How to Choose a Reliable Host Server
Much of our modern-day lives are based on the Internet. Whether you are a student, a full-time worker, or retired from the workforce, the Internet likely plays an integral role in your everyday life. Furthermore, it is estimated that the role of the Internet will become increasingly more important as Internet technology is integrated into everyday household items like refrigerators, televisions, and even light bulbs.
The web is truly an amazing phenomenon. The vast amount of data and information available to anyone at the drop of a hat is remarkable, and the levels of connectivity the Internet provides are like those never before seen in human history. For the first time in history, a person on one side of the world can communicate with someone on the other side of the globe in real time, from the comfort of their own homes.
The Internet is essentially comprised of an interconnected web of computers that communicate with each other. This allows one computer to access and view the information stored on another connected computer. In order for this complex network of computers to work, there is some special technology that is employed across the globe. Servers are the heart of the Internet; they store and manage all of the information that is accessed on a daily basis.
A host server is a server that is used to run online applications, or store data for others to access. Host servers can include game servers, application servers and cloud storage for storing files, images, and web pages.
If you are looking for server hosting services, there are a few things that you should consider, among which are the cost of the server, the server specifications, the bandwidth allowance and the terms of service.
What Kind of Host Server Should You Look For?
Ideally, you want a host server that has a 99.99% or better uptime guarantee, and a service level agreement which says that if online servers go down, they will be back up online within a specific and reasonable amount of time.
What this specific and reasonable amount of time is will depend on your own personal tolerance for downtime – do you need the server to come back up quickly? Would you rather pay less for a server that might sometimes be unreliable because you have a low user load and your users belong to a demographic that would accept downtime?
Another thing to think about is the cost of the service compared to its specifications. If you are hosting a game or a web application, then you will have to worry about things like the amount of memory that the server has available, as well as CPU speed and the total bandwidth that the host server has available – both in terms of throughput and total data allowance.
Do not let yourself be swayed by very cheap server costs. Often, the cheapest hosts are oversold and when you start using them you may run into problems because there might be occasions when other people are putting the server under a heavy load that it cannot cope with.
Read consumer reviews before you buy hosting with any new provider and also look at which other sites are being hosted on their servers.
There are a couple of important reasons to do this. For instance, you would not want your website to be hosted on a server that hosts a lot of adult content if your site does not contain adult content because you could end up in a position where your site gets a Google penalty because of the content that the server is associated with.
Take a Look at Performance Tests Too
One more thing to ask yourself is: what access privileges do you have on the host server? Can you control everything you need to control? If you don’t have SSH access, or your server is so locked down that every time you want to access something you end up having to raise a support ticket to get the host to make the changes for you, then you will quickly get sick of wasting your time.
It may be better to pay more for a host that you can control yourself and install everything that you need to install. Of course, if you don’t have in-house IT expertise, then paying someone else might be a better approach in the long term.