Websites are the fuel that runs the internet; that goes without saying and there are, as of 2016 October, some 1 billion websites serving at least 5 billion pages to inhabitants of this world. The number is continuing to grow as more and more people get connected on the internet and by extension build more and more websites. Thus, more and more people are building websites in a bid to put their businesses and content on the internet. If you want to join the bandwagon, it is important that you bear a couple of things in mind.
You need to consider the hosting service provider. You see, a website consists of different components which work in tandem to make sure that everything goes on swimmingly. The first cog of the wheel so to speak is the domain name. This is the address which people type on the browser and which brings up all your content. Formally, the domain name is a uniform resource locator. Next is the hosting which can be considered as the virtual space which your content occupies and the conduit through which other users can serve up and interact with your content.
Host of Factors
This being the case then, it is important to realize that there is a whole host of factors to consider before settling on a hosting partner who will give you real value for your money. Hardware is an important factor to consider when choosing a hosting partner as the type of hardware that hosts your website will greatly influence the service that your website offers up to potential users. Let’s briefly have a look at what to look for in the hardware infrastructure that hosts the servers in order for you to make a smart choice.
- Server Types–There are various server type technologies out there in the market currently and they can be broken down into the type of operating systems which they run on. There are Linux servers and Windows Servers. As the names suggest, they differ in the operating systems which they run on and by extension the hardware that runs them.
- Processor Types – Technology keep growing in leaps and bounds day after day and as such, any web hosting service should be proactive enough in trying to use the latest and most efficient hardware which will ensure that your website is served up in the quickest and most flawless manner possible. The more recent the technology the better for your website.
- Dedicated Hosting – The type of physical servers which are in use by the web hosting firm will go a long way in making sure that you get the top-notch service that you deserve. Therefore, do a little digging to find out whether they are using the best and most recent servers which will offer you the service that you deserve.
- Virtual and Cloud Hosting- The other hosting infrastructure that is in vogue is the use of virtual servers or cloud hosting. It is imperative to note that though these servers are virtual, they run on real physical hardware. Do some checking of the hardware that they use in order to ascertain their efficacy for your needs.