Is It Time for You to Get Dedicated Web Hosting?

Dedicated web hosting is one of three primary web hosting
methods. Other types of hosting include virtual hosting,
sometimes called shared hosting, which is the most common web
hosting method; and clustered web hosting which uses a group of
servers that are integrated in order to increase performance and
redundancy for a web hosting customer who has unique needs. There
are definite advantages and disadvantages to the various web
hosting methods. Dedicated web hosting is a hosting method that
many internet-based businesses find to be extremely advantageous.

With virtual or shared web hosting, you don’t have a lot of
flexibility or control over your web server that your hosting
provider owns. The company providing shared web hosting services
partitions a server to be shared between a number of customers
for their websites and email. Because it is a shared server, the
customers with virtual web hosting on the server share the hard
drive, the processor, and the bandwidth as well as applications.
The web host that provides the virtual hosting services has
control over the server configurations.

Dedicated web hosting is a step up from virtual web hosting
because, even if the server is provided by a web hosting company,
with dedicated web hosting you are the only customer that uses
the server and you generally have complete control of the server
for administrative purposes. Because you administer and control
the web server yourself with dedicated web hosting, you have
greater flexibility. The hosting company that provides dedicated
web hosting services generally owns the server and leases it to
you as a dedicated web hosting client so they are responsible for
hardware management. Depending upon the dedicated web hosting
services provided, you may be able to handle your own upgrades
and install your own software, or you can outsource such tasks to
the dedicated web hosting provider.

Aside from flexibility and control, there are other advantages of
having dedicated web hosting. Because you are the only customer
using the server, you don’t share resources such as hard drive
space, processing speed, bandwidth and applications, so dedicated
web hosting can be a lot more efficient and can provide a lot
more space and speed of processing for your website, database and
email applications. The disadvantage of dedicated web hosting as
compared to virtual web hosting is that the cost of dedicated web
hosting is higher than that of shared hosting.

For most internet-based businesses, dedicated web hosting is
sufficient; however, for businesses with advanced needs custom
engineering and server design using clustered hosting may be
necessary. However, clustered hosting is really pretty rare. For
businesses that need custom applications and more space than what
is available in a shared environment, dedicated web hosting is
usually the answer.

Upgrading from virtual web hosting to dedicated web hosting is
recommended if your business has multiple websites, uses custom
applications, needs specialized support or increased web hosting
space and speed. If your website or websites provide download
capabilities for customers, then dedicated web hosting is a good
web hosting option for you because there will be fewer bandwidth
restrictions than there are with virtual or shared web hosting.

When you first start out in internet business, you may find that
virtual web hosting is sufficient and cost-effective; however, as
your business grows and you add features and capabilities to your
website, or launch multiple websites, dedicated web hosting may
be a better option. When making long-term plans for your internet
business, be sure to consider the possibility of upgrading to
dedicated web hosting in the future and the relative costs
involved. It is beneficial to choose a virtual web hosting
provider that offers the ability to quickly and easily upgrade to
dedicated web hosting when it becomes a necessity for your
business.

10 Sneaky Tricks of Cheap Web Hosting Companies

If you thought all those billions of web pages are hosted on
expensive and full service web hosting companies, you need to
cross check your information sources again. Of course, there are
free or cheap web hosting companies that provide basic features
good enough for simple html pages. You can take the example of
some blog sites for these. But cheap (as cheap as $1.99 a month)
web hosting service is different as they claim to provide more than
the basic features which require huge infrastructures and funds to
maintain and remain in the business. How do cheap web hosting
companies attract business and what are their tricks?

Trick Number 1: The 24/7 toll-free number that a cheap web
hosting company will advertise on their website. Most of these
rarely work and those that do work seem to work only Monday to
Friday. They are there mainly to create a false impression. What
will you do on the weekend or after hours? You need a web
hosting company that provides real support.

Trick Number 2: E-mail contacts given, which give you a very nicely
worded (auto responder) response, requesting you to be patient
while promising that an appropriate web hosting executive is
handling your query. Don’t you want to talk to a real person at
some point? Email messages could go on forever with no
resolution in sight. Your time, in short supply, is valuable.

Trick Number 3: Unlimited emails in POP3 and SMTP which hardly
give any value to a small webmaster but can have a big impact on
your decision making. Cheap web hosting companies cannot
provide good email service. Yet, you need good email service so
that you can stay in contact with your customers. (better
service=more customers=more sales)

Trick Number 4: Cheap web hosting companies often make
promises of free downloads worth thousands of dollars. You can
check this offer only after you subscribe to their service. You
should be able to check out all aspects of an offer before making a
commitment, thus saving you valuable time and money.

Trick Number 5: The lure of freebies like all platform database
support, preinstalled server side scripts, site builders, templates
and SSL & ecommerce tools. In actuality, if these products are
provided by cheap web hosting companies, they are very limited.
Why limit your business from the start? You need a web hosting
company that will give you the tools you need to be successful
right out of the gate!

Trick Number 6: Domain registrars and sister companies of cheap
web hosting companies don’t allow editing DNS zone files and MX
records. Registrars talk about “name server management” when
they actually mean the exact opposite resulting in forced hosting
with them. You should be able to choose the services that you
want for your business. After all, who knows your business better
than you? Locking yourself in with a cheap web hosting company
forces you to do business their way. Don’t do it!

Trick Number 7: Artificially populating user forums is another way of
promoting their cheap web hosting business. Cheap web hosting
companies do this so you will think they have tons of satisfied
users. Really, you should rely on referrals to check out a web
hosting company’s services. This is the only real way to be sure
you’ll get the service you deserve.
Trick Number 8: Display of an unknown or little known award and
trying to impress you that they provide award winning service. Do
awards mean anything anymore these days? Better to rely on
actual comments from real customers.

Trick Number 9: Offering free integration of shopping carts and
payment gateways. Cheap web hosting companies do this
because they know that for many online businesses having access
to an online payment tool is a must. What you actually get is
PayPal, which is well known, and is not their product at all. Why
would you trust a web hosting company that would do this?

Trick Number 10: Free Marketing support. Of course they do it but
what they market vigorously is their site where your name might
be mentioned. Cheap web hosting companies will not do more
than this. In fact, they cannot. Are you paying for marketing your
business? Or theirs?

Being on the lookout for tricks such as these will keep you from
falling into the trap of thinking that cheap web hosting is good.
You can make a better choice for your business. You need a web
hosting company that provides real, complete services that help
improve your business. Do you want your business to be just a
number?

Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for”.

Is Your Web Host Your Friend? 8 Ways to Find Out

Your Web Hosting Provider Is Your Online Partner.

The web hosting company you choose to store your web site and provide access to the world wide web SHOULD be your friend – your business partner. In fact, your web host SHOULD put your interests first. After all, if your web business soars to success, your web host shares in that success with a stable client base.

If you’re hitting a home run with your URL, you aren’t going anywhere. You’ll stick with the host, the keywords, the site architecture – you won’t want to change. You’re a web success so don’t rock the boat.

Ah, but how do you know if your web host is truly your friend or just a service provider that charges your business credit card every three months. It’s not always easy to tell, but you can tell a lot by looking around a little before you sign up.

1. How long has the hosting company been around?

Look for a long history of web-based success. Look for a company that’s been delivering hosting services for more than 10 years and has management in place to handle an expanding client base efficiently.

A provider that looks after its clients sticks around and a company management with years of experience knows how to treat clients. They even know how to help clients achieve web success – something good for the client and good for the host – a win-win.

And good management knows that.

2. Does the web host kick you to more expensive pricing tier to get more disk space?

You rent disk space from your provider. Most hosts have pricing tiers based on the amount of disk space you take up on the server ( a server is nothing more than a big ol’ hard drive that has a bunch of web sites stored on it) and what “features” you’re willing to pay for.

Some hosts think it’s unfair to force you to pay more for space and features that you don’t need or intend to use. So, many top hosts have created a system that allows you to grow at your own pace without paying for a few more gigabytes that you won’t use, even though you’re paying an extra $50 a year for that dead zone.

Instead, buy space a gig at a time. And when it IS time to move up big time, you move to the next tier and actually save money. A good web host knows what’s good for web site owners, and these hosts customize their services to suit you, not the other way around.

So grow fast. Grow slow. A good provider will work with you every step of the way. The less-friendly providers don’t do this. You want more disk space, you move up to the next pricing tier, whether you need all that extra space or not. In other words, you’re wasting cash and when you’ve got a “penny jar” budget, every penny counts.

3. Does your web host offer free SSL security?

If you’re selling products or services, or if you’re collecting sensitive customer data (like credit card numbers) you need a secure web site – one that sends and receives data that’s encrypted so hackers can’t steal it and use it to buy and sell stolen stuff bought on the web.

A web host that DOESN’T much care about the success of your business will make you obtain your own SSL certification to create a secure web site capable of taking and keeping secure sensitive client data. And that costs money.

On the other hand, a web host that’s rooting for your success helps you achieve that success by letting you piggyback on their SSL certification. Your server is secure so your site is secure, thanks to a friendly web host and a pro-active partner in your success.

4. Does your web host require you to sign a long-term contract?

That tells you something right there. These companies want to lock you in for three months, six months, a year, knowing that you might not hit that home run. Even so, you’ll be paying those hosting fees for the full term of the contract.

If your web host is your friend – a partner that delivers value – there’s no need for a long-term contract. No need for any contract at all. Buy your server space and your features a month at a time. As you grow, you can add more space. Or, if you move on to something else, a client centric host isn’t going to FORCE you to keep paying for services you no longer need.

What kind of friend is that?

5. Real People Helping Real People

If you’re just starting out in the web world and launching your first e-venture, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone you could call with questions? Someone with endless patience? Someone who recognizes that your web success is the basis of the web host’s success?

And you want access to that friend, or a friendly, helpful sub, 24/7. You want someone to explain how to install a blog or to walk you through installing a secure checkout – one-step-at-a-time, even if it takes all night. (it won’t.)

A provider that wants to be friends offers that level of service for as little as seven bucks a month! Web hosts that are less “friendly” limit access to certain hours, they make you pay for the call and some don’t even have telephone customer or tech support. If you have a question or problem, you have to drop the web hosting company an e-mail and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, your web site isn’t getting built and your waiting for a long-distance email response from tech support – and guaranteed, 50% of the time the email answer doesn’t solve the problem.

Do a little research before you register your web site domain name and sign a long-term contract. Any new venture is a risk so work with a company that puts you first, answers questions (even the really stupid ones), provides downloadable guides to help you build and manage a quality web site.

Is your provider your friend? Well, not if they nickel-and-dime you to death. Not if they sell your email address to every “blue pill” pharmacy west of Beijing. Not if they lock you into a contract for a year.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

6. Everything You Need

A good friend will give you what you need to achieve your objectives.

Some web hosts rent you some disk space and leave the rest up to you. Other, friendlier web hosts, provide a tool box that’s filled with free apps and services:

  • web site building software
  • 1000s of customizable site templates so (1) you don’t have to know diddly about programming and (2) because these templates are customizable, they don’t look like cookie cutter web sites
  • free shopping cart and checkout
  • free payment gateways
  • free blog modules, forum mods and bulletin boards so you create the exact web site to suit the needs of your visitors and your needs.
  • security and a ton of it. A friendly web host wants to protect your sensitive client data as much as you do
  • 100% up time because when your server is down your business is down. Not very friendly.

7. Would a good friend leave you high and dry?

There are lots of web hosts from which to choose. Some are host resellers who buy disk space at wholesale and sell it at retail. So you don’t REALLY know who’s hosting your site.

Some of these less-than-best-friends are in the business of collecting client data and splitting for the coast. You log on to your site one morning and it’s gone. For good.

In the middle of the night, while you were sleeping, your friendly web host closed up shop took down the server and now has all of your client data that they can sell on hacker sites.

Happens all the time. A quality host is here today, here tomorrow and here for years to come. Now that’s a good friend.

8. Does your friendly web host put you first in all things?

This is a question of corporate culture. There are web hosts who are in it for the short term (see #7) and web hosts who recognize that your success is the basis for the web hosting company’s success so you always come first.

These web hosts deliver quality services, 100% uptime, a toll-free number and a human to help you with questions. These hosts provide all the tools you need to build a web site and the human touch – a person to walk you through the process – even if it takes hours (it never does when you have knowledgeable techies and customer support personnel who are empowered by company management to fix things so you’re happy.)

It starts at the top with a client-centric view of business growth – your business growth and the business growth of the hosting service. It’s built into the corporate culture. It’s simply the way the web host does business.

So, before you start your on-line businesses, do the research, the legwork, the heavy lifting to find a web host that’s going to be your friend and partner in the week, months and years ahead.

Those companies are out there. In fact, you’re on a friendly, green web hosting site right now. So look around at Green Host It. You’ll quickly discover that everything we do is about YOUR success. Why?

Because our success depends on your success. So let’s be friends and build an on-line business together.

A good provider is your on-line friend for life.