Choosing hosting: top 6 recommendations

Started by TerryMcCune, Oct 02, 2022, 07:41 AM

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When choosing a "house" for a website or an Internet project, it is important to remember a few simple recommendations so that later it would not be "excruciatingly painful" for lost time and money.
Our tips will help you build a clear algorithm for choosing a paid hosting for web hosting a web  site based on various paid and free management systems.

 Choose the company carefully

There are hundreds of hosting providers everywhere for every taste and purse. In all the variety, you can get confused and confused. Therefore, it is important to remember that you can only trust your project to a proven market player.

The first page of the search results for the query "hosting" will give the desired result, and there it will be possible to move on to the nuances of choosing from 10-15 companies. In any case, do not "get fooled" by advertising and promises of "super-hoisting" for $1 a month from unknown companies, which are full of various advertisements. There may be scammers among them!

The company from the top of the search results also needs to be checked. It is unlikely that some one-day girl will get there, but as they say, "trust, but check." First of all, the company must have a long history (we check the domain for the who is service). It is also important that she has a free multi-channel number, preferably round-the-clock support, which can clarify all the nuances of choosing a tariff plan that you are interested in.
At a minimum, there should be an online consultant who promptly answers questions.

Is it worth talking about such "little things" that any self-respecting hosting company should have its own site!? It is also important to understand where web hosting company's servers are located geographically, and where the potential audience of your site is located. Only in this case it is important to adequately assess your ability to interact with the support service of a foreign hosting in English or another language.

 Determining the technical characteristics of your Internet project

At this stage, you should clearly understand what kind of traffic your site will have, for what number of requests it is "sharpened". Is it a personal page with the number of visits from 10 per day or a global online store with a thousand visitors per day? Depending on this, we choose virtual hosting, virtual dedicated server, dedicated server or cloud web  hosting.

We will not go into the details of each type. All these types of hosting differ in their readiness to receive visitors to your web site. Virtual hosting is prepared for the minimum "influx" of guests, and cloud hosting, respectively, for the maximum.

Also, the choice of web  hosting type depends on the characteristics of your CMS system. More specifically, you can choose an option on specialized forums dedicated to your site management system (WordPress, Beatrix, Joomla, etc.).

Among the technical characteristics, the space allocated for your site is also important. For most modern projects, 1-2 GB is enough. Most hosting companies provide support for PHP and MySQL databases. But perhaps your project just doesn't need as much space or database support, then other, simpler characteristics will suit you. Check them in the support service.

Many people are wondering whether Linux or Windows web  hosting should be preferred? If you do not understand the details, then the Linux platform is suitable for most Internet projects as the safest and fastest. If there are no special instructions from web site developer or CMS manufacturer, then you can stop on Linux.

 Test, test and test again, and most importantly for free

Most hosting companies have the opportunity to test your projects for free (usually on a third-level domain). It is good if there is an opportunity to stay for free for a period of one week or more. Optimally– a month.
During this time, you can understand how smoothly web site works, how quickly the support service answers all questions, solves problems that arise. If you liked the service, and your site "does not complain" about technical problems, then you can put a plus in the karma of this web  hosting company and already look at the contents of your wallet to buy paid hosting.

 Carefully choose the tariff, do not forget about the growth!

We have decided on the technical characteristics, checked the work of the site, now we choose tariff plans for your requirements. Currently, the optimal tariff based on the offers on the market is $2 per month with 1 GB of space, 11 sites, php and MySQL support. So to speak, "the average temperature in the hospital."

However, it is important here to compare tariff offers from different companies, choosing the best price and according to your technical requirements. Perhaps the price offer of another company will suit you, then it makes sense to transfer the site files to it and test the project again.

When choosing a particular tariff plan, do not forget that, perhaps, your project will grow after some time, and in the existing technical framework it will simply be "cramped". Check with the support service for the potential possibility of switching to more advanced tariff plans with minimal costs and time costs. It is important that there is such a transition opportunity!

 Can't skimp on security

When choosing a web hosting company, a tariff plan and its technical characteristics, it is important to keep the security issue in focus. Any Internet projects are subject to hаcker attacks and hаcking – from ordinary pages to cryptocurrency exchanges and even the website of the US White House!
Be careful and always pay attention to the proposals of hosting providers to enhance the security of sites with specific security tools, installing security certificates and so on. In any case, do not forget to make backup copies of your site's files and data, so that in case of a "crash" they can be easily restored.


And is there something for front enders, besides Heroku, to deploy the server part on Node.JS and MongoDB databases? And if you can also do static separately on nginx, then it's generally a beauty.
I am aware that you can take a VPS, spend a week studying the VPS settings and applications, and lay out everything.
But there is no week, I am a front ender, there is a new framework / library / approach to writing SPA / etc. laid out, we need to study.


support will never be provided as quickly as possible to a client with a single web server than to an infrastructure partner who rents/places part of the infrastructure in a data center, knows how to interact with engineers correctly, can solve 99% of first—line support problems without contacting an engineer and, most importantly, can prevent a lot of problems due to his experience and individual approach.
In addition, the infrastructure partner may have discounts on the same remote hands and he can provide the end user with a top-level SLA for free.

It is such statements like yours that brainwash people and encourage them to work with data centers directly, which is not always true and does not bring positivity to anyone.
As a result, data centers solve problems for longer, it is less convenient for customers to work, starting from the stages of payments and ending with communication in their native language and in a convenient way.