Hosting – The principle of choice

What is hosting is sure you know well. Let’s just say a basic summary:
Hosting, or webhosting, is therefore the provision of hosting space for your site. It is not only the provision of this space itself, but also the services associated with it.
What are the types of current hosting programs? The most common sorting is:

Because we assume that you want to run a website at the level of a regular user, we will for now only deal with hosting, that meets these requirements. This means shared hosting and VPS hosting.

Basic Selection Principles

Never choose hosting by price only!

So, the four basic questions are:

  • What websites do I want to run – personal or corporate?
  • What site traffic do I expect – what will be the number of visits?
  • Do I want and can I take care of setting up web space?
  • How much do I want to invest money?

When choosing hosting, the overall service offered by the host also plays a role. Do not be lure by “complimentary” and “free” services – such as SEO optimization. This is what you need to do on your site by setting your site, keywords, and so on. Or a webspace with WordPress (Joomla), etc. You can install and set up all of this yourself. “The server is more optimized for running WordPress…” But … if the server is well set up, everything runs as it should run and a good host always tries to set up a well-configured server. Ask what’s more “optimized” here. You always share the given server resources, and you must always accept the server settings. If such a server setting is different, this difference is not big and does not have much relevance to your site – you always have to optimize your site yourself. So, we consider this more or less advertising promotion. This is no added value. Conversely, you lose track of what you installed yourself and what the host gave you.

The most important thing about choosing hosting is technical support.

Even the biggest genius and web experts will not be able to get around without the host’s technical support.
Nowadays, most hosting companies provide high quality service and the differences are minimal. It’s hard to know their hardware, Internet data transfer capabilities, or the number of users on each node. And if they give you a link to “measuring transmission speed” – hmm, it can also be a bait..
You have no choice but to read reviews, believe and test.

And do not forget about this:

Largest host does not automatically mean the best!

Give confidence even to smaller companies, often have better access to customers than those big and “proven”. Of course, this does not always apply, but why not?

So, what web will you run? Personal, small with not too much traffic? Then shared hosting will suffice. One of the companies, that is not by far the largest is WootHosting. But do not be mistaken – their services are high.

If you want to look at this company’s website, you can go here:
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Shared hosting will be enough for you for a personal blog, a simple site, or if you do not want to worry about server settings. You are therefore limited by the number of users on the node, by setting up the server to be done by the administrator and, of course, the performance of that server.

However, if you plan to run a business website, eshop or other high-traffic site, then shared hosting will not be enough. In this case, VPS hosting is very suitable.

So if you choose VPS hosted, you have a choice of two platforms – Linux or Windows. Most VPS servers are based on the Linux architecture, with more than 80% of the hosting services running this operating system. This hosting is also cheaper than Windows.
However, there is a need for minimal knowledge of the Linux environment. The advantage is that you manage your dedicated space, you are your own administrators.
You can set “server” restrictions, install a Linux version, and so on. Of course, you are still limited by hardware resources and server performance. However, running sites on VPS hosting and shared hosting is diametrically different. VPS has more stability and because fewer users are generally connected to the server, it does not “hack” as shared hosting.

There is no problem on the Internet to find instructions for installing Linux. And learning a few basic things to do with Linux is also not difficult. However, if you do not want or can not learn to work with Linux, you can order VPS hosting with server management – of course it is more expensive.

The next choice if you decide for VPS hosting is the way of virtualization. There are basically two platforms – OPEN VZ and KVM.
We will not run into technical details, but OPEN VZ is a cheaper platform – It is said to be faster, but according to our experience it is not true. At OPEN VZ you already have dedicated resources, but you still share some with other users. For example, RAM – if your dedicated RAM is free, it is used by another user.

For KVM, it should not be so – what you have reserved is just yours. Our experience with hosting is unambiguous:

1. Shared hosting – totally unsuitable for more traffic
2. VPS OpenVZ – very good hosting program, stable, possibility of own administration
3. VPS KVM – this is our favorite and number one. Performance, stability, dedicated resources, absolutely trouble-free operation.

We have tested all hosting platforms and we can clearly say that we have the best experience with VPS KVM hosting. These and our other websites are running on this platform, and as we said – without the slightest problems. High stability, speed of connection, sufficient resources – and a good host. That’s what the website needs.

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