Maintenance is an important part of server management. By making sure that  your server’s software is up-to-date and free of security issues, you can  prevent potential issues with your server.


It is critical that all important data on your server be backed up in case  the worst scenario should occur. You should create a backup prior to any  significant change within your applications. In addition, backup maintenance  should be done on a regular basis, depending upon how often your content  changes. We recommend that you save your backups somewhere other than on the  server itself. Reprovisioning a server will wipe out any backups stored on that  server. For added security and ease of use, we offer FTP Backup storage space  for a fee.


Server updates and vulnerabilities can be found at any time, causing web-based  software to become critically vulnerable. We recommend keeping all services and  software up to date with the latest stable version available. Review the  documentation provided by your software vendors to ensure that all updates are  compatible with your system.


Good security includes use of very strong passwords; combinations of upper  case and lower case letters along with numbers and special characters.  Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and not spell a word found in  the dictionary. Passwords should also be changed on a regular basis. Most  security experts recommend changing your password every 60 – 90 days.


While servers that are not used for Web browsing or personal email use are  less vulnerable to viruses, you should still protect your server from these  threats. All content should be scanned as it enters the server with an  Anti-Virus program. Virtual Dedicated Servers require that Anti-Virus programs  function without Kernel access.