Have a business website? Evaluating your commercial web hosting options? Here are 5 things to look for in a hosting provider.
Your commercial website needs to be up 24x7x365. So should your web host. Your web hosting provider should have a proven record of providing a powerful, stable networking connection. One way to determine that is through at uptime score. Your provider should have a 99.5% or higher uptime score. Anything less than 99% uptime is unacceptable.
Metisentry maintains an uptime well above 99.9%. Through our single-vendor approach and proactively keeping our equipment up-to-date, we take reliability seriously. We take uptime so seriously, we have redundant monitoring systems, both internal and external to our hosting environment, to ensure no outage or performance issue is left undetected. Our systems and software for performing these tasks are state of the art, including several we have built and released to the public.
Many tech bloggers will tell you ‘you can’t find the right web host without first knowing what you need.’ That’s just not true. With Metisentry’s right-size-hosting approach, we’ll work with you to uncover your needs and determine the best solutions.
Hosting is not a one-size fits all. And it’s not even a one-size fits now and forever more. Especially if you’re expecting growth or already have high traffic, you need more from your hosting provider. Commercial websites need a provider who can accommodate scalability. We provide shared, dedicated and cluster hosting. While shared hosting can accommodate most small to medium sized businesses, those expecting major growth in the next year or two or even at peak times during the year need more options such as virtual dedicated servers. Metisentry can help identify and support your needs with the best hosting solutions.
Are you running an e-commerce website? Do you process transactions through your website? Then you need a web hosting provider who can support those needs.
Metisentry can assist with SSL certification and provide dedicated IPs. We’re no stranger to e-commerce shopping cart solutions, plugins and custom solutions. Your e-commerce website is in good hands with the Metisentry team.
Websites are vulnerable. They can crash. They get hacked. Servers can fail. If your web hosting provider does regular site backups then these vulnerabilities are a little less scary. Your hosting provider will be able to restore most if not all of your website in no time at all.
Metisentry provides full backups regularly. Our managed hosting packages backup daily. We are serious when it comes to proactive measures and backups. We take proactive measures so seriously that some of our packages even provide daily security updates to prevent vulnerabilities in the first place. As for backups, we take them so seriously we’re re-writing the book on backup monitoring best practices with our very own proactive backup monitoring software, BackupLegend.
Web Servers and Operating Systems
Generally, a web host offering a Unix-based operating system and running the Apache web server is the way to go. Most web-based software assume your website is running on such a system. The Unix and Apache set up usually experiences less compatibility issues than any other operating system and server combination.
As long time advocates of open source software solutions, Team Metisentry fully supports Linux, a Unix-based operating system. Nearly 85% of our datacenter is made up of Linux servers. Linux provides a scalable, secure and stable hosting platform. And when a website is secure and stable it is reliable.
And there you have it. Our top five things to look for in a web hosting provider. Still not sure if Metisentry’s the right hosting provider for your commercial website? Give us a call. It’s that simple. In the end, you don’t need a whole big checklist to determine which hosting provider is right for you. You need a trustworthy source who will listen and ask the right questions. With our right-size-hosting you can trust Metisentry isn’t going to box you into a solution that doesn’t make sense for your needs.