Stiff competition in the industry has definitely ended up with the customer getting better services at lower costs. However, it has also made it extremely easy to just get lost in the myriad different...
Stiff competition in the industry has definitely ended up with the customer getting better services at lower costs. However, it has also made it extremely easy to just get lost in the myriad different options and packages that companies offer. Even the immense industry jargon that is usually associated with hosting companies make it harder for prospective customers to properly evaluate products and make a purchase that is just right for their needs.
The first question you need to ask yourself before you get started with looking for hosting services is what your intended scope is. What do you intend to do with hosting services. Is it simply going to be a lightweight company website? Do you need advanced features? Do you need database connectivity? Do you want to offer ecommerce services? What hosting plan is best for you depends intimately on what you want your website to do. Buying a windows cloud dedicated server is overkill if your needs might be serviced by simple inexpensive shared hosting.
Once you have figured out what your website is intended to be used as and the features you need, you can get started looking at hosting plans. The primary factor in choosing a hosting plan is the difference between shared hosting and other high performance options. Generally speaking, shared hosting is the way to go in two cases: either you are on a very tight budget and cannot afford better options, or your website is extremely lightweight and intended to be used similar to a billboard by the side of the highway. Display websites are great for outreach and disseminating information and shared hosting is perfect for these purposes. However, if you want to be able to handle heavy traffic, you really need to look elsewhere.
For high performance websites that need to be super-fast and be able to handle tons of traffic, you need to step up to more feature packed hosting solution. Such performance does not come cheap, though there are exceptions. At the starting end are cloud hosting solutions like VPS hosting. These plans offer great performance at mid-tier prices. They offer flexible resource allocations that you can change at the click of a button. On the other end of the spectrum are windows cloud dedicated servers which are high performance machines dedicated to a single customer. This means that an entire system is dedicated to you and you do not need to share any resources with any other customer. However, these plans are on the high end and are quite expensive.
Cheap dedicated windows server hosting plans offer the best in reliability and performance since these are not simulated environments but real hardware that you can touch. While inherently less flexible than cloud windows dedicated server hosting plans since adding or changing physical hardware configurations take time, dedicated servers are extremely reliable that can keep your website online under any circumstances and barring catastrophic hardware failure or power outages. These plans are the cream of the crop designed for high traffic scenarios and not every day use.