How to choose a reliable hosting for the website
Why do you need hosting?
Which hosting to choose for the site? The answer always depends on your needs, goals, expected traffic, resources, etc. First, you need to learn about the main varieties and differences of hosting.
- hosting compatibility with a CMS site;
- sufficient disk space and number of databases;
- high server performance, which can handle the expected traffic and load on the site;
- availability of technical functions necessary for the implementation of the project objectives.
Risks of free hosting
However, if a web project is designed for a large audience and the risks are extremely undesirable, in the first place you should be guided by the reliability of the supplier, the quality of its services, and not the price.
Even the best free hosting will not guarantee you the absence of some typical problems in use. Let's consider them in more detail.
Quality of service
Unresolved technical and legal issues
Restriction on disk space
A narrow range of working tools
Third-party advertising on the site
Types of hosting
Shared hosting has limitations on the size of disk space, traffic, the number of sites in one service package. At the same time, it is a good and economical choice when you need to choose hosting for small sites.
Physical hosting or Collocation
In this case, all server resources work for a specific web project. It is also allowed to use any software and run several projects at the same time.
Signs of a good hosting
High-quality technical support
Reliable data storage
The key to customer peace of mind will be a permanent backup site. Ideally, data is backed up daily.
Assortment of tools and user-friendly interface
What plan to choose
The amount of disk space should be calculated with a margin. A beginner online store can have a relatively small number of pages. However, over time, the scale of the site can significantly increase due to modules, image files, databases, etc.
When calculating the conditional disk size, one should take into account the average page size and their total number, as well as predict the development potential of the site. Choosing a service package often provides a forecast of the expected web resource traffic.
Hosting consultants provide detailed advice on current tariffs and their differences. If the company allows the test use of hosting, do not rush to pay for services for a long time to come. This is a good opportunity to evaluate the quality of the provider and the correctness of the selected tariff.
Who are the resellers
Can I change the hosting provider?
Since changing a hosting does not mean changing a domain name, moving a site boils down to copying the structure of files and databases from one server to another.
It is also possible to move a working site without closing it for visitors. If the new hosting provider gives a technical domain, then you can test the exact copy of the site on the new hosting without stopping the main version.
After identifying and eliminating errors in the test version, you can proceed to copy the site data and make the necessary settings. The last stage is the change of DNS addresses, and the site will begin to open on a new hosting.
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