You have noticed that your web hosting vendor is about to be slow? Your questions aren't being answered by the web host support with or quickly info? Having problems? It could be time to change to a web hosting that is different, however.
A Beginner or a WebMaster? It doesn't really matter.
Even the most expert webmaster needs to help the corporate hosting companies technical assistance team. When shifting internet hosts, insist that your new hosting company have top-notch technical assistance, which isn’t just capable, but additionally offering round the clock help and service by offering both live service or at least e-mail support where requests are handled within no more than a couple of hours after you sent in your query or concern.
Your new host should allow you complete administrative control over your website and its functions. Many hosting providers have an easy, user-friendly interface or control panel which allows rapid access to all your website functions.
In addition, make sure that whenever shifting web hosts that your new server allows all the most recent streaming audio and video. With multi-media being big business, if your website is lacking, it’ll be considered old news and you might be missing out on valuable traffic, that may ultimately lead to a loss of revenue.
Why Using a CDN service
First – What is CDN?
CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a cloud technology that displays a copy of the site files through different servers, it reduces the load on the server and allows the receipt of information through server addresses closer to the geographical location of the user.
This technology is particularly useful for an international multi-user site that also contains multiple media files, a site with a fast growth rate or sites where we have not been able to significantly improve speed through other ways.
Key vendors of this technology – Amazon (we are using them, they are awesome!), Google, Cloudflare & SimpleCDN.
Important advantages of CDN network
Saving resources – reducing the number of calls that reach the original storage server and dividing it between CDN servers, allows site owners to save the network resources that they would have to allocate if it were one single original server.
Additional Security Circle – CDN protects the site from DDoS attacks, which, as is well known, are performed by sending multiple requests parallel to the server, in order to bring about its collapse. The CDN network separates and protects the original server from these requests.
Take YouTube as an example:
YouTube is an excellent example of a CDN network.
When you see a movie, you’re likely to see it almost without pauses or waiting to be loaded.
Although you uploaded the video to a YouTube site, your videos were not transferred from the main servers in the United States, but from the server which located the closest to where you using the net.
In the past, these videos were slowly loaded and occasionally the film stopped and we waited for the continuation of the video from the network.
Enabling this sequence of videos from YouTube, or loading and fast action of international sites such as Facebook, Amazon, eBay and so on, are CDN networks.
Speed is good, but let's talk about security
The hosting service side
A large part of the security of the site is done by selecting a suitable Internet provider, ensuring that the supplier runs a good and up-to-date management interface such as cPanel, Plesk, or H-Sphere, and that the software versions, especially PHP, MySQL, Operating system or management interface.
In principle, we prefer to place PHP sites on Linux servers because of better separation and security. It is advisable to check with the supplier what additional security systems are running on and off the servers (mod_security, application firewall, IPS / IDS Systems) and most importantly, how the backups are performed and what it entails to restore a site, partially or fully.
The website side (WordPress users, that’s especially for you)
There are many parameters to secure a website (especially WordPress / Joomla / Drupal, etc.), and of course we can not touch them all in detail.
If you are building an e-commerce website, you need to install an SSL certificate. This is a security certificate to securely transfer your customer information such as credit card number and other personal information (even forms that you fill out on the site).
We recommend that you move your site to https if it has active users that are signed in. The SSL certificate costs money, so check that the storage company can install any certificate without problems. It is also possible to install a free SSL certificate through Let’s Encrypt.
The next step in creating a protected environment is to keep the content management system up to date (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.), including all plugins, templates, languages and anything else installed on the site. Keep in mind that these are open source systems and everyone can read the code and challenge the programmers.
Only careful maintenance of the site update will prevent hacking. Without updates, the chance of breaking into an open source site increases significantly within six months. It is important to remember this before starting to work with open source software that is open to the Internet.
To use a security plugin for your WordPress site is not fully protecting, but it does help to get some extra security and alert for some file changes, DDoS attacks and more.
Hello from the other side (or: technical service)
A Hosting service is there for you – 24/7/365.
We need technical support in most of our difficult moments.
In cases where the site does not go up, the site is hacked and the data is transferred to the computer. Before choosing a hosting service, check out how the hosting company’s technical support works.
Is it a company with dozens of technical supporters or a company based on one person?
In the event that there is not a whole team that handles inquiries, the response time will go on and on. Check how support works, whether it’s sending tickets via email, or that there’s also 24/7 chat available.
What is the response time once you send Ticket Support? It’s a good idea to test support for the first days of purchasing storage to see how they’re admiring your requests.
The large and well-known cloud services have support services through the site, some are more efficient and others are less. On the other hand, a local storage provider may be limited in available hours and in the event of a critical failure in the middle of the night, for example, it is not certain that there will be a response on the other side of the chat.
Each site owner has different considerations when choosing a hosting service provider: budget, technical understanding (or lack of technical understanding), time considerations and more.
We will soon publish a comparison between leading cloud storage providers, and we will list the advantages and disadvantages of each. The dilemma between vendors such as Amazon, GoDaddy, Google, Microsoft and others is a complicated one because each of them presents different billing plans, and of course a different service offering for each customer.
If you are looking for a hosting service provider right now, we would be happy if you would write your own comments in response, and we promise to treat them in the next comparison post.