Finding a suitable webhost solution part 1/2.
Posted: January 25, 2007 by signex
I know this topic isn't really about CMS Made Simple, but I see quite allot topics in the forums with problems that would never occur if everyone had the right web hosting company for their CMS Made Simple website. Basically this post is split in 2 entries; Part 1: Finding out the right solution for your website which suits your needs. Part 2: Finding a suitable company, comparing price vs. options, testing the chosen company. Step 1: Decide what kind of website it will be, and what kind of hosting it will need. basically this can be divided in 3 options.
- A small personal website - Shared hosting will most likely fit your needs.
- A corporate website (small or medium sized) - Most company websites need to be more stable a need en more secure hosting platform, but sometimes a whole dedicated server just isn't worth it. Go for a VPS (Virtual private Server).
- A big community/corporate website - Go for a Dedicated machine just for you.
- Its very cheap.
- Less secure, if other people use broken scripts and a hacker gets in, most of the time the whole server gets defaced.
- Less stable your websites speed can be heavily affected by other users.
- Not really flexible in most cases.
- Cheaper then a Dedicated machine, more expensive then shared hosting.
- Way more stable then Shared web hosting, you'll get guaranteed RAM(on Linux vps'es you'll also get burstable RAM) and CPU. Therefore you are not affected by other vps users on the same server.
- More Secure, if another VPS on the same server crashes because of software errors or gets hacked, you`re not affected.
- More flexibility, you can choose your own Operating System, your own Control Panel, and basically all software you need.
- You can do remote Reboots, you can get SSH access (possible on shared hosting too, but not many web hosters will let you gain access).
- Pretty expensive, you cant divide Control panel licences to multiple users also.
- Most secure option .
- Most stable option.
- You can be in total control.
- Direct Admin ( easy of use, but not many function, its cheap though)
- Plesk ( not much experience with it but don't like the interface, more expensive then Direct Admin)
- Cpanel (Lots a functions but its really expensive)
- VHCS (Open source, when I found CPanel, this wasn't a stable control panel then, but have no recent experience)
- Helm / windows only ( No experience with that one at all)
- Apache when using Linux, or IIS when using Windows
- PHP 5.x (php 4 will run with the current cmsms but cmsms 2.0 will require php 5)
- MySQL Databases (only 1 Database is required for cmsms, but make sure you get at least 3 to 5, for testing other software, or beta's.)
- PHP safe mode OFF (This isn't required but Safe Mode ON in php, I think, really is annoying, and doesn't work well with CMSMS)
- PHP Memory Limit set to at least 16MB (default is 8MB, and this works well for simple CMSMS websites, but bigger ones with lots off modules will need at least 16MB)
- PHP Max Upload set at 10M (default is 2M, find a host which is willing to set this at 10M, again this isn't required though)
- GD or Imagemagick (not really required but very handy)