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How To Find The Right Hosting Platform For Your Design Blog

There are so many web hosts to choose from that it’s almost impossible to know every one. Every blogger has the problem of finding the right host, because at a moment, that choise will be critical to the success of his website. Most hosting packages start from as low as $4.95 per month for shared environments. These kind of packages are good for small websites that don’t have tens of thousands of visitors.

Established big websites have strong budgets that consist in thousand of dollars. They can’t afford to have web host related problems. Gaining visitors is a hard task and loosing them is not an option.

Here I will try to help you choose the web hosting platform that suits your needs.

1. “Free” Hosting


There are many websites like Blogspot.com that let a novice blogger start a website in minutes. They offer for free a sub-domain and hosting. This is the way many guys made their first websites. The problem is that if you are trying to present yourself as a a serious web site, your own domain name and custom web site are essential.

 

2. Shared Hosting


If your web site is on a shared hosting plan, it sits on a web server that services anywhere from a few web sites to hundreds of them. The biggest advantage of a shared web hosting plan is obviously the low cost.  Shared hosting plans are good for people that start a new website and they want to see if their ideas can get them off the ground.

My first website was also on a shared hosting and it was fine until many visitors come and the server started to stop from time to time. What was the result ? After days and days of problems, some of my visitors forgot about my website. I didn’t had many anyway and this problem made me realise how important is web hosting.

3. Virtual Private Server (VPS)


VPS is a term used by Internet hosting services to refer to a virtual machine. The term is used for emphasizing that the virtual machine, although running in software on the same physical computer as other customers’ virtual machines, is functionally equivalent to a separate physical computer, is dedicated to the individual customer’s needs, has the privacy of a separate physical computer, and can be configured to run as a server computer.

Virtual private servers bridge the gap between shared web hosting services and dedicated hosting services, giving independence from other customers of the VPS service in software terms but at less cost than a physical dedicated server. As a VPS runs its own copy of its operating system, customers have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, and can install almost any software that runs on the OS. Certain software does not run well in a virtualized environment, such as virtualizers themselves; some VPS providers place further restrictions, but they are generally lax compared to those in shared hosting environments. Due to the number of virtualization clients typically running on a single machine, a VPS generally has limited processor time, RAM, and disk space.

4. Dedicated Server


A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to colocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.

As you imagined, this type of hosting is the best but also the most expensive. Only big websites choose this type of hosting and they use many dedicated servers, not just one.

What to choose ?


The main things you must watch when choosing a web hosting company are :

Reputation. It’s worth spending time checking the ratings on the host you are considering. Reading the experiences of those who have used the host’s service will help you decide  what company is the best.  Don’t forget when reading reviews that the source of a review can often be a competitor trying to sabotage a host’s reputation, or on the other hand, nothing keeps a web hosting company from funneling employees to review sites to pat their backs in public.

Technical Support. This is very important because problems always appear and someone must be there for you. Small companies don’t have the budget to hire many people, so they must handle simultaneous many problems that people have and will put you on wait. Nobody can wait, because nobody want visitors to go away because of hosting related problems.

Price. My opinion is that price is less important. You can pay less and have lot’s of problem. Of course, are cases when people pay lots of money to big companies and the technical support or the hardware they have are a bad joke.

I hope that this article will elucidate you and help choose the right web hosting platform.

Alexandru

Alexandru is the co-owner of TopDesignMag. “If it looks easy, it's hard. If it looks hard, it's impossible. If it looks impossible, it's due tomorrow. At 8 A.M.”

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