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by: Hostwinds Team  /  June 20, 2020


Tags: hosting, hosting plan 

Part of being a Hostwinds staff member is coming up with new and improved ways to make each client's hosting experience easier and more convenient. That's precisely how our in-house Cloud Control Panel came to fruition. Our dedicated team strives to provide extra support for clients throughout every facet of their hosting journeys.

Add-on services are just one of the many ways we give clients a helping hand. This blog post will outline exactly what those add-on services entail and how to get started with each!

Anyone and everyone could benefit from backing up their critical data, to begin with, our nightly backups add-on service.

What Are Nightly Backups?

Nightly backups, or cloud backups, are what enable you to remotely store information in the cloud that was previously housed on your local device. Such backups are handy because they keep your data and files safe and sound even if an issue occurs with your local computer. The nice thing about cloud backups is that you can access any of them at any time from any browser.

Note: You may hear a cloud backup is referred to as a remote or online backup. Those are just different names for the same thing.

What is the Cloud?

The cloud is essentially a giant virtual melting pot full of different data storing and transferring methods.

Why are Cloud Backups Important?

Well, to name a few things:

  • Restoring lost information
  • Just in case = Disaster recovery
  • Scalability Purposes = ever-expanding storage capabilities
  • Backups can free up space on your local device
  • They save you money if you choose cloud backups as opposed to other kinds of backups
  • Cloud backups are straightforward to access and manage
  • You have access to cloud backups anytime
  • You get to decide how long you keep your backups
  • Data encryption
  • Avoiding data being lost or messed with as a result of local device outages
  • Smooth and seamless performance for other software running on your device
  • They are very dependable

Cloud backups are handy for businesses because they are not only susceptible to losing data if they have compiled copious amounts of it over the years, but they are also susceptible to data corruption and hacking as well. Cloud backups are a good idea for those reasons alone.

What is the Difference Between Cloud Backups and Cloud Storage?

The primary purpose of cloud storage is to allow people to access their files anytime remotely. In contrast, the primary purpose of cloud backups is to have copies of your data and files in the cloud as a preventative measure in case something happens to the original documents.

To that end, if you are curious to review more information about cloud storage or just how to manage your cloud backups in our Cloud Portal, click the link below!

Object Storage in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal

We make it easy to manage all your cloud backups in one place within our comprehensive Cloud Portal. Should you have any questions about this, in particular, our support team is just one call away. They will be glad to assist you.

How to Get this Add-On:

Step 1: Visit www.Hostwinds.com, and click the 'Client Login' link on the navigation bar located at the top of the page.

Step 2: Enter your Hostwinds username and password to login into your client account.

Step 3: Click the 'Services' drop-down menu on the royal blue navigation bar to the top of the page >> Click 'View Available Add-ons'

Step 4: Click the green 'PURCHASE & ACTIVATE' button on the 'CLOUD BACKUPS' card if you purchase backups for a cloud server or VPS. Click the green 'PURCHASE & ACTIVATE' button on the 'WEB HOSTING CLOUD BACKUPS' card if you purchase backups for a Shared, Business, or Reseller Hosting account. All you have to do is fill in your information and click 'Complete Order' from there, and you are all set.

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We are moving right along to our server monitoring add-on service!

What is Server Monitoring?

Hostwinds' server monitoring add-on service involves our technicians conducting a detailed analysis of your server's performance and thoroughly monitoring it round the clock.

Several checks are set up based on your specific server to make sure it is performing flawlessly. Furthermore, our technicians will automatically open a support ticket on your behalf if they notice any issue as a preventative measure.

Monitoring what? Here are a few of the plethora of items our technicians look at:

  • CPU
  • Configurations
  • Disk Space
  • Applications stored on your server
  • Uptime
  • Network connectivity
  • Files stored on the server
  • Optimization
  • Performance

RELATED: Business Hosting Overview Guide

RELATED: Reseller Hosting Overview Guide

How to Get this Add-On:

Step 1: Visit www.Hostwinds.com, and click the 'Client Login' link on the navigation bar located at the top of the page.

Step 2: Enter your Hostwinds username and password to log in to your client account.

Step 3: Click the 'Services' drop-down menu on the royal blue navigation bar to the top of the page >> Click 'View Available Add-ons'

Step 4: Click the green 'PURCHASE & ACTIVATE' button on the 'SERVER MONITORING' card >> Fill in your information and click 'Complete Order'

Note: Hostwinds also offers website monitoring for Shared and Business Hosting and system monitoring for cloud hosting plans.

Although Hostwinds currently offers a few more add-on services, we will conclude with just one more – the Hostwinds SSL Certificate.

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL certificate is a security protocol that establishes an encrypted connection from your browser to your server (and visa versa). This encryption safeguards all the information transmitted back and forth between the server and browser, meaning all the data on your website will not be hacked. Hackers, beware of the power of the SSL certificate!

In terms of specifics, public and private keys come together to make an SSL certificate and encrypt the connection. Another component of an SSL certificate – The Subject. The Subject confirms the identity of the person who bought the SSL certificate for their site. Enough with specifics though, let's now review when it would be advised to purchase one of these magical certificates.

Who Should Get an SSL Certificate?

Long story short, everyone with a website, however, particularly websites that:

  • Collect sensitive data from users such as credit card information, email addresses, usernames & passwords, etc.
  • Are in any way eCommerce sites

On top of that, any site with an SSL certificate has the 'HTTPS' in the URL, which secures trust between a site owner and users.

Fun Fact About SSL Certificates: If you are interested in seeing the credentials about safety and security for the SSL-protected site you are on, hover your mouse over and subsequently click on the little lock icon to the right of your URL.

SSL certificates work for every single browser. It may surprise you to know they also benefit you for SEO purposes. As detailed on our site's SSL Certificate page, "Search engines rank websites with an SSL higher than those without."

Click the link below to learn more about SSL certificates:

SSL = Secure Sockets Layer, But It Could Also Stand For "Smooth Sailing Lock."

RELATED: What is an SSL Certificate? Guide

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How to Get this Add-On:

Visit www.Hostwinds.com, click the 'Services' drop-down menu, then click 'SSL' to navigate the right page. Depending on your preference, you may click either the green '1 Year for $75' or the green '2 Years for $140' button on the page to get started with your very own Hostwinds SSL certificate.

That sums up the Hostwinds add-on potion of this blog piece. Now its' your turn to share your ideas!

Anything Else You Would Add?

Of course, the Hostwinds Team could never have come up with innovative solutions such as these add-on services if it weren't for the invaluable feedback from our clients. Is there anything you would (corny pun coming up, brace yourselves) add to this discussion about add-on services?

Please feel encouraged to comment below if there are any add-on services you would like us to offer. What would make your hosting experience with us even better? We would love to hear your thoughts.

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  June 20, 2020

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