Thursday, May 29, 2008

How To Choose The Web Server For You

by: Robert Michael

One of the keys to a successful online business is the web server. In order for a customer to see the products - or to see the page at all, for that matter - the server has to take the request for the web page and upload it from the disk where the file is. Therefore, if you don’t have the right server, nobody is ever going to see your page.

One type of server is the Virtual Private Server. At its root, it’s divided into several servers, which lets you remain as free as if it were strictly a single server, but you share some expenses with other hosts. Basically, it’s safe and economical if you own a large business, as it allows you to have 50 websites per account. The only thing that stands in the way of some people from choosing a Virtual Private Server is that you need to know how to work the program to choose the settings. Manuals are provided that can help you learn to control the server, but it takes some work. However, it’s a smart choice for a big business at just over 100 dollars a month for an account.

Another type of server is Virtual Hosting. This is more popular than the Virtual Private Server, as it only costs 20-50 dollars a month and requires no technical skills. It’s a single server shared among numerous users, making it controlled by an administrator rather than you. It’s simple and inexpensive, but whenever you want to update your settings, you have to contact the administrator. If the administrator doesn’t listen, you can’t do anything about it. However, this isn’t usually a problem. With Virtual Hosting, you can only have one website per account; therefore, if you want more than one website, you must have more than one account. However, if you only want a couple of websites and you lack computer experience, Virtual Hosting is a safe, economical choice.

There is also web server software to consider. Some web servers don’t give you an option, but if you do have options, you must know which software is best for your business.

The most popular type of web server software is Apache. It’s constantly updated for user’s benefit, and it’s the most economical choice because it’s free. However, it isn’t backed like Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS). IIS only works with NT-based server systems, since NT is Microsoft. However, if you’re concerned about safety, it has crash protection.

Of course, there are many other options besides the ones mentioned in this article. These are just examples to get you started and help you understand which types of server and software are best for you. Ultimately, you don’t want to worry about the cost or safety of your server when you should be thinking about your webpage, so choose your server carefully to get ready for success.