What hosting package do I need
Hosting packages are designed around three principle measures.
The first is the capacity to host (store and distrbute) data and to a lesser extent the features offered.
The second is the security and reliability of the host.
The third factor is the scalability of the host.
The capacity of the host is defined in the amount of storage space provided and the data transfer allowance (aka bandwidth). These factors are normally indicated in MB or GB. The storage space is the disk space allocated for the storage of your webpage files, application files, content management system files and any downloadable content you will provide from your host. The data transfer your hosting account uses is the data traffic in and out of your host. Traffic out includes all the webpages your visitors view including images and videos stored on your host, the emails you send and backup files that are stored offsite. Traffic in includes information you or your visitors send up to your site including emails, file uploads and so on. The more you need to store and teh more you move around, the greater the cost will be.
Hosting packages also vary in the detail of features they provide. In general the cheaper packages do not provide advanced features as they are rarely required by small scale sites, confusing to new users and capable of damage when used incorrectly.
Security and Reliability
Shared hosting environments are the cheapest and although security is tight and maintained, by their very nature these services provide the lowest level of hosting security. Properly manage teh security risk can be dramatically reduced and for the majority of websites can easily compensate for the inherent security risk of the technology.
VPS hosting offers the next highest level of security and significantly improved reliability. This is simply due to the technology used and its ability to maintain services under failure and self-heal.
Dedicated servers with private firewalls offer the most complete and secure hosting solution with the highest level of security and a correspondingly high cost. Additional running costs are also required when running dedicated servers which puts them in the top level of hosting expense category. The expense of dedicated servers are exceeded on by co-located services. These options are not suitable or recommended for small business and are not options that clickonIT offers.
Shared host services are not inherently scalable. VPS hosting scales within moderate limits and cloud hosting scales dynamically and extensively in all dimensions.
Cloud hosting also offers great security and reliability as well as the capacity to dynamically scale the services required to meet heavy bursts of demand or increase hosting power as website traffic and demand increases.
clickonIT offers Linux shared hosting for best economy and Linux cloud hosting for best and cost-effective security, reliability, performance and scalability.
If you are uncertain as to what your requirements are likely to be, please contact us with your website/email intentions and will will be pleased to advise accordingly.
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