Just when your website becomes successful and at last you are getting the sort of traffic you have been dreaming of, you get the dreaded email. Your web host informs you that the high number of visitors is monopolizing the server and unless reduced immediately your account may be terminated (often without a refund) for breaking its terms of service.
If this story sounds familiar, then you are one of the million of successful website owners who have quickly outgrown traditional shared hosting. So what are your options now? How can your website grow without the fear of your site being terminated? Well you will be please to know that there are several different options available to you! This article will cover each one, so that you can be sure you choose the option that is most suitable for your individual business needs.
Premium Hosting Benefits
Premium Hosting is ideal for those customers that have one very large and/or busy sites for example bloggs, forums and online businesses. The only sites that are not suitable are audio and video downloading or streaming websites or free/ mail providers as these sites could still monopolize the server resources.
If your website has outgrown shared hosting then Premium Hosting is definitely the most economical alternative. As most websites are not suitable for a reseller package, premium posting is a much cheaper alternative than having to get your own server.
Premium Hosting is very similar to shared hosing except the packages come with far more bandwidth (traffic) allowance and they are guaranteed to have a maximum number of accounts on each server. The benefit of premium hosting is the fact that you are sharing the server with far less accounts (normally just 30-70), therefore your website can have high traffic without effecting the server speed or causing downtime.
The other great thing about premium hosting is that is requires no extra technical knowledge and of course you still have peace of mind knowing that you still have 24 hour technical support (of course this depends on the host you choose). The last benefit of premium hosting is the fact there are several different packages to choose from, this means you only have to pay for the resources that you need at a given time. As soon as your website grows even further it is very easy to upgrade with only a slight increase in cost, which means your costs are always kept to a minimum.
Reseller Hosting Benefits
Reseller hosting is designed for individuals who wish to split up the resources allocated in their plan and resell each of these parts individually. Resellers are normally web designers, or customers that have many websites or entrepreneurs who wish to start their own web host company. (Reseller hosting is also not suitable for audio, video downloading or video streaming websites and free/email providers for the same reason as above)
With reseller hosting you can host unlimited domains, so you decided how many accounts you want to create and you decide the price you want to resell them for. The great thing about resellers packages is the fact that the web host will continue to provide the technical support to these customers anonymously, which means you donâ€™t have to worry about getting your own staff. Each of the resellers customers has their own control panel, personalized email and FTP accounts, fantastico scripts. The reseller can even have their own name servers which makes them look very professional. The other benefit of reselling is that although it requires slightly more knowledge of the industry, there is always technical support close at hand.
Dedicated Server the benefits
If you get a dedicated server this means you are the only user of that server. However as you are not splitting the monthly costs with others users, the actual price is of course higher. The price you pay depends on the quality of the server and whether it is managed or not (always be sure that the server you get is from a reputable company). This option is for websites that are not suitable for the other two options, or for those people who just want more control or higher security for their server. There are two different types of dedicated servers available.
An unmanaged Server is generally cheaper, however you must know first hand how to run your server (or hire a system administrator that does) as you will be responsible for all the server side problems and configurations. The second option is a managed server. Although this option still requires technical knowledge, you have peace of mind knowing that your web host will always have technicians there to assist you, which means you do not need to hire your own administrator.
With a dedicated server you have full root access so you can modify the configuration of the server to whatever suits you best. You can also install any software or scripts that you choose ( all of which are not possible with shared hosting). There are many other benefits to having a dedicated server, first there is reliability. If you are the sole user of a server, you never have to worry that another persons website is going to affect the speed, uptime or security of your server. Often your server will come with more than one CPU (check with individual web host though) which means your site (s) will have greater performance, pages will load much quicker and your scripts will run much faster. An example would be Dual AMD Opterons, Dual Xeons, Dual Pentium4â€™s and such.
As your website continues to grow, you can now have peace of mind knowing that there is always a suitable alternative available for you.
About The Author- Sarah Kirk is vice president of Micfo.com LLC, an international web hosting provider. Founded in 1999 Micfo.com LLC has quickly grown to become an award winning company with over 30,000 customers worldwide offering a range of services including shared
web hosting, premium hosting, cpanel reseller hosting and dedicated servers.
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