A web hosting company by the name of GlowHost has announced that they will offer more free web hosting for non-profit startups in order to help support the growth of non-profit companies. One of the difficulties of getting non-profit organizations up and running are the start up costs. With the growth of the Internet, working online can now be one of the best locations to begin any new startup’s fundraising campaign. GlowHost claims that they will offer a diverse range of features to help these non-profit organizations create their first web site.
GlowHost claims that this free hosting will be the very same package and support that all of their paying customers already receive, with a diverse range of features, enabling even an inexperienced user to launch their first web site without using up valuable time that could be used elsewhere within the charity. We think this is great, and even though it’s only available to non-profit companies, it’s still a great gesture in this world of businesses where the bottom line is usually what comes first over all else.
Here is what we found at blog.glowhost.com about the free web hosting.
Did you know that GlowHost offers free web hosting services to start-up non-profits and charitable organizations? That’s right, as part of our commitment to promoting positive social change, GlowHost is excited to extend free web hosting services to US-based non-profit organizations or charities whose primary focus is environment, peace, health care, human rights, social justice, and other charitable purposes.
At GlowHost, we recognize the noble sacrifice that non-profits have made by devoting themselves to making the world a better place without expecting any profit in return. So, in addition to our standard web hosting offerings such as shared hosting, dedicated server hosting, and managed hosting, GlowHost is proud to provide cost-free web hosting services to start-up non-profits and deserving charities that help contribute to the greater good.
If you are a small non-profit organization looking for web hosting, GlowHost will host your websites for free. And with your free website hosting package, you will get the same high level of service and support as all GlowHost customers who are paying for the service, guaranteed.
At GlowHost, we believe in giving back to the community by donating to non-profit organizations and groups who are actively doing something to help further the good, both in their local communities and around the world. GlowHost provides leading-edge infrastructure and state-of-the-art web hosting services that enable non-profits to focus on their mission instead of having to worry about their technology. You can read the rest of the original article here.
If you are a non-profit organization then you should look into this great offer by GlowHost. If you have used their free service or have any feedback on it, we would welcome your input about it here with comments as well. While web hosting has certainly become more affordable for all start ups, it’s still refreshing to see a tech company giving back in this manner.
We want to step up and tell GlowHost how much we think of them for offering more free web hosting for non-profit startups. We must be honest and state clearly that we have no other information on how good the GlowHost service might be, but unless the owners are brain dead, they have to be a well run company in order to step up with an offer like this to begin with. I Know we speak for all of the non-profit companies that are using your service already when we say “Thanks” for a great service!
Go Daddy is our top web hosting company and we make no bones about it. Go Daddy is now adding IPV6 Linux virtual dedicated web hosting servers in an effort to prepare for the continued growth of the Internet. Each individual device that connects to the Internet needs its very own IP address, and with Internet traffic estimated to quadruple between now and 2015, Go Daddy is preparing for this growth and the need for more IP addresses for its customers.
It seems that this is only a single step in the IPV6 initiative, but it’s a very important one in the eyes of Go Daddy for its clients. Here is what Wayne Thayer had to say at www.inside.godaddy.com in a recent article:
Following last year’s successful World IPv6 Day, when many sites enabled IPv6 for one day, the Internet Society has declared June 6, 2012 as the World IPv6 Launch. This year, the focus has moved beyond testing to permanently enabling IPv6 on participants’ websites and networks.
Last year, Go Daddy enabled queries over IPv6 for the 10s of millions of DNS zones that we host. Since DNS is used to resolve virtually every website on the Internet, IPv6 support is a key component of the overall move to IPv6.
This year, in support of the World IPv6 Launch, Go Daddy has released our first IPv6-capable hosting product. We now offer dual-stack Linux Virtual Dedicated Servers. “Dual-stack” means that we configure these servers to communicate over both IPv4 and IPv6, by default. If you use one of these servers to host a website, clients will be able to connect the same way they always have over IPv4, but they can also use IPv6.
Although this capability is not yet in high demand, we worked hard to make it a reality. First, we had to provide an environment for our engineers where they could successfully develop and test IPv6. Lab environments are often built with old network gear that doesn’t support IPv6. So, a hardware upgrade was the first step, followed by new configurations for IPv6.
Engineers also needed to be able to use IPv6 from their workstations. Here, we found that you can’t simply plug an IPv6 address block into your old DHCP server. In fact, there is some learning required to even figure out how to divide up such a huge space of addresses (geek stat: IPv6 has 340 undecillion possible addresses).
Once you have the environment in place for developing IPv6 capable systems, the engineers can go to work. For hosting products, a lot of the work is inside the provisioning system that creates and upgrades a server when a customer makes a purchase. This system has to be able to configure an IPv6 address on a server in addition to an IPv4 address. Because IPv6 addresses are 128 bits long, the data structures often need to be changed. The size of IPv6 addresses can also require upgrades to underlying systems; especially databases where data types defined for IPv4 can’t handle the new addresses. You can read the rest of the original article here.
While costs, speed and reliability are our main reasons for recommending Go Daddy as our top web hosting company, their dedication to keeping up with current technology and staying ahead of the competition makes them an even more appealing choice as our web host of choice. Once you get any amount of real traffic on most other hosting services, you will quickly see the differences between them and what Go Daddy has to offer.
If you plan to build a real income producing website, don’t risk it to inferior competition for a few dollars in savings. If you go with Go Daddy, you will get great service, excellent pricing and your website will be up and delivering pages at top speed at all times. We learned the hard way, so we are attempting to put you ahead of the game when it comes to choosing a top web host. If you need Linux virtual dedicated web hosting, contact Go Daddy today.
If you are interested in saving our environment and you enjoy being a part of the green movement, then you may be interested in finding the best green web hosting service. We have been researching this for our readers and came across an article we thought was worth sharing. We have made it clear on many occasions that we are not big fans of web hosting review sites in most cases, and this post should serve as a good example of why.
GreenGreeks hosting appears to be one of the most eco-friendly web hosting companies in the US. GreenGreeks concentrates on providing reliable web hosting that is friendly to our environment, so pricing is not the reason you will want to use their service, because according to this article and several others like it, you will pay handsomely to use their “green” services. Below is what we found on drupal.org in regards to GreenGeeks:
Green Geeks web hosting located at (greengeeks.com greengeeks.ca) has misleading hosting packages. They are now advertising that they are the official host for drupla for dummies. seriously, stay away from their “free domain for life” package, it is a money grabbing extortion scheme. You will end up paying through your nose or lose your domain name altogether. When it comes time for hosting or domain name renewals is when they hook you. Here is how the scam or extortion scheme by green geeks works.
Green Geeks has a “Free domain for life” promotion, in which they claim that if a customer signs for a hosting plan they get a free domain for life. The truth is that it is a ‘domain name stealing exercise’, or a ‘force customer to host with green geeks for ever’ scam.
Here is the green geeks scam. When a customer signs up for website hosting with green geeks, and they get a new domain name or transfer their domain to green geeks, their domain name fee is deducted from the hosting plan. Inevitably it appears that the domain name was for free. However the scam is that, the customer is never ever given the domain account information to manage their own domain name. Such that the customer can not independently renew their domain name or even transfer their domain name to another host without going through green geeks.
Basically a domain name belongs to the entity or person that has the domain name account information. In essence when you choose the green geeks “free domain name for life”, green geeks actually is is owning your domain name under the pretext that they have provided you with a domain name for life. When the domain name expires, if the the customer chooses not to renew their hosting plan with Green Geeks, but wants to transfer it to another host. Green Geeks employees then becomes rude. The customer is then asked to pay an ambiguous amount of money even upwards of $250 to transfer their domain name. Refusal to renew your domain name with Green Geeks, will practically result in the customer losing their domain name unless they pay the asked amount of money to green geeks. Depending on who you are, they can ask from 24.95 to even $250 depending on how desperate you seem for your domain name, or how popular the domain name is. You can read the rest of the original article here.
So it appears that the free domain name for life is not necessarily a great deal after all. Usually when something sounds too good to be true, it is! This is a perfect example of why we do not like to take the word of most of the web hosting review sites, because they don’t always give you the best information that is in your best interests. While not all are guilty, many will point you in a certain direction because it will make them the most money.
So, does GreenGeeks have the best green web hosting service? If supporting the green movement is important to you and the costs are not as important, it appears that maybe GreenGeeks is not a bad option. Just remember though, you will pay a lot of additional money for supporting their green initiative. If you are simply looking for a good web hosting service at a reasonable price, we suggest that you use Hostgator.
If you think the process of finding domain names is confusing now, you haven’t seen anything yet! A recent domain names project is relaunching it’s strategy to allow companies to set up a website with practically any address they choose to purchase. Imagine if you could have gone out in the early days of the Internet and bought up all of those cheap dot com domain names for some of the biggest organizations in the world and just sat on them until those companies decided to go online and would need those dot com names. Many people did just that, and many people still do, and some of those domain names sell for millions of dollars.
If you are thinking this new project is going to allow that to happen all over again, then think again. First of all, buying your own exclusive address is not going to be cheap with the initial application fee costing a hefty $185,000! While it is unclear as to how much the annual renewal will be, it is estimated that it will be in the tens of thousands of dollars. This same project started up previously, but was quickly shut down when it had problems with the leakage of some sensitive application details. Our thoughts at this point is that this is only going to affect really large corporations at this point, because most average Internet websites could not afford the excessively high fees that will be involved at this point in the game.
Here is what Georgina Prodhan had to say in a recent article she did on this subject at www.reuters.com:
A project to allow companies to set up a website with almost any address has relaunched after a software glitch exposed sensitive details of applications last month, forcing it to shut down.
In the most ambitious expansion of the Internet so far, the body that oversees domain names has now given organisations until May 30 to apply for their own Web address endings – for example .london, .eco or .canon – provided they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee.
The new suffixes should allow companies or communities more control over their online presence and send visitors more directly to part of their sites.
But the process was dogged by controversy even before the embarrassing software bug: many brand owners have felt forced to take part in the expensive project or risk rivals bagging domains that could be mistaken for their own.
It has also raised questions of corporate governance at Icann, the non-profit body that manages the Internet’s naming system, since some current and former directors of the body stand to make money out of the explosion of new names.
Chief Executive Rod Beckstrom said Icann now hoped to be ready to publish details of who had applied for what before the U.S. organisation’s next major meeting in Prague, which will be his last before he hands over to a new CEO.
“I think the team has done a very professional job of dealing with the situation,” he told Reuters by telephone. “Now we’re able to move on to the next phase.”
The new generic top-level domains will expand the variety of possible Web addresses beyond those currently available, which end in a limited number of suffixes such as .com, .org or .edu. The stated goal is to encourage innovation on the Internet. You can read the rest of the original article here.
It will be interesting to see how this project progresses and it would be interesting to create a pool on which companies will be the first to bite on these exclusively named web addresses. Once one or two of the big guys bite, it will more than likely snowball from there as it will force their competitors to do the same or risk losing ground on the Internet, when most companies are trying to gain ground in what is going to become the playground of the very near future in our humble opinion.
At one time, if you didn’t have a dot com domain name, you were thought to have no real web presence. While dot com is still highly prized, dot net and dot org are quickly gaining ground, but it is only inevitable as the Internet continues to grow that there will never be enough dot com, org and net names to go around, so changes are needed. Why should anyone be forced out of the Internet market place because of a name or address snafu? What if brick and mortar businesses could not open due to a lack of names available?
Competition and a free marketplace is good for everyone, particularly the consumer, so we see the need for improving the domain names extension and think this evolution is unavoidable. While the cost is prohibitive for most of us at this point in the game, the fact that this domain names project is relaunching is a sign of the times, and they are a changing, and changing for the better in our opinion.
Below is a YouTube video that does a great job of explaining domain names in simple terms, so be sure to watch this if the whole domain names issue is new to you or if it’s just confusing for you.
We are often asked about free web hosting sites and if they are really a good way to go? I can still remember my first web site and it was indeed a free web hosting site, although it cost me more money than I pay for my current web hosting services and I got less bandwidth and less disk storage with the free site as well. The biggest issue was I had two server crashes, and one of them lasted for more than two days, so that was when I finally decided enough was enough. After all, since it was free, or so I thought, there was no way to ask for any refunds.
The way my free web host got me was in the annual domain costs. You see, they charged me $50.00 per year for my domain registration fees, but now I know I can get my domain name and my annual hosting fees for less than $50.00, so in the end, I was getting fewer services for free with my free web host. Here is an excellent article by hostinggrief.com that explains all of the pros and cons of Free Webhosting:
In web hosting (as in many things in life) you get what you pay for, and free, while helpful for some things, is very basic. If you want to launch a large business on the web or host any type of content heavy site, free hosting may not be powerful enough to meet your needs.
Listed below are some things that might not be included or limited with some free web hosting programs:
- For example, most free hosting sites offer only one gig or less of bandwidth. As mentioned in previous articles, bandwidth is what determines the amount of data that can be transferred within a given period of time. In other words, it affects whether a visitor to your page sees your content. Often bandwidth for paid plans is unlimited.
- Access to cert scripts might be limited. If you intend to use PERL, CGI, or any other type of programming language, free web hosting probably won’t support it. CGI allows you to do things like create online shopping carts like those seen on amazon.com and other commercial websites. You can create user log ins for your website, create search functions and much more. PERL is a multipurpose coding language that can be quite versatile for the knowledgeable user.
- Less customer service options available. A paid for plan may include more customer service options, unlimited email accounts, script support, secure shell functions, and always offer significantly more memory than free plans.
- And the biggest reason: Advertising is placed on your site. Sometimes free hosting services will make up for the fact that they aren’t charging you by forcing you to have ads on your websites. Most free web hosting services won’t give you any control over the content of these ads, so be aware of this. Sometimes the way the content is assigned to your site is done by looking at keywords. Unfortunately this can work against you. No one wants to go to a lovingly crafted nature site about tiger endangerment just to be bombarded by ads about Tiger Woods. If you attend to go for the ultimate in affordable webhosting and sign up with a free service, try and find one that offers ad free hosting. Be careful, though. The companies that offer free web hosting have to make money somehow, so they may require you to participate in a number of different things to facilitate that, such as posting in forums, clicking on ads on other web pages, and so on.
The upside of free web hosting is that it is a great way to learn the ins and outs of creating web pages before deciding if you would truly like to devote time and money towards improving your sites. It allows you to get a feel for what is possible with web hosting. It will teach you necessary terms like bandwidth and then show you how it applies directly to you and your needs. Trying out a free hosting service is also a great way to assess what you want out of an cheap web host. Maybe you find that you really enjoy the service, but you’re growing beyond the tools offered with the free plan. Maybe, as your popularity, sales, or interest grow, you find you need more email addresses, the ability to run scripts, and more space. Most of these free plans offer upgrades that give you all these things and more at budget rates. You can see the entire original article here.
Below is a video that tells some of the Hostgator benefits.
While we agree with most of the cons that the article mentions, we would have to pass on the upside potential unless you are getting your free web hosting and domain costs for less than you would pay for a full service brand name. In most cases, this will not be the case, so do your homework to make sure that it is indeed free or at least cheaper than you can get any place else with a proven web host provider.
What we suggest is that you go with Go Daddy for your domain names and if you use our link you can get $7.99 .COM Domains w/Free InstantPage Site. We like Hostgator for our hosting, and while there are many similarly priced hosting services, we like Host Gator for the reasons we discuss in this post. So now you know our suggestions and we have done our homework, so we don’t make these suggestions lightly. Free web hosting sites are not always the best choice, so be sure to do your homework and compare your free services to the low cost alternatives we suggested and see which is the best. We feel certain that if you do your homework, you will like our choices.
When it comes to buying domain names, it’s really hard to beat GoDaddy.com. We are fans of Go Daddy and we use them personally for our domain purchases and registration, so we make no bones about offering them up as our top suggestion when it comes to recommending cheap domains or cheap domain registration. Because we like them so much, we are always following any of Go Daddy’s news stories and we came across this interesting one today. It seems Go Daddy is now an official partner of England’s 2012 cricket season. It’s rather obvious that Go Daddy is trying to increase their global presence and England would be a logical choice in our eyes too, although we admit that we know very little about cricket!
Justin Lee had this to say in a recent article that he posted on www.thewhir.com:
Web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Thursday it has become an official partner of England’s Test match grounds for the 2012 cricket season, following its sponsorship of the UK coverage of IPL cricket on ITV4.
Though Go Daddy has sponsored numerous sporting events in the United States, this is one of the first cases of the web hosting giant sponsoring a major event in Europe.
Negotiated by the Essentially sports marketing agency, the deal will grant Go Daddy a branding presence at all England internationals this summer and during domestic fixtures at the nine Test match grounds, including Lord’s, the Kia Oval, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge.
“Cricket is known for its intensity and long-standing rivalries,” said Go Daddy chief marketing officer and executive vice president Barb Rechterman. “Go Daddy is known for connecting with sports fans with that kind of energy and passion. This venue just makes good sense as we expand internationally. We think many UK cricket fans have heard of the Go Daddy brand already, but we’re looking to get in front of them with our hosting products and services in a way that is both fun and educational from a marketing standpoint.”
England begin their summer of home international fixtures Thursday at Lord’s in the first Test of a three-match series against West Indies. Original article found here.
If Go Daddy thinks enough of cricket to use that venue to advertise their cheap domain services, then I guess I’m just going to have to brush up on the game and find out what it’s all about. Seriously though, if you are looking for a great place to buy or register your domain names, then you cannot go wrong with GoDaddy.com. Their pricing is great already, but here is a tip to get an additional discount on their already cheap domain names with Go Daddy. There are any number of Go Daddy Coupons floating around the Internet, so you can usually enter one of these coupon codes and get anywhere from a 15 to 20% discount. Better yet, here is a link that will give you a great deal on a Smokin Hot Savings From Go Daddy! $5.99 .COM domains.
Also, since this is a post about cricket, and because Go Daddy is now an official partner of England’s 2012 cricket season, here is a special deal for you European chaps: Get a £5.49 .COM Domains at Go Daddy!
There you go, a solid recommendation and I’m throwing in the discount codes for you at the same time, so no reason not to take advantage of these cheap domain prices right now. Just follow the links above for the discounts and you can get a great new domain name at a reasonable cost.
If you are new to the Internet, then you may not even be familiar with what web hosting is really all about. For this reason, we would like to explain web hosting for beginners.The basics of web hosting is this: Anyone that has a website and wants to make it available on the Internet will need a home for that website so that others can access it through the Internet. The place where the website resides is known as the web host. The web host provides web hosting services, which means that they are simply hosting or providing a hard drive and server for your website.
The hosts hard drive holds the data for your website and the server that allows access to your site serves up or provides the pages of your website to those that are viewing it. As a quick example, the web page you are viewing right now is part of my website, and my website is located on a hard drive that belongs to some web host that is also providing that hard drive access to the Internet so that you could come here and view my web pages. Make sense? If not, don’t worry, because I found the video below on YouTube, and this person has done a very good job of explaining this in simple terms. Watch the video and I think you will then understand what we describe as web hosting for beginners. If not, drop us a note and we will try to explain again in different terms for you.
If you need first time web hosting, we suggest that you use this company. Below is a YouTube video that describes web hosting for beginners.
We are often asked who has the best web hosting services and while cost and options are very competitive and very similar between the top companies, what we have found is that it really comes down to speed and reliability as to who has the better web hosting. The moral of this entire story is that “best” is not always equal to costs. In other words, just because you get one service for a few dollars less, there are actually some other important issues that you should consider first and foremost. The key to building a good website is to bring traffic to your site, right? In order to bring traffic, you don’t need a site that is down often or just as important, one that loads slowly. This is the real separator in our opinion and we know this because we learned the hard way!
This article on PRWeb does a great job of describing the differences between BlueHost and HostGator…….
The web hosting review site TCWH releases the comparison between BlueHost and HostGator from their shared web hosting features, speed, reliability, technical support and price, based on the TCWH editors’ true experience and over 100 verified customer reviews.
BlueHost is an historical company with over 15 years’ industry experience on shared web hosting service and has taken 1.72% of this huge market worldwide so far. BlueHost is the only shared hosting company owning 3 dedicated data centers that has invested over 12 million USD since 2010. Now, BlueHost has over 400 employees and 5,000 servers serving for 2,000,000 clients, and it’s still fast growing with approximately 20,000 new clients for each month.
HostGator is one of the largest hosting firm offering the comprehensive web hosting solutions including shared web hosting, virtual private server, dedicated server and reseller hosting based on both Linux and Windows platform. By the end of March, 2012, HostGator has about 1,000 staffs serving for over 5,000,000 clients.
As introduced by TCWH, HostGator is larger than BlueHost, but BlueHost shared web hosting is much more cost effective than HostGator, from shared web hosting features, speed, reliability and price. HostGator has 3 shared web hosting plans, Hatchling, Baby and Business. The baby plan provides the similar features and service quality to BlueHost all-in-one shared web hosting, but it’s pricing for $7.96/mo that is 105% more expensive than BlueHost, even it doesn’t include a free domain name and it’s slower than BlueHost in the performance testing. Complete Article Here.
Having read this article, one would come away with the conclusion that BlueHost is the better hosting service, but we would argue differently. You see, we have used them both and we started with BlueHost because they were cheaper and appeared to be the better value cost wise. What we found though was that as soon as we started getting traffic to our sites that BlueHost would throttle our websites. We even had a couple of our websites shut down completely without warning, only to receive an email “after the fact” telling us that our wordpress sites were using up to much CPA. We are not talking bandwidth here, we are talking CPA usage!
It seems that WP uses a lot of CPA, but everyone is using WP for the most part, and it’s usually the product of choice for most webmasters. Imagine our concern when two days after we begin to generate some real traffic on our site that it was shut down without warning. Anyone that attempted to visit our sites just got a notice that our site was not available, so guess where they went? That’s right, some other website and we lost that traffic, probably forever too!
We quickly moved most of our sites over to Hostgator, which wasn’t that much more expensive in our opinion either, and all has been great since that time. What we have found is that the sites load noticeably faster with HostGator! It’s obvious that BlueHost only wants your cheap business when you are in start up mode, because if and when you begin to generate traffic, there is going to be problems. We have also found that we get better technical support from HostGator as well. While Bluehost was quick to answer the phone and is always polite and appears to be helpful, they would usually tell us that we were on our own for any real technical questions, when in the end that is of little help.
It is our experience that the best pricing does not always equate to who has the best web hosting services. Make sure you consider the issues we just discussed if you plan to build a real website with real traffic in the end. Here is a link for HostGator is you would like to see what they have to offer.
When it comes to searching out and finding the top web hosting companies, it can and will get very confusing for almost everyone. After all, there are a large number of web hosting companies out there, and many offer great service with everything you would want and need, but which one also offers the best prices? Normally when we are new to building websites, we dont even know exactly what we will need up front. Most newcomers to this arena are on a budget, so they want to pay the cheapest prices possible, while not giving up anything that is not necessary, even if they dont know exactly what that might be at this point. As an example, when I built my first website, I didnt even know what I would need or what was even necessary to build my site. I was just thinking best price, and nothing more. I did manage to get a good price, but I certainly didnt get the top web hosting company either!
The service and the entire experience has been good, with one exception: Its not really free! You see, the cost of the domain name is $25.00 per year, which is about three times more than I can get most of my domain names for today, but I didnt realize that at the time. In addition, I have to pay extra for more email addresses and SQL capabilities, along with many other things you will or might need as your web site grows. By the time you add all of these things on, Im paying much more than I should for my free web hosting. Dont fall for all of the hype, and you also dont have to pay for all of the fancy advertising that many of the well known hosting companies use, as you will indeed pay for their name, as that name brand building does not come cheaply. It comes about due to high cost advertising.
Before saying anything else, make sure you dont take the recommendations on any of the websites that offer or call themselves top 10 web hosts, or web host reviews. You see, those guys are all affiliate marketers, and they get paid for recommending you to these web hosting companies, so they are not always giving you the best advice. They are often pointing you to the company that pays them the most money for sending you to them. Regardless of what company you finally decide upon as as your favorite hosting choice, be sure to then do some research on that particular name and see what you come up with before making a final decision. Bottom line though is don’t visit the top recommended, top 10 or top reviews for any type of advice, because its likely to be very bad and costly advice. I also suggest that you purchase your domain name and hosting services separately. While I don’t recommend them for top hosting awards, you can get a great deal on a domain name and save 10% on orders at Go Daddy! Go Daddy is a great place to buy your domain names at a reasonable cost: Usually around $10.00 per domain name per year, but if you use our link you can pick up a discount and save a couple of dollars on the initial purchase price.
When it comes to hosting, I actually use This Company*, so I can easily recommend to you the very same top web hosting company that I use personally. However, dont take my word for it, do your homework on these two and if you agree, go with Go Daddy for your domain names and Just Host for your hosting needs and you will be in good shape!
When it comes to choosing a hosting company for your website, there are many important things one must consider. I am going to discuss several important issues or areas that my extensive experience tells me that you should think about when it comes to choosing a hosting company. These items may not necessarily be in the correct order for overall importance when personally choosing a hosting company, so keep that in mind. After all, different people or companies may have slightly different needs when it comes to a dedicated server hosting company, so read over this article and then apply the different areas as needed for your specific needs and/or concerns.
One of the first things you should consider is the type of platform offered when choosing your website host. While this area of importance is sure to change over time as new products and better ideas are born in the world of server hosting, for now Windows and some form of UNIX are the most common systems available. Usually UNIX based systems like Linux are much cheaper than a server hosting Windows software, but Linux is often considered to be easier to use. If you are more familiar with one platform than the other, then that platform will likely win out when it comes to choosing your hosting company. Just know and understand that there can and will be pros and cons to choosing either Windows or a Unix based hosting platform. I suggest you do some additional study on Windows versus Unix and then weigh those options and make the choice that fits your needs the best.
Another very important consideration when choosing hosting is security. You do not want your website set up with a hosting company that is vulnerable to attacks from hackers and viruses. Both threats are becoming more and more common and both are becoming much stealthier than in the recent past. When it comes to providing the best security, the majority of people I have spoken with, that are also the most knowledgeable when it comes to hosting, almost always say that Linux-based platforms provide the best security when it comes to fending off attackers. I feel certain that security will be at or near the top of the list for many people, but I also believe that it will become even more important in the coming future as security threats are growing exponentially each and every year, so study this area closely when choosing a host company for your website.
Another very important area to consider when choosing hosting is in the area of stability. The last thing anybody needs is for customers to receive an error message when surfing over to your website. It looks unprofessional and it could costs you sales, because most customers will just go directly to the next company on their list. Be sure you study the percentages of downtime for any hosting company that you are considering. The downtime percentage should be minimal and mostly due to maintenance, which would also indicate that the company does maintain their servers properly.
Some additional things to consider that might not be critical, but could also be important when choosing website host are as follows: Costs, data backup and scalability due to the growth and future needs of your business and it’s website. This is where many supposedly discounted hosting companies will take advantage of you. These companies start you out at a reasonable cost, but as your bandwidth usage grows, they quickly throttle you back and require a larger monthly or annual fee in order to increase your available bandwidth. Since we consider ourselves experts when it comes to running websites and because we have many dedicated websites going at any one time, we have already done our homework regarding the best available server hosts, so we have really done all the research for you. Based on our expansive experience with hosting companies, we suggest the following company when choosing your dedicated server hosting*.*Notice: I may receive compensation for one or more of my recommendations on this website.