A case on Webhosting

A case on Webhosting

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The need to redefine the terminology web hosting is a raising concern among Internet players. From hosting a website, to hosting a whole infrastructure, the term web hosting has been changing through the last two decades - more concretely it changed from a single entrepreneur sharing a free space on his own machine to host a static webpage for free to, to a point of different hyperscaler's such as Microsoft (Azure) with huge data centers providing the all spectrum of web services and servers.

In order to improve the development of web hosting providers in the nordic market, Nortb provided consultancy about how the strategy of how to choose a webhosting provider in the nordics market.

It's all about taking decisions

Using the experience gathered over 12 years, Nortb and its consultants conceived a strategy on how to choose the right web hosting provider to the right company or project, by previously establishing a criteria which allows leadership to decide which type of web hosting provider is the right one for their project or infrastructure. Among others, the principal criteria points are:

  1. Budget. The amount of resources that a company places for it's project or infrastructure is the major impact factor.

  2. Size. Is webhosting required to host the company website, an App or the whole infrastructure. How much traffic will it handle?

  3. Architecture. Projects can require different elements that some providers are unable to provide, such as VPS, Isolated Clusters, VPN, SSH, FTP, DNS, etc…

  4. Longivity. Is the project planned to last more than 5 years? Some low tier providers do not survive in the market after 3 years.

  5. Integrations. Due to hardware problems, most of the low tier providers hardware is not recommendable for projects that need to communicate with external applications or peripherials.

  6. Integrations. Due to hardware problems, most of the low tier providers hardware is not recommendable for projects that need to communicate with external applications or peripherials.

The above points are intrinsically connected to the shift between Web Hosting Provider tiers. The distinction ranges from those who offer just normal shared webhosting / VPS services (Loopia, Inleed,one.com), or services such as DNS management and protection (goDaddy, cloudflare) to those so called of hyperscallers - who offer more possibilities such as Dedicated VPN, Virtual Machines, Cloud Computing (databases, and others) such as AWS and Azure. 

It is all about choosing the right fit

In order to provide the fit one need to ask himself a couple of questions.

  1. Why do you need web hosting? Is it to host a webpage to market a specific company or, is it to host a webApp or even both? Does it require backend servers? 

  2. What is your available budget?

  3. Is it destined for one single project or do you inted to use it for multiple projects / purposes?

  4. How much traffic you calculated getting per month?

  5. Does your project leverage data? If so, are you setting up a data lake / datawarehouse or where is the data stored and handled?

  6. Is the project scallable? If so, what is the predicted timeline until the project gets 100 000 users? 

The above questions help defining which tier or even type of Provider a Company should choose. For example, if the website is purely a static website with a couple of pages just presenting the company, then a low tier is recommendable. On the other side an e-commerce project which contains a store and needs to handle orders and payments but the project budget is low, then in the beginning Wordpress and middle tier providers might be the best fit, but with  the insight of raising capital to change the infrastructure to hyperscallers such Azure. Websites that are pure Apps and deal not only with e-commerce or/and lead generation and/or Blog and content rendering, they will need to do as well data analysis and this is recommendable an hyperscaler from the beginning. As mentioned, the above questions help to determine the best fit that a specific project has. 

The need for scalability

There are numerous companies that offer scalable website hosting. It can be challenging to discover a trustworthy provider. Consider the quantity of servers, server uptime, and customer service when choosing a supplier.

Scalable hosting is essential for every website because it makes it possible for it to remain available even during periods of high traffic. Scalable web hosting has the advantages of being able to handle a website's load, being more affordable than other forms of web hosting, and granting more server management.

Do you find trouble or need help choosing a web host provider? Contact us today

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