The Difference between Xen and VMWARE for VPS

Posted on March 27, 2013

VPS Xen VMwareIf you are new to the world of VPS hosting and happen to be shopping for one, you are likely to have a difficult time choosing between numerous different platforms that already exist.

These platforms include: OpenVZ, Cloud, Xen, VMWare, KVM and many other virtualisation options. Of these platforms, VMWare and Xen are the most recognizable and most used.

VMWare, being the oldest of the two, is more established with a wider user base and more dedicated user support system. Having a better dedicated user support means that with VMWare, users are more likely to have their technical issues handled faster and more efficiently as compared to users of Xen.

Price wise, VMWare is more expensive as compared to Xen. This pricing difference is more or less the same with Xen when you consider that VMWare has a higher capability to support simultaneous running of more virtual machines (than Xen) bearing the same specifications.

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Explanation of Ruby on Rails

Posted on March 14, 2013

Ruby on RailsRuby on Rails is an object-focused, interpreted programming language that has been in use from the mid-1990s, and has gained popularity due to its simplicity, readability as well as flexibility. Ruby on Rails runs on a Linux Web Hosting platform.

Ruby and rails can be described as follows:

1. A set of technologies
Ruby on Rails is a type of the framework which makes ‘RoR’ very strong. Since many web applications have a database at the backend, they must integrate it the database with the actual web files. One way they can integrate it is by rewriting it from scratch each time. This method can be slow, costly as well as prone to bugs. Use of rails can be a perfect way to integrate databases as a framework takes ordinary design patterns like database handling and offers a set of consistent functionality which new applications might hook into. Ruby on Rails make it difficult for bugs to be introduced as a lot of applications are utilising the same functionality making it quicker to spot and squash bugs.

2. It’s a set of design strategies
Ruby on rails is a “prejudiced” framework as it has a set of techniques in doing things. It is a very simple and quicker way of doing things. Ruby on Rails has a classic technique of abstracting a fundamental database system into classes, items and features. This implies that it will act in a similar manner from application to application as well as developer to developer.

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cPanel Web Hosting Explained

Posted on March 5, 2013

cPanel Web Hosting

cPanel Web Hosting

cPanel Web Hosting is basically shared web hosting using the cPanel Control Panel. The cPanel control panel makes web hosting management easy for the webmaster as it is an easy intuitive interface that requires no learning or experience.

With the help of cPanel Web Hosting you can easily manage your web hosting and maintain direct control of your websites.

Even if you are an administrator or a reseller of hosting services you will be able to maintain excellent control of all the services pertaining to your accounts. Third party software extensions can also be integrated with the help of cPanel and the best part is that you need not access the server directly with a linux console session.

cPanel will enable you to manage your websites even if you are not technically savvy. It makes it really easy to add and manage websites with a few clicks inside the cPanel interface. It is also very secure and your site will always be protected from virus attacks. You can even lock down your server in the event of purported threats from hackers.

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Difference between Linux Web Hosting and Windows Web Hosting

Posted on February 21, 2013

Linux Hosting Windows HostingLaunching your own website means choosing a suitable web hosting provider to host your site. You will also have to decide on the Operating System, and there are two main choices – Linux Web Hosting and Windows Web Hosting.

Linux Web Hosting

Linux is open source and is generally free. It is a popular choice among new business setups for web hosting as it is cheap to install and run. Recent changes in Linux have made it more user friendly as many companies are now offering graphical control panels. These graphical panels are similar to those found in Windows.

Linux supports: Perl, PHP, MySQL Databases and Ruby on Rails.

Windows Web Hosting

Microsoft Windows is the most popular OS used worldwide on home and business PC’s. As a result, a majority of people are familiar with all the features and it is easier to integrate with other MS products.

MS Windows supports MySQL databases, Cold Fusion and ASP.NET.

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How Content Distribution Networks (CDN’s) can Improve Website Performance

Posted on February 15, 2013

CloudFlare Web HostingContent Distribution Networks, or CDN’s, are simply an arrangement of computers holding multiple copies of data at different locations. This duplicate data is stored in order to make it easier to access separate servers from separate regions. The biggest benefit of CDNs is that they eliminate the risk of bottlenecking, where everyone is attempting to gain access to the same central server at the same instant.

Significance of a Content Distribution Network
The present, dynamic world of internet has made it necessary for every website to deliver its content in an effective and timely manner. Readers expect every website to react immediately to them. There is in fact no one in the world who wants to lose his/her connection with a particular website after submitting his/her credit card number. Simultaneously, it feels like an eternity to wait for a web page to fully load. The current information superhighway is moving incredibly fast, and you’ll definitely try to avoid your website from being left behind. This is where a CDN comes in.

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Tips for Starting a WordPress Blog using WordPress Web Hosting

Posted on February 13, 2013

Wordpress Web HostingUtilising WordPress Web Hosting is the best way to start a WordPress Blog because creating a WordPress blog can prove to be a major accomplishment for your business, since it is the simplest and most affordable way of getting a site online. It offers you two major benefits: a record of your blog posts on search engines, such as Google and Bing, and access to an in-house social network of bloggers. A blog needs much more than a few occasional posts to be successful. You need to keep a few vital principals in mind in order to run an unbeaten, business-oriented WordPress Blog, and you need to have it hosted by a professional web hosting company.

1. Your Blog Should Have a Clear Focus
Generally, there are two types of blogs: professional and personal. A personal blog is often treated as an online journal by the bloggers, since it is a perfect place for them to record interesting events that happen every day. For that reason, it doesn’t have a particular direction. A professional blog, on the other hand, must have a very clear focus. For example, it is essential for a business-oriented blog to make the offered products/services the centre point. It is not advisable to merely pitch what you are selling. In fact, you should post around those products/services by writing about issues that hint at them. For instance, if you have an antique bookstore, you can attract customers by writing interesting posts related to old book-making procedures. Writing brief reviews on novels or books sitting in your present stock can not only help increasing sales, but also diversify your reader base.

2. Invest in a Suitable Domain Name and WordPress Web Hosting
While it might seem like a necessary step, setting up your own domain name for a WordPress blog is normally overlooked by new bloggers. Having a free domain is not recommended if you want your blog to be successful. Not only does it appear unprofessional to visitors, but also indicates that you are not serious about your blog and are not willing to invest in it. Domain names are available at a very reasonable price now. It is worth lifting your blog’s image and investing in a suitable domain name.

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Some Exciting Announcements Coming in 2013

Posted on February 7, 2013

The staff here at Swish Connect area always working hard behind the scenes to ensure our customers are getting the most they can get from their time with us.

We are always looking at the latest technologies, trialling them, seeing if they can bring value to our clients, and we are happy to give a little teaser of just a few things coming in 2013 … and there will be so much more!

CloudFlare Web Hosting


Swish Connect has teamed up with CloudFlare to essentially provide CND style functionality to improve website performance as well as increase security. We have finished testing and are currently rolling this out to all servers. A full announcement will be released when it is 100% ready.

CloudFlare will be available on all our services including shared web hosting, reseller web hosting, virtual servers (VPS), and dedicated servers.

For more information on CloudFlare, visit their site at



Cloud Linux

CloudLinux is the only server operating system made especially for Web Hosting. Swish Connect has partnered with CloudLinux and is currently finalising live testing before we roll the service out to all servers.

CloudLinux specialises in increasing server stability and performance by placing each and every website into its own instance – so if a website suddenly goes crazy, it doesn’t bring the entire server down with it and causing all other websites to go offline.

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