5 Tips For What To Look For In A Web Server

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If you want to give yourself a presence on the web then you’re going to need a website. Then, once that’s created, you’ll need a server to put it on. The tricky part is choosing which is the best one for your needs. But help is at hand – just follow these five tips and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right server for you.

Choose solid-state drives

When you’re looking at the spec for the servers you’re considering, make sure that they run on solid-state drives (SSDs). If the server provider uses them, it means that they’ve made that extra investment to provide a more reliable service. That’s because SSDs are exactly what they say they are – solid – so there are no moving parts to go wrong. They’re also faster to transfer data and use less energy – making them a more sustainable solution.

Go for the maximum bandwidth you can afford

Bandwidth is what’s going to play a major part in dictating the amount of that can travel between your site and its users at any one time. Different web servers offer different levels of bandwidth and with some, like the relative newcomer on the scene, the Verpex™ managed server, it’s unlimited. So even though this may be more important for big sites that might be getting thousands of hits a week, it’s always going to be reassuring to know that they have more than enough capacity for you.

Make sure to choose the right storage capacity

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It stands to reason that the more storage space that you’re going to have, the more it’s going to cost you. So, just as when you’re choosing the right cellphone airtime package for your needs, make sure that you’re only paying for the storage that you’ll actually use. In most cases, this won’t be more than about 1 GB but if it’s a site with lots of videos or music files it could be more.

Check out the scalability

There are two main reasons to examine the scalability that’s available. Firstly, you’ll need the website to be able to cope with sudden spikes in the number of people visiting it (you’ll get a good idea of the volumes by checking out Google Analytics). Secondly, you need to be confident that you have a server provider that offers higher capacity options if you ever find that you need them. It’s also going to be important that they can switch you seamlessly when the time comes if you don’t want risk any downtime.

Location matters

Finally, while the internet may have made the world a smaller place, the closer the server is located to the people who are visiting your site, the faster the page loading will usually be.
It’s not always easy to find this kind of information out, but sites like Check-Host.Net can help.

So that’s how to look for a great server for your site. As to getting a site that’s going to do everything you want it to do, that’s a different story entirely.

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