Are you running a business or a blog or any other website? You might be wondering what suits you to best. This thought might pop-up in your mind when your website is either slow or is running out of resources to handle your number of visitors or any other requirements within or without prime times. So in this article, we are going to learn to choose the right web hosting to get the best result out of your website within your budget.
Before we begin, we’re going to clear our concept on “shared hosting” or mostly called as “web hosting”(it might be dedicated but we will assume as shared one).
What Is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a part of web hosting where you get web hosting space from your provider’s server. The word ‘shared’ in ‘shared hosting’ means your website’s resources are shared with other clients of web hosting provider. Your files and other things are safe in your space, but your CPU resources, it’s usage and more other things are limited.
In shared hosting, you may see that you’re provided a CPU core to use. However, that CPU core is a virtual core and over that, you can’t use it fully. It means, if you are running huge scripts on your website platform, your website may take a lot of CPU power. In shared hosting, you are allowed to use full CPU core at a very limited extent ie you can use full CPU for only 5-30 minutes. This time is decided by your hosting provider. If you exceed the time, your hosting provider would suspend your website for the day or for the rest of the month till next billing date. To continue, you have to either pay more to increase/refresh limit or wait for the website to get restored by the end of the day or month.
What Should We Do To Tackle This Issue?
To tackle this issue, you must be paying only for what you’re using. Nothing too extra, nothing too less. This is the main motive of our article. So let’s see what we should prioritize.
If you’re running a static website with no big functionalities like database queries, PHP or any other things. But if you are running a big website where your data might consume a lot of storage, then you should get more storage from your hosting provider or select the desired plan provided by them.
One of the most essential resource. Many hosting providers do provide unmetered bandwidth to their customers. However, there are some providers which will provide you limited bandwidth. Bandwidth is the data transferred between the hosting server and the client/visitor. This includes files being displayed on the viewer’s computer like images, CSS and etc.
The main thing, yet on number three. If a lot of processes are being made at once, then the CPU might get loaded. To avoid this, there must be no CPU limit or more CPU limit than an average hosting provider.
I/O or input or output limit. It is a limit of the task running that processes the data transfer between the HDD/SSD space of the server and the RAM in order to write to the disk. This is similar to CPU and gets exhausted quickly if you’re running advanced scripts or themes which processes tons of data at once.
5.DDoS Protection For Both Layer 7 & Layer 4
DDoS protection is must because your website might get attacked by your competitor or hater in order to interrupt your service and benefit theirs. Layer 4 protections are the server’s connection based protection where tons of TCP/UDP packets are sent but your server filters the spam packets and allows legit packets to the server. Layer 7 protections are however quite different as they protect your website from tons of fake visitors which are sent to your website to interrupt your service. If your hosting provider has good protection, you should give it a go as the above-mentioned limits can be reduced at an extent by using CDN(s) and by other means, but protecting your website from such attacks will surely hurt your financial status as well as reputation too.
There are many other points. But for now, we will cover only basic and most used resources/layers which are essential to run your website smoothly.
If you think there is any other concept that is needed to be added into the list, please comment down below and we will add it if it makes any sense enough to be added in ‘essential resources’ list which is required by website owners.