(*Thinking, thinking, thinking*) How to begin this blog piece? Say welcome back? I did that last time we did a blog series. $10 word? Too aggressive too soon. Hmmm…what would be perfect? DING…LIGHT BULB. ON. (*Thinking complete*)
(*Yoda voice*) HELLO! Ready are you to adventure across more of the Cloud Portal’s Create a Server page? Waiting so long you have been for Part 2 (so long = one day *giggles*) and finally here Part 2 is. Celebrate we shall now. Time to party it is! (*musical notes*)…
“EV’RYBODY DANCE NOW! GIVE ME THE MUUUUSIC…GIVE ME THE MUUUSIC! ….
… EV’RYBODY DANCE NOW!” (*musical notes*). Wow, that idea as to how to begin this blog piece (by speaking in the beautiful way Yoda does) GOT WAY OUT OF HAND. Oh well! (Not a segway in sight:) In Part 1 of the exploration of the Hostwinds Cloud Portal’s Create a Server page, we clarified stuff about the operating system and application possibilities while Yoda clarified so many things about life for us (because I paraphrase many wise things he said in his cute little endearing Yoda way). In Part 2, we’ll make sure to get through the rest of this page so you can be confident that you’re making the right selections when you create a server or multiple servers.
We already went through operating systems and applications…aaaaaand right on to ISOs:
Before we get into this swarm of ISO options, allow me to clarify what an ISO file is by once again quoting…myself! In a previous blog post where we toured the Cloud Portal, I describe the .iso file as “an image that is usually associated with a disk like a CD or DVD.” I continue by explaining the following “You can use them to make changes to your operating system.” Oh my goodness, if you insist, I’ll leave you with a link to that (sarcastic boasting:) absolutely beloved blog piece:
Oh, and you also want me to shamelessly plug part 2 of that blog series? You know I can’t say no to you…here it is:
An ISO allows you to boot your operating system if you want to plug a USB drive into your server.
YOU HAVE 19 OPTIONS:
CentOS, Alpine Linux, Clear Linux, CoreOS, Devuan, Finnix, FreeNAS, NixOS, OpenBSD, openSUSE, pfSense, Ubuntu, Rancher OS, Vyos, Fedora, Debian, FreePBX, FreeBSD, Arch Linux
19??? 19 options??? How ever will we choose???
What’s that? Yoda has an answer for that question too? That ($10 word I had to look up multiple times after hearing it for the first time:) beatific* little fur ball knows everything! He admits to Luke that the Jedi are in quite a gloomy situation, but increased information/wisdom will be the (same Star Wars pun that was also employed in Part 1:) force strong enough to (who wants another $10 word? Everyone? Well, okay then…here it is:) allay* the bad stuff.
Notes on Application Options
Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE – All of these are lightweight and don’t need a lot of resources to get up and running very quickly. Any of the servers Hostwinds offers have the capacity to use any of these ISOs. When you create a server from an ISO, the ISO installs on the server’s operating system and you can do anything with the ISO. Some ISOs (like Arch Linux) aren’t available as an operating system.
When would you want to use an ISO? There are various reasons, one being the need for a very lightweight operating system. Check out this guide if you need some extra assistance while creating a server using an ISO:
Your Perfect Plan
YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS:
Real quick, time to shine a little light on the difference between a managed and unmanaged plan:
What’s that? You would like yet another $10 word? Okay, I’ll start over: Real quick, I’ll elucidate* the difference between a managed and unmanaged plan:
Notes on Management Options
Managed includes 24/7/365 support. Unmanaged is a bit cheaper and you manage/handle anything or any procedure that involves your server.
Would you like to learn more about the difference between these and their benefits while I simultaneously shamelessly plug a previous blog post? I love that you always answer exactly what I wish you’ll answer. Here it is:
Yoda says that people can only defeat their fears if they truly know what their fears are (/can identify them). If you are debating for a long time between managed or unmanaged, it is okay to acknowledge that you are scared you’ll make the wrong choice. Fear no more, as Hostwinds allows you to easily switch from unmanaged to managed and vice versa after creating a server. Only you know how much of a server boss you are, so you’ll make the right choice. Even if you don’t, however, you can change your mind and change your plan in mere minutes.
Visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/upgrade-unmanaged-managed/ if you’d like to upgrade from unmanaged to managed and could use a little help getting the process going.
Disk Drive Decisions
YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS:
Notes on Disk Drive Options
SSD stands for Solid State Drive. This is the more expensive option, but it runs faster than HDD. The Read and Write speeds of an SSD are quicker than that of an HDD because the SSD is not spinning. Thus, it can seek requests faster on the hard drive.
To expand on this, when you press keys on the keyboard, your keyboard sends a command to your hard drive. Whatever you are asking your server to do, the server will do it quicker with an SSD drive than it would were you to employ an HDD drive.
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive and it is a spinning drive. This is the less expensive option, but it runs slower than SSD. According to the Knowledge Base guide that can be found at https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/create-server/, “We suggest SSD Drives for any Servers that you will be using in a production environment for faster speeds.”
Choose Your Resources
Not much to cover here, as your RAM, CPU Core, disk space, and bandwidth resource options are all laid out for you. You also have the option to create your own resource specifications by clicking on the “Build Your Own” option at the very bottom of this list of awesomeness. The little drop-down menus in the RAM, CPU CORES, DISK SPACE, and BANDWIDTH columns immediately appear when you check this option and you can make your plan resources your own.
Some Definitions to Help
Definition of RAM (Random Access Memory) – This refers to the amount of memory. RAM size affects the computer speed and how quickly it can perform operations and stuff.
Definition of CPU (Central Processing Unit) Cores – Commands you send to your computer go through CPU cores. The more cores you have, the more jobs your computer can do at once.
Definition of Disk Space – Disk space is the amount of storage in a hard drive.
Definition of Bandwidth – Bandwidth is simply the traffic going to and from your server.
To Add C-Class IP Address or not to Add C-Class IP Address?
Notice the “Deploy my server with a unique C-Class IP ($5.00/mo)” checkbox at the bottom of the resource table. This is a brand new feature and it allows you to add a C-Class IP to your server.
Allow me to clarify what C-Classes and C-Class IPs are by again quoting myself (do I do that too much? What’s that? You passionately answered with a strong “NO?” I am so happy you don’t think it’s too much because I certainly don’t) in a previous blog post: After explaining that IP addresses are broken up into four areas separated by a period, each area known as a class, I (sarcastic narcissism:) so eloquently state, “The first set of numbers is denoted by what we call class A, the second, class B, the third, C, the fourth, D. The C portion – the set of numbers after the second period in an IP address – can connect multiple IP addresses back to one another and kind of associate them with one another in a group. By contrast, they can also differentiate multiple IP addresses from one another. C-Class IPs are particularly useful in regard to security and search engine optimization (SEO).”
Wow, great description…ME! Just kidding, but I know you’re wondering if anyone in the history of the world has ever quoted themselves more than I do. I’ll ponder on that while we go over SSH keys.
Secure Shell keys encrypt data sent back and forth from your server and other devices.
If you have created SSH keys prior to generating this server, notice they pop up in the
“Add SSH Keys” input box. You can remove these SSH keys by clicking the mini X to the left of the keys’ names. If you wish, add more SSH keys to your server after you create it by clicking the “Servers” tab in the Cloud Portal and subsequently clicking the “Manage your SSH Keys” button.
Data Center Locations
Almost done! This is an easy one too!
YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS:
Our team definitely suggests performing a latency check on the data center you are considering to host your server. It is very simple to perform this latency test on the data center page on our website (https://www.hostwinds.com/company/datacenters).
Furthermore, the guide (that I already referenced earlier in this blog post…because the guide’s awesome) entitled “Create a Server From Hostwinds Cloud Portal” (https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/create-server/) states that the Hostwinds Team recommends “choosing the location that is closest to your website visitors.”
Finalize & Create
A couple more items to address before your custom server is birthed into this world!
If you are having trouble picking a server nickname, guess who is here for you once again? Darling Furbie-looking Yoda! He explains that all the answers you seek are already within you and you can tap into them anytime. (*Yoda voice*) Come to you will the answer, just yourself within look. Follow your intuition must you.
YOU HAVE 7 OPTIONS:
Hourly, Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-Annually, Annually, Biennially, Triennially
The only note that seems to be relevant to your billing cycle choices is the following:
If you decide on an hourly billing cycle, you’d already have to have a Hostwinds account and a credit balance in your account.
How Many Servers do You Want?
You can even create multiple identical servers from one snapshot template in the Cloud Portal. If you order a server and customize it, you can create a whole bunch more exactly like it.
Click the Green “Create Server” Button
The impeccable user-friendliness of the Cloud Portal makes creating a server so easy and fast. The (probably a $9 word:) luminous* Cloud Portal is the boss of straightforward, simple, fast, easy, *insert applicable adjective*, *insert applicable adjective* web hosting procedures. Clients are able to expand their web hosting aptitude by playing around in the Cloud Portal because it was created for everyone, not just web hosting geeks.
Too Legit to Quit
Oh wait, another $10 word to employ here…check this out: The Cloud Portal was formulated in a way that truly gives clients the ability to carry out advanced and complex web hosting processes with (…get ready for it…wait for it…) APLOMB*. I think that might even qualify as a $25 word because I have legitimately never heard anything like it my whole life…fortunately, words like this just fall into my lap…and by “fall into my lap,” I mean come to me after I google “WORDS THAT MAKE ME SOUND SMART” (in all caps, just like that). I know what you’re thinking: “Hey, you told us why the Cloud Portal is the most sensational thing since sliced bread, but now PLEASE, PLEEEEASE explain why Hostwinds is the other most sensational thing since sliced bread!” Great point! As I do in the concluding paragraph of nearly every single blog post, time to take a moment to talk about why Hostwinds is, as the youth say, “TOO LEGIT TO QUIT.” Here it goes:
Hostwinds literally AND figuratively is too legit to quit. Our support team is here for you 24/7/365 with absolutely no exceptions. What’s more? (Dad joke approaching…brace yourself:) Speaking of server minus the r, the Hostwind Team cares about serving our community. In fact, we are compelled to serve.
Where Da Proof At?
“Where da proof at?” you ask? Right here: Our whole team is attentive to our clients’ needs and we feel empathy for them as we assist. In other words, we kindle relationships with our clients and we are real with them. Our team consists of very engaging, understanding, ethical people of integrity and we give unwavering support to our clients so they never feel vulnerable or scared on their web hosting journey. We’re like that character in Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, who pops onto Pinocchio’s shoulder to remind him to do the right thing and that he is not alone. We also design all our products and services to make absolutely certain people with no web hosting experience or knowledge can handle their account and all that goes into web hosting stuff and things.
Persistence is the name of the game as far as we are concerned here at Hostwinds and we promise to be your (you had to know one more $10 word was coming before we say farewell:) munificent* guide anytime you feel alone or need help…or need to be reminded that you are “a real boy!”…because Pinocchio’s a puppet…and that is the whole theme of the movie…him becoming a real boy…and being honest…did anyone watch this movie or was it just me? Oh, okay cool, I knew we were on the same page as usual. (Surprise $10 word!) Inimitable* products and services make Hostwinds stand out…but it’s worth mentioning that inimitable dedication to our clients is what actually defines us. (*Yoda voice*) Even though depart now we must, in your heart always I will be. Be the force with you may always and forever.
*I am going to begin footnoting definitions to each $10 employed in these blog pieces 🙂 because you are worth it! Let’s get started with this right this second…first $10 word = Beatific.
Beatific = Pure happiness or bliss
*Allay = To make smaller
*Elucidate = To bring clarity to something that wasn’t clear previously
*Luminous = Radiant and shining light
*Aplomb = When one feels confident, calm, and collected
*Munificent = Generous or giving
*Inimitable = Not able to be copied, emulated, or matched