Hosting also has its Black Friday

Black Friday

El black friday or black friday It is a concept that has its origin in the United States, but has made the leap to many other countries. It is the day on which the Christmas shopping is inaugurated and that the shops take advantage of to make important offers with considerable discounts to attract more customers. In the US, it is celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Friday of November. In addition to this special shopping Friday, it has also been extended in some places to Monday (Cyber ​​Monday), dedicated exclusively to Internet purchases.

En the first part of the article We have already talked about everything you need and some important considerations to set up your online store. We also recommend a particular hosting service from the SiteGround company. This already included the WordPress plugin WooCommerce and support for said system, with which you did not have to start your online business from scratch, but simply focus on your products and start selling them once you meet all the legal prerequisites that we talked about in that first part of the post.

Well, just like a multitude of physical stores and also all online businesses are doing, a great offer for the services of SiteGround hosting this Black Friday. That is why I encourage you to take advantage of it if you need web hosting for your website or online business. Without a doubt, Black Friday could bring you luck to set up your online business with this offer and who knows ... maybe next year you will be the one to promote your services or products for Black Friday 2017.

Many people, when choosing a hosting simply focus on being cheap or sometimes select a free service. The free web hosting they are fine in certain cases where no support is needed or for very specific and temporary projects, such as a demo, a PoC (Proof of Concept), or a test. But the resources and features offered by these accommodations leave much to be desired if what you want is a robust and efficient platform to set up your website or an e-commerce.

How to choose a good hosting service?

Server farm

Discarding free hosting services we have to focus on paid ones if we want something serious. There are many of these services, with one or the other characteristics. Some of them focus more on some specific niches, enhancing some of the most demanded characteristics for that niche or offering an additional service, others are more generic but flexible so that you can mold them to your liking. Due to this diversity, I will try to give some recommendations so that you can make a good selection.

Accommodation capacity

It is one of the most important parameters, since it is the hard disk space that you will have on the network to store the content of your platform, both for the web, images, videos, downloads, etc. That is why you should choose an accommodation that offers you enough GB so that your entire network fits comfortably. Some services include unlimited capacity in their premium services, therefore it is a guarantee for the future.

For example, in the case of an online store, with WordPress, plugins, images, catalogs and everything that the web may have, it could be enough with about 500MB, it is always good to have more for future extensions.

Bandwidth

It is also important, keep in mind that it depends on the speed with which your clients or users browse the web, the speed of the downloads they make, etc. Keep in mind that hiring an insanely high bandwidth doesn't make much sense if your users' browsing speed is lower ...

Monthly transfer

Rate on which the amount of transfers supported by your website depends. That is, it will affect the maximum number of users or connections that your website will have. Therefore, if you are going to have a website as many requests, you will be interested in having a good bandwidth, otherwise there will be problems when trying to access the website. That in a business translates into losses, each failed access means a lost or dissatisfied customer ...

If for example we have a website whose load is 100KB and we offer downloads of 1MB, and the number of users per month is 1000, we should consider a rate of (0,1MB + 1MB) · 1000 = 1100 MB, for example.

High availability (uptime)

It is essential that it has high availability, that is, that the server does not crash constantly and is stable. For the same reason as in the previous section, a fallen website is not productive and customers or users end up getting angry. It should be the ideal, that is, 100%, but that does not exist in practice, so they must guarantee us at least 98% or more.

Technical support

Technical support is very important, many companies offer telephone, mail or interactive chat support to solve your doubts and help you fix the problems that your online platform has. In many cases, support is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. This support is the one you are trying to find, since you never know when problems can happen and you want to have the security of being backed up at any time.

I also encourage you to seek comments and opinions from users, if that support is not fast or is in another language that we do not master, it is of little use ...

RAM

It interferes with the speed with which the web loads, therefore the more RAM, the more agile the website will be. The more visitors simultaneously, the more RAM is required, so 256MB of RAM should be sufficient for most websites.

Processing power

Having a server with powerful processors is always a good idea, even if you don't trust much of the data offered, since sometimes they can be very powerful processors, but be spread over many websites. So it is better to check how much of that power is dedicated exclusively to our website.

Hard drive type

The storage we talked about at the beginning is not only capacity, but also the speed of reads and writes can make a difference. Although it is not so important, some services offer solid state hard drives SSD instead of the traditional magnetic or HDD. SSDs offer higher speeds.

Platform

It is quite important, part of it depends on the uptime rate that the server has. A Linux server (or another Unix) is not the same as a Windows server. A Unix-like operating system will always offer you more security, less dependency on reboots and maintenance, more stability and robustness, etc. In short, more productivity and even, if the system is free, such as GNU / Linux or FreeBSD, the savings in licenses can translate into more adjusted prices in reference to those who pay for a registered Windows or UNIX license.

Also, if you remember the LAMP concept, it is not only the operating system, but also the framework of software that surrounds it, such as Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc., as well as the support for HTML, JQuery, AJAX, Javascript languages, etc. ., depending on whether you are looking for a static or dynamic site and with which apps.

Number of supported domains and other services

If you are only going to register one domain, this is not a priority for you, but it is if you want to register more domains. As with transfers and capacity, some hosts offer from 1 domain or two, to unlimited.

Other services that may interest you is if they offer databases and their capacity, email and capacity, FTP, etc.

Control panel

It is the panel that is offered for the control and administration of the site. The most popular are Cpanel and Plesk, so if you have one of these, that's fine.

Infrastructure

It is the entire network of additional services or web platforms that they offer. As for example SiteGround we are talking about, which already offers WordPress and WooCommerce already pre-installed. This can sometimes be annoying if your objective is another, but if what you are looking for is that store business, it gives you a good base not to start from scratch.

So it depends on what you need (WordPress, PrestaShop, Magento, Joomla, Drupal,…).

Cost

The price is important, but I would say that it is the least important, unless the price is extremely high and you cannot afford it. But generally they are not too expensive and the amounts per year or per month are quite low. This depends on your pocket, the investment you want to put and the profit margin ...

However, many companies usually offer several ranges, if they have the option to go from one to another, I recommend that you start with the lowest and if it goes well, try over time to go to a higher one.

Additional characteristics

Web services

Once you have chosen a good web host, you can also focus on other additional features that your site should have, one of the most important is security. A customer will not trust their data and will make payments on an unsecured platform. These extras sometimes we have to implement on our own and on other occasions they are already included in the service offered by hosting companies. If they offer it to you, that means not only convenience, but it will also be included in the technical support they offer.

Let's see some examples of services that may interest you for your online store or business:

Security

  • Firewall- The server farm should have a secure network to prevent denial of service attacks and other security problems. Some offer both WAF and physical, and even anti-threats.
  • Prevention of malware: whether it is a Unix or a Windows, you should have additional security measures to prevent malware and bots as well.
  • Security updates: all the software that makes up the platform should be constantly updated or patched to cover vulnerabilities that can be exploited for illegal purposes.
  • SSH- It is important to implement Secure Shell for secure connections. This encrypted communication protocol prevents the information that is transferred from the computer to the website or vice versa from being made in plain text. Instead, it is encrypted and prevents private data from being accessed with certain attacks.
  • SSL certificates: having an SSL certification is vital for the security of our site, so our HTTP or FTP will become HTTPS or FTPS.
  • Others: if they offer other additional measures such as antispam for mail services, others offer daily backups, intrusion alerts, and more.

Speed

The speed depends in part on the server hardware (RAM, processors, SSD disks,…), on the characteristics of the network and on the software (Linux, Apache, WordPress,…) as we have already said. But regardless of this, some hostings offer some technologies that they implement to increase this speed, which is appreciated both from the user / client side, as well as from the administrator / owner of the web.

  • Versions: Having more up-to-date versions of the software or languages ​​used is also a guarantee of speed.
  • CDN (Content Delivery Network): network of servers located in various parts of the world to accelerate the loading of the web in different countries if your clients are from various parts of the world. Well, this would be interesting in the case that your business is global.
  • cache: web cache system, which basically what it does is load the web on a dedicated server to serve as cache and when said web is requested it will already be previously loaded on said server to display it more quickly.

And to finish, remind you that all these points that we are talking about about hosting it is offered by the guys from Siteground. And if you take the opportunity to make the reservation during Black Friday you can save some interesting money.

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