Nine Things to Know Before Selecting a Web Host for Your Business

April 2007
by Chris Kivlehan

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Nine Things to Know Before Selecting a Web Host for Your Business

Nine Things to Know Before
Selecting a Web Host for Your Business

 

by Chris Kivlehan

 

1.
What kinds of Web hosting services are available? As the hosting industry has matured, hosting offers
have split into categories. To choose the one that is right for your business,
you need to understand the distinctions among shared, collocated, unmanaged
dedicated, and managed dedicated hosting.

 

Shared
hosting (sometimes called virtual
hosting) means that you are sharing the host’s server with other clients. The
host manages the server almost completely, although you maintain your site and
your account. Costs for each client can be low, since many clients are paying
for use of the server. But having companies other than yours use it means that
heavy traffic to some other client’s site can hammer your site’s performance.
Also, you usually can’t install special software programs, because the host
needs to keep the environment stable for other clients.

 

Collocated
hosting means that you purchase a
server from a hardware vendor, like Dell or HP, for example, and you supply
this server to the host. The host then plugs your server into its network and
its redundant power systems and takes responsibility for making sure it…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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