Website Hosting and Administration
When you begin looking into running a website you will probably notice that there are great variations in the cost of hosting – an annual charge for having your website located and run from a server. The host company you select to run your website can literally make or break it. A lot of people end up buying upon price alone, often with alarming results.
Generally, there are two main types of web hosting: Shared and Virtual Private Server (VPS).
i4design hosted websites are situated on a managed VPS at NetVirtue – based in Melbourne, Australia. NetVirtue provides excellent service and reliable, ultra-modern, high quality systems and infrastructure. Hosting your site on the i4design VPS means that your website will run faster than on standard shared hosting. Another advantage is that there’s no need for you to know how to set up your hosting account - you can leave everything to us.
All i4design hosted websites run on PHP 7.0+, MySQL 5.6+ and have SSL enabled.
Managed WordPress Hosting
When you host with i4design we take care of the technical nitty-gritty stuff, so you can get on with growing your business.
Managed caching and performance: We handle caching for you at the server level, using super fast servers to begin with, and further optimise your site for the best performance.
Managed security: We pro-actively scan and block malware and hacking attempts. And in the unlikely event that your site is hacked, We’ll fix it free of charge.
Managed software updates: We make sure your site is always running the latest software.
About the i4design VPS
The i4design VPS utilises CloudLinux, which is is a must-have for any web host who cares about stability, security, and churn. Web hosts that use CloudLinux report higher uptime, significant improvements in density (as much as 5x), 4x decrease in number of reboots, and 10x decrease in number of account suspensions they have to perform.
The i4design VPS runs LiteSpeed. With its streamlined event-driven architecture, LiteSpeed Web Server can serve thousands of clients concurrently with minimal memory consumption and CPU usage. LSWS's highly optimized code serves static content faster, taking advantage of high-performance kernel syscalls, while LSAPI maximizes PHP performance. LiteSpeed Web Server is also mod_security compatible and has a host of built-in anti-DDoS features, like bandwidth and connection throttling.
The i4design VPS has 6 CPUs, 4GB Memory and 2TB Bandwidth.
cPanel + CloudLinux + LiteSpeed = improved performance, stability, advanced security and increased server efficiency.
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The biggest difference between a shared and VPS hosting is how server resources are being shared. Note that dedicated server resources (such as RAM and CPU power) are allocated to each VPS slice.
Shared Hosting (self-hosted site)
With shared hosting, your website is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. As cost is extremely low, most websites with moderate traffic levels running standard software are hosted on this type of server. Shared hosting is also widely accepted as the entry level option as it requires minimum technical knowledge.
If you decide that Shared Hosting is for you, and you are located in Australia or New Zealand, our recommendation is https://netvirtue.com.au/web-hosting/business
The location of the server is one if the main factors that affect website speed and in general websites load faster when they are being accessed in a place geographically closer the physical location of the server.
For an excellent overview of VPS hosting and what it entails we recommend you visit this site: Web Hosting Secrets Revealed
The Server Location is Important
Your host server location is very important, especially if you are serving visitors in a very specific geographical location.
Network latency refers to the time and or delay that is involved in the transmission of data over a network. In other words, how long it takes for a packet of data to go from one point to another. To ensure fast website load times, make sure to choose a server with a host that is close to your visitors and customers.
For example, you have an e-commerce shop in Sydney, and 90% of your customers are from Australia. Your business would definitely benefit from placing your site on a server in Australia, vs hosting it in Europe or the United States.
Latency is not only affected by distance, but also by the number of hops the data makes via routers and servers in between.