Experienced Web Hosting from EarthLink

In 1995, before Google, before Facebook, before NetFlix and Wikipedia, when AltaVista was the top search engine and email was new…there was EarthLink Web Hosting.

For 18 years (practically as long as the concept of “web hosting” itself has even existed!), EarthLink has been giving businesses (and individuals) a quality option to host their website(s). Many other companies have popped up (and will continue to do so, now that the cloud is here), but no one has the tried-and-true experience like EarthLink.  Trust a brand new company, or one that’s proven itself for almost 20 years?

So, if you’re in the market for an experienced web hosting company to be your long-term, stable provider, look no further than EarthLink’s plans.  There’s bound to be one that fits your needs; after all, we’ve been around long enough to know!


2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever: Is Your Business Prepared for More Extreme Weather and Disasters?

Yesterday the National Climatic Data Center (part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA) released U.S. weather data for 2012.

It was really hot. And it was extreme.

The year was, in fact, a full degree hotter than the next hottest year—ever. And 2012 had the second most extreme weather ever. There were 11 climate-related disasters that caused $1 billion or more in losses, including Sandy and Isaac.

While there is still some political debate about climate change, the scientific consensus is that the planet is warming and that this warming will trigger more and more extreme weather.

For that reason, more and more businesses are taking extreme weather into their business continuity and data recovery planning—because catastrophic weather can very easily lead to catastrophic business losses.

Disaster recovery & business continuity - make sure your business is prepared for disasterCloud hosting and other virtualization services are inherently safer than having all your IT in-house and vulnerable to local weather and other extreme conditions. After superstorm Sandy, we were very happy to hear from customers like New Jersey-based Ciao Bella who reported that their EarthLink Cloud hosting services helped them remain fully operational and productive during and after the storm.

Our EarthLink Business and EarthLink Cloud divisions report that businesses contacting us about IT services are much more likely to require disaster recovery, business continuity, and data recovery services such as Cloud Server Backup  as part of their product requirements.

In times of crisis, a company’s data is the asset most at risk and hardest to replace. So it’s time to prepare now, before your business becomes a victim of the extreme weather that is becoming more frequent.

Let our disaster recovery and business continuity consultants provide you with a customized disaster and data recovery solution.


Cloud Providers – Addressing Security Concerns

Cloud providers often get a bad rap; IT professionals sometimes see the cloud as an insecure means of having applications and data residing outside their own data centers. Security should absolutely be a concern whenever sensitive data is involved, and that concern can be heightened when considering cloud services that operate outside your corporate firewall.  EarthLink Business wants you to be assured that these concerns are all taken care of with our services, and give you questions to ask while considering any provider.

Companies have been outsourcing services and technology for years. Just because companies may give up some control to the hosting provider when moving to a cloud environment, it does not mean they have to compromise on security. By asking the simple questions below, your company can build a trusting relationship with the cloud provider you are considering working with.

  1. How is data encrypted when stored in the cloud infrastructure?
  2. What logical and physical access controls are in place?
  3. Is the cloud infrastructure fully redundant?
  4. How well are cloud applications protected?

Ask these questions so you can understand the complexity of where your data may live. Consider only moving a couple less critical applications to the Cloud first, so you can start building that trusting relationship with the Cloud provider before deciding to go all in.

Also to help, The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a set of guidelines to help you manage security in the cloud. Use these guidelines to help compile a list of requirement questions before selecting a Cloud provider:

  • Carefully plan the security and privacy aspects of cloud computing solutions before implementing them.
  • Understand the public cloud computing environment offered by the cloud provider.
  • Ensure that a cloud computing solution—both cloud resources and cloud-based applications—satisfy organizational security and privacy requirements.
  • Maintain accountability over the privacy and security of data and applications implemented and deployed in public cloud computing environments.

The benefits of Cloud computing can help you cut IT infrastructure costs, provide new services to customers and streamline business processes, so don’t hesitate to take advantage due to security concerns. Contact your EarthLink representative today and start asking the right questions!



Web Hosting – 5 Popular Types of Hosting Explained

Web hosting - different types of web hosting defined and explainedBefore we get to all the different types of web hosting, let’s first answer the What is Web hosting question.

At its most basic, Web hosting is a service provided by a web hosting provider or web host, such as EarthLink Web Hosting, to store your website (HTML, images, and all other related files) on the host’s servers and make it available on the web. Beyond that, the scope of webhosting services can differ greatly from one provider to another.

Here are 5 common types of web hosting:

  1. Free web hosting: EarthLink offers our dial-up, cable Internet, DSL Internet, and other Internet access members a small amount (10MB) of free web hosting space. It’s enough space to use for a small, personal website, but not a business website. It also comes without all the additional website marketing and other hosting features that are included with other EarthLink Web Hosting services. Free web sites are available at http://home.earthlink.net/~username rather than your own domain name.
  2. Shared web hosting services: Shared web hosting is the most common type of commercial website hosting service, because it’s typically the least expensive kind of hosting that can offer all the features needed by businesses. With a shared hosting service, many customer websites are hosted on the same server at the hosting company. Unless a provider explicitly says a hosting service is dedicated hosting or some other type of hosting, the service is probably shared hosting (shared web hosting is also sometimes referred to as standard web hosting). The do-it-yourself web and ecommerce hosting plans and professional website design and hosting services offered on the earthlink.net website are shared hosting services. These are full-service plans offering domain names, business-class email, online marketing tools, and other popular web hosting features.
  3. Ecommerce web hosting:  Ecommerce web hosting is any form of web hosting (shared, dedicated, etc.) that allows the hosted website to offer secure online purchasing (with SSL encryption), usually via a shopping cart, and accept credit card transactions. EarthLink Web Hosting offers ecommerce hosting plans in both the build your own website and professional website design categories.
  4. Cloud hosting: Cloud hosting offers remote virtual servers as a service. Cloud servers can be used for web hosting or other IT computing needs. Cloud hosting customers share a physical server at the cloud hosting company, but the physical server is divided up into virtual servers that are unique to each customer and are completely separate from each other. Each cloud web hosting customer would also have a unique IP address (not true with regular shared web hosting). Cloud hosting offers greater performance and much more control than shared hosting but is not as expensive as dedicated hosting. Cloud hosting can also be more reliable because cloud infrastructures include failover. This means that if the server your website is hosted on ever fails or encounters other problems, it can be almost instantly restarted on a different server. EarthLink offers cloud hosting services through our EarthLink Cloud division.
  5. Dedicated web hosting: As the name implies, with dedicated web hosting a whole server is dedicated to one customer and is not shared in any way. A dedicated server is important for websites with extremely high traffic volumes and for business websites that demand increased server performance, the highest levels of security, and full control. EarthLink offers dedicated server hosting through our EarthLink Cloud division.

We hope that answers your questions. If there’s something you wanted to know that we left out, please leave your question below in the comments area. Thanks!