Shared Hosting for Small Businesses

There are three main types of web servers that you can can choose when deciding where to put your website.  They are Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and Dedicated Servers.  Dedicated Servers are by far the most expensive and resource intensive option.  Not only does it contain the software, but it also involves the actual hardware the website is using.  the maintenance and support required is extremely expensive.  This all but rules it out for most places except the largest businesses, with high traffic loads, and a large it staff.  

VPS's offer many of the performance advantages for a fraction of the cost of a dedicated server, it creates a virtual server, with virtualized resources.  it sits on a dedicated server, and uses a portion of the resources to dedicate to running the webserver.  the benefit of VPS's over shared hosting is the resources are always available and reserved for the VPS.  Shared hosting only guarantees storage space, not cpu or memory.  with VPS's it opens to door to customized infrastructure and scaling architectures.  Service providers like aws and digital ocean provide support to create pretty amazing environments for large complex websites, and web applications.

The drawback to using a VPS is that it still is more time consuming and more complex than shared hosting.  if you aren't comfortable with using command line in linux, and playing with things like apache or nginx setting up your own VPS can be daunting.  If you simply have a small website and don't want to spend a few hundred dollars a month in support, shared hosting is for you.  shared hosting is typically done through cpanel or similar platform like Plesk.  At CHS Tech Solutions we have a dedicated server running cpanel.  

Cpanel simplifies management of a website, while having some limitations; if your website has less than a thousand visitors a day and uses a platform like wordpress or joomla that isn't a resource hog, cpanel is more than adequate for the task.  Cpanel handles dns, email, websites, and even web storage options.  it has a robust toolset that keeps infrastructure expenditure to a minimum.  it's rare that you would spend more than an hour a month on infrastructure, most of the monthly website budget can be spent on updating your  website, making improvements that will drive customers to your door.  

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Setting up Outlook for Cpanel Hosted Email Accounts

This is a quick instructional guide to setting up your client for emails that are hosted on CHS Tech's cpanel server.  I am using Outlook 2016 so there may be some slight changes depending on your client or Outlook version.

1. Under file (in my case on outlook 2016) there is a button for add account.  select that button

1. Under file there is a button for add account.  Select that button.

2. this will take you to the email account set up dialog box.  towards the bottom there is a radio button for manual setup.  select that button and click next.

2. This will take you to the email account set up dialog box.  Towards the bottom there is a radio button for manual setup. Select that button and click next.


Select "POP or IMAP radio button and click next.  We will be setting up an IMAP account.


4. This will take you to your settings options.

Enter in all the fields.  The user name of the email account is your full email.  the income and outgoing mailserver's are mail.<yourdomain.com> (e.g. mail.chstechsolutions.com, mail.google.com, or mail.domain.net)



5. Select more settings and that will open up a new dialog box.

6. go to the outgoing server tab and select the check box "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.  make sure the radio button for "Use the same settings as my incoming server" is selected, and click ok.

7. click next and finish the setup process