(The Hosting News) – Server needs are continually changing. Modern day e-commerce has made it a necessity to continually evolve with speed and quickness for the new ways of doing business that develop. Because no two businesses are alike, they will have different needs and requirements. All in all, it comes down to money. How much do you have to spend, how much are you willing to allocate to your server requirements? What’s the best bang for the buck?
In order to answer this question, you have to make a checklist of the business issues that will affect you. You, as a consumer or business owner, are not going to know the exact server requirements that will best fit your business. Service technicians and professionals in the fields of datacenters and server racks are going to be able to answer that question for you. When it comes down to experience and business projections, professionals know how to get your questions answered accurately the first time.
Pose the following questions to yourself and your development team.
• What size business demographic does your company fall into? Knowing the answer to this question and being able to classify your business into a specific size will help you to narrow down the choices of server size and performance. Paying for an overabundance of services you don’t need is one of the biggest mistakes you could ever make.
• How many employees do you have? The number of employees you have is most likely linked to the size of your business. This question may be posed by server analysis professionals who need a better idea of your business size. They need this information to properly tailor a server configuration to fit your needs.
• How many customers do you have? The amount of customers you have will have a direct link to the amount of server performance you require. Similar to gauging page views per day, your customer average will give you an idea of your future expansion capabilities and whether or not to opt for a upgradeable contract.
• How many pageviews does your site get on a yearly basis? This is a major consideration in choosing a server with optimal performance for you. You don’t want to overpay, you want to stay in-line with your business expansion needs and you want to get the best bang for your buck. Be sure to include your Web site visitor’s growth rate in your server selection.
• How many page views on a peak day? This information is needed in order to ensure the server you choose can handle your current maximum bandwidth requirements. If your server output is too slow, you run the risk of putting off potential customers because of slower access times.
• How many page views in a peak week? In case the peak page views per day doesn’t work out to a perfect science, you can rely on this secondary method of gauging your bandwidth requirements. This data can help you to not go over your bandwidth quota, should you sign a contract that poses such a risk.
• What are the kilobyte sizes of your Web pages being served? Data transfer sometimes comes down to contractual agreements. The amount of data you transfer is directly linked to the amount of money you will pay for your server. Knowing how much data you transfer will help you to select the right data transfer limit for you.
• What is your price range? Knowing how much of your company’s budget you can safely allocate to your server will keep your profit margin safe. Overspending for a server could put other aspects of your business at risk and prevent your business from reaching its full potential.
• How fast is fast enough? Make sure you are able to answer this question to the best of your forecasting ability. Take all the possible Web site elements above and come to an informed decision. Overpay and you will end up kicking yourself but if you buy a server that is too slow it could be detrimental to the success of your online business.
With these questions answered and with all things considered, you stand a much better chance of making the correct server choice. Everything in online business is dependant on each other. Max page views per day, week, month and year. The kilobyte size of your Web pages, your price range, everything. Being able to thoroughly think a server purchase through requires raw data. Web site statistic services can provide you with this data but you get what you pay for. Opting to purchase a website statistics service will keep the data you present completely accurate and available to service professionals 24/7.