There are a lot of decisions to be made when you are selecting a data center, web hosting platform, or other technical products for your company. One of the choices that you will need to make when you are getting your business online and running, and often a decision that needs to get made again and again as your company grows, is what type of platform you will need to use for your hosting needs. There are may different options available, and there are also many different things to consider with each. I intend to take the next few posts to focus on what things are important when it comes to looking for the right hosting product. There are points to consider such as security, privacy, access, infrastructure, hardware, limitations, price, and value. Lets take a look at some of the most popular ways to host your site and get online.
One of the most widely used, and universally recommended products that we have available to use is one that we actually have here. I will focus on the Virtual hosting products that range anywhere from free to fifty dollars monthly. Typically, these services work very similarly right across the board. There will be a certain number of resources available on a particular server, and there will be people sharing the server that are all sharing the same resources. Typically, these servers(if you are at a good company, like Hostt!) will be provisioned so that at peak usage times, they are not maxed out. When they are getting maxed out, then additional resources are used to make sure people have bandwidth speed and are not getting throttled to any noticeable extent. With these types of virtual servers, you are not getting the robust nature of a more dedicated service, and you typically do not have a large amount of product customization, but they can handle a surprisingly large amount of traffic before you will need to take the step up. While not as high horsepower as the more expensive products, they are a no-brainer for those that are wanting to get their site up and running, and do not have extensive security or bandwidth needs. Dollar for dollar, they are typically the best value……especially if they are free!
Another point to note when it comes to these virtual server products is that they may actually be set up in many different ways. For example, they may be set up on a cloud-based service, or they may be split up on a standard dedicated hosting box. There are many ways to actually administer the product, but at the end of the day, you as the end user will not actually see that much of a difference with this product. It is important that you have some of the basic tools you will need to run the site, and that you are online all the time. Other than that, I don’t see it much of a huge deal how the service is actually delivered….as long as it is there.
With part 2, we will continue into more hosting options! In the mean time, take a look at our new wiki page!
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