Having a business website allows your products/services to be viewed by netizens from all over the world. Having a web hosting is the first step to having a business website. You can subscribe to a web hosting service from hosting companies. And there are two types of web hosting available: Windows or Linux. Here are some questions that you need to ask yourself before getting a web hosting.
1. Where does your targeted customer come from?
- If you have customers from all over the world, it's necessary that you subscribe to a hosting company with servers co-located in many regions, mainly USA, EU and South East Asia.
- If you are targeting customers from your local area, then subscribing to a hosting company that co-locates its server in your nearby regions would suffice. For example, if my target customers are from Malaysia, I would choose a hosting company with servers located in a data center in Kuala Lumpur.
2. How much traffic are you expecting?
- Business websites that are for display can do well with 1GB RAM, 1 CPU, 10 SSD Disk Space to start with. As your business grows, you might expect more daily visitors (daily traffic). Hosting companies offer upgrade services that cater to your growing needs.
- E-commerce websites that receive high amount of traffic and perform daily transactions require better server specifications.
- If you are not sure, I'm happy to offer you a free consultation.
3. OS: Windows or Linux?
- Windows servers are licensed, so expect a slightly expensive price. But that's not the main concern. You need to know which software are you going to host. Windows, for example, supports Plesk control panel. There are a whole range of other business management software or accounting software. You must know which OS your preferred software is supported by, before you make a purchase decision.
- Linux is an open-source OS, so most of its application/software are open-source too. Open-source has its own benefits. Linux has higher security compared to Windows, for 2 main reasons. (1) Windows is a big company that serves an enormous amount of customers, so it becomes a natural target for cyber criminals. Windows, of course have their own dedicated team to defend cyber attacks. But the constant targeting becomes a concern. You can only be hopeful that the Windows cyber security team is always on the front-end of this battle. (2) Open source doesn't necessarily mean it's vulnerable. In this case, Linux may have an upper-hand compared to Windows because Linux has a community of developers who work to improve its security by finding out and fixing and back doors.