How to choose hosting for website

Started by merlinraj, Sep 22, 2022, 04:07 AM

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What is hosting like.
Before moving on to the nuances of choosing web  hosting, let's figure out what it is and how different types differ from each other.
There are three types of hosting: virtual (shared or web hosting), virtual dedicated server (VPS) and dedicated server. They differ from each other in the type of placement, resources, price and level of reliability.



Virtual hosting

It is good only for business card sites and is the most budget option. In this case, several hundred client web sites are hosted on one physical server, and computing resources are distributed between them.

This type of hosting can be compared to a dormitory in which the kitchen and bathroom are shared, so queues often gather for access to shared resources.

VPS hosting

VPS is similar to the previous type of web hosting, but differs favorably from it in that you have at your disposal a virtual, but already a separate server with a guaranteed amount of resources (disk, memory, processor) that belong only to you. It is considered an excellent option for online stores and landing pages that are built on developed CMS such as Bitrix or WordPress.

Hosting a site on a VPS hosting can be compared to a separate apartment. Of course, there are neighbors, but you no longer have to share resources. Despite the fact that the house is shared, no one will bother you within the apartment.

Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is the most reliable, but at the same time expensive solution that is used in complex and resource—intensive projects. It differs from VPS in that all the resources of the physical server are given to your needs.
In most cases, the choice of VPS hosting will be the most justified.

Most often, especially commercial sites, we take virtual machines "VPS Server without worries" with maintenance, and this is understandable. Business needs guarantees that web site will work without interruptions, and if a problem happens, it will be solved promptly and efficiently.

By the way, when choosing a hosting, an important criterion is its further maintenance (technical support). Next, we will look in detail at why this option is so important.

Why server hardware is important

In addition to the type of hosting, the equipment on which the hosting provider's servers work also plays an important role. Fault tolerance directly depends on the quality of the motherboards, disks, memory and other components used.

When choosing a hosting for business, it is worth giving preference to companies operating on proprietary equipment, for instance, from the manufacturer Dell, and not on self-assembled racks of conventional noname components. As a rule, hosting on proprietary hardware costs more, but, as the saying goes, a miser pays twice.
Therefore, it is not necessary to start from the cost as the main criterion when choosing.
What you need to know about data centers

Servers of hosting providers are located in special places — data centers. In accordance with the generally accepted classification, all of them are divided by the level of reliability into four categories — from Tier 1 to Tier 4.

Since the fourth category is used only in large corporations and government organizations, and the first two do not provide backup communication channels and work without stopping servers, only Tier 3 or Tier 3+ data centers are suitable for business projects. Serious and well-established players of the hosting market place their equipment in such data centers.

Data centers in this category have backup power and communication channels, as well as duplication of all infrastructure components and the ability to carry out technical work without stopping servers. This means that in case of unforeseen emergency situations, your web site will work at the expense of backup channels.

Why do I need SSL

Servers use SSL protocols to protect the data transmitted by users. A secure connection (HTTPS) is provided using encryption, and the green icon in the browser's address bar says exactly that. In addition to protection from phishing and banal trust on the part of users, SSL is also useful for business because sites with a secure connection are always higher in search results.

The SSL certificate must be requested from the registrar when submitting documents. As a rule, you can purchase commercial SSL from most hosting providers or use the free Let's Encrypt, which has been gaining popularity lately.

Let's Encrypt is a good solution for those who need a simple certificate for a single domain. In all "VPS Server without worries" tariffs, we provide the opportunity to install a free Let's Encrypt certificate.
How uptime and download speed affect sales

It is a mistake not to attach importance to such hosting indicators as uptime and download speed. For a business, a site is a tool for increasing sales, so any downtime means the loss of potential customers.
It also reduces conversion and long loading time. Studies have shown that when the loading of site pages is delayed by just one second, the conversion rate drops by 7%, and the number of dissatisfied visitors increases by 17%.

    The uptime should be as high as possible, the minimum value is 99.5%. With the download speed, everything is exactly the opposite: the lower, the better.

Why the Server Control Panel is important

The convenience of the control panel provided by web hosting will depend on the efficiency of interaction and changes in the settings of the web sites hosted on the server. The control panel is a graphical tool (web interface) with which it becomes easy to manage hosting, it is enough to have basic administration skills.
It's like a car with an automatic transmission: switching takes place in one action. Easy and convenient.

There are many management systems, both free and commercial. It is advisable to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the one that uses web hosting you like.

It is important to note here that both paid and free control panels take place. And not always free — it means bad. We are friends and work closely with Plesk and use its control panel. This is a commercial product of an international successful company, which is located in Novosibirsk, but at the same time is one of the leaders in the world market.

The Plesk panel is convenient and develops very quickly. We provide the basic Plesk Web Admin panel for 10 domains for free along with VPS hosting rates. It works together with the main service control panel, as well as a mobile application that allows you to monitor the status of the server directly from your smartphone.
What should be the technical support

Many people think that they will have to communicate with technical support staff only during problems that a good hosting provider does not often have. However, in addition to breakdowns, there are many cases when you cannot do without the help of this service.

    The efficiency and success of solving all your questions will depend on how competent and efficient the technical support staff are.

Most hosting providers provide basic technical support, and when choosing a provider, you just have to find out what issues technical support will help you with, and what you will have to do yourself. As a rule, technical support helps to solve issues within the framework of server administration, and everything related to site management is already the competence of its owner.

Some providers offer tariffs with administration, so customers do not need to understand all the subtleties of settings and maintenance. The technical support service will always help and advise in solving all emerging issues.

Clients often come to us with questions and problems unrelated to server maintenance. It often happens that our specialists go beyond the regulations and help clients with solving tasks that are not included in the service.
Of course, no provider will be able to solve problems for the client, for instance, with errors in web site engine (CMS), but in such cases our guys are ready to help in finding errors and give recommendations for their elimination. That is, the technical support staff is faced with the task of helping the client solve the problem at all costs.

If you are not strong in server administration and do not have the appropriate technical skills, choose a hosting provider with service (administration service).

At the same time, be sure to find out what is included in the list of services and what is not. And even better, before buying, take the server for testing and check how competently, quickly and — importantly — humanely the technical support responds.

Common mistakes when choosing a hosting

Many people, trying to save money, choose the most budget solutions with non-configured servers and face a lot of problems. After all, the correct configuration of web  sites requires specialized skills and time.

    It is much more convenient to choose web  hosting in which you get a fully ready-to-work VPS server with the included administration service.

Another common mistake is choosing a hosting without maintenance. This is another article of routine maintenance, which requires specific skills or the involvement of specialists. It is logical to use hosting services, which also provides high-quality server maintenance, especially if you do not have administrative skills.

Resume

As you can see, the choice of web  hosting is not such a simple matter, but if you approach the issue thoroughly and pay attention to important points, then there should not be any special difficulties.

First you should decide on the type of hosting. For selling sites, such as online stores, it is optimal to choose a VPS. Next, you will have to study what equipment and data centers hosting uses, uptime indicators and page loading speeds.
 It is also important to find out which server control panel is used, how well the technical support works and how much services are provided as part of the service. And finally, you definitely need to make sure that web hosting complies with all the norms of legislation.
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Janvi

Uptime
After you create your site, you will want it to be accessible and available 100% of the time, but no hosting can provide perfection, so most providers commit to working at 99.9%. If your site is often unavailable, this is the first call to analyze hosting providers again.

Hosting Support Service
All the technical nuances of choosing webhosting services are important for decision-making, customer support and the degree of mutual understanding are often the most important factor.
The ability to receive prompt assistance from the customer service department will often be the deciding factor when choosing a service. I advise to overpay 20-40%, but get prompt and competent support.

Safety
The webhosting service must have the means and resources to provide a secure website infrastructure with the latest updates, fixes and active security protocols necessary to prevent daily cyber attacks.
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dreadn0te

Thanks, it`s very informative! You said Dedicated Server is more expensive than others, but i`d like to know how much more expensive than VPS hosting? And how high is the risk of unavailability of the site for users?
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