Web Hosting Reviews & Suggestions
Posted on 2019-08-02, By Aaron Clifford.
If you are looking to build a website on one of the domain names we acquire for you or you are interested in developing an existing website on some new hosting I thought I’d break down some of the hosting companies I use or have used and the differences between the requirements for each. It differs from site to site, if you’re building a simple WordPress site, a full software as a service or potentially a drop catching script of your own.
None of the below are affiliate links, just suggestions from my own experiences over the years.
Wordpress/Mini Site Hosting/Domain Landing Pages
If you are looking to host a single, or multiple WordPress mini site, blog or parking pages for your domains then standard shared hosting would most likely suit, there are plenty of larger players in this market which I tend to avoid, over the years I have personally used many different hosting providers but for this sort of website I have used and would recommend the following:
Krystal Hosting – Not only do they offer a variety of packages to suit your needs, they also offer WordPress specific hosting running on cloud servers tuned specifically for the job of hosting WordPress software. Their packages start from £3.99 a month right up to £29.99 a month for their Sapphire package.
When developing and launching a larger resourced website if you have the skill set I could consider running your own dedicated cloud server, compared to shared hosting this gives you a lot of control over what’s installed on the server, what services you want to run and provides you with a server that only your website traffic is served through, adding additional security levels against shared hosting.
Although this may require some additional knowledge there is plenty of tutorials out there to get started and the below company provide cheap and reliable servers which you can spin up and your leisure, allowing you to get it wrong a few times!
Digital Ocean – Digital Ocean offers Droplets (VPS servers) and Database servers along with a variety of other tools, the ease of use for setting up a server and getting a site live is the main draw for me, it is also a firm favorite of some Nominet members drop catching in the United Kingdom. Clicking the link above with also give you $50 free credit allowing you to trial their services without paying a penny.
Large Software Infrastructure
If as a business you provide services, software as a service or develop large internal systems then you really need to be looking to separate our your system into micro services or individual platforms, allowing for agile development and the minimising of downtime when releasing code (I’ll cover this more in another blog).
For me the only choice is Amazon AWS, they have hundreds of services ranging from web servers, API builders, database servers, machine learning, AI tools and much much more. This however isn’t for your average website owner a decent skill level is required to start developing using the AWS services and won’t be for everyone.
I hope that helped, if you have any questions let me know in the comments below.