Chapter 4: Essential Guide To Web Hosting

In the previous posts “Essential Guide To Web Hosting“, we have discussed basics of web hosting, types of web hosting, domain name strategies and tools. Now, we will explain different factors which help in choosing the right web host. When you are searching for a good web host, it’s not just the price you should focus on but there are few more things to consider. Types of hosting, bandwidth, traffic, available storage, uptime and customer services are essential factors in selecting a good web hosting provider.

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Types of Hosting

We have explained in chapter 2 about three different types of hosting: shared hosting, dedicated hosting and VPS hosting. You share the server with others in shared hosting,you own the server in dedicated hosting and in VPS you get a virtual server. Among these dedicated server hosting is efficient but expensive. But that does not mean, every hosting provider is expert in every hosting type. Some are good in shared hosting while others are in dedicated. Sometimes they also focus on providing just one kind of CMS hosting service like Joomla or WordPress. You need to first determine your needs and then select a right type for you.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth directly depends on the traffic you are expecting on your website. Bandwidth is actually the amount of data sent to your visitor’s browser from your server. You can use a simple formula for calculating the bandwidth.

Number of visitors per month x pages per visit x size of the page = Actual bandwidth needed

But don’t take the exact amount of bandwidth as you can exceed your expected bandwidth and then you would have to pay extra. All of the web hosting companies give number of traffic which they can handle per package. You need to check package details which suits your need before making a purchase.

Available Storage and Types

Storage means the space available on your server for storing content, data and files. Generally, websites do not need much space but if you are going to host videos, large information or images then you need more space. 20GB is enough for normal website. Besides that, there are types of storage devices used in web hosting and different configuration.

  • SSD and HDD: Today, two types of storage are available in web hosting: hard disk drives and solid state drives. SSD is a more advance technology and has more benefits than the standard hard drives. Standard hard drives are referred as ”20GB Storage” and solid state drives as ”20GB SSD’’.
  • RAID: It is a type of advanced hard drive configuration which makes sure that failure of single hard drive does not lead to system crash and increase the read and write speed of the drive.

Processing Power

In dedicated hosting or VPS hosting, processing power is a vital factor in choosing the right web host. Mostly, providers show number of cores with each package you get.
More cores= more speed

Uptime

When you are doing a business, uptime of the website is very important for the continuity. When loss of revenue is not involved in website’s downtime, then you can compromise with occasional downtime. At the moment, almost all of the web hosting companies are claiming about providing 99.99% guaranteed uptime.

Customer Services

Customer services are important for pre-sales and post-sales experience. Generally, web hosting companies offer 24/7 technical support. Their response time and how much their technical support is ‘’technical’’ is essential for keeping your website running.

With the above factors, you can choose a web hosting company according to your needs. HostBreak offers dedicated, VPS and shared hosting with 99.99% guaranteed uptime, best customer care and unlimited bandwidth. You can contact our technical team anytime for choosing a right type and package for your website. The next blog post is about nameservers and DNS. Stay in touch with our blog.