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How should I choose hosting?


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This all depends on your technical requirements. You have to answer to a few key questions:

  • What is your budget?
  • Do you want to scale your system?
  • What are your technological requirements?

There are three main hosting solutions that you could use

Shared hosting

This solution focuses mainly on low cost.

Advantages:

  • cost
  • customer support

Disadvantages:

  • it can support low traffic
  • limitations to disk space, traffic and processing power
  • some technologies you may be using won’t be supported by shared hosting

VPS or dedicated server

Those solutions give you your own server, which you can freely configure. VPS give you your own virtual machine, working just like dedicated server, however resources of a physical machine are shared with other users.

With this solution, you need to have a sysadmin to handle your server, or your developers should provide you support.

Advantages:

  • good processing power
  • you can host any technical solution
  • you can scale by increasing processing power (VPS)

Disadvantages:

  • moderate cost
  • you need to do setup yourself

Cloud hosting

This is an integrated environment that allows to better control scalability and adding new services. With this solution, you need to have a sysadmin to handle your server, or your developers should provide you support.

Advantages:

  • good processing power
  • you can host any technical solution
  • you can scale without limit by increasing processing power, or adding new machines
  • you have additional flexibility of using services which are easy to set up for complex systems
    • various storage options
    • video streaming
    • scalable databases

Disadvantages:

  • cost
  • customer support
  • fairly complex architecture
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I would add that having a 24 hour a day phone number that is quickly answered to problem solve is very important as well as a host that has been there for years.

Agreed, at least for the shared ones (and for me that is included on the “customer support”), for the others that doesn’t apply that much. 🙂

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Shared Hosting and VPS hosting it good when you have limited number of user who interact with your server, Like when you show portfolio or services to your client or some small project.
Another thing are distance, Distance between user and server are really matter when your services or project communicate with client machine. if really affect too much at client end.

But when you have cloud env, then you don’t need to care that all…😁

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