How to Pick WordPress Hosting?

Such terms as “blog” and “blogosphere” have became so well know and deeply penetrated in the media and in our lives as a whole. While the notion has arisen recently, it quickly became public, and today to start your own blog can literally everyone.

Free blogoplatform there abound. But if we are talking about a serious information resource that will not depend on the “diktat” blogoservisa and which can be controlled, it needs its own platform. The most popular and powerful “engine” for the blog today is, of course, WordPress. With all the power and flexibility of this system, it is intuitively clear enough to understand it yourself. But where and how to properly place a blog to it quickly and steadily worked withstand sudden load was secure from data loss – all this is not obvious to many. It is a detailed analysis of these issues are addressed in this article.
Basic WordPress hosting requirements

Besides the obvious resources that are needed for each site: disk space, memory, etc. – On the part of the software critical requirements have to WordPress hosting is actually minimal. This support for PHP and MySQL databases. PHP is required, since the engine itself is written from start to finish on this programming language, and no database is not able to work any site that might be called modern. And WordPress requires MySQL version is not lower than version 4 and PHP is not lower than 4.3. Looking ahead, we say that we should not be afraid, if you want to maintain multiple blogs, and you are interested in hosting allows only one database. All your blogs in one hosting can use one database, in any way without interfering with each other.

As for the operating system, there is a complete WordPress “wagon”. But since the vast majority of web hosts keep sites on the Linux platform, this Operating System is for WordPress most “native”. Required Apache web server and it is desirable to set the module mod_rewrite. This is a very useful tool, and if you are a beginner blogger, you just have to know it. The presence of this module on the server hosting the reporting you can contact technical support before purchasing the service itself.

Disk space under the engine itself with all the plug-ins and database boned need very low – no more than 20 MB. As for RAM, the standard for WordPress you need 32 MB. With all the processor time is not so clear, as there is largely will depend on what add-ons you screw to the main engine and what the nature of the content will be published in your blog. However, this question, we also analyze below.

At the minimum requirements to install WordPress all. Then we will focus on how the system will behave on the development of your blog. This factor is crucial when choosing a hosting for WordPress.
Estimated dynamics of the blog on WordPress (averages)

In order to correctly pick up the hosting for WordPress, it is desirable to you to imagine what will happen to your blog in the first few days, a week, month, year. If the article was not about hosting the blog, and the site in general, we would not be able to tell you anything in this regard, as would have no idea what you are going for a site to host. As for the blog, something to count, we still can.

So, once you have decided to create a blog, it is obvious that you will be in it something to publish. On the “low-intensity” resources, we are not talking, and assume regular publications. The nature of the content of publications is obvious – it’s text, images, audio and video clips, possibly small files to download. It was small as a blog on WordPress has a certain specialization, and there are file sharing for large files. As for the frequency of publication, this is purely your own business, but in order to still orient you in choosing hosting for WordPress, we will be guided by the global average statistics. This figure is about 3 publications per week. “Average” maximum – one publication per day. We will not bore you with detailed calculations, but once say that with such regularity, if you post the usual Wikipedia with pictures, as do 99.99% of bloggers around the world, a year later your blog will occupy disk space 50-100 MB. Here you have another criterion for selection. Then we will focus on hosting the selection criteria from the point of blogging in general. This applies to all blogs in general, but WordPress – is a platform created specifically for blogs, so some things are important .

What is “good” hosting for a blog?

 

We recall that we have agreed that we will go about the selection criteria for the hosting of active blog with regular updates and prospects to attract a wider audience. WordPress «stand” almost any amount of data, and will clearly carry out their duties. Another thing, which is to throw himself Fortelle hosting and whether it will in general WordPress’u a human work. Key considerations in this regard are concentrated in the analysis of the following criteria:

  • the geographical location of the server;
  • speed data channel;
  • continuity factor;
  • the ability to withstand sudden load increase;
  • restrictions on the amount of traffic;
  • the availability of tools for fine-tuning WordPress;
  • efficiency and expertise of technical support;

Let us now examine each question in detail.
The geographical location of the server

Your blog will be the target audience. And most of all, with rare exceptions, subjects, it will be primarily from the country in which language you blog. We have reason to believe that in Russian. So, the debate about where to host a blog, in Russia or abroad, though not as epic as the debate about the iOS and Android, but similar in nature. In fact, both options have pros and cons.

The place where the physical location of your blog can affect the speed of downloading it to a particular user. And if the blog is for the Russian audience, it immediately begs the decision that it should be placed at the Russian provider. But here there are nuances.

Firstly, it is not the fact that Russia’s hosting will place your site in a data center on the territory of the Russian Federation. The fact that Russian hosting companies contain servers in Europe or the United States – is quite normal. Therefore, if this point is fundamentally important for you, it must necessarily clarify before hosting purchase.

The obvious benefit of hosting Russian language in communicating the technical support that often determines the final choice of the user. There is also a point that some, especially large enterprises or government agencies overseas traffic is simply turned off, and even a hundred times the site is in Russian, but it is located not in Russia, its just part of the audience will not see.

But all is not so simple with the page loading speed. It so happened that the western data centers objectively newer, more powerful, stability, security, etc. That is, they are mostly in fact better than most domestic. Both fractions of a second, which benefit Russia by “glide” speed server data to the user, often with more than outweigh the “brake” of the equipment. This, of course, is not the ultimate truth, and applies not 100% domestic hosts, but the phenomenon is quite common.

In any case, you make a decision, but the overall picture on the subject you are presenting.
Speed ​​Data Channel

Virtually any normal hosting is a fairly wide channel to work comfortably all the sites contained on it. And the nature of the content most blogs so that the provider channel speed is not the problem first. But there is also such a thing as a route through which passes the traffic, that is, the speed of the intermediate servers. Here we have may be nuances. It would be desirable to purchase hosting check this figure. This can be done with the help of online services that abound on the net. Of course, you can not check the speed of “glide” of your blog in every apartment, but at least determine how fast data gets to the target region. By comparing the performance of different providers, you are able to make any conclusions.
continuity factor

This is what is called “uptime”. In normal hosts, the figure is not less than 99%. If hosting claims that its uptime is 100%, it is not possible, but only if the hosting quite young. Even the most rasprekrasnye hosting at least sometimes, but “fall.” In any case, you will need to pay attention not only on the figure (it is possible to see how the website hosting as well as on third-party resources), but also in real life user reviews.
The ability to withstand sudden load increase

Imagine a situation that you blog, communicate with other bloggers, you have already appeared stable and gradually growing audience of a hundred or so people. You keep a blog on WordPress on hosting that is not perfect, but inexpensive, and you do it well enough. And then all of a sudden your next post was so successful that it at propiarili several top bloggers. And you complained not two hundred and ten thousand! This compares with a DDoS – attack, and this excitement is capable of not only “put” your site (because of excess load limit), but the entire server, pulling the bottom of the still and your neighbors. We do not speak about a real DDoS-attack. This point should be discussed with the technical support.

In addition, this situation needs to be anticipated and by itself WordPress engine. Make sure to have installed the corresponding plugins cache and generally all the settings are correct.
Restrictions on the amount of traffic

This issue is partly related to the previous. Today, there are many hosting providers the allowed amount of traffic without restrictions. It is advisable to choose such. Part of the reason described in the previous paragraph. If you have a blog on WordPress from the host with limited traffic, where it is necessary to pay extra for excess, the score for the traffic can be very unpleasant when the above incidents.
Availability of tools for fine tuning WordPress

Even if a dedicated hosting, and install WordPress, you can “one-click” customize it you have to yourself. In order to be able to use WordPress to the maximum, the settings will have to tinker. It is desirable to be able to adjust the basic settings PHP, MySQL, e-mail settings, etc. In some cases, if the control panel does not give you the possibility to adjust something important, it is not a sentence. It is possible that technical support will do it for you at your request.
Efficiency and qualified technical support

It is an important point, which is not always obvious to beginners. Sometimes such situations arise when you any problem or challenge yourself to solve just can not. And if the problem is critical, and technical support communicates only via e-mail and respond within a week, it is a road to nowhere. Part of the “fall” for a regularly updated blog on WordPress can become fatal. A self-respecting web hosting should have round the clock technical support, to which you can quickly reach by phone, email or through the ticket system. Ideally would still online chat.

Criteria such as cost, availability of the test period and services MoneyBack we will not go into detail, as they are common to the site on any platform, not necessarily WordPress. Let’s just say that some hosting, especially overseas, offer WordPress web hosting as a separate service with a separate data plan. The cost varies, but often it is not comparable to the price of the cheapest VPS on the same host. Here everything is simple. This type of service is initially designed to host a blog, on grounds that the host is a serious resource with a decent attendance. So, if you are determined, or already own such blogs, this option makes sense to adopt.
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Despite the simplicity of such a thing as a “blog” and availability of the entire WordPress, if it is serious about hosting the blog, before making a decision, you must weigh and consider a lot of questions. Accessibility Free blogoplatform creates the illusion that manage the blog – it is a pushover. In fact, the autonomous (standalone) blog, which is to create and developed WordPress, a full-fledged website that requires an appropriate attitude and adequate resources. We have tried as much as possible to reveal all the important points of the topic and we wish you a speedy progress in the TOPs!

How to Pick Hosting For Joomla

Among a number of free multi-functional content management systems (CMS), Joomla is one of the most accessible and popular. It was her choosing developers to create both small and fairly large web resources. And if such important criteria of a good site is quality design, usability, useful content – a problem the developer is already working speed, continuity, security, these problems longer borne by the host. But this is the hosting, again, will have to choose the developer or the owner of the site.

What is needed to run Joomla?

CMS Joomla has a clear list of the minimum required parameters and resources that should provide hosting for proper system operation. All these parameters can vary and differ from one version to the most CMS Joomla, but the base remained virtually unchanged. So, Joomla requires from hosting the following:

installed Apache Web server;
PHP support;
support for MySQL (and / or MSSQL, PostgreSQL in the latest version);
Microsoft IIS.

Now we decipher in detail each of the options in the context of each of the versions, starting with 1.x. The question may arise, not whether hopelessly outdated the first version. The answer is – no. Many sites are built on the basis of this particular version of the system, with excellent work and no additions are not asked. Many sajtovladel`cy quite consciously followed in the matter of the principle of “the best – the enemy of good.” But if you want to transfer the site to another hosting may already be a problem.

So, the key parameters that vary significantly and may cause compatibility issues, version of the system is accepted as a group 1.0.x, 1.5.x, 1.6.x – 2.5.x, 3.x.

Each group will have its own version of a set of minimum requirements for the hosting of the software versions:
Website to Joomla. This recall only the minimum requirements. Recommended system requirements are quite logical: the latest version of a software, the better. However, there are several important caveats, which we now look to you once again collided with the “pitfalls”.

Joomla 3.x version is really significantly different not only from the first version, but also from their immediate predecessors. Radically different, even the installation interface and the administrative part. But that’s not all. Joomla 3.x support not only the beginning of the database MySQL, but also and MSSQL and PostgreSQL, which significantly expands the scope for action. Joomla Community is not officially recommended PHP version 4.3.9, 4.4.2 or 5.0.4. In these particular versions have issues that may prevent proper installation of Joomla. It is also worth emphasizing that Joomla is not yet compatible with MySQL 6.x.

All these parameters relate to software. From the side of the “iron” with respect to the most suitable CMS almost anything from the fact that today offer hosting providers. To determine the appropriate hosting in this way need to have based on the fact that out of themselves will be the site itself, and this is a topic for another conversation.
Special offers hosting for Joomla

Joomla Breakout among site developers could not affect the marketing strategy of a plurality of web hosting providers. Currently, you can find plenty of web hosting companies, where it is under this CMS developed a separate data plan with their own, very special set of characteristics. Moreover, there are even entire hosting, where all the “enchanted” strictly under Joomla.

We can not say that the choice of such a dedicated hosting service plan or have any objective plus or minus, the whole thing is only the wisdom in each case. At a minimum, such a separate data plan and a set of resources offered not “from the lantern” and really deliberate study. That is, some of the parameters really optimized for Joomla. But in most cases all boils down to the specialization that hosting offers a wide set of tools. This is an opportunity to install any version of Joomla «one-click”, pull any of the hundreds of templates, screwed to the created page, whatever module and TD Thus, if you are for the implementation of certain functions of the site need whatever module or component, you do not you need to go anywhere and look. Everything is at hand and often with instructions. This is really a great advantage.
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Most modern hosting providers have available all necessary for the installation site, created in Joomla. If something is necessary is missing, then it is the direct sabotage their own commercial success. However, if the site you are interested in hosting right is not written absolutely nothing about the compatibility with this content management system, it is useful to verify the specifications are so “cost of living”, which is shown in the first part of the article. Though it is rare, but it happens that, for example, on the cheapest tariff plan no support for MySQL, and this puts an end to the possibility of installing Joomla.

Choosing a dedicated service plan is also quite makes sense. Especially in the western hosting, where much of a difference in the plans of virtual hosting and is not observed – anything and everything «unlimited». That is, explicit restrictions, you will not get more expensive probably will not, but will be much more convenient.

Why Do Web Hosts Get Shut Down?

It happens that when you go to a particular site instead of the expected output of the main page access error. As one of the variants of such troubles can be a lock hosting site. On why this is happening and how to fix it and will be discussed. The most common reasons for blocking host your site provider can be:

  1. Excess load limit;
  2. Attack DDOS;
  3. The spread of viruses;
  4. Spamming;
  5. Violation of the rules of hosting.

Server load
Why blocked saytSamoy frequent and common cause of failure of the hosting service your website is a dedicated resource limit exceeded. As shared hosting – this is the place where one server is serving a lot of sites, “pulling the blanket” in a resource is strictly punishable ban.

In this and in any other case of blocking of hosting your site there is a “stub” provider with a request to contact the technical support team. Usually providers block the site for a period of 10 days, during which time the site owner should solve the problem of excess load limit. If the owner of the site of the reaction is not followed, the provider may completely suspend the operation of the site.

What influences exceeding the limit?

  • quality of written scripts;
  • the number of non-optimized scripts calls.

That does not affect the limit?

Resource with 100 visitors a day can produce the same load on the server, as well as a site with 1000 visitors per day. The thing is how your website loads the server at their work.

Ideally, the hosting company should inform the owner of the site in advance of the problem, immediately before disconnecting. However, the hoster has the right to disconnect the user site without notice in the case where the resource is exceeded so that the load on the server until it is turned off.

The solution to this problem lies in the revision of your hosting plan, and possibly considering VPS hosting options. Or a time-consuming process – is to optimize your project scripts. All you need to find a script that creates the greatest load.
Hacker attacks
Attack DDOS, sending spam and the spread of viruses are also common causes of the suspension of your site or email. All these actions belong to the same class of problem – hacker attacks or hacking your system. When DDOS attacks to your website hosting provider is also temporarily blocks your resource. Such a course of the most appropriate, both in relation to you, and in relation to other user sites, as these attacks also affect the performance of neighboring sites on the server.

In certain cases, the service provider may block the site with DDOS, even without warning. You need to solve this problem. A decision you as much as 2: move to a new hosting already included protection from DDOS or install the correct configuration of firewall (in case you have a VPS or dedicated server).

If you block mail agents hosting providers are guided by the following reasons:

  • exceeding the limit for sending correspondence;
  • sending spam messages.

If the site is blocked both causes can occur when an attacker has gained access to your system and posted there a script to send spam. Some CMS platforms have scripting vulnerability, and many detractors use it.

In such cases, the provider will not understand the details of the situation and just lock the mailbox or the entire site. To solve this problem you need to check all spam scripts for malicious code and delete them. The same manipulation is necessary to the propagation of viruses to your site. It is necessary to scan all files for hacking scripts and install protection against subsequent unauthorized break-ins.

However, most web hosts set a limit sending emails (500-1000 emails within 24 hours). This restriction is aimed primarily at identifying malware distribution and to reduce the load on the mail server.

If, however, your site includes a mass mailing of letters exceeding the standard limit of the provider, in this case, it makes sense to move to VPS hosting tariff.
Prohibited content

Violation of the policy established by the hosting provider can also be a stumbling block for some inexperienced users. Each provider has a black-list those sites which are forbidden. These are mainly sites with so-called Adult-content or any other sites, topics that violate the legislation of the country, which have been registered.

That inexperienced users can get into trouble, where their site can be deleted without warning by the service provider. If the user needs to find a hosting for a site with adult-themed, it should seek web hosting, which is engaged in providing Adult Hosting.

Bottom Line…

It should be understood that web hosting companies are confronted daily with lots of variety of problems, including the problems described above. That can be solved unequivocally resolved, but when the problem is reaching that threaten to other websites, the provider is obliged to block the source.

Conscientious companies, of course, warned of the possibility of hosting your unit and provide solutions to the problem. But happens and so, that without a “declaration of war” website simply goes offline, you lose customers, money and frustration trying to find and eliminate the cause of their own. If such a situation occurred, common solution is to change hosting provider. In the ranking of web hosts Pickuphost you can pick a web hosting company that provides high-quality antiDDOS and virus protection, the most common reasons for blocking sites hosting.

Choosing Hosting for E-Shop

Before proceeding to the core issue, we define some terminology. Namely, that in our case we mean by an online store. After all, a simple site for a few pages, which presents a small catalog of the goods or services at multiple positions, and which can be ordered by phone, can also be described as an online store. So, we agree that this term we mean an interactive website where visitors can see a photo of headings, read the specifications, see ratings and reviews of previous customers, to add the desired product to the cart in your personal account, select shipping method and even make pay directly on the website.

Now as to the extent of the store. Of course, this range is very wide. Of course, the project could start with the absolute “zero”, that is, having the presence of only a dozen or so names of the goods and not having any visitors. But we will talk about the actual current project, which has a commercial sense, that is, relatively, hundreds or thousands of headings and hundreds, and probably thousands of unique visitors per day. Of course, this is a very approximate, but in general are clear.
Which parameters are critical?

So, what are the most important characteristics of a hosting for a stable smooth operation of an online store, and it works in principle. In the first place can be identified as follows:

  • Performance;
  • Speed ​​Channel;
  • The amount of disk space;
  • The amount of traffic allowed;
  • Support for databases;
  • Scalability.

Performance

Here we are talking about the power of “hardware”, that is, the server itself (or its allocated resources). It is a comprehensive concept, including the frequency and the “nuclear” of the processor, memory size, type and specification of hard disk drives, and so on. D.
Bandwidth

Here are all more or less clear. We are talking about how “wide” channel at the hosting provider and what the actual data rate you can expect.
The amount of disk space

The technical side, even larger site (html-code, scripts, stylesheets, etc.) can also have modest volumes. But the “working” part (photo products in high definition, overview videos, other content) can exceed the technical part by orders of magnitude. Therefore, the criterion for an online store is very important. We recommend an unlimited web hosting that does not have to worry about the amount of resources used and the potential growth of the project.
The volume of traffic permitted

Online store has a commercial sense for an impressive audience. Each of the visitors, and they can be hundreds, thousands, and more by visiting the online store, will turn the pages, view photos, watch videos. This means that from the hosting provider you choose will go “out” a serious amount of data that is not always free and especially not always unlimited.
Database Support

This option is quite obvious, since without the organization of functional and flexible database operation even very modest online store is practically impossible.
Scalability

We are talking about the possibility of expanding the scope of the store “a little blood.” If the project is successful, because of the constant influx of new visitors to it sooner or later have to move to new capacity. Often the founders of online stores underestimate this point, which is why at some point face serious difficulties down to the need to change hosting provider.

The attentive reader probably noticed that the above criteria is not something that worries many in the first place – the price. This is the time we will touch. Now we define, finally, from what a start when choosing a host for an online store, and what options to take over acceptable.
What type of hosting you choose?
Hosting for Online Store

In previous publications we examined in detail the main types of hosting that offer almost all companies. This shared-hosting, VPS / VDS, dedicated servers, cloud Hosteen and so on. Now consider this question under the topic Internet shop.

Before talking about the types of hosting, say one thing, which for some reason is not obvious to everyone. Forget and just do not even think about a free hosting, no matter how enticing and appealing offers were not. No, we do not say that free web hosting – it is something bad and the ugly, no. For certain goals and objectives (which we also discuss in future articles) free hosting – quite a good thing. But in no way for an online store. You can give good arguments, he says, “we have just opened, so as part of promotions offer powerful hosting for free.” In any case, free hosting your project is just “not pull” on the power, if not the work of the store it will be impossible.
Shared-Hosting

In the case of a conventional shared hosting in terms of accommodation online store would like to just say ‘no’, but we will not allow such definitive judgments, and sort out the subject matter. For several reasons, this type of hosting we pay most attention to it in order to save you from both the illusions and prejudices from unnecessary, thereby giving you the ability to make the right decision.

Modern web – it’s not what it was 10 years ago. World Network has come to every home, everywhere all unlimited and worth a penny. Regarding web hosting providers, especially Western, there is the same picture. Common shared hosting is cheap, available, and the technical characteristics of the eyes dazzled by the continuous «unlimited». But miracles, as they say, does not happen.

In the absolute majority of providers with the parameters of shared-hosting okay. There can be unlimited bandwidth, and full disk space, and a good channel, and databases, technical support, or anything else. But is not the problem. The most “narrow” place all virtual hosting – a limitation on the frequency of the processor and RAM. As you may recall from the last article, shared-hosting – it is itself a hostel, where one server can huddle hundreds of sites and well-known principle of “who first come, and sneakers” are largely the same work. And yet, all of these sites can be (and mostly the case) on the same ip-address, which is not positive in this regard. And yet, you will not be able to change the configuration of the operating system and software in order to, say, optimization of the store. And administrators can suddenly hosting install the update version of an important software that may be incompatible with the software version of your site, and store simply “fall.” All of these “and even” pushing us to the following conclusion.

The virtual shared-hosting – this is not a “sentence” for an online store. But placed on the website it only makes sense in some cases and under certain conditions. If you are just starting out, you want to work out, get to the core work of an online store, learn how to manage the CMS and its many modules, shared hosting will suit you. The same option you can choose if you do not have the financial means to pay for a more expensive hosting, then you simply select the particular no. On the other hand, you will be quite enough shared hosting, if the specifics of your business is such that more than a dozen other products and hundreds or so visitors a day is not intended, in principle, (for example, if you sell his paintings, products of manual labor or some other ” eXCLUSIVE “).

In all other cases, when you have a no business plan, or you clearly imagine the dynamics of growth, you very desirable immediately go “to increase”.
VPS / VDS

Virtual Dedicated Server – it is possible to tell, a de facto standard to accommodate so many online stores. Not because it meets all the requirements as much as possible, so that satisfies enough. Firstly, on a VPS you are given a guaranteed amount of critical resources like memory and processing power. That is, through virtualization technology, you released a well-defined volume of these resources, and you can get them, no matter how many “neighbors” did not sit with you on the same server.

Secondly, in this case, you are provided some important resource controls that are on shared-hosting inaccessible by definition.

Third, you get a fairly wide margin for growth. For example, if shared-hosting you have run out of critical resources, you need to switch to the VPS, and it is a number of reasons can have troublesome procedure, which, moreover, can “put” your site for hours, and even for days. Starting with the VPS, you simply move from one tariff plan to another without any extra “movements”.

In the case of VPS, however, may be difficult for you. VPS should be administered independently. This is not a disadvantage of this type of hosting, but we have to admit that working with VPS – this is a qualitatively different level than with a simple shared hosting.
Dedicated server

Finally, we come to the solution, which in all respects is true for all possible commercial web projects. Here you get to rent a full, not virtual physical server. With the processor, memory, disks, and other fillings. And all this “iron” available only from you.

In this case, the price may scare, but if your online store is so good that it requires as much a dedicated server, it is likely that his daily income will be more monthly server rental costs. And the price of VPS-hosting with good parameters is comparable with many starting configurations of dedicated servers. And your server provider will be “put in charge of” the system administrator who will monitor its serviceability and automatic monitoring system will also be day and night to make sure that nothing happened to your resource. Of course, it is likely, if you do not have the appropriate skills to manage this you need to be your own server administrator who will monitor for updates, backups, possible (very possible!), Hacker attacks, and so on. D. But opjat still, if the resource is quite ambitious, it is assumed that you will be able to take care of these matters.

Now, a little fantasize and assume that you have ripped the jackpot, and your online store has grown to the extent of significantly above average. There already have additional tasks. With an impressive volume and speed begins to “draw in” issues of stability and security. So, for example, only one day of downtime can cost huge losses. The loss of visitors, regular customers, revenue, reputational costs, and so on. D. A successful hacker attack competitors or pests can just turn around and do a disaster.

In order to prevent all possible risks, we should not have to go on the same server. Will needs a backup server with an established database replication, which can be quickly put into operation in case of emergency “fall” of the primary server.

In general, the site hosted on a dedicated server – this is a serious matter, and itself hosting company is well aware. So, for technical support, you will always be a priority, and on all the issues you will be helping struggling.
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When you select a host for an online store starting points are your personal plans, financial opportunities. If money is a minimum, but to do something like quite promising and plans, take the shared-hosting. But be prepared for the situation, when it becomes necessary to very quickly change the type of hosting, and even the provider. If you already have a small resource, you see the current traffic and clearly envision future growth, boldly take VPS. You will have plenty of time and power headroom for growth. Similarly, if you start from scratch, but in a serious way, having some financial means, it is better to choose a VPS. Well, if your site has grown enough, or you are planning a real blitzkrieg with mashtabnykh PR company is best for you will be a dedicated server.

The following publications, we will touch on many of the details and nuances of each type of hosting, as well as consider such specialized providers offer both the WordPress hosting, Bitrix Hosting, hosting for Joomla, etc. D. Stay tuned!

Choosing A web Hosting Server Like a Pro

So you have an idea to create a personal website, or perhaps it already exists. All that’s left – is to choose hosting for your site! But how not to lose with a choice? In this article, we explain how to select your hosting, and what should I look for when buying it.

First we need to understand what kind of site you have. Perhaps this is a personal blog, online store with lots of traffic or business site-card? After all, in the end, it all depends on the number of people visiting your site on a daily basis and how much “space” you need to store information.
Web hosting can be divided into 3 groups:

Virtual Hosting (Shared hosting). There is a view that the server use not only you, and physical resources such as CPU, disk and memory of cruel, has to share. In simple words, shared hosting can be compared with a hostel, the place is, but the food overall. As the saying goes, in close quarters, but not mad. This type of hosting is perfectly suitable for business cards sites, blogs and small businesses for the beginner.

VPS Hosting – virtual private hosting, which is also to be shared with others, but here the situation is a little different. On the physical server installed virtual machines, which are able to divide physical system resources between virtual servers. This is comparable to renting an apartment, ie, your apartment, but a common staircase. This option may be suitable for hosting any website that does not require too many resources.

A dedicated server (Dedicated server). A server that belongs to you and only you. Share it with anyone not necessary, and capacity will depend on the physical resources of the server and the internet connection, instead of the load other sites. A dedicated server is suitable for any kind of websites, from small business cards to large online retailers.
Technical support

Technical support – this is one of the most important points that you should pay attention when choosing a company. Once you have decided on the type of hosting, check whether the company offers technical support you have selected, and if the offers, what it is.

Support may be provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone or only via email correspondence or tickets. Therefore, if the company you have chosen provides technical support only in writing, check, during which time the answer comes.

Try to send a test message to the hosting company before you pay for the service, and thus to know whether the specified response time of support actually.

Storage

How much storage space provides you with a hosting company? All that you upload to the site will be stored on a physical disk hosting companies, so it is important to check how much space you are willing to provide.

Almost all hosting services offer service “unlimited storage”, but in some cases may not make sense to pay for a place that you will not use. Small sites and does not use more than 100MB.
connection speed

Do not forget, that connecting to a remote hosting, much depends on the speed of your internet connection, so before you give preference to a particular company, it is necessary to check how long it takes the user to go to your site. To emphasize the importance of the item, noting that many users simply shut down your site, do not wait for downloading.
Check the connection speed, you can use ping For this purpose we have developed a unique technology Speed-test by which you can measure the speed of connection to each of the hosts.

All you have to do this – is to click the “speed test” on our website, then select you are interested in hosting and click on “Start Test” button. All! Testing took place! It is very easy, simple and does not need to look hard ways. The less time it takes to ping, the better, and the more, the slower your site will work.

We hope that our article has helped you in choosing the appropriate web hosting company! Good luck!

What’s VPS Hosting and Do You Need One?

If you’ve ever heard the term “virtual machine”, you know, this is the whole concept of VPS. For those who have never encountered the virtual machines, explained: the virtual machine is a software computer that is like a real physical computer running a Windows operating system and applications. On one computer (read server) You can install multiple operating systems that will share the physical resources of the server and work on their own as an independent unit.

That is, the user sees a VPS server as a dedicated, belonging to him alone server. The user has the ability to manage the server, install the modules necessary to it, etc. However, with all this, we should not forget that the server is still virtual, and physical resources are divided among all the virtual servers that are installed on your computer. And now, after we have dealt with the way it operates the VPS, let’s look at the pros and cons of this type of hosting
Pros VPS / VDS hosting

1. Technical support. Usually when choosing VPS hosting, you will provide technical support that will add a couple of points to the sense of security. After all, when you know that the monitor are omnipotent administrators, sleep becomes calmer. Plus, support is usually available at no extra charge. In any case, before you buy, pay attention to this point, as each company works differently.

2. Flexibility. Virtualized platform ideal for testing a variety of options without a subscription a long-term contract. Do not forget that you always have the option to add memory, increase speed and hard drive size.

3. Price. VPS hosting – this is the best value for money.

4. Performance. Performance VPS / VDS hosting is much better than virtual hosting (Shared hosting).
Cons VPS / VDS hosting

1. Support. VPS hosting is self-supporting main disadvantage. There is no administrator for the monitor that will patch the server, install updates, and continuously monitor the server. It will have to do yourself.

Beside this point, there are no special minuses impressive VPS hosting, so that in this case, the benefits exceed the disadvantages. When to take a decision to move from shared hosting to VPS?

  • You should think about the type of transition from virtual hosting to VPS in the following circumstances:
  • Your site need a more powerful processor and more RAM.
  • You want to send a lot of emails.
  • Are you looking for a good performance and stability?

This type of hosting may well be suitable for both small sites and for online stores and mid-sized business sites that are going to grow in the future, but not yet have the means to more powerful equipment.

What You Need to Know about DNS Address?

Probably every one of you who has ever ever had to deal with the development of websites, heard such a thing as DNS. What is DNS, why you need it and how to use it? On this and many other things will be discussed in our article. DNS – Domain Name Server / System, a computer distributed system for information about domains. Most often used for IP-addresses by the host name (computer or device) (c) of Wikipedia. And now, in simple words: every time we go to a website and type its name, such as www.google.com, for this website is actually hiding the IP-address. Try it yourself, type in the address bar the following IP-address: 74.125.230.146 and you will get on google.
What is DNS?

So what is DNS necessary for? For us, for the people! Imagine that each site has no name familiar to us, and all managed IP-addresses: “Hey, man, go to the site 74.125.230.146! Cool site, you will not regret! “:)

DNS – that’s what takes us to the usual computer Internet sites into IP addresses (ie working as a real translator). Only in this way the computer can understand exactly where we want to go and how to get information.
DNS Root Servers

DNS servers communicate with one another via network protocols. As in real life, here too there is a hierarchy. At the top level of the hierarchy, the so-called root servers contain the complete database of domain names on the Internet and the corresponding IP-address.

Currently, only 13 servers around the world have a database of all domain names that other DNS servers are running at a lower level and support only certain parts of a common database.

When a DNS server receives the request is not in their database (eg, geographically remote or rarely visited Web site) The server automatically translates the request to a higher level on the server in the DNS hierarchy. This occurs as long as there exists a server that has a complete match search site in its database. The answer, respectively, is returned by DNS servers chain straight to your computer.

How to register the address of the DNS?
Now, buying a domain name, we know that it stands for the IP-address, and if there is a name and the IP-address, there must be a DNS server. Having a bad DNS server provider, you run the risk of undermining the reputation of your site, so before you register DNS address, make sure that a quality server. Check DNS address, you can on the website hosting and register them very easily – via your hosting control panel.

As a rule, each hosting site specifies detailed instructions on written DNS addresses from the control panel, so it is advisable to look for instructions on the supplier’s website.

What Is Cloud Hosting and Who needs it?

Cloud hosting has become extremely popular over the past few years. His whole concept is that the resources are shared across multiple servers, which ensures stability and reduces the risk of “falling Site” almost zero. At any peak, cloud hosting has the ability to use a different server resources. This technology is called “clustering.” The best example of the “cloud” is Google. The giant search engines distribute their information between thousands of servers. Not surprisingly, none of us could not even once do not get to Google. It always works and gives us the desired results. If one server has crashed or overloaded, another server temporarily “covers it”, and outputs the results of your query.

With such a load, like Google, have to balance between the servers and even IP addresses. One fall? There is a second! The second fall? There is a third! Photo for illustrative example of the foregoing.

It is important to understand that google unlike us enjoys physical “clustering” and not virtual. That is, several servers are combined with each other and store information belonging only to google, not sharing space with other websites.

It is therefore important to pay attention to the fact that many hosting companies called “cloud hosting” are not due to a few physical servers dedicated to you, and virtual machines. This means that several physical servers (and possibly one) are installed virtual machines, each of which has its own operating system, and resources that are shared between the physical servers.
Advantages of cloud hosting

1. Stability. One of the biggest advantages of cloud hosting is the stability. As we have already mentioned above, at the height of or damage to one of the servers, to the rescue comes another.

2. Save. When buying cloud hosting you only pay for the space you use. Here you do not have to pay for the resources that you do not use.
Cons cloud hosting

1. Safety. One of the serious problems of cloud hosting is security. That is why very carefully choose the provider company.
What to look for when choosing cloud hosting?

We already wrote about what criteria should be considered when choosing a hosting but when choosing cloud hosting is worth paying attention to one more important detail.

We offer you the cloud hosting is installed on a single physical server or across multiple? If distributed cloud hosting multiple virtual machines on one physical server, with the peak of another virtual machine to help with resource allocation. But if they fall, the server itself, you will be nothing left to do but wait for it repaired. Therefore, under these conditions, there is a kind of stability, but some … unstable. :) Cloud hosting is perfect for those who until recently enjoyed a virtual hosting, has grown up and is already looking for more stability for a good price. This type of hosting is suitable for small to medium sized sites.

How to Choose a Domain Name?

Choosing a domain for a site, it is one of the most important stages in the development of your business on the Internet. Domain – is the first thing a user encounters when entering your site, so the domain name should be memorable, successfully promoted and easy to find.

In this article we will explain step by step how to choose the right domain for your website.

So, let’s first understand what a domain. Go to Wikipedia – “a symbolic name that serves to identify the areas – administrative autonomy units in the Internet.” It is understandable, but how to choose it, not to miscalculate?
The name of the site and subject
The domain name should be associated with the site itself, for example, a site called Google, and its domain name www.google.com. Agree, it’s silly if the domain name of the website that sells, for example, dog food, will be “www.cats.com”. Therefore, when choosing a domain try to keep it as much as possible has been close to the site title or category.
Brevity is the soul of wit

When choosing a domain, pay attention to the brevity and memorability. The longer and harder the domain name, the higher the chances that your visitors do not drop off. Plus, it can greatly affect the promotion of the site, that is SEO.
Alternate aerodrome and creativity

Over time, it becomes harder and harder to find a like and at the same time affordable to purchase a domain name. Since the internet is growing day by day, domain names are bought like hot cakes. Therefore, the choice is to have a few spare options (if you have selected all the names are already taken) and enable creativity. By creativity we mean hyphens and small additions to the already selected domain, for example, if the domain is named www.iloverussia.ru already occupied, you can use www.i-love-russia.com or “I” changed to “We”, etc. .d.

What Is A Virtual Host (Shared Host)?

Many of us are in constant search of a profitable hosting offers, and often meet this type of hosting is virtual. To better understand what it really is, we type the name of the hosting and Google, moving from offline to the forum, trying to get an answer to the simplest question that arose in our minds – what is the shared hosting sites?

On many forums, other people’s advice to confuse us even more. Some say that it is worth to take advantage of this offer as worthy of the price, and “pulls” well, because often many sites on a virtual server uses virtually no traffic. At that time, the other forum users are categorically against this type of hosting.

In this article we will look at the pros and cons of shared hosting and we will understand exactly who it fits.

Under virtual hosting it means a physical server, whose resources (RAM, CPU, HARD DISK) are divided among all its users. Remembering cartoon about a crow that it has given, and it gave, we begin to delve into the essence of the issue and gradually dismantle all the pluses and minuses of the “carve-up”.
Cons Virtual Web Hosting

The biggest disadvantage of this type of hosting – it’s limited resources. Since the server is shared, it is possible that one of the owners of the site server load, using a large amount of traffic, e-mail capabilities, and so on, while you and other users will not suffer from a very good performance.

In addition, there is one drawback – the inability to establish the dates of your modules and programs to start and improve your site. Because the server overall, he is “fit” for the average customer needs, which may cause a problem if you need some special module.
Advantages of virtual web hosting

Often, many people are inclined to the conclusion that the advantages of this type of hosting outweigh the disadvantages. Virtual web hosting inexpensive, which is a major factor for most users. But in addition to low prices, you will not need to intervene in the server maintenance when running a site, you do not need linux administration knowledge, and little or no technical knowledge is not necessary. For example, creating a new database, or email account, all usually happens in a very convenient control panel, the use of which is no more difficult than the account on the social network.

So if your choice has fallen on a virtual web hosting, you can be sure that this decision will save you a lot of time and nerves. Shared hosting may well be suitable for sites that do not require a lot of traffic, such as business cards, small blogs, shops, forums, landing pages, etc.

If after reading this article you will come to a decision that the shared hosting does not fit your needs, do not despair, there are many alternatives around, the pros and cons that we have mentioned in previous articles. We hope that our review of the virtual web hosting to help you when choosing the right plan and answer your questions.