If you want to host a business website, personal blog, or any other kind of website, you will need a capable server. Let’s try to cut through the fray and make choosing a hosting package with cPanel an easy task whether it is Shared, Reseller Hosting, VPS, or Dedicated.   You will have to consider several factors such as affordability, features, scalability and easy management.



If you are a beginner, you can start with Shared Hosting which is the most economical and most appropriate hosting solution for individual (or a few) small business websites. As cPanel is the industry’s leading control panel for web hosting, this option offers great value for money. Its user-friendly and graphical interface makes it easy to use by anyone irrespective of their technical knowledge. Its one-click options for data, emails, DNS, auto-installation and more is what makes it the most popular control panel in the industry. Want to give your clients access to their OWN cPanel control panels for their own domains, with limits defined by you?   Opt for a reseller account.   If you’d like to go a step above and manage your OWN reseller accounts, choose a VPS Hosting or Dedicated Server.  The great thing about cPanel/WHM is that it is loaded with several tools so you don’t need to search around for 3rd party software to achieve a particular task in most cases. cPanel is the ultimate “easy button” when it comes to hosting.

Let’s take a look at a few of the advantages that cPanel brings to a website administrator:

1) User-Friendly: cPanel’s graphical interface makes it the leading control panel in the hosting industry. You get easy to recognize icons in cPanel that you can access just by one-click and perform tasks by simply following on-screen instructions. You also get video tutorials when you login to cPanel so that you can get familiar with the options available and how to make the most out of them.

2) Security: To maintain websites, security is a major concern as they may contain confidential and private data. cPanel is designed with a three-tier structure that allows the most comprehensive security for website administrators. It has tools that lets you keep your directories safe with passwords and restrict access to any part of your website. You can also protect downloads and images through cPanel hot-linking tools.  You can keep vulnerable scripts auto-updated via Softaculous.  You can now use two factor authentication and cPanel ID for added security, among many other options.

3) Easy Installation and Management: If you use Shared Hosting, cPanel is pre-installed and you can access it online 24/7/365. If you get a VPS or Dedicated Server, cPanel and WebHost Manager will be pre-installed and configured. You can manage all aspects of hosting just by a few clicks. You can offer auto-installers for scripts and 3rd party software making installation easier for novice clients.

4) Compatibility: cPanel is extremely compatible with most web-based software available in the industry today. It is highly compatible and works great with CentOS and CloudLinux operating system distributions including the new version 7.x of each.

5) Analysis: cPanel comes with incredible tools to check the statistics of your websites built right in. The graphical stats allow you to keep track of the growth and progress of your website with easy to follow graphs and amazing, customizable reports.

The advantages of cPanel are nearly endless and we have only mentioned a handful of them so be sure to visit cPanel.net to find out more. Tier.Net is an authorized cPanel Partner NOC and offers cPanel + WHM with most of its web hosting products.

DNS is a topic that could easily stretch on for thousands of pages.   At Tier.Net, we like to make things simple.   Think of this as a short and quick “getting started guide” to DNS and nameservers.

What is the Domain Name System?

The Domain Name System, like most protocols that comprise the internet as a whole, is a large network of clients and servers.   When an end user (client) types in a domain name, his DNS query is sent up the worldwide hierarchy of DNS servers (aka nameservers) until it finds an “authoritative” answer.   Simply put, within milliseconds, the end user is supplied with an IP address that directs his request to the proper server, and the end user gets his desired content long before he starts to think about what is happening behind the scenes!

Before DNS was introduced, computers would connect to each other through IP addresses. IP addresses are a unique string of numbers separated by dots devised to identify each device communicating via the Internet Protocol over a network.  Think of it like your street address.

Domain names are easy for humans to remember. However, the Domain Name System is required in order for computers or machines (who tend to prefer numbers over spoken words) to access websites via their IP addresses. The Domain Name System translates a name to its IP address(es) so that it will be convenient for users to remember and return to the sites.

More Details Please?

Software installed on a server to facilitate the transference of data in relation to the domain system is known as a DNS Server or nameserver. You can install DNS software on any machine used as a server. If you would like to install custom DNS software on a server, it typically requires VPS Hosting or a Dedicated Server, but Tier.Net can allow you to specify custom nameserver aliases with any hosting account.

From End to End

Let’s briefly describe a DNS query from end to end. When your residential internet connection establishes its internet connection, it likely automatically sets local DNS resolvers for itself.   These are your ISP’s DNS servers (aka nameservers). They are just like the ones at the other endpoint.   When you type in www.tier.net in your browser, your PC sends the request, “what is www.tier.net’s IP address?”, to your ISP’s DNS resolvers.   Your ISP will likely respond with the protocol’s equivalent of “I have no idea, but I might know who does”.   Since www.tier.net uses the “.net” domain extension, your ISP will hand off your request to the .net registry’s (ICANN) “root nameservers”.   There are several geographically redundant “root nameservers” around the world.   When the top level domain name “tier.net” was registered, we gave the registry information required to eventually redirect the request to an authority on the subject.   This is the process of setting your authoritative DNS servers.   We tell the .net registry where it can find the final authoritative nameservers for www.tier.net.   You can even create your own custom nameserver hostname.   This is the process of “registering nameserver hosts” or “adding DNS hosts”, a process that is required if you want to run your own fancy DNS servers such as ns1/ns2.yourname.com as an example.   Your request is forwarded up the chain to the final DNS authority and it finally returns a response in the form of an IP address.   It is passed back to the client (your PC) and data begins to flow in all of its glory.   It all happens within the blink of an eye.

We Make it Easy

Here at Tier.Net, we have decades of experience with DNS.   Whether you want to setup your own private label nameservers as a reseller or diagnose a complicated DNS issue, we have the solutions you seek.   Contact www.tier.net today for a free consultation!

There are many types of web hosting solutions from shared hosting to dedicated servers. Shared hosting is the entry-level tier of web hosting, primarily used for hosting websites with low traffic including small business sites or blogs.   For websites with more advanced hosting, however, either a Dedicated or VPS solution is preferred.

The features of a VPS (Virtual Private Server) and a dedicated server are quite similar.   However,  there are some significant differences as outlined below:

VPS Hosting:

  1. A VPS is a virtual machine created within a host server through virtualization software. The virtual machine is known as a container and the host server is called a node.
  2. A VPS is noticeable step up from shared hosting, yet still at a relatively low cost.
  3. With VPS hosting, you will be sharing the CPU with other virtual machines but you receive dedicated RAM, storage space and bandwidth.
  4. VPS hosting offers easy scalability, allowing you the flexibility to upgrade your server resources including RAM or storage without the need for migration or downtime.
  5. With VPS hosting, you receive “admin” or “root” access to your virtual server, allowing you to reboot, customize, or install third-party software.

Dedicated Servers:

  1. Dedicated hosting requires leasing a physical server that is completely reserved and dedicated to your hosting needs.
  2. Dedicated servers are generally more expensive than other hosting platforms.
  3. The hardware used for a dedicated hosting account is not shared with anyone else, thereby providing you with 100% of the server’s resources.
  4. A dedicated server is ideal choice for websites with high-traffic or for video and music streaming website that get a large number of visitors.
  5. Dedicated servers have many CPU options, ranging from a single core to multi-core.   The amount of RAM that can be installed is also substantial.
  6. Dedicated server resources are static and inflexible, therefore most upgrades would require some downtime.
  7. With a dedicated server, you have full control of server hardware along with admin/root access to customize or install any software.

Finding the right balance between price and performance is often a challenge. Be careful when assuming that money alone is a good measure of quality and capacity.   Reliability is also important, and thus selecting an established hosting provider is recommended for peace of mind.

In the world of mobile and app-based internet, online vendors and website owners are forced to offer quicker and simple page navigation for a better user experience.   Statistics show that even a one second delay in the page load time of website can cause a loss of up to 5% – 7% of potential customers.

To overcome this issue, implementing a Content Delivery Network (also known as a CDN) can ensure that your visitors experience optimal web performance. In a CDN, the content is replicated to the destination servers to cache the server’s content globally.



In this article, we will discuss the important benefits of using a CDN for your website.


Significantly Reduced Page Load Time: For online businesses, sales can really suffer due to speed and latency issues.   If your website is incorporating a CDN, however, it will take the data from the servers closest to the visitor, resulting in faster performance. A CDN will also offer faster download times and ensure that online transactions take place seamlessly thereby resulting in more sales and customer satisfaction.

No Geographical Barriers: More than 34% of the world’s population are online with a substantial increase in global internet usage over the last decade. A CDN can boost your website’s reliability and response times while eliminating any latency issues that may obstruct long distance online transactions.

Usage Analytics: Many paid CDN services offer analytics and file usage reports to help you track the number of visitors you are getting, including a breakdown from the regions you are receiving your traffic.

Reduced Costs: If you are using a CDN, you won’t need high capacity infrastructures to offer high availability and better response times to your visitors.

There are many CDN providers like CloudFlare, Amazon CloudFront, CDNetworks, Cachefly, etc. Tier.Net offers the CloudFlare CDN free of charge with all of its web hosting plans.   For more information, be sure to visit: http://www.tier.net.

Friday, February 13, 2015, Melbourne, Florida, USA: Tier.Net Technologies, LLC (http://www.tier.net) announced the launch of affiliate program intended to help the company expand its business by rewarding publishers and affiliate partners for referring new business.


Tier.Net will offer affiliates a per-sale commission on all web hosting packages and servers. The company offers a flat 15% commission on its wide range of web hosting products.   The sign up process is easy and completely free of cost.  As a sign-on bonus, Tier.net will immediately deposit $10 to all newly approved affiliate accounts through April 10, 2015.


Affiliates are given access to a wide range of banners allowing the ability to choose the most appropriate size and design for their website(s), along with live statistical information showing details of site traffic and click-throughs.


“Our affiliate partner program is a great fit for publishers and online marketers who want to earn extra revenue by referring new business to us,” said John Dundon, Managing Partner at Tier.Net. John further added, “Our affiliate program pays generous commissions directly to the publisher rather than a third party network which otherwise tend to keep a substantial portion for themselves.”


Tier.Net’s web hosting solutions are designed for wide range of customers from individuals to enterprise level. Its web hosting plans start from about $3.49 per month and dedicated servers range up to $699 per month. Unlike many web hosting companies, Tier.net does not resell third party services at a mark-up. Tier.Net owns its own hardware, network equipment, and provides an in-house team of experts for 24/7/365 support.


For more information, visit http://www.tier.net.


About Tier.Net Technologies LLC:

Established in early 2013, Tier.Net has made a name for itself by offering quality web hosting solutions. Tier.Net offers Business Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and Domain Registration at very competitive prices.   Tier.net offers unparalleled support making them the perfect choice for clients who are searching for a solid web hosting provider for their personal and business websites.

Advantages of a Dedicated Server

Benefits of a Dedicated Server

There are several types of web hosting platforms including Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Web Hosting.  The least expensive, primarily for entry point and relatively low traffic websites is called shared hosting.   As the name implies, shared hosting sites are operating on a dedicated server shared by multiple other accounts.   The shared hosting platform is limited when it comes to server resources and administrative access. Thus, when the website and traffic expands, it becomes a necessity to upgrade to a more powerful and a dedicated web hosting platform. It is important to host more resource-intensive websites, including ones which generate a lot of traffic, on Dedicated Servers.     Here are some of the benefits of a Dedicated Server vs. a shared account:


When your website is hosted on a shared server, you run the risk of getting less CPU and RAM as some other more cumbersome website may use up those resources.   There is a greater chance that your website could run slowly or even crash as it might not have access to the resources required to function.   Dedicated Servers solve this issue by giving the entire server’s resources to your account. Further, your website will always have access to system resources to handle its data transfer and traffic requests, achieving increased performance and uptime.


Since you are not sharing the system resources of your Dedicated Server (ie: CPU, RAM, Memory and Disk Space) with other websites, your site is more reliable and typically operates faster.


As the server is not shared with anyone, security is increased.   Dedicated Servers are less prone to cyber-attacks as compared to shared accounts because the server hardware and IP address is not shared with other users who may be the target of an attack. Also, your server is allocated its own IP Address, so you do not have to worry about getting the server IP address blacklisted due to another user’s actions. On Dedicated Servers, you can also perform or receive regular operating system updates and security patches.

More Control & Flexibility

On a shared server hosting account, there are other websites too, so you cannot control many aspects of the server. However, on a dedicated server, you have complete root and administrator level access which allows you to configure the server, change permissions and install any third party software as according to your needs. On a shared server, you cannot upgrade the script versions as it may affect other websites that are not compatible with those versions.   With managed dedicated servers, the hosting provider takes care of complete server management while you focus on your business.


If your website demands more system resources, you can easily customize RAM, Storage Space, and Bandwidth on the server without going through the migration process. You are also not limited to run any types of scripts or applications software on a dedicated server (of course spamming rules and other common sense limitations still apply).  You can also install any third party software or scripts to meet your requirements which is otherwise not possible on a shared hosting platform.

Why Choose Tier.Net Dedicated Servers?

Tier.Net offers industry-leading Dedicated Servers with bundled packages and several add-ons customized to meet your needs. We provide the best quality hardware and services so our clients can focus on their business rather than worry about server performance. Tier.net owns its own hardware and network equipment, and has skilled server administrators available 24/7/365 for assistance. Tier.Net Servers are physically located in state-of-the-art data centres, backed with reliable power and redundancy at every level, allowing us to offer a 100% uptime guarantee.   For more details, visit: https://www.tier.net/dedicated-hosting

Tier.Net Technologies, LLC (Tier.Net) Launches New Line of VPS Hosting Solutions Powered by Solid State (SSD) Storage Technology.

SSD VPS Hosting

SSD VPS Hosting

Monday, November 17, 2014, Melbourne, Florida, USA: Tier.Net Technologies, LLC (http://www.tier.net) launched new and improved VPS (virtual private server) hosting plans to their arsenal of high-performance and reliable web hosting solutions. The new VPS hosting plans include major upgrades, with changes across the board, including increased RAM, bandwidth, and storage.   Additionally, clients now have an option to select solid state storage powered by Samsung 840 series SSD drives utilizing hardware RAID with battery backups.

The improved resources such as RAM and bandwidth are designed to deliver optimum performance and high data transfer at a low price. The most significant addition to the upgrade is fast SSD RAID storage space, which compared to traditional storage, reads/writes data up to 800x faster, offering quicker data execution with enhanced overall server performance and I/O response time. With the upgrade option to SSD technology, Tier.Net is bringing highly responsive and blazing fast virtual servers for web designers, IT professionals, and individuals.   New KVM based nodes feature fast Intel Xeon E3-1270v3 processors and a low client/server ratio.

Tier.Net’s VPS hosting solution is ideal for customers who need hosting that is more powerful than that of traditional shared hosting platforms, yet require performance and flexibility of a dedicated server. The virtual servers offered by Tier.Net provide security, scalability and reliability backed by the latest virtualization and cloud control panels. Experienced admins can choose self-managed servers or those looking for full management, can leave the administration to Tier.net.   In addition, Tier.Net has launched “Ultimate Management” for only $15.00 a month, which includes full management with domain-level support, script/application advice and troubleshooting, a dedicated account manager, and up to 50GB off-site backup storage.

“In this competitive marketplace, client demand dictates that we provide as many options as feasible. It makes sense to upgrade our feature set and to make SSD storage available as an option to our VPS clients,” said John Dundon, Managing Partner at Tier.Net.  Dundon further added, “With the newly upgraded VPS configurations, we offer industry-leading VPS hosting at very affordable prices. For a limited time, we are excited to make our lightning fast SSD RAID drives available at no additional cost.”

Tier.Net’s VPS hosting solutions start from just $15.49 with further savings on annual billing cycles. All VPS servers are powered by cutting edge nodes with the latest hardware wholly owned by Tier.Net. Tier.Net’s datacentres provide outstanding connections to the United States, Europe, and Asia/Pacific .   Each are connected to high speed, N+2 redundant, multi-homed transit providers to offer a 100% uptime SLA and zero packet loss. Tier.net owns its own hardware, network equipment, and asserts an in-house staff available 24/7/365 for assistance. For more information, visit http://www.tier.net.

About Tier.Net Technologies LLC:

Established in early 2013, Tier.Net has made a name for itself by offering quality web hosting solutions. Tier.Net offers Business Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and Domain Registration at competitive prices in the market. Its unparalleled support makes it exemplary for clients searching for a solid web hosting provider for their personal and business sites.

When acquiring a new VPS Hosting or Dedicated Server account, people often wonder if they should purchase their service with a Control Panel. To make this decision, it is important to know what a control panel does. Here are some of the key benefits of a control panel:

Effortless Management:

Control panels offer a graphical interface of the server making it easy for you to perform several tasks with just a few clicks. You can create accounts, manage domains, set up email accounts and redirects along with other server management functions. With the help of this easy-to-use interface, even novice users can manage their domains and emails themselves.



DNS Editing:

DNS is an essential service that plays a vital role in email and domain function. Editing the DNS through a server can be a difficult task as just one wrong update could cause the entire website to go down. With the simple DNS editor in a control panel, however, you can easily edit, add or delete DNS records for the required domain.

Easy File Transfer:

When you have a control panel, there is no need to cluster your computer with too many FTP clients for uploading and downloading files. This task is achieved easily through the file manager option. With a control panel link, you are also able to access your server’s control panel from any part of the world as long as you have an Internet connection.



Stats and Logs:

Stats and log tools are available in the control panel to give you details about the number of visitors on your website along with resource usage. This tool helps you to stay updated with the number of visitors including the locations from which you are getting the maximum number of hits. Through a simple setting, you also receive instant notifications by email if there is a high usage load or serious errors occurring on your server.

Parallels Plesk

Parallels Plesk

One-click installation:

There are many commercial and free scrip-libraries available within control panels that allow you to install software packages. Softaculous, Fantastico and Installatron are leading script libraries you will find in most control panels through which you can install WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Prestashop, phpBB, CMS, Shopping Carts, Blogs, Image Galleries and many more just by following on-screen instructions.

Cron Jobs:

Many customers want to setup scheduled tasks. These maintenance and administrative tasks are also known as “cron jobs.” You can easily add cron jobs in your server’s control panel for tasks such as automatic backups, order processing, sending emails, and more.

Block Bandwidth Stealing:

Bandwidth Stealing is a very common task by visitors who download images and other media files from your website. This can be a big deal if you are only allowed a limited amount of bandwidth from your web hosting provider. If the bandwidth stealing continues, you will either run out of bandwidth causing your server to go down, or you will have to upgrade your hosting plan. Control panels have the option to disable bandwidth stealing from your website.

For most users, control panels are an important tool to help achieve a variety of tasks with ease. In the long run, the minimal cost of including a control panel will likely save time, money, and frustration.

What is Server Mirroring?

Server Mirroring is a process of duplicating data from the “master” server to the “slave” server so that an exact copy of the data exists on both servers. This involves a process in which a backup server is utilized for replicating data from the master server. Mirroring rules are implemented and configured on the master server so that if it becomes unavailable for any reason, the slave server can take its place immediately and start providing service without any downtime.

The Server Mirroring methodology has several advantages:

1) Data Backups: Rsync technology and FAM modules monitor changes in the file system on the master server, thereby replicating only the changed files on the slave. This results in a real-time backup copy of data.

Backup Process

Backup Process

2) Disaster Recovery: Real-time disk-to-disk data is synchronized without any downtime making data available on both of the servers. In the case of hardware failure, data can be recovered from the available server and quickly restored.

Mechanism of a Mirrored Solution:

1) Data Replication: In a Mirroring Solution, two similarly configured servers are set-up in two different racks. One is set as a master server, or primary server, and other one as the slave server, or secondary server. A mirroring mechanism is implemented by using Rsync and FAM modules.

FAM modules monitor the file system. If there is any change in any file, it gets notified. Then a request is sent via Rsync to update and immediately duplicate the file on the slave server. This process uses a negligible amount of server resources even if the size of the changed file. This process is all completed within a very short period of time.

Data Replication

Data Replication

2) Failure Monitoring/Failover: The process in which slave server takes the place of the master server when the master server goes down due to any technical issue or hardware failure is called failover. When the failover occurs, the user and any application requests going to the master server are redirected to the slave Server.

Failover Process

Failover Process

This process is managed by monitoring a script running on the slave server which is “binded” with the secondary IP of the master server and other dedicated IP addresses of the slave server. The script keeps monitoring the apache and ping requests of the master server. If there is any delay, website and application requests are re-directed to the slave server in real-time and the slave server performs exactly as the master server would have.

3) Restoration: Restoration is the process in which the data replicated on the slave server is restored on the master server while the master server was unavailable. There is no need to worry about which file has been updated or changed as Rsync on the slave server keeps the information about the updated files.

Data Restoration

Data Restoration

Once the master server is up, it does not contain the same data as slave server, so Rsync will restore the incremental data from the slave server. The restoration process can also be used in the case of a disk crash or hardware failure if there is up-to-date data on the slave server.

Load Balancing Server is also a good option for the most demanding websites and applications. Tier.Net offers wide range of PREMIUM Dedicated Servers in multiple data center locations. We can therefore deliver a robust failover solution to boost your business’ online presence. With a highly redundant dedicated server cluster physically located in different data centers, we are able to prevent data loss and downtime.

Load Balancing is a method in computer networking to distribute the work load between multiple servers that are setup in a cluster, typically as a web server or database server. The load balancer disperses traffic and user requests efficiently among the servers in the network, thereby  increasing the web server’s scalability and database server’s performance.

This methodology is implemented to achieve maximum availability of a site or database by not letting an individual server become overburdened with the traffic. Major websites like Google, Facebook, and Amazon strives to maintain 100% uptime by placing thousands of servers in cluster. Load balancing methodology is often used to implement failover and redundancy.

Load Balancing Solution

Load Balancing Servers

Architecture of a Load Balancing Server:

1) A Load Balancing Server architecture consists of at least 2 or more web servers with similar configurations and 2 database servers which are located behind the load balancer/master server.

2) Each web server is connected with an Internal LAN and has a public IP assigned. The Load balancing routing rules are implemented on the Master Server/ Load Balancer and a firewall is configured with rules to permit web traffic to the web server through the load balancer/master server.

3) The Master Server/ Load Balancer will then disperse the traffic equally on each of the web servers which will divert the SQL queries on to the database server. In order to make the database server highly available, a real-time mirroring solution is implemented on the two database servers using RSync and FAM modules.

4) A FAM module monitors the file system and if there is any change on the server, it is reflected on the second database server by Rsync in real-time. Thus, if one of the database server is down due to failure or maintenance, another database server immediately comes into the picture within a few seconds and starts providing service.

A Load Balancing Server is the best solution for redundancy and fail-over, delivering the highest level of reliability and stability. For complete Load Balancing Solution, take a look at Dedicated Servers offered by Tier.Net.