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What is SmartCTL?
Every modern hard drive has an option to monitor its current status and health via SMART attributes. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. The SMART test can be performed on your HDD to detect any potential problems with the hardware itself. Tests such as these are run using SmartCTL. According to the Linux man page, SmartCTL is a command-line utility designed to perform SMART tasks. Examples of these tasks would be printing error logs or enabling and disabling automatic SMART testing.
So without further ado, let’s dig into the SmartCTL command.
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In this article, we will discover managed hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting, how they compare and differ from each other, as well as the pros and cons of each. These concepts aren’t mutually exclusive; we hope to provide you a better idea of what to look for in a hosting solution.
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In this article, we will be discussing what it means to employ a “managed server” versus an “unmanaged server” and what the primary differences are. This article is written responding to ongoing questions we see from clients regarding the types of resources, services, and capabilities that are included when a managed server is selected for use.
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Do You Need W3TC?
The short answer is an overwhelming Yes!
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W3 Total Cache is currently the best WordPress plugin for cache-based, performance optimization. W3 Total Cache improves the overall speed of your site by caching multiple elements on your pages which improves the overall responsiveness of your webserver.
Reading Time: 5 minutesAre you looking for hosting? You may be asking yourself what is the best solution for your website or online application. One that will provide the uptime and reliability you need with the best support in the industry? Let’s go through a breakdown of our traditional Dedicated Server options to get a full scope on the aspects of these types of servers. Continue reading “Managed Dedicated Server Overview”
Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Liquid Web CDN improves your website’s load time by taking all of your site’s media (pictures, music, etc.) and distributing it to a worldwide caching network. When a visitor reaches your CDN-enabled websites they will receive the basic elements (text, framework code, etc.) from your server as normal, but all the media will be handled by the CDN’s worldwide network of caching servers (also referred to as “nodes”).
Because media files are almost always much larger than text elements, the CDN takes a lot of the workload from your dedicated server. Please note that the Liquid Web CDN is only for use with media files and does not handle databases or other server-side functions. Database activity and other functions will continue to be handled by your server.
It is also important to note that adding CDN services to your server requires modifications to your website’s code. If you are using a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. then these changes can be easily made using the CMS software itself. If your website was custom-built and does not have a CDN option in the CMS interface, you will need to consult your site’s developer for assistance in implementing CDN code changes. Continue reading “What is a CDN? An Overview”
Reading Time: 6 minutesIf you process credit cards on a website, your site needs to be in compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. (This is abbreviated as PCI DSS, and even more often referred to simply as PCI.) PCI compliance certifies that your organization takes all necessary steps to protect sensitive customer data and provides a set of standards for your infrastructure and server setup. While Liquid Web does not offer full PCI compliance certification, we do offer a separate service that scans your server to see that PCI DSS requirements are met, a great tool during the compliance process.
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