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Old 11-05-2009, 12:41 PM
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What Hosting package does my business website need?

So the boss put you in charge of buying the hosting for the company website.

Many of us are completely confused when it comes time to buy a hosting package. Megabytes here gigabytes there, unlimited over there; how can you possibly choice the best plan? The truth is the vast majority of site owners buy far more space and bandwidth than they will ever use.

The choices can be confusing but armed with a little bit of knowledge you can make the right choices. Even if you make the wrong choice no real harm is done because as long as you keep full back-ups of the site changing plans or even hosting companies is no big deal.

But let's concentrate on making the best choice possible the first time around. Not everything discussed in this article will apply in your situation so you will need to decide what does.


The first thing to determine is how much disk space and bandwidth you will really need. If you read the hosting ads offering gigabytes of everything you have to assume bigger must be better and that is what you need. You could be really wrong about that.

How many pages will your site have? Ten, twenty, or maybe a 100? Most business sites that are not involved in e-commerce probably have 20 pages or less.

Very few web pages exceed 100kb of disk space even if they include several optimized images.

Just for the heck of it, let's say your site has 100 static pages, that each page is 100kb and does not reuse any of the same images. 100 pages at 100kb each would consume less than 10mb (9.8 to be exact) of disk space.

To your page storage requirements you must add the space that might be consumed by mailboxes. Personally I would not want my employees receiving videos and personal pictures at work so I would be more restrictive than the 10 megabytes per mailbox that I suggest you allow. Twenty-five employees at 10mb per mailbox equals 250mb.

You also need some space for the log files and misc. This can be maintained to 50mb or less even with poor log management.

You never want to use more than 80% of your allowances or you starting getting mail from your control panel so a 500mb account would be more than adequate for this site 100 page, 25 employee site.

Bandwidth. From reading the ads you would think you need 100 gigs a month minimum. Wrong! Here you have to make a few educated guesses as to the amount of traffic you will receive. Most sites get no where near what they estimate. Here is how the math works out. Let's take those 100 pages at 100kb each and serve each and every one of them 1000 times per day. You would use just under 1GB per day or 30GB per month.

At 1000 page views per day you would have a very popular business site.


I think the math clearly indicates that that buying more than 1GB of space or going for some outlandish bandwidth is a waste of money. More to the point; do you want to be on a shared server where a few of the sites are using that kind of resources?

Sever uptime is another factor to consider. A small percentage can make a huge difference. A sever with a 99.9% uptime still means your site might be down 43 minutes per month. While a 99.0% uptime means your site could be down 438 minutes per month. The figures are based on the average 30.5 day month.

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Old 11-06-2009, 11:11 PM
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so you look 100 uptime hosting service for business.... do you?
 
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:09 AM
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I doubut very seriously that you will find any host with a real 100% uptime.

For any serious hosting you want to look for the best uptime you can find.
 
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:52 AM
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Realistically it would be hard to achieve 100% uptime over a period of years considering the amount of things that could concievably go wrong. It would be fantastic if 100% uptime could be guaranteed, but I always have suspicions about people who presently claim this.
 
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:27 AM
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No host will provide 100% uptime. Everyone makes promises, but noone really live upto what they say.
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:45 AM
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No host will provide 100% uptime. Everyone makes promises, but noone really live upto what they say.
It might be the index for their main web site. But I'm still sure no one can guarantee you 100% uptime
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:55 AM
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It might be the index for their main web site. But I'm still sure no one can guarantee you 100% uptime
Quite right. I came across a host with a "guarantee" for 100% but in reality they just give a discount for downtime which is not a guarantee but an indemnification or kind of money-back-guarantee and nothing else.
 
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:59 PM
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I know liquidweb.com have a 100% uptime guarantee!
It's a network uptime SLA. It doesn't mean that the network will never go down, it just means you're entitled to a certain compensation.

There really isn't such at thing as 100% uptime till the end of time.
 
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:30 PM
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It's a network uptime SLA.
Network uptime means diddley squat if your pages don't load.

The network can be up and your site can be down.

The only true way to know if your site is up or not is to load the page.
 
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:43 PM
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The only true way to know if your site is up or not is to load the page.
... from multiple locations, to make sure it's not just your ISP having some issue.

host-tracker.com and alertra.com/spotcheck.php can be useful tools for that.

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:30 AM
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I doubut very seriously that you will find any host with a real 100% uptime.

For any serious hosting you want to look for the best uptime you can find.
Even those that claim 99.9% uptime are rarely online.
 
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:16 PM
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It's a network uptime SLA. It doesn't mean that the network will never go down, it just means you're entitled to a certain compensation.

There really isn't such at thing as 100% uptime till the end of time.
Exactly - and a webhost's compensation can be less than the earnings you have lost whilst your site has been down.

Also, if a webhost guaranteed 100% uptime, I'd wonder if they ever did any maintenance.
 
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:14 AM
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I do webhosting. Even with dual power sources, dual uplinks from each server, multiple switches and uplinks to the net, and some very good boxes that I have specially made, even I can't do 100%.

All I do is promise that I'll try. Usually come close.

Most of those guarantees are full of so many escape clauses, they're really worthless.
 
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:33 AM
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80% uptime would actually be pretty bad for a web host. Good uptime is more like 95%+

95% uptime is pretty bad. That is more than one hour downtime per day, which is horrible.

99.9% uptime is pretty good for a shared host. After monitoring godaddy, bluehost, hostgator etc, for years, I realised that 99.9% is really good - most shared hosts give 99% to 99.9%. Anything below 99.5% is poor.

Note: I monitored 5 sites hosted 5 different hosts, using a third party tool.

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Old 02-09-2010, 06:23 PM
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I've been monitoring 9 hosts, all in the budget hosting market. About half of them managed 99.9%+ in the 7 or so months I've been doing this. It was actually better than I expected from some of them.
 
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I know namecheap.com have a 100% uptime guarantee!
 
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:39 AM
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There is no 100%, that's why they will always put 99.9%. Even if there is a site claiming it, they are lying.
 
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:32 AM
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There is no 100%, that's why they will always put 99.9%. Even if there is a site claiming it, they are lying.
I think I must respectfully disagree with you. Many hosts do hit the 99.9%.

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Pardon me while we take a quick look at the math. Using the average of 30.42 days per month, there are 730 hours (43,800 minutes) of time in a month.
99.9% uptime means your site might be down 43 minutes per month.
99.8% uptime means your site might be down 88 minutes per month.
99.5% uptime means your site might be down 219 minutes per month.
99.0% uptime means your site might be down 438 minutes per month.
98.0% uptime means your site might be down 876 minutes per month.
Source: a site of mine so I am not linking to it.
 
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:13 AM
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I do not think any Web Host will promise to give 100% server uptime level,, and i have not yet heard it..
If anyone says they provide 100% then do not think that's truth..
Well, it's a marketing method. I've seen hosts and data centers guarantee 100% with small print about what does and what does not count toward the uptime guarantee. Most simply are taking a risk to their business reputation and even revenue when they guarantee 100%; some companies are just willing to put those things on the line to attract customers.
 
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I know namecheap.com have a 100% uptime guarantee!
Well, even if they have, they don't respect it, you can take that from me without going into details -_-
 
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