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The Top 20 Web Hosting Providers November 2018

Host4Porn

Host4Porn specializes in providing professional adult Web hosting services to corporations, companies, partnerships and individuals. We were founded in 2011 through our privately owned data center in Northern New Jersey. We offer premium cPanel hosting and reseller solutions at competitive prices with friendly 24-hour Web hosting support, and managed/unmanaged dedicated...

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ArubaCloud

**Aruba Cloud** is one of the main cloud service providers on the European market. The brand, owned by Aruba S.p.A. (a leading Italian web service provider), offers a comprehensive range of cloud solutions to thousands of customers, from private individuals to large businesses, all over the world. At the moment, the Group owns 4 data centers, three in Italy and one in...

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A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is a high performance hosting provider. At A2 Hosting, it's "Our Speed, Your Success." Customers get the advantage of hosting on their fine-tuned SwiftServer platform with their Turbo Servers featuring up to 20X faster page loads compared to competing web hosting solutions. Choose A2 Hosting and give your sites an immediate performance boost! A2 Hosting...

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Wix

Create a stunning, professional website for free with Wix website builder. We offer a few different ways you can build your site: Wix Artificial Design Intelligence, Wix Editor, & Wix Code. Whether you're creating a site for the first time or you're a pro, we've got you covered. Wix ADI builds you a unique site with professional text, images & more. Wix Editor gives you...

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WhiteLabelITSolutions

Whitelabelitsolutions is a leader in hosting and data center solutions in the United States. Offering everything from low-end dedicated servers to multi suite custom enterprise-level colocation solutions. Our team of highly-skilled professionals excel at designing and implementing the perfect solution for your personal or business needs. Our Network Operations Center (NOC)...

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TekTonic

TekTonic was founded in 1997, starting as a Shell Hosting provider before moving into the VPS and Cloud VPS markets. TekTonic excels at providing industry-leading Cloud VPS hosting at affordable prices. Small, Medium and Enterprise level businesses will find solutions that exceed their performance and budget expectations.

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ServeYourSite

The Web hosting industry, by its nature, is complex and often confuses its customers with hidden limits, baffling terms and general misinformation. ServeYourSite was created to make Web hosting easy to understand, so our customers can make better informed decisions and feel good about their purchases. We build trust through honesty and transparency. We build loyalty through...

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How to evaluate a web host

Choosing a host for your web-site is no small decision.

Once committed to one, it will become very difficult to move your business elsewhere - not to mention the damage that can be done to your business if you make the wrong choice. This makes it very important to "get it right the first time". Find out as much as you can about your prospective host before making any decisions.

When evaluating your host, you will obviously be considering price. But price is, of course, not the only important factor. You will also need to take into consideration:

  1. the speed and reliability of the servers and hardware,
  2. the features the host offers and whether these mesh with your own requirements, and, of course,
  3. the quality of their support services.

Let's look at each of these in turn:


1. Speed and Reliability of the Servers and Hardware

The speed and reliability of your host's servers will depend on several factors, including the quality of their connection to the internet, bandwidth, and the availability of back-up systems in case things go wrong. Here's a checklist of points to consider when checking out your prospective host's servers and hardware:

A T3 Connection (or better), close to a primary internet backbone.

A T3 connection is approx 30 times as fast as a T1 connection. Smaller hosting providers - for example, the proverbial "garage operations" --- will often use T1 connections, with no backup at all. They may be very cheap - but, be careful here, you can get what you pay for!

Effective Bandwidth Management

In addition to having a fast connection to the internet, your host should be able to manage how its available bandwidth is used . As a guide, it should typically not be using more than 50 percent of its bandwidth.

Backup Systems

If there is a systems, network or power failure, the last thing you want is to lose your data or to have your web-site go down for a long period. Good hosts will have back up systems in place to guard against this. Look for a host who can provide:

  • Regular, daily back up of your data
  • Backup power supplies
  • Look for an uninterruptible power supply system (often referred to as "UPS") - a back up power generator available in case of emergencies.
  • Redundancy
  • Do they have more than one connection to the internet, in case one of their connections goes down.
  • An "Uptime" Guarantee
  • These typically state "We guarantee 99% (or 99.5%) uptime".

Here's a sample of the kind of information that the web host should be supplying - this one taken from the web-host Interliant ( http://webhosting.interliant.com ) :

"Our Internet connectivity is supplied by three separate diverse backbone providers: UUNET, SAAVIS and Goodnet. If one of these lines goes down, traffic is automatically routed through the lines that are still online. Our data center is supplied by multiple redundant power sources - centralized automatic UPS system with a battery-powered backup system. The batteries are also connected to three diesel power generators in the event of a power outage to the building."

2. Features

As well as checking out the reliability of the servers and hardware you will also need to evaluate and compare the features provided by your host.

A full range of hosting features can be viewed on Webhostdir.com's "advanced search", which compares hosting providers on both price and features. This is an excellent facility for comparing features when choosing a host - but to make the best use of it, you will need first to prepare a list of features you require.

Here's a checklist of things to consider:

  • Shared or Dedicated Server?
  • Depending on your requirements, you may be better off with a dedicated server than a shared server. Dedicated servers are typically used in cases where there is a high level of traffic, there is a strong need for security, or the user wishes to run their own customised software and applications rather than the standard ones supplied by the host.
    For more information on available dedicated server providers, check out Webhostdir's "dedicated server" search page.
  • Compatibility with Existing Software and Skills
  • Is your host's server, software and support services compatible will the skills and software that you (or your design team) are using? If, for instance, you are used to working in a Unix environment, then it probably makes little sense to choose an NT host.
  • Flexibility and Room for Growth
  • You do not need a database solution now, perhaps, but you may need one in the future. Similarly, a shared hosting arrangement may be fine for you now, but what if your traffic levels explode, and you need one in a years' time? It is much easier to remain with one host than to change. So, when choosing a host, keep in mind your possible future needs, and whether the host will be able to accommodate them.


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