requires a constant monitoring with pro-active action in case a critical service or if the server goes down. Also be on the lookout for a service provider that will offer you a fast hardware replacement SLA in case your managed dedicated server needs to be repaired.

Server management doesn't stop at making sure that your software up to date. It also requires a constant monitoring with pro-active action in case a critical service or if the server goes down. Also be on the lookout for a service provider that will offer you a fast hardware replacement SLA in case your managed dedicated server needs to be repaired.

Make sure that your data is also backed up on a regular basis (at least once a day is recommended) to a remote server. This will ensure that you will be able to recover your data if you have a server malfunction. Having a bare metal recovery solution as an option is also a must-have since it allows you to restore your data sector-by-sector while by-passing the re-installation of your Operating System, Software and having to re-import your data.

For those clients who have custom configuration needs regarding software and maintenance, it is also a big selling point to have access to an On-Demand Management services. This allows the client to have access to the support team for specific needs they might have while not having to invest in a massive IT department. This is a great addition to any managed dedicated server.

What is an IP Address...?

IP Address (Internet Protocol Address)

This number is an exclusive number all information technology devices (printers, routers, modems, et al) use which identifies and allows them the ability to communicate with each other on a computer network.

There is a standard of communication which is called an Internet Protocol standard (IP). In laymans terms it is the same as your home address. In order for you to receive snail mail at home the sending party must have your correct mailing address (IP address) in your town (network) or you do not receive bills, pizza coupons or your tax refund. The same is true for all equipment on the internet. Without this specific address, information cannot be received. IP addresses may either be assigned permanently for an Email server/Business server or a permanent home resident or temporarily, from a pool of available addresses (first come first serve) from your Internet Service Provider. A permanent number may not be available in all areas and may cost extra so be sure to ask your ISP.

Domain Name System (DNS): This allows the IP address to be translated to words. It is much easier for us to remember a word than a series of numbers. The same is true for email addresses.

For example, it is much easier for you to remember a web address name such as whatismyip.com than it is to remember 192.168.1.1 or in the case of email it is much easier to remember email@somedomain.com than email@192.168.1.1 Dynamic IP Address: An IP address that is not static and could change at any time. This IP address is issued to you from a pool of IP addresses allocated by your ISP or DHCP Server. This is for a large number of customers that do not require the same IP Address all the time for a variety of reasons. Your computer will automatically get this number as it logs on to the network and saves you the trouble of having to know details regarding the specific network configurations. This number can be assigned to anyone using a dial-up connection, Wireless and High Speed Internet connections. If you need to run your own email server or web server, it would be best to have a static IP.

Static IP Address: An IP address that is fixed and never changes. This is in contrast to a dynamic IP address which may change at any time. Most ISPís a single static IP or a block of static IPís for a few extra bucks a month.

IP version 4: Currently used by most network devices. However, with more and more computers accessing the internet, IPv4 addresses are running out quickly. Just like in a city, addresses have to be created for new neighborhoods but, if your neighborhood gets too large, you will have to come up with an entire new pool of addresses. IPv4 is limited to 4,294,967,296 addresses.

IP version 5: This is an experimental protocol for UNIX based systems. In keeping with standard UNIX (a computer Operating System) release conventions, all odd-numbered versions are considered experimental. It was never intended to be used by the general public.

IP version 6: The replacement for the aging IPv4. The estimated number of unique addresses for IPv6 is 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 or 2^128.

The old and current standard of addresses was this: 192.168.100.100 the new way can be written different ways but means the same and are all valid:

* 1080:0000:0000:0000:0000:0034:0000:417A
* 1080:0:0:0:0:34:0:417A
* 1080::34:0:417A

Clients and Sites we Developed

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Testimonials from our Clients

David James MD DJS...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Alistar Cantrell MD Industratec...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Tony Heywood MD Esellit...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Edgars Stasulonoks MD EHI...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Dave MD LetsParty...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Cameron Dyburgh MD Evertool...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Heather MD Tiger4Tools...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Richard Sneddon MD Shoppidi...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

G Bogdanavas MD Alltools...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Peter Barney MD HizanHerz...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Dave Powell MD EshopStop...Read

Most testimonials give endless praise so it's very difficult for me to put into words without laying the red carpet out.

We approached these guys on a recommendation we had from one of our suppliers and can only say what has happened since we have used them.

At the very beginning explaining about why we should have a dedicated IP address. This appeared to be one our main issues with the old hosting service.

Since we moved our hosting and its now 18 months we have not have any downtime whatsoever.

They have also made some software improvement which all work as we desire that came in on budget and on time.

Not much more to say really but if like us you struggling to get professional help that won't break the bank then just simply us these guys. 150% recommended.

Web Terminology

What is PHP...?

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language.

What distinguishes PHP from something like client-side JavaScript is that the code is executed on the server, generating HTML which is then sent to the client. The client would receive the results of running that script, but would not know what the underlying code was. You can even configure your web server to process all your HTML files with PHP, and then there's really no way that users can tell what you have up your sleeve.

What is HTML...?

HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the standard markup language used to create Web pages.

HTML is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of tags enclosed in angle brackets (like ). HTML tags most commonly come in pairs like h1 and h2, although some tags represent empty elements and so are unpaired, for example . The first tag in a pair is the start tag, and the second tag is the end tag (they are also called opening tags and closing tags).

What is JavaScript...?

JavaScript is a dynamic computer programming language. It is most commonly used as part of web browsers, whose implementations allow client-side scripts to interact with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter the document content that is displayed. It is also used in server-side network programming with frameworks such as Node.js, game development and the creation of desktop and mobile applications.

What is CSS...?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the look and formatting of a document written in a markup language. While most often used to change the style of web pages and user interfaces written in HTML and XHTML, the language can be applied to any kind of XML document, including plain XML, SVG and XUL.

Along with HTML and JavaScript, CSS is a cornerstone technology used by most websites to create visually engaging webpages, user interfaces for web applications, and user interfaces for many mobile applications.

What is FTP...?

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. FTP is built on a client-server architecture and uses separate control and data connections between the client and the server.

How to Build a Website...?

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What is SSL an Certificates and why have on...?

1. Protect your site and customers with up to 256-bit encryption. Boost conversion rates.

2. Improve consumer trust to help boost sales with SSL certification. SEO ranking benefits.

3. Search engines like Google favour sites that are secured with SSL.Instil trust in your visitors.

4. Give your visitors confidence with the green lock in your address bar.

The Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the most widely deployed security protocol used today. It is essentially a protocol that provides a secure channel between two machines operating over the Internet or an internal network. In todayís Internet focused world, the SSL protocol is typically used when a web browser needs to securely connect to a web server over the inherently insecure Internet.

Technically, SSL is a transparent protocol which requires little interaction from the end user when establishing a secure session. In the case of a browser for instance, users are alerted to the presence of SSL when the browser displays a padlock, or, in the case of Extended Validation SSL, when the address bar displays both a padlock and a green bar. This is the key to the success of SSL Ė it is an incredibly simple experience for end users.

Below is a list of icons that you will see in web browser bars that have SSL certificates.

This is normally a very good indication that the site your visiting is save and secure.

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organisationís details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol (over port 443) and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites. SSL Certificates bind together:

A domain name, server name or hostname
An organisational identity (i.e. company name) and location

An organisation needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate secure sessions with browsers. Depending on the type of SSL Certificate applied for, the organisation will need to go through differing levels of vetting. Once installed, it is possible to connect to the website over https://www.domain.com, as this tells the server to establish a secure connection with the browser. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure. Browsers tell visitors a website is SSL secure via several visible trust indicators:

Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates (such as GlobalSign ExtendedSSL):

Test Your Sites Security

Below is a text box that will test your web sites rating. Fill out your sites domain name including the www. and click the "Click to Test" button.

Only a fully managed server will have a grade "A" as it needs constant updating for the "A" grade to be maintained.

If you site show anything less than an "A" grade its more than likely not being maintained properly.

After you have seen the results from your site feel free to test any of the sites we have built and host.

We preform full server test on a daily basis and react immediately to security and and update notifications. Good server management will always be aware of change in advance and have a strategy in place to make the changes before they are enforced.

Check the current security grade for your website

A small list of these are as follows.

www.hizanherz.uk
www.hizanherz.co.uk
www.edgarshome.com
www.esellit.com
evertool.co.uk
www.victoriacafe-ruislip.co.uk
www.eshopstop.co.uk
www.letsparty4.co.uk

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Sale Price of Home: GBP
Percentage Down: %
Mortgage Interest Rate: %
Length of Mortgage: years
Assessed Home Value: GBP

The assessed value is used to compute property taxes. On average, properties are assessed at about 85% of their selling price. If you know the actual assessed value for this property, enter it here. If not, leave zero and we'll use 85% of the sale price.

Property Tax Rate: GBP per £1,000.00

Property tax rates vary between boroughs and towns. The UK average is about £13.80 for every £1000 of the assessed home value.

Condo/Monthly Fee(s): GBP
Explain Calculations: Show the calculations and amortization
 

This mortgage calculator can be used to figure out monthly payments of a home mortgage loan. This calculator automatically factors in PMI for loans where less than 20% is put as a down payment. Also taken into consideration are the town property taxes based on the mortgaged property's assessed valued.

The code for PHP Mortgage Calculator is free and can probably be downloaded from http://davetufts.com