Professional performance & features
One of my biggest peeves with traditional hosting options are the lack of features made available, and the performance restrictions deliberately put in place. Installable software is generally limited to programs considered safe and resource-friendly enough to be viable on an over-crowded host. Performance restrictions help ensure that servers with large numbers of users cannot cause too much damage to others performance. I generally find high-quality hosting options more valuable than slightly more affordable and restricted hosting—especially for professional website designs. Even Google acknowledges that typical web pages spend 80-90% of their load time waiting for the network! The differences your server can make are staggering—as briefly demonstrated below.
Below are screen-shots Ive taken of the difference between the same exact page loading on two different web servers. On the left, we can see my current website design portfolio loading on a commonly configured third-party web server. To the right, we can see the same exact page load on my web server almost four times as fast!
Sharing a server with trusted, screened resources
Common web-hosting plans, especially the less expensive ones, are commonly mixed with hundreds or thousands of other accounts on a single server. “Overselling” is a term used to describe the common practice of promising resources to each account on a server that, if actually used, would bring the server to a crawl, crash it, or cause accounts to be shut down. Even if a host doesnt oversell, each account with access to the same server has the potential to compromise its performance and security.
Most of my sites share a host as well, as decent dedicated server start at several hundred dollars per month. One difference with me as your host is that youll know youre not being oversold anything. Even more importantly, youll know Ill be the only one with control over what gets install on your web server. Youll know you can grow however and whenever needed, and that youll be safe in the process.
Dynamic backups that grow with your site
Although a copy is usually kept by the original developer, these days a website commonly evolves from the time its launched. Whether featuring a blog, comments, a content management system, or any other form of dynamic growth—backups that adapt to the website are important.
My custom backup system ensures that a copy of your website is never far away, should one accidentally delete a resource or have an unfortunate administration error or security breach. Every seven days, each website I host is backed up to a remote location. Additional copies are stored locally on a weekly and monthly basis.
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All of my hosting plans include the same features, services and support. I do, of course, offer custom solutions. However, as theyre rarely needed, I have three packages of bandwidth/disk-space priced at $7, $15, and $40/month.