Do you want to know what are the Keys to fast hosting that speeds up your website? From a hosting that does not hinder the delivery of your content to the users who visit it? Yeah? Well, I am going to explain below the points to take into account to know which is the fastest hosting that you can afford.
The first thing you should know is that the following keys require an extra point of reflection and investigation on your part about the Hosting providers that are offered on the Internet and all their services.
On the other hand, tell you that I am going to assume that your budget is limited and it is a resource that you have to manage wisely between the investments of your business and you cannot opt for the most powerful option.
In general, and before fully delving into and explaining each of the keys in detail, I would like to summarize that the general features of fast hosting They are, in order of importance:
- Geographical location with respect to your visitors.
- server hardware hosting.
- Check the geographical location of your future hosting
- Hire a server with the necessary power for your website
- Hardware depending on the CMS used on the web
- Server power depending on the size of your website
- Hosting according to visitor traffic
- If you already have contracted web hosting and you are looking for a migration
- Conclusions to hire the fastest hosting
Check the geographical location of your future hosting
It is very important that you know first hand what the location of the hosting provider’s servers Web. This detail is crucial to achieve maximum web delivery speedand it is that a server located at a great distance from the geographical situation of a visitor, will slow down the time it takes for them to achieve a correct connection to your server.
A distant server will result in a slow web transmission and loading times. Many times this error occurs more seriously when the contracted server is on another continent.
For this reason it is why service providers hosting like Amazon, with its hosting AWS, They have servers all over the globe, so that depending on where the user visits the website from, it is served from one place or another in the world.
to choose and know what is your ideal fast hosting provider you should first think about where your target users are located (most of them at least) and hire a service hosting closest to that geographical point. For example, it does not make sense for a site intended for users in Spain to contract its hosting with Hostgator, hosting provider that locates its servers in the United States.
Therefore, before hiring a hosting service, be it VPS, shared or dedicated for a new installation or with the aim of moving, check where your new web hosting provider locates its servers.
Hire a server with the necessary power for your website
Many times it happens that the web server power chosen, contracting dedicated hosting services, VPS or shared hosting, with hardware less than that required by the site or websites to be hosted.
If you look closely, you will see how many hosting offers specify the amount of RAM available, the CPU or CPUs used and even the speed of these. It’s not by chance; a self-respecting system administrator will analyze this data to host your website where you know that the hardware will not be a bottleneck for the speed of your site, and will even look for slack in this aspect, preventing possible increases in the use of resources of the place.
In addition to what has been said, this point is closely related to three aspects:
- The CMS or framework used to create the website.
- The content load of the website or the size/weight of its database.
Although in this article I am not going to go into the analysis of the features of hosting services of the highest quality and price, I would like you to know that a feature of these services is the ability to increase the available resources in the event of high traffic peaks. I am telling you this so that you get used to the idea that it is a fundamental detail to know and be aware of these traffic peaks, since at what time they occur to choose your hosting and its hardware, since later you will not be able to increase these capacities at will.
Hardware depending on the CMS used on the web
If you already know which CMS your website uses, you have half of this analysis done, and you should know that depending on the CMS used, you should opt for a server with better or worse hardware equipment.
In general terms, the CMS with the highest power requirement as a general rule are Drupal and Magento. Opposite to these, that is, the lightest, are WordPress and Woocommerce. Joomla and Prestashop are somewhere in between.
These CMS requirements are also relative, why? Well, because an online store with 50 products is not the same as another with 5 thousand products, regardless of whether your store is made with Prestashop or Magento. Having seen this important detail of resource consumption, we should talk about the hardware requirements for the amount of content or functionalities that your website has.
Server power depending on the size of your website
It is not the same to move and direct an aircraft carrier than a rowing boat. This sentence is totally extrapolated to a website and its “size”. This is the basis and the meaning of choosing a certain hosting service for its hardware with respect to the size of a website.
You should know that when we talk about the size of a web application, we are talking about the amount of information it contains (usually in its database) and also the number of built-in features. This relationship is so because its “weight” or load is totally related to everything “it contains”.
So answer the following questions to find out if your website is heavy or light:
- How many articles does your website have? A large website is considered to be those with a very large number of post or other types of content, such as images or videos. For example, I would consider a “medium” website a website with at least 300 quality posts, that is, posts that contain a large amount of text and images or videos. If hundreds of images uploaded to your website have come to mind and an amount that exceeds or is close to thousands compared to the postyou are facing a normally heavy site.
- How many non-standard features does my website have? With this question I aim at those extra functionalities installed by the administrator/developer of the web and that improve its features. These functionalities could be: lead capture (subscribers), collection of statistical data on the use of the web, related content, etc.
- How old is the site? Although this question depends a lot on the use that is given to the website, many times the size of a web application is related to its age, since over time the site grows, increases in functionality and accumulates “junk” in its code that makes it heavier and heavier.
If you have come to the conclusion that your website is of medium or large weight, I recommend that you get used to the idea that it is notDo you need VPS hosting services? if your budget is tight (their prices start from 15 euros/month) and forget about shared accommodation.
if your site has high trafficor very pronounced traffic peaks, such as several tens or hundreds of users simultaneously, you should start saving, since to make your web server respond quickly, the next step is dedicated servers.
Hosting according to visitor traffic
This point is clearly aimed at those who are looking for migrate your web platform to another hosting looking to improve. Even so, it could also be of interest to those who are clear that they are going to create a prosperous website and that it will grow in the short-medium term. If this is your case, keep reading.
If you have at your disposal traffic statistics of your websiteNow is the time to look at them. You need to know what is the number of concurrent users of your site, that is, how many simultaneous users there usually are on your site. To do this, you must first find out what is the average traffic of your website, and secondly, being even more important, what is the time or hours in which your traffic is highest.
Let’s look at real data.
If your visits at a given peak hour exceed 60, it is very likely that several users (a minimum of 2 to 10) are browsing simultaneously, a consequence of a higher consumption of resources and that the response speed of your server drops. In the case described, around 60 an hour, with a basic shared hosting for your development or CMS will be enough. However, if your traffic exceeds 180 visits per hour, it is likely that the consumption of resources will skyrocket and you will require a powerful VPS or even a dedicated server.
Another example, for a WordPress with a traffic of more than 180 visits in an hour, I would look for, as a minimum, a VPS that ensures me at least 2 processor cores and 4 GB of RAM.
At the other extreme, an online store with Magento, with at least 2,000 products (or another heavy website) and said traffic of 180 visits per hour or more, would need a dedicated server or one that allows resources to be adjusted according to needs. consume the website.
If you already have contracted web hosting and you are looking for a migration
At this point it could be the easiest thing to tell you to decide on the most expensive accommodation you can afford, however, this is not going to be my recommendation, rather that you analyze the concepts that I have exposed and that you do an analysis yourself of:
- Where do you currently host your website, that is, what hardware characteristics does it have?
- What is your peak traffic performance (rush hours). Pay special attention if your server suffers falls due to an increase in traffic or its operation is very limited. Faced with this situation, it migrates to a more powerful server (more RAM and CPU).
- What is the current hardware of your server or shared hosting. You will need to know where you are to compare with your new hosting.
Conclusions to hire the fastest hosting
Is something not clear to you? Ok, one last summary to make the priorities clear:
- If you are going to migrate your site: review the current performance, both in peak traffic hours and in its normal response, and note the hardware equipped. Look for hosting services that provide you with more cores and more amount of RAM to achieve acceleration of your site from hosting.
- If you are looking for new horizons or choosing your first hosting: pay attention to the CMS or development of your site, its weight (functions, plugins, content, articles, weight of the database…) and with respect to what I have exposed to you Look for a server with an IP from your area (or that of your visitors) and with the appropriate hardware.