Web Hosting Selection, Not an Unlimited Option

While searching for a web host, you’ve undoubtedly come across offers for unlimited bandwidth and disk space for insanely low prices, sometimes as low as $1.00 a month. As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. So it is with web hosting.There are several things one must be concerned when choosing a web host. You need to answer three primary questions before you begin the process of choosing a host.Firstly, how much space do you need for your site itself. This is the amount of disk space all your website files will occupy. Generally websites occupy significantly less space than what a host will offer. Unless you have large files such as videos, images, or downloadable programs, or a huge database you will likely need less than 100MB of disk space.Secondly, you need to determine how much traffic your web site will have. This relates directly to your bandwidth needs. Again, if you have video, picture galleries, or any other large downloadable content your bandwidth needs increase accordingly. A reasonably busy website without any streaming video or other large bandwidth content will use about 150MB of bandwidth a day. That isn’t just a tiny three page site, that would be a full site with web graphics, lots of content and more. The catch with bandwidth is does a host measure inbound and outbound data, and yes, there are hosts who only count outbound data.Thirdly, and this is the part I call peripheral needs, you must determine how many email addresses, forwarders, parked and add-on domains, and databases you will need as well as what technologies your website requires. Some sites will need.ASP and MSSQL, which means they need Windows hosting, and some will need PHP, PERL, and MySQL so they would require Linux hosting for best results although it could run on Windows.Once you know the answers to these questions, and there are many forums that can help you answer them if you need help, it is time to start looking for a host.Above all, you want your website to work, and work fast. When you use shared hosting, you’re already using resources that are allocated among numerous users. As long as everyone’s a good neighbor, there usually isn’t much of a problem. But what happens when a host offers unlimited hosting, without actually having the resources to back it up? Most of the time, that’s what happens. The hosting company itself is almost always limited to certain resources, and they offer unlimited resources to their customers in the hopes that only a few customers will actually call them on it.When a host allocates unlimited bandwidth and disk space without having the resources to back it up, that could result in a serious problem for you and your site. All it takes is one site to enjoy a huge amount of popularity, or consume an outrageous amount of disk space, and your site is adversely affected, maybe to the point of being inaccessible to your customers.What, then, are the priorities? Above all, you want a host who has the resources on hand. You also want a host who does not oversell. What that means is that each server that they run is limited in the number of clients that go on that machine, in harmony with disk space and bandwidth limitations. If a host doesn’t oversell, then each client will be able to run their sites in harmony with one another. On the other hand, if a host does oversell, sites will slow to a crawl, and more than one customer could find that they don’t have the amount of disk space that they thought they did, or even worse, they may not be able to access their website. And if they can’t access their website, their visitors can’t either.By no means is shared hosting a bad thing. However, it becomes a bad thing if the host is irresponsible and oversells its resources. A responsible host will, when a server starts to fill up with clients, configure a new server to place clients on. We here at PalladiumHosting.net don’t oversell, and we invite you to try to host your site the Palladium way. We think you’ll be quite satisfied, and more to the point, you’ll get the bandwidth and disk space that you pay for. And if within 30 days you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll give you your money back.

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