Getting a website for a business, family or ideas is a huge step. Your are adding a new dimension to your life, and this must be done with great thought. All of us so much time on the look of the website, not that it is not important people often overlook the most important part- hosting.
The internet is a super shoppe for dedicated servers. It is like going in to WalMart without a shopping list, and getting ripped off. There are many factors that need to be considered before buying a dedicated server, and you need to identify them. Here we help you identify these factors and accost you with how these factors affect your choice.
1. Platform: Unix VS NT?
Each platform has their rabid fans, and we are not here to discuss which one is superior. This choice depends your motif and purpose of your website. So, if you’re putting up a basic site with standard HTML, without any server side scripting or database support, then you may choose Unix or NT as both options would be ideal.
So what really affects this choice? You choice is weaned by your site’s purpose. If your website is going to evolve in to a large website with Databases or ASP, then we think the NT hosting would be the best choice. If your website, is just a simple website without above mentioned characteristics then Unix would be also suited.
2. Space VS Traffic?
Space and traffic are the most dynamic factors as they affect Web Hosts rates. In a majority of cases, sites require only few megabytes of space and thus the amount of traffic should be well compensated in the space rate. Hence, if your website falls in to this category then we advise you not to get flustered by the big numbers
On the other hand, if your website is several hundred pages and is going to have a thousand plus hits a day, then you must give some thought to this factor and choose the wisest option. We say you go with traffic since it is an unpredictable element and not give the Web Host’s to penalize you for exceeding the limits. This is also true if your simple website is made of lot of Flash or Multimedia elements.
3. Email: Limited Vs Unlimited?
The most underestimated factor of Dedicated Hosting Packages and we say as emails are the lifelines of online businesses. Make sure that when you choose a package it has enough email accounts for your business and if your business has potential we suggest you look for the unlimited package. So that way hosts don’t have a chance to rip you off by charging an extra few bucks for every new account.
We cannot emphasize the importance of this factor because quite often people shift web hosts due to the email factor, and this is a very arduous experience. We hope you don’t get burned in this factor.
4. FrontPage Extensions??
It is hard to deny but Microsoft FrontPage is and will still be one of the most used website designing softwares. But in the future, you want to make a transition to sophisticated softwares like Adobe Dreamweaver where you can create superior and effective websites, we suggest that you look for a webhost that support FrontPage extensions in order to avoid mid life crisis.
5. Customer Support
We hope when do take a web host, make sure there is a person, not a goat, on the other side to take your bantering, diatribes and complaints. This we feel is a justified factor since many web hosts lack good support.
Many web hosts provide customer care email and phone services 24×7. We suggest that you ensure that your web host has a good track record in both fields as emails are very convenient in non emergency matters while on the other hand if you need to get a work done in a scurry, we suggest that you a capable person on the other hand will get it done. The response times as per industry standard should be a few minutes. Ask around or go to different websites (next criteria) for getting a good idea about host track record. Another flawless method would be to send a test mail and see their response personally.
If your website has the potential for ecommerce then this a very important factor as it will affect your business reputation. The industry standard for a dedicated server hosting should be multi-layered to be effective against the hackers of this generation. Moreover, with DNS poisoning, cross-site scripting, URL hijacking, spam, phishing, and DDoS attacks the website must be able to give you a guarantee that they will do what is required from their side to protect you from host side.
7. Sever Access
This is your contact with the host, and the easier and more functional it is more useful it will be for you. The Server Access module gives you control your website hence you need to make sure what kind of interface you are given.
If you are given a web driven control panel, then you may not get all the tools required to run a complex site but this is will be suited for a simple website. You also need to ensure that you get virtual access to server and an FTP account so that you can effectively control your website and its related details as it will affect your website performance directly. We suggest you take the latter if you are buying space for business hosting.
8. Web Host Connectivity
This factor affects on how fast your website will be loaded, in a nutshell- your website performance. Majority of the web hosting companies acquire their connections from large backbone providers like UUNET. The minimum standard for any webhost should be T3 lines.
Well, this information is in the jargon that you may not be able to understand like â€œ T-1/OC-3 linesâ€. To decipher this, T- Transmission, OC- Optical Carrier, DS- Digital Signals. Smaller web hosts often use T1 connections which has a speed of 1.544 Megabytes per second while an OC has a speed of 115.52 Megabytes per second. Thus, For an ecommerce solution the OC based hosting companies are the most apposite since they can support hundreds of users simultaneously.
Another fact to consider here is if your web host will be able to provide a backup line in case of main line fails so that your website will remain up and active. It is good to check how fast these are so that you can make the right decision.
We suggest a standard dedicated server solution would be a OC-3 line.
Before you buy a house, you consult your friends and family. For web hosting, you need to consult with the internet community before you commit. There are many online services that give you in depth and inside information on web host. You can use many websites which provide customer hosting reviews. If you want a second opinion, consult members of a reputable web hosting forum like webhostingtalk.com. If you want to be sure, then Google it and check in the groups listings. Here you can find the awards they’ve won on their services and this to be sure that what they are posting is not cooked up.
10. Cost- The Final Verdict
This field is just as unpredictable as air fares, as they can be from zero dollars to thousands of dollars a month. If you are first time user looking to invest in a dedicated server, then we suggest you stay within in the range of $10 to $50 a month as these packages provide a great flexibility of features.
It is a common misconception to tag hosts like free hosts, cheap hosts or good hosts as each of the hosts are suited for different user segments, hence we suggest you don’t go by these tags. Please check their money back guarantee and their refund policies. Moreover, make sure the package can be altered to suit your needs with time since we hope your website will be the next big thing.