What should I be looking for from my
Resilient - 99.99% Uptime
If your site is not visible when a visitor tries
to view it, are they really likely to come back
and try again?
WHERE your website is physically located is
massively important. People are impatient! - If
you are hosted on the other side of the world
(or even the other side of the country) pages
will take longer to load, page refresh rates will
be much slower. Visitors will get BORED and leave
before you even gain their interest.
There are some nasty things lurking out there
- Viruses, Trojans, Worms and the like - all looking
for the opportunity to do damage to your site
and, consequently, your business. 24/7 security
for your server is a must. Physical security is
also important - who exactly has access to the
servers that drive your website? Are you protected
from malicious attacks whether they arrive though
a wire - or the front door?
Useable / Scalable
Does your choice of provider offer the latest
range of powerful server tools for simple self
management? Can your provider keep pace with your
growth & development? What happens when you
outgrow your current server? Can they offer you
the best advice, with YOUR needs uppermost - not
What's on the box? Who else is sharing your space?
Both are very important considerations. If you
are unknowingly sharing your server space with
someone less than reputable you may run into all
sorts of problems. A common example is when an
IP address is blocked due to spam emails being
sent from it. If your website is hosted on the
same IP range it will be blocked too - and your
website may vanish.