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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Three Aspects to Consider When Searching for Web Hosting

Hard Drive Bays by Petr Kratochvil

This week's guest post comes for those looking for cloud hosting options.

The more that smart phones enter the hands of every individual, the more important it is for your business, regardless of its size, to have a presence on the Internet. Without it, current and potential customers will go elsewhere. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that every small business needs to purchase their own server and hire an IT person to manage it. Many companies offer a wide variety of web hosting services. For example, you can get Sparknode cloud VPS server hosting if that meets your requirements.

But what do you need in a hosting company? Before you can answer that question, you need to decide what you need in a website. Following are three questions that can start you thinking about your website needs:
  • What type of website do you need to run for your business? 
  • What security aspects are important for your website? 
  • How much control do you want to have over your website?

Type of Website
There are websites that provide information only and do not allow customers to interact with it. There are also interactive websites. An interactive website is one that will allow customers to input information. Even very small companies may want interaction with their customers. For example, if you are selling products over the web, customers interact with the website when input data to place an order. If your website is for information only, then you won’t need interactive capabilities. 

Security

There are different levels of security to consider. For instance, a firewall will help prevent unwanted access to your website. This might be all you need. Other companies will want a secure website which allows people to input sensitive data that will be encrypted for transmission. 

Control
Another important aspect to consider is how much control you want to have over such things as the programming, maintenance, and daily operations. Again, there are many different levels of managed services offered. This depends on the technical skill available in your company. Sparknode cloud VPS server hosting, for example, might have just the level of management that you need. As you consider managed packages, remember that your attention should be focused on your core business. If managing computers takes away from that business, you need more managed support rather than less.