There are 3 types of hosting in the world of web host providers: Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting, and Dedicated Server Hosting. In brief: both VPS and Dedicated hosting have a distinct advantage: server experts. These experts monitor (and manage) hosting in real time for clients. This is called “Managed Hosting”.
Shared Hosting is perfect for small to medium-sized businesses that don’t have a lot of capital investment. Shared Hosting is, as the name suggests, a web server that’s shared between multiple businesses.
A virtual private server (VPS) is a portioned server, with its own operating system, bandwidth, and disc space. This means VPS Hosting creates its own virtual server. While Dedicated Hosting is a server that is not shared with any other clients or businesses. Let’s look at what you need to know in order to choose the right web hosting service for your online business.
1. Disk Space
Do you want to run an informational website that merely provides valuable knowledge for visitors and traffic? Therefore, one of the primary decisions you must make before choosing a web hosting provider is their disk space limit. That’s why you must know, for certain, what the purpose of your website is and how you want people to use it.
Similar to disk space, the amount of bandwidth your web host provides will alter your site’s performance. Basically, bandwidth affects how quickly visitors and traffic can access the information on your website. The lower the bandwidth, the lower number of people your site can handle at once.
Your website acceleration determines whether or not your website will retain visitors. Websites with hundreds of thousands, if not hundreds of millions (as is the case with [example]), keeping users and traffic is vital. Acceleration relies on caching, compression, HTTP optimization, and other “speed techniques” to give users the fastest, most reliable experience possible.
4. Tech Support
Your web host is full of technical support experts. Experts that can solve problems that may—and inevitably will—happen. That’s why the host you choose to go with must provide technical support every single hour of every single day. (Even holidays.) Not generalized support: technical support, involving technical problems about your server that only qualified IT professionals can fix.
5. Uptime Rates
Everybody in the world knows that time is money. That’s why you must know the uptime rates your web host provides. What this means is how often they perform “remove” all of their clients’ sites from their database while they perform “routine maintenance.” After all, you’re paying the host to run your site – and you shouldn’t be paying them money for keeping your site inaccessible to paying customers.
Are you well-versed in MySQL, .htaccess, PHP or FTP? These languages, configuration files, databases, and tasks are offered by varying web hosts. Therefore, restriction to these technical areas may apply. It should be noted that, in order to prevent clients from tampering with systems, these restrictions are usually found in Shared Web Hosting types.
7. Control Panel (CP)
A CP is the “central hub” you can use to manage your server and website. Similar to the control panel on computers, it’s here that we can make overall alterations to our sites, implement features, and integrate updates/software. Most hosts you come across may put a limit on options you can use, forcing you to seek the site’s assistance to use options you may be capable of doing yourself (such as adding email accounts or changing your password).
Hosting – Conclusion
Now that you have a better idea of what to look for in web hosts, do you know whether your organization needs Dedicated Server, VPS or Shared Hosting? Do not be afraid of doing your research, as your business’ website literally depends on choosing the right web host.
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