Shared Hosting

How to Choose a Shared Hosting Web Server

Once a person has decided that using a shared hosting web server that would best meet their needs, they can then be faced with the decision of which host server to choose to use from a multitude of shared hosting providers available.

One of the reasons a person may have decided that a shared hosting web server would best suit their needs is that they have limited technical computer skills.  For many computer users, they can just have a little grasp the basics of how a computer works. Therefore, the thought of establishing and maintaining their own web site will be well beyond their capabilities and just too daunting to contemplate.

With shared hosting, the responsibility for maintaining the web server, providing technical support and updating security measures etc., is that of the web host provider. However, with such a plethora of shared hosting providers available, it can only be expected that there will be wide range of standards of service between providers. There are three key points can be used in order to check the suitability of the host server provider.

Firstly, how much disk space would each user be given on the host server? As the concept of a shared hosting web server is that a number of individuals or businesses shares the web server, this means that the actual physical resources of that server are also shared. Thus, the web host will allocate each user with a monthly allowance of disk space.  Does the provider this give you enough space to store your document and image files?

Secondly, what is the bandwidth of the host server? This is how much traffic will be allowed to and from your site? A small business would not expect a high volume of traffic to their site in the initial months of operating. However, if other users have a high volume of traffic to and from their site, this can have implications on people trying to access your site.

Thirdly, what is the cost of the web host service? For many people starting out in business, the more money they can save on a web host provider, the more budget they have to spend elsewhere. However, it is always worth remembering that the cheapest option is not necessarily the best option. Making sure you know exactly what you are signing up to and what services your host server will provide for your fee is vital to ensure you receive the shared hosting web server that best meets your business needs. You may find it useful to work out how much money you can afford to budget for using a web host and then comparing the services shared host servers that fall within the budget provided.

Taking a bit of time and carrying out a small bit of background research, means that you are now able to concentrate on ensuring your individual section of the host server, your website, is as up to date, attractive and informative for current and potential customers as it can possibly be.

Posted by admin on December 16th, 2010 :: Filed under Shared Hosting
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