If you’ve searched the Internet for web hosts lately, you’ll see countless big-name companies ready to sell you cheap hosting for pennies a day. Some even offer “unlimited” storage and email accounts, which seems like a great deal. It’s important to keep in mind that this type of provider is not going to give your site the service and attention it deserves.
Firstly, web hosting can come in different flavors. Do you need Windows? Linux? It’s important to know the right platform for your needs. At i3, we prefer and recommend Linux hosting, due to its reliability, stability, and speed. Some applications, such as sites built on the .NET framework, are better suited for a Windows environment. i3 can help you decide which platform is right for you.
The single most critical factor when choosing a web host is server capacity – it will affect all other things discussed in this post. Whether you’re looking for speed, reliability, or a combination of both, it will all be affected by how many other sites are hosted on that server. i3 partners with a provider that limits its servers to no more than 20 clients at one time. For comparison, most big-name providers have between 500-2000 websites on a server at one time. That’s crazy!
What happens to an oversold server? Mostly, downtime. When you have that many sites on one box, it takes just one rogue website or one malware attack to bring them all down. Even in the best-case scenario, you’re still going to be fighting for bandwidth and processing power with the hundreds of other clients on that server. The benefit to the hosting company, of course, is that the more sites on one box, the more profit.
Your business deserves the best possible service and performance for your website. Chat with i3 specialists to find out how we can help you succeed.