Key considerations for your web hosting in 2017

The start of a new year is as good a time as any to appraise your web hosting arrangements. In this article we’ll look at some of the factors that might come into your thinking.

Posted on 06 January 2017 -
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Opting for multiple servers

If getting the right type of web hosting is important enough to your organisation that you are reading this article, the chances are you should not be relying on a single server to support your business operations. It is worthwhile having at least a second server that can maintain your online presence should the first fall victim to hardware or software failure, a power cut or even need some routine maintenance. This kind of multi-server hosting structure is the perfect way to ensure your website provides a high level of availability for your customers.

Planning for scalability

Having opted for multiple servers, you will increase the capacity of your website. It is important to carry this theme of scalability into every aspect of planning for your web hosting. Choosing a cloud hosting option provides the opportunity to scale up or down as your requirements shift. As well as ensuring that your website has the capacity to maintain performance levels during busy periods, this will also provide with a cost-effective platform because you will only pay for the resources you need at any given time.

Taking security seriously

Cybersecurity concerns are not going anywhere in 2017. Indeed, all the evidence is that businesses are going to come under increasing threat in this regard, so it is important to work with a web host that takes these matters seriously and gives your business the best possible chance of withstanding any attack that targets it.

Not housing your own hosting hardware

Examples of scenarios in which it would make good sense to maintain an in-house data centre are becomes fewer and further between. The space to house the hardware, maintenance and replacement of said hardware, the staffing expertise to manage it, the associated energy costs and a host of other factors mean that it is no longer the best route for most organisations, not when an external data centre could offer specialist knowledge, security, environment and scalability. If you’re still maintaining your own data centre at the start of 2017, double-check it is still the best option.