SimpleNet Director of Marketing

Written by Bob Roth

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6. What levels of redundancy doesrepparttar web host provide? Failures that cause your site to lose connection can happen. Therefore, it's crucial to find a provider whose hosting architecture providesrepparttar 105949 least-risk of failure. Redundancy is necessary. Single points of failure are very bad, but many hosts attempt to cut costs by risking single points of failure. Ask your web host about their redundancy in server architecture (web, email, and DNS servers), load-balancing, and file storage. A web server isrepparttar 105950 hardware and software combination that serves requested web pages, files, or other information. Servers answer requests from web browsers to provide information from web sites, email, and databases. They then send that information torepparttar 105951 requesting browser. Load balancing dividesrepparttar 105952 amount of work that a server has to do between multiple servers, which also adds redundancy, so that more work gets done inrepparttar 105953 same amount of time and, in general, all web sites requests withinrepparttar 105954 network get served faster. The load balancers stay in constant contact withrepparttar 105955 servers to determine how busy they are and/or if one of them has failed. It may sound like a no-brainer, but having your site connected torepparttar 105956 Internet isrepparttar 105957 whole reason for having a web site and a load-balanced, redundant network is vital to that endeavor. Has your email server ever been down? Redundancy is also vital for email and DNS servers. A Domain Name System (DNS) server translates requests to locate a web site. As you can imagine, keeping email and DNS servers online is a mission-critical task for a web host. For file storage, seek a host that uses a reliable storage solution with multiple auto-fail over and hot-swappable drives to ensure continuous delivery of your web site.

7. Doesrepparttar 105958 web host automatically backup customer web sites in case of data loss? How often? Backing up web sites should be a routine part of your web host’s operation. Backup isrepparttar 105959 activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or any other catastrophe.

8. What isrepparttar 105960 web host’s billing policy? Look for a web host that provides a money-back guarantee. This will allow you to try outrepparttar 105961 host’s service. Should you find thatrepparttar 105962 service is sub-par in site performance, reliability, or lackingrepparttar 105963 features that you seek,repparttar 105964 ability to request your money back, withinrepparttar 105965 parameters ofrepparttar 105966 guarantee, is priceless and liable to save you from later trouble. It is always a good to idea to inquire aboutrepparttar 105967 web host’s cancellation procedures. There are many out there who require you to send them an email or make a phone call to cancel, which can extendrepparttar 105968 time frame to cancellation. A host who is confident in their service will have a cancellation form or online avenue within their control panel. Now, they will likely also have a retention program, so don’t be surprised when they call or email you to ask why you are leaving. After all, your feedback helps them to evaluate their service.

9. Doesrepparttar 105969 web host providerepparttar 105970 features that you need for your web site? Sometimes people choose a host because it hasrepparttar 105971 exact feature set that they need, but later find that feature set means nothing when access to those features is unreliable. Make sure that a host has your desired features and is also reliable. To make sure thatrepparttar 105972 host you are evaluating has everything you need, userepparttar 105973 following list: •A domain name, but be sure to look for hidden registration fees or renewal fees •An ample amount of versatile email accounts including web-based, POP3, and IMAP •Email spam filtering and virus protection are a must these days, unless you are providing this on your own •Enough disk space to meet your site’s needs •Monthly bandwidth allotments that will cover your traffic andrepparttar 105974 ability to increase that allotment based on your site’s success •Site building tools such as extensions for FrontPage or other online/downloadable site building programs •Ease of upload to your site via FTP or other means •Access to a robust traffic analysis program orrepparttar 105975 raw logs for you to process yourself •Programming languages, including CGI, PHP, MIVA (if needed) •Ecommerce shopping cart alternatives •Database capability, dependant upon your application preference

10. Doesrepparttar 105976 web host haverepparttar 105977 products and services to handle your growth? You might be surprised how many sites that once started for fun or as a hobby have grown into some ofrepparttar 105978 most popular sites onrepparttar 105979 Internet. Hence, you never know when you’ll outgrow your current product or service and need to move uprepparttar 105980 ladder torepparttar 105981 next rung. Make sure that your web host can meet your anticipated growth, not only withinrepparttar 105982 product range of shared hosting, but should you ever need a dedicated server or co-location solution, your host is there to discuss and providerepparttar 105983 best solution.

Do your homework by usingrepparttar 105984 above questions as a template and you will likely save yourself some major headaches downrepparttar 105985 road. If you’ve gathered information about multiple hosts, you can now compare apples to apples and decide onrepparttar 105986 best host for your needs. Hopefully,repparttar 105987 work that you’ve done will avoid forcing you to use your gut, but rather make an informed decision based onrepparttar 105988 facts. Perhaps,repparttar 105989 best piece advice that you will find in any article or forum about choosing a host is, if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

Bob Roth is a former employee of and Yahoo!. He is currently the Director of Marketing for industry icon Web Hosting. He can be contacted at Distribution of this article allowed by linking back to .

Windows Hosting versus Linux Hosting

Written by Calin Indre

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Supporting java scripts is not a topic to be argued upon as they are executed onrepparttar client side (the user’s web browser) and both Linux and Windows have no problem feeding this content to your visitors.

It is a whole different matter when discussing server side scripting. For web site owners trying to implement forms on their site it is common knowledge that ASP is supported by Windows and PHP isrepparttar 105948 tool to do just that under Linux. However both developed solutions to support each other’s programming language for web development. This support is not perfect and its limitations recommend Linux for a good PHP support and Windows for ASP, especially when it comes to hosting web sites that requirerepparttar 105949 full userepparttar 105950 advantages offered by PHP or ASP.

Linux offers a support for FrontPage extensions. Windows has a weak point in offering only limited CGI/Perl support, so if Perl isrepparttar 105951 scripting language of your choice, you should opt for Linux.


Dynamically driven web sites require some sort of databases. Beyond sites employing databases, most frequently you will encounter mySQL or MSAccess. If your web site is relying on mySQL, then you’ll have no problems hosting it on either Windows or Linux. For MSAccess databases, look your only option is Windows.


Linux web hosting is cheaper. The reason must be searched in licensing costs, that are lower that for Windows, and inrepparttar 105952 ability of Linux web servers to support a higher web sites per server ratio without compromisingrepparttar 105953 quality of service.

Although Windows hosting cost a bit more, you will get something for your money. It’s reduced development time and functionality

Asrepparttar 105954 option of one over another depends basically of your actual needs and ofrepparttar 105955 plans you have made forrepparttar 105956 future of your web site. For example will it move from a rather static web site to one relying heavily on server side scripting? And if it is so what would berepparttar 105957 programming language used: PHP or ASP? Consequently your web site will be set up on a Linux or on a Windows web server.

Almost all serious web-hosting providers will offer yourepparttar 105958 choice between Linux and Windows.

There is no winner of this contest, at least not yet. In today’s terms, your preference of one system over another should be given only by your requirements andrepparttar 105959 needs of your visitors.

Calin Indre is editor at HostPinPin (, a Cheap Web Hosting Directory Resource. is a resource for webmasters and consumers looking to find a web hosting company. Providing web hosting reviews, articles, tips.

This article may be reprinted or published without the authors consent as long as the “About” and “weblinks” are kept intact.

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