Business Web Site Hosting – Which to Choose?
Website hosting is probably the first experience you’re going to have of using any kind of multi-functional software in our online information business journey. So you need to proceed with a platform knowing you’re using something that will be a good fit for you.
Three options are dedicated server, virtual and co-location, and obviously you are going to want the best-fit for your purposes.
First, you need to ignore all the advertising that will come up on your searches and not all of advertisements the are pop-up variety, so forget about your pop up blocker. Advertisers will throw an array of thigs at you from best-price to free offers. Don’t let them distract you attention from you main objective.
It’s far better that you focus on the needs of your business but you also need to know the needs of your business in the context of what you need from web hosting too.
What job has you site to do? Is it a full-on shop front or a simpler site? What functions will it have to perform? Does it need to include payment functionality? Does it need a subscriber opt-in facility? Does it need to display anything in real time?
Did you know that you can rent a whole server? This is the dedicated server type, which like renting a house or car, and means that you can rent a server rather than having to outlay the necessary funding to purchase one.
You will be able to enjoy hour own space and have control over it too. Because your business is the only one uploaded, the dedicated server will be fast enough to cater for your needs.
You will get a good service from dedicated servers but they do come in at a higher price than virtual servers and lack the control you will get from a co-location server.
For cost-effectiveness there’s the virtual server option, which is cheaper and has does have some good features such as access to resources, memory and process cycles, so efficiency is fine but ultimately you do get what you pay for, and you’ll be sharing with other website businesses and should this server fail you will lose out with potential sales and traffic you might have otherwise had. If you go down this road be sure to compare the quality of hosting provisions with others offering this type of service too.
Third, what about co-location? It’s not cheap, but it is probably the best type and you do get what you pay for with a premium service like this one. If you can afford to use one, do so because of the one hundred percent control you will have, its reliability, and speed.