Once you decide to launch your website, the next step perhaps is choosing the right web host.
Which type of hosting service must you go for?
It is also important for you to decide whether the vendor must take up email hosting.
If your business needs are vigorous, putting up an email infrastructure is not a cake walk. You have to plan for a redundant server each covering the other so that your email system is always up and running.
In such a scenario, if the vendor also offers email hosting it will lighten your burden a great deal.
In a nutshell, the web hosting company must stand by you.
The vendor must be able to handle all of your business hosting needs without a hitch. It must have invested sufficiently in technology so that they are PCI compliant, with advanced DDoS protection. After all you would not like to compromise on anything less than 99.99% uptime guarantee.
It is no brainer that a new entrepreneur will like to start off with the cheapest hosting plan. Shared hosting by far is the most cost effective answer for any businessperson.
A few good vendors even offer 100% uptime SLA, with promise of excellent server speeds and top class website performance.
Yet, shared hosting has its limitations. You have to make do with usage limits, shared bandwidth and regulated admin features.
With site visitors increasing, even a seemingly robust shared plan will be found wanting.
Let us visualize what may happen.
Most web users expect a page to load in a jiffy. Even a tad delay can mean abandoning the site. This is something you would not like to see at any price.
Remember, in a shared hosting plan your website is hosted on a shared server, where several other entities are sharing resources.
“It is always a risk”, says a young entrepreneur. “With shared hosting there are high chances you can be attacked by hackers”.
The entrepreneur is right on target. A suspicious activity on any part of the server can mean all websites are under threat.
In such cases an upgrade to VPS can make sense. With VPS, or virtual private server you get a dedicated segment of a robust and powerful server. The vendor allocates specific amount of resources especially for you. This translates to the following benefits.
A time can arise when your business is booming and you will need more hosting resources to keep pace with the spike in traffic.
An upgrade from VPS will mean switching over to a dedicated server plan. A dedicated server is best suited to a business that runs mission critical applications and workloads.
In technical parlance, dedicated server means rental and exclusive use of a web server, associated software, and internet connection from the hosting provider’s premises.
Yes, it is the most expensive of the lot, but if your business requires it, the benefits can far outweigh the initial higher expenses.