Five Key Elements to consider when signing up for web hosting services:

By Shan Balasuriya Posted Date: 2013-07-08

Web hosting is one of the important aspects of creating and launching a website or an online shopping store. Web Hosting can be described as rented space on a computer (also known as a ‘Server’) where all the data that makes up a website is stored. This data is then made available to the online community by the server that stores it. When choosing a web hosting service there are some essential points that must be considered:

  1. Shared or Virtual Private Servers (VPS):
    Shared web hosting is when several clients share the same web server, each client with a specific amount of storage and bandwidth allocated to them. Instead of just sharing a single server, shared hosting now involves the sharing of the entire hosting infrastructure. This includes multiple servers, system processors and storage devices that work together as one server, which is split into thousands of smaller ‘virtual’ servers each one operating with the same performance and reliability as that single server. This type of system reduces the risk of failure that comes with depending on a single piece of hardware to manage web hosting. A consistent web hosting provider has the infrastructure to share a wide range of resources while reducing or completely removing the risk of failure.
    Whereas Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are designed to work using just one physical server that works in conjunction with many virtual machines sharing its resources to host websites. VPS is ideal for customers who want to host several domains on a single server.
     
  2. Up-Time: 
    If the majority of your targeted traffic is within Australia it is important to consider hosting your website too using an Australian hosting provider. Although there may be cheaper hosting options overseas, the advantage of using an Australian provider lies with the fact that latency is reduced as the speed of uploading and downloading data is not negatively affected unlike when the servers are located overseas. Using a local provider is also useful for optimization purposes as Google would give locally hosted sites a better search rank. In terms of troubleshooting as well a local hosting service would be advantageous as the support team would be based locally, thus considerably reducing the hassle and stress involved in getting help in the case of an unexpected problem.

  3. Backups:
    It is very important to check if your web hosting provider performs regular backups of your website. One of the biggest issues that can be faced by an online business is when there is no backup of the website, which is vital in ensuring the security of your website. An up-to-date back up is essential in solving unexpected issues with a website and can be used to restore things to a previous state. It is hence important to check that your hosting provider performs regular backups and gives you an option to restore from a backup when required.

  4. Bandwidth:
    It is imperative to choose a webhosting plan that provides you with the right amount of bandwidth to handle the traffic that comes into your website. The bandwidth is the amount of uploads and downloads (data transfers) that you are allowed, this is usually assigned by hosting providers with a quota per month. To determine the amount of bandwidth necessary for your website you should consider how much traffic your website would see as well as the size of the pages you are serving. If you exceed your bandwidth some hosting companies may reduce the speed of your services or even suspend it completely, this is why it is important to make sure you get the correct amount of bandwidth for your hosting purposes.

  5. Australian Web Hosting Providers:
    If the majority of your targeted traffic is within Australia it is important to consider hosting your website too using an Australian hosting provider. Although there may be cheaper hosting options overseas, the advantage of using an Australian provider lies with the fact that latency is reduced as the speed of uploading and downloading data is not negatively affected unlike when the servers are located overseas. Using a local provider is also useful for optimization purposes as Google would give locally hosted sites a better search rank. In terms of troubleshooting as well a local hosting service would be advantageous as the support team would be based locally, thus considerably reducing the hassle and stress involved in getting help in the case of an unexpected problem. 

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