In today’s day in age it is imperative that new businesses and organizations start off on the right foot when it comes to intertwining technology with all other aspects of their business. A recent CNET article gives guidelines to follow while deciding on the type of web hosting provider that will be the best fit for your organization.
Your first course of action will be deciding which type of server best suits your needs. Available options include shared servers, virtual private servers, dedicated servers, and cloud servers. While mulling over these options, it is important to take into consideration the levels of speed, support, and security that you are looking for, as well as your personal knowledge of server maintenance and management while also considering the cost versus value. To give an idea of what the different types of servers offer, some of their basic properties are as follows:
- Shared Servers- This is the cheapest option but also limits your site’s performance because you may be sharing this server with hundreds of other websites.
- Virtual Private Servers- These are a step up from shared servers and although they also are shared with other sites, they usually deliver a higher level of performance than base level servers. However, it is recommended you are familiar with basic server maintenance and management if choosing this option or otherwise have a technology company to assist in this process
- Dedicated Servers- These are a great option if you don’t want to compromise your performance due to sharing with other sites, but require in-depth knowledge of system management.
- Cloud Servers- What sets these apart from the rest is they have much more flexibility and don’t need to be rebuilt or moved in the case your website all the sudden experiences a high amount of traffic. You simply would need to pay your provider more money to account for the extra traffic and management of the system
As always it is important to beware of offers that appear to be too good to be true such as unlimited storage and bandwidth for a few dollars a month. If you aren’t sure what type of server will best fit your organization’s needs, or would like some help setting it up and maintaining it, give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit our website at www.optfinity.com.