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There are several types of hosting available to busness owners when they wish to host their website. Below are the most common methods and then we cover some of the technical items, in non-technical words, so that you can choose what is best for your business.
Types of Hosting Options
Note: The prices below are not Business Yeti prices. They are noted here to educate and inform what the industry best practice prices are.
- Shared Hosting - Shared hosting is just like it sounds. You share your business with hundreds, even thousands, of other websites. Expect a minimum of 1,000 websites running on a single server with most webservers being between 2,500+ websties. Hosting companies determine how many sites based on the processing power, memory, and how many files they are storing. Shared servers will often have email and website traffic on the same server. You will end up with busy websites and non-busy websites. Their "hope" is that overall performance is acceptable to you. These packages cost anywhere from $1.95 to $19.95/month.
- Cloud Server - Are similar to shared hosting but limit from 50-100 websites giving you better performance and more granular control over all aspects. You can easily be moved to different servers based on need. Email and web server traffic will be on the same server if your provider doesn't understand that sharing of information adds a performance penalty. These servers can have their resources increased to meet changing business needs. 65% of all Business Yeti servers are cloud servers. These servers cost anywhere from $30 to $250/month depending on resources and unique needs.
- Dedicated Server - You get an entire server to yourself. 35% of Business Yeti servers are dedicated to meet some very specific needs ranges from HIPPA compliance to added security needs. Webserver and email traffic are typically on different servers. You will have the highest performance available to you in these scenarios. These servers cost from $300+ per month depending on the physical hardware requirements your business needs.
What is Managed Hosting?
There are some key factors to know beyond the types of hosting options available to you. The first one is what is managed hosting and why your business needs it. You have a desktop, laptop, tablet computer, or phone. Each week, month, or quarter you will receive updates. These updates fix bugs as well as security vulnerabilities. That is what managed hosting takes care of at a high-level. You will get all of these patches and fixes installed in a manner that will normally not affect your website. You may wonder why we say "normally ot affect your website." The reason we say this is a webserver is a computer just like your computer. Some updates require a server to be rebooted. This has the potential of affecting your website for a few minutes each time. There are ways to reduce this downtime with features like content delivery networks (CDNs) which also can provide you with performance improvements as well. We cover CDNs a bit later.
Beyond making certain your webserver and website is patched and updated management also means that your website is being backed up on a continual basis. This is typically daily or even hourly for those that need that type of backup.
What is system uptime?
Uptime is how often your server is down. This is for any time that is not scheduled. Down meaning your website is not available for people to use. This is bad. Business Yeti strives for, and has exceeded 99.999% uptime since 2013. The information below is how long your website is not available for a customer to visit.
Daily: 1m 26s
Weekly: 10m 4s
Monthly: 43m 49s
Quarterly: 2h 11m 29s
Yearly: 8h 45m 56s
Weekly: 1m 0s
Monthly: 4m 22s
Quarterly: 13m 8s
Yearly: 52m 35s
Quarterly: 1m 18s
Yearly: 5m 15s
Email is critical to any business. The worst "First Impression" for any online experience is showing your email as @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @outlook.com, or even @aol.com. Not that these services are bad. They're actually quite good. The problem is if you own your own domain.com you already have the ability for your own email@example.com. You just need email. Companies often will signup for a professional Gmail (not @gmail.com) or an Office 365 email address but not everyone needs those. For those that just need email then your web host should give you access to have email.
Your email should also be a separate server so that your email doesn't slow your website.
SSL or now TLS certificates are the green padlock in your address bar. On many browsers it's no longer green but it is still a padlock. Every page of your website needs this certificate. It not only protects you but makes certain the information is encrypted from prying eyes between your customers computer and your website.
There are two types of firewalls. Your solution should use both of these solutions. The hardware solution is a dedicated computer that protects your website. The software solution is a plugin/part of your website that protects your website. The hardware solution is managed by the company you are working with while the software solution is controlled by your webmaster. Your webmaster should be familiar with network protocols and ideally be certified in how networks work so that you are protected as well as
Viruses, Ransomeware & Malware Protection
Viruses, ransomware, and malware are becoming more mainstream and protecting your company assets and the information of your customers and potential customers needs to be at the front of your mind. A simple attack from a hacker can bring a lot of bad press and potentially put your business out of business. This is why we believe every website should have a constantly running solution to protect against such threats.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)?
A content delivery network or CDN gives you a few advantages:
- Puts the data closer to your customers.
- Adds a layer of security protection.
- Reduces system downtime by caching commonly accessed pages.
- Decreases the load on your webserver.
- Better protection from hackers.
Backups & Restores
A backup is an exact copy of the files of your website and the database that is storing the information. All of the services above will give you sometype of backup. This can be from monthly to every minute depending on what you've signed up for and the needs of your business.
Great, you've backed up your data. Beyond backing up though you need to be able to test the backup so that if you ever need to restore the files you find out that the backup actually worked. We've seen all too often people put "blind trust" into a backup and later found out none of those backups were good. This is why we always perform a monthly restore, to a test server, of every client to verify that the data is correct and working.
Now that you've backed up and tested the restore process you're almost there. The next level of a backup you need to be aware of is making certain the infrmation is off-site and the data is fully encrypted so that the information is available to ony you and your organization.
Server & Website Monitoring
It is never good when your website goes down. This may not be because of your website but your web server going down. You need to monitor both at a minimum of every 5-10 minutes. If your business needs to be highly available this can drop all the way to once every minute. If there is any issues you need to be notified on multiple channels (email, phone, text message, etc.) so that you can address and fix it. A good monitoring system will get the site being worked on before your customers are even aware there is (was) a problem.
All monthly prices when paid annually receive a 10% discount. 10% Discount for Not-For-Profits.
The basics every business needs.
Domain Registration *
5 Email Addresses
$99.95 / month
Core Plan Plus Paid Ads & Social Media.
Domain Registration *
10 Email Addresses
Paid Ads ($1 to $20 / day)
1 Social Media Channel
$225 / month + Ad Spend
Complete package for business growth.
Domain Registration *
50 Email Addresses
Paid Ads ($5+ / day)
2 Social Media Channels
$445 / month + Ad Spend
* - Domain Registration requires the domain be under our account so we know we can pay.