If you need a website, than you need some server(s) to be online 24/7 and serve visitors.
Long time ago companies were buying a server, host it in the office and connect to Internet. Fortunately during Internet boom appeared hosting companies who offered to outsource these job. In our days most of businesses hire hosting providers to host their sites.
When it comes to choosing between hosting providers, it turns our that choice is really difficult for several reasons. First of all it’s unclear how to estimate server load based on number of monthly active users (MAU). I divide all the hosting services into four types:
- Shared hosting (PaaS Cloud)
- Virtual Private Server (IaaS Cloud)
- Dedicated servers (Hardware)
- Virtual private cloud (VPC)
I usually use the last three types of them. Based on my experience, if you have less than 10,000 visitors per month, shared hosting will work for you in any case. And in this series of articles I’m going to focus on sites with such a low load. And if you got more visitors, please feel free to contact me and request a proposal.
Another reason that makes it difficult to choose a hosting provider is that there are tens of providers which looks nearly similar for a beginner. If you want to know which parameters matter for selecting a hosting, I recommend to read this article.
If you try to find a comparison of shared hosting providers on the Internet, you may be surprised that most of such a comparison articles contains just a bunch of paid links to affiliate hosters. Various media publish reviews without giving a single benchmark, based on just a specifications. So I developed a comparison methodology based on key indicators, performed a series if evaluations on my own and collected stats.
Based on this investigation, I decided to select GoDaddy.com shared hosting for this website. I also must mention that there are other hosting providers who supply quite good quality of service.
Unlike domain name, hosting could be changed without being noticed by visitors. In case number of visitor grows too much, hosting could be upgraded or even moved to another provider.
The main point is that hosting is a service and it’s quality may vary. You need to monitor your site is up and running, works fast and without errors. In case hosting does not satisfy your criteria, it must be upgraded.