One of the most crucial assets for online businesses is the server that they are hosted on. Their web existence is dependent on the web server solution that they have in place. Commercial websites must maintain their online presence at all times for potential and existing companies to access. Additionally, the website needs to give the web user easy usability for them to engage and interact with the website. Thus, it is important for web businesses to partner with a web hosting provider that will keep servers hosting their web and business content running and functioning to both the business’ and web users expectations. Below are a few web hosting areas businesses should take into consideration when selecting a web hosting provider.
Web content delivery
One of the major frustrations that web users have is the inability to access the website’s content successfully. This could be due to the amount of bandwidth that is available from the web host. If your website’s content is data heavy, such as image and video content, if the bandwidth could negatively impact the user experience with your website.
Web content security
The solution that you have in place must be able to protect the data of web users and threats to the website from malicious attacks that could bring down the website. There is a need to protect the website from hackers and malware, as well as people who may steal and use your web users data in web fraud activities. The website manager will need to manage the use of encryption within the server and on the websites (perhaps with an SSL certificate) and anti-malware software installations on the web server.
Types of web hosting solutions to consider
The web manager will also need to consider the type of web hosting options that are available to the business, as well as the risks and costs associated with each type of hosting solution. The cost of servers has decreased over the years with the rise of different web hosting solutions. However, depending on the type of data and performance required, the webmaster will need to select a compatible web hosting solution that will be easy for them to manage over the long term.
Shared hosting is by far the most popular and one of the cheapest solutions for people to manage their server solutions. The server is usually virtual to the web host client (that is because the server is stored at the web host company’s location); the web host company manages the physical aspects of the server. The day to day server management aspects are looked after by the web hosting company, however due to the shared space limitations on the server, they may be restricted in the servers performance with bandwidth becoming a potential issue over the long term.
Physical and virtual dedicated servers
A physical dedicated server is a desired investment by most companies, although it comes with a hefty maintenance price tag. A physical dedicated server will only host the content of the business. The servers can be rented remotely from a web hosting company (often referred to as virtual dedicated servers) or they can be purchased and placed onsite or in a business’s dedicated area where their entire web content can be hosted. The infrastructure and performance can be managed more hands on by the business. However, the management of the server will also become the responsibility of the business. This may lead to additional staffing costs, software costs, area rentals and power costs. However with a virtual solution, your web hosting provider may be able to manage the server hosting on behalf of the company.
Virtual private server (VPS)
If your business web demands are quite small, you may want to consider investing in a virtual private server. This will give you exclusivity for your web content and bandwidth, as well as leaving the management of the physical aspects of the server with the hosting company. These physical limitations are beneficial and also risky. Should anything happen to the server your content is hosted on; you may risk losing your web content forever. That said; there is always the option to have external backup servers or storage devices to counteract this. Furthermore, any malicious or infrastructure risks must be managed by the web hosting company.
Server management is not something to be taken lightly. When considering options, speak to companies that have a good reputation and that can customise a solution that will best suit your web content and deliverable needs. Managing costs does have its importance, however do not sacrifice the stability and security of your website for a cheaper and more ineffective solution.
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