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2018-06-01 10:13

Is a more expensive server always better than a cheaper one? What you should consider to choose best-fit web hosting

Don’t we get a little bit confused when many web hosting providers charge different prices on the hosting plan which seems the same? Here, you'll find some tips when it is worth paying more for a hosting service and when you should just save on that.

Types of web hosting providers

All hosting providers can be divided into 3 types: resellers, data-centers and hosting companies, who own hardware and rent only space (e.g. a rack) in the data-center. So what's the difference among them?

1. Data centers

Like big malls, large hosting companies provide you with a bundle of services starting at the server rack and up to the traffic, remote hands service, cross-connect and so on. Such companies are interested in developing their infrastructure attracting new rack holders.

There are also some small companies that rent out dedicated servers to startups or individuals and provide only hardware maintenance. They usually don’t include any support services due to their business model. Besides, they offer servers in basic configuartions and any changes (upgrade/downgrade) will cost you way more.

Due to the aim of getting more new customers, such web hosting companies never really care much about the quality of services they provide.

2. Web hosting providers who own hardware

Meanwhile their data center take care of standby generators, cooling, security and fire systems, and other maintenance hosting providers serve the rest. They monitor and manage server performance, including SSDs and HDDs endurance. Here, you can worry-free upgrade your server because anything you might need (like RAID cards, RAM slots, and so on) are already in stock ready to go.

In addition to that the providers offer some extra services such as server administration, remote data backup, CDN, local network and so on.

In other words, the web hosting providers have been building a rock-solid reputation for years providing full turnkey services to meet the customer's needs. And Hostiserver belongs to that type of hosting companies.

3. Resellers

As a rule, those companies do not have their own equipment. They rent it from the data centers or other hosting companies and resell that equipment to end users. So, their business philosophy is simple, namely, buy it for cheap and sell for more. In addition, the resellers have no control over the hardware they rent, as when the equipment fails they will not have access to that. And the companies that rent the hardware out usually don’t care much about somebody’s customers.

In this way, when the equipment fails it takes a lot of time to fix the problem. You’ll probably get another HDD but its replacement might take weeks. In some rare instances, the honest resellers may lease out another server for their customers losing their money.

So, there is no point in waiting so long for the replacement of the broken server or paying out of pocket for a new one.

How can web hosting providers save money on services?

Traffic

Traffic speed depends on the Internet Service Provider your hosting company choose to partner with. The best practice is using traffic channels from 2 different Tier-1 providers http://as-rank.caida.org/. For example, HostiServer partners with two of them - Cogent Communications and Hurricane Electric, Inc. So if one network fails, you’ll be automatically switched to another network. In that case, hosting provider pays the price two times as high compared to a regular one.

Data center

Many data centers may have different problems such as power outages, rats and mice damage cables, all kinds of equipment failures, and so on. To avoid that, an average price for housing servers at Tier-III level data-centers starts at $2,000 per one rack of 42 servers. There are also much cheaper ones where you can rent server rack space for only $500 or even less.

Equipment

If your server is twice as cheap compared to the regular price on the market, you've probably rent desktop hardware which is not suitable for the heavy loads. Besides, they may sell Chinese replicas. For example, the average price for a enterprise server starts at $5,000 meanwhile the Chinese replica may cost two times cheaper like a desktop one. In addition, some Chinese processors have a poor quality, generally speaking, they are not compatible with Branded Motherboard such as Intel, HP, Lenovo and Dell, etc. In other words, the hardware is not really suitable for the regular heavy load.

Technical support level

Technical support is the backbone of any hosting company, and the level of service you experience afterwards. Better, if you are served by the expertised admins instead of the unprofessional staff hardly fixing even the most simple issue. Just to compare, average expert admin salary is $2000 vs $400 of admin-beginner.

Network redundancy and rack power distribution units (PDUs)

The cost may go up to $20,000 or more for one gigabit uplink, but even a good switch could fail. Therefore, each hosting provider must have alternative network paths for interconnected servers if the original switch would fail. The same story with the rack power distribution units, as every server must have two power supplies connected to separate PDUs to prevent the failures. The prices may vary (approximately $400 per 8-10 servers).

Hosting Providers You Should Avoid

No fault-tolerant infrastructure

Web hosting company must invest in the fault-tolerance to prevent catastrophic failure. If they don’t provide that you will have various problems in the future.

No technical support

Let’s say you have problems with the hosting, the technical support is the first option that comes to your mind. But what if they aren’t available at the time they’re really needed? Surely, you will lose your money.

Cheap or old equipment

Old hardware isn't that reliable, so you can go offline at any moment losing your visitors and budget. To avoid this, old drives (both HDD and SSD) should be replaced and all the hardware should be able to handle heavy loads. As a rule, the cheap hardware would break down faster over time.

When hosting providers get rip you off?

Fake quality

It often happens that the hosting providers overcharge you for the internet traffic, IP address or other services while providing “VIP server maintenance”. No matter what type of plan you choose, but you cannot be billed $60 for the network traffic per 1TB. Even though, you have been offered the brand equipment, overpayment is not always the right decision.

Unnecessary services

It is always important to choose the right hardware for your project otherwise you will lose your money. The experienced hosting provider always help its customers choose the right option or plan. For example, no need to rent 500 square feet of office space if you work alone. So, you need to pay only for things you use. In other words, you choose the hosting provider that offers flexible price plans and great experts who can help you with your needs.

What you should consider before choosing a web hosting provider

It goes without saying that your online presence as well as the earnings depend on the hosting provider you choose to house the project. On one hand, you should not get the cheapest one and on the other, you don’t need to overpay for that as well.

First you need to compare the average prices for bandwidth on the market, data center your hardware is placed at and what is the most important - are you pleased with the support team you get? How long does it take to answer on your questions? Have they being helpful? Are they available 24/7?

In addition to that it would be great if some services will be included in the package plan. Especially, when you want to rent the server,included time of tech support is the best option that comes in mind. As to the third-party web system administrators, there is no guarantee that they configure or set up your server properly. Keep in mind, if your server is not configured correctly, you will probably lose your network traffic, target audience, as the server won't be able to perform the right tasks for you. Having the expert to optimize and improve your hosting environment instead of upgrading the equipment, will save you a lot of money.

Finally, you should never pay extra money for the services and which you just might probably need in the future.

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