How Hosted VOIP Systems Can Help You During COVID-19

My Post (18)In these challenging times, more and more employees are required to continue their work remotely from their own homes. While thousands of offices are temporarily closed throughout the world, businesses are finding themselves having to adapt to different methods of working, communicating, and carrying out business effectively.

Unsurprisingly this has caused a lot of turbulence among businesses everywhere, as new technology and software have to be quickly adopted in order to cope with the changing conditions. This is especially true for businesses relying on antiquated technology!

Many scenarios require employees to carry out face-to-face meetings and this is obviously not possible with the current social distancing guidelines in place.

This is where VOIP technologies come into play.

VOIP helps thousands of organisations around the world communicate effectively, wherever they are. During this pandemic, VOIP services are in demand more than ever.

Let’s take a look at what VOIP is, how COVID-19 has increased demand for hosted VOIP services, and how a VOIP plan can benefit your business.

What is VOIP?

VOIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a communication technology that allows users to communicate by voice, over an internet connection. Users can communicate with each other wherever they are in the world – provided they have an internet connection.

Many people don’t understand VOIP and believe it to be totally different to traditional PSTN phone systems. While the two certainly have their differences, they also share many similarities.

So let’s briefly go over how VOIP systems work. This will be a simple, summarised version, as there are a lot of technical details that go into VOIP systems!

In a VOIP system, your devices like smartphones, laptops, and deskphones are connected to a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) system. This is essentially a private telephone network used within an organisation or company. So the IP packets containing the voice transmission first travels here.

This PBX is then connected to a SIP Trunk, which acts as a virtual link allowing your PBX to communicate with the public service telephone network (PSTN) and the internet. This allows the voice data to travel from the initial VOIP device, to the recipient – whether the recipient is on a normal telephone number, or another VOIP device.

This chain of communication happens behind the scenes every time a call is made from a VOIP device, so it’s easy enough to forget how complicated the process can really be!

So, now that we’ve covered what VOIP systems are and how they work, let’s get into some of the ways VOIP can help your business operate during the coronavirus pandemic. – Read more

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VPS vs Dedicated Servers – Which should you choose?

My Post (16)When researching various hosting providers and plans to choose from, you will have probably come across many different kinds of hosting models such as cloud servers, dedicated servers, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), or shared hosting. While any of these plans would likely fulfill your needs, it’s still important to choose the service that would suit your requirements while not costing you too much.

Most starter websites would be suitable for a shared hosting plan, but if you’re hosting many websites, specialised applications, or you require a specific hosting environment, then you’re going to need something different.

In many scenarios this will leave you with two feasible options – VPS Hosting, or a Dedicated Server.

But before making a decision going forward with a hosting plan, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the differences between VPS hosting and a dedicated server, so that you can better understand which plan would be more suitable for you.

In this post we aim to explain what web hosting is, the differences between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Servers, and how to decide which type of hosting is more suitable for you.

An Introduction to Hosting

If we want to gain a better understanding of the differences between VPS plans and dedicated servers, we need to first comprehend the fundamentals of how web hosting itself works.

A web host is how and where your website lives. The way this works is your domain name gets assigned to a web hosting package which is actually server space. The server is owned by a hosting company who manages the server for you.

Web hosting is essentially the server space that a web host provides, which holds your website and allows users to access it over the internet.

Your web hosting account isn’t just limited to serving websites to visitors however. We find that many of our VPS and Dedicated Server customers implement applications, development work, or specialized software – instead of a website.

In other words, your web host provides your web hosting.

It’s important not to mix the two up, so here’s a distinction between the two:

  • A web host is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for your website to be viewed on the Internet.
  • Web hosting refers to the product of hosting itself, which is essentially rented space on a server in return for a monthly or annual fee.

Without web hosting, your website wouldn’t be accessible to the rest of the internet. Having a domain name and good web hosting is essential for any website to succeed.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals of web hosting, let’s go over exactly what VPS hosting and Dedicated Servers are.

What is VPS Hosting?

A Virtual Private Server, or VPS, is a virtual machine that gives all the features of a full dedicated server within a fully virtualized environment.

With a VPS server, there will be one physical controlling server, which is then separated into virtual partitions which can then be treated as individual systems. Each virtual server has it’s on resources, storage space, memory, and operating system. You can have a number of virtual private servers on one physical server and it is possible to have different operating systems for each VPS.

Customers can typically select the operating system, memory, storage capacity, and processing power of their VPS plan. This can then often be upgraded or downgraded at any time; since the physical hardware doesn’t need refitting, the resource limits can be easily and quickly changed.

VPS plans are an excellent choice for any growing business that combines the affordability of shared hosting with the improved features and benefits of dedicated hosting – without the higher costs and additional technical knowledge necessary. VPS plans don’t typically require much technical know-how, since the virtual server is configured by the hosting provider, so it’s often easier to use for beginners or teams who don’t have dedicated IT staff. – Read more

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What Is Web Hosting? (And Why Do I Need It?)

My Post - 2020-03-09T170850.958.pngRegistering a domain name is the first box you need to tick if you want to set up a website for your business. However, by itself, a domain name does not enable you to build a website. To build a website, you also need web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

A web host is how and where your website lives. The way this works is your domain name gets assigned to a web hosting package which is actually server space. The server is owned by a hosting company who manages the server for you.

In other words, your web host provides your web hosting.

It’s important not to mix the two up, so here’s a distinction between the two:

  • A web host is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for your website to be viewed on the Internet.
  • Web hosting refers to the product of hosting itself, which is essentially rented space on a server in return for a monthly or annual fee.

It’s important to point out that you do not need a web host for web hosting. You can do it yourself with a server. However, because of a web host’s access to state-of-the-art hardware, the added value of support and massive uptime, and the fact you need no expertise to open a host account (versus configuring your own server and managing it) means web hosting is the best option for most people.

How Web Hosting Works

Web hosting is basically rented server space.

Rather than have your own physical server under your desk, you rent server space from a company who provides it as a service. This is true of all types of third-party hosting, which is an important point to make because in your search for web hosting, you’ll come across three main types:

  1. Dedicated hosting
  2. VPS (virtual private server) hosting
  3. Shared hosting

At UKHost4U, we provide options for all three of these, so we’ll explain the differences between these below. – Read more

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