How to choose the best hosting for a website?

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How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:32 PM

Could you help me choose a hosting for a website in English for the worldwide audience.

I try Google > in the top few sites with the best websites ratings, they give me the same - iPage.com, Bluehost.com, HostGator.com, JustHost.com, Yahoo.com, GoDaddy.com, Arvixe.com.
I see today the best price is $ 2.25 per month. I called them > if I want this price for a long time, I need to pay now for 3 years. This is not a problem to pay for 3 years, but I am not sure is it really the best hosting? Why such a discount is done? And more questions.
I want to choose a hosting to create a website for a long time, ideally at all life. May be few sites.
What is most important to look for a hosting choosing? Maybe someone has already done the same job for themselves or their clients and can share real experience?


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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:05 PM

With anything there may not be the host one year, five, or even twenty-five years down the line. That is why it is your due diligence to back up your site and content on a frequent basis.

I use my hosting based on cheap yearly fees, good ratings, good uptime, and solid benefits. I would compare what you are looking at and go from there. Personal preference I wouldn't gravitate towards bluehost, hostgater, yahoo, or godaddy.. but that's just me.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:03 PM

My main suggestion is transfer type (ftp/sftp) & programming langauge (php/asp) are offered. Anything above that is what you're looking for.

Can't really recommend any of those, other than I hate GoDaddy the most. I've always hosted my own sites.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 10:49 AM

View Postno2pencil, on 13 March 2015 - 10:03 PM, said:

I've always hosted my own sites.


Does it mean you have your own server?
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 11:31 AM

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 14 March 2015 - 10:49 AM, said:

Does it mean you have your own server?


To host your own website - you could have your own, physical server - or another, probably more cost attractive option for you right now is a VPS(virtual private server).
I know there are many companies offering VPS but I personally use Digital Ocean, so I will talk about their service:

With them you can spin up a server instance really quickly and you have full control over the server.
Depending on what your requirements are for your websites / applications you can get a server up and running from $5 a month - a little bit more than you quoted earlier, but for this money you get your own server - not shared & with full control. I found their website to have great forum documentation if your are not accustomed to setting up / maintaining your own server - and if you have an issue, support are pretty fast.

Also with Digital Ocean - you are charged hourly, you will only pay for the time that your server is "live", so, for example you could "practice" with a dev server and the destroy it when you are comfortable that you know your way around and set up.

What will be the purpose of your website?

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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 12:05 PM

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What is most important to look for a hosting choosing?


Ftp support, Server-side language support (e.g. PHP), CPanel (my preference, the full version), at least 10 gigs of space (though less may suffice for your needs), domain based programmable email, an email api, an email server that sends out emails immediately (not every hour or some other timed interval), great reputation (so your users dont get blacklisted notices from the browser), high uptime, fast. As a bonus, shared ssl.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 02:17 PM

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 14 March 2015 - 01:49 PM, said:

View Postno2pencil, on 13 March 2015 - 10:03 PM, said:

I've always hosted my own sites.


Does it mean you have your own server?

I used to have multiple physical servers, moved everything to Digital Ocean.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 07:02 PM

View Postd.odea, on 14 March 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 14 March 2015 - 10:49 AM, said:

Does it mean you have your own server?

To host your own website - you could have your own, physical server - or another, probably more cost attractive option for you right now is a VPS(virtual private server).
I know there are many companies offering VPS but I personally use Digital Ocean, so I will talk about their service:
What will be the purpose of your website?


I never heard about it. Only now beginning to think in this direction. Does Digital Ocean offer lot of options (Ftp support, Server-side language support, CPanel and more), or it is only empty space?

I plan create a site about health, diseases (handbook, catalogue), science-medicine news, drugs(manual, handbook, catalogue) and so on. I going to earn from advertising and sell anything from the site if possible.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 14 March 2015 - 08:22 PM

Digital Ocean is a VPS, so you chose the OS to install & go from there. You get a login prompt & install whatever software you prefer.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:16 PM

View Postd.odea, on 14 March 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 14 March 2015 - 10:49 AM, said:

Does it mean you have your own server?

To host your own website - you could have your own, physical server - or another, probably more cost attractive option for you right now is a VPS(virtual private server).
I know there are many companies offering VPS but I personally use Digital Ocean
What will be the purpose of your website?


Is it possible to install something like FreeBSD, Solaris or Ubuntu server into a physical server in general and "Digital Ocean" in particular?
Thanks.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:16 PM

Digital Ocean released a FreeBSD image earlier this year.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:19 PM

See: Step Six—Select Droplet Image
https://www.digitalo...-virtual-server
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:56 AM

View Postno2pencil, on 01 April 2015 - 08:16 PM, said:

Digital Ocean released a FreeBSD image earlier this year.


Ubuntu server is better for me.
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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 02 April 2015 - 09:26 AM

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 02 April 2015 - 11:56 AM, said:

View Postno2pencil, on 01 April 2015 - 08:16 PM, said:

Digital Ocean released a FreeBSD image earlier this year.


Ubuntu server is better for me.


I was just answering your question :

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 01 April 2015 - 11:16 PM, said:

Is it possible to install something like FreeBSD, Solaris or Ubuntu server into a physical server in general and "Digital Ocean" in particular?
Thanks.

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Re: How to choose the best hosting for a website?

Posted 17 May 2015 - 07:11 AM

View Postd.odea, on 14 March 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:

View PostEvgeny Rogozin, on 14 March 2015 - 10:49 AM, said:

Does it mean you have your own server?


To host your own website - you could have your own, physical server - or another, probably more cost attractive option for you right now is a VPS(virtual private server).
I know there are many companies offering VPS but I personally use Digital Ocean, so I will talk about their service:

With them you can spin up a server instance really quickly and you have full control over the server.
Depending on what your requirements are for your websites / applications you can get a server up and running from $5 a month - a little bit more than you quoted earlier, but for this money you get your own server - not shared & with full control. I found their website to have great forum documentation if your are not accustomed to setting up / maintaining your own server - and if you have an issue, support are pretty fast.

Also with Digital Ocean - you are charged hourly, you will only pay for the time that your server is "live", so, for example you could "practice" with a dev server and the destroy it when you are comfortable that you know your way around and set up.

What will be the purpose of your website?


thanks a lot for sharing such useful information!
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