HostWinds had dreadful 99.47% of uptime in last November with more than 3h of downtime. The same kind of inconsistency appeared in December 2018. That’s too much downtime when you consider the potential lost traffic and sales – especially before Christmas. Their start of the year has improved with an uptime of 99.94%, but that is still not good enough compared to the industry standard.
However, there is another consideration you’ll need to think about when choosing dedicated hosting: whether you want your server to be managed or unmanaged. With a managed server, the hosting provider takes care of all the technical tasks for you. It will ensure that your site and server are maintained and running well at all times. Plus, your web host will typically take additional tasks off your hands, such as creating backups and monitoring for security risks.
Another popular hosting option is a Virtual Private Server (VPS). On a VPS plan, you are still sharing a server with other websites, but your hosting space is virtually isolated. This gives you many of the security and stability benefits of dedicated hosting, without the cost involved in renting an entire server. However, it doesn’t offer the same level of resources and potential for scalability.
The ideal web host is the one who demonstrates excellent network quality. Try to find out the host’s ‘Tier’ rating, as it happens to be the best indicator of how good or even bad is the network infrastructure of the host. Those under ‘Tier 1’ are considered to have non-redundant power together with comments and an expected uptime of 99.671%. The hosts that are classified as ‘Tier 1’ have a redundant site infrastructure and their expected uptime is 99.741, whereas the ones under ‘Tier 3’ have dual powered equipment, concurrently maintainable site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.982%. Lastly, those within ‘Tier 4’ have dual powered HVAC (cooling equipment), fault-tolerant site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.995%. One should always opt for the minimum Tier 4 provider. Any other option will have an extra associated risk in the event one or multiple core components fail.
A: Prices can vary greatly depending on resource allocation and hardware quality. You can expect anything from $70-$90/mo for smaller projects, up to $300+ for enterprise-level solutions. Nevertheless, clients often need a dedicated server because their projects require a specific environment, so it’s best first to confirm your configuration with the support.
The technical specifications of Bluehost’s Standard plan are quite good considering the low price point (as well as excellent uptime and speed). You get 500GB of disk space, and a bandwidth cap that is so large (5TB) you are unlikely to ever notice it. 4GB of RAM is a little on the low side but for a small to medium size website, it should be good.