Nowadays, to find a standard hosting is not a problem. Just choose a well-known provider for average market prices, and your site will work.
Difficulties appear when you consciously want to choose the hosting with the highest quality services. The reason for the challenge is plenty of hosting characteristics, and an inexperienced site owner can have problems with their assessment
The server is an ordinary computer; it has a processor, memory, and a hard disk. For instance, one server contains a thousand of sites. When you buy an inexpensive web hosting, your site becomes one of this thousand. Simplifying, we can say that the site is a typical program on your hard disk, but it requires CPU resources and memory for working.
In this case, the hoster has to watch that some sites do not use too many resources, infringing the rights of others. Besides, the hosting company should oversell within reasonable limits.
1. 1. Server functioning capacity
Many providers have dozens of servers. We can’t know in advance, where they will place your site. So, to evaluate the quality of hosting, not having the test period (often free), will be a bad way.
Script timers of the site can check the server capacity. They collect statistics of the time page generation (PHP execution and separate processing of MySQL requests), and we can see charts of performance during rush hours. Of course, in this case, the site must have visitors.
1. 2. Workload channel
Special services are checking it: you call your website, and computers all over the world are trying to get through it. It takes a few days – and you will get statistics.
A support team must respond to your problem at any time. During the first month, you can check it, for example, asking questions about the backup organization. Evaluate the usefulness of the responses, friendliness, and efficiency, especially at night or at the weekend.
There are many subtleties, but, most likely, there are all you need on your site: PHP, MySQL, Control Panel, PHPMyAdmin, and billing. However, do not pay attention to limits of disk space and traffic – most likely you have enough.
What should you pay attention, choosing a server provider?
The first step in choosing any hosting solution is to narrow down its possibilities by checking performance and reputation of providers you are considering.
Further, you should decide whether you want a managed hosting or an unmanaged one. It is usually the simplest solution based on whether you have a desire to cooperate with the server administration. If you consider a managed hosting, look at companies’ tech support capabilities, checking the rating and reading testimonials on the Internet.
It’s time to assess your server needs: processor power, RAM, how much memory you need and what bandwidth is likely to consume. They all will depend on the type of your site. The more complicated the site (a lot of media files, a large number of visitors, dynamically generated pages), the more performance and bandwidth you need.
It is important the server is available, and the support service was quickly ready to help. Check it out in practice. Try hosting at least during a month, and then you can pay for a year and receive a discount 10-20%.
Article Contributed by: Margo Geras, marketing manager of the INXY.COM