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What are the most important features of dedicated hosting?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dedicated web hosting services can provide you with many features that aren’t available on lower-end forms of web hosting and although these additional features are what make dedicated web hosting services slightly more expensive, they are the usually the reason for considering dedicated hosting over shared web hosting. Although VPS servers and dedicated servers offer the same core feature in terms of a dedicated web hosting environment, both have additional features and offer the dedicated web hosting in different ways which enable web hosting providers to offer both forms of hosting as dedicated web hosting that are pitched at different target audiences. As well as providing you with greater uptime, a dedicated web hosting service will also be able to provide you with a more secure web hosting experience because you will be the only one using your web hosting environment unless you wish to share it with anyone else intentionally. In addition to that, you will also be able to install the applications of your choice in a dedicated web hosting environment, allowing you to customize your dedicated web hosting service to meet your unique needs in every way; no other form of web hosting will allow you to do this and you can also benefit in some cases from web hosting companies that will allow you to choose the exact resource allocations that you receive.

Reliability

The reliability provided by a dedicated hosting service is probably the most important advantage that businesses stand to benefit from when investing in a VPS server or a dedicated server. As you will be the only one using your dedicated web hosting environment, you will have full access to the guaranteed resources that you are provided with and will be able to monitor the resource usage on your server so that you can sort out any stability issues before they compromise the reliability of your server hosting service. Uptime is important for most dedicated hosting customers because downtime can often mean lost revenue, in turn costing a business money and can also reduce the number of returning visitors.

One of the best ways to ensure a high level of reliability is to choose a dedicated hosting plan that can offer you an SLA (Service Level Agreement). An SLA will outline the level of uptime that you can come to expect from your web hosting service each month, but in reality all web hosting providers should aim to offer 100% uptime even though this will never be guaranteed. SLAs also offer compensation if the uptime provided is below the level set out in the SLA, although this will be dependent on the web hosting provider that you are purchasing your service form.

Security

The security provided by a dedicated hosting environment will benefit anyone who will be able to make the most of a dedicated hosting environment as a the isolation provided means that you won’t have to worry about others users on the same server as you causing problems with the use of unsecure websites or weak passwords. Whether you are using a VPS server or a dedicated server, you will have full control over who has access to your server meaning that you can prevent unauthorized access fairly easily. Furthermore, one of the main ways that hackers gain access to servers these days is through compromised web scripts; as you are going to be the only person using your server, it will be easy for you to check the code that your website has been developed with to ensure that no weak code has been used that could be used to potentially compromise your VPS server or dedicated server.

Dedicated Web Hosting Environment

The dedicated web hosting environment provided by a dedicated hosting service is likely to be the most important feature for most people and will be the reason that many choose to upgrade to a dedicated hosting service. A dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with isolation from other users and you will have your own guaranteed resources that you will be able to use as per your wish; if you opt for a dedicated server then the resources that you are provided with will be physical hardware resources, as opposed to VPS servers that simply use virtual resources from the hosting node.

Regardless of whether you choose to use a Windows server or a Linux server, you will be provided with a dedicated web hosting environment. Windows server users will be able to access their dedicated hosting environment via Remote Desktop, enabling to manage their server directly from the Windows GUI; for some users this may be seen as a simpler way of managing a server rather than using a command line interface. Linux servers users will be able to manage their servers using the command line based SSH interface, available with all Linux distributions.

In conclusion, reliability, security and the dedicated web hosting environment provided by a VPS server or dedicated server are the three most important features that a dedicated hosting service will be able to provide you with. Although shared web hosting services are generally of a good specification, they aren’t able to offer you the same level of independence that a VPS server or dedicated server can offer and won’t be able to beat a dedicated hosting service in the areas of reliability and security to any extent.

Although dedicated web hosting services are going to set you back more than shared web hosting plans, the cost of a VPS server or a dedicated server can be easily justified when you consider the important features that you will have available at your disposal. Furthermore, the level of support that you will be provided with when you choose a dedicated hosting service will enable you to make the most of the web hosting service that you have invested in, because at the end of the day you want to be sure that you are receiving good value for money from your web hosting service.

 

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Why should I choose shared web hosting?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Shared web hosting plans are designed by web hosting companies to be the cheapest web hosting service that they offer and this is reflected in the specifications of shared web hosting plans as well as the features available when compared to higher-end forms of web hosting. As is the case with most forms of web hosting, you will be able to choose between Windows shared hosting and Linux shared hosting so that you are able to purchase a web hosting plan that suits your requirements sufficiently; it should be taken into consideration that Linux shared web hosting plans are often the cheapest available from most web hosting companies and represent excellent value for money if you are on a tight budget. For a beginner shared web hosting plans are often the best option because you will be provided with full support, enabling you to focus on the task in hand which is setting up your web hosting account without having to worry about the management of the server that you are hosted on, nor the more technical aspects of your web hosting account. The cost of shared web hosting plans also means that you can get started with shared web hosting and if you find that it isn’t the right web hosting package for you then you won’t lose out too much, or on the other hand you are provided with an easy upgrade path because with most web hosting providers it is fairly easy to upgrade shared web hosting plans so that you can eventually reach reseller level.

Benefits of Using Shared Web Hosting

There are many benefits that can be had from using shared web hosting and are the reasons that as a beginner, you should consider a shared web hosting plan over anything else that may be on offer. Such benefits include:

  • Low cost web hosting – a shared web hosting plan will be able to provide you with an affordable, low cost web hosting service as web hosting providers are able to fit more shared web hosting accounts on a single server than they are accounts of any type of web hosting, allowing them to pitch the price of your average shared web hosting plan much lower than the prices of other forms of web hosting – it is a good idea to remember that most shared web hosting plans are feature-rich meaning that even though you aren’t going to be paying much, you are going to be guaranteed good value for money
  • Managed hosting environment – one of the major attractions of shared web hosting for beginners is the fact that you will be hosted in a fully managed web hosting environment meaning that you won’t have to worry about managing the server that your web hosting account is hosted on because your web hosting provider will be responsible for this, as well as ensuring that all software packages are kept up to date and that the server remains secure – this will also enable you to contact your web hosting provider’s support team if you have an issue with your web hosting account that you wish to have fixed, but lack the skills to do this yourself
  • Premium features – most web hosting providers choose to include premium features with their shared web hosting plans that will allow their customers to develop websites that have extended functionality that wouldn’t be available through other web hosting providers – such premium features may include access to additional software components that you would otherwise have to buy, or simply may be extra control panel features that will enable you to do more with your website and shared web hosting account.

Disadvantages of Using Shared Web Hosting

There are also several disadvantages to using shared web hosting that you should be aware of prior to purchasing a shared web hosting plan, primarily because you may find that shared web hosting isn’t the right form of web hosting for you. Such disadvantages include:

  • Resource allocations – depending on what your exact requirements are, the resource allocations that are included with most shared web hosting plans may be too little for bigger businesses because they can be seen as being rather limiting when compared to what reseller web hosting packages and VPS servers can offer – however, this can be justified with the point that shared web hosting plans are aimed at beginners who won’t have demanding needs and that if the resources provided by a shared web hosting package don’t meet your requirements, you should consider a higher-end form of web hosting – however, if you are unable to afford a higher-end form of web hosting then some web hosting companies will allow you to design a web hosting plan that is tailored exactly to your requirements, allowing you to specify exactly how much disk space and bandwidth you require
  • Security – due to the number of websites that are hosted on your average shared web hosting server, it can be hard for web hosting companies to guarantee the security of individual shared web hosting accounts and so it is recommended that you don’t use a shared web hosting plan if you are going to be hosting information that can be seen as confidential because if a hacker gains access to the hosting server and steals that information, you could find yourself in trouble – it is recommended that you choose a VPS server or other form of dedicated web hosting if you wish to be guaranteed a high level of security.

In conclusion, you should choose shared web hosting because it provides excellent value for money for beginners. Many shared web hosting plans are feature-rich meaning that as a beginner, you will be able to create highly functional websites from the start and can then choose to upgrade your web hosting package as your needs change and increase. You will always have a choice between Windows shared hosting and Linux shared hosting, allowing you to use the scripting languages and development tools that best match your knowledge and experience.

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Why should I choose reseller web hosting?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Reseller web hosting provides you with the services required to start your own web hosting business within a shared web hosting environment, removing the need to spend large sums of money on VPS servers and dedicated servers that you will also have the inconvenience of having to maintain. A reseller web hosting package will allow you to host multiple websites under separate accounts that can be managed by your reseller hosting account, allowing you to host a large number of individual clients under your reseller hosting plan with the only limitation being the resources that you have available to use with your web hosting account. When compared to VPS server hosting, a reseller web hosting plan may not be able to offer you as much when you consider the lack of a dedicated web hosting environment; however, for some a shared web hosting environment may be more desirable because for example, you may be a web designer that has no prior technical knowledge or any idea of how to manage a server environment properly. Although there isn’t that much difference in the price of a high-end reseller web hosting plan and a low-end VPS server, the resources of the VPS server are likely to be insufficient to host a large number of websites; however, the reseller web hosting plan is likely to provide more resources and will be able to host a large number of individual host accounts.

Custom Hosting Plans

As a reseller, it is important for you to be able to develop your own web hosting plans so that you are able to offer your own web hosting clients something different as this will allow for a more personalized service. If you choose to develop your own web hosting plans then these will dictate how many websites you are able to host under your reseller hosting account, unless you opt to enable overselling as this will allow you to sell more space than you have available.

Any good reseller web hosting plan will provide you with unlimited allocations of certain resources such as email accounts and FTP accounts as large numbers of these won’t have a massive impact on server performance. This will enable you to pass unlimited assignments on to your own web hosting clients, however you will need to be cautious with the resources that you provide with each web hosting plan so that you don’t end up over-estimating what clients are going to want for the price, but at the same time you will need to pitch them at levels that will provide your clients with good value for money.

Multiple Client Accounts

Reseller web hosting will provide you with the facility to create client accounts for the individual websites that you are going to be hosting under your reseller hosting account, removing the need for you to be in charge of managing multiple websites that you don’t own directly. This feature should be available with your reseller web hosting plan regardless of the web hosting control panel that you are using because it is a common feature with any reseller hosting account. The web hosting client accounts that you create can be created with individual specifications to meet the needs of each of your clients, or alternatively you can create client accounts based on pre-determined web hosting plans, if you are able to create individual plans as part of your reseller hosting account.

Most reseller web hosting accounts won’t have limits as to the number of client accounts that you can create, nor will the number of domains that you can host limit you. The only limit that you will have as a reseller is the resources, such as the amount of disk space and bandwidth that are at your disposal.

Cross Platform Hosting

Reseller web hosting packages are available hosted on both Windows servers and Linux servers, providing resellers with the opportunity to offer their own web hosting plans on both platforms. Web hosting customers like to have variety and it is for this reason that it is important for web hosting businesses of all sizes to embrace the two major platforms, as this will allow them to offer a wider array of services whilst increasing their customer base.

Although the web hosting control panels that are used by web hosting providers will differ on Linux and Windows, the principle of web hosting control panels remains the same meaning that it shouldn’t take too much effort to adjust from using one control panel to using another. Windows and Linux both have different features to offer, some of which are unique to the individual platforms; it is important for web hosting providers to realize that there will be a long-term need for both Windows and Linux hosting as all businesses and individuals will have different requirements.

Save Money

When compared to how much you will have to pay to receive a VPS server hosting service that will meet your needs to the same degree, reseller web hosting plans are fairly cheap and can provide excellent value for money. As well as being unmanaged, VPS servers are often unstable and unsecure when you first receive access to them and so you have to spend time securing your server and ensuring that the stable versions of the software that you are looking to use are installed; whereas with a reseller web hosting plan you won’t have to worry about any of this as it is all part and parcel of the web hosting service.

In conclusion, you should choose reseller web hosting if you are looking to offer your own web hosting services to others because it represents a solution that not only provides good value for money, but also is also better in the long run for those who lack technical knowledge. Most reseller web hosting packages are provided fully managed meaning that you will be able to rely on your web hosting provider’s support team to fix any issues that may arise with your web hosting service.

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Web Hosting Affiliate Schemes

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Many web hosting companies operate their own affiliate schemes as a way of promoting their business through other websites without having to put any work in directly, with the process only costing them once a sale has been made. The affiliate schemes offered will differ between web hosting companies because some web hosting providers are going to be using one particular payment structure whilst another web hosting provider may choose to deploy a completely different structure; furthermore, the amount paid per single sale is also going to be different. If you are experienced with web marketing then moving into create websites based around the idea of promoting web hosting companies will provide you with an opportunity to make the most of your skills whilst providing you with a fairly stable source of income. For web hosting companies, affiliate schemes can be an easy source of income that can be created with ease, although it is important for a web hosting provider to have a well-established customers base in order for its affiliate scheme to be of any use to the business overall. As a web hosting business you will find setting up your own affiliate scheme to be rather simple as there are many different applications to choose from, although affiliate schemes themselves take some level of promotion if they are to be successful.

Benefits of Web Hosting Affiliate Schemes

There are many benefits to be had from using web hosting affiliate schemes. If you are a customer of a web hosting company then it is recommended that you take advantage of the affiliate scheme that is on offer, as you will receive benefits such as:

  • Easy way of making money – if you take advantage of web hosting affiliate schemes in the right way and are able to generate a large number of sales using your affiliate link then you will be able to make a good amount of money through the commission that is paid on each sale that you make – different web hosting providers will have different payment structures with some offering a tiered system meaning that you will be paid a certain amount for the price bracket that a sale falls within, whilst another popular commission structure is one that pays commission that will be a certain percentage of the overall value of the sale – some companies may even opt for the simplistic structure of paying a single flat fee for every sale that is made, although this probably the least lucrative option for affiliates
  • Discounts on web hosting plans – as an affiliate, you are going to have access to special promotions and discount codes offered by the web hosting companies that you are an affiliate of before anyone else so that you are able to pass these special deals onto those who you think may wish to purchase a web hosting plan through your affiliate link – on the other hand, this can also be of benefit to you because it provides you with a way of saving money on your own web hosting plans if you choose to purchase your web hosting packages from a provider that you are an affiliate of
  • Web marketing – you can take advantage of the websites that you build to promote web hosting affiliate schemes to promote your own websites as well as the other affiliate websites that you create as it is important to create a network of interlinked affiliate promotion websites – if you market your affiliate websites correctly then you should be able drive a large amount of traffic to your websites, but it isn’t always guaranteed that these visitors will convert into sales.

What skills do I need to make the most of a web hosting affiliate scheme?

If you wish to make the most of web hosting affiliate schemes so that you are able to maximize the potential revenue that you can earn from such schemes, it is important for you to possess skills such as:

  • Web marketing/SEO – it is important for you to be well versed in web marketing and SEO so that you are able to carry out the marketing required so that your websites are able to gain a good level of exposure in search engines, allowing you to obtain high traffic streams – there are many different SEO techniques that you can take advantage of to ensure that your websites receive high rankings in search engines for the keywords that are related to the web hosting companies that you are aiming to promote – however, if you are only looking to promote your affiliate link to friends and colleagues then you won’t have to worry about web marketing and SEO as these are things that will only be needed when you are attempting to carry out internet promotion on a large scale
  • Web development – if you are going to be developing websites for a number of different affiliate schemes then it is important for you to have some basic knowledge around web development and web design so that you are able to create functional websites that contain accurate information and are kept up to date – if you have never developed a website before then there are certain solutions that you can use to your advantage, for example you could always choose to use a CMS system such as WordPress because this will provide you with a reliable base on which you can develop the content that you want.

In conclusion, web hosting affiliate schemes provide you as the customer with a chance of making money through promoting your web hosting company to your friends and colleagues. If you are an experienced web developer and SEO marketer then you can take it further by using your skills to market your affiliate scheme promotion website in the search engines because at the end of the day it will be important for you to drive in as much traffic as possible, organic traffic in particular as this is most likely to be converted into sales.

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Multiple Site Hosting

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

One of the best ways of saving money when you wish to host more than one website is to choose a web hosting plan that will provide you with the option for multiple site hosting because this will allow you to make the most of the resources that you have available at your disposal. Most shared web hosting plans provide you with the facility to host more than one website under your web hosting account meaning that you won’t have to spend a great deal of money in order to receive a web hosting plan that will provide you with the facility to make the most of all of the resources that you have available. Multiple website hosting will provide you with the opportunity to host multiple domains under a single web hosting plan, allowing you to consolidate all of your websites into a single manageable interface if you have websites hosted under different web hosting accounts with different web hosting providers. The best thing about multiple site hosting is that it isn’t platform specific; this will allow you to host multiple websites under a single web hosting plan on a Windows server or a Linux server, meaning that it should be pretty easy to find a web hosting plan that suits your needs, regardless of the languages that you use to develop your websites or the additional applications and services that you rely on to add functionality.

Benefits of Multiple Site Hosting

There are many benefits to be had from using multiple site hosting over a traditional web hosting packages that will provide you with the facility to only host a single website. The main benefits to be had include:

  • Save money – a web hosting plan that will allow you to host more than one website will provide you with an opportunity to save money because it means that if you ever need to host another website in future, you won’t need to purchase a new web hosting plan as you can simply add the domain on to your existing web hosting account, thus saving yourself money in the process – the same can be said if you are already in a position where you are using multiple web hosting plans for different websites as this will provide you with an opportunity to consolidate all of your web hosting plans into a single account, but in any circumstances it means that you will only be paying for a single web hosting account instead of multiple accounts
  • Streamlined management – if you decide to migrate all of your websites to be hosted under a single web hosting plan then you will instantly find that the management of your web hosting services has become much simpler because you will be able to manage all of your websites from a single control panel interface, rather than having to login to a different web hosting account every time you wish to make amendments to individual websites – furthermore, depending on the control panel that your web hosting provider has provided you with access to, you will also be able to carry out batch jobs meaning that you can achieve more at once
  • Makes the most of your resources – a web hosting plan that provides support for multiple websites will also allow you to make the most of the resources that are provided with your web hosting package because you will be able to distribute them amongst multiple websites rather than be stuck with using them for a single website that may not necessarily require large amounts of specific resources – this will allow you to make much better use of your resources and will mean that you can make the most of a web hosting package by exhausting what it has to offer you before needing an upgrade.

Disadvantages of Multiple Site Hosting

There can also be disadvantages to using multiple website hosting in some situations and for some although it can provide the right features, multiple website hosting may not always represent the best option available. The main disadvantages that you could face include:

  • Reseller hosting – if you are going to be hosting websites for others then a shared web hosting plan that can provide you with the multiple website hosting facility is no replacement for a reseller web hosting package – the difference between a reseller web hosting package and a multiple domain hosting plan is that a reseller web hosting package will allow you to create individual client accounts for the individual websites that you wish to host and will be able to base each web hosting account around the web hosting plans that you create yourself, based on the resources that your reseller web hosting plan is able to provide you with – furthermore, if your web hosting clients have their own client accounts then this will remove a certain level of stress from you because it means that you won’t have to worry about managing their accounts for them
  • Pricing – in some situations, the pricing of multiple domain web hosting plans can be slightly higher than web hosting plans that will only allow you to host a single website, although this will depend on the web hosting provider that you choose to use – in any situation it is recommended that you search around web hosting companies to ensure that you receive the best deal available and that you make the right choice when differentiating between what Windows and Linux web hosting plans have to offer.

In conclusion, multiple site hosting will allow you to save money in the long term if you wish to host more than one website as it will remove the need for multiple web hosting plans. Regardless of whether you require a Windows web hosting plan or a Linux web hosting plan, you should be able to find a web hosting company that can provide you with a suitable web hosting plan; however, the availability of certain features such as multiple website hosting will depend on the web hosting control panel that has been deployed by your chosen web hosting provider.

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Linux Hosting Company

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Linux is the most popular platform for use by web hosting companies as it is low cost and Linux servers are easy to maintain, providing web hosting companies with a win-win situation as they are able to offer highly profitable web hosting plans whilst reducing the amount of effort that will need to be put in to maintain the server. Linux shared hosting plans are often seen as the cheapest web hosting packages available because you are combining an open source operating system with the cheapest form of web hosting, the result of which will be web hosting services that pretty much anyone can afford, although the specifications of shared web hosting plans are only generally suitable for users with the most basic of needs. There are many different Linux distributions to choose from if you are looking into using Linux VPS server hosting or Linux dedicated server hosting, providing you with the opportunity to develop a completely custom web hosting service that will be able to meet your Linux hosting needs. The benefit of using a specialist Linux web hosting company is that they will be able to provide you with support that is tailored towards the operating system and if you face any issues with your Linux web hosting service then their technicians should be able to sort the issue in no time at all. As Linux is an open source operating system, it is offered by most web hosting providers meaning that there will be a large number of Linux hosting companies to choose from.

Benefits of Using the Linux Operating System

There are many benefits to using the Linux operating system in a web hosting environment, especially for consumers who are looking for low-cost web hosting services. The main benefits that are available from using Linux web hosting include:

  • Open source – as the Linux operating system is open source, it allows web hosting companies to offer low cost web hosting services without compromising the quality of the web hosting service provided – when compared to commercial platforms such as Windows, open source operating systems are able to provide the benefit of full access to the operating system source code meaning that modifications can be made to the core of the platform if required as some larger web hosting providers may choose to do this if they are looking to offer improved levels of security and a more stable platform than what other web hosting companies can provide
  • Reliability – when compared to Windows web hosting plans, Linux web hosting plans are seen as being more reliable and can provide customers with a worry-free web hosting experience – the issue that many web hosting companies are trying to overcome is downtime because this can be a major disadvantage to businesses that rely on their websites to provide them with a source of income, whether that be through advertising or sales of a product, because in such situations downtime can cost money – it is recommended that you choose a web hosting plan that can provide you with an uptime guarantee, simply so you know what to expect from your web hosting package
  • Security – the security of Linux web hosting servers is seen as being stronger than that of a Windows server because there are many different measures that can be taken to provide a high level of security to Linux hosting customers – as well as using software firewalls to improve the level of security surrounding a Linux web hosting server, hardware firewalls are also recommended as well as measures to prevent SQL injections that could potentially take place through hosted web pages that are using weak code.

Disadvantages of Using Linux Web Hosting

There can also be disadvantages to using the Linux platform under some circumstances, include but not limited to:

  • Management – the management of Linux servers can be seen as being an issue in some situations because you can only manage a Linux server through the command line over SSH meaning that you need to have some sort of basic knowledge as to how the Linux operating system functions so that you know what commands to use to complete certain tasks that will need to be done as part of maintaining your server – however, if you are inexperienced with server management then you can always consider using a fully managed Linux server hosting service as a way of having your needs met because this will take the responsibility of managing your Linux server away from you and will pass it on to an experienced support team who will do a professional job of it – if you do have experience with managing Linux servers then you can use this to your advantage by purchasing an unmanaged Linux server which you can then manage yourself, saving yourself money in the process
  • Hacker target – because Linux is so widely used by large businesses and web hosting providers alike, Linux servers are often one of the main targets for hackers that are looking to gain access to systems illegally to steal the data and other information held on them – this can be an issue for some because it means that more advanced security measures have to be taken to protect Linux web hosting servers and the data that they hold and this can cost web hosting companies both time and money to ensure that the task is completed to a high level.

In conclusion, there are many different Linux web hosting companies to choose from and because of this you should consider each company based on their own merits as opposed to what they are able to offer in terms of web hosting plans as there is likely to be little difference between the services provided by individual web hosting companies. For the most part you won’t need to be worrying about the Linux distribution that is being used unless you are using Linux dedicated web hosting and have highly specific requirements as this will provide you with an opportunity to select an OS that has been designed for a specific purpose.

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Windows Hosting Company

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Windows web hosting services are available to provide Windows web developers with a web hosting environment in which they can host their websites, whilst being able to benefit from the main features that the Windows operating system has to offer. Windows web hosting services usually set you back a bit more than most Linux web hosting plans, but for Windows web developer the extra cost can be justified through the features that are provided with a Windows web hosting plan that just aren’t available with any Linux web hosting plan. A Windows hosting company will be able to provide you with a more targeted web hosting solution that can be tailored to your specific requirements if necessary, as well a support that will allow you to get the most out of the Windows operating system through your own web applications. Windows is available on a multitude of web hosting services meaning that regardless of the level of web hosting you require, there should be a Windows web hosting plan available for you; Windows shared web hosting plans are available for those with smaller budgets, but for bigger businesses who require more scalable web hosting services there are Windows VPS servers and Windows dedicated servers available. Furthermore, with a Windows dedicated web hosting service you can choose from the different versions of the Windows server operating system as this will provide you with another opportunity to save money on the overall cost of your web hosting service.

What should I look for in a Windows web hosting company?

There are certain things you should look for in any web hosting company as these will guarantee that you are provided with a high quality web hosting service that will provide you with the features that you require. The main factors to consider in a web hosting company include:

  • Specialist Windows knowledge – it is important for any Windows hosting company to have intricate knowledge of the Windows operating system and how it functions so that they are able to deliver reliable Windows web hosting products that contain all of the features that you would expect of a Windows hosting package, plus more – all web hosting companies will have technical support staff of some sort on tap to help out customers if they need it and by choosing a specialist Windows hosting company, you can be sure that these members of staff will be highly trained in everything related to Windows web hosting and the Windows operating system, thus meaning that they will be able to provide you with the assistance and knowledge required to develop a web application that will make the most of the hosting environment
  • Reliable support – regardless of the form of web hosting you are looking to use or the operating system that you wish to be hosted on, you should always look for a web hosting company that will be able to offer you a high level of customer service – most web hosting companies employ 24×7 support teams meaning that if you have an issue with your Windows web hosting package, there should be someone available for you to speak to regardless of the day it is or the hour – furthermore, you can expect the support teams of Windows hosting companies to be able to provide you with the support that you need in order to get your Windows web application working on your Windows web hosting service – if you feel that the support offered by your web hosting provider isn’t up to the standard that you expect then it is important to consider that most web hosting companies will be willing to rectify this to retain your custom
  • Feature-rich Windows hosting packages – although most Windows web hosting companies will be able to provide you with the basic core features with any Windows web hosting plan, it is important for you to review the additional features that may be available with a web hosting service as these generally add value to a web hosting plan and will provide you with additional functionality that you can use to expand your Windows web applications – however, you will need to take into consideration that in some cases the additional features of a web hosting plan make increase its price.

Why should I consider a web hosting company that specialises in Windows web hosting?

Choosing a web hosting company that specialises in Windows web hosting will put you in a better position when it comes to receiving reliable and targeted support that will solve your problems in a fast and responsible manner. A Windows web hosting company is likely to be making use of specialist support staff who will be highly knowledgeable of the Windows platform, allowing them to provide customers with in-depth assistance that will ensure that you are provided with value for money with your web hosting plan.

A specialist Windows web hosting company is sure to be using the latest technologies, something that will be a massive benefit to Windows web developers who are looking to include the highest level of functionality with their Windows web applications to make them as interesting as possible. The issue with smaller web hosting companies is that they can sometimes lack the funds required to have all of the latest and greatest technologies in place, meaning that it is down to larger web hosting companies to offer new technologies first so that they can then set the standard.

In conclusion, although the web hosting services provided by a specialist Windows web hosting company may be more expensive than those offered by a generic web hosting provider, the extra cost is likely to be worth it in the long run as there are many benefits to be had from the support that you will be able to receive. You can also expect to be provided with a higher level of uptime when using a specialist Windows web hosting company as the servers of such companies are usually better managed, providing you with a stable hosting experience and a sustainable level of uptime.

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