Guest article from onlinetoolsexpert.com
Search engines and ordinary users are very distrustful of sites that are permanently unavailable for some reason, at some point of time. This problem occurs when site files are hosted on weak servers or the hosting provider provides low-quality services. In order not to get caught up by search engines, you need to choose your hosting wisely. The popular hosting providers aren’t always guaranteed to provide high-quality services, and in order to make an educated choice, you will have to check their quality by the methods described in this article.
So, how do you choose the right hosting for your site? We will answer these and other important questions about choosing a hosting and securing sites in this article in the most detail.
How do you check the quality of a hosting site?
Shared hosting is a great hosting choice for small and medium-sized sites without significant traffic. Such hosting is a launching pad for many projects that will subsequently become popular and visited.
Suppose that you have already looked at several options and decided to check whether the selected shared hosting meets your requirements and declared capabilities. We have compiled a list of recommendations for you that will help you make the right choice. As for a right-thumb rule, avoid any EIG hosting providers.
Learn about server technical specifications
The server is the most ordinary computer, which has the same “internal organs” as your PC but the server capacities are many times higher. One such server can host a couple of thousand sites, and your site will become one of them.
Naturally, every web resource on the hard drive of such a server, like any program, will consume RAM and processor resource capacity. A good hosting in such a situation will always ensure that each site consumes no more than the resources indicated in the tariff plan. Otherwise, the rights of other sites on this server that simply don’t have enough server capacity for the normal operation will be infringed.
Check server load performance
Any normal provider has more than a dozen servers at its disposal. It’s difficult to predict which one will get your site. How then can you check the server load before paying for the plan? It’s simple: good hosting providers always provide their new customers with a free trial period during which you can test the server for various characteristics, including load.
To do this, you need to set special timers for the site’s scripts and study the statistics for several days — how quickly PHP files are executed and queries to MySQL databases are processed. The resulting graphs will show if performance declined during peak hours. For VPS server performance testing, you can use nench benchmarking tool. It’s impossible to verify these parameters even without minimal attendance, so you will have to connect your company employees or friends to the testing process.
Check channel load
This option is easier to verify than the server load. Special services provide users with the opportunity to ping the hosting servers: you insert the address of your site in a separate line and computers from different parts of the globe try to reach it. For several days you collect statistics, after which in general terms you can assess the availability of the site from other parts of the world.
In most cases, such services are free, but often you have to go through the registration process. This information will provide you valuable input about the channel load of your potential site hosting.
You need to approach the choice of a hosting provider wisely. If you plan to develop the site diligently, choose a hosting with flexible customizable pricing. The ideal option is when the hosting provides rental of both virtual servers and dedicated ones. This will help to transfer the site painlessly inside one hosting provider when traffic increases substantially at the site.
Always pay attention to the responsiveness of technical support, ready at any time to come to the rescue, as well as to a load of servers and channels, which you can check at our prompts during the period of free testing of the service. Don’t forget about the technical characteristics of the servers. Dedicated servers on SSDs work faster than on HDD since sites on this equipment are more responsive, and as we already mentioned, stay out of EIGI.