Personal Best Hosting Advice for Shared, VPS and Dedicated Servers
Since one of our product offerings is offering hosting I’m often asked by friends and family which company they should use and where they should host, and which host is the best for their shared hosting, VPS or Dedicated Server.
Surprising to some the answer is not always, host with compevo but based on their actual needs and goals. If someone needs to host their site in Australia or another location we do not offer, I’m not going to suggest they host elsewhere unless there is a good reason or actual business case for it, or if they have a niche we don’t cover, I always recommend they find a niche provider for their industry and usually the company I recommend will not be the typical one most have heard of.
The biggest issue I find trying to help people is getting friends and family to understand what they need and to get the actual requirements from them. In the case that they can’t describe what they want then I’ll try to guide them.
For example I have a friend from Australia who has clients that are mainly from North America and Europe but said he wanted to host in Australia. I told him not to host in Australia as things tend to load a bit slower to most areas from Australia as its not on a main fiber route (eg. multiple routes with lots of traffic transiting since Australia is isolated by the ocean and has no other country physically connected to it). It would only make sense to host in Australia if most of your clientel were from Australia. I suggested he host in North America because it was a middle ground compared to Europe, specifically the mid or east which can provide low ping to most of Europe (in many cases around 100ms), and yet Asia and the rest of the world has excellent connectivity here too.
What surprises me about the questions I get is that a lot of people incorrectly assume they need a powerhouse of a server with loads of RAM to host their website. Unless you have a large amount of traffic that’s not going to be an issue for most sites so I try to save them money. In a case like the above I would normally recommend a VPS in Canada or the US as long as privacy is not a primary concern. If data security and privacy is of the utmost concern I usually recommend Hong Kong, China or Russia depending on the type of the business and if it has fierce competitors in the region it will be hosting.
Depending on what they are after and what they need,when I recommend compevo here’s where I’ve usually sent them: