The best web hosting options in 20162/22/2016
One of the biggest questions I’ve been asked as I began piecing together the website for my company is, “where do you host your website?” In an age where every second counts, and people being turned off by even small amounts of delay time in loading webpages, hosting has become a big concern for businesses! So, I decided to put up the findings of my search for the best company to host my website.I did a ton of research before I began hunting for a host provider. Some of the criteria that factored into my decision were the cost, support availability, server locations, downtime and perceived page loading times. While it’s definitely important to find an affordable service to protect the bottom line, it’s also important to understand that any downtime or slow load times could adversely affect sales. Another important factor was that I needed a VPS (or possibly a dedicated server) because I wanted to be able to control all aspects of my site, and was worried that shared hosting could put my site at risk of being attacked or having another user on the server use up all the resources, leaving my site sluggish and unresponsive. With these factors in mind, I put together a list of the top 3 web hosting companies based off my needs, and reviews I had found on them. Those companies were HostGator, RamNode, and Dream Host. I ordered a VPS from each company and installed my website on each to see how they’d perform under load and while being barraged through various tests I had created. Here is what I found:
HostGator was the eventual winner! Not only were their prices in-line with what I wanted to pay, but their support was responsive and helpful with everything I threw at them! Their servers were located in Houston, Texas, which I felt was a great location based on the fact that I planned on serving the whole United States. I purchased the “Snappy 1000” option for $49.95 a month, which is fully managed (meaning if you contact them, they will do anything you need done to your server, and maintain its security and updates). Some of the options included are 1 CPU core, 1GB of memory, 60GB of disk space, 1TB of bandwidth and 2 IP addresses (which are important if you plan on doing sales on your site and need an SSL certificate).The site under load performed beautifully, and I never experienced any slowdowns. What ultimately got my business was their support, and their ability to keep my site live at all times. It gave me more time to focus on sales and marketing, instead of fiddling with updates and keeping the site secure. I definitely recommend them. You can check out all they have to offer by visting https://www.hostgator.com.
This was a close second, and I almost chose them! Specs wise, they offered way more for the money, and had multiple locations around the country which was appealing. What steered me away from them was the fact that their VPS’s were unmanaged, which means that if something goes wrong, a virus gets installed, or updates come up, I have to deal with them! What a headache. However, the VPS I paid for was an OpenVZ SSD VPS with a 2 core CPU, 3GB of ram, 100GB of storage, 3.5GB of bandwidth and 1 IP address (with the option to buy more). All of this cost me $21 a month! At first, I said to myself, this is a no brainer! I’m getting way more bang for the buck. However, when I factored in the amount of time I might potentially need to spend keeping the server up to date, the more expensive HostGator VPS sounded more reasonable. However, in the future if I start getting way more traffic and sales, I may revisit this decision, because you definitely get way more resources for small amounts of money.The site again was flawless, and I ran into no sluggishness under load or during normal use. The only “hiccup” I ran into was installing the operating system via a console. With HostGator, I didn’t have to worry about getting things installed, but with RamNode, I did. Still, I got it up and running and was completely satisfied! If you know how to navigate a server and keep it up to date and whatnot, I definitely recommend them! You can check them out at http://www.ramnode.com.
DreamHost came in last place, though all three companies performed incredibly well! The main reason they were not picked was because I did have 2 periods of downtime while using them. However, things do happen, and it could be that this was an unusual occurrence! The upside to their company is that they cost less than HostGator, offer managed VPSs (so you don’t have to deal with anything), and offer great specs for the money! I ordered the “enhanced” option, which they marked as most popular, which cost $29.99 a month, and offered 2 CPU cores, 60GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 2TB of bandwidth, and 2 IP addresses.I had two days where my site went completely offline for around 5 minutes, at which point I was on the phone with their support staff getting it back online. Their reasoning was that there was some issues with the DNS of the site, and they got it corrected both times. Still, in a close race such as this, the smallest of hiccups can be the deciding factor. Other than the short downtimes, the site ran extremely well as was super fast! I got the fastest download times from DreamHost, which I was happy with. Despite my downtime, I still recommend them, and was happy with their support team and the way my site functioned on their VPS. You can check out their services at https://www.dreamhost.com/.I have been running on HostGator for 2 months now, and have been completely satisfied with how my site is functioning, and feel safe going into the future knowing they are there if things ever go south!Do you have any suggestions on a host? Comments? List them off below! Thanks for reading.
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