Choosing the right hosting

The first step in choosing the right hosting is to identify your needs. When you know what you need, it becomes easier to go ahead and make a choice. It is also advisable to check comparison sites so that you know what to expect from each host and see which one is offering you better service at a reasonable price. The following are the types.

Different type of website hosting and who they suit

Shared Web Hosting:

This is recommended for start-up businesses and small websites that will not have a lot of traffic. If you are just starting up a website it is best to go for this and possibly upgrade when the traffic increases and people know the site. Shared is the most preferred  type because it provides a cheap option. Sometimes sign up is even free and then renewal will be charged. Shared  involves using one server that hosts a number of other websites. With shared, you share the RAM of the server and the CPU. What other websites do can also affect the other websites sharing the server. It is important to remember that if you have too much traffic to your website, it can result in a crash.

Virtual Private Server:

VPS is also a type of shared hosting but, in this case, there is a virtual division on the shared server so that each website will have its own IP address on the server. It is ideal for website owners who would like to have more freedom to upgrade, and install new software without having to go through system administrators. Many people who may want to upgrade from the shared plan but do not have a lot of money, will prefer this option as long as they do not have too much traffic to their site. VPS gives more freedom to send emails and stream media, which would be restricted on an ordinary shared server. It might not be the best package, but it suits particular needs at a reasonable price.

Cloud Hosting:
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Cloud employs cloud computing technology which enables a number of computers referred to as a cloud to handle some of the traffic to a particular server. It is part of virtual private hosting but is at times provided as a option on its own. It is ideal for websites that may experience a spike in traffic from time to time and may need more resources to handle this. It can be compared to getting a temporary upgrade that occurs immediately without having to wait for the upgrade to be implemented.

Reseller:

This is the best for websites that wish to provide third party as part of their business. With reseller, the website is able to offer space on their allotted hard drive, to third parties. The reseller buys server space from the main host and then offers it to customers for a profit. In most cases reseller hosts have a dedicated server which they turn into a shared server that they will administer and ensure their customers adhere to the terms and conditions of the main host. Reseller hosting is ideal for web site designers, web developers and system integrators who will offer hosting services to their clients

Dedicated Server:

This is the most powerful  type with a lot of freedom to manage the server as you see fit. It is ideal for big businesses that receive a lot of traffic. It is also ideal for resellers. Dedicated servers, however, are the most expensive option. Popular sites, businesses with large customer databases and those with high traffic will find this to be the best option. Dedicated  offers better security, more freedom to install new software and stability of emails. With dedicated , the client is the only user of the server and can choose how to use it according to their need.

Server location:
The server location is one of the big questions you need to get answered before you choose a host. The location of a server can greatly affect your website’s performance. Location can determine, how fast your site loads, how natural or political events affect your website, the kind of audience you attract as well as the technology available for you to use on your website. Consider the impact an earthquake could have on your website if it is hosted in a location that is prone to earthquakes. Or if the server is located in an area with poor electricity supply, what impact would that have on your website. We recommend you use a provider with servers based in Ireland if your website an Irish customer base.

– Might want server location close to target audience ( faster page load speed)

It is very important too that the server location is close to your target audience in order to improve loading speeds which in turn will affect the SEO ranking and entire performance of your website. When a visitor to your website clicks on a page, the request is sent through multiple channels before it gets to the server and then back to the guest so if the server is far off, the time it will take to load that page will be longer so having the server near your target will help speed up loading time.

Alternatively, the server location should be in a place with good infrastructure which will reduce the problem associated with ‘Hops’ made when trying to access servers that are far away. This mainly applies to businesses that may have an international audience and may want to reduce the cost of setting up servers in every continent in the name of proximity to the audience.

Price:
Price is another very important consideration to take when choosing the best web hosting. Your budget can determine what type you will go for. This does not mean you should sacrifice quality in the name of getting a cheap deal. It is possible to find an affordable option that will still be good enough. Make a comparison of different options and then choose the best that is also within your budget.

Other things to be aware of

When choosing the right hosting for a site, it is important that you also ask the following questions. The answers will help you make a decision basing on your needs.

How many domains and emails with the package?
When your site gets busy, you will probably need to be able to send out emails to your customers for example if they have signed up for newsletters. Or if you would like to use email marketing as one of your marketing strategies. Even if the package says you will receive unlimited, it is important to find out the terms and conditions of that unlimited offer since many times, unlimited does not really mean there are no conditions on the number of emails or domain names.

Backups:
You do not want to end up losing data on your website, so it is important to know what kind of backup system is used and how much can it do for you. For example, if the server is affected by malware, is there a backup system that can be used to keep the site running? Find out as much as you can about the backup.

Customer service:
Websites are supposed to be available 24/7 which means problems can arise at any time, it is a good idea to find out if the host provides customer service at all times and what kind of assistance do they provide. If you are not familiar with the technical bit of running a website, it helps to have customer service that will be on hand to help at all times or according to your need.

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