Make The Most Out Of Your Web Host
Every site-launching process has several must-dos that have to be done in order to secure a reliable and seamless Internet service for your website. It does not sound too complicated, but there are numerous dead-ends that an inexperienced website owner can get stuck in if they approach this issue in a laid-back way. For people who already have a business and the website is just another step in their business-building career, it is vital not to spend too much money and yet secure the best service in the online business context. Now take a look at a short tour de tips on a proper server choice.
Contract hide and seek
As it is the case with every contract that you decide to sign, it is essential for your well-being that you study each and every line of the contract. Although it is not probable that a reliable provider is going to try to trick you on purpose, you still have to know what obligations and duties they will have in their server providing service. If you are not too familiar with the terms about the website, server and belonging vocabulary, ask for professional assistance and further clarification from the providers themselves.
This advice is extremely important when it comes to first-time website launchers. If you opt for a provider and its services and suddenly after a while realize that you would like a different set of services (e.g. a better backup service or more storage space), it could be quite inconvenient if you have already signed a contract for a particular period. That is why the perfect solution for all the rookies in the website starting field is getting a test period, i.e. a trial period prior to the full contract. It could be a month or two, only to get the full image of what you need and want from your server provider.
In case of emergency
The case-of-emergency concept needs to be taken care of before you make your final decision on you server host. They have to give you their backup plan in case of a major server disaster or a hackers’ attack. To be frank, the latter scenario is possible only if you are a really huge player or if there is an organized wide-scale hackers’ attack. For those who decide to go for a cutting-edge virtual server hosting and maybe combine such a solution with additional cloud services, it is of vital importance that everything that is saved on the server has a high level of protection in case of such an unwanted event.
Green hosting for preserved nature
Servers use a lot of electricity. Allegedly, an average server spends about 1000 kWh on a yearly basis, which is a substantial quantity, given that it is a part of a generally clean branch of economy. If you want to join the green team and give your contribution to cleaner environment and preserved nature, you should go for server and hosting providers that rely on alternative and renewable sources of energy and who make their server rooms eco-friendly. In addition to that, you can also make a short inquiry on server manufacturers and look for providers that use servers that do not spend, i.e. that are optimized to give the best performance at the lowest possible electricity consumption.
Separate host and domain provider
When you buy a package that comprises hosting and domain name, once you want to change the provider, it is highly probable that the domain name, too, will be frozen. Hosting providers often possess the right to the domain name. That is why it is sometimes a wise decision to go for a different domain name provider. It is also most often renewed on yearly basis and you can keep renewing it as long as you want to use you website. It would be highly inconvenient to change the hosting provider and rename the site after you have already created a group of loyal visitors and customers.
As it is obvious from this writing, starting your own website is not an easy task. The key to a well-maintained website are steps cited here. Beginners will most probably find themselves in two minds over some things but every dilemma can be resolved through normal communication with your potential hosts. Keep an eye on what you sign and get the best solution for your current and future online existence.
About Author: Dan Radak is VPS security specialist, with ten-year experience. Currently employed as a consultant in a couple of Web Hosting companies. Also, he is a web writer and co-author on several technology websites. In his free time he likes traveling. You can reach him on Twitter.