Secrets of Web
Hosting Providers - How to choose the RIGHT one!
- By the SearchEngineOptimizationPromotion.com team
lot of people complain that though they own a web site, there
are a lot of problems they face with their web hosting providers.
complain of the speed with which their sites download, a few
complain of the servers being down many a times, email servers
not responding, bandwidth problem (total number of data transfer
in and out of your site) ... the list goes on and on.
to current advancement in science and technology, and the
prices of electronic/computer equipment falling drastically,
it's now-a-days very inexpensive to run a mid-range server.
A midrange server is the one that most of the hosting providers
use to host your site. It is for this reason that you can
host your website for as low as 40 dollars per year. (There
are a few who take even less.)
must be running in your mind, how on Earth can they do this?
Consider a hosting provider with a server space of 100 GB.
(They actually have much more, I have taken this figure only
to simplify calculations.) Suppose the minimum they sell is
a space of 10 GB. Lets assume 10 people buy the minimum specified
space - that is 10 * 10 GB = 100 GB. The server is full. Right?
never occupy the full space provided to you. Most of the site
owners only occupy 50% of the space they buy. This means the
hosting company can still sell the space to approximately
10 more customers. This makes things very clear - when you
buy server space, you are not given a separate place in their
servers, you are only "allowed" to take the maximum
amount of space bought by you. If you take less, they are
more than happy.
lets come back to the basic question - What should you look
at while choosing a web hosting provider vis-à-vis
your search engine placement campaign!
depends on a lot of things. But what is primarily important
is what you want to do with your Website. That is, you want
your site to be all .html pages, or .shtml pages, or .asp
or .php or a combination of all these.
its all html, don't bother - most of the web site hosting
providers do support .html files. The problem is only when
you need other specifications.
of the web site hosting providers offer two platforms (operating
system) - Windows and Linux. Windows support certain back-end
software and Linux supports some other. But actually there
isnt much that can be achieved in one platform that
cant be on the other. The main difference is how the
end is achieved. For example, if you need a database driven
website, you can choose either PHP/MySQL/Python combination
under Linux or ASP/MSSQL/MSAccess combination under Windows®2000.
webmaster is in a better position to tell you which platform
will suit your website requirements, since he knows the technicalities
involved. The bottom line is - you can achieve whatever you
want by using any of the platforms.
let's discuss speed. The operating system of the server has
nothing to do with the speed of downloading of your website,
it is the server's specification itself.
data transfer mechanism has a speed limit. The bandwidth of
the modem has a big role to play here. Most dial up modems
are limited to 56 Kbits per second. Even large, ISP and Web
Host size connections have speed limits. Here are the maximum
speeds for most of the common types of dedicated Internet
Line Speed (Kbits/second)
Line Speed (Mbits/second)
"slowest" ISP class connection to the Internet is
called the T1. The T1 is a 1.544 Mbit/second connection. Typically
a T1 is too slow for all but the smallest web hosts. The next
fastest ISP class connection to the Internet is called the
T3. The T3 is a 45 Mbit/second connection. Most middle to
large sized ISPs and Web Hosts use T3 lines since they are
fast and relatively cost effective.
knowledge of the ISP connection your web site hosting company
has will help you to take a better decision. A better connection
means your Website will download faster. If you don't find
it in their Website (most of them do keep it), ask them for
server specifications which are responsible for downtime are
- RAM, Hard Drive's RPM and virtual memory, CPU capacity,
and of course the overall network connectivity.
these information are a little difficult to get, but if you
feel they are important - do not hesitate to get them from
your hosting provider.
of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to run Linux
on your own computer in order for you to host your site on
Linux platform. That is not true. Which operating system you
run on your computer is irrelevant in making your decision.
This means that if you are running Windows98 or Windows®2000
on your computer, you can still choose Linux.
the years, many resources have been poured into both Linux
and Windows®2000 platforms to make hosting as easy as
possible. Today, there are no differences in terms of ease
of use between these platforms. If you are an advanced user
who prefers to work in shell environment, then Linux is your
choice. However, if you are a beginner, you will find both
platforms user friendly, especially with a help of our user-friendly
control panel interface.
is the difference between Virtual or Shared Web Hosting and
Dedicated Web Hosting?
lot of people have asked me this question. Dedicated web hosting
is, as the name suggests, a dedicated server for a particular
Website. Since this server is dedicated, it is very costly
to establish and maintain. Obviously, small businesses and
webmasters cannot afford a dedicated server. Virtual or Shared
Web hosting provides these consumers with the option to outsource
their Internet requirements inexpensively.
web hosting is costly because you are the sole owner of the
all the materials involved to host your website. Since nobody
shares your resources, its only you who has to pay for the
maintenance and everything else involved to host your site.
Hence its quite reasonable that you end up paying more for
dedicated web hosting. You guessed it right, shared or virtual
web hosting is cheap because there are many like you who are
sharing the resources and hence the load is distributed. So
if you are looking for small business on the Internet, virtual
web hosting should be your obvious choice.
job of the virtual web hosting company is to provide your
Website some space to host, FTP facility, emails, security
and whatever is required to run a site. A decent virtual web
hosting company should give you this:
Free 24x7 technical support
Unlimited File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Access to Web statistics, so that you can know how many
Internet clients are visiting your site
Backup of your Website everyday/week
Full CGI-BIN access so that as you upload scripts that will
add functionality to your Website
Web based email access to let you access/reply your mails
from any Internet connection anywhere in the world.
of the virtual web hosting companies provide the users a control
panel that allows a consumer to control most aspects of their
hosting service through an online graphical interface.