You’re ready to put your website online, but which solution to choose from?
This question comes to mind very frequently when choosing which solution fits best for your business model. You know that you need hosting, but do not know where to start. You start by doing your research and soon get overwhelmed by the amount of information available. LINUX, UNIX, Pop3, Colo, Dedicated, VPS. Most, if not all of it makes absolutely no sense and the only thing you want is to have your website online!
The good news is, you do not need to learn everything about websites to choose a host. You do however need to learn what the different types of hosting are, and their pros and cons. This information will ultimately lead you to choose the best hosting solution for your needs. Everyone has different needs, only you can decide what is best for your site. If you are still encountering difficulties, feel free to message one of our sales representatives who will be happy to point you in the right direction, and perhaps even do the work for you by providing you with what a custom package!
Let’s start with the basics. Web Hosting refers to a service that hosts web pages on servers that are internet accessible. These servers are placed in top-notch data centers with multiple backbones for maximum redundancy and speeds. There are three categories of web hosting that cater to website owners: virtual private server hosting, dedicated server hosting, and colocation hosting. In this article, I will cover all three (3) and provide you with the pros and cons so to help you decide which is best for you.
In co-location hosting, the server is owned by the owner who sends it to the data center and leased to the facility on a monthly, or yearly (more discounts) basis. A co-location service provider enables website owners with maximum use of their network access points. Co-location packages vary in size and price and the smaller packages offer lower amounts of bandwidth as opposed to bigger packages who offer higher amounts of bandwidth. Depending on your needs, this option may be beneficial to you and can end up saving you money in the long run.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The server is owned by you so you have full control over the critical features of web hosting such as VLAN, server space, IP addresses, routing, etc…
Having your own server can also mean paying less every month as you’d only be paying for the space and bandwidth as opposed to dedicated server hosting where you’d pay for space, bandwidth, and the server itself. With QuadraNet‘s co-location services, you would also receive free remote hands so should you require a server reboot, or for someone to check why your server isn’t starting up. This option can definitely save you time and resources.
Cons: Co-locating your servers means that you will spend more money initially and save in the long run. Should your hardware fail, you will be responsible for the replacement hardware and you can be charged for the inspection of failure.
Dedicated Server Hosting
This option is recommended if you prefer to have peace of mind while our staff handles the maintenance, security (managed clients only) and power management of your server. This server would be just as the name sounds.. dedicated to your website only. This option is definitely interesting and time saving for anybody who does not necessarily have the knowledge and experience that is required for co-location hosting.
Many companies start off with dedicated servers and upgrade to co-location once they expand. This is very cost-effective and provides you with the opportunity to benefit from the latest hardware available in the hosting industry. The QuadraNet staff will also handle any issues that may arise with the hosting of the server itself for you (excludes any operating system or third party issues for un-managed clients).
Pros and Cons
Pros: The biggest advantage of having a dedicated server is that in the event of hardware failure, the data center will replace it for you at no additional cost to you. This is part of the service provided while purchasing a dedicated server.
Cons: This solution eventually ends up costing more in the long run but less in the short run.
Virtual Private Server Hosting
Virtual Private Server Hosting is a fairly recent trend within the web hosting industry. A virtual private server is a “piece” of a dedicated server. You would basically be renting out a certain amount of resources within a dedicated server while other clients might be renting out the remaining resources available.
Pros and Cons
Pros: This solution is very cheap to start. Dedicated servers can range between $10 to $100 per month depending on the amount of resources needed.
Cons: You are sharing resources with other customers in the same server. If someone abuses their server or gets Ddosed (distributed denial of service), you will also be experiencing a disruption of service even if you have absolutely nothing to do with it.
Ultimately, it is the requirements of the web site that dictate the choice of web hosting solution. Websites with heavy traffic and online stores are better off on dedicated servers. Smaller websites such as blogs, and personal websites can be well off on virtual private servers. As for websites that require a high degree of customization, co-location hosting is the best solution.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance with your hosting needs, please feel free to comment or contact me.