Posts Tagged ‘reliable web hosting’

Reliable Hosting

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Reliable web hosting services are offered by most web hosting companies these days as many businesses are after a web hosting account that will be able to provide them with almost 100% guaranteed uptime. Regardless of the form of web hosting that you choose to meet your specifications, you should be able to expect a good level of reliability from your web hosting plan and indeed any good web hosting provider will offer an uptime guarantee across their entire range of web hosting services; however, you shouldn’t solely rely on the uptime guarantees offered by your web hosting company because issues may arise that are out of your web hosting provider’s hands to control that could cause longer periods of downtime. Although shared web hosting services aren’t known for their reliability, many web hosting companies are now introducing cloud hosting services to replace these web hosting plans at the lower-end of the market as cloud services can offer up to 100% guaranteed uptime without increasing the cost price of the web hosting plan; you will find existing VPS server and dedicated server hosting plans to be highly reliable anyhow because of the dedicated web hosting environment that is offered. In order to ensure that you make an informed decision about the reliability of any web hosting plan that you may be considering, it is important for you to do your background research into any web hosting company that you may be looking to use because the reputation of a web hosting provider is typically a good indicator of their attitude towards customer service, something that can affect the reliability of a hosting account.

What factors can affect the reliability of a web hosting plan?

There are several different factors that can affect the reliability of a web hosting plan, regardless of the form of web hosting that you choose to use. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Management – the management of the server that you are hosted on is one of the biggest factors that could have an effect on how reliable your web hosting account is because it is important for errors to be dealt with as they arise and for hosting servers to use the latest versions of software available to minimize any possible security risks – as a shared web hosting client you should have confidence in your chosen web hosting provider to manage the shared web hosting server properly, but as a VPS server user or a dedicated server it is down to you to ensure that you have the skills necessary to manage your server properly, if you feel you don’t then you should perhaps consider a managed web hosting plan to fulfil your needs in this area
  • Specifications – as a dedicated web hosting user, the specifications of your server can impact on the reliability of your web hosting experience as if you are using a server with inadequate resources then you could find that your website or web application is putting too much load on your server, which in some cases could cause it to crash – when choosing a dedicated web hosting plan, it is important for you to ensure that you have a clear idea of what you need from a server hosting service so that you can make the correct selections and choices during the ordering process – if you do find that you require extra resources for your server then you can easily purchase upgrades from your web hosting provider as required
  • Other users – if you are hosted in a shared web hosting environment then the actions of other users who are hosted on the same server as you can impact on the reliability of your own website – because everyone in a shared web hosting environment is sharing the same resources, if one web hosting account happens to overload the hosting node and causes it to crash, this will take every website on the server with it – however, if web hosting providers are using the right software then situations like this are completely avoidable.

How do I choose a reliable web hosting plan?

There are measures that you can take to guarantee that you choose a reliable web hosting plan, including:

  • Uptime statistics – most web hosting companies will be able to provide you with their uptime statistics for the past year and if you are going to take the level of reliability that you are provided with seriously, you should ensure that you check out these details – if a web hosting company is unable to provide you with valid uptime statistics then you should perhaps move onto to another provide – it should also be noted that some web hosting companies use uptime monitoring solutions that will be able to provide you with reliable information instantly, an example of such a service is HyperSpin
  • Dedicated web hosting – you should consider a dedicated web hosting plan if you want to be guaranteed reliability because a dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with the ability to control your resource usage as no other users will be able to impact on the performance of your website – even though VPS servers and dedicated servers are rather expensive, the extra cost is usually justifiable through the features that both forms of web hosting are able to offer you, if you aren’t able to justify the extra cost then dedicated web hosting may not be the right choice for you.

In conclusion, reliable hosting should be widespread these days as new technologies have helped to make web hosting platforms more stable, whilst web hosting providers should now have the skills required to rectify most server issues as they arise so that if any downtime is caused, it is minimal.

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High Uptime Hosting Service

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Businesses are becoming more demanding with the levels of uptime that they are offered with their web hosting services these days as their online presence becomes ever more crucial to their survival. The reliability of a web hosting package can be affected by both internal factors and external factors and although external factors may be hard to control, any reputable web hosting company should have full control of the internal resources that could have an affect on how accessible your website is from the outside. It is common knowledge that businesses which benefit from their websites financially will be willing to pay more up front for a high uptime web hosting service because they want the guarantee that customers can purchase their goods and services online at any time without any hassle – they don’t want to have to worry about whether their websites and servers are going to be online or not. For larger customers some hosting companies may offer Service Level Agreements to secure a more lucrative contract because an SLA will guarantee that the web hosting company has to provide the customer with a certain amount of uptime each month; if a web hosting company fails to meet an SLA, then in most situations the customer is eligible for compensation.

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Web Hosting Support

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

As well as choosing the right web hosting package for your requirements, it is important to look closely at the web hosting company that you are choosing so that you are able to ensure that you will receive a level of support which will be in proportion to what you expect of your web hosting package. Most web hosting companies offer support over the internet, via email and by telephone; these three methods of communication ensure that whatever your situation may be, you will be able to contact your web hosting provider to inform them of any problems you may be experiencing with your web hosting account. If you have high expectations of your web hosting package and require something that is going to be available all the time, it is a good idea to consider a web hosting provider that can guarantee 24×7 web hosting support as this means that if anything ever goes wrong with your web hosting package or the server that your hosting service is hosted on, you will be able to contact a support team that will be able to correct any problems in a short amount of time – this will also mean that they are likely to detect any problems much quicker.

Email Support

Email support can be beneficial in most situations since it allows you to quickly contact your web hosting provider regarding any problems you may be experiencing. Most emails are then piped into a ticket system, which will provide you with a reference number of your message so that you can keep track of your message. If there is an error that is preventing you from receiving emails then most web hosting companies can also be reached through their web-based support centres from which you will also be able to create tickets, whether these tickets be ones that are emailed through or created from the web interface. However, in some situations your issue may be overlooked meaning that it is advised to contact your web hosting provider through other means if your matter is one of urgency. Web hosting companies that advertise 24×7 support will generally offer email as their single way of being contacted at any time, mainly because support is usually outsourced to third-party companies after-hours in which case such companies won’t be offering telephone support.

Live Chat Support

Another popular option is live chat that is effectively a web based instant messaging system that will allow you to talk to your web hosting provider’s support staff instantly over the internet. Live chat is a good choice if you are looking to sort out a small issue quickly or simply have an enquiry about your web hosting service as there are usually many support staff available and simply because you are able to describe your problem there and then meaning that a quick fix is usually simple. Live chat is usually another option that is offered for 24×7 support as operators don’t necessarily need to be fluent in the spoken language and instead can used ‘canned’ responses. You will need to remember that live chat sessions are usually handled by level 1 support staff meaning that complex issues can’t normally be dealt with using this medium.

Telephone Support

Although not usually offered 24×7, larger web hosting companies choose to offer phone support to all their customers as they feel that this adds a more personal touch to the customer service that is provided; in some situations it can also be beneficial to describe an issue over the phone in person rather than opening a support ticket via email in order to solve the problem. Smaller web hosting companies and those that specialize in specific technologies will also be offering telephone support, although this support is usually limited to their business customers as the level of telephone support offered here is normally at a much more personal level and is usually provided around the clock. Like live chat support, telephone support is only really useful if you have a small issue that you feel can be sorted quickly or if you just have an enquiry; if you have an issue that is going to take time to fix then you should always use email support first.

Managed Web Hosting

Managed web hosting services will allow you to fully take advantage of the support services offered by your web hosting provider since managed web hosting effectively hands over control of your web hosting service to the support team so that you can request them to do anything you wish to your web hosting account if you are unsure of it. Although you will still retain control of your web hosting service, in principle your web hosting provider’s support team will be able to access whenever if you provide them with the login details as part of any support ticket that you lodge.

Unmanaged Web Hosting

If you wish to save some money then you may want to consider an unmanaged web hosting service, although for this to be effective you will need to have previous experience with the management of your web hosting services, particularly when considering VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting. Unmanaged web hosting services usually manifest themselves in the form of server hosting simply because it is easier for web hosting providers to offer less support here than it would be for shared web hosting and traditionally, users of dedicated hosting have previous experience anyway.

In conclusion, the quality of the customer service and support that you receive from your web hosting company should be something that you consider carefully because you want to be sure that you can turn to a reliable support team if you find that there is something wrong with your web hosting service. If you are paying a considerable amount for your web hosting package then it makes it ever more important to receive high quality support because you want to be guaranteed good value for money. In some situations it may be better to consider a larger web hosting company or one that has been established for a long time as then you can use web hosting reviews to gauge an idea as to the quality of the customer service.

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Ecommerce Hosting

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Ecommerce is an umbrella term that can be applied to a wide variety of activities that take place on the internet. From simple online shops to complex online banking systems, ecommerce plays a part in your everyday life, whether you realize it or not. Ecommerce hosting services are designed to offer the highest level of uptime as they your ecommerce activities are going to be providing your business with income meaning that downtime will mean lost money; similarly, your customers and/or users are likely to be inconvenienced by any large period of downtime. Security will also be high on the agenda with most web hosting companies as the data that is held by ecommerce websites is usually of a sensitive nature and is likely to be targeted by hackers every once in a while; the level of security available with ecommerce hosting will be dependent on the form of web hosting that you choose to use as well as how well your own website has been developed. A viable ecommerce web hosting package is one that will offer you a relatively acceptable amount of disk space to store all of the multimedia items that are going to be empowering your website whilst offering a large assignment of bandwidth so that you can expect a good number of visitors to your website.

As a business, you are likely to want a guarantee over the level of reliability that you will be provided with because you are going to be relying on your ecommerce website as a source of income in one way or another meaning that downtime is going to cost you. Considering dedicated web hosting services is a good idea as the isolation that a dedicated web hosting environment can offer you will mean that you won’t have to worry about the actions of others or their website impacting your website or web hosting experience. Depending on how important your website is, choosing a web hosting provider that can offer you an SLA (Service Level Agreement) is recommended as this means you have a benchmark that once crossed will mean that you will receive compensation for any downtime caused; as SLAs usually guarantee high levels of uptime, it is a good practice to follow.

Ecommerce websites, whatever the type, are usually busy in terms of traffic. If you are running an online shop then the chances are that you will be receiving a large number of daily visitors who are then becoming customers through the purchase of your products. In order to cope with large volumes of traffic you will want to be considering a web hosting package that can provide you with a good assignment of bandwidth. The amount of bandwidth that you have available to you will dictate how many visitors you can have to your website, although the file size of your downloaded web pages will also count towards this. If you are the webmaster of a growing website then considering a web hosting service that can offer you more bandwidth than you actually require would be a good idea since this will provide you with extra room in case there are a couple of extra days in a month where you experience a spike in visitor numbers (usually the result of increased advertising).

Your customers will want security. Ecommerce activities normally include the handling of personal data to some extent meaning that is highly important for you to choose a web hosting service that will be able to guarantee the security of the data that you are going to be hosting. For the highest level of security it is recommended that you store certain data in a password protected database; furthermore you should encrypt this data as it will prevent it from being of any use to any hackers that may attempt to compromise your web hosting account and/or databases. If you are going to be accepting credit cards or banking information on your website then an even higher level of security is advised – for the confidence of your visitors you may wish to invest in a VPS server or dedicated server. In any case where personal data is being collected, it is of the utmost importance that basic security measures are followed such as the use of SSL certificates.

When considering the size of your website, a larger scale multi-server may be more appropriate if you are looking to achieve 100% uptime whilst maintaining a setup that will also be capable of coping with high load spikes. Specialist e-commerce web hosting companies will be able to tailor solutions specifically to your requirements which can be of benefit to you if you wish to focus on the running of your business; if you have your own IT staff then again this will be useful as it means that you have the man power in place to monitor your server and hosting setup without having to pay extra. Clustered server hosting may be the answer to your requirements if you are looking to achieve high uptime as the number of servers available to you will mean that even if one of them fails, there will be at least one other server available to take up the role of the server that is experiencing downtime. This load balanced idea is highly effective as it will allow you to focus on other activities without having to worry and will mean that your IT staff can repair the crashed server without affecting performance.

In conclusion, ecommerce web hosting service need to be considered carefully as usually it is not just yourself that you need to consider, but also your customers and visitors – especially if you are going to be handling and storing their personal information. Whether you choose to use a shared web hosting service or dedicated web hosting service for your ecommerce hosting needs, you should still consider the same aspects of security and uptime as well as value for money so that you can be sure that your requirements are being met and that you aren’t being ripped off.

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SEO Web Hosting

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

When launching a website that you wish to aim at a large audience, SEO is likely to be one of the biggest parts of your marketing campaign in order to get your new website well known to your target audience across the internet. Search engine optimization is the task of preparing a website for indexing by search engines; it is done in such a way to achieve the highest ranking possible with particular target keywords so that the website itself appears high in search engine listings for the desired keywords. There are quite a few different SEO methods that you can take advantage of to benefit your website. Web hosting providers are able to offer web hosting services that are specifically targeted at those who wish to carry out large scale SEO campaigns since there are also changes that you can make to the way that your website is hosted in order to gain a higher search engine ranking. Although SEO web hosting services are slightly more expensive due to the extra features that they have to offer, if you wish to conduct a successful SEO campaign then you will find an SEO web hosting package to be highly beneficial in allowing you to achieve this.

The first part of any SEO campaign is identifying the keywords that you wish to target with the result being gaining a higher placing in search engine results for those particular keywords. Part of this will also be identifying your main target audience. Once you have identified your target audience, you will want to identify them by location so that you can choose the correct location for your SEO web hosting services. It is important to remember that the closer your website is hosted to your target audience physically, the faster your website will load for them when they visit any of your web pages. Loading speed can be seen as an important factor as if your website doesn’t load in around 3 seconds, your visitors are likely to move on to another website that can provide them with the information that they require.

The main benefit of using SEO web hosting, which is usually based around dedicated server hosting, is that you can come to expect a high level of reliability from your SEO web hosting service meaning that your website or websites will always be available for indexing by search engine robots. Since robots only crawl a website on the rare occasion in its early stages of existence, it is important for your website to always be available so that there is something there for the robots to index and this will allow for your website to appear in the search engine listings for the specific keywords that you wish to target easily and quickly. The higher level of reliability is aided by the isolation offered as if you don’t have to share your website hosting environment with anyone else, you won’t have to worry about the overall reliability of your hosting service as you will only need to monitor your own website.

An SEO server will also be able to provide you with a dedicated IP address for your website, something that search engines will also favour as it shows to them that you are using a dedicated server for your website hosting services which will help to aid uptime and reliability. When using a dedicated IP address you are also provided with the facility to set reverse DNS on your IP addresses to any hostname of your choice; this will allow you to air an extra level of professionalism if you set the reverse DNS on your main dedicated IP address to be the domain name of your main website. Although such measures may only seem small, it is important that you put in all the effort you can in order to make your SEO campaign successful.

In conclusion, SEO web hosting services are ideal for businesses that wish to conduct large sale SEO campaigns in order to increase the effectiveness of their online presence in bringing in new customers in. Although SEO web hosting services are more expensive because they are usually based around dedicated servers, they are highly effective meaning that the cost is usually justifiable as they represent good value for money.

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High Uptime Web Hosting

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

High uptime web hosting services will provide you with a reliable web hosting service that will ensure that your website is available all the time, giving you one less thing to worry about and allowing you to focus on more important tasks. Web hosting companies are endeavouring to offer web hosting services with the highest rate of uptime attainable as reliability is the main factor that most people will consider in web hosting services these days; this can be achieved in many different ways, but the most popular way at this moment in time of attaining a high level of uptime with web hosting is to roll out cloud web hosting packages. Dedicated server hosting is another way in which you can receive a high level of uptime from your chosen web hosting package; dedicated servers offer you an isolated web hosting environment separate from anyone else which will allow you to make the most of the resources that you have purchased.

What makes a web hosting service reliable?

There are several different factors that can affect the reliability of a web hosting service, and web hosting providers take these into consideration so that they can alter them to allow them to offer high uptime web hosting services. These factors can include:

  • Network – the network that your hosting server is hosted on can have an affect on the reliability of your web hosting service as all traffic to your website has to be routed through this network – most data centres are using the latest networking equipment and have it set up in a way that will allow them to ensure that is one part of the network fails, there will always be a way to route traffic to particular servers that may be affected – if the main connection to the internet fails then most data centres also use a number of different peers in order to provide a fast connection to users all over the world – it is important to remember that data centres usually control their networks rather than the web hosting provider that you are using
  • Power supply – the supply of power to your server could be affected at times and if this causes the server to crash then your website and web hosting account could be unavailable for a prolonged period of time – any reputable data centre will be using several sources of back-up power for use in the scenario where the main power supply fails – most data centres will have petrol generators to provide power for a prolonged period of time, but for the short term most data centres will automatically fall back onto UPS battery supplies – this means that the power supply provided to you hosting server is unlikely to affect the reliability of your web hosting service
  • Number of users hosted per server – the number of web hosting accounts that a web hosting provider hosts on a single server can also affect the overall reliability of your web hosting service as the more users there are on a single server, the higher the load there will be placed on the server’s resources – if a web hosting provider is overselling its servers then you will face problems with reliability as the problem will be that there are so many users hosted per server, the server won’t be able to cope with the load of the websites meaning that it will eventually crash, thus rendering your website unavailable.

When choosing any web hosting service, it is important for you to consider the above factors if you wish to receive a reliable web hosting experience. Choosing a reputable web hosting company is another way in which you can be assured to an extent of the level of uptime that you can come to expect from your chosen web hosting service.

What is the best way to protect myself with high uptime web hosting?

There are a couple of different ways in which you can protect yourself when using high uptime web hosting to help ensure that you receive the high level of uptime that you are being promised, and if that fails you then that you have a way to claim compensation for the disruption caused. The two main ways are:

  • Cloud web hosting – cloud web hosting services are able to offer 100% guaranteed uptime as there are many servers used in a single cluster to allow web hosting providers to offer cloud web hosting – when you are provided with an uptime guarantee of 100%, it is highly unlikely that you’ll need to worry about the availability of your website as web hosting providers rarely stray away from such guarantees
  • SLA (service level agreement) – larger web hosting providers will offer SLAs on some of their higher end products such as dedicated servers so that you are provided with a contracted guarantee of the level of uptime you can expect from your web hosting service – SLAs are only usually available on the most expensive web hosting services but usually detail that you can claim compensation if your web hosting service comes unavailable for an extended period of time.

In conclusion, high uptime web hosting services can be found if you choose the right web hosting provider for your requirements. Cloud web hosting should be your focus if you want to be offered a guaranteed level of uptime if you require it, but if you can afford the premium then you may wish to consider a dedicated server that comes with an SLA.

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Advantages of Dedicated Hosting

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Dedicated hosting services are very popular with larger businesses that require uptime and security due to the sensitive nature of the information that they are going to be storing on their server, and also because their websites generally act as a source of information for a large number of people. There are two main forms of dedicated web hosting available from most web hosting providers – VPS servers and dedicated servers; VPS server hosting services are designed for individuals rather than businesses and are seen to bridge the gap between shared web hosting services and dedicated servers, whereas dedicated servers are targeted at bigger businesses as is evident with the price tag that is attached to most dedicated server hosting services. VPS servers and dedicated servers can provide you with similar advantages, the main difference being that a dedicated server will allow you to make the most of these advantages.

Reliability

Dedicated hosting services will be able to provide you with a high level of reliability that you will be able to your advantage since it will allow you to get on with more important tasks without having to worry about the reliability of your website. The specifications of most VPS servers and dedicated servers allow webmasters to host a number of websites without having to give great consideration to the stability of the hosting server. It is important to choose a dedicated web hosting service that is of the correct specification for your requirements as you don’t want to end up paying for resources that you are never going to use; in most situations you will be able to benefit from the configuration options offered by most web hosting providers since these will allow you to ‘build’ your own VPS server or dedicated server so that you end up with a web hosting service that is specifically tailored to your requirements.

Security

Dedicated hosting services can also be relied upon to offer a secure web hosting environment which is what most businesses require these days if they wish to be able to make the most of their web presence. The dedicated web hosting environment offered by VPS servers and dedicated servers will allow you to customize your web hosting environment so that it suits your needs ideally, thus allowing you to secure your server to an extent that you feel will match the importance of your website when you consider the information that is going to be stored. There are many different security measures that you can take to provide yourself with a more secure web hosting environment, although these will depend on the operating system that you choose to have installed on your VPS server or dedicated server. If you are going to be processing the credit card details and storing the personal information of your visitors then it is going to be important for you to have a highly secure web hosting environment that can’t be infiltrated by hackers; for such a situation a dedicated server would be more appropriate than a VPS server as you will be provided with complete isolation in your own physical hosting environment rather than simply being hosted on a physical server with many other users.

Guaranteed Resources

A VPS server or dedicated server will provide you with your own guaranteed resources that no-one else will be able to make use of. The guaranteed resources offered by dedicated web hosting services will allow you to ensure a high level of reliability, and the isolation provided by having your own guaranteed resources will count towards the higher level of security that can be achieved. Although a dedicated server can offer you the ability to make full use of the resources that you have purchased including your dedicated server’s CPU, VPS server hosting services can be a lot more limited and in most situations you will have to share the hosting node’s CPU with the other VPS servers hosted on that node.

In conclusion, there are several advantages to using dedicated web hosting that you can take away and make the most of as you wish. How effective these advantages are will depend on how well your VPS server or dedicated server is managed as well as its specifications and what it is used for.

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Reliable Web Hosting

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Reliability is a factor for their web hosting services that web hosting providers are working to improve so that they can offer web hosting packages that are of better value for money for consumers. Although most web hosting services can be offered reliably when hosted on the correct servers proportionally with the right number of users, the most reliable forms of web hosting available are generally dedicated web hosting packages – that means VPS servers and dedicated servers. Reliable web hosting is generally something that is more important to businesses who rely on their websites as a source of income in one way or another; individuals are less likely to require reliable web hosting services unless their website is used to generate income through the means of advertising.

What factors help to make a web hosting service reliable?

There are several different factors that can help to make a web hosting service reliable; these factors include:

  • Type of web hosting – the type of web hosting that you have chosen to use will have an affect on the reliability of your web hosting service since some forms of web hosting are going to be more reliable than others – for example, a shared web hosting package may not be that reliable since you have to share the hosting server with many other users and even then the hosting server itself may not be of that high a specification – a dedicated server on the other hand is going to be far more reliable since you aren’t sharing any part of your server with anyone else and you will be provided with far greater resource assignments
  • Web hosting platform – whether you choose to use Linux or Windows as your web hosting platform can also have an affect on how reliable your web hosting environment is – Windows isn’t well known for being reliable and it is important to remember that the Windows Server operating system can be fairly resource intensive and this can have an overall impact on system reliability – most Linux distributions tend to be lighter on resource consumption meaning that your server is more likely to be reliable if it is running Linux rather than any other operating system
  • Management – the way in which a server is managed can have an affect on how reliable it or the websites and web hosting service that it is hosting are – a well managed server will have been optimized to ensure that the applications installed on it use the minimum amount of resources necessary so that there are always spare resources available for applications that suffer a load spike – similarly, a shared hosting server that hasn’t been secured properly is open to reliability issues if it hackers are able to gain access to it in any way, and if a VPS server node isn’t setup correctly then it may take just one VPS server to overload the CPU which in turn will bring down the entire node.

The above factors are the main ones that could have an affect on how reliable your chosen web hosting service. You may wish to review these aspects of a particular web hosting package prior to purchase if you want to be sure that you are going to be getting good value for money in terms of reliability.

How should I choose a reliable web hosting service?

Choosing a reliable web hosting service isn’t easy and to make sure that you do it effectively you will need to do your research. The most accurate way of finding out how well a web hosting provider is at offering reliable web hosting services is by using some of the following information sources:

  • Web hosting reviews – this is one source of information that you can always rely on if you wish to have an non-bias view on how well a web hosting provider performs when it comes to customer expectations – if a web hosting provider has provided a reliable service then the review will be positive, on the other hand if they have provided an unsatisfactory service then the review will be negative
  • Uptime charts – some web hosting providers will be more than willing to provide you with their own uptime charts that will detail the uptime of specific servers that they own over a set period – although the reliability of the charts themselves can’t always be guaranteed, they will give you a brief overview.

In conclusion, reliable web hosting packages are available widely these days meaning that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a web hosting service that you won’t have to worry about. If you do your research and choose a reputable web hosting provider for your requirements then you won’t even need to question the level of uptime that is guaranteed with your web hosting package.

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Managed Hosting

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Larger web hosting providers who have their own 24×7 web hosting support teams are able to offer managed web hosting services to less experienced users who wish require assistance with managing their web hosting account. Although managed web hosting services are going to cost more than unmanaged hosting services, the benefits to some of not having to worry about the state of their hosting account in any medium make the extra cost worth it. Managed Linux hosting services allow people with lower budgets to make the most of a secure and managed web hosting environment; if your requirements are slightly more complex then managed Windows web hosting services are available if you feel that you have a distinct need for managed Windows web hosting.

What are the advantages of managed web hosting?

In order for managed web hosting to be effective, you should ensure that you purchase your managed web hosting services from a large and reputable web hosting provider who will be able to meet your requirements in terms of the level of support that you expect to receive. The main advantages of using a managed web hosting service include:

  • Full support – a managed web hosting service will be able to provide you with full support meaning that if you have an issue with trying to configure any part of your web hosting service, your web hosting provider’s support team will be able to assist you – it is important for you to consider a larger web hosting provider for this factor since you want to ensure that you will receive a high level of support from a 24×7 web hosting support team
  • Reliable web hosting – a web hosting provider’s support team will be able to offer you a higher level of reliability since the server on which your web hosting account is hosted on is likely to optimized to a higher level – if you are going to be using a VPS server or dedicated server then you will be guaranteed a higher level of reliability than when using a shared hosting company, but a managed server will also be more reliable than an unmanaged server
  • Secure web hosting – managed web hosting accounts are also hosted on servers that are more secure, something that will offer you peace of mind since it means that there’s no need to worry about hackers gaining access to your web hosting account – similarly, if you choose to go for a VPS server or dedicated server then your web hosting provider’s support team will be able to secure your server to a high level.

The advantages of managed web hosting make it ideal for individuals who feel that they don’t have the knowledge required to manage their web hosting account properly. Similarly, managed web hosting can also be of benefit to businesses who don’t have the staff or time to dedicate to the management of their web hosting services.

What are the disadvantages of managed web hosting?

There can also be disadvantages of using managed web hosting, including but not limited to:

  • Cost – managed web hosting services generally cost more than unmanaged web hosting services since web hosting providers need to factor in the cost of the support that is going to be provided – if you are unable to justify the cost of a managed web hosting service then you may find that unmanaged web hosting is more suitable for you, and you shouldn’t choose managed web hosting if you are sure that you will be able to manage your web hosting service without any problems
  • Service offered – in some cases the service offered by managed web hosting services doesn’t meet the level required by the end user, or on the other hand for some they don’t require the level of service that is offered – if you have the skills to manage your chosen web hosting service to a high level then you shouldn’t choose a managed web hosting service simply for the sake of saving money, but if you are going to invest in managed web hosting then make sure that you are offered a good level of support.

In conclusion, managed web hosting is ideal for end users who feel that they lack the knowledge or time that will allow them to manage their web hosting service properly. Although managed web hosting services are priced slightly higher than unmanaged web hosting services, if you require the support then the investment is worth it.

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Business Web Hosting

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

A business web hosting package should be able to deliver high levels of uptime and security to businesses who have a distinct need for a web hosting service that will be able to meet their requirements for a low cost. Business web hosting packages are generally available in the form of shared web hosting, but for larger businesses and those with more money to spend on web hosting there are dedicated server hosting services available. Business web hosting services should also be able to deliver high resource allocations to help meet the demands of businesses with websites that contain large amounts of multimedia content that therefore require large amounts of disk space and bandwidth.

What are the advantages of using a business web hosting package?

A business web hosting service will be able to provide you with advantages regardless of whether you go for a Windows web hosting package or a Linux web hosting package within the context of business web hosting. The main advantages that can be had from using business web hosting include:

  • Reliable web hosting – business web hosting services are designed to offer a higher level of uptime as this is one factor that people are beginning to take more seriously in their web hosting services – a reliable web hosting package should be able to provide over 98% uptime and this was only ever a level that could be met by dedicated server hosting services before, but now web hosting providers are optimizing their hosting servers in order to meet this level
  • Secure web hosting – a business web hosting service should also be able to provide businesses with the level of security that they require to ensure that any customer or visitor data that they may be holding will be held within a safe web hosting environment – many measures can be taken by web hosting providers to minimize the chances of any attacks via compromised or insecure scripts or through any holes there may be in server level security
  • Higher level of support – web hosting providers will want to ensure that business hosting customers are satisfied with their web hosting service since they are likely to be some of the highest paying customers – to help ensure a high level of customer satisfaction amongst business web hosting customers, most web hosting providers will be offering 24×7 support to ensure that any issues that arise are dealt with quickly but also so business web hosting customers have a direct line to a reliable and friendly support team.

The advantages of business web hosting show that investing in business web hosting services could be beneficial to your business in the long term if you wish to make the most of your web presence.

What are the disadvantages of using a business web hosting package?

Business web hosting services are designed to benefit businesses and so if you are an individual then you may wish to consider another form of web hosting for your requirements. Although business web hosting services are available as several different forms of web hosting including shared hosting and dedicated server hosting, there are general disadvantages that could have an affect including:

  • Pricing – business web hosting services are costly because of the effort that has been put in to ensure reliability and security as well as a high level of customer service – for any business justifying the cost of a business web hosting package should be easy, but if you are finding it hard to justify the cost of your business web hosting account then business web hosting may not be the correct form of web hosting for your requirements
  • Limitations – as part of offering a highly secure web hosting environment, the security measures implemented by some web hosting providers for business web hosting customers may leave their web hosting accounts with certain limitations in place – if you find that your business web hosting account has limitations in place that your web hosting provider won’t lift then you may wish to consider dedicated web hosting services.

The disadvantages of using business web hosting are unlikely to affect you if you choose a reputable web hosting provider or go for a business hosting service that can offer good value for money.

In conclusion, as a business you will find a business web hosting package to be good value for money if you wish to guarantee the success of your presence online.

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