There are a lot of options for hosting a website. Between shared solutions and those relying on a dedicated or virtualized server, it is sometimes difficult to see clearly. Let's see how to make your choice effectively.
Perform a precise needs analysis
The first step will be to clearly define what you need. If you have no particular skills in this area, get in touch with a professional who can refer you, or directly offer the services of a outsourcer which will accompany you in your project from A to Z. Either way, you will have to answer a multitude of questions such as:
- how many sites should I host?
- is a CMS like WordPress enough?
- do I have to make tailor-made developments?
- what are my bandwidth needs (number of connections and volume of data)?
- do i have sufficient skills to manage my hosting alone?
- do i have to use multiple ip addresses?
- Can the answers to the above questions change over time?
If you have no idea what we are talking about, you should seek advice from your developer, who knows your specifications, or a hosting professional who will have a broader vision of the issues you are going to face.
From the simplest to the most flexible solution
The best way to understand accommodation is to visualize a curve. His origin represents a low technical need with a not very scalable solution. If you need a site with a few pages that will change little themselves, and traffic in the order of a few hundred hits per month, a shared hosting with a preinstalled WordPress will most likely do the trick.
The curve will continue to progress depending on your goals and the equipment that will allow you to reach them. If you want to start a site with many languages, specific features linked to e-commerce and a traffic of several tens of thousands of visitors per month, you will have to switch to one or more dedicated servers like those of OVH which will authorize, in this case, the use of multiple IP addresses, own developments to your activity, and a bandwidth which, unlike shared hosting, will be clean.
This curve finally arrives at a very advanced stage for services that consume both lots of bandwidth (large volume of data like video), ask to strong computing skills (real-time online play), or face connection peaks (load distribution on multiple virtual servers), which is often the case with large management software packages (ERP) or customer relationship management (CRM).
Different services can also be added to these different solutions to define, for example:
- use of private networks (VPN)
- the implementation of intelligent backup systems
- protection against intrusions or denial of service (DDoS) attacks
In short :
The shared accommodation remain a hosting solution reliable, accessible and very often sufficient for many sites with limited needs.
A dedicated hosting, the costs of which are constantly falling, is asserting itself as a efficient solution guaranteeing a great flexibility. The virtualization also allows change machine quickly to enjoy capacities perfectly adapted to your needs.