Web Hosting Selection
Choosing the right web hosting solution
can be a daunting task. Most of the information
on the web regarding web hosting solutions
is sales oriented and often misleading.
At E7systems we research our hosting
solutions thoroughly and can offer the
following unbiased advice. (Unbiased,
because we don't host for profit, but
only for the convenience of our web and
software development customers.)
Web hosting solutions can be grouped
into three broad categories:
- Budget Provider
- High-end Provider
- In-House Server
The right web hosting solution depends
on your business requirements. Before
searching for a web hosting solution
you should answer the following questions.
- How complex is your web site and
- How much Traffic do you expect?
- How much will down time really cost?
- Who will maintain the site and hosting
Web Hosting Solutions Compared
Web hosting solutions are
available by the thousands, and the best
web hosting providers change day by day.
What you seek is a solution that will
provide you with the right web hosting
features at a reasonable cost and a minimum
of headaches. To target the right range
of web hosting providers compare the
pros and cons of each class to the web
hosting requirements you outlined above.
Excellent Free Tools
User Friendly Stats Etc.
solid performance Rock
Minimum of $250/month
are highest of all
General Web Hosting Suggestions
Budget Web Hosting
Budget web hosting solutions are a great
place to start if your site is not too
complex and you can stand a few hours
of down-time per month. Budget web hosting
solutions are fast to set up and usually
come with a full array of user friendly
tools for statistics, email setup and
mailing list managers. Some even come
with useful scripts for guest books and
Be aware: Most budget or cheap web hosting
solution providers can make a profit
only by stuffing as many customers as
possible onto a single box. Many of these
services are only $10/month. Just ask
yourself how much technical support and
hardware they can throw your way for
$10 / month. Even the smartest techies
and the best intentions will feel the
pressure to make a profit at these commodity
prices. Many budget web host providers
are very good at what they do, but the
customer must be realistic in their expectations.
More importantly, the budget web hosting
customer must be prepared (really ready)
to change providers should their hosting
service melt-down under the pressure.
E7Hosting once had a dozen sites hosted
at one of the top three budget web hosting
providers. Their service was fast and
efficient, the tools were great, and
prices were low. About a year into the
relationship, the provider started having "network
outages". They lost data. They
even had a FIRE in their data center. The
lesson in this experience is that budget
web hosts are a great tool for the start-up
web project, but even the best can go
bad, so be realistic and be ready to
High-End Web Hosting
High-end solutions are appropriate for
the customer who needs rock solid reliability
and service. While reliability and service
come at a cost, you need to compare that
to the cost of being down. If your site
is an ecommerce site doing over $10,000
per month you probably want to spend
the extra money and go with a high end
provider. Other indications that you
need to go high-end are
- Any connection to financial or emergency
- Heavy site traffic
- Tight Security or Data backup requirements
- Extra support needs
The other cost justifier for going high-end
is the service factor. The best high-end
web hosting providers will provide you
with 7/24 telephone support by highly
capable engineers. Using a consultant
or in-house employee to provide the same
level of expertise would cost much more
than the $250/month starting price of
Finally, high-end web hosting services
are priced to realistically cover adequate
hardware and excellent support while
still allowing the provider to make a
profit. This means your provider and
their high quality service are more likely
to be a long-term, high value partner
in your web busyness.
In-house servers are for businesses
that have the requirements for infinite
control and flexibility. They should
only be considered by organizations that
have secure data centers with redundant
connections and available staff to configure
and maintain them. E7 hosting currently
has an in-house server. However, we are
phasing this out for the following reasons.
- The server adds $100/month to our
power and data costs.
- The server is subject to an average
of 7 attacks per day from worms and
other Internet Nasties.
- The server has fewer end-user tools
and less sophisticated management software
than is being provided by outsourced
web hosting providers.
Finally, we cannot afford to know everything,
and the easiest body of knowledge to
outsource is UNIX system administration.
Before you go the in-house route, carefully
consider where you want to make investments
in your company's infrastructure and
Our Web Hosting Solutions
We are happy to share our selections
for web hosting. While we make them available
to our customers to facilitate their
web launch, we don't profit from the
hosting business. So please contact them
directly if you wish.
Budget Web Hosting
Personal phone support.
Great end-user and management tools.
Shared and dedicated servers.
Rock solid performance.
Rock solid security.
is the web hosting arm of e7systems.com,
a web application development firm
in Durango, Colorado.
specializes in marketing technologies,
on-line community development,
customer relationship management
and related distributed information
systems. E7Hosting.com is a service
offered exclusively to development
clients of E7Systems.com.