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Is your wordpress web site under attack? Over 90,000 hacker bots may be knocking on your door!   no comments

Sep 12, 2014 @ 9:50am Web hosting

wordpress-site-attackHowdie do Turnkey Lovers,


I have a quick question for you, have you ever heard of wordpress? My guess is since you’re reading this blog, you’ve heard of wordpress any may even be using on your own website, but for those who are first time readers, I will give a brief overview. Here is a quick overview from


WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.


WordPress is one of the most popular site building pieces of software currently on the internet. Sure, you have Joomla which is almost the same as wordpress, but has slight differences with its configuration. For this article, however, we will be focusing purely on wordpress. As you can see in the overview above, over 60 million people have chosen to use wordpress  which is quite a large pool of users on the internet. Now, what if someone decided to launch an attack on wordpress based sites? They would have a pretty large base of users to attack and could affect hundreds or possibly, thousands of websites. Well, this attack has already happened and still running at this very instance.


On an off for the last few months, A botnet of over 90,000 machines, has been attempting to globally brute force and hack into wp-login.php which is the file that WordPress users use to login to WordPress. The attack is sending thousands of requests at one time to attempt to login to your WordPress installation via wp-login.php in an attempt to gain access to make it part of the growing botnet. To shed some light on what a bonet is, directly from Wikipedia:


botnet is a collection of Internet-connected programs communicating with other similar programs in order to perform tasks. This can be as mundane as keeping control of an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, or it could be used to send spam email or participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks. The word botnet is a combination of the words robot and network. The term is usually used with a negative or malicious connotation.


Well, you may be wondering, if I have a site on a server with Turnkey Internet, how are my sites being protected?  Since day 1 of the wide scale attacks,  we’ve enabled a server wide ACL that blocks all access to wp-login.php unless the IP is whitelisted. This ACL or access control list, keeps the attack at bay. Due to the fact that the botnet is targeting wp-login.php directly, we can deney all access to users we specifically allow. When the attack runs, our servers return a 403 page and the attack moves on. You may be saying, “Sure, that works, but is there anything that I can do as a client on my end to help relieve the attack?’


Listed below is the recommended code that you add to your sites .htaccess file in your public_html folder to add an extra layer of security (you’ll need to edit ‘’ to be the domain you are setting it up on):


<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

RewriteEngine On


RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .(wp-comments-post|wp-login)\.php*

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.** [OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$

RewriteRule (.*) http://%{REMOTE_ADDR}/$ [R=301,L]



This in conjunction with our ACL will prevent the attack from affecting your site(s).


Additional recommendations:

-Changing your default admin username for wp-admin to a different username as the attack is specifically targeting the admin username.


-Placing a browser-based password on wp-login.php


The link immediately below will explain how to do this:


Additional information about the attack can be found here:


Using the tips we’ve provided above, this will help to keep the attack from affecting your site. It will also increase the security of your wordpress based site as well. We hope this will help all clients and not just those at Turnkey Internet, but any client globally who may be having issues with the wordpress attack on their sites.


Until next time

Written by Jeremy on September 12th, 2014

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DNS – The Domain Name System And The Cloud   no comments

May 26, 2014 @ 9:25am Web hosting

Howdie do Turnkey Lovers,


For this article, I thought I would take you a little into my world as an engineer/technician at Turnkey Internet. Before we begin, as usual, I like to ask you a question. Today’s question, “What is DNS?” It seems that every day I speak with a client about this mysterious creature named DNS. Most people I speak with either fall into 2 categories:


  • People who know what DNS is
  • People who do not know what DNS is


In this post, we’re going to deal with people on the second bullet point. To begin, we first must get the technical jargon out of the way before going any further. The worse is when you’re reading a post and the author is using acronyms that you do not know what they stand for. I’ve been guilty of this already in this post and should clear it up before moving forward.


DNS stands for Domain Name System. DNS (Domain Name System) is a naming system for computers, services or any resource connected to the internet. It translates IP addresses to a domain name. For example, would translate to To see this for yourself, open a web browser and enter in the address bar, Go ahead, I will wait.


Our main website,  should of immediately opened in your web browser. That in a nut shell is what DNS is and does. Now, let’s see if we can delve a little deeper into on how this works. I’m a big believer in using real world examples to teach different concepts. Not everyone can visualize an IP address, but what about your mailing address? Or the cross streets that you may live on? Are you getting the theme here? To help you understand exactly how DNS works, let’s use the real world example of driving to your friends house


For this example, let’s say you received a phone call from a buddy who said to swing on by to his/her new place for a house warming. Your friend has just recently moved. Now, how do you find him? You would need some piece of information that would allow you know which house is your buddy’s house. This piece of information would be the mailing address. Using the mailing address, you can enter your buddies address into a GPS(Global Positioning System) and be navigated directly to the house warming. The mailing address or your home address would be the equivalent of your IP address. Your IP address on the internet is where your files reside that display your website.


You may be saying, “Yes, that’s pretty clear, but you said DNS converts an IP to a domain name. What does my mailing address have to do with that?” In order to answer that question, we must first ask, how do you get your actual mail delivered? I’m talking about the mailman walking to your home and placing bills into your mailbox. How does the mailman know where to go? Sure, he has your mailing address, but where is that information stored? If you guessed the Post Office, you would be correct.


Let’s say someone writes you a letter and drops it off at the post office. Post office workers look up your name in their system to find your mailing address. The letter is then given to the corresponding mailman to be delivered to your home address. This is what DNS does in a nutshell. You sign up for a domain name which you purchased through TurnKey Internet. The place you just purchased the domain from is your registrar which means they registered your domain name in their system. This process is of registering your domain in their system is what keeps other users from being able to buy your domain. In our example above, the post office would be the registrar. You registered your home address with the post office so when someone drops a letter off a the post office, the mail can be routed to your home via mailmen.


This is what name servers do. After purchasing a domain from a register, such as TurnKey Internet, you create name servers at the registrar to inform the rest of the internet where your website resides. Much the same way the post office uses mailing addresses to deliver mail to your home.


You see, when you view items in real world scenarios, it can help to shed some light on concepts that you may not fully understand such as DNS. There are more avenues that you can take with DNS, but the general method is still the same.


For example, let’s say you move your website to a different host, you would need to update your registrar with the new name servers to point to the new location for your site. It’s the same as when you move to a new home and have to request a change of address from the post office. The post office then updates all its files and records to reflect the new address. This could include sending your new address out to businesses that you’ve dealt with as well. The rest of the world has to be updated to your new address. On the internet, this is what is called propagation. It’s when your new name server and IP information are updated across the internet so that everyone knows where your new site resolves after changing hosts. This can take 24 to 48 hours


Well, I hope that helps to clear up some confusion on this matter. I didn’t include too much technical jargon as this article is more about getting you to understand how DNS works at a very high level. I hope with this information, it will help you to better understand how the DNS works and how your hosting works here at Turnkey Internet.



Until next time


The Great Google Update (lions, tigers, bears, and panda’s oh my!)   no comments

May 14, 2014 @ 9:21am Web hosting

Google-Panda-and-PenguinHowdie do Turnkey Lovers,


I have a quick question for you. When you think of Google, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the first thing may be Search engine or Gmail. For the purposes of this post, we will focus on the search engine aspect of Google. Now, when you think of panda’s, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it a cute, loveable creature that is known for eating bamboo. Bamboo being the favorite food for pandas. My last question is, how are these two items related?


Do you feel you’re back in high school yet with the metaphors and pandas? If you haven’t figured it out yet, what pandas and google search have in common, I will help you a bit. When you go to Google and enter a search term, you’re immediately greeted with a page that shows the sites that could match the query you’re looking for. The pages are listed in a ranking. With the 1st site being the most likely result to match your query and the last result, being the furthest away from your query


You’re probably saying, “Hey, I know that. I know that Google ranks sites. What does this have to do with pandas?” Well my friend, did you know that the algorithm used to rank sites is called Google Panda? I bet you thought I was never going to connect Google with pandas :)


Google has recently released a blog post that shows that the Google Panda algorithm has been officially patented which you can read about here:


However, this article isn’t about that update. This article is about Google Panda’s update that is being released to help smaller businesses to gain better rankings. You can read about it here:


You may be wondering, what does this have anything to do with Turnkey Internet and how does this affect my hosting? I would ask you back, would you like your site rankings increased? Have you ever wondered how sites are ranked so high in Google? Well to answer those questions, we must first delve a little deeper into what Google Panda actually is.


Google Panda was introduced in February 2011. The algorithm was released to help deal with low quality sites or thin sites. These are sites that you visit and are just flooded with advertisements when you view the site. It could be scrolling down the site or clicking a link and you’re instantly bombarded with advertisements. Google in 2011, wanted to fix this by creating an algorithm that would check sites content and rank those higher on in search results. This is what is known as Panda.


Several iterations of the algorithm have been released since its inception in 2011. These revisions were set to increase scrutiny and make it harder for sites to command the first page of site rankings. However, at times, this became to stringent for small businesses. A small business site may not have content that is updated every day. They may only update their sites once a week for a new special.


This resulted in some legitimate sites being listed lower on Google as smaller business may not have the funds to purchase additional resources to increase their page rankings. With this new update, Google is promising to help smaller businesses have high ranking sites within the Google databases. Google did do a softer update last year in July to help in this aspect as well which you can read about here:



Now, you may be saying, how does this affect me? Well, I you’ve been working on improving your site ranks for your business, Google’s new Panda update will make it easier for you. You just need to ensure that you’re following some basic guidelines:


  1. Make sure you have valid site content
  2. Make sure you have valuable keywords that relate to your site throughout the page
  3. Try to use “pretty” links instead of long, hard to deciper links. E.g instead of
  4. Try to develop some content on the site even if it’s a weekly update that shows your new specials


There are many other options that you can take, but knowing that Google is updating Google Panda to help smaller businesses get better page rankings is a welcome update in many our eyes here at Turnkey Internet


Until next time Turnkey Lovers

Earth Day Means Thinking about the Earth and being Green Every Day   no comments

May 8, 2014 @ 10:49am green,Web hosting

turnkey internet greend datacenterHowdie do Turnkey lovers,


Do you ladies and gentleman know what Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 is all about? Don’t worry, you don’t have to pull out your almanac or open Google to find what’s so special about, Tuesday, April 22nd 2014. The day was EARTH DAYYYYY!!!! Ok, you may not be as excited as I am about Earth day, but it’s a day that is lauded as the day for the environment.  This could be going out to help with cleaning up an old playground or maybe picking up trash on the side of the road. Literally, anything that is good for the environment is appreciated on this day. Hey, you may even find your garbage man may have a little bit of pep to his or her step.


Ok, ok that may be a bit overboard about the garbage man, but it is a day where support for environmental protection is at an all time high. Now, you may be saying, “This is a webhosting company, why do they care about Earth Day?” Well my friend, almost every day at Turnkey Internet is some form of Earth day. How? How can everyday at Turnkey Internet be a version of Earth day? Well to answer that question, I  must first ask a question back to you


  1. Do you have electricity in your home/workplace that you used to view this post ?


Those are pretty straightforward questions, right? They may even seem redundant as since you’re reading this post, you should have some form of electricity powering the machine you’re viewing this post on and more than likely, that machine is a desktop or laptop. You may be saying, “Yea, so what? What does this have to do with EarthDay and Turnkey Internet?”


That form of electricity is more than likely from a fossil fuel. What exactly is a fossil fuel? A fossil fuel is a fuel that is formed by natural processes such as coal. Using these type of fuels can lead to all sort of environmental issues such as Greenhouse gases being released into the environment. These gases can result in harmful effects to the environment and the people within it which results in a higher carbon footprint. You can read more about forms of electricity and fossil fuels here:


The reason I’m even mentioning this is because technology has reached a point in time where different forms of electricity can be created. These different forms can be any of the following listed below and many others:


  1. Solar power – converting energy from the sun to electricity
  2. Hydroelectric Power – Converting energy from water to electricity


Now both of these forms of power conversion each have their pros and cons, but they also have one thing in common: a zero carbon footprint. What exactly is a zero carbon footprint? The Zero Carbon Footprint is the measure of the amount of green house gases produced by burning fossil fuels. The higher the footprint, the worse for the environment. How does this factor into Turnkey Internet? Well, we utilize both, solar power and hydroelectric power, within our datacenter.


On top of our building, we have many different solar panels that convert solar energy directly to electric power to power the datacenter, but not only that, we also receive power from Niagara Falls that directly power the datacenter as well.


That means that our datacenter currently has a zero-carbon footprint which is the most effective way to ensure you leave a good mark on the environment. Every day when I walk into work and look at our datacenter, it makes me proud to know that we’re not damaging the environment. That we are helping to sustain the environment  by using outside of the box methods to power the AWESOME datacenter that is Turnkey Internet.


You can read more about our forms of power at:


Since it’s Earth Day, I wanted to bring light to the effectiveness on our power consumption at Turnkey Internet.


Until next time

Written by Jeremy on May 8th, 2014

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Secure Virtual Desktops!   no comments

Jan 30, 2014 @ 2:08pm Web hosting

I was recently asked by a potential client in the financial services field if we had the ability to provide them with a safe and secure virtual desktop platform for some work-from-home staffing they were about to setup. My response of course was that we could provide a secure platform that will have multiple layers of security and further explained how you could go about this.

Anytime you have remote staff logging into a corporate environment with devices other than those supplied and locked down by that particular company’s IT department, you need to be sure the connections will be secure. In this case it would be remote users logging in from their home computers,   so you have to be sure the Virtual Desktop deployment would be setup utilizing multiple layers of security in the following manner.

The first layer of security entails locking down the virtual desktop itself to restrict the ability of the users by properly setting the permission levels to avoid downloads to the desktop that might cause it to be compromised. Secondly to ensure you have a secure connection, a VPN tunnel should be setup between the Home PC, Mac, Thin Client, iPad or Tablet and the URL assigned as the login to the Virtual Desktop. This will provide you with a secure encrypted connection between the two.

Virtual Desktop Security

As you can see in the schematic by setting up an SSL Certificate on the login page, an additional layer of encryption would then added. Once you are have secured the login page each user should login with credentials complete with a minimum of 12 character alpha numeric passwords. Once the username and password are accepted the connection protocol begins utilizing another layer of encryption to connect to the Virtual Desktop. Now finally you have entered the virtual desktop environment that should be hosted in an SSAE 16 Certified data center which ensures the facility is compliant to host secure infrastructure. From this vantage point the computing as well as the connection protocol is completely secure with three layers of encryption and ready to transfer any type of protected data staff would then have access to.

Virtual Desktops are becoming the standard for many types of industry verticals and organizations. The key reasoning is security, accessibility and mobility. You can setup connection protocols from just about any device capable of accessing the internet. Your information and data always stays in the data center and is not available on your local device unless you are connected. Therefor if your laptop, tablet or smartphone is ever lost or stolen your data would never be compromised.

For more information on Virtual Desktops and Hosted VDI please visit

Written by Tim Kirsch on January 30th, 2014

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TurnKey Internet launches cloud based hosted server reseller platform   no comments

Jan 30, 2014 @ 12:06pm turnkey cloud

cloud-serverLATHAM, NEW YORK (January 30th, 2014) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced that it has launched their all new cloud server reseller platform targeted at channel partners, IT service companies and cloud based service providers. 


For more information please see


TurnKey’s cloud server reseller platform allows access to a fully automated white-labeled product line of enterprise-class cloud-hosted servers featuring over 100 pre-loaded Microsoft Windows Server and Linux Server template choices hosted on the world-class platform within TurnKey Internet’s SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified datacenter in New York. 


The new cloud server reseller platform offers channel partners the ability to establish a reseller channel and address the hosting needs of a wide range of customers across different markets without having to build and deploy their own cloud-based infrastructure.  Resellers are given access to a fully automated web interface to manage their clients by allocating resources such as virtual servers, ip addresses, bandwidth, memory and disk space as well as the ability to select from multiple operating system templates.


 “TurnKey has always derived a significant portion of its business from channel partners,” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet.  “We have been focused on expanding offerings that resonate within the channel partner community, and are pleased to release our new cloud reseller platform allowing complete white-label access to provision and manage cloud-based servers on our existing enterprise based TurnKey Cloud platform.”.


The new cloud server reseller platform lets channel partners, web designers, web resellers and IT companies offer enterprise class cloud based servers without any cost investment.  Resellers can set their own prices, server plans, and bundle the cloud server offering with their own unique services to create a unified cloud-based offering to their clients.


About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit

TurnKey Internet’s green data center wins New York State Environmental Excellence Award   no comments

Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:41am Announcement,green

The award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized TurnKey’s innovative facility design and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability

LATHAM, NEW YORK (December 11, 2013) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Environmental Excellence Award by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for TurnKey’s work on transforming a vacant, former post office building into one of the nation’s leading high-tech, sustainable data centers.


The award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized TurnKey’s innovative facility design and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.  Turnkey’s  innovative green data center sets a benchmark for the data center industry through use of ultra-efficient cooling, unified power systems and renewable energy sources that create a carbon neutral facility.



TurnKey’s sustainable data center includes a roof-top solar array, backed by hydro-electric renewable power sources and cutting-edge cooling technologies that minimize energy consumption.   TurnKey’s green data center is one of only two ENERGY STAR® certified data centers in New York and one of just 39 in the United States.


In recognition of their commitment to the environment, TurnKey Internet has seen several prestigious titles and certifications this year including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially naming its Latham, New York facility an ENERGY STAR® certified data center.  In April, the company announced their implementation of the New York State Governor’s ReCharge New York hydroelectric power system. This, combined with the solar power the facility generates on site, allowed them to achieve a zero carbon footprint. Additionally, they announced their SSAE 16 Type 2 security certification earlier in the year.


“We are honored by New York State’s recognition of our facility and our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Adam Wills, president and CEO of TurnKey Internet. “Data centers are massive power consumers, and the industry as a whole is expected to be larger polluters than the airline industry by 2020. TurnKey has created a zero carbon foot print facility and a working blue print for ultra-efficient data centers that we hope will be adopted by other facilities across the globe to help create a sustainable environment.


 IMG_2242About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit


Is your Web Site and Business ready for a Black Friday Rush?   no comments

Nov 21, 2013 @ 12:20pm turnkey cloud,Web hosting

blackfriday_rush  If you are asking today if your business is ready for a Black Friday Rush, it may already be a bit late to change your preparations for this year – but it’s still good to take a look.  Online businesses and brick and mortar businesses have a lot in common, they both are trying to capture that surge of traffic around the busiest shopping season of the year.

Black Friday got to this place of massive discounts and big glitzy promotions over the last 25+ years due to the basic supply and demand equation.   Since the early 1980′s the amount of brick and mortar retail floor space across the United States has increased on average 4% year over year, yet the population has only increased roughly 1% each year.  In short, there are more stores and items to shop than 25+ years ago on a per person basis (more supply and less demand).


According to Gallup, consumers estimate they will spend just $704 this holiday shopping season, on average. This is down from 2012, when the average consumer said they would spend $770.  All this is leading to more businesses competing for customer attention by using glitz, glamor and of course massive discount promotions to lure you in.  Black Friday is the big event of the year for many of these retailers – online, and brick, and mortar alike.


Online businesses are of course more recent to the ball game than the brick and mortar retail stores – but similarly compete for the attention of online buyers, and often have similar showcased promotions this time of year. Similar to brick and mortar retail stores, the online businesses have to fight that same supply and demand concept to get as many potential clients eye-balling their products and services versus their competitors – and its common to see deep discounts, promotions and low pricing to lure your attention.

Planned promotional strategy is the official term in business speak, but the reality for healthy well run businesses is wisely used discounting to bring new and existing clients to the store or web site.  It could be that $100 TV door-buster to get you in the store which in turn leads you to spend extra money on accessories and other high profit products (say special audio visual cables that have massive mark ups that help balance out the profit of selling that $100 TV door-buster).  Buy 1 get 1 free, 75% off black Friday discounts, super-sized upgrades, etc are all part of a well run business utilizing discounts to grab market attention.

Retail stores run into problems during the big rush for black Friday because literally there are more people than their stores can handle waiting at the doors, too busy a show-room floor for people to browse, and too few discount items (say that $100 TV at the door) to go to everyone who wants one – which can lead to customer dis-satisfaction and even hinder the overall goal which is for the business to make a profit by having the client browse all those high-mark up accessories next to the discounted items.


It’s crucial any business be ready for the potential rush.  Online businesses are no different, and online businesses have the extra ability to handle larger sudden volumes of transactions as long as their ecommerce system, web site and back end servers can handle the traffic spike during the busy season.  The last thing you want to do is be selling buy 1 get 1 free offers, and have your web site so slow that the consumer won’t stay in the shopping cart check out process to browse the profitable add-on items you are using to make up the profit margin.  It’s essential to plan ahead, have a fast and reliable web site, good back end cloud-based servers that can scale on demand and provide reliability when you need it most.  You don’t want to be caught with all your clients trapped outside the store with no way for them to get in and shop when it counts most, online or in-person at your retail location.

So if you are an online store, brick and mortar, or selling via online auction sites – plan ahead and be prepared for the Black Friday Rush.



Written by Adam on November 21st, 2013

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Black Friday Web Hosting Deals In the Cloud   no comments

Nov 19, 2013 @ 3:39pm Deals and Promotions

banner-black-friday      TurnKey Internet, Inc Launches Black Friday Deals for The Cloud



LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of their Black Friday Deals offering some of the best black Friday web hosting and cloud services deals for 2013.

TurnKey Internet is known for running it’s eagerly-awaited, industry-leading Black Friday specials, and this year is no different. TurnKey Internet is offering 75% off for life of nearly every product they offer – dedicated servers, virtual private servers, cloud servers, web hosting, colocation services, SEO hosting, reseller hosting, and much more. More information can be found at

“Last year’s special was an epic success, and we couldn’t wait for our 2013 Black Friday promotion to kick off” remarked Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “We have been receiving phone calls and inquires for over a month asking about our Black Friday promotions, and I am happy we are offering deals like these to our clients; we want them feeling like shopping TurnKey’s Black Friday Special was well worth their time and effort– two commodities we find positively invaluable.”

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions that received the EPA’s Energy Star Datacenter certification in 2013. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit

Written by admin on November 19th, 2013

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Growing Up in the Hosting World   no comments

Nov 5, 2013 @ 11:11am Web hosting

topppHowdie do Turnkey Lovers,

How long has it been? 4, 5 years? Probably only a few months, but with all the exciting things happening at Turnkey lately, it’s been easy to lose track of time. Well, I’m back with a special treat. One of my co-workers asked me to help write a post comparing VPS’s(Virtual Private Servers) to dedicated servers and finally to colocation. Well, I have to admit, it sounded a bit boring to me. I didn’t want to just write one long article comparing those 3 very different items. I wanted to write something different, but didn’t have many ideas on where to go with this. What are VPS’s, dedicated servers and colocation services?

Enter stage left, the Marketing Room.

I went and spoke with someone you’re probably very familiar with, Dylan Youngs. Top 5 best marketing coordinators: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, and Dylan (I’ve always enjoyed saying that since I’ve met him).

Dylan and I get to talking and begin throwing some ideas around. We came up with an idea to compare some of our services to a common experience that most people can relate to. The process of living with your parents to getting your own house. I came up with this analogy on this:

Shared hosting is to living with your parents as VPS’ are to getting your own apartment.

That may sound a bit confusing, but stick with me.

When you’re a child living with your parents, they provide for you. They place a roof over your head, food on your table and hopefully a nice bed to rest your head. How does that relate to shared hosting and VPS’s?

Well, let’s say you wake up one day and decide that you want to have a website. Maybe you have a business and want to reach out further to potential customers or maybe you just want to display some art that you’ve been working on to the world. Whatever reasons you may want a website you will need a place to “house” it. Host the site if you will.

We provide you with a website building tool to help get your website created. We also provide you with different tools to get your site listed on the greater internet. Providing you a “house” and “food” for your website to perform properly.

Next thing you know, your art goes viral and everyone wants to see your site. Some people even want to buy a piece of your art. You reach out to a developer and using the tools provided through Turnkey, they create you a database to allow you to begin to sell your art online.

Your new site is in full swing with new people seeming to view your site every day. New inquires for your art are flooding into your email inbox, but something happens. Customers are beginning to complain about the slowness of your site. Some saying that it takes 15 seconds plus to load the site.

What do you do?

You reach out to us! TurnKey Internet (parents in this extended metaphor) and they make some tweaks for you.

We inform you that your site has “grown up” a bit and no longer is eating baby food, but now is ready for full on adult food! Your bandwidth is increased and you’re given more disk space, however, you only see a small increase in the performance of your site.

Your developer informs you that you should install some additional modules to help speed up the site, but when you attempt to install them, you discover that you need greater access to install these features. Your host informs you that the modules you’re requesting would affect everyone else on the server and as “parents” of the server, they won’t install the custom software to ensure a stable environment for the rest of the customers.

Or in laymen terms, your “parents” say you will play by their rules while living under their roof.

It’s at this point that your site has matured and grown to a point that it’s time to move to its own environment.

It’s time to get your own “apartment” so that you can run and install items for your site to perform better. It’s time to get your own place and that’s when you discover that TurnKey sells these items called VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers). From a bit of research, you learn that on the VPS, you can have your way. You can install custom applications. Tweak the settings and just have greater control, however, the best part is that you will have your own “apartment” which means no more sharing resources with other customers. With that, you send a sales inquiry to Turnkey Internet to gather more information.

And there it is. Come back next week to learn more about becoming an adult in the hosting world!

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Written by Jeremy on November 5th, 2013

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