Choose the Right Hosting Provider

Started by kradha707, Aug 03, 2022, 04:47 AM

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This guide provides instructions on migrating between different hosting providers, assisting in moving to a new host or staying with the current one.

 It includes information on various hosting options such as data centers, internet channels, colocation, dedicated servers, and virtual servers. Additionally, it covers web hosting, server control panels, domain registrars, registrar partners, DNS operators, and resellers. When choosing a hosting provider, consider the necessary services, such as servers, virtual machines, websites, mail, DNS, domain registration, and SSL certificates.

Evaluate the need for a server control panel, PHP versions, and database options. Hosting providers may offer different locations, so choose wisely based on your needs. Create a table to compare the information and select the best provider for your needs.

It's important to select the right hosting provider based on the specific type of service required as a good Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS) may not mean a good Dedicated Server and vice versa. When choosing a provider, identify critical services and avoid free plans. Look for refund conditions and prioritize hosts that support IPv6 protocol. Don't be swayed by big names, individual conditions or pricing that is too expensive or cheap. A license is not an indicator of quality either. Resellers can provide excellent service but must be approached with caution.

It's important to have an up-to-date backup copy of the site stored in a separate location. Don't rush to change domain registrars, instead look for convenience in payment, psychological compatibility, and a competitive renewal price. It's also essential to ensure that the domain name is technically supported elsewhere through DNS servers. Cloudflare provides free DNS services while paid options include Amazon Route53, DNSimple, and DNS Made Easy. Finally, sending mail from sites can be a challenge for hosting providers and websites so consider using special services for important mail.


Hosting backups can be easily performed using a simple recipe:

1) Place the zone on Cloudflare and combine with ns. If issues arise, remove the ns at the registrar to return it to normal within half an hour.
2) For increased safety and portability, avoid shared hosting and pack everything in containers. Ideally, use /var/docker/website/docker-compose.yml, which can be easily deployed regardless of the VPS image being used.

3) A backup checklist should include daily backups of /var/docker/website or wherever the compose is, as well as rsyncing /var/docker/website/persistence every 15 minutes to a secure location. Separate backups for databases should also be made to ensure consistency, and container logs should be duplicated somewhere. Finally, a DNS zone file backup is a must-have.