Feb 13
Finding The RIGHT Hosting Provider
February 13, 2007
Posted in: Hosting by Irene

In your quest for knowledge and information you sit down at your computer and type in the URL of a web site you have been to before.  The magic that is the internet serves your expected web pages to you quicker than you can say “Jack Rabbit”.  What appears to be a modern-day miracle is actually a methodical process that happens lighting quick, each time you send a request for information.  Understanding these steps is easy, though they come off as steep and slippery on your first attempts at climbing them.

When you send your easy to read URL, such as: www.hostseeq.com, you are sending a request to your ISP’s Name Server which in turn connects your search with an IP address which pinpoints your hosting server and ultimately your web site.

The server that your web site resides on is facilitated by a web hosting provider - whose sole purpose is to keep hundreds of computers online and delivering data, on an as-needed basis.  Each time a request is made regarding a web site, the host’s servers spring into gear and pull the correct information.  The cost of a web hosting account varies upon the web site owner’s requirements.  In a broad sense the cost is controlled by three factors: Disk Space, Bandwidth and Technical Support.

When you are first looking for a web host, it may be difficult to know what characteristics to look for in a hosting provider.  Most hosts will claim that they offer the best in support and server up-time - but it is best to do some research before committing to a hosting contract.  Eventually you will learn how to pick the better quality hosts from the weak and the lame, and your purchasing decisions will revolve around Disk Space and Bandwidth.  Ultimately when selecting a web host you need to know a few things about your intended site - knowing these things will help you find the right host, the first time.

What kind of web site do you want to display?  Will it be purely informational?  How much experience do you have running a website or hosting services?  For those lighter web sites or hosting for beginners, then shared hosting is the right plan for you.  They are economical, yet reliable and have great quality - without you needing to roll up your sleeves and get too dirty.

Once you are familiar with hosting - you can even step out and take advantage of reseller hosting.  Essentially you will be purchasing a hefty shared hosting account that you can then sublet pieces of to other people.  You keep the extra money, you have the account and your “customers” under your own name - and the originating host can be an invisible ghost.  Plus sides to reseller hosting are that these accounts tend to pay for themselves, making your personal hosting free.  You select the service levels that are provided to your clients - and all the billing and the originating host generally handles technical support.

Finally we introduce Dedicated Servers, where you pay a set fee to lease a server from your host, while they maintain the serviceability of the server - you manage the contents of the server.  Why would you need an entire server for a web site?  If you are hosting an application that generates a large amount of web traffic, or if you need non-regulated services, there is no better solution than Dedicated Servers.

Which web hosts should you begin targeting, to find id they are a good match for your needs?  You can visit hosting directories, forums and even speak with a sales agent at a web host - however for your best results, ask existing clients of the web hosts and find out if they are getting all they expected for their hard earned dollars.  Compare hosting packages and read hosting guides that different providers have available.  And visit more than one host or directory.  There really is no such thing as an unbiased opinion when it comes to selecting a new web host.

Take your time and decide well - take advantage of those money back guarantees, if you have questionable service or find yourself in a hosting pickle.

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