Hosting Strategy for Managing Multiple Websites
Web Hosting Strategy for Managing Multiple Websites
If you are making a comfortable living from the Internet and the
Web or have a plan to achieve that goal, it's likely that you are
running more than ten websites. The websites are your virtual offices.
You want to your sites to be up and running 365 days, 7 days a week
and 24 hours a day. Managing multiple websites is a daunting task
if running one website is a hobby.
Proposed Hosting Strategy for Managing Multiple Websites
The hosting strategy we propose is to host your multiple major
websites with 3-4 different hosting companies, and open a reseller
account with another hosting company for 1) small and new websites,
2) web development and 3) backup. Hosting with too many hosting
companies will significantly increase the time and the difficulty
of managing sites, and using a single hosting company isn't a smart
Justification of the Hosting Strategy
Cost - Cost of the Web hosting isn't an issue
for running a single web site whether it costs $5 or $25 a month.
The difference is only a few hundred dollars or less a year. It's
always nice and smart to get the most out of every single dollar
in doing business. At least, a few hundred dollars difference wouldn't
make or break a business.
If you run 10 or even 50 websites, the cost of Web hosting alone
will define the success or failure of your online adventure. To
cut the hosting cost, the option is to use a reseller hosting account
to host as many small or new sites as you want for about $15 a month.
You host one or 2 major websites with one hosting company. Shared
hosting account costs under $10 a month, and dedicated server will
cost $50 or more a month.
Uptime - If your bread-and-butter maker website
is down for a few hours, you'll lose hundreds of dollars and more.
Even though most hosting companies promise 99.9% uptime, it's not
common to see a website down for a few hours. A site could be down
for a half day or even more if a hosting company is doing a major
update. The hosting company may do the update in a weekend or a
major holiday, but that's when many family-oriented and travel sites
generate their revenues. If you could afford the loss of revenues,
many websites owners can't bear the psychological loss and pressure.
Hosting your sites with a few hosting companies will reduce the
risk of downtime.
Application Development - For simple web application,
webmasters will do development on the same production hosting site.
If your ecommerce applications are complex, doing development on
the production site may bring down the live site especially if you're
in the process of changing configuration files or install customized
applications. The option is setup a website on your reseller account
for development and testing, and move the applications to production
account on another server after the completion.
Backup - If you're not happy with a hosting company,
a hosting company is out of business, or the servers will be down
for a day or two, you can easily temporarily or permanently switch
from one hosting company to other since you're familiar with the
site managing tools already. If you have a backup or secondary copy
running on another server, all you need for the switch is the transfer
of the domain, which will take no more than a minute.
Shop Before You Buy
There're too many hosting plans to choose from a large number of
hosting companies - ASP Web Hosting, Budget Hosting, Dedicated Servers,
eCommerce Hosting, FrontPage Web Hosting, Hosting With Templates,
Managed Web Hosting, PHP Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Shared Hosting,
Unix / Linux Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, Windows Hosting or
Co-location Hosting. Compare the cost, hosting features, tracking
records of hosting companies before making your commitment. Good
luck with your online adventures.
About the Author
Bruce Zhang has over
10 years experience in developing ecommerce and e-business applications
such as Order
fulfillment and supply chain management systems.