How to Choose a Hosting
Answering 2 Key Questions
Clients who plan to start a business or personal blog finally come to the decision to have personal website to fit their needs. Still, website creation is impossible without having the website hosted on server to have visitors find it. So, how to choose hosting? We are sure that this list of criteria, will be a help for you:
Platform & Drivers
If you plan to launch a complex website with web applications such as ASP.NET — you need Windows hosting. Linux Cloud hosting is the most popular platform for users worldwide. This is a great place for hosting personal blogs, online shops, landing pages, corporate profile sites.
SSD vs HDD
HDD (Hard Drive Disk) servers use mechanical disks influencing on speed of data transfer. Best hosting providers use SSDs (Solid state drives) which have non-volatile memory, thus, in case of any issue might happen with your server – data won’t be lost. Also SSD servers load information much faster which is a crucial for websites with big traffic.
Types of Hosting Plans for Linux Based Hosting
Here you have 3 options to choose: Shared hosting, VPS and Dedicated Server. In order to make correct choice – you need to research your possible audience, potential growth and resources site might eat (content and media, scripts and systems that might be on your website).
So, in short for your reference:
Shared hosting – used for startups and small business. Acknowledge that here will be hosted few website except yours. In such hosting plans you are offered a limited number of disk space, physical memory and other resources. In case your site goes over the limit – Linux server will automatically “freeze” it, thus it won’t affect the work of other sites on same server.
VPS – this a vast space of place on server. Paying here much bigger rent you will have more benefits for you as: disk space, physical memory and other resources. VPS servers are recommended for sites running ecommerce business with decent number of visits. Here you will be guarantied stability.
Dedicated server – it’s practically same as VPS but here will be a whole server solely for your needs. This will be an expensive, still the most stable option. Dedicated Servers are chosen if you have big corporate site, or you have big system doing numerous operations connected with huge number of visits, file uploads, online communication between users. And if system is profitable – dedicated servers worth paying.
This is clear that if you decide to choose VPS or Dedicated Server you can be sure that there will nothing influence on your work in future having practically unlimited resources, but paying much more for them.
Shared Hosting Important Points to Check
But if you do not plan to use so much of resources and you decided that Shared Hosting is a good option for you. Still, there is a huge variety of such offering web hosting sites. Which is the best? Here is a list of parameters you need to check: I/O, RAM, CPU, Disk Space.
- I/O is the speed of processes on server influencing on your site.
- RAM is a resource temporarily storing data. It is a memory being a combination a number of visitors and site ongoing processes.
- CPU executes all actions of processes stored in RAM.
Which of those will be the most crucial for you? If you have a website streaming online video&music – you need high level of I/O. High level of RAM&CPU is needed if you have ecommerce site with calculations where a lot of data is being extracted. Or you might have a lot of Java applications installed on it. Still, this is not the only case needed to pay attention when choosing hosting providers.
More points for you to pay attention on:
- Number of addon domains & number of email accounts. The perfect number is 50 for both. Means that you will have a possibility to grow and host more sites, more services to attract visitors. Also it would be very convenient for you to have a fancy email account having your domain name f.e. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Disk space. The more hosting provider offers – the better for you to keep files. Still providers can be tricky offering unlimited number of disk space but having a limit on inodes (number of files you can keep), so later you find out that disk space turns to be not so “unlimited”
- Support. Be sure that having a hosting provider with 24/7 technical support is much better than to find out that by some reason server got down and you are unable to do anything with it. Still, having a support team can be tricky too as technical support may appear to be not so “technical” thus domain owner will be left with his issues alone.
“Must-haves” for Every Hosting Plan
- FTP, PHP, Perl, SSL, .htaccess, SSH, MySQL, Cron Jobs – This is absolutely important to have those on your hosting provider. FTP’s purpose is fast access to your hosting provider file system, it can be used to upload your important website data. You should be able to install any scripts to your website without waiting for your hosting’s provider. Thus, PHP and PERL are important. MySQL is absolutely crucial if you are running a blog. Cron will help you to run automatically any commands or schedules.
- Control Panel – Absolutely this is a must! It would bring you too much of inconveniences not having an easy possibility to add domain, email, change password right at the moment you need and not mailing to support.
- Price – Many would choose the price as key factor. Also it is a common known stereotype that the bigger price – the better service you get. This is absolutely not true with hostings. Keep in mind that Price should not be the red flag and deciding factor for you. Try to keep in mind all the points mentioned in this post compared with the price – and you will not have web hosting problems in future.
In addition to above said, when hosting provider is chosen, account created as well as domain is connected and working – we have a valuable advice for you: have a good habit to check the account monthly for number of downs, speedload. Find in your cpanel characteristics showing you limits for inodes, CPU, physical memory (RAM) and check them monthly to ensure that you won’t be having any issues with hosting in future. Here is a small infographics prepared by our team on the most common hosting issues:
Having a great experience with hosting providers, we are sure that experience of our infrastructure experts can be a help for you. Currently we are managing over 500 clients’ websites and will be ready to give you a piece of advice on any hosting-related question.