The Advantages Of Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the best solution to choose for most small and medium sized websites. There are several advantages to choosing shared hosting. The biggest advantage is the cost. Compared to hosting on dedicated servers, shared hosting is much cheaper and affordable.

You can buy a web hosting package that fits your business needs most. There won’t be any need for you to sign-up for an all-inclusive account if you won’t be using most of the services.

Shared hosting can also be very advantageous for the web hosting company, because it can host hundreds of small and medium websites on one single server. This will diminish the installation and maintenance costs, and will give the hosting company a higher investment return.

Nevertheless, before you decide to host on a shared server you should make sure that the company makes use of state-of-the art servers with a high power for processing. These servers should be connected to the Internet on high speed bandwidth lines in order for there to be no choking when the traffic spurts.

The hosting solution should be in scale with your website’s needs, and should also be able to accommodate your needs as your site expands. The web host must also offer 24×7 toll-free technical support rendered by knowledgeable and technicians who are professionally trained.

You should also ask for references before signing up with a hosting firm. You will also need to consult other webmasters who decide to run sites on the same server. It will be a good idea for you to browse through these websites and find out what the response time is during the peak and non-peak hours.

You will especially need to verify whether the hosting company owns servers or is reselling hosting solutions. Reselling hosting solutions won’t appeal to your needs due to the fact that the web host is only a middleman and therefore not able to control the solutions he is selling. You might find sometimes that the services which are provided don’t live up to the promises made.

You must always have a plan for backup just in case your web host goes bankrupt. This should take into account the maintenance and backup of all the data you post on the web site. You should also have administrative control over the domain name right from the beginning; and your host should only be listed as a technical contact.

You should also verify the nature of other sites which are hosted on the server. Try to steer clear from web hosts who host adult sites. This kind of shared hosting has two disadvantages. The first one is that adult sites generally tend to attract high traffic and habitually corner a large part of the bandwidth. The second disadvantage is that they come to share their IP address with your site. This might be troublesome if some search engine chooses to blacklist all the sites which are hosted on that IP address.

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Managed Hosting Services Can Make Life So Easy

Managed hosting services are available in order to provide the servers, people and resources to maintain and run customer websites. They also organize the deployment, testing, management and provisioning of all of the networking and server procedures. These procedures include the setting up of virtual private networks, switches, routers, firewalls, SSL accelerators, routing tables etc. They also direct the customer hardware, and maintain high levels of uptime and performance.

The managed hosts look after any server problems that might come up during the course of hosting. They also help in the installation of the operating system and other software that is required to run the website. A few managed hosts can also provide easy hosting solutions.

An efficient managed host will also be able to manage the installation and maintenance of all the applications belonging to the server. This comprises administration, data backup and migration. Log files also require to be monitored to assess traffic patterns, disk space usage and site performance. All this set aside, managed hosts use load balancing servers to switch the traffic from one server to the other so that the user experience is not harmed during traffic peaks.

Before you decide to sign an agreement with a managed hosting company, the customers will need to determine whether the host can fulfill the site requirements or not. This might range from the purchase of the server and equipment to the regular technology upgrades. Since not all of the customers are experienced in technology, the managed host should also guide and advise their customers on both hardware and software.

Customers should also try to find out if the sales and technical staff of the managed host are competent enough to handle their online business. The people employed by the host could be the most important consideration because they are the ones who manage the requirements on the server-side. The employees should therefore have the required qualifications and experience including certifications in routing equipment, operating systems etc. They should also be able to make choices fast during crisis situations, and also suggest the best solutions for any unexpected problems that might arise.

Most managed services will also provide you with a dedicated account manager. This individual will be the main contact point with the customer and will be available during business hours. If he is not available, then someone else will stand in for him at other times. The best managed hosts are those who not only give you good equipment and connectivity, but also work actively to ensure and maintain the highest quality of service, making the customer feel like all is under control.

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